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Restaurants and Patrons React To Springfield’s Proposed Indoor Smoking Ban

June 11th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco ban Tags:

Indoor Smoking ban in Springfield The Mayor of Springfield wants you to butt out your smoking habits in public places like restaurants.
Today he and the organization “One Air Alliance” said they want the city smoke-free, and soon.
The mayor hopes to put the all-inclusive ban on council’s June 28th agenda.
“Missouri is the Show Me State. I think it’s time for Springfield to step forward and show all Missourians how we care for our health and well-being of all the people who live, work, and visit this community,” said Mayor Jim O’Neal as he and One Air Alliance delivered their plans to tighten the ban on those lighting up.
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Marijuana plantation in Uganda convent probed

June 11th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

Uganda marijuana arrestUganda police are investigating after a marijuana plantation was uncovered in the garden of a convent.

A regional police chief told the BBC that plants covering one acre had been found and uprooted in the southern Masaka district.

Two nuns and two porters have been questioned.

One of the nuns has been quoted by local media as saying the marijuana was used to treat farm animals, such as pigs.
Southern regional commander Emmanuel Muhuirwe told the BBC News website that only the porters had been arrested – not the nuns.

He said the nuns had been questioned because the garden was part of the convent.
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Secondhand smoke may compromise mental health

June 10th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

Passive smoking(News Locale) – While it is a common knowledge that second hand smoking from cigarettes is harmful for your lungs and heart, a new study reveals that it has a negative effect on your mental balance too.
Researchers from the University College London studied more than 2,500 active smokers and 5,000 non-smokers over a period of five years between 1998 and 2003 and found that nearly 15 percent of the volunteers developed mental problems by the end of the study.

The researchers added that non-smokers who were exposed to second hand smoke were 62 percent more likely to suffer from mental stress compared to those who were not exposed while the risk doubled among active smokers.
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State Launches Smoking Ban Ad Campaign

June 10th, 2010 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

smoking banA new ad campaign will help remind Wisconsin residents that the statewide smoking ban begins this summer.

Marathon County health leaders say less than half of the municipalities in the state have already passed smoking bans in their communities, so the transition will be a big change for Wisconsin smokers and business owners.

The smoking ban begins on July 5th across Wisconsin, which means all enclosed places of employment and public spaces will be required to become smoke free.
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5 accused of selling untaxed cigarettes from Norfolk, Beach

June 10th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

untaxed cigarettesFederal authorities targeting contraband cigarette sales arrested a group of suspected wholesalers on charges of dealing thousands of cartons of untaxed cigarettes and millions of counterfeit tax stamps.

An unrelated investigation in Hampton led to state warrants lodged Wednesday against a number of businesses selling contraband cigarettes.

Untaxed cigarettes purchased wholesale in Virginia can yield huge profits in other states with high excise taxes for tobacco products. At 30 cents a pack, Virginia has the country’s third-lowest tobacco excise tax.

A lengthy investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives led to federal charges lodged against five suspects: Tao Zhang; Yong Jin Li; Qui Rong Li, known as Amy; Fajun Zhang; and Mei Zhang, known as Michelle. All but Amy Li were in custody as of Wednesday.
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Tobacco ban on campus creates debate

June 10th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco ban Tags:

July 1st, 2010 could prove to be a very big day on the UCO campus, as well as the lives of some of its patrons. On this day, UCO will officially become a tobacco-free campus.
What this means is that anyone present on the campus, be it students, faculty, or visitors, will be forbidden from using tobacco products of any kind while on campus.
Naturally, a very important group to consider in light of the ban is the students it affects. There are many different opinions as to whether the ban is necessary or effective.
“I support the ban, because I hate walking through a cloud of smoke to my classes,” says Lauren Garrity, a UCO Senior. “I don’t smoke, and even when people smoke further away from the buildings on sidewalks, I still have to use that sidewalk to get to class.”
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Tobacco grows in Sakteng

June 9th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

The tobacco control bill 2009 may have gone through parliament but, in some villages of remote Sakteng gewog in northern Trashigang, tobacco is cultivated for self-consumption.

Villagers said that it had been a part of their tradition to grow and consume tobacco for personal consumption. “It’s mainly for self consumption and not for sale,” said Yeshi Zangmo of Thrakthri village. She chews tobacco.

Some miscreants wiped out all her plants and she had come to report it to the tshogpa (village representative), who is also her son.

Yeshi lives in the mountains above the Thrakthri School. There are a few tobacco growers there.
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Imperial Tobacco and Dubai Duty Free draw major prize winner

June 9th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco marketing Tags:

UAE. A major promotion involving a partnership between Imperial Tobacco and Dubai Duty Free culminated in a recent prize draw, won by a Dubai-based Indian national.

The Davidoff Black & White ‘Journey of a Lifetime’ campaign, which ran throughout the Middle East during 2009, allowed participants to tailor-make their own dream holidays. The prize was won by Mr Zaakesh Mulla.

Mulla, whose prize was a one-week trip to Venice for two, was presented with his ‘ticket’ by Dubai Duty Free Managing Director Colm McLoughlin and Deputy Managing Director George Horan, plus Imperial Tobacco officials headed by Duty Free Area Manager Gulf & Horn Africa Countries Ioackim Gavalas, Trade Marketing & Development Manager Nigel Boonyong, Premium Brand Manager Gotje Rogall and NTDE Tobacco Division Director Ebad Ahmadi.
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Drug pipes banned from Oklahoma stores

June 9th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco ban Tags:

BRYAN CO., OK – A new law in Oklahoma aims to make illegal drug use a little more difficult, and it’s starting right in your neighborhood convenience stores.

You’ve probably seen them – small glass pipes on or behind counters at your local gas station.

“The statute reads that if they’re selling tobacco or related items… if they’re selling tobacco then they can have pipes for smoking tobacco,” said T.J. White, Calera’s Assistant Chief of Police.

The little glass products are sold as small flower holders or even tobacco pipes. And when they’re clean, the pipes are not illegal to sell, purchase or even own.

“They’re really not paraphernalia until they’re used as such or in the vicinity of other drugs,” explained White.
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