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Smoking in city parks is burning council topic

June 28th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Please don’t smoke in the park.
That’s a message that City Council members hope to get out this summer. The group talked about the problems of smoking and consuming alcohol in city parks during its conference session Monday at City Hall.
“It’s a healthy living initiative,” City Manager Jason Molino said.
Right now, alcohol is not allowed on public lands, which by definition excludes picnic areas within parks. Ream more »

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Menthol Cigarette Investigation to be Conducted by FDA

June 28th, 2011 Posted in Cigarettes flavors Tags:

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A menthol cigarette independent review is part of the Food and Drug Administration’s latest investigation into the public health impact of cigarettes.
The FDA said Monday that members of its Center for Tobacco Products will gather menthol studies and then submit its review to an external peer review panel next month. The cycle should be completed by fall of 2011, at which point the results of the review will be available for public comment.
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Call for tough standards on sale of sheesha tobacco

June 28th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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Because of increased tobacco use among youth in the UAE, there is an urgent need to introduce standards on the sale of products like sheesha tobacco and loose tobacco for the midwakh (pipe), a leading health official here has said.
These standards should include a mandatory health warning on tobacco packaging, as well as testing of contents before the tobacco products are put on sale, Dr Widad Al Maidour, head of national tobacco control committee at the Ministry of Health, told Gulf News. Ream more »

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Public awareness is key to tobacco control, says head of health services

June 28th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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The growing number of early deaths of tobacco consumers in the state has become a cause for concern. Assam’s director of health services, Dhurva Hojai, while addressing a seminar here on Wednesday, said the government has been enforcing various rules and regulations to control the use of tobacco in public places.

The seminar Tobacco Control Initiatives Multi Disciplinary Efforts’ was organized by the state Tobacco Control Cell to raise awareness about early deaths among the growing number of tobacco addicts. Ream more »

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Council At Odds Over Proposed Smoking Ban in Parks

June 28th, 2011 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

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Most of the Batavia City Council says to smokers: “Get your butts out of our parks.”
Rosemary Christian, however, says: “Keep your butts in one place.”

Council tonight took up the issue of smoking and drinking in public parks, and most agreed those behaviors should be banned (Councilpersons Bill Cox and Frank Ferrando were absent this evening). But Christian, an admittedly addicted smoker, disagreed with the smoking portion of the proposal. In an animated rant, she said prohibiting smoking would infringe upon her rights.
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China’s anti-smoking activists try a new argument: that it’s bad for the economy

June 27th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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When China issued its first national ban on public smoking last month, health advocates cheered but didn’t hold their breath. Like many anti-smoking regulations in China, this one seemed hollow, and for good reason.

A month later, the ban has had little, if any, effect. Smoking remains rampant in spaces where it has been prohibited, such as restaurants, schools and hospitals.
The main reason so few take China’s campaign against cigarettes seriously: The very government promising to crack down on tobacco use is the owner and chief beneficiary of the $93 billion industry. Ream more »

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Tobacco Giants Engage in ‘Predatory’ Marketing, Stanford Study Says

June 27th, 2011 Posted in Cigarettes flavors Tags:

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Teens, minorities and low-income populations are more likely to purchase menthol cigarettes, according to a Stanford study reported Friday.

A study published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research by the Stanford School of Medicine revealed increased tobacco company advertisements and lowered prices of menthol cigarettes in areas highly populated with young African American students.
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Smoking While Pregnant Affects Baby’s Cholesterol

June 27th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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New research reveals another reason moms-to-be may want to quit smoking. Babies of women who smoke during pregnancy have lower levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) — the good cholesterol that is known to protect against heart disease later in life.

Smoking during pregnancy has been linked to many childhood health problems including behavioral problems, neuro-cognitive problems, and sudden infant death. However, it has been unclear what effect prenatal cigarette smoking had on a child’s risk of cardiovascular disease.
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Campaign warns Al Ain teens ‘smoking is poison’

June 27th, 2011 Posted in Teens smoking Tags:

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Al Ain Hospital recently launched its “Smoking is Poison” campaign to highlight the dangers of smoking. A series of events were conducted at schools, malls, hospital’s family medicine centres and outpatient departments.

“It is imperative that we continue to combat tobacco use by sustaining our drive to educate the community,” said George Jepson, CEO of Al Ain Hospital. According to Environment Agency statistics, 31 per cent of Abu Dhabi residents smoke some form of tobacco.
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Ex-smokers say e-cigarettes are a healthy way get nicotine fix

June 27th, 2011 Posted in Electronic cigarettes Tags:

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The electronic cigarettes is, what users say, is a healthy way to get your nicotine fix without the negative side effects of tar and additives.

The Revolver Vapor Lounge in Sylvania Township is a new place to buy them and smoke them as well.

“It doesn’t make your breath stink, doesn’t make your clothes stink. It’s just a lot better for you. I feel better when I smoke it. I don’t cough,” said Brooklyn Beaver.
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