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The pros and cons of hookah lounges

August 16th, 2011 Posted in smoking hookah Tags:

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With Downey’s landscape growing rapidly, the introduction of a whole new genre of youth culture has been introduced to the city that’s raising many questions – hookah bars.

The city of Downey now has two hookah bars that have opened within the past few months – Mosaik Hookah Lounge and the Hookah Time Café – increasing the allure of the mysterious activity for Downey and its surrounding cities’ citizens. Ream more »

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Flint Township approves medical marijuana ordinance

August 16th, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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After defeating a motion to postpone a vote on a medical marijuana ordinance, the Flint Township Board of Trustees approved the measure Monday.

A vote on the ordinance was postponed at the board’s Aug. 1 meeting, after several people raised concerns during public comment. The ordinance provides zoning requirements for medical marijuana businesses.

Nick Pannesidi, owner of the Michigan Wellness Center, 3095 South Dye Road, spoke at the Aug. 1 meeting and also at Monday’s meeting. Ream more »

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NGO urges parliamentarians to support tobacco control measures

August 16th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Mr Issah Ali, National Coordinator of Coalition on Tobacco Control Bill, a non-governmental organization (NGO), has called on Parliamentarians from tobacco growing areas to support the tobacco control measures under the Public Health Bill before Parliament.

He said by so doing, they would be seeking the interest of the health of their constituents, particularly tobacco farmers, babies, children, youth, pregnant women and other vulnerable groups.
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No compromise reached on DeRidder smoking ban

August 16th, 2011 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

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The DeRidder City Council failed to reach a compromise over a controversial measure which would ban smoking/tobacco use in all city parks. Now, the future of the proposed ordinance by Councilwoman Elizabeth Granger remains uncertain.

Last week, the council tabled the proposal after a public hearing sparked a spirited debate over the issue.
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Secondhand Smoke Can Cause Hearing Loss in Teens

August 16th, 2011 Posted in Teens smoking Tags:

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We have highlighted the adverse effects of smoking to the human body in several of our previous posts. The thing with smoking, though, is that it does not just affect the health of the smoker himself (or herself), but the people around the smoker as well. The results of a new study bring to light effects of this nature, as it reveals how exposure from secondhand smoking can affect the hearing of teens.
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Expert Advises Why You Should Read Electronic Cigarettes Reviews

August 15th, 2011 Posted in Electronic cigarettes Tags:

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E-cigarettes have been changing the landscape of the smoking and tobacco industry. The proliferation of these cigarettes has seen people cut back on conventional rolled tobacco cigarettes. Tobacco cigarettes are harmful, no doubt about that, and yet oddly, not smoking can also be harmful for some. Smoking cigarettes relieves stress because the nicotine in tobacco activates the reward center of the brain and this relieves stress. Ream more »

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Hookah smoking rises in popularity in suburbs despite health warnings

August 15th, 2011 Posted in smoking hookah Tags:

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Layne Cronin’s idea of relaxation is one imported from the Middle East: smoking flavored tobacco from an elaborate water pipe at a hookah lounge.
Once only found in urban areas and ethnic enclaves, the social practice has slowly been embraced in the suburbs. “The atmosphere is really relaxing after a day of work,” said Cronin, 24, of Sayreville. “You just hang out and chill with people.”
Since discovering hookah lounges three years ago — and they are all over New Jersey these days — Cronin experiments with different tobacco flavors a few times a week. Ream more »

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Smokeless tobacco products present new challenge for Colorado health officials

August 15th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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The public fight over tobacco is taking new shapes, literally, as Colorado becomes a testing ground for nicotine in the form of toothpicks, breath mints and strips that dissolve on the tongue.
The new forms of tobacco — potentially attractive to kids and a crutch for smokers whom health officials say should quit nicotine altogether — prompted public hearings and a scramble by regulators.
Tobacco critics condemn the products as dangerous “candy” and a cynical move by Big Tobacco to boost sales. Ream more »

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Local communities feeling effects of anti-tobacco cuts

August 15th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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State leaders have gutted funding for anti-tobacco initiatives more than 90 percent in the last 10 years, leading to fewer spot checks of stores for cigarette sales to minors, cuts to programs that help smokers quit and diminished prevention campaigns. Local public health departments have felt the sting, with many losing anti-tobacco staff positions and having to find creative ways to finance spot checks. Ream more »

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Catherine Zeta Jones Smoking E-Cigarettes

August 15th, 2011 Posted in Celebrities smoking Tags:

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She knows that her husband who was suffering from throat cancer used e cigarette to good effect. Now many pictures of Catherine holding the electronic cigarettes can be found online.

According to a reporter, “She was enjoying electronic cigarette and revealed that she wants to quit the habit of smoking”. The normal tobacco cigarette contains high level of nicotine and generates elements of cancer for a smoker whereas in electronic cigarette the nicotine addiction is dependent on smoker’s taste. Ream more »

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