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Smoking ordinance has people at odds at public hearing

September 23rd, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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A five-month delay, some revision and a public hearing didn’t change the debate over proposed tighter smoking rules in Macon.
The open debate, held before about 100 onlookers in City Council chambers Thursday evening, came down to health vs. freedom — or at least that’s how opposing sides framed their own positions.
Only half a dozen of the council’s 15 members were on hand to hear the discussion. After a previous version of a smoking ordinance drew a mayoral veto in May, council members promised a public hearing before submitting a revised version. Ream more »

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Kicking the smoking habit improves memory

September 23rd, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Smokers have one more reason to kick the habit: They will be able to remember everyday tasks better.
Researchers from Northumbria University in England compared the performance of smokers, nonsmokers and former smokers when they were given a series of real-world memory tasks. Although research in the past has shown smoking causes memory deficits, they wanted to find out if giving up smoking would lead to improvements. Ream more »

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Gulf countries approve tobacco warning law

September 22nd, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Smokers in the Gulf oil producers could have second thoughts to continue smoking when they come face to face with grim images on the hazards of such a habit occupying most of their cigarette packages or tobacco products under a new law approved by member states this week.

The law will be enforced in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in August 2012 and it includes unified graphic warnings to be printed on all cigarette boxes and tobacco used in hookah and other smoking tools.
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MCC Bans Smoking, Becomes Smoke-Free Campus

September 22nd, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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McHenry County College is becoming a tobacco-free campus effective Oct. 1.

“The goal of becoming a tobacco-free campus is to promote a safe, clean and healthy learning environment for our students, employees and community patrons,” said Lena Kalemba, RN and MCC’s director of health and wellness.

The MCC board of trustees passed a new policy banning smoking on campus at its August meeting. Official enforcement of that policy begins Oct. 1.
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WHO calls for action on world tobacco industry

September 21st, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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The UN’s health chief challenged governments on Monday to accelerate the implementation of a robust framework convention on tobacco control despite the “despicable efforts” of the tobacco industry to subvert it.
World Health Organisation director-general Margaret Chan told the general assembly in New York that fully implementing the UN’s anti-smoking Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, signed by over 170 countries, “would bring the single biggest blow to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and respiratory disease.”
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Officials credit safer cigarettes for fewer fire death

September 20th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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For some, the upside may be worth the risk, while for others, addiction compels them to continue.

Smoking can also kill you quickly.

But officials said there’s no upside to risking fire, as highlighted by a recent ruling that “unattended smoking materials” caused the Altoona blaze on March 22 that killed five people: Thomas Boyles, 57; Baron R. Snyder Sr., 40; Christopher S. Alvord, 23; Warren A. “Boo” Carter Jr., 35; and Joey A. Middaugh, 17.
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HHS launches SMS smoking cessation services

September 20th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week two new SMS smoking cessation programs, QuitNowTXT and SmokeFreeTXT, as part of their Text4Health initiative. The programs, a collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, are aimed separately at adults, and teens/young adults, respectively.

HHS formed the Text4Health Task Force in November 2010 to provide recommendations for HHS’ role in encouraging and developing health text messaging initiatives, Ream more »

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Students should give cigarettes the butt

September 19th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Suddenly your lungs have been blackened as your immune system tries to expel the toxins, forcing you to cough. You failed to notice that fellow Cougar in front of you holding a cigarette. Better luck next time.

The US Surgeon General, the nation’s leading spokesperson on public health, has continuously reported that there is absolutely no level of safe exposure to secondhand smoke.
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Campus smoking bans across New Jersey could affect school policy

September 15th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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After several New Jersey campuses banned smoking, the Student Government Association is looking to change the smoking policy at Seton Hall.
SGA President Derel Stroud is looking to propose a new smoking initiative at Seton Hall that will strictly enforce current policies rather than ban smoking altogether.
Stroud’s plan aims to strongly enforce the 25 foot limit in place for smoking near residence halls and other campus buildings. Ream more »

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New Online Tobacco Cessation Tool Available in Kansas

September 1st, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

Tobacco Use Prevention
Helps people successfully quit using all forms of tobacco, including smokeless products.
The Kansas Tobacco Quitline recently added an online tobacco cessation counseling service, Web Coach®. The online service provides counseling and support materials based on individuals’ readiness to quit tobacco use. The program, which is free to Kansas residents, will help tobacco users create an easy-to-follow quitting plan that will help them prepare, take action and live without tobacco. Ream more »

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