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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:

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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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How Do You Feel About Tobacco Stores?

August 30th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Do you feel the more exposure your children have to tobacco the more it might negatively impact them? Or do you feel it’s the parent’s responsibility to teach children about the risks of tobacco and the stores should be treated like any other business?
How do you feel about tobacco stores in Northfield? Do you feel the more exposure your children have to tobacco the more it might negatively impact them? Ream more »

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Tobacco laws to be strengthened as young smokers on rise

August 29th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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The Public Health Ministry plans to strengthen two anti-smoking laws in a bid to curb smoking.

Public Health Minister Wittaya Buranasiri said the government will amend the 1992 Tobacco Control Act and the 1992 Non-smokers’ Health Protection Act in a bid to catch up with modern forms of tobacco trade, marketing and advertising, such as online commercials and public events which are sponsored by multinational tobacco companies.
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Doctors help Sidon’s residents quit smoking

August 22nd, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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A few meters away from the dozens of cafes scattered along the seaside boulevard near the old city of Sidon, doctors set up a tent to treat smokers and guide them in overcoming their addiction to nicotine.

The Islamic Welfare Association (ISWA) in collaboration with local organizations and with the support of the Health Ministry and the World Health Organization set aside Saturday to raise public awareness on the dangers of smoking.
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