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Stop teen smoking? Tackle the industry

July 28th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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The Gazette has shown leadership over the years on tobacco control, from its investigative reporting to its editorials. For this, Quebec, and indeed all of Canada, should be proud.

But I must disagree with your editorial. Many governments have focused on goals for reducing smoking by young people and have been disappointed. And scientific articles underline what many in tobacco control know: young people aspire to reach the next-older age group. and teens aspire to be adults.
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Smoking cessation drugs approved for provincial coverage

July 27th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Beginning Aug. 4, the Ontario government will fund the smoking cessation drugs Champix and Zyban, the Star has learned.

Adding the two drugs to the Ontario Drug Benefit Plan — the list of medications covered by the province — could cost between $10 million to $15 million a year, said Health Minister Deb Matthews.
“This will help people quit and prevent cancer,” Matthews said. “I am enormously pleased with it.”
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Court asked to stop MMDA campaign vs smoking in public

July 26th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Two smokers have taken the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to court after they were fined for smoking in public.
In their petition, security guards Antony Clemente and Vrianne Lamsen asked the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court to stop the MMDA from implementing a ban on smoking in public places in Metro Manila.
The two were apprehended by an MMDA enforcer after they were caught smoking on the sidewalk on Edsa, near Farmers Market in Cubao, Quezon City, on July 6. Ream more »

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Hearing Loss In Teens Linked To Secondhand smoke

July 22nd, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Unusual as it sounds, a recent analysis shows secondhand smoke may harm areas other than the respiratory system in teens.

Data taken from 1,533 U.S. participants between 12 and 19 years of age revealed that individuals with higher levels of one nicotine compound in their blood were also more likely to have a common type of hearing loss in at least one ear. Ream more »

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Group hits roadblock on tougher smoking ordinance

July 21st, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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It was one step forward, two steps back Tuesday in the quest for a tougher smoking ordinance in Augusta, but health advocates vowed to push on.
East Central Health District Director Ketty Gonzalez made a five-minute presentation to the Augusta Commission on the dangers of secondhand smoke in requesting a total ban on smoking in public places, only to be told afterward that the matter needs to go through the commission’s committee system. Ream more »

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Help to quit smoking available

July 19th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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PARKERSBURG Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department officials outlined a number of no cost cessation programs available to those who want to stop smoking.

“We get inquiries from people who say the health department has these no smoking regulations, but how can you get help to stop smoking. That’s why we invited you here today, to talk about some of the programs that are available,” commission President Blair Couch said.
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Smoking Ban at Parks Thwarts Puffing Parents

July 19th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Ken Ulman, take note. You’ve made three future voters happy with the latest anti-smoking regulation in Howard County.

Actually, two future voters. Our 11 year-old was worried when I told him about the ban on smoking in county parks. “Does this mean Dad won’t take us to the park anymore?”

Yes, my husband and I smoke. I’m not proud of it, but it’s a fact.
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Paramus health board bans smoking in public places

July 14th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Paramus is once again at the forefront of tobacco control, as the Board of Health unanimously adopted an ordinance that prohibits smoking in borough parks, playgrounds, public swimming facilities and recreational areas.

The ordinance, approved last month, covers lighted cigarettes, cigars, pipes and electronic cigarettes within the boundaries of “smoke-free zones,” borough public areas that include the Municipal Pool, the Band Shell and the Paramus Golf Club Mini Golf Course, according to Health Officer John Hopper. Ream more »

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Secondhand smoke ‘could increase risk of ADHD in children by 50%’

July 13th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Children exposed to secondhand smoke in the home increase their odds of developing common mental and behavioral disorders by 50 per cent, experts say.
Passive smoking is already known to increase the risk of cot death, asthma, meningitis and middle-ear infections among children.
In the latest study, scientists analysed more than 50,000 results from a U.S children’s health survey conducted between 2007 and 2008. Ream more »

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Iceland considers prescription-only cigarettes

July 11th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Think New Zealand anti-smoking laws are tough? Iceland is considering banning cigarettes and making them prescription-only for those who cannot quit.
Former health minister Siv Fridleifsdottir has proposed a radical private member’s bill in parliament that would make cigarettes a prescription-only product, banning their sale in regular shops and only allowing pharmacies to distribute them, the UK’s Guardian reported. Ream more »

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