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Brit-Am Tobacco backs House version of sin tax bill

October 15th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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British American Tobacco (BAT) is pushing for the House of Representatives’ approved version of the Sin Tax Reform Bill that would yield incremental revenues of P31.35 billion in the first year of implementation.

In a position paper, BAT asked lawmakers to pass a bill that would level the playing field in the industry, not the Senate committee report that Sen. Ralph Recto had endorsed.
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Kick habit via ‘Quit Smoking Clinics’

October 15th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Smokers trying to quit smoking have been advised to utilise ‘Quit Smoking Clinics’ at government health clinics instead of resorting to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).
Assistant Minister for Public Health Dr Jerip Susil yesterday cautioned that any form of smoking be it in cigarette, pipe or liquid form was harmful as long as it contained nicotine or carbon. Ream more »

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DPHHS Montana increases assistance for Montanans trying to Quit Tobacco

October 12th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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The Department of Public Health and Human Services Montana Tobacco Quit Line has expanded its cessation benefits to help Montanans quit using tobacco.

For a limited time only, DPHHS has added a second choice to its Nicotine Replacement Therapy to include a two-week supply of nicotine gum or lozenges. This offer will complement the four week supply of nicotine patches already provided to Quit Line clients.
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Anti-smoking activists in row over China Tobacco Museum in Shanghai

October 11th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Anti-smoking activists are angry at the controversial designation of Shanghai’s China Tobacco Museum as a “patriotic education base”. Analysts say the row highlights the ongoing battle between the nation’s tobacco industry and its opponents.

The designation was made in June on the basis that one exhibit shows how tobacco factory workers joined anti-imperialism activities in the 1930s and ’40s.
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Altoona Regional takes aim at tobacco

October 5th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Starting New Year’s Day, Altoona Regional Health System will not hire tobacco users nor allow tobacco use anywhere on its properties.

The hospital board approved the policy change as part of a “comprehensive approach to health and wellness” – given the damage inflicted by tobacco to users and through secondhand smoke even to non-users, according to the hospital.
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Schools to go tobacco-free

October 5th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Henrico County public schools and school-sponsored events soon will be entirely tobacco-free, following the School Board’s 4-1 vote Sept. 27 to enact a tobacco-free policy.

The policy likely will not take effect officially for a period of at least a few months, so that staff members and visitors who smoke or use tobacco have time to become adjusted to it. Ream more »

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San Rafael passes strict anti-tobacco ordinance

October 4th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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On Monday night, San Rafael city officials approved Marin County’s toughest anti-smoking ordinance, which prohibits smoking tobacco or marijuana in 40 percent of the city’s private residences and while sitting or standing on any sidewalk downtown.
As The Bay Citizen’s Jennifer Gollan reported earlier this week, the measure applies to any multifamily residential unit, condominium or apartment, as well as at public events, playgrounds and outdoor dining areas.
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The University of Oregon was the first of the Pac-12 to pronounce its campus smoke-free

October 4th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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The smoking ban forbids the use of all tobacco products on grounds owned or controlled by the University. It includes all buildings, athletic/entertainment facilities (such as Autzen Stadium), sidewalks, roadways, and parking lots.
The University of Oregon revealed their goal of becoming smoke- and tobacco-free during the fall of 2010. Nearly two years later, the University achieved its goal by enacting a smoking ban that began the September 1, 2012. Ream more »

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Rising prices driving smokers to quit

October 3rd, 2012 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Rising prices and growing public awareness are resulting in large numbers of Rotorua smokers trying to quit.

“It is really hard to quit smoking,” Lakes District Health Board Smokefree project manager Pip King said.

About 5000 New Zealanders die annually from smoking-related illnesses.
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