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Quitline Launches New Online Quit Smoking Tools

May 27th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Quitline has launched a range of new online support tools to coincide with this year’s World Smokefree Day (Tuesday 31 May). The tools include an interactive QuitCoach which gives users customised ideas and suggestions tailored to them.

“It’s about offering as much choice as possible,” says Quitline Chief Executive, Paula Snowden. She continues: “As well as getting help by phone or through a face-to-face provider, smokers wanting to give up can get online advice with the QuitCoach tool on our website. They can also order patches, gum or lozenges, sign up for text support, register for the Quit blogs and see how much money they are saving with the Quit Stats tool.
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Toddler found wandering in Bethlehem holding marijuana pipe and cigarettes

May 19th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Bethlehem police have charged the parents of a toddler who was found Saturday wandering on West Boulevard barefoot with a dirty diaper and holding a pack of cigarettes and a marijuana pipe, court records say.
Bryan K. Schneider, 46, and Katherine D. Main-Schneider, 32, both of the 2500 block of West Boulevard, were each charged Saturday with endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were released on $10,000 unsecured bail.
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Tobacco-free city policies spark debate

May 5th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Don’t talk about creating a preference for job applicants who don’t use tobacco and establishing a tobacco-free workplace in the same breath.

That’s the message city commissioners sent to staff May 3 regarding a proposed resolution on the tobacco-free policies. Under a tobacco-free workplace, city employees wouldn’t be able to smoke on city property but could smoke elsewhere, such as during their lunch hours.
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Young women exposed to smoking danger

May 4th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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The ban highlights the serious problem of second hand smoking. It’s a issue that is particularly affecting young women.
Are you OK with people smoking around you?
“No, but my husband is really addicted to smoking, so what can I do?”
“Absolutely not! I will stop them if I see somebody smoking while I am waiting for the bus.”
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Positive media campaigns may help minorities quit cigarettes

May 3rd, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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As African-American smokers are probably less likely to receive quitting advice from their doctors or use quit aids, here is a novel method to help them avoid smoking. A groundbreaking study now suggests that media campaigns proffering positive encouragement have a significant impact on getting African-American smokers to quit. It was mentioned that a campaign resonating with lower education and lower income smokers seems to be extremely vital in the health world.
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Preserve the tobacco prevention fund for its intended purpose

April 22nd, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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On April 12, the state House voted to advance Senate Bill 120, which will disassemble the state’s comprehensive tobacco control program. Currently, SB 120 proposes to take $42 million by diverting the tobacco company payments to, and raiding the assets of the Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund over the next three fiscal years to balance the state’s budget deficit.
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Gurnee Park District to mull tobacco-free policy

April 21st, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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High school students collected 1,087 cigarette butts in 45 minutes at Hunt Club Park Community Center, according to Vidal Anguiano, 18, a Zion-Benton High School student.

Anguiano is one of 26 members of REALITY Illinois, a Lake County chapter of a statewide teen prevention program. Anguiano and his fellow club members met with Gurnee Park District commissioners Monday to try to persuade the board to institute a tobacco-free policy.
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Prisoners Volunteer To Quit Smoking

April 21st, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Voluntary smokefree units have been established at prisons throughout the country in the lead up to the implementation of smokefree prisons from 1 July.

Six completely voluntary smokefree units are currently in operation, (one at Otago Corrections Facility, one at Manawatu Prison, one at Rimutaka Prison, one at Invercargill Prison and two at Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility), Ream more »

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Make a law to ban public smoking

April 18th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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I am writing to ask my elected officials to support a state-wide smoke-free workplace law for Alabama.

I have been around second-hand smoke for a long time. Several people in my extended family smoke, and any time we have a family get-together, they sit on the front porch and smoke. Even when I am outside on the porch with them, the smoke really gets to me. Ream more »

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Flowood prepares to go smoke-free in work places

April 14th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Flowood is about to join the list of about three dozen Mississippi cities that are smoke-free in public places.

Starting May 4, the Jackson suburb will ban smoking in all businesses and work places. Smoking will also be prohibited within 20 feet of business entrances in Flowood.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that Flowood aldermen adopted the no-smoking ordinance April 4, and it takes effect May 4. Ream more »

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