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Thousands of illegal cigarettes found in impounded taxi

January 4th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Tshwane metro police seized thousands of boxes of illegal cigarettes on Monday when they stopped a taxi thought to be unroadworthy.

The boxes were stashed behind door and roof panels as well as in compartments underneath the vehicle.

The officers discovered the illicit nicotine stashed by accident when they loaded the taxi to be towed away.
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Federal Judge Stops NYC from Requiring Grisfy Pictures Where Tobacco Sold

January 3rd, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Federal Judge Jed Rakoff of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan has held that the New York City Health Department cannot adopt a rule which would require that gruesome photographs of smokers suffering from various forms of cancer be placed beside cash registers in more than 11,000 bodegas and convenience stores in the city. “Even merchants of morbidity are entitled to the full protection of the law, for our sake as well as theirs,” the judge ruled — although he agreed with the harm of tobacco, noting, “Within New York City, roughly 7,500 people die from smoking annually — more than from AIDS, homicide and suicide combined.”
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Guelph program offers help for locals trying to kick smoking

December 28th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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If you’re making a commitment to a fresh start free of cigarette smoke, now may be the ideal time, with the Guelph Family Health Team by your side. The largest team of physicians in Guelph is collaborating on a cost-free smoking cessation program covering the education and medications needed to get you into a healthier smoke-free future with support from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the provincial Ministry of Health Promotion.
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Tobacco sales to minors drop in Winnebago County

December 27th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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It continues to get harder for minors to purchase tobacco products in Winnebago County. Ninety-four businesses licensed to sell tobacco products were checked in 2010 to see if they would sell products to people under the age of 18. Only five of the businesses sold tobacco to minors, for a non-compliance rate of 5.3 percent — a 20 percent drop from the 25.2 percent countywide non-compliance rate in 2009.
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Your New Years Resolution to Quit Smoking Starts With a Plan

December 24th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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As millions of people contemplate their New Year’s Resolutions, quitting smoking and getting healthier are often among the top ten pacts for starting the year off right. But quitting smoking can be challenging, so preparing ahead of time can help you achieve your goal.
According to the National Cancer Institute, planning ahead can make breaking your nicotine addiction easier. Now that you have your quit date set – January 1, 2011 – in the days leading up to it pay close attention to when and why you smoke. This will help you become more aware of the things in your daily life that you do while smoking, such as drinking your morning coffee or driving your car. Ream more »

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Study Claims Smoking Causes Worse Pain In Cancer Patients

December 23rd, 2010 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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A new study has found that smokers who find out they have cancer may experience more pain than cancer patients who are nonsmokers, reports CNN Health.

After a survey was conducted that included 224 cancer patients with several different diagnoses, researchers asked each one about pain severity, distress from pain, and how pain affected their everyday life. The results showed that cancer patients who smoked experienced much more severe pain than those who never smoked or were ex-smokers. Ream more »

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Tobacco prevention funds go up in smoke

December 17th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Massachusetts ranks 37th in the nation when it comes to funding anti-tobacco efforts, and tobacco control specialists in Berkshire County — where the smoking rate is above the statewide average — say the state’s financial strain is impacting smoking cessation and prevention efforts.

“This is the life we live now,” said Joan Rubel, project coordinator of the Northern Berkshire Tobacco-Free Community Partnership at Berkshire AHEC. “I think what’s in place in the state is an infrastructure at a very low level of tobacco cessation and prevention work.”
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Tobacco control cell constituted

December 15th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Bihar government has set up a state tobacco control cell in view of the growing number of deaths due to tobacco-related diseases. National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP), which has brought positive impact in other states, will be implemented both in letter and spirit in the state soon.

The government decision to set up a cell follows publication of a report in TOI highlighting virtual non-implementation of the smoking ban in Bihar.
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Quit Smoking with Subsidized Nicotine Patches

December 10th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco control Tags: ,

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On Thursday, Health Minister Nicola Roxon announced that the subsidized nicotine patches will be available under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from February 1 to make smokers give up smoking.

“Cancer scars the lives of too many Australians and we know that reducing the smoking rate is one of the most effective ways to reduce the rate of death from this terrible disease”, said Ms. Roxon.
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Man Tries To Smuggle Cigarettes, Alcohol Into US

December 3rd, 2010 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) at the Stanton Street international bridge revoked the SENTRI privileges of an El Paso man after finding contraband hidden in his vehicle Monday afternoon. Ream more »

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