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WHO urges nations to enhance smoke free air policies

March 21st, 2012 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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No level of exposure to second-hand smoke is safe – By A Staff Reporter – MUSCAT — The World Health Organization (WHO) urges governments to protect the public from exposure to second-hand smoke by implementing 100 per cent smoke-free air policies in all enclosed public places. This was a key recommendation of a report released yesterday that measured levels of “second-hand smoke” in countries of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region. Ream more »

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NZ campaigners hope for and work towards a smoke-free world

March 20th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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New Zealand anti-smoking groups want to see the world become smoke free by 2040. Delegates from our National Tobacco Control Working Group are heading to Singapore next week to submit a proposal to the World Conference on Tobacco or Health.

The New Zealand delegation wants tobacco removed from trade agreements, and treated the same as the likes of arms, ammunition and asbestos. Ream more »

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Company helps workers kick the habit in time for No Smoking Day

March 15th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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Employees of a Newtownabbey-based company have taken up the challenge to quit smoking in time for national No Smoking Day.
Northgate Managed Services saw 18 workers take on its workplace quit smoking clinic which was delivered through a partnership between Boots, Abbeycentre and Workplace Smoking Cessation Service (WSCS).

Andy Ross, Chief Executive of Northgate Managed Services, said the scheme has proved worthwhile.
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Maryland bill would ban smoking in vehicles with kids

March 7th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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Supporters of a ban on smoking inside vehicles with child passengers say the proposed legislation is strictly a health concern while opponents say it’s yet another attack on individual rights.

The full Senate opened debate Tuesday on the legislation, which would fine drivers as much as $50 if they or a passenger are caught smoking in a vehicle with a passenger 8 or younger.

The House Environmental Matters Committee heard testimony Tuesday on a similar bill.
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Parks become smoke-free

February 24th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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No more Marlboros on the merry-go-round or Kools in the spray pool. It’s the law.
City lawmakers Thursday night voted overwhelmingly to ban smoking around Albany’s outside recreational areas, including playgrounds and ball fields, in hopes of limiting kids’ exposure to deadly second-hand smoke and setting a better example for youngsters before they pick up the habit.
The 13-1 vote came after County Health Commissioner Dr. James Crucetti enthusiastically endorsed the prohibition, calling prevention a key tool for stemming the tide of smoking-related deaths. Ream more »

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Govt to get tough on tobacco consumption

February 6th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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The country observed the World Cancer Day today by organising various awareness programmes with the slogan ‘together it is possible’.

Dr Praveen Misha, secretary at the Ministry of Health and Population, said at a programme organised to mark the day that the government is working for the effective implementation of the anti-tobacco act across the nation. At the cancer awareness programme, Dr Mishra said cancer is developing as a major problem for all countries and excessive use of tobacco products is the major cause of the disease.
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Parents quit smoking using laser therapy

January 11th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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THERE are plenty reasons to give up smoking – from the impact on your health to the sheer cost – and of course that stale smell on your clothes.
But even if that’s not enough, many do so for their kids’ sake.
Doctors recently called for people to be banned from lighting up in cars because of the dangers of passive smoking to their passengers – especially children.
The British Medical Association called for the extension of the ban on smoking in public places after it was found toxins in a car can be 23 times greater than in a smoky bar. Ream more »

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Meriden Health Department helps smokers kick the habit

January 6th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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Randy Ellison has been smoking cigarettes on and off since he was 14. He’s tried to kick the habit multiple times, but had nearly given up on trying to quit.
But after being hospitalized for 19 days due to congested heart failure, the 51-year-old Meriden resident decided that it’s time to quit smoking.
“They said that if I didn’t quit, I’d die,” he said.
Doctors gave Ellison a prescription for the nicotine patch, but he neglected to buy it after he saw the price of one box. Ream more »

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Get moving, quit smoking to put brakes on heart disease

November 18th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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The recent article “Tennesseans suffer fewer heart ills” noted the decrease in heart disease mortality over the past four years. While this is good news, it also serves as a reminder still that we have work to do on major health issues in our state.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the mortality rate for heart disease in Tennessee dropped 16 percent from 2006 to 2010 — that’s the good news. However, our heart disease rate of 6.9 percent for adults is the ninth-highest in the U.S.
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Judge Blocks New Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels

November 16th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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Those highly graphic images the government hoped to use as warning labels on cigarette packages will not appear – at least not anytime soon.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon has granted a stay for tobacco companies, who have sued to block the use of the labels, arguing they violate the companies’ First Amendment rights. Leon granted the stay, saying he believes the tobacco companies will win in their suit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
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