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Many different ways to seek help quitting

January 20th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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That ongoing message to smokers is being reinforced by the provincial government and many advocacy groups during National Non-Smoking Week.

Saskatchewan has one of the highest smoking rates in the country.

The Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey reported a smoking prevalence of 22.3 per cent in the province in 2009, compared with a national prevalence of 17.5 per cent.
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Fighting Tobacco Use in Schuylkill County

January 20th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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A group of teens in Schuylkill County spent Wednesday evening trying to help others kick the habit.

The group set up shop inside Friendly’s restaurant near Pottsville, selling sweet treats and handing out information about the dangers of smoking and using tobacco.

The Schuylkill Teens Kickin’ Nicotine Team and the Schuylkill County Tobacco-Free Youth Coalition teamed up for the night. Ream more »

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National Non-Smoking Week continues in Manitoba

January 20th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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This week across Canada local agencies united to encourage people butt out – their cigarettes, that is.

National Non-smoking Week was established in 1977 by the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control(CCTC). More than an awareness campaign, the week was designed to be more than billboards and posters. “We actually want to move people to action,” Bob Walsh, executive director of the CCTC said. Ream more »

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No to medical marijuana zones — for now

January 19th, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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Southfield’s City Council voted unanimously tonight against proposed zoning regulations that would have allowed medical marijuana growing facilities in the city’s light industrial districts.
The vote came after more than a dozen residents — most opposed to the measure — and two lawyers debated the validity of the zoning. Most council members said they still needed to do more research. They then voted unanimously to extend the city’s 180-day moratorium from July — scheduled to end Friday — for another 180 days. Ream more »

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Democratic leader wants to remove legislators from tobacco commission

January 19th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco companies Tags:

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For years, critics have speculated that House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong sought changes to the tobacco commission because he was bitter he was never appointed to the panel that doles out money from a settlement with the nation’s tobacco companies. Now, Armstrong wants to make sure that legislators never serve on the commission.
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BBC exposes tobacco crime gangs in Scotland

January 19th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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BBC investigative reporter Sam Poling goes undercover to smoke out the truth behind the illegal tobacco trade
A BBC investigation is set to expose the organised crime groups controlling Scotland’s illegal tobacco trade.

Illegal products being sold by crime gangs were bought by a BBC Scotland undercover team, who secretly filmed the supply chain.
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King County health panel stamps out e-cigarettes

January 19th, 2011 Posted in Electronic cigarettes Tags:

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King County Board of Health members restricted sales and use of electronic cigarettes last month.
The e-cigarette is a battery-powered device designed to deliver a nicotine-based and flavored liquid vapor.
The board voted unanimously to restrict the sales of e-cigarettes or any other unapproved nicotine delivery devices only to people 18 and older. The board prohibited free or highly discounted electronic smoking devices or unapproved nicotine delivery products. The use of e-cigarette devices in places where smoking is prohibited by law is also banned. Ream more »

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First Breath helps pregnant women quit smoking

January 19th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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A woman from Appleton gave birth to a healthy baby in July, and she credits a Wisconsin smoking cessation program for helping to keep her off the cigarettes during her pregnancy. Heidi Steller, 20, is a new mom to a baby girl, Jayden Grace, and is one of 10,000 women who have participated in First Breath, a program belonging to the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, of which former Wisconsin first lady Sue Ann Thompson is founder.
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Legislature needs to revisiit medical marijuana issue

January 18th, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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Back in 2004, someone came to our front door to talk to us about supporting “medical marijuana.” At the time, it seemed like a rather compassionate, libertarian and open-minded thing to consider. What we didn’t know was that while this guy was talking to us at the front door, his buddies were sneaking in our back door and setting up a “legalized marijuana” operation in our living rooms.
So what we now have are very few community doctors willing to write prescriptions for “medical marijuana” for the patients they care for, which was predictable. Ream more »

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Taxpayers should fund bids to quit smoking

January 18th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco ban

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B.C. taxpayers will soon be picking up the tab for nicotine patches and Nicorette gum to help smokers butt out, if the Canadian Cancer Society has its way.

“The Canadian Cancer Society would like the B.C. government to subsidize nicotine-replacement therapies and smoking-cessation products to enable the up to 70 per cent of smokers who wish to quit to do so,” said Kathryn Seely of the CCS’s B.C. and Yukon division.
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