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Marin cities fare poorly in group’s tobacco control report card

January 21st, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Marin cities are not doing well when it comes to tobacco control policies, earning below a “D” grade on average, according to an American Lung Association report card issued Thursday.

“One might say there is room for improvement,” said Pam Granger, a spokeswoman for the association. “But there is some forward movement occurring in Marin.”

Overall grades — which were mostly the same as last year in Marin — were based on three categories: laws to encourage smoke-free outdoor air; smoke-free housing; and reduction in sales of tobacco products.
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Supporting a tobacco-free campus

January 21st, 2011 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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On Jan. 1 of this year, Southwest Minnesota State implemented a policy for our campus to “go tobacco-free.” We joined 10 other campuses in our Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) System which are currently one hundred percent tobacco-free.

Several other campuses are in the process of adopting this tobacco-free policy.
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Washington struggles with use of medical marijuana

January 21st, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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When Elliott Cain lived in California, staff at a marijuana dispensary there recommended a mild brand of marijuana that they said was effective at treating anxiety.

Cain, who had a doctor’s authorization to use marijuana as medicine, found it did just that, tamping down his anxiety without zonking him out.

But when he moved to Washington, medical marijuana was no longer an option. The only legal drugs he could access were prescription medicines that interfered with his sleep.
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Smoking in Movies: Why Your Brain Thinks It’s Cool

January 20th, 2011 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

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Two things people say when they hear about research on smoking tobacco are: “Why do research on smoking? We all know it’s bad for you,” and “Smoking is just a bad habit. You can quit if you have enough willpower.” Now it turns out that a new study published in the The Journal of Neuroscience shows that those people who said, “smoking is a bad habit,” were partially right.
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Cigarette exposure gives kids high blood pressure

January 20th, 2011 Posted in Teens smoking Tags:

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Need yet another reason to kick the cigarette habit? If you can’t do it for yourself, do it for your kids.
I think we’re all aware by now of how dangerous cigarettes are to those who smoke them. And if you think just smoking one (or two, or three) a day is safe, you’re wrong. The U.S. Surgeon General released a report last month stating that even one cigarette — even one — is bad for your health.
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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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