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Smoking apps could be breaking anti-tobacco advertising laws

October 24th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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The apps, some explicitly displaying cigarette brands, are available under categories including entertainment, games, lifestyle and even health and fitness.

University of Sydney researcher Nasser Dhim says those grouped under health and fitness often claim to help users quit smoking.
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Anti-tobacco NGO will not be cowed

October 23rd, 2012 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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The president of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) has urged his members to stand firm and not be “detracted” by the recent office break-ins suffered by three anti-tobacco NGOs, as well as John Dalli’s recent shock resignation mere days before the unveiling of a new anti-tobacco directive.
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Outcry over tobacco industry advertising campaign against Gutka ban

October 15th, 2012 Posted in smoking hookah Tags:

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After as many as 14 states imposed a ban on the manufacture and sale of gutka, the tobacco industry has launched an advertising campaign against the ban.
The move has, in turn, got anti-tobacco groups fuming as they believe the campaign violates the anti-tobacco law which prohibits advertising of tobacco products. Ream more »

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San Rafael passes strict anti-tobacco ordinance

October 4th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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On Monday night, San Rafael city officials approved Marin County’s toughest anti-smoking ordinance, which prohibits smoking tobacco or marijuana in 40 percent of the city’s private residences and while sitting or standing on any sidewalk downtown.
As The Bay Citizen’s Jennifer Gollan reported earlier this week, the measure applies to any multifamily residential unit, condominium or apartment, as well as at public events, playgrounds and outdoor dining areas.
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Graphic, emotional anti-tobacco campaigns click with smokers

September 26th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Here’s a tip for Indian doctors and authorities who are looking for ways to reduce smoking among the population. A new review piece in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that emotional public campaigns – especially those with personal testimonials — help smokers quit their unhealthy habit.
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Tobacco firms violating anti-tobacco laws, says WHO official

September 24th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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With the health authorities focusing on the eradication of polio, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the government appear to be turning a blind to eye to brazen violations of the anti-tobacco law.

A WHO official in Karachi told The News that certain international cigarette companies – in a display of their muscle to health officials – were openly placing brand images of their products at points of sale.
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Students, activists seek anti-tobacco chapters in school curriculum

September 10th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Sonu Solanki first consumed gutkha at age 12 because of peer pressure. Soon, he became an addict and started emptying 5-6 packets into his mouth daily. By 17, he was diagnosed with oral cancer and had to undergo surgery.

“Parents tried to stop me, but access to gutkha and paan masala was too easy with shops close to my school selling tobacco products,” Solanki said.
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Anti- tobacco lobby protest movie with smoking scene

September 3rd, 2012 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Several organisations in the forefront of the anti-tobacco campaign voiced disapproval about the alleged depiction of smoking and liquor consumption scenes (uncensored) in a Sinhala film being screened islandwide.

The National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA), following objections, is planning to request the Censor Board and Arts Council either to delete the scenes or run health risk and warning messages provided by NATA at the bottom of the screen during the entire length of the smoking or drinking scenes. Ream more »

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Anti-tobacco programs see funding cuts in NC

July 24th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Funding to stop teen smoking is getting snuffed out in North Carolina.
Lawmakers eliminated most of the money for anti-tobacco programs statewide, and that means huge cuts to Mecklenburg County.
Caroline Debello is a rising Myers Park senior. This fall, Debello’s passion to stop smoking was supposed to be a part-time job. She planned to travel the state to share her message for an organization called TRU, Tobacco Reality Unfiltered. Ream more »

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Budget Cuts Affect Anti-Tobacco Campaigns

July 10th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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It seems that previous initiatives aimed to control tobacco use have been quite successful as smoking rates have dropped year after year. However, Worcester Department of Public Health representative Karyn Johnson fears that what her department has achieved may be jeopardized.
The population at present is at 181,000 with more than 31,000 smokers. In 1998, the budget set for anti-tobacco programs reached $350,000. Ream more »

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