Naomi Ohayon, a 52-year-old mother of four, smoked for over 30 years until she quit the habit — hopefully for good — a month ago. “I’d tried just about every stop-smoking program out there,” Ohayon said from her home in the southern city of Beersheva. “Once, I quit for three days, the other times I couldn’t stop at all.”
Ohayon, who has asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), said she became increasingly motivated to kick the habit as her health deteriorated. Ream more »
“It was my friends who gave the cigarette to me first. I had it for fun. Then I also started buying. Not the whole pack, but a few cigarettes at a time as it was cheaper. Slowly it became an addiction. I tried to stop many times, but just could not,” Lizneen explained.
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Our lack of a workplace smoking ban in Indiana has become an embarrassment, especially with the Super Bowl looming before us. Even many Republican lawmakers who refused to address the issue for years appear ready to pass something.
There must be a convincing message from business leaders to elected officials that Indianapolis and Indiana are well behind the curve of hundreds of American cities and 29 states that benefit economically from smoke-free laws. Lawmakers may finally understand that convention and other business opportunities may bypass us because of our smoky environments, which visitors from out of state resent.
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The health news for pot smokers just keeps getting better. Last week, researchers released a study concluding that occasional pot users suffered no long-term effects in terms of memory and mental function — and in some cases actually scored better on memory tests than people who said they didn’t touch the potent weed — when they hit middle age. This week comes more research that’ll tickle those who take an occasional toke — and bring them even more bragging rights, especially over cigarette smokers: According to a long-term study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, low to moderate marijuana use has no significant negative effect on users’ respiratory health, especially not when compared to regular tobacco use. Ream more »
Recent news reports indicate that OU President David Boren is still considering whether to include a number of designated smoking areas across the Norman campus in lieu of a 100 percent ban on tobacco use. OU has a comprehensive tobacco ban at its Health Science Center and its Tulsa campus.
OU need only look to its neighbor to the north — Oklahoma State University — to learn why such exceptions are unnecessary and subject nonsmokers in the vicinity of these designated smoking areas to potentially dangerous health impacts from secondhand tobacco smoke. OSU enacted a total tobacco ban in 2008, including no cigarettes, cigars, pipes or smokeless tobacco. Ream more »
The Central District Health Department recently became the first health district in Idaho to adopt “nicotine-free” hiring practices, announcing it will no longer hire anyone who uses products that contain nicotine, including all forms of tobacco, nicotine patches, gums and electronic cigarettes.
But it’s not the only local government enacting tough new smoking restrictions.
The city of Boise began the new year by expanding the state’s ban on smoking in restaurants and many other public places to bars, sidewalks and parks. Ream more »
Anti-smoking advocates may finally be on the verge of getting a stronger statewide smoking ban passed by the General Assembly.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers in both the Senate and House is pushing to ban smoking in most public places and workplaces, including bars. The only exemptions it includes are the gambling floors of casinos and pari-mutuel betting parlors, private clubs and cigar and hookah bars. Various forms of a smoking ban have passed the House five times, only to die in the Senate. But with Gov. Mitch Daniels throwing his weight behind the idea this time, supporters are crossing their fingers that this is finally the year.
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Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, says he sees the measure as an incentive to quit as well as a way to counter the state’s soaring Medicaid costs under President Obama’s health care law. “We’re going to have about a 50 percent increase in our costs to Medicaid over the next 5 years,” Ray said. “That’s absolute best case scenario – up to a doubling of the cost of doing Medicaid. Our Medicaid could actually grow larger than what our current state budget is.” Ream more »
Launching a campaign to control the use of tobacco on Wednesday, health minister Adoor Prakash said that the countdown for a ‘Tobacco Free Kerala’ has begun. The minister underlined the fact that of the eight most common causes of death due to a disease, six were tobacco related.
“Regional Cancer Centre’s campaign (RCC) comes in the wake of research studies on the growing incidence of tobacco use in Kerala. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s Global Adult Tobacco Survey’ of 2010 indicates that 21.4% of adults including 35.5% men and 8.5% women use tobacco in any form,” Prakash said. If these figures count, as many as 2.8 million people in the state face premature death due to tobacco use, he said. Ream more »
While there is nothing magic about the third Thursday of November, former smokers will tell you that there is something to the idea of setting a specific date to quit.
For Eric Mathis, that date was Oct. 7 of this year – the day that he married his sweetheart, Tracy. Ream more »