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Province unveils new plan to reduce smoking

April 28th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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Amending the Smoke Free Places Act and encouraging smoke-free housing are just some of the components of the province’s five-year tobacco strategy announced yesterday.

Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald said the province will reduce the smoking rate among 20- to 24-year- olds by 20 per cent in 2016 and aims to reduce the number of teens smoking from 15 per cent to 10 per cent.
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Many Smokers Still Deceived by Cigarette Labeling

April 13th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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Many smokers in western nations still incorrectly believe that certain types of cigarettes, such as “mild” and “low tar” brands, are less of a health risk than others, a new study shows.

Researchers surveyed more than 8,000 smokers in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, and found that about one-fifth of them wrongly believed that “some cigarettes could be less harmful than others.”
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Bullitt health board passes smoking ban, legal challenge pending

March 23rd, 2011 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

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A smoking ban for Bullitt County is official. Tuesday night, the county’s health board voted in favor of not lighting up in public buildings. Businesses must go cold turkey by September. But a legal battle is still brewing.

Bullitt County health officials tell us they recommended the smoking ban after they got back poor air quality tests and found out more than 75 percent of residents polled were in favor of a ban. Despite that, Judge-Executive Melanie Roberts and the Fiscal Court still want a judge to decide if it’s legal.
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FDA, DOH Join Hands to Combat Tobacco Products

March 15th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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Contents of tobacco products will soon witness a regulation because of a joint effort made by the Department of Health and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Talking about the decision, Director of the FDA, Dr. Suzette Lazo, informed that the Republic Act 9711 Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) allows the FDA to regularize the contents of tobacco products.
She went on to informed that the FDA has not regulated tobacco previously; however, given the health complications that are caused by tobacco are adverse and the DOH has the responsibility of safeguarding public health. She further informed that the DOH will be carrying out this specific initiative with the help of the FDA. Ream more »

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Unsafe Chemical Compounds from Smoking cigarettes

March 7th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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Most smokers do not take into consideration the type of substances present in the cigarettes they puff. They are only mindful of how these cigarettes aid them in dealing with the strains of everyday life. As most smokers believe, cigarettes can calm them down whenever they feel annoyed and help them loosen up at the end of a hectic day. It is also a source of comfort for them when they are gloomy or lonely. Ream more »

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Smoke-free campus a result of years of advocacy

March 2nd, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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For some people, having clean air to breathe is a necessity and a health issue that isn’t taken lightly.
One such person is Marshall McFarland, a University senior art major who said he is susceptible to asthma attacks when he is exposed to environmental pollutants, such as second-hand cigarette smoke.
“I just find it disrespectful when people smoke in public places,” McFarland said. “It’s just a message to me that they don’t value my health.” Ream more »

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Smoking Ban Hits CUNY Schools

January 27th, 2011 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

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On Monday, City University of New York forbade smoking entirely on all their campuses. They joined at least 466 other campuses in this endeavor.
Nationwide, universities are working to promote healthier student lifestyles.
College life has often been connected with harmful behavior like smoking, excessive drinking and drug abuse. Authorities hope that the ban will discourage students who smoke from continuing to do so. It is also intended to decrease the amount of second-hand smoke on their campuses. Ream more »

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Tobacco-free efforts focus on financial burden

January 27th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

Jane Jones, Muskogee Against Tobacco program coordinator, says that when discussing the impact of tobacco use, the focus often turns to its tragic health effects and loss of life. However, every business and citizen in Muskogee County also bears a financial burden.

Tobacco-Free Oklahoma Week, which runs through Sunday, highlights these burdens.
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Smoking Damages Genes Within Minutes

January 17th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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Minutes after the first puffs, a smoker’s genes are damaged enough to lay the groundwork for a future cancer to take hold. That’s what U.S. scientists discovered in a recent study designed to evaluate the effect of substances in tobacco on DNA.

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Damage occurred so quickly, it startled researchers who compared the speed of the effect to injecting the substances directly into the bloodstream. Ream more »

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