Daily Archives: April 10, 2009

Tobacco is Toxic for Toto Too

The American Legacy Foundation(R) is challenging pet owners to quit smoking for their pets during the month of April, which kicks off Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. A growing body of research shows there are no safe levels of exposure to secondhand smoke — for humans or for animals. And one new study shows that nearly 30 percent of pet owners live with at least one smoker — a number far too high given the consequences of exposure to secondhand smoke (“SHS”).

Smoke and Politics: Considering Senator Gillibrand’s Tobacco Past

The American adversarial system of justice depends on the willingness of lawyers to vigorously represent unpopular, even odious clients. Criticizing a lawyer for his or her choice of client can be a dicey business. Like everyone else, though, lawyers bear responsibility for their decisions.

Is it the Cigarette that Relaxes You, or Just the Actions of Smoking?

Smoking is harmful for people’s health but it not kills all people. For example a pensioner, Winnie Langley, has celebrated her 100th birthday by lighting up her 170,000th cigarette from a candle on her birthday cake.
Winnie started cigarettes smoking only days after the First World War broke out in June 1914 when she was just seven-years-old, and has got through five a day ever since.
And she never has any intention of quitting, even after the smoking was banned even in public places.
At her 100th birthday party Winnie said: “I have smoked ever since infant school and I have never thought about quitting. There were not all the health warnings like there are today when I started. It was the done thing.”
Winnie, from Croydon, South London, also added that tobacco has never made her ill.
She has outlived a husband, Robert, and son, Donald, who died two years ago, aged 72.
The 100-year-old said that smoking helped calm her nerves during the two World Wars, and that’s why she will never quit. In those hard moments her best friend was cigarette, and she will never give up only because now is better. She thinks that if she will quit then she will betray her best friend.
She said: “A lot of people smoked during the war. It helped steady the nerves.”
Despite the numerous health warnings, Mrs. Langley reported that she never suffered because of smoking only because she never inhaled the cig smoke.
In fact a lot of researchers think that Mrs. Langley is the exception to the rule. Smoking does not steady people’s nerves. It only makes them more shake! Relaxation is the answer, NOT A CIGARETTE. Take a break, but without the nicotine.

Kiev – the Next Smoke-free State

Soon even in Kiev city will be introduce strict restrictions on selling alcohol and cigarettes or tobacco products to teenagers, according to the press correspondents. Kiev, the capital of Ukraine is one of the more beautiful and charming cities in Europe. This 1500-year old city, with a population of nearly 3 million people, is a leading industrial and commercial country.
Irena Kilchytska, the Kiev City Administration First Deputy Head, said that the new legislation will protect kids’ health.
“The problem is in selling products to teenagers,” the first vice mayor said.
Ukraine has the second highest smoking rate in Europe at 41 percent behind Greece according to a recent study of people 15 years and older conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology. Sixty-seven percent of men smoke while 20 percent of women puff cigarettes, according to the study.
The head of the council’s main department on trade and the economy, Vasyl Scherbenko, said that today in Kiev there are five manufacturers of alcohol products and 63 companies with the respective license.
In 2008 there were 4,158 licensed shops, meaning that every fourth one had a license to sell alcohol and tobacco.
Some 160 shops are located near educational institutions. The major problem is that many of these stores, which work 24 hours, sell low quality products, which may harm people’s health, especially that of teenagers.
Kilchyutska suggested to prohibiting alcohol and tobacco sales for young people below the age of 18 years old.

Prisoners smoking - evidence rating

It has been estimated that around 80% of the prison population smokes. Quarter 1 and 2 2008/09 data from the English NHS Stop Smoking Services shows that 4,083 quit dates were set in a prison setting with a self-reported success rate of 58% (2,348).
There is not yet enough evidence to suggest what the best type of intervention for prison settings may be. It would seem appropriate, however, that interventions offered to the general population should be available to a group with such high levels of smoking and also high levels of mental illness. Developing further evidence for the most effective combination of interventions will be part of the NHS Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training’s remit. In the meantime, the basic quality principles remain the same, irrespective of the intervention setting:

Tobacco groups blast House changes

Backers of last year’s successful tobacco control initiated measure say the state House is defying the will of voters by deleting part of the program passed in the November election.

Assembleia aprova projeto de lei antifumo em São Paulo

A Assembleia Legislativa de São Paulo aprovou na noite desta terça-feira (7) o projeto de lei antifumo proposto pelo governo do estado. A sessão foi marcada pelo protesto de entidades e pelas tentativas de obstrução da votação pelos deputados do Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT).

8% of Income, Syrian Smokers Spend on 3,6 kg of Cigarettes

In its statistics, the Syrian General Establishment of Tobacco General Establishment of Tobacco pointed out that smokers annually spend about S.P. 26 billion (USD 600 million) which means that each smoker spends 8 percent of his annual income to buy about 3,6 kg of cigarettes.

Tobacco smuggling penalty a ‘waste of time’

When the New South Wales Supreme Court imposed a massive $11 million fine on a tobacco smuggler last month, the federal Minister for Home Affairs, Bob Debus, promptly declared the result was a warning about the seriousness of the crime.