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State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues

State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues (SLATI) 2007 is the American Lung Association’s comprehensive annual compendium
of state tobacco control laws. It provides information
on state tobacco control laws in a number of different areas, including smokefree air, tobacco taxes, youth access laws and funding for state tobacco
prevention programs as of January 1, 2008. SLATI has been published every year since 1988 and exclusively by the American Lung Association since 1996. The report is the only resource of its kind in tobacco control today—summarizing state tobacco control laws on an annual basis. A midterm report detailing state activity on tobacco control issues in 2008 to date will be released in July.
Highlights of 2007:
Smokefree Air: Five states—Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico and Oregon—approved legislation
that will prohibit smoking in almost all public places and workplaces, including restaurants and bars. These states join 16 other states1 and the District of Columbia that have already met the American Lung Association’s Smokefree Air 2010 Challenge and approved
comprehensive smokefree air laws. Laws in 17 states2 and the District of Columbia had taken full effect as of January 1, 2008. In January 2006, the American Lung Association issued its Smokefree Air 2010 Challenge, which calls on all states to pass comprehensive
smokefree laws no later than 2010.
Tennessee also became the first traditional tobacco-growing state to pass a strong law prohibiting smoking in many public places and workplaces; however, the law is not comprehensive because it contains several exemptions. New Hampshire approved legislation prohibiting smoking in restaurants and bars, but smoking is still allowed in many other public places and workplaces. Colorado and Idaho also closed loopholes in their respective state laws for casinos and bowling alleys.

Tobacco Smoking the Main Cause of the Abnormal Immune Responses

Tobacco use is the main cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), showed a lot of studies. COPD is a group of diseases of the lungs in which the airways become narrowed. This leads to a limitation of the flow of air to and from the lungs causing shortness of breath. In contrast to asthma, the limitation of airflow is poorly reversible and usually gets progressively worse over time.
COPD is caused by noxious particles or gases, most commonly from smoking, which triggers an abnormal inflammatory response in the lung. In the United States, 80 to 90% of cases of COPD are due to smoking. Not all smokers will develop COPD, but regular smokers have at least a 25% risk after 25 years. The likelihood of developing COPD increases with increasing age as the cumulative smoke exposure increases. Inhaling the smoke from other peoples’ cigarettes can lead to impaired lung growth and could be a cause of COPD too.
But cigarette smoking also may change the body’s immune responses to bacteria that commonly cause exacerbations of the disease, according to a new research.
Martin Stämpfli, Ph.D., an associate professor at McMaster University, said: “It is well established that smoking is the main risk factor for COPD. But our research also suggests that cigarette smoke substantially changes the immune response to bacteria, which means that patients with COPD who smoke are weakening their body’s ability to deal effectively with bacterial invaders. This may cause even further progression of the disease.
Researchers continued to study the effects of cigarette smoking for to see whether and how cigarette smoke would change the inflammatory response to the bacteria that is the culprit behind many COPD exacerbations.

Tobacco Use and Traffic Crash

Smoking cigarettes gives smokers personal freedom but smoking ban only cut the people’ liberty, hold a group of smokers. Thirty years later, medical evidence showed that secondhand smoke is deadly. But according to the federal Centers for Disease Control, secondhand smoke kills more Americans than traffic crashes.

Tobacco-related Items can make you Wealthy

In 19th century, as today, smoking was an important part of the life of well-to-do gentlemen. They used to smoke a cigar after dinner. For them a cigar or cigarettes after dinner became a routine.

Smoking ban debate heats up

Members of the Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony Tuesday on one of the most sweeping anti-smoking bill’s in the nation. If passed by the Texas Legislature, it would be illegal to smoke in most public buildings, including bars and restaurants.

Tax increase forces longtime smokers to reevaluate habit

It wasn’t a 35-year smoker who recently won the statewide Quit 2 Win contest in Indiana. According to David Ayers, a spokesman for the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Agency, it was a 20-year-old mother who had been smoking since she was 9. She adopted the habit from a parent, and her husband also smoked.

SMOKING BAN: Court snuffs try to stop law change

The state Supreme Court dealt a blow to anti-smoking forces Monday when it declined to stop lawmakers from weakening Nevada’s smoking ban.

Tobacco growers consider nationwide checkoff

A farmer-operated organization with the mission of promoting the export of American leaf of all types may be just a few steps from becoming a reality.

Tobacco, pot users at higher disease risk

People who habitually smoke both tobacco and marijuana are about three times more likely than non-smokers to develop serious lung disease.