Daily Archives: April 21, 2009

Smoking – the Harder Habit to Break

The 25th state which banned smoking in restaurants, bars and casinos is South Dakota. Casinos’ owners said that banning smoking in casinos will cost the state millions.
Mike Rounds, the Dakota Governor, suggested that because of the new legislation the state could lose as much as $15 million to $20 million.
Eighty percent of South Dakotans are nonsmokers, the governor said, and many would prefer not to inhale secondhand smoke in the bars, restaurants and casinos that’s why they welcome smoking prohibition.
Smokers said that smoking cigs4us.biz/marlboro-cigarette must not be prohibited only because it is very hard to quit. Rounds’ decision to sign the ban was not well-received at Gunner’s Lounge.
“We have very few problems, and we don’t need any more rules enforced on us,” said Nancy Aragon, who manages Gunner’s and two other Sturgis bars, the Oasis and the Fireside.
The smoking ban will go into effect July 1st, and Rounds acknowledged opponents could put it off until late 2010.
Mr. Rounds added: “South Dakota is one of the easiest states in the nation to refer a law”. Even American Heart Association polling over five years shows that 65 percent of South Dakotans support a smoking ban.
In many states smoking ban doesn’t affect all bars or casinos, in many bars smokers go outside to smoke and then come back. Bar owners think also that smoking prohibition will not affect their income.

Snus Comes to Protect Smokers from Nicotine Addiction

Tobacco Companies started to produce new smokeless tobacco products which can reduce the response to nicotine addiction. One of these companies is Imperial Tobacco Canada which sells a new smokeless tobacco, snus, in Canada.
Snus is a form of cured and cooked tobacco mixed with salt, flavorings and preservatives which has lower levels of cancer-causing nitrosamines than other oral tobaccos. It is packaged in loose form or in tea-bag style portions, each of which delivers about the same level of nicotine to a user as a single cigarette.  Users place a sachet under their upper lip and absorb the nicotine through their mucous membranes.
Snus users do not chew or actively suck the tobacco, and do not need to spit. It typically held in the mouth for 30 minutes before being discarded. A typical snus user would consume about 16 sachets each day. Snus is kept in the mouth by the average user for 11 to 14 hours per day.
Canada is the most recent country where Tobacco Companies have chosen to launch snus-style products under prominent cigarette brand names.  Snus is sold in “Lucky Strike” packaging in South Africa, and under the “Camel” brand name in some U.S. test markets.
Snus use is common in Scandinavia, especially in Sweden, where it’s more popular than cigarettes.
John Clayton, Imperial Tobacco Canada vice-president of corporate affairs, said that snus is a harm reduction tool because it reduces the impact of a behavior that exposes people to smoking.
He added that the increasing use of snus is having a net positive effect on smoking-related diseases in Sweden.
But anti-smoking advocates said that smokeless tobacco products still pose a risk to consumers’ health. François Damphousse, director of the Non-Smokers’ Rights Association, said that while products like chewing tobacco are not combustible and do not produce second-hand smoke, they are still toxic products.

The Benefits of a Higher Cigarette Tax

Higher cigarette tax force smokers to quit. For example Linda Loud, an administrative assistant for a St. Petersburg property management company, tried her first cigarette when she was 12-years-old. And she has smoked about a cig pack every two days since she was 54-years-old.
Since then, the 54-year-old has smoked cigarettes about a pack every two days. That changed recently when she went to pick up some Kiss.
Her cigarettes, usually cost $34 a carton, then they had jumped to $10. She said that she can’t afford to pay such big money for her favorite cigarettes.
Experts predicted that many other smokers also will try to abandon the bad habit because of a new federal cigarette tax.
Officials estimate 1.2 million smokers, more than 75,000 from Florida, will quit because of the tax, which increases the total federal cigarette tax 62 cents to $1.01 per pack starting April 1.
Antismoking advocates are praise the tax increase as a significant victory for public health.
Researchers, who have studied the issue for more than 20 years, said that raising cigarette prices works better than things like restaurant smoking bans or media campaigns.
Frank Chaloupka, an economics professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said: “A big tax increase like this is the single most effective policy for reducing smoking. And this is by far the biggest increase we’ve ever seen.”
Mr. Frank added also that the money raised from this latest tax increase, which was signed into law Feb. 4, will extend health care to 4 million uninsured children under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Experts said that the tobacco increase will just force smokers to make sacrifices in other areas of life.

FGH to offer smoking cessation classes

Tricia Julian, the oncology education coordinator at Fairmont General Hospital, periodically has taught smoking-cessation classes at the facility, but the six-week session that begins May 6 will be a little different.

Study on Smoking Ban Show Little Impact on Businesses

Tavern owners say the Nevada smoking ban has devastated their businesses by forcing layoffs and even causing some establishments to close. But a UNLV research study contradicts that claim and shows those businesses were not hurt by the ban.

Campaign Can Save Half a Million Lives and Billions of Dollars

The truth(R) youth anti-smoking campaign has the power to save hundreds of thousands of lives and billions of dollars in smoking-related health care costs and productivity losses, according to the Citizens’ Commission to Protect the Truth, a group composed of every former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare and Health and Human Services, with the exception of Michael Leavitt; every former U.S. Surgeon General; and every former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Star Scientific Reports on Filing Patent Application for Zero-Nitrosamine Tobacco Curing Process

Star Scientific and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals (“Rock Creek”), today reported on their continuing efforts to lessen the harm linked with tobacco use. Star Scientific, through its CEO Jonnie R. Williams, recently filed a new US Patent Application for a novel modification of its patented curing technology that results in the production of tobacco leaf that consistently contains levels of carcinogenic TSNAs (known as NNNs and NNKs) that are below detection even by the most sensitive measures. That patent application for zero-nitrosamine tobacco currently is pending before the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Health Dept. Vows To Enforce Ban on Smoking in Public

The Department of State for Health and Social Welfare has expressed its willingness and determination to enforce the ban on smoking in all public places with immediate effect as stipulated under the Prohibition of Smoking (public places) Act of 1998. The declaration of its intent is contained in a press release issued by the Department yesterday.
This Act, was enacted on the 23 September 1998, thereby making public smoking unlawful and punishable The Act defines public places to include all government premises, all work places, hospitals or health facilities, private premises, Vehicles and shops to which the public have access.
The release has urged all heads of institutions, organizations, workplaces and other public places to implement this Act. In such establishments, smoking will be allowed only in clearly labeled designated smoking areas.
A person who contravenes a provision of this Act commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding five hundred dalasis and not less than two hundred dalasis or to a term of imprisonment of not more than three months or to both fine and imprisonment,” the release noted.
The release claims that the Department of State for Health And Social Welfare has already concluded nationwide regional consultations on the Act, and will continue to inform and educate the general public on the Act as well as the overall hazards of tobacco.
The release also reveals that “According to the World Health Organization, over 5 million people die worldwide each year due to both active and passive smoking. Hence, it is common knowledge that many people innocently or unknowingly become victims of tobacco use by being exposed to second hand smoke at their places of work, homes or other public places.”
The Secretary of State, Ministry of State for Health And Social Welfare promised that her Department of State will work closely with the security forces to enforce this Act.

Test May Determine Smokers’ Lung Cancer Risk

A new urine test appears to distinguish which smokers are likely to get lung cancer and which are not, by detecting whether smokers have a particular chemical in their urine that’s been linked to lung cancer.