Daily Archives: August 4, 2009

Possible FDA Ban on E-Cigarettes is Wrong Move

Blounts Creek man keeps tobacco traditions alive

How Tobacco Bill Provoked Controversy in Senate

Wife of former Chief Justice of Nigeria and member of the African Union Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, Mrs. Maryam Uwais and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello are engaged in a healthy, even if needless, argument on the propriety or otherwise of disallowing children to participate in the recently-held public hearing on the Tobacco Control Bill in the Senate. Sufuyan Ojeifo examines the tenor of the controversy.

UF campus to ban tobacco

In an effort to become healthier and cleaner, UF will ban tobacco on its main campus beginning in July, joining over 100 campuses across the U.S. that have already gone smoke free.

Africa resists lure of tobacco companies

International tobacco companies are cultivating millions of new smokers in Africa and other developing nations. Now the continent is a battleground between tobacco companies and the activists who want to stop them.

Smoking rooms light up pubs

NEW DELHI: The room is tastefully done up wooden mahogany floor, cherry red walls, Chinese flower arrangement yet barely the size of a
kitchenette. But for many smokers who visit Chungwa, the Chinese restaurant located in GK-I’s M Block market, the room is the first port of refuge. “The government smoking ban in public places has hemmed us into a corner. A space like this is most welcome,” says Samit Patel, a young diner at the restaurant.

China, Thank You For Smoking

China is the world’s heaviest smoker. The China National Tobacco Company (CNTC), a constituent of the government-run China State Tobacco Monopoly Administration, is the largest tobacco company in the world, and Chinese constitute one-third of all the world’s smokers. Also, the country’s tobacco industry accounts for about 8% of total government revenues, according to the World Bank, and health experts and global economists are curious: can the Chinese government kick the habit?

Estimating the effects of smoking in Australia

Australia was an early innovator of applying indirect techniques6 to estimate the effects of tobacco, based on international estimates applied to local data. Using this approach, about 15% of deaths between 1998 and 2000 were attributed to smoking (about 19 000 of the 130 000 deaths per annum). These estimates have now been revised to 15 000 deaths per annum as a result of changes in the methods of estimation and assumptions about relative risk. Among male doctors in the United Kingdom, up to two-thirds (instead of, previously, half) of continuing smokers are now killed prematurely by their habit, and if these results are broadly generalisable, such estimates may need further revision. Yet, in New South Wales, there is an eightfold variation in men and a 16-fold variation in women in the risk of lung cancer, depending on their place of birth. With a quarter of the Australian population born abroad, continued reliance on indirect estimates inferred from Western studies is likely to be contestable. By contrast, great efforts are made to compute direct estimates of the burden of illness due to cancers, such as those of the cervix and breast, for which established screening programs exist.