Daily Archives: April 15, 2010

American Cancer Society responds to passage of smoking bill

MONTGOMERY, AL - The House Government Operations Committee passed SB541, legislation aimed to be a smoke-free bill. However, the legislation leaves workers in bars and most other Alabama workplaces vulnerable to the dangers of secondhand smoke. Although the bill would prohibit smoking in all restaurants, it does not go far enough to protect the health of all workers.

Depression and Smoking in the U.S

* Adults aged 20 and over with depression were more likely to be cigarette smokers than those without depression.
* Women with depression had smoking rates similar to men with depression, while women without depression smoked less than men.
* The percentage of adults who were smokers increased as depression severity increased.
* Among adult smokers, those with depression smoked more heavily than those without depression. They were more likely to smoke their first cigarette within 5 minutes of awakening and to smoke more than one pack of cigarettes per day.
* Adults with depression were less likely to quit smoking than those without depression.