Monthly Archives: February 2011

70 % of Texas Voters Back up Smoke-Free Law

A currently conducted poll demonstrates that 70% of Texas voters want to ban smoking in indoor work and public places.texas qiut
“It is very pleasant to hear that Texans want to breathe clean indoor air. That is why, now it is the most appropriate time for the Texas Legislature to implement this bill, which will protect our citizens from the well-known hazards of second-hand smoke,” stated Doug Ulman, LIVESTRONG president.

Use of e-cigarettes not allowed on US flights

The U.S. Department of Transportation says the use of smokeless electronic cigarettes on airplanes is prohibited and plans to issue smoking e- cigarettes on planean official ban this spring, according to a letter from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood obtained by The Associated Press.

Smoking rate down in Minnesota, smokeless tobacco use up

St. Paul, Minn. — A new survey shows the adult smoking rate in Minnesota has dropped to 16 percent, nearly a full percentage point smokeless tobacco uselower than the smoking rate three years ago.

Workers at Rest: Smoking and Playing Cards

“Cézanne’s Card Players,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, sounds like a show for our high-stakes moment. But the real appeal of this Smoking and Playing Cards - CEZANNEmini-blockbuster is its modest vision of a rural pastime, rendered with infinite patience. The big players who dominate the art world today would have a hard time identifying with Cézanne’s peasants and laborers: men quietly passing the time, happy enough with the hand that life has dealt them.

Decline in Smoking Prevalence - Minnesota, 1999-2010

Following the landmark 1998 settlement of the lawsuit, State of Minnesota versus philip-morris-companies et al., Minnesota implemented a series of tobacco control efforts to limit the harm caused by tobacco use. In 2001, quitline services for tobacco users without health insurance coverage for cessation services were introduced and statewide mass media campaigns publicizing them were initiated. In 2005, Minnesota imposed a $0.75 per pack tax on cigarettes, followed in 2009 by a $0.62 per pack increase in federal excise tax, contributing in large part to a more than $2 increase in the average price of cigarettes. In 2007, a comprehensive, statewide smoke-free law was passed. Using surveillance data from the Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey (MATS) and cigarette pack sales data, this report examines the effects of these tobacco-related public health efforts. Compared with a 15% decline in national adult smoking prevalence since 1999, adult smoking prevalence in Minnesota decreased 27.1%, from 22.1% in 1999 to 16.1% in 2010. During the same period, per capita cigarette sales in Minnesota decreased 40%. In addition, in 2010 compared with 1999, a higher percentage of adults reported that smoking was restricted in their homes (87.2% versus 64.5%), and adults were less likely to report exposure to secondhand smoke (45.6% versus 67.2%). In the past decade, Minnesota has benefited from sustained tobacco control. Future progress in decreasing adult smoking and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke will depend on a concerted effort across the public health community to keep tobacco control a priority.

Hospitals Shift Smoking Bans to Smoker Ban

Smokers now face another risk from their habit: it could cost them a shot at a job.
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More hospitals and medical businesses in many states are adopting strict policies that make smoking a reason to turn away job applicants, saying they want to increase worker productivity, reduce health care costs and encourage healthier living.

Parallels between tobacco and food industries

A former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration who took on big tobacco and restored the FDA to an aggressive tobacco and food industriesadvocate for public health will give a free lecture at ASU on Feb. 24 entitled “Public Health Policy in America: Who Wins, Who Loses.”

New study try to clear the air around e-cigarettes

Two studies published online Tuesday by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine tell consumers more — a little bit more, anyway — about e-cigaretteselectronic cigarettes and their potential to help smokers cut back or quit the habit.

Smoking ban in parks proposed in Boston

Two Boston city councilors are proposing to ban smoking in public parks and beaches, carrying the decadeslong campaign to reducesmoking ban in parks tobacco use to some of the last remaining public spaces where lighting up is still allowed.