Daily Archives: May 4, 2011

Asthma rates increasing in U.S., despite less smoking and decreased air pollution

About one in 12 people in the United States now has asthma, a total of 24.6 million people and an increase of 4.3 million since 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The costs of medical care for these patients increased by about 6% between 2002 and 2007, totaling $56 billion in the latter year, according to information in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The increases come, surprisingly, despite improved air quality throughout most of the country and widespread decreases in smoking. “We don’t know exactly why the rate is going up,” Ileana Arias, principal deputy director of the CDC, said in a news conference. “But measures can be taken to control asthma symptoms, and exacerbations and many asthma attacks can be prevented,” she said.

Iowa House rejects adding casinos to smoking ban

DES MOINES, Iowa— The Iowa House on Tuesday rejected efforts to include casinos in the state’s three-year-old ban on indoor tobacco in Casinosmoking.

Australia Wants to Be the First State to Introduce Plain Packaging

Recently the Rudd government’s National Preventative Health Taskforce presented a position paper on anti-tobacco measures titled as “Making Smoking History”.

Smoking ban from 1 April in Hungary

Nicotine addicts will be forced to go outside for a puff after parliament passed legislation last week banning indoor smoking in all Smoking women barpublic places, including transport vehicles, stations, underground pedestrian passages and playgrounds, from 1 April next year. Tobacco-using MPs will have to visit one of the terraces of the parliament building but it is bar and restaurant owners who are most worried about the new regulation.

Ignore big tobacco’s absurd fight against plain packs

EARLIER this month the Australian government released draft legislation that promises to be a landmark in the global fight against tobacco. If passed, from January 2012 cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco will have to be sold in plain, unappealing olive-brown packs plastered with large, graphic health warnings. The only thing distinguishing one brand from another will be the name written in a standard font on the top, bottom and front of the pack, below the health warning. This is a world first.