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Indigenous Smoking Rates Cause Concern

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

cheap virginia cigarettes onlineHealth authorities on the north coast will survey local indigenous communities about how to cut Virginia smoking rates. Figures released to coincide with World No Tobacco Day show smoking rates among the broader community in the region are just above the state average at 17 and-a-half per cent.

But in local indigenous communities the rate is almost 60 per cent. Health Department spokeswoman, Ros Tokley, says it’s a major problem that must be addressed.

“There are things that the aboriginal community needs to do to improve their health outcomes and the biggest one is smoking,” she said.

“When 50 per cent of aboriginal people are affected by smoking but 20 per cent of the normal population are, it shows that we’ve got a lot of work to do and it needs a concerted effort from across the community to make that happen.

“Environmental tobacco smoke has a huge effect in people around the smoker if you like, so the message this year is to really encourage smoking outside homes and away from children and, if you can, away from other people.

“So that while you may want to continue to smoke, don’t do it near other people,” Ms Tokley said.

New Zealand Jails Completely Smoke-Free, Soon

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

best style cigarettes onlineKiwi inmates are being told to swap Parliament cigarettes for carrot sticks as a quirky and cheap way to kick the habit before they’re forced to go smoke-free. New Zealand jails will go completely smoke-free in July as part of radical new laws designed to make prisons safer and healthier.

To prepare addicted prisoners in the lead-up, the Department of Corrections is trialling a bizarre national directive to supply inmates with two carrot sticks a day.

A memo leaked to the Southland Times provides costings, stating that one jumbo carrot provides 16 carrot sticks which are to be cut into uniform sizes ‘to the best of our ability’.

It suggests a good way of distributing the carrots is by reusing bread bags, the newspaper reported.

Corrections Association of New Zealand president Beven Hanlon has admitted that when he first heard about the ‘alternative therapy’ he thought it was a joke.

‘I don’t think it is one of (the department’s) best ideas but it is worth a try,’ he said.

Mr Hanlon doubted it would last but said at least it was healthier than handing out lollies.

‘It’s the whole oral thing… if they have got something in their mouth, they won’t be looking for a cigarette to put in it.’

New Zealand prisons stopped selling cigarettes last week and, as of July 1, all tobacco products will become nationally prohibited items, or contraband.

Most of the country’s 5700 smoking prisoners have been using nicotine patches for the past year in preparation for the move.

The ban, announced last June, has been hotly debated, with many believing it curbs prisoners’ civil rights, takes away their only pleasure and will increase the risk of rioting and violence.

Advocates, however, say evidence from a smoke-free British prison show violence decreased dramatically.

Without lighters, fire risk would also drop, and staff and non-smoking prisoners would no longer be exposed to dangerous secondhand smoke.

One New Zealand mayor has even suggested the prospect of serving time without being able to smoke would be an effective deterrent for many criminals.

When announcing the ban last June, Corrections Minister Judith Collins also made clear that the punishment nature of prison also played a role.

‘We don’t supply alcohol to prisoners because they are alcoholics, we don’t supply them with all sorts of drugs and methamphetamine because they happen to be addicted to methamphetamine,’ Ms Collins said.

‘This is a prison. It’s not home. It’s actually a prison. So it will be a total ban across all prisons. Not in the cells, not even out in the yard.’

Celebrities Give Wrong Message About Smoking

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

cheap marshal onlineToday is World No Tobacco Day. We asked students at St. James Middle School in Johnson City to write their thoughts about tobacco and the influence on kids of celebrities and athletes using tobacco.

» Michaela: “Many people are influenced by media pressure. Many kids give in to that pressure. They see someone they think is cool smoking Marshal and think, ‘I want to be like them.’ So they grab a cigarette and start that life-killing habit. The more famous people (smoking), the more likely kids are to smoke.”

» Hunter: “Media almost endorses smoking. Actors, athletes and musicians smoke, and kids can see that and want to be like their idol. Once you start, smoking is hard to stop and you can die.”

» Brendan: “Smoking doesn’t just affect the smokers; it affects everyone around them.”

» Ben: “When baseball players chew tobacco, young kids want to do it because they look up to them.”

» Nathan: “I think chew in the MLB should be prohibited. I strongly think that if a kid wants to play pro baseball, he will want to be like those already playing and will want to chew.”

» Clayton: “When they show those people chewing tobacco, it does somewhat influence me to chew tobacco. If you begin to chew, it can turn into a habit.”

» Andrea: “The media shouldn’t show people using tobacco because it can influence others. If kids see their heroes smoking, they might think it is OK.”

» Meghan: “Just because stars do it doesn’t mean it’s right. It causes lifelong diseases and death. My grandpa died before I met him from this.”

» Hunter: “Put warnings before movies that show tobacco or drugs.”

» Brenna: “Tobacco should be banned from TV shows and movies that kids watch. Smoking has a very bad influence on the kids of the world.”

» Rachel: “When kids hear singers like Lady Gaga singing about tobacco, they are affected. They will do what they think is cool.”

» Erin: “Many kids saw Charlie Sheen smoking and using drugs. It’s a bad influence.”

» Olivia: “Also, seeing advertisements influences kids. Tobacco companies promote their products at kids’ eye level.”

» Olenka: “Teens are more influenced than anyone else.”

» Natalie: “Look at that famous actress. She’s beautiful, everyone likes her and she’s smoking. Many people look up to her, strive to be like her. Teens should be aware that to be like a celebrity, they don’t have to smoke.”

» Sawyer: “Stars and role models will ‘light up,’ kids look up to them and have a 16 percent more chance of smoking. Every time you [smoke], you lose a minute of your life. Smoking costs a lot. I think we’d all rather go to Disney than smoke.”

» Liam: “If you see your role model smoking a cigarette, don’t follow them!”

Asian Governments Should Pass Laws Against Tobacco Use

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

buy vogue cigarettes onlineThe World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday that governments should pass and implement laws that will prevent premature deaths from tobacco-related diseases. In a statement issued in observance of the World No Tobacco Day, Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, said such laws are crucial given that smoking Vogue has put 900 million people in the region at risk for tobacco-related illness such as lung cancer and heart disease.

“In our region, it is estimated that close to half of all men smoke and half of all women and children are regularly exposed to the deadly toxins of second-hand smoke at home and in public places,” he said.

Of the World Health Organization’s six regions, the Western Pacific Region has the biggest number of smokers. The WHO estimates that one in three cigarettes consumed globally is smoked in Asia Pacific countries. The region also has the highest rates of male smoking prevalence and the fastest increase in tobacco uptake by women and young people.

Shin said the socio-economic cost of tobacco use in the region is a “reason for alarm.” In China, smoking accounts for about 1 million deaths per year. In South Korea, the total socio-economic cost of smoking in 2007 was estimated to have reached 6.1 billion U.S. dollars.

Shin is encouraging governments in the region to use the provisions of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) as the basis for laws to ban indoor smoking, imposing higher taxes on tobacco products and enforcing a comprehensive ban on advertising, promotion and sponsorship of cigarettes.

“These are simple policy measures that will save lives and will also result in billions of dollars saved by preventing diseases, productivity losses and deaths from tobacco use,” he said.

New Tobacco Product in Kansas

Friday, May 27th, 2011

best marlboro cigarettes onlineTuesday, May 31 is World No Tobacco Day, a day to consider the dangers of tobacco products and an opportunity to share with Kansans that the tobacco industry has introduced a new cigarette product that comes with some of the same health risks as other tobacco products. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) wants Kansans to know that the state is currently a test market for tobacco sticks and the potential dangers of this new product.

The tobacco sticks, sold under the popular Skoal, are sold in matchbook-size packages and look like chocolate-covered toothpicks. According to one tester, the products not only look like candy, they also taste like candy. The tobacco sticks have been seen at convenience stores across the state. Kansas is one of only three states where tobacco sticks are currently being test marketed.

“As the state’s health agency, KDHE is particularly concerned about the potential appeal of these new tobacco sticks to youth,” KDHE Secretary Dr. Robert Moser said. “The packages are so small that they could easily be concealed in a shirt or pants pocket and youth could use tobacco sticks in front of parents or teachers while appearing to have a simple toothpick in their mouth. We are also concerned about the risk of young children accidentally ingesting these products.”

The possibility that adults will carry the small packages in their pockets or leave them in other unsecured places means that young children may have easy access to tobacco sticks. As with any tobacco product, there is a risk that a young child may ingest a lethal amount of nicotine. The estimated minimal lethal pediatric dose is 1 mg of nicotine per 2.2 pounds of body weight. Ingestion of as little as 1 mg of nicotine by a small child can produce symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. While the nicotine content of Marlboro and Skoal tobacco sticks has not been tested, a study in Pediatrics found that a similar product Camel Sticks had 3.1 mg of nicotine per stick.

Each year the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce consumption. According to WHO, tobacco use is the second cause of death globally (after hypertension) and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide.

When Kansans are ready to quit tobacco use, the Kansas Tobacco will provide support and work with the caller to develop a plan to quit. Counselors will provide information and guidance during one-on-one telephone sessions. Kansans can call the Quitline anytime day or night to start the process. Once enrolled in the free service, callers will work with a counselor who will set up sessions that fit the caller’s schedule.

During these sessions, callers will discuss the reasons they want to quit and find ways to handle any barriers. Studies have found that using a tobacco Quitline can more than double a person’s chances of successfully quitting tobacco.

Cigarette Companies Avoiding Taxes

Friday, May 27th, 2011

best karelia cigarettes onlineTo evade the increased taxes on tobacco products, many Karelia and other cigarette brands are being illegally marketed in Andhra Pradesh especially in small villages, said officials of the National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP), a World Health Organisation and ministry of family welfare initiative.

Moreover, it is mandatory for the product pack to carry a health warning stating that tobacco consumption causes cancer.

According to the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003, the health warning must be pictorial, to drive home the message more effectively and to the illiterate.

Despite this law, the state tobacco control cell says some brands are not printing the pictorial health warning, especially on packs sold in rural areas said Dr Kishor Mogulluru, state consultant, NTCP.
According to the health department, tobacco consumption leads to 2,500 deaths every day in India, and direct health costs are around Rs 40,000 crore.

About 20 per cent of the adult population between 15-18 years of age is addicted to tobacco products.

Marlboro Cigs were not Defectively Designed

Friday, May 27th, 2011

buy marlboro gold cigarettesPhilip Morris USA (PM USA) said today a jury in Worcester, MA returned a verdict for the defense, holding that Marlboro cigarettes were not defectively designed and unreasonably dangerous. “We believe that the jury appropriately found that Marlboro cigarettes were not defectively designed and unreasonably dangerous”

“We believe that the jury appropriately found that Marlboro cigarettes were not defectively designed and unreasonably dangerous,” said Murray Garnick, Altria Client Services senior vice president and associate general counsel, speaking on behalf of PM USA. “The jury correctly rejected the plaintiffs’ theory that the company should have sold only virtually nicotine-free cigarettes.”

Filed in 2001, the plaintiffs’ sole claim in this case was that PM USA breached an implied warranty of merchantability in failing to market only virtually nicotine-free cigarettes. The plaintiffs had stipulated that the decedent was fully aware of the risks of cigarette addiction and lung cancer from smoking cigarettes and that the proposed virtually nicotine-free cigarette would be unacceptable to a vast majority of smokers.

Today’s verdict marks the second defense verdict for PM USA this month, following a May 16th jury’s decision in favor of the company in a federal court in New York (Grill). These two cases are the first new individual smoking and health cases tried by the company in five years, with the exception of the Engle cases in Florida