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Less Nicotine Tobacco Products Please Smokers

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

discount lucky strike cigaretteIn a small, controlled investigation of almost 135 smokers between the ages of 18 and 70, smokers who switched to cigs with tobacco products that contains much less nicotine did not influenced by smoking more tobacco products and inhaling more tar and toxins. “The new idea is to lessen people’s nicotine intake, so that they get used to the lower levels, and recently get to the point where smoking tobacco is no longer pleasing,” declared UCSF nicotine scientist Neal Benowitz, who led the research.

The new research results differ greatly from those obtained in other studies conducted years earlier by Benowitz and others on previous generations of so-called low-nicotine delivery cigs.

UCSF has long been a leader in exploring new plans for smoking cessation, in exposing tobacco industry business practices, in designing public health programs associated to tobacco products, and in conducting biological study aimed at better understanding smoking addiction and sensitivity.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the authority to control the nicotine volume of cigs sold in the United States, but has not yet moved to do so. According to Benowitz, a member of the agency’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, there is indecision to act in the absence of more scientific findings.

Nevertheless, recent groundbreaking investigations by Benowitz and others have increased hopes that a new type of low-nicotine cig could help smokers quit and also prevent nicotine addiction among young tobacco experimenters. The FDA, along with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) now has allocated funds for larger researches — not yet begun — to further investigate the new plan.

Smoke-Free Shopping Experience at Walden Galleria

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

discount glamour cigaretteCigarettes smoking will be banned on the areas of Walden Galleria starting with May 31. The Cheektowaga mall is one of 15 shopping big centers conducted by the Pyramid Management Group in New York and Massachusetts that will forbid the use of tobacco products everywhere on its property even on outdoor parking places. “We all believe that this new legislation will not only support our employees and clients who are very sensitive to cigarettes smoke or are trying to quit, but it will supply a more pleasing and healthier shopping experience to the millions of clients who come through our doors every day,” declared James L. Soos, Pyramid’s director of asset management who once worked as general manager at Walden Galleria.

Walden Galleria made the public announcement that it will be a “smoke-free property starting with May 31”. It also will propose smoking cessation courses for free in the community room at the mall every Thursday, starting with next week.

The courses will start from 8 to 9 a.m. on March 29 to April 19. Unintentionally, the mall will present a free event, “Kick Butts Day 2012,” which was sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.


Poor Smokers Quit Smoking Easier

Friday, February 10th, 2012

best atis cigarettes onlineQuitting smoking best Atis cigarette is never easy. However, when you’re poor and uneducated, kicking the habit for good is doubly hard, according to a new study by a tobacco dependence researcher at The City College of New York.

Christine Sheffer, associate medical professor at CCNY’s Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, tracked smokers from different socioeconomic backgrounds after they had completed a statewide smoking cessation program in Arkansas.

Whether rich or poor, participants managed to quit at about the same rate upon completing a program of cognitive behavioral therapy, either with or without nicotine patches. But as time went on, a disparity between the groups appeared and widened.

Those with the fewest social and financial resources had the hardest time staving off cravings over the long run. “The poorer they are, the worse it gets,” said Professor Sheffer, who directed the program and was an assistant professor with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences at the time.

She found that smokers on the lowest rungs of the socioeconomic ladder were 55 percent more likely than those at the upper end to start smoking again three months after treatment. By six months post-quitting, the probability of their going back to cigarettes jumped to two-and-a-half times that of the more affluent smokers. The research will be published in the March 2012 issue of the “American Journal of Public Health” and will appear ahead-of-print online under the journal’s “First Look” section.

In their study, Professor Sheffer and her colleagues noted that overall, Americans with household incomes of $15,000 or less smoke at nearly three times the rate of those with incomes of $50,000 or greater. The consequences are bleak. “Smoking is still the greatest cause of preventable death and disease in the United States today,” noted Professor Sheffer. “And it’s a growing problem in developing countries.”

Maryland – Worst Place to Quit Smoking

Friday, December 9th, 2011

cheap astra cigarettesMaryland is among the worst states in the country to get public help to quit smoking, according a report released yesterday. The American Lung Association ranked Maryland as tied for the third-worst state for smoking cessation efforts. The report took into account whether states require private and public insurers to cover quit-smoking aids, as well as how much the states spend on initiatives to curb smoking cheap Astra cigarettes.

“There is absolutely no excuse for these states’ tragic failure to help (their) … smokers quit,” Dennis Alexander, regional executive director of the American Lung Association in Maryland, said in a statement. “It’s urgent Maryland policymakers step up and provide access to quit-smoking treatments and services that will save lives and money.”

The report comes as smoking rates in Maryland have declined below the national average. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 20.6 percent of all adults smoke cigarettes, a recent report from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found only 15.2 percent of adult Marylanders smoke.

“It’s not enough,” said David Snyder, chairman of the leadership council for ALA in Maryland. “What would be enough is if we see that 15 percent we’ve got in Maryland go to 10, and then 5, and then to zero. … Every person that’s addicted to nicotine and smokes runs the risk of getting heart disease, lung disease and other complications.”

Smoking has been associated with increased risk for lung cancer, heart disease and emphysema, among other diseases.

Snyder credited the smoking declines in Maryland to public smoking bans and a doubling of the per-pack tax of cigarettes to $2. Maryland’s cigarette tax is tied for the 11th-highest in the country, according to the Federation of Tax Administrators.

Local officials bristled at the suggestion that Maryland ranked among the worst places to get help when quitting smoking. An ALA spokesman said the organization’s study did not take into account local programs within Maryland to curb smoking.

“The county health department’s track record is superior to the state’s in terms of the efforts we’re making,” County Executive John R. Leopold said.

The Anne Arundel County Health Department works with public schools to limit teen smoking, which has declined by 38.9 percent across Maryland over the past decade. Anne Arundel Medical Center and the Baltimore Washington Medical Center offer free programs to help residents quit smoking.

“Obviously we can do more,” Leopold said. “It’s going to be a full-court press to reduce the incidence of all cancers.”

The lung association’s study considered whether state laws require Medicaid and private insurers to cover both counseling and medications to ease addiction to nicotine. Snyder said that while Maryland allows some of the poorest Medicaid beneficiaries free access to those smoking cessation tools, the benefits should be expanded to all Medicaid recipients.

The study also found that Maryland does not offer help to state employees who want to quit smoking. Although Maryland funds a hotline to help refer smokers to aids to help them quit, the study found that the state did not provide enough resources to make the “Quitline” effective.

Altogether, Maryland’s program ranks the state with Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama and New Jersey as the worst places to get public help to quit smoking. The five most “quit-friendly” states in the country are Maine, North Dakota, Delaware, Oklahoma and Wyoming, the report said.

Tobacco Control Can Save Lots Of Funds

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

buy cigarettes Marlboro onlineStates are being shortsighted by shifting tobacco control programs to cut spending because smoking cessation saves lots of money, a San Francisco economist.

Funding tobacco control programs at recommend levels could save 14 to 20 times more than the cost of implementing the programs, said Sudip Chattopadhyay of the San Francisco State University and David R. Pieper at University of California, Berkeley.

Published in the journal Contemporary Economic Policy, the study said the costs of smoking are felt by the states, mainly through medical costs, Medicaid payments and the loss of productivity by workers.

The researchers used data from 1991 to 2007, the period in which states paid for the tobacco control programs with the help of the tobacco taxes, public and private initiatives and funds from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement between the nation’s four largest tobacco companies and 46 states.

Chattopadhyay and Pieper said state tobacco control programs have a “sustained and steadily increasing long-run impact” on the demand for cigarettes, but in hard economic times, several states have turned to tobacco control funds and taxes to help balance state budgets, reported.

Since 2002, funding has dropped and states, on average, spent 17 percent of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended levels in 2010 for smoking cessation, state smoke-free laws, regulating tobacco products and advertising.

“Almost all states are facing financial crisis, and they are really diverting their funds,” UPI quoted the researchers as saying in a statement. “If tobacco control funding was restored, states “would save money in terms of reduced Medicaid, and reduced medical and productivity costs – costs that are only going to go up.”

Iowa Declines to 28th in Smoking Cessation Programs

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

buy marlboro cigarettesDeep cuts in spending on tobacco prevention and cessation programs has dropped Iowa eight spots in a national ranking of states based on their support of anti-smoking efforts. The national report released Wednesday by a coalition of public health organizations ranks Iowa 28th for its funding of programs that aim to keep kids from smoking cheap Marlboro cigarette and help current smokers quit.

That ranking is eight spots below its No. 20 position last year, according to the annual report titled, “A Broken Promise to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 13 years later,” released by a group of organizations including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and American Lung Association.

“The ranking is an embarrassment,” said Gary Streit, a member of the state’s Commission on Tobacco Use Prevention and Control who lives in Cedar Rapids. “It really upsets me, and it doesn’t have to be this way. It’s an investment in our health, and it’s an infinitesimal part of the state budget.”

Iowa’s drop in the rankings is the result of cuts to tobacco prevention funding since 2008, according to the report. Spending on such efforts has been slashed by 73 percent since that time and, in the past year alone, Iowa cut funding by 56 percent. It’s current funding level of $3.3 million is only 9 percent of the $36.7 million that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the state spend on tobacco prevention efforts.

While Iowa expects to collect $294 million this budget year from the 1998 tobacco settlement and taxes, it has budgeted to spend just 1.1 percent of that on tobacco prevention programs, the report states.

“This means Iowa is spending just one penny of every dollar in tobacco revenue to fight tobacco use,” according to the report, which goes on to say that tobacco companies are spending $102 million a year to advertise in Iowa.

“This is 31 times what the state spends on tobacco prevention,” according to the report.

“We have had, up until the last year or two, a well coordinated reasonably funded tobacco control program,” Streit said. “Now there is no money to be spent on youth prevention activities.”

Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration earlier this year announced efforts to reshape tobacco prevention and control strategies in Iowa. Along with funding reductions, the state Department of Public Health announced the elimination of the position directing the agency’s Division of Tobacco Use Prevention and Control due to budget constraints.

“We had made progress,” Streit said. “And now I think we are going to see our tobacco usage numbers start to increase, and our costs are going to escalate with it.”

Nearly 19 percent of Iowa high school students smoke, according to the national report, and 3,800 more young people become regular smokers every year. Tobacco products claim 4,400 lives annually, and it costs Iowa $1.01 billion in health care, according to the report.

Tim Albrecht, a spokesman for the Branstad administration, said Gov. Branstad supports tobacco prevention and cessation efforts.

“But he wants to make sure they are effective programs,” Albrecht said. “Some of the programs in place in years past would conduct blanket television adds targeting just 20 percent of the population. Gov. Branstad supports using the most effective methods to curb smoking in the state.”

As part of Branstad’s initiative to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation, smoking cessation and prevention is crucial, Albrecht said. The governor actually recommended more money for the state’s anti-smoking initiatives, but legislators during the 2012 budget year decided it should be lower.

“Gov. Branstad is interested in continuing to look for more effective policies to curb smoking, and he will continue to do so,” Albrecht said. “Ultimately what matters is bringing down the percentage of tobacco users in Iowa.”

Smoking Ban Law Passes

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

discount gauloises cigaretteA smoking ban ordinance was unanimously passed Wednesday by Corbin’s commissioners. During a special called meeting, the second and final reading of the ordinance was held. Once the ordinance is advertised, it will become law.

The ordinance bans smoking in all public places within the city’s limits. Violators could face a misdemeanor charge and a fine of up to $150.

Although Commissioner Phil Gregory had voted against the proposal during prior meetings, he changed his vote Wednesday, saying he had received several calls on the matter.

During prior meetings, Gregory had maintained the ban would be an intrusion by government into personal choice.

The meeting was attended by several people from local health departments and the Tri-County Clear the Air Coalition.

After the ban passed the vote, Gail Timperio, public health director for Whitley County Health Department, thanked commissioners for their vote and said her department has smoking cessation classes available to businesses.

While no member of the public spoke against the ban during Wednesday’s meeting, Monday’s reading of the ordinance drew two people who raised concerns about the ban’s impact on charitable bingo gaming.

Those public enclosed spaces subject to the ban are bars, bingo facilities, restaurants, retail establishments and billiard halls. Smoking would be prohibited within 25 feet of entrances, exits, wheelchair ramps, windows and ventilation systems for enclosed areas.

Private residences would be excluded from the ban unless they are used for childcare, adult daycare or as a health care facility.

The ordinance would also restrict the number of designated smoking rooms hotels and motels could offer to guests. Only a maximum of 20 percent of rooms could be designated as smoking, all those rooms must be on the same floor and the smoke cheap Gauloises cigarette must not infiltrate nonsmoking areas.

Owners or operators of public buildings will be required to post “no smoking” signs and to remove ashtrays from those areas where smoking isn’t allowed. The ordinance mandates that owners or operators must require those who violate the ban to extinguish smoking materials. Those owners or operators who fail to maintain compliance will be found in offense of the ban.

Commissioners moved quickly to enact the ban. During the commission’s Nov. 14 meeting, Commissioner Joe Shelton made a motion to authorize Bob Hammons, city attorney, to draft the ordinance.

The ordinance was first read Monday during a special called meeting.

Hammons said the ordinance is based upon a sample provided to the city by the health department as well as ordinances in place in Louisville and Lexington.