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Smoke-Free Students Lifestyle, Bakersfield College

Friday, November 16th, 2012

disocunt kent cigsBakersfield College’s Mentoring and Peer Services, and the Student Health and Wellness Center will host the 37th annual Great American Smokeout on Nov. 15, argued Richard Heath, the Student Government Association treasurer and lead MAPS mentor. This is Heath’s second year participating in the Smokeout. “When we did it last year it was pretty very successful,” he said. “We brought out the tombstone and the coffin, and we had people donating cigarettes.” This year donating your cigarettes may win you a NOOK tablet reader.

You can get raffle tickets to win the NOOK by donating your cigarettes, or watching some of the cig educational screenings during the Smokeout. B-COUGH is also part of the Smokeout according to Nick Acosta, SGA general counsel and B-COUGH’s student chair. B-COUGH is coordinating with MAPS to help organize the event. “We want to see just how we’re going to reach people and encourage them to stop smoking tobacco,” Acosta argued.

“I think it’s going to be a great event. There will also be students filling out pledges to quit smoking. “We’re going to encourage people to stop smoking in a bunch of different ways as possible, and hopefully we’ll bring awareness to the smoking issue and help them stop smoking.” Tobacco Free Coalition of Kern County will have events in the Levan Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. discussing various topics including cigarette-butt littering, second-hand smoke and other smoking control issues affecting Kern County residents. Heath said Kern County Mental Health and the Student Health and Wellness Center will conduct depression screenings in the three tents that will be on the grassy area in front of the library. He is encouraging students to take advantage of it.

Tawntannisha Thompson, BC’s liaison to the dean of students and coordinator for MAPS and BC Be Fit, said that November is fight depression month. She said that last month the students were given suicide literature and some had an initial screening, and that this is just a follow up to that. “Everything’s going to be under the tent,” Thompson said. “There will be popcorn and cotton candy.” BC Be Fit will be in one of the tents having a Zumba dance session to get people’s hearts pumping. Thompson wouldn’t let on about the surprises and other things happening in the tents. “They have to show up to find out what’s going on under the tent,” said Thompson. The coffin, the raffle, the screenings, “It’s all taking place under the tent.” Heath said that every time MAPS set up the tables on the campus they see between 200 to 300 students. Usually two or three students take his advice.

Tobacco Capital Drop, Smoking Rates

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

order marlboro cigsThe Victorian government is investing more than $100 million in tobacco industries despite efforts to reduce smoking tobacco rates among inhabitants. The state government’s investment management organisation, the Victorian Funds Management Corporation, says of its investment assets, worth $37.9 billion, that 0.3 percent is placed in the tobacco company. This brings its tobacco investment to almost $117 million — approximately four times the New South Wales government’s allocation of $30 million. The VFMC manages investments for public sector organisations including insurers and superannuation funds.

Clients include the Department of Health, the Transport Accident Commission, Victorian Managed Insurance Authority, WorkSafe, the Royal Kids’ Hospital and the University of Melbourne. Doctors and health groups declared the investment was outrageous and hypocritical when governments were trying to lessen the damage tobacco products caused to people’s health. The executive director of Quit Victoria, Fiona Sharkie, called for the government to abandon its investment because it undermined Australia’s smoking control regulations including plain packs. “It’s really in conflict with the governments’ health purposes. Tobacco has been on the health agenda for the federal and state governments for years, so on the one hand they’re argued that we’re investing in tobacco control but on the other hand they’re saying we’re investing in the companies,” she reported.

The chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health Australia, Anne Jones, said if the VFMC abandoned investments in cluster munitions, it should pull its money out of cigarette manufacturers. “Cluster bombs injure and kill almost 17,000 people a year and tobacco kills just under 6 million people a year worldwide,” she added. Ms Jones said deaths caused by tobacco products were predicted to reach 10 million by 2025, with most of the deaths in poor and middle-income earning countries. “It’s shocking  These are countries we are sending AusAID to to reduce tobacco diseases,” she said. Dr Bronwyn King, a radiation oncologist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre who successfully lobbied a superannuation company to drop its investments in cigs this year, also called for the Victorian government to follow suit. “As a cancer doctor, every single day I see the devastating effects tobacco has on individuals and their families,” she concluded.

While the NSW government committed to reviewing its investment in cigarettes companies this week, a spokeswoman for Victorian Treasurer Kim Wells would not comment on the matter except to explained that the VFMC was required to invest in accordance with its commercial objectives. “Under legislation, the Treasurer cannot direct the VFMC in relation to an investment new decision,” she said.

Tobacco Use Banned On Northampton County

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

cheap camel cigaretteOn Monday, following a public hearing to take new comments, the Northampton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a law that bans smoking cigarettes and the use of other smoking products in county buildings, vehicles and grounds. County Manager Wayne Jenkins said in February the Board of Health adopted a decision recommending the Board of Commissioners adopt a law to ban smoking and use of other tobacco products on county properties. “This is not precedence setting because the Cultural and Wellness Center is smoke-free,” Jenkins declared to the board.

The regulation states that smoking tobacco and the use of smoking products are banned in any building owned, leased or occupied by the county, in any county vehicle owned, leased or controlled by the county and on any grounds that are owned, leased or occupied by the county.

Smoking and the use of tobacco products are also prohibited in county buildings and on county grounds being used for private events.

The county will place signs indicating the tobacco-free places and remove all ashtrays and receptacles.

The law does provide enforcement and penalty in which following an oral or written notice failure to quit smoking or using tobacco products may constitute an infraction punishable by a fine of not more than $50. A fact may be issued by a sworn law enforcement officer.

County employees may be subject to disciplinary action according to county policies.

“If you approve this regulation today it becomes effective 60 days from the date of approval,” Jenkins argued. “The main aim of this regulation is for educational purposes and that is to educate our citizens and to remind our inhabitants about the use of tobacco products, and the issues and concerns that come as the result of the use of tobacco. We have in place a legislation out at the Cultural and Wellness Center, no one has been arrested, no one has been issued a citation—its only there for education and our staff reminds our residents time to time that this is a smoke-free campus.”

He added the same reason and logic used at the Cultural and Wellness Center will be applied with the county law. Commissioner Chester Deloatch questioned what would happen to employees that smoke tobacco on county property.

Smokers Encouraged to Quit Smoking for a Month in Stoptober

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

cheapest kent cigaretteFrom October 1st, the UK’s eight million smokers will be encouraged to quit smoking tobacco for a full 28 days, as part of a scheme known as Stoptober. It is the first time the state government has enforced a widespread campaign in a bid to convince inhabitants to kick the smoking habit. The scheme was unveiled this week by the Department of Health and has been backed by the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK.

Among the new tactics that are set to be spread out to encourage people to throw their tobacco products for a month are an every day messaging service, a series of television and radio promotions and roadshows around the UK. Jean King, director of smoking control at Cancer Research UK, declared that breaking the nicotine addiction can be the most difficult step so campaigns such as Stoptober are so critical.

‘Smoking accounts for one in four cancer deaths and approximately a fifth of all cancer cases so it’s vital that work continues to support smokers to quit,’ she added.

Those who plan to quit smoking for the 28-day period are argued to be five times more likely to never return to it, investigation on the subject suggests.

Smoking control in China, Cigarettes Tax

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

discount ok cigaretteAttending the 11th National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Minister Miao Wei on Sunday explained to the media that tobacco tax consists of turnover, income and consumption taxes, and the government is looking into whether the measure will have an effect on China’s smokers of 350 million. Miao’s comments came two days after Minister of Health Chen Zhu announced that China is planning to raise taxes on mid- and low-end cigarettes, following the tax hike on high-end ones in 2009 that failed to meet targeted reductions of the country’s smoking population.

In other efforts, Miao said the health warnings on cigarette packs are being moved from the side to the front, and the government is planning other similar measures to campaign against smoking.

In 2006,China joined the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “Framework Convention on Tobacco Control” (FCTC). The following year, the State Council established a group led by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to promote smoking control in China.

New Technical Measures to Trap Smokers

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

cheap best kiss cigaretteSpecial cigarette smoke detectors and PM2.5 indoor monitoring devices are expected to be installed in public places covered by the city’s anti-smoking law, officials said yesterday. The idea is to get more tech-nical support for the smoking-control campaign, said officials from the Shanghai Health Promotion Commission. “We want to adopt indoor PM2.5 measurements to teach the public about the harm of smoking,” said Tang Qiong of the Shanghai Health Promotion Commission, which is in charge of cheap Kiss cigarette smoking control in the city.

PM2.5 refers to fine particles 2.5 microns or less in diameter. They pose major health risks as they are small enough to lodge deep in the lungs and even enter the bloodstream, leading to premature death and long-term diseases. It is believed to be a major cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer.

“Experiments found PM2.5 levels in non-smoking restaurants are only half of those which don’t ban smoking,” Tang said. “Separation of smoking and non-smoking areas can bring better air quality, but is far from restaurants completely banning smoking.”

Special cigarette smoke detectors will be able to detect smoke and send an alarm to the business owners and authorities.

“In addition to the cost of the machines, the current difficulty is how to locate the violators and impose punishment,” Tang said. “We are still discussing the legal issue, as data collected from machines can’t be used as evidence for penalty.”

Internet cafes, entertainment venues and restaurants are the three places with the biggest smoking problems in the city, the commission said.

Though the city launched its first anti-smoking law two years ago and the authorities stepped up supervision, enforcement of the law fails to meet people’s requirements, said officials.

“We fined 12 public places and five individuals some 20,000 yuan (US$3,175) in 2010, while 66 units and five individuals were fined 157,750 yuan last year, reflecting the stricter monitoring,” said Li Zhongyang, the commission director.

“The possibility of business staff advising people not to smoke in banned areas dropped from 2010’s 54.1 percent to last year’s 53.7 percent for fear of losing customers,” Li said.

Restaurant Smoking Legislation Gets Tougher

Friday, January 6th, 2012

cigarettes onlineRestaurants will be considered entirely tobacco-free if the owners don’t separate smoking and non-smoking areas, according to a new rule to tighten smoking control in local eateries.

The rule requires restaurants larger than 150 square meters or that have over 75 seats to set up smoking and non-smoking areas. Those failing to do so will face punishment, officials said yesterday as a spot check was carried out citywide.

Fourteen restaurants and two individuals have been fined 28,100 yuan (US$4,460) so far this year for violating the city’s first anti-tobacco law, which bans smoking in 13 types of places like hospitals and kindergartens and requires establishment of smoking and non-smoking areas in middle-sized and large restaurants, said officials from the Shanghai Health Promotion Commission.

Officials said they carried out enforcement actions with different targets this year. By September, the city had fined 48 business venues and six individuals for breaking the anti-smoking law.

“The new rule is to make the law more feasible and give restaurants stronger pressure on smoking control,” said Gu Xiping from Shanghai Health Promotion Commission.

She said the commission has informed all local restaurants big enough to come under the new law. Restaurants smaller than 150 square meters or 75 seats are not covered by the local anti-smoking law.

“A unified smoking-control sign with the official complaint hotline 962727 has also been distributed recently,” Gu said.

During yesterday’s spot check, most restaurants said they were aware of the new rule and had carried out necessary measures.

Officials of Heji and Yue-you restaurants in Minhang District said both had put out signs to alert customers.

“We have three business floors,” said an official identified as He of Yueyou Restaurant. “The first and third ones are public eating areas, which ban smoking completely, while the second floor is VIP rooms where guests can smoke.”

Health officials also visited some restaurants that failed to pass the previous checks. Mengxiangcun Restaurant on Qixing Road has improved while Ayingbao on Zhongyi Road still has not, they said.

Although there was a ventilation system in Ayingbao, the smoking and non-smoking areas were connected, making non-smokers exposed to smoke and poor air quality.

Officials claimed they would impose punishment if the restaurant didn’t make any progress next time.

Local residents hailed the stricter measures.

“It can effectively protect women and children from second-hand smoke,” said Qi Yan, with her two-year-old son.