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No Smokers at Ohio State University

Monday, October 8th, 2012

cheap ok cigaretteStudents, staff and faculty who are smokers at Ohio State might have to throw away their cigs and lighters, as the University is considering moving to a 100 per cent smoke-free environment. “Our main goal is to become the healthiest university on the globe,” declared Bernadette Melnyk, the dean of the College of Nursing, in a recent email. “It will improve everyone’s health and wellness. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable incidence and mortality in the U.S.” Tobacco smoking would be banned anywhere on university property including extension offices and regional campuses, she declared but added that off-campus places would not be affected.

“Smoke-free laws and norms reduce the initiation, influence and intensity of smoking habit in young adults,” she explained.

Faculty and staff would also have to fulfill with the new legislation if accepted, Melnyk reported.

“Workplace smoking prohibits reduce the influence of smoking and daily tobacco consumption,” she added.

Support was generated from faculty, staff and students for the university to become smoke-free since the Wexner Medical Center did so in 2006, according to the OSU’s tobacco-free proposal website.

Recommendations for universities and colleges to go smoke-free have also been made from the Ohio Board of Regents, the Ohio Board of Education, the State of Ohio Healthy Ohio Program and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to the website.

While tobacco use would be banned, OSU would also reduce its association with the tobacco company, Melnyk said. “There will be no tobacco ads on university property, at events or media,” she said, adding that donations, gifts or sponsorship that are associated with the tobacco industry would not be accepted, except for study.

Westchester Community College Decides to Prohibit Tobacco Smoking, Jan. 1

Friday, November 25th, 2011

students smokers onlineSmokers at Westchester Community College will soon have to snuff out their cigarettes as the school joins the growing number of colleges in the state to ban tobacco on campus. “Our primary issue is secondhand smoke,” WCC spokesman Patrick Hennessy said. “There have been many, many students who have complained about smoking on the campus.”

It appears WCC will be the first college in Westchester County to prohibit tobacco in all forms on campus, according to a review of student handbooks. Two colleges in Rockland County already have bans in effect.

Seventeen percent of college campuses in the state have adopted smoke-free or tobacco-free policies, and an additional 23 percent have plans to adopt them, according to a report from the American Cancer Society.

WCC’s new policy, which will go into effect Jan. 1, will replace the current rule that allows people to smoke outside, but “not close to buildings,” Hennessy said.

Students puffing away before their classes this week were skeptical and outraged about the new rule.

“It’s just not going to happen,” said James Davy, 27, of Yonkers. “It’s unjustifiable. There is going to be so much backlash, they will give in to it. I’m sure they have good intentions, which is fine, but I’m an adult. Don’t tell me what I can and can’t do.”

Hennessy acknowledged there might be initial resistance to the change.

“We are going to give students a semester to adjust to it,” he said. “It’s not like we are coming down hard on students from the outset.”

But in the future, students could face disciplinary action, fines or limited access to campus if they don’t comply, he said.

Matthew Berger, 28, of Yorktown said not all smokers are inconsiderate of others.

“I think our rights are being taken away,” he said. “I don’t think it’s fair when people walk outside the building and they have to breathe the smoke, but I try to go away from it.”

But nonsmokers on campus said they welcome the new rule.

“I smell like I’ve been smoking just from walking around here,” said Jenny Ward, 19, of Brewster. “It’s nice to have clean air.”

School Students in Dubai are Smokers

Monday, October 31st, 2011

best quality winston cigarettesThe prevalence of tobacco use among school students in Dubai is 14.6 per cent, while the passive victims of smoking cheap Winston cigarettes among the school children are at 29.1 per cent, disclose latest statistics.

These are children under 20 years of age using tobacco regularly, as discovered by Dubai Health Authority (DHA) when it screened about 2,457 students from both government and private sector schools across the Emirate.

According to the survey, in terms of the type of tobacco used by the students, it’s estimated that about 11.2 per cent smoke cigarettes and another 2.2 per cent smoke shisha, while 1.9 per cent use the pipe, 0.8 per cent smoke cigars and 0.8 per cent use chewing tobacco.

The health authority is planning to reach out to 80,000 students across schools in Dubai over a period of six months through a massive anti-smoking initiative in 2012, announced a senior DHA official.

This is based on the findings in the wake of anti-smoking campaigns being conducted by the DHA since the beginning of 2010.

The DHA’s primary healthcare section conducted 98 anti-smoking campaigns in 2010, targeting 6,221 people across various schools, colleges, malls, government institutions as well as sports clubs.

Dr Hanan Obaid, head of Community Health Services Programmes Section at the DHA, cautioned that there was an urgent need to create regular community awareness activities with regard to tobacco use because of the significant number of youngsters using tobacco.

“The population’s future promise is at a high risk of developing several diseases caused by long-term use of tobacco products. There is a need to regularly reach out to the school students and adolescents. We plan to implement this policy in 2012,” she added.

“From the data collected and analysed, the DHA plans to intensify campaigns to curb the smoking habit by aggressively reaching out to the schools in Dubai. The anti-tobacco campaigns are being conducted regularly through DHA’s cessation clinics as adolescents are a high risk group,” Dr Hanan elaborated.

She explained that the target of the campaign will be children and adolescents from the age group of 12 to 21. This age group is more prone to using tobacco as a method of relieving stress.

“More schools and other educational institutions will be visited with the campaign, and follow-up sessions will be conducted to the earlier campaigns. Currently, the logistics of the project are being planned and will be implemented shortly.”

Dr Hanan revealed that the DHA had plans to open another smoking cessation clinic before the end of this year, in addition to the existing two cessation clinics, one of which is located at Rashid Hospital and the other at the Al Twar Health Centre.

For UAE nationals it is free of cost and for non-nationals the fee is nominal. The Smoking Cessation Clinic at Al Twar provides cessation programmes and counselling every Thursday while the clinic at Rashid Hospital provides counselling for patients once they book an appointment.

Smokers who would like to quit the dangerous habit are urged to contact the Al Twar Smoking Cessation Clinic.

Students Comply Smoking Law

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

cheapest winston cigarettesSmoking Winston cigarettes has been known to be a common practice among college students and adults. It can be used as a way to relax and wind down from a stressful day of classes, homework or life in general. The truth is, smoking is becoming a habit that some campuses are hoping to eliminate completely.

According to CNN, the University of Kentucky has recently taken a stand against tobacco use on its college campus. The efforts toward creating a smoke-free campus was part of a “Tobacco free—Take Action!” movement spread across 500 campuses throughout the U.S., which became effective July 1.

UW-Green Bay is not banning smoking on campus any time soon, but continues to remind students of the policies to be followed and alternatives to lighting up another cigarette.

According to the UWGB student handbook, students are only allowed to smoke outside of the buildings at the locations containing tall ashtrays. Students must also stay at least 30 feet away from the buildings.

These designated locations include the north entrance near Student Services, the east entrance near the Kress Center, the west entrance near the University Credit Union, the north entrance by MAC Hall and the southwest entrance near the library and Garden Cafe.

“At the locations where students do gather to smoke, there is a mess of cigarette butts,” said Brenda Amenson-Hill, dean of students. “If people do not follow the policy of being 30 feet away from the building, you sometimes have to walk past or through where people are smoking and pick up the secondhand smoke.”

There are many options available for students who are planning to quit smoking. The nurses and counselors are available in the Counseling and Health Center.

The staff in the Counseling and Health Center can discuss the habit with the student and help them get in touch with national quit lines, as well as additional programs, products and advice.

“I want people to know that they can always come and see a nurse or counselor for free,” said Amy Henniges, Counseling and Health Center director. “Sometimes by working with a counselor too, people can get a better understanding of what their other lifestyle options are or how they can work on an action plan toward quitting.”

In November, UWGB will be providing students with the opportunity to attend the “Great American Smoke Out” program that will help create awareness that can help students to cut back on their smoking or quit.

“We do the program as an awareness factor to encourage people to consider quitting or cutting back or if they know someone who smokes, to get them information to help stop smoking,” said Jennie McNeill, student health nurse.

Other proactive options students can participate in to help ease the desire to smoke could be anything from eating a healthy meal to exercising.

The Kress Events Center offers a variety of fitness programs that are free for students to become involved with. One such program popular among students is Zumba. There is also the option of seeking personal training at $15 per session. Each session runs for about an hour.

“Don’t think about it, just quit,” said Chrisanna Colletta, fitness coordinator, Kress Center. “Whether you tell yourself you can or you can’t, you’re right either way. So, tell yourself you can do it and just quit. There are so many alternatives to a healthy lifestyle for them to take. Both the financial and physical aspects of smoking are completely destructive.”