Bill tabled in Singapore to raise legal smoking age from 18 to 21

Smoking - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 05:37

Bill comes follows a WHO report suggesting that those who don't start smoking before 21 won't pick up the habit Six months after signalling its intention to raise legal smoking age in Singapore from 18 to 21, the Government put it in motion, tabling a bill to change rules, which it had said will be phased in over a few years. With a World Health Organisation report citing that those who do not start smoking before 21 are unlikely to do pick up the habit, Singapore has been mulling over raising the legal age for the last few years.

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19,000 tickets issued last year for smoking at prohibited areas: NEA

Smoking - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 03:43

SINGAPORE: About 19,000 tickets were issued last year to offenders caught smoking at prohibited areas, and of this number, more than 2,600 were for smoking in food establishments, Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor said on Tuesday . Replying to a parliamentary question filed by Jalan Besar GRC Member of Parliament Denise Phua, Dr Khor said her ministry's long-term goal is to prohibit smoking in all public places, except at designated areas.

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Is social media preventing teens from smoking, drinking and taking drugs?

Smoking - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 03:43

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Wausau Committee Votes to Ban Smoking in Parks

Smoking - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 00:02

Wausau's Park and Recreation Committee voted 4-1 to ban smoking in all public parks in the city on Monday night. Alderperson Tom Neal was in favor of the ban and says the growing amount of cigarette butts around the city is one of the main reasons.

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Switch From Smoking to Vaping Could Save Over 6 Million U.S. Lives

Smoking - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 22:00

Millions of cigarette smokers could live substantially longer if electronic cigarettes are embraced as a replacement for tobacco during the next decade, a new study contends. As many as 6.6 million cigarette smokers could live a combined 86.7 million more years under policies that encourage them to swap their smokes for e-cigarettes, according to "optimistic" projections from cancer researchers at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Under a "pessimistic" projection, 1.6 million former cigarette smokers would have a combined 20.8 million more years of additional life, the research team found.

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Study estimates years of life that could be saved in US if smokers switched to e-cigarettes

Smoking - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 19:57

A research team, led by Dr David Levy at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington DC, modelled the impact for public health if large numbers of cigarette smokers switched to e-cigarettes under two scenarios - an Optimistic Scenario where smoking prevalence falls to 5% over a ten year period and a Pessimistic Scenario where it falls to 10%. For the Optimistic Scenario, the researchers presumed similar patterns of e-cigarette use to now and used published evaluations of likely harm reductions.

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Switching to e-cigarettes could save 6.6 million American smokers: researchers

Smoking - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 19:57

Up to 6.6 million early deaths in America might be averted over 10 years if smokers switched to e-cigarettes, and the nicotine delivery devices should be adopted as part of an "endgame for cigarette smoking", researchers said on Monday. In an analysis of potential health benefits of getting smokers to quit tobacco, the researchers found that those 6.6 million people who switched to vaping would live for a collective total of up to 86.7 million extra years.

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Philip Morris sets up $80M research foundation; WHO flips them the bird

Smoking - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 17:48

The World Health Organization is fuming over Philip Morris International's efforts to go smokeless-and the second-hand moves it's using to do it. As cigarette sales decline worldwide, the tobacco giant is scrambling to restructure and embrace potentially more profitable "smoke-free" products.

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What a ban on e-cigarette flavors could mean for smokers

Smoking - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:32

By comparison, traditional cigarettes only come in one of those - menthol. What would happen if regulators were to ban flavors in e-cigarettes? a If the Food and Drug Administration banned the flavors in e-cigarettes but allowed them in traditional, or combustible, cigarettes, e-cigarette use would decline by more than 10% a If menthol in traditional cigarettes were banned, there would be a 4.8% reduction and most smokers would shift to e-cigarettes, while others said they would quit smoking altogether a Banning e-cigarette flavors could turn smokers toward traditional cigarettes, an adverse public health effect given that their use has been shown to cause cancer That's according to new research by from Yale School of Public Health and the Centre for Health Policy at the Imperial College in London, and distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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If you stop smoking for 28 days, you're five times more likely to quit for good, says the NHS

Smoking - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 11:19

According to the NHS, if you can give it up for 28 days, then you're five times more likely kick the habit for good. According to the NHS the first thing you should do is make a promise to yourself, set a date and stick to it.

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Why we should pay people to stop smoking

Smoking - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 09:08

Immediate cash incentives have been shown to be more effective in helping people quit, and cost us less in the long-run. Credit: Sajjad Zabihi/Unsplash Despite some of the strictest tobacco control policies in the world, recent data shows the decline in smoking in Australia has stalled.

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Australian billionaire launches campaign to lift smoking age to 21

Smoking - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 05:12

Forrest, who has a net worth of 4.5 billion U.S. dollars, along with his wife Nicola has established the Eliminate Cancer Initiative , a lobby group which is working to raise the smoking age to 21, a move it said would save lives. The group is also looking into suing big tobacco companies to the tune of billions of dollars for the cost of smoking-related illnesses.

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Text messaging program may help pregnant women kick the smoking habit

Smoking - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 01:09

An intensive text messaging program provides some pregnant women help in fighting the urge to light up a smoke, according to a study out today. "Our findings show that a text messaging program helped some groups of pregnant women quit smoking during pregnancy," says lead author Lorien C. Abroms , ScD, MA, an associate professor of prevention and community health at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

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Twiggy Forrest pushes for smoking age of 21

Smoking - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 23:07

Tobacco smoking claims the lives of 15,000 Australians each year and costs society tens of billions of dollars, but nevertheless remains stubbornly common.

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Smoking age should be raised to 21

Smoking - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 18:30

THE legal smoking age should be raised to 21 to cut the profits of "big tobacco", mining billionaire Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest says. Pauline Hanson tells Sarah Hanson-Young that she thinks it's not just the smoking age that should be raised to 21 in Australia, but the voting age as-well.

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Call for action as 21,000 older people suffer from social isolation in Norfolk

Smoking - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 16:19

Social isolation can be as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and with 21,000 people in Norfolk over the age of 65 lonely all or most of the time, efforts are today being made to combat the problem. Norfolk County Coucnil 29th September 2017 Steve Hitcham, Active Norfolk collecting their In Good Company Approved Award from Wendy Thomson and Chairman of NCC John Ward.

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"Why stopping smoking changed my life"

Smoking - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 12:14

Giving up smoking is hard - let's get that one out of the way right at the start, writes Joel Cooper. You will never meet an ex-smoker who tells you that their journey towards quitting was easy.

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Smokers in the UAE will now be paying 100 percent more for a pack of cigarettes.

Smoking - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 08:13

From today, residents across the UAE with a love for sugary drinks and cigarettes will be feeling the pinch, as the UAE's excise tax comes into effect. Commonly referred to as the "sin tax", it now means residents will be paying double the price for tobacco products and caffeinated drinks, while sugary drinks will increase by 50 per cent.

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'Dabbing' cannabis may release cancerous toxins

Smoking - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 04:24

Researchers have analyzed the chemical composition of the vapors released by butane hash oil - a cannabis extract commonly used in "dabbing," or vaporizing - and found carcinogenic substances. The practice of " dabbing " has also gained popularity; users think that dabbing is safer and gets them a "cleaner high."

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In hurricane-hit Puerto Rico, a stunning silence

Smoking - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 00:34

I was stunned as I walked through the darkened and humid arrivals terminal at San Juan's International Airport two days after Hurricane Maria blasted its way across Puerto Rico. It was quiet.

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