Fire conditions prompt regional ban on motorized vehicles

Smoking - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 19:23

If you were thinking of taking your motorized vehicle into the back country this weekend, you're out of luck. Although acknowledged it will be difficult to enforce, the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen has banned the use of all fireworks, motorized vehicles and smoking in all public wooded, grass and brush areas in unincorporated areas.

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Girl, 8, dies months after drinking boiling water on a dare

Smoking - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 14:51

An 8-year-old Florida girl has died five months after she was injured while drinking boiling water through a straw on a dare. The SunSentinel reports Ki'ari Pope started having trouble breathing Sunday night.

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Frank Robson: better to live fast and furious than slow and safe - isn't it?

Smoking - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 12:32

Drinking, smoking, carousing; living life to the max rather than in the tedious pursuit of longevity. It's a fine approach to take - until the health implications whack you squarely in the jaw.

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'Wee' smokers take over public schools in Accra

Smoking - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 07:44

Investigations conducted by Weekend Today have revealed that many public schools in the capital city have been taken over by 'Wee' smokers. The miscreants, according to our investigations, sometimes defecate, urinate and leave embers of the 'wee' and cigarette on the compounds after enjoying themselves, threatening the security of the students.

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Opinion: Bay Area puts up a fight against Big Tobacco

Smoking - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 03:03

In a major step forward for public health and the battle against health disparities, local ordinances will soon limit the sale of menthol and all other flavored tobacco products. These bold steps make the Bay Area ground zero in the fight to save lives and counter the machinations of the tobacco industry.

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Flin Flon, Man. grappling with possible Main Street smoking ban

Smoking - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 22:25

Flin Flon's mayor says the 'last thing' the city wants to do is treat smokers like 'second-class citizens.' A school project in Flin Flon is prompting politicians in the small city to consider a smoking ban along its main drag.

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Armenian Government Moves To Curb Smoking

Smoking - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 17:52

The government announced on Thursday plans to at least restrict smoking in public places and raise cigarette prices as part of a new strategy of curbing tobacco use in Armenia. "Smoke less," Prime Minister Karen Karapetian declared as his cabinet approved the program aimed at reducing the large number of smokers in the country by at least 1.5 percent annually for the next three years.

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Raising the smoking age in some parts of Shawnee County? Commissioners discuss proposal

Smoking - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 13:04

The Shawnee County Commission on Thursday heard the first reading of a proposal to raise the tobacco purchase age in unincorporated areas from 18 to 21. Three-quarters of adults in the United States favor raising the minimum smoking age to 21, a Shawnee County health department employee told county commissioners Thursday. Craig Barnes, the department's health promotions coordinator, encouraged commissioners to approve a proposal they'll consider next week that would ban the sale or furnishing of tobacco products to anyone under 21 in the county's unincorporated areas.

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Menthol limits: Ban could close vaping escape hatch for smokers

Smoking - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 08:17

Millions of people have been able to quit or cut back on smoking by switching to electronic cigarettes. A 2014 consumer survey of adult e-cigarette users found that approximately 61 percent cited fruit-, dessert-, candy-, savory- and beverage-flavored liquids as their primary flavor, while just 25 percent cited tobacco or menthol tobacco.

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Maine Senate overrides vetoes on smoking age, distracted driving

Smoking - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 03:47

The Maine Senate on Wednesday overrode the Republican governor's vetoes of bills targeting hands-free driving and allowing tobacco sales to customers 21 or older. Lawmakers returned for their final day of session to deal with vetoes, bills and bonds.

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Health officials: Plus size models as bad as promoting smoking

Smoking - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 23:07

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Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Smoking - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 18:26

Somewhere in the Canadian psyche is a residual puritanism, a cast of mind H.L. Mencken defined as the haunting fear that somebody somewhere might be happy and doing well.

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New smoking bans are riddled with loopholes

Smoking - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 13:54

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London Fire Brigade issues warning after discarded cigarette causes fire in Battersea flat

Smoking - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 09:03

London Fire Brigade have issued a warning to smokers after a discarded cigarette is believed to have caused a flat fire in Battersea. Five fire engines and 31 firefighters attended the fire, which originated on a fifth floor balcony in Holman Road on July 31. A LFB spokesperson said: "If you're a smoker it's absolutely vital you ensure your cigarette is completely out when you've finished smoking it.

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South Dakota smokers could see a tax hike for cigarettes

Smoking - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 09:03

South Dakota smokers would see a $1 tax hike on a standard pack of cigarettes under a ballot measure that aims to make the state's four technical institutes more affordable. House Speaker Mark Mickelson said Tuesday that he plans to pursue that proposal rather than a smaller package of tax increases on tobacco products.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Taking the Addiction Out of Smoking

Smoking - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 04:37

A lightning bolt struck the tobacco world last Friday when the Food and Drug Administration announced a plan aimed at reducing the nicotine in cigarettes to a nonaddictive level. Within an hour, the value of global tobacco stocks plummeted - and for good reason.

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Sex Ed Programs Are Shockingly Ineffective

Smoking - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 00:12

Adolescent sex ed and teen pregnancy research are about to get a facelift thanks to a common-sense evaluation of current programs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services , led by Trump appointee Tom Price, recently informed recipients of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program grants that program funding is coming to an end.

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Brit smoking Price Hike as govt urged to crackdown on duty-fre...

Smoking - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 19:50

Brit smokers who stock up on cheap fags on trips to the airport could see an end to their money-saving efforts. The habit has been made slightly more affordable for years with the option for Brits to buy large duty-free multipacks on the way home from summer holidays.

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Cigarette butts are littering our beaches. Should Hilton Head ban smoking?

Smoking - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 14:58

"Cigarette butts, little chemical bombs, literally line the roads like pine straw. They litter the beach like ugly shells that no one will pick up and put in their pocket as a keepsake of how much they loved our beaches."

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Humane Society probes video of alligator drinking, smoking

Smoking - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 10:15

The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is investigating a video showing small, pet alligators being forced to drink beer and smoke cigarettes. The Philadelphia group's director of humane law enforcement, Nicole Wilson, tells WTXF-TV the group is trying to determine who made the video and whether they can be prosecuted for cruelty to animals.

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