CV Risk Seen With Smokeless Tobacco

Tweet The use of smokeless tobacco products was associated with an increased risk for fatal myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke, a meta-analysis found. For fatal MI, the relative risk associated with ever having used these products was 1.13 (95% CI 1.06 to 1.21), according to Paolo Boffetta, MD, and Kurt Straif, MD, PhD, of the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France. And the overall relative risk for fatal stroke was 1.40 ( ... Jump to full article >>

Tobacco tax makes ballot

Tweet Voters will be asked to decide in October whether or not to raise taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products. The Juneau Assembly voted unanimously to put a proposition on the Oct. 6 general election ballot to raise city taxes on cigarettes from 30 cents a pack to $1, and taxes on all other tobacco products from 12 percent to 45 percent. The National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence-Juneau asked the committee in July to raise taxes on c ... Jump to full article >>

Official: E-cigarettes not recommended for quitting smoking

Tweet Though many smokers believe electronic cigarettes are designed to help them quit, such an assumption may be untrue, federal officials said. Art senior Adam Pezen said he learned about e-cigarettes from online blogs and first tried them out of curiosity. “My mom bought them because she had been a hardcore smoker for about 30 years,” Pezen said. “She passed [the habit] on to me.” Pezen said he and his mother both still smoke tobacco c ... Jump to full article >>

Vote on county smoking ban in hands of executive

Tweet CLAYTON, MO (KWMU) – The fate of efforts to allow St. Louis County residents to vote on a smoking ban in November now rests with County Executive Charlie Dooley. The County Council Tuesday night approved the measure calling for the election on a 4-3 vote. The ban covers most indoor areas – bars and the gaming floors of casinos are the major exemptions. Those exemptions disappointed the American Cancer Society and other groups. T ... Jump to full article >>

Federal Court Orders Long Island, N.Y. Tribal Smoke Shops to Stop Selling Untaxed Cigarettes to General Public

Tweet Statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Washington, D.C. – In a major victory for public health and New York taxpayers, a federal judge in Brooklyn, N.Y. has ruled that cigarette selling businesses based on Indian tribal lands are not exempt from federal, state or New York City tax laws. Judge Carol Bagley Amon of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York has issued a preliminary inj ... Jump to full article >>

Smoking mothers

Tweet THE DISCOVERY that women who stop smoking in the first 15 weeks of pregnancy can reduce the risk of having premature or underweight babies is crucially important information for expectant mothers. Protecting her baby is probably the strongest motivation a woman experiences. And if it serves to improve her own health as a result of giving up cigarettes during pregnancy, so much the better. An international study conducted at University Colle ... Jump to full article >>

Strict ban on smoking in Komtar

Tweet SHOPPERS and visitors to Komtar in Penang are urged to observe the ‘No Smoking’ ban or risk getting fined a maximum of RM10,000 or jailed up to two years under the Control of Tobacco Products Regulations 2004. State Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Com-mittee chairman Phee Boon Poh said enforcement officers from the Health Department would be mobilised from ‘time to time’ to Komtar to ensure that the smoking ban was n ... Jump to full article >>

Smoking increases risk for MI and death in Type 2 diabetics

Tweet MedWire News: Study results show that cheap cigarettes significantly increases the risk for myocardial infarction(MI) and death in individuals with Type 2 diabetes, a group already at higher risk for cardiovascular disease than the general population. “Smoking is one of the classical risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) besides hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes, and contributes substantially to the global burden of disea ... Jump to full article >>

Study: Smoking may worsen malnutrition in developing nations

Tweet A new study finds that smokers in rural Indonesia finance their habit by dipping into the family food budget—which ultimately results in poorer nutrition for their children. The findings suggest that the costs of smoking in the developing world go well beyond the immediate health risks, according to authors Steven Block and Patrick Webb of Tufts University. The study is published in the October issue of Economic Development and Cultural C ... Jump to full article >>

Bill lets Michigan towns decide on restaurant smoking

Tweet LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan lawmaker says local governments should be able to ban smoking in restaurants and bars since a proposed statewide ban is stalled in the Legislature. A bill sponsored by Rep. Gary McDowell would let each county, city, township and village decide if people can smoke in local bars and restaurants. Michigan law allows only the Legislature to ban smoking in food establishments. McDowell says the law should be changed ... Jump to full article >>