Victoria primed to ban outdoor smoking

Tweet VicHealth is believed to have called for the move in a report to Health Minister David Davis. Premier Ted Baillieu previously has said he would take advice on smoking in alfresco dining areas from the state’s main health advice authority. Several metropolitan councils have introduced smoking bans at playgrounds and sports centres, but not outdoor dining areas because of stiff opposition from traders and smokers. But the push for a bla ... Jump to full article >>

Smoking in pregnancy shock

Tweet ONE in five pregnant women in Wigan are still smoking up to the birth. The shocking figures released by the NHS Information Centre show that the borough’s mums are some of the worst in the country for smoking while pregnant. In the last year, 19.2 per cent of mothers giving birth were still smoking up to delivery – above the North West average of 16.9 per cent and the national average of just 13.4 per cent. Whilst the figures are slight ... Jump to full article >>

Teens Exposed to Less Secondhand Smoke in Cars

Tweet Secondhand smoke exposure in cars declined among U.S. middle and high school students between 2000 and 2009. The number of young people who reported riding in a car with someone who was smoking cigarettes “within the past seven days” during the study period fell from about 48% to nearly 30% over a 10-year period, a new study shows. This downward trend in secondhand smoke exposure was seen across all ages of middle and high schoo ... Jump to full article >>

Ohio may ban smoking in cars

Tweet Hoping to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, ear infections, colds, pneumonia, bronchitis, and other childhood illnesses linked to secondhand smoke exposure, Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it illegal to smoke in vehicles when young children are present. Some local residents say the bill, recently introduced into the Ohio Senate, is too invasive, while others say it doesn’t go far enough because it ... Jump to full article >>