Category: Environment

Do e-cigarettes help people quit smoking?

Tweet A new study suggests that e-cigarettes don’t actually help people to quit smoking, but its authors have raised doubts about their own research. Nothing quite divides anti-tobacco advocates these days like the debate on whether e-cigarettes can actually help people quit. So a study like this one from the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education is bound to draw attention. The science on e-cigarettes is still young, adding to the c ... Jump to full article >>

Environmental tobacco smoke exposure during pregnancy may harm child’s health

Tweet It is a known fact that active maternal smoking during pregnancy has negative effects on child health, such as attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, new research suggests that second hand smoke, or environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), may be just as harmful. In one of the first studies of its kind, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing examined data from 646 mother-child pairs in China, wher ... Jump to full article >>

Greens to push for Future Fund bar on tobacco investment

Tweet Australia’s Greens will ask lawmakers today to vote to stop the government, which plans some of the world’s toughest anti-smoking laws, from investing in tobacco companies as part of a civil servants’ retirement fund. Greens senator Rachel Siewert will put a motion to the Senate to stop the government’s Future Fund – established in 2006 to cover pension costs of retiring lawmakers, judges and public servants &# ... Jump to full article >>

Now Central Park is out of bounds for smokers as New York widens ban to public places

Tweet New York has extended its ban on smoking to include parks and beaches, giving it some of the strictest rules on lighting up in the world. Residents and tourists alike face fines of up to $100 (£62) if they smoke in any of the city’s 1,700 parks – including Central Park – and along its 14 miles of coastline. The ban also covers public plazas such as Times Square. New York mayor Michael Bloomberg banned smoking in bars and restaurants ... Jump to full article >>

NEMA stops BAT from burning tobacco

Tweet THE National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has stopped British American Tobacco (BAT) from incinerating over 200 tonnes of tobacco as a measure against releasing more toxic gases into the air. Grace Birikadde, an official from NEMA said, the fire outbreak over the weekend at a warehouse at Kyambogo left residues containing partially burnt tobacco and ashes. He said BAT was proposing to incinerate the residues, but were curtailed s ... Jump to full article >>

IPCC vice-chair: Attacks on climate science echo tobacco industry tactics

Tweet The attacks on climate science that were made ahead of the Copenhagen climate change summit were “organised” to undermine efforts to tackle global warming and mirror the earlier tactics of the tobacco industry, according to the vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In an interview with the Guardian, Prof Jean-Pascal van Ypersele admitted the IPCC had been “naïve and incompetent” in deal ... Jump to full article >>

Businesses have a lot at stake on California ballot

Tweet California corporations, big and small, have billions of dollars’ worth of tax breaks and fees in play with a trio of initiatives on the November ballot — propositions some observers believe may prove too complicated to voters. The outcomes of the battles over Propositions 24, 25 and 26 could help fill a hole in the state budget, an appealing factor in the tough economic times that the state and its citizens are facing. With chronic ... Jump to full article >>

Small Scale Green Energy Can Address Poverty in a Big Way

Tweet You probably don’t put much thought into the energy that makes your computer run, your microwave work, or your lights turn on. In fact, you probably struggle to remember how many times and ways you use energy in a day. Our easy access to energy stands in stark contrast to the daily struggle experienced by billions. These people lack access to any kind of modern energy and are also the poorest on the planet. They rely on archaic fuels, ... Jump to full article >>

Pennsylvania Fracking Fluid Found To Contain Neurologically Harmful Chemicals

Tweet More than two years after the start of a natural gas drilling boom, Pennsylvania is making public a complete list of the chemicals used to extract the gas from deep underground amid rising public fears of potential water contamination and increased scrutiny of the fast-growing industry. Compounds associated with neurological problems, cancer and other serious health effects are among the chemicals being used to drill the wells, although st ... Jump to full article >>