Posts tagged: tobacco control

Tobacco tax to increase

Tweet The Health Bureau (SS) has plans to raise the tobacco tax prior to the anti-smoking law becoming effective on January 1, 2012. SS director Lei Chin Ion told reporters yesterday the bureau has proposed a rise in the tax to the Economic Services Bureau and is now working on several administrative regulations to accompany the anti-smoking law, according to TDM news. The anti-smoking law was published yesterday in the Official Gazette. The law ... Jump to full article >>

N.S. targets tobacco

Tweet Dinosaurs covered in ashtrays and a website targeting teenage smokers are the key components of Year 1 of a five-year provincial tobacco strategy released Wednesday. The strategy calls for other types of action later on. They include immediate penalties for retailers who sell cigarettes to minors, persuading the federal government to change tobacco packaging, legislation to back no-smoking policies on hospital and school grounds, and look ... Jump to full article >>

County campaigns against secondhand smoke

Tweet An estimated 4,000 people each year in California die from secondhand smoke, according to Santa Clara County Department of Public Health officials, who kicked off an ad campaign Tuesday to warn people about the dangers of secondhand smoke. The campaign was announced at a news conference April 26 with county Supervisor Ken Yeager and Campbell Mayor Jason Baker, who said that as a father of two kids, he is especially concerned about the impac ... Jump to full article >>

House sets more health-care repeal votes

Tweet The battles over the fiscal 2011 and 2012 budgets are the center of attention this week on the Hill, but the House is also poised to consider a measure that would repeal another portion of the national health-care law. The bill, HR 1217, was sponsored by House Health subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) and will be voted on by the House this Wednesday. The measure would repeal the health-care law’s Prevention and Public Health Fund, wh ... Jump to full article >>

Pricey cigarettes mean fewer teens smoke

Tweet Australia seems to have found ways to cut back on teen smoking, researchers from there report. Higher taxes on cigarettes, expanded no-smoking rules, and well-funded tobacco control programs all helped lower rates of smoking among teenagers during the study. “What this really shows is that we know ways to reduce smoking among youth,” Dr. Michael Siegel from the Boston University School of Public Health told Reuters Health. R ... Jump to full article >>

Councilor cuts off debate on cigarette sales ban

Tweet WORCESTER — A city councilor has temporarily put the brakes on a proposal to ban the sale of tobacco products by local health care providers, including drugstores and colleges. Councilor-at-Large Michael J. Germain tonight exercised his right under the City Council’s rules to hold for one week amendments to the city’s tobacco control ordinance that have been recommended by City Manager Michael V. O’Brien. In addition to banning the ... Jump to full article >>

Minister urged to clamp down on smoking

Tweet THE GOVERNMENT must put anti-smoking services under a central body and provide training for all healthcare professionals, anti-smoking campaigner Prof Luke Clancy said. Prof Clancy, a leading advocate of the 2004 workplace smoking ban, said Ireland had underachieved in relation to tobacco addiction since the ban. He accused the last government of a misplaced concern for exchequer revenue in not increasing the price of cigarettes. He also cr ... Jump to full article >>

Closing the last-chance saloon

Tweet The retail display of cigarettes in a shop, with the packs often arrayed on shelves right behind the counter, is the last bastion of visual marketing, once, as is the case in many countries, media advertising is banned or severely restricted. Iceland was the first country in the world to implement a display ban, in August 2001. Tobacco products are kept in drawers or under the counter. Ireland was the first country in the EU to ban display, ... Jump to full article >>

National tobacco control legislation needed: Chinese political advisor

Tweet A Chinese political advisor has called for a national tobacco control law that bans smoking in all public places across the country. Only 45.7 percent of Chinese cities have introduced local bans on smoking, and many bans usually exclude workplaces, restaurants and bars, said Jin Dapeng, vice chairman of the China Health Law Society. The punishments for violating the regulations were also too gentle, said Jin, who is also a member of the Na ... Jump to full article >>

UK Government To Publish Tobacco Control Paper Soon

Tweet LONDON (Dow Jones)–The U.K. government Monday said it is to publish “shortly” a paper on health policy, which could see lawmakers impose fresh rules and legislative direction on both the retail display and packaging of tobacco products. The Department of Health confirmed the imminent publication of the paper after weekend reports said its Tobacco Control Plan would be published Wednesday to coincide with a national No Smok ... Jump to full article >>