Fewer Students Smoking Cigarettes in North Carolina

Latest Youth Tobacco Survey conducted in North Carolina found that fewer middle and high school students in the state are smoking cheapest cigarettes. The bad news is that more students use other More »

Chinese Passengers Smoked in Airplane Despite Ban

Recently a group of passengers told that they were on-lookers of a case when a budget airline did not stop passengers from smoking their cigarettes during a flight. The talk is about More »

Illinois May Prohibit Smoking in Beer Gardens

According to Illinois Register,  Illinois Department of Public Health proposed to expand existing smoking ban and prohibit smoking in beer gardens, patios and other outdoor seating zones in the next months after More »

University of Delaware Banned Smoking on Its Campus

The University of Delaware, located in Newark (state of Delaware), told that all its campuses are going to become tobacco-free starting from this month. The initiative came from students who want to More »

Smoking Hookah Still Popular Among Youth

A new study found that a great number of young people think that using hookah will not damage their health. However, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that using hookah has More »


Americans Buy Flavoured Cigarettes Online


New study made in the USA reveals that though flavoured cigarettes were banned by FDA in 2009 in the country, today remain very popular among smokers and they buy them online. Most popular online store is http://www.mydiscountcigarette.net

One of authors of the study is Jon-Patrick Allem, a postdoctoral fellow with the university’s Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science. The study was funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

Scientists from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine analyzed a number of online search keywords related to flavored cigars and cigarettes produced by the company Djarum. It should be noted that only flavoured cigars are legal.

The study was published on June 17, in Tobacco Control. Scientists say that among the first five SERP pages for the inquiry “Djarum cigarettes,” 72% of web sites promoted and 34% sold the illegal flavoured cigarettes.

The ban on flavoured cigarettes was introduced in 2009, but today those products are being sold on web. Interestingly, that almost 300% of online searches are for flavoured cigarettes rather than on cigars.

Scientists conclude that today the web is successfully used to go beyond the law and regulations does not touch them. People give their preference more to flavoured cigarettes and not to flavoured cigars which are allowed to use.

Researchers conclude that stricter regulation of flavoured cigarettes is needed and there is a need to introduce fines. They propose to ban web sites where those products are available, The information they obtained from the web will be sent to regulatory bodies for examination.

Smoking Ban in Parks Passed in Salem


On June 8, there was organized public meeting in Salem City Council to discuss subjects regarding smoking in parks. It was decided that there is a need to create a special comission on trees.

Most Salem residents on the meeting showed their support for the creation of an urban tree commission.  Resident Brian Hines was representing Salem Community Vision and he accused Public Works Director Peter Fernandez that he made hole-and-corner deals with businesses interested in tree removals. Mayor Peterson did not agree with that and told that Hines has no right to accuse Mr. Fernandez.

Debates on the importance of urban tree commission lasted long and after 40 minutes of debates the City Council voted to delay the decision on the tree comission and to organize one more public meeting on the subject.

Also the City Council discussed the problem of parking for individuals with disabilities. People concern that those parking lots are often occupied with cars of state employees and they just do not what to do.

Salem City Council wants to prohibit smoking on all city-owned property such as  trails and city parks. Vern Miller Civic Center to prohibit smoking in city parks.

On the public meeting the subject of smoking ban in parks also stirred up hot discussions.

Councilman Daniel Benjamin  siad he opposes the ban. He explains that the measure will not reduce smoking rates, it will just make people move outside park to light up.

In his turn  Councilman Jim Lewis  told he likes more the initial version of the ban because the changes make the ban too weak.

Despite the opposition, the smoking ban was passed and in Salem parks smoking will not be allowed.

Singapore Bans Alternative Tobacco Products

Smoking E-cigarette

Singapore Ministry of Health announced last week that starting from December 15, 2015, in the country there will be prohibited use and sale of emerging tobacco products.

The talk is not only about the existing tobacco products on the market but also about all new products that are not available in Singapore yet.

As Ministry told, the new preventative measures will help to protect all people in Singapore from well-known and potential negative effects of these tobacco products. The new anti-tobacco measure is going to be implemented in two stages.

The first phase of tobacco ban comes into action from December 15 current year and it would touch alternative tobacco products that are not available yet in Singapore. Those products include:
– dissolvable tobacco or nicotine ;
– smokeless products such as cigarettes, cigarillos, cigars;
– substance or solution containing nicotine or tobacco and designed to be used in  a vaporiser or eletronic devices (better knwn as e-cigarettes);
– product containing tobacco or nicotine and designed to be used topically for application or by implant, or injected into any parts of the body .

The second phase of tobacco ban comes into action on August 1, 2016, and it would touch existing products in the local market. Those products include:
– oral snuff;
– nasal snuff ;
– khaini, gutkha, and zarda .

Ministry of Health explains that the ban of existing alternative tobacco products comes into action later because businesses must have enough time to adjust to the change.

Big Butt Cleanup in Titusville

Cigarette Butts

On June 3, young people in Titusville, Pennsylvania, participated in Big Butt Cleanup organized for the second time since 2014. Cleanup was organized on the occasion of celebration of the World Health Organization’s World No Tobacco Day. The major aim of the No Tobacco Day is to remind people about the tobacco use risks and tell people about benegits of quitting through anti-tobacco campaigns.

Teens from Titusville elementary, middle and high schools organized a cleanup to remove cigarette butts from the ground. They weared orange vests offered by PennDOT, Crawford County Extension.

Teens told that their goal was to attract community’s attention to the effects of smoking both on health and environment. With this cleanup action they also wanted to increase community awarness of dangers of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. They say that it is very important to adopt smoke-free policies in public spaces.

The cleanup started at the Titusville YWCA, and then went downtown to Roberts Grove and Scheide Park.

Ashleigh English, director of the Titusville YWCA, told that some of these young people previously were involved into tobacco awareness activities. He is happy to see those teens participating this time, because it means they understand the importance of an anti-smoking message and want be those who sends it directly.

Since 2014 when first tobacco cleanup took place, there was significantly reduced number of cigarette butts in parks. Young Lungs at Play were installed in 2012 and are still working. According to 2012 ordinance, smoking is banned in all city parks, however, cigarette butts were found  outside the Main Street Elementary School playground and City Hall parking lot.

Data shows that in Pennsylvania, more than 858,000 teens and kids are exposed to cigarettes smoke daily and 80% of smokers started smoking before 18 years of age.

Big Tobacco Cleanup was supported by Tobacco Resistance Unit (TRU), The Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Tobacco Coalition, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Tothe Northwest Pennsylvania Tobacco Control Program, and the Crawford County Health Improvement Coalition.

UK: Fewer Kids Exposured to Secondhand Smoke at Homes

Smoking at Home

New study reveals that in the UK kids exposure to secondhand smoke was significantly reduced since 1998.

The results of the study may be found in the scientific journal Addiction. In the new study the researchers found that in England, kid’s exposure to secondhand smoke has declined by around 80 percent since 1998.

These are the positive effects of banning smoking inside homes. The move turned to be beneficial not only for kids but also for non-smoking adults. The number of children living in smoke-free homes raised from 63% in 1998 to 87.3% in 2012.

For the research scientists collected data from around 35,000 kids participating each year in Health Survey for England (HSE) starting from 1998 to 2012. Scientists took from them saliva in order to make tests and determine in it the presence of cotinine, a nicotine derivative.

Body absorbs inhaled nicotine and transforms it into cotinine. The substance stays in the body for a longer period of time compared to nicotine and provides important information about the amount of inhaled nisotine in recent days.

At the end of 80s, the average amount of cotinine in saliva of non-smoking kids was  0.96 ng/ml. By 1998, that number was reduced to 0.52 ng/ml, and by 2012 it was reduced to 0.11 ng/ml. In 2012 more than two thirds of kids showed a drop of cotinine levels.

Five years ago, the UK Government said that it plans to reduce by two thirds smoking homes by 2020. However, data shows that the aim will be achieved much earlier.

New York Shows Decline in Smoking Rates


On Monday, state officials said that in New York there was reported lowering of smoking rates.

In past four years smoking rates among high school students has reduced by 42% to 7.3%, while the adult smoking rate has reduced to 14.5%, below the national average of 17.8%.

State authorities say that smoking rates reduction occured due to common anti-smoking efforts of the Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan and Tobacco Control Program.

In 2003 was adopted Clean Indoor Air Act which banned use of tobacco in restaurants and a number of other workplaces. Harlan Juster, director of the state Health Department’s Bureau of Tobacco Control told that there were increased taxes on cigarettes and those money were directed to the state budget.

However, in past years there was significantly cut funding of anti-tobacco efforts. In 2008-2009, New York state spent $84 million on the program, while in 2012-2013 it reduced to $39.3 million.

Harlan Juster says that generally the state achieved success in anti-smoking efforts. In the USA best results in fighting smoking achieved California and Florida, and New York goes right afther them.

According to Judy Rightmyer, director of the Capital District Tobacco Free Coalition,   New York shows great results when it comes to tobacco control. However, despite good results here, smoking rates still remain high among certain groups of people. For example, smoking rates are high among poor people, people with mental diseases and people with no education.

Knowing that, officials want to restrict sale of tobacco products in areas where those categories of people live. Also there is a need to develop adequate policies to reduce number of tobacco retailers.

Livingston County Housing Authority Free of Smoke

Smoking Woman

Starting from June 1, Housing Authority Properties in Livingston County, Michigan, became totally smoke-free and it includes its both indoor and outdoor facilities.

According to Dale Schrock, housing authority board chairman, they took the decision to make their housing free of tobacco smoke in order to protect residents, visitors and workers from harmful effects of secondhand smoke.

The American Lung Association, the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development, the Livingston County Public Health

Department, the Illinois Department of Public Health recommend all public housings to implement smoke-free policies on their properties.

MaLinda Hillman, administrator of the Livingston County Public Health Department, told that she welcomes the smoke-free policy which the board adopted and congratulates it with a successful move towards a healthy leaving.

Besides protecting non-smokers from seconadhand smoke, the new smoke-free policy aims to create healthy environments for people who want to quit. The policy generally would establish a non-smoking norm in the society and this will help to prevent kids from becoming smokers in their adulthood.

The American Lung Association claims that secondhand smoke affects negatively the human body. It causes lung cancer, heart and respiratory problems in non-smokers. Kids exposed to secondhand smoke are at high risks for development of asthma, respiratory and ear infections. Scientists say that there exists no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and therefore all exposures are dangerous.

In multi-unit housing, tobacco smoke easily enters in other apartments via ventilation systems and windows, and non-smokers dislikes it.

The board says that the only way to get rid of tobacco smoke is to totally eliminate smoking from housing buildings. Scientists say that smoke-free policies help to reduce secondhand smoke exposure among non-smokers and prevent them from a number of health problems.

Besides this, it helps housing owners to save their money on apartment reparation after a smoker.

France Approved Smoking Ban on Playgrounds


France began a serious fight with tobacco use in the country. This summer comes into effect new anti-smoking measure which bans use of cigarettes and tobacco products in playgrounds.

France is in top of countires in the EU with high smoking rates and the government introduces measures to reduce those rates in the entire country.

First anti-smoking initiative that was approved is the legislation which imposes tobacco companies to pack cigarettes in plain boxes. Now is the time for other measures. As health minister Marisol Touraine said, smoking ban in playgrounds comes into action in July.

At the end of June there will be published a decree and from this time the ban comes into effect immediately. It is a perfect time for the ban as in summer playgounds are full of kids. Louraine says that this measure comes as a perfect way to protect children from secondhand smoke effects.

In three playgrounds in Paris smoking was already banned for a trial period in order to see the reaction of people and see how it works. The government also plans to launch an anti-smoking campaign to urge smokers quit this summer. There is a quit line available for those wanting to give it up: 39 89.

In the future more anti-smoking measures will be adopted. Thus they talk about smoking ban in cars where kids are present and including e-cigarettes in all bans. The public generally supports he anti-smoking measures.

A study by Eurobarometer reveals that smoking rate in the EU dropped from 28% to 26%, but in France it increased from 28% to 32%.

Winston is Top-Selling Brand in North Carolina


Brand Finance  is the world’s leading brand valuation consultancy company which for several years has been examining and ranking Top 500 brands in the USA and other counties of the world. Its offices are located in New York.

Recently   Brand Finance  presented their valuation of this year. It should be said that its valuation is based on such factors as market share, consumer loyality anf awarness, spending on marketing and financial forecasts.

Brand Finance  wrote:
“Our sector-agnostic approach has allowed us to get a better sense of where a company’s brand value sits relative to state, country and global brands and competitors. Targeting aside, brands compete for share of mind, share of heart and ultimately, share of wallet.”

When the talk is about a particular stae, in order to be included into the state ranking, the participant company or its operating subsidiaries should be based in the particular state. All Top 12 brands have almost $1 billion in value and rank in the Top 500 brands across the USA.

Bank of America is second most important inancial institution in the country. Its brand value in North Carolina is $25.7 billion. Third key brand in the state is Winston with a value of $3.13 billion. Winston occupies 193th rank nationally.

The brand is manufactured by  R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.  since 1950s. Significant value of Winston comes from Japan Tobacco International which owns the rights to make it. Today Winston is number two in the list of best-selling cigarette brands worldwide.

The value of Winston is 60% higher than of Camel that occupies the 8th place in North Carolina with $1.96 billion. Camel was best-selling cigarettes brand by Reynolds for years.

Other top cigarette brands in North Carolina are Newport and Kent.

Methuen Raises Tobacco Buying Age to 21


From September 1, 2015, in the city of Methuen, Massachusetts, people younger than 21 will no longer be alble to buy tobacco products and electronic cigarettes because the city raises legal age for buying tobacco.

However, owners of local convenience stores do not welcome the change because they say that increase of age will lead to cigarettes sale drop which would hardly be covered.

Despite this, the Board of Health of Methuen adopted last week a number of tougher tobacco regulations arguing that cheap cigars and e-cigarettes present major danger to youth.

As Methuen Board of Health Chairman Ray Wrobel said, they have no intention to punish anyone. The major aim of the law is to protect young generation from health problems which may appear in their adulthood.

Novelty for the city is that now e-cigarettes will be banned just along with traditional cigarettes. There will bannned sale of flavored tobacco, rolling papers and single cigars with a price under $2.50 in convenience stores. According to   Board of Health members, these sweet and tasty tobacco products attract young people to start smoking.

Institute of Medicine made a research which revealed that teens are most likely to find friends between the ages of 18 and 20 to buy tobacco products and electronic cigarettes for them.  Now the Board of Health tries to remove this social source of tobacco for children and this coincides perfectly with the aim to fight tobacco use among youth.

According to  Dean Brouder, the drug and alcohol resource coordinator for Methuen Public Schools, single cigars together with rolling papers are vehicles typically used by teens to smoke marijuana.

At public hearings on the subject, most convenience store owners told they would lose tobacco sales to neighboring communities in New Hampshire, where 18-year-olds can still buy cigarettes at cheaper prices.