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Hartford City Passed a Smoking Ban

Smoking Young Man

City Council in Hartford, Connecticut, on August 11 with the majority of votes (19-2) passed an ordinance prohibiting smoking in city’s parks and recreational areas.

However, this may be not last word on the subject, because there do exist questions on the ordinance enforcement.

Resident Ed Burdick considers that the ordinance is poorly drafted, because it does not include e-cigarettes that are extremely popular among youth. Also smoking marijuana in parks may have a particular impact on the new ordinance enforcement.

Burdick said that it would be a good idea to organize a meeting with residents to inform them about the initiative and hear their opinions on that.

The new anti-smoking ordinance in Hartford prohibits use of all forms of tobacco in city’s parks and recreational areas. The talk is about the Little League complex, Veterans’ Memorial Park, and Camputaro Athletic Field on Sheldon Road. Those violating the ordinance will have to pay a $50 fine.

The smoking ban was proposed by Griswold Recreation Director Ryan Aubin. He explained that it is important to create a smoke-free environment for kids. Secondhand smoke is expecially bad for children. Smoking ban will help to create a healthy social norm for everyone.
Carol Morrow,  recreation commission member, told that in all parks there will be created smoking ares where smokers could light up.

Resident Phil Flowers noted that the ordinance say nothing about these areas, and he is against them.  In its turn Aubin explained that smoking areas will be created only during big city events and not every day.

There was proposed to include school grounds in the ordinance in order to protect children from secondhand smoke. Selectman Steve Mikutel told that the board will implement the existing smoking ban without modifications. It comes into effect on September 10 and there is going to be installed no-smoking signs.

87% Hookah Tweets are in Positive Context

Twitter

Researchers found that daily young people mention 12,000  times hookah use in a positive context on Twitter. It means that hookah becomes more popular among teenagers due to belief that hookah is less harmful than cigarettes. However, researchers say that hookah is not safe.

The author of the study is Melissa Krauss who is a research statistician at Washington University School of Medicine. She told that though cigarette use shows a decline among young people, use of hookah shows a rise, especially among college students. The study was made on hookah tweets and was published this week in Preventing Chronic Disease, a journal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

She says that young people are using hookah to socialize. For them hookah is something cool and trendy and they want to be like other trendy people. You may see hookah bars among college campuses.

As you probably know, hookah is a water pipe that uses tobacco with various sweet flavours such as apple, grape, watermelon, etc. Other name for hookah is shisha. Normally, hookah is used by several people passing mouthpiece from person to person.

Most people consider it is safe to use hookah, but researchers say that hookah smoke contains same toxic substances as tobacco smoke has. However, researchers add that the hookah method of smoking is even more harmful than cigarettes smoking, because of longer sessions and deeper inhalations. It means that hookah user absorbs higher concentrations of toxins.

Researchers say that the study based on social media research requires less efforts compared to traditional survey. Its big plus is that it is made more quickly.

Researchers also analyzed using tweets about marijuana, alcohol and e-cigarettes. It turned out that daily young people write more than 250,000 tweets about marijuana, 400,000 tweets about alcohol and 1,200 tweets about e-cigarettes.

Totally, among hookah tweets 87% were in favour of hookah and only 7% were against.

Smoking Rooms in Airport in Salt Lake City

Cigarette in Ashtray

Joshua Lewis is a smoker who buys Prima Non-Filter says when he is at Salt Lake City International Airport he normally smokers cigarettes in the smoking room.

He says that sometimes air travel is hard and it is a real crack-up when there is no smoking room in the airport and there is no possibility to light up.

He remembers that in an airport without smoking rooms he went outside to puff out and when he came he had to re-enter security and as a result he missed a flight.

Lewis says that any travel is stressful, therefore he appreciates the idea of creating smoking rooms in the Salt Lake City International Airport.

However, another traveller Maggie Podunovich has a different opinion. She is a former smoker and understands perfectly how addictive the habit is, but she considers that there must be no smoking rooms in the airports. Smoking is banned in most public spaces and therefore should be banned is airports too withot exceptions.

Utah anti-smoking activists say that the idea of creating smoking rooms in the airport has nothing to do with public health issues. Scott Barton, health expert in Molina Healthcare of Utah, said that smoking rooms do present danger for non-smokers in the airport. If Salt LakeCity airport would continue to allow smoking then it will remain in the list of smoking airports in the USA, which would spoil the image of Utah.

In their turn, airport officials claim that the smoking rooms are created with the purpose to protect people from secondhand smoke. Mayor of the city welcomes the idea.

UK: Smoe-Free Campaign Launched in Merseyside

No Smoking

Officials in Merseyside county, UK, will prohibit use of tobacco on most outdoor events in the course of smoke-free campaign that was launched this week.

The campaign was launched by Tobacco Free Futures, a local social enterprise. The campaign targets youth in Merseyside and Cheshire and aims to discourage them from taking up the smoking habit.

First town in Merseyside to launch a smoke-free event is  Knowsley, where Feelgood Festival takes place in coming weekend, August 8, in Court Hey Park.  On the event tobacco use will not be allowed.

Last month Council of  St Helens for the first time in history banned smoking on a public event. The talk is about Summer Beach event in Church Square.

A survey by  Tobacco Free Futures  shows that nearly 77% of people living in Knowsley support the idea of smoke-free events, especially ones where many family with children do participate.

Another survey showed that in St Helens and Halton more teens aged 15 use cigarettes than the national average.  However, few teens smoke in Liverpool, Wirral,  Knowsley,  Sefton.

In 2014 the Health and Social Care Information Centre made a study which found that in England 8.2% of  15-year-olds smoke, while in Halton this rate achieves 8.9% and in Liverpool just 6.5%. Most teens prefer slim cigarettes.

The same tendency is noted with electronic cigarettes. In England totally 2.7% of teens are using them while in St Helens this rate is 4.5% and in Liverpool 1.5%.

Surveyed teenagers in  St Helens said that smoking gives them confidence, but teenagers in Knowsley disagreed with this statement.

The research also found that 24% of English teenagers aged 15 had ever smoked, and number of girls here was higher than boys. Across the country lowest smoking rates are reported in London while highest on North East.

According to  Councillor Eddie Connor, Knowsley’s cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, the town is working hard to reduce smoking rates among youth.

Officals believe that smoke-free events will help to promote a healthy lifestyle and discourage teens from taking up the habit.

Cigarette Butts to be Recycled in Easton

Cigarette Butts

Cigarette butts on the grounds in the cities and towns creates additional problems for  street cleaners.

The Easton Ambassadors in Pennsylvania state launched a program which aims to keep sidewalks clean from cigarette butts and at the same time it will turn those butts into the money for local budget.

The Easton Ambassadors placed a number of cigarette butt recycling receptacles in and behind Centre Square. It was the organization TerraCycle who provided the boxes for butts. As a result, it will give $1 to the Greater Easton Development Partnership for every pound of cigarette butts the ambassadors collect.

According to Sandra Zajacek Levisay, manager of the Easton Ambassadors program, butts from cigarettes are most widespread waste in most cities which has a great impact on landfills. The ambassadors do help to keep Easton downtown free of tobacco litter and maintain flower boxes.

The cigarette butts will be recycled and turned into pellets which are going to be used in industry to create park benches or plastic pallets. TerraCycle website says that any remaining part of cigarette is recycled as compost.

In Easton already works a recycling program called Recyclebank. Residents participaiting in it receive points for recycling. Generally, it is

beneficial to recycle in this city because you get some rewards for that.

Places where can you find boxes for cigarette butts in Easton:
– in the southwest corner of Centre Square located behind the Crayola Factory and lehighvalleylive.com office;
– in the 300 block of Northampton Street located behind Centre Square in front of Family Dollar;
– at the bus stop at South Third and Ferry streets;
– in the southeast corner of Centre Square located behind Pearly Baker’s Alehouse.

Pascagoula City Wants a Smoking Ban in its Parks

No Smoking in Parks

Pascagoula city, Jackson County, Mississippi, is considering to pass an ordinance which prohibits smoking in its parks. In 2013 the city already banned tobacco use on workplaces, restaurants and indoor public places. Now local authorities want to make recreationa zones smoke-free.

Soon lighting cigarettes up at Beach Park in Pascagoula city may be illegal and smoking adults with children appreacite the initiative. They consider that if they will not smoke around their kids, others will not dare too.

Mike is a parent and he says he smokes Bond Super Slims Silver for several years. He finds the idea of smoking ban in parks is good, because it will help to protect kids from secondhand smoke effects. Nowadays everyone knows that secondhand smoke is not safe, and it affects especially children and elderly people. Parent Wanda Turner believes that secondhand smoke is even more dangerous than firsthand smoke.

Resident Larry Hawkins says that her day is considered spoilt when she goes at work and someone puffs a cigarette on her way. She says those people should quit smoking and this will be beneficial not only for them but for other people too. Thus she showed her support for the smoking ban in parks.

However, the proposal has not only supporters but opposers too, who are worried that the authorities violate their freedoms and rights. One of them is Carmen Butler, who has relatives who usually smoke cigarettes in local parks. Those smokers never light up behind a kid, so she says the law is not necessary.

The idea to ban smoking in parks came from a resident who expressed it at one of latest Council meetings. The city plans to consider the new smoke-free ordinance in August. It will cover more than 25 city parks.

Minneapolis Passed Ban on Sale of Flavoured Tobacco

Young People Smoking

The City Council in Minneapolis passed new restrictions on sale of flavored tobacco products in order to prevent young people from tobacco use.

The talk is about little cigars, hookah, smokeless tobacco.

Sale of flavored tobacco products will be banned anywhere except specialty tobacco shops, where those product should be sold only to those over 18 years old.

However, menthol cigarettes are not included into the new restrictions.

The policy comes into action from January 1, 2016.

The initiative to adopt the restrictions came from city’s Youth Congress, who brought the issue to the City Council. Young people were especially deranged by the fact that flavoured cigarettes are marketed just like candy. According to Gordon, chair of the Health,

Environment and Community Engagement Committee, young people also told that most children use flavoured tobacco products from curiosity and then turn to regular cigarettes and become smokers.

Experts believe that restricting access of young people to those kind of products will help to prevent kids and teens from becoming heavy smokers in their adulthood.

City Council President Barb Johnson told that this is a great step which will help to improve health of next generations. The new regulation imposes that cigars should have a minimum price of $2.60.

The oppsers of the initiative criticized the new regulation saying it would affect their business. Today flavoured tobacco products are allowed for sale in 420 places, but after the ordinance implementation it will be allowed only in 25 shops.

The WHO Urges Countries to Increase Tobacco Tax

Smoking Old Man

In is latest report the WHO concludes that few countires in the world use high tobacco taxes to discourage people from smoking or help them quit. The organization says that at least 75% of a pack of cigarettes should be tax.

The report is called “The Global Tobacco Epidemic 2015” and United Nations health agency claims that nearly every six seconds dies one person from a disease caused by tobacco use. It results in 6 million deaths across the globe annually. Experts predicts that by 2030 this number will raise up to 8 million victims. The WHO calls the problem a “tobacco epidemic” and talks about the necessity to adopt tougher measures to take it under control.

Report says that totally there is a billion smokers on the globe and many countries have extremely low taxes on tobacco. Some countries have no special taxes on tobacco at all!

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said that high cigarette taxes help not only to reduce smoking rates in the country but also to bring additional money to budget.

She urged governments to consider the recommendations and increase tobacco taxes as this measure would be beneficial from all points of view.

Health experts say that long-term tobacco use results in different types of cancer, lung and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes. In 2012, from those diseases died nearly 16 million people younger than 70 years old. 80% of these deaths occured in middle-income and poor countries.

Douglas Bettcher, a WHO expert on the prevention of non-communicable diseases, presented France and China as examples of successful reduction of smoking rates due to tobacco tax increase. Since 2008 only 11 countries managed to raise tobacco taxes.

José Luis Castro Castro, president of the World Lung Foundation, says that in case anti-smoking measures will not be taken now, in the next years the numbers of smoking-related deaths will be inevitably increased.

Mississippi Awarded for Anti-Smoking Efforts

Smoking Woman

According to data obtained in 2014, Mississippi occupies the first place in the list of American states which adopted comprehensive municipal smoke-free ordinances.

This made Americans for Nonsmokers Rights name Mississippi winner in  Smoke-free Challenge. Thus the state received an award due to its anti-smoking efforts.

Totally14 cities in the state of Mississippi adopted in 2014 comprehensive smoke-free ordinances and all them were honored by the Mississippi Public Health Association, Smoke-free Mississippi partners, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH).

Roy Hart, head of the Office of Tobacco Control at MSDH, told that smoke-free ordinances adopted in these cities will help to protect all workers in bars and restaursnts, their clients from effects of secondhand smoke exposure. It was established by scientists that there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke

In passing these ordinances the important role was played by Smoke-free Mississippi partners,  Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalitions and anti-smoking activists. Their common efforts helped 101 Mississippi communities adopt smoke-free ordinances.

Among them 51 communities included in their ordinances ban on e-cigarettes use in order to protect people’s health. The Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalitions are funded by a grant provided by MSDH.

It was estimated that each year Mississippi spends up to $1.23 billion on healthcare costs connected to tobacco use. The aim of the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalitions is to significantly improve the health of people living in Mississippians through educating local communities on health effects of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.

Americans Buy Flavoured Cigarettes Online

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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.