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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

Smoke

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

Park

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.