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Comments on Smoking Ban in Montgomery

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City Council’s Health, Education and Recreation Standing Committee in  Montgomery, Alabama state, during their meeting on Monday were discussing proposal to introduce No Smoking Ordinance, but there was no quorum.

City Councilman CC Calhoun, Mayor Todd Strange and other officials organized public hearings in order to find out more resident’s opinions on the subject.

Several years ago Montgomery city adopted an ordinance which imposed restaurants to be totally smoke-free or create a special smoking zone with a separate air filtration system. The change proposed today would prohibit all smoking in restaurants, bars and clubs. Also it bans smoking within 20 feet of playgrounds, business entrances, and bus stops.

During the meeting several bar owners expressed their disagreement with the smoking ban as they think it will affect their business. They say it would never do to force smokers go outside because smokers come to bars to relax, have a drink and a cigarette. Forcing them outside creates a kinda incommodity.

Another speaker told that the city of Montgomery has today a plenty of smoke-free restaurants while smokers have only 3-4 bars where they still may light up. Therefore there is no need to ban smoking in all establishments because smokers should have their bars where they amy relax with a favorite cigarette.

Paul Smith owns a pub for 20 years and considers that it is unfair to make smokers feel uncomfortable in bars. They should use their right to smoke.

On the other side Dr. David Franco expressed his support for a smoke-free law saying about the necessity to protect bar workers from secondhand smoke. He considers people will not stop vising bars as these are place to drink rather than to smoke. Dr. David Franco told about all people’s right to breathe a clean air, therefore clean air should be in all public places. Kids should be protected in the first place as they are most vulnerable to effects of secondhand smoke.

The campaign  Smoke-Free Montgomery was launched to inform people about  effects of secondhand smoke exposure. The group has been fighting for 100% smoke free workplaces, restaurants and bars.

The date for another public comments on the ordinance will be announced next week, at the city council meeting on December 16th.

University of Alaska Anchorage Considers Smoking Ban

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The University of Alaska Anchorage wants to adopt an anti-smoking policy which would prohibit use of tobacco on all university property. It is proposed to ban use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.

The proposed policy will be discussed this week by the University of Alaska Board of Regents at its meeting in Anchorage.

The anti-smoking policy has been developed since September, when regents asked President Pat Gamble to make a draft of a tobacco-free policy for their consideration.

The proposed anti-smoking policy prohibits use of any kind of tobacco on UA property. Smoking, chewing, dipping, vaping e-cigarettes, using water pipes is banned. The ban includes a large list of zones where smokers could no longer light up. These areas range from building interiors to campus trail systems. However, the policy has some exceptions and smoking will be permitted in personally owned vehicles in case they are not parked in a UA garage. Also smoking will be allowed in remote research sites and fenced construction areas. Thus tobacco use will be permitted in purposes for research, pesticides and ceremonies.

The implementation of the ban is left on prudence of cancellors at every campus and the deadline for the implementation is December 1, 2015.

Driving force for tobacco-free campus is the example of many other universities that go smoke-free. Each year more and more universities adopt anti-smoking policies. Students and staff welcome such initiatives.

Students at University of Alaska Anchorage are those who proposed a smoking ban on campus. Gamble told that despite health concerns, there are financial reasons for a smoking ban.

The draft policy to be voted on Thursday during the regents’ meeting at UAA.

Less Smokers Reported in the USA

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New data released by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention demonstrates that in 2013 in the USA the number of adult smokers achieved a record low level.

Today only 17.8% smoke which makes 42.1 million adult Americans. Health experts say that numbers of today are a great progress since 18.1% smoked in 2012 and 20.9% in 2005.

Dr. Tim McAfee, director of the agency’s Office on Smoking and Health, says that though latest data is encouraging still a lot of work should be done to reduce smoking rates even more.

The number of daily smokers reduced from 80.8% in 2005 to 76.9% in 2013. Also the number of cigarettes smoked daily is reduced from 16.7 in 2005 to 14.2 in 2013.

As to the rate of smokers who use less than 10 cigarettes per day, the number is increased from 16.4% in 2005 to 23.3% in 2013. According to Brian King, a senior CDC scientific advisor, if a smoker reduces number of cigarettes he normally uses it will have not significant benefits on health.

The report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also reveals that smoking rates among youth achieved lower level in 2013 declining from 14% to 12.7% among high-school students, and from 3.5% to 2.9% of middle-school students. From 2000 the number of high-school students who smoke was reduced from 28%, and the number of middle-school students was reduced from 11%.

Experts are worried that e-cigarettes are becoming popular among youth. Thus their use was increased from 1.5% to 4.5% among high-school students. As to adults, report showed that 1.9% of adult Americans currently use e-cigarettes.

Anti-smoking activists demand the introduction of the Affordable Care Act which will help to provide coverage for tobacco cessation treatment, including medication. and counseling. However, it is not clear if there will be approved smoking cessation medication called Zonnic for covered medication. It is a product by Reynolds American Inc.

Smoking Ban in Beijing

Chinese Smoker

Authorities in Beijing, the capital of China, want to introduce a smoking ban in all indoor public spaces, thus smokers will have to seek other places to light up.

Also cigarettes will be banned from advertising in magazines, movies, newspapers and public transport.

Data shows that today in China there are around 300 million smokers.

In past years the country tried to fight with smoking but all its attempts failed.

The new anti-smoking policy comes into effect in June 2015 and at the beginning it will touch only Beijing.

The authorities say that with time the change will cover the entire country.

The proposed anti-smoking law prohibits smoking on the bus stops, at workplace and near hospitals and schools.

Experts say that the measure will help to reduce smoking rates in the country and prevent people from smoking related diseases.

Previous bans were ignored by the population and smokers often were seen with their cigarettes right behind no-smoking signs. In 2011 China prohibited smoking in hotelsand restaurants but it did not work.

However, now authorities promise the ban will work due to introduction of fines.

Harford’s Hospitals Become Tobacco-Free in 2015

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From January 1, 2015,  University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health hospital in Harford County, Maryland, prohibits use of tobacco products on its campus. Besides this, from July 1, 2015, Upper Chesapeake will not engage people who use tobacco. The announcement was made at the beginning of the current week.

These days Upper Chesapeake is the largest private employer in Harford County with more 3,100 workers. Each year around 285,000 people do visit its two campuses.

Elizabeth English, marketing coordinator, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health  told that the major change is that smoking tobacco will not be permitted in parked vehicles.

The policy imposes that Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace, Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air and vehicles operated by UM UCH must be tobacco-free. Also tobacco is banned from use in all vehicles parked on the health system’s properties in Harford and does not matter who are their owners.

Lyle Sheldon, Upper Chesapeake President and CEO, said that tobacco-free environment in hospitals will be beneficial for all patients and workers. This will motivate smokers to quit and start leading a healthy lifestyle.

The current policy says that visitors, patients and employees cannot use or carry a burning cigar, e-cigarette and cigarette on the grounds of the Klein Ambulatory Care Center, Kaufman Cancer Center and any other Upper Chesapeake building or vehicle.

With the new policy, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health will join Anne Arundel Medical Center and Carroll Hospital Center in Carroll County which do not engage smoking people.

The tobacco use policies make part of a Upper Chesapeake plan to create a healthy environment in public places.

Activists in Iowa Ask Hy-Vee to End Tobacco Sales

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Tobacco opponents along with health professionals in Iowa used Great American Smokeout to launch a campaign calling on Hy-Vee supermarkets to stop sale of all kinds of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. Hy-Vee is a chain of 235 supermarkets located in Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota,  Nebraska and Wisconsin.

Representatives of Iowa Tobacco Prevention Alliance told that they hoped that Hy-Vee would join the CVS Health national pharmacy chain, which earlier this year stopped sale of tobacco products. 19 of its stores are in Iowa.

There was created a petition online which gathers signatures to call for Hy-Vee to stop the sale of tobacco products.

According to Tara Deering-Hansen, head of corporate communications for Hy-Vee, health and wellness were company’s priorities for years. The company supports a great number of community healthy activities and healthy offerings in their stores. However, Hy-Vee provides a wide range of products to satisfy all its clients, therefore they consider that it is unfair to take tobacco away from its shops. Cigarettes is a personal choice and people make it consciously. However, the market encourages its clients to make healthy choices by excluding them from marketing. Also they put smoking cessation products on visible places in phrmacies.

The representatives of Alliance consider that Hy-Vee should end the sale of tobacco products, because it would reduce the availability of tobacco products which will result in reduction of tobacco use. This is exactly what the Great American Smoke Out is created to accomplish.

Reynolds American Launches New Tobacco Product

Reynolds American

Reynolds American Inc launches on the tobacco market a novelty, a cigarette which heats  tobacco instead of burning it. It expected that the new product will attract smokers who prefer alternative tobacco products to traditional ones.

Reynolds American Inc today is tobacco company number two in the USA. It produces such famous cigarette brands as Camel and Winston.

The company said on Monday that it launches in February 2015 new product called Revo. It a cigarette which has a carbon tip which heats tobacco instead of buring it.

The tobacco company representatives told that the new tobacco product is going to replace unsuccessful Eclipse product launched in 90s.

With the increasing interest for smoking alternatives, the company considers that Revo will have success on the market.

When the product Eclipse appeared on the market, smokers remain indifferent on it. The product had such characteristics as new taste different from cigarettes and no tobacco smell and ashes during smoking. However, smokers considered Eclipse too difficult to use and the product did not become popular. Due to that fact the tobacco company limited the product distribution.

J. Brice O’Brien, head of consumer marketing, said that the technology heat-not-burn appeared too early 20 years ago and it was not an appropriate time for it. The time for it is now when smokers search for alternatives.

According to O’Brien,  Revo is better than e-cigarettes, because e-cigarettes contain only liquid nicotine and no tobacco, but Revo has real tobacco which will make it attractive for smokers.

The launch of the new product will be follwed with marketing campaign to show smokers that it is better than traditional and e-cigarettes. As to price, it will cost like a pack of average regular cigarettes, which will make the new product affordable.

Today more smokers refuse from regular cigarettes and turn to different smoking alternatives, therefore it is expected that Revo will have success among smokers.

Great American Smokeout is Coming

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This week in the USA will take place the Great American Smokeout as it is held on third Thursday of November.

On this day smokers are encouraged to quit smoking at least for one day and make a plan to quit for good.

The latest New York statistics shows that despite smoking rates drop in the country, still there are groups which show no decline in smoking rates. The talk is about:
– people with income below $15,000: among them 1 in 4 smokes;
– people with an education less than a high school diploma: among them 1 in 4 smokes;
– people with some menthal problems: among htem 1 in 3 smokes.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute reveals that Western New York has the highest smoking rate in the state, including 26% in Erie County and 27% in Niagara County. Tobacco use still remains the cause of a number of smoking related diseases. It was estimated that annually almost 600,000 New Yorkers do suffer from these diseases.

According to County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein, most popular disease related to smoking is lung cancer. Quitting at any age will do benefit to overall health, therefore quitiing is so important these days. Quitting smoking reduces health risks associated with tobacco use

Anthony Billoni, head of Tobacco-Free Western New York, said the Great American smokeout helped to change American’s attotude towards smoking and promote a smoke-free lifestyle.

Decline in Cigarettes Use among Youth in Minnesota

Smoking Students

Latest 2014 Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey shows that use of cigarettes among school students has declined significantly, but use of e-cigarettes is increased. Data shows that more than a quarter of high school students have tried electronic cigarettes.

Health care officials say that e-cigarettes contain nicotine which causes dependence. This may make young people want to try tobacco products.

The survey shows that the rate of high school students who smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days dropped to 10.6% in 2014. That compares to 18.1% in 2011.

Minnesota Commissioner of Health Ed Ehlinger is happy with these numbers and says this is a great progress which occured due to state efforts to fight smoking among youth. He told that high prices on cigarettes made smoking unaffordable for teens. Also tight regulations work great here such as the requirement to sell tobacco products behind the counter.

However, bad news is that e-cigarettes are popular among young people. In the course of the survey they were asked if they had ever used these divices which were introduced in 2007 to the USA market. It turned out that 28% of high school students have tried an e-cigarette, and 12.9% of students had used one in the past 30 days.  E-cigarettes appeared in Minnesota several years ago and since then around 90,000 students have tried them.

16-year-old Cornelia from Minneapolis South High School considers that teens like e-cigarettes because their use can hardly be detected by parents. E-cigarettes are not regulated, thus these devices are being widely used by young people, even on tootball games. Tenns cannot buy tobacco cigarettes but they may buy electronic ones and most frequently they do this from websites or older students. It is easier than it seems.

Westminster Wants Total Tobacco Sale Ban

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As it was written earlier, town of Westminster,  Massachusetts, with 7,700 inhabitants wants to ban sale of all tobacco products. This week there will be organized public hearings on the subject. In case the law will be adopted, Westminster will become first municipality in the USA to prohibit all kinds of tobacco products in towns.

Thomas Carr, director of national policy at the American Lung Association, says that up to date no other town across the country has such a law. Town health agent Elizabeth Swedberg considers the ban is a perfect solution to eliminate totally smoking from people’s lives.

Today tobacco companies try to attract more young people by creating new cheap and sweet products such as e-cigarettes, 69-cent bubblegum-flavored cigars, and smokeless tobacco resembling Tic Tac candies. It means that millions of children today are at risk for smoking related diseases. Health care specialists say that it is necessary to change the situation.

However, business owners dislike the idea as they worry that their business will be affected. Brian Vincent, the owner of grocery on Main Street, says that Tobacco products make up more than 5% of sales. A quarter of his customers buy tobacco products. Vincent is a smoker himself and that is one more reason why he does not support the ban. Now he encourages his customers to sign the petition against the proposal. Up to date are gathered 800 signatures.

David Sutton, a spokesman for Altria Group Inc., which owns the America’s biggest cigarette manufacturer, Philip Morris USA, said that the proposal is a bad policy that will harm local employers.