Tag Archives: Tobacco-free

Smoking Restrictions in U.S. States

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Indiana
Is a tobacco-free state, however, there may be made some exceptions for use of tobacco products outdoors near student residence halls.  and conference centers.

Nebraska
Use of tobacco products is prohibited indoors and within 10 feet of building entrances.

Pennsylvania
Smoking  is prohibited indoors and near buildings outdoors including Beaver Stadium.

Illinois
Becomes smoke-free from January 1, 2014. no smoking permitted inside or outdoors on campus, including private vehicles.

Iowa
Smoke-free state by law.

Michigan
Tobacco-free state.

Ohio
Tobacco-free from January 1, 2012, except for Native American ceremonies, theatrical productions, some campus retail locations, Nationwide Arena and designated outdoor zones at the Schottenstein Center.

Michigan
Smoking  is prohibited indoors but is permitted in designated private residences or hotel rooms including near building entrances. Sale of tobacco products is prohibited on university grounds.

Minnesota
Smoking  is prohibited indoors and within 25 feet of building entrances but is allowed at theater performances, Native American ceremonies, research studies and private vehicles.

Wisconsin
Smoking  is prohibited indoors and within 25 feet of building entrances, but is permitted in designated areas. University apartment and hotel rooms can be designated smoking areas.

Health Committee Asking for Tobacco-Free Pasco Schools

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When a worker of Pasco County school, which was opened before July 1996, wants to smoke a cigarette, he must step outside in area specially designated for that.  Health Advisory Committee of the district wants to stop that policy. Thus health care professionals of the community have called on the School Board to change such policy to permit older schools to avoid the tobacco-free designation that new campuses operate under.

The committee says about the necessity to provide a good example for young people and school workers must maintain positive adult role models for students. Besides this, it is necessary to protect students from secondhand smoke at any level.

These anti-smoking messages are not new. In August 2011 there was held a seminar on this subject. Also Students Working Against Tobacco explained their opinion in June current year. Student Andrew Gonzalez said the board that students want schools to be 100% free of tobacco and smokers should go off campus. Ideally, if a teacher smokes, the school must help him quit.

The agreements say, that a pre-1996 school can become 100% free of tobacco only with the unanimous vote of its workers. There is no record in the district of any requested votes in the 17 years since the rule came into action.

The employee relations director Betsy Kuhn said that the chance to change the smoking policy generally is good, because it really needs a change. Several districts have prohibited tobacco consumption among school workers.

Some districts, such as Pasco, have even tried to stop hiring people who smoke cigarettes.  The concept was dropped in Pasco after finding it unworkable in its food and nutrition department.

Kuhn said that Pasco’s advisory committee provided a number of reasons to take into consideration when discussing a new direction for tobacco-free workplaces.  These are not just public places. These are schools and they must go 100% tobacco-free in order to prevent students from using all kinds of tobacco.

Tobacco Companies Should be Banned From Advertising at Labour Party Conferences

Philip Morris

After a robacco company bought space at Labour Party conference, Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said that tobacco companies should be banned from advertising at such events. He became angry when he found out that the party has taken money from Philip Morris, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, which has a stand in the exhibition in Brighton.

Another spot has been sold to the Tobacco Retailers’ Alliance, a group which is against plain packaging. But the policy is supported by the Labour front bench.  Mr Burnham said that he would like the conference to be totally tobacco-free and this is his firm position.  “My request to the party is to make conference tobacco-free.”

Labour has  over and over again accused the Tories who hired the lobbyist Lynton Crosby as a key election adviser and who brought tobacco companies to the heart of Downing Street.  Mr Crosby’s lobbying firm is reported to have worked in favour of Philip Morris. He was brought in shortly before the Government cancelled plans to standardise packets.

He denies any statement about conversations with Prime Minister David Cameron on the subject.  This week Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott revealed the row at a meeting.  “The health team, led by Andy Burnham, did make representations to the party about this and we were not able to get that changed,” she said. “The health team is not happy about that.”

Labour leader Ed Miliband  on the recent conference criticized the influence of the tobacco companies on the Government in his introduction to the annual report of the party’s National Executive Council (NEC). “Britain’s children don’t have corporate lobbyists looking after their interests, like the big tobacco companies do.”

Labour members say that permitting any particular organisation to display at the conference does not reflect the party opinions.  “The Labour Party exhibition includes stands from a wide range of charities, companies and organisations putting forward their points of view,” a spokesman said. “This does not mean the Labour Party supports the view put forward by the exhibitor.”

Star Scientific Dissolvable Tobacco Products are Not Subject to FDA Regulations

Tobacco manufacturer Star Scientific Inc. stated that the Food and Drug Administration has informed the company that two of its dissolvable tobacco pastilles are not covered by the law controlling tobacco, clearing the way for them to advertised and sold.

The Virginian tobacco company, which sold dissolvable tobacco products since 2001, declared that FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products state its Ariva-BDL and Stonewall-BDL products are not affected by the regulation.

Ariva dissolvable tobacco

The news led Star’s stock up 33%, or 9% to $3.95. Star Scientific has requested FDA to identify the products as “updated risk” tobacco products under a 2009 law.

The company stated that pastilles contain “below detectable levels” of particular cancer-causing chemicals detected in tobacco and its smoke. The pills possess tobacco’s addictive ingredient, nicotine. Star Scientific has declared that its method of tobacco growing and processing creates tobacco leaves with minimum levels of certain carcinogens.

The way how FDA controls “modified-risk” tobacco products is being thoroughly observed by the public health community and leading tobacco enterprises, which are in search of new products to sell as they face dropping cigarette demand.

But Star Scientific stated the agency’s notifications from Dr. Lawrence Deyton, the center’s chief declared, “Currently only cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco are subject to the given law” and that basing on the company’s submissions, the products are not controlled by the regulation.

At a conference, the FDA stated that it acknowledges there is vagueness whether nicotine-containing products produced from tobacco should be controlled as drugs or just as tobacco products. The agency also said that it is examining its legal and monitoring options concerning these products.

Star Scientific had supposed the tobacco product come under the administration of the Center for Tobacco Products, and the company was rather surprised by the agency’s decision, representative Sara Troy Machir stated in an interview. However the difference may come in how the product is produced.

“Of course they are true tobacco products under the definition, but when we analyze the manufacturing process that is where we have problems because it is completely confidential information,” Machir stated.

The FDA scientific advisory panel should complete by March its report and present advices on the products, which are sold by the Star and other tobacco manufacturers. FDA also has revealed its concerns that dissolvable tobacco products contain a lot of nicotine and could in particular attract children and young people.

UK service to ‘Kick Butts’

In November 2009, UK’s tobacco-free policy took effect. Tobacco-free Take Action! reports that students and employees are five times more likely to enroll in tobacco treatment programs since this policy has been adopted.

In an effort to further promote a healthier environment for UK students and faculty, University Health Services will be sponsoring the event Kick Butts Day.

Benefits of smoke free policy

Benefits of smoke free policy

At Kick Butts Day there will be large white sheets covered with handprints on display. Each handprint will represent five lives lost each year due to the use of tobacco products, according to a news release.

According to the release, students at the event will also have access to information and resources that UK offers on how to stop smoking or how to help someone else quit.

There will be free giveaways, including free fountain drink coupons for on-campus dining locations.

“The goal of this event is to make students aware of our services,” Fadyia Lowe, the tobacco treatment specialist at University Health Services, said. “We want those who don’t smoke to know how to help those who do.”

Kick Butts Day has been coordinated around Earth Week events to promote awareness of the impact of smoking on the every day life and the environment, according to the release.

Cigarette butts are often not disposed of properly and end up on the ground. Butts are not biodegradable; it takes between 25 and 30 years for them to decompose. The use of tobacco products also contributes to deforestation, as one tree is wasted for every 300 cigarettes produced.

Kick Butts Day is sponsored by University Health Services, Student Wellness Association and Tobacco-free Task Force.

Tobacco store owner admits manipulating bank deposits to fool IRS

The owner of Mohican Discount Tobacco Shop in Rockholds told a federal judge she and other employees kept the company’s regular bank deposits, totaling more than $650,000 under the threshold that would require bank officials to report them to the IRS.

Not quit smoking, be non-smoker!

Not quit smoking, be non-smoker!

Denise Crawford, 44, pleaded guilty in U.S District Court in London Wednesday to once count of willfully causing a financial institution to fail to comply with record keeping and reporting regulations.

According to the plea agreement, Crawford admitted she and others made multiple bank deposits between July 28, 2009 and Jan. 14, 2010 at Hometown Bank of Corbin in order to avoid reporting the income. The deposits totaled $651,107.14.

Under federal law, banks that receive cash deposits in excess of $10,000 must final a transaction report with the federal government.

According to Kyle Edelan, spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the money has been seized by the IRS.

Crawford faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison. In addition the company may be fined up to $500,000.

Crawford will be formally sentenced on Aug. 4