viernes, 28 de febrero de 2014 - 27 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU


ASUSF Senate met last Tuesday to discuss a proposition that aims to enforce a campus wide tobacco ban. If the proposition passes, students will see it on the ballot for ASUSF Spring Elections on April 14, and will be able to vote for themselves whether or not they want a 100% tobacco free campus.

At the time of publication, Senate had not yet voted on the proposition. Two-thirds of Senate must approve the proposition for it to pass.

Publicación original: - 27 de Febrero 2014 - India

High tobacco use among Kerala children, says national study

Thiruvananthapuram: Seventy-four percent children in Kerala use tobacco, according to a recent multi-site survey conducted by the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

A total of 119 children in the state, between the age group of 5-18, were covered as part of the study, conducted to examine the pattern, profile and correlates of substance use, a release said here today.

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European Parliament backs tougher tobacco rules

MEPs have backed stricter EU rules on tobacco products.

Cigarettes containing flavors such as vanilla or menthol will be banned from 2020.

The vote comes after a fierce lobbying campaign from the tobacco industry.

“Seven hundred thousand Europeans die prematurely because of cigarette and tobacco use,” said Swedish Green MEP Carl Schlyter.

“That’s four times more than suicide, drugs, workplace accidents and traffic accidents combined with AIDS,” he added.

jueves, 27 de febrero de 2014 - 26 de Febrero 2014 – Unión Europea

Nuevas normas para reducir el consumo de tabaco

El Parlamento Europeo (PE) dará hoy luz verde a nuevas normas contra el consumo de tabaco, sobre todo entre los jóvenes, con medidas como la prohibición del tabaco de sabores y aromas y la eliminación de la venta de cajetillas de mentolado en el horizonte 2020.

Las nuevas disposiciones, que ya han sido acordadas entre la Eurocámara y el Consejo -Estados miembros-, endurecerán la normativa vigente, de 2002.

Su prioridad serán los menores, ya que, según datos de la Comisión Europea, el 70 % de los fumadores se engancha antes de llegar a la mayoría de edad.

Otra de las novedades, es que las cajetillas deberán contener advertencias sanitarias que ocupen el 65% de la superficie de las mismas (ahora es del 40%), y que figurarán en ambos lados del paquete.

Publicación original: - 26 de Febrero 2014 – Unión Europea

Nueva ley en Europa para evitar consumo de tabaco en jóvenes

El pleno del Parlamento Europeo dio luz verde -por 514 votos a favor, 66 en contra y 58 abstenciones- a un texto que había sido consensuado ya con los Estados miembros. Las nuevas disposiciones, que obligarán a aumentar el tamaño de las advertencias sanitarias en las cajetillas de tabaco y regularán por primera vez los cigarrillos electrónicos, dejan margen a los países de la UE para aplicar normas más restrictivas si así lo desean.

"Estas medidas ponen fin a los productos que incitan a los niños y adolescentes a empezar a fumar", dijo Tonio Borg, comisario europeo de Sanidad y Consumo, quien consideró que las nuevas normas ayudarán a reducir el número de personas que se inician en ese hábito, al garantizar que "el tabaco parece y sabe como lo que es".

Publicación original: - 25 de Febrero 2014 – Canadá

Tax hike on tobacco could save 25,000 lives

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has put Canada in the medal hunt for the tobacco control Olympics. But if he wants the gold, he is going to have to do more.

Flaherty announced in his Feb. 11 budget that the federal excise tax for cigarettes would rise by about 40 cents per pack. With extra provincial taxes and the tobacco industry’s own profit markup, this means the street price of a pack would rise by about 50 to 60 cents, or around 5 per cent for an average pack currently priced at $10. - 25 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

Scituate Raises Legal Age To Buy Tobacco Products To 21

Publicación original: - 26 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

Ohio to renew its war on tobacco

COLUMBUS — Six years after lawmakers angrily dismantled Ohio’s anti-smoking foundation after it tried to block government’s confiscation of its funds, the state wants to renew its war on tobacco.

“Ohio once was a national leader in smoking-cessation efforts, and we need to take up that cause once again,” Gov. John Kasich said during his State of the State address Monday.

He announced the investment of $26.9 million in tobacco settlement dollars over five years for smoking prevention, cessation, and enforcement programs. - 26 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

ALA applauds pharmacy's decision to stop selling tobacco

For the past 30 years, I’ve fought for lung health with the American Lung Association. Our organization has been a leader in the battle against tobacco, which is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the U.S

Over the years, this battle has experienced dramatic highs and disappointing lows. CVS Caremark’s recent announcement that they will no longer sell tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy locations represents a great milestone in efforts to move toward becoming a healthier, smoke-free nation. - 26 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

Student group wants tobacco-free UNK campus

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A student group is pushing for a tobacco-free campus at the University of Nebraska Kearney.

Students will be asked in emails on Wednesday and Thursday if they support the Peer Health Education group's proposal. Depending on the outcome, it may be presented to the chancellor's cabinet for consideration.

The team began exploring the issue in 2012 after receiving UNK student opinions from a national health survey, which indicated support for a tobacco-free campus.

Current UNK policy prohibits tobacco use in campus facilities and vehicles, and within 10 feet of entrances. Similar policies are in place on the university's Omaha and Lincoln campuses. The University of Nebraska Medical Center has been tobacco-free since 2009.

Publicación original: - 26 de Febrero 2014 - Australia

Quit groups want ban on cigarette vending machines and tobacco price boards at shops

FOUR of Victoria’s leading health groups are demanding a ban on cigarette vending machines and tobacco price boards at shops.

Quit, the Cancer Council, the Heart Foundation and the Australian Medical Association are also calling for the abolition of exemptions to a ban on the retail display of cigarettes for the state’s 145 specialist tobacco retailers.

The ACT has no such exemptions, and NSW and South Australia are phasing out theirs, but retailers say the proposed reforms are “nanny state restrictions” that will lead to job losses.

A 2011 state ban on the retail display of cigarettes still allowed retailers a price board, which is banned in Queensland and the ACT.

Publicación original: - 26 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

Bali cancels tobacco event after groups protest
The Inter-Tabac Asia 2014, a global tobacco trade fair which was set to take place at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC), Bali, on Feb.27 and Feb 28, has been canceled following protests by domestic and foreign health groups.

According to information from the BNDCC, the Inter-Tabac organizer had applied for an event permit by attaching a security clearance permit from the National Police. A German-based company which initiated the event, Westfalenhallen Dortmun GmbH, announced on its website three days ago that it had decided to cancel the trade fair.

Domestic and international organizations, institutions and communities that are concerned with tobacco control had voiced their opposition to the event.

Publicación original: 26 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

Parliament adopts new EU tobacco rules

Members of the European Parliament voted today (26 February) to approve a deal reached with member states in December on new EU tobacco rules. The legislation will, controversially, tightly regulate the content and marketing of electronic cigarettes.

Today's vote, which is expected to be rubber-stamped by member states in the coming weeks, ends a long effort to revise EU tobacco rules which saw the resignation of former health commissioner John Dalli, unprecedented lobbying by tobacco companies and citizens demonstrations by so-called 'vapers' - users of electronic cigarettes.

The new legislation will require large pictorial warnings with unpleasant images covering 65% of cigarette packs. Characterising flavours - including menthol - will be banned.

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miércoles, 26 de febrero de 2014 - 25 de Febrero 2014 - España

Guerra al cigarrillo electrónico en Euskadi

¿Tiene el cigarrillo electrónico los días contados en el País Vasco? A la espera de la directiva europea que sobre este tema está vea la luz, el Gobierno vasco ha decidido mover ficha. Y el Ejecutivo, que se apoya en recomendaciones de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) para dar este paso, quiere además que el resto de instituciones vascas siga su estela, una iniciativa que pretende regular y restringir su uso en determinados centros sanitarios y docentes, en los medios de transporte públicos y en todas las dependencias oficiales institucionales de la comunidad autónoma. En todos estos lugares, se restringirá su uso tanto

Publicación original: - 25 de Febrero 2014 - Guatemala

Regularán publicidad del tabaco y alcohol

La cartera publicó hoy el Acuerdo Ministerial 040-2014, el cual señala que es una instancia multisectorial que ejercerá las funciones de un órgano asesor.

Entre sus funciones se encuentra garantizar la prohibición total de la publicidad, promoción y patrocinio del tabaco, así como la colocación de pictogramas en las cajetillas, elevación de impuestos y facilitación de tratamientos para dejar de fumar. También verificará el cumplimiento de la Ley de Ambientes Libres de Humo de Tabaco.

Publicación original: - 25 de Febrero 2014 - ESPAÑA

El tabaco ya no está de moda

Barcelona (Redacción de El tabaquismo es una enfermedad adictiva crónica que constituye la primera causa evitable de muerte en los países desarrollados. La Dra. Mª Teresa González García, Neumóloga del grupo de trabajo de tabaquismo de Semergen, nos ha hablado sobre este problema de salud mundial y sobre las alternativas y soluciones que para él existen. - 25 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

UMR Going Tobacco Free

Four University of Minnesota campuses will soon be tobacco free.

This includes the University of Minnesota Rochester as well as the Twin Cities, Duluth and Crookston campuses. Starting July 1st, tobacco products and e-cigarettes will be banned throughout the entire campus.

“It's a trend across the United States and more and more campuses are doing that and certainly research campuses like the Twins Cities campus and our campus which is health sciences campus it's the right thing to do and it's timely,” said Gail Sauter, UMR Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance.

The U of M is catching up to the trend we've seen in recent years. Other colleges including RCTC, Riverland Community College and many others across the state are currently tobacco free.

Publicación original: - 25 de Febrero 2014 - India

HC orders educational institutes to put up boards on tobacco ban

A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sanklecha was hearing a public interest litigation filed by advocate Dinar Sohoni stating that no educational institute was following the rules of the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition) Act (COTPA).

"As per Rule 3 of the central government enactment rules under the Act, all educational institutes have to put up display boards prominently outside their premises stating that sale and consumption of cigarette and tobacco products is strictly prohibited," the petition states. - 25 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

Los Angeles panel wants same rules for e-cigarettes, tobacco

With pressure from public-health officials and clean-air advocates, a city panel on Monday embraced a plan that would apply regulations in place for tobacco products to e-cigarettes.

After hearing from a number of health professionals that it is better to be overly cautious in dealing with the e-cigarettes, the Arts, Parks, Health, Aging and River Committee urged the full City Council to limit where they can be used in public or sold in the city. - 25 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

What Are Bidis And Why Is The FDA Regulating Tobacco Products?

Last week, FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products issued their first regulatory action since being established by an act of Congress in 2009. An Indian company, Jash International, was instructed to cease U.S. import, distribution, and sales of four brands of bidis, a tobacco smoking product that’s rolled in the leaves of the tendu plant, instead of paper, then tied with string. The specific bidi products are sold as Sutra Bidis Red, Sutra Bidis Menthol, Sutra Bidis Red Cone, and Sutra Bidis Menthol Cone.

An article in The Times of India suggests that Jash International is not a particularly well-known company in its home country, so this first FDA warning might be serving as a shakedown cruise for exercising their regulatory might. The company was cited for not registering their products with the FDA, an application that would likely have been turned down anyway since bidis do not meet the standards of having a “predicate product” sold in the U.S. as of February 15, 2007. What that means is that tobacco products sold as of that date serve as the standard to which new tobacco products are compared with for “substantial equivalence.”

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martes, 25 de febrero de 2014

telemundo47 - 24 de Febrero 2014 - Chile

El país con más fumadores de América

Chile, el país con más fumadores de toda América, trata de avanzar en la reducción del tabaquismo y, aunque los efectos aún son moderados, se espera que una ley aprobada en 2013 y otras medidas empiecen a dar resultados en los próximos años.

Según un informe de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) difundido recientemente, el 41% de la población adulta y el 35% de los jóvenes fuman en Chile, donde más de 40 personas mueren cada día por enfermedades asociadas al consumo de tabaco.

Chile supera en este ránking a todos los países del continente, donde el promedio de fumadores alcanza el 22%, y las naciones que más se le acercan son Bolivia (30%), Uruguay (25%) y Argentina (23%). - 24 de Febrero 2014 - Argentina

El consumo del tabaco sin humo “se convirtió en una epidemia”

Una de las grandes preocupaciones de la Organización Mundial de la Salud es el consumo de tabaco sin humo. “Se está convirtiendo en una epidemia”, indicaron a través de un informe que realizaron. Dentro de esta denominación están considerados los productos entera o parcialmente elaborados a partir de hoja de tabaco y que pueden ser fumados, chupados, mascados o inhalados, bajo la forma de polvo, chicles, pastillas, tiras o palillos, así como de cigarrillos electrónicos.

Estos últimos, han proliferado bastante y son considerados un sustituto de los cigarros, siendo un elemento también nocivo para la salud. Los cigarrillos electrónicos tienen un sistema inhalador destinado a simular y sustituir el consumo de tabaco.

Generalmente utiliza una resistencia y una fuente eléctrica para calentar y vaporizar una solución líquida. - 24 de Febrero 2014 - España

Tabaco. AUC pide una limitación publicitaria "más estricta" de los cigarrillos electrónicos

La Asociación de Usuarios de la Comunicación advirtió este lunes de que la regulación de los cigarrillos electrónicos debe adecuarse a la normativa europea y pidió que la limitación publicitaria de estos productos sea "más estricta".

AUC recordó en un comunicado el próximo miércoles, 26 de febrero, el Parlamento Europeo vota el acuerdo con la Comisión y el Consejo sobre nuevas medidas legislativas en relación al tabaco y a los cigarrillos electrónicos.

Entre las medidas aplicables al tabaco, se pretende incrementar hasta el 65% la superficie del paquete dedicada a las advertencias de salud y prohibir envases de menos de 20 cigarrillos. - 23 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

Tobacco settlement still funding politics

Recently this president said marijuana smoking was “no worse than smoking cigarettes;” but to hear him and other Democrats talk, cigarette smoking was the most evil thing in the world until 2010 when the only thing more evil to Democrats arrived — the TEA Party.

It has been drilled into our heads how evil smoking is and how many people it hurts through direct use as well as second-hand smoke harming others. Cigarette smoking is touted as the biggest medical problem we have today — so bad, in fact, that evil, big tobacco continues to pay billions to state governments as part of the 1998 settlement. The companies pay at least $206 billion over 25 years to cover health care and fund prevention.

Publicación original: - 23 de Febrero 2014 - India

Anti-smoking group hits film

What do Leonardo Dicaprio, Woody Allen, and Johnny Depp all have in common? The Hollywood icons have been named "Shame" award recipients by Reality Check, a statewide anti-tobacco youth group.

The organization, which includes a local chapter from Albany, Schenectady and Rensselaer counties, has been working for almost 10 years to help expose what it deems to be Hollywood's encouragement of tobacco use. Reality Check's International Week of Action kicks off Monday in advance of the 86th Academy Awards on March 2 as the organization bestows its annual "Fame" and "Shame" awards. - 23 de Febrero 2014 - India

Tobacco advertisement ban goes up in smoke in Himachal

The ban on advertisement of cigarettes and other tobacco products continues to be flouted in the state, especially in rural areas.

Hoardings and billboards promoting tobacco products dot several rural areas in Himachal Pradesh, but the state government continues to turn a blind eye towards these violations.

A study, conducted by Himachal Pradesh Voluntary Health Association (HPVHA) from August to November 2013 and released in February 2014, has revealed that the violations are the most visible in Kangra and Solan; it gave a violate rate of 100% to both the districts. - 23 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

Use tobacco tax to fight smoking

Some investments are safer than others, but investing in health is among the safest bets.

Public health advocates say that for every $1 spent on anti-tobacco efforts, we save $2 or $3 in health care costs down the line. So it’s troubling that New Jersey continues to plunder revenue streams that were intended to fund anti-tobacco efforts. - 24 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

Bidis are first tobacco product banned by FDA using new powers

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration used its powers to stop a manufacturer from selling and distributing a tobacco product on Friday.

Sutra Bidis Red, Sutra Bidis Menthol, Sutra Bidis Red Cone, and Sutra Bidis Menthol Cone -- which are manufactured by Jash International -- were found to be “not substantially equivalent” to tobacco products that had been previously sold as of Feb. 15, 2007. The term designates items that may cause additional health harms compared to approved products.

These four tobacco products will no longer be allowed to be sold or imported into the U.S. Any products that are already in the U.S. can be subjected to law enforcement action, including seizure. Establishments that continue to sell these items could be in violation of the law.

Publicación original: - 24 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

Selling tobacco on campus is hypocritical

CVS shocked most of America by recently announcing its ban on tobacco products in its stores. As an employee of this company, I could not have been happier. This is a powerful example being set by a major retailer. It is a promising sign that Americans are becoming more committed to creating a healthier society by reducing tobacco related deaths, cancer, heart disease and a host of other health problems caused by tobacco. This could eventually lead to lower healthcare costs. So why is JMU still operating under policies that support tobacco; a product that even corporate America has deemed too dangerous?

According to the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) website, 1,182 college campuses adopted 100 percent smoke free policies at the beginning of this year. The health risks of smoking are well-documented and undeniable. Both tobacco and secondhand smoke kill; therefore, it makes sense for public institutions to adopt these policies. - 24 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

FDA orders 4 tobacco products off the market

For the first time, U.S. federal regulators with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered a company to stop selling its cigarettes in the United States.

The four types of cigarettes, made by Jash International, that are involved with this federal order are: Sutra Bidis Red, Sutra Bidis Menthol, Sutra Bidis Red Cone, and Sutra Bidis Menthol Cone.

Jash International, Inc. (whose parent company is A & T Tobacco Imports Inc.) is a privately owned Indian-owned tobacco/tobacco-product company based in East Dundee, Illinois.

According to the American Heart Association’s article “For the first time, federal regulators order tobacco products off the shelves”, this is the first time the FDA has ordered a tobacco product off the market since it was given authority to regulate tobacco in 2009.

According to the AHA, these Sutra-branded cigarettes called Bidis are “thin, hand-rolled cigarettes filled with tobacco and wrapped in leaves from a tendu tree and tied with string.”

Publicación original: - 24 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

Tobacco sale ban for US campus shops

One of the world's top universities is taking a smoking ban a step further this week, as Stanford University prohibits the sale of tobacco as well as smoking on campus.

Campus shops at the Californian University will have to end the sale of all tobacco products from 1 March.

Parts of the university already have an outdoor as well as indoor smoking ban.

The university says allowing tobacco sales is "inconsistent" with its work on promoting health.

It means that retail outlets, such as the students' union and a petrol station, will have to stop selling tobacco - including cigarettes, e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco.

lunes, 24 de febrero de 2014 - 21 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

E-cigarette poisoning increases, nearly half of cases reported among children

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Over the last year, Kansas Poison Control received two dozen calls about e-cigarette poisoning; almost half of those cases were children.

E-cig liquids come in hundreds of flavors including bubblegum, peach and gummy bear. Many of which are appealing to children.

“Children of toddling ages are very curious and want to look at everything, smell everything, taste everything,” Tama Sawyer said, Director of Poison Control at KU Medical Center.

Sawyer said if kids get into the e-liquid and drink enough, it could be fatal.

Publicación original: - 21 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

E-cig ban gains momentum in Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE -- As electronic cigarettes become increasingly trendy, state lawmakers are taking steps to keep the devices out of teenagers' hands.

A Senate panel approved a proposal Thursday to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

"We don't allow minors to buy cigarettes," said state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers. "We should certainly not allow minors to buy these products, as well." - 21 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

Bill restricting e-cig sales advances; state tree to become quaking aspen

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers passed and reviewed several bills Wednesday and Thursday, including the passing of a bill to change the state tree to a quaking aspen. A committee advanced a bill to restrict the sales of e-cigarettes.

Gov. Gary Herbert told lawmakers that he may veto a bill that is aimed at the Count My Vote initiative even if it passes the Senate. - 21 de Febrero 2014 - Kazakstán

Kazakhstan embarks on the Global Adult Tobacco Survey

Kazakhstan will be the 7th country in the WHO European Region to conduct the relatively new initiative - the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS). On 10-15 February 2014, the GATS team in Kazakhstan led a training of their fieldworkers and supervisors regarding the survey protocol and administering the survey by electronic data collection on IPAQ handhelds.

During the week of 17 February, the team is conducting the pre-test fieldwork to test the survey and the handhelds in “real life” situations. The actual fieldwork will start in April 2015, with preliminary results expected by the end of the year and an official release of the results in early 2015. - 21 de Febrero 2014 - South Africa

South Africa: Tobacco Tax Expected to Increase By 59 Cents

Smokers can expect to have thinner wallets as the excise tax on cigarettes is expected to increase by 59 cents after next week's budget announcement, according to the National Council Against Smoking (NCAS).

NCAS has accurately predicted the increase in cigarettes excise taxes before the last two budgets and is confident that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will again increase the cigarette excise duty next week.

Publicación original: - 21 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

Committee passes bill restricting tobacco use to all under 21

SALT LAKE CITY — Betty Lawson sat in her wheelchair, hooked up to oxygen Thursday, and said she wishes she'd never picked up that first cigarette when she was 19.

"It's a creeping, insidious thing that has you before you know it, and you can't turn loose," the Midvale woman said.

Lawson, now 86, quit smoking 20 years later, but she has suffered from a multitude of smoking-related health problems. Her doctors say she would probably live to be 104, if it weren't for her lungs.

Publicación original: - 21 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

Chew tobacco use target of Great American Spit Out

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials are reminding people that chewing spit tobacco is not a safe alternative to smoking.

The Health Department's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program encourage chewing-tobacco users to get help with quitting during Sunday's Great American Spit Out.

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The health department estimates that about 8 percent of adults and nearly 14 percent of high school students use spit tobacco.

The Spit Out is part of the national Through with Chew Week.
Publicación original: - 20 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

Stanford asks for an end to tobacco sales on campus

Stanford University has asked campus vendors to stop selling tobacco products on campus. Beginning March 1, no tobacco products will be sold at Stanford.

The vendors, who operate convenience stores in the Valero gas station and the Tresidder Union, have agreed to the university's request to phase out sales of tobacco products, which include cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes.

"The university is an advocate for the health and well-being of its entire community, and tobacco sales are inconsistent with our many programs that support healthy habits and behaviors," said Susan Weinstein, assistant vice president for business development, who oversees campus business vendors.

The campus administration has been considering the elimination of tobacco sales on campus for some months, Weinstein said.

Publicación original: - 21 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

Colorado, Utah Look to Raise Tobacco Age to 21

Utah and Colorado, two of the states with the lowest smoking rates in the country, are considering raising the age for tobacco use to 21.

The proposals, which were favorably voted by lawmakers on Thursday, would treat tobacco as alcohol. The push came as new research suggested a smoking habit starts in teenage years, The Associated Press reported.

According to the American Lung Association, 68 percent of adults who smoke started regularly at age 18 or younger and 85 percent started when they were 21 or younger. The association also states that every day, 4,000 children under 18 try their first cigarette and almost 1,000 of them become new smokers.

Utah is currently ranked the lowest in smoking rates, with 11.8 percent of adult smokers in 2011, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study shows. In comparison, the state with the highest rate is Kentucky, with 29 percent. Colorado is ranked the 10th lowest with 18.3 percent.

Publicación original: - 19 de Febrero 2014 - España

Se duplican las multas por fumar en bares mientras cae la venta de tabaco

Tres años hace ya que entró en vigor la reforma de la Ley Antitabaco que prohibió fumar en todos los locales públicos. Después de que en 2011 el servicio territorial de Sanidad emprendiera la lógica campaña de inspecciones masivas por ser el primer año de vigencia de la norma, el celo por controlar a los locales de hostelería decayó. De las 2.546 investigaciones que efectuó ese primer ejercicio se ha pasado a las 800 que se registraron en 2012 y también en 2013. Sin embargo, el ánimo sancionador, lejos de relajarse, se ha excitado. El año pasado la Junta de Castilla y León impuso 55 sanciones a bares y cafeterías, por las 28 del año anterior, lo que representa un incremento porcentual del 98%. En 2011 se contabilizaron 48 multas.

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sábado, 22 de febrero de 2014 - 19 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

ROONEY: E-cigs carry harmful side effects for smokers, nonsmokers

As I walk around the sidewalks of campus, I pass people smoking cigarettes. Lately, however, something’s different. This time it’s not a normal cigarette, it’s an electronic cigarette (e-cig, also known as a vaporizer cigarette), and this catches me off guard.

E-cigs contain flavored water vapor that has two basic ingredients: vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol. They can also contain nicotine and distilled water. Some e-cigs can be purchased at places such as gas stations and only have nicotine in them, and some can be thrown away. Some also have a variety of flavors varying from candy and fruit to even tobacco, which people can buy at smoke shops.

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viernes, 21 de febrero de 2014 - 19 de Febrero 2014 - UK

E-Cigarettes May be More Dangerous Than First Thought Following Dog Death

Gerald Lynch -

E-cigarettes are being marketed as a healthier alternative to smoking a standard cigarette, but it seems perhaps that the lethal potential of e-liquid cartridges is only now coming to light.

A 14-week-old Staffordshire bull terrier belonging to Keith Sutton and Kim Williams of Redruth was found dead after ingesting just a tiny amount of e-liquid fluid, sparking concerns that curious children could fall foul of e-cig misuse with dangerous consequences. The dog, named Ivy, had an almost-immediate reaction to the solution (which contains nicotine alongside flavouring and diluents), frothing at the mouth, vomiting and suffering breathing difficulties before passing away.

Publicación original: - 20 de Febrero 2014 - Argentina

Los niños tienen derecho a no respirar humo de tabaco

Durante buena parte del siglo 20, el cigarrillo estuvo asociado a atributos positivos, y fumar en público era sinónimo no sólo de placer, sino de una lucha ganada. Por eso, también se impuso el cenicero, un reservorio de desechos que llegó a ser omnipresente y, en los vehículos, se ideó la forma de que estuvieran incorporados a través de mecanismos que no le quitaran espacio o elegancia al interior de los coches. Los autos también comenzaron a incorporar prácticos encendedores ligados a las conexiones eléctricas.

Disociado ya del glamour , de la masculinidad o la feminidad, la espontaneidad y del espíritu deportivo, el tabaco está ligado hoy a enfermedad, falta de calidad de vida y muerte. En múltiples países del mundo, incluido el nuestro y sus distintas jurisdicciones –como la provincia de Córdoba–, está prohibido fumar en lugares cerrados. Los sectores de “fumadores” desaparecieron primero de las aerolíneas –de la mano también, hay que decirlo, del modelo de líneas aéreas de bajo costo, que simplificó la configuración de los aviones–, luego de los bares y prácticamente también de todos los aeropuertos. En contraste, en la segunda mitad del siglo pasado no era extraño que un docente –revestido de la autoridad y responsable del reparto de justicia en el centro educativo– fumara dentro de un aula con puerta y ventanas cerradas.

Publicación original: - 19 de Febrero 2014 - España

El Congreso pone límites al uso y la publicidad del cigarrillo electrónico

La Comisión de Sanidad y Servicios Sociales del Congreso de los Diputados ha aprobado este miércoles la Ley por la que se modifica el texto refundido de la Ley General para la Defensa de los Consumidores y Usuarios que regulará, entre otros puntos, el uso y publicidad de los cigarrillos electrónicos que contienen nicotina y otros productos similares, así como el 'spam' telefónico, las reclamaciones colectivas, o la nueva tarifa eléctrica, entre otros puntos.

Esta ley se ha aprobado con competencia legislativa plena, es decir, se envía directamente al Senado para que continúe su tramitación. La norma ha salido adelante con el único apoyo del PP, la abstención de UPyD, y el voto en contra del resto de grupos parlamentarios.

Publicación original: - 20 de Febrero 2014 - España

El Congreso pone límites al uso y la publicidad del cigarrillo electrónico

Negociaciones in extremis entre PP y PSOE para concretar la enmienda que regulará el cigarrillo electrónico. Hasta apenas una hora antes de que empezara la Comisión de Sanidad en el Congreso no existía acuerdo entre los dos grupos mayoritarios. El detalle más espinoso, el de la publicidad.

Publicación original: - 19 de Febrero 2014 - India

Tobacco Free Partnership raises awareness about smokeless tobacco

STUART — The Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County and Tobacco Free Florida are encouraging Floridians to learn the facts about the harmful effects of using smokeless tobacco and to make a plan to stop using these products. To help raise awareness, The Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County is observing Through with Chew Week from Feb. 16-22.

Compared to the decrease in youth cigarette use, there has not been a significant change in the use of smokeless tobacco products among youth in the state. In 2013, 5 percent of Florida high school students reported current use of smokeless tobacco products compared to 5.1 percent a decade ago. - 19 de Febrero 2014 - India

Sri Lanka passes law on graphical tobacco warnings
Feb 19, 2014 (LBO) - Sri Lanka's parliament has passed a law on pictorial health warnings on tobacco packs, after a British American Tobacco unit in the island went to court against an earlier health ministry regulation.

The state information office said parliament unanimously passed the law requiring pictorial health warnings to cover 80 percent of cigarette packs Wednesday.

Similar laws are in effect in several other countries.

The office of the Surgeon General of the United States, which in 1964 released the first landmark report against the deadly health risks of tobacco, said in January this year that modern cigarettes were even more dangerous.

Publicación original: - 20 de Febrero 2014 - India

'Om Shanti Oshaana' sets a new model for tobacco control in films

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: At a time when onscreen smoking finds place in films without any rhyme or reason under the guise of creative freedom, a new Malayalam movie has charted out a proactive beginning for promoting public health.

Recently released 'Om Shanti Oshaana', directed by Jude Antony Joseph, written by Midhun Manuel and produced by Alvin Antony's Ananya Films, subtly drives home tobacco harms and makes a public commitment against onscreen smoking.

Publicación original: - 20 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

Amid criticism, Cuomo announces $9M for tobacco-free programs
ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that $9.4 million will be awarded to local organizations that fight teen smoking.

The state Department of Health's Bureau of Tobacco Control will award funding amounts from $325,000 to $500,000, totaling $9.4 million already allocated to the department in the current state budget. The money will go to 25 local organizations around the state over five years. Local organizations must submit applications by Tuesday.

"We have made a lot of progress in making our state healthier by reducing smoking but there is more we can do to make New York smoke free," Cuomo said in a statement. "Through these awards, we are using community-based strategies to combat tobacco use and promote chronic disease prevention. This funding will support the prevention and reduction of smoking helping New Yorkers be healthier and live longer."

Publicación original: - 20 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

Colorado mulls raising tobacco age to 21
DENVER - A proposal to raise the tobacco age to 21 in Colorado is up for its first review in the state Legislature.

The bipartisan bill would make Colorado the first with a statewide 21-to-smoke law. It's before the House Health, Insurance, and Environment Committee Thursday afternoon.

People who are currently between the ages of 18 and 20 would be grandfathered in, meaning the measure wouldn't be fully implemented until today's 17-year-olds are 21.

It's not clear how many of Colorado's current smokers are younger than 21. However, a paper published last year in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine said that 9 out of 10 daily smokers have their first cigarette by 18 years of age.

Publicación original: - 20 de Febrero 2014 - EEUU

Drugstores in Dracut cut tobacco sales

DRACUT -- As of March 1, all pharmacies in town will no longer sell tobacco products, Dracut Health Director Tom Bomil announced.
Alexander's Pharmacy at 505 Nashua Road, and Hannaford Supermarket at 301 Pleasant St., which also operates a pharmacy in the store, have notified customers that sales of cigarettes, chewing tobacco and related products will end next month, in accordance with a ban imposed by the town's Board of Health following a public hearing in December.

Publicación original: - 19 de Febrero 2014 - UK

Puppy dies from acute nicotine poisoning after chewing up its owner's E-CIGARETTE
A dog has become the first pet in Britain to be killed by an electronic cigarette.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Ivy died within hours of chewing on a bottle of nicotine-laced liquid used to fuel the smoke-free vaporizer.

Her owner Keith Sutton, 56, bought the device in a bid to cut down on his tobacco habit.

The battery-powered aid works by heating up the 'e-liquid' into a gas which the user inhales like real cigarette smoke.

Publicación original: - 19 de Febrero 2014 - UK

Smokers in danger of e-cigarettes EXPLODING while plugged in charging, warn fire chiefs
Lighting up? Smokers have been warned not to leave e-cigarettes unattended for long

Electronic cigarettes have been exploding while plugged in on charge, fire chiefs warned yesterday.

Batteries have blown up, flown out and set fire to carpets.

Keirran Francis, of Neath, near Swansea, said his went off like a firework after just 10 minutes on charge. - 19 de Febrero 2014 - España

 'Un gran paso atrás' en la Ley del Tabaco
Ante la votación, prevista para esta tarde, en la Comisión de Sanidad del Congreso de los Diputados de la nueva regulación sobre los cigarrillos electrónicos -contenida en el proyecto de Ley para la Defensa de los Consumidores y Usuarios-, los miles de profesionales sanitarios agrupados en el Comité Nacional para la Prevención del Tabaquismo (CNPT) quieren manifestar su preocupación por que lo que ha trascendido acerca de su alcance no vaya más allá de lo convenido en su reunión del 18 diciembre en el seno del Consejo Interterritorial de del SNS, en el que tienen asiento el Ministerio y los consejeros de Sanidad de las comunidades autónomas.

El CNPT desea expresar su inquietud por que la nueva normativa al respecto no vaya a ser similar a la del tabaco. En concreto, permitirá el uso de los cigarrillos electrónicos en la hostelería y dejaría en manos del sector la "autorregulación" de la publicidad, lo que es tanto como dar carta blanca a su interés en conseguir captar al mayor número posible de consumidores.