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Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
9:52 pm
Australian court OKs the use of graphic images on cigarette packs
what do you guys think?

will it help encourage people to quit? get more people to smoke and show they don't care? just make smokers mad that they have to see ugly pictures of reality whenever they go buy their precious product? other?

story here

Current Mood: nauseated
Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
8:49 am
Thailand seems to have nailed this.

This seems very effective.
Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
12:19 am
Vietnam law bans smoking in public

Vietnam has passed a law banning smoking in public places and all tobacco advertising, an official said Tuesday.

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Monday, July 11th, 2011
9:24 pm
As if children of smokers don't have enough problems...

ADHD, Learning Issues May Be Linked to Secondhand Smoke

MONDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) — Children exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes face a higher risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, other behavioral problems and learning disorders, a new study finds.

The research doesn't definitively prove that tobacco smoke can harm children's brains, and it doesn't say how much smoke is too much. However, it does add to the evidence that children may be especially vulnerable to the effects of smoke exposure.

"They're in a developmental stage and their body is growing," potentially putting them at greater risk of disruptions to their brains than adults, said study co-author Hillel R. Alpert, a research scientist at Harvard School of Public Health's Center for Global Tobacco Control in Boston.

It's difficult to confirm whether secondhand smoke causes children's health problems because it would be unethical to expose kids to smoke and watch what happens to them. Instead, researchers often must look backward, as they did in this study, and try to eliminate all explanations but one for a link between smoke exposure and illness.

For their study, published online July 11 in the journal Pediatrics, researchers examined the results of a 2007 U.S. telephone survey of families that included 55,358 children under the age of 12. Six percent of them were exposed to secondhand smoke in the home.

After adjusting their numbers to improve their validity from a statistical point of view, the researchers found that about 8 percent of the kids had learning disabilities, 6 percent had attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and almost 4 percent had behavioral and conduct disorders, such as oppositional defiant disorder.

Those who lived in homes with smokers were more likely to have at least two of the conditions, even after the researchers adjusted their statistics to account for such factors as income and education levels of parents.

The researchers estimated that secondhand smoke may be responsible for 274,100 extra cases of the three types of disorders examined.

Older children, particularly those between 9 and 11 years old, boys and poor children were most at risk of developing the disorders as a result of smoke exposure, the researchers found.

Children with smoke exposure at home were also more likely to receive behavioral counseling or treatment, which greatly increases health care costs, the survey found.

"Parents should consider banning smoking from their homes," Alpert said.

No only are children vulnerable because of their physiology, "they're also vulnerable because they do not necessarily have the choice about being exposed to smoke or not," he added.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, secondhand smoke has been linked to increased severity of asthma in 200,000 to 1 million children and 150,000-300,000 lower respiratory tract infections in babies. Secondhand smoke is also linked to increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome.

Based on the survey results, the researchers concluded that about 4.8 million U.S. children under the age of 12 live in homes with a smoker, which is slightly less than previous estimates.
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
10:25 am
graphic photos now to appear on cigarette packaging
this is an interesting idea....and i think it's a good one.

U.S. Releases Graphic Images to Deter Smokers

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Current Mood: awake
Monday, May 9th, 2011
6:41 pm
I'm watching the evening news, and there was a story about how in September, British Columbia will provide smokers with free smoking cessation products. I think this is a step in the right direction to encourage people to smoke.

B.C. government to provide free nicotine gum, patches to help smokers kick the habit, Clark says
Saturday, March 12th, 2011
10:24 pm
Another sign we've come a long way...
I recently saw the original The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951), and was laughing/shocked by this scene:

It reminds me of seeing Mel Brooks Silent Movie (1974) recently for the first time in ten years. In the scene when Marty Feldman is running from elevator to elevator in the hospital, there are ash trays on the wall by the elevator buttons. I thought it was a joke until I remembered in the 1970's that this was simply realistic set dressing.
Saturday, March 5th, 2011
6:41 pm
15% discount for electronic cigarettes
New poster... I've recently quit smoking cigarettes (yay!!!). I bought an electronic cigarette "starter kit" from www.v2cigs.com to help me stay quit. I was given a discount code to share with others who want to buy the starter kit. You get 15% off, and the code is 71871.

(Just to reiterate - I do not work for v2 and I'm not affiliated with them in any way, just figured I'd pass along a good deal.)
Friday, February 25th, 2011
4:13 pm
I just need to vent that I have a HUGE problem with a parent being able to get a free school lunch program for their child when they are spending money on cigarettes. I work for an educational agency and do a lot of filing and paperwork shuffling, and yesterday an application for free school lunch came in the mail. It, and the envelope it was in, reeked so strongly of smoke that I had to saturate it with Lysol and wear a mask in order to be able to open it - I'm not exagerating. A school lunch in my district costs $2.00 a day = $10.00 a week. The lowest advertised cost I've seen around here for a carton of cigarettes is $27.99. (I assume most smokers buy a carton a week??) So yeah, I have a serious problem with a parent who can spend $27.99 a week for cigarettes but not $10.00 a week for their child's school lunch.
/end rant

Current Mood: pissed off
Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
3:55 pm
two more victories...West Hollywood and our own leader!
Americans may remember how one of Barack Obama's campaign pledges was to do what his daughters asked: quit smoking.

according to the lovely First Lady, he's finally kicked it. congrats, Mr. President!

also West Hollywood is following in the path of NYC. beginning next year, smoking is banned at outdoor restaurants.

Current Mood: content
Friday, February 4th, 2011
1:08 am
NYC to ban smoking in parks and on beaches

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This is a pretty biased article (pro-smoking) so if anyone has a less biased one, comment with it and I'll add it to the post.

But I'm pretty happy about this ban!
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
7:57 am
Candy Cigarettes
Ok folks, I still agree that smoking is a dirty, disgusting habit.  I know that candy cigarettes were a tool of the tobacco companies to entice young smokers...

... but it's weird not having candy cigarettes in candy stores anymore (or not as much).  I ate them, and I still never picked up smoking.  So I'm sort of torn on this. : /
Monday, July 12th, 2010
6:50 pm
A day at the beach
Last week we had really nice weather, so I went to the beach on Saturday. I rarely go to the beach, one of the reasons being smokers. (I can't wait until the smoking ban on beaches goes into effect--unfortunately, it won't be until the fall.) Surprisingly, four hours went by before I had to leave because of a nearby smoker (there were a couple of other people smoking during the course of the afternoon, but thank goodness their smoke was not blowing my way).

Anyway, there were a couple of girls who sat beside me, and out of the corner of my eye, I thought I saw one of the girls start smoking a cigarette, and the cigarette smoke waft by. Immediately an expression of horror crossed my face, and I turned my head to confirm if the girl was indeed smoking, or if I had been mistaken. The non-smoking girl, who had noticed my expression, said, "Don't worry! It's not a real!" It turned out that it was one of those fake cigarettes, in which only water vapor is released, so while there was visible smoke, it didn't smell at all.

I was really relieved, and the girls and I started chatting about smoking, as well as other topics. Several hours later they went to smoke a real cigarette, but they left the beach area, which I thought was really considerate. I can't believe that my day at the beach wasn't ruined by smokers!

Current Mood: surprised
Saturday, July 10th, 2010
12:10 am
Smoking on TV--random thoughts
I'm watching an old episode of Friends which is from 1997, and in the episode, Chandler is going through a smoking phase. In the scene I just watched, he was smoking inside the cafe, Central Perk. This shocked me--smoking inside a coffee shop. Of course I have no idea what the smoking laws are now like in New York City, so for all I know, smoking is still allowed inside public places like coffee shops (ie. places that are not clubs and bars), and this is not shocking.

But it still surprised me, because Vancouver, where I live, is one of the more anti-smoking cities (not that smoking laws are ever enforced...), and smoking inside public places has been banned for a long time. But whenever I see old shows, I am always surprised at smoking inside public places!
Thursday, June 24th, 2010
6:21 pm
Friday, May 21st, 2010
12:01 pm

I haven't posted much here lately, which is probably a good thing because it means I haven't had too many recent run-ins with second-hand smoke...except for being burned on the arm by some asshole's cigarette a few weeks ago at a crowded street festival. He was waving his arms around and not paying attention and when I walked by, the hand that was holding the cigarette swiped me in the arm and burned me. Good thing my husband pulled me back in time before I slapped the guy!

Anyway, I'm taking a required writing class and have an assignment to "Choose any topic on which you have an opinion and argue your viewpoint in an essay of approximately 1000 words". I bet you'll never guess what topic I'm choosing! You guessed it - "Why Smoking Should be Banned in Public Places". I have a lot of my facts backed up, but if anyone has any ideas, links to statistics, etc... that I may have missed and you'd like to share, that would be great. Thank you! :)
Sunday, May 9th, 2010
8:33 pm
Pinged another one
A few days ago, I was just heading home from work and had my windows down to get some fresh air when I was bombarded with cigarette stink. A quick glance around revealed the culprit was in the car in front of me.

So I wrote down the details of the car, and watched him like a hawk. Not far down the road the butt flew out the window onto the road.

That's a fine for you you bastard!

And a few posts back someone commented that they think "considerate smoker" is an oxymoron. Y'know, it's so true. I am going to stop referring to some smokers as "considerate smokers". Smoke cannot be considerate. It permeates and clings and stinks.

Take my co-worker. Lovely lady. But a smoker. She goes downstairs for her ciggy because legislation forces her to, but she puts her butts in the kitchen bin (she DOES do this because there are no ashtrays downstairs and she is nice enough to not chuck her butts anywhere), but the kitchen REEKS afterwards. And when she comes back into the office it takes all my effort not to go into a coughing fit. She thinks mints cover it. She bitched about another woman in our old building who complained about the smell, "I go OUTSIDE!" Yes love, but the smell remains for AGES.

And then there was her constant bitching over the tax increase for ciggies. I told her straight that she was getting no sympathy from me.
Thursday, May 6th, 2010
4:33 pm
So as a Gender/Cultural Studies student, I started this journal as a place to post gender/culture/politics/social-related things and the maiden post ended up being something of a rant about the people who smoke in the outdoor area at the cafe my friends and I like to eat at.

It's posted here for anyone who's interested.
Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
3:22 pm
Thought this group would like these links...
I have a friend who's new neighbors smoke, and it's getting into her unit, an attached townhome. She lives in Ohio, and since I live in hippie-anti-smoking land :) (CA) I've been researching some stuff for her. And I've found some AWESOME stuff!

First, the CA department of Health site is pretty good. I especially like their parodies of old tobacco billboards: http://www.tobaccofreeca.com/

Then I found this: http://www.smokefreeapartments.org Yeah, so trying to find a place to live from here! People aren't allowed to smoke inside units or in common areas where I live, but people hang out on their balconies or patios, which sucks. Also, http://www.smokefreeapartments.org/Registry_Pix/Can%20You%20Be%20Sued.pdf this article is awesome. I recommended my friend give that to her landlord either in person or anonymously!

My favorite is a publication titled "There is No Constitutional Right to Smoke"! http://www.phlpnet.org/system/files/There%20Is%20No%20Constitutional%20Right%20to%20Smoke%20(national%20version)_3_08.pdf

The website it comes from: http://www.phlpnet.org/tobacco-control has a ton of great information. Again, another CA site.

I seriously think if I ever had to move, the anti-smoking laws are the thing I'd miss the most! Even more than the weather and the beach!
Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
9:59 am
I Hope He's Learned
This was posted in my own LJ back in February.

A few months ago I reported a guy who had ditched his cigarette butt out of the car window. He had a flashy car and an easy to remember personal plate.

Today I found myself behind him again, at around the same spot. He was puffing on a ciggy again so I watched him like a hawk.

We turned a corner and he turned onto the freeway and I saw him wind up his window - he hadn't ditched the butt.

I'd like to think that he got a fine and learned from it and uses his ashtray now.
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