Source: The Shields Gazette
South Tyneside Council has teamed up with South Tyneside Primary Care Trust to launch the Team Stop Smoking Challenge, which encourages people to quit as a group.
The challenge also urges smokers to take advantage of the help and support available from local NHS stop smoking services, pharmacies and GPs across South Tyneside.
The competition involves teams setting days to quit smoking and going smoke-free for at least four weeks.
And the team with the highest number of successful quitters after a month will land a £500 prize.
First published: March 17, 2010
Source: The Med Guru
A novel study published in the journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that women given to long term smoking may suffer from a decline in mental functioning, but the same pattern was not evident in their male counter-parts.
On the other hand, moderate alcohol abuse in both the sexes did not exhibit any impairment in the brain power.
Kristin Caspers, a researcher at the department of psychiatry at the University of Iowa and the lead author of the study stated, “I expected smoking to show similar effects in men and women.
Source: Earth Times
A tobacco company executive defended adults’ right to smoke when he appeared Thursday before a New Zealand parliamentary inquiry at which Maori leaders have said smoking is killing their people. Graeme Amey, managing director of British American Tobacco (NZ) Ltd, told the inquiry in Auckland that banning tobacco, as Maori legislators have urged, would merely provoke an illicit trade in the product.
But Amey, who said he had quit the habit after smoking cigarettes for 10 years, evaded answering when asked if there was any such thing as a safe cigarette.
The International Standards Ooganization (ISO) is set to release the 26000 standard later this year. The document is full of information and choice quotes for the picking. Below is one of them:
ISO 26000 will add value to existing initiatives for social responsibility
by providing harmonized, globally relevant guidance based
on international consensus among expert representatives
of the main stakeholder groups and so encourage the implementation
of best practice in social responsibility worldwide.
It is Clear The Air’s opinion – and the international consensus – that corporations selling products that kill its customers cannot, by definition, be socially responsible.
The ISO document is after the jump.
Source: The University of Edinburgh
Older people who have never smoked benefit most from , a study suggests.
A smoking ban on all workplaces was introduced, hospital admissions for heart attacks among men and women aged 55-74 fell by 9 per cent. This figure rose to 13 per cent for 55-74 year olds who had never smoked. showed that, three years after a
Overall, the research showed heart attacks among people aged 30 and over fell by an average of 5 per cent in the three years following the ban.
Indonesia suffers some of the heaviest health impacts from smoking in Asia – and now it’s become a religious target. The country’s second-largest Muslim organisation, Muhammadiyah, has issued a fatwa or ruling, saying that smoking is prohibited under Islamic law. But other religious groups say Muhammadiyah has gone too far.
The full story and audio are after the jump.
Source: BusinessWeek via Bloomberg
Japan Tobacco Inc., the world’s third-largest publicly traded cigarette maker by volume, wants to expand production in India as the smoking rate declines in its home market.
The company has been waiting for government approval to make additional investments in its venture in India since June 2008, Executive Deputy President Masakazu Shimizu said in an interview in Tokyo yesterday. “It’s to expand production and sales locally,” he said, declining to provide details or the planned investment amount.
Source: Jakarta Post
Muhammadiyah, Indonesia’s second-largest Islamic organization after
Nahdlatul Ulama, will deploy sharia police to enforce the ban on smoking at
the national gathering in Yogyakarta, whose main agenda is to elect new