Clear The Air News Tobacco Blog Rotating Header Image

September 29th, 2011:

China’s smoking habit

Interview with CNN International

World Report with anchor John Vause in Atlanta, USA

29 September 2011

The World Lung Foundation discusses new claims that some Chinese schools are sponsored by tobacco companies.

Sask. prepares to take tobacco industry to court


The province is planning on taking legal action against tobacco companies to recover health care costs.

REGINA — The Saskatchewan government is another step closer to launching legal action against the tobacco industry, an avenue that several other provinces are also pursuing in an effort to recover health-care costs.

Justice Minister Don Morgan announced in a news release Thursday that the province has reached an agreement with Bennett Jones, LLP and Siskinds, LLP, a consortium that will bring a health-care cost recovery action on behalf of Saskatchewan.

“Retaining this consortium is an important step in initiating litigation against tobacco manufacturers,” Morgan said in a news release. “We are confident they will be excellent counsel for Saskatchewan as we look to recover health-care costs expended by the government to treat tobacco-related illnesses of Saskatchewan residents.”

Saskatchewan intends to join other provinces that are pursuing legal action including B.C., New Brunswick, Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador. Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Quebec have also indicated their intent to pursue this type of tobacco litigation.

“We are concerned about the impact tobacco has on the health of our residents and are committed to reducing tobacco use in the province through the work of the provincial tobacco strategy,” Health Minister Don McMorris said in the statement. “Our actions, including steps to recover health-care costs from tobacco industry, honour our commitment to building a healthier Saskatchewan.”

The Saskatchewan Tobacco Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act enables an action by the province against the tobacco industry for health-care costs resulting from tobacco use.

© Copyright (c) The Regina Leader-Post

The province is planning on taking legal action against tobacco companies to recover health care costs.

Photograph by: Koichi Kamoshida, Getty Images

Soviet-Era Pill Could Help Kick the Butt | MedIndia

Soviet-Era Pill Could Help Kick the Butt

by Kathy Jones on September 29, 2011 at 7:28 PM Drug News


A pill that has been sold in Eastern Europe since the last four decades may prove to be an effective remedy for helping kick the butt after a new study showed that it could be safely used to get rid of the smoking habit.
Known as Tabex, the pill was developed during the Soviet era and is made up of a drug known as cytisine. The drug is available at a very cheap cost at $5 to $17 a month and can prove to be an effective way of quitting smoking, especially among poor countries.

The drug is manufactured by Bulgarian pharmaceutical company, Sopharma AD, and is cheaper than the currently available remedies for those who want to quit the habit. Researchers from University College London conducted a study involving 740 smokers in Poland.

Half of the participants were given cytisine for 25 days while the other half received dummy pills. Following up on the participants at the end of one year, the researchers found that 8.4 percent of those who took cytisine managed to give up smoking compared to 2.4 percent of those on dummy pills.

“The benefits of Tabex are comparable with those of other smoking-cessation treatments, but at a fraction of the cost. Cytisine is so cheap that even in developing countries, if you can afford to smoke, you can afford to stop”, lead researcher Dr Robert West said.

Read more: Soviet-Era Pill Could Help Kick the Butt | MedIndia

Move to ban tobacco firm political donations

Tasmania’s Lower House has taken a step towards banning political donations from tobacco companies.

A motion was introduced yesterday by Greens MP Paul O’Halloran.

He told the House that last year the Liberals accepted more than $7,000 from British America and $6,000 Phillip Morris.

“Donations do not come without the expectations of political favours,” he said.

But the Opposition’s health spokesman Jeremy Rockliff rejects the claim the Liberals are influenced by the tobacco giants.

He said the Opposition had previously introduced legislation to curb high smoking rates.

“It’s more than clear that the Liberal Party positions at both a state and national level are not affected by who our party accepts donations from.”

The Liberals voted against the motion, but it passed with the support of the Government.

Stop showing tobacco on screen, Bollywood urged – The Times of India

Stop showing tobacco on screen, Bollywood urged

IANS | Sep 29, 2011, 12.48PM IST

Stating that on screen representation of smoking glamorizes tobacco, civil society members Wednesday urged the film industry and censor board to avoid depicting such scenes in movies.

“There are several empirical studies and global evidence which show that depiction of tobacco usage in movies increases the risk of initiation of tobacco use in an indirect manner,” Salaam Bombay Foundation Programme Director Devika Chadha said at a workshop.

The workshop was attended by members of health and information and broadcasting ministries, along with representatives from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and film industry. Health Ministry Director Rakesh Kumar said more communication was needed between the health and information and broadcasting ministries to tackle the issue.

Supriya Sahu, representative of the information and broadcasting ministry, said the ministry monitors 300 of the over 700 TV channels to check there was no direct or indirect advertising of tobacco or alcohol. Supporting the activists, scriptwriter Rekha Nigam said: “Hands of Bollywood are bloodied…there are thousands ways of showing a character than showing smoking.”

Recent online evidential reports – smoking in the movies merits R18 censor rating

Download PDF : Recent online evidential reports suggest


Davis Municipal Code/34.02.010

34.02.010 Prohibition of smoking in places accessible to the general public.

Smoking shall be prohibited in the following public places and other public places similarly situated, including, but not limited to, the following areas:

(a)All enclosed areas available to and customarily used by the general public and all areas of business establishments generally accessible to the public, including, but not limited to, the public area of retail stores, banks, and other offices;

(b)Elevators, escalators, and stairways;

(c)Public restrooms;

(d)Service lines;

(e)Buses and other means of public transit directly provided by or provided under contract to the city;

(f)All reception and waiting areas;

(g)Galleries, libraries and museums;

(h)Within any facility which is primarily used for, or designed for the primary purpose of exhibiting any motion picture, stage drama, lecture, musical recital or other similar performance, except when smoking is part of a stage production;

(i)Sports arenas and convention halls;

(j)Video arcades, bingo parlors, cardrooms, game rooms, poolhalls, dancehalls, and other amusement centers;

(k)Child day care facilities as defined in the California Health and Safety Code and private residences while used as a family day care home;

(l)Rooms, chambers, or other enclosed areas where a meeting is being held which is or can be attended by the general public;

(m) Retail food marketing establishments, including grocery stores and supermarkets;

(n)Restaurants including those in private clubs;

(o)Restaurant-bar combinations including those in private clubs;

(p)Bars including those in private clubs;

(q)Theater-bar combinations;


(s)Beauty shop and barbershops;

(t)Common areas in apartment buildings, condominiums, retirement facilities, and nursing homes;


(v)Polling places;

(w) Enclosed areas which share the air space, including but not limited to air conditioning, heating, or other ventilation systems, entries, doorways, hallways, and stairways, with other enclosed areas in which smoking is prohibited;

(x)Smoking shall be prohibited in the following outdoor areas, and smoking, except while passing on the way to another destination, shall be prohibited within twenty feet of or close enough to the following areas for smoke to travel into an area or building, where smoking is prohibited, whichever is greater;

(1)Public events including but not limited to sports events, entertainment, speaking performances, ceremonies, pageants and fairs,

(2)Seating provided by eating establishments and bars,

(3)Entrances and exits to enclosed public areas,

(4)Within the entryway of any enclosed public area,


(6)Within courtyards and other areas where air circulation may be impeded by architectural, landscaping or other barriers,

(7)Areas not open to the sky,

(8)Any place where people are using or waiting for a service, entry, or a transaction, including but not limited to ATM’S [sic], bank teller windows, telephones, ticket lines, bus stops and cab stands,

(9)Any place where food and/or drink is offered for sale,

(10) Children’s play areas,

(11) Public gardens,

(12) Open windows of any enclosed public area;

(y)Parking garages. (Ord. No. 1682, § 2 (part).)

Smoking in Mad Men movie

Truthful Tobacco Executive