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E-cigarettes may not help combat smoking addiction

E-cigarettes may not help combat smoking addiction

ANI / Monday, December 31, 2012 17:18 IST

Young people should avoid use of electronic cigarettes because they also deliver nicotine to the body plus there is no scientific proof that they are useful in combating smoking addiction, a study by the Italian Health Ministry has said.

The gadgets often known as e-cigarettes have gain popularity in Italy as well as the US.

The Health Ministry report, published Friday, warned that, even if smaller quantities of nicotine are inhaled in this way, there are still serious potential health risks, ABC News reported.

The report also raised the concern that the use of this gadget could lead young people to graduate from these devices to smoking real cigarettes

Electronic cigarette can be said to be less toxic, but it is not totally innocuous, Roberta Pacifici, director of Italy Observatory on Smoking, Alcohol and Drug Use at the National Health Institute, who worked on the report, told an Italian news agency.

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New year, butt out as on-the-spot smoking fines take effect

Tim Hiley

Tim Hiley, from Erskineville, with his kids at Centennial Park. Picture: Bob Barker Source: The Sunday Telegraph

Smoking near playgrounds and public swimming pools will be punished with a A$550 on-the-spot fine as part of new state government laws to take effect in 2013.

Car registration stickers are dead while taxi drivers will be forced to wear seatbelts.

Bus, train or ferry commuters will pay between 10c and 20c more for single trips.

Grandstands and sportsgrounds, railway platforms, ferry wharves, bus stops and cab ranks will become smoke-free from January 7.

It will also be illegal to smoke within 4m of the entrance of a public building.

The ban will extend within three years to commercial outdoor dining areas and within 4m of a pedestrian entrance or exit from licensed premises, restaurants and cafes, making NSW virtually smoke-free.

The few public spaces where smoking will continue include the high rollers room at Sydney‘s Star casino.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner said the tough stance was taken in a bid to reduce the number of people with a smoking-related illness.

“Smoking-related illness accounts for about 5200 deaths and 44,000 hospitalisations per year in NSW,” she said. “This costs about $8 billion annually.”

NSW Health will be relying on its own officials and council rangers to catch smokers breaking the law.

Erskineville‘s Tim Hiley, who has three children aged between two and six years, welcomed the ban. He does not smoke and does not think the rules are intrusive.

“We do live in a highly regulated society, but the health of our children is very important,” he said.

The days of registration stickers will also be a thing of the past and police and road traffic authorities will rely on number plate recognition technology to determine if motorists have paid their rego.

Police have raised concerns that the change will place extra pressure on already stretched resources. The state government has defended the move, pointing to how successful it has been in Western Australia where it was introduced in 2010.

Coogee graphic designer Ariane Diblosio said she would miss the visual reminder of when her registration was up.

“At least with the sticker, I can see when it is coming up,” she said.

New boarding house regulations will also come into effect giving some of the state’s most vulnerable residents greater rights and better living conditions.

Sprinklers will also be required to be installed in residential aged care facilities

New laws stub out public smoking areas

Heath Aston
Published: December 30, 2012 – 3:00AM

SMOKERS making a New Year’s resolution to quit will be given a helping hand, with a new range of public places where smoking will be banned from next week.

Smoking at playgrounds, bus stops, sports grounds, swimming pools and the entrances to all public buildings will become illegal from January 7.

The regulations are part of new state laws that will take effect from as early as New Year’s Day. They include an end to vehicle registration stickers, harsher workers’ compensation rules, a law forcing taxi drivers to wear seatbelts, and compulsory fire sprinkler systems in aged-care homes.

The Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, said reducing the places where people could smoke would keep more people out of hospitals. ”While these changes will be unpopular with some, the NSW government is committed to ensuring the exposure of the public – particularly children – to second-hand smoke is as limited as possible,” she said.

From January 1, renewing a car registration will not require a sticker on the windscreen. The Roads Minister, Duncan Gay, has also announced a new system that will allow people to use an iPhone app to complete their registration.

Also from January 1, travelling by public transport will become more expensive. The cheapest adult single fare on a CityRail train will rise by 20¢ to $3.60. A one-section bus fare will increase by 10¢ to $2.20 and a single ferry trip will go up 20¢ to $5.80.

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HPB lauded by WHO for tobacco control efforts

Updated 03:50 PM Dec 28, 2012

SINGAPORE – The Health Promotion Board (HPB) has been recognised for its efforts to protect the public against second-hand smoke and garner support to create a 100 per cent smoke-free environment.

The recognition was accorded by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Western Pacific Region Healthy City Recognition 2012, which aims to encourage cities to continue to innovate and demonstrate effective and efficient ways of promoting and protecting the health of urban populations.

The Board launched a blue ribbon initiative in March this year to garner support for a smoke-free environment.

So far, 13 markets and food centres, seven hotels, three parks and three grassroots communities have been recognised for their commitment to create smoke-free environments.

HPB said it will continue to work with more businesses and organisations to encourage them to support the initiative.

In addition, HPB’s Health Ambassadors, who play an important role in the community to create a healthy living social movement, have been working the ground at various neighbourhoods to promote a smoke-free lifestyle as well as voluntary no-smoking zones at void decks and common corridors.

These ambassadors go door-to-door to distribute blue ribbons and quit kits, to support the blue ribbon smoke-free movement as well as help smokers quit.

HPB’s chief executive officer Ang Hak Seng said being recognised shows that the board is heading in the right direction.

“The WHO award by no means stagnates our tobacco control efforts. In fact we have an uphill task ahead of us. Our ‘I Quit’ campaign will continue to offer 150 touch points that provide a smoker with convenient and accessible programmes wherever he is, at home or at work. As more people, communities and places make the choice to join our blue ribbon movement, we move closer to making a smoke-free lifestyle the acceptable social norm,” Mr Ang said. CHANNEL NEWSASIA


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