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January 2nd, 2013:

Cigarettes now NZD 16 per pack

Cigarettes now NZD 16 per pack

02 Jan 2013. The price of a standard pack of 20 cigarettes rose to NZD 16 (EUR 10) (HK$103.5) on 1 Jan as the first of four annual tax increases took effect that will raise duty by at least 40 per cent, the New Zealand Herald reported.

With an inflation factor, this year’s tax increase amounted to 11.1 per cent or NZD 1.60 for a standard pack. The price for a standard pack of 25 cigarettes increased NZD 2 to NZD 20,(HK$129.3)  according to the charitable trust Quit Group.

Ten per cent annual tax hikes plus the inflation component are planned for the next three years. New Zealand intends to be nearly smoke free by 2025. (pi)

Smoking doesn’t relieve stress… quitting does! Study proves benefits of nicotine are a myth–quitting-does-Study-proves-benefits-nicotine-myth.html?printingPage=true

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Smoking doesn’t relieve stress… quitting does! Study proves benefits of nicotine are a myth

  • Researchers found ex-smokers were less anxious
  • One in five say they need cigarettes to relieve stress
  • Researchers say smokers deserve to know relaxing benefits of nicotine are a myth

By Fiona Macrae Science Correspondent

PUBLISHED:00:01 GMT, 2 January 2013| UPDATED:00:03 GMT, 2 January 2013

It is yet another reason to keep that New Year’s resolution about giving up smoking.

Contrary to popular perception, smoking does not relieve stress. But quitting does.

British researchers measured anxiety levels in almost 500 smokers – before and after they tried to give up.

Less stress: The study found that smokers who quit were less anxious than before

One in five said they smoked to help them deal with stress. Nationally, the figure is as high as one in two.

All took part in an NHS smoking cessation programme, which involved being given nicotine patches and attending two-monthly appointments.


Six months after signing up for the course, 68 of the 491 were still abstaining – and they were less anxious than before.

However, those who tried to give up and failed were more stressed than in the beginning, the British Journal of Psychiatry reports.

The researchers, from Oxford University and King’s College London, said: ‘The belief that smoking is stress-relieving is pervasive but almost certainly wrong.

‘The reverse is true: smoking probably causes anxiety and smokers deserve to know this and understand how their own experience may be misleading.’

Researchers said smokers 'deserve to know' the relaxing benefits of nicotine are a myth

Researchers said smokers ‘deserve to know’ the relaxing benefits of nicotine are a myth

Researchers believe the confusion has arisen because one of the withdrawal effects of nicotine is edginess.

Smokers in need of a top-up will repeatedly suffer this feeling throughout the day and find it eases when they have a cigarette. But while smoking may take the edge off stress related to lack of nicotine, it probably does nothing to ease the pressures of everyday life.

The researchers are less sure why stress levels rose in those who failed to quit. But it may be that their failure – and thoughts of the damage their habit was doing to their health – made them worry more.

This increase in stress levels was particularly high in those with depression and other psychiatric problems and the researchers said doctors should be aware of this.

Pakistan ban


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Tobacco-free Islamabad

December 31, 2012 by From the Newspaper

ONE hundred thousand dead. That’s the number of tobacco-related deaths that occur in Pakistan every year. The campaign announced in the media during the past several days that Islamabad is to be a tobacco-free zone from Jan 1, 2013, is therefore a step in the right direction, and long overdue. For years after the iconic Marlboro man fell from grace in the West, he continued to gallop his way across many an advertisement and into the hearts (and lungs) of millions of people in the developing world, with dire consequences.

In Pakistan, smoking was banned at all public places in 2002, including offices, hotels, hospitals, educational institutions, airports and shopping centres. However, implementation has been lax. The ban on smoking inside public transport vehicles is also flouted with impunity, as is the requirement that cigarette packets display a pictorial health warning. A study conducted in Karachi found most of the outlets in the survey even sold cigarettes to minors. Assuming that is the template for the rest of the country, it’s little wonder that an estimated 1,200 Pakistani youngsters take up smoking every day. In short, the health burden of tobacco-related illness, which includes soaring rates of lung and oral cancers, the latter thanks to widespread consumption of chewing tobacco, is one that Pakistan with its myriad problems can scarcely afford. The media campaign by the government’s tobacco control cell promises that the law will henceforth be “strictly enforced”. The law stipulates that violators can be fined up to Rs100,000 and jailed for up to three months. With Islamabad hopefully the starting point of a countrywide campaign, it would be fitting if government functionaries, especially those with a public profile, set an example by not smoking in public. If that can be done and the ban strictly enforced, one would have to say, “You’ve come a long way, baby”.

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New tobacco, alcohol regulation takes effect

New tobacco, alcohol regulation takes effect

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The China Post news staff
TAIPEI, Taiwan — People carrying more cigarettes and alcohol than allowed into the country at airports are exempt from prison sentences, starting from yesterday, but are subject to a fine and confiscation.

A man surnamed Tseng was fined NT$7,500 for attempting to bring 16 cartons of cigarettes into Taiwan. Custom officials confiscated 15 cartons, leaving Tseng with the one allowed, and gave him a fine of NT$7,500. Tseng was the first example to be made of in accordance with the new regulation.

Custom officials said that according to the Regulations Governing the Declaration, Inspection, Duty and Release of Personal Luggage or Goods of Inward Passengers, people are allowed to bring no more than 1 liter of duty-free alcohol and 200 duty-free cigarettes, or 25 cigars or 1 pound of tobacco, for personal use into Taiwan, adding that travelers can bring up to four times that amount if they make the necessary declarations to custom officials on their own initiative.

According to the newly amended Tobacco and Alcohol Administration Act, every additional carton of cigarette brought into the country warrants a NT$500 fine, while every additional liter of alcohol will get violators a NT$2,000 fine.

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Guernsey prison begins ban on smoking and tobacco

1 January 2013 Last updated at 11:50 GMT

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Guernsey prison begins ban on smoking and tobacco

Prisoners at Les Nicolles can purchase electronic cigarettes as an alternative to tobacco products

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A smoking ban has begun at Guernsey’s Les Nicolles prison.

All tobacco products have been banned at the facility, making Guernsey the second European jurisdiction to ban smoking anywhere on prison grounds.

The island has followed the Isle of Man’s lead in implementing the move, which allows prisoners electronic cigarettes as a tobacco substitute.

The smoking ban, which aims to curb the effects of passive smoking, was backed by Guernsey’s Home Department.

Deputy Francis Quin, the Deputy Home Minister, said: “People used to smoke in offices… that’s all changed.

“It’s a changed world, you’ve got to live with it.”

Louise Arkle, deputy governor of Les Nicolles prison, said: “To introduce a partial ban, where they could smoke in the outside areas… would be so difficult to police.”

She added: “Therefore we have a 15m boundary on the external of the fence, and then it’s completely no smoking internally.”

Smoking and tobacco: news and resources round up

Smoking and tobacco: news and resources round up

Prompted by the Department of Health’s latest hard-hitting anti-smoking campaign, here are some stats, graphics and stories to highlight the risks of smoking in class

 Farmers work in a tobacco field in the western province of Pinar del Rio, Cuba

From the plight of tobacco farmers to the health risks, our smoking news and resources round up covers all aspects of the issue. Photograph: Ariana Cubillos/AP

From the Guardian

New Year anti-smoking campaign highlights cancer risks

Research has found that more than a third of smokers still believe that the health risks associated with smoking are “greatly exaggerated”. The Department of health has responded with this hard-hitting campaign showing the direct link between smoking and cancer. As well as highlighting health risks to your students, this video could be a good starting point for a debate on the impact of advertising, too.

The tobacco atlas of the world – map

This fascinating data map, the tobacco atlas, published by the American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation, looks at key indicators of the tobacco industry from cigarette consumption to share of the total cigarette market by country. There’s some analysis of the data here too.

Why Zimbabwe’s tobacco industry is unhappy with WHO
For a different perspective on the smoking debate, take a look at this feature from the Guardian’s Africa correspondent, David Smith. David looks at what the anti-smoking lobby means to farmers in Zimbabwe – a country heavily dependent on tobacco. Another interesting topic for debate.

Plain packaging for cigarettes would help Britain kick its smoking habit
In this blog post, health services minister, Dan Poulter, debates what needs to be done to prevent young people from taking up smoking. He feels young people are seduced by marketing techniques and feels a ban is the best way to reduce the numbers taking up smoking. What do your students think?

Women who quit smoking before 30 cut risk of tobacco-related death by 97%
Some stats to outline the health risks: Lancet study of more than 1m UK women shows death rate three time higher for those who smoke into middle-age.

Smoking ban ‘has reduced asthma and heart attacks’
A news story that reports prohibition of smoking in pubs and restaurants appears to have encouraged people to try to cut down

Smoking: why do some young people smoke?
This lesson explores why some young people smoke and why the majority don’t. It also considers early signs of addiction and includes an activity where pupils suggest effective ways of persuading peers not to smoke.

Obama quits smoking
An article about Barack Obama quitting smoking with an associated science lesson for KS2 and one for KS3, plus glossary and vetted weblinks.

The effects of smoking
By the end of this lesson students will know what effect smoking has on the respiratory system and they will be able to name the diseases associated with smoking. Ages 11 to 14.

Health and smoking
As well as covering the origin of tobacco and trends through the ages, this lesson also looks at the dangerous components of tobacco and tobacco smoke (nicotine, carcinogens, carbon monoxide, smoke particles). Students will learn about how smoking affects different parts of the body and how difficult it is to cure smoking-related diseases.

Full plain packet – changes to cigarette packs
This is based on a 2011 news story, when plain packaging for cigarettes was introduced, but still has some interesting activities and debate ideas. Ideal for nine to 14 year-olds to get them talking about smoking issues.

Smoking: Education Guardian article
An article with facts and figures about health risks, passive smoking and the tobacco industry for lessons with students aged four to 11.

Best of the web

Stop! Quitting Time! – infographic
Designed for the Stoptober anti-smoking campaign earlier this year, this infographic outline stats on smokers in the UK. Includes an interesting list of reasons to stop that goes beyond the usual health risk messages.

The Size of the World’s Smoking Habit – infographic
Using World Health Organisation statistics, this graphic shows which nations have the most smokers and brings the data to life with famous architecture.

Department of Health – tobacco
Government site with news items, press releases and campaign info.

British Heart Foundation – smoking
Outlines the links between smoking and cardiovascular disease

Student Life debate: Should we ban smoking everywhere?

Video: The effect of smoking on the lungs
There’s loads more BBC videos about the lungs here.

Action on Smoking and Health – fact sheets
Lots of materials here including key statistics, tobacco economics and smoking and disease.

No Smoking Day website
This site also has dedicated page to how No Smoking Day can be used in schools.

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