Month: December 2010

Stubbing out cigarettes in Europe

Spain on Sunday joins the list of European countries that ban smoking in cafes and restaurants. Here is a look at smoking bans elsewhere in Europe. – Belgium: Anti-smoking measures for hotels and restaurants are expected to be extended to…

We must do more to keep kids out of smoking

Ever wonder how the tobacco industry has survived a decades-long campaign by public health advocates and government to stamp out the nation’s deadliest habit? One word: addiction. Now, thanks to a U.S. Surgeon General’s report released this month, the public…

Alabama Tobacco Quitline campaign

A new initiative from the Alabama Department of Public Health to help smokers quit the habit has begun in the Wiregrass area. The new Alabama Tobacco Quitline campaign provides free telephone and online counseling and provides medication such as nicotine…

Air quality getting better

A new study from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center reports a marked improvement in air quality in bars and restaurants as a result of Wisconsin’s smoke-free air law. The study…

Oral Cancer Statistics

Oral Cancer used to be an old man’s disease, tied to tobacco and alcohol. Those are still recognized causes, but today, everyone, including young women and men, are getting this deadly disease. Dentists say, “Just as we’ve gotten used to…

DOD Urges Troops to Quit Tobacco in 2011

FALLS CHURCH, Va., – Each year, more than a million people successfully quit tobacco, and the Defense Department wants more military members included in that number in 2011. “In the tradition of New Year’s, we are asking our active duty…

Quitting smoking improves cholesterol

Smokers who successfully quit may enjoy yet another health benefit: improved cholesterol profiles. A boost in “good” cholesterol comes with quitting despite weight gain after putting out the last cigarette, hints a new study. If confirmed in future research, the…

Woodland Healthcare to ban tobacco use

Woodland Healthcare will become a totally tobacco-free campus on Saturday, Jan. 1. The new policy will affect all patients, visitors, medical staff members, employees, volunteers and vendors. “As a primary healthcare provider dedicated to improving the health of our patients,…

Smoking Prevention Effort Suspended in Canada

Canada’s federal government paid almost $3.6 million to change health warning labels on cigarette packets but then decided to suspend the whole plan earlier in 2010, recently published internal documentation discovered. The Health Canada reports, estimating expenses on the plan,…