Tobacco’s new crisis – rich people stopped smoking, the poor didn’t

Smokers 1

After decades of lawsuits, public campaigns and painful struggles, Americans have finally done what once seemed impossible: Most of the country has quit smoking, saving millions of lives and leading to massive reductions in cancer.

That is, unless those Americans are poor, uneducated or live in a rural area.

Continue reading… “Tobacco’s new crisis – rich people stopped smoking, the poor didn’t”

Non-smokers who stay in non-smoking hotel rooms test positive for smoke exposure

You can still be exposed to smoke in non-smoking rooms.

Rooms become “reservoirs of tobacco smoke toxicants that accumulate in carpets, dust, upholstery, mattresses, curtains and furniture, penetrate wallpaper and paint, and are even stored in drywall when they are continually smoked in. Experts refer to this as “third-hand smoke” and no one is sure how to clean it up. And while it’s easy enough to keep smokers confined to designated rooms, smoke itself is harder to contain.

 

 

Continue reading… “Non-smokers who stay in non-smoking hotel rooms test positive for smoke exposure”

Smoking related deaths triple in the past decade

marlboroCigarettes

A billion people will die from tobacco use and exposure this century – one person every six seconds.

Deaths related to tobacco use have nearly tripled in the past decade and big tobacco firms are undermining public efforts that could save millions, a report led by the health campaign group the World Lung Foundation (WLF) said on Wednesday.

Continue reading… “Smoking related deaths triple in the past decade”

FDA unveils graphic warning labels for all cigarette packs

warning cigarettes are addictive

One of the graphic warning labels to appear in cigarette packs.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in a dramatic bid to get more Americans to quit smoking, on Tuesday released nine graphic warning labels that will appear on all packs of cigarettes by no later than September 2012.

 

Continue reading… “FDA unveils graphic warning labels for all cigarette packs”

Smoking Death Toll Could Reach 8 Million a Year by 2030

smoking

Tobacco will kill 6 million people this year.

Nearly six million people, including 600,000 non-smokers, will die this this year from tobacco. Governments are not doing enough to persuade people to quit or protect others from second-hand smoke, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

Continue reading… “Smoking Death Toll Could Reach 8 Million a Year by 2030”