Hospitals Shifting From Smoke-Free to Smoker-Free Workplaces

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Smoking habit could cost you your job if you work at a hospital.

Smokers now face another risk from their habit: it could cost them a shot at a job.  More hospitals and medical businesses in many states are adopting strict policies that make smoking a reason to turn away job applicants, saying they want to increase worker productivity, reduce health care costs and encourage healthier living.

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Leading ‘Drug Educator’ for Children is the Media According to Doctors

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Media still depicts smoking and drinking favorably.

Despite severe restrictions on tobacco advertising, youths are still too often exposed to media depicting smoking and drinking in a favorable light, according to one group of doctors.

 

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New York City to Ban Smoking Outdoors

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Smoking outside could soon be illegal in New York.

New York City officials have announced a plan to ban smoking outdoors.  City officials said that the new legislation would outlaw smoking in parks, beaches, marinas, boardwalks and pedestrian plazas throughout the American city.  That means no smoking in Central Park or on the Coney Island boardwalk.

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323 Human Genes Can be Damaged by Smoking Cigarettes

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Smoking cigarettes negatively affects over 300 human genes.

It’s not exactly news that smoking cigarettes is bad for you, but this latest danger is a doozy: smoking damages your genome. The largest genetic study of smoking ever has identified over 300 genes that are negatively affected by cigarettes.

 

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Drug Smokers In Egypt Suffer Hashish Shortage After Crackdown

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Hash currently in short supply in Egypt.

Millions of Egyptians — some of the world’s most enthusiastic consumers of hashish — are suffering withdrawal pangs after an unprecedented shortage of their favourite narcotic. A sudden fall in supply of the concentrated form of marijuana has sent prices spiralling, and left smokers searching for alternative highs.

“This is very weird for Egypt. I’ve never seen it like this,” said Yasser, a former police officer-turned-hash dealer. “My supplier told me he doesn’t know what’s going on…”

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Are Hand Sanitizers Better Than Handwashing Against the Common Cold?

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New research suggests that hand sanitizers containing ethanol are much more effective at removing rhinovirus from hands than washing with soap and water.

A new study suggests that hand sanitizers containing ethanol are much more effective at removing rhinovirus from hands than washing with soap and water. Sanitizers containing both ethanol and organic acids significantly reduced recovery of the virus from hands and rhinovirus infection up to 4 hours following application.

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