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.

 

 

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Brazil’s strong tobacco control policies have saved more than 400,000 lives

Brazil’s policies could result in as many as 7 million lives saved by 2050.

All a part of Brazil’s strong tobacco control policies are high cigarette prices, smoke-free air laws, marketing restrictions and other measures that are credited for a 50 percent reduction in smoking prevalence between 1989 and 2010. The reduction contributed to an estimated 420,000 lives saved during that time period. Those are the findings of a new study published in PLOS Medicine by a team of researchers from Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Brazilian National Cancer Institute.

 

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World’s toughest law banning logo’s on cigarette packs upheld in Australia

Tobacco companies fear the law will set a global precedent that could slash billions from the values of their brands.

The highest court in Australia upheld the world’s toughest law on cigarette promotion Wednesday.  The law prohibits tobacco company logos on cigarette packs that will instead show cancer-riddled mouths, blinded eyeballs and sickly children.

 

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Menthol smokers have more strokes: Study

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Some experts say menthol makes it easier to start smoking and harder to quit because its taste masks the harshness of tobacco.

Among people who smoke who prefer mentholated cigarettes tend to have more strokes than non-menthol smokers – and this seems to be especially true for women and non-African Americans, according to a North American study.

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Smoking related deaths triple in the past decade

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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.

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More employers penalize smokers with higher insurance premiums

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Wal-Mart Stores, the nation’s largest employer, recently sought the higher payments from some smokers, as much as $2000 more than non-smokers.

Employers are making  a shift toward penalizing employees with unhealthy lifestyles rather than rewarding employees with good habits as more employers are demanding that workers who smoke, are overweight or have high cholesterol shoulder a greater share of their health care costs.

 

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Morning smokers at an increased risk of developing cancer

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Early morning smokers have higher levels of nicotine and possibly other tobacco toxins in their body.

Are you a smoker that  needs a cigarette soon after waking up in the morning? Then, you have an increased risk of developing lung, and head and neck cancers, two new studies have warned.

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New nicotine inhaler: Is it a safer alternative to cigarettes?

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Alex Hearn’s nicotine inhaler

There are thousands of ex-smokers who haven given up their habit, only to feel the yearning for the euphoric effects of nicotine. And there are the smokers who refuse to listen to reason and continue the habit saying, “Death is inevitable -whether by cigarette or a car-it make no difference.” Continue reading… “New nicotine inhaler: Is it a safer alternative to cigarettes?”