вторник, 29 декабря 2009 г.

Bihar man shot dead for refusing to pay for cigarette

A shopkeeper shot dead a man after he refused to pay for the cigarettes purchased in Saran district of Bihar, police said Tuesday.
Basudev Singh, in his early 30s, was shot dead by Uday Singh at Sabalpur Diara village in Saran district late Monday.
“After Basudev refused to pay money for the cigarettes bought, Uday and Basudev had a heated argument. Uday then killed Basudev,” a police officer said.
The officer said Uday is absconding.

среда, 23 декабря 2009 г.

Fla. wants citizens to report tobacco tax cheats

Florida is trying to enlist citizens in a campaign against tobacco tax cheats.
The state made the trade in illegal cigarettes more lucrative this year by increasing the cigarette tax by $1 a pack.
The Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco on Wednesday announced that it'll begin paying informants up to 50 percent of fines collected for illegal cigarette sales.
The agency also has set up a toll-free hot line to report sales of cigarettes without the required tax stamp.

Police believe string of Walgreens robberies are connected

A string of robberies at Colorado Springs Walgreens stores seems to be connected, Colorado Springs police said.
Sgt. Jim Meyers said loss-prevention officers have studied video and said that five robberies in recent weeks were all done by the same man.
The most recent robbery was Monday night, when a man believed to be 18 to 25 years old walked into the Walgreens store at 6011 Rangewood Drive and asked for a carton of cigarettes.
After the clerk gave him the cigarettes he demanded money, but then walked out of the store with the cigarettes before the clerk had a chance to give it to him.
Meyers said the five robberies fit a similar profile: A man in his late teens or early 20s walks into a Walgreens without a weapon, usually between 6 and 8 p.m., and demands money.
In addition to the Rangewood Walgreens, which was robbed twice, a Walgreens at 4713 Flintridge Drive has also been robbed twice. A Walgreens at 920 N. Circle Drive has also been robbed.
Meyers said police are aware of the situation and keeping an eye out, as are employees at Walgreens stores.

понедельник, 21 декабря 2009 г.

Renowned Gold Coast Hypnotherapy Specialists to Help 1,000 Gold Coast Smokers Quit in 2010

The buzz continues to swirl as 2009 comes to a close and we hurtle fast towards the New Year 2010. For many, the habit of smoking continues to present financial, health and social concerns that are associated with the use of cigarettes. Even with all of these concerns, many are still addicted to this unhealthy habit that has now been banned in many public places for the safety of those who do not smoke. Many local Gold Coasters will have a remarkable opportunity to end their smoking habit for once and for all in 2010.
My Success Club™ is a well respected Gold Coast hypnotherapy clinic that has taken up the challenge to assist Gold Coast residents by providing the highest quality hypnosis products and services to individuals and organizations in all areas of their professional and personal lives. The Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes™ Program is highly regarded as one of the best smoking cessation programs in the world. Dedicated to delivering advanced hypnosis principles with compassion and understanding, My Success Club assists smokers in kicking their habit easily without painful withdrawal symptoms.
Smoking is regarded as disgusting by many people and publicly frowned upon. Cigarettes are packed with cancer-causing ingredients such as tar, formaldehyde, ammonia, nicotine, arsenic and hydrogen cyanide. These habit forming ingredients cause permanent damage to the lungs and negatively affect blood vessels, hormones and the heart, slowly killing smokers from the inside - out. Hypnosis can make quitting easy!
Who is My Success Club™? Director Clinton J. Carter says, “We are a passionate group of professionals that want to help people to transform their lives in 2010. When you can stop smoking, there is a world of opportunities awaiting you. We are here to help put those possibilities within your grasp.” Carter has a special commitment that stems from his desire to help people liberate themselves from nicotine permanently and holds a record of distinction with an amazing success rate of 95.6% to date. The majority of clients have quit in only one hypnosis session.
For the New Year 2010, the club’s aim is to improve the quality of at least one thousand people’s lives by helping them to quit smoking. In support of this challenge, My Success Club™ offers a lifetime guarantee and pain free treatment, making their quite smoking program the only one of its kind available to Goal Coast smokers who are sick of their smoking habit.
My Success Club’s Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes Program™ is the answer for those who are looking to make the change and quit cigarettes. In 60 minutes with hypnotherapy a lifelong smoking habit can be completely eradicated. Embracing the idea to quit smoking is easy. Taking that first step is often the most difficult. Those who have tried and failed should consider an approach that works with the My Success Club™ New Year Promotion that is the most successful quit smoking Gold Coast located program offering hypnotherapy and hypnosis for those who want to give up smoking for once and for all.
“My Success Club™ Gold Coast Hypnotherapy Specialists embrace a fundamental desire to help 1000 Gold Coast smokers to extinguish their habit and stop smoking using our hypnosis services for the New Year 2010.” Located at Centrepoint Arcade Business Centre, Level 1, Suite 18a, 3290 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217 in Australia, Gold Coast hypnotherapy is administered to achieve safe, effective results in only one session. This Gold Coast hypnosis clinic offers privacy for hypnosis treatments that work. Lifelong smokers have sought out hypnosis and discovered that there is life after cigarettes.
“I am looking forward to helping those who are feeling the pinch of the stigma associated with smoking cigarettes. Our hypnotherapy procedures change lives, one by one, creating happy, healthy, smoke free conditions for those who are ready to give up smoking for good,” Clinton advises and welcomes everyone to visit My Success Club™ and experience the difference of a life without Smoking in 2010 and be one of the happy 1000 soon make smoking a thing of the past.

пятница, 18 декабря 2009 г.

New law prohibits chewing tobacco at Oneida County properties

Chewing tobacco is no longer an accepted habit in or on any Oneida County owned properties.The new law will coincide with other county laws that prohibit smoking unless in a designated part of county properties.
Legislator George Joseph introduced the law, and said that when people chew tobacco and use "spit cups," it can put other people's health at risk.
"If nothing else, what it does is bring focus to the hygiene of others around us," Joseph said. "If it is just the start in doing that, then it is worth it."
Those caught breaking the law are subject to a written violation notice. Any offense thereafter could result in a fine.

вторник, 15 декабря 2009 г.

Herbal Cigarettes No Healthier Than Regular Smokes

It's a generally accepted fact that smoking cigarettes is bad for your health, leading to a number of cigarette alternatives. But those who light up Chinese "herbal" cigarettes thinking they are safer are wrong, researchers say.
"The public needs to be aware that herbal cigarettes do not deliver fewer carcinogens," said lead researcher Stanton A. Glantz, Ph.D., professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine and Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco. "We hope our findings will help to dispel the myth that they are a safer alternative to conventional cigarettes; they are not."
Results of the study are published in the December issue ofCancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, which has a special focus on tobacco. The researchers conclude that herbal cigarettes, which combine medicinal herbs with tobacco are just as addictive and no safer than regular cigarettes.
Chinese herbal cigarettes are becoming increasingly more popular in China and elsewhere in the world. Glantz, along with colleagues in China, examined nicotine and carcinogen levels between the two marketed products. They compared 135 people who smoked herbal cigarettes and 143 people who smoked "regular" tobacco cigarettes. The study was conducted in one city in China.
"Levels of carcinogens were correlated with measures of nicotine intake, meaning that the more nicotine smokers took in, the higher the levels of carcinogens they took in," Glantz said.
Forty-seven percent of participants who switched to use of herbal cigarettes did so because herbal cigarettes had a "better taste;" 24 percent switched because of their health concerns and the notion that herbal cigarettes were a healthier alternative. Most participants who switched to herbal cigarettes reported an increase in number of cigarettes smoked per day.
"Adding herbs to the cigarettes would not be expected to affect the nicotine, which is the addictive drug in tobacco, and cancer-causing chemicals in the smoke of cigarettes," said Glantz. "The Chinese tobacco industry should avoid misleading the public when promoting herbal cigarettes as 'safer' products."

понедельник, 14 декабря 2009 г.

NJ Senate Okays Restrictions for E-Cigarettes

Late last week, the New Jersey Senate voted unanimously to apply a portion of the New Jersey Free Air Act to regulate electronic smoking devices, NJ Today reports.
The measure would enlarge its smoking definition to encompass e-cigarettes. Under the bill, smoking would be classified as burning or inhaling tobacco or any other matter that could be inhaled or smoked, or the inhaling of smoke or vapor from an e-cigarette. Also, the smoking ban for minors would extend to use of electronic smoking devices.
“When a user puffs on an e-cigarette, which is a stainless steel tube designed to look like a real cigarette, they inhale a vaporized solution that usually contains nicotine,” said state Sen. Bob Gordon. “The liquid often contains flavoring, such as chocolate or cherry. It seems obvious the people who make these devices are trying to make them attractive to younger people.”
The act already outlaws smoking of cigars, cigarettes, pipes or other matter or substance with tobacco or any other matter that can be smoked in any indoor public place and workplace. “Our bill would update the current law to define an electronic smoking device to mean an electronic device that can be used to deliver nicotine or other substances to the person inhaling from the device, including an electronic cigarette, cigar, cigarillo, or pipe,” said Gordon.
Across the country, the battle to regulate e-cigarettes continues. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have found electronic smoking devices to have carcinogens. A recent lawsuit by electronic cigarette distributors challenges the agency’s authority to regulate the products.

вторник, 1 декабря 2009 г.

Drop in smoking cuts cancer deaths in Europe

A decline in smoking in Europe and better screening mean fewer people are dying of cancer, but lung cancer deaths in women are rising in places like Scotland and Hungary where more women smoke, doctors said on Monday.
Early diagnosis and better treatments have pushed down deaths from cervical cancer and breast cancer, and declining smoking levels contributed to large falls in deaths from lung and other tobacco-related cancers in men, according to a study in the Annals of Oncology cancer journal.
The study of data from 1990-1994 and 2000-2004 showed overall European cancer death rates fell by nine percent in men and eight percent in women in the second period from the first.
But researchers said there were wide disparities in cancer death rates between different EU countries, and said some countries where alcohol and tobacco consumption has increased had seen a rise in deaths from lung, mouth, pharynx and oesophagus cancers.
"Further reduction of tobacco smoking remains the key priority for cancer control in Europe," Cristina Bosetti, head of the cancer unit at Italy's Mario Negri department of epidemiology, wrote in the study.
She said steps to cut alcohol consumption, improve nutrition, tackle obesity and increase screening, plus early diagnosis and medical advances for treatable cancers would also help reduce the European Union cancer burden.
The researchers found there was an average of 168 deaths per 100,000 of the population per year in men between 2000 and 2004, down from 185.2 deaths per 100,000 between 1990 and 1994.
For women the average number of deaths fell from 104.8 to 96.9 per 100,000 per year over the same period.
Bosetti said the downward trends had "continued over the most recent years" mainly because of falls in lung and other tobacco-related cancer deaths in men, a persistent decline in gastric cancer deaths and falls in those from colorectal cancer.
The researchers said cancer mortality rates in the worst performing European countries were almost twice those in the best performers.
For men, the death rates in 2000-2004 were highest in Hungary (255.2 deaths per 100,000 of the population per year), the Czech Republic and Poland and lowest in Sweden (125.8 deaths per 100,000 people), followed by Finland and Switzerland.
The highest death rates for women were in Denmark (141 per 100,000 people), Hungary and Scotland, and the lowest in Spain 78.9 per 100,000), Greece and Portugal - figures the scientists said reflected the different spread of cigarette smoking in men and women across Europe.