Jessica Miller | November 6, 2012
Approximately one in five smokers continued to smoke tobacco while hospitalized, an observational research in a large urban hospital found. In general, 18.4 percent (95% CI 16.8 to 20) of patients who smoked cigs before admission also reported cigarettes use during their inpatient stay, in spite of the fact that almost two-thirds were given nicotine patches, according to Susan Regan, PhD, of Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues. This represented a drop from 25 percent of inpatients who smoked tobacco during hospitalization a decade earlier, the scientists noted online in Archives of Internal Medicine.
Jessica Miller | September 24, 2012
Swiss inhabitants are going to the polls to vote on a new proposal to prohibit smoking tobacco absolutely in enclosed public areas. Hotels, restaurants and bars are currently permitted to have rooms for smokers but critics declared that this harms the health of those who work in them. Smoking restrictions introduced two years ago were watered down after lobbying from the catering trade and tobacco firms. Opinion polls showed that the Swiss – who smoke more than their neighbours – are likely to refuse the proposal. The BBC’s Imogen Foulkes explained that Switzerland is implementing the issue of passive tobacco smoking far later than its neighbours Germany, Italy and France, which long ago prohibited smoking cigs in public areas.
Jessica Miller | September 19, 2012
The recent resolution by Lambton County council to approve the proposed Smoke-Free Outdoor Places ordinance is a laudable decision. There is an important scientific evidence and public support to show that such a regulation would positively affect the health of Lambton inhabitants. Tobacco smoke is moderate in outdoor places. Evidence demonstrating detectable exposure has been found by scientists at Stanford University. Their data conclude that tobacco smoke concentrations near smokers can rival indoor tobacco smoke concentrations. Further, study by the University of Waterloo found that cig smoke can be found even at nine meters from a lit cigarette.
Jessica Miller | September 3, 2012
Before heading to lunch or going out for drinks, find an ashtray and stub out that cigarettes. Starting today, smoking tobacco is banned in all enclosed bars, restaurant and cafes in Lebanon in accordance with Legislation 174, which passed exactly one year ago. The anti-smoking law has already been the main target of much criticism, from some who believe that the government should focus on more critical matters to those who warn that the prohibition will hurt the hospitality sector and the country’s economy.
Jessica Miller | August 14, 2012
Smoking tobacco is not permitted here where kids are out for some fresh air at Schenectady’s Central Park. But even with some regulations on where smokers can smoke at parks and recreational special places in Schenectady, little ones can still get a secondhand smoke exposure. That’s partly why the Electric City is going for a full smoking ban. “I am a smoker and I don’t smoke anywhere around kids. And I don’t think that’s too much to ask,” city inhabitant Dolores Pasquariello declared.