Jessica Miller | November 13, 2012
The Student Government Association is trying to give the University of Memphis community its right to chew tobacco, that is. On Nov. 8, the SGA passed a decision that would change the current smoke-free policy on campus to an “on-campus smoking prohibition,” permitting smokeless tobacco to be used on campus area. Addison Piggott, the SGA senator who sponsored the resolution, argued students should be able to use smokeless tobacco everywhere outdoors because they have no secondhand effects on non-smokers. “We shouldn’t be taking away their right,” he explained. “If they are over 18, they should have the right to use smokeless tobacco if they choose to.”
Jessica Miller | October 29, 2012
According to the Federal Trade Commission study of 2012, smokeless tobacco products sales in the United States alone, amounted to almost 2.8 billion dollars for the year of 2008. The sales are strong and increasing due in some part to the drop of cigarette smoking. Then too, smokeless tobacco companies spend millions upon millions to attract new and new clients.
Jessica Miller | September 20, 2012
Young people in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties continue to buy and smoke tobacco products at higher levels than their peers statewide, prompting educators to scale up tobacco-use-prevention new efforts and enlist students as a new assistant in the fight. In Calaveras County, where the rate of young smokers is considered at more than double the state’s, teens have joined the effort to keep their peers from smoking cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products. Meantime, Tuolumne County is seeking more funding for drug use education and smoking cessation programs.
Jessica Miller | July 4, 2012
Smoking tobacco is the most preventable cause of death among people and is a main factor for several mouth, throat, lung and heart diseases. It is also a main contributor to disease. Worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that tobacco use can cause approximately 71% of lung cancer, 42% of chronic respiratory diseases, 20% of global tuberculosis incidence and almost 10% of cardiovascular diseases. But the main issue of smokeless tobacco products has for long been disregarded.
Jessica Miller | March 5, 2012
Smokeless tobacco might be the answer to nicotine addiction that could save lives. That’s the conclusion of one researcher who says there’s scientific evidence to support that switching to smokeless products is 98 percent safer than discount Virginia cigs. Because nicotine addiction is so difficult to cure, Brad Rodu, D.D.S., professor of medicine at the University of Louisville (UofL) School of Medicine and the Endowed Chair in Tobacco Harm Reduction at UofL’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center, suggests lives would be saved by focusing on reducing tobacco harm. He says it’s possible to use tobacco products safely, and there’s scientific evidence to prove it.