Jessica Miller | November 12, 2012
It may only be a game to most inhabitants, but to Rockhampton’s Emily Christie it could be the first stage of a lifelong battle with a smoking addiction. The University of Sydney has discovered that apps featuring pro-smoking content have earned more than 11 million smokers worldwide, with a majority of them believed to be kids. There are a number of pro-smoking apps available, all of them simulating the burning of a cig. Some have even made a game out of the speed the user can “roll” and smoke the cigarette. Emily, who is a CQUniversity student, argued that she believed these apps sent the wrong message to all kids.
Jessica Miller | August 29, 2012
The roads of the capital city are not known as a place where regulations reign, and the attitude among taxi drivers to the smoking prohibition isn’t much different to the attitude toward red lights or speed limitations. “I smoke four packages per day. Wherever I want to,” declared Abdullah, who has been driving his taxi all over Beirut for 40 years during the day, driving a taxi at night. “Who is implementing the new ordinance? There is no government.”
Jessica Miller | July 30, 2012
Mizoram and Nagaland have earned the doubtful difference of becoming the highest cigarettes consuming states in the northeast. The general data on prevalence of cigarettes smoking in northeastern states show that next to Mizoram, which has tobacco use of 67% – including 40% in the smoking category and 41% in the smokeless category, Nagaland has a prevalence smoking rate of 57 per cent with 32% in the smoking category and 45% in the smokeless category.
Jessica Miller | May 25, 2012
“A smoking gene may play a very important role in how many cigs smokers can smoke every day.” Scientists from 50 medical institutions across the country investigated genetic material of more than 32,000 African-American smokers and non smokers for to see if certain genes predicted when they began smoking habit, how many cigs they smoked per day, and how they were able to kick the smoking.
Jessica Miller | May 23, 2012
Germans are smoking fewer cigs, drinking less alcohol and taking fewer marijuana. But ever more inhabitants are becoming addicted to the Internet, the government’s drugs commissioner has declared. Almost 560,000 people between the ages of 14 and 64 in Germany are addicted to the Internet or even use it too much or pathologically, a government study on addiction has discovered. At the same time, ever fewer people are dying from other drug addictions, such as marijuana or alcohol use, and preventative steps seem to be having a really effective result.