Jessica Miller | April 2, 2012
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently donated $220 million of his own money through his charitable foundation to reduce smoking around the world. The effort will focus in particular on countries where tobacco use is most prevalent. New York is increasingly a health conscious city. There’s no smoking in restaurants, in bars or even in public parks. That’s all the result of the mayor’s aggressive anti-tobacco health policies over the past decade. The city also runs advertising campaigns alerting residents to the hazards of smoking.
Jessica Miller | January 6, 2012
A study was recently published in Paediatrics and Child Health on the prevalence and risk indicators of smoking among First Nations youth living on reserve in Saskatchewan. Children in Grades 5 to 8 completed a questionnaire which included the youth smoking survey originally developed by Health Canada and implemented by Statistics Canada across Canada. The response rate for the survey was 75 per cent.
Jessica Miller | June 8, 2011
After more than a decade in the making, the Tobacco Bill — which seeks to control the use of tobacco in the island — is soon to be put before Parliament. Health Minister Rudyard Spencer says the chief parliamentary counsel is now making final amendments to the document and he expects it to be tabled in Parliament within the next three weeks.
Jessica Miller | February 28, 2011
The U.S. Department f Justice wants the nation’s biggest cigarette makers to fund an advertising campaign which admits Big Tobacco lied to the public about the dangers of smoking Lady cigarettes. Wednesday, the Justice Department unveiled 14 “corrective statements” that would be part of the campaign. Some examples:
Jessica Miller | December 28, 2010
For teenagers across the country – and in Montana – the choice is apparently pot. For the first time since 1981, the number of high school seniors reporting they had smoked marijuana in the past 30 days outnumbered those who said they had smoked Style cigarettes. The rate of eighth-graders saying they have used an illicit drug in the past year jumped to 16 percent, up from last year’s 14.5 percent, with daily marijuana use up in all grades surveyed, according to the 2010 Monitoring the Future Survey.