Jessica Miller | October 26, 2012
There are mixed feelings on the streets over the Government’s latest tactic to lower the number of inhabitants addicted to tobacco smoking. Last week Parliament voted unanimously in favor of the third reading of a law that will raise the price of cigarettes past $20 a package over the next four years had its third reading in Parliament. Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia welcomed the new propose. “The tobacco products price increase will save lives. They send a strong signal that smoking cigarette just isn’t worth it.” The new ordinance will increase tobacco tax by a series of cumulative 10 percent increases on January 1 in each of the next four years. This is expected to raise the average price of a pack of cigs to more than $20 by 2016. “I know this will affect smokers in the pocket, but I am not prepared to sit back while another generation becomes addicted to tobacco smoking,” Ms. Turia argued.
Jessica Miller | October 23, 2012
Drink green tea to get over the nicotine addiction, declared Chinese scientists — and this is a finding that medical professionals in Kerala have reacted positively to. A recent research titled `A Revolutionary Approach for the Cessation of Smoking Tobacco`, published in Science China Life Sciences, a peer-reviewed open-access journal, cites how investigators used custom-developed cigs with components of green tea as filters in a bid to treat addiction to smoking habit. Phinse Philip, a lecturer in the Community Oncology Division of the Malabar Cancer Centre, argued that pharmacotherapy such as nicotine replacement therapy had generally been found effective in getting smokers to quit smoking.
Jessica Miller | October 1, 2012
Today, even though there’s a lot of of smoke-free warnings, 18.7 per cent of teenagers in the 12th grade smoke cigs 11.8 per cent of 10th graders smoke and 6.1 per cent of 8th graders smoke also. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Monitoring the Future research these numbers are historically low but getting hooked on nicotine is never a good idea. Teenagers smoke tobacco products because of the “cool factor” and their peers probably smoke too. Some might argue that it relaxes them but that’s not what study shows. The reality is cigarette is a drug.
Jessica Miller | April 4, 2012
Robbie Williams has quit smoking. The 38-year-old ‘Angles’ singer – who gave up drinking after getting hooked on drugs and alcohol following his 1995 departure from Take That – has reportedly now waved goodbye to his 40-a-day cigarette habit. A source told The Sun newspaper: ‘So far he hasn’t smoked in ten days. He wants to start a family with Ayda soon, so it’s a good move. ‘He’s also in training for the Unicef Soccer Aid match at Old Trafford in May, so he’ll need to be fit.’
Jessica Miller | February 10, 2012
It is common knowledge that many people make an effort to change bad habits as a New Year’s resolution — among the top 5 is to quit smoking. In Oswego County, the New York State Tobacco Control program has been active, encouraging people to quit and providing help and resources to do so. Our local Community Partnership, the Cessation Center housed at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Reality Check (working with youth) and the New York State Smokers’ Quitline are all part of the Tobacco Control Program.