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 | July 3, 2012
In spite of the severe outdoor smoking ban that was enforced in Monday, smokers still provocative decided to light up on city beaches. Numerous inhabitants spending the afternoon at Britannia Beach decided to take their new chances and smoke cigs while they lounged in the sand. But smokers may not have much to fear, since regulation officers didn’t hand out a single ticket on the first day of the prohibition. “Bylaw officers did not find any individuals that were breaking the bylaw,” declared city spokeswoman Jocelyne Turner.
Jessica Miller | March 2, 2012
More than 70 percent of respondents to a poll conducted in Mobile County last summer and fall indicated support for policies eliminating all tobacco smoke from indoor public places, including restaurants and bars, according to new data from the University of Alabama’s Institute for Social Science Research. The poll, conducted between August and October, asked 845 Mobile County residents ages 19 and older about their attitudes toward smoke-free policies, tax increases on cigarettes, tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, among other things.
Jessica Miller | January 12, 2012
Occasional and low cumulative marijuana use is not associated with adverse effects on pulmonary function, a new study has found. Exposure to tobacco smoke causes lung damage with clinical consequences that include respiratory symptoms, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer. Mark J. Pletcher and his colleagues from the University of California examined associations between marijuana, both current and lifetime exposure, and pulmonary function.
Jessica Miller | December 19, 2011
The ambience inside the restaurant was marvellous. There was a banquet hall on the same floor as the restaurant and a wedding reception was taking place there. Our meal was great. But after dinner and as we were walking to the lift lobby, we had a shock of our lives. We found the entire lift lobby transformed into a “smoking lounge” with restaurant’s diners as well as those attending the wedding function puffing away.