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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mondays Might Be Your Best Day to Quit Smoking

In order to examine smoker’s weekly interest in quitting, researchers from the Santa Fe Institute, The Monday Campaigns, San Diego State University and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health analyzed Google search quieries related to quitting smoking from 2008 to 2012 in such languages as English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, French, Portuguese. John W. Ayers from San Diego State … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sports stars tackle smoking

Basketball champions Leicester Riders are among a team of celebrities who have joined forces to persuade people to quit smoking. Some of the biggest names in Leicestershire sports are backing the new campaign – Balls to Stop Smoking – which will be officially launched at the end of the month .

It is being run by the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, which runs the stop-smoking service across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Former Leicestershire and England fast bowler Jonathan Agnew, City's Andy King, Leicester Tigers legend Neil Back, Leicester and GB hockey star Nicola White, Leicester Riders' forward Jamell Anderson and boxer Rendall Munroe have all agreed to be campaign ambassadors.

Qasim Chowdray, the service's tobacco control lead, said: "We know the names and faces are recognisable and that the individuals are influential locally. They are really enthusiastic about getting people to quit smoking."They all have thousands of Twitter followers and this campaign is a new way of getting our message out there to encourage people to give up smoking as well as persuading people not to start."

Leicester Riders had a training session with a difference yesterday, when they attended a special smoking awareness workshop at Loughborough University. Its aim was to tell them more about tobacco consumption, the tobacco industry and the most successful ways to quit.

Russell Leveston, managing director of Leicester Riders, said: "We do a lot of community work in schools and youth clubs and this will add to that work. The training session is all about giving players all the relevant information about smoking so they can take the message to young people.

"None of our players smoke and this is about telling people, not just about giving up, but also about what is in a cigarette. I think Balls to Stop is a great campaign idea." Rob Paternostro, the Rider' head coach, said: "We are committed to our work in the community. This will strengthen our knowledge and assist us further in the projects we deliver."

Work on the campaign, which it is hoped will lead to 10,000 fewer smokers by the end of March, has already begun. Jonathan Agnew was at Saturday's match between Leicester City and Huddersfield at the King Power Stadium, giving out advice to would-be quitters.

At half-time he joined club ambassador Alan Birchenall on the pitch to talk more about his work with the campaign, his experiences of quitting smoking and gave out information on the support on offer to people who want to give up smoking, but do not know where to start.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Farmers in Georgia Growing More Tobacco in 2013

Representatives from University of Georgia recently said that current year farmers in state of Georgia have planted almost 15,000 acres of tobacco. Michael Moore, who is the professor and cooperative extension agronomist, said in an interview to the Telegraph of Macon that farmers in Georgia have grown more tobacco in 2013 than in past 4 years. The raise in tobacco … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Philip Morris Presented Its Latest Report

At the beginning of this week Philip Morris International Inc. the leading tobacco company, announced about its profit rise by 5%. Respresentatives of the company say that higher prices helped to equalize drop in the number of cigarettes it sold. In the quarter that ended on September 30, the manufacturer of Marlboro cigarettes and many other cigarette brands reported an … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

'Duck Dynasty' revealed: Robertson's have tobacco addiction not shown on TV

On the show "Duck Dynasty," they do a great job of making sure that the Robertson family is shown in a great light. On Oct. 21, Radar Online reported that the Robertson men have a big problem with tobacco, but they don't show it on television.

Men's Journal is reporting that all of the men use snuff tobacco, but they don't show it on the air. Phil Robertson introduced the boys to it at a young age and they have just continued to use. Nobody wants to see them spitting on the ground though and they just don't show it on television at all.

The use of tobacco products can put you at a higher risk for cancer. This is probably why they have chosen not to show this on the air. The show wants to show the Robertson family as good role models and they would never want people picking up on it because of seeing these men that they look up to doing it on television.

"Duck Dynasty" airs new episodes on A&E every Wednesday night.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sarah Jessica Parker just can’t quit smoking

Sarah Jessica Parker was caught taking a smoke break in Greenwich Village years after she said publicly she’s “generally not a smoker.” Parker, 48, was seen inhaling on the stoop of a Village apartment building like a teen in a rebellious outfit of  sunglasses, black leather jacket and jeans. The mother of three wasn’t with any of her kids at the time, however.

The “Sex and the City” star has been known over the years to puff away, but has said she smoked because her character on the show lit up.

In 2004, when Larry King asked Parker, “Are you a smoker,” she replied, “I smoked… in the early years of [playing] Carrie… and of course, when I had a baby I didn’t, and didn’t smoke for two years until I went to Paris and, you know, this is the great seduction of a city like Paris with great architecture and food and wine and, so… it’s not been the easiest thing.”

She added that she told the show’s writers at the time in Paris, “Must she smoke again?… But it’s not been the easiest thing to not to smoke since then.”

When King asked Parker if she smoked after the HBO hit ended, Parker said, “of free will, you mean, without being employed? Yes, but I’m generally not a smoker. I mean, I have a child, so it’s changed everything, luckily.”

A few years after her King interview, Parker’s hubby Matthew Broderick hinted in a 2008 talk with New York magazine that both he and Parker were still trying to kick the habit.

“I used to smoke cigarettes, and I still do, lately. I gave that up a long time ago, but every now and then I will fall off for a week,” he said. But he added that wife Sarah Jessica, is “worse than me on that.”

Broderick even said the couple’s young son James was attracted to ciggies at the time, while he was only 6. “He’ll see a cigarette butt and say, ‘What is that? Why do people smoke?’ I can just see the little budding gene of a smoker in there.”

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Victory for Tobacco Industry in EU

In Ireland health campaigning groups said they are disappointed with the latest EU parliament failure to adopt more severe anti-smoking measures. This means a victory for tobacco industry. Members of the European Parliament declined a proposal to classify e-cigarettes as medicinal products. This re-classification could result in tighter regulation of e-cigarettes. The European Parliament voted for ban of flavoured cigarettes … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Woody Allen bans Indian release of his new film

Woody Allen’s movie 'Blue Jasmine' did not debut in India at the weekend after the director objected to anti-tobacco adverts being inserted into scenes where characters smoke. The Indian government requires cinemas to play the adverts before and during any films that feature smoking scenes but the veteran filmmaker refused to make 'customisations'.

The decision led to distributor PVR Pictures cancelling the release. 'Blue Jasmine,' which critics have praised as the 77-year-old Allen’s best work in recent years, stars Cate Blanchett as a wealthy New York socialite who endures a humiliating fall from grace after her husband is arrested for financial crimes.

The film was supposed to come out in India last weekend, three months after its U.S. release. A spokesman for Allen at the firm 42 West told Reuters: 'Due to content in the film, it cannot be shown in India in its intended manner. 'Therefore, the film is not scheduled to play there.'

Sources said Allen wanted the film to be shown in its entirety, as he had made it, and without any modifications. India has banned smoking scenes in movies and television shows, and filmmakers for about a year have been required to show health warnings on screens whenever a character smokes cigarettes in a film.

Typically, a smoking scene would include a text insert at the bottom of the screen warning of the dangers of tobacco use. While most national and international directors accept these rules, Allen was adamant that he would not allow these 'insertions' into his film. India’s film censor board routinely requires cuts and changes to films on the grounds that certain scenes might offend some audiences in the country.

It also has banned films, including David Fincher’s 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' because of rape and torture scenes, and Steven Spielberg’s 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' because of objections to the film’s portrayal of Indians and its imperialist tone.

Some directors allow cuts and alterations, while others, such as Fincher, have refused. Many directors, including Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and others, argue that changes to their films are unacceptable because they corrupt the artist’s vision.

India forms a miniscule portion of Hollywood revenue, but with a large, English-speaking population, it is a growing market. Hollywood films formed 8.5 per cent of all box office collections last year, according to a report by consultancy KPMG.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Belarus to Increase Cigarette Prices by 2020

By 2020 cigarettes in Belarus will be sold for the same price as in Russia, The declaration was made on October 3 at the seminar “Combating the aftermath of active and passive cigarette smoking” by Lyudmila Naroichik who is Deputy Head of the National Center for Hygiene, Epidemiology and Public Health. Excise duties and prices are most effective tools to … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Philip Morris International to Buy 49% Interest in Arab Investors

Philip Morris International Inc. (PM) agreed to buy an interest of 49% in Arab Investors for $625 million. The acquisition will help the tobacco company to consolidate its presence on Algerian tobacco market. The famous manufacturer of Marlboro and L&M cigarettes has been looking the ways to increase its presence in emerging markets because these days cigarette sales volumes are … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Michelle Obama forced husband to give up smoking

With the economy in tatters and his opponents baying for blood, it's a stressful time for President Obama. But the president does have one achievement he can be proud of- he has given up smoking cigarettes, and now his doctor has confirmed it.

The results of Obama's second medical examination since taking office, were released by the White House today, and the President was declared 'tobacco free'. Obama, formerly a Marlboro Red man, had smoked at least since college, but says he has managed to kick the habit, despite the stresses of office.

Earlier this year Michelle Obama claimed that her husband had not smoked for almost 12 months. The President has been trying to quit since at least 2006.

The First Lady is said to be the driving force behind her husband's decision to give up, having made it a condition of her support during his  leadership drive. While public opinion is likely to have been a strong motivation, his children are also said to have played a part.

But even after entering the White House and as recently as June 2009 he admitted that he still had the occasional puff. The 'Smoker-in-Chief' told a press conference: ‘I constantly struggle with it. Have I fallen off the wagon sometimes? Yes. Am I a daily smoker, a constant smoker? No.

‘I don't do it in front of my family, and I would say that I am 95 percent cured, but there are times where - there are times where I mess up.’ Obama's first presidential medical, which took place in February 2010, hinted at a continuing habit, with the doctor advising the commander-in-chief to 'continue smoking cessation' efforts.

It also documented his use of nicotine replacement therapy to stave off his cravings. President Obama has been careful not to be photographed smoking since taking office.