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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil will be tobacco free



Fans and players at the 2014 World Cup will benefit from 100% smoke and tobacco free environments.

FIFA announced that the tobacco ban will apply to games in all 12 Brazilian cities that are hosting the 2014 games.

The ban will apply to both indoor and outdoor spaces within the perimeters of each participating stadium and means that no smoking, no sales of cigarettes or other tobacco products, and no tobacco advertising, promotion or sponsorship will be allowed at the games.

Starting with the 2002 World Cup games in Korea and Japan, the last four FIFA World Cups have been tobacco-free. FIFA’s tobacco-free policy was developed with support from World Health Organization (WHO), which is also providing operational guidelines for the policy’s implementation.

“Besides a smoke-free environment, a tobacco-free World Cup means the tobacco industry cannot use its deceptive marketing tactics to recruit new smokers among the thousands of young fans who attend the games,” said WHO tobacco control advisor, Adriana Blanco. “It supports the trend of tobacco-free mega-events and helps advance social change toward rejection of tobacco.”

People who love football but will not go to Brasil, may stay at home and smoke their favorite variety of Monte Carlo cigarettes.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Smoking Ban in San Luis Park

San Luis, Colorado, will be the first city in Yuma County to have a smoking ban at a public park. The initiative came from a youth anti-tobacco group that proposed the City Council to adopt the law. Thus Moctezuma Park will become a smoke-free public place. The ban will come into action 30 days after the council’s approval of an … Continue reading

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Smoke-Free Policy at Louisiana State University

Main campus of Louisiana State University (LSU) becomes tobacco-free from autumn 2014. Judith Sylvester, an associate professor at LSU, is the person who proposed and promoted the smoking ban on campus. She told that she is happy about the smoking ban but implementation of this smoking ban is just less than half the battle. These days at LSU smoking is … Continue reading

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Famous Tennis Dad Writes, but Not About Tennis

Richard Williams stood outside his Midtown Manhattan hotel Monday afternoon, fighting a losing battle with a gusting wind as he attempted to keep a half-smoked cigarette lit. Passers-by who recognized Williams as the famous father of the tennis champions Venus and Serena asked if they could take a photograph. Each time, he obliged.

“I don’t dislike anything, and I like anything,” Williams said, using the coded riddles that often inform his conversations. “Whatever happens, I try to be who I am.”

I first met Williams in 2000, the year Venus won her first Wimbledon championship. He shooed me away at first, then relented one afternoon after Venus had defeated Serena in an emotional semifinal. We talked casually for half an hour, and when we finished, he told me that I had better not try to write a book. I assured him I would not. Fourteen years later, Williams has written his own.

He is in New York this week to promote his memoir, “Black and White: The Way I See It.” I wondered how Williams, 72, could fit such a rich life into fewer than 300 pages. In fact, Williams said, he has completed several books on multiple aspects of his and his family’s lives. This is the only one that has been published.

“The only reason I released this is because these last seven years, Serena kept pushing me,” Williams said. “She said, ‘Publish something; I don’t care which one.’ I was about to burn them.”

This is not a book about how Williams made his daughters into tennis champions, and it is not a how-to book.

“This is about my life,” he said. ”A lot of people thought I was writing about a bunch of tennis, backhands and forehands. This is about my life, and tennis was not part of my life growing up. I think there are enough books about tennis.”

Odd as it sounds, given his reputation for offering unfiltered opinions, Williams said he had wanted to write a book that would set the record straight.

“You can’t allow anyone to determine where you stand or where you go or how you’re going to turn out,” he said. “I’ve never done that in my life.”
With that, Williams abruptly excused himself and headed out to the front of his hotel. He had said his piece, and now he wanted to finish his cigarette, his favorite Chesterfield.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Foster Homes to Become Smoke-Free in Minnesota

At the end of last week the Minnesota Legislature adopted the Health and Human Services Policy Omnibus Bill, which included a paragraph which makes foster homes smoke-free in the entire state. Molly Moilanen, Director of Public Affairs at ClearWay Minnesota says that smoke-free foster homes will help to protect children from effects of secondhand smoke on the body. When the … Continue reading

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Kym Marsh Smoking with Her Teen Daughter


 Former pop star-turned-actress Kym Marsh has been slammed by anti-smoking campaigners after she was snapped puffing on cigarettes with her 16-year-old daughter.

The former Hear'Say star, who know appears in U.K. soap opera Coronation Street, caused outrage when she and teenager Emily were both seen smoking outside a nightclub in Manchester, England last month (Apr14).

Deborah Arnott from health charity Ash, which helps smokers quit, has now lambasted Marsh for lighting up with her child, saying, "Most parents don't want their children to become smokers and they need to know that if they smoke their children are up to three times more likely to become smokers themselves."

In the U.K., you must be 18 to legally buy cigarettes.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Lorillard Increased Prices on its Top Brands

Lorillard Inc. has increased by 6 cent per pack prices on some of its top selling cigarette brands. The company representatives say that this measure is need to be done in order to keep pace with its major rival on the cigarettes market Altria Group Inc. The Greensboro, tobacco manufacturer of Newport and a number of other cigarette brands, is … Continue reading

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Ben Affleck making efforts to quit smoking?


 Hollywood star Ben Affleck is reportedly trying to quit smoking by getting himself involved in household work.

The 'Argo' director, 41, is keeping himself occupied with domestic chores in a bid to cure his nicotine addiction on the persistence of his wife Jennifer Garner, with whom he has daughters Violet, Seraphina, and son Samuel, reported Contactmusic.

"Ben's promised to ditch the butts again, but now he's just a bundle of nervous energy and is doing anything to keep his mind off cigarettes. He comes up with all sorts of household projects to stay busy," a source said.

"Ben decided he needed to keep his hands busy, so he built a bookshelf for the girls' playroom. It would up comically lopsided, with the books tumbling off of it," the source added.

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