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Monday, December 29, 2014

El Paso Banned Smoking at Bus Stops

Smokers in El Paso, Texas, will no longer be allowed to light up at bus stops, city parks and stadiums as the new smoking ban comes into effect from the beginning of the next year. In summer 2014 city council passed second phase of the Clean Air Ordinance which comes into action on January 1. It bans use of tobacco … Continue reading

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Kentucky Business Leaders: Smoke-Free Helps Bottom Line

Health advocates are targeting the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly for passage of a comprehensive smoke-free law that would cover all indoor public places and workplaces.

Lawmakers on the Health and Welfare Committee will explore the impact on property rights in Frankfort on Wednesday. Brent Cooper, president of an I.T. firm in Covington, says a statewide law is a sensible compromise.

"It's perfectly reasonable to ask people to step outside," says Cooper. "You don't have the right to do anything you want in your building if it negatively impacts the health of your customers or your employees."

Cooper founded his business, C-Forward Inc., in 1999. At that time employees were allowed to smoke discount cigarettes inside, but he eventually went smoke-free in 2005, citing compelling evidence about the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Some lawmakers remain hesitant to tackle the property rights issue even though the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce says 92 percent of its members who responded to an annual survey support a statewide smoke-free law. Brad Richards, who serves as the president and CEO of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, says it's a "no-brainer," and that the law would help businesses.

"I think they understand the issue as it relates to their bottom line, and what health care costs are," says Richards.

According to Smoke-Free Kentucky, annual health care expenditures in the commonwealth from secondhand smoke exposure are as high as $106 million. Cooper says that's a point he plans to emphasize when he testifies before legislators.

"As time goes on the healthier your state is, the lower your healthcare costs will be," he says. "Absolutely, that's a compelling reason."

Kentucky currently has a patchwork of local laws regarding indoor and workplace smoking, with about a third of the population living in smoke-free zones. Richards says for those who oppose the idea of taking the law statewide, his message is not intended to be anti-smoking.

"We're not against you being able to smoke, or anyone being able to smoke," says Richards. "But please, do it outside. Don't affect other people in what it is that you're doing."

The Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare of the Kentucky Legislature meets Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Capitol Annex, Room 129.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Less Smokers in Wisconsin, USA

The Department of Health Services (DHS) in Wisconsin revealed data which demonstrates that in the state adult smoking rate achieved its lowest level for the first time in history. Today adult smoking rate in Wisconsin is 18% while in 2012 it was 20%. Today’s smoking rate almost coincides with the national smoking rate of 17.8% which was also revealed recently … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The mystery of Mandela the smoker

In 1992, former president Nelson Mandela gave a talk at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in Johannesburg in which he advised the youngsters never to smoke, because, as everyone knows, smoking is bad for you. On hearing this, renowned photographer Jürgen Schadeberg, who was also at the event, approached Mandela and joked: “But you used to smoke Colts cigarettes

According to Schadeberg, Mandela replied: “No, no, I never smoked.” Schadeberg then showed Mandela a photograph of his younger self, during the Defiance Campaign in 1952. The photograph shows Mandela, then president of the ANC Youth League, reading a ­newspaper with two of his comrades, Dr Yusuf Dadoo and Dr James Moroka. The suave Mandela is immaculately dressed, with a cigarette dangled comfortably between his lips.

“Oh well, you see, I was just showing off. The cigarette was not lit,” Mandela told Schadeberg, and laughed.

Schadeberg, refusing to back down from this clear attempt to rewrite history, remembers saying to the former president: “But there were ashes on the ground!”

According to Schadeberg, Mandela stood firm, saying: “Well, we were celebrating because we were found not guilty. Someone must have placed the cigarette in my mouth. We were too relaxed and were happy to be acquitted.”

The photograph, which clearly shows that the cigarette was lit, was taken after the court case in which the three leaders of the Defiance Campaign – Dadoo, Moroka and Mandela –were accused of ­contravening the Suppression of Communism Act in October 1952. They were found not guilty. ­Schadeberg photographed them reading the latest newspaper report at Johannesburg’s supreme court.

Schadeberg took the picture when he worked as a freelancer for Time Life. He was asked to follow the Defiance Campaign, “which I did in depth”, he said.

The Defiance Campaign was designed to defy six of the major unjust apartheid laws. This increased ANC membership numbers from 7?000 to 100?000 and put the ANC on the map in South Africa.

“This was a landmark event in the 1950s in the freedom movement,” said Schadeberg.

Mandela emerged from jail in 1990 a different man to the radical hothead he had been known as in the 1950s. The former president is certainly not known to have been a smoker after his release, but there were still those photographs …

Schadeberg said Mandela “made the claim that he never smoked and that the 1952 image was just an exception because of the stress of the court case”.

“Then I told him: ‘But you also used to smoke a pipe,’” remembers Schadeberg, laughing.

He said the first image he took of Mandela was at a discussion about the launch of the Defiance Campaign on April 6 1951. Mandela was with Ruth First and he was smoking a pipe.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Embassy Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

Imperial Tobacco, the famous tobacco company, told last week about its intention to celebrate 100th anniversary of Embassy cigarettes brand. The brand was launched in 1914. The year was remarkable for many other important events. In 1914 Charlie Chaplin made his fisrt appearence on stage, Henry Ford launcged his T-Ford car and World War I began. Embassy cigarettes brand with … Continue reading

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Motivational Interviewing for Quitting

It is a well known fact that smoking habit can hardly be changed. To help smokers deal with their habit a technique called motivational interviewing can help. With the help of it smokers may quit for good by exploring reasons why they use cigarettes, why they want to get rid of them and what difficulties they may face while quitting. … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Will Adele's career end in a puff of smoke?

It's a mystery that’s been baffling her fans: why has singer Adele failed to release any new material for almost three years?

Now I can reveal that the 26-year-old’s smoking habit is one of the reasons she has been kept out of the studio – and she has turned to hypnotherapy to save her career.

Adele lost her voice completely in 2011, cancelled shows, had surgery and was told by doctors to quit smoking or face the end of her career.

Now she has had a £295 session with Harley Street hypnotist Susan Hepburn in an attempt to give up for good.

A source said: ‘Adele has tried to quit, but the cravings kept getting the better of her. She wants to get back in the studio.’

Her last performance was at the 2013 Academy Awards. She has said: ‘If I wasn’t a singer I would still be smoking 25 Karelia Slims Blue a day. It’s my favourite thing to do.’

Troubled designer John Galliano will be welcomed back into the fashion fold tomorrow night in London when he presents American Vogue editor Anna Wintour with an Outstanding Achievement Award at the British Fashion Awards at the Coliseum.

That’s the fashion pack’s equivalent of being pardoned by the Queen at the Palace. Galliano, 54, disgraced himself in 2011 when he was found guilty of shouting racist and anti-Semitic abuse in a Paris bar.

Stella McCartney may be regretting asking Steve Coogan to turn on the Christmas lights at her Mayfair store.