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MP raises concerns over stripping cigarette packets of their branding claiming it will lead to more smuggling  

Jump to full article: The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday (uk), 2012-04-13

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· UK

Tobacco packaging plan 'threatens jobs at Bradford factory' 

Jump to full article: Bradford Telegraph and Argus (uk), 2012-04-14

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· Massachusetts

Northborough mulls smoking ban on town properties  

Northborough will look to extend state bans on smoking inside town buildings to include the outside of the properties as well.
Jump to full article: Wicked Local (MA), 2012-04-12

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· Health/Science
· Cessation
· Nicotine

Nicotine patch may help prevent smoking relapses  

Jump to full article: Reuters, 2012-04-14
Author: By Aparna Narayanan * Reuters

Intro:

Nicotine patches may help smokers recover from any initial setbacks in their attempt to kick the habit, a new U.S. study suggests.

"The clear implication is that you shouldn't give up, you should stay on the treatment with patch," said Saul Shiffman, one of the study's authors from the University of Pittsburgh.

People who "lapse," or give in to nicotine cravings when trying to quit, are at high risk of giving up and returning to smoking.

But contrary to common perception, they haven't failed at quitting and may get over initial lapses by continuing to use the patch, Shiffman said.

His team's study, published in the journal Addiction, suggests that along with helping people stop smoking in the first place, nicotine patches could also boost their chances of recovering from occasional lapses while trying to quit.

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· Stroke
· Ingredients/Menthol

Menthol Cigarettes Raise Stroke Risk 

Jump to full article: Medical News TODAY(UK), 2012-04-13
Author: Nicholas T. Vozoris, M.H.Sc., M.D., from St. Michael's

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Poor old Tobacco coming under fire again. This time, it's a study on the non cancerous effects of menthols, that gives us new insight into the dangers of smoking. Menthols have previous been flagged for seeming more attractive and less harmful and also being preferred by women, youngsters and African Americans.

This week, research was published in The Archives of Internal Medicine by Nicholas T. Vozoris, M.H.Sc., M.D., from St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. He has investigated the links between mentholated cigarette smoking and cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, looking at data from more than 5,000 people over the age of 20, who were part of the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination between 2001 and 2008.

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· UK

Lansley comes under fire over plain cigarette packet plans 

Health secretary faced criticism from within his own party after announcing plans for a consultation on cigarette branding
Jump to full article: The Guardian (uk), 2012-04-14
Author: Conal Urquhart

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Health secretary Andrew Lansley is facing criticism from within his own party after announcing plans to begin a consultation that could strip cigarette packets of all branding.

The consultation which starts on Monday will examine whether tobacco companies should be forced to sell their products in plain packages, legislation which has been attempted in Australia.

Lansley said the government had a responsibility to examine initiatives that might reduce smoking. "Each year it (smoking) accounts for over 100,000 deaths in the UK and one in two long-term smokers will die prematurely from a smoking disease."

Legislation on plain packaging would be the latest in a series of measures against smoking including the ban on advertising and smoking in public places, graphic health warnings on packets, the ban on display in shops and annual tax rises.

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· Washington

King County considers smoking ban in parks  

Jump to full article: MyNorthwest.com (KIRO, KTTH, Seattle, WA), 2012-04-13

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· UK

Illegal tobacco warning 

Jump to full article: ITV Network Limited (uk), 2012-04-13

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· Alabama

VIDEO: Health advocates encourage more anti-smoking initiatives  

Jump to full article: FOX6 WBRC-TV (Birmingham, AL), 2012-04-14
Author: Alan Collins

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Today the Medical Association of the State of Alabama held a conference at the Wynfrey Hotel to address anti-smoking initiatives. Also on display was a new exhibit from South Carolina detailing how smoking has impacted the nation's health, called "A Century of Cigarettes."

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin attended a MASA news conference. Benjamin said 1,200 people die each day due to tobacco related illnesses. The Surgeon General says smoking was declining in the country until 2003.

"You can look at it leveling off as anti-smoking campaigns and policies left. Budgets started to takeover. We weren't putting as much energy into it," Benjamin said.

Dr. Alan Blum, a long time anti-smoking crusader who heads the University of Alabama Center for Study of Tobacco and Society was also present today. Blum says tobacco advertising remains a problem.

"This is this week's National Enquirer. This is the Birmingham News Parade Magazine. I think this is disgraceful," he said, holding up each magazine.

In the state legislature a bill to ban smoking in public places with some exemptions has yet to pass.

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· UK

Fruit tobacco seized at Southampton Container Port 

Jump to full article: Southern Daily Echo (uk), 2012-04-14

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· Pakistan

FBR swoops on smuggled foreign cigarettes 

Jump to full article: (Karachi, Pakistan) Business Recorder (pk), 2012-04-14

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· Illinois

Enforcement of Smoke-Free Act changed  

Ordinance adjustment improved effectiveness
Jump to full article: Galesburg (IL) Register-Mail, 2012-04-14
Author: TOM LOEWY The Register-Mail

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During Thursday's regular meeting of the Knox County Board of Health, Samuel Jarvis presented information about how enforcement of the Smoke-Free Illinois Act has changed in Galesburg.

Jarvis concluded the city's decision to pass an ordinance in 2010 that mirrored the state's SFI Act gave the Galesburg Police Department new teeth in the effort to curb smoking in establishments that serve the public.

An intern at the Knox County Health Department and master's in public health candidate from Western Illinois University, Jarvis outlined how -- after the passage of the SFI Act in 2008 -- counties found they had no real mechanism in place to enforce the law.

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· Lung Cancer
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· UK

Cigarettes blamed for rising lung cancer rates in women  

Jump to full article: The Mirror (uk), 2012-04-14

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· Michigan

Cigarette caused Wyoming apartment fire that displaced 24 families (photos) 

Jump to full article: Grand Rapids (MI) Press, 2012-04-14

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· Ireland

Smokes raid shows huge black market 

Jump to full article: Evening Herald (ie), 2012-04-14

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