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Constitutional Court obliges ‘smoking rooms’ for state institutions  

Jump to full article: Jakarta Post (id), 2012-04-19

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Bloomberg is not trying to end smoking, he says  

Jump to full article: Capital New York, 2012-04-18

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YANKLOWITZ: A Smoke-Free World: A Jewish Ban On Tobacco  

Jump to full article: Jewish Week, 2012-04-18
Author: Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz Jewish Week Online Columnist

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Smokers today should be viewed as "cholim" (sick individuals) who we must heal. One cannot claim that "freedom and liberty" allows them to increase their burden on the health care system or bring harm to family members, coworkers, and strangers. Creating a more universal health care system is a social justice issue, but so is creating a society that places collective demands on preventive health practices. A recent study supported by the National Cancer Institute concluded that, from 1975 to 2000, smoking reduction and cessation programs saved nearly 800,000 Americans from death by lung cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just launched a new $54 million dollar "scare campaign" based upon new scientific studies showing that the "scarier the message" the more likely to change behavior. We should be scaring people - it's a mitzvah! The tobacco companies invest $10 billion a year in marketing and advertising so we're going to have to fight stronger. We need to redouble our efforts to improve and expand smoking reduction and cessation programs, and to tax and even ban smoking. It is not only a social justice imperative, it is a Torah imperative.

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High Court tobacco legal battle begins 

Jump to full article: Sky News (au), 2012-04-17

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Hard road for tobacco firms’ barristers 

Jump to full article: Australian Financial Review (au), 2012-04-17
Author: Marcus Priest

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KEY POINTS

* Several judges asked whether the government had acquired any property of tobacco companies.

* JTI's barrister said the legislation reduced tobacco company property rights to a 'husk'.

Some of Australia's top barristers struggled yesterday to convince openly sceptical High Court judges that the federal government's plan to remove branding from cigarette packets was equivalent to stealing tobacco companies' property rights.

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Customs tobacco arrests 

Jump to full article: Gibraltar Chronicle (gi), 2012-04-17

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AUDIO: Consumer association criticizes gov't tobacco prize 

Jump to full article: People's Daily (cn), 2012-04-17

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Bill would require roll-your-own retailers to pay cigarette tax, use tobacco from registry 

Jump to full article: Associated Press (AP), 2012-04-18

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ASH workers say tobacco, gangs triggered lockdown  

Patients have been under close watch since contraband was reportedly found March 20
Jump to full article: San Luis Obispo (CA) Tribune, 2012-04-18
Author: Jayson Mellom

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Tobacco smuggled into Atascadero State Hospital by staff last month, paired with a possible gang rivalry among patients, is what caused a lockdown that remained in place Monday, marking what one employee said was the longest lockdown at the facility in recent memory among veteran staffers.

The lockdown, in which patients are kept inside their sleeping and living units, was sparked by several incidents March 20 involving both patients and employees, and an investigation is under way, ASH spokesman Craig Dacus previously said. According to ASH employees, the lockdown was caused by staffers who brought tobacco, considered a form of contraband, into the facility. The incident apparently resulted in a search for tobacco and four arrests of nonmedical staffers.

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LAW: Tobacco takes a new smokeless form aimed at youth  

Jump to full article: Las Cruces (NM) Sun-News, 2012-04-18
Author: Jon Law / For the Sun-News

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LAS CRUCES -- Cigarette smoking rates are on the decline, but tobacco companies are not taking defeat lying down. RJ Reynolds and Phillip Morris continue to develop new products and recruit new users.

Dr. Erin Sutfin of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center discussed these products with members of the Paso del Norte Regional Smoke Free Network earlier this year. Sutfin is a developmental psychologist who researches tobacco use, particularly among adolescents and young adults. Among other topics, she discussed snus (rhymes with goose), a product peddled by big tobacco.

Snus is flavored tobacco packaged in little pouches, like tea bags. The product is smokeless and spitless. Snus users place the tobacco pouch between the lip and the gum.

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Tobacco retailer fined and licence suspended for selling tobacco to minors 

Jump to full article: Communications New Brunswick (CNB) (ca), 2012-04-18

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JUKES: Tobacco marketing neither light nor mild 

Jump to full article: Global Times (cn), 2012-04-18

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Tobacco display ban in large stores boosts overall sales in small shops 

Jump to full article: Asian Trader (uk), 2012-04-18

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Stash of 15,000 cigarettes seized in raid on tobacco smuggling factory  

Police and Revenue officers find illicit cigarettes hidden in refrigerator.
Jump to full article: STV (uk), 2012-04-18

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Socioeconomic Disparities in Community-Based Treatment of Tobacco Dependence [American Journal of Public Health] 

Jump to full article: TechZone360 (TMCnet), 2012-04-18

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Conclusions. Targets for enhancing therapeutic approaches for lower socioeconomic groups should include efforts to ensure that lower-SES groups receive more treatment content, strategies to address specific clinical and environmental challenges associated with treatment outcomes for lower-SES smokers (i.e., higher dependence and stress levels and exposure to other smokers), and strategies to provide longer-term support. (Am J Public Health. 2012;102:e8-e16. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2011.300519) . . .

This study contributes to the few studies that examined community-based in-person treatment programs.70 Outcomes were comparable to those found in more controlled settings, even though overall participant characteristics were indicative of poorer outcomes.19,53 Behavioral treatment use was relatively high for communitybased treatment, but nicotine patch use was relatively low. Although the prescription requirement might have posed a barrier, prescriptions often were provided without additional visits, and most participants were referred by health care providers. With a mean of more than 4 treatment contacts, attendance did not limit patch dispensation. Given the lack of third-party coverage for cessation medications at the time in Arkansas, the likelihood that participants received medications fromother sources was small. Consistent with previous studies and tobacco treatment specialist reports (not shown), nonuse of nicotine patches might have been related to the desire to quit without medication.71 More research is needed to examine systematic and attitudinal barriers to use of free nicotine replacement in treatment programs for lower-SES groups.

The lowest-SES smokers were the most frequently referred by health care providers. These findings contradict previous findings but show that health care providers, if cultivated, can be an important referral source for lower- SES smokers. In this study, the site agreement included annual 1-hour trainings in brief interventions. Tobacco treatment specialists were located in the health care environment, developed relationships with providers, and encouraged the use of fax referrals. These results were consistent with the notion that providers who are familiar with treatment programs and have training are more likely to refer.72,73 Higher-SES smokers were referred more frequently by television or radio advertisements for the quitline, supporting previous contentions that quitline television and radio advertisements enhance socioeconomic disparities.74,75 Future research is needed to examine the efficacy of new approaches to more effectively treat lower-SES smokers and reduce treatment outcome disparities as well as to ascertain whether these findings are applicable to quitlines. Although numerous states provide inperson treatment, telephone treatment is offered in every state and uniquely purported to access and treat lower-SES groups.70,76,77 We used a uniquely rich data set for exploring outcome associations from a regionally diverse sample of smokers. Nevertheless, interpretations were limited by the proportion of participants lost to follow-up, although rates were similar to other community-based studies, and evidence suggests similar abstinence rates between those contacted and those lost to follow-up.18,19,78 Lack of biochemical validation of self-reported abstinence is a limitation as well; however, again, studies suggest low rates of deception,78 and self-report is commonly acknowledged as an appropriate method of assessing outcomes for this type of study.63 Thus, outcomes can be viewed with a reasonable degree of confidence.

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