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· California

Bladder Cancer Diagnosis Encourages Smokers to Quit  

Most commonly cited reasons for quitting: bladder cancer diagnosis, advice of urologist
Jump to full article: Doctors Lounge , 2012-04-23

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· New Zealand
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U.S. Business Groups Threaten New Zealand over Its Efforts to Reduce Tobacco Use 

Statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Jump to full article: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), 2012-04-24

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It is appalling that several prominent U.S. business organizations have threatened retaliation against New Zealand if it pursues innovative proposals to reduce tobacco use. It sends the wrong message to the world about the priorities of American business when these organizations oppose legitimate measures designed to save lives and fight for the interests of an industry whose products will kill one billion people worldwide this century unless governments take effective action.

On Friday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and five other business organizations issued a statement threatening retaliation against New Zealand if it requires that cigarettes be sold in plain packaging, without colorful logos and other brand imagery. The letter stated, "We hope the New Zealand government will consider the concerns we have raised for the possible impact on New Zealand exports, such as dairy and wine, should other governments feel emboldened to take similar measures." Other organizations on the statement are the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue, the Emergency Committee for American Trade, the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Council for International Business and the National Foreign Trade Council.

These U.S. organizations last year also opposed Australia's successful effort to enact the world's first law requiring plain cigarette packaging, which takes effect December 1. The United Kingdom is also considering a plain packaging requirement. Countries are proposing plain packaging to reduce the appeal of tobacco products to children, increase the effectiveness of health warnings and prevent tobacco companies from using package colors and imagery to imply that some cigarettes are less harmful, as they have often done. These efforts will prevent kids from smoking and save lives.

These countries are exercising their sovereign right to protect the health of their citizens from tobacco use, the world's number one cause of preventable death. We would be outraged if foreign businesses threatened the U.S. government when it acts to protect our citizens. We applaud New Zealand Prime Minister John Key for rejecting the U.S. organizations' arguments and defending his country's authority to act.

The statement from the U.S. business groups is part of a growing effort by the tobacco industry and its allies to bully countries and prevent them from implementing strong measures to reduce tobacco use.

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· Business (Tobacco)
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non-USA, by Country
· Vietnam

Former boss of Vietnam state tobacco firm detained  

Jump to full article: Tuoi Tre Newspaper (vn), 2012-04-24

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· Lung Cancer
· Cancer

Study: Early smokers face higher risk of some cancers  

Jump to full article: Florence (AL) Times Daily, 2012-04-23
Author: Tom Smith

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A study by the Penn State College of Medicine found that people who smoke as soon as they wake up face higher risks of cancer than those who wait awhile.

People who smoke right after getting out of bed may face a greater risk of cancer than those who wait at least an hour before lighting up.

A study conducted by the Penn State College of Medicine, concluded having a cigarette first thing in the morning may increase the risk of lung, head and neck cancers.

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· Cancer
· Mental Health/Neurology

Smoking Cuts Risk of Benign Brain Tumor  

Jump to full article: MedPage Today, 2012-04-24
Author: By Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today

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Action Points

* Acoustic neuroma is a benign, slow-growing tumor affecting Schwann cells of the eighth cranial nerve. Two previous studies have suggested that cigarette smoking has a protective effect on the risk of this tumor.

* Note that this case-control study confirms a reduced risk for acoustic neuroma in current smokers but found no association with current snuff users.

The risk of developing an acoustic neuroma was greatly reduced among male smokers, but not among those who take snuff, researchers reported.

Current smokers had a 59% reduction in the risk of the benign tumor, compared with controls, while there was no risk decrease for snuff users, according to Sadie Palmisano, MS, of Ohio State University in Columbus, and colleagues.

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· Women
· Sex/Fertility
non-USA, by Country
· UK

Smoking brings on earlier menopause 

Jump to full article: Daily Telegraph/Sunday Telegraph (au), 2012-04-25

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non-USA, by Country
· Bulgaria

Quarter of a million pieces of cigarettes seized at Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint in a week  

Jump to full article: Focus English News (bg), 2012-04-24

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USA, by State
· California

Prosecutors introduce more victims in cigar-smoking plastic surgeon case  

Jump to full article: San Francisco (CA) Examiner, 2012-04-24

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In one procedure, prosecutors said, Guzmangarza was accused of performing a cheap liposuction on a woman — during which he smoked a cigar and had her hold the IV bag. The woman’s abdomen later became infected.

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Organizations
· Reynolds American

CORRECT: Reynolds American 1Q Profit Falls 29% On Restructuring Charges, Volume Drop  

Jump to full article: NASDAQ, 2012-04-24

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USA, by State
· Arkansas

Careless smoking causes house fire death 

David Rose, 41, of Rogers did not get out in time
Jump to full article: KYTV KY3 (Springfield, MO), 2012-04-24

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· Teen Smoking/Youth
· Tobacco Control
non-USA, by Country
· UK

Teens' £50k blitz on young smokers  

Jump to full article: This is Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post) (uk), 2012-04-20

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non-USA, by Country
· UK

Fair-weather Brits reluctant to light up 

Jump to full article: NetDoctor.co.uk (uk), 2012-04-24

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Britons are less likely to smoke if the weather is bad, a survey has found.

Research commissioned by the Co-operative Pharmacy found that almost half of smokers would not go outside for a cigarette if it was raining.

The survey of 2,000 smokers revealed that young smokers and those living in London are least likely to brave the elements for the sake of a cigarette.

In contrast, smokers in Northern Ireland and Preston appear to be most likely to go outdoors in the rain.

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· Smokefree Policies
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· Australia

Council considers outdoor smoke free zones 

Jump to full article: Singleton (NSW) Argus (au), 2012-04-20

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· Related
· Secondhand Smoke
· Cardio-vascular
· Stroke
· Diabetes
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· Aging/Elderly

Air Pollution Sickens Seniors  

Jump to full article: MedPage Today, 2012-04-21

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· Health/Science
· Cessation
· Nicotine
· Vaccines
· E-cigs

Smoking Cessation Worth It Despite Dim Outcomes  

Jump to full article: MedPage Today, 2012-04-22
Author: By John Gever, Senior Editor, MedPage Today

Intro:

Action Points

* Drugs and counseling to help patients stop smoking typically double the odds of success relative to solo cold-turkey attempts, but success rates still seldom exceed 20%.

* Point out that so-called electronic cigarettes may not actually reduce the harm of smoking, are largely unregulated devices, and without evidence of their long-term health effects at present.

NEW ORLEANS -- Drugs and counseling to help patients stop smoking typically double the odds of success relative to solo cold-turkey attempts, but success rates still seldom exceed 20%, a researcher said here.

The bottom-line message: "Keep trying," said Michael K. Ong, MD, PhD, of the University of California Los Angeles, in a presentation at the American College of Physicians' annual meeting.

Existing approaches to smoking cessation will remain the best available for the foreseeable future, Ong suggested, and even though their effectiveness is modest at best, they are better than letting patients fend for themselves.

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