Archive for July, 2010

Jul 30 2010

Exposure to cigarette smoke raises risk for cancer

smokerExposure to cigarette smoke can undermine the immune system and raise the risk for cancer, cell death and metabolic problems by harming gene expression, new research reveals.Gene expression is a crucial process in which a gene’s information is changed into the structures and functions of a cell. The study, conducted by researchers from the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research (SFBR), uncovered the association by identifying links between the specific expression patterns of 323 genes (all located within white blood cells) among a pool of 1,240 people including 297 current smokers.

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Jul 30 2010

Some strategies to make homes smoke-free

Published by under Tobacco news

smoke free homeIntensifying the above more general population preventive measures will, in addition to reducing smoking prevalence, increase the proportion of smokers who make their homes smoke-free. Since legislation is probably not an effective or ethically justifiable approach to reducing smoking in the home, creative approaches based on persuasion, choice and parental responsibility32 are more attractive.

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Jul 29 2010

Smoking ban to be phased in at Canadian prisons

Published by under Smoking ban

smoking_banA total smoking ban is being implemented at Canadian prisons, starting immediately at federal maximum-security institutions and some regional treatment centres.The Correctional Service of Canada, in a statement issued late Monday, says once fully implemented, smoking will not be permitted “inside federal correctional facilities, including private family visiting units or outdoors, within the perimeter of correctional facilities.”

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Jul 29 2010

Friends quit smoking? You likely will too, study says

Published by under Tobacco news

friends stopped smokingThe urge to smoke is contagious, but quitting apparently is, too.A team of researchers who showed that obesity can spread person-to-person has found a similar pattern with smoking cessation: A smoker is more likely to kick the habit if a spouse, friend, co-worker or sibling did.What’s more, smokers tend to quit in groups and those who don’t stop puffing increasingly find themselves pushed to the edge of their social circles, the researchers found.

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Jul 28 2010

Tobacco products -great industry revenue

Published by under Smoking facts

Pack of cigarettesNEW YORK — As tobacco products make up a third of the convenience store industry’s revenue, the importance of this category cannot be underestimated. And with the ongoing — and sometimes ambiguous — changes to the tobacco sections from federal legislation and regulation, Convenience Store News was compelled to provide the industry with an up-to-the-minute resource covering this vital in-store area.

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Jul 28 2010

Jeff Greene attacks Kendrick Meek for cigar ties

Published by under Tobacco news

cigarCongressman Kendrick Meek relishes a good cigar — Padrons are his favorite, he told Cigar Aficionado magazine in a 2008 profile. He hosts an annual cigar party and is known to hand out cigars to members of Congress and their staff, and the cigar industry has helped fund his recent campaigns, the magazine reported. Padron Cigars, a longtime family business, is headquartered in Little Havana in Miami.

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