Criticism levelled against the European Commission by European Ombudsman Emily O’ Reilly over its dealings with the tobacco industry is welcome. She has accused the Commission of breaching World Health Organisation disclosure rules regarding its contacts with tobacco makers. Its stance is at variance with that taken by the European Parliament, a point highlighted by Minister for Children James Reilly. He said this week: “It is not acceptable that the European Parliament works hard to progress a tobacco directive which seeks to protect public health and yet the commission is not proactively transparent in all its dealings with the tobacco industry”.
Stoptober is back this October to encourage the 690,000 smokers in Wales to stop smoking for 28 days.
Despite of effective, evidence-based tobacco control strategies, to reduce the prevalence of smoking in developed countries began to slow and smoking continues to grow in many low-and middle-income countries. This is a worrying trend has caused concern among public health experts to develop innovative strategies and even dramatic “Endgame” to address the global tobacco epidemic.
Tobacco industry, unlike any other, is one sector where the government is not afraid to annoy multinationals. Irish cigarette sales, once largely the work of indigenous companies, are currently dominated by large international players.
People who are constantly exposed to the smoke of wood and tobacco smoke at greater risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and for experiencing more frequent and severe symptoms of the disease, as well as more severe airway obstruction than those who are exposed to only one type of smoke, according to the results of a new population-based study conducted by researchers at Columbia. The results of the study will be presented at the ATS 2013 Conference International.
People who quit smoking have a lower risk of heart attack or stroke than smokers – even if they put a few extra pounds in the process, according to a new study.
In an interview shortly before his death last week at 79, Briers – national treasure for his role in TV’s The Good Life – praised his nicotine habit saw him snort half a cigarette in his life. Although abandoned decades ago, it was too late: he spent the last years of his life to control breathing too climbing stairs due to lung disease.