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Sept. 21--The Carroll Hospital Center campus has been a no-smoking zone since 1998, but in a decision announced on Thursday, the organization has taken its anti-smoking efforts to a new level: The hospital will no longer hire anyone who uses nicotine in any form -- including e-cigarettes, nicotine patches and gums -- making the controversial claim that the use of such products is as hazardous as smoking.

"We expected a lot of attention with this: We understand that it's a bold move," said Leslie Simmons, president and CEO of Carroll Hospital Center. "Back in 1998, when we made the decision…

Smoking rate inching back up in NYC; 16.1% now identify as smokers
The rate had hit a low of 14% in 2010 under Mayor Mike Bloomberg. The latest rate, which is based on 2013 figures, raises the number of smokers to more than 1 million for the first time since 2007. Health officials blame the spike on several factors, including the city slashing its tobacco control budget.
The number of adult New Yorkers who smoke, which fell for years under the anti-tobacco mayor, surpassed 1 million for the first time since 2007, the city Health Department said Monday.
According to the new data, 16.1% of adults smoked last year, up from a low of 14% in 2010.
The numbers are striking for a city that has led the nation in adopting anti-tobacco measures, such as banning smoking in bars, restaurants and parks.

President Barack Obama has warned of a “potential threat to global security” if ebola-stricken West African countries break down, as he announced 3,000 US troops would be sent to the region. “If the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people affected, with profound economic, political and security implications for all of us,” Mr Obama said at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. The virus has claimed nearly 2,500 lives out of almost 5,000 cases this year – mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Outlining measures to prop up health services in areas overwhelmed by the epidemic, Mr Obama said: “It’s spiralling out of control, it’s getting worse.” But is there really very much chance of Public Health even identifying , let alone getting on top of a real epidemic, when the dickheads in the WHO believe that there’s a “tobacco epidemic”?

See WHO Framework Convention in Tobacco Control

There isn’t any “tobacco epidemic.” There isn’t an “obesity epidemic” either. Nor even a coffee cream puff epidemic. No, really there isn’t.

RICHMOND, Va. – Cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is taking its Zonnic brand nicotine gum nationwide, challenging the pharmaceutical industry's hold and pricing power of the market for products to help people stop smoking.

The nation's second-largest tobacco company announced the expansion plans Thursday after test markets in Iowa and Nebraska over the last two years following its 2009 purchase of Swedish company Niconovum AB, which makes nicotine gum, pouches and spray products. The move by the maker of Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes comes as tax increases, health concerns, smoking bans and social stigma cut into demand for cigarettes…

Vandaag las ik in de krant dat het slecht gaat met het café. Ieder jaar zijn er weer minder dan het jaar daarvoor. Of het rookverbod daar iets mee te maken heeft, wil men niet zeggen. Maar sprekend voor mezelf: ja, ik ga sinds dat verbod beduidend minder naar het café dan daarvoor. Naar de koffiesalon, waar ik vroeger de dag begon met het doornemen van de ochtendkranten met een lekkere koffie en een sigaret, nee, dat doe ik ook niet meer. En ook al kunnen de uitbaters er niets aan doen, het gevoel welkom te zijn is gewoon minder,…

Over het afgelopen jaar importeerde Gibraltar, het Britse overzeese gebied onder Spanje van nog geen 7 vierkante kilometer, maar liefst 117 miljoen pakjes sigaretten. En dat voor een land met 30.000 inwoners! Dat zou betekenen dat iedere inwoner van Gibraltar, met inbegrip van zuigelingen, dagelijks 9 pakjes sigaretten zou moeten roken.

Niets is natuurlijk minder waar. In Gibraltar zijn rookwaren aanzienlijk goedkoper dan in het naburige Spanje. Waar een slof in Spanje circa € 42,- doet, kost diezelfde slof in Gibraltar slechts € 26,-. Onnodig om te zeggen dat een groot deel van de import via de Spaanse grens…

Vliegtuigfabrikant Boeing onderzoekt samen met South African Airways en SkyNRG of het mogelijk is om van tabaksplanten biobrandstof te maken. onderzoekt de mogelijkheden om biobrandstof te maken van tabaksplanten. Solaris, een nieuwe, hybride tabaksplant heeft kleinere bladeren met een heel laag nicotine gehalte en bevat veel oliehoudende zaden, waardoor deze plant niets waard is in de sigarettenindustrie. SkyNRG is een Amsterdamse onderneming die gespecialiseerd is in biobrandstoffen voor vliegtuigen en gaat voor de productie zorgen. Boeing werd door South African Airlines benaderd om hulp te bieden bij de uitvoering van zijn biobrandstofprogramma. South African Airlines wil in 2017 een volwaardig…

the WHO wants to ban e-cigarettes:

E-cigarettes should be banned indoors over fears that they can be as toxic to bystanders as normal cigarettes, the World Health Organisation has said.

Despite releasing vapour instead of smoke, the devices still pollute the air with harmful chemicals, health experts warned.

Many smokers use e-cigarettes as a way to quit, as they deliver the nicotine hit but without the carcinogens associated with breathing in smoke. There are no laws currently banning their use inside.

But yesterday a report by the WHO questioned the safety of e-cigarettes, officially known as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).

“The fact that ENDS exhaled aerosol contains on average lower levels of toxicants than the emissions from combusted tobacco does not mean that these levels are acceptable to involuntarily exposed bystanders,” said the report.

Attempts to cut the amount people smoke are being hit by a black market trade in millions of illegal cigarettes, council bosses have warned.

The Local Government Association (LGA) said such products posed a fire risk, hurt legitimate businesses and cost the UK about £3bn a year in unpaid duty.

In some cases these cigarettes contained human excrement, dead flies and asbestos, the LGA added.

Councils have carried out a series of raids to target the illicit trade.

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