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In China, Anti-Smoking Efforts Hindered by Big Tobacco

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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A new study says China has the largest number of tobacco users in the world. And analysts say efforts to curb the habit are being hindered by the country’s state-owned tobacco enterprises. The British-based medical journal Lancet said Friday in a report on global smoking rates that around 300 million people, about 28 percent of […]

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British Doctors Call for Banning Smoking in Private Vehicles

Posted November 16th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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The British Medical Association has urged the government to ban smoking in cars at all times to protect people from the risk of second-hand smoke — a step that would go beyond regulations in other countries. The association Wednesday called on the government to take what it calls the “bold and courageous step” of banning […]

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Study: Smoking-Related TB Could Kill 40 Million by 2050

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 9:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. researchers say smoking-related tuberculosis could kill as many as 40 million people by 2050. The study published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal says smoking has been linked to an increased risk of tuberculosis — a contagious lung disease that makes breathing almost impossible. It says many of the projected new cases will come […]

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Doctors: Anti-Smoking Pill Cheap and Easy Way to Quit Cigarettes

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 9:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Doctors say a pill first developed in Bulgaria during the days of the Iron Curtain may be a cheap and easy way of getting millions of smokers to give up the habit. The first major study of the drug called cytisine appears in Thursday’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Cytisine is derived […]

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Center for Disease Control says Fewer Americans Smoke

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 1:22 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention says fewer American adults are smoking cigarettes, and those who continue to smoke are consuming fewer cigarettes. A CDC report says nearly 20 percent of American adults, or 45 million people, smoked in 2010. That means there were three million fewer American smokers last year than in […]

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Study: Women Smokers Face Higher Risk of Bladder Cancer

Posted August 16th, 2011 at 8:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. researchers have found that women who smoke face a much higher risk of bladder cancer than previously thought. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association says the newest information shows that about half of bladder cancer cases in women are caused by smoking — up from 20-30 percent in previous studies. […]

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Nepal Bans Smoking in Public

Posted August 7th, 2011 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Nepal has instituted a new law banning smoking in public. The measure, which went into effect Sunday, makes it illegal to light up cigarettes in airports, hotels, restaurants, government offices and other public buildings. The government will issue fines ranging between $1 and $1,400 for people caught violating the ban, with the highest fines going […]

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Malaysia Bans Smoking at World Heritage Site

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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The world heritage site of Malacca will become the first smoke-free city in Malaysia when a new smoking ban comes into effect on June 15. Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai said Monday that the move was being made to create fresh air and a clean environment for tourists and Malaysians to enjoy the historic city. […]

Malaysia Bans Smoking at World Heritage Site

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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The world heritage site of Malacca will become the first smoke-free city in Malaysia when a new smoking ban comes into effect on June 15. Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai said Monday that the move was being made to create fresh air and a clean environment for tourists and Malaysians to enjoy the historic city. […]

Argentina Bans Tobacco Advertising, Smoking in Public Places

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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Argentina has approved a nationwide ban on tobacco advertising and smoking in public places. After years of debate, lawmakers in the lower house of the Argentine Congress overwhelmingly approved the law on Wednesday over the strong opposition of the tobacco industry. In addition to the bans on advertising and smoking in enclosed public spaces, the […]

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