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Smoking Newsletter: December 2015

E-Cigarettes Combating Smoking in Prisons *

(December 26th, 2015)

E-cigarettes are now being sold in jails around the United States, providing a healthier alternative to prison’s unhealthiest habit: chain smoking. Nonsmoker inmates have always suffered the effects of passive smoking, given the confined space and the proximity to the majority of the prison’s inhabitants, who are usually heavy smokers. Now, with the introduction of e-cigarettes, tobacco sales have decreased. Prisoners buy fewer cigarette packets and the numbers might suggest traditional smoking could one day be replaced altogether. Smokers and nonsmokers alike can now explore a healthier option.

What Is with Australia’s “Stoner Sloth”? *

(December 20th, 2015)

Australia’s anti-marijuana campaign is receiving harsh criticism for being “idiotic” and stigmatizing mental issues. Is the government wasting taxpayers’ money on ridiculous campaigns and unworthy causes? The public opinion is very much against the message of Stoner Sloth because a better use of the money would have been to combat alcohol abuse and chemical drugs, or to address the issue of underage marijuana use in a relatable less unrealistic manner.

Scientists Say Graphic Images on Cigarette Packets Actually Work *

(December 22nd, 2015)

Apparently, the quite disturbing pictures of various diseases caused mainly by smoking do actually work as a deterrent. Study has found that smokers are more likely to consider quitting smoking on seeing the graphic pictures portraying what could be their future, or a future of their loved ones. The study also proves that the pictures are more effective in this regard than simple warning labels or words of advice. The pictures were just more credible.

Adele, on How Quitting Smoking May Have Saved Her Life *

(December 19th, 2015)

The very popular Adele has recently informed The Daily Mail of the reasons she decided to quit smoking. Being a singer, Adele’s voice is her craft and her marketable trait. But smoking was about to ruin that. Adele admits to smoking an average of 25 cigarettes a day, which was taking a toll on her voice and caused to cancel many shows, until she decided to give it up. The singer has a 3-year-old son she also hopes to preserve her health and well-being so she can be around for. “I absolutely loved it, but it’s not that […] cool when I’m dying from a smoking-related illness and my kid is, like, devastated,” Adele said.

Will Scotland Lift the Ban on E-Cigarette Use in Hospitals? *

(December 25th, 2015)

Five health boards in Scotland are considering lifting the ban on e-cigarette smoking in hospital after new evidence is found in its favor. Scotland has previously banned all forms of smoking in hospitals and health centers; now this policy is being reviewed as e-cigarettes are getting recognized for helping smokers quit or providing them with a healthier option.

Strictest Legal Smoking Age in Australia *

(December 21st, 2015)

Tasmania, an Australian state with a significantly high percentage of smokers, is proposing lifting the legal smoking age to 21-25. The current legal smoking age in Australia is 18, and “25” is believed to be the strictest legal age restriction around the world. Tasmania’s proposal is faced with diverse reactions, ranging from support to a question of whether smoking is a priority issue in Australia nowadays. Considering that Tasmania has one of the unhealthiest populations in the nation, the demand seems both appropriate and beneficial on the long term.

Want to Quit Smoking? Florida Promises to Help You *

(December 26th, 2015)

If your new year resolution is to finally quit smoking, the Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program promises to help. The department provides free smoking cessation tools, like the nicotine replacement therapy (the patch) and/or the nicotine gum. The service is free as long as the supplies last.

Can E-Cigarettes Cause Respiratory Diseases? *

(December 8th, 2015)

“Since most of the health concerns about e-cigarettes have focused on nicotine, there is still much we do not know about e-cigarettes.” A yet to be published study has found a flavoring chemical called “Diacetyle,” knowingly linked to severe cases of respiratory diseases in 75% of the tested e-cigarettes. Since e-cigarette and e-juices flavors are not exactly regulated, many researches need to be done on the safety and effects of the chemicals used in the vaping experience before a finale say can be accredited.

Recent Study Links Passive Smoking to Infertility and Early Menopause *

(December 15th, 2015)

A new study reveals a connection between smoking and fertility problems as well as early menopause. The study found women smokers were more likely to go through menopause 2 years earlier than nonsmoker women. Women who were exposed to passive smoking were also found to go through menopause 13 months earlier than the average. Furthermore, women with heavy smoking habits are 14% more at risk of infertility. The study reveals that tobacco smoke has the ability of interfering with the process of hormone production and egg production, thus causing the aforementioned effects.

Senators Demand an Investigation on E-Cigarette Flavors *

(December 22nd, 2015)

Given the controversy surrounding the unregulated production of liquid nicotine, a group of Democratic senators are demanding an investigation on liquid nicotine retailers for “unfair and deceptive practices.” One of the issues the senators are trying to address is how liquid nicotine, a still addictive substance, is marketed to kids, with eye catching flavors. The senators have already sent letters to retailers and corporations asking them to stop. This comes as a result of poison centers recording a general increase in the number of underage individuals ingesting liquid nicotine.

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