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Cigarettes To Be Banned From Display In Shops And Supermarkets
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post Dec 9 2008, 03:24 AM
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Cigarettes are to be banned from open display in shops and supermarkets in a fresh attempt to cut the number of smokers, the government will announce today.

Alan Johnson, the Health Secretary, will announce that the prohibition will be implemented in supermarkets in 2011 and small shops in 2013. It is understood that ministers decided on not implementing the ban instantly because of a desire to ease the impact of the move on small business during the recession.

The Health Secretary will also announce, however, that a move to ban cigarette vending machines in pubs has been dropped in favour of a plan for the machines to operate only by the use of tokens.

People would have to show they are 18 in order to be given the tokens. The machines will also have stronger warnings on them telling young people of the dangers of smoking.


Today’s moves follow a behind-the-scenes initiative within the Government to delay the department’s plans led by Lord Mandelson, Business Secretary, and supported by MPs of all parties and the Prime Minister.

They had argued that enforcing the ban immediately - as was initially intended - would harm the profitability of small businesses during the slump. There had been threats of a Commons rebellion if the plans went ahead with immediate effect.

The first indication of the fact that the measures would not be implemented immediately came when the package was excluded from last week' Queen's Speech, in which the government sets out its legislative programme for the next parliamentary year.

However, Mr Brown appeared to make clear that he would not drop the plans all together when he told MPs last month that it was “not good enough” that smoking rates among children had only been cut from 13% to six per cent, and more needed to be done. Official statistics show that almost 200,000 children aged between 11-15 were still regular smokers in 2007.

The Government has already raised the age limit for buying tobacco from 16 to 18, as well as passing legislation banning smoking in public places, which was supported by a cross-section of MPs from all parties.

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post Dec 9 2008, 10:16 AM
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And when everyone has stopped smoking and the government has lost billions in tax revenue?


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post Dec 9 2008, 10:42 AM
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QUOTE (SussexToys @ Dec 9 2008, 08:16 AM) *
And when everyone has stopped smoking and the government has lost billions in tax revenue?


Maybe they would make some of it back in other ways. wink.gif

Potentially extending the life of citizens means more tax revenue
via annual income taxes.

And imagine the health care savings!

I don't know about the UK government but in the US they (which is
ultimately the US taxpayers) end up paying the medical bills for those
that can't afford it. And when someone has a major disease such as
cancer, emphysema, etc., many of them turn to the government for help
with mounting medical bills.

People that don't take care of themselves, continue with unhealthy life
styles, drive recklessly, take unreasonable risks (no motorcycle helmet,
no automobile seat belt, jaywalking, extreme sports, etc.), end up costing
us taxpayers money.

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post Dec 10 2008, 12:30 AM
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I support this initiative.


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post Dec 11 2008, 02:21 AM
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A controversial but overdue anti-smoking measure seeking to require tobacco products to bear pictorial health warnings is expected to be approved by the Senate despite a change in health committee chairmanships.

The passage of the graphic health warning bill is already considered overdue in the Philippines. The country is a signatory to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which seeks the adoption by September this year of effective health warnings on tobacco products.

Senate bill 2377, entitled “An Act to Effectively Instill Health Consciousness Through Picture-Based Warning on Tobacco Products,” was on second reading when a leadership change was pulled off by a group of senators. A bill on second reading means legislators are deliberating on it and amendments are being introduced.

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post Jan 1 2009, 06:32 AM
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Thanks for bringing these issues to our attention. It's always interesting to follow the present state of affairs regarding issues surrounding smoking. I personally watched not only my grandfather die an agonizing death from lung cancer, but a close friend perish from throat cancer as well. I say more fruits and veggies all around! Here's looking forward to committing a healthy(ready happy) new year. Who's with me? thumbup(1).gif
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post Jan 5 2009, 09:51 AM
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Tobacco and cigarettes are already banned from being on display in Australian supermarkets! Well they were last time I was there anyway which was late March 2008.


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post Feb 1 2009, 12:15 AM
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I hope people start to realize that smoking as a habit is dangerous not only to the smoker,but to everyone else. including their love ones.
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post Feb 4 2009, 04:53 PM
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The Socialist engineers of European govenments have managed to bring their countries to the brink of economic collaspe. Socialism has NEVER worked!

While these fools pat themselves on the back for passing another law that chips away at individual rights, they're oblivious to the damage their socialist policies are having on normal folks pursuit of freedom, happiness and prosperity.

What's next, The Candybar Police?

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QUOTE (cashgiftingcabbie @ Feb 5 2009, 12:53 AM) *
The Socialist engineers of European govenments have managed to bring their countries to the brink of economic collaspe. Socialism has NEVER worked!

While these fools pat themselves on the back for passing another law that chips away at individual rights, they're oblivious to the damage their socialist policies are having on normal folks pursuit of freedom, happiness and prosperity.

What's next, The Candybar Police?

Chuck


If someone wants to go kill himself by smoking that`s one thing, but no one has the right to inflict harm on someone else because they want to exercise their `freedom.`

And how can you say that smoking brings
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Second-hand smoke linked to dementia, study reveals

Exposure to second-hand smoke could increase the risk of developing dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment, according to new shock research published today.

The research, published by the British Medical Journal, highlighted a 44% increase in risk of cognitive impairment when exposed to high levels of second-hand smoke.

Previous research has highlighted the increased risk of dementia to active smokers, but this is the first time a link has been made |between second-hand smoke |exposure and development of |dementia and other neurological problems in elderly non-smokers.

Gerry McElwee, Head of Cancer Prevention at the Ulster Cancer Foundation (UCF), said: “This research adds further evidence to the already large volume of research into the damage caused to non-smokers by second-hand smoke.”

Mr McElwee said the report consolidates UCF's campaign to extend smokefree provision to protect people from second-hand smoke in public areas.

The research, carried out by Dr David Llewellyn and his colleagues at Cambridge University, measured levels of cotinine — a by-product of nicotine — in saliva samples of nearly 5,000 non-smoking adults over the age of 50, to ascertain levels of exposure to second-hand smoke.

Conducting a range of neuro-psychological tests, they were able to assess aspects of brain function including verbal memory and fluency, and numerical calculations.

These results were added |together to provide a global score for cognitive function.

Those whose scores were in the lowest 10% were identified as suffering from cognitive impairment.

From their results, Dr Llewellyn and his team concluded exposure to second-hand smoke may be linked to an increased chance of developing dementia and other cognitive impairments.

There are believed to be a number of explanations for this, |including the fact that passive smoking increases the risk of heart disease and stroke — both of which are known to increase the likelihood of neurological problems like dementia.

Dr Llewellyn said: “Our results suggest that inhaling other people's smoke may damage the brain, impair cognitive functions such as memory, and make dementia more likely.

“Given that passive smoking is also linked to other serious health problems such as heart disease and stroke, smokers should avoid lighting up near non-smokers.”

The results join previous |research showing exposure to second-hand smoke can impair cognitive development in children and adolescents and a highly publicised anti-smoking campaign by the Health Promotion Agency.

Rebecca Wood, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Research Trust, said: “Previous research shows that smoking increases our risk of developing dementia, and this new study reveals that this danger exists even when the smoke is second-hand.

“Everyone can lower their risk of disease by stopping smoking, eating healthily and exercising.”

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/hea...s-14185086.html


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post Feb 15 2009, 11:13 AM
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That's a very good idea but it's not enough to make people stop smoking((


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That's a very good idea but it's not enough to make people stop smoking((


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post Mar 31 2009, 10:03 AM
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NOOOOOOOOOOOO, i cannot live (or die) without a smoke


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I'm quite a smoker but i also support the initiative, hopefully it will become a global practice (not only limited to the US) smile.gif

Smoking is a BAD thing, and i simply hate to see people smoking (in general) but especially kids and young people smoking. It's a common thing over here in Romania to see 12-13 years old kids smoke on the streets and i really hate it.

I don't see it as a prohibition, i see it as a measure taken to improve healthiness.


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post Dec 31 2009, 10:57 PM
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I support a ban like that. It will be way cheaper for the government in the long run because of reduced health care costs.


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