Posts Tagged ‘youth smoking’

Parent intervention stops kids from smoking

Adolescents are less likely to start smoking if they feel connected to their parents, face consequences for lighting up. Parents shouldn’t let up when it comes to discouraging their kids from smoking. That’s the message of a study which was presented Monday, May 2, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Denver. ... read more >>

Tax rise sees smoking rates among Hong Kong students fall by half

Hong Kong – Smoking among Hong Kong secondary school students has plunged by more than 50 per cent after a sharp rise in tax on cigarettes, according to a study released Thursday. The proportion of 11 to 16-year-olds who smoke has fallen from 6.9 per cent to 3.4 per cent since tax on tobacco was put up in 2009, the University of Hong Kong study found. ... read more >>

Local producer to make a horror film about smoking

PETALING JAYA: While many film-makers are keen on making films on ghosts and the supernatural, one producer has a different idea. Aron Koh, 32, is making a film to inflict horror on smokers. The title of his short film is Cinta Akhir, and is supported by Asap, an anti-smoking campaign targeted at Malaysian youths. Koh said the film was his first attempt at something that “might not be supported by everyone”. ... read more >>

Blumenthal Speaks Out Against Menthol Cigarettes

Citing evidence that cigarette companies use menthol to promote smoking among young people and minorities, Sen. Richard Blumenthal is urging the FDA to regulate the substance. Blumenthal, D-Conn., sent a letter Monday to Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, asking her to follow last month’s recommendation by an advisory committee of the FDA to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes. Based on a recent study, the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee concluded that menthol makes smoking more palatable and possibly makes cigarettes more addictive. ... read more >>

Teenage smoking is on the rise

DESPITE the mountains of information warning us of the dangers of smoking, young Australians are lighting up in droves. They’re not old enough to legally buy a pack of cigarettes but almost 60,000 Australian children aged 15-17 are regular smokers. Although smoking rates have declined over recent decades, young people were the most likely to have increased the amount they smoked in the past year, a new report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has found. ... read more >>

Researchers fret over popularity of hookah smoking

What started as a fad for smoking exotic and flavor-soaked tobacco in hookah bars is showing worrisome staying power, according to a study released on Tuesday by the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “This may serve as a starter product for other tobacco uses,” said Erin L. Sutfin, an assistant professor and lead author of the study. ... read more >>

More Youth Using Tobacco Alternatives, Survey Finds

But according to the Washington State Department of Health, the rate of students smoking cigarettes has stabilized compared to a decade ago. A state survey released this month found that the rate of youths who smoke cigarettes didn’t increase, but those who are using candy flavored or other alternative tobacco products did. ... read more >>

Kick Butts day aims to keep kids away from tobacco

Abbie Miller said she is looking forward to helping students avoid using tobacco by her participation in Kick Butts Day on Wednesday. The Hilldale eighth-grader is a member of Students Working Against Tobacco, an organization holding a variety of anti-tobacco events that day. Event organizers estimate that a minimum of 300 to 500 students in several area schools will hear the Kick Butts Day message. ... read more >>

New bill would raise cigarette tax $1

Another year has brought another legislative discussion on hiking cigarette taxes to Raleigh, but support in the General Assembly may have eroded with 2010’s Republican takeover. Laurinburg’s N.C. Sen. Bill Purcell and N.C. Rep. Jennifer Weiss, a Wake County Democrat, introduced identical bills in both houses in Raleigh Tuesday to raise the state tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1. The current state rate is $.45, which ranks as the seventh lowest in the nation, and this would bring the state tax to the national median, as well as raising $300 million for the state annually. ... read more >>

Hackademy Awards Recognize Smoke-Free Hit ‘Inception’ as Thumbs Up! Movie for 2010

Teen movie reviewers in Sacramento, California faced a tough challenge in picking the smokiest movie for 2010, but decided “Remember Me” could have easily afforded to forget about promoting America’s leading cause of preventable death. That made the romantic drama the latest Thumbs Down! Movie recipient in this year’s annual Hackademy Awards, presented by Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails. ... read more >>

Tobacco firm negotiates tax deal

Revenue Canada is seeking $20 million in unpaid taxes from a Quebec tobacco distributor, but is not demanding any interest or penalties on the shortfall. The government is also negotiating with the company to make a deal on the huge tax assessment in an attempt to keep the company operating, according to documents filed in a Laval court by a bankruptcy trustee and company lawyers. ... read more >>