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Bill would Give Money to Prevention Programs for Teens

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The bill contains six key tobacco-use-prevention funding elements:

• $6.31 million to create 10 regional programs to cover all 100 counties.

• $200,000 toward youth leadership and involvement training.

• $190,000 for prenatal and neonatal outreach, education and training.

• $100,000 for a tobacco-free-campus initiative.

• $100,000 for a smoke-free, multi-unit housing initiative to protect children from secondhand smoke.

• $100,000 for tobacco use prevention program evaluation.

A bipartisan Senate bill would provide $7 million for tobacco-use-prevention programs, representing the first such state funding in four years.

Studies show that teenagers prefer to buy flavoured cigarettes with cherry, vanilla, chocolate tastes.

Senate Bill 662 was introduced Thursday by Sens. Stan Bingham, R-Davidson; Fletcher Flartsell Jr., R-Cabarrus; and Mike Woodard, D-Durham.

The $7 million would be appropriated for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 budget years. The funding would go to the N.C. Division of Health and Human Services and be earmarked for six categories.

The biggest would be $6.31 million to create 10 regional teen tobacco-use-prevention programs that would cover every county. The funding would create a full-time coordinator position in each region, as well as fund tobacco-use prevention programs in school districts and at county level, and pay to train teenagers to educate peers and community leaders on the programs.

An additional $190,000 would be dedicated toward prenatal and neonatal outreach, education and training.

In 2011, the General Assembly abolished the N.C. Health and Wellness Fund after 10 years of existence, as part of an attempt at resolving the state’s budget gap. The average annual spending on the programs had been about $17 million.

“I don’t know if I will be able to make progress with the bill, but it would be a shame not to try,” Bingham said.

“It is important for youths to know the facts as they approach adulthood, but whether they will listen is an individual choice. We have to develop a smarter message, because the taxpayers continue to help pay the burden when these folks have serious health issues down the road.”

Bingham said he believes the biggest hurdle to restoring funding “is that there are so many needs for so many things, and we as a legislative body have to decide upon our priorities. There will always be budget shortfalls.”

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2015 in Tobacco News

 

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UAE Losing Fight Against Smoking

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While the number of smokers in Europe and the US continues to fall, health experts claimed on Tuesday that smoking is on the increase in the UAE and across the Middle East.

At the World Conference on Tobacco or Health at Adnec, it was revealed the growing popularity of shisha in the region was a major reason for the increase.

Dr Wael Al Mahmeed, conference president, said: “The prevalence of tobacco smoking in UAE is about 25-30 per cent among the men. It’s quite a large number of people. In Europe and US, we have seen the numbers going down. Right now, the numbers in the Middle East are rising.”

He said unless measures were taken, the country was unlikely to see a fall in the number of smokers. Modern young people know where to buy lucky strike cigarettes online and easily do it.

Dr Farida Al Hosani, director of public health for Health Authority Abu Dhabi, said the widespread use of shisha was a major problem.

“There are many misconceptions about shisha here and people think it may be less harmful to use,” she said. “There is a multi-disciplinary effort to inform people about different kinds of smoking.”

The conference heard that other countries in the Middle East were also finding it challenging to curb tobacco use.

Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, director general of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation, said 32 per cent in her country were smokers and that “shisha has invaded our shores”.

“In general, I find that the conversation about smoking is not even there,” she said. “We have seen a massive attack from the tobacco industry. Now that they have been ousted from Europe and the US, they are coming to our shores.”

Another challenge the authority was facing was the emirates’ multinational population.

Dr Al Hosani said: “We are influenced by different nationalities coming here. We need a unified and consistent message. We cannot stop and ask, so we have a continuous campaign.”

Edouard d’Espaignet, a coordinator for tobacco control at the World Health Organisation, said: “Six million people are dying every year because of tobacco use. That is one person every six seconds.

“It is a number that if you do not do anything to change, I project we will be looking at 8 million people dying due to this by 2030 and 1 billion people this century.”

Dr Al Mahmeed called for proper research into tobacco use as well as more effective warning campaigns.

“Other countries have done research and have the data, but we don’t have that data here in UAE.

“People are desensitised to the fact that smoking causes cancer and heart disease. Young people feel this does not affect them.

“The scaremongering has not worked well for smokers or non-smokers. We have to find new ways to increase awareness in a way that people listen to us.”

He believed increasing the price of cigarettes, plain packaging and outright bans on smoking in public places would also be effective.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2015 in Tobacco News

 

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Glaro Inc. Helps Facility Managers to Find Smoker’s Posts On The Market

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Recognized as the original manufacturer of the Smoker’s Post, Glaro Incorporated, based in New York, has innovated cigarette receptacle product lines since 1947. The Deluxe Smoker’s Post and Value-Max Smoker’s Post lines, the first of their kind, have been used in facilities nationwide. Now, as part of an important ‘Service Announcement’ to Facilities Managers and Glaro Dealers, the manufacturer announces quality standards to educate dealers and customers who are interested in purchasing cigarette disposal equipment that is a cut above the rest.

Design Standards
Smoking receptacles should meet high design standards. Glaro Inc. has incorporated this concept by offering a neat, streamlined appearance. Glaro’s wide selection of satin and powder coat finishes is unrivaled by any other manufacturer because both lines are offered in Satin Aluminum, Satin Brass and 29 textured and smooth powder coat finishes. Cigarette logos are manually silk-screened and baked onto each aluminum tube. Even the most discerning tastes of architects and designers will be satisfied with this selection, according to Glaro Inc. executives. In Eastern Europe cigarette logos are not banned, and today smokers around the world prefer to buy cartons of cigarettes online from European suppliers from http://www.buycigarettes.eu/.

Materials & Construction Standards
Glaro Inc. advises purchasing high capacity Smoker’s Posts that are engineered utilizing solid aluminum weatherproof tubes consisting of heavy duty 1/8th inch or 1/16th inch thick walls. “Some manufacturers may use thinner tubes or non-aluminum materials that make them less durable. By contrast, a 1/8th inch aluminum tube is virtually indestructible and it is the strongest in the market,” says Executive Vice President Robert Betensky. “A 1/16th inch aluminum tube is an excellent alternative where cost savings is important.” Look-alike steel smoking receptacles tend to rust before their expected lifespan, and plastic units can warp, crack, burn and melt. “Fireproof, weatherproof and rust proof solid aluminum is a much better choice,” says Plant Manager Robert Glass.

Stability Standards
Glaro Inc. suggests using cigarette butt receptacles with heavily weighted bases because they provide maximum stability and added security. In ground and surface mount floor models also provide permanence but require light installation. All of these options provide the ultimate in cigarette and ash disposal in public spaces and high traffic areas. Glaro Inc. has also incorporated specialized security features in their wall mounted models to help prevent theft. All of these models come standard with a concealed offset keyhole mounting to a solid aluminum wall bracket. Additional security cables are available that attach the cap to the body and the body to the wall bracket. This ensures that parts will not go missing.

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2015 in Tobacco News

 

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Can a Condominium Association Ban Smoking in an Individual Unit?

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States, cities and businesses are banning smoking in more and more places.  Can condominium associations do the same by prohibiting residents from lighting up in their own homes?  Many American smokers may think that’s unconstitutional, illegal or just plain “un-American.”  But they’d be wrong from a legal perspective and surprised to know that smoking restrictions are becoming more and more common.  If an association uses proper protocols and fairly basic application of state property laws,  owners who’d like to smoke in their units may soon discover their fellow unit owners can stop them from doing what they increasingly can’t do any place else.

Adam is disabled. He is buying Marlboro Red cigarettes online and smoking them at home. He cannot accept smoking ban in his housing unit.

Courts have repeatedly held throughout the U.S. that homeowners give up certain rights when they decide to live in a condominium association.  Condominiums often prohibit pets, loud music, barking dogs or dirty living conditions.  Given smoking bans in public places and the proven harm of second hand smoke, condominium associations are following suit by banning smoking in individual units.

Associations often pass specific provisions or rules that ban residents from lighting up in their units.  Others rely on their declarations, most of which contain a “nuisance clause” prohibiting unit owners and occupants from engaging in any activity that would affect another owner’s use and enjoyment of their unit or that would otherwise constitute a nuisance. Whether smoking within one’s own unit and the resulting secondhand smoke rises to the level of a nuisance will depend greatly on the particular details, and, in some cases, the state or federal law.  A nuisance is an unreasonable, unwarranted or unlawful use of one’s property that invades the use and enjoyment of another’s property.  However, in determining whether a particular annoyance constitutes a nuisance, a court will use an objective standard to consider the effect of the annoyance on the ordinary reasonable person, rather than an effect on a person who is abnormally sensitive.1

Condominium boards routinely use a similar standard to determine whether a nuisance exists by asking whether the average person residing in the building would find the conduct complained of a nuisance.  There is no measurement to determine how much or how often secondhand smoke must seep into other units to qualify as a nuisance. Most associations must rely on the facts of a specific situation to determine whether a nuisance exists.  An occasional whiff of secondhand smoke–by one or perhaps even all residents–probably won’t create enough of a nuisance to warrant action on the part of the Board. Likewise, a demand from a unit owner who simply doesn’t like smoking may not provide a sufficient basis for declaring smoking to be a nuisance. But continuous, repeated exposure to secondhand smoke by several unit owners or smoke that cannot be curtailed by reasonable means will probably constitute a nuisance. In determining whether smoke constitutes a nuisance, an association should focus on the frequency and severity of the infiltration, the nature of the building construction and the number of residents complaining.

If an association wants to ban smoking, some methods are more airtight than others.  One method is to have the board of directors pass a rule; another is to amend the declaration.  However, while rules are subject to judicial review for reasonableness if challenged by an owner, declaration amendments are more likely to withstand challenge because courts can review those only for whether they’re unconstitutional or contrary to public policy.

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2015 in Tobacco News

 

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