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Smoke-free Beach Proposed by Pembrokeshire Council

Cigarette Butts on the Beach

Smoking could be banned on one of Pembrokeshire’s beaches after councillors voted to hold a formal consultation into the idea.

Pembrokeshire would be the first council in Wales to introduce a smoke-free beach.

A consultation will now be held to decide which beach should be used for a pilot scheme.

Councillors also voted to make the area’s playgrounds and sporting areas smoke-free, including e-cigarettes.

All 100 parks, sports grounds and playing fields owned or managed by Pembrokeshire council or community councils will have signs erected asking people not to smoke.

The main aim is to try and discourage young people from smoking, and to promote health and well-being. However, smokers say that the move will not make them stop smoking and they will continue to purchase cheap cigarettes.

Pembrokeshire is the last council in Wales to do this for play areas, but believes it is the first to include e-cigarettes in the ruling.

Cabinet members said the move was not a ban and admitted it would not be enforceable.

Smoke-free beaches are already common in some states in the US, and also exist in Canada, Mexico, Japan and Australia.

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2015 in Tobacco News

 

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Higher Taxes Help to Reduce Smoking Among Youth

Young Woman Smoking

For each 10-cent increase in cigarette taxes, the likelihood that a youth would start smoking decreased by about 3 percent. Taxes did not affect the odds of current smoking for adolescents and young adults.

Youth were 20 percent less likely to be currently smoking in areas with smoke-free bar laws, and tended to smoke fewer days out of the month in these places, as reported in JAMA Pediatrics.

“Young people are going to bars a lot, and even for those who aren’t, bar culture is important to them,” Glantz said.

The proposed $2 cigarette tax in California, if passed, would decrease youth smoking by about 40 percent, he said.

Historically, there has been conflict between groups pushing for smoke-free laws and those concerned with youth smoking initiation, he said. Smoke-free laws were thought of primarily as a tool to reduce secondhand smoke exposure.

“There’s really no conflict there,” Glantz said. “Smoke free policies are prevention policies too.”

Ideally, policymakers will combine smoke-free laws and cigarette taxes, which would have the maximum effect, he said.

Some are skeptical about higher taxes effects, because they will purchase Kiss Superslims Energy online.

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2015 in Tobacco Articles

 

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