Smoking In Cars While Children Present Gets Me “Fuming”
While obviously the title of the post was done in jest – the subject of smoking in cars when there are children present really gets to me. It is beyond my comprehension how parents can happily sit in the front of their vehicles ‘puffing’ away while their innocent child is poisoned in the back seat. You ask any parent if they would knowingly feed their children poison and I can guarantee that they would look at you with disgust for asking such a vile question but yet some of these same people will happily smoke in front of their children essentially equating to the same thing.
In America there has been a massive surge in the electronic cigarette market which has lead to an increase in the amount of calls to poison control centres regarding children being poisoned by eliquid.
Study Reveals Pregnant Women More Likely To Quit If Paid
A new study published in the British Medical Journal has revealed that pregnant women are more likely to quit if they were given a paid incentive. The study offered the women £400 worth of vouchers which lead to higher success rates than those women who were given the standard NHS anti smoking advice.
Bristol Kicks Off Voluntary Outdoor Smoking Ban
Yesterday Bristol introduced a new voluntary outdoor scheme that are the UKs first major outdoor smoking free zones.
Both Millennium square and Anchor Square, which are popular family hotspots are the chosen areas in which the ban will take place. Although no enforceable ban will be imposed on smokers that choose to ignore the 11 signs placed around the areas asking them to not light up.
Scheme Has A Lot Of Backing
The scheme has had a tremendous amount of support from local businesses, the city council and health campaigners. However the lobbying group Forest feels the ban is unjustified and unfair. The director of the Forest said:
“Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places. Now campaigners want to ban it outside. This is creeping prohibition.
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Bristol squares aim to stub out cigarettes with voluntary outdoor smoking ban
Dr Vivek Murthy, the new Surgeon General, said health officials are “in desperate need of clarity” on electronic cigarettes in order to help guide policies. We went on to say that the technology should be embraced if the evidence shows that e cigs do actually help people to quit.
Electronic cigarette regulation is a hot topic amongst the vaping world at present. As popularity and consumer numbers continue to grow, so do the conversations and arguments for associated bylaws. It is estimated that over 2 million adults in the UK are currently using e cigs, or vapers as they are known. In fact, sales figures between the years 2012 and 2013 rose by an astonishing 340% to £193 billion. Yes, that’s right, billion! These figures are according to a research publication made by consumer company Mintel in 2014.
McDonalds Marketing Billboard Fail
If there was ever an unfortunate pairing on advertising billboards then the most recent award must go to the McRib burger which is advertised next to one of the NHS’s latest anti smoking campaign posters.
In the latest news a team from Portland State University experimented with a machine that “inhaled” e cigarette vapor at a low voltage and a high voltage to see if and how much formaldehyde was produced by heating the e liquid used in the e cigarettes.
NHS Under Treat From Lifestyle Choices
The Health Minister, Mark Drakeford, has demanded that changes be made to tackle the current NHS crisis. Having to “rescue” people from “harm that need never have happened” is crippling the NHS. He also wants a UK government crackdown on the amount of sugar found in processed food.
Negative Smoking & Prostate Cancer Link
It seems that smoking is yet again in the spotlight after new findings published by BJU International, suggests that smoking may negatively affect the health outcomes of patients with prostate cancer.