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London Mayor Boris Johnson supports smoking ban in cars

London Mayor Boris Johnson on Monday urged MPs to vote in favour of outlawing smoking in cars carrying children in England ahead of a House of Commons vote. Johnson said that, despite his libertarian instincts, the practice was so "disgusting" and harmful……

Smoking bans on the rise but more needed: WHO

Anti-smoking measures have become so widespread that they now affect some 3.8 billion people — just over half the world’s population, the World Health Organization said Thursday. But the WHO called for more action, warning that tobacco use could kill a billion people or more over the course of the…

U.S. plans set of graphic cigarette warning labels

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US government on Tuesday unveiled a new set of cigarette warnings with graphic images of a lifeless body, a scarred mouth and a blackened lung in order to highlight the health risks of smoking. “Beginning September 2012, FDA will require larger, more prominent cigarette health warnings…

No-smoking laws could span US by 2020: study

WASHINGTON — About half the United States has banned smoking in bars, restaurants or workplaces, and similar no-smoking policies could span the nation by 2020, the government said Thursday. Over the past decade, 25 states have enacted laws that prohibit smoking indoors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said…

FAA: Sen. Inhofe ‘nearly killed’ airport workers by intentionally landing on closed runway

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) prides himself on being stubborn lawmaker, but it turns out that he’s also a dangerously stubborn pilot. Workers at a Cameron Country Airport in Texas were forced to run for their lives late last year when the Republican lawmaker intentionally landed his Cessna on a closed…

In Indonesia, tobacco smoke promoted as cancer cure

JAKARTA (AFP) – An Indonesian woman exhales cigarette smoke into the mouth of a gaunt, naked patient at a Jakarta clinic, where tobacco is openly touted as a cancer cure. The Western patient is suffering from emphysema, a condition she developed from decades of smoking. Along with cancer and autism,…

NYC outdoor smoking extinguished from May 23

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Smoking in New York City’s parks, beaches, boardwalks, pedestrian plazas and other public spaces will be banned from May 23 despite complaints about excessive meddling by government in people’s private lives. Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the legislation on Tuesday after the city council voted 36 to…

Brain scan can tell if a smoker will quit

WASHINGTON — US researchers have found a way to predict how successful a smoker will be at quitting by using an MRI scan to look for activity in a region of the brain associated with behavior change. The scans were performed on 28 heavy smokers who had joined an anti-smoking…

‘Smoking gun’ letter reveals official Vatican cover-up of child sex abuses

A letter written by a Vatican official in 1997, marked “strictly confidential,” warned Irish bishops to avoid reporting the sexual abuse of children in the church, in hopes of avoiding public fallout from the scandals that were sure to ensue. Victims’ groups the world over were calling the letter — first…

Smoking causes gene damage in minutes

WASHINGTON DC, United States—Those first few puffs on a cigarette can within minutes cause genetic damage linked to cancer, US scientists said in a study released Saturday. In fact, researchers said the “effect is so fast that it’s equivalent to injecting the substance directly into the bloodstream,” in findings described…

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