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SMARTPHONES are on the brink of helping parents diagnose conditions from pneumonia to asthma and even heart problems in children.
Melbourne researchers have developed a stethoscope that can be plugged into a smartphone.
By recording the sounds that pneumonia, asthma and even the common cold make in the lungs, the group hopes to make a database to allow parents to check a child’s conditions before going to see a doctor
Fight on over cig packets
April 10, 2011|Source: The Daily Telegraph - Sydney Aust
AUSTRALIA will become the first country in the world to require tobacco products to be sold in plain packaging - but it could cost millions in tax payers money
After federal health minister Nicola Roxon announced yesterday the plan to legislate plain packaging, tobacco giants fired back warnings of a multi-million legal challenge.
British American Tobacco Australia, whose brands include Winfield, Dunhill and Benson and Hedges, claimed taking away brand imagery was like "asking McDonald's to remove its golden arches".
Under the proposed law, smokiers will not be able to tell the difference between brands. Instead, all packets will be olive green with graphic images and small brand names.
It comes as tobacco companies prepare to fight "tooth and nail" against the proposed legislation, which if passed would come into effect on january 1 next year.
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Fatal Smoking Fire at Hospital
February 24, 2011|By KSPR News
Court ban on granny smoking near kids
• From: The Daily Telegraph
• February 26, 2011 12:00AM
A MAGISTRATE has ordered a dad to keep his children away from smokers - including their grandmother - as part of a custody agreement.
The man's de facto wife told the Federal Magistrates Court in Melbourne she did not want her children - aged four and five - spending time at their paternal grandparents' home, where she feared they would be exposed to passive smoking.
The mother also feared for her children if they were present when their father and grandparents drank alcohol.
But the magistrate went a step further to address the mother's concerns.
"The father will be required to keep the children away from anyone, including the paternal grandmother, smoking any cigarette or tobacco product in the presence of the children," he said.
The ruling came despite the grandmother agreeing not to smoke around the children.
Fathers advocacy group Dads in Distress regional co-ordinator Laurence Anderson said court orders such as these risked further litigation because they couldn't be policed.
"The mum could say they've come home smelling like smoke and then they're back in court," he said.
The court's ruling was applauded by Quit Victoria executive director Fiona Sharkie, who said the negative health effects of second-hand smoke were well known
Read more: http://www.news.com.au/national/court-ban-on-granny-smoking-near-kids/story-e6frfkvr-1226012298214#ixzz1F4ItEWsm
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Honduras Ban Takes Aim at Home Smokers
Posted: February 24, 2011
The new smoking ban that took effect Monday in Honduras not only prohibits smoking in most public places, but also allows individuals to report smokers who light up inside homes to police.
According to an Associated Press report, a clause included in the smoking ban states that "families or individuals may complain to law enforcement authorities when smokers expose them to secondhand smoke in private places and family homes."
The story says first-time offenders are to receive a verbal warning while repeat violators of the ban will be arrested. If arrested, repeat offenders will be forced to pay a $311 fine, an amount equal to a one month salary based on Honduras' minimum wage.
In addition, the ban makes it illegal to smoke in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and stadiums, and also calls for tobacco companies to add a photo warning label to cigarette packs.
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More Women Than Men Try To Give-Up Smoking With Women Prioritising Quitting Smoking Ahead Of Their Relationship And Career
A new survey reveals women smokers' complex dependence on cigarettes and that confusion around health risks may be hindering their efforts to quit. The survey of 240 women smokers suggests their number one priority for the year is to quit smoking, above improving their career and having a happy relationship. It also indicates that nearly half consider stress as great a barrier to quitting as their addiction to nicotine. In addition, around one in three rely on cigarettes to get through the day and almost a quarter feel weight concerns prevent them from giving up cigarettes.
The survey suggests women who smoke are confused about some of the health risks associated with cigarettes and at least a quarter are unaware that smoking increases premature ageing and wrinkles. Although the majority of respondents understand the link to lung cancer and mouth/throat cancer, almost half are unaware of the risk of stroke, despite this being doubled in heavy smokers.Few are aware of the increased risk of cervical cancer and over 40% are unaware that smoking causes low birth weight in babies.
"One hundred and forty women die every day from cigarettes, so we need to work together to help women quit smoking. Although more women than men try to quit smoking every year, women can face a greater struggle and their success rates are slightly lower than men. This may be partly explained by women's emotional dependence on cigarettes and the fact they often start smoking at a young age. Tailored support can be particularly useful for women who want to quit smoking. Do ask for expert advice if you want to quit as there are a number of ways we can help. Ring Quitline 0800 00 22 00, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Quit With Help website," Amanda Carmichael, Director of Operations, QUIT®.
Although the majority of women smokers surveyed were aware of free NHS help, most rely on willpower alone when trying to quit, without seeking professional help. Unfortunately, only 3% of smokers who quit smoking in this way will be smoke free after a year. There seems to be reluctance among many women smokers to seek medical advice, with a YouGov survey showing a quarter consider the doctor a last resort, and the general assumption among 87% of respondents that smoking is simply a lifestyle choice rather than something which could be discussed with a healthcare professional.
Medical News Today - Article Date: 02 Nov 2010 - 2:00 PDT
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Can smoking be banned in an entire country?
WELLINGTON, New Zealand: New Zealand should severely limit the import and use of tobacco and aim to become a smoke-free nation by 2025, a parliamentary committee recommended Wednesday.
The proposal to drastically cut smoking rates was welcomed by health workers and given cautious support from the government, which said the habit is a health hazard but that it would be difficult to completely eradicate it.
The only other country with a similar policy is Finland, which plans to be smoke-free by 2040, said anti-smoking group Action on Smoking and Health director, Ben Youdan. While the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan banned the sale of cigarettes in 2004, the availability of tobacco "has not fallen significantly" since, he said.
About 20 percent of New Zealand's 4.4 million general population smoke, but that rate is double — 40 percent — among the indigenous Maori people, a parliamentary committee on the Maori said in a report released Wednesday.
The health costs of smoking hinder Maori social and cultural well-being as well as economic development, the report found.
Smoking bans would be good for all New Zealanders, it said.
"The goal is simple: We want tobacco consumption and smoking prevalence to be halved by 2015 across all demographics and New Zealand to be a smoke-free nation by 2025," the report said.
The committee recommends that the government require tobacco companies to fund all quit-smoking aids, cut imports by a set amount each year, ban tobacco sales displays, impose annual price hikes above the inflation rate and reduce duty-free import levels of tobacco products.
In recent months, the government has imposed an extra 30 percent tax increase on tobacco products to phase in over three years and banned smoking in prisons started July 2011.
Prime Minister John Key, who had been briefed on the report's recommendations ahead of its release, said Tuesday that "it would be extremely difficult" to make New Zealand smoke-free by 2025, but that his government acknowledged the harm smoking caused — the reason it has increased taxes on tobacco products.
Like many Westernized countries, New Zealand has placed restrictions on smoking in recent years. Since 1989 the country has banned smoking from all indoor workplaces as well as elevators, rest rooms, taxis, church halls and public areas of ships and trains.
Smoking is barred in schools, child care centers and anywhere young people gather.
The New Zealand Medical Association, representing most of the nation's doctors, said it "strongly endorsed" the committee report's goals, which it said would have a dramatic effect on improving public health.
"It's an ambitious target but one that we cannot, and should not, back away from," chairman Peter Foley said in a statement. - AP
Published: Wednesday November 3, 2010 MYT 10:57:00 AM
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Virtual peep at smoking's age effects
SHOCKED: Zak McIlhiney takes the test with the virtual ageing booth results on the right
CITY College Plymouth students have become some of the first teenagers in the country to test out a virtual ageing photo booth.
A group of students used the booth to show what they might look like when they are 70 years old if they continue to smoke.
They were given before and after pictures showing how smoking can significantly affect ageing.
The booth had an effect on Zak McIlhiney, who has smoked roughly 15 a day for five years.
The 17-year-old said: "It was a massive shock to see the pictures. It motivated me to quit altogether."
As part of the Royal National Institute of Blind People's Future Vision tour, the booth has been across the UK.
It aims to encourage young people to take better care of their eyes by not smoking and having regular eye tests.
In the UK, almost two million people are living with sight loss and 50 per cent of these cases can be avoided by taking early action, according to the RNIB.
The booth tries to show how lifestyle choices may affect risks in eye development in later life.
The organisation aims to raise awareness about the issues because it believes that few people are aware smoking and sight loss are linked.
A survey conducted by RNIB showed that in the UK, 73 per cent of smokers aged 18 to 24 would consider stopping permanently or reducing smoking to avoid blindness in later life.
The NHS Stop Smoking team was also on hand to encourage the teenagers to quit cigarettes.
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The Herald - Monday, November 01, 2010, 20:30
Cold Turkey - hold the salad !
Going cold turkey is still Australia's preferred method to quit smoking, research shows...
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Source - Sydney Morning Herald
October 8, 2010
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