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Canada begins national non-smoking week

Toronto - National Non-Smoking Week runs from January 17–23 2015. To mark it, Canada's dental hygienists are reminding people of the important need to eliminate tobacco use for optimal oral and overall health.

Turkmenistan pulls cigarettes from shelves in anti-smoking bid

Ashgabat - Turkmenistan's authorities have forced shops to stop selling cigarettes, traders in Ashgabat said Thursday, after its president urged citizens to kick the habit.

Hawaii becomes 1st state to raise smoking age to 21

Honolulu - Effective Friday, January 1, 2016, Hawaii became the first state in the United States to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21.

Australia welcomes plain cigarette packaging 'win'

Sydney - An Australian law requiring cigarettes to be sold in plain packaging has received a boost after an international tribunal said it would not hear a tobacco company's legal challenge.

French give nod to plain cigarette packaging

Paris - Cigarettes will have to be sold in plain packaging in France from next year after the French parliament narrowly voted through a proposal which has drawn the ire of tobacconists.

Op-Ed: U.S. to consider smoking ban in public housing nationwide

Washington D.c. - The U.S. government is considering legislation that would ban smoking on public housing land nationwide, and this includes homes, communal areas, and administrative offices within these areas. The ban could affect about one million homes.

No butts: Paris stiffens fine for smokers who throw stubs in street

Paris - Flicking your cigarette butt in a Parisian street could from Thursday net you a stiff 68 euro ($75) fine as the city cracks down on "incivility" and pollution.

U.K. begins new health promotion campaign

London - Getting people to quit smoking forms the basis of a new raft of health measures put forward by Public Health England. The health agency also has something to say about e-cigarettes.

Smoking is associated with type 2 diabetes

London - A new study suggests an association with smoking tobacco and type 2 diabetes in that the earlier in life someone ceases smoking, the lower the chance of developing type 2 diabetes becomes.

New health data released for Scotland with mixed messages

Edinburgh - Two contrasting reports have emerged about Scotland. One highlights a decline in smoking rates while the other highlights concerns about some of the people in the country, relative to others in the U.K.

Bacterial solution to giving up smoking

A newly discovered strain of bacteria could be the solution for people wanting to break the nicotine habit. Specifically an enzyme extracted from the organism could be the basis of a new drug.

Op-Ed: More young people are trying vaping than smoking

London - More school children in England, aged between 11 and 15, have tried electronic cigarettes than have tried smoking conventional cigarettes, according to government figures.

Should tobacco buying be pushed up to 21 years old?

Should the minimum age at which people in the U.S. can purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products be extended to 21 years old? According to a new survey, this is what the majority of citizens favor.

Tobacco smoking may damage mental health

London - Tobacco smoking may play a direct role in triggering the symptoms of schizophrenia, a new medical research paper suggests.

Fears over enforcement as Beijing bans indoor smoking

Bejing - The toughest anti-smoking legislation in China's history came into effect on Monday in Beijing, with unprecedented fines and a hotline to report offenders but fears of weak enforcement.

Video: Things you can do instead of smoking Commissioned

When smokers want to quit, they suddenly realize they have a lot of time on their hands. Also, they might need a healthy distraction from the addiction that took hold of their lives for so long.

E-cigarette use rises among teenagers

Many teenagers, including those who have never smoked traditional tobacco products, have begun experimenting with e-cigarettes.

Action on tobacco's two-in-three death toll Special

Toronto - The Ontario Lung Association has called for for a substantial increase in provincial tobacco taxes as soon as possible. This is seen as the action necessary to cut smoking and smoking related diseases.

Smokers 70% more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression

A new study from the British Heart Foundation concludes that smokers are 70 percent more at risk of suffering from depression and anxiety, as compared to non-smokers.

German court halts eviction of 76-year-old smoker

Berlin - A German court ruled Wednesday that a 76-year-old smoker, facing eviction over the smoke and stench of full ashtrays emanating from his home, can stay in his apartment for now.

E-cigarettes 'may still harm the lungs and immune system'

New research has suggested that e-cigarette vapour contains toxic chemicals that are damaging to the body, implying they are not a safe alternative to traditional smoking and adding to the continuing debate about the health risks of "vaping."

E-cigarettes affect immune system in lab study

A new laboratory study raises safety concerns about e-cigarettes. The study examined the effect of vapor exposure in mice, and concluded that the longer-term use of e-cigarettes can affect the immune system.

Natural extract may be most effective to quit smoking

Smokers looking to quit might soon have a powerful new natural herb to help them kick their addiction. The extract called cytisine, comes from the golden rain tree, or Cytisus laburnum.

What you need to know about Ontario's new tougher smoking laws

It is getting harder for Ontario smokers these days. The number one cause of disease in Ontario, tobacco cigarettes, has new stronger laws that limit the areas where smokers can light up without being ticketed.

Scientists track how lung cancer spreads

Manchester - Scientists have taken microscopic images revealing that the protein ties tethering cells together are severed in lung cancer cells. The result of this is that the cells can break loose and rapidly spread.

4 out of 10 cancers linked to lifestyle

South Mimms - A U.K. based cancer charity estimates that 4 out of 10 cancer cases could be avoided if people make alternative lifestyle choices.

Quitting smoking provides Obamacare incentives

A company called ValuePenguin.com has published a study which found that Obamacare enrollees who have quit or reduced their smoking could see their premiums cut by as much as one-third with a non-tobacco rate.

Why male and female smokers have different cancer rates

Lund - Loss of the Y chromosome, a relatively common phenomenon among aging men, could help explain different rates of cancer between male and female smokers.

Adult cigarette smoking declines in U.S.

Atlanta - The U.S. the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that cigarette smoking rate for U.S. adults fell from around 21 percent (in 2005) to around 18 percent in 2013.

Affordable Care Act says 'quit smoking' Special

Washington - With the “Great American Smoke Out on November 20”, an article in the New England Journal of Medicine calls on insurers across the U.S. to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Digital Journal finds out more.
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