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Secondhand smoke reduces quality of life for people with heart failure

We just published a study of 205 people with heart failure in which we related measures of how well they could complete physical tasks and measures of emotional well being and found that there was a dose-response relationship between the amount of secondhand smoke that they were exposed to and reduced scores on these measures.  The bottom line: Even low levels of secondhand smoke have adverse effects on people with heart failure.  Physicians (and everyone else) should advise people with heart failure and their&nbsp Read more »

For US Thanksgiving, Scorsese and Viacom's PG-rated smoking film

In theaters this Wednesday, November 23, director Martin Scorsese's PG-rated Hugo, set in 1930s Paris, has earned a "smoking" descriptor from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Read more »

Logical and factual errors in Judge Leon’s injunction against the FDA’s graphic warning labels

There is a clear double standard in the way that the courts are considering “public health” justifications when identifying the limits of the First Amendment.  Read more »

India requires anti-smoking spots to accompany smoking movies (and other actions) to reduce movies as tobacco promotions

The Government of India has taken a important step forward today to begin to reduce the use of motion pictures to promote tobacco use by requiring anti-tobacco advertisements to be shown in conjunction with any movie that includes tobacco use, whether it is made in India or not. Read more »

DOT should prohibit use of e-cigs on airplanes (our public comment)

Here is the public comment we just submitted supporting a US Department of Transportation proposal to prohibit use of e-cgarettes on airplanes. The comment period ends on Monday; I urge everyone to submit comments at the website below.

November 12, 2011

Docket Management Facility
US Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Room W12-140
Washington, DC 20590-0001 Read more »

Two high profile uncritical media stories on industry-supported "harm reduction"

USA Today and the New York Times recently published articles that uncritically accepted assertions that smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes were useful as cessation tools.  Both of these studies were funded by tobacco/e-cigarette companies that had direct financial interests in the outc Read more »

Heart attacks down 21 percent in the first year after the North Carolina smokefree restaurant and bar law took effect

The evidence that strong smokefree laws provide large and immediate health benefits just keeps piling up.

The latest study, released today, found a 21 percent drop in emergency room admission for heart attacks during the first year of the law, saving an estimated $3.4 to $4.3 million in heath care costs.  This is serious money, particularly as both government and the private sector struggle to keep health costs down. Read more »

Smokefree laws lead to voluntary smokefree home policies

We just published, a study in the December issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine showing that strong clean indoor air laws are associated with large increases in voluntary smokefree policies in the home, as well. Read more »

Cain ad featurning smoking latest tobacco promotion

The bizarre Herman Cain campaign ad featuring his campaign manager, Mark Block, smoking is just the latest in their longstanding tobacco promotions. Cain has a longstanding working relationship with the tobacco industry. Read more »

Major studios contine to release films rated for young children that include smoking

Major Hollywood studios will release at least two more PG-rated movies with smoking by the end of 2011:

1) Hugo, produced and directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Johnny Depp, will open November 23, 2011 in the United States. Set in Paris in the 1930s, the story of a boy and his father has been rated "PG for mild thematic material, some action/peril and smoking."  Read more »

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