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IDF declares war on smoking among troops

No smoking sign
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The IDF is attempting to wipe out smoking among troops and has decided to implement recommendations put forward by the Medical Corps. The move comes as a response to recent studies showing that 4 out of 10 IDF soldiers start smoking by the time they finish their mandatory service.

According to the new plan, the IDF will ban selling cigarettes at 56 bases from where soldiers return home every night and is also considering extending the ban to bases where soldiers sleep for extended periods of time.

The IDF will also significantly limit the designated smoking areas on bases and will enforce a strict disciplinary policy for those caught smoking anywhere else. Soldiers smoking in non-designated areas can expect harsh consequences, such as restricting leave.

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Hysteria: Health workers attacked, abused over Victoria hospital smoking ban

''No Smoking'' sign at the Royal Melbourne Hospital
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Smokers beneath a ''No Smoking'' sign at the Royal Melbourne Hospital on Saturday.
Rules banning smoking outside Victoria's public hospitals could be reviewed because health workers are being attacked and abused while trying to police the policy.

Calls for an audit of the ban are being led by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, which is concerned nurses are being put in danger.

"We're hearing that the policing of the ban actually leads to violence and aggression against our members," union state secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said.

The calls come after the death of Melbourne heart surgeon Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann, who was allegedly punched in the head in the foyer of Box Hill Hospital after expressing concern about people smoking near the hospital entrance.

Last month two patient transport officers were reportedly assaulted outside Dandenong Hospital after refusing a request for a cigarette.

Comment: See also: Smoke, Lies and the Nanny State


University of Nebraska-Lincoln bans smoking on campus

University of Nebraska
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Smoking, tobacco and vaping products will no longer be allowed on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus beginning Jan. 1, a move prompted by a student-led initiative.

A survey conducted by the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska showed wide support for blanket restrictions on UNL property. Nearly 84 percent of students and 88 percent of faculty said they supported a ban.

Under the policy, cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookahs, e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, marijuana and synthetic smoking products are banned on campus, including parking lots and garages, in campus buildings, and in vehicles "owned, leased, occupied, operated, maintained or otherwise controlled by the University."

UNL will allow the use of "nicotine-replacement therapy" products approved by the Food and Drug Administration for smoking cessation.


Queensland's largest university to ban smoking by July 1, 2018

Man thumping a cigarette
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Queensland's largest university will become a smoke-free zone within 10 months.

The University of Queensland announced today it intended to be a smoke-free campus from July 1.

The university adopted the policy after consulting with the State Government and health experts, a spokeswoman said.

"The decision aligns with UQ's responsibility and desire to provide healthy and vibrant campuses, and reflects evolving societal norms," she said.

The university would offer support to students and staff who currently smoke.


California State University enforces system-wide smoking ban on all campuses

Smoking is better than Fascims
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Executive Order 1108 will permanently ban smoking of any kind on any campus throughout the CSU system on Sept. 1, 2017.

Beginning with a letter originally issued by CSU President Mark Yudof in 2012 and ending with an executive order, the university system adopted the new policy.

Each campus president is being asked to comply with the system-wide policy and create a smoke-free campus by creating a task force, including a student representative that will serve on the Smoke and Tobacco-Free Policy Task Force to ensure the campus is moving forward. Over 1,500 other colleges and universities nationwide have already gone smoke and tobacco free.

Kim Comet, HSU Director of Risk Management and Safety Services, said the smoke and tobacco free policy is per executive order from the Chancellor's Office.

"It applies to all CSU campuses," Comet said. "Smoking has to occur off of campus."

Comment: For the record, California State University has 23 campuses, eight off-campus centers with over: 470,00 students, 24,000 faculty and 23,000 staff.


Ireland university announces plans for smoke-free campus, others expected to follow suit

University of Limmerick
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The University of Limerick has announced its plans for a smoke-free campus - and the news has left some students fuming.

UL president Dr Desmond Fitzgerald said the smoke ban will also include the implementation of vape-free zones.

The smoke-free areas will be all around the campus within the coming months, with some expected to be introduced next month.

Under the policy, 'smoking' includes the use of electronic cigarettes, electronic cigars, electronic pipes or other such electronic nicotine delivery systems intended to simulate smoking.

The students' union said it has "little control over the rollout of the initiative."


France to become priciest country in Europe for smokers

Woman smoking in Paris
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France will raise the price of cigarettes to 10 euros ($11.35) a pack within three years, the health minister said on Thursday, confirming a strategy that will push tobacco costs to among the highest in Europe.

At present, a packet of 20 cigarettes costs roughly 7 euros ($7.95) in France, well below the roughly 10 euros charged in Britain and Ireland.

"France is one of the slowest learners in the world on smoking," the minister, Agnes Buzyn, said. "Big price rises will be needed to have an impact on public health."

Buzyn told RTL radio station that smoking rates in Britain had dropped from around 30 percent to 20 percent over the past decade as the government pursued a policy of hefty price hikes, while the smoking rate was still around 30 percent in France.

The new government of centrist President Emmanuel Macron has announced several high-profile healthcare targets including the extension of compulsory vaccination, fuller public cover of the costs of dental care and eye glasses, and tobacco tax hikes.


Too much time on his hands: NYC mayor introduces 7 new bills to eradicate smoking

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A series of seven bills aims to reduce the number of smokers in New York City by 2020.
In an effort to get New Yorkers to quit smoking, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday announced seven bills aimed to cut the number of those addicted to the vice by 160,000 by 2020.

The legislation includes raising the minimum price of tobacco, including increasing per-pack prices to $13 from $10.50, which is expected to raise $1 million for public housing; limiting the number of retailers with tobacco licenses and cutting the current retailer number in half; creating a retail license for e-cigarettes and capping the number of those licenses; upping the cigarette license fee to $200 from $110; requiring residential building owners to create and disclose a smoking policy to current and future residents; banning smoking in building common areas; and barring pharmacies from selling tobacco products, which would begin when current licenses expire next year.

"Even though tobacco is a leading cause of premature death across the country, Big Tobacco will stop at nothing to hook people on these deadly products," de Blasio said in a statement. "We are sending a loud and clear message that we will not let their greed kill any more New Yorkers without a fight. These new laws will not only help reduce the number of smokers in our city, but also save lives."


Smoking ban sparks riot in UK prison

Birmingham Prison
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Birmingham Prison
Inmates were transferred to Birmingham Prison after launching a wrecking spree at another jail - when they were banned from smoking.

The damage ran into hundreds of thousands of pounds as sinks and TVs were trashed and cells flooded at Category C HMP Haverigg in Cumbria.

All jails have to be completely smoke-free by September.

On Tuesday lags in the prison's Langdale wing of HMP Haverigg, in Cumbria, staged a peaceful protest after they were told tobacco would not sold as part of the all-out ban. But anti-riot units were scrambled after violent confrontations broke out, the Mirror reported .


Aping the West, Turkey to strengthen smoking ban

No smoking sign in Turkey
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The campaign against smoking will be toughened in Turkey. The country seeks to strengthen the smoking ban in a bid to reduce the risk that threatens lives of millions.

Back in 2008, Turkey introduced legislation banning smoking in workplaces and enclosed public spaces. The smoking ban also covers public transport. Penalty for smoking in public and enclosed places is 88 TRY (about $25).

The Turkish Health Ministry announced that the ban may also be introduced on smoking in private cars.

The Ministry also said single standards will be applied to imported tobacco products, as well as those manufactured in Turkey.

Comment: From the book, "Smoke Screens: The Truth About Tobacco" by Richard White:
The 1600s were a time of smoking regulation. In Russia, first-time offenders were whipped, had their noses slit, and were sent to Siberia. Second-time offenders were executed. In Turkey, under the rule of Sultan Murad IV, smokers were castrated for their habit and up to 18 smokers a day were being executed. China also killed smokers, by decapitation.
Will history repeat itself?

See also: The Health & Wellness Show: The Truth About Tobacco with Richard White