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Smoking Rates among Teenagers are at Their Lowest Level

Cigarette sales to young people constitute the lowest level since New Hampshire started its annual surveys.
According to a recent survey, sales to teenagers fell to 8.6 % in 2010, down from 14% last year.

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“This is good news for New Hampshire teenagers and their parents,” declared Joseph Harding, director of the state Health and Human Services’ Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services. It is very known that if children use tobacco it affects their development and raises their risk of consuming alcohol and various drugs.

These findings demonstrate what can be achieved by creating partnerships that resolve issues affecting the health of our people,” he stated.

“I do not know why it happens, maybe because the legal age is 18 now or they have listened to the health care professionals, but I observed the drop in the number of smoking teens,” stated, Mary Ellen McGorry, principal of Manchester High School.

She underlined that school proposes various programs to help students, as for example Kicking Butts.

Tobacco consumption is also included in the health curriculum. I suppose that part of it is education and the price is also a big part of it. Tobacco products price has increased significantly,” she said.

Students of a local school said that they were amazed by the results.

Megan Rayno, 18, said that approximately a half of her friends smoke regularly. “Everyone I know smokes,” she said.

“Half of the children in our school use tobacco products,” stated Ben Brien, 17, of Allenstown school.

“In fact someone asked me today if I smoke and he was surprised when I answered no,” said Aeven Kenney, 18, of Pembroke school.

Teenagers in Epping had a similar sentiment about minor smokers.

“I suppose that is has been increasing. I know a lot of people who smoke this year but didn’t smoke last year,” stated Epping High School student Natalia Dore, 15.

One thing Epping students observed is that if teenagers are smoking, they are not lightning up on schoolyards.

Michael Milford, 14, stated that there are some places around the town, as for instance cross-country road, a place behind the town hall and simply out of school, where teenagers mess around after school, but he hasn’t seen them smoking near school.

Sergeant John Atkinson said that he thinks that smoking among teenagers may be on rise if tacking into account everything he is seeing and hearing from local youth.

“However, I believe that fewer teens are smoking today in comparison to those times when I was a teenager,” John said.

Shocking smoking rates in Russia

More than 60 percent of adult male pollution smokes, as well as 40 percent of women!

Leonid Lazebnik, Head of Moscow Department of Health, warned the state officials that the number of severe health complications triggered by smoking is growing very fast and could result in a “national epidemic”, since the adolescent smoking rates keep growing as well.

Smoking rates among men in Europe

Dr. Lazebnik stated the picture is rather notorious, as the major part of male population admitted to light up at least several times in their lives, while some twenty years ago smokers accounted for 40 percent of men and only 5 percent of women in Russia.

In addition, the head of Moscow Health Department cited the 2009 data, showing that 25 percent of all residents of the capital smoke, with more than 70 percent of teenagers admitted to try cigarettes at least once, what is a catastrophe, according to the scientist.

Though Dr. Lazebnik did not have at his disposal the information about the spread of illnesses caused by smoking, Moscow and Federal officials, attending the meeting pledged to consider the legislation, which would restrict tobacco sales, increase tobacco taxes and limit smoking in public venues.

Yulia Grimalskaya, vice chairwoman of the Department of Family and Youth declared that they would lose the battle against smoking if they don’t have rigorous anti-smoking laws.

She added they have to prohibit cigarette sales in kiosks and introduce hefty fines for selling cigarettes to minors and smoking in banned places.

Nikolai Gerasimenko, chairman of State Duma Committee on Health, said they would lobby for the hike on excise tobacco taxes, what would help to crack down the illicit market of counterfeit smokes, and make the tobacco products less affordable for adolescents.

Russian Federation is home to the lowest tobacco taxes across Europe, and that leaves a plenty of room for the officials to consider an increase.

Besides the traditional measures, such as tax increases, Russian Health officials as well propose banning tobacco advertisements on TV, print media, and public places, and create smoke-free zones in commercial centers and restaurants, which will attract more tourists to Moscow.

Mr. Gerasimenko admitted that international tobacco corporations are investing millions to boost smoking rates, without any care about health complications their race to profits causes.

Gerasimenko complained that foreign tobacco makers were making money at Russia’s expense. “They receive their incomes, whereas the state spending on their treating smoking-related diseases increases,” he added.

Yulia Grimalskaya as well admitted both the teenagers and adults have to be educated about the risks of tobacco by means of anti-smoking campaigns. The Department Mrs. Grimalskaya chairs has elaborated several campaigns, featuring TV ads and billboards showing smokers with dirty sponges in their hands, symbolizing dirty lungs of smokers. The campaign including these billboards was initiated in Moscow this winter.

In conformity with a survey, a similar anti-smoking campaign carried out in 2009, resulted in a 7 percent decline in adult smoking rates, though the data about teenage rates remained unclear.

Dramatic Cuts in Anti-Smoking Programs

In conformity with the findings of a report by a coalition of anti-smoking organizations, state government are reducing the expenses on smoking prevention programs, despite generating higher-than-ever revenues from tobacco taxes and MSA payments, with the most significant lows recorded in New York State.

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The recently revealed report, under the name “A Broken Promise to Our Children” declares that state legislatures had reduced expenditures by more than 15%. The report shows the states have laid out $567 million for anti-smoking campaigns in the last fiscal year.

This sum accounts for just 2.3 percent of the total revenues collected from taxes and settlement contributions which made up nearly $25 billion, as the report claims.

Vera Pearrow, spokesperson for American Lung Foundation stated that it is a rather ridiculous situation that such scanty part of revenues generated from tobacco products is actually used to prevent minors from taking up cigarettes and assist those smokers who are willing to give up.

In conformity with present federal legislation, the legislatures are not required to spend the generated money on smoking-related programs. At the same time, the nationwide statistics shows that state officials had to close a total budget deficit of $145 billion last year because of enormous revenue shortages.

In accordance with the report data, the revenues from tobacco industry have grown up essentially since the majority of state government implemented tax hikes to compensate huge deficits.

New York accounts for the most dramatic funding cut related to anti-smoking programs, cutting the expenditures by more than 30 percent, regardless of the fact that state health officials elaborated several effective cessation campaigns that contributed to a significant drop in the statewide smoking rates.

The annual report demonstrates that the only state that has not reduced funding of the anti-smoking programs and maintained the expenses at the level recommended by the Center for Disease Control is North Dakota.

David Paterson, NY State Governor acknowledged that State Finance Committee had to reduce the expenses on social programs in order to use the funds for the needs of general budget, which lacks $3 billion, the highest state budget deficit across the nation.

The spokesman for the Governor they had been literally obliged to reduce the funding of smoking-related programs because of the highest fiscal deficit that state has ever faced.

The spokesman also admitted that NY public health department has spent some $50 million on anti-smoking programs in spite of the severe holes in the state coffins. They have only reduced expenses on ads and promotion of cessation programs.

Nevertheless, the public health groups that authored the report declared that budget deficit is not a valid justification for cutting the expanses on smoking prevention programs, because the tobacco-related profits have raised.

In conformity with a nationwide CDC report, the adult smoking rate has added 1 percent and has stopped at approximately 21 percent. As regards teenage smoking rate decreased to 20 percent from last year’s 36 percents.

Tokyo’s smokers – only venues make health advocates angry

Although Japan has prohibited smoking in the majority of indoor public areas, and even in most streets of the capital, still there is an isle of paradise for Tokyo smokers, called Café Tobacco.

Located in the center of Tokyo and filled with dense white tobacco smoke, ‘Cafe Tobacco’ provides shelter for numerous blue-collar employees from local office centers and other visitors seeking for a drag and a coffee.

“Today people think that smoking person is a villain and should be exorcized from the streets,” complained Masahiko Tonoguchi, a vice president of Towa Food Service Co, owner of Café Tobacco that opened is second café only for smokers in Tokyo last week and plans to launch similar venues in all major Japan cities.

Tokyo Cafe Tobacco

Sitting under an air conditioner, which is constantly working to clean the air from thick smoke, Tonoguchi admitted that they wanted their Café Tobacco to become a refuge for local smokers who usually have nowhere to go to satisfy their need to have a puff.

Outside the Café Tobacco Outside hung a sign showing an amber cigar tip and saying that smoking inside is permitted, what prompted to drawing the attention of more than 500 customers each day, said Café’s manager Akiko Nakanuchi.

Puffing on his cigarette and drinking an ice-tea, Daito Takahashi, a 30-year-old manager, admitted he was delighted to get to know about the Café Tobacco.

“I believe it’s a success,” he exclaimed. “All the bars in this neighborhood prohibit smoking or have a small smoking section, that is always packed with people, eager to have a smoke and coffee break.”

He said that the café is a true refuge for smokers, since only here nobody glares at them accusing of all the sins. So the place has been a oasis for smokers where they can simply relax among other smokers, without any feeling of guiltiness for their unhealthy habit.

However, health groups and anti-smoking advocates are not happy with these smokers-only places.

Kosuke Morigami, a public health expert stated that cigarettes have been proven to be toxic and hazardous for health, so people should simply stop smoking for the sake of their health.

He said that there should not be such smoking-friendly places, but unfortunately, the Health department was not entitled to regulate individual property rights since it violates commercial laws.

The smoking rates in Japan have dropped in the previous years, but, nevertheless they are higher than in many other countries. Smokers account for 40 percent of all male population and 15 percent of women.

In 2002 government prohibited smoking in many public places, including educational facilities, shopping centers and hospitals, however there has been no-enforcement of these laws.

However, Tokyo City Council imposed their own anti-smoking legislation, banning smoking in public transport and even on the majority of streets, excluding specially designated smoking areas.

Japan Tobacco, a leading tobacco company in the country launched several campaigns to support smokers. Their latest campaign included “SmoCar”, a van, equipped with air conditioning system, driving around the city and permitting everybody who wants to have a puff, to stop it and smoke inside.

In 2008, the cigarettes sales in Jappan dropped by five percent, however still managed to generate almost 40 billion dollars.

Although cigarette packs have the same warning labels as in all other countries that signed WHO Tobacco Convention, they are less expensive than in other developed states, costing about 3 dollars per pack.