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[UK] Cash-strapped NHS chiefs AXE routine surgery for obese people and smokers in controversial move to save local health officials £68million

Hertfordshire residents who smoke or are obese face indefinite waits as local health officials desperately seek to make £68million in savings this year...Smokers will not be referred for non-urgent procedures, including hip and knee replacement, 'unless t
The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday (uk)
added Oct 17, 2017 19:02
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[USA] CHAPMAN: Fake news: is smoking really increasing in Australia?

The impact of policies such as tobacco tax, plain packs and graphic health warnings is not just judged on smoker numbers, but on quitters and most importantly, in terms of prevention; the proportion of the population who have never smoked. The Australian
doctorportal (Medical Journal of Australia) (au)
added Oct 17, 2017 18:55
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[Australia] 'Not on my watch': Health Minister rules out legalising e-cigarettes

Health Minister Greg Hunt says he will never lift the ban on e-cigarettes despite an ongoing Senate inquiry into their use. Minister Hunt told Hack: "It's not going to be happening on my watch as far as I'm concerned."...he met with the head of the TGA
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) (au)
added Oct 17, 2017 18:46
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[Australia] Is Philip Morris' plan for a smoke-free future just a smoke screen?

In new ABC podcast How Do You Sleep At Night?, the head of corporate affairs for Philip Morris in Australia and New Zealand, Patrick Muttart, says he welcomes the scepticism this claim brings. "I welcome the questioning because it gives us an opportunit
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) (au)
added Oct 17, 2017 18:41
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[Asia, Mid-east] Does doubling of UAE cigarette prices only hit low-income smokers?

“It’s too early to measure impact because a lot of people have been hoarding cigarettes in the last few months knowing that the prices will go up," commented the doctor who has served as the president of the Emirates Cardiac Society in the past. “Many
Al Arabiya News Channel (ae)
added Oct 17, 2017 17:59
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[Asia, India] Minister K J George announced the launch of a new initiative to make Bengaluru smoke-free

today announced the launch of a new initiative to make Bengaluru smoke-free as part of the city’s involvement in the Partnership for Healthy Cities. It is a global network of cities committed to reducing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. The P
India Education Diary (in)
added Oct 17, 2017 16:44
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[New Zealand] Auckland beaches, popular public spots and outdoor dining to become smokefree

Auckland Council approved a policy on Tuesday to increase the number of smokefree outdoor spaces. Beaches, al fresco dining areas and urban centres would be stamped smokefree from November, under the city's Smokefree Policy. Restaurants with footpath
Independent Newspapers Ltd. / STUFF (nz)
added Oct 17, 2017 13:37
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[New Zealand] Auckland Council Makes Outdoor Dining Smokefree

Auckland Council has strengthened their Smokefree Policy to make all outdoor dining on footpath areas smokefree. The new policy, which will come into effect from November 2017, requires all cafés and restaurants with licenses to provide outdoor dining on
Scoop (nz)
added Oct 17, 2017 13:35
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[USA] THOMAS: Big Tobacco went up against the US and lost. Now it’s India’s turn to fight back

Fifty years on, thanks to various initiatives, that number has declined to just over 15%... This has saved the lives of over 8 million Americans, it says. This is particularly relevant to India, where big tobacco firms such as Philip Morris have spotted a
Quartz
added Oct 17, 2017 13:35
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The Costs of Tobacco Use in Canada, 2012 [FREE FULL TEXT]

This report is an update of the mortality and costs of tobacco use in Canada and in all provinces and territories using up-to-date reference information and data from the year 2012.
The Conference Board of Canada (ca)
added Oct 17, 2017 13:28
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