Unrau. The Chinese government has banned its officials from smoking in public as part of an effort to limit smoking throughout the country. China has the largest number of smokers in the world. “Smoking by some party officials not only endangers public health, but also damages the image of the party and the government,” stated the ban issued Sunday. Government officials are banned from smoking in public areas including in schools and on public transportation. Officials are also forbidden from posting tobacco advertisements and selling tobacco products in government offices.
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California universities move to ban campus smoking
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SAN DIEGO — Schools in California’s public university systems are stamping out smoking in hopes that it will help improve the health of students, faculty and employees. Both the University of California and California State systems have taken measures to ensure smoking will no longer be allowed on campuses. Some schools already enforce no-tobacco policies, while others plan to do so beginning next year, joining more than 1,100 colleges and universities around the nation that have gone smoke-free.
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Quit smoking on Monday, not New Year’s Day, experts suggest
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Real-Life Smoking Caterpillar Uses Nicotine as Defense
“On New Year’s Day, interest in smoking cessation doubles,” said the study’s lead author, John Ayers of San Diego State University, in a statement released Friday. “But New Year’s happens one day a year. Here we’re seeing a spike that happens once a week.” RELATED: QUITTING SMOKING? IT’S PROBABLY MONDAY, STUDY FINDS Inspired by the research, Monday Campaigns just launched the Quit and Stay Quit Monday initiative to help smokers plan a resolution to quit that works. Morgan Johnson, director of programs and research at the Monday Campaigns and coauthor of the study, said that the surge in quitting contemplations on Monday can be used to provide social support for quitters, an important factor in long-term success.
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Chinese State Council Urges Party Leaders to Change Smoking Habits
This RNA-interference technique might someday be used in genetically modified crops produced with specific nutritional goals in mind, as interference RNA targets a specific gene. Early trials of medications using a similar principle to treat a rare disease called transthyretin amyloidosis in humans were published earlier this year. “A very intriguing aspect of this study is the really state-of-the-art methodology that was used to determine the fate of nicotine,” said May Berenbaum, a professor and head of the department of entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who edited the study for the journal. While the study involved wolf spiders, the nicotine halitosis does not necessarily turn away other predators. This defense, Berenbaum noted, has the advantage of warning a predator of a prey’s toxicity without requiring the prey to lose a limb. Scientists may also want to determine whether hornworm caterpillars have other defenses against predators.
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