China Bans Government Officials From Smoking

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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

It is also now forbidden for government and party organs to provide tobacco or advertise cigarettes internally, and smoking should be prohibited in offices, meeting rooms, restrooms and cafeterias the circular advised. An official in the tobacco control office for the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said at a press conference earlier this month that lawmakers will weigh a nationwide ban on smoking in public places next year. Several major cities have implemented smoking bans in public places, but anti-smoking advocates both inside and outside the country say those bans have not been well enforced. In a separate announcement, the State Council said those who smoke on high-speed trains can be fined up to 2000 yuan ($329.80), starting in January. Aam Aadmi Partys emergence could mark a turning point for Indian politics which have long been dominated by issues such as religion, caste and creed More Featured Videos Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe’s Flash Player.
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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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