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July 2011 Tobacco Control in the News

Progress Made in the Global Fight Against Tobacco, but Countries Must Step Up Their Efforts

July 12, 2011 - A new report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) states that countries are making significant, measurable progress in implementing large, graphic health warnings on tobacco packages and other proven measures to reduce tobacco use. Read more.

New Smoking Cessation Telehealth Application Launched in the UK

July 8, 2011 - Solutions 4 Health announced the launch of a new smoking cessation telehealth application called “smokefreelife” that provides smokers with online support from trained smoking cessation providers. Read more.

Australia Introduces Tough Restrictions on Tobacco Packaging

July 8, 2011 - In an effort to make smoking less appealing to youth, Australia’s government introduced a groundbreaking bill to Parliament that would prevent tobacco companies from displaying their distinctive colors, brand designs, and logos on cigarette packs starting May 20th of next year. Read more.

Iceland Debates Bill Requiring Cigarettes to be Prescription-Only

July 7, 2011 - Iceland is considering banning the sale of cigarettes and making them a prescription-only product. If the proposal is passed by the parliament in Reykjavik, the sale of cigarettes would be outlawed in normal shops, allowing only pharmacies to dispense them to those aged 20 and up. Read more.

India Leads the World in Oral Cancer

July 6, 2011 - India records the highest number of oral cancer cases in the world, with as many as 80,000 new cases reported every year. Read more.

Motivational Text Messages May Help Smokers Quit

July 6, 2011 - Motivational text messages more than double the odds that smokers will be able to kick the habit, according to a study published online in The Lancet. Read more.

Lung Cancer Screenings Have Potential, but Several Questions Remain

July 6, 2011 - A government funded trial conducted last fall found that screening current and former heavy smokers with low-dose CT scans reduced lung cancer deaths by 20%, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more.

Smoking During Pregnancy Affects Child’s HDL Levels Later in Life

July 1, 2011 - Eight year-old children of women who smoked during pregnancy were found to have lower than normal high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, independent of smoke exposure after birth, according to a study published in European Heart Journal. Read more.

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