No Smoking In Cars Carrying Kids Under Measure Passed By Alberta Legislature

City Council seeks ban on e-cigarettes in public places as high-tech successor to smoking ban

The province has said establishments that feature the pipes, or hookahs, will be given 12 to 18 months to transition before the legislation comes into effect. But an advocacy group called Safe Shisha has warned that as many as 70 businesses may close across the review province. The legislation also makes it illegal to smoke in vehicles when children are present. Some details of enforcement still have to be worked out, but the province has said the law will be complaint-based. Violators will usually get a ticket of $250, though fines of up to $5,000 could be imposed for egregious cases and multiple offences.
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Still smoking? There’s help out there

Paul Sassone
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Smoking is the principle cause of preventable death in the United States. The Cancer Society puts deaths from smoking at 440,000 Americans a year. That is a lot of sickness, pain, heartbreak and cost.
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“While overall smoking prevalence among Canadian adults (aged 15 and older) has decreased dramatically from about 50 per cent in 1965 to less than 20 per cent in 2011, there has been a levelling off in this decline in recent years,” a statement released discount coupons by the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC) said. “Recently there hasn’t been much effort, especially on the part of the federal government in providing resources to encourage people to quit smoking,”Geoffrey Fong, the study’s author, said on The Morning Edition on Thursday. “As a result you see a sense from a public as well that since smoking rates have come done so far that smoking is done and it’s time to move on to other things.” Imposing high prices is one substantial component to curb smoking incidences. However in Canada, between 2002 and 2010, cigarettes became affordable.
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Canada’s Anti-Smoking Campaign Slipping – Study

A shopkeeper reaches for a packet of cigarettes in a newsagent in London November 28, 2013. Britain announced an independent review of tobacco packaging on Thursday and said it was ready to introduce new laws banning branding on cigarette packets if the report found sufficient evidence to support it. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Mayor Bloomberg supports it. First the city banned smoking in most public places. Now its moving to snuff out the use of smokeless electronic cigarettes as well. The City Council announced Wednesday that it will hold a hearing Wednesday on a bill prohibiting the use of the battery-operated, tobacco-free vaporizers in restaurants, offices, parks, beaches and other places where smoking regular cigarettes is not allowed. RELATED: NYC LAW BANNING TEEN CIGARETTE BUYERS MADE OFFICIAL Councilman James Gennaro (D-Queens) is a sponsor of the bill to ban e-cigs and calls it a “high-tech successor” to 2002 tobacco cigarette ban.
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