Poll shows support for smoking ban

Supporters of further limits on smoking in public have relaased anew poll indicating most Oklahomans favor banning smoking in bars and restaurants.

The poll commissioned by the Smoke Free Oklahoma coalition found 71 percent of Oklahomans favor eliminating indoor smoking in public places. It also found 94 percent of Oklahoma voters believe secondhand smoke is a health hazard.

No smoking ban gets teeth

The Stark County Board passed an update to their food ordinance during last Monday’s regular meeting in order to help add some teeth to the no smoking ban passed in Illinois last year.
“The State of Illinois passed a law, but gave no direction on how to enforce it,” said Health Department representative Kurt Kuchle “With this addition, the county can now make an even playing field of all businesses in Stark County.”

San Francisco supes vote to extend smoking ban

San Francisco supes vote to extend smoking banSan Francisco officials have moved one step closer to expanding the city’s smoking ban to include numerous outdoor areas.
The board of supervisors Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution making it illegal to light up at sidewalk cafes, restaurant patios, movie and ATM lines and the common areas of housing complexes. The resolution also bans smoking near doorways and windows of offices, shops and restaurants and at bingo halls.

Study may boost stop-smoking efforts

Nicotine builds up gradually in smokers’ brains rather than spiking after each puff, according to a study that might help point to new ways to help people quit smoking.

Dr. Jed E. Rose of Duke University reports in the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that nicotine buildup in the brain is gradual over several minutes. Scientists have theorized there is a spike of nicotine about seven seconds after each puff, but almost no measurements had been taken until now, Rose said.

Smoking Drug Chantix Resume

stop smokingTV Ads for Smoking Drug Chantix Resume Despite Suicide Side Effects.

After pulling all advertisements for Chantix earlier this year amid concerns about increased suicide risks, Pfizer has re-launched a national TV campaign for their stop smoking drug.

Chantix (varenicline tartrate) was once considered the most promising drug in Pfizer’s pipeline of new medications, which has been proven effective at helping people quit smoking. After the drug was approved by the FDA in 2006, it quickly became a top selling drug, with annual sales of $883 million in the first full year it was on the market

Drug taken to stop smoking is linked to traffic mishaps

Daniel Williams hoped Chantix would help him quit smoking and become healthier. Instead, he believes, it nearly killed him.

WASHINGTON — Daniel Williams decided he’d listen to his girlfriend and his 8-year-old son and finally quit smoking, with the help of a new prescription drug called Chantix.

He started taking the medication, and a couple of nights later, as he was driving his pickup truck on a country road in Louisiana, Williams suddenly swerved left.

His girlfriend, Melinda Lofton, who was with him, later told him that his eyes had rolled back in his head and that it had seemed as if he was frozen at the wheel, accelerating.