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Behavioral problems for children exposed to cigarette smoke

A study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives has revealed that children who are exposed to cigarette smoke prenatally and during the first year of their life are likely to develop behavioral problems by the time they are of school age. Particularly problematic during the gestational years, tobacco smoke can more than double the risk of childhood behavior problems. Scientists from Germany analyzed children whose mothers smoked while they were in the womb as well as children who were exposed to second hand smoke following their birth up until their first birthday. The children who were only exposed prenatally were 90 percent more likely to developbehavioral problems compared to children whose mothers did not smoke at all. Children who were exposed only after birth had a 30-percent higher risk. Children … Read entire article »

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Altria Reports 2010 Second-Quarter and First-Half Results

ltria’s 2010 adjusted diluted earnings per share unchanged at $0.50 in the second quarter and up 3.4% to $0.92 for the first six months, versus the prior-year periods. —Marlboro achieves record retail share of 42.8% in the second quarter of 2010, and PM USA’s second-quarter cigarette retail share increases 0.7 share points, versus the prior-year period –Copenhagen’s second-quarter retail share increases 2.6 share points, and USSTC and PM USA’s combined smokeless products second-quarter retail share up 1.8 share points, versus the prior-year period –Altria raises 2010 full-year guidance for reported diluted earnings per share from a range of $1.78 to $1.82 to a range of $1.81 to $1.85 –Altria raises 2010 full-year guidance for adjusted diluted earnings per share from a range of $1.85 to $1.89 to a range of $1.87 to $1.91, representing … Read entire article »

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Hong Kong and Tobacco Products

Members of the public and incoming passengers are reminded to comply with the new measure on the quantity of tobacco products that they may bring into Hong Kong from August 1. A spokesman for the Customs and Excise Department said today (July 27) that under the Dutiable Commodities (Exempted Quantities) (Amendment) Notice 2010, an incoming passenger aged 18 or above could only bring into Hong Kong for his/her own use no more than the following quantities of tobacco products: (i) 19 cigarettes; or (ii) one cigar or 25 grams of cigars; or (iii) 25 grams of other manufactured tobacco. “Incoming passengers bringing in tobacco products in excess of the above exempted quantities should enter the Red Channel to make a declaration to Customs officers. Failure to do so will render the … Read entire article »

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Obesity can be Contagious

America is the fattest nation on earth. About 68 percent of American adults are now classified as overweight, including the 30 percent designated as obese. Along with an increase in the American waistline has come an increase in obesity-related diseases, especially diabetes. The plumping of America has become our second greatest public health problem after tobacco, claiming 300,000 lives a year. The carnage this epidemic is producing and the drain on health care dollars from the diseases that accompany it are shifting public sentiment from a passive resignation to a desire for active policy. The Surgeon General has initiated a “call to action to prevent and decrease overweight and obesity.” As society initiates its battle to end the obesity epidemic, much can be learned from the similar battle waged against cigarette … Read entire article »

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