Petition Tag - tobacco

1. Stop the T21 Law over St. Louis County

The T21 Law is being put in place December 1st of this year. This new law will raise the minimum age to buy tobacco/nicotine products from 18 years old to 21 years old.

The short reason as to why I think this law should be stopped is as follows. I believe that people who are 18 may have an addiction already and forcing them to quit cold turkey is insensitive as well as many people under the age of 18 still smoke and vape.

I also believe that it is ultimately my choice at the age of 18 as I can die for my country and vote yet I won't be able to lay back and just vape if said law is active.

2. Quit Tobacco For Good

Hi All,

Every year we tell each other that this is gonna be my last smoke/cigarette but then we all know what happens..it's the same routine after a few years.

It's surprising to know that the passive smokers are the ones who get affected more than ever.

So why not 2016, because one of our non smoker relative falls prey to it. Stop the use of tobacco products. Persuasion can do wonders. If each one ofus tries to persuade a single person, a big difference can take place.

Health problems - the common one being Cancer can be prevented & this is your chance.

Sign this petition and try to persuade the people around you.
No more tobacco products.
We want a smoke free environment.

3. Prohibit Tobacco in the United States of America

Tobacco use has negative effects on America's health, environment, and economy.

1. According to the New York Times, smoking is directly responsible for about 90% of the deaths due to lung cancer (NY Times).

2. Additionally, tobacco is responsible for a staggering amount of pollution in the United States. The Keep America Beautiful Campaign reported that 65% of non-biodegradable cigarette butts are littered every year, and tobacco products comprise 38% of all U.S. roadway litter (kab.org).

3. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the United States wastes nearly $300billion each year on tobacco advertisements, tobacco-related health care costs and worker’s lost of productivity due to premature death or secondhand smoke (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

4. End Child Labor in the United States

Do you think child labor in the US only occurred during the Industrial Revolution in the early 1800s? Think again!

Today, hundreds of thousands of children (under the age of 18) work in the US in dangerous conditions, mainly in the agriculture industry. Some regularly contract nicotine poisoning on tobacco fields while others accidentally cut themselves with industrial knives while working on onion fields.

You may be thinking, “If this labor is so dangerous for children, why hasn’t the government outlawed it?” Well, although the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) banned child labor in the United States in 1938, a technicality in it allows children to work in the agricultural industry.

The FLSA states:

Youths ages 16 and above may work in any farm job at any time.

Youths ages 14 and 15 may work outside school hours in jobs not declared hazardous by the Secretary of Labor.

Youths 12 and 13 years of age may work outside of school hours in non-hazardous jobs on farms that also employ their parent(s) or with written parental consent.

Youths under 12 years of age may work outside of school hours in non-hazardous jobs with parental consent, but only on farms where none of the employees are subject to the minimum wage requirements of the FLSA.

Even though the FLSA clearly states children under twelve may not work under hazardous conditions, Human Rights Watch has reported a Tobacco Industry practice of having children as young as 7 working on tobacco farms. Work on tobacco farms exposes children to the toxin nicotine and other pesticides, which can cause irreparable harm to young developing bodies and brains due to nicotine poisoning.

The short-term effects of nicotine exposure include nausea and headaches, among others, but long-term consequences of nicotine exposure during childhood and adolescence could prove detrimental to children’s mental health and reproductive health. The prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that is susceptible to stimulants and is responsible for making decisions, is not fully developed until after a child reaches the age of twenty-five. If children as young as seven years old are exposed to such stimulants as tobacco, they risk damage to their underdeveloped prefrontal cortexes, which could make them susceptible to other stimulants or even addictions later in life.

Also, working in tobacco farms could result in sterility, or the inability for these kids to have their own children when they get older. Given this evidence, it would be irresponsible for the Department of Labor not to recognize the hazardous nature of tobacco farming; children deserve to be protected from these dangerous and life-threatening conditions brought about by working in the agriculture industry.

5. Call for a Total Ban on all Tobacco Products in Singapore

I Call for Total Ban on All Tobacco products for our health and for protecting our children from exposure to second and third hand smoke.

According to http://www.drugabuse.gov (http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/cigarettes-other-tobacco-products)

"Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarette smoking results in more than 480,000 premature deaths in the United States each year—about 1 in every 5 U.S. deaths—and an additional 16 million people suffer with a serious illness caused by smoking. In fact, for every one person who dies from smoking, about 30 more suffer from at least one serious tobacco-related illness.The harmful effects of smoking extend far beyond the smoker. Exposure to secondhand smoke can cause serious diseases and death. Each year, an estimated 88 million nonsmoking Americans are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke and almost 41,000 nonsmokers die from diseases caused by secondhand smoke exposure."

Many people died from tobacco products or suffer from many illnesses. The worst drug that the modern civilization because smokers harm other non smokers and this is addictive, a chronic disease. My father was addicted to tobacco and died of lung cancer. "Cigarette smoking accounts for about one-third of all cancers, including 90 percent of lung cancer cases. Smokeless tobacco (such as chewing tobacco and snuff) also increases the risk of cancer, especially oral cancers. In addition to cancer, smoking causes lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and increases the risk of heart disease, including stroke, heart attack, vascular disease, and aneurysm. Smoking has also been linked to leukemia, cataracts, and pneumonia. On average, adults who smoke die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers...", according to drugabuse.gov.

Tobacco products MUST be totally banned, as classified as illegal killing drug. World Health Organization (WHO) MUST take the lead to get this as illegal drug and with total ban.

If you're addicted, you should seek help. If we're exposed to second smoke, we should stay away or because we will be harmed through second hand or third hand smoking. There are all good reasons to ban all tobacco. Beside, we can see cigarette butt in many places. They are part of cause for disease, fire in forest, harming the environment, etc.

"While we often think of medical consequences that result from direct use of tobacco products, passive or secondary smoke also increases the risk for many diseases. Secondhand smoke, also known as environmental tobacco smoke, consists of exhaled smoke and smoke given off by the burning end of tobacco products.

Nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work increase their risk of developing heart disease by 25–30 percent and lung cancer by 20–30 percent. In addition; secondhand smoke causes health problems in both adults and children, such as coughing, overproduction of phlegm, reduced lung function and respiratory infections, including pneumonia and bronchitis.. Each year about 150,000 – 300,000 children younger than 18 months old experience respiratory tract infections caused by secondhand smoke. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk of ear infections, severe asthma, respiratory infections and death. In fact, more than 100,000 babies have died in the past 50 years from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and other health complications as a result of parental smoking. Children who grow up with parents who smoke are more likely to become smokers, thus placing themselves (and their future families) at risk for the same health problems as their parents when they become adults.

Although quitting can be difficult, the health benefits of smoking cessation are immediate and substantial—including reduced risk for cancers, heart disease, and stroke. A 35-year-old man who quits smoking will, on average, increase his life expectancy by 5 years." according to drugabuse.gov

Singapore should take a lead in total ban of tobacco products. According to Yuen Sin article at The Straits Times on Dec 16, 2015, "the smoking rates among young men are still high, and rates among young women are creeping up."

We have done so many measures but the rates are going higher each time. It is addictive, so the smokers generally once addicted, they will suffer for lives and harm others for lives. It must be stopped and they must be treated to get rid of addiction."..the annual social costs of smoking could be as high as $839 milion." quoted from Yuen Sin article.

I salute to Bhutan for the country to be first for a total ban on all tobacco products. And I call Singapore and the rest of the countries to act on a total ban on all tobacco products, for the health of their people and their future generations.

The more people coming together will gain louder voice and strength for a Total Ban on All Tobacco Products.

6. Retailers and Consumers against TFG Bill

The Tasmanian Parliament is considering a law that would make it illegal to sell tobacco products to anybody born after the year 2000.

This would not apply to retailers outside Tasmania (including online sales) and would not restrict criminal gangs selling illicit product.

This Bill would have a major impact on locally owned businesses. Not only to the owners and their families, but to the people employed by these businesses.

The Bill WILL:
• Prevent the sale of tobacco products to persons born since the year
2000, that is, members of the tobacco-free generation.
• Prevent the supply of tobacco products by licensed tobacco sellers, or
their agents, to members of the tobacco-free generation.
• Provide that members of the tobacco-free generation must not give
false identification to tobacco sellers and there would be a penalty for
doing so.
• NOT prevent members of the tobacco-free generation from smoking, or
attempting to purchase tobacco products. Members of the tobacco-free
generation would not incur any penalties for smoking.
• NOT prevent friends and family from giving tobacco products, such as
cigarettes, to members of the tobacco-free generation, however, they
must not SELL tobacco products to the tobacco-free generation.
• NOT prevent “botting” of cigarettes by members of the tobacco-free
generation. They would be able to acquire cigarettes from another
person other than a retailer or agent and would not incur any penalties
for doing so.

Do these adults not have a right to make their own choices?

7. Ban the Sale of E-Cigarettes to Minors in Brockton, MA

E-cigarettes are known to contain ingredients that are known to be toxic. In addition, they are attractive to young people and could lead kids to try other tobacco products and or other illicit drugs.

Currently, Brockton MA does not have restrictions on minors purchasing E-Cigarettes.

We, the residents of Brockton, MA would like the Brockton City Council to pass an Ordinance banning the sale of E-Cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18.

8. Establish an Ebola Indemnity Fund

Ebola has killed over 4700 citizens in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea as one one Liberian citizen in the United States. The present Ebola outbreak has been cited by the WHO as the worse in modern times. About 9,900 people are said be infected and unless contained will infect more people.

So far the USA, Mali and Spain have reported cases. A number of companies are producing vaccine but the effectiveness of these vaccine will have be tested by trials made on current infected people in Africa. There is very little information on the long term side effects of the vaccines even if clinical trials succeed and the servals rates diminished. To research and produce the vaccine, GlaxoSmithKline PLC awarded USD 1 million. Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation of Canada has received USD 140 million from the US Department of Defense to work with US Army Medical research Institute of Infectious Diseases.

UK's Welcome Trust has awarded USD 5.15 million grant to Oxford University on the Ebola vaccine research. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awareded USD 50 million. Other institutions involved in the vaccine research are Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc, Chimeria Inc, Public Health Agency of Canada, New Link Genetics Corp, Okairos Unit of Glaxo and the Caliber Biotherapeutics based in Taxes. In the absence of the infected people in West Africa, this research will not have a market or outlet other than the primates in the Congo Forest.

Two issues are involved here. First the production of the vaccine should be transparent and approached used be publicly reported. The second is that since the long and short term effects of these vaccines are unknown, the patients who received the vaccine should be indemnified. So far seven people have received an Ebola vaccine generated from GMO Tobacco leaves, two have since died.

9. Lowet taxes on alcohol and tobacco in Singapore

The increase in taxes for alcohol and tobacco in Singapore has gone too far.

We want the government to decrease the taxes and also know that they have no rights to stop people from drinking and smoking which are human rights.

10. Embrace E-Cigarettes for the Good of Public Health

We urge legislators to fully support e-cigarettes in the coming regulation. There is considerable evidence for their short-term safety, and no reason whatsoever to expect any significant danger over the long term.

Current scientific opinion supports the notion that e-cigarettes can drastically reduce the rates of smoking-related illness and death. The FDA appears set to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products, and thereby subject a life-saving product to rules designed for a life-ending one. This would be a false step, and the accompanying stringent legislation would crush much of the industry and thereby impact on the appeal of e-cigarettes to smokers hoping to reduce their harm.

It is integral to acknowledge the fact that they are vastly safer than combusted tobacco in the coming regulation, and refuse to regulate e-cigarettes in the same way.

Reference: http://ecigarettereviewed.com/fda-letter-e-cigarette-regulation

11. Raise Tobacco Access Age to 21 in Oregon

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Worldwide, tobacco use causes more than 5 million deaths per year, and current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030” (“Smoking and Tobacco Use”). These numbers are high and it is projected that they will only increase over time. One way to combat these rising numbers is to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco.

An individual should not be able to buy tobacco until twenty-one because there is a smaller chance of becoming addicted to the substance, it is harder for underage children to get cigarettes from adults than their teenage friends, and their brain is still developing, and tobacco is a really harmful ingredient to put into developing bodies. This is why parents who have teenagers should be concerned with the current legal smoking age.

As we see an increase in deaths per year from cigarette smoking, we also see a rise in underage smoking. Smoking is harmful to not only a full grown adult body, but actually does additional harm on developing bodies. According to Tracii Hanes, from the Live Strong Website, “Underage smokers face an increased risk of lifelong addiction and serious health problems, such as cancer and heart disease” (Tracii Hanes). Smoking effects all underage smokers and it can damage an individual’s brain, heart, mouth, lungs, skin and muscles.

Excessive smoking leads to yellowing of the teeth and skin, loss of sensitive taste buds, increased chance for heart disease, high blood pressure, trouble breathing, coughing, and lung cancer (“How Tobacco Effects Your Body”). The brain is especially vulnerable with youth because their brains are developing into their full grown adult brain, and if they are smoking it is much easier for their brain to quickly develop an addiction to nicotine, a substance found in cigarettes. If teenagers develop smoking habit addictions at a young age, they are likely to continue with their behaviors for the rest of their lives.

At eighteen years old, an individual is officially an adult, so some may argue that teenagers are old enough and mature enough to make their own decisions. Although they are capable of making decisions on their own, teenagers are more likely to buy cigarettes if it is legal for them. The problem with this is that eighteen year olds are still developing and their brain is in the height of its growth period. The brain isn’t fully developed until an individual reaches their early twenty’s. If teenagers are allowed to buy cigarettes while their brain is still in the developing stage they will begin to notice a difference in everyday activities and in their learning capabilities.

Although smoking affects learning and daily activities, it also plays as enormous role in a teenager’s immune system. Terrence Malgamoz, from the Quit Smoking-Central explains, “Instead of the brain's immune cells keeping the brain protected from infection and inversions, NNK causes the white cells in teen smokers to over-react and attack or even destroy healthy brain cells” (Terrence Malgamoz). NNK is short for nicotine-derived nitrosamine ketone, which is one of the key ingredients in tobacco. In sum, if teenagers smoke, their natural body process of destroying intruders counteracts itself and actually attacks the healthy cells in their brain.

12. Stop Tobacco Giant from Getting University Research

This is from the BBC News;

"A Scottish university is battling a tobacco giant's attempt to gain access to its research into the smoking habits of thousands of teenagers.

Philip Morris International (PMI), which makes Marlboro cigarettes, has submitted Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to Stirling University.

The research examines why the teenagers start smoking and what they think of tobacco marketing."

Do we really want to give information to a Tobacco company about how to market cigarettes to children.

13. Protect Young People from the Tobacco Industry

RCASA needs your support to show that the tobacco industry continues to target young people in communities across Massachusetts by constantly changing its tactics to get around laws and regulations that protect youth.

14. The Ban of Tobacco Sales in Reading, MA Pharmacies

On behalf of the Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse (RCASA) Youth Crew, we wish to make you aware of a movement taking place against the sale of tobacco products in Reading pharmacies.

Our hope is to pass a legal ban against their sale, following in the footsteps of other youth-based organizations across the state. Tobacco is a toxin not only literally within the cigarette, but tobacco is a toxin to society. It is hypocritical that a place that sells life saving medications, also sells a life draining drug. We need your help to rectify this apparent problem.

We ask of you to sign your name on this petition and spread the word about our actions. We appreciate your support in joining this cause.

Thank you.

15. End tobacco sales in Australia within 1 year

Tobacco kills many thousands of Australians every year, adversely affecting tens of thousands of families.
80% of Australian smokers would like to quit. That's 3 million Australians being left in harms way. Smokers almost universally regret starting to smoke.

Australia is a world leader in tobacco awareness and is in a position to end the scourge.

Delay of ending tobacco sales equals EXTRA tobacco deaths.

Australian governments are still locked into tobacco reduction strategies rather than enacting the only measure that will end the tobacco deaths. They will not take that step unless very seriously pushed to do so. The Australian people are the only ones who can push them that hard.

Further notes:

1. Supporting Document

2. Petition Background & Management

16. The Faces of Our Food Supply

There are approximately 400,000 children and youth working in agriculture in the U.S. The majority of these are foreign-born and without parents, access to health care, and suffer regular food scarcity.

These children and youth lack access to a regular, stable residence to obtain an education.

These children and youth fear the loss of temporary shelter and food, and therefore do not frequently report labor abuses.

17. FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY PETITION FOR A TOBACCO-FREE INITIATIVE

We, the students, staff and faculty of Florida Gulf Coast University, care about our health and the health of those around us. Therefore, we support efforts to make Florida Gulf Coast University a tobacco-free campus.

We are aware of the dangers tobacco use poses on those who use it and those who are involuntarily exposed to it. These problems are completely avoidable. Secondhand smoke is a known killer and a hazard that we prefer to avoid while entering or leaving our campus buildings.

We view this educational institution as a place where knowledge is shared, discussed and integrated into our daily lives, a place that accepts scientific proof and adapts with it, as needed. Yet, our current campus tobacco policy seems at odds with nearly all of the current scientific knowledge about tobacco use.

18. Keep Smoking Cessation / Nicoteen Addiction Services open to public

The governments of Canada is terminating funding for smoking cessation programs. Nicotine patches, prescription medications and other quit-smoking aids are out of reach for many British Columbia Ministry of Health Services recipients.

19. Get Rid of the Ban on Flavored Tobacco

Recently, Obama has signed the “Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.” This act gives the FDA control over what the tobacco industry’s put in their tobacco.

This mainly targets flavored tobacco, which anti-smoking groups say target kids. Targeting flavored tobacco won’t get kids to stop smoking; taking better control of the places that sell them to kids and better education about tobacco in schools will have a better effect. These simple rights that are being taken away will only escalate. We the people need to take a stand. This petition is to abolish the “Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act,” and hopefully get an act in place that will solve the situation, without taking our rights away.

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20. Make tobacco illegal in Australia!

The three diseases that cause most deaths in Australia are heart disease, stroke and lung cancer, with tobacco smoking being a major cause for all three of these killers.

It is the largest single preventable cause of death and disease in Australia, as recorded by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and the world, as said by the World Health Organisation. If tobacco smoking causes so much harm, why should it be “allowed” to kill people in the way that it does?

The adverse effects on health are not only suffered by smokers, but also by non-smokers who still breathe in tobacco smoke. Tobacco can even cause non-smokers to be more at risk of getting diseases such as lung cancer and others linked to smoking. Children are even more sensitive to the tobacco smoke, which can hinder lung development and cause respiratory problems and infections, as well as other illnesses.

I fully support the current initiatives to protect children from the effects of smoking, but why stop there? Isn’t this akin to stopping slavery of children, yet allowing adults to remain enslaved? I suggest that the sale, production and importation of tobacco are made illegal in Australia and eventually, possession as well. This would greatly reduce the number of smokers in our country, as there are many people currently addicted to tobacco that wouldn’t be prepared to keep smoking through illegal means.

21. End Child Labor Involved in the Manufacturing of Tobacco Products

The tobacco industries’ human rights abuses must not be ignored. Child labor is apparent in many tobacco growing and manufacturing countries.

In Malawi in Africa, 78% of children between 10-14 years old work either full-time or part-time with their parents on the tobacco farms.

In one State of Brazil 520,000 (five hundred and twenty thousand) children under 18 work in the tobacco fields. 170,000 of these children are under the age of 14.

In the Sinaloa Valleys of Mexico, 200,000 indigenous migrant workers harvest tobacco each year. 50,000 of them are children between the ages of 5-14. The young children cut and bundle the tobacco leaves putting themselves at greater risk of absorbing pesticides and nicotine from the tobacco leaves through their skin, and these toxins lead to several diseases that have led to death. Bonded labor is also akin to child labor.

In India, children are forced to roll beedis (a type of handmade cigarette) typically with terrible working conditions in order to pay off debt accrued by their families (usually because of medical expenses, funeral costs, or inherited debt from the death of parent). The children are robbed of a childhood, abused and contract diseases from working with tobacco.

According to the article “Understanding Bonded Child Labour in Asia:” “Children involved in beedi-rolling (a kind of cigarette) suffer from high rates of tuberculosis and other lung diseases.” Not only is the tobacco industry employing children in the production of tobacco, but the industry is also abusing and killing children through the abhorrent working conditions they experience and the exposure to deadly chemicals.

The tobacco industry is taking advantage of and killing children worldwide; it cannot be ignore by our government.

22. Hold Tobacco Industries Accountable for their Human Rights Abuses Overseas

Tougher tobacco control laws in the US are driving the industry to market more aggressively to the rest of the world, especially the developing world.

Thus, the tobacco industry is having a larger impact than ever on poverty, internationally.

Tobacco contributes to: poverty, malnutrition and hunger (diverting land from food use as well as diverting money from purchasing food), increased health costs, premature death, illiteracy (less money available for education), financial slavery (for many tobacco farmers), and child labor. All of these factors have added to the tobacco industries’ death toll of millions of lives every year.

Poverty and hunger are two of the largest repercussions of the tobacco industry worldwide. In December 2004, the World Health Organization announced: “Tobacco and poverty are inextricably linked. Many studies have shown that in the poorest households in some low-income countries as much as 10% of total household expenditure is on tobacco.” Also, land under tobacco cultivation around the world today could feed 10-12 million people each year if planted in food crops instead. In Bangladesh, 350 children are dying each day due to diversion of money from food to tobacco; over 10.5 million currently malnurished people in Bangladesh could have an adequate diet if the money spent on tobacco was spent on food instead.

The tobacco industry plays a large role in the poverty and hunger worldwide; our government must take action to help the poor and the starving not only in the US but also worldwide.

The tobacco industry also takes advantage of third world countries through the production of tobacco. Tobacco farmers and their families have been the victims of environmental destruction of their lands, economic slavery to the industry, limited opportunities, poor (often dangerous) working conditions, and even the poisoning of their children. Many tobacco farmers, specifically in Nigeria, find themselves and their families in an endless cycle of poverty because of their contracts with British American Tobacco: these farmers worker harder and harder every year only to find themselves falling farther into debt with BAT. Similar situations are apparent in Mexico and Malawi where tobacco proves to be a crop that makes its farmers poorer rather than garnishing a profit.

Part of the vicious cycle the farmers experience is due to the fact that the tobacco industry has struck up agreements with governments of third world countries to keep it as a commercial crop even though it destroys local economy.

Farmers and their families are not only poverty-stricken by the tobacco industry but also killed by growing the plant. Tobacco requires several applications of pesticides to grow a commercial crop, and they are often applied by unprotected farmers and their families, including young children. Pesticide poisoning is common and taken for granted. The runoff from the fields can poison wells and other water supplies.

The tobacco industries’ human rights abuses must not be ignored. Child labor is apparent in many tobacco growing and manufacturing countries. In Malawi in Africa, 78% of children between 10-14 years old work either full-time or part-time with their parents on the tobacco farms. In one State of Brazil 520,000 (five hundred and twenty thousand) children under 18 work in the tobacco fields. 170,000 of these children are under the age of 14. In the Sinaloa Valleys of Mexico, 200,000 indigenous migrant workers harvest tobacco each year. 50,000 of them are children between the ages of 5-14. The young children cut and bundle the tobacco leaves putting themselves at greater risk of absorbing pesticides and nicotine from the tobacco leaves through their skin, and these toxins lead to several diseases that have led to death.

Bonded labor is also akin to child labor. In India, children are forced to roll beedis (a type of handmade cigarette) typically with terrible working conditions in order to pay off debt accrued by their families (usually because of medical expenses, funeral costs, or inherited debt from the death of parent). The children are not only robbed of a childhood, but they are also abused and contract diseases from working with tobacco.

According to the article “Understanding Bonded Child Labour in Asia:” “Children involved in beedi-rolling (a kind of cigarette) suffer from high rates of tuberculosis and other lung diseases.” Not only is the tobacco industry employing children in the production of tobacco, but the industry is also abusing and killing children through the abhorrent working conditions they experience and the exposure to deadly chemicals.

Overall, while the US is working to tighten tobacco control laws, the tobacco industry is now looking elsewhere to take advantage of unsuspecting people. The tobacco industry performs many human rights abuses including utilizing child labor and increasing hunger and poverty worldwide.

The US has done something to protect our citizens from the tobacco industry, and now it is up to our government to prevent these industries from attacking those less fortunate.

23. A Completely Smoke Free World

I. CIGARETTES

1. THEY'RE HIGHLY ADDICTIVE!

2. THEY HAVE UNRECOGNIZABLE CHEMICALS IN THEM!

3.THEY CAUSE CANCER!

4. KILL PEOPLE!

5. THEY HAVE NO OTHER USE!

Q. I MEAN, C'MON WHY WERE THEY EVER INVENTED?????
A. I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER BUT I'M SURE IT WASN'T TO PROMOTE A HEALTHY LIFE! :)

24. Increase Iowa's Tobacco Tax by $1

This increase is necessary to help decrease the tobacco usage rates in the state of Iowa.

Currently, 20% of Iowa’s youth use tobacco products on a regular basis. The American Cancer Society estimates that this rate could be reduced by up to approximately 20% by this increase.
Another reason for this increase is to offset the annual cost to the state through Iowa’s medicaid program.

Annually, the state’s medicaid program pays approximately $301 million dollars for the treatment of tobacco-related illnesses.

An increase to the tax should be put towards funding health care measures including tobacco prevention, cessation and control.

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION ONLY IF YOU ARE AN IOWA RESIDENT/HAVE AN ADDRESS IN IOWA.

25. Rauchfreie Mensa Ahornstraße

Seit 2003 gilt an der RWTH gemäß Diensterlaß des Kanzlers Rauchverbot, sofern
sich Nutzer eines Bereichs nicht anderweitig einigen. 2005 verabschiedeten der
Fachausschuß Informatik und die übrigen ansässigen Institute ein Rauchverbot für
das Gebäude Ahornstr. 55. Das Studentenwerk Aachen weigert sich jedoch
bislang, auch in der Mensa und Cafeteria im Gebäude das Rauchen zu untersagen.

Gerade hier ist jedoch das Rauchen für die übrigen Nutzer besonders störend.
(Kanzlerrundschreiben, FAI-Beschluß etc. finden sich auf obiger Webseite.)

26. Request For A Ban on Smoking and Tobacco Usage on Campus

Previously a policy was enacted on campus that banned smoking and tobacco usage within any university building and established a boundary of 25 feet of any building where smoking was prohibited.

However, this new policy is seldom enforced, and students are still forced to walk through dense clouds of deadly second-hand smoke to enter and exit academic buildings, residence halls, and other university buildings. Trends in current public health have lead to city-wide indoor smoking bans in major cities such as New York and San Diego, and now many communities are moving to ban smoking outdoors as well.

California State University at Fresno is an example of a university which has enacted a campus-wide outdoor and indoor smoking ban, and many public universities and community colleges across the nation are working to follow in the institution's footsteps.

27. Smokefree VFW

PLEASE: FOR VFW and LADIES AUXILLARY MEMBERS ONLY!

VFW facilities are a wonderful resource and important meeting place for our communities, returned and returning veterans, and families. These valuable gathering establishments would greatly benefit from a healthy, smoke-free environment.

Secondhand smoke has been found to cause disease and death by the United States Surgeon General and is a dangerous product for our families and veterans to breathe.

28. Smoke-free White House Community Centre Campaign, Hampton

I am unable to use my local community centre for the healthy activities and clubs there due to cigarette smoke from the bar drifting to the lobby and other areas. I am especially smoke-sensitive and suffer a very bad reaction to even small amounts of it.

I moved to Hampton a year and a half ago and feel very excluded from being part of local life because of the community centre not being totally smoke-free, unlike most buildings of this type.

I am sure there are many other locals who feel the same way so let's work together to get a change for the better even before the Health Act comes into force.

29. The Effect of Smoking On Teens

July 17, 2006

Teen smoking rates - which plummeted dramatically over the past eight years - now appear to be leveling off, a trend that concerns many public health experts.

They're worried not just about the diminishing numbers of teens who are choosing to quit, but also about what may be in store for the 1 million plus new smokers who are succumbing to the habit each year.

Cigarette smoking during childhood and adolescence produces significant health problems among young people, including cough and phlegm production, an increase in the number and severity of respiratory illnesses, decreased physical fitness, an unfavorable lipid profile and potential retardation in the rate of lung growth and the level of maximum lung function.

An estimated 440,000 Americans die each year from diseases caused by smoking.

• Each day, nearly 6,000 children under 18 years of age start smoking; of these, nearly 2,000 will become regular smokers. That is almost 800,000 annually.

• It is estimated that at least 4.5 million U.S. adolescents are cigarette smokers.

• Approximately 90 percent of smokers begin smoking before the age of 21.

• If current tobacco use patterns persist, an estimated 6.4 million children will die prematurely from a smoking-related disease.

• According to a 2001 national survey of high school students, the overall prevalence of current cigarette use was 28 percent.

• Nearly graders and 5.5 percent of 8th graders smoke cigarettes daily.

• Adolescents who smoke regularly can have just as hard a time quitting as long-time smokers.

• Of adolescents who have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime, most of them report that they would like to quit, but are not able to do so.

• Cigarette advertisements tend to emphasize youthful vigor, sexual attraction and independence themes, which appeal to teenagers and young adults struggling with these issues.

• Tobacco use in adolescence is associated with a range of health-compromising behaviors, including being involved in fights, carrying weapons, engaging in high-risk sexual behavior and using alcohol and other drugs.

30. Stricter Tobacco Laws in the USA

November 21, 2005

There is a need for stricter Possesion Laws for underaged people. Less public smoking should be allowed.