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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa govt bans Naswar, cigarette in educational institutes

PESHAWAR: The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has decided to launch crackdown against Naswar and cigarette in educational institutions across the province, ARY News reported. The KP Education Department has directed the educational institutes to regularly monitor canteens and tuck shops in their premises.  According to a notification issued by the secretary KP Education Department, in the anti-Naswar and cigarette drive, vigilance of canteens of schools and colleges will also be done to make the ban effective.…

In US, cigarette smoking rate declines to new low

Cigarette smoking is losing popularity in the United States, where health officials Thursday announced just 14 percent of the population now smokes, the lowest level ever recorded in the country. Some 34 million US adults smoke cigarettes, according to a 2017 survey by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 14 percent cigarette-smoker rate is down from 15.5 percent in 2016. The current rate marks a 67 percent decline since 1965, the year the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) began collecting…

Heart attack risk doubles for daily e-cigarette users: survey

Use of e-cigarettes every day can nearly double the odds of a heart attack, according to a new analysis of a survey of nearly 70,000 people, led by researchers at University of California. The research also found that dual use of e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes — the most common use pattern among e-cigarette users — appears to be more dangerous than using either product alone. The study found that the risks compound, so that daily use of both e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes raises the heart attack…

Orangutan smokes cigarette thrown by visitor at zoo

JAKARTA: A video of an orangutan at zoo smoking a cigarette is going viral and drawing criticism on the zoo administration. The video, posted to Facebook by animal rights activist Marison Guaciano, shows a visitor to the Bandung Zoo throw a lit cigarette into the orangutan enclosure, where one of the animals picks it up and starts to puff. "Visitors do not know how to deal with animals, but the lack of supervision by zoo management is equally lacking, and is one of the issues which must be addressed," Guaciano said.…

Heart attack risk high with one cigarette a day: study

PARIS: Just one cigarette a day carries nearly half the risk for heart attack and stroke as smoking a full pack of 20, according to a large-scale study published Thursday. "If someone smokes one cigarette instead of 20 per day, intuitively we’d think that the risk drops to 1/20, or five percent," said lead author Allan Hackshaw, a professor at University College London, whose paper analysed 141 previous studies. "This seems to be the case for lung cancer, but is not true for heart attacks and stroke, where one…