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COVER STORY: SMOKEVILLE
When residents of Helena, Mont. voted to ban smoking in bars, restaurants and casinos, an amazing thing seemed to happen. Over the course of six months, according to a recent study, local heart attack rates were cut in half. But not everyone in town was convinced of the study's findings or happy about the ban. Helena's economy began to struggle, with businesses dependent on smokers fighting to make ends meet. Helena's population remains divided, and the fate of the ban is up in the air. Russ Mitchell reports on the great smoking debate in this CBS News Sunday Morning cover story.
What product when used as directed kills 50% of loyal lifetime customers?It's even worse.For each of the estimated 4.9 million being claimed by smoking, each 14 to 15 years early, there are 20 others already impaired by smoking induced disease.Once established nicotine dependency is as permanent as alcoholism.The key to remaining on this side of the bars and keeping our dependency under arrest on the other is that one puff of nicotine.No nicotine today, Never Take Another Puff ...Chew, Gum, Dip, or Lozenge!
|From: John (Gold)||Sent: 5/30/2004 2:30 PM|
| From the World Health Organization's Website |
WHO Atlas maps Global Tobacco epidemic
15 October 2002|GENEVA -- Tobacco kills 560 people every hour or 13,400 people per day or 4.9 million people per annum. This death and disease toll spares no nations and no people. WHO's new Tobacco Atlas presents a visual view of this galloping worldwide epidemic. The Atlas provides detailed data from countries on the differences and similarities of the global tobacco control struggle. The comparative data shows that action - or inaction - of one country can affect the work of another.
"The Tobacco Atlas highlights, in an educational and creative fashion, diverse features of this important global epidemic," said Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General, World Health Organization " Its simple presentation of complex epidemiological and statistical information allows everybody to understand the facts and use them effectively."
The Atlas is being promoted as a tool for policy makers as they seek to formulate national and international regulations on tobacco control. Tobacco consumption is increasing all over the world and will kill 8.4 million people a year by year 2020 if drastic control measures are not put into effect. One in two of today's young smokers will die from tobacco-related causes. The developing countries will bear the brunt of the death toll, accounting for over 70 percent of the projected deaths.
The Tobacco Atlas, produced in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, USA, provides a unique statistical profile of the epidemic. Visual presentations, such as colour maps and graphics, make thousands of statistics spring to life on a variety of tobacco issues. Among the presentations are similarities and differences between countries, the conduct of the tobacco companies, gender differences in tobacco consumption, investments by tobacco industry, the costs of tobacco use and illicit trade and litigation.
"Action taken today will determine the reality of tomorrow. The Atlas is a valuable resource in fighting the tobacco epidemic," said Dr Judith Mackay, author of the Atlas and Senior Policy Advisor to the Tobacco Free Initiative of the World Health Organization. The co author of the Atlas is Dr Michael Eriksen, former Director of the US Office on Smoking and Health and current consultant at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Tobacco Atlas comes at a time when WHO's Member States meet in Geneva for the fifth round of negotiations on the proposed Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The Convention is scheduled to be ready by May 2003.