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Sticky story: 3rd-hand smoke gives guests gooey fingers

| May 14, 2013

Anyone who has ever walked into a “non-smoking” hotel room and caught the distinct odor of cigarette smoke will not be surprised by the findings of a new study: When a hotel allows smoking in any of its rooms, the smoke gets into all of its rooms, the study suggests, according to a story in USA Today.

Nicotine residues and other chemical traces “don’t stay in the smoking rooms,” says Georg Matt, a psychologist from San Diego State University who led the study, published Monday in the journal Tobacco Control. “They end up in the hallways and in other rooms, including non-smoking rooms.”

The study found smoke residue on surfaces and in the air of both smoking and non-smoking rooms in 30 California hotels where smoking was allowed. Levels were highest in the smoking rooms, but levels in non-smoking rooms were much higher than those found at 10 smoke-free hotels.

Volunteers who stayed overnight in the smoking hotels also ended up with sticky nicotine residues on their fingers, whether they stayed in smoking rooms or not. Urine tests found additional evidence of nicotine exposure in those who stayed in smoking rooms, but not those who stayed in the non-smoking rooms.

UK campaigners condemn ‘sexist’ study on plain packaging

| April 25, 2013

Campaigners in the U.K. opposed to plain packaging of tobacco have described as “sexist” a study that says young female smokers get less satisfaction and less enjoyment from smoking cigarettes that come in plain, standardized packs.

Hands Off Our Packs campaigner Angela Harbutt, a smoker, said, “The idea that plain packaging will have a greater impact on young women suggests that women are more easily influenced than men. This is not only an outdated view of women, it’s also incredibly sexist.

“Women can think for themselves and if they enjoy smoking, as many do, the packaging will make no difference. It may influence which brand they buy, but not their habit.”

According to researchers at Stirling University, women in the study said they were more embarrassed about smoking from plain packs and felt more negative about smoking from the plain packs, even though they were smoking their regular cigarettes.

The same women allegedly reported smoking fewer cigarettes, stubbing out cigarettes early, smoking less around others and thinking more about quitting when using the plain packs.

Harbutt added, “This is perfectly normal behavior but it doesn’t last.”

Less drinking, smoking causes Aussies more problems

| April 16, 2013

A major research project has found that Australians have cut down on smoking and drinking, but they’ve gained weight and become more anxious.

A survey by Roy Morgan Research of 50,000 Australians every year, over five years, has found 1.1 million fewer glasses of alcoholic drinks are being consumed a week and 134,000 fewer people smoke compared with 2007, according to a story posted on the Sky News website.

But CEO Michele Levine says the bad news is that 736,000 more adults are obese and the number of people with anxiety has increased by 1.3 million.

Roy Morgan Research collaborated with Alere healthcare company to establish the Alere Wellness Index.

The results are based on 1,800 questions put to 50,000 people a year, every year, for the past five years.

TSRC announces conference dates

| January 10, 2013

The 67th Tobacco Science Research Conference (TSRC) will take place at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, Sept. 15-18, 2013. Hosted by Borgwaldt, the symposium’s theme will be Constituent lists: reshaping tobacco science.

A panel of experts will share its views on this diverse topic during the opening day. The next two days are reserved for the scientific papers, poster presentations and knowledge workshops.

Those wishing to present papers or posters during the conference are invited to submit their abstracts electronically before May 27, 2013.

Nominations for the TSRC Lifetime Achievement Award will be accepted until May 27, 2013. This award honors a distinguished scientist for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to tobacco science research or development.

For more information about the conference, sponsorship opportunities and abstract submissions, visit www.tsrcinfo.com.