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Smoking is hazardous to your health in more ways than one. They're the leading cause of fatal fires in the U.S., causing one of every four fire deaths, and while the overall incidence of house fires is falling, the number of fires started by cigarettes is rising.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says the number of fires started by cigarettes increased 19 percent in the most recent year studied. It's urging more states and cities to follow New York's lead in requiring that cigarettes be designed to stop burning when they're not being actively smoked.
New York is the only state that has passed the cigarette safety law. Starting in June 2004, cigarettes sold in New York must be self-extinguishing and all cigarette brands must be tested to make sure they self-extinguish at least 75 percent of the time.
"Cigarette fires are a major cause of death that we know how to address,'' said James M. Shannon, NFPA president and chief executive officer. "A cigarette touching something combustible can take significant time to produce a fire. Cut down the burning time of cigarettes and you can prevent fires."
Wednesday, June 15, 2005 - 00:34:15
Exposure to secondhand smoke is even more dangerous than previously thought and increases the risk of heart disease among non-smokers by as much as 60 percent, according to a study just published in the British Medical Journal.
Researchers said the study provides the most compelling evidence yet that secondhand smoke causes heart disease. It is the first study to show a direct physical link between secondhand smoke exposure and an increased risk of heart disease.
"This study underscores the need for states and communities across the country to enact comprehensive clean indoor air laws that require all workplaces and public places to be smoke-free," said William V. Corr, executive director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
Friday, May 20, 2005 - 15:31:51
�When people first began to look at how they were eating, fat was determined to be the enemy. Store shelves were stacked with low-fat and reduced fat products. The Nutrition Facts label became required reading. We became educated consumers comparing grams and percentages, servings and calories, intent on eating right. Then, almost overnight, if the media is to be believed, fat no longer was the mortal enemy, it wasn't a friend, but more of a nodding aquaintance. Carbohydrates and sugar became the new enemies. As we scrutinized the nutrition labels we saw a new addition, sugar alcohol. Was this a friend or foe, good or bad, who could tell? For the addict, the name alone was off-putting. Well the news is good. Sugar alcohol is indeed a friend to those watching both their addiction and their weight. The Yale-New Haven Hospital website (http://www.ynhh.org) features an informative article that helps clear the confusion. This should help ease your mind as you chow down on that delicious bowl of ice-cream.
Friday, May 20, 2005 - 15:11:43
Ellen J. Silberman - Boston Herald
Monday, February 07, 2005 - 11:23:01