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Entries from April 2010

New Smoking Law in Australia Bans Logos And Branding

April 29th, 2010 · No Comments

The Australian government just announced a higher tax on cigarettes and a ban on logos and branding on cigarette packets! This is great news for the public but of course the tobacco industry is furious.

The new law states that the cigarettes must be sold in plain, standardized packages carrying large, graphic warnings against smoking with the brand name in small print starting in 2012.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd stated that “cigarettes are not cool, cigarettes kill people and this will be the most hard line regime for cigarette packaging anywhere in the world.”

Rudd said Australia also planned new limits on Internet tobacco advertising and would spend 27.8 million dollars on a “hard-hitting” anti-smoking campaign.

“The big tobacco companies will hate what we are doing,” he said. “The government however makes no apology what for what we are doing as it is the right decision.”

Tobacco advertising is outlawed in Australia, and smoking is also banned in most enclosed public spaces such as offices and restaurants.

However, Rudd said some 15,000 Australians die of smoking-related diseases every year, and that tobacco use cost the country 31.5 billion dollars a year in health care and lost productivity.

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Tags: Smoking - Nicotine Addiction

Jamie Oliver Food Revolution and Obesity

April 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

Fast foods and sugar addiction leads to obesity and British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is starting a “Food Revolution” in the U.S. to change the obesity health problem we have.

Huntington, West Virginia has been listed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as the nation’s unhealthiest city and that is where Jamie is starting his campaign. Jamie encounters a lot of resistance by the locals and the school meal program managed by the USDA is a disaster but he is determined to overcome.

His show is a six-part TV series co-produced by Ryan Seacrest of American Idol fame and is on ABC Friday evenings. I encourage you to watch.

The Food Revolution website has a petition with a call to save cooking skills and improve school food. Jamie plans to present the petition to President Obama and the first lady to ask for support. The last I checked, over 164,000 had signed.

For more info about Jamie see: www.jamieoliver.com/tv

Jamie won the 2010 TEDPrize: www.tedprize.org/jamie-oliver

Jamie Oliver’s Wish
“I wish for your help to create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.”

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Tags: Sugar Addiction