How Finland plans to completely eradicate tobacco use by 2040

January 27, 2017 by  
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Finland is looking to set a world standard for anti-smoking campaigns , with an ambitious new plan to make the country largely tobacco-free by 2040. That means the Finnish government wants less than 2 percent of adults in the country to consume tobacco in any form – be it cigarettes, snuff, pipes or e-cigarettes – by that time. According to CNN , smoking rates in Finland have been declining on par with those in other industrialized countries around the world – by and large due to things like bans on advertising and shop displays, as well as the creation of smoke-free public spaces. Still, the Finnish government has its work cut out for it, as 16 percent of 15 to 64-year olds in the country smoked as of 2013. That means they need to achieve a 14 percent reduction in just 23 years. Related: Coffee addict? It’s all in your DNA They’re hoping a “revolutionary” approach to tobacco reduction will help them meet the lofty goal. As CNN reports, instead of just targeting one area at a time, like exposure in public space or cigarette use, the Finnish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs plans to be precautionary in every angle, using a “comprehensive set of policies,” according to Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Kaari Paaso . They’re not going halfway by advocating for milder products that do less harm like e-cigarettes or snuff, as happened in neighboring Sweden. Instead, they’re moving to phase out all products. “We don’t want to fall into the trap of other policies that have less harmful products,” said Paaso, noting that he fears the promotion of other products will just create different problems for the health care system to confront down the road. “We want to phase out all products.” Finland plans to use a method that has worked in many other locations, raising the price of cigarettes, but with its own unique take. It plans to charge a licensing fee for vendors and an annual fee to pay for surveillance officers who ensure compliance with rules – which is sure to drive the price of tobacco up even further. Via CNN Images via Pixabay and Pexels

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Trump inspires 400 scientists to run for office

January 27, 2017 by  
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It’s been a rough week for the scientific community, with President Donald Trump all but declaring war on evidence-based scholarship. Science is supposed to be nonpartisan, yet the White House has in a matter of days muzzled the National Parks Service , frozen grants at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, purged references to climate change from federal websites, and tapped a virulent anti-vaxxer to head an investigation into vaccine safety . Scientists have responded to this barrage of “alternate facts” and “fake news” with an upcoming march on Washington, D.C., and hundreds are even mulling a run for public office. #ThanksDonald ! That’s where 314 Action comes in. Named after the first three digits of pi, the political action committee is the scientist equivalent of Emily’s List , which encourages pro-choice Democratic women to take on the corridors of power, or Veterans Campaign , which does the same for former members of the military. “314 Action is concerned that STEM education in the United States is falling further and further behind the rest of the world, that our political leaders continue to deny scientific facts, and that Congress fails to fully fund scientific research so we can solve pressing environmental issues like climate change and social problems like gun violence,” reads the nonprofit’s website. Related: Scientists are preparing to march on Washington In the past two weeks, 314 Action has seen more than 400 people express interest in an online information session it’ll be holding for STEM workers who are considering running for office for the first time. If even a fraction of those people eventually get elected, it’ll be the intellectual shot in the arm Congress so desperately needs. Only 10 percent of lawmakers have any kind of post-high school STEM knowledge, according to a 2011 survey from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics . “A lot of scientists traditionally feel that science is above politics but we’re seeing that politics is not above getting involved in science,” 314 Action founder Shaughnessy Naughton told the Atlantic . “We’re losing, and the only way to stop that is to get more people with scientific backgrounds at the table.” + 314 Action Via the Atlantic Photos by Pixabay and Joye

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Shell added, Samsung loses in 2016 DJSI

September 12, 2016 by  
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In the annual shakeup of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, Intel, Samsung and British American Tobacco are no longer on the world group.

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The VERGE Ecosystem Map

September 12, 2016 by  
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Sometimes you’ve got to step back to take in the big picture.

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As climate lawsuits heat up, doing nothing becomes riskier business

July 30, 2015 by  
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Angry citizens are taking companies to court for causing climate change. Will Big Oil go the way of Big Tobacco?

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MIT idea: Reward solar generation instead of installation

July 30, 2015 by  
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Instead of paying generators a flat rate for every kilowatt-hour, how about an output-based approach that rewards production?

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Re-Barn: Autotroph Converts Iconic Tobacco Barns into Green Solar-Powered Homes

July 24, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Re-Barn: Autotroph Converts Iconic Tobacco Barns into Green Solar-Powered Homes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable development” , adaptive re-use , Autotroph , eco design , green design , green renovation , Maryland , photovoltaic panels , Re-barn , Solar Power , sustainable design , Tobacco Barns

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PHOTOS: Rug Made From 500,000 Cigarettes

November 9, 2011 by  
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Chinese contemporary artist Xu Bing has been fascinated by the tobacco industry for more than 10 years. Bing, who was born in the Zhejiang province in 1955, first began adding cigarette pieces to his Tobacco Project series in 2000. And he just…

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pop your cherry.

February 24, 2010 by  
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Butts – they’re the most common form of litter the world over and we’re not talking booty.  According to the American Littoral Society, in 1998 over 176 million pounds of cigarette butts were discarded in the U.S

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