Thousands of tobacco farmers surrounded the presidential palace in Jakarta today, protesting a new tobacco bill that they say will result in massive job losses.
The new law would ban cigarette advertising and sponsorship, prohibit smoking in public and add graphic images to packaging. Indonesia is the world’s third-largest tobacco consuming country. Around 30 percent of Indonesians above the age of 10 smoke an average of 12 cigarettes a day, according to a 2008 report.
I wonder how much tobacco are in those cigarettes? …cough
more info: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/indonesia-tobacco-law-smoking-cigarette-health
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April 27, 2009
Worshippers wear face masks in a Mexico City church amid fears that swine flu may become an epidemic.- Dario Lopez-Mills
Apr 30, 2009
A Mexican couple kisses through surgical masks during the height of H1N1 fears in Mexico City in April. Despite what has been regarded as the biggest flu epidemic in decades, life went on.
Swine Flue Update:
The Center for Disease Control reports that for the week of February 7 – February 13, 2010, flu activity in the United States was relatively low, with most flu continuing to be caused by 2009 H1N1. Flu activity, caused by either 2009 H1N1 or seasonal flu viruses, may rise and fall, but is expected to continue for weeks. It’s possible that the United States could experience another wave of flu activity, or more likely, localized outbreaks of 2009 H1N1 in communities that have been relatively unaffected by illness thus far, or where 2009 H1N1 vaccination rates may have been lower.
Nutrition makes a big difference to tiny patients at a research hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Admitted with diarrhea, all weighed 50 percent below the norm for their age. Two recent arrivals are still scrawny, but the baby on the right is ready to go home after three weeks of eating locally available, calorie-rich foods. Without such intervention many severely malnourished children succumb to disease.
Photograph by Karen Kasmauski
A young woman exhales cigarette smoke in Shanghai, China. The People’s Republic of China is both the world’s largest producer and largest consumer of tobacco, which has led to an impending cancer epidemic in the most populous country on Earth.
Photograph by Justin Guariglia
Drawing deep from a new well, Soti Sotiar is among a lucky few: the 10 to 20 percent of rural Ethiopians with access to clean drinking water.