10 Years After Ban, the Number of UK Smokers Falls to Record Low

first_imgMore importantly, the legislation is suspected to have caused a dramatic drop in smoking amongst 16 to 24 year olds. Adolescent smoking dropped from 26% to 17%, which is the lowest it has ever been.CHECK OUT: Heartfelt Memories May Be More Effective Than Shaming to Help Smokers Quit66% of English citizens have reportedly also enjoyed being able to have a night on the town without their clothes smelling like smoke, thus making public outings more family friendly.England was the last UK country to enforce the ban in July 2007, while Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland all launched the legislation in 2006. Other anti-smoking practices that were put into effect included requiring stores to hide cigarettes behind the counter, rather than in plain sight; increasing cigarette taxes; and removing cigarette dispensaries.Sir Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, said: “We’re thrilled that 10 years on, the smoking ban has been such an enormous success.MORE: Fewer Babies Having Babies: U.S. Teen Birth Rate Cut in Half“Cancer Research UK worked incredibly hard for many years to ensure that the law would be effective and that no one would be exposed to toxic second-hand smoke. The impact on public health is huge. It’s rewarding to know that this effort will go on to have a great impact on the health of future generations.“As well as protecting people from the deadly effects of passive smoking, we’ve also seen big changes in public attitudes towards smoking. It’s now far less socially acceptable and we hope this means fewer young people will fall into such a potentially lethal addiction.”Click To Share The News With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIt’s been ten years since the United Kingdom introduced a ban on smoking inside enclosed public spaces – and the legislation has clearly paid off.According to research recently released by Cancer Research UK, the amount of British smokers has fallen to a new record low of 8 million – a decline of roughly 2 million smokers.last_img read more

What roadside bomb takes away, guide dogs return tenfold

first_imgLOS ANGELES | Michael Jernigan lost his eyesight and part of his brain in Iraq in 2004. But he insists, thanks to a couple of dogs, he found more than he lost.His confidence, hopes, dreams, independence — they were shattered on a roadway. He couldn’t even go to games for his favorite team, the Tampa Bay Rays. Then Brittani, a Labrador and golden retriever mix, became his “battle buddy.” She boosted his confidence and independence and taught him to forget his disabilities and concentrate on his capabilities, he said. They got a history degree together and even went to the ballpark.Jernigan was a Marine corporal on patrol with four others on Aug. 22, 2004, on the outskirts of Mahmudiyah, between Baghdad and Kuwait. A roadside bomb ripped into their Humvee, killing one and injuring most of the rest. Jernigan was thrown 60 feet from the gun turret.In this Aug. 18, 2015, photo provided by Southeastern Guide Dogs, Michael Jernigan strokes the head of his guide dog Treasure as he navigates the streets of Tampa, Fla., with Southeastern Guide Dogs training director Rick Holden. Jernigan lost his eyesight and part of his brain when a roadside bomb ripped into his Humvee in Iraq in 2004. He has undergone more than 30 surgeries. But he insists, thanks to a couple of dogs, he found more than he lost. (Esther McFarland/Southeastern Guide Dogs via AP)Surgeons removed both eyes, the front of his brain and his forehead — leaving the rest of his brain to be supported by titanium mesh. His left kneecap was fractured and his right hand had to be rebuilt. He has undergone more than 30 surgeries, and he can only see black. Through it all, Jernigan said, the hardest part of all was being alone.But before the surgeries were done, Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc., in Palmetto, Florida, contacted Jernigan’s mom and told her they would have a dog for her son when he needed one.Jernigan is still learning to handle large crowds, but Brittani helped him control anxiety attacks caused by post-traumatic stress disorder. One day when they got caught in a crowd and Jernigan became “frazzled,” Brittani went to work.She “started hitting my hand with her cold, wet nose,” Jernigan recalled. “I started petting her neck. She was wagging her tail and kissing my face. She realized I was at my breaking point and stopped me and helped me release all that tension to get me to a better place.” It felt, he added, like “I had a Marine to the right and a Marine to the left of me at all times.”Earlier this year, Brittani retired and is living with a friend. It took several months to find a replacement, a Labrador named Treasure, who could match Brittani’s speed, gait and size. But Treasure has taken over where Brittani left off.“Brittani was the longest and most successful female relationship I have ever had,” Jernigan joked. He adds that he “will never be able to replace Brittani. It doesn’t mean Treasure won’t have a tremendous impact on my life — just different.”After training with Treasure for 26 days on Southeastern’s campus, Jernigan graduated in August and began a new phase of his life. He turns 37 in October.Only in the last two or three years has he started to understand how great his recovery was. “What I have been able to accomplish post-recovery is amazing, unbelievable. It wasn’t too many years ago I thought I might have to live in a nursing home having somebody take care of me.”In some ways, he thinks “getting blown up was the best thing that ever happened to me because it changed the trajectory of my life. Before, I was a failed student. Wounded, I made a comeback and am a better son now than before.”There are things he can’t do: “You wouldn’t want me driving a car, would you?” But he is writing a book, organizing a motivational speaking tour and working at Southeastern.“If you used one word to describe Michael it would be inspirational,” said Titus Herman, Southeastern’s CEO. “The fact that he has found the commitment and courage to create a life of meaning is inspirational to all of us. We are in awe of his accomplishments. He pushes all of us to try harder.”last_img read more