WBEZ | smoking http://www.wbez.org/tags/smoking Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Government Proposing Smoking Ban in Public Housing http://www.wbez.org/programs/marketplace/2016-01-11/government-proposing-smoking-ban-public-housing-114441 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/4170136164_b650ccca9a_z_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="Smoker" src="http://www.marketplace.org/sites/default/files/styles/primary-image-766x447/public/151331783.jpg?itok=NxFJ6Rlq" style="height: 362px; width: 620px;" title="The Department of Housing and Urban Development is proposing a smoking ban. (ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/GettyImages" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p><p>The Department of Housing and Urban Development is proposing a smoking ban in the one-point-two million units of public housing it oversees.&nbsp;But this isn&#39;t just a ban on smoking in public areas. It would extend to the inside of people&#39;s apartments, too.</p><p>Thirty-seven-year-old Equanda Willis lives in a public housing complex in Brooklyn, NY, and has been smoking for two decades. She started for the same reason many teenagers do: she thought it looked cool. Then, she got hooked. And while she&#39;d like to quit, she doesn&#39;t think the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has the right to tell her what to do in her own home.</p><p>&quot;I believe that people should be able to smoke,&quot; Willis said. &quot;If they pay rent there, they should be able to smoke where they want to smoke.&quot;</p><p>Public housing tenants typically pay around 30 percent of their income, whatever it is, in rent. The rest is subsidized. The HUD proposal has led some residents, including Willis, to question how it would be enforced.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s gonna be kind of hard,&quot; Willis said. &quot;Not unless they&#39;re gonna have security guards standing at people&#39;s apartments sniffing out smoke. I don&#39;t understand how it&#39;s gonna work.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>New York City has the largest public housing authority in the United States. Around 400,000 residents live in public housing developments.&nbsp;</p><p>Alfred Woods, also a smoker, said he worries what will happen to public housing residents who can&#39;t quit.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s gonna be unfortunate for low-income people and poor people who smoke, to be evicted over smoking in the apartment,&quot; Woods said. &quot;Which is going to cause a great&nbsp;dilemma&nbsp;for living&nbsp;situations.&quot;</p><p>Sunia&nbsp;Zaterman is the executive director of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, a non-profit that represents 70 of the largest housing authorities in the country. She said the goal of the ban would be to reduce smoking, not to evict smokers and it would start with education, not punishment.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;We do have a number of housing authorities that have experience in undertaking these kinds of policies and implementing them,&quot; Zaterman said.</p><p>For its part, HUD said residents&#39; concerns are, in part, exactly why it has opened the proposed ban up to a period of public comment.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.marketplace.org/2015/12/15/wealth-poverty/public-smoking-ban-public-housing" target="_blank"><em> via Marketplace</em></a></p></p> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 12:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/marketplace/2016-01-11/government-proposing-smoking-ban-public-housing-114441 E-Cigarettes can churn out high levels of formaldehyde http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/e-cigarettes-can-churn-out-high-levels-formaldehyde-111430 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/vaping_slide-259922e9c838be3bf53a7f24472dd9a2796845e2-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Vapor produced by electronic cigarettes can contain a surprisingly high concentration of formaldehyde &mdash; a known carcinogen &mdash; researchers reported Wednesday.</p><p>The findings, described in a letter <a href="http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc1413069">published</a> in the <em>New England Journal of Medicine</em>, intensify <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/12/16/371253640/teens-now-reach-for-e-cigarettes-over-regular-ones">concern</a> about the safety of electronic cigarettes, which have become increasingly popular.</p><p>&quot;I think this is just one more piece of evidence amid a number of pieces of evidence that e-cigarettes are not absolutely safe,&quot; says <a href="http://www.pdx.edu/profile/david-peyton">David Peyton</a>, a chemistry professor at Portland State University who helped conduct the research.</p><p>The e-cigarette industry immediately dismissed the findings, saying the measurements were made under unrealistic conditions.</p><p>&quot;They clearly did not talk to [people who use e-cigarettes] to understand this,&quot; says <a href="http://vaping.com/news/greg-conley-to-lead-american-vaping-association">Gregory Conley</a> of the American Vaping Association. &quot;They think, &#39;Oh well. If we hit the button for so many seconds and that produces formaldehyde, then we have a new public health crisis to report.&#39; &quot; But that&#39;s not the right way to think about it, Conley suggests.</p><p>E-cigarettes work by heating a liquid that contains nicotine to create a vapor that users inhale. They&#39;re generally considered safer than regular cigarettes, because some research has suggested that the level of most toxicants in the vapor is much lower than the levels in smoke.</p><p>Some public health experts think vaping could prevent some people from starting to smoke traditional tobacco cigarettes, and could help some longtime smokers kick the habit.</p><p>But many health experts are also worried that so little is known about e-cigarettes that they may pose unknown risks. So Peyton and his colleagues decided to take a closer look at what&#39;s in that vapor.</p><p>&quot;We simulated vaping by drawing the vapor &mdash; the aerosol &mdash; into a syringe, sort of simulating the lungs,&quot; Peyton says. That enabled the researchers to conduct a detailed chemical analysis of the vapor. They found something unexpected when the devices were dialed up to their highest settings.</p><p>&quot;To our surprise, we found masked formaldehyde in the liquid droplet particles in the aerosol,&quot; Peyton says.</p><p>He calls it &quot;masked&quot; formaldehyde because it&#39;s in a slightly different form than regular formaldehyde &ndash; a form that could increase the likelihood it would get deposited in the lung. And the researchers didn&#39;t just find a little of the toxicant.</p><p>&quot;We found this form of formaldehyde at significantly higher concentrations than even regular cigarettes [contain] &mdash; between five[fold] and fifteenfold higher concentration of formaldehyde than in cigarettes,&quot; Peyton says.</p><p>And formaldehyde is a known carcinogen.</p><p>&quot;Long-term exposure is recognized as contributing to lung cancer,&quot; say Peyton. &quot;And so we would like to minimize contact (to the extent one can) especially to delicate tissues like the lungs.&quot;</p><p>Conley says the researchers only found formaldehyde when the e-cigarettes were cranked up to their highest voltage levels.</p><p>&quot;If you hold the button on an e-cigarette for 100 seconds, you could potentially produce 100 times more formaldehyde than you would ever get from a cigarette,&quot; Conley says. &quot;But no human vaper would ever vape at that condition, because within one second their lungs would be incredibly uncomfortable.&quot;</p><p>That&#39;s because the vapor would be so hot. Conley compares it to overcooking a steak.</p><p>&quot;I can take a steak and I can cook it on the grill for the next 18 hours, and that steak will be absolutely chock-full of carcinogens,&quot; he says. &quot;But the steak will also be charcoal, so no one will eat it.&quot;</p><p>Peyton acknowledges that he found no formaldehyde when the e-cigarettes were set at low levels. But he says he thinks plenty of people use the high settings.</p><p>&quot;As I walk around town and look at people using these electronic cigarette devices it&#39;s not difficult to tell what sort of setting they&#39;re using,&quot; Peyton says. &quot;You can see how much of the aerosol they&#39;re blowing out. It&#39;s not small amounts.&quot;</p><p>It&#39;s pretty clear to me,&quot; he says, &quot;that at least some of the users are using the high levels.&quot;</p><p>So Peyton hopes the government will tightly regulate the electronic devices. The Food and Drug Administration is in the process of deciding just how strict it should be.</p><p>&mdash; <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/01/21/378663944/e-cigarettes-can-churn-out-high-levels-of-formaldehyde" target="_blank">via NPR</a></em></p></p> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/e-cigarettes-can-churn-out-high-levels-formaldehyde-111430 Chicago's e-cigarette crackdown is officially underway http://www.wbez.org/news/chicagos-e-cigarette-crackdown-officially-underway-110101 <p><p>The city of Chicago&rsquo;s crackdown on electronic cigarettes officially begins Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p>E-cigarettes, or vape pens, allow users to puff on nicotine vapor rather than real tobacco smoke. The Chicago City Council passed an ordinance in January that regulates the pens just like any other tobacco product. From now on, smokers won&rsquo;t be allowed to use any of these devices in the workplace or any enclosed public places like bars, restaurants, stores or sports venues.</p><p>The city policy also bans the distribution or sale of e-cigarettes to minors, and requires that stores keep them behind the counter, rather than out on the sale floor.</p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel backed the measure, and has been pushing restrictions on all forms of cigarette smoking - including boosting the cigarette tax and putting a prohibition on selling flavored tobacco products within a 500 feet of a school.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been a long line of activities to protect our kids from both tobacco products, and more importantly, from the tobacco companies seeing [kids] as part of their bottom line. And they&rsquo;re not,&rdquo; Emanuel told WBEZ.&nbsp;</p><p>Opponents - including some aldermen - say e-cigarettes are safer than regular tobacco-burning cigarettes, and can actually help people quit.</p><p>The Food and Drug Administration issued a proposal last week that would extend the agency&rsquo;s tobacco authority to cover e-cigarette products, which would restrict companies from giving out free samples. It would also impose minimum-age and identification restrictions on e-cigarettes and keep them out of vending machines (unless they&rsquo;re in a facility that never admits kids) but it stopped short of regulating advertising.The proposed rule is now under a public comment period.</p><p>Dr. Bechara Choucair, Commissioner of Chicago&rsquo;s Department of Public Health, said the proposal is a good first step--and a step in the right direction--but the city&rsquo;s ordinance goes even farther.</p><p>Choucair said if anyone sees people smoking e-cigarettes in Chicago where they&rsquo;re not supposed to, they can call 311 to file a complaint.</p><p><em>Lauren Chooljian is a WBEZ reporter. Follow her <a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2Flaurenchooljian&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNHdY9Bg1Uv8cPtNPU3NCg2qmAExsQ">@laurenchooljian</a>&nbsp;</em></p></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicagos-e-cigarette-crackdown-officially-underway-110101 Global ambitions for a Bulgarian pill to help smokers quit http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-09-29/global-ambitions-bulgarian-pill-help-smokers-quit-92666 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//npr_story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-30/smoking_Flickr_Ferran Jorda.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For decades, smokers behind the iron curtain had special help when it came to quitting smoking. A pill derived from the seeds of the Golden Rain acacia tree helped lessen cravings for nicotine.</p><p>A Bulgarian pharmaceutical company has sold the drug in Eastern Europe as under the brand name Tabex since the 1960s. In Poland, where it remains popular, a course of treatment costs about $15. It's not approved for use in the U.S.</p><p>But the medicine is getting another look as an inexpensive way to aid smoking cessation. The active ingredient, <a href="http://www.sopharma.com/tabex.phtml">cytisine</a>, may be be particularly appealing in developing countries where smoking rates are high and alternative therapies, such as nicotine gum and patches, cost a lot.</p><p>Tabex beat a placebo in helping people refrain from cigarettes up to a year after they stopped taking the drug, <a href="http://www.sopharma.com/tabex.phtml">according to results</a> in the latest <em>New England Journal of Medicine</em></p><p>The <a href="http://www.controlled-trials.com/ISRCTN37568749">study</a>, conducted in Poland, found that 8.4 percent of people who took the drug hadn't smoked for 12 months compared with 2.4 percent for those who got a dummy pill.</p><p>Those results show the pill isn't exactly magic, when it comes to helping people quit. Studies of <a href="http://www.chantix.com/index.aspx?source=google&amp;HBX_PK=s_chantix&amp;HBX_OU=50&amp;o=23119569nullnullnull">Chantix</a>, a Pfizer pill that works in much the same way, showed higher abstinence rates — around 20 percent — at one year after starting a three-month treatment.</p><p>Psychiatric side effects, including suicidal thoughts and hostility, have <a href="http://www.chantix.com/safety-info.aspx">been reported with Chantix</a>, which now carries a stern safety warning.</p><p>In the study of Tabex, the most common side effects were such things as nausea and stomachache. Psychiatric events were reported more in about 4.6 percent of people taking the drug versus about 3.2 percent of those on placebo, a difference that wasn't meaningful.</p><p>But the study, as the authors point out, wasn't large enough (only 740 people) to detect uncommon side effects. The research was funded by the United Kingdom National Prevention Research Institute.</p><p>Bloomberg News <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-09-28/smokers-quit-with-cheap-remedy-used-in-bulgaria-for-40-years.html">reports</a> Extab Corp. has licensed global rights to Tabex and is conducting clinical test to meet the standards of Western regulators.</p><div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.</div></p> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 10:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-09-29/global-ambitions-bulgarian-pill-help-smokers-quit-92666 New law aims to help Illinoisans quit smoking http://www.wbez.org/story/new-law-aims-help-illinoisans-quit-smoking-91243 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-30/cigarette_Flickr_Raul Liberwirth.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A new Illinois law requires insurance companies to offer coverage for services meant to get smokers to kick the habit. Gov. Quinn signed the law on Monday.</p><p>The American Lung Association in Illinois enthusiastically backed the law. It said the law could be a tremendous help to tens of thousands of tobacco users who want to quit smoking but can't afford the services they need to make that happen.</p><p>A vice president at the state association, Kathy Drea, argued that getting smokers to quit not only improves the health of individuals. She said it reduces the several billion dollars that smoking-related diseases cost Illinois as a whole each year.</p><p>The smoking-cessation programs that insurance companies would be required to offer coverage on include various medical treatments and counseling by physicians.</p></p> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/new-law-aims-help-illinoisans-quit-smoking-91243 Smoking on the rise globally: Cigarettes are one of the top causes of preventable deaths worldwide http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-09/smoking-rise-globally-cigarettes-are-one-top-causes-preventable-deaths-w <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-02/smoking.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>For the first time in history, governments around the world are starting to coordinate their efforts to curb smoking. The fight to tame the global hunger for nicotine is an uphill battle. Worldwide, smoking increases by two percent each year. While U.S. rates had been declining for four decades, levels have plateaued in the last five years.&nbsp;</p><p>Today we speak to Dr. Judith Mackay, senior advisor to the <a href="http://www.worldlungfoundation.org/" target="_blank">World Lung Foundation</a>. She tells us what she thinks of the <a href="http://www.who.int/fctc/en/" target="_blank">Framework Convention on Tobacco Control</a>, the world’s first shared public health treaty. So far, 174 countries have ratified the treaty but several power players – including the U.S. – have not given it their full support.</p></p> Tue, 09 Aug 2011 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-09/smoking-rise-globally-cigarettes-are-one-top-causes-preventable-deaths-w Be warned: FDA unveils graphic cigarette labels http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-06-21/be-warned-fda-unveils-graphic-cigarette-labels-88117 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//npr_story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-21/04-high-res-pack_custom.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Everybody knew the graphic new cigarette labels the Food and Drug Administration would be disturbing. But the <a href="http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/CigaretteWarningLabels/ucm259214.htm">nine selected by the agency</a> may still startle you.</p><p>The whole idea is that the labels will grab people by the lapels and be the visual equivalent of someone yelling: "Stop smoking!"</p><p>And, for the most part, the labels unveiled by the agency today live up to the advanced billing. Check out the ravaged teeth and damaged lip in the label on the left for starters.</p><p>Beginning in Sept. 2012, cigarette makers will have to give up the top half on their packages to display the nine images in rotation. In ads, 20 percent of the real estate at the top of the ads will have to be devoted to a graphic warning.</p><p></p><p>Since the '80s, cigarette packs have featured boxed safety warnings that were more of a whisper. Next year, they'll carry the hard-hitting visuals, a rotating set of text warnings, such as "Cigarettes cause cancer," and a toll-free telephone number for smokers who want help quitting. One of the new images is more encouraging that rest; it shows a young, bald man wearing an "I Quit" t-shirt.</p><p>Will the starker warnings work? The FDA predicts the new labels will cut the ranks of smokers by 213,000 in 2013, with smaller reductions in later years.</p><p>And in Canada, which has had tougher labeling for decades, graphic images have <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/05/27/131213322/">helped increase smokers' motivation to quit</a>. Even so, as the University of Ottawa's David Sweanor told NPR last November, smoking hasn't declined quite as much as some people had hoped because of inadequate access to smoking cessation programs.</p><p>Some <a href="http://www.coband.org/docs/morbid.pdf">research</a> has suggested that graphic warnings may actually reinforce the habit among smokers whose self-esteem is tied to it. But the <a href="http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FDA-2010-N-0568-0001;oldLink=false">FDA has its own research</a>, involving 18,000 people, backing up the labels and their likely effect.</p><p>Late last year, Shots and Thomson Reuters asked Americans about the FDA's proposed graphic warnings. Fifty-four percent people surveyed supported the FDA proposed to deter smoking. About 24 percent were opposed. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. <img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1308668388?&gn=Be+Warned%3A+FDA+Unveils+Graphic+Cigarette+Labels&ev=event2&ch=103537970&h1=Public+Health,smoking,FDA,advertising,Shots+-+Health+Blog,Health,Your+Health,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=137316580&c7=1128&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1128&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110621&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=133188449,129305701,129287924,126338104,103537970&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></div></p></p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 09:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-06-21/be-warned-fda-unveils-graphic-cigarette-labels-88117 Chicago teens awarded for anti-tobacco ads http://www.wbez.org/content/chicago-teens-awarded-anti-tobacco-ads <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-16/anti smoking teens_Chicago Tobacco Prevention Project.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UEn_Lr-HFrQ" frameborder="0" height="390" width="480"></iframe></p><p>Two Chicago teens have won awards for producing anti-tobacco commercials that will air locally on TV and radio this summer. The announcement comes from the <a href="http://www.lungchicago.org/chicago-tobacco-prevention-project/">Chicago Tobacco Prevention Project</a>.</p><p>The winners are 15-year-old Jennifer Sansone from De La Salle Institute and Miguel Ruiz, an 18-year-old at Kelly High School. They were among more than 150 teens who entered the <a href="http://www.lungchicago.org/sharethetruth/">Share the Truth contest</a>. It offered teens the chance to make a 30-second TV or radio commercial about the dangers of tobacco and smoking.</p><p>Ruiz's TV commercial closes with, "Don't let smoking take your life away." Sansone's radio commercial describes how her grandmother died due to tobacco-related illness.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/g6MalMkMAto" frameborder="0" height="349" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/chicago-teens-awarded-anti-tobacco-ads The skinny on smoking: Why nicotine curbs appetite http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-06-09/skinny-smoking-why-nicotine-curbs-appetite-87692 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//npr_story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-10/cigarette.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Scientists say they have finally figured out how smoking helps people keep off extra pounds.</p><p>It turns out that nicotine activates a pathway in the brain that suppresses appetite, according to a study in the journal <em>Science</em>. This discovery should lead to better diet drugs, the researchers say.</p><p>The finding comes after decades of research showing that smokers tend to be a bit thinner than nonsmokers, and that smokers who quit tend to put on weight.</p><p>Researchers made the discovery after stumbling onto a major clue recently, says Marina Picciotto, a professor of psychiatry at Yale and one of the study's authors.</p><p>The clue turned up during experiments looking for chemicals to treat depression, Picciotto says. A scientist at Yale named Yann Mineur was giving mice a chemical that's a lot like nicotine, she says.</p><p>"He was watching these mice and he said, 'You know what, they don't eat as much as the mice that didn't get this medication,' " she says. "And so he decided to follow that up. It was a window into how nicotine might be decreasing appetite."</p><p>The scientists knew that nicotine must be triggering a response in certain brain cells. So they started looking at cells in the hypothalamus, a part of the brain known to regulate appetite. And they focused on a type of nerve cell, called POMC cells, known to be involved in eating behavior.</p><p>Sure enough, nicotine made these POMC cells more active. But the researchers still needed to figure out how nicotine was communicating with these cells.</p><p>To find out, the team took a closer look at the different types of receptors on the surface of the cells, Picciotto says.</p><p>"And we actually thought that maybe the same nicotine receptors that make you want to smoke, that make you rewarded when you smoke, would be the ones that also control appetite," she says. "But we were wrong."</p><p>So the team looked at another type of receptor. These receptors don't make you feel good — they're involved in the so-called fight-or-flight response that occurs when animals or people encounter a threat.</p><p>It turned out these fight-or-flight receptors responded to nicotine in a way that reduced hunger. That would make sense from an evolutionary perspective, Picciotto says.</p><p>"The fight-or-flight response is one where you actually want to preserve your energy to do something very important," she says. "So maybe you don't want to be out there eating while you're supposed to be running away from a tiger."</p><p>The nicotine research does not mean people should take up smoking to lose weight, Picciotto says. But for people who already smoke and want to quit, but don't want to put on weight, she says, nicotine gum or a patch might help.</p><p>Still, Picciotto says, any form of nicotine has a downside, and scientists who study weight loss agree.</p><p>If people used, say, a nicotine patch, "you might find that patients do lose weight but then become dependent on a patch all the time," says Michael Cowley, who directs the Obesity and Diabetes Institute at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.</p><p>Fortunately, Cowley says, Picciotto's new research hints at a much better solution: drugs that suppress appetite without triggering the brain circuits involved in addiction.</p><p>"What this shows is that there's a whole new class of drugs that can potentially be used as weight-loss agents," Cowley says.</p><p>Picciotto's lab has already shown that a nicotine-like chemical called cytisine causes mice to eat less.</p><p>Cytisine comes from a natural source: the laburnum plant, a flowering shrub found in Eastern Europe, Picciotto says. She says it's sold there as an herbal smoking cessation product. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. <img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1307720746?&gn=The+Skinny+On+Smoking%3A+Why+Nicotine+Curbs+Appetite&ev=event2&ch=1024&h1=Humans,Research+News,Science,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=137085989&c7=1024&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1024&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110609&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c21=2&v21=D%3Dc2&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></div></p></p> Thu, 09 Jun 2011 15:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-06-09/skinny-smoking-why-nicotine-curbs-appetite-87692 Eviction possible for tenants caught smoking http://www.wbez.org/story/apartment/eviction-possible-tenants-caught-smoking <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//smoking.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Tenants in one Chicago apartment building could face fines or eviction if they're caught smoking.</p><p>The management firm in charge of the 420 units at Kingsburg Plaza in the city's River North neighborhood started transitioning to a smoke-free building at the beginning of the year. Kingsbury property supervisor Gary Lundemo tells the Chicago Tribune that, if it's successful, the management company could expand the policy.</p><p>Kingsbury plans a $350 fine for one violation and eviction for a second violation.</p><p>The building opened three years ago, and the newspaper reports 15 percent of the tenants are smokers. A survey at the building found concern about second-hand smoke.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 19:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/apartment/eviction-possible-tenants-caught-smoking