Two-thirds of Australia's adult population are overweight or obese, a key study found Monday, with rates continuing to climb despite a drop in smoking and drinking.
Women can add nine years to their lives by quitting smoking before the age of 40 but still face a 20-percent higher death rate than those who never smoked.
Smoking in cars raises levels of dangerous fine-particle pollutants to many times the limit recommended by the world's health agency.
Two-thirds of Swiss voters rejected a referendum Sunday to tighten a smoking ban, to the relief of hotels and restaurants, while two cantons split in a vote over keeping tax breaks for rich foreigners.
Tobacco use is massively entrenched in developing countries, where one of the biggest worries is the rise of smoking among women.
Australia said Thursday it has no plans to ban smoking after a key court ruling allowing cigarettes to be sold in plain packets, describing the health battle against tobacco as "one step at a time."
Quitting smoking leads to an average weight gain of four to five kilogrammes (nine to 11 pounds) in the first year -- "significantly" more than previously thought.
Almaty women were offered to exchanged their cigarettes for flowers.
Residents of Kazakhstan spend $1 billion for sigarettes annually: Luigi Cervezato.
Kazakhstan Ministry of Public Healthcare is reviewing the options of daunting images approved by EurAzEC to appear on cigarette packs by 2012.
Press-conference timed to the World No Tobacco Day was held in Astana to discuss statistics of tobacco consumption in Kazakhstan.
A flash-mob timed to the World No Tobacco Day was held on May 28 in Almaty.
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