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Ban helps waiters quit smoking

Smoking ban in public places such as bars and restaurants also encourages those working in these places to kick the butt, finds a new study.

The research led by Catalan Institute of Oncology researchers showed that five per cent of the waiters stopped smoking, and the number of cigarettes smoked by those who still smoke has fallen by almost nine per cent.

The law banning smoking in public places was brought force on Jan 1, 2006 in the US.
Within three years, the proportion of smokers strongly addicted to nicotine has halved as a result of the law.

All the effects observed during this research study, have been ‘significantly reduced’ among waiters in bars where smoking has been completely banned than among those who work in places with smoking areas, or where there are no restrictions in place.
“Changing the partial ban on tobacco consumption in bars and restaurants for a total ban would have beneficial effects on the health of all the workers in this sector,” said Esteve Fernandez, one of the authors of the study and a researcher at the ICO.

Why diet drugs work

Diet drugs work because they make people eat more healthily, claim psychologists.
In the study, researchers found that dieters who lost the most weight on the drugs had also reduced the amount of fatty junk food they ate.

However, some people reacted differently to starting the drugs, taking them as a license to eat more unhealthy food such as crisps.

To reach the conclusion, researchers analysed data of 572 people who had been prescribed the diet drug orlistat by their doctor.

The drug works by reducing the amount of fat absorbed by the body. However, this fat is them eliminated in bowel movements, which can cause disagreeable side effects.

Improving kids’ performance

The more time kids spend outside, the more they are likely to perform well at school, according to a new study.National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) new report suggests that the increasingly indoor lifestyle causes several factors that work against high performance in the classroom.

“Today’s indoor kids are distracted, less fit, more aggressive, and hard to manage in the classroom. Some don’t relate well to other students or adults on a personal level,” said vice president for education and training Kevin Coyle.

“Outdoor time can improve overall health while lengthening attention spans, diminishing aggressiveness, improving test scores and ultimately advancing learning,” he added.
The lack of outdoor time is likely to affect learning readiness. NWF’s ‘Back to School’ guide includes case studies that bolster the fact that outdoor education improves classroom performance.

Plants can reduce toxic ozone levels

Potted plants in the house can make indoor air healthier by cutting down ozone levels, according to a new study. Ozone, the main component of air pollution, also known as smog, is a highly reactive, colourless gas formed when oxygen reacts with other chemicals.

Although ozone pollution is most often associated with outdoor air, the gas also infiltrates indoor environments through ordinary copy machines, laser printers, ultraviolet lights, and some electrostatic air purification systems, all of which contribute to increased indoor ozone levels.

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