“A smoker costs a private employer . . . an extra $5,816 a year compared with a nonsmoker,” says a New York Times report. According to data collected by researchers at Ohio State University, the estimated average additional cost resulted from smoking breaks, higher health-care expenses, and absenteeism. Another factor was lost productivity, likely caused by the withdrawal effects of nicotine addiction.
“Inconsistency on the part of pastors and the faithful between what they say and what they do, between word and manner of life, is undermining the Church’s credibility.”
Malaysian authorities uncovered 24 tons of smuggled ivory
According to a 2012 World Health Organization report, 63 percent of deaths were caused by communicable diseases, notably HIV/
Simulated-gambling apps (applications) for smartphones and other devices have become popular among children. Some apps mimic real casino games but are easier to win. A government report warns that such simulations may legitimize gambling among children “and may lead them to become problem gamblers in the future.”