US model Gigi Hadid warns against social media

Gigi Hadid. (Source: @gigihadid)
Updated 23 February 2018
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US model Gigi Hadid warns against social media

JEDDAH: US model Gigi Hadid is known for accessorizing. Her latest statement piece? A
phone sticker.
Hadid was snapped stepping out with an anti-social-media message on her mobile, in the style of the warnings on cigarette packs.
“Social media seriously harms your mental health,” the sticker read.
Could be that’s just a reminder to herself of the dangers of getting too deep into the online rabbit hole. Hadid, after all, has over 38 million Instagram followers, has made more than 2,600 posts on that platform alone, plus almost 16,000 tweets to her 8.5 million Twitter followers.
Hadid has discussed before how she likes to take a digital sabbatical now and again. In December 2016 she told “Elle” that she was taking a month off social media, saying she found that “empowering.”
“A lot of the world feels so entitled to other peoples’ lives, which is so crazy,” she said. “I’m going to take a break when I feel like it.”
Hadid has also called out cyber-bullies, most recently earlier this month when she revealed, via Twitter, that she has the autoimmune disorder Hashimoto’s disease.
“Please, as social media users and human beings in general, learn to have more empathy for others and know that you never really know the whole story,” she wrote. “Use your energy to lift those you admire rather than be cruel to those you don’t.”


Stubbed out: Japan university stops hiring smoking professors

Updated 23 April 2019
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Stubbed out: Japan university stops hiring smoking professors

  • Nagasaki University the first state-run university to introduce such a condition of employment
  • Japan is steppiing up an anti-smoking campaign ahead of the 2020 Olympics

TOKYO: A Japanese university has stopped hiring professors and teachers who light up, officials said Tuesday, as the nation steps up an anti-smoking campaign ahead of the 2020 Olympics.
Nagasaki University spokesman Yusuke Takakura said they have “stopped hiring any teaching staff who smoke,” although applicants who promise to kick the habit before taking up their post could still be offered employment.
The university will also ban smoking entirely on campus from August, opening a clinic for those who cannot give up, said Takakura.
“We have reached a conclusion that smokers are not fit for the education sector,” the spokesman said, adding that the university had sought legal advice and does not believe the policy contravenes discrimination laws.
Local media said it was the first state-run university to introduce such a condition of employment and the move comes after Tokyo’s city government passed strict new anti-smoking rules last year ahead of the 2020 Summer Games.
Japan has long been an outlier in the developed world, considered a smoker’s paradise where lighting up is allowed in many restaurants and bars.
Tokyo’s new laws ban lighting up at restaurants in the capital, regardless of size. Restaurants can set up separate indoor smoking areas, but customers cannot eat or drink there.
Smoking is also banned entirely on school premises from kindergartens to high schools, although space can be set aside outside university and hospital buildings.
The World Health Organization has given Japan its lowest rating for efforts to prevent passive smoking, and it even scores poorly in the region compared with countries like China and South Korea.
Despite that, tobacco use in Japan has been falling in line with a broader global trend.