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  • Massachusetts Bans Smoking On Beaches

    06/11/2014 5:36:28 PM PDT · by kingattax · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6-11-14 | Ariel Cohen
    If you’re planning on heading up to the Cape Cod beaches this summer, leave your cigarettes at home. Massachusetts recently passed legislation banning smoking in all lifeguard-protected areas beginning June 19. The new smoking prohibition results from a number of complaints from visitors who have been affected by secondhand smoke in public areas, NBC News reports. “The smoking prohibition is the result of a number of complaints from visitors who have been affected by second-hand smoke on the guarded beaches,” park superintendent George Price, said in an issued statement. Price added that cigarettes on beaches are not only a health...
  • Reynolds American-Sponsored Website Looks at 'New Tobacco Road'

    06/03/2014 10:13:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    CSPnet.com ^ | May 30, 2014 | CSPnet.com
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Cigarette smuggling costs states an estimated $5.5 billion annually. Much of that traffic takes place on the East Coast along Interstate 95, as cigarettes from lower-tax states are being smuggled to states with higher taxes in the Northeast. A new website, sponsored by RAI Services Co., a subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc., calls the I-95 corridor "The New Tobacco Road."The website draws attention to the problem to encourage states to pass stiffer penalties for smuggling and devote more resources to enforcement.The website, www.thenewtobaccoroad.com, shows how I-95 has become a key transit route for cigarette smuggling from southern...
  • Should we ban cigarette filters?

    05/09/2014 1:05:00 PM PDT · by massmike · 31 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 05/09/2014 | VICTORIA WOOLLASTON
    Environmental experts claim [cigarette] butts contain the same toxins found in cigarettes and cigars, and can contaminate the environment and water sources. … According to Thomas Novotny from the San Diego State University and environmentalist Elli Slaughter, an estimated 4.5 trillion of the annual 6 trillion cigarettes are flicked onto the roadside or on a pavement. And the researchers claim the ban on indoor smoking may have made this situation worse. Novotny and Slaughter … want the tobacco industry to be held legally responsible for clean-up costs associated with their products, as well as warning messages put on labels on...
  • Bill O'Reilly Passed On The Chance To Be The Marlboro Man In The 70s

    04/17/2014 7:35:17 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 26 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 04-17-2014 | Caitlin Macneal
    Fox Host Bill O'Reilly on Wednesday claimed that he could have been the Marlboro Man. "While I was covering the News in Denver, I was approached by a modeling agency to be the Marlboro guy dressed as a cowboy," he said on the "O'Reilly Factor" while lamenting the lack of a public health campaign warning about the dangers of weed. He lauded the U.S. government's campaign against smoking tobacco, but said that the U.S. has taken the opposite approach to pot. "Smoking marijuana is quite the opposite. That’s on the rise, as pot use is considered cool in many...
  • Report: 57% of Cigarettes Sold in New York Are Smuggled

    03/21/2014 7:00:51 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 57 replies
    Time ^ | 03-19-2014 | Denver Nicks
    A majority of the cigarettes for sale in New York are illegally smuggled into the state, according to a report out Wednesday from the conservative research group the Tax Foundation. According to the report, 56.9% of the cigarettes sold in New York—the highest importer of smuggled cigarettes—originated from out of state. Since 2006, cigarette smuggling in the state has risen sharply, by 59%, in tandem with a massive hike in cigarette taxes of 190%. New York state now has the highest cigarette taxes in the country, at $4.35 a pack. Residents of NYC must also pay an extra $1.50 per...
  • E-Cigarette Ban: No Facts, No Logic, No Problem

    03/05/2014 9:39:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 121 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 5, 2014 | Brandon Arnold
    A handful of Democratic Senators are up in arms about the Golden Globe awards. No, they’re not upset that Breaking Bad beat out House of Cards for best Television Drama Series. Instead, they’re fuming about a few actors using electronic cigarettes during the award show broadcast. They’ve fired off a strongly worded letter to NBC Universal and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for “glamorizing” the use of e-cigarettes. And now they’re going even further in advocating for a ban on these products in the U.S. Capitol. Banning consumption of electronic cigarettes in public has become a troubling trend of paternalistic...
  • Democrats Introduce Bill to ‘Protect Children’ From Electronic Cigarettes

    02/27/2014 8:04:02 AM PST · by Cheerio · 50 replies
    FreeBeacon ^ | February 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Senate Democrats introduced legislation on Wednesday that would ban marketing electronic cigarettes to teens. Despite their admission that the health implications of electronic cigarettes “are not yet clear,” Senators Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.), Dick Durbin (D., Ill.), Tom Harkin (D., Iowa), Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.), and Edward Markey (D., Mass.) introduced the bill to “protect children” from the smoking simulators.
  • Dems push Walmart to give up cigarette sales

    02/15/2014 8:11:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 15, 2014 | Ian Swanson
    A group of Democrats are urging Walmart to follow CVS Caremark and discontinue selling tobacco products. The seven Democrats said Walmart, the nation’s biggest retailer, is also the nation’s biggest seller of cigarettes. “We recognize the legality of selling and profiting from tobacco products; however, Walmart’s position as the nation’s largest retailer of any kind puts your company in a unique position to contribute to the health and well-being of all Americans<” the Democrats said in a letter to the company. The letter’s signatories included Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), the number two Democrat in the Senate. The letter stats that...
  • Experts increasingly contemplate end of smoking

    02/09/2014 11:00:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 9, 2014 5:53 PM EST | Mike Stobbe
    Health officials have begun to predict the end of cigarette smoking in America. They have long wished for a cigarette-free America, but shied away from calling for smoking rates to fall to zero or near zero by any particular year. The power of tobacco companies and popularity of their products made such a goal seem like a pipe dream. But a confluence of changes has recently prompted public health leaders to start throwing around phrases like “endgame” and “tobacco-free generation.” Now, they talk about the slowly-declining adult smoking rate dropping to 10 percent in the next decade and to 5...
  • CVS tobacco ban just the start. Next: soda

    02/09/2014 2:20:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | February 8, 2014 | Derrick Z. Jackson
    IT IS GREAT CVS is ending cigarette sales by October, and I know exactly what other dangerous products should go behind the counter when the wall of cancer sticks comes down: Coke, Pepsi, Gatorade, Red Bull, and all other sugary beverages. I say this because I take CVS’s new public health pronouncements seriously. In announcing the tobacco ban, CVS chief medical officer Troyen Brennan said the drugstore industry is positioning itself to offer more clinical services for chronic diseases. He wrote Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association that it is a “paradox” to sell cigarettes as pharmacies...
  • Obama: CVS Decision to Stop Selling Cigarettes Will Have ‘Profoundly Positive Impact’

    02/05/2014 8:01:34 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 83 replies
    CVS, the country’s second-largest pharmacy chain, plans to stop selling all cigarettes and tobacco products, saying they have no place in a drugstore company that is trying to become more of a health-care provider. The White House released this statement from President Barack Obama on CVS’s decision: “I applaud this morning’s news that CVS Caremark has decided to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its stores, and begin a national campaign to help millions of Americans quit smoking instead. As one of the largest retailers and pharmacies in America, CVS Caremark sets a powerful example, and today’s decision...
  • Obama Applauds CVS for Stopping Sales of Cigarettes and Tobacco Products

    02/05/2014 7:22:49 AM PST · by Biggirl · 37 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 5, 2013 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama, an ex-smoker, released this statement applauding CVs for stopping the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products: "I applaud this morning’s news that CVS Caremark has decided to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its stores, and begin a national campaign to help millions of Americans quit smoking instead. As one of the largest retailers and pharmacies in America, CVS Caremark sets a powerful example, and today’s decision will help advance my Administration’s efforts to reduce tobacco-related deaths, cancer, and heart disease, as well as bring down health care costs – ultimately saving lives and protecting untold...
  • CVS Becomes First Drugstore to Yank Controversial Product From Its Shelves

    02/05/2014 7:10:38 AM PST · by rktman · 34 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2/5/2014 | Liz Klimas
    When customers step up to make a purchase at a CVS store next fall, they won’t see rows of cigarette boxes and other tobacco products behind the counter. CVS Caremark announced Wednesday its decision to stop selling tobacco products by October 2014 in its more than 7,600 stores, making it the first large drugstore chain in the country to do so.
  • Ex-Marlboro man dies from smoking-related disease

    01/27/2014 11:30:22 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 90 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/27/2014 | DAISY NGUYEN
    <p>LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eric Lawson, who portrayed the rugged Marlboro man in cigarette ads during the late 1970s, has died. He was 72.</p> <p>Lawson died Jan. 10 at his home in San Luis Obispo of respiratory failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, his wife, Susan Lawson said Sunday.</p>
  • Phillip Morris Introduces Marlboro Marijuana Cigarettes (Satire)

    01/24/2014 4:25:46 PM PST · by EveningStar · 45 replies
    Abril Uno ^ | January 21, 2014 | Akoy Ciraulo
    Phillip Morris, the world's biggest cigarette producer, announced today that they will join the marijuana legalization bandwagon and start producing marijuana cigarettes. Marketed under the brand "Marlboro M", the cigarettes will be made available for sale through marijuana-licensed outlets in the state of Colorado, and the state of Washington when it becomes commercially legal there later this year.
  • Surgeon general urges new resolve to end smoking

    01/17/2014 7:10:52 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 17, 2014 3:43 AM (ET) | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    It's no secret that smoking causes lung cancer. But what about diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, erectile dysfunction? Fifty years into the war on smoking, scientists still are adding diseases to the long list of cigarettes' harms - even as the government struggles to get more people to kick the habit. A new report from the U.S. Surgeon General's office says the nation is at a crossroads, celebrating decades of progress against the chief preventable killer but not yet poised to finish the job.
  • High Tobacco Taxes Spark Huge Black Market in Northeast

    01/07/2014 6:18:03 AM PST · by Hoodat · 79 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Jan 2014 | Mike Flynn
    High-cigarette tax jurisdictions are losing out on up to $729 million in tax revenue each year due to illicit trade in tobacco products.That is according to a new study from the nonprofit research organization RTI International. The figure represents an upper-end estimate of aggregate revenue foregone by the cities of Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Providence and Washington, DC. All five are top destinations for cigarette smugglers seeking to take advantage of high cigarette tax rates that push economy-minded buyers, including underage smokers seeking to avoid high, legal prices, to the black market. In New York, which boasts the highest cigarette...
  • ‘Germany should raise smoking age to 21’

    11/10/2013 1:29:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 05 Nov 2013 13:19 GMT+01:00 | Jessica Ware
    Calls were made this week for Berlin to follow New York state in raising the legal smoking age to 21. Johannes Spatz of anti-smoking campaign group Forum Rauchfrei told The Local why this will not be easy. Berlin Christian Democrat (CDU) politician Cornelia Seibeld told regional newspaper the BZ this week that Germany should follow New York’s lead and increase the minimum smoking age from 18 to 21. … Spatz agreed, and told The Local that Germany should indeed “look to New York for a positive role model” for dissuading young smokers. “If a person starts under the age of...
  • Father's Heartache After Police Shoot Dead Son, 19 [Truncated]

    11/07/2013 10:59:30 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 38 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 11/06/13 | Louise Boyle
    A 19-year-old has been shot dead by police after his father dialed 911 to report his truck stolen in order to teach his son a lesson for driving off to buy cigarettes. Father James Comstock has been left devastated after a police officer shot and killed his teenage son Tyler. Ames police say the teenager, from Boone, drove a stolen truck onto the Iowa State University campus on Monday, where student pedestrians dodged it to avoid being run over.
  • NYC council votes to raise cigarette-buying age to 21

    10/30/2013 10:32:14 PM PDT · by Boomer · 32 replies
    Smokers younger than 21 in the nation's biggest city will soon be barred from buying cigarettes after the New York City Council voted overwhelming Wednesday to raise the tobacco-purchasing age to higher than all but a few other places in the United States. City lawmakers approved the bill — which raises from 18 to 21 the purchasing age for cigarettes, certain tobacco products and even electronic-vapor smokes — and another that sets minimum prices for tobacco cigarettes and steps up law enforcement on illegal tobacco sales. "This will literally save many, many lives," said an emotional City Councilman James Gennaro,...
  • Blind Sheik Supporter Charged in Murder-for-Hire Plot

    10/19/2013 3:39:48 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies
    INVESTIGATIVEPROJECT.org - For The Record - The IPT Blog ^ | Oct 18, 2013 at 10:52 am | by Abha Shankar
    Two men being held in jail while awaiting trial for cigarette trafficking are accused of plotting to kill witnesses against them. In an indictment unsealed in Brooklyn Supreme Court Thursday, Basel Ramadan and Yousseff Odeh are charged with conspiracy to murder witnesses and with soliciting a potential hit man. The murder-for-hire plot was hatched from New York City's Rikers Island jail where the two have been held since their May arrest on the initial cigarette-trafficking and money laundering charges. The Staten Island Advance reports that Odeh was a supporter of blind sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the spiritual guide for the...
  • PHOTOS: Cigarettes Save Life! - WWI Cravan "A" Cigarette Tin With The Shot It Stopped Still Inside

    10/17/2013 6:53:44 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    Retronaut ^ | circa WWI | Retronaut
    “Arthur Mann joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1914. His daughter-in-law says he was shot down by the Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen – Arthur’s parachute caught in a tree. He also fought in the trenches – when Arthur was shot, the bullet bounced off this tin and saved his life. He also survived gassing, but this experience badly affected his long-term health. He died in 1953″ Explore Europeana 1914 – 1918
  • 15 Years Later, Where Did All The Cigarette Money Go?

    10/14/2013 10:32:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    NPR ^ | October 13, 2013
    Fifteen years after tobacco companies agreed to pay billions of dollars in fines in what is still the largest civil litigation settlement in U.S. history, it's unclear how state governments are using much of that money. So far tobacco companies have paid more than $100 billion to state governments as part of the 25-year, $246 billion settlement. Among many state governments receiving money, Orange County, Calif., is an outlier. Voters mandated that 80 percent of money from tobacco companies be spent on smoking-related programs, like a cessation class taught in the basement of Anaheim Regional Medical Center. "So go ahead...
  • EU lawmakers to push ahead with anti-tobacco plans

    10/07/2013 10:25:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 8, 2013 1:00 AM EDT
    European lawmakers are trying to tighten rules governing the multi-billion dollar tobacco market by imposing bigger and bolder warnings on cigarette packs, banning most flavorings like menthol and beefing up regulation of electronic cigarettes. … Treatment of smoke-related diseases costs about €25 billion ($34 billion) a year, and the EU estimates that there are around 700,000 smoking-related deaths annually across the 28-nation bloc. …
  • High Taxes Make Cigarettes 'Gold Bars' For Thieves

    10/01/2013 9:08:27 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 20 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/29/2013 | Tom Gantert
    Early Sept. 13, three men involved in a robbery tried to run over a Warren police officer in a minivan that, according to police, had an estimated $10,000 worth of merchandise. Two of the men were shot trying to flee. However, the loot wasn't cash or jewelry. Instead, police said they were after cigarettes, which Michael LaFaive, fiscal policy analyst at the Mackinac Center For Public Policy calls "gold bars." "It happens all the time," said Lt. Heidi Metz of the Warren Police Department. "Almost all tobacco stores have security systems. They've been targeted." They have been targeted, LaFaive said,...
  • "Tolerant" MA Liberals Will Throw Low-Income Minority Smokers Out Of Public Housing

    09/27/2013 4:12:43 AM PDT · by suspects · 18 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | September 27, 2013 | Michael Graham
    This week, low-income minority residents of Cambridge public housing learned a cold, hard truth about their “homes.” These apartments aren’t their homes at all. They belong to the government. And because the liberals who run Cambridge government don’t like smoking, the citizen-residents of Cambridge’s housing projects must learn to not like it, too. Smoking has been banned. The new policy takes effect next August. Massachusetts software businesses just learned a similar lesson. For years, these businesses overwhelmingly gave their political contributions to Democrats. Those same liberal pols turned around and hit these Obama-supporting, Prius-driving computer geek friends with the “tech...
  • Cops fear menthol ban will spark black market boom

    09/12/2013 3:28:57 PM PDT · by oxcart · 50 replies
    CNBC ^ | 09/12/13 | Dan Mangan
    Stop—a ban on menthol cigarettes—in the name of the law! A number of current and former top-ranking law enforcement officials from the tobacco-producing South have blasted a potential menthol cigarette ban as the Food and Drug Administration weighs restrictions on those products, contending that prohibition will spur smuggling, counterfeit cigs and other organized crime. Their comments to the FDA mirror arguments being made by Big Tobacco companies that have cited the specter of a menthol black market. But tobacco critics and a former top New York state tax official scoffed at those claims, and accused tobacco companies of scare tactics...
  • Why Southern cops fear a menthol cigarette ban

    09/12/2013 10:12:29 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 28 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 09/12/13 | Dan Mangan
    A number of current and former top-ranking law enforcement officials from the tobacco-producing South have blasted a potential menthol cigarette ban as the Food and Drug Administration weighs restrictions on those products, contending that prohibition will spur smuggling, counterfeit cigs and other organized crime.
  • Popularity Increasing Amongst Teens for Electronic Cigarettes

    09/07/2013 11:49:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    WKRB13 ^ | 09/07/2013
    Over the past two years, the use of electronic cigarettes amongst middle school and high school students has doubled. Health authorities are worried that the young people using them will end up being hooked on the regular and more dangerous regular cigarette. One out of every 10 high school students in the U.S. used an e-cigarette during 2012 as did close to 3% of the students in middle school, showed data from a new report. That rate is nearly double the rate in 2011 for e-cigarettes and equals 1.78 million children or teens who have tried the devices. The spike...
  • Report: Tobacco tax hikes don’t pay

    08/05/2013 8:48:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/4/2013 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Cigarette taxes turn a frowned-upon habit into a popular revenue source. But a recent study found that cigarette taxes often lead to other tax hikes later. The National Taxpayers Union found a 70 percent chance that the so-called sin taxes will not produce the expected revenue, as people buy fewer packs. The taxpayer advocate organization reported that from 2007 to 2011, 25 of 37 cigarette tax increases were joined by other new tax hikes within two years.
  • Study Adds to Evidence that Cigarettes are Gateway to Marijuana

    05/13/2013 11:59:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Teen smokers who rationalize their use of cigarettes by saying, “At least, I’m not doing drugs,” may not always be able to use that line. New research to be presented Sunday, May 5, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington, DC, supports the theory that cigarettes are a gateway drug to marijuana. “Contrary to what we would expect, we also found that students who smoked both tobacco and marijuana were more likely to smoke more tobacco than those who smoked only tobacco,” said study author Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH, FAAP, an investigator at Seattle Children’s Research...
  • Two Convicted in Hezbollah Smuggling

    06/21/2002 3:42:58 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 6 replies · 335+ views
    AP/ABC ^ | 6.21.02
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. June 21 — Two brothers were convicted Friday of helping run a North Carolina-based support cell that funneled cigarette-smuggling profits to the militant group Hezbollah. Mohamad Hammoud, 28, accused of being the leader of the cell, was convicted of 16 counts that included providing material support to Hezbollah. Chawki Hammoud, 37, was found guilty of charges including cigarette smuggling, credit card fraud, money laundering and racketeering. Jurors deliberated 21 hours over three days. On Friday afternoon, they told the judge they were deadlocked on one count, a charge that Mohammad Hammoud conspired with others to provide material support...
  • Crime Groups Make Higher Profits In Cigarette Smuggling Than Drug Trade

    09/06/2012 7:40:48 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 12 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/06/12 | Friends of Ours
    The profit margin for organized crime from contraband tobacco has surpassed the drug trade according to a new report by the Virginia State Crime Commission as reported by Frank Green for the Richmond Times-Dispatch: "drug dealers are switching to cigarettes because there is plenty of money to be made, less violence and the penalties if caught are much lighter." Last year CNBC ran the documentary Cigarette Wars which claimed the United States "loses $5 billion in tax revenue every year from the trafficking of illegal cigarettes" as reported by Brian A. Shactman: "The crime has several variations, but it's extremely...
  • Man Sentenced For Cigarette Smuggling-transfer hundreds of thousands of dollars to Hezbollah

    01/09/2004 9:35:48 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 7 replies · 106+ views
    Man Sentenced For Cigarette Smuggling Suspect Must Repay State More Than $2 Million POSTED: 10:57 PM EST January 8, 2004 UPDATED: 11:06 PM EST January 8, 2004 DETROIT -- A Dearborn man convicted of taking part in a multi-state cigarette-smuggling ring was sentenced Thursday to 70 months in prison without the possibility of parole, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Collins said. Elias Mohamad Akhdar, 31, pleaded guilty in July to a charge of conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. He could have received up to 78 months in prison for the crime under federal sentencing guidelines. Akhdar...
  • Hezbollah Raises Latin American Profile

    09/18/2012 9:27:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies
    Commentary ^ | 09.15.2012 | Michael Rubin
    @mrubin1971Two news stories from recent weeks, if true, should raise a red flag in the United States that Iran is preparing to use Hezbollah to strike at U.S. interests in Latin America, if not in the United States itself.First, this story from the Lebanese news portal Naharnet and sourced in part to Israeli radio. The Naharnet story was taken down shortly after it appeared: Hezbollah is using a training base established by Iran in northern Nicaragua near the border with Honduras, the Israeli radio reported on Thursday [September 6]. “The area is cordoned off and there are around 30 members...
  • Two men plead guilty to cigarette racketeering enterprise that funded Hezbollah

    07/16/2006 1:59:55 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 28 replies · 1,878+ views
    DETROIT -- Two men pleaded guilty Friday to charges of conspiracy to violate the "Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act" (RICO), U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Murphy announced today. Imad Majed Hamadeh, 51, of Dearborn Heights, and Theodore Schenk, 73, of Miami Beach, Fla., pleaded guilty here before U.S. District Judge Gerald E. Rosen to the following charges: operating a criminal enterprise to traffic in contraband cigarettes, counterfeit Zig Zag rolling papers and counterfeit Viagra; producing counterfeit cigarette tax stamps; transporting stolen property; and money laundering. Sixteen other defendants faced the same charges. Some of the profits derived from the illegal...
  • Federal Indictment Unsealed as Rhode Island State Police...

    05/08/2013 11:23:13 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies
    www.fbi.gov/boston/press-releases/2013/federal-indictment-unsealed-as-rhode-island-state-police-and-federal-agents-arrest-seven-search-ten-businesses-and-residences-and-seize-cash-vehicles-and-business-records-in-alleged-cigarette-trafficking-conspiracy Federal Indictment Unsealed as Rhode Island State Police and Federal Agents Arrest Seven; Search Ten Businesses and Residences; and Seize Cash, Vehicles, and Business Records in Alleged Cigarette Trafficking Conspiracy Investigation and Indictment Alleges Complex Interstate Conspiracy That Allegedly Defrauded Rhode Island of More Than $1 Million in Tax Revenue U.S. Attorney’s Office May 08, 2013 District of Rhode Island PROVIDENCE, RI—A federal grand jury indictment that names seven individuals and alleges a complex interstate contraband cigarette trafficking conspiracy responsible for the sale of more than $1.2 million dollars of contraband cigarettes in Rhode Island and the loss of...
  • Old cigarette smoke catching device?

    05/01/2013 9:07:37 PM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 16 replies
    I remember many years ago there was a machine on the market that (I think) was designed to reduce second-hand smoke. You inserted a real cigarette into the small device, and the device burned the cigarette for you and caught all the smoke that didn't come through the filter. Again, I think--I never used one. Does anyone recall the name of this product? Thanks in advance, FA
  • NYC looking to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21

    04/23/2013 12:18:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Oh, good grief. It's no wonder at least some gun-control advocates were probably less-than-thrilled with Bloomberg's recent foray into gun-control advertising campaigns; his particular brand of loathsome nanny-statism run amok hardly lends credibility to the cause, because of course, once nanny-staters get on a top-down regulatory roll, they’re difficult to deter: The age to legally buy cigarettes in New York City would rise to 21 from 18 under a proposal that officials unveiled on Monday, a measure that would give New York the strictest limits of any major American city.The proposal would make the age for buying cigarettes and other...
  • Just in Time for Passover: Kosher Cigarettes

    03/26/2013 7:26:54 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 9 replies
    Newser ^ | 03/26/2013 | By Rob Quinn
    It's Passover and for the first time, Israeli smokers can puff away on rabbi-approved cigarettes, the AP reports. The group that certifies foods and other items as kosher for the week-long holiday approved three brands of cigarettes after determining that their ingredients had not come into contact with grains or other forbidden items. Israel's chief rabbinate, however, criticized the move and said rabbis should not be giving smokes the seal of approval. "Poison is not kosher. For all days of the year, not just Passover," a spokesman said.
  • Smoke Gets in Your Rights

    03/17/2013 5:58:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 17, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    California Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, has introduced a bill to make it illegal for people to smoke in their own homes -- if they live in an apartment or a condo or a multifamily home. When last I wrote about Levine, he was pushing a statewide law to require grocers to charge for bags. Now he's after cigarettes -- but only the legal kind. With his new AB 746, Levine is following a trail blazed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who pushed a law prohibiting the restaurant sale of large sugary drinks, which a New York judge overturned....
  • Daily Caller Cigarette Review #2 (Hilarious!)

    02/09/2013 5:44:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 9, 2013 | Patrick Howley, investigative reporter
    The Natural American Spirit is produced by the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, which sprang up in left-wing Santa Fe, New Mexico in the early 1980s with a new innovative approach to cigarette-making. The American Spirit consists of “100 % Additive-Free Tobacco,” without the nuanced chemical combinations that give most mass-marketed cigarettes their savory taste and potent impact. As such, the Spirit satisfies a growing niche market of left-leaning types who want smoking’s well-documented coolness without earning it through hard respiratory work. This brand’s very existence is a response to the cancer research conducted by various academic elites in the...
  • Bill proposed in Oregon would make cigarettes prescription-only drugs

    01/24/2013 11:19:29 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 63 replies
    KPTV ^ | 01/23/2013 | FOX 12 Webstaff
    SALEM, OR (KPTV) - If you're a regular smoker, you may want to keep an eye on a new bill in the Oregon Legislature. Rep. Mitch Greenlick, from Portland, is sponsoring a bill that makes cigarettes a Schedule III controlled substance, meaning it would be illegal to possess or distribute cigarettes without a doctor's prescription. Under the proposal, offenders would face maximum punishments of one year in prison, a $6,250 fine or both. Other drugs and substances that are considered Schedule III controlled substances are ketamine, lysergic acid and anabolic steroids. "The State Board of Pharmacy may adopt rules placing...
  • 60.9% of all smokes in NY go untaxed

    01/21/2013 7:41:12 AM PST · by algernon_garnock · 23 replies
    HotAir ^ | 01-19-2013 | Jazz Shaw
    With all the nonsense that’s been going on in the Empire State of late – especially the Governor’s successful gun rantings - I’d begun to worry that New York was doomed for mediocrity. But for better or worse, you just can’t keep the government of this state down. If we can’t lead in freedom, prosperity or employment, we can at least be the capital of piracy. (Cigarette smuggling piracy, that is.) The Midland, Mich.-based Mackinac Center has released smuggling reports in 2006 and 2009, in addition to its most recent report covering 2011. In 2006, the Mackinac Center estimated that...
  • If we ban smoking from TV and movies, why not ban smoking guns?

    01/16/2013 3:52:48 AM PST · by Makana · 14 replies
    Vanity | January16, 2013 | Makana
    With all the chatter about firearms from the Entertainment World,I was struck by this. Smoking is verboten in TV and movies now. But firearms are not. In one episode of Strike Back, a Brit spy series on CineMax, I counted 23 bodies in 60 minutes. If the Elites are so convinced of their position, let them ban smoking firearms from TV and movies first. My guess is that script writers will have to produce real stories rather than a linked stream of shot'em ups.
  • Eric Holder: Gun Owners Should ‘Cower’ in Shame Like Smokers

    01/12/2013 11:33:58 AM PST · by yoe · 77 replies
    Vision To America ^ | January 12, 2013
    The hot new video at MRCTV.org is 1995 footage of Attorney General Eric Holder, when he was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. In his remarks before the Woman’s National Democratic Club, broadcast by CSPAN 2, Holder said people should be ashamed to own guns, just the way that cigarette smokes now “cower outside of buildings” to smoke. “What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that’s not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way...
  • Former FBI agent missing in Iran photographed in Guantánamo jumpsuit

    01/09/2013 1:12:31 AM PST · by MestaMachine · 46 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 08 Jan 2013 | Barney Henderson
    Former FBI agent missing in Iran photographed in Guantánamo jumpsuit By Barney Henderson 8:44PM GMT 08 Jan 2013 The family of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who went missing in Iran in 2007, have released pictures of him dressed in an orange jumpsuit like a Guantánamo Bay prisoner, as they continue to hold hope that he is still alive.
  • St. Paul shop caught with smoking gum

    12/27/2012 10:31:13 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    Star Tribune (Minnesota) ^ | December 27, 2012 | PAUL WALSH
    A back-in-the-day soda shop in St. Paul has been busted for selling cigarettes -- made of candy. Lynden's, on Hamline Avenue near Cretin-Derham Hall High School, said a city inspections official came in last week and gave the shop a warning and added that a misdemeanor citation -- with a $500 fine -- would be next if the non-carcinogenic confections continue to be sold. "We got busted [Dec. 19] by the City of St. Paul. Oops," the shop tweeted. Candy cigarettes, bubble gum cigars and bubble gum made to look like chewing tobacco have been among a host of vintage...
  • Packs of 10, menthol cigarettes could be banned by EU; bid to stop youngsters taking up the habit

    12/19/2012 9:34:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:18 EST, 19 December 2012 | Daniel Martin
    Packs of ten cigarettes could be banned under a European proposal to crack down on smoking. The EU’s Health and Consumer Commissioner also unveiled plans to ban menthol cigarettes and to force companies to cover three quarters of their packs with a picture warning. The idea is to make smoking less attractive to children, who are more likely to buy smaller packs of cigarettes with their pocket money. Youngsters are also more likely to buy flavored cigarettes such as menthol and strawberry. … The EU wants the new rules to come into force across the continent by 2016. Under the...
  • Missing a Father in Iran

    06/21/2008 6:28:05 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 96+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 22, 2008 | Daniel Levinson
    Missing a Father in Iran Daniel Levinson June 22, 2008 It has been 471 days since my father, Robert "Bob" Levinson, went missing in Iran -- more than the 444 days that 52 American diplomats were held hostage after they were seized in Iran in 1979. These past 15 months have brought my mother, four sisters, two brothers and me nothing but grief and sadness. We are no closer to finding answers than we were when our father disappeared March 9, 2007, on Kish Island, Iran. He was on a private business trip, and I emphasize "private" because, although he...