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  • Original 'Marlboro Man' Robert Norris dies at his Colorado ranch at age 90 having NEVER smoked

    11/09/2019 1:34:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/08/19 | Mary Kekatos
    Robert Norris, known as the original 'Marlboro Man' used in ads for the cigarette brand, has died at age 90. Norris passed away at his ranch in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Sunday. He is survived by his two sons and two daughters, 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. For 12 years, Norris graced billboards and magazines as the Marlboro Man, a rugged man wearing a cowboy hat in wild terrain - with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth or in his hand. But despite him pictured holding cigarettes for more than a decade, Norris never smoked and he eventually quit...
  • Authorities bust $12M cigarette smuggling operation based in Fayetteville

    07/23/2019 3:48:26 AM PDT · by Libloather · 55 replies
    WRAL ^ | 7/22/19 | Mattew Burns
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — More than two dozen people were arrested last week in connection with a $12 million cigarette smuggling operation based in Fayetteville, authorities said Monday. U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon said Justin Brent Freeman and his wholesale business, FreeCo Inc., at 231 Williams St., served as a hub for the illegal operation. People would pay cash for large quantities of cigarettes at FreeCo and other retailers in North Carolina, including Sam's Club stores in Raleigh, Fayetteville and Goldsboro, and would then pack the cigarettes into rental cars for shipment to Virginia, Higdon said. In Richmond or Alexandria, Va., the...
  • Sen. Mitt Romney joins effort to raise legal age to 21 for tobacco and e-cigarettes

    05/14/2019 3:24:10 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 66 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | May 8, 2019 | Thomas Burr
    Sen. Mitt Romney is pushing legislation to raise the federal legal age to buy tobacco to 21, an effort backed by the tobacco industry and that health advocates hope will curtail younger Americans from smoking. Romney, a Utah Republican, said the bill was the first step in addressing an avoidable health crisis of young Americans taking up e-cigarettes as well as traditional tobacco products. The legislation would raise the age to buy any tobacco product to 21 as well as allow the Health and Human Services Department to conduct undercover compliance checks, retail inspections and enforce the law with fines.
  • Beverly Hills poised to end most tobacco sales

    05/08/2019 11:08:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 8, 2019 | John Rogers
    The smoke hasn’t cleared yet, but Beverly Hills is poised to become the first U.S. city to end most tobacco sales. The City Council in the world-renowned enclave of the rich and famous unanimously indicated Tuesday that it’s ready to snuff out most sales when it meets again on May 21. The proposal currently contains a loophole allowing cigarette-loving tourists to obtain smokes at hotels. Three plush cigar lounges would also be exempt from the ordinance. The city “has always taken the lead when it’s come to restricting smoking,” Mayor John Mirisch said. “Let us try to be a light...
  • Disney Reportedly Concerned About Cigarette Smoking In Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ (tr)

    04/24/2019 3:51:51 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 30 replies
    The Playlist ^ | April 24, 2019 | Charles Barfield
    We are just over a month into the new Disney/Fox status quo. The Mouse House has become the industry’s first mega-studio by absorbing one of its biggest competitors in a deal that has had massive repercussions, already, with thousands losing jobs and films suddenly finding themselves without a studio. But there is a lot more at play in the merger than what many were probably considering, such as Disney’s morals. Everyone knows that Disney doesn’t make films the same way that everyone else does. The films under the Disney banner have a certain limit on how far they can go....
  • Congress to Consider Raising Tobacco-Buying Age to 21

    04/19/2019 4:58:45 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 71 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 18, 2019 | Jennifer Maloney
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to introduce legislation raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 from 18, a move that public-health advocates and tobacco companies hope would curb the use of e-cigarettes among youths. More than a dozen states have passed or enacted laws raising the minimum age to 21 and others are considering doing so. Sen. McConnell’s announcement Thursday follows the introduction earlier this month of similar bills in the House. Altria Group Inc. and British American Tobacco PLC, the two biggest U.S. cigarette manufacturers, both support an increase of the minimum age to 21,...
  • Hawaii is considering a bill that bans cigarette sales to anyone under 100

    02/04/2019 4:49:32 PM PST · by Ciaphas Cain · 69 replies
    CNN ^ | February 4, 2019 | Ryan Prior
    (CNN)"The legislature finds that the cigarette is considered the deadliest artifact in human history." So begins the text of a new bill introduced in Hawaii's State House, calling for a phased ban on cigarette sales in the state by 2024. Hawaii has some of the most restrictive cigarette laws in the nation. In 2016, it became the first state to raise the age to buy cigarettes to 21. Now, its new bill calls for raising the cigarette-buying age to 30 by next year, up to 40, 50 and 60 in each subsequent year, and up to 100 by 2024. That...
  • Missing American Feared a Victim of 'Dirty War'

    04/14/2007 5:36:53 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 715+ views
    Financial Times ^ | April 13, 2007
    Missing American Feared a Victim of 'Dirty War' April 13, 2007 The Financial Times Guy Dinmore in Washington and Najmeh Bozorgmehr in Tehran Just why Robert Levinson, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and now private investigator, should venture into Iran to meet a American fugitive wanted for murder in the US remains a mystery that the highest Bush administration authorities are trying to unravel. As the Financial Times revealed this week, Mr Levinson disappeared on March 8 after a six-hour meeting on the Iranian island of Kish with Dawud Salahuddin, an American who converted to Islam and was...
  • 9 Charged in 'Large-Scale Voter Fraud Scheme'

    11/24/2018 7:34:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 65 replies ^ | November 24, 2018 | Timothy Meads
    According to a press release sent out by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, nine individuals have been charged "with a dozen felony counts for allegedly offering money and cigarettes to homeless people on Skid Row in exchange for false and forged signatures on ballot petitions and voter registration forms." "The defendants are accused of engaging in the solicitation of hundreds of false and/or forged signatures on state ballot petitions and voter registration forms by allegedly offering homeless people $1 and/or cigarettes for their participation, prosecutors said. The alleged offenses occurred during the 2016 and 2018 election cycles," the release...
  • 'Cigarettes, beer and junk food ... the essentials': Thousands of Wilmington residents

    09/16/2018 7:24:39 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 41 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | September 16, 2018 | Jose Lambiet
    Complete Headline: 'Cigarettes, beer and junk food ... the essentials': Thousands of Wilmington residents overcrowd supermarket open amid hurricane chaos and COPS have to help with crowd control As the Hurricane Florence clean-up efforts were under way residents turned out to hunt for snacks Cops were called and the lines were said to take up to four hours to get served Shoppers were looking for 'cigarettes, beer and junk food' Thousands remain without power across the state as the storm continues Stores elsewhere in the city are expected to be able to reopen Sunday The residents of Hurricane Florence-stricken Wilmington,...
  • Mueller may have a conflict — and it leads directly to a Russian oligarch

    05/14/2018 1:14:54 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    The sHill ^ | 5/14/18 | John Solomon
    ...In 2009, when Mueller ran the FBI, the bureau asked Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to spend millions of his own dollars funding an FBI-supervised operation to rescue a retired FBI agent, Robert Levinson, captured in Iran while working for the CIA in 2007.
  • Patriarch Kirill: True Faith Defeats Terrorism. Hilarion: Unity with Catholics Impossible

    05/04/2018 5:34:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 5/2/18 | Vladimir Rozanskij
    On his visit to Albania, the Orthodox patriarch of Moscow invoked the unity of the Christian Churches to disarm religious radicalism. On the same day, his closest collaborator, Hilarion, pulled the breaks on ecumenical leaps. Between Catholics and Orthodox there is a common faith, but too many "contradictions and misunderstandings", such as the work of Card. Stepinac and that of the Greek-Catholics (uniates).Moscow (AsiaNews) - The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill (Gundjaev), went on an official visit to Albania from April 28 to 30, where he was welcomed by the Archbishop of Tirana Anastas (Janullatos), leader of...
  • Vanity:"Chappaquiddick" includes warning because of scenes showing cigarette smoking!

    04/03/2018 11:49:03 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 64 replies
    April 3, 2018
    Unreal! Snowflakes need to be warned that a movie set in the Sixties has scenes with characters smoking cigarettes?
  • FDA takes first step in drafting rule to cut nicotine levels in cigarettes

    03/15/2018 10:14:39 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/15/2018 | Lydia Wheeler
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday took the first step in creating a new rule to reduce the level of nicotine allowed in cigarettes to nonaddictive levels. In an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, FDA asked the public to submit comments over the next 90 days on the impact of a product standard for the maximum nicotine level in cigarettes. “Tobacco use causes a tremendous toll of death and disease every year and these effects are ultimately the result of addiction to the nicotine contained in combustible cigarettes, leading to repeated exposure to toxicants from such cigarettes,” the...
  • Senator: Missing American in secret prison in Iran

    01/13/2009 7:30:28 PM PST · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 1,143+ views
    yahoo/AP ^ | Jan 13, 2009
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A U.S. senator revealed Tuesday that he believes a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran nearly two years ago is being held in a secret prison there. Sen. Bill Nelson shed new light on the disappearance of Robert Levinson during a confirmation hearing for Hillary Rodham Clinton in Washington. Levinson, of Coral Springs, Fla., was last seen on Iran's Kish island in March 2007 where he had gone to seek information for a client of his security firm.
  • Philip Morris Says it’s Quitting Cigarettes

    01/04/2018 12:30:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 4, 2018 | Gabrielle Fonrouge
    SNIP Tobacco giant Philip Morris International is joining in on the “New Year, New Me” idea by announcing it wants to give up smoking in the New Year. The maker of such brands Marlboro, L&M and Parliament took out full-page ads in several UK newspapers that said its 2018 ambition is to build a smoke-free future and eventually stop selling cigarettes, USA Today reported. “Philip Morris is known for cigarettes. Every year, many smokers give them up. Now it’s our turn,” according to the blue and white ad, which was published in Business Insider. SNIP
  • NYC is the cigarette smuggling capital of the US: study

    11/12/2017 8:27:54 AM PST · by oh8eleven · 43 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11 November 2017 | Gregory Bresiger
    For 2015, the most recent reporting year, the state lost $1.63 billion because of untaxed sales, according to figures released by analysts for the Tax Foundation. City officials say they are aware of the huge extent of the illegal sales, but defend high cigarette taxes as saving lives. Money, money, money ...
  • Pope stubs out cigarettes sales in Vatican

    11/09/2017 6:54:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies ^ | 9 November 2017 15:26 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Pope Francis has outlawed the sale of cigarettes at the Vatican in a bid to lead by example on healthy living. […] “The reason is very simple: the Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people,” it said, adding that smoking claims more than seven million lives every year, according to the World Health Organization. […] Francis, who has only one lung, does not smoke. He has let the locals keep their other guilty pleasure: tax-free alcohol. The cigarettes and booze are sold in a luxury duty-free shop, opened in 2003 in what was...
  • Mayor de Blasio Signs 7 New Bills Aimed to Curb Smoking, Tobacco Use in NYC

    08/28/2017 3:23:10 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 22 replies
    Mayor de Blasio signed a sweeping series of anti-smoking bills Monday as part of a comprehensive effort to help reduce the number of smokers in the city by nearly 200,000 over the next few years. Nearly a million of people in the city still smoke, despite steady declines in smoking rates between 2002 and 2015, according to the health department. Speaking on Monday, de Blasio said he'd seen first-hand the impact smoking had on a family.
  • Tobacco stocks plummet as FDA plans cut to cigarette nicotine levels

    07/28/2017 11:47:21 AM PDT · by fruser1 · 27 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 28 July 2017 | Thomas Barrabi
    Tobacco stocks are plummeting on Friday after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a new regulatory plan to protect consumers that includes cutting nicotine levels in cigarettes to non-addictive levels.