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  • Smokers Continue to Cost All of Us More Than All Of Obamacare

    07/30/2017 8:41:21 AM PDT · by Drango · 131 replies
    valuewalk ^ | July 29, 2017 | JOHN F. BANZHAF
    Government cracks down on tobacco but there is better way to cut health-care costs The federal government has announced plans to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes in a completely untested attempt to reduce smoking, but this approach will take many years to even be put into effect, and such an approach ignores many other proven techniques which will work more quickly, and could slash health-care costs now, says public interest law professor John Banzhaf. Banzhaf has been called “The Man Behind the Ban on Cigarette Commercials,” “The Law Professor Who Masterminded Litigation Against the Tobacco Industry,” and “a...
  • New Jersey becomes 3rd state to raise smoking age to 21

    07/23/2017 3:43:21 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 38 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | 21 JULY 2017 | AP
    Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed a law Friday making New Jersey the third state to raise its smoking age to 21. Christie cited the strain on the health care system caused by tobacco-related illnesses. He also noted his mother died from the effects of smoking. "By raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21, we are giving young people more time to develop a maturity and better understanding of how dangerous smoking can be and that it is better to not start smoking in the first place," Christie wrote.
  • Majority of US Smokers Feel Discriminated Against, Poll Says

    07/18/2017 7:52:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 213 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/18/2017 | Andrea Vacchiano
    More than half of smokers in the United States believe they are discriminated against, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. Of those who feel discriminated against, 13 percent of smokers say they feel this way every day and 8 percent feel it every week. Fourteen percent of smokers feel discriminated against less than once a year, and 44 percent of smokers do not feel discriminated against at all. The poll is the first time Gallup has asked smokers about perceived discrimination in this format. Alleged discrimination against smokers can take place in many forms, such as smoking bans at...
  • America’s new tobacco crisis: The rich stopped smoking, the poor didn’t.

    06/13/2017 6:52:09 PM PDT · by Fhios · 57 replies
    WP ^ | 6/13/2017 | William Wan
    " ... The national smoking rate has fallen to historic lows, with just 15 percent of adults still smoking. But the socioeconomic gap has never been bigger. ..." "... Among the nation’s less-educated people — those with a high-school-equivalency diploma — the smoking rate remains more than 40 percent ..."
  • Can a privately owned co-op evict residents for smoking?

    04/18/2017 5:54:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | April 18, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    Back in December we looked at one of the final “midnight regulations” handed down from the Obama administration which sought to ban smoking tobacco products in government housing units. That was a complicated case to be sure, but Susan Shapiro brings up an even stranger story at the Washington Post this week. Shapiro is a former smoker herself (who is to be congratulated for having kicked the habit fifteen years ago) and lives in a privately owned co-op which is considering banning smokers and even giving the boot to people who already own a unit there if they smoke. The...
  • Zimbabwe Hopes Tobacco Will Revive Battered Economy

    03/23/2017 5:25:56 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 21 replies
    Voice of America ^ | March 16, 2017 | Sebastian Mhofu
    HARARE — Zimbabwe has opened its 2017 tobacco-selling season with hopes the “golden leaf” will change the economic fortunes of the southern African nation. Officials say the tobacco yield has been increasing after a downward turn in 2000 when the government chased white commercial farmers off their land. Zimbabwean farmers applauded after the 2017 tobacco selling season began Wednesday in Harare at the country’s biggest auction floor. Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor John Mangudya saluted the farmers. “Producers of tobacco are indeed our heroes. You are important to this economy. The foreign currency you produce is above $800 million a...
  • Doctors are refusing to operate on smokers. Here’s why the trend will grow.

    02/24/2017 2:34:09 AM PST · by markomalley · 106 replies
    Macon Telegraph ^ | 2/23/17 | Karen Garloch
    An irate man contacted me recently to complain he’d been turned down for back surgery because he’s a smoker. “It’s just not right,” said the Charlotte man, who suffers from chronic hip and leg pain. “I need this surgery. It’s to the point where I can’t walk around the block with my dogs.” He acknowledged smoking is a “bad habit,” but after 35 years, he’s not sure he can quit. And he doesn’t think he should have to. (snip) Spector said it’s part of a national trend for doctors to run down a checklist of behaviors in preparation for elective...
  • We Used Terrible Science to Justify Smoking Bans

    02/13/2017 5:49:16 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 103 replies
    Slate ^ | 2-13-17 | Jacob Grier
    (Skip) A decade later, comprehensive smoking bans have proliferated globally. And now that the evidence has had time to accumulate, it’s also become clear that the extravagant promises made by anti-smoking groups—that implementing bans would bring about extraordinary improvements in cardiac health—never materialized. Newer, better studies with much larger sample sizes have found little to no correlation between smoking bans and short-term incidence of heart attacks, and certainly nothing remotely close to the 60 percent reduction that was claimed in Helena. The updated science debunks the alarmist fantasies that were used to sell smoking bans to the public, allowing for...
  • Marijuana Goes Mainstream: Newport Cigarettes to Introduce 'Marijuana Cigarettes'

    12/15/2016 5:44:24 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 70 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-15-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    When social conservatives told libertarians (of which I am one!) and liberals about their fears that legalization of marijuana would cause a domino effect, they were blasted for supposedly using a 'slippery slope' argument. 'Stop nagging,' we told those conservatives, 'it won't be that bad! It's just that people who use marijuana right now won't be punished for it. Won't that be a considerable improvement?' Well, perhaps not so much: Newport Cigarettes, one of the world’s most popular cigarette brands, announced today that they will join the marijuana legalization trend and start producing marijuana cigarettes. Reynolds American Inc. Chief Marketing...
  • SCHUMER: VOLATILE E-CIGS CONTINUE TO EXPLODE & INJURE PEOPLE;

    12/19/2016 6:31:37 PM PST · by mdittmar · 44 replies
    U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer ^ | 12.18.16 | U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer
    Past Month Alone, Serious NYC E-Cig Explosions Have Dealt Serious Injuries To People—3rd Degree Burns & Permanent Disfigurement; People From Brooklyn,Queens, LI Have Also Been Victims Of Ticking-Time-Bomb E-Cigs; Critical Focus By Feds & Possible Recalls Must Be Weighed With E-Cig Sites Pushing Holiday Gift Buys, Schumer Concerned Explosions Will Continue To Rise; FDA Recorded Dozens Of Serious Explosions In 2015 & 2016; 2017 Could See Even More   Schumer: Feds Must Consider Recalls For Exploding E-Cigs; Enough Is Enough   U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take a hard look...
  • Islamic State Turns to Cigarette Smuggling to Fund Itself

    11/27/2016 6:55:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | November 27, 2016 | Fazel Hawramy
    Thousands of Mosul residents flee the city every day as the Iraqi army pushes farther into the city from the east. But despite suicide car bombs, airstrikes and the whizzing sound of bullets around them, when they emerge, one of the first things they ask for from the soldiers are cigarettes. For almost 2˝ years, the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul projected an image that it was against the consumption of narcotics; in reality, however, it has reaped enormous funds from the trade. Ala Munir was at home one blistering day in July last year when four IS militants turned...
  • FREE SMOKES (LOS ANGELES)

    11/04/2016 5:34:14 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 13 replies
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  • Traditionally dressed Muslim woman set on fire in Midtown; police investigate possible hate crime

    09/13/2016 9:35:59 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 70 replies
    NYDaily News ^ | September 13, 2016
    A 36-year-old Scottish tourist wearing traditional Muslim garb had her blouse set on fire in a bizarre incident outside a pricey Fifth Ave. boutique, police sources said Monday. The victim noticed the sleeve of her blouse was charred and smoldering in the Saturday night attack, just hours before the ceremony marking the 15-year anniversary of 9/11. She was not badly hurt.
  • Smoke-free public housing helps Minnesota cut secondhand smoke exposure by nearly half

    08/11/2016 6:38:15 AM PDT · by Drango · 33 replies
    Smoke-free policies have the potential to provide healthier environments at multifamily, public housing while also motivating residents to quit or smoke less, according to a new study by the Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives. The eight public housing properties in this study implemented smoke-free policy changes after working with local public health agencies through the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP). After the smoke-free policies were implemented, the study found a 46 percent drop in frequent indoor secondhand smoke exposure among non-smokers. In addition, 77 percent of smokers reported reducing the amount they smoke and 5...
  • FDA bans e-cigarette sales to minors starting today

    08/08/2016 12:06:45 PM PDT · by Drango · 34 replies
    cbs ^ | August 8, 2016, | DENNIS THOMPSON
    The sale of e-cigarettes to minors will be banned starting Monday, as part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's long-awaited plan to extend the agency's regulatory powers across all tobacco products. The new rules halt the sale of e-cigarettes and any other tobacco product to anyone younger than 18. The regulations also require photo IDs to buy e-cigarettes, and ban retailers from handing out free samples or selling them in all-ages vending machines. The rules also cover other alternative forms of tobacco like cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco. Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices designed to create an aerosol...
  • Women may not admit to smoking during pregnancy

    07/14/2016 5:32:32 PM PDT · by Drango · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | july 14, 2017 | KATHRYN DOYLE
    Although only about 8 percent of pregnant women in a new U.S. study reported smoking cigarettes, twice as many tested positive for high levels of a chemical that indicates nicotine exposure. The researchers analyzed data on 787 women who self-reported any cigarette use during the last trimester of pregnancy and had provided urine samples. The samples were tested for cotinine, which indicates nicotine exposure, and for evidence of other drugs including amphetamines, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, cannabinoids such as marijuana, cocaine, muscle relaxants, short-acting opioids such as heroin, long-acting opioids including buprenorphine and methadone, and phencyclidine (PCP). The average age was 28....
  • California tobacco tax measure targets an industry under pressure

    06/22/2016 7:27:06 AM PDT · by Drango · 21 replies
    Sac Bee ^ | June 20 | TARYN LUNA
    On a cool spring day at the Capitol, Toni Atkins delivered a series of blows unlike anything the tobacco industry had ever felt in California. Then speaker of the Assembly, the San Diego Democrat had been a lame duck for the last six months since the house elected Anthony Rendon to replace her. It was a Thursday morning in March and her final session as speaker, a tenure that lasted just shy of a year and 10 months. In a series of quick votes, the Assembly passed six smoking bills, the most significant of which raised the age to buy...
  • BILL TO BAN SMOKING AT STATE BEACHES AND PARKS PASSES STATE SENATE

    06/03/2016 1:56:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    East County Magazine ^ | June 1, 2016 | Miriam Raftery
    Smoking or vaping at state beaches and parks, or disposing of tobacco products at these locations, may soon be illegal under Senate Bill 1333, a measure authored by Senator Marty Block, a San Diego Democrat. The measure passed the State Senate by a 25 to 11 bipartisan vote this week and next heads to the Assembly. Senator Block says, “We have an obligation to value and preserve our environmental treasures. SB 1333 will help to keep our state parks and beaches clean and safe by removing exposure to second hand smoke and in reducing the threat of park fires.” He...
  • FDA regulations could kill the vaping industry

    05/26/2016 1:18:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 69 replies
    WVLT - CBS Local ^ | May 25, 2016 | By Lauren Davis
    Knoxville vape companies are fuming mad after the FDA passed new regulations this month. They say this new law will put an end to the vaping industry. They are shocked at how far reaching the regulations are, and now they're afraid the new restrictions will destroy the industry. Hunter Allison with Tri State Vape Company will have to submit an application for each new product. He says that would come with a hefty price tag. Allison says, "The absolutely lowest price I've seen is $300,000 per product and that's $4.5 million for me and there's no possible way. He's already...
  • Henrico Co. Cigarette Bust: More than $10 Million Funneled into Smuggling Operation (Virginia)

    05/06/2016 9:57:13 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 9 replies
    WRIC ABC 8 News ^ | May 4, 2016 | Kristin Smith
    Henrico Co. cigarette bust: More than $10 million funneled into smuggling operation By Kristin Smith Published: May 4, 2016, 5:46 pm Updated: May 5, 2016, 6:32 pm HENRICO, Va. (WRIC)–New details are emerging about a massive bust in Henrico County. 8News broke the story earlier this week.Police shut down a multi-million dollar cigarette trafficking ring that was operating out of Henrico County. The court documents on the case read like a movie script.Details of the nearly two-year investigation involve confidential informants, GPS tracking devices and lots undercover surveillance.According to a search warrant affidavit, the masterminds behind the operation spent...