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  • Florida jury awards $23 billion punitive damages against RJ Reynolds (to widow of chainsmoker)

    07/19/2014 11:24:15 PM PDT · by Innovative · 80 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 19, 2014 | Barbara Liston
    A Florida jury has awarded the widow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer punitive damages of more than $23 billion in her lawsuit against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the nation's second-biggest cigarette maker. The judgment, returned on Friday night, was the largest in Florida history in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by a single plaintiff, according to Ryan Julison, a spokesman for the woman's lawyer, Chris Chestnut. After a four-week trial and 11 hours of jury deliberations, the jury returned a verdict granting the widow $7.3 million and the couple's son $9.6 million in compensatory damages....
  • Fla. jury slams RJ Reynolds with $23.6B in damages (no, that was not a typo)

    07/19/2014 2:06:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    AP ^ | 7/19/2014 | JENNIFER KAY
    A Florida jury has slammed the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996. The case is one of thousands filed in Florida after the state Supreme Court in 2006 tossed out a $145 billion class action verdict. That ruling also said smokers and their families need only prove addiction and that smoking caused their illnesses or deaths. Last year, Florida's highest court re-approved that decision, which made it easier for sick smokers or their survivors to pursue lawsuits against...
  • Ohio University Considers MANDATORY Re-Education Classes For Smokers

    07/16/2014 6:51:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/16/2014 | Eric Owens
    Officials at Ohio University are considering mandatory classes for students who get caught smoking on campus as part of a draconian ban on smoking for the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year. The ban will outlaw every use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes on any part of the 1,850-acre public university campus, reports The Athens News, the local newspaper.
  • 57 Percent of Young Smokers Don't Think Hookah Is Harmful for Health

    07/10/2014 1:25:31 PM PDT · by Drango · 22 replies
    HNGN ^ | July 9 2014
    Researchers say a majority of youngsters are not aware of the dangerous health consequences of smoking hookah. Despite many studies highlighting the negative consequences of smoking hookah, researchers of a new study find that many young smokers are still not aware of the dangers of this cigarette alternative. For the study, researchers surveyed young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 across three Southern California hookah lounges. They asked the participants whether they thought hookah smoking was dangerous to health and if not, why? Researchers were surprised to find that 57 percent of them thought hookah was a safer...
  • Maryland Hospital Bans Employees From Smoking Anywhere On Earth

    07/09/2014 6:36:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 133 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/8/2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    Starting next year, Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis will require potential employees to pass a drug test–detecting nicotine. This so-called “job screening” will bar any applicants who smoke cigarettes, cigars, pipes, snuff, hookah, and even e-cigarettes from being eligible for employment. While the hospital already has a smoking ban on the premises and surrounding sidewalks, this policy forbids new employees from consuming tobacco anywhere, at any time.
  • In Maryland, Smoking Could Cost You Job

    07/06/2014 3:16:42 PM PDT · by Drango · 84 replies
    Insurance News Net ^ | July 5 '14 | Lorraine Mirabella
    July 05--Anyone who wants a job next year at Anne Arundel Medical Center -- whether as a surgeon or security guard -- will have to prove they don't smoke or use tobacco. The Annapolis hospital's new hiring policy might be controversial, but it is legal in Maryland and more than half of the United States. And it's a type of job screening that is gaining favor with employers -- from hospitals to companies such as Alaska Airlines -- trying to control rising health costs and cultivate a healthier, more productive workforce. Anne Arundel Medical Center, like a growing number of...
  • 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...
  • Trying to quit smoking? Administration clarifies O-Care rules [tobacco cessation requirements]

    05/04/2014 5:09:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 4, 2014 | Ferdous Al-Faruque
    The Obama administration clarified rules Friday regarding plans covered under ObamaCare to help people quit smoking. Group health plans and health insurance issuers under ObamaCare must provide free tobacco use screening and offer smokers at least two tobacco cessation attempts each year. Each attempt should also include four tobacco cessation counseling sessions and 90-day prescriptions for approved medication to help patients break the habit. The clarifications were posted on the Department of Labor's website but were drawn up in collaboration with Health and Human Services, and the Treasury Department. While ObamaCare requires most health plans to cover tobacco cessation services,...
  • FDA proposes first e-cigarette rules, including banning sales to minors

    04/24/2014 12:06:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 24, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. While the proposal being issued Thursday won't immediately mean changes for the popular devices, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette industry.
  • Selling a Poison by the Barrel: Liquid Nicotine for E-Cigarettes

    04/03/2014 2:26:43 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 123 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 03-23-2014 | Matt Richtel
    A dangerous new form of a powerful stimulant is hitting markets nationwide, for sale by the vial, the gallon and even the barrel. The drug is nicotine, in its potent, liquid form — extracted from tobacco and tinctured with a cocktail of flavorings, colorings and assorted chemicals to feed the fast-growing electronic cigarette industry. These “e-liquids,” the key ingredients in e-cigarettes, are powerful neurotoxins. Tiny amounts, whether ingested or absorbed through the skin, can cause vomiting and seizures and even be lethal. A teaspoon of even highly diluted e-liquid can kill a small child. But, like e-cigarettes, e-liquids are not...
  • New Concerns About E-Cigarettes After Kids, Teens Drink Liquid Nicotine

    03/21/2014 6:26:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Mar 21, 2014 10:24 am
    Anna Kooiman reported this morning on new concerns over electronic cigarettes after kids were poisoned by drinking the liquid nicotine that comes with the devices. Teens have reportedly been drinking the nicotine on purpose in some instances, mixing it with energy drinks to get a quick high. […] Just one teaspoon of the liquid nicotine is the equivalent of three packs of cigarettes. In addition, dogs are also at risk if they get a hold of one of the devices and chew on it. …
  • Kentucky smoking ban bill is dead, sponsor says

    03/08/2014 4:21:33 PM PST · by PaulCruz2016 · 25 replies
    WHAS11 ^ | 03-06-2014 | Associated Press
    <p>FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A contentious Kentucky bill that would enact a statewide ban on smoking in shared public spaces and places of employment is dead, the sponsor says.</p>
  • 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...
  • Cigarette Smuggling Still Rampant in Michigan, Nation

    03/04/2014 8:58:58 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 22 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/3/2014 | Michael LaFaive
    As state and local units of government continue to increase cigarette excise taxes to raise revenue, smugglers apparently continue to profit from their illicit trafficking. We estimate that for 2012, 27.6 percent of all cigarettes consumed in Michigan were smuggled into the state. Nationwide, our research — and other academic papers — suggest that cigarette smuggling is not abating dramatically. There is both empirical and recent anecdotal evidence to suggest the problem is increasing in some areas and right alongside big excise tax hikes. We just published our fourth set of smuggling estimates for 47 of the 48 contiguous states,...
  • Two States Look to Raise Legal Smoking Age to 21

    02/23/2014 12:52:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | February 21, 2014 | Thomson/Reuters
    Lawmakers in Utah and Colorado are promoting legislation to raise the legal age for tobacco use to 21, a higher standard than imposed by any other state, saying they want to discourage young people from picking up a lifelong smoking habit. Supporters say keeping tobacco out of the hands of young adults will save thousands of lives, even as critics complain that Americans who are old enough to vote and serve in the military should not be deemed too young to decide on their own if they should smoke. In a dramatic display of the risks of smoking, lawmakers in...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • CVS Caremark plans to stop tobacco products sales

    02/05/2014 5:01:07 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 190 replies
    CVS Caremark is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 drugstores nationwide as it focuses more on providing health care. The nation's second-largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1, a move that will cost about $2 billion in annual revenue but won't affect its 2014 earnings forecast. CVS Caremark leaders say removing tobacco will help them grow the company's business of working with doctors, hospitals and other care providers to improve customers' health.
  • 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>
  • Obama: Marijuana 'not very different' from cigarettes

    01/19/2014 11:07:30 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 65 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 19, 2014 | Brian Hughes
    President Obama in an interview released Sunday said that using marijuana was not that different from smoking cigarettes nor any more dangerous than drinking alcohol. “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life,” Obama said as part of an extensive profile published by the New Yorker on Sunday. “I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”
  • Should the Age to Buy Cigarettes Be 21?

    01/19/2014 8:20:38 AM PST · by rktman · 31 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 1/14/2014 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Just as a more permissive attitude to cannabis gains momentum in the United States, so does a more restrictive attitude to tobacco. It is as if there were a law of the conservation of prohibition: if one substance is permitted after having been prohibited, another will be prohibited after having been permitted. While Colorado permits the use of marijuana by those over 21 for any purpose, New York City prepares to prevent sales of tobacco to anyone under the age of 21. An article in a recent edition of the New England Journal of Medicine comes out strongly in favor...
  • E-Cigarettes - Public Health Crisis Or Smoker's Friend

    01/01/2014 8:36:15 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 36 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 01/01/14 | LD Jackson
    This will be one of those posts where my inner libertarian comes closer to the surface. When I see our governments, both local, state, and federal, begin to interject itself into an issue where it should be limited, I can't help but wonder why they are traveling this route. Case in point would be e-cigarettes. I venture into this arena with little or not technical or scientific expertise. I know nothing about e-cigarettes except what I have learned from my own research and from watching some of the people I am around during my daily work. At least two men...
  • Gov. Mary Fallin issues ban on electronic cigarettes, vapor devices due to potential health effects

    12/26/2013 3:18:32 PM PST · by DallasBiff · 80 replies
    AP, KJRH Tulsa ^ | 12/24/13 | AP
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Gov. Mary Fallin has issued an executive order that bans the use of electronic cigarettes and vapor devices on state property, saying the potential long-term health effects of the products are unknown. snip Fallin is an anti-smoking advocate and says that electronic cigarettes and similar products emit vapor that contains chemicals and can impact bystanders
  • Questioned for smoking

    12/26/2013 4:49:45 PM PST · by DariusBane · 47 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | 12/26/2013 | Retardo
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6ea_1387991405
  • NYC Council Approves Ban On Indoor E-Cigarette Use

    12/19/2013 7:08:37 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 29 replies
    CBSNewYork ^ | December 19, 2013 | CBSNewYork
    he New York City Council approved legislation Thursday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes from indoor public spaces where smoking is already prohibited. Because many of the e-cigarettes are designed to look like cigarettes and be used just like them, they can lead to confusion or confrontation,” Quinn said
  • New York City Bans The Use Of E-Cigarettes In Public

    12/20/2013 6:07:32 AM PST · by Daffynition · 23 replies
    Buzzfeed.com ^ | December 19, 2013 | Hunter Schwarz
    The New York City Council voted Thursday to ban the use of e-cigarettes in public places where smoking is prohibited, including offices, restaurants, hospitals, parks and beaches. “Because many of the E-cigarettes are designed to look like cigarettes and be used just like them, they can lead to confusion or confrontation,” City Council Speaker Christine Quinn told CBS New York.
  • In a Plain Brown Package: Australia’s doomed effort to kill tobacco sales. [P. J. O'Rourke]

    12/09/2013 8:23:38 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 73 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Dec 16, 2013 | P. J. O'Rourke
    I'm sitting at my desk, looking at a photograph of a gangrenous foot. It is a bloated thing in hues of phlegmatic gray rot, sanguine inflammation, melancholic black bile, and choleric open sores​—​exhibiting all the humors of a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Above the photograph, in bold white capitals on a dull, matte background are the words “smoking causes peripheral vascular disease.” The photograph is helpfully labeled “gangrene.” Below the photograph, in a bland sans-serif typeface with letters an eighth of an inch high, is “Marlboro Red.” This is a pack of Australian cigarettes, conforming to...
  • California Smoking Ban Said to Be Most Stringent in U.S.

    11/24/2013 7:18:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    Big Government (Breitbart) ^ | November 22, 2013 | UPI
    SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A California ordinance that prohibits smoking in residences with shared walls may be the strictest anti-smoking law in the United States, city officials say. The ban, passed by the city of San Rafael, applies to both owners and renters, ABC News reported Thursday. It covers any multi-family residence with three or more units, including condominiums, co-ops and apartments. The ban took effect Nov. 14.
  • Secondhand Smoke Gets in Your Rights

    11/19/2013 1:19:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 147 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    Berkeley, Calif., City Councilman Jesse Arreguin has recommended that the city ban smoking in single-family homes. Councilwoman Susan Wengraf, who supports an ordinance to ban smoking in multiunit dwellings, is appalled. "The whole point is to protect people who live in multiunit buildings from secondhand smoke," Wengraf said. Locals have told her they find the notion of a ban in single-family homes scary. "I hope he wakes up and pulls it," she said. Actually, I think Wengraf should want Arreguin's recommendation to stick around. After all, his proposal makes the multiunit ordinance seem reasonable. Arreguin aide Anthony Sanchez tells me...
  • Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds

    11/11/2013 7:31:11 PM PST · by carlo3b · 54 replies
    NBC NEWS, HEALTH ^ | JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News
    Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News Jan. 29, 2013 at 4:35 AM ET About 13 percent of double-lung transplants in the U.S. came from donors who were heavy smokers, a new study finds. Using lung transplants from heavy smokers may sound like a cruel joke, but a new study finds that organs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years are likely safe. What’s more, the analysis of lung transplant data from the U.S. between 2005 and 2011 confirms what transplant experts say they already...
  • [Calif.] Walnut Creek councilman works to repeal smoking rules, prevent plastic bag ban

    10/31/2013 6:46:46 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 40 replies
    Contra Costa Times | mercurynews.com ^ | 10/31/2013 | Elisabeth Nardi
    WALNUT CREEK -- Citing his oath to uphold the Constitution, Councilman Justin Wedel says Walnut Creek voters, not elected leaders, should decide where people can smoke and whether shoppers can choose paper or plastic. Wedel aims to get two initiatives on the June ballot -- one that would repeal a portion of the city's recently adopted secondhand-smoke ordinance and another to prevent a ban on plastic shopping bags in Walnut Creek. "This is not a smoking or plastic bag issue; this is a government-intrusion-into-our-daily-lives issue," said Wedel, elected to his first term in 2012. "I swore an oath to protect...
  • Toledo, Ohio: Let smokers smoke freely

    01/27/2006 4:35:37 AM PST · by SheLion · 112 replies · 1,232+ views
    Toledo Free Press ^ | January 26, 2006
    If Ohio voters are given the chance to vote on a proposed statewide smoking ban, let's hope our fellow citizens take the time to educate themselves on the big picture.The proposed ban, unlike the local ordinance, prohibits smoking in all public buildings. It allows exemptions for private clubs, but not bars, bingo halls and bowling centers, as Toledo's ban does.Smoking is not illegal. Unhealthy and expensive, but not illegal. If an American business owner wants to operate an establishment that allows smokers the freedom to smoke, why should their decision be overridden by people who aren't patronizing those places anyway?In...
  • 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...
  • Obama Open Mic: I Haven't Had A Cigarette In 6 Years Because "I'm Scared Of My Wife" (video)

    09/23/2013 6:05:51 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 46 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 23, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    President Obama was caught by an open mic saying he quit smoking six years ago because he is scared of first lady Michelle Obama. "I hope you've quit smoking," Obama said to the U.N.'s Maina Kiai. "No, no, I haven't had a cigarette in probably six years. That's because I'm scared of my wife."
  • Iconic anti-smoking advocate Terrie Hall dies

    09/17/2013 8:22:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    FOX News ^ | September 17, 2013 | Jonathan Serrie
    <p>Terrie Hall, a cancer patient who made a bold appearance in a hard-hitting national anti-smoking ad campaign, has died at the age of 53.</p> <p>In a graphic public service announcement last year, Hall demonstrated her morning routine of putting on false teeth, a wig and a hands-free valve for her stoma, an opening in her throat. The spot was part the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) first-ever national tobacco education ad campaign, and was intended to show the disabling and disfiguring effects of smoking-related illness.</p>
  • No-Smoking Battle Moves Outdoors As Bans Increase

    08/08/2013 7:23:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 74 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 8/8/2013 | MIKE STOBBE
    First it was bars, restaurants and office buildings. Now the front lines of the "No Smoking" battle have moved outdoors. City parks, public beaches, college campuses and other outdoor venues across the country are putting up signs telling smokers they can't light up. Outdoor smoking bans have nearly doubled in the last five years, with the tally now at nearly 2,600 and more are in the works.
  • 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.
  • Ability to Quit Smoking Linked to Higher Wages

    07/21/2013 8:00:06 AM PDT · by Drango · 31 replies
    WSJ ^ | July 18, 2013 | Khadeeja Safdar
    Former smokers earn higher wages than smokers and people who have never smoked, according to new research. In a working paper published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, research economists Julie L. Hotchkiss and M. Melinda Pitts studied the relationship between smoking and wages. Using data from the Tobacco Use Supplement to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey over the period of 1992 to 2011, the economists found that people who had quit smoking for at least a year earned higher wages than smokers and people who had never smoked. The data shows that nonsmokers, which include never...
  • The Real Reason Behind Public Smoking Bans

    07/08/2013 5:31:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 129 replies
    PBS NEWSHOUR ^ | July 8, 2013 | SARAH CLUNE
    Summer has officially begun and for many, it's time for sun, sand and swimming. But don't count on lighting up a cigarette while you're at the beach. Over the last few years, you may have noticed more "no smoking" signs have cropped up on parks and beaches. They're part of a larger trend banning smoking at outside, public areas. In fact, smoking has been banned in 843 parks and more than 150 beaches in the last two decades. What beachgoers probably aren't thinking about is the ethics behind these bans, which began taking hold in the early 1990s. Public health...
  • Study says 9/11 led to 'terrorism-induced smoking'

    06/22/2013 5:15:05 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 9 replies
    upi ^ | June 21, 2013 | KRISTEN BUTLER
    The stress of the attacks on 9/11 caused an estimated one million former smokers to pick the habit up again, according to a Weill Cornell Medical College public health study. The research is the first to look at the net costs to society of terrorism-induced smoking in the United States after 9/11 and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Though there is a general consensus that stress is a "very large motivator for individuals to use substances," the stress effects of large-scale events on substance use has not been widely studied. "This study provides the first unbiased estimate of the effect...
  • No Smoking Outside Starbucks Shops Starting Saturday

    05/31/2013 11:09:13 AM PDT · by Drango · 113 replies
    NPR ^ | 5/31/13 | Mark Memmott
    Enlarge image i Don't sit down here and have a smoke with your coffee, Starbucks says. Mark Memmott/NPR Don't sit down here and have a smoke with your coffee, Starbucks says.Mark Memmott/NPR Starbucks is moving its smoking ban outdoors.Starting Saturday, according to signs posted in its more than 7,000 shops across the U.S. and Canada, "the no-smoking policy ... will include outdoor areas.""Smoking will be restricted within 25 feet of the store and within outdoor seating areas," the notices read.AdWeek says that "since smoking bans have swept the nation in the last decade, it's doubtful there will be a...
  • Casino Concerns Stymie Smoking Ban (City council says no to nanny state)

    05/29/2013 4:19:48 PM PDT · by Optimist · 13 replies
    St. Joseph News Press/Fox 26 KNPN ^ | 5/28/2013 | Kim Norvell
    <p>The City Council voted Tuesday to completely remove a proposed smoking ban from its agenda. After six months of debate, the issue appears to be snuffed, even after the City Council expressed its intent to take a comprehensive smoking ban to a vote of the people during the Nov. 5 election. The ordinance to place the issue on the ballot was up for first reading at the council’s regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, which would have advanced it to a final vote at the June 10 meeting. Mayor Bill Falkner and council members Pat Jones, P.J. Kovac, Barbara LaBass, Jeff Penland and Joyce Starr voted on a motion to remove the item. Before the ordinance was read, Mr. Penland asked the rest of the council to consider leaving the decision to go smoke-free up to property owners. He said he believes the council needs to continue its discussion before making a decision, and perhaps provide incentives for bar owners to go smoke free. “I just can’t vote for an issue that treats the casino different,” he said, later adding that his decision was reinforced after hearing from casino manager Craig Travers, who spoke out against a ban because it would reduce gaming revenue for the city, county and state. Mr. Travers’ statement reinforced what many council members had questioned during the six-month process — whether a ban that excluded the gaming floor really was a matter of public health or of money. Mr. Travers warned the council that if the St. Jo Frontier Casino was forced to go smoke-free, the state would sell the parent company’s license to a community that had no ban in place. He also warned that a smoking ban would decrease revenues by at least 25 percent, and in turn would halt all discussions of moving Downtown. “The whole purpose of gaming is to provide tax revenue to the state,” he said. “ ... This is not a health issue when it comes to the casino. It’s a business issue.” Councilman Byron Myers presented the council with an alternative ordinance that would exclude the casino, but ban smoking in the rest of the community. It’s a compromise he said he is willing to do for the “financial health” of the city and the county. No motion was ever made to consider that ordinance, however. Proponents of a smoking ban said Tuesday the decision will not deter them from their fight for public health. Mary Attebury, a member of Clean Air St. Joe, said the council is damaging itself by flip-flopping on its decisions and not providing what the majority of the community wanted. “Certainly we’re disappointed that the council hasn’t taken and considered the feedback that they received over these past months and done what they should have done,” she said. “There will be a reaction from the community I’m sure. This is not over.” It’s unclear whether the council will take this issue under consideration again.</p>
  • Smoking and the Right to Dumb Choices

    04/24/2013 2:44:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 24, 2013
    New York's proposal to ban purchases by those under 21 is off-base.As thoroughly awful as everyone knows cigarettes to be — still the No. 1 cause of premature death in this country — public officials walk a blurry line when they try to reduce smoking's terrible toll. As long as they lack the will to ban tobacco altogether, they face all sorts of ethical, legal and political problems in regulating a product that is, after all, perfectly legal. High tobacco taxes, critics say, unfairly punish smokers, who are disproportionately low income. Banning advertising of a legal product raises free-speech issues....
  • Smoking Is a Preexsisting Condition (Just give your paycheck to D.C.!)

    04/10/2013 8:33:35 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 5 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 04/10/13 | Kevin D. Williamson
    The District of Columbia’s Obamacare czars — the board that sets rules for the phony insurance marketplace, or “exchange,” that the law creates — have decided that henceforth insurers shall be forbidden by law to charge smokers higher rates than non-smokers. Smoking, as it turns out, “is a preexisting medical condition,” according to Dr. Mohammad Akhter, the chairman of the D.C. Health Exchange Board. Two liberal states, California and Connecticut, have decided likewise, while Colorado and Alaska have rejected the idea.
  • Warning: Smoking Is Hazardous to Your Employment

    04/08/2013 11:41:44 AM PDT · by OKRA2012 · 67 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/8/13 | Leslie Kwoh
    Companies aren't just singling out overweight employees. Staffers who smoke are under fire too. In small but growing numbers, employers in recent years have been refusing to hire smokers, arguing that coaxing tobacco users to quit with free cessation programs or cash incentives hasn't worked. Some medical experts back the bans, saying the end result of reducing smoking is worth it. But other health-care experts say the policy crosses an ethical line by singling out poorer and less educated groups who, federal data shows, smoke more often.
  • Oscar-Winner Jeremy Irons Slams Bloomberg's "Nanny State" (video)

    04/03/2013 8:15:04 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 13 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | April 3, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    On HuffPost Live today, actor Jeremy Irons (Reversal Of Fortune, Die Hard With A Vengeance) blasted New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg over the proposed restrictions on soda, along with the smoking ban, describing himself as a "complete libertarian" and likening Bloomberg's policies to a "nanny state." JEREMY IRONS: I'm a complete libertarian. I think it's very, very dangerous. I really mean that. I think the smoking ban is a tip of an iceberg of society -- the leaders of society telling us how to be. I think it's not their business. I think it is their business to tell...
  • California bill would ban smoking in multi-unit housing

    03/07/2013 4:39:58 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies
    The SacraMENTAL Bee ^ | February 28, 2013 | Jim Sanders
    Millions of Californians would not be able to smoke tobacco inside their own homes under new legislation that would raise the bar nationwide for fighting secondhand smoke. No state ever has ventured into personal bedrooms and living rooms with its smoking restrictions, but California is going even further than that by targeting owner-occupied residences as well as rental units. Specifically, the measure would prohibit lighting up a cigarette, cigar or pipe in condominiums, duplexes and apartment units. The push would extend a lengthy list of places where smoking already is barred, including restaurants, workplaces, playgrounds, public buildings and cars containing...
  • The Wages of Sin Taxes

    02/23/2013 7:40:02 AM PST · by libertarian27 · 10 replies
    Competitive Enterprise Institute ^ | Feb 4 2013 | Christopher Snowdon
    Forward to the study: In his study, The Wages of Sin Taxes, Chris Snowdon reveals that these taxes not only do little to limit the use of “bad” products, they do nothing to reduce societal costs. Most remarkably, Snowdon demonstrates that those shockingly large estimates of the costs that the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, sugar, and fat supposedly impose on society have little basis in reality. As Snowdon shows, the myth that “sinners”—those who drink, smoke, and eat unhealthful foods—cost more to society than everyone else has been perpetuated in large part because “government has no incentive to tell the...
  • U.S. Gov’t “Cancer” Research: Tobacco Industry’s “Astroturfing” Helped Create Tea Party

    02/21/2013 3:34:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 21, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    In a study published online on Feb. 8 by the journal Tobacco Control, researchers from the University of California at San Francisco—using taxpayer funding from the National Cancer Institute—argued that the tobacco industry helped create the Tea Party Movement through a process the researchers called “astroturfing.” “Rather than being purely a grassroots movement, the Tea Party has been influenced by decades of astroturfing by tobacco and other corporate interests to develop a grassroots network to support their corporate agendas, even though their members may not support those agendas,” said the researchers. … Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots,...
  • AP, NBC Ask: Time to Publicly Shame the Obese, Let Smokers Die?

    01/26/2013 6:18:04 PM PST · by Bratch · 46 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | January 26, 2013 | John Nolte
    Biases upfront: I'm a 46 year-old health nut obsessed with exercise and eating right. I don’t smoke or drink, and there are supermodels who worry less about their weight. However, I do admire those who don't live like that; who might not live as long as I do, but will probably enjoy their overall quality of life more than my somewhat Spartan one. Oh, and I also realize that this is America. And if people want to pursue happiness through a double cheeseburger and a pack of Newports, any joyless, left-wing bossy-pants who has a problem with that can go...