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  • West Nile virus may have met its match: tobacco

    03/28/2014 4:57:00 PM PDT · by RegulatorCountry · 55 replies
    The Verge ^ | March 27, 2014 | Arielle Duhaime-Ross
    Some people think of tobacco as a drug, whereas others think of it as a therapy — or both. But for the most part, it's hard to find people who think of the tobacco plant in terms of its medical applications. Qiang Chen, an infectious disease researcher at Arizona State University, is one such person. His team of scientists conducted an experiment, published today in PLOS ONE, that demonstrates how a drug produced in tobacco plants can be used to prevent death in mice infected with a lethal dose of West Nile virus. The study represents an important first step...
  • Liquid nicotine: Just a teaspoon could kill

    03/24/2014 12:12:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 379 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 24, 2014 | Kate Seamons
    It can be bought on the Internet in flavors like chocolate and bubble gum—and just a teaspoon could kill a child: The New York Times takes a look at liquid nicotine, the e-liquid used in e-cigarettes, which it describes as a "powerful neurotoxin ... far more dangerous than tobacco." And with good reason: Reports of accidental liquid nicotine poisonings rose 300% from 2012 to 1,351 cases last year, with 2014's figure expected to be double that. The victims, many children under the age of four, can experience vomiting and seizures after being exposed to even a modest amount orally or...
  • FDA pulls cigarette brand from stores

    02/22/2014 4:29:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 79 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 21, 2014 | Jonathan Easley
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the first time on Friday used its authority under a 2009 law to remove cigarettes from stores.The FDA is forcing Jash International to stop selling and distributing its line of Sutra Bidi tobacco products in the U.S., and is giving retailers 30 days to pull the products from shelves. ADVERTISEMENT “Existing inventory may be subject to enforcement action, including seizure, without further notice,” the FDA said in a release. “Companies that continue to sell and distribute these products in the United States may be subject to enforcement actions by the FDA.”The FDA said...
  • 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...
  • Dems push to ban e-cigs on Capitol grounds

    02/05/2014 3:13:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 5, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    Seven Democratic lawmakers are pushing to ban the use of electronic cigarettes on the grounds of the Capitol complex as part of a wider campaign against them. Led by the Senate's second-ranking Democrat, Dick Durbin (Ill.), the group called on rulemaking committees in both chambers to include e-cigarettes in the Capitol's existing ban on smoking in public places and near building entrances. "Given preliminary [federal] research finding harmful chemicals present in e-cigarettes, measures should be taken to ensure that the public is equally protected from the potential dangers posed by e-cigarettes and their vapor," the lawmakers wrote Tuesday. Via a...
  • 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.
  • CVS’s decision isn’t really about smoking

    02/07/2014 1:51:09 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    Market Watch ^ | February 5, 2014 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    When CVS Caremark Corp. Chief Executive and President Larry Merlo announced that his drugstore chain would stop selling tobacco products , one of the first to respond was the president of the United States. The speed of the president’s statement indicates that CVS’s decision was likely coordinated with the White House. Every day, countless business decisions are made without any comment from the White House. Something unusual was going on. This is troubling. It gives the appearance of preference for those who curry favor with the powerful, and it squeezes out smaller entrants who can supply innovative products and services...
  • CDC Launching Another Graphic Anti-Smoking Campaign

    02/01/2014 7:59:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    Newsmax Health ^ | January 31, 2014 | HealthDay
    For the third year in a row, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is poised to deliver a bold, no-holds-barred, anti-tobacco message to the American public. Starting Monday, the agency will launch the 2014 phase of "Tips From Former Smokers" (Tips), an ambitious annual TV, radio and print campaign. As was the case during its first two incarnations, the upcoming Tips campaign, which will last nine weeks, will feature real people speaking in frank and often frightening terms about the high price paid for a lifetime of exposure to cigarettes. "Over 20 million Americans have died because of...
  • HHS: 8,300 Words About the Dangers of Tobacco Smoking, But Not a Single Word About Pot Smoking

    01/21/2014 6:07:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | January 20, 2014 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - "We're still a country very much addicted to tobacco," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a news conference last Friday, as she urged communities, schools and businesses to "help make the next generation a tobacco-free generation." A transcript of that news conference runs around 8,300 words, but there isn't a single word about the adverse health effects of marijuana smoking -- even as more states jump on the pot-legalization bandwagon. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana smoke is an irritant to the lungs, and "frequent marijuana smokers can have many of the same...
  • 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.
  • Senators: Golden Globes Should Celebrate Achievements in Film, Television; Not Smoking, E-Cigarettes

    01/14/2014 6:12:05 PM PST · by kristinn · 24 replies
    Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) ^ | Tuesday, January 14, 2014
    WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Following a primetime broadcast of the Golden Globes that featured prominent images of celebrities smoking e-cigarettes, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) today asked NBC Universal and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to take action to ensure that future broadcasts avoid the glamorization of smoking and protect the health of young fans. Electronic cigarettes – or “e-cigs” – have more than doubled in use among high school students in just one year from 2011 to 2012. A report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
  • Science: On second thought, no, secondhand smoke won’t kill you

    12/20/2013 8:27:07 AM PST · by rktman · 100 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | 12/19/2013 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Now it can be told. Now that smoking has been banned everywhere but the dryer vent at your apartment based on the notion that secondhand smoke kills everyone around you, The Journal of the National Cancer Institute can tell us this via Jacob Sullum:
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Secondhand Smoke, Third-Rate Science

    12/18/2013 8:55:01 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 42 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/18/13 | Michael D. Shaw
    In a perfect world, it wouldn’t be necessary for me to begin this article by affirming that I am not a supporter of smoking, nor am I a paid shill of the tobacco industry. But in our real world–in which a goodly amount of scientific research grant money is awarded on the basis of sensationalized fearmongering results–those who question the validity of such results are often attacked. “Kill the messenger” is hardly a new phenomenon, having been recorded as early as 442 BC in the play Antigone by Sophocles. That said, let’s proceed to the matter at hand: The overblown...
  • Stirring the Ashes: Outdoor Smoking Bill Rekindles Smoking Ban Debate

    12/13/2013 12:18:12 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 18 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/11/2013 | Jack Spencer
    Restaurants and bars would have the option of allowing smoking on patios and other outdoor portions of their businesses under bipartisan legislation recently introduced in the state Legislature. "I think this something businesses should be able to offer if they choose to," said Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, the sponsor of House Bill 5159. "People step outside to smoke now anyway. "I am not a smoker, but to me this is an issue of liberty and property rights," Rep. McMillin continued. "That's why I didn't support the smoking ban legislation when it was in the House. If I was in...
  • 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...
  • City Council seeks ban on e-cigarettes in public places as high-tech successor to smoking ban

    11/30/2013 8:33:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | November 27, 2013 | Annie Karni
    First the city banned smoking in most public places. Now it’s moving to snuff out the use of smokeless electronic cigarettes as well. The City Council announced Wednesday that it will hold a hearing Wednesday on a bill prohibiting the use of the battery-operated, tobacco-free vaporizers in restaurants, offices, parks, beaches and other places where smoking regular cigarettes is not allowed.
  • 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.
  • City Where It's Now Illegal to Smoke in Your Own Home

    11/22/2013 10:01:45 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 61 replies
    AOL ^ | 11-20-13 | Alan Farnham
    The town of San Rafael, Calif., has passed a ban on smoking that city officials have called the most stringent in the nation. The new ordinance makes it illegal for residents to smoke in their own homes if they share a wall with another dwelling. The ban applies to owners and renters alike, and it covers condominiums, co-ops, apartments and any multi-family residence containing three or more units. Rebecca Woodbury, an analyst at the San Rafael City Manager's office, helped craft the ban, which took effect Nov.14. "We based it on a county ordinance," she told ABC News, "but we...