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  • Sin taxes on alcohol and tobacco have cost the Treasury more than Ł31 billion, analysis finds [UK]

    11/13/2016 8:12:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 14 November 2016 • 12:01AM | Peter Dominiczak
    Sin taxes on alcohol and tobacco have cost the Treasury more than Ł31 billion, an analysis has disclosed amid calls for a reduction in the Autumn Statement. Around Ł31.6 billion of tax revenue has been lost because of the illicit market in spirits, beer, wine, cigarettes, rolling tobacco and diesel, according to the analysis of HMRC figures by the Taxpayers’ Alliance. The high taxes on alcohol and tobacco simply fuel a black market in the goods which means that HMRC loses money, the campaign group said. …
  • $47 billion offer to create world's biggest tobacco company

    10/21/2016 6:15:54 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 14 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/21/2016 | Danica Kirka
    LONDON — British American Tobacco has offered to buy out Reynolds American Inc. for $47 billion in an attempt to gain a strong presence in the U.S., a lucrative market where sales of electronic cigarettes are booming as traditional smoking fades. The takeover would create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company and combine BAT's presence in developing countries, where anti-smoking campaigns are not as strong as in the U.S. and Europe, with Reynolds' almost exclusive focus on the U.S. BAT already owns 42 percent of Reynolds and sells Dunhill, Rothmans and Lucky Strike cigarettes. Reynolds controls about a third...
  • Obama lifts restrictions on Cuban rum, cigars

    10/14/2016 8:53:31 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 61 replies
    USA Today | 10/14/2016 | Alan Gomez
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/10/14/obama-cuba-regulations-expands-trade-travel-rum-cigars/92042662/
  • Blowing Bureaucratic Smoke

    10/07/2016 7:07:05 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6 Oct 2016
    ...In August a new FDA rule went into effect that forbids tobacco makers and distributors from handing out free samples. Some companies that have been donating cigars to service members for decades have now stopped for fear that this is now illegal... California Republican Duncan Hunter, who did combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan before becoming a Marine reservist, says legislation shouldn’t be needed. In a Sept. 8 letter, he asked FDA Commissioner Robert Califf to clarify if the new rule really does ban cigar donations to soldiers. He’s still waiting to hear back.... The FDA’s bureaucrats are happy to...
  • Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson thinks there’s a good case for banning cigarettes

    09/17/2016 10:30:15 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 78 replies
    POLITICO ^ | September 15, 2016 | Ben Birnbaum
    There had also been an eye-opening moment on the streets of Cleveland during the Republican National Convention, when [Johnson and I had] been walking behind a cigarette-wielding Ohioan. As the smoker’s exhaust wafted in our faces, I remarked offhand that—with the advent of e-cigarettes—I thought there was a good libertarian case for banning regular cigarettes. “I do too,” replied the health-obsessed triathlete, recounting his support for anti-smoking efforts in New Mexico.
  • Electronic cigarettes proving a sellout hit in Japanese market

    08/26/2016 7:20:14 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 12 replies
    The Japan News ^ | August 25, 2016 | Staff
    Electronic cigarettes, which do not require a flame but heat tobacco leaves to create a vapor that is inhaled, are so popular in Japan these days that demand cannot keep up with supply. The e-cigarette boom was triggered by iQOS, a product released by Philip Morris Japan K.K. Rather than burning tobacco leaves, the iQOS heats cigarettes in a small cylindrical device — all designed exclusively for each other — so that nicotine and vapors are inhaled together. Sales of iQOS began in Tokyo in September last year, before expanding nationwide in April. Even though the kit is priced as...
  • Smoking Sucks! 6 States That Need to Change Their Tobacco Laws

    08/25/2016 6:15:31 AM PDT · by Drango · 31 replies
    Cheat Sheet ^ | Aug 21 '16 | Megan Elliott
    By now, there’s little doubt in anyone’s mind that smoking is dangerous both to smokers and those around them, though that doesn’t stop 40 million American adults from lighting up almost every day. Banning cigarettes outright might encourage people to kick the habit, but a blanket prohibition on smoking seems unlikely to happen any time soon. Rather than focusing on banning cigarettes themselves, states (along with cities and the federal government) have passed various tobacco laws making it more difficult for people to smoke. They’ve raised taxes on tobacco, banned smoking in many public and private spaces, and required warning...
  • Cigarettes Are Hazardous, But Some Lawmakers Are Worse

    06/29/2016 11:13:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2016 | Jeff Jacoby
    IN HAWAII and California, the minimum age for buying cigarettes was raised recently to 21. Now Massachusetts lawmakers, addicted to the rush that comes from limiting other people's choices, are keen to jump on the bandwagon.A bill banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone younger than 21 — and, for good measure, making it a crime to sell cigarettes in drugstores — passed the state Senate by an overwhelming vote last month. The bill is now before a House committee; it could reach the full House for a vote in a matter of days. Soon after the Fourth of July, adults...
  • Age to buy tobacco in Chicago increasing to 21 this week

    06/29/2016 10:42:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 29, 2016 7:24 AM EDT
    The minimum age in Chicago for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products goes up to 21 at the end of the week. […] Hawaii and California have raised the tobacco purchase age to 21 statewide. Illinois lawmakers are considering a similar measure. The Chicago City Council approved the age increase in March, along with higher taxes and other efforts to combat tobacco sales. …
  • 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...
  • High court nixes European suit against R.J. Reynolds

    06/20/2016 10:13:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 2016 10:51 AM EDT | Sam Hananel
    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the European Union can’t pursue a lawsuit accusing tobacco giant R.J Reynolds of taking part in a global money-laundering scheme that sponsored cigarette-smuggling in Europe. In a 4-3 ruling, the justices said the EU has no right to sue in U.S. courts because federal racketeering laws don’t allow recovery for injuries occurring outside the United States. The EU and 26 of its member states allege RJR coordinated the scheme with the help of Colombian and Russian criminal groups and laundered money through New York-based financial institutions. The EU claims the company’s actions hurt the...
  • Hot Air: Democrats Work With Big Tobacco and Big Pharma to Choke the Vaping Industry

    06/02/2016 7:30:24 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 29 replies
    New York Observer ^ | 2 June 2016 | Monica Showalter
    Meet the strange bedfellows against vaping: drug and tobacco companies, health advocates and Democratic lawmakers. A convergence of interests among these four lies behind the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) announcement on May 5 that e-cigarettes will be regulated as rigorously as tobacco beginning in August. Vaping advocates say the cost of FDA approvals will bankrupt an industry that might vastly improve public health. This spring, a major study from the Royal College of Physicians, the British equivalent of the Office of the Surgeon General, found e-cigarettes to be 95 percent less harmful than cigarettes.
  • Tony Gwynn's Family Sues Tobacco Industry Over Star's Death

    05/23/2016 7:48:15 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | May 23, 2016
    SAN DIEGO — Tony Gwynn's widow and two children filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to hold the tobacco industry accountable for the Hall of Famer's death. The suit was filed in San Diego Superior Court by Alicia Gwynn and her children, Tony Jr. and Anisha Gwynn-Jones. The suit says Gwynn started dipping as a 17-year-old freshman ballplayer at San Diego State. He died of cancer of the right parotid salivary gland on June 16, 2014, at 54.
  • LOOK: The Latest PARTY DRUG Is Being PULLED From The Shelves At HOME DEPOT

    05/15/2016 8:02:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 77 replies
    wild941.com ^ | 5/10/2016 | unknown
    Okay, your HIGH is really screwin’ up my LAWN!!! People are IDIOTS and will ingest ANYTHING to catch a BUZZ — the latest — FLOWER SEEDS?! That’s right, people are CHEWING the seeds of: Hawaiian Baby Woodrose Sleepy Grass Blue Morning Glory Because they’re LEGAL, and apparently, mimic the high of LSD.
  • FDA Regulates Cigars, E Cigs--Final Rule Issued

    05/05/2016 2:18:48 PM PDT · by cgbg · 45 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 5, 2016 | Reuters
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  • FDA Campaign Aims to Help Young LGBT Adults Stop Smoking

    05/02/2016 5:28:53 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 24 replies
    Medscape ^ | May 2, 2016 | Pauline Anderson
    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a smoking prevention campaign aimed at young adult lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) persons who are occasional users of tobacco. Young adult LGBT persons are nearly twice as likely to use tobacco as other young adults, said Mitch Zeller, JD, director, Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), FDA, during a press briefing to announce the campaign, called This Free Life. Of the more than 2 million LGBT persons aged 18 to 24 years in the United States, more than 800,000 are occasional or so-called social smokers, according to Dr Zeller. "Unfortunately,...
  • FDA launches public education campaign to prevent and reduce tobacco use among LGBT young adults

    05/02/2016 2:47:54 PM PDT · by catnipman · 34 replies
    FDA ^ | 5/2/2016 | Some Faceless FDA PR Flack
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the launch of a historic public education campaign aimed at preventing and reducing tobacco use among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young adults ages 18-24.
  • Team Obama raising tobacco prices at U.S. military bases to curb smoking

    04/27/2016 3:31:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/27/16 | Carlo Muńoz
    The Pentagon is looking to raise the price of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco sold on U.S. military installations worldwide, in an attempt to ween U.S. service members from tobacco use. Defense Secretary Ash Carter codified the policy in an April 8th department-wide memorandum, which also expanded smoke-free areas on American military bases, according to Reuters. The new tobacco policy would increase prices on cigarettes and smokeless tobacco sold at U.S. military commissaries and post exchanges to match the price of tobacco products sold off base, which are subject to state and local taxes. Currently, tobacco products sold on U.S. bases
  • Knocking Smokeless Tobacco Out of the Ballpark

    03/27/2016 7:12:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2016 | Steve Chapman
    Fans do not attend Major League Baseball games to enhance their physical health. Among their customary activities are eating hot dogs, drinking beer or sugary soda, sitting idly for hours on end and stressing terribly about inconsequential events on the field of play. But this season, those at Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field will have to forgo one vice. Chicago recently became the fourth city to outlaw smokeless tobacco in sports stadiums (followed shortly by New York). The law owes much to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, whose president, Matthew Myers, says, "Our national pastime should be about promoting...
  • Chicago Cubs skipper, players disagree with city's ban of chewing tobacco at ballparks

    03/17/2016 9:13:17 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 38 replies
    UPI ^ | 3/16/16 | Doug G. Ware
    There was a time that chewing tobacco was as much a part of baseball as Louisville Slugger, Rawlings and Gatorade. Not anymore. This summer, Chicago will become the fourth American city to ban smokeless chewing tobacco at sports venues -- including Major League Baseball ballparks Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field. That means not only can't fans use the substance, but players and managers can't, either. And it's a law that has some members of the Chicago Cubs less than thrilled. <> Chicago follows Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston in implementing the ban at sporting venues. The entire state...
  • Ancient flowering plant was beautiful -- but probably poisonous

    02/16/2016 9:19:40 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | Monday, February 15, 2016 | Oregon State University
    Researchers today announced in the journal Nature Plants the discovery of the first-ever fossil specimens of an "asterid" - a family of flowering plants that gave us everything from the potato to tomatoes, tobacco, petunias and our morning cup of coffee. But these two 20-30 million-year-old fossil flowers, found perfectly preserved in a piece of amber, came from the dark side of the asterid family - they belong to the genus Strychnos, which ultimately gave rise to some of the world's most famous poisons, including strychnine and curare. Poisons that would later find their way into blow-gun weapons, rat control,...
  • Tobacco giant Altria announces layoffs to cut costs (490+)

    01/30/2016 10:22:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Market Watch ^ | January 28, 2016 | Tripp Mickle and Chelsey Dulaney
    U.S. tobacco giant Altria Group Inc. MO, +2.48% on Thursday said it would cut roughly 5% of its workforce in an effort to reduce costs by $300 million annually as industry volumes decline. The Marlboro maker announced the layoffs on the same day it reported profit and revenue for the fourth quarter that missed Wall Street expectations as cigarette shipments slipped and earnings declined from its stake in SABMiller PLC's beer business. Altria's earnings rose slightly to $1.25 billion, or 64 cents a share, from $1.24 billion, or 63 cents a share, a year earlier. The results foreshadowed some of...
  • New York Loses $400 Million After Imposing The Nation’s Highest Cigarette Tax

    01/03/2016 2:08:13 PM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 79 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/28/2015 | Guy Bentley
    New York is reaping the whirlwind of sky-high cigarette taxes with a wave of smuggling decimating the state’s revenue. New York raised taxes on cigarettes to $4.35 in 2010 from $2.75. In total, cigarette taxes have increased by 190 percent since 2006. The sharp rise has resulted in a raft of unintended consequences which are dealing a significant blow to the state’s finances. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli reports New York’s revenue from cigarette taxes has plunged by $400 million over the past five years.
  • Millions up in smoke: NY has nation's highest cigarette tax; why do so few pay it?

    12/13/2015 5:45:30 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 75 replies
    Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | 12/13/15 | Teri Weaver
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The number of state-taxed cigarette packs sold in New York has plummeted by 54 percent in the past decade. That's far outpacing the 19 percent decline in New Yorkers who have quit smoking over the same time. Instead, more smokers are buying cigarettes in ways that avoid New York's $4.35 per pack tax, the highest in the nation. They cross state lines, shop from black market vendors and travel to Native American outlets to save $6 per pack or more, experts say. New York is losing big. In the past five years, the state's cigarette tax collections...
  • New named pipe found at Jamestown

    11/01/2015 11:04:00 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    History Blog ^ | October 31, 2015
    Archaeologists at Historic Jamestown have discovered the tenth Virginia-made pipe with a name inscribed on the stem. It’s the first new named pipe found at the site since 2009, and in contrast to most of the earlier discoveries, the name is complete: William Faldo. The stockholders of the Virginia Company were expecting to make a quick profit from their investment in the Jamestown settlement, but the struggling colonists could barely keep themselves alive, never mind send back the riches in minerals and trade goods the company had envisioned. They weren’t even self-sufficient, having clashed with the Powhatan tribes weeks after...
  • Bacon, ham and sausages 'as big a cancer threat as smoking', WHO to warn

    10/23/2015 8:04:20 AM PDT · by amorphous · 153 replies
    The Telegraph - UK ^ | 23 Oct 2015 | Agency
    The World Health Organisation (WHO) will publish a report on Monday on the dangers of eating processed meats. It is expected to list processed meat as a cancer-causing substance, while fresh red meat is also expected to be regarded as bad for health, the Daily Mail said. The classifications, by the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer, are believed to regard processed meat as "carcinogenic to humans", the highest of five possible rankings, shared with alcohol, asbestos, arsenic and cigarettes.
  • [UK] Labour’s Vegan Farming Spokesman: Treat Meat Eaters Like Smokers, Meat Like Tobacco

    09/24/2015 11:20:31 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 34 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 24 Sep 2015 | Sarkis Zeronian
    Labour’s vegan farming spokesman believes meat should be treated like tobacco with a public health campaign to stop it being eaten. Kerry McCarthy MP was recently named the Labour Party’s Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Jeremy Corbyn’s appointment of a vegan farming spokesman was always going to be controversial. Not only is McCarthy’s 20 year-long vegan lifestyle choice in potential conflict with a large section of Britain’s agricultural economy, she is a Vice President of the League Against Cruel Sports which seeks to ban countryside pursuits favoured by many farming communities.
  • Despite Evidence, FDA Targets E-Cigarettes With Proposed Regulations

    08/22/2015 8:18:33 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 22 replies
    The New American ^ | 20 August 2015 | Raven Clabough
    Despite evidence that electronic cigarettes are both safer for users than tobacco and also help smokers kick the habit, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched a campaign against them. According to FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Ostroff, the FDA is looking to enact a “deeming rule” that would expand the agency’s regulation of tobacco to include e-cigarettes, which do not use tobacco. Critics contend that such an illogical decision underscores that the FDA is at the behest of lobbyists that benefit financially from tobacco and nicotine addiction.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued its proposal earlier this year for...
  • E-cigarettes are 95 percent less harmful than tobacco: UK study

    08/18/2015 6:12:21 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08/18/2015 | Angus Berwick
    Electronic cigarettes are around 95 percent less harmful than tobacco and should be promoted as a tool to help smokers quit, a study by an agency of Britain's Department of Health said on Wednesday. E-cigarettes, tobacco-free devices people use to inhale nicotine-laced vapor, have surged in popularity on both sides of the Atlantic but health organizations have so far been wary of advocating them as a safer alternative to tobacco and governments from California to India have tried to introduce bills to regulate their use more strictly. "E-cigarettes are not completely risk free but when compared to smoking, evidence shows...
  • Boston mayor taking on chewing tobacco

    08/05/2015 5:15:57 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | August 05, 2015 | Kay Lazar
    Fenway Park is steeped in tradition, but one controversial piece may soon be history — the wads of smokeless tobacco stuffed into players’ bulging cheeks or tucked under their lips. Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Wednesday is expected to announce plans to prohibit use of the smokeless products at the city’s baseball parks and other professional and amateur sports venues.
  • Zimbabwe farmers fear winter of hunger after poor tobacco crop

    07/23/2015 4:32:47 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-22-15 | ANDREW MAMBONDIYANI
    For 15 years after Zimbabwe's agriculture sector collapsed in the face of President Robert Mugabe's seizure of white-owned farms to resettle landless blacks, the tobacco industry has been booming, with farmers funded by private firms to grow tobacco. But this switch, coupled with the worst regional drought in nearly a decade, has left Zimbabwe in a precarious food situation. Many farmers have complained of low prices as the season ends while buyers argue the quality of the crop was poor. "A number of farmers are crying foul over unsatisfactory (tobacco) prices," said Trevor Saruwaka, member of parliament for Mutasa Central...
  • Former Soviet Nation Is the Country With Least Number of Smokers (Turkmenistan)

    <p>This was made known by the World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Margaret Chan during a visit to the former Soviet nation.</p> <p>Turkmenistan has emerged as the country with the world’s lowest proportion of smokers.</p> <p>This was made known by the World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Margaret Chan during a visit to the former Soviet nation.</p>
  • CVS leaving US Chamber of Commerce in tobacco tiff

    07/07/2015 3:28:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 7, 2015 5:47 PM EDT
    CVS Health is leaving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, saying the trade group’s position on tobacco products is incompatible with CVS’ focus on health. The Chamber of Commerce said its position on tobacco products is being misinterpreted and it’s unfortunate that a company is leaving the organization over the issue. A New York Times article published June 30 said the Chamber of Commerce is fighting anti-smoking laws around the world at the behest of the tobacco industry, which is facing increased regulation aimed at reducing smoking. …
  • Dem. Senator Hopes The DOJ Sues Global Warming ‘Deniers’

    06/25/2015 1:12:25 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 45 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | june 25, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is not a fan of anyone who disagrees with him about man-made global warming. And at an event hosted by environmentalists, he made it clear just how much he doesn’t like skeptics. “But, this vast denial apparatus that propagates the false doubt, that props up the phony science, that gets these yahoos who can’t survive … peer-reviewed scrutiny onto Fox News, onto the cable shows, saying that their scientists, they create an artificial conflict about this and that’s why I think there’s doubt,” the Rhode Island Democrat told attendees at a League of Conservation Voters event in...
  • Arlington [MA} Raises Minimum Tobacco Buying Age To 21

    06/23/2015 5:07:13 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 9 replies
    CBS BOSTON ^ | 23 JUNE 2015 | CBS BOSTON
    ARLINGTON (CBS) – Officials in one Massachusetts town will increase the minimum legal age to buy tobacco to 21 years old. Acting Director of Health and Human Services James Feeney announced on Tuesday that the change will be made as of July 1. “We know that the earlier people start smoking, the more likely it is to become a habit. We want to stop this trend,” Feeney said. “Communities throughout the Commonwealth are making this important change, and with Arlington coming on board, we hope to further prevent teenagers and young adults from traveling across city and town lines to...
  • California Senate approves increase in legal age to buy tobacco [from 18 to 21]

    06/03/2015 8:23:39 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 23 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 2, 2015 | Alexei Koseff
    With no debate and bipartisan support, the state Senate voted 26-8 on Tuesday to raise the legal age to buy tobacco in California from 18 to 21. --SNIP-- Even as tobacco companies are increasing their influence again at the Capitol, shedding a once-toxic reputation, SB 151 received unanimous support from Democrats, as well as yes votes from four Republican senators: Tom Berryhill of Twain Harte, Ted Gaines of Roseville, Janet Nguyen of Garden Grove and Jeff Stone of Temecula. If SB 151 is approved by the Assembly and Gov. Jerry Brown, California would be one of the first states in...
  • Elizabeth Warren Targets Clinton Foundation Donors

    05/09/2015 3:57:37 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 18 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/8/2015 | Brent Scher
    A new blog post written by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) may appear to be an attempt to align with Hillary Clinton, but it takes direct aim at multiple Clinton Foundation donors. Warren’s post, “I agree with Hillary Clinton,” details her concerns with a provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that she says “would let foreign companies challenge American laws outside of American courts.” “The Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision isn’t a one-time, hypothetical problem—we’ve seen it in past trade agreements,” Warren wrote. Three of the five companies Warren uses as examples of companies that have abused similar...
  • Tobacco tax initiative proposed for California

    05/05/2015 8:33:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 4, 2015 | by PATRICK MCGREEVY
    Stepping up pressure on the California Legislature to raise the tobacco tax, a coalition of health groups said Monday it will begin circulating petitions to put an initiative on the November 2016 ballot to hike the levy on cigarettes. The initiatives would raise the tobacco tax by $2 per pack of cigarettes to raise $1.5 billion annually for smoking prevention and smoking-related medical costs now borne by taxpayers through Medi-Cal, the state's healthcare program for the poor. The filing is by the group Save Lives California Coalition, which includes the American Heart Assn., American Lung Assn. in California, American Cancer...
  • FDA Follies, Part 1

    04/29/2015 9:24:38 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/29/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    Regular readers of this column are aware that I am no fan of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Let’s examine the agency’s official mission… Here’s the first paragraph: “FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.” Good stuff. But now, take a look at the second paragraph: “FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines more effective, safer, and more affordable and by helping...
  • Experts call for 'tobacco-free world' and raising legal age for cigarettes

    03/12/2015 8:14:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    The authors of the Lancet's centerpiece editorial said a so-called tobacco-free world -- in which fewer than 5% of adults smoke -- is "socially desirable, technically feasible and could become politically practical." .. Making tobacco use "out of sight, out of mind and out of fashion -- yet not prohibited" could be achieved only with a "turbo-charged approach," wrote a team of public health experts from Australia, Hong Kong and India. To achieve it, the United Nations, national leaders, and public- and private-sector institutions all would need to collaborate, they wrote. In addition to governments setting policies such as those...
  • Rep. Blumenauer: 'We Need More Research on the Health Effects of Guns’

    02/13/2015 7:31:07 AM PST · by PROCON · 28 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D- Ore.) has released a plan calling for “more research on the health effects of guns.” Blumenauer’s “Enough is Enough” plan looks back to how the U.S. government addressed tobacco use and automobile safety in years past and calls for a similar approach to guns. “The Surgeon General's report on tobacco was a major catalyst for the efforts to reduce tobacco use. Ralph Nader’s research captured headlines and focused public attention on automobile safety. Similarly, we need more research on the health effects of guns. We can start by improving the ability of researchers and...
  • Scaring People About e-Cigarettes: A Public Health Disgrace

    01/28/2015 8:41:44 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 44 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/28/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    According to Dr. Gilbert Ross, Medical and Executive Director, American Council on Science and Health… Smoking is America’s most important, and preventable, public health problem: It is estimated that almost a half-million of us will succumb prematurely to smoking’s deadly effects each year, with twenty-times that number sickened. Among our 43 million smokers, over half try to quit each year, yet less than one in twenty succeed. The FDA approved products—patches, gums, and drugs—help “boost” that to about one in ten, an abysmal “success” rate of 10 percent. Yet, the official line, from the FDA and the CDC on down,...
  • Typical American Smokers Burn Up at Least $1 Million During Their Lifetimes

    01/22/2015 8:04:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | January 22, 2015 | Kevin McSpadden
    Alaska smokers will spend over $2 million.American smokers spend at least $1 million dollars on cigarette-related expenditures over their lifetimes, according to a state-by-state analysis done by the financial consultancy company WalletHub. The most expensive state for smokers is Alaska, where the habit costs over $2 million dollars on average. For a bargain, move to South Carolina, but that still comes in at nearly $1.1 million. “I and most people really just think of the cost of cigarettes and taxes on the packs, but if you think about the healthcare costs, which can totally be avoided, healthcare insurance premiums, and...
  • Feds: Yee shook down NFL team, 'Shrimpboy' headed organized crime group (shoulder fired missiles)

    07/25/2014 9:53:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 7/25/14 | Jonah Owen Lamb
    **SNIP** At one meeting with an undercover FBI agent, Jackson allegedly told Yee that the agent knew the owner of an NFL team. Yee then told the agent about a pending law that would limit NFL players from filing workers' compensation claims in the state if they played for out of state teams. Yee told the agent that he should "convey this information to the owner of the NFL team" with an offer of help from Yee. Asked about the cost of such a vote, Yee reportedly said, "Oh no...we gotta drag it out, man. We gotta juice this thing."...
  • Pentagon’s War on Tobacco Fails

    01/07/2015 12:12:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 6, 2015 | Bill McMorris
    George S. Patton once came upon a dying man at the 15th Evacuation Hospital at Sant’ Agata during the Sicilian invasion. He sparked a cigarette and placed it in the young soldier’s mouth. He smacked a shell-shocked trooper for cowardice moments later.The slap surely would have ended Patton’s career were he serving in today’s Army. The act of comfort to the dying man probably would as well.The Department of Defense is trying to extinguish the cigarettes of our nation’s servicemen. The War on Terror reversed some of the gains in the fight against tobacco as smoking rates jumped 13 percent...
  • More Proof That Congress Is a Criminal Enterprise Operation

    01/05/2015 3:48:28 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 14 replies
    Investment Watchdog ^ | 1/4/2015 | David Hodges
    It is not a news flash that Congress is corrupt. Their 9% approval rating is symbolic of how this criminal enterprise body is perceived by the American people. Can you actually believe that Representative John Boehner admits that bribery of members of Congress is standard operational procedure. Further, Boehner admits that this is a long-standing practice. “When the House minority leader was questioned about taking bribes from tobacco lobbyists in June of 1995 in exchange for taxpayer subsidies, and then redistributing them to other congressional members on the House floor, Boehner said, “They [the lobbyists] asked me to give out...
  • Feds Spend $33,341 to Find Out if Same-Sex Couples Live Close to Tobacco Shops

    12/23/2014 3:25:44 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government is spending over $33,000 to figure out whether same-sex couples live closer to tobacco retailers, theoretically making them more likely to smoke.A National Institutes of Health (NIH) project, entitled, “Relationship Between Tobacco Retailer Density and Sexual Minority Couples,” reasons that since many gay and lesbian couples live in cities, they may be close to stores that sell cigarettes, such as 7 Elevens.“Tobacco use is substantially higher among sexual minorities than among heterosexuals,” the grant states. “The reasons for this persistent disparity remain unclear, but the high toll of death and disability from tobacco use creates substantial health...
  • Former NYC Cop: De Blasio Should "Resign In Shame"

    12/23/2014 3:42:01 AM PST · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 23, 2014 | Ian Hachett
    Fmr. NYPD Officer and Republican Congressional candidate Dan Bongino argued that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) should “resign in disgrace” on Monday’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel.
  • Survey: E-cigarette use rising among Hawaii public school teens

    12/14/2014 1:11:54 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 8 replies
    KHON2 ^ | December 10, 2014 | Staff
    A recent study shows more Hawaii public school teens are either experimenting with or using new tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes. According to the Hawaii Youth Tobacco Survey, lifetime e-cigarette use among high school students tripled from 5.1 percent in 2011 to 17.6 percent in 2013, and quadrupled among middle school students, from 1.8 percent to 7.9 percent, during the same time period. “Evidence suggests that e-cigarettes are being used by students who are not cigarette smokers,” said Tonya Lowery St. John, epidemiologist for DOH’s Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. “More than a third of middle school students and...
  • Pima County may vote to refuse to hire smokers

    12/07/2014 8:57:08 PM PST · by Ken H · 25 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | December 05, 2014 | Mariana Dale
    The Pima County Board of Supervisors will vote this month on whether to refuse to hire smokers and put a major pinch on the pocketbooks of those who already work there. The two-part policy would take effect in July 2015. It prevents the county from hiring smokers and slaps a 30 percent health insurance surcharge on employees who do smoke or use other tobacco products. -snip- “It’s not an attempt to punish anybody,” said Human Resources Director Allyn Bulzomi. “It’s an attempt to encourage people to be healthy.”