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  • 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.”
  • An “American spring” … really?

    12/06/2014 7:59:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 6, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    The death of Eric Garner has stirred the emotions of many, as have previous such instances of conflict with law enforcement. As a result of that, government officials are already talking about reviews of existing procedures and even looking at new laws to regulate certain tactics during arrests. In a way, no matter what you may think of either Garner’s behavior or of the officer’s methods during the encounter, it could be said that the freelance cigarette salesman may wind up being an agent of change in one form or another. Unfortunately, some writers tend toward hyperbole at times, and...
  • Not a chokehold: Truth of the Garner arrest

    12/06/2014 12:25:57 PM PST · by FreeReign · 189 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/14/2014 | Bo Dietl
    It wasn’t a chokehold. That’s just the biggest single distortion in all the talk about the Eric Garner case, in which the public has been misinformed and misled from the start. The Rev. Al Sharpton has never had to put himself in harm’s way to protect our streets against crime, as our police officers do every day. He’s in no way qualified to stand on his soapbox and dictate procedures. I spent decades in law enforcement. During my time with the NYPD, I was responsible for over 1,400 felony arrests — any of which could’ve required the use of deadly...
  • Federal Legislation to Ban Local Cigarette Taxes (VANITY)

    12/05/2014 6:26:38 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 18 replies
    The Eric Garner Law. Ban cities from all of these absurd local taxes and creating the incentives that led to the arrest of a guy for selling loosies. Republicans can get behind it because it shows the overreach of tax laws and Democrats won't dare oppose it. All of these major cities are Democrat-run liberal bastions. What say you?
  • Rand Paul is Right: Cig Taxes Factored into Garner's Death

    12/05/2014 5:30:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Reasonable people can disagree on whether racism was involved in the tragic death of Eric Garner. My own suspicion is that this misfortune could have transpired just as easily with a white man resisting arrest and/or a black cop choking him. And even though lots of people don't want to hear it, reasonable can disagree on whether illegally excessive force was to blame. Personally, watching the ubiquitous video of Garner's arrest, it looks like excessive force to me. But the simple fact is that a Staten Island grand jury saw evidence that led it to conclude otherwise. People should at...
  • Rand: "No Excuse" For Someone To Die Over A Cigarette Tax

    12/04/2014 6:02:20 AM PST · by Biggirl · 51 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 4, 2014 | Breitbart TV, Ian Hanchett
    Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) reacted to a grand jury's decision to not indict a New York City Police Officer in the death of Eric Garner by saying he was "horrified" by the video and blasting politicians for passing "bad laws" that "put our police in a difficult situation" in an interview broadcast on Wednesday's "Hardball" on MSNBC.
  • Vintage PHOTO: Circa 1952 - "Koko" The Poodle Takes A Cigarette Break

    11/29/2014 8:47:26 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    New York Journal-American: Photographic Morgue ^ | January 17, 1952 | PHOTOGRAPHER - Garber, Maurey
    Taking a break from soliciting support for the Arthritis and Rheumatism Foundation, "Koko" the poodle pauses for a cigarette.
  • Frenchman Quits ISIS Because He Couldn’t Handle Its Smoking Ban

    11/24/2014 6:56:58 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 11-14-2014 | Katherine Timpf
    November 24, 2014 11:27 AMFrenchman Quits ISIS Because He Couldn’t Handle Its Smoking Ban Flavien Moreau said he even tried Nicorette, but it didn't work. By Katherine Timpf A French militant who was recently sent to to prison for his involvement with the Islamic State said he left the terrorist organization because he couldn’t handle its strict ban on smoking cigarrettes. “I really struggled with not smoking,” 27-year-old Flavien Moreau testified before a Paris court, according to France 24. “It was forbidden by the katiba [a group of Islamist militants]. I had brought Nicorette gum with me, but it wasn’t...
  • Westminster Ends Bid To Ban Tobacco Sales After Outcry (Mass.)

    11/20/2014 7:03:30 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 7 replies
    WBZ ^ | 11/20/14 | WBZ
    A proposal that would have made the town the first in the nation to ban all tobacco sales has gone up in smoke. Westminster’s board of health voted 2-1 to drop the proposal at its regular meeting on Wednesday, a week after rowdy opposition led board members to end a public hearing early. The board had initially said the ban would help keep a variety of tobacco products from young people, but businesses strongly opposed it.
  • Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em: Westminster Won’t Ban Tobacco

    11/19/2014 6:56:39 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 5 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 11/19/2014 | Nicole Leonard
    There’s a time and place for everything, but that isn’t the case for a small Massachusetts town that could have become the first municipality in the nation to ban tobacco sales. The Westminster Board of Health withdrew its proposal to ban all tobacco sales on Wednesday after receiving criticism and outrage from the audience at a meeting last week. Board of health members Peter Munro and Ed Simoncini voted against the ban while Chairwoman Andrea Crete voted to keep the proposal for consideration, reported the Boston Globe. “It is obvious the town is against it and therefore I am against...
  • Gruber earned millions at federal, state levels (video trail of deceit grows longer)

    11/18/2014 4:12:02 AM PST · by Liz · 25 replies
    FOXNEWS.COM ^ | 11/17/14 | James Rosen, chief Washington correspondent; hosts online "The Foxhole."
    “My job was just to see if the numbers added up,” Dr. Jonathan Gruber, the controversial architect of ObamaCare, told PBS two years ago. And add up the numbers did – at least in terms of Gruber’s consulting fees. A Fox News review of state and federal websites, as well as published reports, finds the MIT economist----and his firm----have secured millions in federal and state contracts stretching back over the last fifteen years. Most famously, HHS retained Gruber March 2009 to produce, as the contract stipulated, “a series of technical memoranda on the estimated changes in health insurance coverage and...
  • Raucous hearing on tobacco sales in Westminster halted

    11/13/2014 12:17:40 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 20 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 12, 2014 | Sean P. Murphy
    WESTMINSTER — An unruly public hearing on a proposal to prohibit the sale of tobacco products came to a sudden and rowdy halt Wednesday evening after shouting and clapping opponents of the ban repeatedly refused the chairwoman’s request to come to order. The ban, proposed by the Board of Health in this Central Massachusetts town, would be the first of its kind in the state. It has led to angry reactions from residents who worry that it will hurt the local economy and allow government too much discretion in controlling private conduct. “This is about freedom; it’s my body and...
  • Unruly Crowd Shuts Down Westminster Tobacco Ban Meeting

    11/12/2014 9:10:55 PM PST · by barmag25 · 31 replies
    Boston.com ^ | 11/12/14 | By Nicole Leonard
    They may take our lives, but they’ll never take . . . our cigarettes? Westminster may become the first municipality in the country to ban all tobacco sales, but some businesses and town members are not ready to give up their Marlboros, Camels and Parliaments. A public hearing on a potential tobacco ban in the western Massachusetts town of Westminster was shut down Wednesday night after boisterous audience members loudly voiced their opposition to the ban.
  • Merchants say cigarette tax is a business-killer (War on Small Business)

    11/10/2014 3:28:04 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 22 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 11/10/2014 | SOLOMON LEACH & REGINA MEDINA,
    --SNIP-- "It's really bad right now. We're in real bad shape," he said, adding that the decrease in cigarette sales has had a ripple effect on the rest of his business. He has let go of four employees in the past month. "Now it's just me, my wife and my sister." Martinez isn't alone. Other store owners and distributors in the city said they have seen a dramatic drop in revenue since the tax was added, causing them to wonder what the collateral damage will be on their livelihoods. "It's detrimental all over the city. There are probably over 2,000...
  • In a first, Mass. town may prohibit tobacco sales

    10/28/2014 4:35:18 AM PDT · by massmike · 19 replies
    bostonglobe.com ^ | 10/28/2014 | Kay Lazar
    The Central Massachusetts town of Westminster would become the first community in the state, and perhaps the nation, to ban all tobacco sales under a proposal made public Monday that regulators say is designed to improve health, especially among the young. Draft regulations posted on the town’s website would prohibit sales of products containing tobacco or nicotine, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and even electronic cigarettes, which use batteries to heat nicotine-laced liquid, producing a vapor that is inhaled. The plan has infuriated local store owners, who are circulating petitions to block the action, saying it would drive them out of...
  • Philly cigarette tax a boon for Bucks border businesses

    10/20/2014 3:44:42 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 20 replies
    Bucks County Courier Times. ^ | 10/20/2014 | Jo Ciavaglia
    ---SNIP--- What’s the draw at this Bensalem store? Cigarettes, some priced at under $6 a pack. No more than a mile away in Philadelphia, the same cigarettes cost more than $8. “We used to get between 300 and 400 cartons of cigarettes every other night. Now, we’re getting about 1,500 cartons. I would say sales have gone up from about 2,000 packs a day to between 4,000 and 4,500 packs daily,” inventory manager Jim Watson said. That adds up at least $24,000 a day in sales, an increase of $12,000-plus since nearby Philadelphia increased its tax on a pack of...
  • [North Carolina] Gov. to French, Irish: Don’t mess with our tobacco

    10/15/2014 2:56:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 15, 2014 4:31 PM EDT | Jonathan Drew
    In a Trans-Atlantic debate over cigarette packaging, North Carolina’s governor poses a rhetorical question to the Irish and French governments: Would Guinness be recognizable labeled simply as “beer?” Or would champagne sell as well in a bottle lacking its distinctive curves? Gov. Pat McCrory has written letters to French and Irish officials decrying plans in those countries to force manufacturers to package their cigarettes in plain containers. McCrory argues farmers and manufacturers in the top U.S. tobacco-producing state would be hurt by the proposals to remove brand logos and colors from cigarette boxes. “Plain packaging laws are a direct assault...
  • Congressman Defends Tobacco Sales to Troops: 'Leave Us the Hell Alone'

    10/08/2014 8:39:51 AM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 8, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter is fighting a potential ban on tobacco sales on military bases and ships. The idea of a ban is currently under a department review, thanks to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. But Hunter, a Marine reservist who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is already fighting the idea. “It’s not curbed for anybody else. Why pick out the folks who choose of their own accord to fight for their country and serve their country, and punish them?”
  • Tobacco Plants Lead the Way to Ebola Cure

    10/06/2014 8:53:07 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/06/14 | Wes Porter
    Nicotiana benthamiana, already used to produce West Nile virus antibodies, offers similar protection against the devastating Ebola virus The already wide horticultural field has expanded yet more to the new science of pharming. This involves the production of pharmaceuticals through the use of genetic engineering to insert genes that code for desired and otherwise expensive and complicated to produce pharmaceuticals into plants. Today, thanks to the herbaceous plant and close relative of tobacco, Nicotiana benthamiana, already used to produce West Nile virus antibodies, offers similar protection against the devastating Ebola virus. Found amongst rocks on hills and cliffs throughout the...
  • Why Big Tobacco keeps demolishing the FDA in federal court

    10/04/2014 6:16:05 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 17 replies
    Salon ^ | Oct. 4, 2014 | Myron Levin
    What are the odds? In 2009, Congress passed landmark legislation directing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products, aiming to cut the toll from the leading preventable cause of disease and death. Three times since, however, cigarette and e-cigarette companies have filed successful legal challenges to thwart rules intended to make their products less appealing to consumers–and less accessible to kids. The three cases, which, among other things, have blocked graphic cigarette warning labels and delayed regulation of e-cigarettes for at least a few years, were decided in favor of industry plaintiffs by the same federal judge, Richard...
  • Colorado High Court Considers Pot Firing Case

    09/30/2014 6:19:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 30, 2014 | By SADIE GURMAN
    Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient who was fired by the Dish Network after failing a drug test more than four years ago, says he still can't find steady work because employers are wary of his off-duty smoking. In a case being closely watched around the country, Colorado's Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear arguments in Coats' case, which could have big implications for pot smokers in the first state to legalize recreational sales of the drug. The case highlights the clash between state...
  • WHO still pushing to collect a global tobacco tax

    09/14/2014 8:05:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 13, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    The unelected and unaccountable sages at the World Health Organization (WHO) can’t seem to help themselves or resist the temptation to try to regulate the behavior of everyone on the planet. This is a shame, really, because a group like that could actually do some good if they stuck to trying to get basic supplies and medical care to people in remote, poverty stricken countries. But rather than devoting themselves to such laudable goals, they’re once again pushing to get every government on the planet to jack up sin taxes on tobacco.(This is something they’ve tried before, as I wrote...
  • No more smokes at CVS

    09/04/2014 11:32:12 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    CNN Money ^ | September 3, 2014 | Aaron Smith
    CVS Caremark has followed through with its long-promised cigarette ban, as the tobacco-free pharmacy chain officially changed its name to CVS Health. "The sale of cigarettes and tobacco at CVS pharmacy stores ends today," said Larry Merlo, president and CEO of CVS, in a video statement on the company web site. "By eliminating the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products in our stores, we can make a difference in the health of all Americans." CVS (CVS) stopped selling cigarettes nearly a month earlier than expected, since the chain had previously announced the ban would go into effect by Oct. 1.
  • CVS changes name, stops tobacco sales a month early

    09/03/2014 7:23:37 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 49 replies
    AP ^ | September 3, 2014
    As CVS sharpens its focus on customer health, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain will tweak its corporate name and stop the sale of tobacco nearly a month sooner than planned. CVS Caremark will now be known as CVS Health. The signs on its roughly 7,700 drugstores won't change, so the tweak may not register with shoppers.
  • American Heart Association presses for strict federal controls on e-cigarettes

    08/26/2014 12:05:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 26, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The American Heart Association says e-cigarettes are dangerous gateway products that cause nicotine addiction and should be subject to strict federal controls for minor-aged use. The group published its statement into the journal Circulation. Among its views: Ban e-cigarettes for minors, tightly regulate the product’s marketing and ban vapors that have flavors because they entice youngsters to try the product, Medical News Today reported.
  • Feds Claim Freedom is Bad For Your Health

    08/24/2014 5:48:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 24, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is trying to ban smoking… Everywhere. Well, at least everywhere someone might be working, so I guess that’s not as many places as you might think. (Hat tip to Obamanomics.) The CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has suggested banning all tobacco consumption at every work place in the nation… Because, ya know, the nanny-state can never be too big, right?The ban would apply to not only office buildings, restaurants, and retail stores, but it would also apply to any outdoor location (such as construction sites, landscaping work, and...
  • Ebola puts focus on drugs made in tobacco plants

    08/16/2014 4:21:41 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 17 replies
    news24 ^ | Aug 15, 2014
    New York - It's an eye-catching angle in the story of an experimental treatment for Ebola: The drug comes from tobacco plants that were turned into living pharmaceutical factories. Using plants this way, sometimes called "pharming" can produce complex and valuable proteins for medicines. That approach, studied for about 20 years, hasn't caught on widely in the pharmaceutical industry. But some companies and academic labs are pursuing it to create medicines and vaccines against such targets as HIV, cancer, the deadly Marburg virus and norovirus, known for causing outbreaks of stomach bug on cruise ships, as well as Ebola. While...
  • OPERATION CHOKE POINT: Why Gun And Cigar Lovers Should Loathe Leftists

    08/09/2014 11:54:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 10, 2014 | Doug Giles
    In the last couple of weeks my cigar company has had a hell of a time trying to find a credit card processing company that’ll do recurring revenue charges for my customers who’d like to get an automated, monthly dose of one of the finest cigars on this planet, our Safari Cigar. As my team and I were going back and forth trying to find a company to handle our transactions, I started redlining, getting a wee bit pissed, about how ridiculous it has become to do trade. My business boys tried to calm me down by telling me it...
  • How Wall Street Tobacco Deals Left States With Billions in Toxic Debt

    08/08/2014 6:35:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    ProPublica ^ | August 8, 2014 | Cezary Podkul
    In November 1998, attorneys general from across the country sealed a historic deal with the tobacco industry to pay for the health care costs of smoking. Going forward, nearly every cigarette sold would provide money to the states, territories and other governments involved 2014 more than $200 billion in just the first 25 years of a legal settlement that required payments to be made in perpetuity. Then, Wall Street came knocking with an offer many state and local politicians found irresistible: Cash upfront for those governments willing to trade investors the right to some or all of their tobacco payments....
  • GMO tobacco ‘mystery serum’ rescues Ebola virus victims

    08/06/2014 1:57:18 PM PDT · by Valpal1 · 67 replies
    Genetic Literacy Project ^ | 8/6/2014 | Meredith Knight
    When American Ebola patient Dr. Kent Brantly arrived in Atlanta, Georgia, Aug. 2, he had reportedly already had one course of treatment with an experimental drug called ZMAPP made with genetically engineered tobacco. Although it has only been tested previously in animals, the FDA is rumored to have authorized emergency approval for the drug for Brantly and another American who contracted the virus doing medical aid work in Liberia during the ongoing West African Ebola outbreak. MAPP is produced by a small San Diego-based biotech company. The scientists use a common tobacco bacteria, genetically engineered with different components of the...
  • Tobacco Serum Saved Two White American Ebola Victims

    08/05/2014 11:37:42 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 76 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 8-5-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Okay, wait for it, wait for it. You're gonna love this. Folks, you're absolutely going to love this. Well, wait. Maybe some of you won't love this. Let me speak for myself. I love this. You know that magical serum that was given to two white Americans suffering from Ebola? You know what the magic ingredient is? Nicotine. Tobacco is the magical ingredient in the serum. It's a Kentucky tobacco plant from which they derive the magical serum that has caused massive reversals of the symptoms of Ebola in the two white Americans. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Okay. So yesterday...
  • Oregon Proposes Smoking Ban For All 362 Miles Of Its Coastline

    07/25/2014 8:35:42 AM PDT · by Drango · 61 replies
    Consumerist ^ | July 25, 2014 | M B Quirk
    Any beachgoers that enjoy puffing away on a cigarette while they sit on the sand or frolic in the surf may have to get their nicotine fix elsewhere, as Oregon has proposed a ban on smoking that would include all 362 miles of beaches on its coastline. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has followed up an earlier ban on smoking at most state park properties with this proposal, partly because the agency is worried that all those smokers pushed out of parks will come to the beach, reports the Associated Press. The move would also serve to cut down...
  • Cannabis really can trigger paranoia

    07/16/2014 4:44:01 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 83 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Wednesday 16 July 2014 | Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman
    *The largest ever study of the effects of the main psychoactive component of cannabis suggests that it can cause paranoia in vulnerable individuals* To discover whether cannabis really does cause paranoia in vulnerable individuals, we carried out the largest ever study of the effects of THC (∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the drug’s principal psychoactive ingredient). We recruited 121 volunteers, all of whom had taken cannabis at least once before, and all of whom reported having experienced paranoid thoughts in the previous month (which is typical of half the population). None had been diagnosed with a mental illness. The volunteers were randomly chosen to...
  • 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...
  • Lawmakers Throw Light on Secretive ‘Operation Choke Point’

    07/15/2014 10:08:21 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 9 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | July 15 2014 | Kelsey Harkness
    Is “Operation Choke Point” about to get choked by Congress? Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., sure hopes so. Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is calling for the dismantling of what he calls a secretive initiative launched by the Obama administration in early 2013. Critics say that Operation Choke Point, so dubbed by Department of Justice officials under Attorney General Eric Holder, seeks to weed out businesses from the marketplace that the Obama administration considers objectionable. According to The Wall Street Journal, it was an outgrowth of the Financial Fraud Task Force, established by President Obama’s executive...
  • Egypt president raises cigarette, alcohol prices

    07/06/2014 7:15:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 6, 2014 9:45 AM EDT
    Egypt’s president has issued a decree raising the sales tax on cigarettes by up to 50 percent and on beer by 200 percent. […] President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, former military chief elected last month, vowed to take tough decisions to address the country’s battered economy. This weekend, el-Sissi also partially lifted subsidies on fuel, a politically sensitive issue that Egypt’s previous leaders had avoided. …
  • Tobacco giant initiates EU court challenge

    06/30/2014 3:58:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 30.06.14 @ 09:34 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    Tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) wants to challenge new EU rules on tobacco to see if it can get the stricter labeling requirements changed. The Marlboro manufacturer on Friday (27 June) said the EU’s new tobacco products directive “appears to ban truthful and non-misleading claims on the packaging of tobacco products”. “PMI intends to seek review of whether this ban respects the fundamental rights of consumers to information about the products they are choosing,” it added. The EU’s reformed directive says cigarette packages must have “Smoking Kills—Quit Now” and “Tobacco smoke contains over 70 substances known to cause cancer”...
  • FDA extends public comment period for e-cigarette rules

    06/23/2014 11:55:31 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 23, 2014 | Associated Press
    The public will have more time to weigh in on a federal proposal to regulate electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the public comment period slated to end July 9 is being extended an additional 30 days to Aug. 8 after getting lots of input on how to regulate e-cigarettes. Those are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating vapor that users inhale. The FDA also proposed extending its authority to regulate cigars, hookahs, nicotine gels and pipe tobacco.
  • Cigarette packaging: Republic of Ireland bid to ban branded tobacco

    06/10/2014 2:50:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10 June 2014 | Last updated at 13:37 ET
    The Republic of Ireland has become the first country in Europe to try to pass a law banning the sale of branded cigarette and tobacco packets. The proposed legislation would force tobacco firms to use plain packaging, removing all logos and trademark colors from cigarette packets. Irish Minister for Health James Reilly said the ban would help to save lives. …
  • Tobacco industry once had high hopes for marijuana business

    06/05/2014 1:27:21 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 25 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 2, 2014
    Tobacco industry once had high hopes for marijuana business USA -- Richard Nixon was in the White House, his "war on drugs" was in full swing, yet Big Tobacco was secretly exploring the possibility of becoming Big Pot. Newly discovered documents from tobacco company archives at UC San Francisco show that major companies in the cigarette industry investigated joining the marijuana business in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The companies were driven then by the same shift in public attitudes that is now pushing legalization around the country. One company even asked a federal counter-narcotics official to secretly secure...
  • Navy considers banning tobacco sales on bases

    06/05/2014 6:07:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 5, 2014 5:02 PM EDT | Jennifer McDermott
    Tobacco sales on Navy ships and in stores on Navy and Marine Corps bases would be a thing of the past under a plan being considered by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, but some congressional members are pushing back. The Navy Department, which includes the Marine Corps, would be the first military department to prohibit tobacco sales. […] Congress is considering a measure that would prevent Mabus from instituting a sales ban, with the prohibition’s opponents arguing it overreaches on a habit that is unhealthy but still legal. …
  • Reynolds American-Sponsored Website Looks at 'New Tobacco Road'

    06/03/2014 10:13:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    CSPnet.com ^ | May 30, 2014 | CSPnet.com
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Cigarette smuggling costs states an estimated $5.5 billion annually. Much of that traffic takes place on the East Coast along Interstate 95, as cigarettes from lower-tax states are being smuggled to states with higher taxes in the Northeast. A new website, sponsored by RAI Services Co., a subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc., calls the I-95 corridor "The New Tobacco Road."The website draws attention to the problem to encourage states to pass stiffer penalties for smuggling and devote more resources to enforcement.The website, www.thenewtobaccoroad.com, shows how I-95 has become a key transit route for cigarette smuggling from southern...
  • Smokers are cutting back on food to fund their craving (Ireland)

    05/30/2014 12:46:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | Friday, May 30, 2014 | Catherine Shanahan
    The disastrous smoking habits of the Irish have been highlighted in two new studies—we are far more prone than other Europeans to continue smoking after suffering a stroke and one in 10 of us cut back on food to fund our craving. […] Just what lengths smokers will go to to feed their habit is borne out in a separate study by Pfizer Ireland, which found: 10% cut back on buying food35% said they cut down on eating out24% pulled out of social engagements22% also said that they cut back on holidays to avoid cutting their smoking budget.More than half...
  • Top scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettes

    05/29/2014 12:02:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 29, 2014 | Ben Hirschler
    London - A group of 53 leading scientists has warned the World Health Organisation not to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, arguing that doing so would jeopardise a major opportunity to slash disease and deaths caused by smoking. The UN agency, which is currently assessing its position on the matter, has previously indicated it would favour applying similar restrictions to all nicotine-containing products. In an open letter to WHO Director General Margaret Chan, the scientists from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia argued that low-risk products like e-cigarettes were "part of the solution" in the fight against smoking, not part...
  • Should the Government Slap Tobacco-Style Regulations on Fatty Foods?

    05/20/2014 12:13:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 19, 2014 | Clara Ritger
    If the government wants to make progress in lowering obesity rates, it needs to start regulating fatty foods much the way it does tobacco. That's the recommendation from a pair of international health organizations pushing policies it says would answer the obesity epidemic. Specifically, the groups recommend that the government control the way the food and beverage industry advertises, to ensure companies aren't implying unhealthy food is good for children and adults. Additionally, they advise governments to require statements on food packaging about how high or low the content of salt, saturated fat, and sugar is in relation to dietary...
  • Lung cancer screening could cost Medicare billions

    05/14/2014 5:33:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 14, 2014 5:21 PM EDT
    Every person covered by Medicare would shell out an additional $3 a month if the government agreed to pay to screen certain current and former smokers for lung cancer, a new study estimates. It would cost Medicare $2 billion a year to follow recent advice to offer these lung scans—and fuel angst about rising health costs that are borne by everyone, not just smokers, the study found. […] Lung cancer is the world’s top cancer killer, mainly because it’s usually found too late for treatment to do much good. Most deaths involve Medicare-age people, and most are due to smoking....
  • Take Your Stinking Paws Off My Cigars, You Dirty Bureaucrats

    05/06/2014 9:03:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2014 | Brandon Howell
    For reasons passing understanding, the FDA announced recently that it was moving forward with invoking its authority to regulate cigars, along with other forms of tobacco. It’s a part of the Tobacco Control Act, signed into law in 2009, which gave the agency the option of casting its net down on cigars at the time of its choosing. In other words – it was only a matter of time before bureaucrats decided to be bureaucrats. It’s not set into stone, yet. Between now and July 9 the FDA will accept comments on its proposals, at which point it will the...
  • 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,...