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  • Bill O'Reilly Passed On The Chance To Be The Marlboro Man In The 70s

    04/17/2014 7:35:17 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 26 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 04-17-2014 | Caitlin Macneal
    Fox Host Bill O'Reilly on Wednesday claimed that he could have been the Marlboro Man. "While I was covering the News in Denver, I was approached by a modeling agency to be the Marlboro guy dressed as a cowboy," he said on the "O'Reilly Factor" while lamenting the lack of a public health campaign warning about the dangers of weed. He lauded the U.S. government's campaign against smoking tobacco, but said that the U.S. has taken the opposite approach to pot. "Smoking marijuana is quite the opposite. That’s on the rise, as pot use is considered cool in many...
  • Nicotine, the Wonder Drug?

    04/08/2014 4:55:27 AM PDT · by jjsheridan5 · 39 replies
    Discover Magazine ^ | February 05, 2014 | Dan Hurley
    Every drug of addiction must have its day. Morphine remains one of the most potent painkillers ever discovered. Cocaine’s chemical cousin lidocaine is still used by physicians and dentists as an effective local anesthetic. Even demon alcohol, when taken in moderation, cuts the risk of heart attacks, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and a hodgepodge of other ailments. Now comes nicotine, perhaps the most unlikely wonder drug ever to be reviled. If dozens of human and animal studies published over the past six years are borne out by large clinical trials, nicotine — freed at last of its noxious host, tobacco, and...
  • Tomorrow's Cancer-Blasting Wonder Drug Could Come From a Tobacco Plant

    04/06/2014 4:48:21 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 10 replies
    Australian researchers published findings this week on a newly-discovered plant compound that destroys cancer cells, but leaves healthy cells unharmed. They found it in possibly the last place you'd look for a cancer cure: the family of plants that brings us cancer's number-one culprit, tobacco.
  • Christie's proposed e-cigarette tax is for public health, state treasurer says

    04/05/2014 2:51:41 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 28 replies
    nj.com ^ | 04/03/14 | Matt Friedman
    TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s administration wants to increase taxes on electronic cigarettes for the sake of the public’s health, state Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff said today. “Our goal is to achieve rough parity with the tax burden on conventional cigarettes. Why? Our main concern is public health,” Sidamon-Eristoff said at an Assembly Budget Committee hearing today. “Contrary to the claims of some users, e-cigarettes have not been shown to be a ‘safe’ alternative to regular cigarettes. Nor are they a proven path to smoking cessation.” Christie’s budget anticipates $35 million in revenue by applying the $2.70 per pack regular state...
  • 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...
  • GOP Rep. Hunter slams reported proposal to ban tobacco sales on Navy bases, ships

    03/29/2014 3:21:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 28, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter is speaking out against a reported proposal being considered by the Navy to ban the sale of tobacco products on all its bases and ships, calling it a “political decision.” The Military Times reported Monday that Navy officials are considering removing tobacco from all retail outlets, including exchange-operated sales venues and Morale, Welfare and Recreation program outlets. Navy commissaries do not sell tobacco products. Hunter, a Marine veteran who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, said in a letter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus he strongly opposes the ban, saying it...
  • Bizarre Arguments and Behavior

    03/26/2014 4:30:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    Some statements and arguments are so asinine that you'd have to be an academic or a leftist to take them seriously. Take the accusation that Republicans and conservatives are conducting a war on women. Does that mean they're waging war on their daughters, wives, mothers and other female members of their families? If so, do they abide by the Geneva Conventions' bans on torture, or do they engage in enhanced interrogation and intimidation methods, such as waterboarding, with female family members? You might say that leftists don't mean actual war. Then why do they say it? What would you think...
  • Report: 57% of Cigarettes Sold in New York Are Smuggled

    03/21/2014 7:00:51 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 57 replies
    Time ^ | 03-19-2014 | Denver Nicks
    A majority of the cigarettes for sale in New York are illegally smuggled into the state, according to a report out Wednesday from the conservative research group the Tax Foundation. According to the report, 56.9% of the cigarettes sold in New York—the highest importer of smuggled cigarettes—originated from out of state. Since 2006, cigarette smuggling in the state has risen sharply, by 59%, in tandem with a massive hike in cigarette taxes of 190%. New York state now has the highest cigarette taxes in the country, at $4.35 a pack. Residents of NYC must also pay an extra $1.50 per...
  • Attorneys general call on top U.S. retailers to drop tobacco products

    03/18/2014 8:00:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 74 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:16pm EDT | Phil Wahba
    A group of 28 U.S. attorneys general is urging chief executive officers of five major retailers, including Walmart, to stop selling tobacco products, saying it is contradictory to carry such items in stores that also provide health care services. The companies receiving a letter on Sunday from the group were Wal-Mart Stores Inc, supermarket operators Kroger Co, Safeway Inc, which operate pharmacies, and drugstore chains Walgreen Co and Rite Aid Corp. …
  • Member states back new EU tobacco rules

    03/14/2014 10:23:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    European Voice ^ | 14.03.2014 / 18:21 CET (Mar. 14) | Cynthia Kroet
    The European Union’s member states today (14 March) gave final approval to a revision of rules on tobacco products that tighten the content and marketing of both cigarettes and electronic cigarettes. […] The tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris countered that: “The new rules will do little to improve public health and will make the EU less competitive, pushing even more consumers to the unregulated black market in tobacco.” The new legislation requires bigger health warnings on packets of cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco. All characterizing flavors, such as menthol, will be prohibited as will the sale of packs with fewer than 20...
  • The Anti-E-Cigarette Conspiracy: Why would we want to block the smokers’ best chance of quitting?

    03/12/2014 9:27:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/12/2014 | Dr. Glibert Ross
    Anyone with a modicum of knowledge regarding public health will agree that the most important, devastating, and preventable threat to human health we face is cigarettes. Smokers trying to quit have an extremely difficult time: Less than 10 percent succeed without help, and the various FDA-approved products are of little help, if any. Over the past few years, a new technology has been taken up by millions seeking an escape from deadly smoke: electronic cigarettes (e-cigs, also known as ENDS, electronic nicotine-delivery systems). Many experts in tobacco control believe e-cigs present the best hope of improving the unacceptably low rate...
  • Kasich calls for income tax cut, hike on cigarette tax

    03/11/2014 2:11:59 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 122 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | 3/11/14 | Joe Vardon. Jim Siegal
    The net for Ohioans is a $174 million tax cut over the next three years. Kasich proposes funding an 8.5 percent income tax-cut for all tax brackets — a $2.2 billion reduction over the next three years — by raising the state’s tax on a pack of cigarettes 60 cents, from $1.25 to $1.85, while also taxing other tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, at an equivalent rate. That would generate about $850 million during the next three years. Kasich also wants to raise the Commercial Activity Tax on gross receipts for businesses from 0.26 percent to 0.3 percent, a roughly...
  • 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,...
  • Al Gore 'profiting' from climate change agenda - world’s first “carbon billionaire”.

    11/03/2009 5:26:29 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies · 494+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/3/2009 | Nick Allen
    The former US vice president is in line to make a large profit from a firm producing smart meters which monitor household electricity use. He is a partner in a Silicon Valley venture capital firm which invested Ł45 million in Silver Spring Networks, a small California company which has been developing technology to monitor household power use to make the electricity grid more efficient. Last week the US Energy Department announced Ł2 billion in grants and a proportion of that, thought to be more than Ł305 million, will go to utility operators with which Silver Spring has contracts. The venture...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tobacco-Less CVS Will Continue to Sell ‘Plan B’ Abortifacient

    02/11/2014 8:00:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 11, 2014 - 4:24 PM | Penny Starr
    The CVS drug store chain has announced it will halt the sale of tobacco products in its store beginning in October, but the retailer will continue to sell Plan B: One-Step, an abortifacient that is for sale without prescription to anyone regardless of age. “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is simply the right thing to do for the good of our customers and our company,” CVS announced on its website. “The sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose—helping people on their path to better health.” If the company is concerned about public health,...
  • 'Time has come' to ban smoking in cars carrying children, Cameron says but he'll miss vote

    02/10/2014 11:49:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 10, 2014 | Matt Chorley
    David Cameron is backing a ban on smoking in cars carrying children, but will miss today's crunch vote. The Prime Minister is to visit flooded communities across the South West as MPs vote on plans to make it a criminal offence to light up in a car in England, punishable by a Ł60 fine or points on a motorist’s licence. Three years ago the Prime Minister said he was 'not sure whether it is possible to legislate in that area' and called for a 'change in attitudes'. But today the PM's official spokesman said Mr Cameron now supports a ban....
  • Lawmakers Ramp Up Pressure on Other Drugstores to Yank Tobacco Products

    02/10/2014 7:35:42 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 33 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | 2-10-2014 | Bridget Johnson
    Other drugstores chains are going to start feeling the congressional pressure this week to go the route of CVS and pull tobacco products from their shelves. Drugstore chain CVS received praise from President Obama on Wednesday after announcing that it would stop selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores across the country. “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health,” said Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO, CVS Caremark. “Put simply, the sale...
  • Experts increasingly contemplate end of smoking

    02/09/2014 11:00:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 9, 2014 5:53 PM EST | Mike Stobbe
    Health officials have begun to predict the end of cigarette smoking in America. They have long wished for a cigarette-free America, but shied away from calling for smoking rates to fall to zero or near zero by any particular year. The power of tobacco companies and popularity of their products made such a goal seem like a pipe dream. But a confluence of changes has recently prompted public health leaders to start throwing around phrases like “endgame” and “tobacco-free generation.” Now, they talk about the slowly-declining adult smoking rate dropping to 10 percent in the next decade and to 5...
  • CVS tobacco ban just the start. Next: soda

    02/09/2014 2:20:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 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’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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Smoking or drinking during pregnancy can make your baby GAY, claims professor

    01/19/2014 3:39:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 07:41 EST, 19 January 2014 | (Daily Mail Reporter)
    A controversial new study claims that decisions made by women when they are pregnant can affect their babies brains including determining their sexuality, intelligence and chances of developing autism. The suggestion that the lifestyle of an expectant mother can affect their offspring’s development has been put forward in Professor Dick Swaab’s new book, We Are Our Brains.The professor of neurology at Amsterdam University claims that the chance of having a child who is gay can be determined by a range of factors, including how stressed pregnant women are, as well as whether they smoke and their exposure to amphetamines. “Pre-birth...
  • High Tobacco Taxes Spark Huge Black Market in Northeast

    01/07/2014 6:18:03 AM PST · by Hoodat · 79 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Jan 2014 | Mike Flynn
    High-cigarette tax jurisdictions are losing out on up to $729 million in tax revenue each year due to illicit trade in tobacco products.That is according to a new study from the nonprofit research organization RTI International. The figure represents an upper-end estimate of aggregate revenue foregone by the cities of Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Providence and Washington, DC. All five are top destinations for cigarette smugglers seeking to take advantage of high cigarette tax rates that push economy-minded buyers, including underage smokers seeking to avoid high, legal prices, to the black market. In New York, which boasts the highest cigarette...
  • 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:
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • NYC to ban tobacco sales to anyone under age 21

    11/19/2013 3:27:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2013 2:26 AM EST | David B. Caruso
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg planned to sign landmark legislation banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone under age 21, making the Big Apple the first large city or state in the country to prohibit sales to young adults. City health officials hope that raising the legal purchase age from 18 to 21 will lead to a big decline in smoking rates in a critical age group. A majority of smokers get addicted to cigarettes before age 21, and then have trouble quitting, even if they want to do so. …
  • ‘Germany should raise smoking age to 21’

    11/10/2013 1:29:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 05 Nov 2013 13:19 GMT+01:00 | Jessica Ware
    Calls were made this week for Berlin to follow New York state in raising the legal smoking age to 21. Johannes Spatz of anti-smoking campaign group Forum Rauchfrei told The Local why this will not be easy. Berlin Christian Democrat (CDU) politician Cornelia Seibeld told regional newspaper the BZ this week that Germany should follow New York’s lead and increase the minimum smoking age from 18 to 21. … Spatz agreed, and told The Local that Germany should indeed “look to New York for a positive role model” for dissuading young smokers. “If a person starts under the age of...
  • Nanny State NYC OKs Ban on Tobacco Sales to Minors

    10/31/2013 1:35:24 PM PDT · by justiceseeker93 · 34 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | Oct. 31, 2013 | Associated Press
    Young New Yorkers who want to light up will soon have to wait for their 21st birthdays before they can buy a pack of smokes after lawmakers in the nation's most populous city voted overwhelmingly to raise the tobacco-purchasing age from 18 to 21. City Council's vote Wednesday makes New York the biggest city to bar cigarette sales to 19- and 20-year-olds, and one of only a few places throughout the United States that have tried to stymie smoking among young people by raising the purchasing age. The age limit also would apply to electronic-vapor cigarettes, The council also approved...
  • NYC council votes to raise cigarette-buying age to 21

    10/30/2013 10:32:14 PM PDT · by Boomer · 32 replies
    Smokers younger than 21 in the nation's biggest city will soon be barred from buying cigarettes after the New York City Council voted overwhelming Wednesday to raise the tobacco-purchasing age to higher than all but a few other places in the United States. City lawmakers approved the bill — which raises from 18 to 21 the purchasing age for cigarettes, certain tobacco products and even electronic-vapor smokes — and another that sets minimum prices for tobacco cigarettes and steps up law enforcement on illegal tobacco sales. "This will literally save many, many lives," said an emotional City Councilman James Gennaro,...
  • The Poor Get Caught in Tobacco's Grip as They Stuggle With Hunger

    10/20/2013 5:43:53 AM PDT · by Sam's Army · 192 replies
    The Lakeland Ledger via The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Saturday, October 19, 2013 | ALFRED LUBRANO
    Many people smoke after they've eaten. Lindell Harvey smokes because he hasn't. "You smoke out of anxiety because you don't have the food you need," said Harvey, 54, who lives alone in Crum Lynne, Pa. He receives disability checks from the Navy that keep him $2,000 below the poverty line. Harvey relies on his Newports to see him through his hard days. "In my mind, the smoking becomes a comfort as I try to create ways to get food."
  • PHOTOS: Cigarettes Save Life! - WWI Cravan "A" Cigarette Tin With The Shot It Stopped Still Inside

    10/17/2013 6:53:44 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    Retronaut ^ | circa WWI | Retronaut
    “Arthur Mann joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1914. His daughter-in-law says he was shot down by the Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen – Arthur’s parachute caught in a tree. He also fought in the trenches – when Arthur was shot, the bullet bounced off this tin and saved his life. He also survived gassing, but this experience badly affected his long-term health. He died in 1953″ Explore Europeana 1914 – 1918
  • EU lawmakers to push ahead with anti-tobacco plans

    10/07/2013 10:25:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 8, 2013 1:00 AM EDT
    European lawmakers are trying to tighten rules governing the multi-billion dollar tobacco market by imposing bigger and bolder warnings on cigarette packs, banning most flavorings like menthol and beefing up regulation of electronic cigarettes. … Treatment of smoke-related diseases costs about €25 billion ($34 billion) a year, and the EU estimates that there are around 700,000 smoking-related deaths annually across the 28-nation bloc. …
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Bright Leaf" (1950)

    10/06/2013 11:34:05 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 13 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1950 | Michael Curtiz
  • Mad Men boost for Lucky Strike cigarettes angers campaigners

    09/22/2013 12:27:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:39AM BST 22 Sep 2013 | (Agencies)
    American TV drama series Mad Men has triggered a dramatic boom in the sales of Lucky Strike cigarettes, causing outrage among anti-smoking campaigners. Sales of the world-famous cigarettes, owned by British American Tobacco, reached 33 billion packs last year compared to 23 billion in 2007 when the show first aired. Mad Men features New York ad agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce in the 1960s and their turbulent relationship with iconic cigs brand Lucky Strike. …
  • KANSAS HEALTH FOUNDATION AWARDA MORE THAN $830,000 IN SPRING GRANTS

    06/25/2013 3:53:35 PM PDT · by TheSentry
    Kansas First News (KHI news service) ^ | June 7th, 2013 | Rocky Arnold
    The Kansas Health Foundation has awarded more than $830,000 in grants...
  • Irish government backs ban on cigarette pack branding

    05/28/2013 1:52:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue May 28, 2013 12:08pm EDT | Conor Humphries
    Ireland is to become the first country in the European Union to ban branding on cigarette packages by using plain packaging and uniform labeling, the government said on Tuesday. All trademarks, logos, colors and graphics will be removed from tobacco products sold in Ireland under the new rules, the Health Ministry said, after the proposal secured backing from the government. Smoking was a central part of Ireland’s pub culture until the country became the first in the world to ban smoking in all enclosed public places, public transport and workplaces in 2004. …
  • Study Adds to Evidence that Cigarettes are Gateway to Marijuana

    05/13/2013 11:59:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Teen smokers who rationalize their use of cigarettes by saying, “At least, I’m not doing drugs,” may not always be able to use that line. New research to be presented Sunday, May 5, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington, DC, supports the theory that cigarettes are a gateway drug to marijuana. “Contrary to what we would expect, we also found that students who smoked both tobacco and marijuana were more likely to smoke more tobacco than those who smoked only tobacco,” said study author Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH, FAAP, an investigator at Seattle Children’s Research...
  • Stick ‘em up, I’m having this smoke.

    05/03/2013 8:49:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    PolitiChicks ^ | May 2, 2013 | Leslie Deinhammer
    Where are today’s rebels?  Where is the counterculture? Ear-budded hipsters, with their sheep-like devotion to Apple products and the Obama administration, sit in on the April 20 “Day of Pot” in Denver, content and satisfied with their free birth control and legalized maryjane.  Meanwhile SWAT teams descend on Watertown, Massachusetts, trampling Fourth Amendment rights in search of a “person of interest”– while a Saudi National is quietly sent back to his homeland.These hipsters champion the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado while the war on Big Tobacco rages on.  Since 1997 the FDA inherited control over the $365.5 billion global...
  • 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....
  • NYC looking to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21

    04/23/2013 12:18:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Oh, good grief. It's no wonder at least some gun-control advocates were probably less-than-thrilled with Bloomberg's recent foray into gun-control advertising campaigns; his particular brand of loathsome nanny-statism run amok hardly lends credibility to the cause, because of course, once nanny-staters get on a top-down regulatory roll, they’re difficult to deter: The age to legally buy cigarettes in New York City would rise to 21 from 18 under a proposal that officials unveiled on Monday, a measure that would give New York the strictest limits of any major American city.The proposal would make the age for buying cigarettes and other...
  • (New York) City Proposes Raising Minimum Age for Cigarette Purchases to 21

    04/22/2013 11:14:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 22, 2013 | Anemona Hartocollis
    Young New Yorkers would not be able to buy cigarettes until they were 21, up from the current 18, under a proposal advanced Monday by Dr. Thomas A. Farley, the city’s health commissioner, and Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker. The proposal, which would give New York the highest smoking age in the country among major cities, is the latest effort in a long campaign to limit smoking that began soon after Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took office, with bans on smoking in restaurants and bars, and expanding more recently to bans at parks, beaches, plazas and other public...
  • ATF seeks 'massive' online database to log personal information, connections

    04/06/2013 7:51:29 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 49 replies
    rt.com ^ | 4/6/13
    A recent notice from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms reveals that the agency intends to acquire an online database capable of bringing up many of an individual’s personal characteristics and connections with just a few keystrokes. On March 28 the federal law enforcement organization, which is a branch of the US Department of Justice, filed a solicitation notice for a “massive online data repository system” for its Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information. The solicitation is hosted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, where vendors and developers can offer their services to the government in a competitive reverse...
  • Cigars expected to be targeted by FDA regulation

    03/24/2013 6:06:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/23/13 | Brady Dennis
    Nearly four years after it began regulating cigarettes, the Food and Drug Administration is poised to extend its reach to a broader range of tobacco products. At the top of that list: cigars, which have experienced a boom in recent years even as cigarette sales have declined, in part because of growing popularity among young people. Anti-tobacco advocates and industry representatives widely expect the agency to require changes in the marketing and manufacturing of cigars. But the central question remains: What kind of cigars will the FDA target, and how? On one end of the spectrum are the hand-rolled Cohibas...
  • Bloomberg wants to ban tobacco on display

    03/18/2013 11:08:35 AM PDT · by algernon_garnock · 77 replies
    My Fox NY ^ | 03-18-2013 | The Associated Press
    A new proposal would require New York City retailers to keep tobacco products out of sight under a first-in-the-nation proposal aimed at reducing the youth smoking rate, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday. The legislation would require stores to keep tobacco products in cabinets, drawers, under the counter, behind a curtain or in other concealed spots. They could only be visible when an adult is making a purchase or during restocking. "Such displays suggest that smoking is a normal activity," Bloomberg said. "And they invite young people to experiment with tobacco."