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  • New Zealand imposes lifetime ban on youth buying cigarettes

    12/13/2022 10:49:32 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/13/2022 | Nick Perry
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Tuesday passed into law a unique plan to phase out tobacco smoking by imposing a lifetime ban on young people buying cigarettes. The law states that tobacco can’t ever be sold to anybody born on or after Jan. 1, 2009. It means the minimum age for buying cigarettes will keep going up and up. In theory, somebody trying to buy a pack of cigarettes 50 years from now would need ID to show they were at least 63 years old. But health authorities hope smoking will fade away well before then. They...
  • Study that investigated whether three smoking cessation drugs could reduce alcohol intake yields unexpected finding

    08/07/2022 9:45:24 PM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 9 replies
    A clinical trial to test whether three proven smoking cessation treatments could also reduce alcohol intake found no differences between the medications, but the rates of behavior change for alcohol consumption and smoking were high in all treatment groups. Results suggest these medications could play an important role to reduce alcohol use and smoking at the same time. Unexpectedly, nicotine replacement therapy performed as well as the prescription drugs varenicline and cytisine. The study showed that after three months, alcohol consumption decreased regardless of whether participants were given nicotine replacement therapy, varenicline or cytisine. The main outcome was number of...
  • David Hogg: Time to Treat Guns the Way Anti-Tobacco Activists Treated Cigarettes

    06/11/2022 3:52:22 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 105 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06/11/2022 | Awr Hawkins
    Gun control proponent David Hogg spoke at the June 11 March for Our Lives rally and suggested it is time to treat guns the way anti-tobacco activists treated cigarettes. “We need to treat guns the way we treated. “With cigarettes, we didn’t just change the laws, we addressed why people wanted to smoke in the first place.
  • FDA Proposes Ban on Menthol Cigarettes

    04/28/2022 4:54:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Medpage Today ^ | April 28, 2022 | Crystal Phend
    "Long-awaited action" should reduce youth smoking, health disparitiesAfter more than a decade of discussing a ban on menthol in tobacco products, on Thursday the FDA finally proposed rules to eliminate menthol additives in cigarettes and all flavors other than tobacco in cigars. The rules would apply to heated tobacco products, although FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, MD, said in a press briefing that decisions about menthol electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products are pending. Those decisions will be based on data presented by each manufacturer that wants to keep their ENDS products on the market, he added. The actions against...
  • FDA issues plan to ban menthol in cigarettes, cigars

    04/28/2022 12:41:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 97 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 28, 2022 | By MATTHEW PERRONE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government on Thursday released its long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, citing the toll on Black smokers and young people. “The proposed rules would help prevent children from becoming the next generation of smokers and help adult smokers quit,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, in a statement. He added that the ban would also be an “important step to advance health equity” by reducing disparities in tobacco-related diseases. The Food and Drug Administration said eliminating menthol cigarettes could prevent between 300,000 and 650,000 smoking deaths over 40 years. Menthol...
  • Quitting Smoking Adds Five Years to Life for Those With Heart Disease, Study Finds

    04/11/2022 11:12:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    UPI ^ | APRIL 7, 2022 | Brian P. Dunleavy
    Quitting smoking adds up to five years of life for a person with heart disease, an analysis presented Thursday during the European Society of Cardiology's Preventive Cardiology 2022 scientific congress found. This is comparable to the benefits these same people would receive by taking medications to lower levels of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, which is known as "bad cholesterol," the researchers said in a presentation during the meeting. For adults age 45 years and older who still were smoking at least six months after suffering a heart attack and/or undergoing stent implantation or bypass surgery, stopping the habit added 4.81...
  • A Nationwide Ban on Menthol Cigarettes Could Be Coming, and It’s Dividing Racial Justice Advocates

    02/23/2022 4:27:44 PM PST · by Bullish · 100 replies
    Capital B ^ | 2/19/22 | Margo Snipe
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to introduce a nationwide ban on the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars this spring, a move intended to reduce racial health disparities in tobacco-related diseases and death. But the proposal has divided racial justice advocates who debate whether the health benefits would come at the risk of further criminalizing Black communities. The FDA gave itself until April to draw up rules that limit the sale of menthol cigarettes, which are easier to smoke and harder to quit than unflavored products. The tobacco industry’s marketing of menthols included a targeted campaign...
  • After Years of WHO Approval, Combustible Cigarettes Just Got a Christmas Present From the FDA

    12/24/2021 5:37:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | December 24, 2021 | Lindsey Stroud
    On December 23 (and just in time for the holidays) the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bizarrely gave a Christmas present to combustible cigarettes in the form of a modified risk tobacco product (MRTP) order for 22nd Century Group, Inc.’s VLN cigarettes. The MRTP order is an enhancement to the already-authorized premarket tobacco product application (PMTA), which the FDA ordered in December of 2019. It doesn’t make sense that a deadly combustible cigarette would be classified as “modified risk.” In the news release, the agency responsible for protecting American public health claims that 22nd Century Group’s products “help reduce...
  • HEALTH AND SCIENCE New Zealand to ban young people from ever being able to buy cigarettes - That didn't take long, the Pandemic is still going and now this....

    12/15/2021 1:51:02 PM PST · by srmanuel · 42 replies
    CNBC ^ | 12/9/21 | CNBC
    Jacinda Ardern the Liberal Progressive darling of New Zealand and her Health Officials who locked down their county like no one else, has a new idea, eliminate smoking for the "public good", the plan calls for not immediately eliminating smoking but stopping young people from ever being old enough to smoke by raising the legal age to purchase cigarettes year after year...while at the same time making cigarettes much harder to purchase for legal smokers.... The lockdowns and been so uniformly adopted around the world this type of thing will only spread, here in the USA we know something about...
  • New Zealand to ban smoking for next generation in bid to outlaw habit by 2025

    12/10/2021 3:22:59 PM PST · by Its All Over Except ... · 101 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 12/9/2021 | Tess McClure
    People currently aged 14 and under will never be able to legally purchase tobacco. New Zealand has announced it will outlaw smoking for the next generation, so that those who are aged 14 and under today will never be legally able to buy tobacco. New legislation means the legal smoking age will increase every year, to create a smoke-free generation of New Zealanders, associate health minister Dr Ayesha Verrall said on Thursday. “This is a historic day for the health of our people,” she said. ...
  • Set a date to ban cigarette sales in Australia, urge public health researchers

    11/15/2021 3:14:26 PM PST · by simpson96 · 39 replies
    WION ^ | 11/15/2021 | Staff
    The battle for putting an end to the sale of cigarettes in Australia has been ensuing for a long time. In the latest development, leading public health researchers have said that the governments must set a date for banning the sale of cigarettes through retailers, including supermarkets. They also said that it is time to find new ways of boosting revenue without relying on tobacco excise taxes. (snip) The piece said that there is an urgent need for “ending the regulatory exceptionalism that has maintained the legal status of tobacco products as a consumer good.” “Cigarettes do not meet modern...
  • Cigarette sales climbed last year for the first time in decades, FTC says

    10/27/2021 3:04:31 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 45 replies
    FOX TV Digital Team ^ | October 27, 2021 | By Jordan Smith
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its periodical cigarette report on Tuesday, revealing cigarette sales rose last year for the first time in 20 years. According to the report, the largest cigarette companies in the U.S. sold 203.7 billion cigarettes to U.S. wholesalers and retailers in 2020. The year before, that number was 202.9 billion.
  • Study: 87% of Excess Lung Cancer Risk Eliminated if Smokers Quit Before Age 45

    10/25/2021 5:37:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    UPI ^ | October 25, 2021 | Amy Norton
    Smokers who kick the habit before age 45 can nearly eliminate their excess risk of dying from lung or other cancers, a new study estimates. It's well-established that after smokers quit, their risk of tobacco-related cancers drops substantially over time. Researchers said the new findings underscore the power of quitting as early as possible. Among more than 400,000 Americans they followed, smokers died of cancer at three times the rate of nonsmokers. However, smokers who managed to quit by age 45 lowered that excess risk by 87%. And if they overcame the habit by age 35, their excess risk of...
  • Tobacco and the Soul

    10/10/2021 9:28:08 AM PDT · by Fester Chugabrew · 21 replies
    First Things ^ | April 1997 | Michael P. Foley
    The current brouhaha over smoking has made everyone painfully aware of tobacco's effects on the body, but it has also obscured a more profound reason for smoking’s popularity: its relation to the soul. As the heyday of smoking passes into the ashheap of history, it is meet that we reflect on this connection. The soul, of course, is a complex thing. Long ago Plato suggested that we consider it as divided into three parts—the appetitive, spirited, and rational—that correspond to the three basic kinds of human desires: the desire to satisfy physical appetites, the desire for recognition, and the desire...
  • An Example of "Settled Science" That Became Unsettled Just Decades Later.

    09/03/2021 9:22:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Various Cigarette Advertisements in the 1940's and 1950's
  • Tobacco CEO sees end to cigarettes in Britain in 10 years

    07/26/2021 9:45:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 26, 2021
    The chief executive of the company that makes Marlboro cigarettes was quoted by Britain’s Mail on Sunday as saying that the tobacco company foresaw an end to its sales of traditional cigarettes in Britain within 10 years. “I want to allow this company to leave smoking behind,” Jacek Olczak, the CEO of Philip Morris International, was quoted in the paper saying. “I think in the UK, ten years from now maximum, you can completely solve the problem of smoking.” […] For years, Philip Morris has said that its future will not include Marlboro cigarettes as it shifts to electronic devices....
  • Biden's menthol cigarette prohibition is so obviously stupid and wrong it boggles the mind

    05/01/2021 8:06:27 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 73 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 29, 2021, 11:43 AM | Anthony L. Fisher
    Biden claimed to regret how his drug warrior legacy led to mass incarceration. But the prohibition will lead to harsher policing in Black communities. It's like the president hasn't learned a thing from the failed and evil War on Drugs. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. Joe Biden clearly hasn't learned a thing from the failed and immoral War on Drugs - a disaster that he played a huge part in creating. The president on Thursday ordered the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban menthol cigarettes, a plan first reported on Wednesday...
  • The FDA's Slippery Slope Toward Mandating Raw Broccoli for Breakfast

    04/29/2021 4:47:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | April 29, 2021 | Veronica DeRugy
    If it doesn't look like avocado toast, you can't have it. That's the message I get loud and clear from Uncle Sam when I read story after story about the Food and Drug Administration's latest foray into stopping ordinary Americans from doing what ordinary Americans like to do. Take the latest news that the FDA is thinking about requiring tobacco companies to lower the nicotine in all cigarettes sold in the United States. Its goal is to fight nicotine addiction. The paternalists at the FDA are also considering whether this proposal should be paired with a ban on menthol products....
  • FDA poised to ban menthol cigarettes this week, experts predict

    04/27/2021 1:09:05 PM PDT · by Dahoser · 166 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 26, 2021 | Erika Edwards
    The Food and Drug Administration appears likely to move to ban menthol in cigarettes this week — a step, experts say, that has been years in the making and that could have a significant positive impact on the health of Black Americans. The FDA's decision would not ban menthol immediately, but rather kick off the rule-making process to do so, which could take years. "The winds are definitely in our favor," said Delmonte Jefferson, executive director of the Center for Black Health & Equity, citing both the decades of data that show that the cooling flavor in cigarettes makes it...
  • Biden Administration Considering Rule to Cut Nicotine in Cigarettes

    04/19/2021 12:47:25 PM PDT · by Pearls Before Swine · 112 replies (Wall Street Journal) ^ | April 19, 2021 | Jennifer Maloney
    Subheading: Policy could be paired with proposal to ban menthols; FDA must decide whether to pursue menthol ban by April 29 The Biden administration is considering requiring tobacco companies to reduce the nicotine levels in all cigarettes sold in the U.S. to levels at which they are no longer addictive, according to people familiar with the matter. Administration officials are considering the policy as they approach a deadline for declaring the administration’s intentions on another tobacco question: whether or not to ban menthol cigarettes. .... Nicotine itself doesn’t cause cancer, heart disease or lung disease, according to the FDA. But...