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  • 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 ... · 87 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...
  • Matt Gaetz names former DOJ official he says tried to extort his family for $25 million

    03/30/2021 6:39:37 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 167 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 30, 2021 - 8:55 PM | By Daniel Chaitin & Jake Dima
    David McGee, an attorney with Beggs & Lane, is the man the Florida Republican named during an appearance Tuesday evening on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show in which he responded to reports that he is under federal investigation over a former relationship. McGee served for six years as the first assistant at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and for seven years as the lead attorney for a Justice Department's Organized Crime Task Force, according to his biography on the website of his law firm, which is based in Pensacola, Florida. (Cut) The New York Times reported Gaetz, 38, is being looked...
  • 50 Years Ago: The Last Cigarette Ad Appears on Television

    01/02/2021 2:07:28 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 79 replies
    The end of televised cigarette ads changed everything from the entertainment industry to advertising itself. Tyler SageAt 11:50 PM on Jan. 1, 1971, the last television ad for cigarettes ran on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, signaling the end of an era and shifting the media world in ways that are still being felt today. You can see the minute-long spot below. It features Virginia Slims' controversial attempt to cash in on the women's liberation movement with the tag line "You've come a long way, baby." Tobacco has played a role in American life for almost as long as...
  • FBI agent Robert Levinson dies 'in Iranian custody,' family announces

    03/26/2020 10:00:59 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/25/2020 | oel Gehrke
    Robert Levinson, a former FBI special agent who disappeared while traveling on Iran’s Kush Island in 2007, has “died while in Iranian custody,” his family announced Wednesday. ---SNIP--- “Those who are responsible for what happened to Bob Levinson, including those in the U.S. government who for many years repeatedly left him behind, will ultimately receive justice for what they have done,” the announcement said. That’s a reference to President Barack Obama’s administration, which did not secure Levinson’s release despite years of negotiating with Tehran in the lead-up to the implementation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
  • Iran to pay $1.46 billion judgement for hostage, torture of former FBI agent in 2007

    10/05/2020 7:51:57 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 40 replies
    Wear TV (FL) ^ | October 5th 2020 | Carolyn Cerda
    A record-breaking ruling for the family of Bob Levinson, a former FBI Agent who vanished while in Iran 13-years ago. Thursday, a U.S. judge ruled Iran must pay Levinson's family $1.46 billion, the largest judgement for a case of this kind... Levinson disappeared in 2007 while working as a CIA contractor in Iran. His family immediately called on (Atty. David) McGee, who was Levinson's friend, to help bring him home... Earlier this year, Levinson's family announced they were convinced the husband and father of seven was dead. In a statement, they said the judgement was the "the first step in...
  • Menthol cigarettes banned in the UK from next week in bid to stop youngsters smoking

    05/17/2020 11:42:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Mirror (U.K.) ^ | 17 MAY 2020 | Chiara Fiorillo
    The ban - part of a European Union initiative to discourage young people from taking up smoking - will come into effect on Wednesday, May 20Menthol cigarettes will be banned in the United Kingdom from next week in a bid to discourage young people from taking up smoking. The ban - part of a European Union initiative - will come into effect on Wednesday, May 20. Under the new directive, flavoured rolling tobacco and "skinny" cigarettes will be outlawed. Experts believe youngsters use flavoured cigarettes as they relax airways and lower the severity of smoke. While it is commonly believed...
  • Monkeys and apes chain smoking cigarettes as coronavirus panic grips planet

    04/04/2020 8:06:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Zoo animals have been unable to kick their tobacco habit as the killer pandemic sweeps the globeStressed-out primates have taken to chain smoking cigarettes as the coronavirus crisis rages across the globe. Monkeys and chimps have failed to kick the habit as entertained visitors are seen to laugh as the animals spark up amid the pandemic. In Cambodia, one man took to social media to share a video, titled ‘By 2020 even monkeys can smoke’, which shows a tiny macaque in a pen smoking a cig as another looks on. The animal is seen to take repeated drags while...
  • Original 'Marlboro Man' Robert Norris dies at his Colorado ranch at age 90 having NEVER smoked

    11/09/2019 1:34:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/08/19 | Mary Kekatos
    Robert Norris, known as the original 'Marlboro Man' used in ads for the cigarette brand, has died at age 90. Norris passed away at his ranch in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Sunday. He is survived by his two sons and two daughters, 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. For 12 years, Norris graced billboards and magazines as the Marlboro Man, a rugged man wearing a cowboy hat in wild terrain - with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth or in his hand. But despite him pictured holding cigarettes for more than a decade, Norris never smoked and he eventually quit...