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  • Economic losses from smoking far outweigh any economic benefit from the tobacco industry

    09/30/2022 6:27:55 AM PDT · by Drango · 77 replies
    New findings by the American Cancer Society (ACS) found cumulative economic losses from cigarette smoking topped $891 billion in 2020, or 4.3% of the United States Gross Domestic Product. The economic loss significantly outpaced the cigarette industry's $92 billion revenue by nearly a ten-to-one ratio. The study was published today in the journal The Lancet Public Health. This economic modeling study is one of the first to provide a comprehensive measure of economic loss from cigarette smoking on a state-by-state level. On average, states lost $1,100.00 per capita income annually from cigarette smoking. Kentucky ($1,674.00), West Virginia ($1,605.00) and Arkansas...
  • U.S. ban on smoking in public housing is upheld

    08/28/2022 10:05:28 AM PDT · by Drango · 45 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 26, 2022 | Jonathan Stempel
    Aug 26 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld a ban on smoking in federally subsidized public housing. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) properly enacted a 2016 rule requiring state and local public housing agencies to ban cigarettes, cigars and pipes inside housing units and indoor common areas, and outside within 25 feet of those spaces. Six tenants and a smokers' rights group, the New York City Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment ("NYC Clash"), challenged the ban, known as the Smoke Free Rule. They said it improperly invaded...
  • 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...
  • Gov. Hochul signs legislation banning smoking in public parks and beaches

    07/18/2022 9:47:28 AM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 40 replies ^ | 7/15/22 | Panagiotis Argitis
    ALBANY, N.Y. (WROC) — New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed new legislation Friday, banning smoking on all state-owned beaches and most public parks. According to the governor’s office, smoking in these designated areas will be punishable with a civil fine of $50. The legislation goes into effect 90 days from the July 15 signing. “Smoking is a dangerous habit that affects not only the smoker but everyone around them, including families and children enjoying our state’s great public places,” Hochul said. “I’m proud to sign this legislation that will protect New Yorker’s health and help reduce litter in public parks...
  • Biden's war on smoking: Administration plans to introduce new rules slashing amount of nicotine in cigarettes to 'nonaddictive' levels

    06/11/2022 7:24:34 AM PDT · by algore · 66 replies
    The Biden administration is planning to push a policy that would require tobacco companies to reduce the level of nicotine in cigarettes sold in the U.S. The policy would see the amount of nicotine reduced to 'nonaddictive levels'. Although it would likely not come into force for several years, the move would likely disrupt the entire tobacco industry. The Food and Drug Administration first needs to outline the proposed new rules before inviting comments from the public. Then final rules would be published. Even then, tobacco companies would be able to sue likely delaying any implementation of the policy reports...
  • Anti-Vaping Hysteria Is Deadly

    05/16/2022 9:51:50 AM PDT · by Politically Correct · 35 replies
    The war on drugs is winding down, and the war on tobacco is ramping up. E-cigarettes, a safer nicotine-delivery alternative, have contributed to plummeting use of traditional cigarette smoking. Yet the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has effectively made it harder for cigarette smokers to switch by limiting vapes from the market. The agency also recently announced a ban on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, which will push more products onto the black market, with all sorts of unintended consequences.
  • Researchers Broke Law Spending Estimated $246M In Taxpayer Dollars To Get Animals Stoned, Report Finds

    04/21/2022 9:02:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies ^ | April 21, 2022 | By Gabe Kaminsky
    Federal grant recipients broke the law while spending an estimated $246 million in taxpayer dollars for cannabis and e-cigarette animal experiments, a new report by a group opposing publicly-funded animal testing finds. White Coat Waste Project’s report, published Wednesday, highlights 10 instances of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funneling money to researchers experimenting with getting animals high on THC or making them consume nicotine. “The blunt truth is that tens of millions of tax dollars are going up in smoke for half-baked marijuana and vaping experiments on animals and NIH-funded white coats are breaking federal law by not disclosing...
  • DNA Mutation Research Reveals Why Most Smokers Never Get Lung Cancer

    04/13/2022 6:41:44 AM PDT · by libh8er · 30 replies
    Scitechdaily ^ | 4.12.2022 | Albert Einstein college of medicine
    Cigarette smoking is overwhelmingly the main cause of lung cancer, yet only a minority of smokers develop the disease. A study led by scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and published online on April 11, 2022, in Nature Genetics suggests that some smokers may have robust mechanisms that protect them from lung cancer by limiting mutations. The findings could help identify those smokers who face an increased risk for the disease and therefore warrant especially close monitoring. “This may prove to be an important step toward the prevention and early detection of lung cancer risk and away from the...
  • 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...
  • Smoking and Covid masks in the movies - recent observations

    01/17/2022 10:49:42 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 35 replies
    Recent movies | 17 January 2022 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    I've watched a few online streaming movies recently and have noticed a big change in on aspect. A LOT of the actors/actresses are now smoking again. Apparently the tobacco industry has gone woke enough for the film industry to begin supporting them again even though we DO know that smoking can cause cancer. I find that ironic since the movie business at one time was rabidly anti-smoking. Why the change? Has to be something with the money flow. Another point. I have yet to watch a movie where any of the general public are wearing Covid masks. Maybe I'm vision...
  • Russian, Czech world junior hockey teams kicked off Calgary flight

    01/03/2022 8:23:16 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 19 replies
    National Post [Canada] ^ | Jan. 1, 2022 | Michael Rodriguez
    The Friday evening Air Canada flight took off close to 9 p.m., more than three hours after it was supposed to leave. Social media posts suggest an unruly Russian squad smoking and refusing to wear masks on the plane are to blame. The Calgary Police Service confirmed officers responded alongside airport security due to an incident caused by players and staff members of the Russian team. Police stated the whole flight was deplaned as officers dealt with the incident. The Russian and Czech teams weren’t allowed back on.... Czech team manager Otakar Černý denied his team was involved in the...
  • 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. ...
  • Beatles doc director reveals Disney wanted to erase swearing, smoking

    11/30/2021 9:27:45 PM PST · by DallasBiff · 33 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/29/21 | Samantha Ibrahim
    The Beatles ain’t changing their image for anyone — not even Disney. The British rock group teamed up with director Peter Jackson to release their long-awaited musical documentary, “Get Back,” now streaming on Disney+. The series includes several scenes featuring smoking and explicit language; however, the group refused to have them removed. The three-part show includes a disclaimer from the streamer ahead of each episode that reads: “This footage contains explicit language, mature themes and smoking.”
  • The Dangers of Misinformation on Vaping

    11/27/2021 3:58:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | November 27, 2021 | Martin Cullip
    Earlier this month, news outlets all over the world reported breathlessly on new research which claimed to find that e-cigarette users were 15 percent more likely to have a stroke at young age than smokers. News sources as diverse as the Daily Mail in the UK, the South African Sunday Times, and all major U.S. TV stations picked up on it ensuring that a large portion of the global population were exposed to this bad news. The problem is that this “research” was at best, highly misleading and, at worst, plain wrong. First, this was not new published research as...
  • Benedict Cumberbatch's Nicotine Poisoning — How Did the Actor Get it Three Times?

    11/20/2021 4:29:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Medpage Today ^ | November 17, 2021 | Michele R. Berman, MD
    Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been quite busy lately. He has four movies awaiting release: "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness," "Spider-Man: No Way Home," "The Electrical Life of Louis Wain," and "The Power of the Dog." It was Cumberbatch's dedication to immersing himself in this last film's character that got him into a bit of health trouble. "The Power of the Dog," based on the 1967 novel by Thomas Savage, is a story about an early 20th century Montana rancher, Phil Burbank, who torments the wife of his younger brother, George. Phil is described as "a great reader, a...
  • Navajo Nation Bans Sale of Tobacco: Industry ‘Colonized a Product that Was Sacred’

    11/17/2021 12:15:43 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/16/21 | Penny Starr
    A Navajo who studies the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and chewing tobacco by Native Americans commented on the Navajo Nation’s permanent ban on the sale of tobacco, a product first cultivated by Native Americans but was “colonized” by white farmers. “I think it’s just really educating our communities about what the industry – I keep saying the industry because it’s really them that has put these products in the hands of our young people,” Patricia Nez Henderson said in an interview with taxpayer-funded National Public Radio’s (NPR) Weekend Edition Sunday. They colonized a product that was sacred, right?” “And the...
  • 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...
  • Staff Are Banned From Smoking - Even When Working From HOME - by Japanese Brokers Nomura

    09/13/2021 1:18:57 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3 September 2021 | Charlotte Mitchell
    A Japanese brokerage firm has banned its staff from smoking, even while working from home. Nomura, the country's biggest investment bank, has asked its local staff to give up smoking during the working day in a move labelled as 'intrusive'. More than half of the company's staff in Japan are currently working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nomura announced the move in an internal memo on Tuesday, saying in a statement the following day that the new policy - introduced without plans for monitoring or punishment for rule breakers - will improve employee health and the workplace environment....