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  • 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...
  • 'Expert' calls for denying life-saving hospital treatment to unvaccinatedSays they are 'not fit for life on earth' in unhinged rant

    10/17/2021 8:27:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 88 replies ^ | 10/15/2021 | Paul Joseph Watson
    An “expert” whose work on cybersecurity has been cited by the NY Times and the Washington Post announced on Twitter that the unvaccinated should be denied life-saving hospital treatment because they are “not fit for life on earth.” Chris Vickery, who describes himself as a “data breach hunter” also brags about how his “findings have contributed to investigations conducted by the FTC, FBI, SEC, Secret Service, HHS, SSCI, and more.” During an unhinged Twitter rant, Vickery asserted that a time limit of December 1st should be put on people refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine. “Set a date now. After...
  • More evidence smokers are at less risk of Covid-19: Scientists discover adults who are hooked on cigarettes are 50% less likely to test positive for the illness

    10/16/2021 12:23:20 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 76 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/2/20 | Vanessa Chalmers
    Smokers are less likely to test positive for the coronavirus, according to research that offers yet more evidence that the habit may be protective. Since the crisis spiralled out of control, researchers have seen unusually low rates of smokers with Covid-19 in hospitals - suggesting they rarely get severely ill. Now, for what is believed to be the first time, experts in Israel have found adults who smoke cigarettes are less likely to pick up the virus in the first place
  • Hearth site in Utah desert reveals human tobacco use 12,300 years ago

    10/11/2021 9:01:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Researchers discovered four charred seeds of a wild tobacco plant within the hearth contents, along with stone tools and duck bones left over from meals. Until now, the earliest documented use of tobacco came in the form of nicotine residue found inside a smoking pipe from Alabama dating to 3,300 years ago. The researchers believe the nomadic hunter-gatherers at the Utah site may have smoked the tobacco or perhaps sucked wads of tobacco plant fiber for the stimulant qualities offered by the nicotine it contained. After tobacco use originated among the New World's native peoples, it spread worldwide following the...
  • Drugs that mimic effects of cigarette smoke reduce SARS-CoV-2's ability to enter cells

    09/11/2021 2:15:29 PM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 95 replies
    Medical Xpress ^ | SEPTEMBER 10, 2021 | Hiroshima University
    Researchers have identified a potential reason why lower numbers of COVID cases have appeared amongst smokers compared to non-smokers, even as other reports suggest smoking increases severity of the disease. Researchers have identified two drugs that mimic the effect of chemicals in cigarette smoke to bind to a receptor in mammalian cells that inhibits production of ACE2 proteins, a process that appears to reduce the ability of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to enter the cell. The findings appear in the journal Scientific Reports on 17 August. Something of a paradox exists with respect to smoking cigarettes and COVID-19. Active smoking is...
  • Will Snuffing Out Fine Latin Cigars Strike the Match of Illegal Immigration?

    08/24/2021 8:16:07 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 8 replies
    Real Clear Investigations ^ | 8/24/21 | Sreve Miller
    Cigar diplomacy is back—and once again it is clouding the landscape for an American president. As the Cold War raged in 1962, a trade embargo against Fidel Castro’s communist government in Cuba was an easy political call for John F. Kennedy. The president had a personal conflict-of-interest, however: JFK loved a good smoke. So he quietly secured 1,000 of his soon-to-be-contraband favorite, H. Upmann Petit Coronas, for his personal humidor before taking “necessary actions to promote national and hemispheric security.” As a nonsmoker, President Biden has a clear conscience as the feds prepare to take on the tobacco industry of...
  • No, the Opioid Lawsuit Is Nothing Like the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement

    08/07/2021 4:28:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | August 7, 2021 | Linsey Stroud
    Recently, three major drug distributors and one drug maker reached a settlement proposal with attorneys general from a bipartisan coalition of states that would require the companies to pay approximately $26 billion to settle claims over their role in the nation’s opioid epidemic. Commentators have been quick to compare the recently unveiled terms to the 1990s tobacco lawsuit known as the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). They claim this is the “second-largest cash settlement ever, trailing only [the MSA].” Beyond the obvious of $26 billion being only 10.6 percent of what tobacco companies have paid out, the opioid lawsuit is nothing...
  • 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....
  • California Moves to Legalize Psychedelic Drugs

    06/30/2021 9:49:04 AM PDT · by Right Wing Vegan · 64 replies
    The New American ^ | 6/30/2021 | Veronika Kyrylenko
    On Tuesday, California moved another step closer to decriminalizing psychedelic drugs amid a debate over whether their prohibition is an outdated remnant of the “War on Drugs.” The bill cleared the Assembly Public Safety Committee 5-3, with proponents touting the benefits to military veterans and others they say can benefit from the use of psychedelics to treat trauma. The measure already passed the state Senate on a 21-16 vote and now heads to the health committee before it can go to the full Assembly, NBC Bay Area reports. If passed, Senate Bill 519 would allow those 21 and older to...
  • Policymakers’ Confusion Will Ultimately Harm Adult Smokers

    06/29/2021 8:06:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | June 29, 2021 | Lindsey Stroud
    Since 2018, when then-U.S. surgeon general Jerome Adams declared a youth vaping epidemic, America has been engaged in the great American vape debate. In the three years since the infamous shot heard round the anti-tobacco control world, states and localities and the federal government have pushed to restrict adult access to e-cigarettes through taxes, regulations, and some have supported all out prohibitions. Over the past week, two notable events took place in the debate. On Wednesday, June 23, U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL.) chaired a House Oversight subcommittee hearing titled “An Epidemic Continues: Youth Vaping in America.” On June 28,...
  • Cancer rates in medieval Britain around ten times higher than previously thought, study suggests

    05/03/2021 8:20:42 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | April 29, 2021 | University of Cambridge
    The first study to use x-rays and CT scans to detect evidence of cancer among the skeletal remains of a pre-industrial population suggests that between 9-14% of adults in medieval Britain had the disease at the time of their death.This puts cancer prevalence in a time before exposure to tumour-inducing chemicals from industry and tobacco at around ten times higher than previously thought, according to researchers.Prior research into historic cancer rates using the archaeological record has been limited to examining the bone exterior for lesions. It suggested that cancer was rare, affecting less than 1% of the population.
  • 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...
  • FDA proposes ban on menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars in U.S.

    04/29/2021 12:20:06 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 45 replies
    UPI ^ | 4/29/2021 | Don Johnson
    April 29 (UPI) -- The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it is proposing a ban on the sale of menthol cigarettes in the United States. The announcement begins a long regulatory process, resulting in menthol cigarettes being available for about two more years even if the ban is eventually adopted. The tobacco industry is expected to challenge the decision. The FDA decision would also ban all flavored cigars. The agency did not include menthol-flavored electronic cigarettes. Menthol is the last allowable flavor for cigarettes. The proposed ban was prompted by a citizen petition that allows the public to...
  • Biden administration declares war on menthol, sparking opposition across political spectrum

    05/01/2021 6:39:35 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 25 replies
    Salon ^ | 5/1/2021 | Zachary Petrizzo
    The White House is waging war on menthol — the last allowable flavoring in cigarettes — and flavored cigars, announcing Thursday that the administration intends to ban the popular additives in tobacco products. It was the first shot in an uphill battle that advocates say would prevent the industry from marketing to children and minority communities with whom flavored tobacco has proven popular. "With these actions, the FDA will help significantly reduce youth initiation, increase the chances of smoking cessation among current smokers, and address health disparities experienced by communities of color, low-income populations, and LGBTQ+ individuals, all of whom...
  • Washington smokers now get vaccine priority. Our gut doesn’t approve; our head does

    04/11/2021 4:28:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    THE NEWS TRIBUNE ^ | APRIL 08, 2021
    More WA residents to be eligible for vaccines March 31, eviction moratorium extended Washington residents in tiers 3 and 4 of phase 1b of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine plan will be eligible March 31. Also, the statewide moratorium on evictions extended. BY TVW As of last week, thousands of smokers of all ages, whether current or former, are automatically eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations in our state. No proof of purchase or breath test required. No evidence that you’ve puffed at least 100 cigarettes in your lifetime, the US Centers for Disease Control’s rather random threshold for whether someone is or...
  • Big Pharma uses Big Tobacco's strategy to defeat Ivermectin in the Fight Against COVID

    04/29/2021 9:54:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    The Desert Review ^ | 04/28/2021 | Justus R. Hope MD
    In the 1950's scientists Richard Doll and Bradford Hill published a study from the UK finding that the risk of lung cancer was related to the number of cigarettes smoked per day, and this risk was 25 times higher in those who smoked more than 25 cigarettes per day. Other scientists, namely Ernest Wynder and Evarts Graham, found a strong association between bronchogenic carcinoma and smoking. 96.5% of men with bronchogenic carcinoma were heavy chain smokers compared to 73.7% of the general population. Several extensive studies within one year of each other found the same thing, cigarette smoking is strongly...
  • 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...
  • Vaping Supply Shipping Coming to a Halt in April!

    03/06/2021 4:25:11 PM PST · by RandallFlagg · 143 replies
    Me | 3-6-2021 | Randall Flagg
    According to this: COVID-19 Relief Bill Senselessly Targets Vapers Shipping via USPS, Vaping goodies will be really difficult to get.
  • 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...
  • 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...