The World Health Organization calls tobacco the leading cause of preventable death in the world. In December, the WHO launched a campaign against cigarette smoking in Africa, saying a rapidly growing population is creating “larger and more accessible markets” on the continent for tobacco companies. Read more
With the 2010 legislative session winding down, the focus in a tough economy is managing budgets cuts.
As state lawmakers struggle to find millions for next year’s budget, the question on everyone’s minds is whether public education will be spared. Read more
Tate Mikell, a young Charleston police officer, had just finished a long run on the beach with his dog in 2005 and was sitting down to lunch with his mom and dad when the symptoms set in.
The Citadel graduate felt dazed as a massive headache clouded his mind. It was a brain aneurysm, and it would leave him paralyzed on his left side and permanently wheelchair-bound. Read more
Anti-smoking activists claimed strong support Tuesday for increasing the state’s tobacco tax by $1 to help fill a gaping hole in the state budget.As evidence, they cited a new poll they released showing nearly three-quarters of Georgians support such a tax. Read more
At least two scientists were named Monday to a scientific panel responsible for regulating the tobacco industry, with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirming their ties to pharmaceutical companies that market quit smoking medicines. Read more
It was smoke on the (frozen) water last night when the women of Canada’s Olympic hockey team defeated the Americans 2-0 in the gold medal contest. About an hour after the game, the victorious Canucks returned to the ice, lit up cigars, popped the corks on bottles of Champagne and opened cans of beer to celebrate the win. Read more