The legislation grants the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate the marketing of tobacco products, specifically marketing designed to mislead consumers or recruit underage smokers. Ream more »
Casual tobacco smoking and secondhand or passive smoking can do more harm than previously thought, according to a new study which found even low levels of exposure to cigarette smoke can alternate the function of genes implicated in lung diseases.
Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University and Presbyterian Hospital found that exposure to cigarette smoke at low levels either through passive smoking or infrequent tobacco smoking raised risk for future lung diseases including lung cancer and respiratory disease like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. Ream more »
Is Madonna’s would-be fashionista daughter Lourdes, to paraphrase one of her mother’s hits, into the doob? The 13-year-old, who helped Mom launch the cleverly-titled Material Girl fashion line for teenagers earlier this month, has been spotted wearing a Rastafarian-inspired wristband featuring the silhouette of what appears to be a marijuana plant.
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RIPLEY, Ohio — Just as much as tobacco is a traditional crop for Kentucky and Ohio farmers, the annual Ohio Tobacco Festival is a tradition for Ripley, and this year’s lineup of events promises to be a crowd pleaser.
The theme for the 29th annual festival celebrates heritage with the theme “Tobacco … A Tradition Grows.”
Events kick off Thursday in downtown Ripley with craft shows, commercial exhibits and food booths opening at 5 p.m. The Ohio Tobacco Festival Queen Contest starts at 8 that night. Ream more »
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A driver who took her eyes off the road to look for a pack of cigarettes is now charged with involuntary manslaughter, according to police. Investigators say Leah Walton told them she reached into her purse to get the cigarettes, took her eyes off the road briefly and then drove her car onto a sidewalk Sunday morning.
Police say Walton’s car crossed the center line of Craig Avenue and went over the curb where Susan Karabulut and Lisa McTe–both nurses at the White Oak Manor nursing home– were standing. Karabulut was dragged underneath the car and died. Ream more »
(KCPW News) A proposed Utah bill banning the sale of flavored tobacco products and novelty nicotine candies could lead to a lawsuit. A similar ban passed in New York City is being contested by several subsidiaries of Altria. Spokesman David Sutton says the lawsuit against the ban passed in the Big Apple argues regulating tobacco flavors is the purview of the federal government. Ream more »
Medical Marijuana has been a hot and controversial topic in Rhode Island. Now a man licensed to grow medical marijuana is in trouble with the law for allegedly growing too many plants. According to press release State Police arrested 65 year old Louis Magiera of Scituate after discovering 20 marijuana plants at his home, by state law licensed medical marijuana growers are only allowed to possess 12 plants. Ream more »
She came in for a fog of criticism last month for smoking round her son Winston – but it’s not been enough to make Billie Piper stub out her habit. The Secret Diary Of A Call Girl star, 27, couldn’t wait to spark up when she left Madonna’s 52nd party at London’s swanky Shoreditch House private members’ club on Saturday night.
Ms Piper was partying with her husband Laurence Fox, 32, alongside the Material Girl, her toyboy lover Jesus Luz, 23, and daughter Lourdes, 13. Ream more »
THIEVES stole cigarettes and alcohol after breaking in to a post office.
The post office in Penyffordd, near Holywell, was broken into overnight between Thursday (August 12) and Friday. Owner Derek Williams said: “They smashed the front door in and stole three bottles of vodka and a bottle of Bacardi as well as lots of cigarettes. Ream more »
As if the growing number of smoking bans in restaurants, airplanes and other public places isn’t sending a strong enough message, researchers now have the first biological data confirming the health hazards of secondhand smoke. Scientists led by Dr. Ronald Crystal at Weill Cornell Medical College documented changes in genetic activity among nonsmokers triggered by exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke. Ream more »