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Colorado waives medical marijuana fees for poor

October 22nd, 2010 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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Poor medical marijuana patients in Colorado won’t have pay state marijuana registration fees or sales tax on the pot they buy. The Colorado Board of Health approved a plan Wednesday to waive the $90 registration fee for indigent medical marijuana patients, starting Dec. 1. Patients who want their fees waived will have to show that they meet other government standards for indigence, such as qualifying for food stamps.
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Teen smoking ban focus of Ont. private bill

October 21st, 2010 Posted in Teens smoking Tags:

Teen smoking ban An Ontario Tory MPP introduced a private member’s bill in Queens Park in Toronto Wednesday that would make it illegal for anyone under the age of 19 to smoke cigarettes.
Under existing laws, it’s illegal to sell cigarette to children and teens, but strictly speaking, it’s not against the law for youths to smoke or possess them.

Cambridge Conservative Gerry Martiniuk introduced a private member’s bill in the legislature that will ban teens from possessing, consuming or attempting to purchase tobacco.
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Rising hookah use spurs stigma

October 21st, 2010 Posted in smoking hookah Tags:

Rising hookah
University of Minnesota student Joel Morehouse went to a coffee shop to study over the summer in Buffalo, Minn. He opened his trunk to retrieve his books before heading inside.

A passerby noticed a pipe in his car. Unknown to the observer, the pipe was a hookah, a water pipe used to smoke a certain kind of tobacco. About 15 minutes later, the police arrived and asked to search Morehouse’s vehicle.
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Teen chewing tobacco use putting baseball in a pinch

October 21st, 2010 Posted in Big tobacco industry Tags:

Teen chewing tobacco
San Francisco Giants slugger Pat Burrell sneaks a pinch in the dugout – his lower lip swollen with a wad of chaw in his TV close-ups. At the plate, the back pocket of the Panda, Pablo Sandoval, bulges with a round tin of chewing tobacco. As the Giants battle the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Championship Series, it’s hard to miss the signs of a chewing tobacco habit that Major League Baseball can’t seem to quit – even a decade after the minor leagues kicked chaw out of their dugouts. Ream more »

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Smoking Crushed Out In Parks

October 21st, 2010 Posted in Tobacco ban Tags:

Smoking in Parks
The first reading of an ordinance banning smoking in all city parks and open space areas drew unanimous approval from the City Council Tuesday evening. However, Seventh District Councilman James Johnson expressed concern regarding noticing the public through signage about the ban once it is enacted.
The amendment to Chapter 8.68 of the Long Beach Municipal Code initially was proposed on July 6 — but at that point, City Council’s discussion centered around banning smoking in “small parks,” or parks 1 acre or less in size. Ream more »

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Spain on track to ban public smoking

October 21st, 2010 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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Smoking is to be banned in all bars and restaurants in Spain after parliament on Wednesday voted unanimously in favor of a new anti-smoking bill. Smoking would be forbidden in all public places, with the exception of prisons and psychiatric institutes, where smoking rooms would be set aside. Ream more »

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Beware China’s dodgy cigarettes

October 20th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

China's dodgy cigarettes
You’ll forgive me if the blog posts are somewhat more irritable than usual in the coming days, but I’m in the process of giving up smoking (yes, again), which in China, where more than half the male population smokes, makes me something of a novelty. This latest attempt was partly spurred by a recent study from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) project which showed the Chinese cigarettes contain three times the amount of lead, cadmium and arsenic compared to Western (Canadian) ones. Read more

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Electric cigarettes are becoming very popular among those looking to kick the habit

October 20th, 2010 Posted in Electronic cigarettes Tags:

Electric cigarettes
It’s a known fact that Tobacco accounts for most oral cancers. Smoking cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and dipping snuff are all known to cause cancer. Smoking starts to affect the body, right from the first puff itself. Besides, lung cancer, smoking is also said to cause, gingivitis, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and even Asthma. There are many smokers who realize the ill effects of smoking, but find it very difficult to quit the habit. Ream more »

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FDA Action Plan for control tobacco

October 20th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just released a document titled “Enforcement Action Plan for Promotion & Advertising Restrictions” that details the agency’s strategy to gain compliance with tobacco promotional and advertising regulations and the prohibition on the sale of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to underage youth, reported the NATO E-News Bulletin. It affects manufacturers, distributors and retailers.
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Cigarette smuggler jailed

October 20th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

Cigarette smuggler
The ringleader of a major tobacco and cigarette smuggling gang, who lived in Leeds, has been jailed for three years and six months. Zhi Wei Yang, a Chinese National, living on Swarcliffe Avenue, in the city, owned and ran a freight company and used a variety of aliases and company names to enable him to organise the purchase of illicit cigarettes and tobacco for distribution across the UK. Ream more »

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