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State senator is new alcohol, tobacco control commissioner

December 2nd, 2010 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Hebert’s appointment is effective immediately, according to a Louisiana State Police news release.
He replaces Murphy Painter, who resigned under fire in August while under investigation for stalking and sexually harassing a former employee.
“The office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is a critical regulatory agency and it is important that we are receptive to consumers and industry,” Hebert said. Ream more »

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Hernando School Board should tighten tobacco policy

December 2nd, 2010 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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Tobacco Free Hernando, partnering with the Hernando County Community Anti-Drug Coalition, its youth group Chill Smart and Hernando County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), is asking the Hernando County School Board to revise its tobacco-free school campus policy and pass a comprehensive 100 percent tobacco-free policy designed to ensure a safe learning and work environment.
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Burley tobacco farmers face tough weather, economy

December 2nd, 2010 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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It’s been years since John Dunlap started growing burley tobacco again in his Loudon County farm.

But this year may not have been the best year to start growing the popular East Tennessee crop.

“It’s been dry this summer, we didn’t get but about half we expected from the tobacco,” said Dunlap.

Dunlap is about to sell 66 bales of tobacco, but he expected more than 120 bales going into the harvesting season. Ream more »

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New FDA Regulations on tobacco a good idea

December 2nd, 2010 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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I’m a smoker. These days, the guilt carried with saying those words is embarrassing, like admitting to wetting the bed, perhaps, or acknowledging that you used to steal bikes as a child. But I’m a smoker nonetheless.

When I first heard about the Food and Drug Administration’s new proposed changes to cigarette packs, I was appalled. The changes involve covering the top half of cigarette packs with pictures of diseased lungs and corpses. That’s right: pictures of actual corpses.
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Kimberly Garrison: There are lots of good reasons to quit smoking

December 2nd, 2010 Posted in General tobacco Tags: ,

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WITH WORRIES about the economy and stress over the Thanksgiving holiday, you may have forgotten that Nov. 18 was the Great American Smoke Out. This annual event encourages Americans who smoke and or use tobacco products to quit for a single day, with the hope that they will eventually quit for good.
Quitting for good is not only the healthiest thing to do, but the most intelligent, too. During the recent holiday, I had the displeasure of reminding a relative of the oh-so-obvious facts about the dangers of cigarette smoking.
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Why Gutka Is More Harmful Than Cigarettes

December 1st, 2010 Posted in smoking hookah Tags:

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Doctors point to three reasons why gutka, a blend of tobacco and spices, brings on cancer much faster than cigarettes or paan, a 400-year-old tobacco product hand-rolled in betel leaves. Both tobacco and areca nut play a role, say Babu Mathew, a dental surgeon who headed the Trivandrum Oral Cancer Screening project, and Pankaj Chaturvedi, who works at Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, Asia’s largest cancer treatment center.
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Gregoire fuming over cigarette ads featuring Seattle landmarks

December 1st, 2010 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is going after the makers of Camel cigarettes over a new advertising campaign. It features landmarks like the Pike Place Market and Mount Rainier on new “hip” packs of cigarettes, which tout Seattle as the birthplace of Grunge and the coffee revolution.

“I am alarmed and disappointed at R.J. Reynolds’ new marketing campaign which exploits the name and image of Seattle to recruit young smokers,” Gregoire said in a news release. “I call on R.J. Reynolds to halt their cynical campaign and not use our local landmarks for their gain.”
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Plan to smuggle cigarettes goes up in smoke

December 1st, 2010 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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The plan to bring 10 million contraband cigarettes into Canada went up in smoke when RCMP busted what they say is the largest cigarette seizure in B.C.

Seven men, one Canadian and six Chinese, were arrested and are facing charges of smuggling and possessing unlawfully imported goods and improperly stamped tobacco after the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) seizure Oct. 29.
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No class status in light cigarette lawsuit

December 1st, 2010 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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A federal judge in Maine has declined to grant class status to smokers who’re suing Philip Morris and its parent company over light cigarettes.
U.S. District Judge John Woodcock ruled in a case brought on behalf of plaintiffs in Maine, Illinois, California and the District of Columbia. The ruling was issued the day before Thanksgiving. Ream more »

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BAT lashes out at illegal cigarettes

December 1st, 2010 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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A sharp rise in illegal cigarette imports in South Africa over the past 18 months is eroding sales by legitimate manufacturers and in response British American Tobacco (BAT) is funding an awareness campaign that will highlight the links between illegal cigarettes and organised crime. BAT South Africa corporate and regulatory affairs director Fay Kajee said yesterday that the sale of illegal cigarettes was a growing concern due to its link to the arms trade. “It is not just about the effect on legitimate volumes, profits and tax revenue,” she said. Ream more »

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