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Members-only cigar club to open in January

December 24th, 2010 Posted in Cigars Tags:

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Downtown Scottsdale soon will be a destination for cigar connoisseurs. During the first week of January, a high-end, members-only cigar bar will open in the previous upper-level space of the Estate House restaurant, which closed in October. The Napoleon will include a full bar, a $150,000 air-filtration system, a cigar vault with individual and shared cigar lockers, and a billiards room. Ream more »

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Quitting smoking improves cholesterol

December 24th, 2010 Posted in General tobacco Tags:

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Smokers who successfully quit may enjoy yet another health benefit: improved cholesterol profiles. A boost in “good” cholesterol comes with quitting despite weight gain after putting out the last cigarette, hints a new study. If confirmed in future research, the finding could shed light on the strong, yet somewhat mysterious relationship between smoking and heart health. Up to 20 percent of heart disease deaths are currently blamed on smoking, but researchers haven’t yet had a clear understanding of what lies behind the effect.
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Amendments to smoking ban could be considered

December 24th, 2010 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

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The South Dakota Legislature does have the authority to amend the new smoking ban that was approved by voters Nov. 2. That’s the view of Kea Warne, the elections supervisor in the South Dakota Secretary of State’s Office. While municipal governments have to wait a year to amend laws enacted by voters, Warne said, state laws created by the Legislature or the public can be altered by lawmakers at any time. Ream more »

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Your New Years Resolution to Quit Smoking Starts With a Plan

December 24th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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As millions of people contemplate their New Year’s Resolutions, quitting smoking and getting healthier are often among the top ten pacts for starting the year off right. But quitting smoking can be challenging, so preparing ahead of time can help you achieve your goal.
According to the National Cancer Institute, planning ahead can make breaking your nicotine addiction easier. Now that you have your quit date set – January 1, 2011 – in the days leading up to it pay close attention to when and why you smoke. This will help you become more aware of the things in your daily life that you do while smoking, such as drinking your morning coffee or driving your car. Ream more »

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Candy-Flavored Tobacco Products On the Rise Among Teenagers

December 24th, 2010 Posted in Cigarettes flavors Tags:

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Tobacco manufacturers are constantly finding creative ways to market their products to customers. But critics claim their latest creation, smokeless candy-flavored tobacco products, are specifically targeting teenagers. And Holmes County ranks second highest in the state in the number of teenagers who use it. Holmes County Health Department Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Christopher Lauen says “they commonly think that smokeless, not being cigarettes or cigars, it’s somehow healthier and in many times, they think it tastes better, it looks better, it must be better for you.” Ream more »

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NYC sues Washington tobacco company over cig taxes

December 23rd, 2010 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration is suing a tobacco company in Washington state, saying it illegally sells and distributes untaxed cigarettes in New York.

The suit was filed last week in federal court in Brooklyn.

It alleges that King Mountain Tobacco Company made numerous shipments of unstamped cigarettes to New York state, a violation of three federal statutes.
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Rising marijuana use leaves tobacco in a cloud of smoke

December 23rd, 2010 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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After nearly a decade in decline, marijuana is making a strong comeback among high school students, with growing use and softening attitudes about the risk of smoking pot starting in eighth grade. For the first time since 1981, high school seniors reporting they had smoked marijuana in the last 30 days outnumbered those who said they smoked cigarettes.
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Spain bans smoking in bars, restaurants

December 23rd, 2010 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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Spanish parliamentarians on Wednesday approved a tough anti-smoking law, which restricts individuals from smoking in an enclosed area. The ban will come into effect starting January 2, 2011. Smokers will not be allowed to smoke in bars, restaurants, or near school playgrounds and hospitals.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero proposed the bill and the Lower House passed it by a 189 to 154 vote.
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Study Claims Smoking Causes Worse Pain In Cancer Patients

December 23rd, 2010 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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A new study has found that smokers who find out they have cancer may experience more pain than cancer patients who are nonsmokers, reports CNN Health.

After a survey was conducted that included 224 cancer patients with several different diagnoses, researchers asked each one about pain severity, distress from pain, and how pain affected their everyday life. The results showed that cancer patients who smoked experienced much more severe pain than those who never smoked or were ex-smokers. Ream more »

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Smoking ban appears headed to voters in O’Fallon, Mo.

December 23rd, 2010 Posted in Tobacco ban Tags:

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A smoking ban proposal appears headed for a vote by O’Fallon residents on April 5.
The City Council, which held a public forum on the issue Wednesday night, would have to have an emergency meeting to approve the petitioners’ measure themselves. If the council does not vote before Jan. 11, the issue automatically will appear on the April 5 ballot.
Most of the 19 speakers at the public forum supported the measure. Proponents said they wanted to protect residents, business employees and patrons from secondhand smoke. Ream more »

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