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Disputes over legalization of medical-marijuana dispensaries

April 22nd, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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Eighty percent of people who smoke marijuana to relieve their symptoms of illness smoked it before they came down with their ailment to begin with. For every supposed indication of marijuana use, there is another drug that has actually been shown to work better.

If it really had medicinal benefits, why don’t the active ingredients when taken as a pill seem to work?
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25 states now ban smoking in public places, CDC report says

April 22nd, 2011 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

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We’re halfway there, say those who advocate state bans on smoking in public spaces.

According to a report out this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 states have passed laws banning smoking in workplaces, restaurants and bars during the past 10 years. If the trend continues, the entire nation could have similar bans by 2020, the report stated.
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Preserve the tobacco prevention fund for its intended purpose

April 22nd, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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On April 12, the state House voted to advance Senate Bill 120, which will disassemble the state’s comprehensive tobacco control program. Currently, SB 120 proposes to take $42 million by diverting the tobacco company payments to, and raiding the assets of the Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund over the next three fiscal years to balance the state’s budget deficit.
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Lawmaker wants statewide vote to increase MO cigarette tax

April 22nd, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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A Missouri House member wants to ask voters to raise the state cigarette tax by 81 cents a pack.

Democrat Chris Kelly, of Columbia, outlined his plan Thursday to a House committee. He’s proposing a future statewide vote on whether to raise Missouri’s current 17-cent tax – the lowest in the nation – to 98 cents per pack.
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Demand for Pall Mall cigarettes

April 22nd, 2011 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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Reynolds American Inc. again rode a strong wave of consumer demand for its Pall Mall cigarette and Grizzly moist-snuff brands to a profitable quarter.

The manufacturer said Thursday that it posted $353 million in net income in the first quarter, primarily caused by Pall Mall’s rise to the No. 3 U.S. cigarette brand and Grizzly’s expanding of its top moist-snuff market share.

Even though Camel cigarettes remains the brand face of Reynolds, its sales have hit a plateau in recent quarters as adult smokers have turned to lower-priced cigarettes, such as Pall Mall, during the economic downturn.
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Gurnee Park District to mull tobacco-free policy

April 21st, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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High school students collected 1,087 cigarette butts in 45 minutes at Hunt Club Park Community Center, according to Vidal Anguiano, 18, a Zion-Benton High School student.

Anguiano is one of 26 members of REALITY Illinois, a Lake County chapter of a statewide teen prevention program. Anguiano and his fellow club members met with Gurnee Park District commissioners Monday to try to persuade the board to institute a tobacco-free policy.
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Annual tobacco payment $75.9 million

April 21st, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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Oklahoma has received more than $75.9 million as its annual tobacco settlement payment, state Treasurer Ken Miller announced Wednesday.

The money came from the tobacco industry, with 75 percent going directly into the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund, he said. The remainder is made available for appropriation by the Legislature.

The trust fund now has a balance of more than $647 million, said Miller, who serves as chairman of the trust fund’s board of investors. Ream more »

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Vermont Going in the Wrong Direction on Tobacco Taxation

April 21st, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

Direction on Tobacco Taxation
For the most part, the constant upward pressure on cigarette taxes in the Northeast has subsided, as states have consistently failed to realize expected revenue gains. A number of states are even moving to cut these excise taxes to lure consumers that have begun to purchase contraband cigarettes or migrated to lower-tax jurisdictions. Credible proposals exist in New Hampshire, New Jersey and Rhode Island, while Maine Gov. Paul LePage campaigned on a promise to cut tobacco taxes. Ream more »

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April 20th – National Pot Smoking Day

April 21st, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

Pot Smoking Day
If your kid is texting “420” to his/her friend what does it mean? How the heck is 420 slang for marijuana? Are you aware that your teen is more likely to get high on 4/20 than other day of the year? If not listen up!
420 (pronounced four-twenty) refers to smoking marijuana and knowledge of the term means you are either involved in smoking or otherwise ingesting marijuana or a parent who is paying attention. Ream more »

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Prisoners Volunteer To Quit Smoking

April 21st, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Voluntary smokefree units have been established at prisons throughout the country in the lead up to the implementation of smokefree prisons from 1 July.

Six completely voluntary smokefree units are currently in operation, (one at Otago Corrections Facility, one at Manawatu Prison, one at Rimutaka Prison, one at Invercargill Prison and two at Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility), Ream more »

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