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Medical marijuana club offers free samples

July 5th, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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Medical marijuana dispensaries have been blocked from opening in Arizona but a new “club” opened in Phoenix on Monday giving patients another option for getting their medicine.

Vickie Smith is learning everything about medical marijuana use and she’s getting quick answers because she’s now a member of the new “2811 Medical Marijuana Club.”
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Anti-smoking drug linked to heart attacks

July 5th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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A new study into the anti-smoking drug Champix has renewed concerns about the drug, showing it is associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

An international study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that people who used it had a 72 per cent higher chance of serious cardiac problems.

About 1.5 million packets of Champix have been dispensed in Australia since its introduction in 2007.
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MP defends flower show gift from tobacco company

July 5th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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HARBOROUGH MP Edward Garnier has been criticised over his acceptance of an invite by a cigarette manufacturer to attend the Chelsea Flower Show.

Mr Garnier was one of a number of MPs featured in the Daily Telegraph last week for accepting invites to the event from cigarette firms. Two of his constituents, Sandie Harwood, of Great Glen, and Qasim Chowdary, of Wigston, emailed the Mail this week (see letters page) following Mr Garnier’s declaration of the £1,132.80 of hospitality on the MPs’ benefits register. Ream more »

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Cuba to Host Int’l Symposium on the Habano Cigars

July 5th, 2011 Posted in Cigars Tags:

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More than one hundred researchers, museologists, collectors, journalists, and artists will participate in the Fourth International Symposium Habana-Habanos 2011 scheduled for the Cuban capital from Tuesday, July 5, through Thursday, July 7.

Zoe Nocedo, director of the Cigar Museum of Old Havana and president of the event’s organizing committee, told Prensa Latina news agency that participants will learn and share experiences on the history of the habano cigar, markets, brands, design of vitolas, marketing, and other aspects. Ream more »

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Cigarettes Second Only to Rice for Nation’s Poor

July 4th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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As Indonesia struggles to address poverty and an overburdened health sector, a recent survey has found that spending on cigarettes is the second-biggest expenditure in poor households.

Rusman Heriawan, head of the Central Statics Agency (BPS), said on Sunday that the proportion of poor people’s income spent on tobacco was second only to rice.

Urban poor spent 25.44 percent of their income on rice, while rural poor spent 32.81 percent. Meanwhile, city-dwellers spent 7.7 percent of their earnings on cigarettes, with the rural poor spending 6.3 percent.
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Tobacco lost appeal to potential smoker at young age

July 4th, 2011 Posted in Teens smoking Tags:

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It was in the news recently that the federal government plans to place new warnings on cigarette packages to discourage smoking. These warnings are supposed to come in the form of nasty-looking photographs depicting the hazards of smoking.

One of the pictures shows a dead guy on a slab down at the morgue. Presumably, he died of lung cancer or some other horrific disease associated with smoking. Another one shows a guy with rotten teeth while still another shows some old lady lighting up around a newborn baby.
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Tobacco control funding running out

July 4th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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The grant that paid for the tobacco control in town will be lost after June 30.

Health Agent Patricia Fowle told Board of Health members Monday night that the grant secured by New Bedford, Dartmouth and Fairhaven will be running out.

She also reported that the latest compliance check found five stores in violation of selling tobacco to someone under the age of 18. Ream more »

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Fight against tobacco companies strengthens

July 4th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco companies Tags:

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Manitoba and Nova Scotia will join New Brunswick and other provinces actively pursuing legal action against the tobacco industry to recover health-care costs.

The Manitoba government said it intends to reach a satisfactory arrangement with a consortium of law firms hired by the New Brunswick government to handle this province’s litigation.
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Medical Marijuana Businesses Face Federal Prosecution

July 1st, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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The U.S. Justice Department says that marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers in states where it’s legal, like in here in Colorado, could now be prosecuted for violating federal laws.

That message came out in a memo to federal prosecutors, sort of a flip flop on the issue. The memo comes about two years after another 2009 memo from the administration, stating that federal agents wouldn’t pursue medical marijuana operations that weren’t breaking state laws.
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