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Tory candidates surveyed on tobacco policies

September 16th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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Four of the six candidates in the race for the premier’s office support tougher laws and higher taxes to curb the province’s rising rate of teen smoking.

Results of a survey conducted by the Campaign for a Smoke Free Alberta show Doug Griffiths, Doug Horner, Gary Mar and Alison Redford favour provincial legislation to restrict sales to minors, a ban on candy flavourings and higher levies on tobacco products.

While representatives for two other leadership hopefuls, Ted Morton and Rick Orman, met with the anti-smoking coalition, neither completed the survey sent to them in July.
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Evaluating both sides of the smoking ban debate

September 16th, 2011 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

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Our View: Both sides of the smoking ban debate have good points, but both raise even more questions.

When the editorial board met Tuesday to discuss President David Boren’s plans for a complete smoking ban, we found ourselves split over whether to support the proposal. Both sides have strong arguments, and it seems like the longer we discuss it, the more questions we raise.
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Questioning of Reggae Artist Led Police to 300 Pounds of Marijuana

September 16th, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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When Denroy Morgan blew through a stop sign in the Bronx on Wednesday, he began a chain of events that ended with the arrest of two people and the discovery of a stash of shrink-wrapped bales of more than 300 pounds of marijuana.

Police officers say they pulled Mr. Denroy over for running the stop sign at around 4 p.m. Mr. Denroy, a former reggae star, was also charged with not wearing a seat belt.
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E-cigarettes not welcome in district schools

September 16th, 2011 Posted in Electronic cigarettes Tags:

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An old adage reads, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”

When it comes to an emerging trend in smoking, it’s actually vapor that local educators in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District are cracking down on.

The Board of Education added smokeless cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, to the list of prohibited products under its “tobacco-free schools” policy last week, joining several other state and federal agencies in banning the product.
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CA lifts ban on tobacco firms’ promotional activities

September 16th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco marketing Tags:

On petition of the country’s giant tobacco companies, the Court of Appeals (CA) has nullified a resolution of the Department of Health prohibiting the tobacco industry from conducting promotional activities.

In a 21-page decision, Associate Justice Noel Tijam, of the CA’s Special Eleventh Division, agreed with Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing Inc. and Fortune Tobacco Corp. that the DOH and the Bureau of Food and Drugs (Bfad) “committed grave abuse of discretion” in declaring that since July 1, 2008, all promotions, advertisements and sponsorships of tobacco products were already under Republic Act 9211, or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003. Ream more »

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Philip Morris seeks raw results from teen smoking study

September 15th, 2011 Posted in Teens smoking Tags:

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Tobacco giant Philip Morris International is using freedom of information laws to try to get hold of primary data and researchers’ notes from academic studies on smoking among teenagers.

The data comes from longitudinal studies conducted by the University of Stirling’s Centre for Tobacco Control Research into the effects on teenagers of how cigarettes are packaged and displayed. The work is funded by Cancer Research UK, which set up the centre in 1999 to look into why children start smoking.
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U.S. seeks to ban electronic cigarettes on airplanes

September 15th, 2011 Posted in Electronic cigarettes Tags:

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Smoking electronic cigarettes would be explicitly banned on all domestic and international commercial flights in the U.S. under a new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Current federal law prohibits passengers from smoking any tobacco product on a commercial plane but does not single out the use of electronic cigarettes. Most electronic cigarettes do not burn tobacco but use a lithium battery to heat up a liquid nicotine solution, creating a vapor that can be inhaled to deliver the chemical directly into the lungs.
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USI tobacco ban leaves some smokers feeling burned

September 15th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco ban Tags:

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“I feel like I’m smoking a lot more now that I can’t smoke on campus,” Zack Garett, a University Southern Indiana student said a week after classes started.

The policy, which took effect July 1, doesn’t permit students or faculty to smoke on campus. It will only allow students and faculty to smoke and use other tobacco products in their own cars. Previously smokers were restricted from buildings and 30 feet from the entrances to the buildings.
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Campus smoking bans across New Jersey could affect school policy

September 15th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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After several New Jersey campuses banned smoking, the Student Government Association is looking to change the smoking policy at Seton Hall.
SGA President Derel Stroud is looking to propose a new smoking initiative at Seton Hall that will strictly enforce current policies rather than ban smoking altogether.
Stroud’s plan aims to strongly enforce the 25 foot limit in place for smoking near residence halls and other campus buildings. Ream more »

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Medical Marijuana Grow Operations Raided in Commerce Township

September 15th, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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“The police broke the law. That’s what happened last night,” said Neil Rockind.

“They rolled in with about 20, 25 officers, we believe all from Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team. Started smashing down doors,” said Collin Daniels.

“I am sick of the way that police officers are treating patients,” Rockind told FOX 2’s Andrea Isom.
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