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UM Curator Erdman pushes for higher tobacco tax

December 13th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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The outgoing leader of the University of Missouri System’s Board of Curators plans to spend the coming year helping persuade Missourians to increase the state’s tobacco tax. Warren Erdman, who ends his term as board chairman next month, is involved in a group planning to pitch an initiative that would place a 73-cent tobacco tax hike on the November ballot.

The language still needs approval from the secretary of state, and organizers would have to collect roughly 100,000 signatures from registered voters to get it on the ballot.
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Reynolds American, Lorillard follow PM USA with increases

December 13th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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Following an announcement Wednesday that Altria Group Inc.’s Philip Morris USA is raising its cigarette prices, Reynolds American Inc. also confirmed a five-cent list-price increase. And Lorillard Inc. is also reportedly instituting a six-cent increase.

David Howard, spokesperson for Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Reynolds, told CSP Daily News, that its increase affects its growth brands of and, as well as its support brands of, Salem, Kool, Doral and other others. The increase went into effect December 9.
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Philly to offer free stop-smoking help

December 13th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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Philadelphia is handing out a holiday stocking stuffer that could save lives.
Adult smokers can get a month’s supply of nicotine replacement patches to help curb cravings.
Health commissioner Donald Schwarz said people often rely on stop-smoking aids for longer than 30 days.
“There’s a step down process, so this gets people started, and we know that once started that people –by a month–should be feeling the benefits,” he said. Ream more »

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Will insurers be the next motivator for quitting smoking?

December 13th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Insurance companies have put forward a proposal to charge a higher premium for covering smokers as a new form of motivator for individuals to quit their cigarette habit.
WalMart is among the organizations spearheading this effort to make it more expensive for smokers to obtain health insurance coverage. However, whether or not it is right for medical insurance to make this choice is just as important as whether or not people will actually take control over their own health risks and stop their smoking habit. Ream more »

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Permanent smoking ban in parks is neede

December 12th, 2011 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

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The Austin City Council voted Thursday to ban smoking in city parks. The time for such a ban has come.

Cities have been moving away from tolerating smoking in public places for a few decades; proposals to ban smoking in city parks are now part of that trend. Hundreds of cities in the United States have banned smoking in their outdoor spaces. We support the council’s decision to make Austin one of them. Ream more »

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Smoking a right of passage for college students

December 12th, 2011 Posted in Teens smoking Tags:

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While the majority of students drink once they get to college, whether it’s explicitly legal or not, many also try smoking around the same time.

For many people, it’s a Right of Passage into the college scene. Whether it’s bumming a menthol off a stranger at a party or going with a group of friends to a hookah lounge, smoking is a part of college life.

According to the American Lung Association, 85 percent of people who smoke regularly began smoking by the age of 21, the majority of those were college students. Ream more »

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Jaipur police slap ban on hookahs at bars, restaurants

December 12th, 2011 Posted in smoking hookah Tags:

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A week after Gurgaon banned hookah zones in its municipal limit, the Jaipur Police imposed a blanket ban on all bars, restaurants, lounges or coffee shops in the city from serving hookah.

The prohibitory order was imposed by Jaipur Police Commissionerate on Friday by enforcing provisions of Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). Any violation of the prohibitory order will amount to criminal prosecution of violators under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.”All police stations have been directed to strictly implement the order,” Jaipur police commissioner BL Soni said. Ream more »

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Tobacco-free workplaces make everyone healthier

December 12th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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On Nov. 9, St. Joseph’s Hospital hosted the New York State Smokers Quitline’s “Action to Quit” summit. This important program brought employers, health care facilities, insurance companies and county government together in an effort to improve the physical and financial health of our community by developing more tobacco-free workplaces and by enhancing smoking cessation health benefits for employees.
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Exciting Times For Electronic Cigarette Smokers

December 12th, 2011 Posted in Electronic cigarettes Tags:

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At ePuffer we are now firmly established as a world leader in the fast-growing electronic cigarette market. We have won awards for our innovation; we have won praise for our products and we are proud of what we’ve achieved so far. But it is only the beginning…

So we are delighted – and excited – to be launching a host of new developments, products and cutting-edge initiatives that will set new standards in the electronic cigarette market.
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Council sends smoking restriction proposal to voters

December 7th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Repeated pleas to derail, or at least delay, sending a smoking restrictions proposal to Hannibal voters next April went up in smoke Tuesday night when the city council approved allowing the matter appear on the ballot by a 4-3 vote.
Tuesday’s vote was closer than when the measure came up for a first reading on Nov. 15. That vote wound up 5-2. Switching camps Tuesday night was Councilman Barry Louderman, who indicated prior to the vote he is not opposed to a smoking ban. Ream more »

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