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Englewood weighs medical marijuana rules

February 29th, 2012 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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The Englewood City Council is considering proposed regulations that would establish requirements for caregivers in the city, meaning anyone who grows medical marijuana for up to five patients.
Tentatively, the proposal will be on the agenda for first reading at the March 5 city council meeting. The wording of the proposal should be available online at englewoodgov.org by March 2, under the agenda for the March 5 council meeting.
Provided the issue passes on first reading without major changes, it will be on the agenda for second and final reading at the March 19 council meeting. If the council passes the regulations, they will become effective 30 days later. Ream more »

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Woodland Park smoking program helps teens quit

February 29th, 2012 Posted in Teens smoking Tags:

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Whether minor or severe or triggered by stress or depression, addictions are a hurdle of life that many people confront daily.
One man, Darren Sheaffer, who is the RE-2 School District Health Coordinator, has dedicated himself to helping Woodland Park youths overcome the constraints of addiction, no matter the type.
Having worked with high-risk youths for 10 years, Sheaffer recently became involved as an instructor for the Not-On-Tobacco program at Woodland Park High School.
“We all have demons that we face, and the sooner we learn to overcome those addictions in a healthy manner, the more successful we can be as adults,” he said. Ream more »

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FBR cracks down on Rs8 bn illegal cigarette industry

February 29th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has started a crackdown against illegal cigarette manufacturers and sellers, which are causing about Rs 8 billion loss to the national exchequer. The same had 19 percent share of total volume of the sector.

A senior FBR official on condition of anonymity said the crackdown was initiated against the illegal cigarette manufacturers, smugglers and sellers in the light of a study conducted by the Directorate of Intelligence and Investigation of Inland Revenue (II&IR) of FBR. Ream more »

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Students S.T.A.N.D. against tobacco

February 29th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Lakeview High School students have created a new anti-tobacco program.

Called S.T.A.N.D., each Wednesday for a half-hour during February high school students teach sixth-graders at Lakeview Middle School the dangers of tobacco use.

Jane Jackson, school nurse and program adviser, said S.T.A.N.D. (Stopping Tobacco and Nicotine Dependency) is an updated version of an American Cancer Society anti-smoking program.
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Store owner plans to fight synthetic marijuana consequences

February 29th, 2012 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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Last week Alcohol and Tobacco Control announced it will suspend liquor and tobacco licenses for businesses caught selling synthetics.

ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert told News 2 he believes hitting businesses where it hurts most may be the break law enforcement across the state needs to shut these sales down.

“Fines are going to be one thing, and even jail time for some of them, but when you take away their bread and butter, which is going to be alcohol and tobacco sales, I think that should send a strong message,” Hebert said. Ream more »

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Activist makes airport put up anti-tobacco poster

February 28th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Smokers rushing to city airport’s smoking lounge now have to face up to a grim reality. Staring straight at them is a two-foot-long poster showing how tobacco-related cancer can permanently alter a person’s visage.

In fact, the airport may be among the very few spots in the city or even the country to put out such an anti-tobacco message. Although the Union government issued a notification on August 11, 2011, making the poster mandatory outside every vendor who sells tobacco products-be it cigarettes or gutka-little has been done to ensure its implementation.
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Centra policy bans tobacco users from being hired

February 28th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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If you smoke or use tobacco, one of our region’s largest employers is no longer willing to hire you.

Starting this week, the Centra health care group in Lynchburg is turning away applicants who test positive for tobacco use.

“We are a healthcare organization, so I think people really do look to us to set the pace for healthy behavior,” said Centra President and CEO, Michael Bryant.
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How safe are e-cigarettes?

February 28th, 2012 Posted in Electronic cigarettes Tags:

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A Florida man’s claim that an electronic cigarette battery exploded in his mouth, knocking out several teeth and destroying part of his tongue, raises questions about the safety of e-cigarettes.

An estimated 2.5 million Americans use the devices as an alternative to smoking or as a vehicle to help them quit.

“What smokers find out is that you can get just the satisfaction from this product as you do from a cigarette without the tar, the carcinogens, the smell, the ashes and the butts,” said Dave Dorsey, owner of EVO Vapor, a Wichita based e-cigarette maker.
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Indiana Downs tells City Council smoking ban hurts

February 28th, 2012 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

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The City Council on Monday told Indiana Downs General Manager Jon Schuster how his local off-track betting facility could apply for an exemption from a recently passed smoking ban.

Schuster also was advised by City Council members how to overcome the loss the off-track betting parlor could endure from the ban. Indiana Downs entered bankruptcy protection in April.

“So, if in fact, let’s say you do not get an exemption and you do have a decrease in income, you could redo your plan, and that would be taken into consideration by the bankruptcy court, can it not?” First Ward Councilman Dan McGinn asked Schuster.
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UK tobacco maker returns to PHL

February 28th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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THE British American Tobacco Co. (BATC) which pulled up stakes and left the country in 2009 following a Supreme Court decision that made continued Philippine operations untenable is ready to do battle with competitors again in a cigarette market considered the 15th largest in the world.

James Lafferty, chief executive officer of the BATC who replaced the Australian BAT General Manager Jeremy Flint, said his principals in London have been encouraged by more recent signals from President Aquino to reform the local excise tax system and generate more revenues from both cigarettes and alcohol products.
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