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BBMP’s action against hookah bars up in smoke

May 23rd, 2012 Posted in smoking hookah Tags:

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The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) suffered a setback with the Karnataka High Court quashing the orders passed by its health officers asking hookah bar owners in Bangalore to close shop by cancelling their trade licences.

In his verdict on a batch of petitions filed by hookah bar owners challenging BBMP’s April 30, 2011 order cancelling their trade licences, Ream more »

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Oregon U.S. Attorney Outlines Marijuana Stance

May 23rd, 2012 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

Outlines Marijuana Stance
U. S. Attorney for Oregon Amanda Marshall issued a statement Tuesday regarding enforcement of marijuana laws, claiming that recent media reports “badly distorted” her consistent policies on the matter
“Since taking office, I have repeatedly and consistently articulated the long-standing position of my office regarding enforcement of the marijuana laws. Recent press reports have badly distorted those policies,” she said. Ream more »

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Tobacco firms should have no say in public health

May 23rd, 2012 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

Convention on Tobacco Control
IN SCOTLAND we know only too well the harm that tobacco causes – smoking is responsible for around a quarter of our adult deaths each year.

So we should celebrate our significant successes in tobacco control – most famously leading the way on introducing smoke-free public places, but also the halving of smoking rates from 47 per cent in 1972 to 24 per cent now.
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Ministry of health wins smoky war with I&B over tobacco rules

May 23rd, 2012 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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Rules restricting onscreen smoking scenes – notified by the ministry of health – can’t be set aside by the ministry of information and broadcasting (I&B).
This has been conveyed by the law ministry in response to clarification sought from it, following disagreements between the health and the I&B ministries over implementation of the rules, which require running of anti-tobacco messages, scrolls and spots in movies with smoking scenes. Ream more »

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Would tobacco tax money go out of state?

May 22nd, 2012 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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Both sides of the Proposition 29 debate are making a big deal about whether or not the cancer research that would be funded by the proposed tobacco tax will go exclusively to California labs or be distributed, in part, to research centers elsewhere.

Well, who cares? If major breakthroughs in lung cancer research come to pass in Houston rather than Palo Alto, should we really be concerned? Ream more »

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Lawmakers, advocates push medicinal marijuana

May 22nd, 2012 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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Legislators, patients and medical professionals pressed the passage of a bill to legalize the medical use of marijuana in New York state last Wednesday.

“Thousands of New Yorkers suffer from serious debilitating and life threatening conditions whose lives could be more livable and longer in many cases if we allow them to be treated under medical supervision with the use of medical marijuana,” said Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan.
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Text messaging initiative targets young smokers

May 22nd, 2012 Posted in Teens smoking Tags:

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A developer of mobile messaging programs is teaming with the National Cancer Institute to launch a text messaging service targeted at teen and young adult smokers.

The alliance between Mobile Commons and the NCI is the next step in the five-year-old, New York-based company’s efforts to develop a resource center for healthcare-related programs. To that end, the company has also rolled out the Mobile Commons for Health platform. Ream more »

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