A shooting and a death which was the result of beating, connected directly to medical marijuana, have now managed to prompt new calls by law enforcement officials and marijuana advocates for Washington State to try and change the way the drug is regulated and protection is offered to those who grow and use it. Read more
In an era of increasing awareness about the negative health effects of tobacco, it seems to me that we may be missing the boat on tobacco prevention in ways other than cigarette smoking and chew tobacco. Read more
Clergy and cops backed a ban being pushed in the General Assembly to classify blunt wraps — a tobacco leaf often used to roll marijuana — as drug paraphernalia. Read more
Big Tobacco suffered a big loss as Vermont Superior Court Judge Dennis Pearson found that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company’s advertising claims of a “reduced risk” cigarette were deceptive and misleading, in violation of Vermont’s Consumer Fraud Act and a 1998 settlement agreement and court order. Read more
The prospect of a black market springing up to fill the void of legal tobacco sales if the product is banned has been dismissed at a parliamentary inquiry.
Many people and organisations have asked the Maori affairs select committee’s inquiry into tobacco to support an eventual prohibition on tobacco. Read more
The World Health Organization calls tobacco the leading cause of preventable death in the world. In December, the WHO launched a campaign against cigarette smoking in Africa, saying a rapidly growing population is creating “larger and more accessible markets” on the continent for tobacco companies. Read more
At least two scientists were named Monday to a scientific panel responsible for regulating the tobacco industry, with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirming their ties to pharmaceutical companies that market quit smoking medicines. Read more