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Ferrari dismiss tobacco claims as ‘ridiculous’

May 5th, 2010 Posted in General tobacco Tags:

Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has dismissed claims that his team’s cars carry subliminal tobacco advertising as “ridiculous.”
Reports last week quoted several health professionals as suggesting the red, white and black barcode on Ferrari’s Formula One cars and Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso’s overalls were a link to Marlboro cigarettes. Read more

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E-cigs provide no-smoke option

May 5th, 2010 Posted in General tobacco Tags:

Where there’s smoke, there isn’t always fire.
So don’t be confused when someone drags off a cigarette without ever lighting up.
It’s probably just another smoker gone digital, using an E-cig, or electronic cigarette, which was developed in April 2003. Read more

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Another voice – Legalization is not the answer

May 4th, 2010 Posted in General tobacco Tags:

This November, California voters will vote on a ballot measure that is designed to legalize marijuana. But “legalization” is not being emphasized because of all the baggage and implications that it carries. Instead, the measure is comfortably couched in the politically correct idea of fiscal responsibility for state and local governments; a way for them to balance their budgets. Read more

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Nicotine, the health food in the closet.

May 4th, 2010 Posted in General tobacco Tags:

A recent conversation in my hookah smoking hut once again turned to the topic of whether smoking the water pipe (Hookah) is as bad as cigarettes.
There’s no real answer to that question – even scientists have (as yet) been unable to make a meaningful and definitive comparison – but that’s not what this article’s about. Read more

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Public health concern: Researchers say hookah use on the rise

May 3rd, 2010 Posted in General tobacco Tags:

Wayne State University School of Medicine researchers have published the findings of a pilot study that shows hookah smoking is on the rise among white Americans of non-Arab descent.The team believes the hookah trend could hold dangerous health implications, including serving as a gateway to cigarette smoking and other drug use. Read more

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No butts about it: Navy subs to ban smoking

May 3rd, 2010 Posted in General tobacco, Smoking ban Tags:

Aboard the submarine USS Florida, there’s no e-mail or phone, no breaks for sunshine or fresh air. For many Navy sailors serving 90-day tours in cramped quarters underwater, one of the few creature comforts has been smoke breaks below decks in the machine room. By New Year’s Eve, sailors will have to kick the habit. Read more

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Little consensus on initiative to legalize pot

May 3rd, 2010 Posted in General tobacco Tags:

Talk about murky.
The economic impact, the potential social and legal landscape, even the split between the pro and con sides in the squabble over the initiative on the Nov. 2 ballot to legalize marijuana for recreational use in California – they’re all about as clear as smoke from a bong. Read more

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Rudd the Terminator

Opposition leader Tony Abbott and executives from Big Tobacco appear to be alone in their opposition to the Federal Government’s draconian measures to cut smoking.
Last week Prime Minister Kevin Rudd imposed an immediate 25 per cent tax increase on tobacco products and signalled his intention to require plain paper packaging by 2012. Read more

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Hobart’s new hit on smokers

April 30th, 2010 Posted in General tobacco Tags:

HOBART smokers are under siege from all sides.
With a Hobart City Council push to clamp down on outdoor smoking looming, the Federal Government is jacking up tobacco taxes and forces a shift to generic packaging. Read more

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Japan Tobacco raises investment in Indian unit

The world’s third largest tobacco company by sales volume, Japan Tobacco Inc, has invested $65 million (Rs 293 crore) in its Indian unit without increasing its shareholding, just days ahead of a government decision to ban foreign direct investment in cigarette manufacturing. Read more

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