Chrysler announced that it has fired 13 employees who were caught drinking and smoking pot during their lunch hour by a local Detroit TV station. Two other employees have been suspended for a month without pay.
(Earlier story is here.) “As is evidenced by the swift action taken in this matter, it should be clear that Chrysler Group will not tolerate such behavior and will continue to evaluate its protocols to ensure that something like this does not happen again,” the company said in a statement. Ream more »
Facebook is more than just a place to reconnect with old friends—it’s also a forum to build virtual communities and seek social support. As social media has become an increasingly important part of people’s daily lives, many organizations are turning to Facebook to connect with the public and engage them in online conversations. Ream more »
For 40 years, the number of Americans who smoke has been decreasing. Since 2005, however, it’s stalled: one in five Americans still smokes. Why? An article in The Week posits five theories as to why so many of us are still addicted to nicotine.
The first theory has to do with the recession: in times of economic crisis, education suffers, and knowledge of smoking’s ill effects is tied to a person’s level of education. Ream more »
In Vermont the annual direct costs to the economy attributable to smoking were in excess of $652 million, including workplace productivity losses of $138 million, premature death losses of approximately $221 million, and direct medical expenditures of $293 million, according to a new study by the American Lung Association.
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Bans against smoking in public places have benefited people who work in bars, restaurants, or other places where exposure is high. Some have worried that the laws could shift smoking from the workplace into the home, harming children, so researchers from Scotland looked at hospital admissions for children with asthma to see whether they changed after smoking restrictions started in 2006. Ream more »
Governor Chet Culver has already made strides when it comes to slowing the amount of smoking that takes place indoors in Iowa. If re-elected, Culver claims that he wants to eliminate the loophole that was created for casinos in the state.
In 2008, Culver signed the Smoke-free Air Act. One of the stipulations of the law, however, was that state casinos can continue to allow smoking on their gambling floors. Ream more »
House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, suggested on Sunday that if Republicans take control of the House — and he becomes House speaker — giving up his smoking habit will not be part of his agenda.
Boehner — a famously heavy smoker who favors Camel Ultra Lights — acknowledged that smoking is a “bad habit” but that he’s not ready to call it quits. Ream more »
New York has the highest cigarette tax in the nation, but about a third of the cigarettes sold in the state aren’t taxed at all — they’re purchased over the Internet or at smoke shops run by the state’s American Indians on tribal land.
Tribes in New York are supposed to collect sales tax from any nonnatives who come onto tribal land to buy cigarettes. But the tribes have long refused to collect the tax. Ream more »
A 33 year old Sydney woman has been jailed for three years after being found guilty of tobacco smuggling offences. Nada Sowaid, of Auburn, was found guilty of intentionally and dishonestly causing a loss to the Commonwealth contrary to the Criminal Code Act (Cth).
Customs and Border Protection investigations began in December 2008 following the interception of two shipping containers in Sydney. The containers were found to contain 18,734 kilograms of undeclared molasses tobacco. Ream more »
Aldi Suganda Rizal, the Indonesian “smoking baby” seen around the world on video, has stopped smoking. Suganda’s mother put him into rehab for thirty days. Aldi Suganda’s habit of smoking 40 cigarettes a day was perhaps even more startling than the video that made him famous. The “smoking baby” was introduced to the habit by his father. Ream more »