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 »
A federal judge on Friday chose not to temporarily prevent New York State from taxing cigarette sales on tribal land beginning Wednesday. Instead, with the clock ticking, Judge Richard J. Arcara said he first wants to see what happens Monday in a 4-year-old case in a state court to which the Senecas became a party on Thursday. Ream more »
Billie Joe Armstrong and the gang offered up two giant surprises for Green Day fans during their tour stop in Denver, Colorado this week: one, that they’re recording a live album, and two, the Bay Area rockers debuted a previously unreleased song, “Cigarettes And Valentines.” Watch the live video below! Ream more »