It seems that previous initiatives aimed to control tobacco use have been quite successful as smoking rates have dropped year after year. However, Worcester Department of Public Health representative Karyn Johnson fears that what her department has achieved may be jeopardized.
The population at present is at 181,000 with more than 31,000 smokers. In 1998, the budget set for anti-tobacco programs reached $350,000. Ream more »
Lawmakers from Anakpawis and Bayan Muna said the sin tax bill Congress approved on third reading last June 6, 2012 will not benefit local tobacco producers. “In the name of providing more funds for the universal health coverage program, the Department of Finance wants to pass a regressive tax measure that will further burden local tobacco farmers and consumers alike,” the lawmakers said. Ream more »
Seven tobacco manufacturers and the New York Association of Convenience Stores have filed a federal lawsuit against Haverstraw to challenge the village’s law that prohibits retailers from displaying tobacco products in public sight, arguing it violates their freedom of speech.
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After months of fierce opposition from residents in Randolph, Clay and Chambers counties, Senate Bills 476, 486 and 487 will not take effect July 1. Ream more »
The legislative package sent to the governor on June 7 would cut $1.6 billion from several state programs Ream more »
MO School Boards Association Spokesman Brent Ghan said, “We think it’s kind of a tough argument to make that we ought to remain the lowest tobacco tax in the country when we continue to struggle to find new revenue to fund public education and other things that we need here in the State of Missouri.”
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The struggle against Australia’s new plain packaging laws is no exception.
Big tobacco has rolled out the big lawyers and won the support of tobacco exporting countries. Ream more »
The perseverance of Farm Labor Organizing Committee activists in North Carolina paid off in early April when Reynolds American finally agreed to meet with the union. FLOC has been demanding since 2008 that the tobacco giant discuss working conditions for tobacco pickers. Ream more »
A story appeared today in USA Today’s Green House section about efforts around the world to start recycling cigarette butts. When I saw it, I almost yelled out, “Hallelujah!” in the middle of my office.
If there’s one thing I could eliminate from my environment, it would be discarded cigarette butts. Ream more »
Wellsford man Ross Ferguson, 64, has been convicted and fined $1500 for unlawfully manufacturing tobacco along with Motueka man Reginald Jury.
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