I am writing to voice my support of the editorial on Feb. 22, “Let’s close the loophole on little cigars.” A bill recently was introduced in the Minnesota House and Senate to close this loophole in our tobacco laws. The “Tobacco Uniformity Act” broadens the definition of cigarettes to include “little cigars.” We need to ensure that “little cigars” are classified and taxed as what they really are — cheap cigarettes. A pack of 20 “little cigars” sells for less than $2, but they look and smoke like cigarettes. They are classified as cigars because they have a small amount of tobacco in the paper. Ream more »
This is an open letter to the prime minister and people of Jamaica.
THE Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control is becoming increasingly concerned about the decision to expand the production of tobacco growing in Jamaica which is in direct contravention of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Treaty – The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which the Government of Jamaica signed on September 24, 2003 and ratified on July 7, 2005. Ream more »
Zambia Tobacco Control Campaign co-project leader Dr Fastone Goma said tobacco contained more than 4,000 substances that were known to be harmful to health.
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Patients, health care workers and advocates of the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act confronted officials from the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) yesterday at a public hearing that addressed the law’s new regulations regarding the medical distribution of marijuana.
“These regulations are unconstitutional; they are arbitrary and capricious,” said attorney Justin Escher Alpert, a patient from Livingston, N.J., who supports the legalization of medical marijuana. “They are against the spirit of the law.” Ream more »
TOBACCO manufacturer PJ Carroll has been accused of giving vouchers to shop staff as a reward for promoting its cigarette products.
In the first prosecution of its kind, the tobacco company is accused of breaching the sponsorship ban by introducing a ‘Pocket-a-Packet’ programme for selected retailers in Ireland.
Yesterday, former Justice Minister Michael McDowell, for the Office of Tobacco Control (OTC), told Dublin’s District Court that shop staff and owners were motivated to promote Pall Mall cigarettes under a mystery shopper scheme operated by PJ Carroll in the summer of 2009. Ream more »
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review an amendment to Louisiana’s 1998 settlement with major tobacco companies for antitrust violations.
In August, the 5th Circuit had rejected a challenge to the settlement brought by Xcaliber International, a discount cigarette dealer that was not a party to the state’s tobacco settlement. Xcaliber had claimed that a 2003 amendment to the original escrow agreement “destroyed” its ability to compete within a regional market. Ream more »
The BMC has clamped down on hookah parlours once again. In the last 15 days, it has prosecuted and fined over 25 suburban hookah parlours. The action was taken after residents in the vicinity of the parlours complained about the popularity of the “noxious habit” among college students.
As such, the assistant commissioners of all the wards have been asked to act against restaurants that serve food and hookah in the same chamber. Ream more »
The General Assembly’s Public Health Committee heard testimony Wednesday on a bill requiring the state’s Department Public Health to have oversight authority over the operation of hookah lounges. The commissioner would also be required to come up with regulations for the lounges that protect the health of customers and staff. Ream more »
Britain’s anti tobacco bosses have decided to voice against the tobacco companies by suggesting tougher rules on tobacco and they believe that cigarette packets contain absolutely nothing but a health warning.
New plans were announced late this week under which cigarette packets would be plain and unbranded with no color, logos or graphics.
Australian government is also thinking on the same lines and it aims to introduce a measure in 2012 but if UK government introduces a law related to this, it will become the first European country to introduce this tough measure. Ream more »
Most smokers do not take into consideration the type of substances present in the cigarettes they puff. They are only mindful of how these cigarettes aid them in dealing with the strains of everyday life. As most smokers believe, cigarettes can calm them down whenever they feel annoyed and help them loosen up at the end of a hectic day. It is also a source of comfort for them when they are gloomy or lonely. Ream more »