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Tobacco report helps Imperial light up

March 10th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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It may have been No Smoking Day, but that did not stop Imperial Tobacco’s shares lighting up last night as a long-awaited report from the Government was greeted with relief.
Expectations were high that the Tobacco Control Plan – revealed yesterday – would introduce legislation forcing cigarettes to be sold in generic packaging. But ministers only ended up announcing a consultation on the issue, although a ban of tobacco products being displayed in shops will be introduced from April 2012. Ream more »

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L.A. asks appeals court to allow enforcement of medical marijuana law

March 10th, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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Los Angeles asked the state Court of Appeal on Wednesday to halt an injunction that bars the city from enforcing key parts of its medical marijuana ordinance.

The order, issued by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mohr, forced the City Council to rewrite sections of its law, including the process for determining which dispensaries will be allowed.
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‘Little cigars’ must be restricted

March 10th, 2011 Posted in Cigars Tags:

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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 »

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Gov’t should not promote use of tobacco

March 9th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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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 »

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Tobacco control body mounts campaign

March 9th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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PEOPLE need to be aware of the harms of second hand smoke and get empowered to stop smokers from polluting the air they breathe, says the Zambia Tobacco Control Campaign.

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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Advocates testify at medical marijuana hearing

March 9th, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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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 »

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Tobacco firm breached sponsorship ban, court told

March 9th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco companies Tags:

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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 »

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State Survives Challenge to Big Tobacco Settlement

March 9th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco companies Tags:

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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 »

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BMC smokes out hookah bars again

March 7th, 2011 Posted in smoking hookah Tags:

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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 »

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Conn. considering more oversight of hookah lounges

March 7th, 2011 Posted in smoking hookah Tags:

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Some Connecticut lawmakers want tougher regulation of hookah lounges, increasingly popular establishments where customers gather to smoke flavored tobacco or herbs.

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 »

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