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 »
After two years of debate, Montana State University students will have the chance to vote this week on whether the Bozeman campus should outlaw tobacco.
The referendum on the ballot in Tuesday and Wednesday’s election — to make the campus tobacco-free within two years — only makes a recommendation, and isn’t binding on MSU President Waded Cruzado and her administration. Ream more »
Jarred Egnew has few memories of his father. He died from a smoking-related disease when Jarred was 4.
It’s too late for Jarred, now 16, to save his father, but he and a group of his peers are hoping his story will urge lawmakers to make changes in the way the tobacco industry markets its products to teens, so that they might save others from the fate Jarred and his family suffered.
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Arthur Gallagher used to enjoy strolling down the street every morning, getting a cup of java and a newspaper, and smoking a cigar in Concordia Park, near his home in the DeMun neighborhood.
“It’s one of life’s simple pleasures,” said Gallagher, 55, a retired vineyard owner from Napa, Calif., who moved to Clayton about three years ago.
That pleasure ended on Jan. 1, when Clayton’s ban on smoking in parks went into effect. Ream more »
The preparations for the grand opening of “John’s Premium Cigars” are almost complete. Despite minor construction still underway at the store, which will feature a smoking lounge in addition to a walk-in humidor, it’s still on track for a March 11 opening in Berlin. “Things are coming along,” said Jaime McDonald, one of the owners of the store.
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Kellz Ecigarette in Tulsa say their electronic cigarettes contains no tobacco or cancerous toxins. You snap a cartridge onto this battery powered device and take a puff. Instead of emitting smoke, you exhale vapor. Propylene glycol to be exact. A substance found in some foods and concert fog-machines. Unlike real smoking you can do this anywhere.
It emerged from China in 2003, electronic cigarettes are used as a method to quit and as a smoking substitute.
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The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) yesterday said 31 tobacco dealers would be fined a total of NT$21.9 million (US$743,000) for price fixing and interfering with fair trade.
The commission has been investigating the case since June last year, questioning suspects, checking banking records and tracing communication among those suspected of conspiring to raising prices, Vice Commissioner Shih Hui-fen (施惠芬) said.
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Cancer survivor and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong wants the tax on cigarettes in California raised from 87 cents per pack, to $1.87. Other tobacco products would also be taxed with an equally large increase. Mr. Armstrong is a co-founder of the California Cancer Research Act, proposed legislation estimated to generate over $800 million annually for cancer research, prevention, treament and education. Cancer survivor Don Perata is the bill’s sponsor. Perata was a California state legislator for four years ending in 2008, and currently is a lobbyist for a California prison guard union.
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