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Federal regulators to formally ban e-cigarette use on planes

February 23rd, 2011 Posted in Electronic cigarettes Tags:

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The U.S. Department of Transportation plans to issue an official ban of smokeless electronic cigarettes on airplanes this spring, according to the Associated Press, citing a letter from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

E-cigarettes are plastic and metal devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution in a disposable cartridge, creating vapor that the “smoker” inhales.
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Feds raid tobacco company on reservation

February 23rd, 2011 Posted in Tobacco companies Tags:

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An ongoing dispute between the King Mountain Tobacco Co. and state and federal authorities over jurisdiction and treaty rights flared up this week in the form of a lawsuit Tuesday and a federal raid Wednesday.
Details about the raid were scant.
A lawyer for King Mountain declined comment except to say FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents were “swarming” the Yakama cigarette maker’s facilities in White Swan. Neither the FBI nor the ATF returned phone calls seeking comment.
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On Smoking a Cigar, review

February 14th, 2011 Posted in Cigars Tags:

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It’s probably a good thing that Americans—at least most in the middle and upper-middle classes—have given up the habit of tobacco. I say “probably” because I’ve always been convinced by those economists who argue that smokers do a favor to nonsmokers by paying exorbitant taxes on their weeds and then kicking off early, reducing the burden on Social Security and Medicare.
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Don’t minimize effects of synthetic marijuana

February 14th, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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In January a man was arrested and held after making death threats at Duluth’s Last Place on Earth (“Man held after threats at Last Place on Earth,” Jan. 24). The man reportedly demanded synthetic marijuana and a small amount of cash. The store owner was quoted as saying, “We’ve had little issues with this guy before.” The owner likely would minimize the gravity of such behavior because it was directly relative to the use of synthetic marijuana, something the Last Place on Earth openly promotes.
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N.L. latest province to sue tobacco industry

February 14th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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Newfoundland and Labrador became on Tuesday the latest province to sue more than a dozen tobacco companies for money to cover health-care costs related to smoking. The Newfoundland government filed a statement of claim with the provincial Supreme Court in St. John’s after proclaiming legislation that allows the province to pursue legal action against the tobacco industry, according to a statement sent by the province’s Justice Department. Ream more »

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While hookah attracts more and more students, many are unaware of the health risks

February 14th, 2011 Posted in smoking hookah Tags:

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As hookah lounges spring up in St. Johns and throughout the Portland area, the flavored tobacco attracts UP students to gather together. However, they may be unaware of the health risks of smoking hookah.
The tobacco used for hookahs is “shisha,” a half-tobacco, half-syrup mixture. Shisha comes in a variety of flavors such as double apple or grape, which is cooled and smoked through water pipes, or a hookah. Ream more »

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Public Health Groups Condemn Tobacco Companies for Trying to Delay and Weaken Penalties

February 14th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco companies Tags:

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The following is a statement by Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights and National African American Tobacco Prevention Network. According to court filings, the tobacco companies are seeking to block public disclosure of proposed statements a federal judge has ordered them to make to correct their deceptions about their deadly products. Ream more »

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A medical marijuana dispensary in Saginaw?

February 11th, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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Two Saginaw businessmen think purchasing an ounce of high-grade medical marijuana should be no more tedious than a drive to Walgreens for a prescription.

But Saginaw County and city legal leaders say medical marijuana dispensaries, like the several exchanges that operate in Bay County, are illegal.

With regard to dispensaries, it looks like Saginaw leaders won’t have the luxury of waiting for legal precedent regarding distribution of medical marijuana, as Saginaw Attorney Thomas H. Fancher said he had hoped.
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Smash-and-grab burglary at Hookah bar

February 11th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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Police are investigating a Tuesday morning smash-and-grab burglary at the Hookah bar in northwest Atlanta.
A witness called police after seeing several suspects in hoodies enter the House of Hookah at 398 14th St. early in the morning, Atlanta police spokeswoman Ms. Kim Jones said.
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