Electronic cigarettes are drawing heavy media and marketing attention, and while a new study finds that consumer interest also runs high, a companion study underscores that e-cigarettes’ ability to help smokers cut down or quit is unknown. E-cigarettes run on batteries and look like real cigarettes, cigars or even ballpoint pens. Users inhale doses of nicotine or other toxins found in tobacco in vapor form. Ream more »
Hookah bars across Oklahoma offer smokers alternatives to cigarettes and cigars. However, Laura Beebe, epidemiology professor and co-chair of the OU Cancer Institute Outreach Advisory Committee, feels hookah is just as threatening as cigarettes.
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It’s now an offence to smoke in closed public spaces, and Valencia business owners in the sector are demanding changes in the law to stop their businesses suffering the ‘catastrophic’ effects of the ban. El Mundo reports some 200 protesters at the demonstration. Ream more »
Science journalist Gary Taubes rejects the mainstream medical assertion that overeating causes obesity. In his convincing new book “Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It,” Taubes argues, with careful citations of scientific studies, that sugars and refined carbohydrates are to blame. Ream more »
The American Legacy Foundation Monday released a new content analysis study that concludes that kids TV shows have a “high amount” of tobacco use. No, it’s not talking about Big Bird walking a mile for a Camel. Instead, the study looked at the most popular primetime shows with kids/teenagers 12-17 and found that nearly a million were exposed to tobacco ads “whether it was in an ashtray, on a billboard, or in a character’s hands.”
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Proving that the fourth time is not the charm, a California federal judge has once again dismissed a putative class-action lawsuit alleging R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. illegally canceled its “Camel Cash” promotion without allowing participants to redeem their certificates for merchandise.
In tossing the plaintiffs’ third-amended complaint, U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder of the Central District of California said the tobacco company did not act in breach of contract when it ended the program.
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Now is the time to give up smoking or your addiction will keep you at home. On Wednesday New York’s City Council approved a law that extends the smoking ban to municipal parks, beaches and other pedestrian zones such as Times Square.
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Last week the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned a 2006 Philadelphia ordinance that restricted cigar sales to discourage the practice of hollowing them out and using them to smoke pot.
The ordinance banned the sale of flavored cigars and required that other cigars be sold in quantities of three or more; it included additional penalties for prohibited cigar sales within 500 feet of a church, school, recreation center, day care center, or community center. Ream more »
In an effort to promote Cuba’s Cohiba Behike cigar, many online retailers outside the United States have put cigars on huge discounts in hopes of luring more consumers to these fine specimens of handmade specimens.
For many Americans, Cuban cigars are a forbidden treasure. With an embargo on Cuban travel and products stemming from the 1960s, lighting up one of the world’s best cigars in the world has been experienced by only those Americans who have skirted the system or traveled to Canada to purchase them. Ream more »
Smoking tobacco cigarettes is one of the most harmful addictions known to man. Not only is smoking harmful to the smoker’s health, but also to those around them. Smoking in public places has been banned in most states and there is talk of government officials extending that law to include prohibiting smoking at outdoor public places, such as parks and beaches. With all the fuss and buss about smoking in public, cigarette smokers have turned to the next best thing and the only alternative to smoking that seems to work for some, electronic cigarettes. Ream more »