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Delegates Approve Ban on Synthetic Marijuana

February 9th, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

Ban on Synthetic Marijuana
When synthetic marijuana first hit Virginia stores in 2006, its use spread like wildfire among teenagers. Now, because of legislation moving toward approval in the General Assembly, the legality of the chemical-based substance may be going up in smoke.

Under House Bill 1434, which passed the House of Delegates by a 98-0 vote on Monday, Virginia would criminalize synthetic marijuana and classify it as a Schedule 1 drug, grouping it with marijuana (cannabis). The Senate unanimously approved a similar proposal last week.
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Michelle Obama Says President’s Quit Smoking

February 9th, 2011 Posted in Celebrities smoking Tags:

President Quit Smoking
First lady Michelle Obama considers her husband a former smoker because he formally has quit smoking, she told a roundtable of print reporters today. Asked by reporters if she could say the president finally has quit smoking, Michelle Obama said, “Yes, he has,” and that “it’s been almost a year.”
She didn’t know exactly when he’d quit, the AP reported, “because he never smoked a lot,” and she’d never see him smoke.
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Interest in E-cigarettes Is High, but Safety and Effectiveness Unknown

February 8th, 2011 Posted in Electronic cigarettes Tags:

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 »

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Disputes surround hookah health hazards

February 8th, 2011 Posted in smoking hookah Tags:

hookah health
Cigarettes may not be the only legal smokable substance posing a health hazard for users.

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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Valencia bar owners demonstrate against Spain’s smoking ban

February 8th, 2011 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

Spain's smoking ban
Central government offices in Valencia were the scene on Monday for a protest by bar and restaurant owners against the new anti-smoking legislation which came into force on January 2.

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 »

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Anti-Smoking Group Says Prime Teen TV Shows Show Smokers

February 8th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

Anti-Smoking Group
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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Judge rejects ‘Camel Cash’ complaint for 4th time

February 7th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

Camel cigarettes Cash
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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Cigar Makers Defeat Blunt Ban, Push Wrapper Ban

February 7th, 2011 Posted in Cigars Tags:

Cigar Makers
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 »

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