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No smoking at cigar bars?

February 1st, 2011 Posted in Cigars Tags:

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At Jake’s Cigars & Spirits in Omaha’s Benson area, customers were still puffing Thursday on thick-masted Perdomos and Rocky Patels. They might need to enjoy them while they still can. A Lincoln judge’s ruling earlier this week might snuff out the exemptions that cigar bars, tobacco shops and designated motel rooms enjoy to the state’s two-year-old smoking ban. Lancaster County District Judge Jodi Nelson, citing a 2008 court decision on Omaha’s smoking ban, ruled that those three exemptions were unconstitutional “special legislation” for a specific group and should be wiped out.
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Lawmakers back bills to criminalize synthetic marijuana

February 1st, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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Legislation that would criminalize the possession, manufacture and sale of products that constitute what is being called “synthetic marijuana” breezed through a House of Delegates committee Monday on a unanimous bipartisan vote. Approval of House Bill 1434 would classify synthetic marijuana as a controlled substance. It would provide punishments for the chemical compounds — known commercially by names such as “Spice” and “K2″ — with the punishments prescribed under the criminal code for similar offenses concerning marijuana.
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Higher cigarette tax is anti-business

January 31st, 2011 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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In pushing the state senate toward increasing state cigarette taxes up to $1.99 per pack, the Journal Star has put itself squarely into an overwhelmingly anti-business position that ignores the realities of current economic and political realities that Nebraska citizens and key small businesses now face going into our third year of the worst recession of our lifetimes.
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Altria Profit Jumps 27%, Helped by Smokeless Unit

January 31st, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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Altria Group Inc.’s fourth quarter earnings rose 27% as margins improved and the company again reported strength at its smokeless tobacco unit.

Though results for the latest quarter were in line with analysts’ estimates, the tobacco giant warned 2011 will be a challenging year given stiff competition, possible new state-level excise taxes and pressures on consumer spending.
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New tobacco ban proposal allows for casino smoking areas

January 31st, 2011 Posted in Tobacco ban Tags:

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One year after the new tobacco control law passed first reading at the Legislative Assembly (AL), the Government has sent a second draft for lawmakers to analyse. The new proposal allows casinos to set up designated smoking areas but removes the exemptions for saunas, massage lounges and dance halls initially proposed. According to the draft sent to the AL on Friday, casinos have a one-year period to create smoking areas “up to a maximum of 50 percent of the total public area, as long as they are physically separated from the remaining facilities”.
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How Safe Are E-Cigarettes?

January 31st, 2011 Posted in Electronic cigarettes Tags:

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Electronic cigarettes are handheld nicotine-delivery devices that, despite a devoted following, are currently swirling in controversy. New York is pushing to become the first state to ban the devices, which so far remain unregulated and mostly unstudied. With cutesy colors, fruity flavors, clever designs and other options, e-cigarettes may hold too much appeal for young people, critics warn, offering an easy gateway to nicotine addiction. Read more

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Cigarette Smoke Smothers Laws in Bulgaria

January 31st, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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On the whole, the Bulgarians are skeptic about the efficiency of the recently introduced public cmoking ban in the country. According to the results of the weekly online survey of standartnews.com, 59.1% of the participants share the opinion that the government’s efforts to cut down the number of smokers in the country are in vain, Ream more »

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Synthetic pot bust a first in Calgary

January 28th, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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I n what’s considered the first case of its kind in Calgary, police have seized synthetic drugs designed to mimic the effects of marijuana. During raids of seven stores Tuesday, police seized 770 packets of merchandise worth an estimated $30,000.

A subsequent raid of a warehouse yielded a further 280 packages, police said.

“Up until recently, this has never been seized in the city,” said Det. Collin Harris of the Calgary police drug unit.
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WVU nursing professor helps pregnant women quit smoking

January 28th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Ilana Chertok, associate professor of nursing at West Virginia University, has been awarded a grant to study the effectiveness of smoking cessation programs aimed at expectant mothers in Monongalia and Preston counties. The grant, provided by the March of the Dimes Foundation, will fund a program to provide pregnant women with help to quit smoking. The program is called the “5A’s,” and aims to educate midwives with five steps: Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist and Arrange. Ream more »

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Pregnant women deny smoking habit

January 28th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco ban Tags:

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A new study of more than 4000 US pregnant women revealed that to be mothers between the ages of 20 to 24 years are more likely to deny their smoking habit. Overall, 13 percent of pregnant and 30 percent of non-pregnant women were active cigarette smokers.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers uncovered the deception rate by measuring the blood levels of cotinine — a byproduct of nicotine used to detect exposure to tobacco smoke — in the questioned women.
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