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Smoking Ban Hits CUNY Schools

January 27th, 2011 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

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On Monday, City University of New York forbade smoking entirely on all their campuses. They joined at least 466 other campuses in this endeavor.
Nationwide, universities are working to promote healthier student lifestyles.
College life has often been connected with harmful behavior like smoking, excessive drinking and drug abuse. Authorities hope that the ban will discourage students who smoke from continuing to do so. It is also intended to decrease the amount of second-hand smoke on their campuses. Ream more »

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Electronic Cigarettes Won’t Find a Home at Walmart, New York

January 27th, 2011 Posted in Electronic cigarettes Tags:

For thousands of Americans, electronic cigarettes (or e-cigs as they are sometimes called) have been a “miracle” that has helped them quit smoking, or, at the very least, drastically reduced it. But not everyone is a fan of electronic cigarettes and lawmakers in New York are hurriedly attempting to ban the sale of them in the state. Hearing the anti-electronic cigarette news from state lawmakers across the country, retail giant Walmart has backed away from the sale of the controversial items.
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Tobacco-free efforts focus on financial burden

January 27th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

Jane Jones, Muskogee Against Tobacco program coordinator, says that when discussing the impact of tobacco use, the focus often turns to its tragic health effects and loss of life. However, every business and citizen in Muskogee County also bears a financial burden.

Tobacco-Free Oklahoma Week, which runs through Sunday, highlights these burdens.
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Medical marijuana sales taxable, Horne says

January 27th, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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Arizonans who get a doctor’s recommendation to buy medical marijuana are going to have to shell out a little extra money for the state – and maybe a whole lot more.
Attorney General Tom Horne said Wednesday that the marijuana sold at state-regulated dispensaries being set up under Proposition 203 is subject to the state and local sales taxes. Ream more »

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Movies make quitting smoking harder

January 26th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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Watching movies that feature prominent smoking scenes could make it harder to quit smoking.
Researchers reporting in the Journal of Neuroscience did brain scans on both smokers, and non-smokers, while they watched Ridley Scott’s 2003 movie Matchstick Men.
The movie was selected because it features smoking scenes, but no scenes of sex, violence or alcohol use which could have affected the results. When characters on the screen smoked, there was a change in the smokers’ brain activity that closely resembled what happened when they themselves lit up a cigarette.
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$500 in cigarettes stolen from Florence store

January 26th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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Police are looking for the person who shattered the front window of a Florence business to steal $500 in cigarettes.

It happened about 11 p.m. Monday at Fred’s, located at 1920 W. Evans St., Florence Police Maj. Carlos Raines said.

It’s not clear what was used to break the window, and the only items missing from the store were about $500 in cigarettes, Raines said.
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Trying to quit smoking? It will take you FIVE years and seven attempts

January 26th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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The average smoker takes five years and seven attempts to give up the fags, a report revealed yesterday.
Researchers studied the behaviour of 3,000 smokers and ex-smokers. They found most quit over fears for their long-term health.
Other common reasons include their smoking being a turn-off to the opposite sex, struggling with breath, and ‘being judged’. Ream more »

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Cigarette tax increase is back in the conversation

January 26th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Just like a game of Whac-A-Mole, sin tax proposals keep popping up. State voters repealed the 6.25 percent sales tax on alcohol in a November ballot question. Now, health care advocates are pushing for a 50 percent hike in the excise tax on cigarettes. An anti-smoking coalition called Tobacco Free Massachusetts has made increasing the excise tax on cigarettes by $1.25 per pack one of its top legislative priorities this year, and 28 lawmakers have signed on.
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