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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 State voters repealed the 6.25 percent sales tax on alcohol in a November ballot question.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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DJK pleads guilty to marijuana possession

January 25th, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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Former Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos has pleaded guilty to marijuana possession and other drug charges against him have been dismissed.
Johnson-Koulianos was granted a deferred judgment Monday. He received a year’s probation and was fined $315.
Johnson-Koulianos had also been charged with unlawful possession of cocaine and prescription drugs. Ream more »

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California Entrepreneur Is Developing Marijuana Soda

January 25th, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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Clay Butler is developing a line of “soda pot” called Canna Cola, a medical marijuana soft drink. In addition to that flavor, the California-based commercial artist plans on releasing others, including “Dr. Pepper-like Doc Weed, lemon-lime Sour Diesel, grape-flavored Grape Ape and orange-flavored Orange Kush,” according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Ream more »

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NY Bill Would Ban ‘E-Cigarettes’ Until FDA Action

January 25th, 2011 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

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Backers of electronic cigarettes are watching legislation that could make New York the first state in the nation to ban the devices widely advertised on the Internet as a way to help quit smoking.
A key vote in the state Assembly Health Committee could be cast as early as Tuesday.

Health officials say e-cigarettes are just another addictive habit, one that can hook kids early and legally on smoking. Ream more »

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Raise taxes on cigarettes? Not in Virginia, says House panel

January 25th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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Tobacco may no longer be king in Virginia, but it still pulls plenty of weight in the General Assembly.

The golden leaf, a mainstay of the state’s economy since the 1600s, has declined in importance in recent years as recognition of its dangers to human health has grown.

Nevertheless, lawmakers still shrink from taxing it.
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Students testify on anti-smoking bill

January 24th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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A group of Williston students testified in Bismarck Friday on an anti-smoking bill they hope to have passed by the Legislature.

Four ninth-graders made the trip with Wilkinson Elementary School sixth-grade teacher Nancy Selby.

Austin Anderson, Drey Bratcher, Cambree Billehus and Hailey Bendixson, testified before the North Dakota House Transportation Committee on HB 1150.
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Are e-cigarettes too good to be true?

January 24th, 2011 Posted in Electronic cigarettes Tags:

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Some of us smokers received, over the holidays, the well-intended gift of e-cigarettes to save us from the deadly carcinogens of real cigarettes. But not so fast; this supposedly ingenious solution to the most addictive substance ever known to man may actually give us more problems than its promised cure.
Electronically-fired cigarettes look, taste and sometimes smell like real cigarettes but do not have the same amount of cancer-causing chemicals, it is believed. What makes them even better is that they don’t release residual or second-hand smoke that can be inhaled by others (second hand-smoke is believed to be more toxic than the actual smoke).
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