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BBC exposes tobacco crime gangs in Scotland

January 19th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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BBC investigative reporter Sam Poling goes undercover to smoke out the truth behind the illegal tobacco trade
A BBC investigation is set to expose the organised crime groups controlling Scotland’s illegal tobacco trade.

Illegal products being sold by crime gangs were bought by a BBC Scotland undercover team, who secretly filmed the supply chain.
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King County health panel stamps out e-cigarettes

January 19th, 2011 Posted in Electronic cigarettes Tags:

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King County Board of Health members restricted sales and use of electronic cigarettes last month.
The e-cigarette is a battery-powered device designed to deliver a nicotine-based and flavored liquid vapor.
The board voted unanimously to restrict the sales of e-cigarettes or any other unapproved nicotine delivery devices only to people 18 and older. The board prohibited free or highly discounted electronic smoking devices or unapproved nicotine delivery products. The use of e-cigarette devices in places where smoking is prohibited by law is also banned. Ream more »

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First Breath helps pregnant women quit smoking

January 19th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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A woman from Appleton gave birth to a healthy baby in July, and she credits a Wisconsin smoking cessation program for helping to keep her off the cigarettes during her pregnancy. Heidi Steller, 20, is a new mom to a baby girl, Jayden Grace, and is one of 10,000 women who have participated in First Breath, a program belonging to the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, of which former Wisconsin first lady Sue Ann Thompson is founder.
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Legislature needs to revisiit medical marijuana issue

January 18th, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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Back in 2004, someone came to our front door to talk to us about supporting “medical marijuana.” At the time, it seemed like a rather compassionate, libertarian and open-minded thing to consider. What we didn’t know was that while this guy was talking to us at the front door, his buddies were sneaking in our back door and setting up a “legalized marijuana” operation in our living rooms.
So what we now have are very few community doctors willing to write prescriptions for “medical marijuana” for the patients they care for, which was predictable. Ream more »

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Taxpayers should fund bids to quit smoking

January 18th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco ban

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B.C. taxpayers will soon be picking up the tab for nicotine patches and Nicorette gum to help smokers butt out, if the Canadian Cancer Society has its way.

“The Canadian Cancer Society would like the B.C. government to subsidize nicotine-replacement therapies and smoking-cessation products to enable the up to 70 per cent of smokers who wish to quit to do so,” said Kathryn Seely of the CCS’s B.C. and Yukon division.
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Charlotte Church Resolves To Quit Smoking For Her Kids

January 18th, 2011 Posted in Celebrities smoking Tags:

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Charlotte Church made a very important New Year’s resolution for 2011 – to give up smoking for the sake of her two kids Ruby, 3, and Dexter, 2. The singer previously quit during both of her pregnancies, but has since started up her habit again and is now determined to stop once and for all.

Charlotte says she doesn’t want her children to remember their mom “puffing away like a train.”
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A tobacco ban fiasco

January 18th, 2011 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

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A new year comes with new resolutions. Some people may have decided to eat healthier and some may have decided to quit smoking. There is good news for potential cigarette quitters who live in Great Neck, NY. Smoking has now been banned on the public sidewalks outside of businesses.

On Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011 the Great Neck Village Board approved the smoking ban on the public sidewalks leaving smokers in disbelief. If caught, smokers could receive a fine of up to $1,000. Ream more »

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Electronic Cigarettes, though not recognized, can help quit smoking

January 18th, 2011 Posted in Electronic cigarettes Tags:

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Electronic Cigarettes, or e-cigarettes as they are popularly known, have helped many addicted smokers quit smoking. It is one of the safest and most effective ways of giving up on the stick.
Electronic cigarettes are simple battery operated devices that release medically approved nicotine to help suppress the need to light a cigarette. E-cigarettes are very popular and most people who want to quit smoking either opt for nicotine chewing gums or these. Ream more »

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Medical marijuana debate coming to Helena

January 17th, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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The Montana Legislature will hear the first of several medical marijuana bills on Friday.

House Bill 68 would change the current law, passed by voters in 2004and people on both sides of the medical marijuana debate say the current Montana law needs changing.

“It’s been up to us as caregivers for the most part to self regulate ourselves,” said Mark Higgins, owner of medical marijuana store, Montannabis, Inc. In Billings. “Not everybody is good at that. And I think that’s where a lot of the problems came in at.” Ream more »

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Smoking Damages Genes Within Minutes

January 17th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco treaty Tags:

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Minutes after the first puffs, a smoker’s genes are damaged enough to lay the groundwork for a future cancer to take hold. That’s what U.S. scientists discovered in a recent study designed to evaluate the effect of substances in tobacco on DNA.

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Damage occurred so quickly, it startled researchers who compared the speed of the effect to injecting the substances directly into the bloodstream. Ream more »

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