Tobacco News

Home » Page 225

Bahrain may ban e-cigarettes

November 24th, 2010 Posted in Electronic cigarettes Tags: ,

Bahrain could eventually outlaw the sale of e-cigarettes, according to a senior health official. They are just as harmful as normal cigarettes, but a ban would only be introduced if a consensus was reached at GCC level, said primary care and public health assistant under-secretary Dr Mariam Al Jalahma. ‘The only difference is that e-cigarettes do not produce smoke,’ she told our sister newspaper Gulf Daily News (GDN) in reaction to reports that e-cigarettes had been banned in the UAE. Read more

Comments Off

Man who bargained sex for cigarettes sentenced to one year in jail

November 24th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

sex for cigarettes
A former employee at a Litchfield group home who had sexual contact with a 17-year-old girl in exchange for a pack of cigarettes, was sentenced to one year in jail in Litchfield Superior Court Tuesday. David Traverso, 34, of 708 Colony Road in Meriden, previously pleaded guilty in Litchfield Superior Court to second-degree sexual assault. Read more

Comments Off

Tobacco tax hikes help black market

November 23rd, 2010 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

Tobacco black market
The government should stop increasing taxes on tobacco to tackle the contraband cigarette problem, says the Canadian and Western Convenience Stores associations. Results of a Manitoba study released Wednesday by the CCSA show the average rate of contraband tobacco use is as high as 12%. Michel Gadbois, CCSA senior vicepresident, said the problem will only increase if taxes continue to rise.
Ream more »

Comments Off

SF wants the Haight out of cigarette game

November 23rd, 2010 Posted in Tobacco marketing Tags:

cigarette game
City officials may be indifferent to certain kinds of smoke in the Haight, but not so when it comes to marketing cigarettes using pictures of the iconic neighborhood.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Public Health Director Mitch Katz sent a letter Monday to R.J. Reynolds asking the tobacco company to cancel its “Break Free Adventure” marketing campaign for, saying the ads are geared toward children in violation of a 1998 settlement agreement between state governments and six tobacco companies.
Ream more »

Comments Off

What do Happy Meals and Cigarettes Have in Common?

November 23rd, 2010 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

Meals and Cigarettes
Recently, the political world was run amuck with the reports of San Francisco’s ban on Happy Meal toys. Although Mayor Gavin Newsom shortly after vetoed the ban, it brought up important political questions about government involvement in parenting. As quoted on CNN, Mayor Newsom called the ban an “unprecedented governmental intrusion into parental responsibilities and private choices.” Although Newsom is a Democrat, this rings like a true conservative statement; and I, as a liberal, could not agree more. There are certain areas that the government should let be. Parenting is one of those areas. Ream more »

Comments Off

Cigarette taxes of $150M in limbo

November 23rd, 2010 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

Cigarette taxes
Legal challenges from the state’s Indian tribes have kept New York from collecting any of the $150 million that officials hoped to get from sales tax on cigarettes sold on reservations, pushing the enacted budget further out of balance. The tribes are moving forward with legal actions against the state, which has left the proposal in limbo.
Ream more »

Comments Off

County’s first medical marijuana business clears the air’

November 22nd, 2010 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

medical marijuana
Erik Larson experienced his first seizure on the roof of Hastings Entertainment in Farmington, where he was installing heating and cooling equipment.
For eight years afterward, Larson, who has epilepsy, could not find any medicine that worked as he became increasingly debilitated. An allergy to opiates ruled out many painkillers.
“The pain some days was excruciating,” Larson said.
He recently obtained a medical marijuana card with the help of New Mexico Green Light, an Aztec business that guides patients through the application process. Ream more »

Comments Off

Banning Menthol Cigarettes Would Create a Multi-Billion Dollar Black Market, Economic Study Concludes

November 22nd, 2010 Posted in Cigarettes flavors Tags:

Menthol Cigarettes
A ban of menthol cigarettes would create a sizable black market with underground revenues that could easily reach into double digit billions of dollars a year, according to the findings of a new independent economic analysis commissioned by Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE: LO) that will be presented to a Food and Drug Administration committee today. Ream more »

Comments Off

Lindsay Lohan New Poster Child For Electronic Cigarette Industry?

November 22nd, 2010 Posted in Celebrities smoking Tags:

Lindsay Lohan smoke
Estranged father of Lindsay Lohan has unknowingly launched a marketing campaign for electronic cigarettes with his latest desperate attempt to stop his troubled daughter from smoking in her recent court-ordered rehab.
Michael Lohan was banned from visiting Lindsay at the Betty Ford Clinic in Rancho Mirage, California but that hasn’t stopped him from trying to encourage her to quit smoking. Ream more »

Comments Off