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SF wants the Haight out of cigarette game

November 23rd, 2010 Posted in Tobacco marketing Tags:

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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 topcigarettes.biz/camel-cigarettes, saying the ads are geared toward children in violation of a 1998 settlement agreement between state governments and six tobacco companies.
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What do Happy Meals and Cigarettes Have in Common?

November 23rd, 2010 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

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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 »

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Cigarette taxes of $150M in limbo

November 23rd, 2010 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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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.
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County’s first medical marijuana business clears the air’

November 22nd, 2010 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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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 »

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

November 22nd, 2010 Posted in Cigarettes flavors Tags:

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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 »

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Lindsay Lohan New Poster Child For Electronic Cigarette Industry?

November 22nd, 2010 Posted in Celebrities smoking Tags:

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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 »

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Make cigarette packaging plain, government urges

November 22nd, 2010 Posted in Tobacco news

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The government plans to ask retailers to cover up displays of cigarettes from next year to protect children. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said “glitzy designs on packets” attracted children to smoking and it made sense to look at “less attractive packaging”. Health campaigners praised the move but smokers’ group Forest said there was no evidence plain packaging cut smoking.
The Department of Health is considering the idea of asking tobacco firms to put only basic information and health or picture warnings on their packets.
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Menthol Ban = Black Market

November 22nd, 2010 Posted in Cigarettes flavors Tags:

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The majority of speakers at a public hearing on menthol cigarettes had a consistent message: Banning menthol would likely lead to a black market.

The hearing was part of a regularly scheduled Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) meeting, and of the seven people who spoke, four cautioned about the potential black market.
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Wisconsin smoking ban complaints continue to drop

November 19th, 2010 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

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The number of complaints over Wisconsin’s statewide smoking ban law has steadily dropped since it went into effect in July.

The state Department of Health Services posted data on Wednesday shows there were 205 complaints in the first month of the law, but that dropped to just 78 for the period covering Oct. 5 through Nov. 4.
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