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Blacks divided over possible menthol ban

November 24th, 2010 Posted in Cigarettes flavors Tags:

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The longest Samuel Johnson has ever been able to give up menthol cigarettes is three months. Every time he tries to quit, he said, that cool, minty flavor that first drew him and other African-American smokers to menthols lures him back. “Everybody has a habit and mine is smoking cigarettes,” said Johnson, 20, standing outside Harold Washington College downtown between classes with other young students, many of them puffing on menthols. Ream more »

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Cigarettes and Four Loko have different rules

November 24th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

sale of cigarettes
While watching the TV news, there was a story regarding the alcoholic drink, Four Loko. It was mentioned that local distributors are being asked to stop selling the product due to its caffeine and high alcohol content. Interestingly, the very next news piece was in regard to the discussion of placing disturbing graphics on cigarette packaging to deter smokers from buying and smoking cigarettes. Read more

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Bahrain may ban e-cigarettes

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

e-cigarettes
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

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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

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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.
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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:

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 »

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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.
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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 »

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