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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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Smoking and radiation therapy don’t mix

November 19th, 2010 Posted in The new tobacco Tags:

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Researchers have found that patients with head and neck cancer who have never smoked have much better survival rates after radiation therapy than patients with a history of smoking. The study by Allen M. Chen and colleagues in the UC Davis radiation oncology and otolaryngology departments is among the first of its kind to examine prognosis differences based on smoking history in patients with head and neck cancer who are treated with radiation therapy. Ream more »

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Kids of Smoking Pregnant Women May indulge in Crime

November 19th, 2010 Posted in General tobacco Tags:

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A research study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health reveals the prevailing connection between mothers smoking during their pregnancy and law violations committed by their grown-up offspring. The Harvard School of Public Health in Boston conducted the studyunder researcher Angela D. Paradis and her co-workers examining data of 3,766 research participants. Ream more »

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Menthol Ban Could Boost Kid Smoking

November 19th, 2010 Posted in Cigarettes flavors Tags:

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A ban on menthol in cigarettes might be an obvious way to curb kiddie smoking, but a new survey of anti-smoking regulations in Canada finds that getting tough only results in a black market of smokes that are cheaper and easier for kids to get. As the Food and Drug Administration considers a ban on menthol, cigarette makers like Lorillard, which produces Newport, have been pushing back. Ream more »

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Take a breather, quit smoking

November 19th, 2010 Posted in Smoking ban Tags:

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We’ve all been around them. They’re the guy or gal with the horrible cough and clothes that smell like an ash tray.

They make things unbearable for everyone around them, not to mention, slowly killing themselves and anyone near them.

That’s right they are the constant smoker.

Up until a month ago, I was one of those smokers. I was the guy that couldn’t stop himself from smoking half a pack to a pack and a half a day, depending on my mood.
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Early Marijuana Use Leads to Later Brain Problems

November 17th, 2010 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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Young adults who began smoking marijuana before age 16 performed worse on cognitive tests compared to those who began smoking after age 16, says researcher Staci Ann Gruber, PhD, of Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital, Boston. She presented her findings at a news conference Monday at Neuroscience 2010, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego.
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Fruita rejects smoking ban in city parks

November 17th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco ban Tags:

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The Fruita City Council rejected an ordinance that would have banned smoking in city parks, with Mayor Ken Henry casting the deciding vote for a divided council. “This thing goes too far,” Henry said in voting “no” Tuesday night. While finding “legitimate health considerations” in a ban and saying the issue likely will come before council again, Henry expressed concern that proponents didn’t show up Tuesday night. Ream more »

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Big Tobacco — Up In Smoke

November 17th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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I was there trying the case with my partner, David Sales. Here are some of my thoughts from “inside” the trial of a tobacco case. This was a lung cancer (squamous cell) case resulting from a long history of addiction to cigarettes – RJ Reynolds cigarettes. Our deceased client, James Horner, was diagnosed with lung cancer in December of 1991; he passed away in March of 1996 at age 78.
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