Should the government of Oklahoma help tobacco companies market their products? Most of us would think that’s ridiculous, yet it’s exactly what the tobacco companies and their allies are pressing the Legislature to do.
Unfortunately, this bad idea is being taken seriously enough that a legislative committee held a hearing recently on promoting smokeless tobacco as an alternative to cigarettes. Ream more »
Giving cities the ability to pass smoking laws stronger than state law will be the state Board of Health’s main priority during Oklahoma’s next legislative session. Oklahoma and Tennessee are the only states that restrict cities from passing smoking ordinances stricter than state law, according to the state Health Department. Ream more »
A website has been launched that features searchable databases of all campaign contributions and gifts from tobacco lobbyists to state legislators.
The website, www.tobacco.money.com, also encourages lawmakers and legislative candidates in Oklahoma to sign a pledge to not accept campaign contributions, meals or other gifts from any tobacco company political action committee or from any registered lobbyist for a tobacco company or tobacco trade association. Ream more »
Poempida Hidayatullah said given that many organizations had come up with anti-smoking messages, it would be redundant to pass a law banning smoking.
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The Pannell Discounter in Wainoni is increasing the price of a packet of cigarettes by between 10 cents and 20 cents and between 30 cents and 50 cents for a packet of tobacco. Ream more »
The Patriots announced Monday morning that smoking has been banned throughout Gillette Stadium. There had previously been designated smoking areas within the gates of the stadium, but trips to flavor country will no longer be allowed once patrons make their way through the turnstiles. Ream more »
Seven tobacco manufacturers and the New York Association of Convenience Stores have filed a federal lawsuit against Haverstraw to challenge the village’s law that prohibits retailers from displaying tobacco products in public sight, arguing it violates their freedom of speech.
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The struggle against Australia’s new plain packaging laws is no exception.
Big tobacco has rolled out the big lawyers and won the support of tobacco exporting countries. Ream more »
Rules restricting onscreen smoking scenes – notified by the ministry of health – can’t be set aside by the ministry of information and broadcasting (I&B).
This has been conveyed by the law ministry in response to clarification sought from it, following disagreements between the health and the I&B ministries over implementation of the rules, which require running of anti-tobacco messages, scrolls and spots in movies with smoking scenes. Ream more »
He expressed these views during an interactive session with media on Tuesday at Sialkot Press Club (SPC).
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