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  • Carjacker convicted after his DNA is found on cigarette in the recovered car

    05/02/2017 7:05:14 PM PDT · by Pelham · 13 replies
    OC Register ^ | 5/2/2017 | Kelly Puente
    SANTA ANA A carjacker from Orange has been sentenced to three years in prison after authorities identified him through DNA he left on a cigarette in the recovered car. Gary Munoz, 30, was arrested, charged and convicted in less than two months, thanks to the county’s RAPID DNA program, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said in a Tuesday statement. On March 9 at about 3:30 p.m., Munoz approached an idling car in a parking lot off of Imperial Highway in Brea, prosecutors said. A woman was in the passenger seat while the driver was out looking for an ATM...
  • $47 billion offer to create world's biggest tobacco company

    10/21/2016 6:15:54 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 14 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/21/2016 | Danica Kirka
    LONDON — British American Tobacco has offered to buy out Reynolds American Inc. for $47 billion in an attempt to gain a strong presence in the U.S., a lucrative market where sales of electronic cigarettes are booming as traditional smoking fades. The takeover would create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company and combine BAT's presence in developing countries, where anti-smoking campaigns are not as strong as in the U.S. and Europe, with Reynolds' almost exclusive focus on the U.S. BAT already owns 42 percent of Reynolds and sells Dunhill, Rothmans and Lucky Strike cigarettes. Reynolds controls about a third...
  • Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson thinks there’s a good case for banning cigarettes

    09/17/2016 10:30:15 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 88 replies
    POLITICO ^ | September 15, 2016 | Ben Birnbaum
    There had also been an eye-opening moment on the streets of Cleveland during the Republican National Convention, when [Johnson and I had] been walking behind a cigarette-wielding Ohioan. As the smoker’s exhaust wafted in our faces, I remarked offhand that—with the advent of e-cigarettes—I thought there was a good libertarian case for banning regular cigarettes. “I do too,” replied the health-obsessed triathlete, recounting his support for anti-smoking efforts in New Mexico.
  • Electronic cigarettes proving a sellout hit in Japanese market

    08/26/2016 7:20:14 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 12 replies
    The Japan News ^ | August 25, 2016 | Staff
    Electronic cigarettes, which do not require a flame but heat tobacco leaves to create a vapor that is inhaled, are so popular in Japan these days that demand cannot keep up with supply. The e-cigarette boom was triggered by iQOS, a product released by Philip Morris Japan K.K. Rather than burning tobacco leaves, the iQOS heats cigarettes in a small cylindrical device — all designed exclusively for each other — so that nicotine and vapors are inhaled together. Sales of iQOS began in Tokyo in September last year, before expanding nationwide in April. Even though the kit is priced as...
  • 1951 Korean War RCI Oldest Cigarette Ever Smoked

    01/26/2016 7:43:07 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 54 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/26/2016 | Steve1989 MREinfo
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  • $1 Cigarette Tax Hike Helps Smugglers, Not Health Outcomes

    12/04/2015 9:57:18 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/2/2015 | Michael LaFaive
    Last week, several health-related nonprofits released a poll that asked 600 voters in Michigan about the idea of increasing the cigarette tax by $1 a pack. The sponsors report strong support for an increase if the funds are channeled to health-related government spending. But research by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and others has shown how very high tobacco taxes come with negative unintended consequences — and don’t necessarily improve health outcomes either. The Mackinac Center research focused primarily on the amount of smuggling these high taxes generate (also called “diversion”). The original 2008 study has been updated several...
  • Let President Obama have a cigarette, already

    06/09/2015 10:22:18 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 52 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 06/09/15 | Philip Bump
    A photograph of President Obama with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has whirred the long-dormant "Is Obama smoking?" conspiracy machine back to life. Posted to Instagram by Renzi's spokesman, it shows the two leaders standing on a balcony adjacent to an office, as one might if he didn't want to smoke indoors. And Obama's holding … something in his hands. Something roughly cigarette-pack-shaped, and he's picking at the top of it.
  • Unintended Consequence of High Cigarette Taxes

    01/30/2015 8:32:55 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/28/2015 | Michael LaFaive
    News reports today tell of a Macomb County tobacco store burglary by four men who stole cigarettes and escaped capture after a police chase. This unlawful behavior is a direct and unintended consequence of the high excise taxes imposed on Michigan cigarettes ($2 per pack) statewide. There are other unintended consequences too. Mackinac Center analysts estimate that 25 percent of all the cigarettes consumed in the Great Lake State in 2013 were smuggled in from other states. Revenue losses to the treasury from smuggling total $298 million. High tobacco taxes lead to violence against police, property and people in addition...
  • New York Cigarette Taxes Killed Eric Garner

    12/04/2014 12:21:02 PM PST · by servo1969 · 20 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 12-4-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: It just keeps happening. We go from the Michael Brown case to the Eric Garner case in New York, and once again it becomes necessary to sort through all of the disinformation that's out there and try to make sense of it. At the end of the process here, once again, we have a grand jury decision, which, in many sectors of the culture and society, is unacceptable and is thought to have been rigged and is thought to have been unfair. So the president of the United States has said that we are not gonna let up, he...
  • Rand: "No Excuse" For Someone To Die Over A Cigarette Tax

    12/04/2014 6:02:20 AM PST · by Biggirl · 51 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 4, 2014 | Breitbart TV, Ian Hanchett
    Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) reacted to a grand jury's decision to not indict a New York City Police Officer in the death of Eric Garner by saying he was "horrified" by the video and blasting politicians for passing "bad laws" that "put our police in a difficult situation" in an interview broadcast on Wednesday's "Hardball" on MSNBC.
  • Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em: Westminster Won’t Ban Tobacco

    11/19/2014 6:56:39 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 5 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 11/19/2014 | Nicole Leonard
    There’s a time and place for everything, but that isn’t the case for a small Massachusetts town that could have become the first municipality in the nation to ban tobacco sales. The Westminster Board of Health withdrew its proposal to ban all tobacco sales on Wednesday after receiving criticism and outrage from the audience at a meeting last week. Board of health members Peter Munro and Ed Simoncini voted against the ban while Chairwoman Andrea Crete voted to keep the proposal for consideration, reported the Boston Globe. “It is obvious the town is against it and therefore I am against...
  • E-Cigarette Use Rising Among Teens

    11/14/2014 12:37:46 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 6 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | Nov. 14, 2014 | Amir Khan
    Cigarettes may be falling out of favor in high schools, but electronic cigarettes are taking their place, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A new survey found that although cigarette use in high schools declined from 24.3 percent in 2011 to 22.9 percent in 2013, the number of students who reported using an e-cigarette in the past 30 days tripled from 1.5 percent in 2011 to 4.5 percent in 2013. E-cigarettes use a battery to turn liquid nicotine into vapor, and because they produce no smoke many teens seem to be looking at...
  • Raucous hearing on tobacco sales in Westminster halted

    11/13/2014 12:17:40 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 20 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 12, 2014 | Sean P. Murphy
    WESTMINSTER — An unruly public hearing on a proposal to prohibit the sale of tobacco products came to a sudden and rowdy halt Wednesday evening after shouting and clapping opponents of the ban repeatedly refused the chairwoman’s request to come to order. The ban, proposed by the Board of Health in this Central Massachusetts town, would be the first of its kind in the state. It has led to angry reactions from residents who worry that it will hurt the local economy and allow government too much discretion in controlling private conduct. “This is about freedom; it’s my body and...
  • Merchants say cigarette tax is a business-killer (War on Small Business)

    11/10/2014 3:28:04 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 22 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 11/10/2014 | SOLOMON LEACH & REGINA MEDINA,
    --SNIP-- "It's really bad right now. We're in real bad shape," he said, adding that the decrease in cigarette sales has had a ripple effect on the rest of his business. He has let go of four employees in the past month. "Now it's just me, my wife and my sister." Martinez isn't alone. Other store owners and distributors in the city said they have seen a dramatic drop in revenue since the tax was added, causing them to wonder what the collateral damage will be on their livelihoods. "It's detrimental all over the city. There are probably over 2,000...
  • Bill O'Reilly Passed On The Chance To Be The Marlboro Man In The 70s

    04/17/2014 7:35:17 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 26 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 04-17-2014 | Caitlin Macneal
    Fox Host Bill O'Reilly on Wednesday claimed that he could have been the Marlboro Man. "While I was covering the News in Denver, I was approached by a modeling agency to be the Marlboro guy dressed as a cowboy," he said on the "O'Reilly Factor" while lamenting the lack of a public health campaign warning about the dangers of weed. He lauded the U.S. government's campaign against smoking tobacco, but said that the U.S. has taken the opposite approach to pot. "Smoking marijuana is quite the opposite. That’s on the rise, as pot use is considered cool in many...
  • Cigarette a culprit in 3-alarm wedding venue fire

    04/07/2014 6:18:27 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    AP ^ | April 6, 2014
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A firefighter says a cigarette tossed onto mulch may have caused a destructive fire at a popular wedding venue in Foxborough. Deputy Fire Chief Steven Bagley tells The Boston Globe (http://b.globe.com/1q9bTxR ) that the fire at the Lakeview Pavilion on Saturday night then spread to the building.
  • Cigarette Smuggling Still Rampant in Michigan, Nation

    03/04/2014 8:58:58 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 22 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/3/2014 | Michael LaFaive
    As state and local units of government continue to increase cigarette excise taxes to raise revenue, smugglers apparently continue to profit from their illicit trafficking. We estimate that for 2012, 27.6 percent of all cigarettes consumed in Michigan were smuggled into the state. Nationwide, our research — and other academic papers — suggest that cigarette smuggling is not abating dramatically. There is both empirical and recent anecdotal evidence to suggest the problem is increasing in some areas and right alongside big excise tax hikes. We just published our fourth set of smuggling estimates for 47 of the 48 contiguous states,...
  • Saudi man divorces wife over cigarette found in her bag

    11/25/2013 7:46:41 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    GulfNews.com ^ | November 24, 2013 | Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
    Saudi man divorces wife over cigarette found in her bag Husband insists on parting ways after finding cigarette inside wife’s bag Manama: A husband divorced his wife just three months after their marriage after he found a cigarette inside her bag. A relative of the wife said that her husband became furious after he discovered the cigarette and decided to divorce her despite her pleas and her claims that she did not smoke and that the cigarette was not hers, Saudi daily Okaz reported on Sunday from the southern city of Jizan. The husband has insisted on the divorce and...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Bright Leaf" (1950)

    10/06/2013 11:34:05 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 13 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1950 | Michael Curtiz
  • NY busts multi-million dollar 'cigarette smuggling ring' (3 of 16 Palestinians have terrorist links)

    05/16/2013 8:17:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5/16/13 | BBC
    New York officials say they have busted a multi-million dollar cigarette smuggling ring. Officials allege that three of the 16 Palestinian immigrants charged had links to known terrorists. The state's attorney general said investigators had recovered only "a fraction" of the proceeds from sales of more than a million untaxed cartons. The amount of money involved remains unclear, but records show the suspects deposited at least $55m (Ł36m). The scheme cost the state an estimated $80m in tax revenue, said officials in a press conference on Thursday. The alleged ringleaders, brothers Basel and Samir Ramadan, were arrested on Wednesday in...