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  • New federal nutrition labels required for 40 popular cuts of meat

    12/29/2010 1:54:45 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 58 replies · 16+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Dec. 29, 2010 | P.J. Huffstutter
    Coming soon to a grocery store near you: Those nutrition labels slapped on everything from cereal to soda pop will soon be required on packages of meat. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday morning that the new rule, slated to start Jan. 1 of 2012, requires that 40 of the most common cuts of poultry, pork, beef and lamb include labels that disclose to consumers the total number of calories, the number of calories from fat and the total grams of fat and saturated fat. ...The rule will apply to whole cuts of meat and poultry, including boneless chicken...
  • Where There's Cigarette Taxes, There's Smuggling

    12/17/2010 9:45:30 AM PST · by shibumi · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | MackinacCenter | Mackinac Media
    An interesting five minute video on cigarette taxes and crime.
  • FDA Wants Cigarette Packs to Include Images of Corpses, Diseased Lungs

    11/10/2010 5:44:17 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 160 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | Nov. 10, 2010 | Lara Salahi
    The modest one-liners of the dangers of smoking, now featured on cigarette packs, may soon turn into gory images and messages that will cover nearly half the pack. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration unveiled 36 jarring labels Wednesday aimed at escalating efforts to warn smokers of the fatal consequences of cigarette smoking. These labels represent the agency's exercise of its new authority over tobacco products and the most significant change in cigarette warnings since companies were forced to add the mandatory Surgeon General's warning in 1965. Some of the proposed images include a man smoking from a tracheotomy hole,...
  • Man Beaten to Death Over Cigarette: Cops

    10/30/2010 4:50:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 1+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Fri, Oct 29, 2010 | BRIAN HAMACHER
    29-year-old pummeled 54-year-old at Hialeah assisted living facilityA fight over a cigarette led to a deadly fist fight in Hialeah Thursday, with one man dead and another charged with his murder. Frank Joshua Alonso, 29, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder after he beat a 54-year-old man to death at Superior Living of Hialeah at 70 East 21st Street, an assisted living facility, on Wednesday night. Police said Alonso and the victim began a verbal argument over a cigarette that quickly came to blows, with both men hitting each other with chairs. At one point, the 54-year-old fell to...
  • "Bama's" Cigarettes Launched - O Around Brand Name is Flavor Circle or Presidential Nod?

    10/26/2010 4:42:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Gather ^ | October 26, 2010 | Brenda Daverin
    Rob Klotzback, a central Florida man, has launched a new brand of cigarettes. Bama's Cigarettes, available in five states including Florida, are creating a small stir thanks to the O around the brand name. Reading the package the way most folks would, "Bama's" becomes "Obama's." Klotzback insists the O around the brand name is just a flavor ring. But he he had to be aware of the publicity such a package design would give him. And with Obama's smoking habit being well-known, the connection's almost impossible not to make. Bama's Cigarettes sell for just over $4 a pack in Florida,...
  • VANITY: Is Rush smoking an E-Cig?

    10/14/2010 11:43:12 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 32 replies · 3+ views
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | October 14, 2010 | Rush Limbaugh
    Caught this from today's DittoCam. I am guessing it is an electronic cigarette. (Image at link or here: ) Does anyone know what brand he is using? I have seen this item explode on the market but don't know which one is "the right one" to get. Again, anyone know what Rush is using? And does anyone have any recommendations?
  • VANITY: Is Rush smoking an E-Cig?

    10/14/2010 11:43:10 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | October 14, 2010 | Rush Limbaugh
    Caught this from today's DittoCam. I am guessing it is an electronic cigarette. (Image at link or here: ) Does anyone know what brand he is using? I have seen this item explode on the market but don't know which one is "the right one" to get. Again, anyone know what Rush is using? And does anyone have any recommendations?
  • Smoking out cigarette tax evaders

    09/12/2010 1:34:22 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 12, 2010 | Julie Wernau
    Chicago loses an estimated $120 million a year — and the U.S. billions — on uncollected taxes on cigarettes. But that could change with the Sept. 2 sale of a little-known Illinois company that produces cigarette tax stamps that are used throughout the country. States have struggled for more than a half-century to control rampant cigarette tax evasion, the result of stamp counterfeiting, cross-border smuggling, sales of unstamped products and other illegal activity.
  • UPDATE: A truce in cigarette tax ’wars’

    08/31/2010 6:22:54 PM PDT · by Drango · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Daily News ^ | August 31, 2010
    BUFFALO (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked New York state’s plans to tax the Seneca and Cayuga nations’ sales of cigarettes to non-Indian customers. Judge Richard Arcara Tuesday granted a request by the tribes for a court order that stops the state from imposing a $4.35 per pack sales tax on cigarettes sold by reservation retailers starting on Wednesday. The ruling delays those collections for at least two weeks. It wasn’t immediately clear if the state will go ahead with taxes on other tribes. Attempts to collect the tax in the 1990s resulted in sometimes violent protests on...
  • Onondagas say they will stop selling national-brand cigarettes

    08/27/2010 10:40:26 AM PDT · by Drango · 37 replies ^ | 8/27/01 | Glenn Coin
    The Onondaga Nation will likely stop selling national-brand cigarettes next month and rely solely on Indian-made brands at its smoke shop south of Syracuse, a nation attorney said Thursday. “Unless something changes, as of Sept. 1 we won’t be able to sell major brands that are untaxed,” said lawyer Joe Heath. “It doesn’t make that much sense to sell them at the same price as people can get them at the convenience store across the street.” The Onondagas sold 1.2 million cartons of cigarettes last year tax-free. On Wednesday, the state will require wholesalers who supply Indian reservation stores to...
  • The Attack on Menthol Cigarettes: Why is the Obama Administration Targeting Another Demographic?

    07/13/2010 12:34:31 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 15 replies
    Give a hoot, don’t pollute. Eat only dolphin-free tuna. Organic arugula rules the world! All those are familiar mantras that give off the notion that your government knows better than you, at least when it comes to whatever damage you want to do to your body. But lately, the federal government seems to be targeting goods and services that penalize specific segments of society. Case in point: A 10-percent tax on people that use tanning salons, which women operate 67 percent of indoor tanning businesses and are the most frequent tanning clients. And don’t forget the Botox tax, another tax...

    06/29/2010 7:21:08 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 6 replies ^ | 06/29/2010 | Mark Roberts
    Have you ever smoked? Ever sneak a cigarette when you were a teen, behind the school or someplace where your parents didn’t see you and your friends thought you were cool? How about now as an adult? Are you a social smoker, only lighting up when it’s acceptable at a club or restaurant, or perhaps at someone’s home or a party? Ever meet some guys at a cigar bar for some male bonding involving thick tobacco smoke and good times? Way back in the days before smoking was seen as a major health issue, it was deemed cool to smoke....
  • 26% Say Smoking Cigarettes Should Be Outlawed

    06/28/2010 6:33:19 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 53 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | June 27, 2010
    Just over one-out-of-four Americans (26%) continue to believe cigarette smoking should be against the law in this country, a finding that's changed little from previous surveys. Sixty-three percent (63%) disagree and say smoking should not be outlawed, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Interestingly, even 18% of those who currently smoke think their habit should be illegal. Thirty percent (30%) of those who have never smoked agree. But Americans are inclined to think that government pressure won't change smokers' habits. Forty-five percent (45%) say more government regulation of tobacco is at least somewhat likely to reduce the...
  • States and Cancer Foes Banking on Smokers to Spur Economic Growth

    06/24/2010 7:51:03 AM PDT · by HandsOffMyFreedom · 7 replies
    Nanny State Liberation Front ^ | 06/24/2010 | NSLF
    A coalition of prominent public health organizations is rallying behind a new report that shows just how valuable cigarette smokers are to cash-strapped states’ economies. Citing a “mountain of evidence” to compel North Carolina legislators to increase ‘sin taxes’ on smokers so they can “save lives,” hidden in the smokescreen is the ultimate goal of harvesting hundreds of millions in revenue by exploiting cigarette smokers’ addictions as opposed to trying to help them quit. One might assume the North Carolina Alliance for Health (NCAH), an organization whose membership roster includes the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the American...
  • EBT (Food Stamp) Free Beer, Cigarettes and Drugs Contest

    05/12/2010 10:56:29 PM PDT · by wizkid · 8 replies · 566+ views
    JohnQuincy ^ | 05/13/2010 | JohnQuincy
    While purchasing alcohol and drugs with your EBT (Food Stamps) card is illegal and is not condoned by this blog, it is surprisingly easy to do. Often it involves nothing more than a stroll to your local bodega. If you do not know what a bodega is, you are probably one of the fools paying for this program via your tax dollars. Since my last post Drug and Booze Stamps Compliments of USDA has made this site a haven for people in Brooklyn googling on how to purchase Beer with their EBT cards, I am offering the below training course...
  • Warning: Plain Tobacco Packets Are Bad For Your Freedoms

    05/02/2010 5:06:58 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 9 replies · 487+ views
    David Horowitz's News Real Blog ^ | 2 May, 2010 | Ben-Peter Terpstra
    Warning: Leftists are targeting smokers. And socialism is bad for your lungs (especially if you’re living under Canada’s healthcare system). Yes, the hysterical anti-smoking lobby fundamentalists are on the march again. In addition to raising taxes on cigarettes because they “care” (as opposed to lowering taxes on nicotine patches), Australia’s nanny state loving pets are now telling companies that tobacco packets with discernible brand names, images, and colors are sinful, and must be removed. Next stop: America! On Thursday the successful Washington-based Australian blogger and editor, Tim Andrews, made the excellent case on Australia’s popular 2GB radio that this isn’t...
  • The Perils of Plain Packaging

    05/02/2010 5:03:23 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 1 replies · 286+ views
    Menzies House ^ | May 1, 2010 | Tim Andrews
    There is no credible evidence that plain packaging will reduce smoking. None. Zero. Zip. Zilch. This is a fantasy made up by Kevin Rudd to justify this proposal. Nothing more. The reason for this is two-fold. Firstly, with cigarette advertising already banned, plain packaging will remove the only method of brand distinction available. As a result, brands will have only one thing to compete on: price. So they’ll drop prices. The result could, paradoxically, be an increase in smoking rates. Secondly, this will create black market in cigarettes. Trademarks are the strongest protection possible against counterfeiting, and when you abolish...
  • P.A.C.T. Act is signed into law (Native Americans call Obama’s action a “deliberate betrayal")

    04/02/2010 11:31:29 PM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 39 replies · 2,013+ views
    Olean Times Herald ^ | April 3, 2010 | Christopher Michel
    Thursday, April 1, 2010 7:10 PM EDT P.A.C.T. Act is signed into law By Christopher Michel Olean Times Herald With President Barack Obama’s approval, the U.S. Postal Service is now prohibited from shipping cigarettes - a devastating blow to the Seneca Nation of Indians’ $330 million tobacco industry. On Wednesday afternoon, President Obama signed the Prevention of All Cigarette Trafficking Act into law, nearly two weeks after the bill received its final approval in Congress. In addition prohibiting the mailing of cigarettes, the new law provides for stricter requirements in reporting cigarette sales from tobacco merchants and increased penalties for...
  • Groups: Probe pig’s blood in fags claim

    04/02/2010 6:28:18 AM PDT · by mainsail that · 26 replies · 580+ views
    The Star Malaysia ^ | 3-31-10 | The Star Malaysia
    KOSMO! highlighted the concerns raised by the Muslim Consumer Association of Malaysia secretary-general Datuk Dr Maamor Osman over a claim by an Australian academic that cigarette filters might contain traces of pig’s blood. Calling on the authorities to verify the claim by Sydney University Prof Simon Chapman, Dr Maamor said such statements should not be brushed aside because the cigarettes contained a type of protein of which the content had not been fully disclosed. Prof Chapman, whose comments were published in The Daily Telegraph, said a Dutch study had supposedly found 185 different industrial uses for the animal including using...
  • Eight Area Men Sentenced on Federal Racketeering Charges Involving Conspiracy...

    04/02/2010 3:41:06 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 579+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Eight Area Men Sentenced on Federal Racketeering Charges Involving Conspiracy to Transfer Cash and Checks to the Palestinian Territories ST. LOUIS, MO—The United States Attorney’s office announced today that eight members of a criminal enterprise operating out of five St. Louis area convenience stores have been sentenced on charges of federal racketeering or related charges. As far back as 2000, the RICO conspiracy has involved bank fraud, receipt of stolen property, conducting an unlicensed money transmitting business, purchasing contraband cigarettes for resale, evading reporting requirement on exporting monetary instruments, and transporting monetary instruments...
  • Pig's blood in cigarette filters? Devout may find this 'very offensive'

    03/31/2010 4:28:33 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 13 replies · 770+ views
    The Money Times ^ | March 31, 2010 | Natalie James
    Here’s one more reason to quit smoking. Cigarettes may contain pigs' blood. A new research has found that cigarettes may contain traces of pig's blood, which can spark concerns among religious groups. Dangers of smoking are well known today. A strong association between smoking and a number of disease like lung damage, cancer and, of course, the intolerable stink, is established in previous studies. Pig’s blood in cigarette filters? A recent study in the Netherlands gives smokers one more reason to kick the habit, saying cigarettes may contain pigs' blood. The Dutch research reportedly has identified 185 different industrial uses...
  • Study: Smokers Have Lower IQs Than Non-Smokers

    02/23/2010 11:38:41 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 60 replies · 1,429+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2/23/10
    Cigarette smokers have lower IQs than non-smokers, and the more a person smokes, the lower their IQ, a study in over 20,000 Israeli military recruits suggests. Young men who smoked a pack of cigarettes a day or more had IQ scores 7.5 points lower than non-smokers, Dr. Mark Weiser of Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer and his colleagues found. "Adolescents with poorer IQ scores might be targeted for programs designed to prevent smoking," they conclude in the journal Addiction. Slideshow: Celebrities Who Quit Smoking While there is evidence for a link between smoking and lower IQ, many studies have...
  • Cell Phones & Cigarettes: What do they have in Common? (who knows)Youtube

    02/15/2010 8:08:37 PM PST · by restornu · 204+ views
    Youtube ^ | 2010
    8-min video presenting some of the harmful effects associated with cell phones and relating them to cigarettes.
  • Telford women who traded sex for cigarettes arrested for filing false rape report

    01/28/2010 7:11:41 PM PST · by Thirteen · 29 replies · 939+ views
    Kingsport Times News ^ | January 28th, 2010 | Rain Smith
    The title of story was changed from "Telford women arrested for trading sex for cigarettes, filing false rape report because they didn't enjoy it" to the above a few hours after it was posted. Two women from Telford, Tenn., have been arrested for filing a false report of rape -- then later admitting the sex was consensual in exchange for a pack of cigarettes. One of the women allegedly told police they decided to file the report because they "didn't enjoy the sex." Photos on site.
  • ATF stings put 250M illegal cigarettes on streets

    01/22/2010 4:47:15 AM PST · by driftdiver · 24 replies · 580+ views
    AP / Yahoo News ^ | Jan 21, 2010 | Matthew Barakat
    FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Undercover ATF agents in Virginia have funneled more than 250 million cigarettes onto the nation's streets in the past three years through black market sales targeting smugglers, an Associated Press review has found. Authorities say the flood of government-provided smokes — a pack and a half for every man, woman and child in New York City, the smugglers' main destination — leads them to organized crime rings and can even cut off financing for terrorists. The stings by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have yielded about five dozen federal arrests, albeit none on...
  • Alabama smokers to get fire-safe cigarettes that go out when not puffed

    12/30/2009 3:00:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies · 1,118+ views ^ | 12/30/09 | ap
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Smokers in 12 states will be lighting -- and relighting -- fire-safe cigarettes designed to go out when they're not puffed as the result of new laws that go into effect Friday. The states are among the last to require that all cigarettes meet standards first implemented by New York six years ago. The states with laws going on the books this week are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
  • No smoking prison sparks drop in crime

    12/28/2009 7:12:37 AM PST · by Schnucki · 6 replies · 475+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | December 28, 2009
    A noticeable drop in recorded crimes on the Isle of Man is being attributed to the opening of Europe's only completely no smoking prison. The island which is one of the safest places to live in the British Isles, has seen a massive reduction in total crimes since the new £42m jail opened in August 2008. In the nine month period from April 2008 to December 15 2008 the total recorded crimes stood at 2,508. But in the same period this year crimes dropped off 14 per cent, with a total of 2,157 crimes committed. At present there are just...
  • Deadliest lung cancer breakthrough

    11/11/2009 4:51:29 AM PST · by Schnucki · 17 replies · 1,348+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | November 11, 2009 | Richard Alleyne
    A new pill that could cure one of the most lethal forms of cancer is being developed by scientists. British researchers have found that a drug destroys tumours in a form of inoperable lung cancer that kills more than nine out of 10 sufferers. The treatment works by blocking the growth of the cancer cells and eventually causing them to self destruct. In more than 50 per cent of the trials, the treatment, which appears to have no side affects, killed all traces of the disease. "We are very excited about it," said Professor Michael Seckl, the molecular oncologist who...
  • Russian soldiers keep free cigarettes in spite of nationwide anti-smoking campaign

    11/14/2009 4:32:31 AM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies · 687+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/14/2009 | Andrew Osborn
    In a U-turn that appears to put penny-pinching before the health of the defenders of the motherland, the army said it would keep giving the cigarettes for another two years. This reversed a decision earlier this year to halt the controversial policy. "Everyone can choose to spoil or not spoil their health," Andrei Zezin, the officer in charge of the army's catering corps, told a Moscow radio station. "We have the cigarettes in our warehouses and therefore we are going to keep handing them out until there are no more left. Realistically, we can meet demand for two years." The...
  • THE BAD NEWS LAIR (Democrat donor Connie Milstein to buy apartment, 15.7 million asking price)

    12/24/2005 3:13:05 PM PST · by lowbridge · 25 replies · 1,871+ views
    New York Post ^ | 12/24/05 | BRADEN KEIL
    Wealthy Democratic political gadfly Connie Milstein, who calls herself "an ordinary Park Avenue matron," will now have to change her tune. Sources tells us the heiress to the Milstein real-estate fortune has just gone to contract to buy a Fifth Avenue duplex apartment with a $15.7 million asking price. Milstein made a name for herself in 2000 during the Bush-Gore election when she was caught on camera bribing homeless potential voters with cigarettes in exchange for a vote for Gore. She was eventually fined $5,000 for her spirited activism. Unlike the homeless, Ms. Milstein has signed on to take a...
  • Couple sues neighbor over cigarette smoke in their yard

    11/01/2009 7:45:55 PM PST · by Bokababe · 51 replies · 2,567+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/1/09 | Cathy Locke
    ....They say residents and visitors at Solone's home smoke in the backyard at all hours of the day and night. Several people puffing away at once has resulted in smoke settling in their backyard like a low fog, Richard Ganguet said....
  • Blowing Smoke At SCHIP

    01/15/2009 6:25:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 1,010+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 15, 2009
    Entitlements: Democrats count on a deadly and declining revenue source to rob from the poor and give to the well-off. It kills private insurance and is income redistribution turned on its head.The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed 289-139 a bill to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program, something President Bush vetoed twice because it expands the program to those who arguably don't need it while increasing the dependence of millions on government. The bill would provide $32.3 billion over 4 1/2 years to add 4 million children to the 7 million already covered in the program. It pays...
  • Calif. lawmakers eye $1.50 per-pack cigarette tax hike

    08/17/2009 12:02:24 PM PDT · by Ja7430 · 40 replies · 1,801+ views
    Legal Newsline ^ | 8-17-09 | Chris Rizo
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-Democrats in control of California's Legislature are pushing to raise the state cigarette tax by $1.50 to help raise revenue amid a historically severe cash crunch. But critics say the plan to raise the state's tobacco excise tax could collapse if Democrats are unable to muster at least some Republican support since the state constitution requires a two-thirds vote for tax increases.
  • Is Perfume the New Cigarette? 150 Fall Ill to Sprayed Perfume

    07/30/2009 5:37:31 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 67 replies · 2,771+ views
    Associated Content ^ | 8/30/09 | Bobby Tall Horse
    We've all been there, a restaurant, church, classroom, shopping aisle and yes a bar, when someone will walk in and the place turns to weeping eyes and sneezing. How well do you think people take it when asked to "remove" their perfume? But due to stories like the people above who fell ill due to someone's perfume I believe people are starting to look at perfume as the next cigarette.
  • Funeral date set for oldest man (attributed longevity to "cigarettes, whiskey & wild, wild women.")

    07/21/2009 8:39:36 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies · 994+ views
    BBC ^ | 7/21/09
    Funeral date set for oldest manPage last updated at 18:44 GMT, Tuesday, 21 July 2009 19:44 UK A public funeral with military honours will be held for Henry Allingham, who was the world's oldest man before his death at the weekend at the age of 113. Mr Allingham, one of the last surviving World War I servicemen, died at a care home for blind ex-service personnel in Ovingdean, near Brighton, on Saturday. He joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915, later transferring to the RAF. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said his funeral would take place at St Nicholas...
  • Military smoking ban puts troops in danger

    07/15/2009 9:44:58 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 16 replies · 759+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, July 16, 2009 | Editorial
    Combat troops put their lives on the line every day, but there is one risk the government considers too dangerous for them -- smoking. "Combating Tobacco Use in Military and Veteran Populations," a new report by the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine, advocates restricting smoking in the military and limiting recruitment of those who smoke. As with so many government regulations, this proposed ban may actually do the opposite of what is hoped and put soldiers' lives in danger. Troops returning from deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan "may be" 50 percent more likely to use tobacco than military...
  • ATF seizes 12 million counterfeit Marlboro cigarettes made in China

    07/14/2009 10:51:40 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 23 replies · 1,396+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 07-14-2009 | Freeman Klopott
    As taxes on cigarettes have climbed in some jurisdictions, the shipping of untaxed smokes has become big business, authorities say. For example, New York City slaps $1.50 onto the state's $2.75 cigarette tax, and in Fairfax County the state and local tax combined is 80 cents. Meanwhile, Chinese counterfeiters have seized the opportunity for profit and have been flooding the market with hundreds of millions of fake cigarettes, according to U.S. Customs estimates.
  • Macon mayor defends trip to Africa; Ellis says Ghana could process city's parking tickets

    08/05/2003 8:52:29 AM PDT · by Ed Straker · 17 replies · 832+ views
    The Macon Telegraph ^ | Tue, Aug. 05, 2003 | Mike Donila
    Posted on Tue, Aug. 05, 2003 Macon mayor defends trip to Africa Ellis says Ghana could process city's parking tickets By Mike Donila Telegraph Staff Writer Macon Mayor Jack Ellis on Monday defended his plans to visit Africa, saying that his mission, in part, is to encourage Ghanian officials to import more goods from Middle Georgia. Ellis also said that during his weeklong trip he will lay the groundwork to possibly enable Macon's Ghanian sister city of Elmina to process local parking tickets. "Ghana is very important to the city, the state - even the region where we live. They...
  • The Man Is Smokin' (BHO and Fed Tobacco Regulations)

    06/30/2009 9:36:31 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 8 replies · 518+ views
    WILK Network ^ | 6/24/09 | Steve Corbett
    Gimme a pack of Baracks. How about a carton of Hope? The newest poster for college students’ rooms across America would show the president posing with a Kool filter stuck in his mouth. Whoa, how cool is Barack, now? Not cool at all. And now that the president has signed into law new federal regulations for tobacco, we can’t let him off the hook. Obama is a cigarette smoker. And if I were a tobacco company executive, I’d market millions of new cigarettes in a colorful package that looks like the campaign colors of change and I’d call them Baracks....
  • Guess What's a Hot Commodity in Prison?

    06/25/2009 1:13:38 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 33 replies · 1,577+ views
    Voice of America News ^ | 06/24/2009 | Ted Landphair
    The coin of the realm in the Big House - as penitentiaries are inevitably called in prison films - isn't money. Prisoners make only a tiny amount for their labor and are not allowed other valuables. Instead, they gamble and barter for supplies using . . . cigarettes. A sign of the times in all federal, and many state, prisons But not so much in real life any more. Last year, pressured by health advocates, officials banned smoking - even in exercise yards - in the nation's 115 federal prisons. And state pens - even in places like Florida, where...
  • Obama Signs Landmark Anti-Smoking Bill

    06/22/2009 12:46:41 PM PDT · by Mind Freed · 35 replies · 1,076+ views
    President Obama on Monday signed a landmark anti-smoking bill which he said will reduce the number of children who take up smoking and ultimately save American lives. The bill would give the federal government unprecedented authority to regulate tobacco. The law allows the regulatory Food and Drug Administration to reduce nicotine in tobacco products, ban candy flavorings and block labels such "low tar" and "light." Tobacco companies also will be required to cover their cartons with large graphic warnings.
  • Sweeping New Tobacco Legislation Goes To Obama

    06/12/2009 2:19:53 PM PDT · by TheSentry · 13 replies · 947+ views
    MSNBC ^ | June 12th, 2009 | Associated Press/Staff
    Associated Press-June 12, 2009 "Today Congress sent legislation to the Whte House which woul give the Federal Government vast new powers to regulate and restrict cigarettes..."
  • McCain, Kyl split on FDA tobacco regulation [McCain votes yes for more government]

    06/11/2009 5:02:31 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 681+ views
    Arizona Sen. John McCain voted for a bill Thursday allowing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco, while fellow Sen. Jon Kyl said no. The bill would give the FDA the power to regulate tobacco and cigarettes for the first time. The Senate voted 79 to 17 Thursday for the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. President Barack Obama supports the bill. Obama and Congress approved a large increase to the federal tobacco tax earlier this year to fund expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides health coverage to uninsured minors.
  • Labour MPs Seek New Leader to Avert Landslide Defeat (Worries about Brown's "State of Mind")

    05/02/2009 6:11:18 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 5 replies · 547+ views
    UK Express ^ | May 3,2009 | Ted Jeory
    HEALTH Secretary Alan Johnson is being lined up to act as emergency Prime Minister amid growing concerns among Labour MPs about Gordon Brown’s state of mind. The 58-year-old could take over as an interim measure if Mr Brown quits for the sake of his own health after an expected meltdown at next month’s local and European polls. A former postman with a common touch, he is seen as the candidate the Tories fear the most. Senior Labour sources said last night he would be the “magic wand” solution to avert a landslide defeat at the next General Election. An increasing...
  • [North Carolina] Senate OKs Public Smoking Ban

    05/08/2009 4:51:27 AM PDT · by southernnorthcarolina · 14 replies · 727+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | May 8, 2007 | Mark Johnson
    RALEIGH -- The state Senate voted Thursday to ban smoking in bars and restaurants in North Carolina, setting the stage for what would be a historic prohibition of a product that created thousands of jobs, built Duke and Wake Forest universities and has long been an integral part of the culture in the nation's top tobacco-producing state. House members passed a tougher version last month, meaning that lawmakers will still have to work out a compromise, assuming the Senate passes the measure in a second vote Monday. The bill passed Thursday by an eight-vote margin, 26-18. The state's tobacco interests...
  • Neb. Cigarette Bandit Wore Beer Carton as Disguise

    05/26/2009 10:07:36 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies · 1,412+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | May 26, 2009
    Police in Nebraska are looking a man who stole cigarettes while disguising himself with a beer carton on his head. Lincoln police Capt. Bob Kawamoto says the man walked into a Kwik Shop convenience store before dawn Monday wearing an empty Bud Light box on his head as a mask. Kawamoto says the man also had wrapped something around one of his hands, suggesting he was armed. But the man never showed a weapon. Police said the bandit left with nine packs of smokes valued at nearly $50.
  • The National Butt Party

    05/20/2009 5:28:08 AM PDT · by bocopar · 43 replies · 968+ views
    Bob Parks: Black & Right ^ | 5/20/09 | Bob Parks
    You know, enough is enough. In what he casts as an attack on litterbugs and nicotine addiction alike, Mayor Gavin Newsom wants to impose a fee on an age-old inhabitant of city streets: the cigarette butt. The proposal, to be introduced next month to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, would add 33 cents to the cost of a pack of cigarettes, to offset the estimated $10.7 million the city spends annually removing discarded butts from gutters, drainpipes and sidewalks. Let's get something started. On the last weekend of every month, cigarette smokers (who use a legal product properly yet...
  • San Francisco's Mayor To Impose Cigarette Butt Fee

    05/19/2009 1:47:49 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 78 replies · 1,479+ views
    All Headline News ^ | May 19, 2009 | Julie Farby
    San Francisco, CA (AHN) - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is hoping to impose a fee on one of the biggest culprits of streets and sanitation systems across the nation: the cigarette butt. Newsom's proposal, which is slated to be introduced next month to the San Francisco Boards of Supervisors, would add 33 cents to the cost of a pack of cigarettes in an effort to offset the $10.7 million the city spends removing discarded butts from the city streets, gutter, and drainpipes. Despite the likely protests from tobacco companies and smokers, Newsom maintains that the new law will help...
  • Electronic Cigarettes - Factory Pictures

    05/14/2009 4:20:02 AM PDT · by danielws · 28 replies · 1,438+ views
    New Smoke ^ | 12.5.2009 | Daniel Well
    For the first time, consumers can actually take a look at how electronic cigarettes are produced in China. New Smoke has published pictures of it's production in Shenzhen. Will this be the future alternative to tobacco?
  • France Inspecting North Korean Ship ~at an Indian Ocean island off the coast of Africa

    11/16/2006 6:26:23 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 930+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | November 16, 2006 at 12:15:21 PST | JOHN LEICESTER ASSOCIATED PRESS
    PARIS (AP) - French customs officers are inspecting a North Korean ship at an Indian Ocean island off the coast of Africa as part of U.N. sanctions prompted by the communist nation's nuclear test, but they found nothing illegal so far, officials said Thursday. It was the first time a country was known to have stopped a North Korean vessel under U.N. Security Council Resolution 1718 authorizing searches as part of the sanctions imposed on Pyongyang for its nuclear test. Since the resolution was passed Oct. 14, at least four other North Korean vessels have been stopped, but the countries...