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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...