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  • Lack of regulation of fast food fueling obesity epidemic, study says

    02/03/2014 11:14:39 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    FOX News ^ | February 3, 2014 | Reuters
    <p>Governments could slow or even reverse the growing obesity epidemic if they introduced more regulation into the global market for fast foods such as burgers, chips and fizzy drinks, researchers said on Monday.</p> <p>A study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested that if governments took firmer action, they could start to prevent people becoming overweight and obese - conditions with serious long-term consequences such as diabetes, heart diseases and cancer.</p>
  • Portion control -- how the government plans to dictate what's on your dinner table in 2014

    01/04/2014 7:49:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 3, 2014 | Baylen Linnekin
    Would you rather sip on unpasteurized milk or a cold glass of soda? Do you prefer Saturday lunch at a fast food joint or a farmers market? Regardless of your choices, your food freedom -- your right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods you want -- is under attack. Here are ten food freedom issues to keep an eye on in 2014. 1: FDA May Ban or Restrict a Growing Number of Food Ingredients. The FDA has proposed banning oils containing trans fats, an ingredient found in foods like coffee creamers and muffins....
  • Report: Obamacare provision will allow 'forced' home inspections by gov't agents

    11/11/2013 2:26:36 PM PST · by sfimom · 78 replies
    The ^ | August 15, 2013 | Joe Newby
    Citing the Heath and Human Services website, a report posted Wednesday at the Freedom Outpost says that under Obamacare, government agents can engage in "home health visits" for those in certain “high-risk” categories. Those categories include: • Families where mom is not yet 21; • Families where someone is a tobacco user; • Families where children have low student achievement, developmental delays, or disabilities, and • Families with individuals who are serving or formerly served in the armed forces, including such families that have members of the armed forces who have had multiple deployments outside the United States.
  • Pennsylvania hospitals' ban on hiring smokers prompts debate

    06/30/2013 4:32:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 28, 2013 | Reuters
    With just days to go before two of Philadelphia's most prestigious hospitals refuse to hire smokers, the ban has relit a debate about the wisdom of regulating workers' behavior away from the workplace. Both the highly rated University of Pennsylvania Health System, which includes the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, named by US News and World Report as America's top children's hospital this year, will join dozens of hospitals across the country when they implement their policy on Monday, July 1. The move has generated criticism among civil liberties activists, hospital...
  • Public Health Proposal Considers Mandatory ‘Smokers License’

    11/15/2012 8:43:28 PM PST · by jakerobins · 39 replies
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – A public health proposal suggests that tobacco smokers should be required to apply and pay for a “smoker’s license” in order to continue buying cigarettes. In this week’s PLOS Medicine medical journal, two leading tobacco control advocates debate the merits of the smoker’s license. Simon Chapman, a professor at the University of Sydney, proposes that users would have to apply and pay for a mandatory license in the form of a smartcard that would be shown when buying cigarettes.
  • Google Shopping blocks all vitamins and natural products -glitch or deliberate censorship?

    08/19/2012 10:15:22 PM PDT · by waus · 24 replies
    Natural News ^ | 8-19-12 | Ethan A. Huff
    If you live in the U.S. and try to use Google Shopping to buy vitamins, supplements, personal care products, and even many health foods, your search queries will now turn up blank, as Google has apparently blocked access to all vitamins and natural products for American customers.
  • Salt, we misjudged you

    06/03/2012 7:37:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 171 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 3, 2012 | by Gary Taubes
    THE first time I questioned the conventional wisdom on the nature of a healthy diet, I was in my salad days, almost 40 years ago, and the subject was salt. Researchers were claiming that salt supplementation was unnecessary after strenuous exercise, and this advice was being passed on by health reporters. When I spent the better part of a year researching the state of the salt science back in 1998 — already a quarter century into the eat-less-salt recommendations — journal editors and public health administrators were still remarkably candid in their assessment of how flimsy the evidence was implicating...
  • CDC: If You Drink Enough to Enjoy It, You've Had Too Much

    01/26/2012 11:11:27 AM PST · by neverdem · 51 replies
    Reason ^ | January 23, 2012 | Jacob Sullum
    Back in 2003, responding to a CDC report on binge drinking, I noted that "one man's dinner party is another man's binge—especially if the other man has a degree in public health." Based on more recent survey data, the CDC now warns that "binge drinking* is a bigger problem than previously thought," involving 38 million American adults. That asterisk is well-earned, because the CDC continues to define "binge drinking" as "men drinking 5 or more alcoholic drinks within a short period of time or women drinking 4 or more drinks within a short period of time." If a "short period...
  • FDA to issue new graphic cigarette warning labels

    06/20/2011 5:12:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies ^ | June 20, 2011 | Michael Felberbaum (Associated Press)
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Coming to a store near you: nine more reasons not to smoke. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday is set to release nine new graphic health warning labels for U.S. cigarette packs, representing the most significant change to cigarette packs in more than 25 years. The new labels will take up half of a pack of cigarettes and also will appear on advertisements. Cigarette makers have until the fall of 2012 to comply. Mandates for new warning labels were part of a 2009 law giving the FDA authority to regulate tobacco. The announcement follows reviews...
  • New Food Pyramid Coming June 2, USDA Says ("You'll be seeing the icon everywhere.")

    05/26/2011 1:22:06 PM PDT · by Stoat · 38 replies
    WebMD / MedScape ^ | May 26, 2011 | Daniel DeNoon
    New Food Pyramid Coming June 2, USDA Says Daniel DeNoonMay 26, 2011 — In an exclusive interview with WebMD, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says the replacement for the Food Pyramid will be announced on June 2 -- and that the new icon heralds a "monumental effort" to improve America's health.Why a new icon? The pyramid really does not capture the public's attention anymore, Robert C. Post, PhD, deputy director of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, tells WebMD."Consumers can look forward to a new, simple, easy-to-understand cue to prompt healthy choices," Post tells WebMD. "You will...
  • Cap'n Crunch sails into obscurity (Nanny-Statism has killed my favorite cereal!)

    03/09/2011 2:04:44 PM PST · by mkleesma · 134 replies ^ | 03/09/2011 | Ryan MacClanathan
    The Soggies have finally won: Cap'n Crunch is quietly sailing into retirement. Long derided by health experts for its high sugar content – a single serving contains 12 grams – the cereal is no longer being actively marketed by Quaker, DailyFinance reports. It appears parent company Pepsico is forcing the good Cap'n to walk the plank. Cap'n Crunch was once the No. 1 breakfast cereal, but pressure from the White House and health activists is having an effect on how PepsiCo and other food companies peddle their products to kids. Sales of the cereal were down 6.8 percent in 2010.
  • Food shoppers face five-a-day nagging at tills as Coalition aims to get the nation in shape

    01/08/2011 9:01:59 AM PST · by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11:35 PM on 7th January 2011 | Daniel Martin
    Shoppers will be bombarded with messages at supermarket check-outs about eating fruit and vegetables, under plans being considered by Ministers. Trolleys could even come with a painted line marking where customers should put their healthy produce as part of the proposals which critics will see as an expansion of the nanny state. Unhealthy options – such as crisps and pies – may be placed on higher shelves than low-calorie and high-fibre foods to dissuade shoppers from buying them. The proposals are part of the Coalition’s attempt to ‘nudge’ Britons towards healthy choices and are the brainchild of the Behavioural Insight...
  • Campbell's Soup Rant (angry vanity)

    01/01/2011 10:36:34 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 560 replies
    Me | Jan1, 2011 | DJMacWoW
    My husband bought me some of my favorite soup, Campbell's Cream of Potato. My mouth got all ready and I sipped the first spoon. I spit it back in the bowl. It tasted TERRIBLE! I thought it was spoiled. Nope. Now! With Sea Salt Added! If I wanted sea salt I'd go float in the ocean! I just discovered that they've done the same to Vegetarian Vegetable. No more Campbell's soup for me. And I wrote them to tell them where they can stick their sea salt! I don't buy Healthy Choice soups because they taste awful. So they are...
  • City may curb sales of sugary beverages

    09/22/2010 12:47:32 PM PDT · by Cowman · 20 replies
    Boston . com ^ | September 20, 2010 | Stephen Smith
    First, it was smoking in restaurants and bars. Then, artery-clogging trans fat in fast food joints and bakeries. Now, Boston health regulators have their crosshairs fixed on soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages sold in city buildings. Concerned about the girth of employees and visitors to government agencies, Boston officials are weighing — gingerly — whether to restrict or even prohibit the sale of calorie-laden refreshments on city-owned property. The city has convened influential health, education, and housing leaders to develop a policy that aims to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. While discussions are ongoing, Bill Walczak, head of a...
  • Drop that chocolate bunny and give me 10! First lady bringing exercise, healthy food to Easter

    04/02/2010 12:38:35 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 42 replies · 786+ views
    Morning Call ^ | 4/2/2010 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama is taking her campaign against childhood obesity to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Besides rolling eggs with spoons, children will get a dose of activities to promote healthy living and exercise, including sports, dancing — and even yoga. White House chefs will be on hand to talk about eating right.
  • Apple Voiding Smokers' Warranties?

    11/21/2009 1:59:29 PM PST · by Clint Williams · 282 replies · 4,101+ views
    Slashdot ^ | 11/21/9 | Soulskill
    Mr2001 writes "Consumerist reports that Apple is refusing to work on computers that have been used in smoking households. 'The Apple store called and informed me that due to the computer having been used in a house where there was smoking, [the warranty has been voided] and they refuse to work on the machine "due to health risks of second hand smoke,"' wrote one customer. Another said, 'When I asked for an explanation, she said [the owner of the iMac is] a smoker and it's contaminated with cigarette smoke, which they consider a bio-hazard! I checked my Applecare warranty and...
  • Fat in Japan? You are breaking the law

    11/12/2009 2:53:59 AM PST · by paudio · 11 replies · 989+ views
    GlobalPost ^ | November 11, 2009 | David Nakamura
    As the health care debate rages in the US, Tokyo lawmakers set a maximum waist size. Are you too fat for Japan? So before the fat police could throw her in pudgy purgatory, Miki Yabe, 39, a manager at a major transportation corporation, went on a crash diet last month. In the week before her company’s annual health check-up, Yabe ate 21 consecutive meals of vegetable soup and hit the gym for 30 minutes a day of running and swimming. “It’s scary,” said Yabe, who is 5 feet 3 inches and 133 pounds. “I gained 2 kilos [4.5 pounds] this...
  • Obama Administration: Depressed and Disabled Veterans Should Consider Foregoing Medical Care

    08/19/2009 2:52:03 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 347 replies · 14,071+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 8/19/09 | Bill Levinson
    Depression, disability, and "being a financial burden" could constitute "Lebensunwerte Leben" (Life Unworthy of Life) in U.S. Government end of life planning document "The Death Book for Veterans: Ex-soldiers don't need to be told they're a burden to society" by Jim Towey in today's (August 18) Wall Street Journal says, Last year, bureaucrats at the VA's National Center for Ethics in Health Care advocated a 52-page end-of-life planning document, "Your Life, Your Choices." It was first published in 1997 and later promoted as the VA's preferred living will throughout its vast network of hospitals and nursing homes. After the Bush...
  • Pelosi's Swastika Charge Lifted From Daily Kos: Here is the PROOF!!!

    08/06/2009 5:20:42 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 97 replies · 6,975+ views
    Self | August 6, 2009 | PJ-Comix
    The VIDEO of Nancy Pelosi making the charge that the town hall protesters were "carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on healthcare," has gone viral on the Web. However, what you probably don't know is where Pelosi picked up that charge. It was the same place where many Democrats and their MSM picked up the absurd charge that the protesters were paid agitators. And that source was none other than this Daily Kos THREAD that was featured in a DUmmie FUnnies EDITION that I posted on Monday. Here is the specific Kossack Swastika CHARGE: Most Americans...
  • VIDEO: Pelosi: Town Hall Protesters Are "Carrying Swastikas"

    08/05/2009 5:45:14 PM PDT · by ianschwartz · 126 replies · 4,360+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 5, 2009 | Real Clear Politics
    Nancy Pelosi claims protesters are "carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on healthcare."
  • 2 Yellowstone workers fired after watering geyser

    05/14/2009 5:23:33 PM PDT · by decimon · 49 replies · 1,605+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 14, 2009 | Unknown
    Two seasonal Yellowstone National Park concession workers have been fired after a live webcam caught them urinating into the Old Faithful geyser. > The geyser was not erupting at the time. >
  • Pennsylvania Pie Fight: State Cracks Down on Baked Goods

    04/10/2009 3:09:38 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 50 replies · 2,422+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 10, 2009 | Kris Maher
    ROCHESTER, Pa. -- On the first Friday of Lent, an elderly female parishioner of St. Cecilia Catholic Church began unwrapping pies at the church. That's when the trouble started. A state inspector, there for an annual checkup on the church's kitchen, spied the desserts. After it was determined that the pies were home-baked, the inspector decreed they couldn't be sold. "Everyone was devastated," says Josie Reed, a 69-year-old former teacher known for her pumpkin and berry pies. Sold for $1 a slice, homemade pies have always been part of the Lenten fish-fry dinners at St. Cecilia's, located in this tiny...
  • Smoke ban will drive 'em mad

    02/17/2009 8:00:48 AM PST · by fanfan · 54 replies · 1,515+ views
    The Toronto Sun ^ | Tuesday, February 17, 2009 | LEANNE DAVIS
    PORT HOPE -- It's only a matter of time before someone "snaps" after being pulled over under Ontario's new law forbidding smoking in a vehicle carrying a minor, a police officer said yesterday in response to a quirk in the legislation that was made evident during a weekend incident. "People got mad enough when they couldn't smoke in bars anymore or bingo parlours," Port Hope Sgt. Bryant Wood said. "Now you're telling them they can't smoke in cars. At some point somebody's going to snap along the way here." Nova Scotia is the only other jurisdiction in the country to...
  • Kan. Senate to debate smoking ban

    02/15/2009 6:58:47 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies · 723+ views
    The Topeka Capital Journal ^ | February 14, 2009 | Associated Press
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposed ban on smoking in most public places will be debated Monday in the Senate, and the chamber's top two leaders said Friday that the bill's chances for passage are good. "If there are no substantive amendments, I would assume it would pass," said Senate President Steve Morris, a Hugoton Republican. Senate Vice President John Vratil agreed, but cautioned that opponents will try to load it up with amendments.
  • ‘98 Flashback: Daschle Pushes For No Mercy Prosecution Of Tax Cheats

    02/02/2009 6:35:22 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies · 1,755+ views ^ | Feb. 2, 2009
    "Make no mistake. Tax cheaters cheat us all. The IRS should enforce our laws to the letter."
  • Menu Labeling Laws

    06/18/2008 11:42:20 AM PDT · by ThomasHart · 7 replies · 118+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 16, 2008 | Radley Balko
    Restaurants in New York City with 15 or more outlets nationwide now must conspicuously post the nutritional content of each item on their menus. Similar legislation is coming to San Francisco and Seattle, and is under consideration in about a dozen other cities and state legislatures. At first blush, this seems like a good idea. Why not force restaurants to let their consumers know the nutritional value of what they're about to eat? If we're to believe what the public health world says about our bulging waistlines, perhaps a little more information would be a good thing. The American Prospect's...
  • Smoking ban, fitness tests for healthier nation [junk food would be taxed and everyone would be..]

    04/19/2008 9:49:08 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 130 replies · 137+ views
    Smoking ban, fitness tests for healthier nation By Sharri Markson April 20, 2008 01:36am SMOKING would be banned for everyone born next year, junk food would be taxed and everyone would be subjected to a fitness test by 2020. By comparison, the cost of healthy food, including fruit and vegetables, would be reduced to reflect its low environmental impact and obvious health benefits. These are just a few of the ideas from 100 of the nation's health experts who discussed the best way to combat obesity, reduce illness and promote a healthy lifestyle. Health Minister Nicola Roxon said one idea...
  • The School Crotch Inspector - Fighting the Advil menace, one strip search at a time

    04/02/2008 3:39:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1,753 replies · 1,569+ views
    Reason ^ | April 2, 2008 | Jacob Sullum
    There are two kinds of people in the world: the kind who think it's perfectly reasonable to strip-search a 13-year-old girl suspected of bringing ibuprofen to school, and the kind who think those people should be kept as far away from children as possible. The first group includes officials at Safford Middle School in Safford, Arizona, who in 2003 forced eighth-grader Savana Redding to prove she was not concealing Advil in her crotch or cleavage. It also includes two judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, who last fall ruled that the strip search did not...
  • Cell Phones more deadly than Cigarettes? Will higher taxes, insurance premiums and ban be in order?

    03/31/2008 9:06:53 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 113 replies · 2,624+ views
    Associated Content ^ | March 31st, 2008 | Bobby Tall Horse
    Dr. Khurana says there may be broader health ramifications than asbestos or smoking. What? Now just think about that. Again, I foresee a huge higher tax on cell phone use and a higher health and life insurance premium. And maybe people (like me) that don't use cell phones unless its an emergency, would rather not be seated in bars and restaurants where cell phones are in use. Ah, can you say ban?
  • Students turn a profit from candy sales [School that banned sugar now has "sugar pushers."]

    03/24/2008 10:59:18 AM PDT · by grundle · 22 replies · 1,061+ views ^ | March 20, 2008
    "It has created a little underground economy, with businessmen selling everything from a pack of skittles to an energy drink." - Jim Nason, principal at Hook Junior High School. VICTORVILLE — With candy sales banned on school campuses, sugar pushers are the latest trend at local schools. Backpacks are filled with Snickers and Twinkees for all sweet tooths willing to pay the price. “It’s created a little underground economy, with businessmen selling everything from a pack of skittles to an energy drink,” said Jim Nason, principal at Hook Junior High School in Victorville. This has become a lucrative business, Nason...
  • Postponing the inevitable (Yes, we are all going to die)

    02/11/2008 11:00:05 AM PST · by qam1 · 43 replies · 163+ views
    Guardian ^ | 2/11/08 | Tim Footman
    Initiatives to encourage people to live healthier, longer lives are just creating a different set of problems. A medical friend once told me that if everybody in the UK were to stop smoking, the NHS would collapse. I thought she was offering that old chestnut about smokers and drinkers handing over billions to the state in tax, but it was more subtle argument than that. Her point was that it's much cheaper to treat a 50-year-old who's taking 18 months to die of lung cancer than it is to treat a 90-year-old who's spent the last 20 years slowly fading...
  • 'Get tough' call on public health

    11/14/2007 3:38:48 PM PST · by Leisler · 33 replies · 68+ views ^ | Tuesday, 13 November 2007 | staff
    The government has a duty to look after the health of everyone and sometimes that means guiding or restricting our choices Lord John Krebs, of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics Government ministers should shrug off media accusations that they are running a nanny state and introduce tougher public health measures, experts say. The Nuffield Council on Bioethics said the time had come to consider a whole host of interventions in the UK after the introduction of a smoking ban. Its proposes raising alcohol prices, restricting pub opening hours and better food labelling to fight obesity. The government said it was...
  • Arkansas Governor's Wages War on Junk Food in School (Huckabee 2006)

    10/22/2007 9:01:35 AM PDT · by pissant · 36 replies · 105+ views
    Fox News ^ | Oct 4, 2006 | Melissa Drosjack
    WASHINGTON — Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has a message for Americans: Quit digging your grave with a knife and fork. Huckabee shed more than 100 pounds after being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2003. He has taken his personal health kick to the next level by running marathons and writing books like "Quit Digging Your Grave With A Knife And Fork." He is also using his success story to wage war on junk food in public schools in hopes of targeting childhood obesity rates. Other states, under pressure to encourage healthier eating habits for children, are developing similar school...
  • Three children go into care because they are too fat

    09/12/2007 9:54:06 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 79 replies · 1,544+ views
    DailyMail ^ | 9/9/7 | JAYA NARAIN
    Three children have been removed from their parents and taken into care because they are too fat, it has emerged The youngsters were separated from their families because of fears that their weight was getting out of control. The issue was first highlighted this year when Cumbria Council revealed it had taken an eight-year-old girl from her parents because she was overweight. The council was forced to take action after the child's weight soared to more than nine stones, forcing her to wear size 16 clothes. A Freedom of Information survey of councils has revealed two children have been taken...
  • Sick or Not, You’re Going (John Edwards Health Care Plan)

    09/08/2007 9:31:54 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 14 replies · 261+ views
    Freedom Works ^ | 9/4/07 | Peter Suderman
    Cato’s David Boaz makes a strong point about just how scary John Edwards’ health-care plan is: John Edwards says that his universal health care plan will be mandatory not just for taxpayers and doctors, but for patients: You will get preventive care, and you will like it: “It requires that everybody be covered. It requires that everybody get preventive care,” he told a crowd sitting in lawn chairs in front of the Cedar County Courthouse. “If you are going to be in the system, you can’t choose not to go to the doctor for 20 years. You have to go...
  • Weight Grade on Report Cards Angers Parents (Wyoming School District Uses BMI to Grade)

    05/10/2007 3:00:54 PM PDT · by Baladas · 208 replies · 2,700+ views
    ABC News ^ | May 8, 2007 | JOHN DONVAN and KATIE HINMAN
    Four times during the school year in Campbell County, Wyo., the school sends report cards home. Anxious parents and worried students are provided with the typical grading categories -- academic performance, attendance and a work ethic score. But here in Gillette, there's an additional grade that has some families up in arms. It's called the body mass index, or BMI, a calculation based on height and weight that indicates whether your kid is too fat. The school chooses the word "overweight." If your child scores too high, it's the fitness equivalent of a bad grade. When Taylor Barbour came home...
  • Got Raw Milk? Be Very Quiet

    03/17/2007 12:02:33 AM PDT · by FLOutdoorsman · 118 replies · 2,787+ views
    Time ^ | 13 March 2007 | Wendy Cole
    Richard Hebron, 41, was driving along an anonymous stretch of highway near Ann Arbor, Mich., last October when state cops pulled him over, ordered him to put his hands on the hood of his mud-splattered truck and seized its contents: 453 gal. of milk. Yes, milk. Raw, unpasteurized milk. To supply a small but growing market among health-conscious city and suburban dwellers for milk taken straight from the udder, Hebron was dealing the stuff on behalf of a farming cooperative he runs in southwestern Michigan. An undercover agricultural investigator had infiltrated the co-op as part of a sting operation that...
  • State Smoking Ban Should Cover All Workplaces, Including Bars (SmokeGnatzi Editorial)

    02/10/2007 9:44:05 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 47 replies · 631+ views ^ | February 10, 2007 | Maureen Busalacchi
    Dear Editor: Wisconsin's health professionals and advocates like myself have nothing but praise for the leadership Gov. Jim Doyle is showing in the fight to reduce the enormous burden of tobacco on our population. So we must protest the recent journalistic leap of logic in a statewide Associated Press story, suggesting the governor would support a statewide ban on workplace smoking that exempts taverns. In fact, he specifically said he would not support an exemption for taverns. He said if he got "95" percent of what he proposed, he'd be happy. That's how good negotiators think. But no bill has...
  • Stranger Than Satire: Past Year 'Predicts' New One

    01/04/2007 9:47:07 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies · 637+ views ^ | January 01, 2007 | Radley Balko
    It is something of a clichéd tradition for a columnist to write a year-end or New Year column that makes exaggerated, sometimes humorous predictions for the next 12 months. I wrote such a column at about this time last year, with "predictions" that reflected the continuing, creeping influence of government in our lives. Unfortunately, the state of civil liberties and both economic and personal freedom haven't improved much over the past year. So I figure it's time for another round of unlikely predictions as to what we might expect from our government in 2007. --In yet another case of government...
  • Take Two Servings of Paternalism

    12/23/2006 7:17:11 AM PST · by Valin · 33 replies · 526+ views ^ | 12/21/06 | David White
    Recent bans on smoking and fatty foods reflect a dangerously popular mindset. Twelve years ago, R.J. Reynolds took to the nation’s newspapers to combat proposed tax increases on tobacco. “Today it’s cigarettes,” the ad said. “Will high-fat foods be next?” At the time, tobacco companies were accused of fear-mongering. It was absurd, anti-smoking crusaders claimed, to suggest that their efforts would lead to attacks on tacos and cheese fries. R.J. Reynolds and the tobacco industry lost the battle against sin taxes—all 50 states now levy a hefty excise on cigarettes. Rhode Island smokers pay an additional $2.46 per pack. New...
  • Restaurants to shelve traditional attraction after smoking ban

    12/04/2006 6:28:23 AM PST · by Valin · 13 replies · 604+ views
    The uk ^ | Andy Dickenson
    African restaurants are planning to shelve traditional attractions in the wake of the smoking ban. Restaurant owners said shisha or hookah pipes would be left as merely decorations to hang on walls after the new law comes into effect next year. The ban will mean the end of shisha cafs, whose clients are mainly Muslims and use shisha as an alternative to drinking alcohol, forbidden in Islam. But also the use of the pipes in ordinary restaurants which serve hookahs for smoking fruit-flavoured tobacco as a dessert option. Sherry Eskici, who owns the Mascara Restaurant in Western Road, Brighton, with...
  • NYC eyes ban on restaurant trans fats

    09/26/2006 10:07:16 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 79 replies · 1,586+ views
    AP ^ | Tuesday, September 26, 2006
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Three years after the city banned smoking in restaurants, health officials are talking about prohibiting something they say is almost as bad: artificial trans fatty acids. The city health department unveiled a proposal Tuesday that would bar cooks at any of the city's 24,600 food service establishments from using ingredients that contain the artery-clogging substance, commonly listed on food labels as partially hydrogenated oil. Artificial trans fats are found in some shortenings, margarine and frying oils and turn up in foods from pie crusts to french fries to doughnuts. Doctors agree that trans fats are unhealthy...
  • Study: Even a few extra pounds is risky

    08/22/2006 3:47:33 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 56 replies · 1,375+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | Tuesday, August 22, 2006 | ALICIA CHANG
    Being a little overweight can kill you, according to new research that leaves little room for denial that a few extra pounds is harmful. Baby boomers who were even just a tad pudgy were more likely to die prematurely than those who were at a healthy weight, U.S. researchers reported Tuesday. While obesity has been known to contribute to early death, the link between being overweight and dying prematurely has been controversial. Some experts have argued that a few extra pounds does no harm. However, this is one of the first major studies to account for the factors of smoking...
  • Indian state bans soft drinks after Coke, Pepsi gets toxic label

    08/04/2006 3:32:28 PM PDT · by WestVirginiaRebel · 156 replies · 1,966+ views ^ | 08-04-06 | WestVirginiaRebel
    An Indian state has banned the sale of soft drinks as the country's highest court told the US beverage giants Pepsico and Coca-Cola to reveal the ingredients of their products."The ban will be in force in all educational institutes, including medical and technical colleges and universities and offenders will be punished," a spokesman from the administration of northern Rajasthan state announced Friday.
  • ABC Serves Up Bias Against Starbucks

    06/20/2006 11:18:09 AM PDT · by freemarket_kenshepherd · 68 replies · 1,494+ views
    Business & Media Institute ^ | June 19, 2006 | Rachel Waters
    Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) has become a convenient morning stop on many hectic commutes. Recent studies have even pointed to coffee’s potential in helping to prevent cirrhosis of the liver. But on ABC, the coffee maker was criticized during a “consumer alert” that treated cups of coffee like a “dose” of a hard drug. The June 19 edition of “Good Morning America” presented Starbucks as akin to a narcotics dealer preying on addicts. Correspondent Elizabeth Leamy explained “many customers love their regular dose.” The camera then cut to a shot of an apparent Starbucks consumer who referred to her relationship with...
  • Generation X risk dying before parents

    06/11/2006 3:51:50 PM PDT · by qam1 · 41 replies · 2,849+ views
    The Advertiser ^ | 6/11/06 | Staff
    GENERATION Xs are at risk of dying before their parents with a new Australian study showing they are becoming obese faster than any other age group. The Sydney University study found adults born between 1966 and 1970 were putting on weight more rapidly than baby boomers and adults of the pre-war generations. Diet and lack of physical activity have been blamed for the Generation Xs being more prone to plumpness, having grown up with television, computer games, fast food restaurants and larger meal sizes. The findings have sparked calls for health campaigns which specifically target Generation Xs and their children,...
  • Lighting up with young kids in vehicle banned under bill

    04/29/2006 7:16:38 PM PDT · by tbird5 · 31 replies · 819+ views
    Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, ^ | April 8, 2006 | JAKE BLEED AND MICHAEL R. WICKLINE
    House Bill 1046 started out as a joke to just about everyone but Bob Mathis. And now it’s his turn to laugh. The Hot Springs Democrat and reformed smoker spent much of this week in strong opposition to a bill to ban smoking in most workplaces. It was a Mathis amendment that came close to killing that bill, says Gov. Mike Huckabee, the primary supporter of the measure. So when Mathis filed a bill Wednesday evening to ban smoking in cars carrying young children who are restrained in car seats, a lot of people laughed. They didn’t take him or...
  • Congresswoman wants more schools to develop nutrition policies

    03/17/2006 10:28:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 74 replies · 604+ views
    Newsday ^ | March 17, 2006 | JIM FITZGERALD
    There was a big "Coca-Cola" sign on the refrigerator, but all it held was bottled water and juice. The menu offered sandwiches on eight-grain bread. The lunch ladies were pushing salad. The cafeteria at the William E. Cottle Elementary School has undergone a nutritious change this year, and Congresswoman Nita Lowey chose it as the setting Friday for an announcement of legislation aimed at battling obesity in children. "The exploding rate of obesity is one of the most serious health issues our nation faces," said Lowey, a Democrat who represents parts of Westchester and Rockland counties. She said the health...
  • Bars wait for smoke ban ruling (sometimes "judicial activism" is GOOD)

    02/28/2006 3:15:32 AM PST · by E Rocc · 16 replies · 479+ views
    Akron Beacon Journal ^ | February 28, 2006 | Kymberli Hagelberg
    Bars wait for smoke ban ruling Law takes effect today;7 businesses will learn whether they're exempt By Kymberli Hagelberg Beacon Journal staff writer The smoking ban is now law for many Summit County businesses for at least the next five weeks, but a Common Pleas Court will decide today whether seven bars are temporarily off the hook. Attorney Chris Tipping has filed for a temporary restraining order on behalf of seven clients who own bars in Summit County townships that must comply with the Summit County Clean Indoor Air Ordinance. The law prohibits smoking in bars, restaurants and most other...
  • Councilman Wants To Ban Smokers From City Jobs

    02/06/2006 4:30:09 PM PST · by rocksblues · 24 replies · 444+ views ^ | 02-06-06
    Councilman Wants To Ban Smokers From City Jobs A Central Florida councilman wants to ban people who smoke from taking any city jobs, according to a Local 6 News report. Councilman Richard Contreras wants to ban smokers from taking jobs at City Hall, parks and even with the police department in Melbourne, Fla. Current workers would not lose their jobs but applicants would be asked about tobacco use and smokers would be dropped from consideration, according to the report. The reason given for the policy is to cut on health care costs, according to the report. The Centers for Disease...