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  • Traditionally dressed Muslim woman set on fire in Midtown; police investigate possible hate crime

    09/13/2016 9:35:59 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 70 replies
    NYDaily News ^ | September 13, 2016
    A 36-year-old Scottish tourist wearing traditional Muslim garb had her blouse set on fire in a bizarre incident outside a pricey Fifth Ave. boutique, police sources said Monday. The victim noticed the sleeve of her blouse was charred and smoldering in the Saturday night attack, just hours before the ceremony marking the 15-year anniversary of 9/11. She was not badly hurt.
  • The Spookiest story in Vietnam: The AC-47 gunship (12 PHOTOS)

    08/08/2015 6:58:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 39 replies ^ | 8/7/2015 | Chris Eger
    Known variously as Puff the Magic Dragon, Dragonships or just Spooky, the AC-47 gunship, with its broadside battery of GE miniguns, was a sight to behold. In 1965 with the grunts on the ground needing as much persistent close in air support as could be spared, the Air Force went about converting a handful of World War II-era C-47 transports into lead slinging death dealers by attaching a number of General Electric GAU-2/M134 miniguns arranged to fire through the left-hand side of the plane at a target below.
  • Details Of P. Diddy'S Arrest At UCLA

    06/23/2015 6:34:35 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Bruins Online ^ | 6/22/15 | Tracy Pierson BRO Publisher
    UC campus police arrested music mogul P. Diddy after he assaulted a UCLA coach and swung a kettlebell (a piece of weight-lifting equipment) at a football intern, according to sources. The incident began early Monday morning when Justin Combs, Diddy’s son, was participating in an off-season workout on UCLA’s field. According to sources, Combs, who will be a redshirt junior defensive back this fall, had missed some recent workouts and wasn’t giving a great effort Monday morning, so UCLA strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi kicked him out of the session. At approximately noon, Combs and Diddy came to UCLA’s...
  • President Obama’s Productivity Tactics (Barf Alert!)

    09/18/2012 9:38:06 AM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 5 replies
    Lifehacker ^ | 9/18/12 | Melanie Pinola
    It's a huge understatement to say that being president is a very demanding job. It requires some serious time management and work coping skills. 99U has compiled a list of things President Obama does that keep him going and focused and help him get things done.
  • DUmmie FUnnies 04-27-12 (OccuPoet Misty: "The Huff and Puff of My Frustration")

    04/27/2012 10:23:27 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 66 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | April 27, 2012 | OccuPoet Misty Rowan and Charles Henrickson
    Prog Spring of 2012 continues. Today we meet OccuPoet Misty Rowan of Minneapolis, who will grace us with one of her poems. Misty came to my attention via this THREAD in DUmmieland, "Our Amazing Occupy Poet!" I watched the video, and yes, I was amazed . . . at what passes for poetry with the OWSies and the DUmmies. And seeing Misty of Minneapolis, I was reminded of Ted of New York. You know, Trust Fund Ted? Ted Hall, Tedward, Edward Twitchell Hall III, Flea-bagger Ted, Our Favorite OWSie. Remember when we introduced you to Ted "Help us now!"...
  • Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary dead at 72

    09/16/2009 6:25:57 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 79 replies · 3,111+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 16, 2009
    DANBURY, Conn. (AP) - Mary Travers, one-third of the hugely popular 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, has died. The band's publicist, Heather Lylis, says Travers died at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut on Wednesday. She was 72 and had battled leukemia for several years. Travers joined forces with Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey in the early 1960s.
  • Arianna Huffington Gives Michelle Obama “A Ten”

    04/05/2009 4:45:38 PM PDT · by melt · 64 replies · 3,050+ views ^ | 4/3/09 | Michelle Levi
    Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, told Bob Schieffer on’s “Washington Unplugged” that she thinks highly of First Lady Michelle Obama’s decisions to move her mother to the White House, create a vegetable garden and develop an “approachable” personal style. “This is fantastic, an unqualified yes, there is nothing to complain about,” Huffington said. “Even if you don’t terribly like that particular outfit,” she said of Mrs. Obama’s fashion sense, “you know it is what she loves and what she looks good in.” As for the first lady’s protocol-breeching personal contact with the Queen in London, Huffington had...
  • Daschele removes his name from nomination for HHS

    02/03/2009 9:50:19 AM PST · by kellynla · 81 replies · 2,421+ views
    FOX NEWS | 2/3/09 | staff
    Daschele removes name from nomination for HHS
  • Marin County school officials reject plan to rename middle school after Obama

    12/12/2008 1:07:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 758+ views
    AP on Mercury News ^ | 12/12/08 | AP
    A middle school in Marin City will not be renamed after President-elect Barack Obama. Sausalito Marin City School District officials nixed the idea of renaming the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy Thursday after dozens of community members voiced opposition to the idea at a meeting.
  • President-elect Obama News Conference--Live Thread

    12/11/2008 7:48:04 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 399 replies · 17,413+ views
    Fox news, other news channel, presser coming up.
  • UK: Smokers banned from becoming foster parents (Redbridge Council, London, first in GB)

    10/29/2008 12:37:24 PM PDT · by Stoat · 17 replies · 647+ views
    The Evening Standard (U.K.) ^ | October 29, 2008 | Katharine Barney
    Smokers banned from becoming foster parentsKatharine Barney, Evening Standard 29.10.08   Stubbed out: Redbridge Council has banned smokers from fostering children   SMOKERS will be banned from fostering children under radical measures to be introduced in London.Redbridge council is thought to be the first in the country to implement the rules, despite a shortage of 2,000 foster carers across the capital.The move is aimed at limiting children's exposure to the effects of passive and second-hand smoke from cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco.The new smoking policy, to be voted on next week, will apply to all foster carers except family...
  • Smoking ban leads to new religion (Dutch cafe owners join 'One and Universal Smokers Church of God')

    07/17/2008 12:42:01 PM PDT · by Stoat · 53 replies · 5,903+ views
    Smoking ban leads to new religion Wednesday 16 July 2008Café owners in the Netherlands are joining religious movement known as the One and Universal Smokers Church of God, the Telegraaf reports on Wednesday.‘We stand firmly behind the church’s teachings and that is smoking,’ Cor Busch, owner of the former Lindeboom café in Alkmaar told the paper. ‘Smokers are being discriminated against… but a beer and a cigarette belong together.’ Smoking has been banned in Dutch bars since July 1. Several dozen bars have joined the movement which claims the Dutch constitution and European rules give it legitimacy under the...
  • Foes of smoking ban gather at rural Illinois bar to plan protest

    02/19/2008 8:22:23 AM PST · by demsux · 11 replies · 158+ views
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 2/19/08 | Shane Graber
    SANDOVAL, Ill. — Sometimes civil action begins in a rural bar called Fat's, where an ashtray sat on every table and the smoke hovered wall to wall. About 200 people including bar owners, VFW members and patrons filled Fat's on Monday night for a tavern-hall meeting to discuss overturning or amending Illinois' statewide smoking ban established this year. -snip- Bar owners here reported Monday that revenue is down between 30 and 50 percent. The casino industry claims the ban already has caused at least a 17 percent drop in Illinois gaming business after just six weeks.
  • Casinos and bars want their smokers back

    02/09/2008 11:13:57 AM PST · by demsux · 62 replies · 188+ views
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 02/10/2008 | Kevin McDermott
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois' statewide smoking ban is barely a month old and opponents already are trying to relight the debate. With the General Assembly scheduled to return to Springfield this week, various Illinois interests — casinos, bars, veterans' organizations — are preparing to push state lawmakers to carve out exceptions for various types of facilities from the sweeping ban that went into effect this year in all indoor public places. "I'm a dedicated nonsmoker, but the hair on the back of my neck stands up" at some of the freedom-of-choice issues created by the ban, said state Rep. Bill...
  • Casino layoffs blamed on Ill. smoking ban

    02/08/2008 10:35:14 AM PST · by demsux · 78 replies · 189+ views
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 02/08/2008 | AP
    METROPOLIS, Ill. -- Officials of Harrah's Metropolis riverboat casino claim Illinois' new smoking ban has resulted in the layoff of about 30 jobs at the casino. Casino officials claim guests are spending less on entertainment and making fewer trips because of the ban and the casino suffered a drop in visitation compared to the previous six-month average.
  • Otto’s bar gives up the fight

    01/09/2008 1:50:08 PM PST · by demsux · 241 replies · 207+ views
    Columia Tribune ^ | December 29, 2007 | T.J. GREANEY
    After months of protesting Columbia’s smoking ordinance and spearheading a failed campaign to have it repealed, Joel Thiel, co-owner of Otto’s Corner Bar & Grill, said he decided this week to close doors for good. Julia Robinson photos Above, Brett Wisman, left, and Kristal Allen smoke cigarettes after dinner last night at Otto’s Corner Bar & Grill in downtown Columbia. Below, Otto’s co-owner Joel Thiel works yesterday in the restaurant. Otto’s will close next week, a move Thiel blamed on the city’s smoking ban. He said sales have been down 30 percent since the ban took effect in January. "Our...
  • Employers Tell Workers To Get Healthy or Pay Up [again]

    12/05/2007 6:59:49 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies · 72+ views
    wsj ^ | December 4, 2007; Page D4 | VICTORIA E. KNIGHT
    In an effort to motivate workers to kick unhealthy habits, U.S. companies are hitting them where it hurts: in their wallets. Employers who provide health insurance often use financial incentives, such as contributions toward premiums, to encourage workers to participate in wellness programs like smoking-cessation courses. Now some employers are wielding a stick as well as a carrot. Employees at some companies who are overweight, smoke, or have high cholesterol, for instance, and who don't participate in supplementary wellness programs, will pay more for health insurance. In extreme cases, employees' insurance deductibles could rise by $2,000. "The bottom line," says...
  • Secondhand smoke damages lungs, MRIs show

    11/26/2007 12:08:20 PM PST · by crazyshrink · 236 replies · 329+ views
    EurekAlert ^ | 26-Nov-2007 | Chengbo Wang, Ph.D.,
    It’s not a smoking gun, but it’s smoking-related, and it’s there in bright medical images: evidence of microscopic structural damage deep in the lungs, caused by secondhand cigarette smoke. For the first time, researchers have identified lung injury to nonsmokers that was long suspected, but not previously detectable with medical imaging tools. The researchers suggest that their findings may strengthen public health efforts to restrict secondhand smoke. “We used a special type of magnetic resonance imaging to find these structural changes in the lungs,” said study leader Chengbo Wang, Ph.D., a magnetic resonance physicist in the Department of Radiology at...
  • Smoking out the facts (Giving up smoking can kill you)

    11/12/2007 6:51:35 AM PST · by fanfan · 177 replies · 622+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | Sunday, October 28, 2007 | David Warren,
    According to three doctors at the KS Hegde Medical Academy in Mangalore, India, writing in the journal Medical Hypotheses, giving up smoking can kill you. Arunachalam Kumar, Kasaragod Mallya, and Jairaj Kumar were "struck by the more than casual relationship between the appearance of lung cancer and an abrupt and recent cessation of the smoking habit in many, if not most, cases." In 182 of the 312 cases they had treated, an habitual smoker of at least a pack a day, for at least a quarter-century, had developed lung cancer shortly after he gave up smoking. They surmised a biological...
  • Smoking is Dumb, But a Higher Cigarette Tax is Even Dumber

    11/12/2007 7:28:40 AM PST · by Invisigoth · 45 replies · 119+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | November 12, 2007 | Dan Calabrese
    How would you feel about a $9.589 billion tax increase? Wait. It’s a cigarette tax increase. Oh. Well, you say. That’s different. That’s what the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate are counting on you to think. Not all Americans are reflexively opposed to tax increases, but among those who are, opposition tends to be far less ferocious when you are convinced you will not be the one paying.
  • Source of family's fortune a killer, tobacco heir says

    09/27/2007 5:30:27 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 21 replies · 73+ views
    tulsa world ^ | 9-27-07
    A seed was planted in Patrick Reynolds' life the day his tobacco magnate father, R.J. Reynolds, died from cigarette-induced emphysema. "We often find our greatest calling where we've been wounded most," he said. Years after his father's death, Reynolds turned his back on the family business -- Big Tobacco -- and now travels the country delivering his anti-tobacco message. "There was R.J. Reynolds, dying from the product that made our family rich and powerful. I was angry," Reynolds said Wednesday in Tulsa at the second annual Prevention Health Conference. His older brother also died from smoking, along with other family...
  • Odor of Cigarette Smoke Causes School Employee to Lose Job

    09/16/2007 4:52:51 AM PDT · by metesky · 34 replies · 1,520+ views
    Odor of Cigarette Smoke Causes School Employee to Lose Job Last Edited: Friday, 14 Sep 2007, 9:53 AM CDT Created: Friday, 14 Sep 2007, 9:36 AM CDT Suzanne Lidster lost her job at a Denton elementary school because she smelled like cigarette smoke. The Denton Independent School District has removed an employee from her position because she smells like cigarette smoke. Suzanne Lidster was thrilled when she was recently hired to assist a student with disabilities at L.A. Nelson Elementary. "It's something that God sent me here to do with this child," Lidster told FOX 4.  "It's like OK,...
  • Keef escapes fine for lighting up, but Stones will keep puffing on stage (Stones defy smoke ban)

    08/22/2007 8:10:48 AM PDT · by Stoat · 41 replies · 1,069+ views
    Times Online ^ | August 22, 2007 | Jonathan Richards
    Keef escapes fine for lighting up, but Stones will keep puffing on stage   (MMP Cambridge) Keith Richards enjoys a cigarette during the Rolling Stones gig at the O2 arena in London last night  Jonathan Richards Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood will continue to smoke on stage during Rolling Stones gigs in the UK despite reminders from authorities that it is now illegal. Band insiders were responding to warnings from Greenwich Council that the two guitarists could face fines if they persist in lighting up on stage, as happened during a gig at the O2 arena last night. Richards...
  • Statewide smoking ban has support (higher taxes too)

    06/29/2007 5:19:54 PM PDT · by Wheee The People · 242 replies · 2,719+ views
    Hutchinson News ^ | 6/29/07 | Sarah Kessinger
    Statewide smoking ban has support Poll shows public also OK with higher cigarette taxes.By Sarah Kessinger TOPEKA - Results from a poll of Kansas voters released Thursday show broad support for a statewide smoking ban in workplaces and other public settings. The survey also found a majority of respondents willing to back a higher state tobacco tax. The Topeka-based Sunflower Foundation, which promotes health in the state, commissioned Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs research firm, to query 700 registered voters in February. The results will be shared with state officials as they prepare for the...
  • Pub patio heaters for smokers will produce 'as much pollution as a small city'

    06/10/2007 5:28:10 PM PDT · by Stoat · 75 replies · 1,840+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | June 10, 2007 | DAVID DERBYSHIRE
    Pub patio heaters for smokers will produce 'as much pollution as a small city'By DAVID DERBYSHIRE - More by this author » Last updated at 22:00pm on 10th June 2007  Pubs are installing patio heaters in outdoor smoking areas Patio heaters installed by pubs to keep smokers warm on chilly nights could soon produce as much carbon dioxide as a small city, it has been claimed. Next month's smoking ban has triggered huge demand for the gas-fired heaters from pubs, restaurants and clubs creating legal outdoor smoking areas. But according to experts, a single heater releases more carbon dioxide...
  • The Chavez Revolution Reshapes Venezuela

    06/01/2007 10:52:58 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies · 674+ views
    NPR ^ | May 25, 2007 | Juan Forero
    Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is trying to bring what he calls a social revolution to his country. One of his most far-reaching experiments toward that goal is the institution of community councils, which could reshape the way government operates in Venezuela. Thousands of the councils have been formed nationwide, and they have made decisions on everything from trash collection to school construction. Chavez calls the councils the fifth engine in his campaign to transform the world's seventh-biggest oil exporter into a socialist state. At first glance, they may appear like neighborhood watch groups. But the councils have government funding, thanks...
  • UK: New quit [smoking] pill will be on NHS

    05/31/2007 1:48:49 AM PDT · by Stoat · 9 replies · 1,485+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | May 31, 2007 | MICHAEL LEA
    <p>The wonder drug could be prescribed in time for the nationwide smoking ban from July 1.</p> <p>Champix — developed by Pfizer which makes anti-impotence drug Viagra — blocks cravings, lessens withdrawal symptoms and even reduces the pleasure from ciggies.</p> <p>In trials nearly half of smokers — 44 per cent — kicked the habit after a 12-week course as opposed to 30 per cent using other NHS anti-smoking medication.</p>
  • When it comes to cigarette taxes, Pennsylvania taxman not blowing smoke

    04/19/2007 9:17:57 AM PDT · by Sam_Damon · 14 replies · 2,822+ views
    ComputerWorld ^ | 18 April 2007 | Linda Rosencrance
    As if it weren't enough that the price of cigarettes has skyrocketed, some 4,329 Pennsylvanians who purchased cigarettes over the Internet or from out-of-state mail order companies will soon receive a letter from the state Department of Revenue asking them to pay state taxes on their purchases. Under the federal Jenkins Act, vendors that ship cigarettes into another state are required to release information about the purchases to state taxing authorities, according to the statement. "Unfortunately, many Web sites falsely advertise that cigarettes can be purchased tax-free," said Thomas W. Wolf, Pennsylvania's acting secretary of revenue. "In fact, in Pennsylvania...
  • Clinton, Al Gore and Cigars

    03/20/2007 7:28:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies · 921+ views
    Alsharq Alawsat ^ | 3-16-07 | Tariq Alhomayed
    After winning the award for Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Oscars for his film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ about global warming, former American Vice-President Al Gore has been confronted by a campaign of skepticism that casts doubts about his environmental credibility. This came about after a small local group affiliated to the Tennessee Center for Policy Research in Nashville, Tennessee where Al Gore lives, gained access to the energy bills for his home only to discover that the losing candidate in 2000’s US elections is not practicing what he preaches when it comes to the environment. The group obtained the...
  • NY raises (Cig) taxes and (SURPRISE) revenues decline

    03/05/2007 7:46:32 AM PST · by 1Old Pro · 38 replies · 1,225+ views
    Newsday ^ | March 5, 2007
    In a 28-page report, Sen. Jeff Klein, a Democrat from Westchester, said the state cigarette tax increased 39 cents to $1.50 a pack in 2002, but tax receipts have declined from $1.12 billion in 2003 to $979 million in 2005 SOURCE:,0,3136719.story?coll=ny-region-apnewyork  
  • Group against smoking ban sues the city

    02/27/2007 2:09:08 PM PST · by GATOR NAVY · 14 replies · 1,138+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 27 Feb 07 | Kyke Hopkins
    PROPOSITION: Municipality denies claims that it's trying to influence April vote. A group that wants to stop the new smoking ban in bars, bingo halls and other public places filed a lawsuit Monday, saying the Anchorage city government is illegally campaigning on the issue. Last year, the Assembly voted to expand the city smoking ban to almost everywhere people still smoke in public. But a group calling itself Stomp the Ban said the new rules go too far. It has collected thousands of signatures to wipe out the changes before the new law kicks in July 1. That petition drive...
  • Tom Daschle Would Consider VP Invite

    02/27/2007 11:09:02 AM PST · by seanmerc · 45 replies · 649+ views ^ | 27 Feb 2007 | staff
    Tom Daschle, who endorsed Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for president, said he would consider being Obama's running mate if asked. The Democrat and former South Dakota senator said he had not been contacted by any of the Democrats seeking their party's presidential nomination, and that his endorsement of the Illinois senator doesn't mean he's looking for a spot on the Democratic ticket. "Theres not been any talk about it at all," he said Friday. "I have to say thats not something you can campaign for and its not something that you can plan or expect." Daschle, who explored...
  • Charleston Goes Smoke-free ( Another nanny state victory )

    01/24/2007 3:42:54 AM PST · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 37 replies · 836+ views ^ | Jan 23, 2007 | Larry Collins
    Six months from now, most Charleston businesses will go smoke-free. In a vote of 9 to 4, the Charleston City Council and Mayor Joe Riley passed a ban on smoking in work places. Councilman James Lewis voted against the smoking ban. “This ordinance is one of the stupidest things I think we've wrote in a long time,” Lewis said. Councilman Robert Mitchell, a smoker, also voted against the ordinance. “This is just another form of slavery to me,” Mitchell said. The reality of a city-wide smoking ordinance is both frustrating and maddening for many bar owners. “The council members aren't...
  • A smoke-free Texas? State senator proposes statewide smoking ban

    01/18/2007 12:14:19 PM PST · by Racehorse · 101 replies · 1,660+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | 18 January 2007 | Corrie MacLaggan
    No smoking would be allowed inside public buildings in Texas — including restaurants, bars and workplaces — if a legislative proposal is approved to make the Lone Star State one of 18 states with sweeping bans on smoking. "It is a public health crisis and a very expensive one," said state Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, who is spearheading the proposal. He said he plans to file a bill at the end of the month and that he will be joined at that time by a coalition of anti-smoking groups as he unveils details. The proposal is sure to trigger a...
  • Should Smokers Be Refused Surgery?

    01/06/2007 4:08:26 PM PST · by Brilliant · 118 replies · 2,418+ views
    Science Daily ^ | January 6, 2007 | BMJ-British Medical Journal
    Last year a primary care trust announced it would take smokers off waiting lists for surgery in an attempt to contain costs. In this week's British Medical Journal, two experts go head to head over whether smokers should be refused surgery. Denying operations is justified for specific conditions, argues Professor Matthew Peters from the Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Australia. Professor Peters says that smoking up to the time of any surgery increases cardiac and pulmonary complications, impairs tissue healing, and is associated with more infections. These effects increase the costs of care and also mean less opportunity to treat...

    11/01/2006 11:04:29 PM PST · by demsux · 66 replies · 890+ views
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH ^ | 10/01/06 | SELF
    A proposed smoking ban on the Kirkwood ballot on Tuesday is setting a fire under the electorate, business groups and politicians. The Kirkwood Smoke-free Workplace Initiative would eliminate smoking in all indoor public places, including bars and restaurants and places of employment. The measure would allow smoking in private homes, private vehicles and outdoor areas away from enclosed or semi-enclosed structures.
  • Ariz., Ohio key in smoking ballot battle

    10/30/2006 7:30:33 PM PST · by SheLion · 98 replies · 1,338+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Newsletter ^ | Oct. 30, 2006 | Mary Jo Pitzl
    There's a new front in America's smoking wars, and Arizona is one of two key battlegrounds. Here and in Ohio, tobacco interests are spending millions of dollars on alternatives to anti-smoking measures rather than fighting them head-on. The strategy has created lively if confusing campaigns as voters try to sort out which smoking ban does what. "It's never been done before," said Joel Spivak, media relations director for the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, which is supporting the broader smoking bans being pushed in Arizona and Ohio. Accustomed to being the guys in the white hats who square off against...
  • One in Four Smokers Will Get Lung Disease

    10/17/2006 1:09:34 PM PDT · by trumandogz · 554 replies · 9,262+ views
    Yahoo ^ | | yahoo
    TUESDAY, Oct. 17 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that at least 1 in every 4 smokers will develop progressive and incurable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a much higher risk than previously believed. COPD is a respiratory disease that results in blocked air flow to the lungs and grows progressively worse. For this study, published online in the journal Thorax, researchers at Hvidovre Hospital analyzed data on 8,000 men and women, ages 30 to 60. All were monitored for 25 years as part of the Copenhagen City Heart Study. At the start of the study, all the participants'...
  • Smoke-free policy boosts eatery's trade

    10/12/2006 4:29:25 PM PDT · by southernnorthcarolina · 9 replies · 528+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | October 12, 2006 | Melinda Johnston
    For 70 years, Penny's Place Restaurant in Mint Hill has served breakfast and lunch, six days a week. Many customers have occupied the same booths or tables every day for years. For 69 of those years, many regulars also smoked before, during or after their meals. But on Jan. 1, 2006, owner Billy Kiser changed that. He dropped the bombshell on Dec.15, posting signs at both doors proclaiming Penny's Place smoke-free come the new year. There was no earthshaking event that made him decide to go smoke-free. After 14 years of running the place, he just got tired of his...
  • Judge Allows Class-Action Tobacco Suit

    09/25/2006 7:50:07 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 31 replies · 564+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | September 25, 2006 | Tom Hays
    NEW YORK (AP) -- In a blow to Big Tobacco, a federal judge on Monday granted class action status to tens of millions of "light cigarette" smokers for a potential $200 billion lawsuit against cigarette makers. U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein in Brooklyn made the ruling on a 2004 lawsuit that alleges Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Lorillard Tobacco Co. and other defendants duped smokers, and responded to consumers' mounting health concerns with a campaign of deception designed to preserve revenue. The class is anyone who purchased cigarettes that were labeled "light" or "lights" after they were put on...
  • Malodour on the dancefloor

    09/07/2006 9:01:15 AM PDT · by metesky · 55 replies · 1,147+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | Mon 4 Sep 2006 | n/a
    Mon 4 Sep 2006 Malodour on the dancefloor NIGHTSPOTS are being forced to pump out perfume because the new smoking ban is failing to disguise body odours. Air fresheners and scented oils are being deployed in a bid to banish smells caused by sweaty revellers. Licensed trade chiefs say venues are turning some people away because of poor hygiene, which was covered up before by the smell of cigarette smoke. Kay Bennett, of Edinburgh city centre nightclub Cabaret Voltaire, said: "If you walk into a club with a few hundred people dancing, you notice a smell. It's a combination of...
  • In SC, a First, Small Step to Curb Teen Smoking

    08/31/2006 5:30:49 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 145 replies · 1,253+ views
    CSM via ^ | August 31, 2006 | Patrik Jonsson
    Last week, the state finally outlawed underage smoking. Critics say that's not enough.With the lowest cigarette tax in the nation and a dead-last ranking in smoking prevention, South Carolina remains one of the last true smokers' outposts. But from the Pee Dee River to Parris Island, the Palmetto State's "smoke-and-let-smoke" ethic is changing - at least when it comes to teenage partakers. By becoming one of the last states to outlaw teenage possession of tobacco on Aug. 21, the legislature and Gov. Mark Sanford (R) took the state's first tentative steps toward state-sponsored smoking prevention. The gambit itself won't likely...
  • Lawyers Say Jury Made Quick Decision Because They Couldn't Smoke

    08/06/2006 9:44:38 PM PDT · by xzins · 51 replies · 1,275+ views
    WCPO ^ | 6 Aug | Neil Relyea
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Attorneys for a man who has been sentenced to death say some members of the jury rushed to judgment because they needed a nicotine fix. Tuesday the Ohio Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments in the appeal of Phillip Elmore, convicted three years ago in the strangling of his ex-girlfriend in Newark. Elmore's attorneys say that the fact the judge wouldn't let jury members smoke or step outside to smoke led them to make a quick decision. That's one of 17 allegations the appeal makes. Lawyers for Elmore also say his trial attorneys were ineffective.
  • State Looks to Snuff out Tax Break on Little Cigars

    07/28/2006 10:41:52 AM PDT · by Namyak · 32 replies · 778+ views
    The Scranton Times-Tribune ^ | 7/28/06 | David Singleton
    Montage Tobacco Co. owner Mark Brier says there’s no denying little cigars have become an appealing alternative to cigarettes for smokers on a budget. The 49-year-old Dunmore resident pulled a pack of Smokin’ Joes little cigars off a rack Thursday at his Davis Street shop and flipped it over to reveal the price: 89 cents. A pack of the least expensive cigarettes he sells sets a smoker back more than three bucks. “It’s price. It’s strictly the price,” Mr. Brier said of the popularity of little cigars. “They’re not overtaking cigarettes by any means, but they are going.” Wrapped in...
  • "Murtha Puff" CARTOON featuring a very puffed up John Murtha...

    07/16/2006 5:37:29 PM PDT · by IPWGOP · 36 replies · 1,645+ views ^ | 7/16/2006 | IPWGOP
    It's Sunday in PA...Time for Another Murtha Puff Piece Last Sunday, July 9th Rep. John Murtha's hometown newspaper (the Tribune-Democrat) ran a puff piece on him. This Sunday it's the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's turn. The article is wishfully titled, "Murtha commands respect." [LINK] Nothing like free advertising... Stonewalling and white washing in journalism has become a mainstay in America. Relying on Pennsylvania's media to give it's citizens the truth about John Murtha is like relying on the New York Times to not betray our nation's secrets. As angry Pennsylvania constituents' letters to the editor prove (LINK) and writings by local...
  • Even Carolinas pushing to snuff public smoking

    07/09/2006 7:45:08 AM PDT · by southernnorthcarolina · 65 replies · 797+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | July 9, 2006 | Greg Lacour
    Officials in the Carolinas, traditionally two of the nation's most smoker-friendly states, hope a new U.S. surgeon general's report on the dangers of secondhand smoke can boost their efforts to stub out smoking. N.C. legislators are considering a bill that would allow community colleges to ban smoking on their campuses. And activists plan to reintroduce a bill next year that would allow local governments in Mecklenburg County to ban smoking in all workplaces, even bars and restaurants. S.C. officials are also planning to expand their survey of smoking practices around the state as part of a smoking education effort. And...
  • FL Supreme Court Overturns Tobacco Damages

    07/06/2006 8:20:36 AM PDT · by Lunatic Fringe · 142 replies · 3,747+ views
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) The Florida Supreme Court has rejected a $145 billion punitive damage award against tobacco companies for injuring smokers.
  • Small-biz owners fuming over ‘plethora’ of rules

    05/07/2006 8:36:03 AM PDT · by Radix · 179 replies · 2,947+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 7 May 2006 | O’Ryan Johnson
    Peabody businessman Bruce Lerner is joining the fast-growing list of entrepreneurs “frustrated out of business” by strict state and local regulations that small-business advocates say are choking the lifeblood of America’s economy.     “It’s the sheer plethora of regulations,” said Carolyn Logue, a state director with the National Federation of Independent Businesses. “It seems many were just drafted to give someone, somewhere a job to do. Nobody looks at the goals and whether they’re actually accomplishing anything.”     Three weeks ago, the North Shore Tobacco Control Program sent a 17-year-old decoy into Lerner’s Main Street Smoke Shop in Peabody. She made it...
  • S.C.: Bill that bans restaurant smoking dies in House

    04/27/2006 4:07:42 AM PDT · by SheLion · 43 replies · 1,009+ views ^ | April 26, 2006 | SEANNA ADCOX,
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - House members narrowly defeated a bill Wednesday that would ban smoking in restaurants.After nearly two hours of debate, the House voted 55-52 to send the proposal back to committee, killing it. The close vote on the floor was surprising for a bill that many thought would never make it out of subcommittee.The measure would have prohibited smoking in restaurants, bars, lounges and recreational facilities but had exceptions for cigar bars and private clubs, such as the American Legion."There's no such thing as safe cigarette smoke," said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Todd Rutherford, D-Columbia. He said he...
  • Smoking causes cancer in pets, too

    04/24/2006 6:12:41 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 58 replies · 641+ views
    Flagstaff Arizona Sun ^ | April 24, 2006 | Diane Jarvis
    If you smoke and have been thinking about quitting, here's one more good reason to do so: Secondhand smoke endangers your pets, too. Secondhand smoke, also called environmental tobacco smoke or ETS, has been associated with cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular disease in humans. Exposure levels in cats kept indoors may be higher than those in human family members, who often spend more time outside the home. A study done by Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine found "a strong correlation between ETS and an oral cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, in cats." The risk for this type of cancer doubled in cats...