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  • Smoking rate in U.S. hits all-time low, CDC says

    06/20/2018 10:27:43 AM PDT · by Drango · 43 replies
    CBS ^ | June 19 '18
    <p>About 14 percent of U.S adults were smokers last year, down from about 16 percent the year before, government figures show.</p> <p>There hadn't been much change the previous two years, but it's been clear there's been a general decline and the new figures show it's continuing, said K. Michael Cummings of the tobacco research program at Medical University of South Carolina.</p>
  • Up in smoke: Tobacco’s decline

    04/15/2018 12:34:44 PM PDT · by Drango · 92 replies
    the Robesonian ^ | April 14 '18 | Brandon Tester
    LUMBERTON — A quarter century after tobacco was the money crop in Robeson County, bringing in hundreds of millions a year to farmers and those who provide support services, the amount of tobacco grown here is a fraction of what it was then. But the number of Robeson County residents who smoke remains strong, the highest percentage in the state, causing a financial drain in a poor county and hurting its collective health. North Carolina produced and sold more than $647 million worth of tobacco in 2016, putting it among the country’s leaders in flue-cured tobacco production, but Robeson’s once-booming...
  • Are There Risks From Secondhand Marijuana Smoke? Early Science Says Yes

    03/29/2018 4:11:38 AM PDT · by Makana · 23 replies
    NPR ^ | March 19, 2018 | MARISSA ORTEGA-WELCH
    So far, Springer and his colleagues have published research demonstrating that just this one minute of exposure to secondhand smoke makes it harder for the rats' arteries to expand and allow a healthy flow of blood." With tobacco products, this effect lasts about 30 minutes, and then the arteries recover their normal function. But if it happens over and over — as when a person is smoking cigarette after cigarette, for example — the arterial walls can become permanently damaged, and that damage can cause blood clots, heart attack or stroke. Springer demonstrated that, at least in rats, the same...
  • Smoking every day [tobacco or marijuana] can increase psychosis risk, study finds

    03/18/2018 3:15:28 PM PDT · by NobleFree · 170 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | March 18, 2018 | David Railton
    Two new studies report an increased risk of psychosis among smokers of not only marijuana, but tobacco, too. The tobacco study has now been published in the journal Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, and the marijuana study — which was conducted by the same team — has now been published in The British Journal of Psychiatry. Research has found links between psychosis and both tobacco and marijuana smoking — particularly in regard to schizophrenia-related psychosis. However, the precise reasons why people who experience psychosis are more likely to smoke are not clear. Some scientists think that smoking might act as a kind...
  • Airline made passenger put out cigarette. She threatened to kill everyone on the plane.

    12/11/2017 6:27:59 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 112 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 11, 2017 | Avi Selk
    Southwest Airlines says it all started with a cigarette. A passenger was smoking in the bathroom somewhere between Portland and Sacramento on Saturday, according to the airline, and had gone so far as to tamper with the smoke detector.
  • Leaked Video Alleges To Show 1st Daughter Malia Obama Blowing Smoke Rings (500K views so far)

    11/24/2017 3:53:46 AM PST · by drewh · 66 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/24/2017 gmt | Benny Johnson
    Former President Barack Obama’s oldest daughter, Malia, was accepted to Harvard last spring. According to reports, Melia has taken well to the campus in recent months. The 19-year-old has used the time to settle in to campus after a gap year filled with interesting news stories. Malia was filmed in a series of interesting circumstances at the music festival Lollapalooza in April. Her 2016 internship for now infamous sexual predator Harvey Weinstein’s company also made headlines in the midst of the movie mogul’s downfall. In recent days, the tabloids have reported on Malia allegedly smoking and making out with a...
  • Non-smokers’ perks: Japanese firm gives six extra days leave to compensate for cigarette breaks

    11/01/2017 8:17:50 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 17 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | 11/01/17 | HT Correspondent
    Did you ever resent your colleagues for the countless number of times they stepped out for cigarette breaks? Finally, there is hope that you will be rewarded. A Japanese company is granting non-smoking employees extra six days of paid holidays a year. The decision at a Tokyo-based marketing firm, Piala Inc, came after someone from a non-smoker staff put a message in its suggestion box complaining that they were working more than their colleagues, who took regular cigarette breaks. Piala Inc’s chief executive Takao Asuka, a non-smoker, decided to take the suggestion and compensate his employees. “I hope to encourage...
  • Smokers 20 Percent More Likely to Quit When Cigarettes Cost $1 More

    08/19/2017 4:24:42 PM PDT · by Drango · 32 replies
    Drexel Now ^ | 8/18/17 | frank Otto
    Older smokers are usually more set in their ways, but a dollar increase in cigarette prices makes them 20 percent more likely to quit, a new Drexel University study found. The study, published in Epidemiology, used 10 years of neighborhood-level price data to determine how it affected nearby smokers, focusing on those who skewed older. “Older adult smokers have been smoking for a long time and tend to have lower rates of smoking cessation compared to younger populations, suggesting deeply entrenched behavior that is difficult to change,” said Stephanie Mayne, PhD, the lead author of the study who is a...
  • Smokers Continue to Cost All of Us More Than All Of Obamacare

    07/30/2017 8:41:21 AM PDT · by Drango · 131 replies
    valuewalk ^ | July 29, 2017 | JOHN F. BANZHAF
    Government cracks down on tobacco but there is better way to cut health-care costs The federal government has announced plans to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes in a completely untested attempt to reduce smoking, but this approach will take many years to even be put into effect, and such an approach ignores many other proven techniques which will work more quickly, and could slash health-care costs now, says public interest law professor John Banzhaf. Banzhaf has been called “The Man Behind the Ban on Cigarette Commercials,” “The Law Professor Who Masterminded Litigation Against the Tobacco Industry,” and “a...
  • New Jersey becomes 3rd state to raise smoking age to 21

    07/23/2017 3:43:21 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 38 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | 21 JULY 2017 | AP
    Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed a law Friday making New Jersey the third state to raise its smoking age to 21. Christie cited the strain on the health care system caused by tobacco-related illnesses. He also noted his mother died from the effects of smoking. "By raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21, we are giving young people more time to develop a maturity and better understanding of how dangerous smoking can be and that it is better to not start smoking in the first place," Christie wrote.
  • Majority of US Smokers Feel Discriminated Against, Poll Says

    07/18/2017 7:52:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 213 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/18/2017 | Andrea Vacchiano
    More than half of smokers in the United States believe they are discriminated against, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. Of those who feel discriminated against, 13 percent of smokers say they feel this way every day and 8 percent feel it every week. Fourteen percent of smokers feel discriminated against less than once a year, and 44 percent of smokers do not feel discriminated against at all. The poll is the first time Gallup has asked smokers about perceived discrimination in this format. Alleged discrimination against smokers can take place in many forms, such as smoking bans at...
  • America’s new tobacco crisis: The rich stopped smoking, the poor didn’t.

    06/13/2017 6:52:09 PM PDT · by Fhios · 57 replies
    WP ^ | 6/13/2017 | William Wan
    " ... The national smoking rate has fallen to historic lows, with just 15 percent of adults still smoking. But the socioeconomic gap has never been bigger. ..." "... Among the nation’s less-educated people — those with a high-school-equivalency diploma — the smoking rate remains more than 40 percent ..."
  • Can a privately owned co-op evict residents for smoking?

    04/18/2017 5:54:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | April 18, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    Back in December we looked at one of the final “midnight regulations” handed down from the Obama administration which sought to ban smoking tobacco products in government housing units. That was a complicated case to be sure, but Susan Shapiro brings up an even stranger story at the Washington Post this week. Shapiro is a former smoker herself (who is to be congratulated for having kicked the habit fifteen years ago) and lives in a privately owned co-op which is considering banning smokers and even giving the boot to people who already own a unit there if they smoke. The...
  • Zimbabwe Hopes Tobacco Will Revive Battered Economy

    03/23/2017 5:25:56 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 21 replies
    Voice of America ^ | March 16, 2017 | Sebastian Mhofu
    HARARE — Zimbabwe has opened its 2017 tobacco-selling season with hopes the “golden leaf” will change the economic fortunes of the southern African nation. Officials say the tobacco yield has been increasing after a downward turn in 2000 when the government chased white commercial farmers off their land. Zimbabwean farmers applauded after the 2017 tobacco selling season began Wednesday in Harare at the country’s biggest auction floor. Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor John Mangudya saluted the farmers. “Producers of tobacco are indeed our heroes. You are important to this economy. The foreign currency you produce is above $800 million a...
  • Doctors are refusing to operate on smokers. Here’s why the trend will grow.

    02/24/2017 2:34:09 AM PST · by markomalley · 106 replies
    Macon Telegraph ^ | 2/23/17 | Karen Garloch
    An irate man contacted me recently to complain he’d been turned down for back surgery because he’s a smoker. “It’s just not right,” said the Charlotte man, who suffers from chronic hip and leg pain. “I need this surgery. It’s to the point where I can’t walk around the block with my dogs.” He acknowledged smoking is a “bad habit,” but after 35 years, he’s not sure he can quit. And he doesn’t think he should have to. (snip) Spector said it’s part of a national trend for doctors to run down a checklist of behaviors in preparation for elective...
  • We Used Terrible Science to Justify Smoking Bans

    02/13/2017 5:49:16 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 103 replies
    Slate ^ | 2-13-17 | Jacob Grier
    (Skip) A decade later, comprehensive smoking bans have proliferated globally. And now that the evidence has had time to accumulate, it’s also become clear that the extravagant promises made by anti-smoking groups—that implementing bans would bring about extraordinary improvements in cardiac health—never materialized. Newer, better studies with much larger sample sizes have found little to no correlation between smoking bans and short-term incidence of heart attacks, and certainly nothing remotely close to the 60 percent reduction that was claimed in Helena. The updated science debunks the alarmist fantasies that were used to sell smoking bans to the public, allowing for...
  • Marijuana Goes Mainstream: Newport Cigarettes to Introduce 'Marijuana Cigarettes'

    12/15/2016 5:44:24 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 70 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-15-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    When social conservatives told libertarians (of which I am one!) and liberals about their fears that legalization of marijuana would cause a domino effect, they were blasted for supposedly using a 'slippery slope' argument. 'Stop nagging,' we told those conservatives, 'it won't be that bad! It's just that people who use marijuana right now won't be punished for it. Won't that be a considerable improvement?' Well, perhaps not so much: Newport Cigarettes, one of the world’s most popular cigarette brands, announced today that they will join the marijuana legalization trend and start producing marijuana cigarettes. Reynolds American Inc. Chief Marketing...
  • SCHUMER: VOLATILE E-CIGS CONTINUE TO EXPLODE & INJURE PEOPLE;

    12/19/2016 6:31:37 PM PST · by mdittmar · 44 replies
    U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer ^ | 12.18.16 | U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer
    Past Month Alone, Serious NYC E-Cig Explosions Have Dealt Serious Injuries To People—3rd Degree Burns & Permanent Disfigurement; People From Brooklyn,Queens, LI Have Also Been Victims Of Ticking-Time-Bomb E-Cigs; Critical Focus By Feds & Possible Recalls Must Be Weighed With E-Cig Sites Pushing Holiday Gift Buys, Schumer Concerned Explosions Will Continue To Rise; FDA Recorded Dozens Of Serious Explosions In 2015 & 2016; 2017 Could See Even More   Schumer: Feds Must Consider Recalls For Exploding E-Cigs; Enough Is Enough   U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take a hard look...
  • Islamic State Turns to Cigarette Smuggling to Fund Itself

    11/27/2016 6:55:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | November 27, 2016 | Fazel Hawramy
    Thousands of Mosul residents flee the city every day as the Iraqi army pushes farther into the city from the east. But despite suicide car bombs, airstrikes and the whizzing sound of bullets around them, when they emerge, one of the first things they ask for from the soldiers are cigarettes. For almost 2˝ years, the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul projected an image that it was against the consumption of narcotics; in reality, however, it has reaped enormous funds from the trade. Ala Munir was at home one blistering day in July last year when four IS militants turned...
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    11/04/2016 5:34:14 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 13 replies
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