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  • Ohio restaurant referenced by Obama is closing

    06/09/2011 6:11:04 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 44 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 06/09/11 | Staff
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio restaurant mentioned last week by President Barack Obama as an indirect beneficiary of the government's Chrysler bailout will go out of business Sunday after a more than 70-year history. Co-owner Richard Lawrence of New Chet's Restaurant in Toledo says business has fallen victim to the economy and the workplace smoking ban approved by Ohio voters in 2006.
  • New York City C.L.A.S.H. "Smoke-in The Park" Protest this Saturday May 28

    05/25/2011 3:23:03 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 25 replies
    New York City C.L.A.S.H. ^ | May 23, 2011 | Audrey Silk
    On May 23rd the anti-smokers will celebrate conquering any idea the people have left that they are free. On May 28th -- during a most apt holiday weekend, *Memorial Day -- adults who choose to smoke will celebrate the time-honored tradition and civic duty of civilly disobeying unjust laws. JOIN C.L.A.S.H. for a "SMOKE-IN THE PARK" Date: *Saturday, May 28th Time: 2PM Place: On the Boardwalk at Brighton 6th St., (Brighton Beach, Brooklyn) (Otherwise known as the Riegelmann Boardwalk or Brighton Beach/Coney Island Boardwalk) *REVISION NOTICE: There will no longer be a Sunday (5/29) rain date. In case of rain...
  • Why No smoking signs actually ENCOURAGE smokers to light up

    05/08/2011 6:19:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies · 2+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | May 6, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    No smoking signs may be driving more people to light up, a psychological study suggests. Scientists say the messages have an 'ironic effect' on smokers that increases their craving for tobacco. Without being aware of it, they react to the signs by thinking of and wanting cigarettes. 'You get ironic effects when you couple information that people perceive with negation,' said researcher Brian Earp, from Oxford University. 'When I say "don't think of a pink elephant", I've just put the thought of a pink elephant in your head. 'A lot of public health messages are framed in a negative way...
  • WILLIAMS: Smugglers as heroes

    05/04/2011 4:26:20 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 21 replies
    Odessa America ^ | May 2, 2011 | Walter Williams
    Smugglers are heroes of sorts. The essence of what a smuggler offers is: “Government tyrants want to either prevent or interfere with peaceable voluntary exchange among individuals. I can reduce the impact of that interference.” Let’s look at smuggling, keeping in mind that not everything illegal is immoral and not everything legal is moral. snip Not many Americans are aware of today’s big smuggling activity — cigarette smuggling. Confiscatory taxes that are as high as $7 a pack in New York City, making one pack of cigarettes sell for $13, have encouraged a thriving smuggling business across our country. Like...
  • Three Edmond men indicted in alleged contraband cigarette scheme

    04/07/2011 9:39:57 PM PDT · by cva41 · 13 replies
    Oklahoman ^ | 4/7/11 | RANDY ELLIS
    Three Edmond men have been named in a 59-count federal indictment that accuses them of illegally profiting from the sale of more than $3 million in untaxed cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products. Khawer Saeed Ghill, 40, Ahsan Ullah, 41, and Asmat Ullah, 60, all were charged ... Some of the profits were transferred to Pakistan, the indictment claims.
  • Santee (CA) Mayor Explains City's 'F for Freedom' Tobacco Grade

    04/02/2011 10:33:28 PM PDT · by libertarian27 · 40 replies
    SanteePatch ^ | April 2, 2011 | Randy Voepel
    The American Lung Assoc. gives Santee a failing grade for tobacco control, the Mayor responds. I am writing in response to the American Lung Association's (ALA) March 4 letter (see the letter in the media box) regarding Santee's overall grade of "F" in their annual State of Tobacco Control Report Card. They may see it as a grade of "F" from their perspective, as our being graded a failure; I see this grade of "F" from our perspective as being the highest grade for "FREEDOM" we could earn. In Santee we believe in life liberty and the pursuit of happiness....
  • State (PA) Puts Lien on Woman's Home for Not Paying Cigarette Taxes

    03/20/2011 5:52:30 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 52 replies
    PITTSBURGH -- Channel 11 consumer reporter Robin Taylor spoke to a Hazelwood woman who said the state put a lien on her home after she purchased tax-free cigarettes online. While it's true you can buy some items online without paying taxes, cigarettes are not one of those items. The state of Pennsylvania said if they catch people buying cigarettes on the Internet without paying state taxes on them, they will issue fines. Rose Pitzarella said she smokes about three packs of cigarettes a day, a habit that has gotten so expensive that she has started to roll her own. For...
  • Three States Sticking It To Neighbors By Lowering Tobacco Sales Taxes

    03/18/2011 4:41:29 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 68 replies
    Say Anytihing ^ | March 18, 2011 | Rob Port
    Three states, all in the northeast part of America where the states are small and crossing borders to shop is fairly convenient, are looking to stick it to their high-tax neighbors by luring tobacco shoppers in with lower taxes. CONCORD, N.H. – As some states look to tobacco tax increases to plug budget holes, a few are bucking the national trend and saying, “If you smoke ‘em, we got ‘em,” looking at dropping the rate to boost cigarette sales.In New Hampshire, supporters argue that reducing the tax by a dime would help the state compete with Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts,...
  • Tax may go up $1 on pack of cigarettes (NC)

    03/18/2011 8:02:03 AM PDT · by lwd · 19 replies
    Salisbury Post (NC) ^ | Friday, March 18, 2011 12:00 AM | By Shelley Smith
    Smokers across Rowan County are fired up about the possibility of the cost of a pack of cigarettes increasing by $1, and some even say they’ll start growing their own tobacco if North Carolina House Bill 341 is passed. “I’m going to do it regardless of what they do, even if I have to buy tobacco seeds and grow it myself,” Shane Allman said of the proposed increase. “I’ll cut it up as I need it, and roll it up as I need it. That way I can throw my middle finger up at the government.” Allman, a 33-year-old employee...
  • Democrat Wants to Ban Candles

    03/15/2011 7:00:57 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 109 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/15/2011 | By Todd Starnes
    A Democratic lawmaker in Nevada has introduced a bill that would outlaw air fresheners and candles in public places. But some critics said the proposed law goes too far – and would even prohibit priests from using candles in Mass. Democratic Assembly Paul Aizley, from Las Vegas, presented his bill Monday. It would set restrictions on pesticides, fragrances, and candles to accommodate people with “chemical sensitivities.”
  • Big Cigarette Tax Pushed by Lance Armstrong

    03/01/2011 7:03:06 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 48 replies ^ | 1 Mar 2011 | Jake Richardson
    Cancer survivor and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong wants the tax on cigarettes in California raised from 87 cents per pack, to $1.87. Other tobacco products would also be taxed with an equally large increase. Mr. Armstrong is a co-founder of the California Cancer Research Act, proposed legislation estimated to generate over $800 million annually for cancer research, prevention, treament and education. Cancer survivor Don Perata is the bill’s sponsor. Perata was a California state legislator for four years ending in 2008, and currently is a lobbyist for a California prison guard union. Mr. Armstrong said, “The scale...
  • Now in Brooklyn, Homegrown Tobacco: Local, Rebellious and Tax Free

    02/25/2011 5:46:40 AM PST · by csvset · 50 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 24, 2011 | MANNY FERNANDEZ
    The cigarettes Audrey Silk used to smoke — Parliament Lights — are made at a factory in Richmond, Va. The cigarettes she smokes these days are made and grown in Brooklyn, at her house. Ms. Silk’s backyard is home to raspberry and rose bushes, geraniums, impatiens and 100 tobacco plants in gardening buckets near her wooden deck. Inside her house, around the corner from Flatbush Avenue, in Marine Park, she has to be careful stepping into her basement — one wrong move could ruin her cigarettes. Dozens of tobacco leaves hang there, drying on wires she has strung across the...
  • Smoking banned in New York City parks and on beaches

    02/23/2011 7:09:33 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/22/11 | Deborah Brunswick
    Smoking banned in New York City parks and on beachesBy Deborah Brunswick, CNN February 22, 2011 8:14 p.m. EST New York (CNN) -- Life just became more of a drag for New York City smokers after Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill Tuesday banning smoking in many public places. The new law will make smoking illegal in New York City's 1,700 parks and on the city's 14 miles of public beaches. Smokers will also be prohibited from lighting up in pedestrian plazas such as Times Square. The ban, which the city council overwhelmingly approved earlier this month, is designed to...
  • Towson University douses smoking on campus

    01/17/2011 12:09:29 PM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/17/11 | Jenna Johnson
    Towson University first pushed its smokers out of campus buildings and into the great outdoors. Then, 30 feet away from buildings. Finally, last semester, it was off campus altogether. Between classes, smokers rush to the state- or county-owned roads edging the Baltimore County campus. Not stepping off school property before lighting up can mean a $75 fine. "On campus, it's a breath of fresh air - finally," said Steven Crudele, a former member of the student government who was part of the campus smoke-free task force. "When you are walking in and out of buildings, you don't have to walk...
  • Smoking causes gene damage in minutes

    01/15/2011 4:28:25 PM PST · by Drango · 102 replies
    AFP ^ | 1/15/11 | AFP
    Those first few puffs on a cigarette can within minutes cause genetic damage linked to cancer, US scientists said in a study released Saturday. In fact, researchers said the "effect is so fast that it's equivalent to injecting the substance directly into the bloodstream," in findings described as a "stark warning" to those who smoke. The study is the first on humans to track how substances in tobacco cause DNA damage, and appears in the peer-reviewed journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, issued by the American Chemical Society.~snip "The results reported here should serve as a stark warning to those who...
  • US charges Frenchman in plane smoking row ("I'm French, F---you!")

    01/11/2011 10:58:57 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    Google ^ | January 11, 2011 | AFP
    <p>When Lebrun was observed walking toward the bathroom he was again instructed not to smoke," the complaint said.</p> <p>"Lebrun appeared intoxicated and smelled of cigarettes and alcohol. Lebrun then approached a female flight crew attendant in an aggressive manner and pushed her away with both hands. When the airline attendant instructed Lebrun not to touch her, Lebrun pushed her away again with both hands."</p>
  • Judge Strikes Down NYC's Gruesome Tobacco Ads (NY city)

    12/29/2010 6:21:52 PM PST · by Drango · 16 replies · 5+ views
    NPR ^ | December 29, 2010 | AP
    The city's campaign to scare smokers with grotesque images of decaying teeth or a diseased lung wherever tobacco products are sold was struck down Wednesday by a federal judge who concluded that only the federal government can dictate warnings that must accompany the promotion of cigarettes. U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff handed a victory to the nation's three largest tobacco manufacturers and the retailers who sell their products when he ruled on the legality of a 2009 city Board of Health code change requiring the display of smoking cessation signs where tobacco products are sold. "Even merchants of morbidity...
  • Two Central Florida hospitals say they won't hire smokers

    12/15/2010 3:17:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | December 15, 2010 | Christine Show and Katie Adams,
    If you smoke or use tobacco products — even in the privacy of your own home — you need not apply for a job at two Central Florida hospitals. Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City will no longer hire smokers starting Jan. 1 — the first in the Florida Hospital system to enact such a policy. The hospitals will join a number of health-care facilities nationwide recently creating policies to screen out job applicants who light up. "As a leading health-care provider in our community, we believe it important for all of our...
  • County wants to ban public e-cigarette smoking (King Co; WA State)

    12/13/2010 7:37:59 PM PST · by Stoat · 67 replies
    The Seattle P.I. ^ | December 13, 2010 | VANESSA HO
    Five years after Washington residents voted to ban smoking cigarettes, cigars and pipes in public places, King County wants to add one more thing to the list: Electronic cigarettes.The 2006 state law banned smoking in bars and restaurants on the basis that second-hand smoke causes cancer and other diseases. King County's rationale for adding e-cigarettes, also known as battery-powered nicotine-delivery devices, to the list of forbidden acts is a little different. The fake cigs, from which users inhale vaporized nicotine, don't emit smoke. Rather, they produce a less-smelly, combustion-free mist.But public health officials say they're so similar to the real...
  • Every cigarette puff causes damage

    12/10/2010 7:11:04 PM PST · by Krankor · 93 replies · 2+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 12/10/2010 | Monifa Thomas
    Even brief exposure to tobacco smoke — from, say, an occasional puff or secondhand smoke — can damage DNA in ways that lead to cancer, according to the U.S. Surgeon General’s first new report on tobacco in four years. “Tobacco smoke damages almost every organ in your body,” surgeon general Regina Benjamin said in the report released Thursday. In someone with underlying heart disease, Benjamin said, “One cigarette can cause a heart attack.” One in five deaths nationwide is attributed to cigarettes, according to the report — about the same percentage of adults and older teens who smoke. The 700-page...
  • Surgeon general: 1 cigarette is 1 too many

    12/09/2010 1:18:16 PM PST · by upchuck · 94 replies · 3+ views
    Ass Press via Atlanta Urinal Constipation ^ | December 8, 2010 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    [This has been edited to fit within the excerpting guidelines.] Think the occasional cigarette won't hurt? Even a bit of social smoking — or inhaling someone else's secondhand smoke — could be enough to block your arteries and trigger a heart attack, says the newest surgeon general's report on the killer the nation just can't kick. Thursday's report says there's no doubt that tobacco smoke begins poisoning immediately — as more than 7,000 chemicals in each puff rapidly spread through the body to cause cellular damage in nearly every organ. "That one puff on that cigarette could be the one...
  • Actor Johannes Heesters quits smoking - at age 106

    12/03/2010 7:41:20 AM PST · by fruser1 · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/3/2010 | Eric Kelsey
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Actor and singer Johannes Heesters has given up smoking for love -- at age 106. "I did it for love, for my wonderful wife," Heesters, who is better known as "Jopie" in Germany where he has spent most of his 90-year career, told the German entertainment magazine Bunte. "She should have me as long as possible." Dutch-born Heesters, who will turn 107 on Sunday, has been married to German actress Simone Rethel, 61, since 1992. Heesters said he quit smoking three weeks ago. Heesters, who in 2008 apologized for his cooperation with the Nazi regime, is known...
  • Second-hand smoke kills 600,000 people a year: Study

    11/26/2010 3:12:48 PM PST · by JohnBrowdie · 78 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 11/16/10 | James Fanelli
    Second-hand smoke globally kills more than 600,000 people each year, accounting for 1% of all deaths worldwide, according to a new study. The alarming findings - published on Thursday in the British medical journal Lancet - are based on a survey of 192 countries in 2004. Researchers estimated that annually second-hand smoke causes about 379,000 deaths from heart disease, 165,000 deaths from lower respiratory disease, 36,900 deaths from asthma and 21,400 deaths from lung cancer. Children account for about 165,000 of the deaths, according to the researchers. "This helps us understand the real toll of tobacco," said Armando Peruga, of...
  • Obama quit cigarettes? White House blows smoke

    10/10/2010 1:38:40 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 76 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 10, 2010
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top White House adviser says President Barack Obama and the leading House Republican would be good role models if both quit smoking, but he's leaving hazy whether the two would work together on such a campaign. Asked about such an effort Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation," White House aide David Axelrod said the administration wants to work constructively with Republicans on any issue.
  • Freedom to puff, up in smoke: Mayor Bloomberg hates cigarettes but wants the taxes they generate

    09/19/2010 2:16:09 PM PDT · by Inappropriate Laughter · 25 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Friday, September 17th 2010 | Jeffrey Greggs
    Anti-smoking is as old as smoking itself. Early objections to the habit stemmed from Christian qualms against the use of "the Devil's weed." In 1604, King James, of biblical fame, issued a tract titled "A Counterblaste to Tobacco." Pope Urban VIII published a 1624 Papal bull banning the consumption of tobacco under threat of excommunication. In Turkey and Russia, smoking was a capital offense (though the Czar generally let off first-time offenders). When it comes to smoking in our own time, concerns for the health of the body have come to replace concerns for the health of the soul, but...
  • Munich Deploys Custom Bacteria at Oktoberfest to Devour Ubiquitous Stink of Stale Beer

    09/16/2010 11:53:05 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 18 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 09.10.2010 | Rebecca Boyle
    Bavarian beer purveyors concerned about a smelly Oktoberfest are hoping bacteria can make the experience more enjoyable. They plan to pour a solution of live bacteria on the floors of Munich's beer tents, in an effort to knock out the inevitable festival smells usually covered up by a fog of cigarette smoke. Voters in Bavaria passed a statewide smoking ban in July, and it took effect last month. Oktoberfest gets an exception through 2011, but organizers want to conduct a test run during the festival’s 200th anniversary, which starts next week. Its ill effects aside, cigarette smoke is a pretty...
  • Should the FDA ban menthol cigarettes?

    09/10/2010 2:15:08 PM PDT · by Justaham · 32 replies | 9-10-10 | Ed Morrissey
    Reason TV takes a look at a new effort by the FDA to bar menthol cigarettes in the US. It follows an already-imposed ban on flavored cigarettes, including clove, chocolate, and other flavors used in some brands. No one doubts that cigarette smoking is not a healthy pastime and can be terribly addictive, but do menthols represent a larger danger than regular cigarettes? Are they really a “gateway smoke” to hook teens, or just a consumer choice that carries the same risks that have always been present? Reason argues that this is just another tactic in a larger plan to...
  • Santa Monica enforces new smoking ban law

    09/09/2010 1:59:15 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 18 replies · 1+ views
    abc7 ^ | Sept. 9, 2010 | Melissa MacBride
    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KABC) -- Santa Monica started enforcing its new smoking ban law, making it illegal for some residents to smoke on their own balconies or patios. Starting Thursday, residents who live in an apartment or condo can't light up out on their balcony, deck or patio if it is within 25 feet of a neighbor's windows, doors or vents. This new law expands Santa Monica's smoking ban. It's already against the law there to smoke in common areas, such as a walkway or a courtyard. The city wants to protect people living in multi-residential properties from second-hand smoke....
  • Sorry, you can't smoke in your own apartment

    08/31/2010 7:56:06 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 176 replies · 1+ views ^ | Aug. 30, 2010
    TACOMA, Wash., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Officials in Washington state say they'll consider moving the health battle over secondhand smoke into a new and contentious arena -- people's homes. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Board will consider a proposal next month to classify secondhand smoke as a "nuisance" in multi-unit housing, The Tacoma (Wash.) News Tribune reported Monday. Backers of the measure say they want it incorporated in the state's landlord-tenant law. "This is the last piece of the puzzle that needs to be placed," Nan Hogan, who helped write the proposed legislation, said. "We've got smoke-free motel rooms, smoke-free restaurants,...
  • Restaurants Say Smoking Ban Leaves Sales Cold

    08/30/2010 8:44:10 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 29 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/30/2010 | Tom Gantert
    A recent survey by a restaurant lobbyist group shows that restaurants are seeing a drop in sales due to the state-wide smoking ban that took effect May 1. But Andy Deloney, a spokesman for the Michigan Restaurant Association which did the survey, feels the impact may be greater once the warm weather fades. Deloney said his association expects to do another survey in the winter on sales. "It's one thing to step right outside the door when it is 80 degrees out but it's another to do that when it is a blustery 15 degrees," Deloney said. The survey found...
  • N.Y. tax on cigarettes has natives fuming

    08/27/2010 5:09:58 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Canada dot com ^ | 8/27/2010 | Steven Edwards
    NEW YORK — New York state police are bracing for possible violence as the state government presses ahead with a plan next week to begin taxing cigarettes sold by Native American stores to non-reservation residents. New York Gov. David Paterson insists the state is going about the task differently from the way former governors tried and failed to tax Native American cigarette sales — but nevertheless describes the situation as "very dangerous." From next Wednesday, the state intends to collect a tax of $4.35 for each pack sold to non-Native American customers. Lawyers for the Native American suppliers say the...
  • Bloomberg Mulling Over Smoking Ban At NYC Parks, Beaches

    08/22/2010 12:30:32 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies
    CBS New York ^ | August 22, 2010
    NEW YORK (CBS 2) – From the inside-out, there may be a new “no-go” when it comes to smoking. Mayor Bloomberg’s anti-smoking crusade could be coming to a city park or public beach near you, a plan plenty of people say crosses the line, reports CBS 2′s Dave Carlin. CBS 2 has learned that Mayor Bloomberg is looking at a possible smoking ban for all city parks and public beaches. “Now you’re gonna stop me from smoking in the park? Where am I gonna smoke at?” West Side resident Anthony Cintron said. “What’s next? It will be something else in...
  • Epidemiologist Fired for Reporting Unhelpful Results

    08/19/2010 1:43:09 PM PDT · by libertarian27 · 37 replies
    Reason ^ | Aug 19, 2010 | Jacob Sullum
    James Enstrom, an epidemiologist who has worked at the UCLA School of Public Health for 34 years, was recently fired, supposedly because his research "is not aligned with the academic mission of the Department [of Environmental Health Sciences]." As Michael Siegel notes, this rationale is patently false. The department's official mission is to "explore the fundamental relationship between human health and the environment," and that is exactly what Enstrom has done. The problem is not that he tackled the wrong questions; it's that he came up with the "wrong" answers. Specifically, he has failed to find a connection between exposure...
  • Gulf driller to light up cigar after job is done

    08/15/2010 1:41:54 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 8/15/2010
    NEW ORLEANS – The man with pinpoint accuracy who is drilling the relief well meant to plug BP's runaway well is looking forward to finishing his mission and celebrating with a cigar, a dinner party with his crew and a trip somewhere quiet to unwind with his wife. John Wright has never missed his target over the years, successfully drilling 40 relief wells that were used to plug leaks around the world. People along the Gulf Coast aren't the only ones hoping he can make it 41-for-41.
  • Mich. Legion post challenges smoking ban

    08/15/2010 1:47:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies · 1+ views
    UPI ^ | 8/15/2010
    BARAGA, Mich., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- A Michigan American Legion post says its court fight to allow smoking in its post tavern is about the freedom and liberty they fought to defend. American Legion Post 444 in Baraga, Mich., sued the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department to strike down as unconstitutional the department's order to end indoor smoking, the Detroit Free Press reported Sunday. Foucault-Funke Post 444 finds itself at the center of a possible decisive showdown for the new state law, the newspaper said. "It's not about the smoking," post spokesman Joseph O'Leary says. "It's about the right to...
  • MILITARY: Hunter wants troops to get their smokes...seeks exemption in new tobacco mailing law

    08/03/2010 9:29:24 PM PDT · by pissant · 21 replies · 299+ views
    NC TImes ^ | Mark Walker
    Letters, cookies, chocolate and other goodies are staples of care packages sent to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. For some, so is a carton of smokes or a few cans of chewing tobacco. But a recently adopted postal regulation limits the mailing of tobacco products to 10 ounces or less, a restriction that has made it difficult for family members to send the items to their loved ones in combat zones. So Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon, has introduced a bill that would provide an exemption to the regulation. A carton of cigarettes weighs more than 20 ounces and a...
  • NC Smoking Ban Doesn't Violate Constitution, Judge Rules (Ruling class gets a waiver)

    07/31/2010 8:25:11 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies · 1+ views
    WXII ^ | 7/29/10
    NC Smoking Ban Doesn't Violate Constitution, Judge RulesAttorney For Gate City Billiards To Appeal UPDATED: 2:53 pm EDT July 29, 2010 HIGH POINT, N.C. -- A local judge has ruled that the state's ban on smoking doesn't violate the Constitution. High Point Judge Jan Samet notified the attorneys on the case on Thursday. Attorney Seth Cohen, who represented Gate City Billiards in the suit, said he plans to appeal to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Gate City Billiards filed the suit, claiming the new law failed to give the business an equal protection under the 14th Amendment. The business...
  • 6 Laws That Were Great On Paper (And Insane Everywhere Else)

    07/28/2010 11:06:33 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 34 replies · 3+ views ^ | Jun 30, 2010 | Robin O'Lachlan, Dave Easton
    The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. And Bourbon. The point being, history is full of well-meant laws and reforms meant to protect us from ourselves that either don't do a damned thing, or in these cases, actually make things worse.
  • Plummeting cigarette sales cut California tax revenues

    07/28/2010 7:56:45 AM PDT · by SmithL · 110 replies · 3+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/28/10 | Bobby Caina Calvan
    Cigarette sales in California plunged to their lowest level in a decade last year as smokers were squeezed by new taxes and restrictions on where they could light up. While tobacco use has been steadily declining, the 8.1 percent sales drop was the largest year-over-year decline since 2000, according to the state Board of Equalization. The number of cigarette packs sold in the state fell to 972 million – down from from 2.8 billion in 1980. State officials said higher taxes drove more people to kick the habit. Last year, the federal government increased the per-pack tax on cigarettes by...
  • Cigarette sales, smokers decline (8.1%)

    07/27/2010 6:16:26 PM PDT · by Drango · 28 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times ^ | July 27, 2010 | Tiffany Hsu
    Price increases, health concerns and restrictions on where people can light up lead to a 8.1% drop in sales in the most recent fiscal year. Taking a puff in California is getting to be a drag, with health concerns and high prices pushing cigarette sales in the most recent fiscal year to their steepest plunge in a decade.Californians bought 8.1% fewer cigarettes in fiscal 2009 — which ended June 30 — than a year earlier, according to a report Tuesday from the California State Board of Equalization. Since peaking in fiscal 1980 with 2.8 billion packs, cigarette sales has tumbled...
  • Santa Cruz City Council asked to lift smoking ban for WAMMFest

    07/27/2010 7:59:59 AM PDT · by walkerk · 2 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 07/26/2010 07:26:21 PM PDT | J.M.BROWN
    After the last several WAMMFests encountered challenges, organizers of Santa Cruz's annual medical marijuana awareness event appear to be in for an easier time getting the city's nod of approval. Today, the City Council will consider lifting a smoking ban at San Lorenzo Park for five hours Sept. 25 to allow authorized pot users to medicate inside open-air tents designed to create privacy. The item is on the council's consent agenda, indicating that it may not be as controversial as in years past. “For the city, it's a matter of course,” Mayor Mike Rotkin said.
  • 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...
  • One Way To Get Liberals to Start Smoking?

    07/02/2010 6:14:19 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 18 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 7-1-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Fox News has a slideshow of OLD ads that would NEVER be allowed to see the light of day in modern times. One of the more egregious examples is below. I started thinking...there is a way we could get this ad to be deemed acceptable by liberals and their media lapdogs... The Looking Spoon is a conservative humor/satire/art/commentary blog, visit to see more posts and art
  • 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...
  • Judge Stops Cigarette Mail Ban

    07/02/2010 2:58:33 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 40 replies
    NACS Online ^ | 6-30-10
    The ruling temporarily puts on hold the new law that prohibits shipping cigarettes through the U.S. Postal Service. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court refuses to consider a tobacco racketeering appeals. ~~~ Federal District Judge Richard Arcara temporarily ordered a new law that disallows cigarettes to be shipped via the mail to be placed on hold, the Associated Press reports. A Seneca Indian Nation tobacco business owner asked for the restraining order to stop the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act (PACT Act) to take effect yesterday. A July 7 hearing has been scheduled to hear the case. “We are very disappointed in...
  • Junk scientists wanted

    06/28/2010 4:00:28 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 2 replies
    Velvet Glove, Iron Fist ^ | June 27, 2010 | Christopher Snowdon
    When it comes to tobacco control, it often seems that the policy is decided first and the science is produced as an afterthought. Since the lion's shares of the anti-smoking policies we see today were planned as far back as the 1970s, it is a remarkable coincidence that scientific evidence for each of them appeared at regular and timely intervals in the intervening years. This is something that The Economist gently hinted at in a recent review of a book called Merchants of Doubt: ~snip~ Secondhand smoke is old news in California these days, of course. These days, if you're...
  • Navy Bans Tobacco Use on Its Submarine Fleet

    06/20/2010 9:28:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 83 replies
    nyt ^ | 6/20/10 | Thom Shanker
    WASHINGTON — The smoking lamp is going out all across the Navy’s submarine fleet, where the mission to “run silent, run deep” now will be carried out by sailors ordered to run undersea operations without cigarettes, cigars or pipes. This is the latest front in the long war against tobacco declared by the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Their programs to help military personnel kick the smoking habit are intended to protect the health of the current force — and to save the government hundreds of millions of dollars a year in health care costs for those who...
  • Churchill’s Cigar Gets Airbrushed Out of History

    06/16/2010 12:26:41 PM PDT · by · 36 replies · 710+ views
    Eyeblast TV ^ | 6/16/2010 | Stephen Gutowski
    Its been said that life often imitates art. However, I never imagined that the satirical airbrushing campaign undertaken by the rabid anti-smoking lobby at the end of “Thank You For Smoking” would ever actually be replicated in real life. Apparently, as the Daily Mail reports, I was wrong (h/t Adam S Baldwin): It seems the man who steered Britain through the most dangerous period of its recent history may have fallen victim to the modern curse of political correctness. (pictures within link)
  • Obama Begins "Lifestyle Health Modification" Program, Mandating Behavioural Changes in US Society

    06/13/2010 6:15:05 PM PDT · by kirbyu · 214 replies · 5,976+ views
    Zero Hedge ^ | 6-13-10 | Tyler Durden
    Last week, with little fanfare, among the ever deteriorating oil spill crisis, the White House quietly noted the issuance of an executive order "Establishing the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council", in which the president, citing the “authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America” is now actively engaging in "lifestyle behavior modification" for American citizens that do not exhibit "healthy behavior." At least initially, the 8 main verticals of focus will include: smoking cessation; proper nutrition; appropriate exercise
  • Get healthy or get out, boss told employees

    06/12/2010 1:44:37 PM PDT · by libertarian27 · 60 replies · 1,316+ views
    Herald Palladium ^ | June 12, 2010 | JOHN MATUSZAK
    BENTON HARBOR - Howard Weyers believes that the bottom line for health care costs depends on what's happening with the waist lines of employees. Or the lungs, or any other organ that could fail due to misuse or neglect and cost an employer money. And he believes those employers should be encouraging workers to live healthier lifestyles and aggressively monitoring what they do inside - and outside - of the workplace. "If we do nothing about personal health, we will do nothing with cost," Weyers, a health benefit consultant based near Lansing, told about 40 people Friday at his seminar...