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  • Hawaii governor signs first-of-kind state smoking age bill

    06/19/2015 8:37:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 19, 2015 10:48 PM EDT | Cathy Bussewitz
    Hawaii’s governor has signed a bill to make his state the first to raise the legal smoking age to 21. The measure aims to prevent adolescents from smoking, buying or possessing both traditional and electronic cigarettes. Gov. David Ige signed it into law Friday. Dozens of local governments have similar bans, including Hawaii County and New York City. “Raising the minimum age as part of our comprehensive tobacco control efforts will help reduce tobacco use among our youth and increase the likelihood that our keiki will grow up tobacco-free,” said Ige, using the Hawaiian word for children. In Hawaii, 86...
  • Elizabeth Warren Targets Clinton Foundation Donors

    05/09/2015 3:57:37 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 18 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/8/2015 | Brent Scher
    A new blog post written by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) may appear to be an attempt to align with Hillary Clinton, but it takes direct aim at multiple Clinton Foundation donors. Warren’s post, “I agree with Hillary Clinton,” details her concerns with a provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that she says “would let foreign companies challenge American laws outside of American courts.” “The Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision isn’t a one-time, hypothetical problem—we’ve seen it in past trade agreements,” Warren wrote. Three of the five companies Warren uses as examples of companies that have abused similar...
  • More Proof That Congress Is a Criminal Enterprise Operation

    01/05/2015 3:48:28 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 14 replies
    Investment Watchdog ^ | 1/4/2015 | David Hodges
    It is not a news flash that Congress is corrupt. Their 9% approval rating is symbolic of how this criminal enterprise body is perceived by the American people. Can you actually believe that Representative John Boehner admits that bribery of members of Congress is standard operational procedure. Further, Boehner admits that this is a long-standing practice. “When the House minority leader was questioned about taking bribes from tobacco lobbyists in June of 1995 in exchange for taxpayer subsidies, and then redistributing them to other congressional members on the House floor, Boehner said, “They [the lobbyists] asked me to give out...
  • Study: Third-Hand Smoke Exposure As Deadly As Smoking

    02/04/2014 7:48:24 AM PST · by rktman · 57 replies
    atlanta.cbslocal.com ^ | 2/3/2014 | Benjamin Fearnow
    Exposure to surfaces and objects that have been saturated in cigarette smoke, labeled as “third-hand smoke,” may be as deadly as smoking the cigarette itself. A new study from the University of California, Riverside finds that the third-hand smoke that has soaked into the surfaces, objects and environment around people becomes increasingly toxic over time. Third-hand smoke is defined as the second-hand smoke that is allowed to settle on objects in any environment. Non-smoking children, co-workers, spouses and friends of smokers breathe in such carcinogens left in rooms exposed to smokers.
  • The Poor Get Caught in Tobacco's Grip as They Stuggle With Hunger

    10/20/2013 5:43:53 AM PDT · by Sam's Army · 192 replies
    The Lakeland Ledger via The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Saturday, October 19, 2013 | ALFRED LUBRANO
    Many people smoke after they've eaten. Lindell Harvey smokes because he hasn't. "You smoke out of anxiety because you don't have the food you need," said Harvey, 54, who lives alone in Crum Lynne, Pa. He receives disability checks from the Navy that keep him $2,000 below the poverty line. Harvey relies on his Newports to see him through his hard days. "In my mind, the smoking becomes a comfort as I try to create ways to get food."
  • Secondhand Smoke Linked to Memory Problems

    09/16/2012 6:48:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    Health.com ^ | September 14, 2012 | Health Editor
    FRIDAY, Sept. 14 (HealthDay News) — Regular exposure to secondhand smoke has a negative effect on brain function, according to a new British study that found people who live with or spend a significant amount of time with a smoker are damaging their memories. “According to recent reports by the World Health Organization, exposure to secondhand smoke can have serious consequences on the health of people who have never smoked themselves, but who are exposed to other people’s tobacco smoke,” Dr. Tom Heffernan, a researcher at the Collaboration for Drug and Alcohol Research Group at Northumbria University, said in a...
  • TV ad shows danger of 'invisible secondhand smoke'

    03/31/2012 1:50:13 AM PDT · by EnglishCon · 77 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/31/2012 | BBC News
    Making houses and cars smokefree is the only way to protect children from second-hand smoke, according to a new government campaign in England. The TV and radio adverts show how pervasive invisible second-hand smoke can be. Breathing it in can damage lungs and cause cancers, research has shown. Snip The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said it wanted to see smoking in cars made illegal, when children are present. "I have no doubt an outright ban on smoking in cars would have the same positive results [as banning drink-driving]” - Prof Terence Stephenson Royal College of Paediatrics &...
  • N.C. Heart Attack Rates Down Since Passage of Smoke-Free Law

    11/16/2011 12:39:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    RALEIGH – Emergency room visits by North Carolinians experiencing heart attacks have declined by 21 percent since the January 2010 start of the state’s Smoke-Free Restaurants and Bars Law. State Health Director Dr. Jeffrey Engel reported the results to the Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force this morning. “We pushed for passage of this law because we knew it would save lives,” said Governor Bev Perdue, who signed the law into effect. “Our goal was to protect workers and patrons from breathing secondhand smoke and we are seeing positive results.” The N.C. Division of Public Health report cites...
  • 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...
  • Secondhand smoke may harm mental health

    06/08/2010 2:54:31 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 26 replies · 50+ views
    Reuters ^ | 06/08/2010
    Other people's smoke is bad for your lungs and bad for your heart, and new research suggests it could be bad for your mental health, too. Researchers found that non-smokers exposed to a lot of secondhand smoke were 50 percent more likely to suffer from psychological distress than those not exposed to other people's smoke. And their risk of being admitted to a psychiatric hospital over the next six years was nearly tripled (it was almost quadrupled for smokers). So-called "passive smoking" is very common, Dr. Mark Hamer of University College London in the UK and colleagues note in the...
  • U.S. Report Links Smoking Bans and Heart Health

    10/15/2009 4:45:18 PM PDT · by Drango · 22 replies · 814+ views
    NYSlimes ^ | 10/16/09 | PAM BELLUCK
    Smoking bans in places like restaurants, offices and public buildings reduce cases of heart attacks and heart disease, according to a report released Thursday by a federally commissioned panel of scientists. The report, issued by the Institute of Medicine, concluded that exposure to secondhand smoke significantly increased the risk of having a heart attack among both smokers and nonsmokers. The panel also said it found that a reduction in heart problems began to take effect fairly quickly after a smoking ban was instituted and that exposure to low or fleeting levels of secondhand smoke could cause cardiovascular problems. “Even a...
  • A New Cigarette Hazard: ‘Third-Hand Smoke’

    01/04/2009 7:32:20 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 177 replies · 2,999+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 2, 2009 | Roni Caryn Rabin
    Parents who smoke often open a window or turn on a fan to clear the air of second-hand smoke, but experts now have identified another smoking-related threat to children’s health that isn’t as easy to get rid of: third-hand smoke. That’s the term being used to describe the invisible yet toxic brew of gases and particles clinging to smokers’ hair and clothing, not to mention cushions and carpeting, that lingers long after smoke has cleared from a room. The residue includes heavy metals, carcinogens and even radioactive materials that young children can get on their hands and ingest, especially if...
  • The Butt Stops Here

    10/05/2009 6:12:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 962+ views
    New West ^ | October 5, 2009 | Amy Linn
    As Montana bars dealt with their first smoke-free weekend since the state’s indoor smoking ban went into effect, ingenuity ruled. In Missoula, according to a great piece by Michael Moore in the Missoulian, the Rhino Bar gave smokers their very own place to light up: a Butt Hutt, created by Dave Golden of Well Done Welding and Jim Bell, a general contractor. Moore describes the hut as a 4-by-8-foot “metal smoking dugout” in the alley behind the Rhino in Missoula. The no-smoking laws spark the type of debate that never seems to get extinguished. Pro-smokers argue that the bans hurt...
  • Secondhand Smoke Affecting Millions of New Yorkers

    04/11/2009 6:04:58 PM PDT · by GSP.FAN · 46 replies · 1,568+ views
    Forbes ^ | 04.08.09 | Forbes
    Lower-income adults were more likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke than those with higher incomes -- 63 percent vs. 54 percent, the study found.
  • House Approves Plan to Give FDA Regulatory Power Over Tobacco

    04/02/2009 10:57:39 AM PDT · by LadyBuzz · 7 replies · 637+ views
    Fox News
    The House of Representatives votes 298-to-112 to approve sweeping legislation to bring tobacco under control of the Food and Drug Administration for the first time. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/04/02/house-approves-plan-fda-regulatory-power-tobacco/
  • 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.
  • Big Mommy Mika: Law Banning Apartment Smoking ‘Good Idea’

    01/27/2009 4:51:09 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies · 976+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mika Brzezinski addressed her rambunctious male panelists on Morning Joe today as “boys” and, trying to maintain order, repeatedly referred to herself as “Mommy.” Maybe there was more to it than TV shtick. When news was reported of a California town banning smoking in apartments, Mika declared “that is a good idea.” Mika not only seems to see herself as Mommy, but views the appropriate role of government as playing Big Mommy for all of us. Mike Barnicle seemed perhaps on the verge of saying that whereas smoking is a repulsive habit, government had gone too far in this case,...
  • U.S. smoking-attributable death rate drops

    01/22/2009 5:30:01 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 23 replies · 479+ views
    UPI ^ | Jan 22 09 | UPI
    ATLANTA, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The annual rate of U.S. smoking-attributable deaths per 100,000 people declined by approximately 25 deaths from 1996-99 to 2000-04, officials said.
  • THIRD-HAND SMOKE

    01/08/2009 10:42:24 AM PST · by andrew roman · 6 replies · 327+ views
    Roman Around ^ | 8 January 2009 | Andrew Roman
    That there will be any more humans left to populate the earth in the years to come ought to be sufficient enough evidence that God not only exists, but that He is tinkering to make it so. The idea of a species being able to survive the hellish construct of its intrusive and destructive existence, like the one homosapiens have built for themselves, is as farcical and ludicrous as the thinking that denies the imminent dangers of man-made global warming.At least that's what one would have to believe after a rudimentary perusal of today's mainstream doomdsay media.Everything is going...
  • City of Ithaca targets secondhand smoke (wants to ban smoking outdoors too)

    06/16/2008 7:05:20 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 63 replies · 214+ views
    ITHACA — Legislation further restricting smoking in the City of Ithaca should reduce exposure to secondhand smoke while not creating unintended consequences, according to members of the Smoke-free Zone Legislation Subcommittee. The smoking ban legislation Common Council is exploring includes ... a huge variety of outdoor, public spaces, including parks, natural areas, outdoor concerts and festivals, trails and walkways, parking garages and lots, transit shelters, Newman Golf Course, and city cemeteries. This would include outdoor dining areas at all times, and entire parks or the entire Commons during festivals like Ithaca Festival or the Chili Cook-Off.... It could also include...