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  • Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds

    11/11/2013 7:31:11 PM PST · by carlo3b · 54 replies
    NBC NEWS, HEALTH ^ | JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News
    Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News Jan. 29, 2013 at 4:35 AM ET About 13 percent of double-lung transplants in the U.S. came from donors who were heavy smokers, a new study finds. Using lung transplants from heavy smokers may sound like a cruel joke, but a new study finds that organs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years are likely safe. What’s more, the analysis of lung transplant data from the U.S. between 2005 and 2011 confirms what transplant experts say they already...
  • NHS ‘bans’ GPs from carrying out minor operations on patients who smoke unless they promise to quit

    09/29/2013 6:12:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 05:18 EST, 29 September 2013 | Stephen Adams
    Patients are being denied minor treatments because they smoke, The Mail on Sunday has found. In one case, a healthy middle-aged man was told he could not have a ten-minute operation to cut a small benign growth off the side of his head because of his habit. Paul Merrett thought it would be no problem to get the inch-long fatty lump, called a lipoma, removed. … But when he attended King George Surgery in Stevenage, his GP said he could not have the minor operation—which doctors often do under local anesthetic in their own consulting rooms. Mr. Merrett, 46, said:...
  • Most U.S. Smokers Want to Quit, Have Tried Multiple Times (Gallup)

    08/02/2013 4:26:35 PM PDT · by Drango · 54 replies
    Gallup ^ | July 31, 2013 | Frank Newport
    Most current smokers in the U.S. would like to give up smoking. Perhaps as a testimony to their desire to quit, 85% of smokers say they have in fact tried to quit at least once in their lifetime, including 45% who have tried at least three times. ~snip Smokers on average are engaging in a habit they wish they didn't have, and, in fact, the average smoker has attempted to quit at least three times in their lifetime. The difficulty in quitting is attested to by the fact that more than seven in 10 smokers say they are addicted to...
  • Feds eye new regs on menthol cigarettes

    07/24/2013 5:14:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 23, 2013 | Julian Hattem
    Federal regulators are looking at menthol cigarettes for possible new regulations, arguing that the products raise "critical" health concerns. The Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday that it was beginning the process of regulating the variety of flavored cigarettes by gathering comments from the public. “Menthol cigarettes raise critical public health questions,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg in a statement. “The FDA is committed to a science-based approach that addresses the public health issues raised by menthol cigarettes, and public input will help us make more informed decisions about how best to tackle this important issue moving forward.” Among...
  • what's next

    07/24/2013 3:49:34 PM PDT · by lizard 500 · 36 replies
    7-24-13 | lizard 500
    This is my first post on Free Republic; I hope I'm doing this correctly. I have many concerns about the changes in health care here in the U.S., but I was shocked when my daughter was told that ALL employees at her place of employment must declare themselves as smokers or non-smokers and those who did smoke would have to pay an additional amount for health insurance. I thought what about those who are obese, or live a high risk life-style; they too represent an increased risk of injury/disease. Is there anyone who does not do SOMETHING that puts them...
  • Smokers may get temporary break from Obamacare penalties

    07/09/2013 6:19:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 9, 2013
    Some smokers trying to get coverage next year under President Obama's health care law may get a break from tobacco-use penalties that could have made their premiums unaffordable. The Obama administration -- in yet another health care overhaul delay -- has quietly notified insurers that a computer system glitch will limit penalties that the law says the companies may charge smokers. A fix will take at least a year to put in place.
  • Great news: White House knew all along ObamaCare implementation impossible

    07/09/2013 7:53:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/09/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Surprised by the recent waivers from the Obama administration on the Affordable Care Act? Get ready for more, writes Margot Sanger-Katz at National Journal, because the employer mandate is far from the only piece of ObamaCare that’s not ready for prime time. In fact, it might be easier to select the few components that might be ready for the implementation target date than to number those that won’t: If you’ve been reading all the Obamacare stories lately, you might get the impression that the administration has just realized it will not be able to implement the massive health reform as...
  • Pennsylvania hospitals' ban on hiring smokers prompts debate

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

    01/10/2013 9:34:40 AM PST · by illiac · 43 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 1/10/13 | NB Staff
    The hot new video at MRCTV.org is 1995 footage of Attorney General Eric Holder, when he was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. In his remarks before the Woman's National Democratic Club, broadcast by CSPAN 2, Holder said people should be ashamed to own guns, just the way that cigarette smokes now "cower outside of buildings" to smoke. "What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that's not cool, that it's not acceptable, it's not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way...
  • Stick ‘em up, I’m having this smoke.

    05/03/2013 8:49:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    PolitiChicks ^ | May 2, 2013 | Leslie Deinhammer
    Where are today’s rebels?  Where is the counterculture? Ear-budded hipsters, with their sheep-like devotion to Apple products and the Obama administration, sit in on the April 20 “Day of Pot” in Denver, content and satisfied with their free birth control and legalized maryjane.  Meanwhile SWAT teams descend on Watertown, Massachusetts, trampling Fourth Amendment rights in search of a “person of interest”– while a Saudi National is quietly sent back to his homeland.These hipsters champion the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado while the war on Big Tobacco rages on.  Since 1997 the FDA inherited control over the $365.5 billion global...
  • Warning: Smoking Is Hazardous to Your Employment

    04/08/2013 11:41:44 AM PDT · by OKRA2012 · 67 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/8/13 | Leslie Kwoh
    Companies aren't just singling out overweight employees. Staffers who smoke are under fire too. In small but growing numbers, employers in recent years have been refusing to hire smokers, arguing that coaxing tobacco users to quit with free cessation programs or cash incentives hasn't worked. Some medical experts back the bans, saying the end result of reducing smoking is worth it. But other health-care experts say the policy crosses an ethical line by singling out poorer and less educated groups who, federal data shows, smoke more often.
  • Are gun owners the new smokers? Agenda 2013

    02/25/2013 12:11:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | February 21, 2013 | The Oregonian Editorial Board
    Oregon gun owners cheered by the demise of Sen. Ginny Burdick's proposals to ban large magazines and scary-looking semiautomatic weapons should leave the Champagne in the fridge for the time being. The Legislature's gun-control advocates are still hard at work, and the direction in which they're heading would create problems for law-abiding citizens over the long term and, perhaps, do nothing to enhance public safety. We're leery of slippery-slope arguments, but two concepts supported by Burdick and Sen. Floyd Prozanski, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, could grease the transformation of concealed-handgun policy into something resembling smoking policies around the...
  • Penalty could keep smokers out of health overhaul

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Barack Obama's health care law, according to experts who are just now teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the massive legislation. The Affordable Care Act — "Obamacare" to its detractors — allows health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next Jan. 1. For a 55-year-old smoker, the penalty could reach nearly $4,250 a year. A 60-year-old could wind up paying nearly $5,100 on top of premiums. Younger smokers could...
  • Penalty could keep smokers out of health overhaul

    01/24/2013 7:48:02 PM PST · by kik5150 · 38 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 01/23/2013 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Barack Obama's health care law, according to experts who are just now teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the massive legislation. The Affordable Care Act — "Obamacare" to its detractors — allows health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next Jan. 1. For a 55-year-old smoker, the penalty could reach nearly $4,250 a year. A 60-year-old could wind up paying nearly $5,100 on top of premiums. Younger smokers could be charged lower...
  • Alaska woman falls off 60-foot cliff while texting

    09/28/2012 5:57:03 AM PDT · by vet7279 · 37 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | September 27, 2012 | foxnews
    The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports she slipped as she was texting on her phone at the same time she tried to toss a cigarette butt over the cliff edge. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/09/27/alaska-woman-falls-off-60-foot-cliff-while-texting/?test=latestnews#ixzz27lhu2uif
  • US court rejects graphic cigarette warnings

    08/25/2012 7:57:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 24, 2012 | Shaun Tandon (AFP)
    A US court on Friday shot down orders to slap graphic anti-tobacco messages on cigarette packs, saying the government overstepped its authority by trying to "browbeat" smokers into quitting. In line with campaigns in several other nations, the United States planned from September 22 to require images on cigarette packs including a man smoking through a hole in his throat and a body with chest staples on an autopsy table. In a 2-1 decision, the US Court of Appeals in Washington said that the images planned on cigarette packs were not necessarily false but they went beyond "pure attempts to...
  • Obama law could send 1,000 cheap cigarette stores up in smoke (Another industry destroyed!)

    07/07/2012 10:49:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 7, 2012 | Laura Cox
    It’s bad news for smokers and tobacco shops alike. Long regarded as a cheaper option for nicotine lovers, roll-your-own cigarettes are set to be a thing of the past as a new law is introduced by President Barack Obama. In coming days he will sign a federal highway bill with a section defining any business with roll-your-own cigarette machines as a tobacco manufacturer and upping taxes on the its products, the Chicago Sun Times reported. The move will come as a blow to smokers without brand loyalty who for years have been able to feed their habits at a fraction...
  • Smokers Deserve a Medal for Funding Health Care Programs for Kids, Not Government Persecution

    04/09/2012 2:23:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | April 9, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: From TheHill.com: "Two weeks after fighting for the survival of its signature healthcare reform law before the Supreme Court, the Obama administration will be back in court Tuesday to defend another part of the president's agenda to make Americans healthier." Do you love the way that's written at TheHill.com? Let me read this to you again. The headline: "Another Health Law Faces Court Challenge." But TheHill.com, total slaves to the Obama administration: "Two weeks after fighting for the survival of its signature healthcare reform law before the Supreme Court, the Obama administration will be back in court...
  • Panel’s ruling a boost to anti-smoking warnings

    03/20/2012 8:34:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 19, 2012 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    The federal government can require tobacco companies to “reserve significant packaging space” for anti-smoking warnings and graphic images on their cigarette labels, a three-judge appellate panel ruled Monday. “We return to where we began — the lack of consumer awareness of tobacco’s serious health risks resulting from the decades-long deception by tobacco companies,” Judge Jane Branstetter Stranch of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati wrote in a ruling that was unanimous in some sections and 2-1 in others. Current tobacco-label warnings do not effectively inform consumers on these health risks, even though they include “the undisputed fact...
  • Utah offical proposes higher Medicaid co-pays for smokers-State Representative Paul Ray(R)

    02/14/2012 5:16:09 PM PST · by Jean S · 26 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 2/14/12 | Alicia Acuna
    Lower-income smokers in Utah may soon have to pay more for a doctor's visit if they continue the unhealthy habit. That is, if a bill currently making its way through the state legislature passes. State Representative Paul Ray, R., is the author of the proposal to charge a Medicaid recipient a higher co-pay for doctor visits if he or she smokes cigarettes.
  • Geisinger will stop hiring smokers

    12/29/2011 4:54:10 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 67 replies
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 12/29/11 | Steve Mocarsky
    Health care provider announces that tobacco users will not get jobs. Smokers need not apply. That’s the message Geisinger Health System is sending to future job applicants. Starting Feb. 1, Geisinger will no longer hire applicants who use tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars and chewing or smokeless tobacco, the health system announced on Wednesday. “Geisinger is joining dozens of hospitals and medical organizations across the country that are encouraging healthier living, decreasing absenteeism and reducing health care costs by adopting strict policies that make smoking a reason to turn away job applicants,” Richard Merkle, chief human resources officer, said in...
  • Marching Orders for Paul’s Volunteers: Do Shave, Don’t Tweet

    12/29/2011 4:47:36 AM PST · by BCrago66 · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/29/11 | RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.
    Ron Paul’s college-aged volunteer army — a core of the powerful ground organization that is the envy of rivals — is descending on Iowa from around the nation to coax people to the state’s Republican caucuses as he seeks to pull off what only months ago seemed like an unthinkable victory here on Tuesday.
  • Push on to raise Maryland cigarette tax to $3 a pack

    10/07/2011 8:34:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 6, 2011 | David Hill
    A Maryland health advocate who fought successfully this year for an increase in the state’s alcohol sales tax is pushing for a tax increase on cigarettes. Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, says the group will start a campaign next week asking the General Assembly to increase the state’s $2-a-pack tax on cigarettes to $3 and raise taxes on other tobacco products, including cigars and smokeless tobacco. Mr. DeMarco — a health lobbyist who has long championed so-called “sin taxes” on tobacco and alcohol — hopes to build on momentum from this year’s assembly, in which legislators...
  • Bullitt County Smoking Ban Snuffed Out

    09/15/2011 6:06:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    BULLITT COUNTY, Ky. -- A proposed smoking ban in Bullitt County has been snuffed out. The Bullitt Circuit judge issued his ruling Thursday, saying the ban proposed by the health department is void and unlawful. The board of health had voted to enact a regulation to ban smoking in public places, but Wednesday's ruling stops the health department from implementing or enforcing the ban. In that ruling, Judge Rodney Burress said to allow the health department to regulate any matter relating to public health would "allow regulations prohibiting the consumption of candy because it is bad for a person's teeth,...
  • Cigarettes will carry grisly new warning labels

    06/22/2011 1:35:39 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 41 replies
    AP ^ | June 22 2011 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Rotting teeth and gums. Diseased lungs. A sewn-up corpse of a smoker. Cigarette smoke coming out of the tracheotomy hole in a man's neck. Cigarette packs in the U.S. will have to carry these macabre images in nine new warning labels that are part of a campaign by the Food and Drug Administration to use fear and disgust to discourage Americans from lighting up.
  • FDA to issue new graphic cigarette warning labels

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

    06/13/2011 2:16:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Crain's Detroit Business ^ | June 13, 2011 | Associated Press
    ANN ARBOR (AP) — Lights-out time is approaching at the University of Michigan, where a campuswide ban on smoking outdoors and indoors takes effect next month. The school says it is the first major university in the state to adopt such a ban, while Big Ten rivals Indiana University and the University of Iowa already have them in place. “We are approaching this issue with great respect for the difficulty in discontinuing tobacco use,” said Robert Winfield, the university’s chief health officer. “It is our expectation that this will entail a culture change that will take a number of years...
  • E-cigs: No smoke, but some areas are banning them

    06/04/2011 11:43:16 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 25 replies
    ap ^ | 6-3-11 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM
    RICHMOND, Va.—That's not smoke coming out of Cliff Phillips' mouth. But that hasn't stopped others from cringing, making remarks, waving their hands in their faces and coughing at the sight of the vapor from his electronic cigarette. "They're just conditioned if they see you inhale and exhale something, it's got to be smoke and it's going to stink. ... They're not even smelling anything," said Phillips, a 61-year-old retiree and former cigarette smoker from Cuba, Ill. Electronic cigarettes don't burn and don't give off smoke.
  • Court OKs ex-smokers' suits against tobacco firms

    05/06/2011 7:12:46 PM PDT · by Drango · 8 replies · 1+ views
    SFChron ^ | 5/6/11 | Bob Egelko
    The state Supreme Court breathed new life Thursday into lawsuits by seriously ill ex-smokers, ruling that a former cigarette addict can seek damages from tobacco companies for her cancer despite having failed to sue for earlier smoking-related illnesses... The California Supreme Court removed one obstacle to tobacco suits by ruling in 2007 that the two-year deadline started running when former smokers learned that they were ill, and not merely that they were addicted...
  • Maricopa County Testing Workers for Nicotine

    03/16/2011 11:01:10 AM PDT · by yorkie · 29 replies
    Fox News - AP ^ | March 15, 2011 | Staff
    Some Maricopa County workers are burned up about a new health-plan requiring them to submit saliva for nicotine analysis.
  • NYC Council Bans Smoking In Parks, Beaches

    02/02/2011 4:12:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    CBSNewYork.com ^ | 2/2/11 | CBS
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Smokers have just one message to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council members: butt out of our business. “We’re outside. We should have freedom to smoke,” City Hall Park smoker Harvey Forbes told CBS 2’s Magee Hickey. By a vote of 36 to 11 on Wednesday the City Council approved a bill to ban smoking in all city parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas. “People who have made the decision not to smoke have civil liberties too and their health and their lives should not be negatively impacted because other people have decided to smoke,” Council Speaker...
  • Judge upholds ban on mailing of cigarettes but rejects tax collection

    07/30/2010 12:44:58 PM PDT · by Drango · 19 replies · 2+ views
    buffalo news ^ | 7/30/10 | Phil Fairbanks
    A judge today upheld the federal government's right to ban the mailing of cigarettes by Seneca Nation tobacco businesses, but rejected for the time being the collection of taxes on those cigarettes. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara upholds the crux of a new federal law that Seneca business owners say will cripple their mail-order operations. In short, the judge banned the sale of tobacco products through the mail but allowed for other forms of interstate sales of tax-free cigarettes. Under the law, buyers would still be required to pay the taxes on those cigarettes. The Prevent...
  • States not using new tobacco tax for prevention (Surprise Surprise.. NOT!)

    04/08/2010 11:01:35 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies · 791+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 4/8/10 | JoAnne Allen
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fourteen states and the District of Columbia raised cigarette taxes in 2009, but none of the new money went to programs to cut smoking and prevent tobacco-related disease, U.S. health officials said on Thursday. Higher cigarette taxes can substantially curb smoking but states can make an even bigger dent by investing the new funds in programs to help people quit, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. "None of the 15 states dedicated any of the new excise tax revenue by statute to tobacco control," lead author Karen Debrot of the CDC's Office on Smoking...
  • Calif. considers smoking ban at all state parks

    03/18/2010 10:54:19 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies · 479+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 18, 2010 | SAMANTHA YOUNG
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California lawmakers on Thursday will consider what is believed to be the nation's most far-reaching smoking ban in state parks as a way to get unsightly cigarette butts off the beach, eliminate second-hand smoke and reduce the threat of wildfires. Maine banned smoking at its state beaches last year, but groups that track such legislation say no state prohibits lighting up throughout its entire park system, as the California bill proposes. Under a legislative compromise, campsites and parking areas will be exempted from the ban.
  • "Fair Health Insurance Premiums" Won't Be Fair For Smokers

    03/19/2010 11:38:01 AM PDT · by fruser1 · 57 replies · 1,203+ views
    Senate Version of Health Care Bill Sec 2701 | self
    Sec 2701 allows an extra 50% on premiums for smokers. I'm sure there's a bunch of smoke-nazi's out there that love this, but isn't this discriminatory? What's the surcharge for other risky behavior? There's probably just as much in medical expenses spent on sports injuries, considering that there are so many of them compared to cancer cases. Why not surcharge those folks? Considering you'd HAVE to carry a policy, this is a defacto tax on a legal activity/lifestyle, hence my opinion that it's discriminatory. And how do you enforce that anyway? If someone hands out cigars at the office because...
  • Alabama smokers to get fire-safe cigarettes that go out when not puffed

    12/30/2009 3:00:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies · 1,118+ views
    al.com ^ | 12/30/09 | ap
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Smokers in 12 states will be lighting -- and relighting -- fire-safe cigarettes designed to go out when they're not puffed as the result of new laws that go into effect Friday. The states are among the last to require that all cigarettes meet standards first implemented by New York six years ago. The states with laws going on the books this week are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
  • Deadliest lung cancer breakthrough

    11/11/2009 4:51:29 AM PST · by Schnucki · 17 replies · 1,348+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | November 11, 2009 | Richard Alleyne
    A new pill that could cure one of the most lethal forms of cancer is being developed by scientists. British researchers have found that a drug destroys tumours in a form of inoperable lung cancer that kills more than nine out of 10 sufferers. The treatment works by blocking the growth of the cancer cells and eventually causing them to self destruct. In more than 50 per cent of the trials, the treatment, which appears to have no side affects, killed all traces of the disease. "We are very excited about it," said Professor Michael Seckl, the molecular oncologist who...
  • DIY cigarettes? Some smokers start growing tobacco

    08/20/2009 5:29:15 AM PDT · by Peter Horry · 42 replies · 1,969+ views
    The State ^ | Aug. 20, 2009 | STEVE SZKOTAK
    RICHMOND, Va. -- Something unusual is cropping up alongside the tomatoes, eggplant and okra in Scott Byars' vegetable garden - the elephantine leaves of 30 tobacco plants. Driven largely by ever-rising tobacco prices, he's among a growing number of smokers who have turned to their green thumbs to cultivate tobacco plants to blend their own cigarettes, cigars and chew. Byars normally pays $5 for a five-pack of cigars and $3 for a tin of snuff; the seed cost him $9. "I want to get to where I don't have to go to the store and buy tobacco, but I'll just...
  • A Lie We Can't Ignore...

    07/21/2009 3:17:49 PM PDT · by Cantiloper · 30 replies · 1,661+ views
    July 21st, 2009 | Michael J. McFadden
    I have completely avoided anything that might be seen as "Obama bashing" up to this point, although I have been heavily critical of his SCHIP tax. I've been very unhappy with how much thinly veiled racism I've seen from all sorts of folks disagreeing with him on all sorts of policies and have wanted no part of it or any appearance of supporting it. That has not changed. But, breaking campaign promises is one thing. Even when they are broken blatantly and without apologies. Lying is something else entirely. [b]President Obama clearly, without ANY doubt or quibbling whatsoever, blatantly lied...
  • Smokers, drinkers to carry tax burden?

    05/13/2009 5:11:45 AM PDT · by Sig Sauer P220 · 17 replies · 740+ views
    Politico ^ | 05/13/09 | CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN
    If you make big bucks — or enjoy alcohol, cigarettes and Coke — the government might hit you up to pay for fixing the nation’s health care system. On Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee peeked into vending machines and liquor stores, company payrolls and health savings accounts, looking for a mix of tax increases and spending cuts as a way to pay for a health overhaul — which could cost more than $1.5 trillion over 10 years.
  • Britney Spears walks off stage during concert, blames cigarette smoke

    04/09/2009 6:47:25 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 42 replies · 7,258+ views
    EW ^ | Apr 9, 2009, 05:50 AM | by Mike Bruno
    Britney Spears walked off stage shortly after the start of a concert last night at Vancouver's GM Place, leaving the crowd to sit in the dark for 30 minutes. The Vancouver Sun reports that a voice came on the venue's loudspeaker during the dark period informing the audience that cigaratte smoke was to blame. "It's become uncomfortable and unsafe for the performers, including Ms. Spears,"
  • 'Golden leaf' growers troubled by tobacco tax rise

    04/02/2009 3:47:57 PM PDT · by Drango · 160 replies · 2,395+ views
    ap ^ | 4/2/09 | EMERY P. DALESIO
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — For more than a century, the Sharp family of eastern North Carolina has grown tobacco, nicknamed the "golden leaf" for reasons that went beyond the cured plant's rich color. `snip "There's nothing else we're doing that comes even close to yielding the profits that tobacco yields." For generations, tobacco growers were a protected class, as lawmakers across the South defended the golden leaf as stridently as politicians from Michigan and New York do automakers and Wall Street. It remains a huge business: The tobacco crop in North Carolina alone, where farmers produce nearly half the value...
  • Smoke ‘em if you can afford ‘em ($10 per carton tax increase)

    03/13/2009 3:07:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies · 3,484+ views
    The Somerset Daily American ^ | March 12, 2009 | Rick Kazmer
    Tobacco connoisseurs can't catch a break. A new federal tax recently approved by President Obama has increased cigarette carton prices by more than $10 - about 75 cents a pack. The tax was passed in January as part of a multibillion dollar package to provide health care for children and certain legal immigrants. Local tobacco users and dealers admit the cause is admirable, but said the tax is unjust. “There is about zero common sense or logic in this whole tax,” said David Roth, owner of Tobacco Alley in Somerset. “It is a revenue stream that has been drying up...
  • 16 Days And Let’s Tax the Poor.

    02/08/2009 11:49:17 AM PST · by nateriver · 22 replies · 889+ views
    It took only 16 days for President Obama to break his campaign promise not to raise taxes on the poor. When President Obama signed the SCHIP bill, increasing the excise tax on Tobacco products by 156%, he raise taxes on 55% of smokers who are the “working poor” and the 25% of smokers who live below the poverty line. This bill is to provide health care to many of these smokers’ children. If he cared about the health of these children, the purpose of the cigarette tax would be to deter smoking because many children from homes of smokers require...
  • Senate Passes SCHIP Bill with Federal (61¢ a pack) Tobacco Tax Increase (illegal aliens included)

    02/01/2009 12:59:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 102 replies · 3,103+ views
    Join Together ^ | 1/30/09
    Senate Passes SCHIP Bill with Federal Tobacco Tax IncreaseJanuary 30, 2009 The U.S. Senate voted 66-32 this week to approve a major expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), funded with a 61-cent-per-pack increase in the federal tobacco tax, Reuters reported Jan. 30. The $32.8-billion SCHIP bill would expand eligibility for the health-insurance program to an additional 11 million children; about 7.4 million kids are covered by SCHIP now. The measure was passed twice last year, but vetoed both times by President George Bush. A similar measure has already passed the House of Representatives, and House Speaker Nancy...
  • Vanity - 7th Grader seeks *former smokers* for (short) survey participation, please.

    12/20/2008 8:44:55 AM PST · by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL · 30 replies · 629+ views
    ARE YOU A FORMER TOBACCO USER??? 7th Grade Science Fair SURVEY 1. How old are you currently? 2. How many years have you smoked or chewed tobacco? 3. How old were you when you started smoking or chewing? 4. How long (mo./yrs.) have you been free from tobacco use? 5. Who/What influenced you to start smoking or chewing tobacco? 6. Are you currently using tobacco product(s) regularly? How often? 7. Have you tried to QUIT using tobacco products? How many attempts? 8. How many cigarettes or cans of chewing tobacco do/did you use per day? 9. Does anyone in your...
  • 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...
  • Undersea 'Black Smokers' Found Off Arctic

    08/04/2008 5:58:31 PM PDT · by krb · 32 replies · 881+ views
    Discovery ^ | August 4, 2008 | AFP
    Aug. 4, 2008 -- Jets of searingly hot water spewing up from the ocean floor have been discovered in a far-northern zone of the Arctic Ocean, Swiss-based scientists announced Monday. The so-called "black smokers" were found 73 degrees north, on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge between Greenland and Norway, in the coldest waters yet for a phenomenon first observed around the Galagapos islands in 1977.The earth's plumbing system of hydrothermal vents contain their own, unique ecosystems given the absence of sunlight at depths, in this case, of 7,874 feet, with vinegar-like water attaining temperatures of up to 752 degrees Fahrenheit.A team from...
  • 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...
  • Scottish City to Pay Smokers to Quit

    06/21/2008 4:06:07 PM PDT · by rawhide · 3 replies · 110+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 6/21/08
    Smokers in deprived communities of the Scottish city of Dundee will be offered cash to quit the habit as part of a new program coming in the fall. Organizers working with the Scottish government say the $986,000 pilot program aims to help 900 of the city's 36,000 smokers to stop over the next two years. Participants in the new initiative will be offered $25 per week credited onto an electronic card for a maximum of 12 weeks. They can redeem the money in their local supermarket for fresh food and groceries — but not alcohol and cigarettes.