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  • California Congressman Vapes During Hearing on Banning Vaping on Planes

    02/12/2016 5:07:26 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 72 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | February 12, 2016
    A California lawmaker turned heads at a House of Representatives hearing Thursday when he pulled out his vape pen and took a big puff, blowing out a large plume of vapor. The unconventional move came while the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee was debating an amendment that would ban e-cigarettes on passenger airplanes. California Rep. Duncan Hunter, a former smoker, was arguing against the ban.
  • MD man pleads guilty in black-market cigarette scheme (big customer base with $8/pack NY tax)

    04/02/2011 4:05:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 1, 2011 | Maria Glod
    A 34-year-old Bowie man acknowledged in federal court Friday that he participated in a ring that distributed more than 17 million black-market cigarettes, a scheme that prosecutors said cost the government more than $2.6 million in taxes. Chun Chen, who goes by Eddy and owned a carryout restaurant in Maryland, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit extortion in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt... The far-reaching probe became public last fall, when then-Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) and his wife, Leslie, now a council member, were arrested. Jack Johnson was indicted in February on bribery charges. Leslie Johnson...
  • Law snuffs out mailing smokes to deployed troops (courtesy of Senator Herb Kohl, D-Wis)

    08/10/2010 3:09:16 AM PDT · by DemforBush · 29 replies
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 8/10/10 | Kristin M Hall
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Family and friends have suddenly found themselves blocked from shipping cigarettes and other tobacco products to American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq because of a new law meant to hamper smuggling and underage sales through the mail...
  • 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...
  • Guns, booze and smokes -- now that's a fundraiser

    08/21/2009 11:47:21 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 1,011+ views
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 8/21/9 | Carla Marinucci
    We'll give the young Republican crowd some points for, uh, creativity -- but we just hope they get their fun in the right order when they hold that big Bay Area Young Republicans' "Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Fundraiser" this weekend. Say, whaaaa? No kidding. In a move that says that the Wild West is alive and well in California politics (or that maybe there's no adult advisor involved here), the San Francisco, San Mateo and Silicon Valley Young Republicans are planning an official smokin', drinkin', shoot-em-up fundraiser -- literally. It's even listed on the California Republican Party events website.
  • Senate OKs cigarette tax hike, closes corporate loopholes

    05/07/2008 10:04:33 AM PDT · by Disturbin · 61 replies · 236+ views
    South Coast Today ^ | May 7, 2008 | David Kibbe
    BOSTON —— The Massachusetts Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday night to raise the cigarette tax by $1 a pack and close hundreds of millions of dollars in so-called corporate tax loopholes. The House passed a similar tax package last month. Gov. Deval Patrick generally supports an increase in the cigarette tax, but the $1 boost will be tied up in negotiations over corporate tax rates before it reaches his desk. The Senate tax package, which passed 31 to 6, would raise nearly $472 million in revenue next year. The House passed a tax package last month that would bring in $80...
  • URGENT Message about your tobacco shipments...ATTENTION SMOKERS

    06/09/2006 3:55:08 PM PDT · by Danette · 61 replies · 1,776+ views
    Can you believe this? I just got a letter in the mail from Allnative about my tobacco products that I order. "Effective immediately,, as well as many other cigarette retailers around the country, is being forced by the major credit card companies (Discover, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express) to eliminate credit and debit card purchases for cigarettes and other tobacco products. We were notified on Friday, May 19th that they were "pulling the plug" immediately with no time for us to notify our customers." When did this country go communist? This is freaking nuts. I called AllNative and they...
  • North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Terror Support: funnel money, weapons and supplies to Hezbollah

    04/01/2002 12:06:07 PM PST · by rface · 29 replies · 930+ views
    AP / Las Vegas Sun ^ | April 01, 2002 at 12:50:19 PST | AP
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A man has pleaded guilty to conspiring to funnel money, weapons and supplies to the Hezbollah terrorist group and will testify against other defendants, prosecutors said Monday. Said Mohamad Harb, 31, pleaded guilty to conspiracy Feb. 25 and a charge of providing material support to a known terrorist organization was dropped, U.S. Attorney Robert Conrad said. Harb's trial had been scheduled to begin in two weeks. Conrad said the plea was kept secret because Harb agreed to testify against other defendants in exchange for the removal of some of his relatives from Lebanon to the United...
  • Fourteen indicted in Appalachia election fraud probe (pork rinds, beers, smokes - 1,000 counts)

    03/03/2006 5:41:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies · 2,189+ views
    Kingsport Times-News ^ | 2/03/06 | STEPHEN IGO
    Fourteen indicted in Appalachia election fraud probeFriday, March 03, 2006 By STEPHEN IGO Times-News WISE - Fourteen individuals, including the mayor/town manager of Appalachia, a town councilman, and two law enforcement officials, were indicted by a Wise County grand jury on multiple counts stemming from an alleged conspiracy to conduct election fraud during the 2004 town elections. The indictments show the investigation hasn't been just about pork rinds, Special Prosecutor Tim McAfee said during a press conference at the Wise County Courthouse. The investigation into allegations of voter fraud evolved from early reports of attempted vote buying before town elections...
  • California bank hostage drama ends

    01/26/2006 6:08:47 AM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 1 replies · 285+ views
    science daily ^ | 1-26-06 | upi staff
    EXETER, Calif., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The last of eight hostages being held by a man in an Exeter, Calif., bank was freed unharmed early Thursday after a near 11-hour standoff. The incident began around 5 p.m. Wednesday when a man with a handgun entered the bank as it was closing and demanded money. When he realized the alarm had been triggered, he took eight customers and staff hostage, CBS reported.
  • China agrees to smoking curbs

    08/29/2005 2:28:16 PM PDT · by TKDietz · 44 replies · 535+ views
    Associated Press, CNN ^ | August 29, 2005 | Associated Press
    BEIJING, China (AP) -- China, home to more than 300 million smokers, has ratified an international treaty prohibiting tobacco advertising and will ban tobacco vending machines, the government said Monday. The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control was ratified Sunday by the National People's Congress, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Parliament leaders "supported the treaty by announcing that China will ban tobacco vending machines of any kind" in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, Xinhua said. The treaty requires China to ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship on radio, television, print media and the Internet within five...
  • Smoking out the terrorists.. (customized bomb being developed for Afghan caves)

    06/25/2005 12:44:14 PM PDT · by Srirangan · 10 replies · 874+ views
    Smoking out the terrorists.. Drawing lessons from the Afghan war where US forces had to ferret out the Taliban from caves and bunkers, India's leading defence explosives laboratory in Pune has developed specialised bombs to deal with terrorist hideouts. While the high-penetration smoke-spewing incendiary ammunition developed by the High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) is ready for production, work has been initiated on oxygen-depleting thermobaric warheads. "The earlier version of the suffocating smoke-spewing incendiary ammunition did not have a high penetration capability. Our latest version can penetrate 9-inch-thick walls and then explode inside, releasing suffocating smoke to ferret out terrorists,"...
  • Six Arrested After Brawl Over Cigarettes

    06/07/2005 9:07:31 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 64 replies · 1,305+ views
    AP ^ | 6-7-05
    Six Arrested After Brawl Over Cigarettes Tue Jun 7, 4:58 PM ET CHARLESTON, S.C. - Four people were injured and six arrested following a brawl at a convenience store over a pack of cigarettes, authorities said. It happened Sunday when a 20-year-old woman walked into the store on Johns Island and tried to buy cigarettes. The 18-year-old clerk would not sell them to her because the woman's driver's license was damaged. The woman argued with the clerk, then left, returning a few minutes later with a friend who also started arguing. The friend then jumped over the counter and attacked...

    05/31/2005 12:53:59 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 29 replies · 898+ views
    Sky News ^ | May 31, 2005 | Staff
    A widow whose husband died from lung cancer has lost her legal battle against one of the world's biggest tobacco companies.Margaret McTear claimed Imperial Tobacco failed to warn her husband Alfred that smoking could give him cancer. But the judge in the case said: "The pursuer's case failed on every issue on which I would have needed to find in her favour." Alfred McTear began the action against Imperial in 1993 and his wife continued it after his death that year. Mrs McTear, 60, of Beith, Ayrshire had demanded £500,000 in damages. She said she was disappointed at the judgement...
  • Teacher Allegedly Smokes Pot With Students

    04/08/2005 3:31:23 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 32 replies · 767+ views
    VENICE, Fla. - A 34-year-old high school math teacher was arrested after two female students said he served them vodka drinks and smoked marijuana with them at his house, officials said. Michael B. Ziemian also showed the girls how he was growing marijuana in his garage, a Sarasota County sheriff's report said. He was arrested Wednesday and charged with possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, delivery of a controlled substance to a person under 18 years old and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The school district put Ziemian and...
  • Credit cards banned for buying online smokes

    03/18/2005 8:37:43 AM PST · by JusticeTalion · 72 replies · 1,578+ views
    March 18, 2005 | JusticeTalion
    If you buy smokes online you may just be screwed. All major credit card companies in the United States have voluntarilly agreed to ban all internet transactions concerning cigarettes regardless of the customer. And they kept it extremely quiet until today.I found exactly two articles on it and both were regional papers requiring subscription. The move is ostensibly shaded with the "Let's keep tobacco out of kid's hands" malarkey but the real reason is stated later. States are tired of losing tax revenue to out-of-state buyers so they completely banned all cigarette purchases.What does this mean? I am writing to...
  • Company Fires Smokers

    01/24/2005 6:01:07 PM PST · by Eurotwit · 64 replies · 2,668+ views
    The Associated Press. ^ | The Associated Press.
    Michigan Firm Won't Allow Smoking, Even On Employee's Own Time LANSING, Mich. -- A Michigan health care company has fired four of its employees for refusing to take a test to determine whether they smoke cigarettes. The company enacted a new policy this month, allowing workers to be fired if they smoke, even if the smoking takes place after-hours, or at home. The founder of Weyco Inc. said the company doesn't want to pay the higher health care costs associated with smoking. An official of the company -- which administers health benefits -- estimated that 18 to 20 of its...
  • Vatican Closer to Condemning Smoking

    01/01/2005 4:14:04 PM PST · by Catholic54321 · 59 replies · 1,043+ views
    UPI ^ | 31 December 2004
    Vatican City, Vatican City, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- An article in a leading Roman Catholic journal signals that the Vatican may join the public health establishment's crusade against cigarette smoking. The latest edition of the scholarly publication Civilta Cattolica, published by the Jesuits and approved by a top aide to Pope John Paul II, says smokers cannot damage their own health and that of others "without moral responsibility." The article by Giuseppe de Rosa stops short of calling smoking a sin, but says lighting up is "not neutral either in social or indeed moral terms." De Rosa's views, and presumably...
  • Marine Pictured in Photo Unfazed by Fame.

    11/14/2004 1:05:57 PM PST · by lizol · 42 replies · 3,961+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Sun, Nov 14, 2004 | AP
    Marine Pictured in Photo Unfazed by Fame PIKEVILLE, Ky. - An eastern Kentucky Marine whose battle-grimed face has quickly become a symbol of the fighting in the Iraqi city of Fallujah says he doesn't understand what all the fuss is about. But his mother is thrilled. Maxie Webber, of Robinson Creek in eastern Kentucky, said the close-up of Lance Cpl. James Blake Miller let her know that her son was OK. Webber said she first saw it Wednesday on CBS. "I just sat here and I thought, that's my son," Webber said. "I couldn't believe it." The photograph, taken by...
  • States devoting less tobacco settlement money to health

    03/22/2004 4:01:09 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies · 126+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3-22-04 | NANCY ZUCKERBROD
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- States are increasingly using their $206 billion settlement with cigarette makers to plug holes in their budgets, congressional auditors said Monday.</p> <p>State officials said at the time of the settlement in 1998 that their goal was to recover the cost of treating sick smokers, but the General Accounting Office found that just 24 percent of last year's settlement earnings was spent on health-related initiatives.</p>