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  • Cain's Cigarette-Puffing Aide Has Checkered Past

    10/28/2011 9:03:52 AM PDT · by marty60 · 125 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published October 28, 2011 | AP via FOX
    He is the man with the mustache who takes a rebellious drag on a cigarette in the Herman Cain Internet ad gone viral. "We've run a campaign like nobody's ever seen," he says before taking a puff. "But then America's never seen a candidate like Herman Cain." Meet Mark Block, Cain's unorthodox campaign manager. Perhaps no one is more responsible for the Georgia businessman's meteoric rise in the presidential polls than Block, a Republican strategist and tea party leader who's left a trail of questionable campaign work behind him. Block has been accused of voter suppression and was banned from...
  • Cain's Staff in Good Company

    10/27/2011 9:49:27 AM PDT · by Fester Boyle · 9 replies
    The Morning Spew ^ | 10/27/11 | Propeller Head
    Much ado about smoking!  The press is all titillated by Herman Cain's campaign ad: did a lengthy story about it last night.  (It was mildly amusing, but it profited from the work of some funny late-night TV comics.  Also David Letterman.)   This is ironic, since newscasters back in the olden days (back when newscasters had balls) smoked on the set.  Here's Edward R. Murrow sporting his favorite smoldering accessory: And it's hardly unusual for political types to smoke, right?  I mean, you've got Boehner copping drags left and right: And when Obama smokes a cigarette, it's like awesome:...
  • Media Hyperventilates Over Herman Cain Smoking Ad

    10/26/2011 11:01:51 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 30 replies ^ | October 26, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I want you to hear these sound bites. The media is going nuts over the Herman Cain ad. First, here is a montage from yesterday and last night, and the reaction, the State-Run Media hyperventilating over Herman Cain's smoking ad. It tells you so much about how insane our society has become about smoking and political correctness. There is a humorless doom-and-gloomism out there, and if you drag on cigarette, if you show a picture of somebody dragging on -- I mean Hollywood is famous, everybody in every movie it seems smokes. Have you noticed? You can't...
  • Hume on Cain: Smoking campaign ad ‘sheer oddness,’ attacks on Rove ‘another odd thing to say’

    10/25/2011 11:03:45 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 66 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 25 Oct 2011 | Jeff Poor
    On Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom” on Tuesday, network senior political analyst Brit Hume attempted to make sense of recent “odd” decisions by GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, including accusing GOP campaign strategist Karl Rove of picking on him and releasing a web ad of his chief of staff touting Cain’s accomplishments while smoking a cigarette. The unconventional web ad is “sort of a metaphor for the Cain campaign,” Hume said. “You can never quite figure out what the guy is quite up to. You know, if he were a conventional candidate he would be campaigning in Iowa and New...

    10/25/2011 8:42:26 AM PDT · by Brookhaven · 32 replies
    Jewish Odysseus ^ | 10-25-11 | Jewish Odysseus
    For the past few weeks, I've had a recurring suspicion that the several gaffes of Herman Cain are in fact "gaffes." As in intentional. Deliberate. Planned. Allow me to explain. 21 years ago, I watched closely as a complete political neophyte announced his intention to run as governor of Massachusetts. He was John Silber, president of Boston University. Silber was a staunch Reaganite, a native TEXAN, a blunt-spoken anti-activist authoritarian university president, a big-business booster, and a Democrat. And he was running to be nominated by the Massachusetts Democratic Party. What chance, huh? Well, to make matters "worse," Silber started...
  • New Herman Cain ad: The smoking man

    10/24/2011 6:44:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 215 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10/24/11 | Allahpundit
    Lots of buzz about this among political junkies on Twitter tonight, mostly of the so-bad-it’s-good variety. Is the image of this guy taking a soothing drag on camera after 40 seconds of ad-tastic exertion really that strange and transgressive? Cain’s campaign is all about unapologetic populist authenticity, and there’s nothing more unapologetically, authentically populist than defiantly lighting one up when the mood strikes, politesse be damned. As the man says, “We’ve run a campaign like nobody’s ever seen.” If you’ve got a problem with casual smoking during presidential spots, well, that only proves what an uptight establishment RINO you really...
  • Advice and help needed from FReepers who've managed to quit smoking

    10/04/2011 7:53:55 AM PDT · by Marie · 114 replies
    me ^ | 4OVT11 | self
    In January, I'm planning on having a major surgery and I cannot have this operation until I quit smoking. I've been trying to quit for the last 17 years and I haven't been able to make it for more than a month. I can get past the immediate horror of it all. I'm using Chantix to help me with that. (Chantix was the easiest way to quit that I've found so far.) But what always gets me are the 'crazies that don't go away. Even after the habit is broken - after the cravings are gone - I find myself...
  • What Are They Smoking?

    10/01/2011 12:24:19 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 12 replies
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | October 1, 2011 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    “(It) doesn't matter how big the warnings are. You could have cigarettes that were called the warnings. You could have cigarettes that come in a black pack with a skull and a cross bone on the front, called ‘Tumors’ and smokers would be lined up around the block going, "I can't wait to get my hands on these fucking things!” – Denis Leary ‘No Cure for Cancer’ There are certain areas of government hypocrisy that we as a society have come to accept as normal. These subjects are always met with a shake of the head and shrugged shoulders when...
  • Tobacco $ up in smoke [NATCH!]

    09/20/2011 10:32:06 AM PDT · by Mr_Moonlight · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 20 2011 | AP
    Albany -- New York state collected $10 billion in tobacco taxes over the last six years -- but spent just 4 percent of that on efforts to stop smoking, the American Cancer Society charged in a report released yesterday.
  • 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,...
  • Holy smokes: State sends Pleasant Hill man hefty cigarette tax bill

    08/28/2011 3:11:07 PM PDT · by SmithL · 94 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 8/28/11 | Lisa P. White
    PLEASANT HILL -- To get a good deal, Paul Brodman used to buy cigarettes online. Little did he know, those smokes weren't the bargain they appeared to be. There's no getting out of paying state taxes simply by buying cigarettes online. Earlier this month, Brodman received a bill for $1,398 from the State Board of Equalization for back taxes and penalties he owes for 100 cartons of cigarettes he bought online from an out-of-state retailer in 2007 and 2008. Initially, Brodman thought it was a mistake. "We smoked them; we didn't resell them," he said. "I wasn't selling them on...
  • Study Finds Anti-Smoking Ads May Backfire

    08/23/2011 4:57:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 5+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 | Diana Gonzalez
    The intent is to shock smokers into quittingThe intent of the anti-smoking ads is to shock smokers into quitting. One ad shows fatty deposits oozing out of a 32-year-old dead smoker's aorta. "Every cigarette is doing you damage” proclaims the announcer at the end of the ad. They are definitely memorable, but are these ads simply turning smokers off? Vanessa Vargas of Pembroke Pines has never smoked, but her husband does. “They’re disgusting and hideous. He won’t change because of them. He just changes the channel. He thinks they’re gross,” she said of the ads. Researchers at the University of...
  • California: Legislature Approves Renter Smoking Ban

    08/18/2011 5:52:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    FoxLa ^ | 08/15/11
    Legislature Approves Renter Smoking Ban Updated: Monday, 15 Aug 2011, 7:12 PM PDT Published : Monday, 15 Aug 2011, 7:12 PM PDT Sacramento - Landlords will be able to ban smoking on their properties, including inside rental units, if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill sent to him by the state Senate. Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles says his bill is designed to give families more smoke-free options. He says 86 percent of Californians don't smoke, yet smoke-free multifamily housing remains comparatively rare.
  • Michael Douglas Caught Smoking Again after Beating Throat Cancer

    07/30/2011 7:31:27 AM PDT · by Dr. Scarpetta · 130 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 7/29/11 | Nancy Dillon
    Actor Michael Douglas was photographed smoking on a yacht last week - less than a year after "beating" stage IV throat cancer. The Oscar winner appears on the new cover of Star Magazine and in photos inside puffing on what appears to be a hand-rolled cigarette July 21. He looks tanned and relaxed in the exclusive Star photos, leaning on the yacht's railing while traveling with his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones along the Italian Riviera. "Are you calling about the photos, because we have no comment," a rep for Douglas' spokesman Allen Burry told the Daily News. The Hollywood icon, 66,...
  • 5 Health Benefits of Smoking

    07/29/2011 6:16:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 131 replies
    Live Science ^ | July 19, 2011 | Christopher Wanjek
    Who says smoking cigarettes is so bad ... well, aside from the World Health Organization, Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and every medical board and association on the face of the Earth? But should smokers be fortunate enough to dodge all that cancer, heart disease, emphysema and the like, they will be uniquely protected — for reasons unexplained by science — against a handful of diseases and afflictions. Call it a silver lining in their otherwise blackened lungs. Although long-term smoking is largely a ticket to early death, here are (gulp) five possible benefits...
  • Billboard warns hot dogs are as risky as cigarettes; Meat industry disagrees

    07/29/2011 7:36:32 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 28, 2011 | Sarah Anne Hughes
    Firing up the barbecue can be as dangerous as lighting a cigarette, according to a new billboard which reads, “Warning: Hot dogs can wreck your health.” This statement, along with a photograph of hot dogs in a cigarette pack, currently stands near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where 1.1 million of the meat products were served last year. It was created by the Cancer Project of the group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit that encourages, among other things, an “all plant diet” to prevent and treat disease.
  • SAHA (San Antonio Housing Authority) to ban smoking in public housing

    07/27/2011 6:54:41 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 65 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 07/27/2011 | Karisa King
    To the list of places where smokers no longer will be able to light up — government buildings, parks, restaurants and bars — public housing residents in San Antonio soon will add one more: their own homes. The San Antonio Housing Authority plans to impose a new policy in January that will prohibit residents from smoking indoors or away from designated outdoor spots at all 70 of its public sites. The ban, which will affect about 15,800 residents, aims to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke and follows a growing nationwide trend to eliminate smoking at public housing authorities. Since 2009,...
  • Fewer people see heavy smoking as high risk: survey (propaganda failing?)

    07/21/2011 5:44:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 7/21/11
    The perception by teenagers and young adults that heavy cigarette smoking is a high-risk activity has declined in many states, according to a U.S. study on substance abuse and mental health released on Thursday. The perceived risks of smoking one or more packs of cigarettes a day dropped between 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 in 14 states among youths aged 12 to 17, and in 31 states among those aged 18 to 25. Perceived smoking risks also dropped in nine states among those 26 and older, a statement from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration said regarding the report. "No...
  • Nabi smoking vaccine fails in study; shares skid

    07/18/2011 5:42:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 7/18/11
    Nabi Biopharmaceuticals said Monday that its experimental anti-smoking vaccine NicVAX did not meet its main goal in a late-stage test, sending the company's shares plunging. The company said about 11 percent of patients who were received a dummy shot were able to quit smoking, and patients who were treated with NicVAX quit at a similar rate. Nabi said it is evaluating the data and waiting for results from a second late-stage study. "We are clearly surprised and deeply disappointed with the results of this first NicVAX Phase III trial," said President and CEO Raafat Fahim.
  • Gallup: For First Time, Majority in U.S. Supports Public Smoking Ban

    07/15/2011 10:43:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Gallup ^ | 07/15/2011 | Frank Newport
    A majority of Americans (59%) support a ban on smoking in all public places for the first time since Gallup initially asked the question in 2001. At the same time, fewer than 2 in 10 support the idea of making smoking totally illegal in this country. According to the American Lung Association, 27 states plus the District of Columbia have passed comprehensive smoke-free laws. A New York City law bans smoking in virtually all public places, including outdoor plazas and beaches. When Gallup first asked about a ban on public smoking in 2001, 39% were in favor, an attitude that...
  • As Economy Flounders, Obama Focuses on What Americans Eat, Smoke and Drive

    07/08/2011 11:03:21 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Center for Individual Freedom ^ | July 7, 2011 | Troy Senik
    Delivering his first address to a joint session of Congress in February 2009, Barack Obama told the assembled legislators that his plans for a federal spending binge of nearly a trillion dollars was “not because I believe in bigger government – I don’t.” Rather, he said, the stimulus plan was intended to “put people back to work and put money in their pockets.” More than two years after that speech, two things are clear: Obama’s empirical projections were inaccurate and his ideological protestations were disingenuous. Indeed, the stimulus plan was not, as Obama tried to frame it, a triumph of...
  • Feds look to regulate food similar to tobacco, with hopes of saving money on health care

    06/22/2011 5:47:22 AM PDT · by xtinct · 72 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/23/2011 | Neil Munro
    The federal government has a growing interest in the eating habits of Americans for the same reason it has an interest in tobacco consumption, said Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The reason is money, because three-quarters of medical-spending is driven by chronic diseases, such as obesity and tobacco-related diseases, she said. Sebelius’ comments came at the tail-end of Tuesday’s White House press conference where officials showcased nine new photos that must be carried on cigarette packs. Officials used a survey of 18,000 people to find the images that would have the most distressing...
  • 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 ^ | 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...
  • Why Smokers Are Skinny

    06/12/2011 12:02:11 AM PDT · by neverdem · 101 replies
    SciencceNOW ^ | 9 June 2011 | Sarah C.P. Williams
    Craving an afternoon snack? Take a drag on a cigarette, and your hunger will likely disappear. Smoking is the number one cause of preventable deaths in the Unites States and other developed countries, causing lung cancer, heart disease, and chronic bronchitis. But smokers are, on average, skinnier than nonsmokers. New research reveals how nicotine, the active ingredient in cigarettes, works in the brain to suppress smokers' appetites. The finding also pinpoints a new drug target for nicotine withdrawal—and weight loss. The nicotine receptor in the brain has 15 subunits; they can combine in a multitude of ways to form different...
  • 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.
  • Smoking-pill suicides overlooked in missing reports

    05/27/2011 5:45:17 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 68 replies
    MSNBC ^ | May 27th 2011 | JoNel Aleccia
    Hundreds of reports of suicides, psychotic reactions and other serious problems tied to the popular stop-smoking drug Chantix were left out of a crucial government safety review because Pfizer Inc., the drug’s manufacturer, submitted years of data through “improper channels.” Some 150 suicides — more than doubling those previously known — were among 589 delayed reports of severe issues turned up in a new analysis by the non-profit Institute for Safe Medication Practices. “We’ve had a major breakdown in safety surveillance,” said Thomas J. Moore, the ISMP senior scientist who analyzed the data. The serious problems — including reports of...
  • Park, Beach Smoke Ban in NYC Starts Today

    05/25/2011 8:40:21 AM PDT · by PilotDave · 19 replies
    Cigar Aficionado ^ | May 23, 2011 | David Savona
    If you plan on smoking in a New York City park today, bring an umbrella and $50. Showers are expected in the area, and today Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on smoking in public parks, beaches and elsewhere goes into effect. This new law casts a wide, anti-smoking blanket over much of outdoors New York City. It bans smoking in all New York City parks (except median strips), on all the city's beaches and boardwalks, its public golf courses, the grounds of its sports stadium complexes and pedestrian plazas such as those at Times Square and Herald Square. While the ban...
  • Big tobacco threatens to slash prices in Australia

    05/17/2011 1:30:19 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 16 replies
    France 24 ^ | 5/17/2011 | AFP
    The tobacco industry on Tuesday threatened to slash the price of cigarettes if Australia goes ahead with plans to introduce plain packaging, saying more people will end up smoking. Last month, Australia unveiled the world's toughest laws on tobacco promotion that would see cigarettes sold in drab olive-green packets plastered with graphic health warnings. Under proposed legislation, due to take effect next year, all logos will be removed from cigarette packaging, and tobacco companies must print their brand name in a specific font. British American Tobacco launched a national media campaign against the "unproven plans" Tuesday, with its Australian chief...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Smoking Bans

    04/26/2011 10:50:40 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 15 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 04-23-11 | James Tuggle
    The Center for Disease Control has prophesied that by 2020 every state in the union will have indoor smoking bans. There are three bans in the prediction: restaurants, bars and workplace. Of course you canÂ’t smoke in federal buildings but these do not fall under state jurisdiction. Texas just happens be one of seven states that still believes in individual freedom and we have no indoor state smoking ban. Unfortunately, cities do have the right to pass smoking bans. In 2000, there were no state bans on indoor smoking. By 2010, fifty states have all three bans. By 2020, it...
  • French riot police threaten to strike over alcohol ban

    04/22/2011 3:40:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | April 21, 2011 | Peter Allen in Paris
    France's riot police have complained about being "treated like children" following a new ban on drinking alcohol while on duty. The CRS (Republican Security Companies), which made its name quelling student demonstrators during nationwide disturbances in 1968, has always enjoyed a glass of beer or wine with its meals. However, following photos of riot police drinking bottles of beer during Paris street protest, police chiefs have decided to put an end to the tradition. They were wearing body armour and carrying weapons as they sipped from beer and wine bottles. Some were also smoking. Didier Mangione, national secretary of the...
  • Obama's Likability Gap

    04/21/2011 5:49:19 AM PDT · by Scanian · 33 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | APRIL 21, 2011. | Daniel Henninger
    If it is true, as Michelle Obama said in February, that her husband isn't smoking anymore, maybe he'd better start mellowing out with the cigs again before it costs him the presidency. The Barack Obama we've been seeing lately is a different personality than the one that made a miracle run to the White House in 2008. Obama.2008 was engaging, patient, open, optimistic and a self-identified conciliator. Obama.2011 has been something else—testy, petulant, impatient, arrogant and increasingly a divider. Never forget: That historic 2008 victory came with 52.9% of the total vote and 52% of independent voters. David Axelrod recently...
  • States Are Smart to Cut Cigarette Taxes

    04/11/2011 7:10:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Heartland Institute ^ | April 11, 2011 | John Nothdurft
    After decades of increasing tobacco taxes at the federal, state, and local levels, some states are beginning to buck this fiscally burdensome and irresponsible trend. On March 17, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill that would cut the state’s cigarette tax by a dime, to $1.68 per pack. Two other states with high tobacco taxes—New Jersey and Rhode Island—are also considering proposals to reduce taxes on tobacco products to make their state’s tax rates more competitive. This reversal in policy would be fiscally responsible and especially beneficial to low-income people. Many economists have noted that many states’...
  • Congress moves to repeal slush fund used for anti-obesity campaigns

    04/06/2011 7:52:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 5, 2011 | Amanda Carey
    As Congress continues to battle over budget cuts, one House subcommittee took the first step toward defunding a slush fund of taxpayer money used for anti-obesity campaigns throughout the country. In a little-noticed hearing last Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee voted out legislation that would repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund that was created in the health care reform bill. The fund is a permanently authorized and appropriated subsidy for the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative (originally funded through the Recovery Act) that gives grants that directly financed anti-obesity campaigns and soda-tax efforts...
  • Illinois House Votes to Lift Casino Smoking Ban (Even RATS know the tide is turning)

    03/30/2011 3:51:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/30/11 | Rachel Krech
    Illinois House Votes to Lift Casino Smoking BanRachel Krech – 22 mins ago On Tuesday, the Illinois House voted 62-52 to end a ban on smoking inside riverboat casinos, which, if passed could affect all 10 riverboat casinos in the state of Illinois. The ban was passed back in 2007, which is when the state began the ban in all indoor work places. But today's decision to push for the lift on the smoking ban could completely change that. The House's decision came after heated debates over what was more important: the health of casino-goers and casino employees or the...
  • Mother of two is shot dead (witness "puffing on a cigarette")

    03/24/2011 11:31:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | March 24, 2011 | Danny Valentine
    ST. PETERSBURG — About a dozen family members and friends, mostly women, were playing cards at a home Wednesday night when someone knocked on the front door. When Ebony M. Stewart, a 27-year-old mother of two, answered the door about 10:45 p.m. an unidentified man shot her dead, police said. [snip] After the shooting spree, the suspects took cash from the various purses in the house and left. Stewart had two children who were staying with a relative at another house. The suspect with the handgun was described as black, 20 to 24 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches...
  • Trend reversal: Big drop in kids' ear infections

    03/07/2011 8:14:54 PM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 4, 2011 | MIKE STOBBE
    The Associated Press ATLANTA -- Ear infections, a scourge that has left countless tots screaming through the night, have fallen dramatically, and some researchers suggest a decline in smoking by parents might be part of the reason. Health officials report nearly a 30 percent drop over 15 years in young children's doctor visits for ear infections. That's half a million fewer trips to the doctor on average. Why the numbers are declining is a bit of a mystery, but Harvard researchers think it's partly because fewer people smoke, meaning less irritation of children's airways. Many doctors credit growing use of...
  • Tobacco tax hike potentially headed to June ballot in California [Brown Wants Some Green.]

    03/03/2011 9:36:14 AM PST · by 92nina · 6 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-03-02 | Patrick Gleason
    California is one of the most heavily taxed jurisdictions in the world. If that weren’t bad enough, for the next few months Golden State residents will have to deal with an annoying little man in tights pedaling around the state to stump for even higher taxes. Lance Armstrong, who recently retired from professional cycling to lobby full time for higher taxes, was in Los Angeles earlier this week for a press event with California state Senator Don Perata to announce the launch of a campaign to raise the state tobacco tax. A measure that would raise the cigarette excise tax...
  • 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...
  • US submariners learn to live without smokes

    02/14/2011 5:00:22 PM PST · by rwa265 · 22 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 14, 2011 | By ERIC TALMADGE Associated Press
    YOKOSUKA, Japan – As if life on a submarine wasn't already stressful enough, with its cramped quarters, long work hours and weeks at sea, thousands of smokers on the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet recently got an unwelcome ultimatum from Uncle Sam. As of last month, all submarines in the U.S. Navy are officially smoke free — and it's been a tense transition. For some officers and sailors, the new policy aiming to reduce secondhand smoke risk has been that extra push they needed to make the decision to quit. But for many more, it means a little more effort at...
  • Camel cigarettes maker forced to pay $260,000 to Florida smoker after he developed CANCER

    02/12/2011 3:18:25 PM PST · by FromLori · 34 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 2/12/2011 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    The maker of Camel cigarettes has paid out more than $250,000 in damages to an elderly man who developed cancer from smoking. Leroy Kirkland had sought damages of more than $10billion from R.J. Reynolds, which is the largest award ever sought by an individual, but he settled for $260,000. The 71-year-old, of Tampa, argued in a Florida court that smoking cigarettes had caused him cancer and emphysema. The jury ordered the company to pay Mr Kirkland $10,000 in compensatory damages and $250,000 in punitive damages. R.J. Reynolds is the second-largest tobacco company in America, with a market share of 28...
  • Michelle Claims Obama Quit Smoking 'Over a Year Ago'... Hmmm

    02/10/2011 6:22:00 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | February 10, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    And they said he had a short fuse before- lookout staffers Not so sure I'm buying it, but Michelle Obama is suddenly making the dubious claim that Barry kicked his smoking habit and has not had a smoke in more than a year's time. The unambiguous statement came in the midst of a lunch/interview with select reporters assembled to mark the first anniversary yesterday for her "Let's Move" anti-childhood obesity campaign. As Mrs. Obama's session with her press corps touched upon various topics, the First Wookie was asked if Obama quit smoking, she said, "Yes he has, yes he has. Very...
  • Michelle Obama: The president has quit smoking

    02/08/2011 12:25:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/08/2011 | Nia Malika Henderson
    Michelle Obama confirmed Tuesday that her husband has kicked his decades-long smoking habit. At a reporter's luncheon in the Old Family dining room, Michelle Obama said that it has been "almost a year," since her husband has picked up a cigarette. "It's been a while and I'm very proud of him," she said during an hour-long conversation with reporters and her senior staff to discuss her anti-childhood obesity initiative. "I haven't poked and prodded. When somebody is doing the right thing, you don't mess with them." Obama said that she didn't know exactly when the president stopped because "he never...
  • Obama apparently quits smoking

    02/08/2011 12:07:23 PM PST · by ColdOne · 54 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 02/08/11 | MJ LEE
    The end of Robert Gibbs’s briefing with reporters on Tuesday turned once again to President Obama’s smoking habits as reporters were alerted that the first lady was making some news. Michelle Obama was meeting with reporters on Tuesday, a year after beginning her campaign against childhood obesity, and mentioned that the president hasn’t smoked in almost a year. MSNBC’s Savannah Guthrie asked Gibbs to comment about the first lady’s remarks, and she jokingly asked whether Gibbs himself had taken up smoking, to which Gibbs replied, “I have not.”

    02/08/2011 11:08:29 AM PST · by Harley · 99 replies · 1+ views
    Feb 8,2011
    Just heard on the radio: Michelle Obama reports that Barack has quit smoking.
  • New York City Democrats Remove Yet Another Right: No Smoking In Parks

    02/03/2011 5:27:59 AM PST · by mattstat · 30 replies · 1+ views
    The party that ever has “Rights!” on its lips, the party with the mania about diversity, the party that is most anxious that religious fundamentalists will take over and impose their puritanical wills on the rest of us, the party whose members remind us constantly of the dangers of the government meddling in our personal lives has, in a fit holy self righteousness, taken away yet another right, decreased diversity, imposed its puritanical will on the rest of us, and has used the law to meddle in our personal lives once more. New York City Council Democrats have voted to...
  • NYC Council Bans Smoking In Parks, Beaches

    02/02/2011 4:12:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies ^ | 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...
  • Fort Lauderdale: Smoking man hurt when oxygen machine explodes

    01/31/2011 7:26:47 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | January 31, 2011
    FORT LAUDERDALE — A man smoking a cigarette while using an oxygen machine was taken to a local hospital to be treated for burns early Monday when the oxygen unit exploded, officials said.