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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...