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  • Democrats in New Mexico Want to Raise Taxes Too

    07/15/2011 2:49:53 PM PDT · by 92nina · 9 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-07-15 | Nathan Lichtman
    Democrats on New Mexico’s legislative tobacco committee came out with a plan this past Wednesday to burden the New Mexico taxpayer and put constituents out of work. The Democrats want to raise taxes on cigars and smokeless tobacco from the current 25 percent of wholesale cost to 57 percent. However, Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is thankfully bringing sanity to this circus as she made it clear that she will oppose this tax increase proposal. The “promise” of new revenue - $7 million - would lead to an array of adverse economic and health consequences for New Mexico. Lifestyle taxes, such...
  • FDA issues graphic cigarette labels

    06/21/2011 7:47:38 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 21, 2011 8:14 AM (ET) | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - In the most significant change to U.S. cigarette packs in 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released nine new warning labels that depict in graphic detail the negative health effects of tobacco use. Among the images to appear on cigarette packs are rotting and diseased teeth and gums and a man with a tracheotomy smoking. Also included among the labels are: the corpse of a smoker, diseased lungs, and a mother holding her baby with smoke swirling around them. They include phrases like "Smoking can kill you" and "Cigarettes cause cancer" and feature...
  • Gov. Jindal Vetoes Tax Hike -- Legislative Leadership Pushes for Override [Different Govs]

    06/16/2011 10:37:44 AM PDT · by 92nina · 11 replies · 1+ views
    ATR ^ | 2011-06-14 | Jason Russell
    Throughout the course of this year’s Louisiana budget debate, a storm has been brewing over how to resolve the state’s $1.2 billion overspending problem. At various points an internet sales tax, 194% tax hike on cigarettes, and restoring spending cuts were all floated as partial resolutions. Fortunately, Gov. Jindal’s pledge to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to raise taxes” has helped keep legislators focused on their primary task – reining in spending - with the exception of HB 591: a $12 million cigarette tax increase that Gov. Jindal promptly vetoed today. To override the governor’s veto, which hasn’t...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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’...
  • Santee (CA) Mayor Explains City's 'F for Freedom' Tobacco Grade

    04/02/2011 10:33:28 PM PDT · by libertarian27 · 40 replies
    SanteePatch ^ | April 2, 2011 | Randy Voepel
    The American Lung Assoc. gives Santee a failing grade for tobacco control, the Mayor responds. I am writing in response to the American Lung Association's (ALA) March 4 letter (see the letter in the media box) regarding Santee's overall grade of "F" in their annual State of Tobacco Control Report Card. They may see it as a grade of "F" from their perspective, as our being graded a failure; I see this grade of "F" from our perspective as being the highest grade for "FREEDOM" we could earn. In Santee we believe in life liberty and the pursuit of happiness....
  • NH, RI, NJ buck trend, propose cigarette tax cut

    03/18/2011 4:52:43 AM PDT · by arderkrag · 18 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 03/18/2011 | Unknown
    CONCORD, N.H. – Bucking a national trend of raising cigarette taxes, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Rhode Island have considered reducing theirs, hoping to draw smokers from other states and increase revenue. Supporters argue reducing the tax by a dime would make New Hampshire more competitive with Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts, while opponents say that even if the state experienced higher sales as a result it still would lose millions of dollars in revenue. It's very unusual for states to lower the tax, University of Illinois at Chicago economics professor Frank Chaloupka says. The increase in sales isn't enough to...
  • Former FBI agent held in Iran

    04/13/2007 1:52:01 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 604+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | April 12 2007 | Reuters
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - A former FBI agent is being held by Iranian authorities, the Financial Times reported on Friday, but U.S. officials said they were still unable to verify the whereabouts of the missing American. Florida resident and ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson went missing while on a visit to the Gulf island of Kish in Iran early in March. His family has not heard from him since and U.S. officials told Reuters they do not have any valid leads. Diplomats fear the case of Levinson could mark a new twist in apparent tit-for-tat detentions involving the United States, Britain and...
  • Now in Brooklyn, Homegrown Tobacco: Local, Rebellious and Tax Free

    02/25/2011 5:46:40 AM PST · by csvset · 50 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 24, 2011 | MANNY FERNANDEZ
    The cigarettes Audrey Silk used to smoke — Parliament Lights — are made at a factory in Richmond, Va. The cigarettes she smokes these days are made and grown in Brooklyn, at her house. Ms. Silk’s backyard is home to raspberry and rose bushes, geraniums, impatiens and 100 tobacco plants in gardening buckets near her wooden deck. Inside her house, around the corner from Flatbush Avenue, in Marine Park, she has to be careful stepping into her basement — one wrong move could ruin her cigarettes. Dozens of tobacco leaves hang there, drying on wires she has strung across the...
  • Senators: Ban smokeless tobacco use in MLB

    02/16/2011 1:22:02 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 36 replies
    pMSNBC ^ | 2/15/11 | Ken Strickland
    Two Democratic senators are asking baseball commissioner Bud Selig to ban all tobacco use in the sport, specifically citing smokeless products. Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey are suggesting that Selig push for a ban as part of the negotiations in the players' collective bargaining agreement later this year. Major League Baseball banned tobacco use in its minor leagues in 1993, but still allows it in the big leagues. The senators say Major League Baseball "is undoubtedly complicit" in the increase its use with school-aged boys.
  • NY bill would ban 'e-cigarettes' until FDA action

    01/28/2011 3:24:07 AM PST · by sf4dubya · 29 replies
    AP via WSJ ^ | JANUARY 25, 2011 | AP
    ALBANY, N.Y. — New York lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a bill that would make the state the first to ban electronic cigarettes, devices touted on the Internet in ads promising all the pleasures of smoking without the deadly health threat. Health officials say e-cigarettes are just another addictive habit, one that can hook kids early and legally on smoking. But advocates who have used the devices to quit or cut down smoking tobacco call the battery-operated smokes a miracle. "E-cigarettes are for some people a tool for enabling them to continue their nicotine addictions when they are someplace where they...
  • Richmond International Raceway's Grandstands Going Smoke-Free Beginning This Season (NASCAR)

    01/12/2011 7:34:27 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 79 replies
    RIR via Jayski ^ | 1/11/11 | RIR press release
    Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz announced today that Richmond International Raceway’s grandstands will be smoke-free beginning this season. Fans who smoke may continue to do so, but in approved areas only. The new policy is in response to fan feedback. “Beginning this season, smoking will not be permitted in and in front of the grandstands or in portals leading to seating areas,” said Fritz. “Additionally, restrooms, buildings and areas that were already smoke-free at Richmond International Raceway will continue to be smoke-free,” said Fritz. “We are implementing this policy based on comments received from fans. Those who wish to...
  • Tobacco, Marijuana, Immigration: Let the Punishment Fit the Crime

    12/19/2010 9:23:30 PM PST · by stolinsky · 12 replies ^ | 12-20-10 | stolinsky
    Let the “health” gurus who scream about the evils of tobacco, while ignoring the problems of marijuana, be placed in the hands of doctors, nurses, paramedics, lawyers, accountants, auto mechanics, airline pilots, police officers, and government officials who wouldn’t think of touching tobacco, but who smoke a joint every night to relax − and sometimes in the morning before work. Let the immigration “rights” advocates be placed in the hands of similar people who have limited knowledge of English, but who must understand and carry out complex instructions that were written by other people who also have limited knowledge of...
  • Surgeon-General’s Report on Tobacco Called ‘Unscientific and Potentially Unethical’

    12/16/2010 11:53:21 AM PST · by jazusamo · 53 replies · 1+ views
    CNSNews ^ | December 16, 2010 | Susan Jones
    U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin addresses the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, March 30, 2010. (Photo by Penny Starr/ ( – The U.S. Surgeon-General’s report that even a single cigarette can harm a person’s health is unscientific and potentially unethical, a cigar and pipe trade group says.According to the report released on Dec. 9 by Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, “there is no risk-free level of exposure to tobacco smoke.” In announcing the report, Benjamin said exposure to tobacco smoke – even occasional smoking or secondhand smoke – “causes immediate damage to your body that can...
  • Jury rules against Lorillard in child smoking case

    12/15/2010 9:25:02 AM PST · by Pontiac · 2 replies · 1+ views
    YAHOO/ REUTERS ^ | Dec 14, 2010 | Ros Krasny
    A jury on Tuesday ordered U.S. cigarette maker Lorillard Inc to pay damages to a dead smoker's family for allegedly enticing the woman and other black children with free cigarettes given out decades ago. Evans vs Lorillard was the first case to claim the company targeted minorities, including young children, with samples of Newport cigarettes in the early 1960s. The Suffolk Superior Court ordered Lorillard, which also makes Kent, True, Old Gold and other cigarette brands, to pay $50 million in damages to the estate of Marie Evans and $21 million to her son, William Evans. Marie Evans died of...
  • "Bama's" Cigarettes Launched - O Around Brand Name is Flavor Circle or Presidential Nod?

    10/26/2010 4:42:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Gather ^ | October 26, 2010 | Brenda Daverin
    Rob Klotzback, a central Florida man, has launched a new brand of cigarettes. Bama's Cigarettes, available in five states including Florida, are creating a small stir thanks to the O around the brand name. Reading the package the way most folks would, "Bama's" becomes "Obama's." Klotzback insists the O around the brand name is just a flavor ring. But he he had to be aware of the publicity such a package design would give him. And with Obama's smoking habit being well-known, the connection's almost impossible not to make. Bama's Cigarettes sell for just over $4 a pack in Florida,...
  • Famous Smoking Chimpanzee Dies At 52

    10/06/2010 1:50:13 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies ^ | 10-06-2010 | By: Allie Townsend
    Charlie the chimp, known for his cigarette habit, has died at his home in a South African Zoo. After picking up a smoking habit because of cigarettes being thrown into his enclosure at the Mangaung Zoo in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Charlie began to bum smokes from zoo visitors by gesturing to his mouth with two fingers, mimicking the actions of smokers he'd watched. (See photos of the world's most endangered primates) Visitors continued to indulge the chimp, bringing on a hailstorm of accusations from animal rights activists when videos surfaced online not long after, prompting Bloemfontein zoo officials to try...
  • Tobacco Shipments to Resume to Soldiers Overseas

    08/12/2010 3:11:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies · 1+ views
    CNSNews ^ | August 12, 2010 | Kristin M. Hall AP
    Nashville, Tenn. (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service said Thursday that it plans to resume shipping care packages with cigarettes and other tobacco to soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. A law aimed at preventing smuggling had unintentionally banned families from sending tobacco to military members serving overseas. Spokesman Greg Frey said the postal service is planning to issue new instructions that could allow shipments to resume possibly as soon as Aug. 27. The Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act of 2009 quietly took effect June 29 and was created to prevent minors from ordering cigarettes through the mail. It allowed...

    08/04/2010 9:37:39 AM PDT · by Edisto Joe · 20 replies
    The Edisto Joe Outlook ^ | 08/04/2010 | JH Howard
    Under what circumstance would a normal law abiding citizen intentionally defy federal law? Recently a grandfather went to the post office with a care package for his grandson serving with the Marines in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. When he went to the counter with the box, the clerk looked over the form that lists the contents and saw a carton of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco as contents. The clerk then gave the man back his package and informed him that the US Postal Service, by law, could no longer mail packages containing those items. Not even to troops serving in war...
  • U.S. pockets $20.6 bln in sin taxes in FY'09 (taxes on alcohol, tobacco, firearms and ammunition)

    07/14/2010 8:30:54 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-14-10 | Leslie Gevirtz
    The U.S. federal government collected $20.6 billion in taxes on alcohol, tobacco, firearms and ammunition in fiscal year 2009, up 41 percent from the previous fiscal year, according to the annual report of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Part of the U.S. Treasury Department, the TTB credited most of the $6 billion rise in revenues collected to the increased taxes on the tobacco industry as a result of the Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act passed in February 2009. There was also a spike in tax collection from the sale of guns and ammunition, said the report from...
  • Conflicts of Interest Continue on FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee

    07/13/2010 10:56:45 AM PDT · by NetRight Nation · 1 replies
    NetRight Daily ^ | July 13, 2010 | NetRight Daily
    As we have noted here before, there is a serious issue dealing with conflicts of interest at the FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC). This committee advises the FDA on regulations for tobacco products. However, several members of the committee are not independent, thus, regulations that are passed down affect the financial interests of those on the committee. Specifically, committee members Jack Henningfield, Neal Benowitz and Dorothy Hatsukami stand to gain with the regulations that they propose. Henningfield is a consultant for the maker of Nicorrette gum. Benowitz is employed by Pfizer, which produces Chantix, a drug that aids...
  • The incredible illegal distillery which made 1.3m litres of bootleg alcohol

    07/12/2010 11:12:31 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 61 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 6:58 PM on 12th July 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    The ringleader of a bootleg alcohol gang which produced more than a million litres of illegal vodka costing the taxman £10 million in lost revenue was jailed for 12 years today. Harvey Conroy ran a 'determined and professional' outfit which produced fake vodka and tobacco without paying excise duty or VAT, defrauding the state of millions of pounds. Richard Christie QC, for the prosecution, said Conroy orchestrated the fraud in a bid to make massive profits, with the factories working 24 hours-a-day
  • The Presidential Addiction in Action: Obama Caught on Video Chewing that Darn Nicotine Gum

    07/03/2010 8:14:47 AM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 24 replies · 1+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | July 3, 2010 | John C. Drew, Ph.D
    This new YouTube video features President Obama chewing his nicotine gum in public - first at the G8 summit, later at the G20 summit in Toronto and finally in front of children in the Oval Office. I feel Obama's pain. I have studied up on addiction and done plenty of work for charities that seek to combat alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATODs). One of my first jobs, for example, was with a government program called L.A. Link that was focused on reducing illegal nicotine use among adolescents in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. I remember interviewing a heroin addict...
  • Judge Stops Cigarette Mail Ban

    07/02/2010 2:58:33 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 40 replies
    NACS Online ^ | 6-30-10
    The ruling temporarily puts on hold the new law that prohibits shipping cigarettes through the U.S. Postal Service. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court refuses to consider a tobacco racketeering appeals. ~~~ Federal District Judge Richard Arcara temporarily ordered a new law that disallows cigarettes to be shipped via the mail to be placed on hold, the Associated Press reports. A Seneca Indian Nation tobacco business owner asked for the restraining order to stop the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act (PACT Act) to take effect yesterday. A July 7 hearing has been scheduled to hear the case. “We are very disappointed in...
  • States and Cancer Foes Banking on Smokers to Spur Economic Growth

    06/24/2010 7:51:03 AM PDT · by HandsOffMyFreedom · 7 replies
    Nanny State Liberation Front ^ | 06/24/2010 | NSLF
    A coalition of prominent public health organizations is rallying behind a new report that shows just how valuable cigarette smokers are to cash-strapped states’ economies. Citing a “mountain of evidence” to compel North Carolina legislators to increase ‘sin taxes’ on smokers so they can “save lives,” hidden in the smokescreen is the ultimate goal of harvesting hundreds of millions in revenue by exploiting cigarette smokers’ addictions as opposed to trying to help them quit. One might assume the North Carolina Alliance for Health (NCAH), an organization whose membership roster includes the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the American...
  • Navy Bans Tobacco Use on Its Submarine Fleet

    06/20/2010 9:28:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 83 replies
    nyt ^ | 6/20/10 | Thom Shanker
    WASHINGTON — The smoking lamp is going out all across the Navy’s submarine fleet, where the mission to “run silent, run deep” now will be carried out by sailors ordered to run undersea operations without cigarettes, cigars or pipes. This is the latest front in the long war against tobacco declared by the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Their programs to help military personnel kick the smoking habit are intended to protect the health of the current force — and to save the government hundreds of millions of dollars a year in health care costs for those who...
  • Winston Churchill's Cigar Airbrushed From Picture (Stalinism Alive & Well)

    06/16/2010 1:04:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies · 1,058+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 15 Jun 2010 | Nick Collins
    A photograph of Winston Churchill giving his victory salute has been airbrushed to remove his signature cigar. In the well-known original image, Churchill makes a "V" shaped symbol with his fingers – while gripping a cigar in the corner of his mouth. But in a reproduction of the picture, hanging over the main entrance to a London museum celebrating the wartime leader, he has been made into a non-smoker through the use of image-altering techniques. It is unclear who is responsible for doctoring the photograph, with the museum – The Winston Churchill's Britain at War Experience – claiming not to...
  • Seneca to Obama: ‘You betrayed our trust’

    05/14/2010 1:16:34 PM PDT · by Wilderness Conservative · 78 replies · 2,523+ views
    Indian Country Today ^ | Gale Courey Toensing
    BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Seneca Nation of Indians welcomed President Barack Obama to Buffalo with protesters in the street and a full page ad in the local newspaper saying he broke his promise to honor treaties when he signed a law that will devastate the Indian tobacco trade and put thousands of people out of work in Western New York. The ad was in the form of an open letter. “Dear Mr. President, Last fall you invited Native American leaders to Washington, D.C. and promised to listen to our concerns and respect our treaty rights. You pledged meaningful consultation and...
  • Smoking Ban Moves to Great Outdoors

    04/27/2010 8:33:17 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 123 replies · 1,714+ views
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Mon, Apr 26, 2010 | Jessica Greene
    Smoking is officially illegal just about everywhere in San Francisco. New anti-smoking rules went into effect over the weekend and people who violate the new rules could feel the negative impact on more than just their health. If someone calls police and they come during a violation of the ban, the smoker be fined up to $100. The new rule makes it illegal to light up at sidewalk cafes, restaurant patios, movie and ATM lines and the common areas of housing complexes. It will also be a much easier breathing experience, farmers markets, lines for movies theaters, concerts and sporting...
  • Don't drink? Don't smoke? What do you do?

    03/31/2010 4:08:24 PM PDT · by ImperialistDaddy · 65 replies · 1,346+ views
    Statistically speaking, there are more nonsmokers that have cancer than there are smokers who have cancer. So, smokers can be just as absurd as anti-smokers and say that it is safer to smoke. Of course, this is not a real argument, and neither are statistics when it comes to associating smoking to cancer. The fallacy in the argument is one of simple "cause and effect," because you are a smoker is why you have cancer. This is the same as the rhetorical phrase commonly toted by anti-smokers usually used in such a context as "all the years of smoking" finally...
  • Experts Stub out Bizarre 'healthy Smoking' ClaiBm

    03/30/2010 2:40:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 535+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Corp. ^ | 3/29/10 | Bronwyn Herbert
    tance, no accuracy, no evidence that is correct in the claims of Mr Clapham," she said. "It's a bizarre claim by somebody using the Victor Chang name, because he is a director of a fundraising foundation associated with Victor Chang. "And the timing is very, very bad because Indonesia is losing millions of people a year from smoking. "The government has been very slow to act and they're finally about to consider some legislation that could decrease the loss of life. And then this article comes out in a prominent Indonesian newspaper." A spokeswoman for the Victor Chang Institute says...
  • Doug Casey on All Things Fun (ATF)

    03/18/2010 6:37:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies · 257+ views
    Conversations with Casey ^ | March, 2010 | Louis James
    L: Doug, among the many things you find perverse in our world, I've heard you say that one of the most perverse is that the U.S. government has created a bureau to regulate and suppress three of your favorite things in life. Doug: Ah, yes. Alcohol, tobacco, and firearms – the three things you need for a decent hunting expedition. Or a Class One party. A Class Two party would also include sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll. It really is strange that they have one agency to regulate these three particular things. Of course, none of them should be regulated at...
  • Study: Smokers Have Lower IQs Than Non-Smokers

    02/23/2010 11:38:41 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 60 replies · 1,429+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2/23/10
    Cigarette smokers have lower IQs than non-smokers, and the more a person smokes, the lower their IQ, a study in over 20,000 Israeli military recruits suggests. Young men who smoked a pack of cigarettes a day or more had IQ scores 7.5 points lower than non-smokers, Dr. Mark Weiser of Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer and his colleagues found. "Adolescents with poorer IQ scores might be targeted for programs designed to prevent smoking," they conclude in the journal Addiction. Slideshow: Celebrities Who Quit Smoking While there is evidence for a link between smoking and lower IQ, many studies have...
  • Two-Thirds of Voters Favor a $1 Tax Hike on a Pack of Cigarettes

    02/16/2010 11:14:19 PM PST · by Drango · 65 replies · 1,423+ views
    Daily Finance ^ | Tuesday, February 16, 2010 | MELLY ALAZRAKI
    Over the past decade, there's no doubt that public policy has helped reduce the number of people who smoke. Laws prohibiting smoking in certain areas, tighter regulation of commercials and higher taxes on smokes have all stopped people from lighting up. While cigarette makers have often found ways around the different laws, at the end of the day, Big Tobacco can't escape the facts. Lowering smoking rates reduces cancer deaths as well as deaths from other diseases and increases the life expectancy of typical Americans. It's no surprise, then, that a new nationwide poll found that two thirds (67%) of...
  • Higher tobacco taxes push smokers to contraband cigarettes (20% of German Smokes Untaxed)

    01/27/2010 12:51:59 PM PST · by GonzoII · 22 replies · 777+ views
    The ^ | 25 Jan 10
    An increasing number of German smokers are turning to contraband cigarettes in response to higher tobacco taxes, according to research published on Monday. Between 2005 and 2008 the number of untaxed cigarettes smoked in Germany grew from 16 to 20 percent, according to Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) Director Thomas Straubhaar at a conference in Berlin. Instead of reducing the number of cigarettes smoked, the tax has only increased the number of illegal cigarettes consumed – some 23 billion, according to Straubhaar. The tax increase has also created an overall reduction in tax revenue earned on tobacco, HWWI expert...
  • High Court Rules Against New York City in Internet-Tobacco Suit

    01/26/2010 4:20:24 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 23 replies · 854+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01-25-10 | BRENT KENDALL
    WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court ruled Monday that New York City couldn't use federal racketeering laws to sue out-of-state Internet tobacco retailers that don't file reports on city residents who buy cigarettes online. The city wants the reports so it can collect cigarette taxes directly from residents who purchased tobacco products online. The retailers aren't required to collect the taxes. The case before the high court centered on New York's allegations that New Mexico-based online retailer Hemi Group committed racketeering offenses of mail and wire fraud by allegedly failing to submit reports on its New York City customers to state tobacco administrators....
  • Just Say No Smoking

    12/16/2009 10:47:58 AM PST · by bs9021 · 4 replies · 382+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 16, 2009 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Just Say No Smoking Malcolm A. Kline, December 16, 2009 On Monday the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) gave us some good and bad news. “The report says cigarette smoking was at the lowest point in the survey’s history on all measures for eighth, 10th and 12th graders,” NIDA reported on December 14, 2009. ‘For example, only 2.7 percent of eighth graders describe themselves as daily smokers, down from a peak rate of 10.4 percent in 1996.” “Similarly, 11.2 percent of high school seniors say they smoke daily, less than half of the 24.6 percent rate in 1997.” The...
  • Shop bans pipe tobacco after court order (NH)

    11/18/2009 8:50:19 PM PST · by This_far · 27 replies · 842+ views
    Union Leader ^ | Nov 17, 2009 | SCOTT BROOKS
    A Brookline business that lets customers roll their own cigarettes has banned "pipe tobacco" from its rolling machines in response to a judge's order, the shop's lawyers said yesterday. The court order takes away only a portion of the business Tobacco Haven has been doing, but it is a portion that is of particular concern to the state. The state Attorney General's Office, which sued the retailer in August, alleges it is illegal for Tobacco Haven to stuff "pipe tobacco" into cigarettes unless the company pays taxes on it. The state has also argued that "pipe tobacco" is singularly
  • Tobacco execs quickly find tax loophole

    11/17/2009 1:04:39 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 20 replies · 1,163+ views ^ | November 17, 2009 | (various)
    With a simple marketing twist, tobacco companies are avoiding hundreds of millions of dollars a year in taxes by exploiting a loophole in President Barack Obama's child health law. Obama and Congress increased taxes on tobacco products earlier this year to pay for expanded children's health insurance, but tobacco for roll-your-own cigarettes saw a disproportionate leap, from $1.10 to $24.78 per pound. Some predicted the tax would kill the roll-your-own industry, which had offered a cheaper alternative to packaged cigarettes.
  • Perata, health groups launch tobacco tax initiative

    11/16/2009 8:18:19 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 533+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/16/9 | Josh Richman
    OAKLAND — Former state Senate President Pro Tem and 2010 Oakland mayoral candidate Don Perata joined cancer research and health advocates Monday to launch a ballot measure that would hike cigarette taxes by a dollar a pack. "This is the right measure for the right time," Corey Goodman, a UC San Francisco professor and former biotech entrepreneur, said at a news conference in the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, adding the half-billion dollars per year this measure could raise would help move scientific breakthroughs "from the bench to the bedside" to save lives. Perata said he conceived of the measure...
  • Customs officers seize rabbit poo cigs

    11/13/2009 1:10:39 PM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies · 1,376+ views ^ | 11/13/2009 | Staff
    More than £1 million worth of counterfeit cigarettes filled with rabbit droppings instead of tobacco have been confiscated by customs officials in Spain. The fake cigarettes - due to be sold on the black market as famous brands - were discovered after British holidaymakers in the Canary Islands smelled a rat whenever they lit up. "They stunk. They smell just as you'd imagine burning poo to smell," said one customs official in Tenerife. Police and customs staff arrested 12 smugglers in an undercover operation to intercept the cigarettes as they landed on a boat from China. "They not only smell...
  • The anti-tobacco campaign of the Nazis: a little known aspect of public health in Germany, 1933-45

    10/13/2009 11:47:08 AM PDT · by syriacus · 24 replies · 1,397+ views
    BMJ [British Medical Journal] ^ | December 1996 | Robert N Proctor
    One topic that has only recently begun to attract attention is the Nazi anti-tobacco movement. Germany had the world's strongest anti smoking movement in the 1930s and early 1940s,supported by Nazi medical and military leaders worried that tobacco might prove a hazard to the race. Many Nazi leaders were vocal opponents of smoking. Anti-tobacco activists pointed out that whereas Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt were all fond of tobacco, the three major fascist leaders of Europe-Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco-were all non-smokers. Hitler was the most adamant,characterising tobacco as "the wrath of the Red Man against the White Man for having been...
  • SF to Michael Jordan: Keep Your Stogies Off Our Links

    10/07/2009 11:18:03 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 387+ views
    NBC11 ^ | Wed, Oct 7, 2009 | LORI PREUITT
    All Michael Jordan wants to do is come to the City by the Bay and play, but San Francisco's laws have officials telling an American icon to butt out. Jordan is in town for the Presidents Cup golf tournament. He has more recognition than most of the players, but he is also getting attention for his habit of smoking cigars on the links. That is against the law in San Francisco and, famous or not, city officials are asking him to put out the cigar while on their property. "I've already sent an e-mail to the PGA Tour director," Recreation...
  • F.D.A. Bans Sale of Flavored Cigarettes

    09/22/2009 4:29:21 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 38 replies · 916+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 22, 2009 | GARDINER HARRIS
    WASHINGTON – Federal health officials Tuesday banned the sale of flavored cigarettes and hinted that they may soon take action against the far-larger market of flavored little cigars and cigarillos, the first major crackdown on cigarettes since the Food and Drug Administration was given authority to regulate tobacco. The ban is intended to end the sale of tobacco products with chocolate, vanilla, clove and other flavorings that lure children and teenagers into smoking. Menthol products are as yet unaffected. The ban comes three months after President Obama signed legislation giving the F.D.A. the authority for the first time to regulate...
  • Indian smoke shops are feeling the heat

    09/16/2009 5:59:59 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 18 replies · 1,182+ views
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | Sept. 16, 2009
    Indian smoke shops are feeling the heat NEW YORK - After doing time for possession and an accidental killing, crack dealer Rodney Morrison decided he was finished with drugs. He threw himself a "retirement" party in 1993 and got into a new line of work: tax-free cigarettes. It was a business operating in a gray area of the law, and the riches were enormous. Within a decade, the smoke shop Morrison opened on Long Island's little Poospatuck Indian Reservation had become one of the state's biggest dealers in untaxed cigarettes. Other drug dealers soon took note and followed him into...
  • SMOKE AND IRE OVER FREE JAVA (NYC Tobacco shop owner fined for providing customers free coffee)

    09/01/2009 4:44:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies · 1,087+ views
    New York Post ^ | 8/31/2009
    Put down that coffee, and come out with your hands up! The owner of a Financial District tobacco shop was amazed to learn he was violating the law by offering his customers a free cup of joe while they legally puffed away on his cigars. Vince Nastri III, the third-generation owner of Barclay Rex -- where bankers, City Hall staffers, lawyers and detectives smoke while sitting in plush leather chairs or browsing in the walk-in humidor -- complained that the city is "trying to take away my livelihood over a cop of coffee." Health officials had no problem with all...
  • Fans Fume Over Chargers' Home Smoking Ban

    08/26/2009 11:49:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 735+ views
    UPI ^ | Aug. 25, 2009
    San Diego Chargers fans who smoke say they are fuming over a new smoking ban sprung on them without notice. Fans can no longer light up in formerly designated smoking areas inside Qualcomm Stadium, the Chargers' home, which is owned by the city, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday. The only public notice of the new rule came at the end of a long news release posted on the team's Web site before its first pre-season game, the newspaper said. Chargers officials will provide more information about the ban at a news conference before the Chargers' next home pre-season game...
  • 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...