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  • A History Of Enslavement And The Land Of The Free

    07/06/2020 8:07:02 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 5 replies
    Banned Video ^ | 07/06/20 | Greg Reese
    Why the American Revolution gave birth to the greatest form of government in all of recorded history  
  • Non-tobacco plant identified in ancient pipe for first time

    06/28/2020 12:34:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Mirage News [Australia] ^ | June 26, 2020 | Public Release
    People in what is now Washington State were smoking Rhus glabra, a plant commonly known as smooth sumac, more than 1,400 years ago. The discovery, made by a team of Washington State University researchers, marks the first-time scientists have identified residue from a non-tobacco plant in an archeological pipe. Unearthed in central Washington, the Native American pipe also contained residue from N. quadrivalvis, a species of tobacco not currently grown in the region but that is thought to have been widely cultivated in the past. Until now, the use of specific smoking plant mixtures by ancient people in the American...
  • Israeli study points to nicotine as a potential therapeutic for COVID-19

    06/12/2020 1:47:03 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 27 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/7/20 | DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
    Smoking may offer some protection against the coronavirus, an Israeli study has found. The results support recent similar findings by researchers in France, China and Italy, although a British study has found the opposite. Noting that conflicting reports exist regarding the impact of smoking on the likelihood of contracting the coronavirus, the Israeli team led by Dr. Ariel Israel undertook a population-based study pulling in data from over three million adult members of the Clalit Health Service, Israel's largest healthcare provider. Their results, presented in a non-peer reviewed paper published in medRxiv on Friday, found that "the risk of infection...
  • Menthol cigarettes banned in the UK from next week in bid to stop youngsters smoking

    05/17/2020 11:42:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Mirror (U.K.) ^ | 17 MAY 2020 | Chiara Fiorillo
    The ban - part of a European Union initiative to discourage young people from taking up smoking - will come into effect on Wednesday, May 20Menthol cigarettes will be banned in the United Kingdom from next week in a bid to discourage young people from taking up smoking. The ban - part of a European Union initiative - will come into effect on Wednesday, May 20. Under the new directive, flavoured rolling tobacco and "skinny" cigarettes will be outlawed. Experts believe youngsters use flavoured cigarettes as they relax airways and lower the severity of smoke. While it is commonly believed...
  • A Tobacco-Based COVID-19 Vaccine? Let's Hope It Doesn't Go Up In Smoke.

    05/16/2020 9:10:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/16/2020 | Jazz Shaw
    In the race to come up with a viable vaccine for the novel coronavirus, many groups around the world have been diving into the effort with a great sense of urgency. Various hospitals, universities and even bio-tech companies (some of whom have never produced a vaccine before) have gotten in on the action. But I’ll confess that I didn’t anticipate hearing about tobacco companies entering the competition. And yet, here we are. One of the biggest tobacco companies in the world, British American Tobacco, has somehow developed a vaccine that they say shows great promise and they’re ready to...
  • French study says nicotine patches could help prevent coronavirus infection

    05/04/2020 3:06:59 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 44 replies
    WFLA ^ | 5/2/20
    French researches say they found lower infection rate for smokers among COVID-19 patients than non-smokers. Only five percent of the patients smoke. Now compare that with 25 percent of the general population that smoke regularly. So why is that? Well, one explanation they say is that nicotine and the COVID-19 virus bind to the same cell receptors and that nicotine is able to block the virus from attaching itself
  • Here’s an irony for you: Tobacco may save the world

    04/02/2020 8:54:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 59 replies ^ | 4/2/2020 | Andrea Widburg
    One fascinating thing about COVID-19 is how it’s turned every leftist theory and belief system upside down. All the things leftists have advocated have only made us more vulnerable to epidemic disease. Now, in a supreme irony, there’s a possibility that one of the things they most hate – tobacco – may ride to the rescue. COVID-19, in many ways, may prove to be the undoing of leftism. Here’s a short list of all the leftist ideas that are taking a beating thanks to the pandemic: Globalism: It turns out that interconnectedness is dangerous and that international organizations, such as...
  • Addicted To Sugar? This Doctor Says It's 'The New Tobacco'

    01/14/2020 11:27:08 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 99 replies
    WBUR ^ | January 13, 2020 | Robin Young, Chris Bentley, Kathleen McKenna. Allison Hagan
    Caffeine and sugar are two well-known ingredients in Coca-Cola — but many soda drinkers may not realize the fizzy beverage also contains salt. But why add salt into a sugary drink? To make consumers thirsty and ready to buy more, says Dr. Robert Lustig, professor of pediatric endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco. “They know what they're doing. Do you have to put salt in Coke?” he says. “The fact is, you don't have to put salt in soda. So this is by design.” This is part of what Lustig calls “the Coca-Cola conspiracy” and it’s contributing a...
  • U.S. cancer death rate sees largest-ever single-year drop

    01/09/2020 3:43:17 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 20 replies
    CBS News ^ | 8 January 2020 | Audrey McNamara
    The death rate from cancer in the United States saw the largest ever single-year decline between 2016 and 2017 since rates began declining in 1992, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society. The increased survival rate was mainly due to advances in the treatment of lung cancer. This deceleration in lung cancer deaths spurred an overall drop in cancer mortality of 2.2% from 2016 to 2017, according to the report. Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in the United States, accounting for about 27% of all cancer deaths — more than breast, prostate,...
  • German doctors call for complete ban on smoking advertising

    11/19/2019 6:21:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies ^ | 19 November 2019 14:16 CET+01:00
    Germany is the only country in the EU that still allows tobacco companies to advertise their products on billboards and in cinemas. Now, doctors are some politicians pushing to change this. “The tedious and long-standing discussion about poster advertising [of smoking] is dismal,” Klaus Reinhardt, president of the German Medical Association, told Spiegel Online. “You can’t accommodate the industry here. Smoking is harmful, period,” said Reinhardt, who said that all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, should fit under the ban. Germany was one of the last EU countries to adopt a smoking ban in 2007, although rules are still relatively lax,...
  • Commentary: E-Cig, Vaping Bans Keep People Smoking, Preserving Vital Government Revenue Stream

    11/10/2019 3:22:40 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 13 replies
    Heartland ^ | 8 November 2019 | Linda Stroud
    Some states have turned future tobacco settlement payments into cash by issuing securities. Being privy to the legislative process, I was appalled by the dismissive attitude U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) showed recently to a witness testifying on so-called “vaping-related” hospitalizations. Vicki McKenna, a beloved radio talk show host from Wisconsin, testified before the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy of the Oversight and Reform Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives in mid-September. McKenna testified electronic cigarettes helped her “quit smoking after 23 years.” Tlaib, who hails from Detroit, displayed conceit and disdain during the testimony. Her attack wasn’t...
  • A new, non-vaping, non-smoking way to get nicotine has come to America

    10/10/2019 2:12:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    KMOV-TV ^ | October 4, 2019 | Jordan Valinsky, CNN Business
    Vaping is in crisis. Smoking is taboo. Altria has a solution: Iqos, an electronic cigarette-like gadget that heats, but doesn't burn tobacco. Philip Morris has been selling Iqos for a while in international markets. Altria will distribute Iqos in the United States for the first time Friday. The timing couldn't be better for the new nicotine product, as scrutiny grows around smokeless alternatives like e-cigarettes. Iqos is a futuristic-looking device that looks like an e-cigarette. But don't call it a vape. It heats tobacco sticks at a much lower temperature compared to a cigarette and delivers a "full and more...
  • Authorities bust $12M cigarette smuggling operation based in Fayetteville

    07/23/2019 3:48:26 AM PDT · by Libloather · 55 replies
    WRAL ^ | 7/22/19 | Mattew Burns
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — More than two dozen people were arrested last week in connection with a $12 million cigarette smuggling operation based in Fayetteville, authorities said Monday. U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon said Justin Brent Freeman and his wholesale business, FreeCo Inc., at 231 Williams St., served as a hub for the illegal operation. People would pay cash for large quantities of cigarettes at FreeCo and other retailers in North Carolina, including Sam's Club stores in Raleigh, Fayetteville and Goldsboro, and would then pack the cigarettes into rental cars for shipment to Virginia, Higdon said. In Richmond or Alexandria, Va., the...
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Tells Beverly Hills to Ban Tobacco Sales, Just Not at His Cigar Club

    05/23/2019 12:01:07 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 6 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 5/22/19 | Scott McDonald
    As the city of Beverly Hills gets ready to pass perhaps the toughest law on tobacco sales in the country, local elites have lobbied to exempt their swanky and exclusive cigar lounges. Among them are a cardiac surgeon, a rabbi and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and they may have smoked their way past the pending law, according to the Los Angeles TImes. Once passed, as expected, the city would terminate the sale of any tobacco products — with the exception of three cigar lounges, where those products could be bought and smoked on those premises. The law would prohibit...
  • Senate GOP leader would raise age for buying tobacco to 21

    05/20/2019 10:30:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2019 | Alan Fram
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose home state of Kentucky was long one of the nation’s leading tobacco producers, introduced bipartisan legislation Monday to raise the minimum age for buying any tobacco products from 18 to 21. The chamber’s top Republican, who said he was making enactment of the bill “one of my highest priorities,” issued his proposal at a time when the use of e-cigarettes is growing and underage vaping has soared, raising concerns by health experts. The measure would apply to all tobacco products, e-cigarettes and vapor products and was co-sponsored by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., whose state...
  • McConnell, Kaine to introduce bipartisan Senate bill to raise the federal smoking age to 21

    05/20/2019 12:40:29 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 67 replies
    Cnbc ^ | May 21, 2019
    Sens. Mitch McConnell and Tim Kaine plan to introduce a bill Monday that would raise the federal minimum age to buy tobacco to 21 in hopes of curbing what regulators are calling an “epidemic” of teen vaping.
  • Judge orders FDA to speed up review of e-cigarettes

    05/16/2019 2:55:20 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 17 replies
    AP ^ | 5/15/2019 | MATTHEW PERRONE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is siding with public health groups suing the Food and Drug Administration to begin reviewing thousands of e-cigarettes on the U.S. market. The ruling handed down Wednesday in district court states that the agency shirked its legal duty when it postponed reviewing all U.S. vaping products by several years. The American Academy of Pediatrics, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other groups filed the federal lawsuit in Maryland last year. The groups say the lack of FDA oversight has led to an explosion in underage vaping by teenagers, threatening to hook a generation of Americans...
  • Sen. Mitt Romney joins effort to raise legal age to 21 for tobacco and e-cigarettes

    05/14/2019 3:24:10 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 66 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | May 8, 2019 | Thomas Burr
    Sen. Mitt Romney is pushing legislation to raise the federal legal age to buy tobacco to 21, an effort backed by the tobacco industry and that health advocates hope will curtail younger Americans from smoking. Romney, a Utah Republican, said the bill was the first step in addressing an avoidable health crisis of young Americans taking up e-cigarettes as well as traditional tobacco products. The legislation would raise the age to buy any tobacco product to 21 as well as allow the Health and Human Services Department to conduct undercover compliance checks, retail inspections and enforce the law with fines.
  • Beverly Hills poised to end most tobacco sales

    05/08/2019 11:08:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 8, 2019 | John Rogers
    The smoke hasn’t cleared yet, but Beverly Hills is poised to become the first U.S. city to end most tobacco sales. The City Council in the world-renowned enclave of the rich and famous unanimously indicated Tuesday that it’s ready to snuff out most sales when it meets again on May 21. The proposal currently contains a loophole allowing cigarette-loving tourists to obtain smokes at hotels. Three plush cigar lounges would also be exempt from the ordinance. The city “has always taken the lead when it’s come to restricting smoking,” Mayor John Mirisch said. “Let us try to be a light...
  • Congress to Consider Raising Tobacco-Buying Age to 21

    04/19/2019 4:58:45 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 71 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 18, 2019 | Jennifer Maloney
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to introduce legislation raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 from 18, a move that public-health advocates and tobacco companies hope would curb the use of e-cigarettes among youths. More than a dozen states have passed or enacted laws raising the minimum age to 21 and others are considering doing so. Sen. McConnell’s announcement Thursday follows the introduction earlier this month of similar bills in the House. Altria Group Inc. and British American Tobacco PLC, the two biggest U.S. cigarette manufacturers, both support an increase of the minimum age to 21,...