Senate approves bill to ban smoking in bars and casinos

Tweet BATON ROUGE — The Senate overwhelmingly agreed to legislation this morning that would expand Louisiana’s smoking ban to include bars and casinos. The 22-10 vote on Senate Bill 186 by Sen. Rob Marionneaux Jr., D-Livonia, came after lawmakers rejected two attempts to weaken the legislation and sets up a showdown on the House floor, where a similar bill awaits a vote. Marionneaux said the bill is designed to “put everyone on ... Jump to full article >>

Majors to chew it over as big-league tobacco policy isn’t up to snuff

Tweet Derek Jeterteps to the plate again, his jaw churning ferociously on some foreign, sticky substance. It’s just gum, and Jeter will prove that to the world now and then by blowing a giant bubble. But until the silly pink ball emerges, who knows? It might be gum, yet it also could be a pouch of smokeless or dip tobacco – that stubborn, traditional chew of choice for baseball players throughout history. And this is exactly what dri ... Jump to full article >>

SA worst state for smoking

Tweet SOUTH Australia is the worst in the nation at stamping out smoking, the Australian Medical Association says. The state was handed the humiliating Dirty Ashtray Award by the AMA yesterday for making the least progress in combating smoking in 2008. A national scoreboard, developed with the Australian Council on Smoking and Health, highlighted SA’s deficiencies, including in the areas of smoking outdoors in public places, smoke-free work ... Jump to full article >>

Letters to the Editor Mike and Joel must go

Tweet To The Editor: Re “A new equity and transparency in school admis-sions” (talking point, by Joel Klein, May 6): I for one am tired of Joel Klein and tired of the Department of Education. I am tired of the lack of communication and transparency, and I am tired of the skewed numbers that are used to try to make D.O.E. look good. I am tired of the blocking and the “cannot do” attitude. This has been going on for years. ... Jump to full article >>

New products key for tobacco company, CEO says

Tweet The nation’s top cigarette maker is moving quickly to strengthen its business in tobacco products such as snuff and cigars as cigarette volumes erode, the top executive for Altria Group Inc. told shareholders yesterday. “Since the shareholder meeting in May of last year, Altria has continued to transform itself as adult tobacco consumer preferences have evolved,” said Michael E. Szymanczyk, the company’s chairman and ... Jump to full article >>

Advocate says smoking tops all other causes of death

Tweet Everyone knows smoking is bad for you. But many do not realize the worldwide implications that tobacco has on health care and human rights, said Dr. Carolyn Dresler, the director for the Arkansas Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation. “The tobacco epidemic is a global epidemic of which Georgia or the U.S. is just a piece of the puzzle,” Dresler said. “For the most part what we treat are preventable diseases ... Jump to full article >>

Smoking ban affects most N.C. bars, restaurants

Tweet Adam Wilmot, night manager and bartender at Thumpers Bar & Grille in Elizabeth City, lit up a cigarette as he talked about the smoking ban signed into law Tuesday by North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue. Wilmot was a bartender and manager in Florida when a smoking ban took effect there in 2003. At first he opposed it, then he came to like it, he said. “It hurts a lot at first,” he said. “People rebel. They say ‘ If I ... Jump to full article >>

Survey shows Americans may be missing direct route to head and neck cancer care

Tweet Results highlight Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week Alexandria, VA – Tens of thousands of Americans are diagnosed annually with head and neck cancers, but many adults are unaware of doctors who specialize in treating these conditions, according to a recent survey by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), the association representing America’s ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors. An estima ... Jump to full article >>

Big Tobacco and Big Pharma: same tactics, different chemicals

Tweet Have you ever thought about the similarities between pharmaceutical and tobacco companies? They’re striking. Both sell products that kill people when used as directed. The statistics are readily available for pharmaceuticals, which kill around 100,000 Americans each year according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Big Tobacco, which makes tobacco products that are partly responsible for hundreds of thousands of c ... Jump to full article >>

New smoking ban gets mixed reaction around Boone

Tweet A pending ban on smoking in bars and restaurants has met mixed local reaction, with smokers feeling discrimination while non-smokers say they are being protected from secondhand smoke. Beginning Jan. 2, 2010, smoking will be prohibited in bars and restaurants that are open to the public. Though nearly 80 percent of Watauga County restaurants had already voluntarily enforced such a restriction, now business owners face penalties if they let ... Jump to full article >>