Ban removes flavored cigarettes from shelves

Tweet The federal ban on flavored cigarettes that went into effect last week has forced Tempe smoke shops to remove certain stock from their shelves. The Food and Drug Administration ban was passed to reduce the number of people who start smoking at an early age then transition into smoking more dangerous tobacco products, according to the FDA Web site. The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act prohibits all cigarettes, tobacco, filte ... Jump to full article >>

Studies offer evidence smoking bans do help

Tweet Two recent reports on the health impacts of public smoking bans reinforce the sound policy decision local elected officials made when they limited indoor smoking here in Beaufort County. Two separate analyses released last week found that the rate of heart attacks fell within a year after public smoking bans were put in place. In one analysis, the average rate of heart attacks fell 17 percent after one year. After three years, the rate fell ... Jump to full article >>

Croydon Council criticised for investing pension money in tobacco firm

Tweet The council has been accused of dealing with “traders in death” by investing in tobacco companies. The attack came from Cllr Maggie Mansell, Labour’s shadow cabinet member for health at Monday’s meeting of the council’s cabinet which backed a new anti-smoking strategy to reduce Parliament tobacco consumption across the borough. The council has around £20m of its pension fund for employees tied up in shares in ... Jump to full article >>

Manhattan Institute replies (re McCaughey and tobacco lobby) UPDATED

Tweet In response to this item today, concerning Rolling Stone’s claim that Betsy McCaughey worked secretly with tobacco lobbyists when preparing her 1994 New Republic article about the Clinton health reform plan, I have just received this note from Lindsay Craig of the Manhattan Institute: “Below is a letter to the editor of Rolling Stone from Lawrence Mone, president, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. “In his article &# ... Jump to full article >>

Some blame indoor smoking ban for taverns’ troubles

Tweet The air is cleaner, but Sal Diana says his wallet is a little lighter, too. In the year that’s passed since the state’s indoor smoking ban went into effect, Diana shut down Humphrey’s restaurant in the Beaver Valley Mall — a staple there for 15 years — in part because smoking customers had moved on. “It wasn’t the killer for me, but it contributed, there’s no question,” said Diana, who closed Humphrey’s in July. “You ... Jump to full article >>

Government of Ontario lawsuit is “hypocrisy”, says Imperial Tobacco Canada

Tweet Tobacco company sees attempted $50 billion cash grab by Ontario as political stunt, unrelated to addressing alleged health concerns MONTREAL, Sept. 29 /CNW Telbec/ – Imperial Tobacco Canada is stunned that a province in which close to 50 per cent of tobacco products purchased are illegal is targeting the legal industry while continuing to turn a blind eye to illegal tobacco sales. “We find it unbelievable that the Government of ... Jump to full article >>

Report: Missouri ranks near bottom in cigarette tax, near top in adult tobacco use

Tweet JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new report shows Missouri ranking high nationwide in the percentage of smokers and low in the size of its cigarette tax. State Auditor Susan Montee compiled national rankings of states to show how Missouri rates in more than two dozen categories, including the economy, education, health, crime and transportation. Missouri is neither best nor worst in anything. But it does have the second lowestlucky-strike cig ... Jump to full article >>

Anti-smoking info campaign targets minorities

Tweet A statewide anti-smoking campaign aimed at minorities and those in poverty that highlights the dangers of second-hand smoke has begun. Dubbed “Everybody Smokes When Anybody Smokes,” the campaign will use radio, bus and billboard advertisements to get the message across. And local anti-smoking advocates say they hope it will bolster their ongoing efforts to reach into minority communities to underscore the dangers of smoking.  ... Jump to full article >>

Editorial: State did the right thing with smoking ban

Tweet New reviews of recent studies conclude that heart attack rates have fallen 17 percent in communities and states after smoking bans were enacted. It’s just further evidence that Wisconsin did the right thing in passing the ban that takes effect next summer. The analyses were released last week in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Rather than new studies, they e ... Jump to full article >>

Woodwork handcrafts tell WNC tobacco history

Tweet New Leaf Historical Woodwork creates items like this treasure chest using wood from old tobacco barns. (Special to the Citizen-Times) Business: New Leaf Historical Woodwork, furniture and other housewares made from the wood of Appalachian tobacco barns. Who: Terri King, owner; Roger Shelton, master craftsman. Headquarters: Asheville. Offerings: Everything from picture frames and small wooden trays to tables, chests and custom furniture. Ea ... Jump to full article >>