Abbott butts out of ‘tax addict’ ban on cig packs

Tweet TONY Abbott has refused to back Kevin Rudd’s $5 billion tobacco crackdown – a push to ban brand logos from cigarette packs and increase tax by more than $2 a packet – arguing it is just a ”panic tax” by a government addicted to spending. Smokers were hit with a tax rise of 25 per cent from midnight yesterday, as outraged tobacco firms threatened to fight the plan in the courts and seek compensation, and retaile ... Jump to full article >>

‘Iron Man’ actor Robert Downey Jr. tells Rolling Stone about prison, heroin, cocaine and the future

Tweet Robert Downey Jr. is an “Iron Man” indeed: The bad boy actor admits he felt the safest he’s ever been when behind bars. “When the door clicks shut, then you are safe,” says the veteran actor, who spent a good amount of time between 1996 and 2001 in prison for drug use and possession. “There is nothing aside from a rogue correctional officer that can do you harm if you have the right cellie. You are actual ... Jump to full article >>

Katy Perry’s money shot… Pop star’s revealing shorts feature the coveted hundred dollar bill

Tweet She’s banked a few million dollars during her meteoric rise to pop stardom, and Katy Perry appears to have fallen in love the the greenback. The singer, 25, was pictured on her daily jaunt to the gym in West Hollywood wearing a pair of shorts bearing the hundred dollar bill. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), the inventor, author, politician and founding father of the United States would no doubt be thrilled to discover he is now gracing ... Jump to full article >>

Tobacco imagery still common in films

Tweet Although there is less smoking in feature films, tobacco imagery is still common in films suitable for children and young teens, researchers in Britain said. Researchers at Nottingham University in England analyzed tobacco use, brand appearances and smoking paraphernalia such as ashtrays and lighters in the 15 most commercially successful films in Britain from 1989 to 2008. The study, published in the journal Thorax, found from 1989 to 2008 ... Jump to full article >>

BBC leaders’ debate: Gordon Brown admits David Cameron is set to take power

Tweet In his closing statement, the Prime Minister made a last-ditch plea to voters, acknowledging for the first time that Mr Cameron is on course to take the keys to Number 10. He said: “I know that if things stay as they are, perhaps in eight days’ time David Cameron, perhaps supported by Nick Clegg, would be in office. “But I have the duty of telling you this evening that while we have policies for the future, the Conserva ... Jump to full article >>

Study identifies top 4 bad habits that will age you 12 years

Tweet Four common bad habits combined — smoking, drinking too much, inactivity and poor diet — can age you by 12 years, sobering new research suggests. The findings are from a study that tracked nearly 5,000 British adults for 20 years, and they highlight yet another reason to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Overall, 314 people studied had all four unhealthy behaviors. Among them, 91 died during the study, or 29 percent. Among the 387 healthiest ... Jump to full article >>

Bill would pinch snuff, cigar users with tax

Tweet Pennsylvania remains the only state in the nation that doesn’t tax smokeless tobacco and one of only two that doesn’t tax cigars. Two Democratic lawmakers think it’s time for the state to surrender its membership in that exclusive club. Rep. Eugene DePasquale, D-York, has introduced House Bill 2405 to impose a tax on tobacco products not subject to the state’s tax on cigarettes and cigarillos. His bill would direct a ... Jump to full article >>

What’s happened to the UK’s health?

Tweet Health, as the work of Professor Sir Michael Marmot most recently eloquently demonstrated, is in no small part a function of where and to whom you were born. The most deprived communities, where jobs are low-paid if not scarce and those who make it to university are a talking point rather than the norm, are also those where cancer rates, heart disease and strokes are high. One government after another has been uncomfortably aware of this an ... Jump to full article >>

General Election 2010: hidden tax rises awaiting voters

Tweet Labour would need to increase taxes by an average of more than £200 for every family, in addition to rises already announced, to meet its financial commitments, the Institute of Fiscal Studies has said. The Government has already announced increases of £550 a year per household to be introduced over the next 12 months. The economists said Labour had still to announce another £7 billion of rises, meaning that taxes would rise by £24 bil ... Jump to full article >>

Tobacco display fight to go to the courts

Tweet The government is under strong pressure to postpone the implementation of the tobacco display ban in England after all three of the UK’s largest tobacco manufacturers and a group of campaigning independent retailers in Leicestershire launched legal challenges. The action by the UK’s largest tobacco manufacturers – JTI, Imperial Tobacco and BAT – could take more than six months to resolve and, should it succeed in changing the requir ... Jump to full article >>