Law banning smoking in cars faces obstacles in UAE

Tweet Dubai: While the UAE has taken major steps to protect people from second-hand smoke, stricter measures to protect children are taking longer because of “obstacles”, a senior health official said. Dr Wedad Al Maidour, head of the national tobacco control committee, said the law prohibiting smoking in a car if a child is aboard is taking time to enforce. The health ministry official was responding to a study in the British medical ... Jump to full article >>

‘Real Housewives’ star Kim Zolciak denies smoking while pregnant despite photo of her puffing away

Tweet Kim Zolciak may be pregnant, but it’s unclear how many prenatal education classes she’s taken so far. According to, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member was photographed smoking just two weeks before announcing she was three-months pregnant – a big no-no for mommies-to-be. Zolciak, who is expecting a child with NFL star Kroy Biermann, was reportedly spotted puffing away on Nov. 7 outside the Georgia ... Jump to full article >>

Raising tobacco tax would lead to fewer smokers

Tweet Regarding “Cig-nificant: State’s smoker rate continues to soar”. You ask if higher tobacco taxes and more restrictions on smoking in public places would “significantly reduce smoking prevalence.” A recent study of Australians indicates that a tobacco tax increase of 50 percent would cause three-fourths of smokers to try to quit and 60 percent of smokers to smoke fewer cigarettes. In addition, 81 percent of all adults would app ... Jump to full article >>

Chewing Tobacco for Kids Spreads Oral Cancer in India

Tweet Safiq Shaikh was 13 when he began chewing a blend of tobacco and spices that jolted him awake when his job at a textile loom got too dreary. Five years later, doctors in Mumbai lopped off his tongue to halt the cancer that was spreading through his mouth. Shaikh believed the fragrant, granular mixture he chewed, known in India as gutka, was a harmless stimulant and at first he ignored the milky lump growing inside his mouth. Now Shaikh is o ... Jump to full article >>

St. Louis smoking advocate draws ban to gaming commission’s attention

Tweet If you’re familiar at all with St. Louis history, then you’ve probably heard the name Bill Hannegan. His grandfather was co-owner and team president of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1940s and chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Twenty years before that, his great-grandfather was the chief of detectives for the St. Louis Police Department, busting mob bosses. But Hannegan has become more well known in recent years as ... Jump to full article >>

Minister to set minimum prices in war on cheap drinks and force tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain packets

Tweet Plans to ban cheap alcohol and end tobacco branding will be unveiled by ministers this week. Andrew Lansley said yesterday that supermarkets would no longer be allowed to sell drink at below cost prices. The Health Secretary also confirmed the Coalition may follow Australia in forcing tobacco firms to use plain packets instead of branded ones. In another initiative, children who walk to school could get ‘reward points’ that can be conve ... Jump to full article >>

Woman files lawsuit against big tobacco

Tweet A woman is suing some of the nation’s largest tobacco companies in Manatee County Circuit Court for monetary damages after she developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease after smoking, according to a lawsuit filed this month. Rebecca A. Ireland is suing several tobacco companies, including Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Ireland’s case is one of two pending lawsuits against tobacco companies in Manatee County. In Ju ... Jump to full article >>

Va. tobacco farmers facing new demands

Tweet As he watched his 850-pound bales of flue-cured tobacco move through the grading and sales process at Philip Morris USA’s tobacco receiving station here, Donnie Clayton summed up the 2010 season. “It was a tough, hot year,” said Clayton, a Person County, N.C., farmer and one of more than 200 tobacco growers in North Carolina and Virginia who deliver their cured leaf to the Danville receiving station, a former tobacco aucti ... Jump to full article >>

Cigarette tax hike hurting stores

Tweet Wilson Farms is cutting jobs and scaling back store investment, blaming economic fallout from a sharp increase in cigarette taxes imposed over the summer. The convenience store chain, with corporate offices in Amherst, is eliminating 20 administrative jobs, reducing store labor hours by 10 percent, and curbing capital spending it had planned for 2011, said Paul Nanula, the president and chief executive officer. The $1.60-per-pack state tax ... Jump to full article >>

Warning over illegal tobacco trade

Tweet More than 114 million cigarettes worth 38 million euro have been seized by Customs over a three-month period. The Irish Tobacco Manufacturers Advisory Committee (ITMAC) warned the illegal tobacco trade is sweeping across the country, with Cork becoming a major target for smugglers. Figures showed that between April to August some 25 million illegal cigarettes were seized across Cork, with a value of 8.3 million euro. Just four people were p ... Jump to full article >>