Category: Elections/Politics

Registration Of Tobacco Sellers Would Strengthen Tobacco Laws

Tweet Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) says retailers facing prosecution for selling tobacco to minors will become simpler and less costly to administer under new tobacco laws, but there is a need for a register of all tobacco sellers. A Taumarunui retailer is facing prosecution and a fine of up to $2000 after selling cigarettes to a person under 18 years of age. Changes under the Smoke-free Environments Amendment Bill before Parliament would s ... Jump to full article >>

2 tobacco settlement funds end in NC House budget

Tweet RALEIGH, N.C. — House Republicans want to abolish two trust funds that receive half of North Carolina’s share of the national tobacco settlement and intercept money from the third – a direction health and economic development advocates contend will raise youth smoking rates and discourage economic recovery. The GOP-penned state budget proposal heading to floor debate Tuesday would eliminate by Dec. 31 the Health and Wellne ... Jump to full article >>

O’Fallon, Mo., smoking ban foes seek another election

Tweet O’FALLON, Mo. — Just 15 days after voters passed a comprehensive smoking ban, opponents on Wednesday disclosed plans to gather signatures to spur another election on the issue. A group called Repeal The Ban notified the city of its intention to petition for a referendum on the ban at a special election in November. The ban – covering bars, restaurants and other indoor public places in St. Charles County’s largest city &# ... Jump to full article >>

Australia Unveils New Anti-smoking Regulation

Tweet Fighting tobacco in the political arena has proven to be a tough battle for those countries attempting it. As cigarettes and tobacco products are not actually illegal, governments that have wished to reduce smoking through regulation have been forced to seek alternative measures, such as heavy taxes and requiring tobacco companies to label their products with warnings of the addictive properties and dangerous health effects of tobacco use ... Jump to full article >>

Senate panel approves liquidating tobacco-settlement reserve for med schools

Tweet Senate budget writers voted Thursday afternoon to liquidate an endowment containing more than $400 million of Texas’ tobacco-settlement money and give the money to 10 academic health science centers, including the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. The centers would take a 15 percent cut in their state funding in the proposed two-year budget, said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Steve Ogden, R-Bryan. He said ... Jump to full article >>

House sets more health-care repeal votes

Tweet The battles over the fiscal 2011 and 2012 budgets are the center of attention this week on the Hill, but the House is also poised to consider a measure that would repeal another portion of the national health-care law. The bill, HR 1217, was sponsored by House Health subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) and will be voted on by the House this Wednesday. The measure would repeal the health-care law’s Prevention and Public Health Fund, wh ... Jump to full article >>

Democrats threaten to stall session

Tweet BOISE — Legislative leadership expects to wrap up the session by mid-to-late next week, but Democrats say not so fast. Heavily outnumbered by GOP members in both the House and Senate, Idaho Democrats made it clear Tuesday, they want two more bills considered before going home. Leaders said if they’re not, House minority leaders say they intend to stall the session. The two bills the Democrats want to see in committee hearings ... Jump to full article >>

Senators consider restoring disputed tobacco measure

Tweet A Senate subcommittee has asked for amendments that would restore Measure 3 and its stipulation that settlement dollars be spent on tobacco prevention. When the state Health Department’s budget came before the House, it was amended to allow tobacco settlement money, which in part goes to the Community Health Trust Fund, to be spent on programs outside of tobacco prevention and cessation. That vote overturned Measure 3, which was appro ... Jump to full article >>

Some fear loss of tax, business revenue if smoking ban is approved

Tweet In the battle over the proposed Springfield smoking ban, much of the sparring has centered on the potential costs to businesses, charities and residents. Citing published studies in cities with existing bans, supporters argue smoking restrictions have no overall negative impact on local economies, with nonsmokers replacing any smoking customers who are lost. “The revenue tends to stay flat,” said Clean Air Springfield spokeswoma ... Jump to full article >>

Cigarette tax proposals pit anti-smokers against tobacco lobby

Tweet SALEM — Anti-smoking lawmakers clashed with Oregon’s top tobacco lobbyist Thursday over proposals to raise cigarette taxes by as much as $2 a pack. Supporters, including Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, a former health researcher, said the proposed increases are less about raising more money for the state than getting people to quit the habit, or not start. R.J. Reynolds lobbyist Mark Nelson and the head of Plaid Pantry attacke ... Jump to full article >>