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Tobacco firm hit with $81M in punitive damages for enticing Mass. black children to smoke

Tweet BOSTON (AP) — A tobacco company that had tried to hook black children on cigarettes was ordered Thursday to pay $81 million in punitive damages to the estate and son of a Boston woman who started smoking at age 13, in what an attorney said is one of the largest jury awards of its kind in the United States. The verdict came one day after jurors decided Greensboro, N.C.-based Lorillard Tobacco Co. should pay $71 million in compensatory dama ... Jump to full article >>

Public Health told not to enforce tobacco rules on reserves

Tweet Tobacco control officers in Grey-Bruce are being instructed not to enforce the province’s Smoke-Free Ontario Act in local First Nations communities, including the Saugeen and Chippewas of Nawash reserves, says the head of enforcement at the area’s public health unit. Linda Davies, tobacco control program manager, says provincial Ministry of Health Promotion staff has told the Grey Bruce Health Unit that aboriginal governments ha ... Jump to full article >>

House Republican leader, Democrats trade attacks on economy

Tweet The Republican leader who hopes to become the next speaker of the House criticized White House economic policies Tuesday in a speech that was met with a coordinated attack from Democrats that resembled the rapid response perfected during Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) called for firing the Treasury secretary and repealing parts of the healthcare law, giving shape to a party agenda as Republicans tr ... Jump to full article >>

Deputies break up cigarette smuggling operation

Tweet Teaming up with officials from the Virginia State Police, Iredell deputies may have uncovered a cigarette smuggling operation. Iredell Sheriff Phil Redmond said members of the Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) team spotted a 1998 Lincoln Navigator on Interstate 77 near the 61 mile marker around 9:15 a.m. Monday for a traffic violation. While speaking with the driver and occupant, the deputies noticed a large number of boxes in black tra ... Jump to full article >>

Why are smoking laws blatantly flouted?

Tweet In this age of respect and understanding, I do not know why some establishments and coffee shops still flout the law regarding a smoking ban in public places. The other day, I had to visit Almoayyad Tower in Seef. I wanted to have a coffee on the ground floor by the entrance facing HSBC bank. The place was full of people smoking Marlboro. When I asked why there isn’t a separate area as declared by the Health Ministry, I was told that ... Jump to full article >>

Albany gasbags are full of it

Tweet State lawmakers are spouting so much hot air about the state’s budget crisis these days, it’s a wonder the Capitol hasn’t lifted off the ground like the old man’s house in the movie “Up.” If one more senator vows to block a spending cut or restore a benefit or roll back a tax hike – without offering a remotely plausible alternative for averting fiscal catastrophe – the entire Legislature will ... Jump to full article >>

Anti-Smoking Groups Attack the Electronic Cigarette

Tweet COLLEYVILLE, TX, November 01, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ — What started as a noble cause with lobbying groups like the American Cancer Society, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights and Mother’s Against Drunk Driving, is now morphing into a multi headed monster as they became a victim of their own success. Both have campaigned and succeeded in getting stricter laws on drunk drivers and smoking which most all of us applaud. They do ... Jump to full article >>

Restaurants prepare for smoking ban

Tweet VIRGINIA BEACH–The state-wide smoking ban is just around the corner. On Dec. 1 most bars and restaurants will be required to have a non-smoking section, but some restaurant owners are finding creative ways around the restrictions. At Poppa’s Pub in Virginia Beach, owner Randy Estenson has spent months trying to construct a non-smoking section. He’s worked with the Virginia Beach Department of Health to design the new roo ... Jump to full article >>

Smoking ban concerns brought to Marion council

Tweet Marion, Ill. – Local tavern owners have asked Mayor Robert Butler and his police department to enforce state smoking bans. Butler told the Marion City Council Monday that he had been approached about certain taverns which are allowing smoking. “They are concerned about our enforcement of the no smoking ban,” Butler said. He said one tavern in particular is apparently posting smoking hours at the business. Public safety commissione ... Jump to full article >>

Higher tobacco taxes could save 115 Million Lives

Tweet A study published in Nature Reviews Cancer of Canada, found that tripling tobacco taxes could deter new smokers, rapidly increase cessation rates, and save at least 115 million lives by 2050. The study findings also disclose that the other tobacco control measures such as public education campaigns, smoke-free laws, marketing bans and cessation treatments are also effective in reducing tobacco use. The study findings show that worldwide sm ... Jump to full article >>