Archive for March, 2011

Mar 31 2011

Babies Who Sleep in Smokers’ Rooms Face ‘Thirdhand’ Smoke

babies affected by third hand smokingLevels of nicotine in the hair of infants who sleep in the same room with parents who smoke are three times higher than in babies who sleep in another room, a new study finds. The nicotine is from cigarette smoke particles that impregnate the parents’ skin, clothes and hair, which is known as “thirdhand smoke,” the Spanish researchers explained.

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Mar 31 2011

Cigarette Smokers May Have To Dig Deeper To Light Up

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cigarette smokersToday, lawmakers and supporters rallied at the steps of the capitol in support of House Bill 63, it’s a bill that would increase the state cigarette tax by 70 cents. It’s currently at 36 cents a pack.”I mean if they are going to raise it put it towards something good,” says Katie Macon, a smoker.Harold Ritchie (D – Franklinton, LA) is a strong advocate for the bill.”The budget deficit is 1.6 billion, it won’t be enough to cover that hole but it’s so much more important,” adds Ritchie.Ritchie is referring to that the bill would do if it is passed.

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Mar 31 2011

Idaho Dems begin protest to win cig tax hearing

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cig taxIdaho’s minority Democrats on Wednesday began their bid to force hearings on their proposals for a cigarette tax hike and a referendum on public schools chief Tom Luna’s education reforms.Their first move: forcing bills to be read in their entirety, a stall tactic meant to slow progress to a crawl as lawmakers near the end of the 2011 Legislature.

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Mar 31 2011

Oregon Considers Controversial Tobacco Tax Increases

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tobacco taxA flurry of tobacco tax bills with conflicting objectives is under consideration by Oregon state legislators who should say ‘no’ to any new taxes, according to the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association.Oregon currently taxes cigarettes at the rate of $1.18 per pack. One of the bills being considered would hike the tax by an additional $1. One of the bills also contains tax increases on other tobacco products. For example, HB 2110 proposes to increase the excise tax on other tobacco products from 65% to 120.25% of the wholesale price, while retaining the present cigar tax cap of 50 cents.

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Mar 31 2011

MIKE MORAN: Tobacco ban suits wafting from the West?

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tobacco banThe city is being sued because of the passage of a law that prohibits pharmacies from selling tobacco products.Don’t panic. The city in question is San Francisco, not Fall River.Health-conscious officials in California’s fourth largest city decided in 2008 that it’s wrong for tobacco products to be sold in places that also sell over-the-counter and prescription medicines. So they responded with a law banning tobacco sales in drug stores.

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Mar 30 2011

It’s legal Less fuming from officials on smoking

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smokingThe Worcester City Council tonight is expected to take up a pack of proposed new rules that, among other changes, would curtail where tobacco products could be sold — chain pharmacies and colleges are eyed for a ban — and impose new restrictions on the advertising of tobacco products. However well-meaning such regulations, they run the risk of serious overstepping by government.

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Mar 30 2011

Marijuana law’s legal ambiguity ‘unfortunate’

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medical-marijuana-300x237The state’s medical marijuana law is often described as ambiguous and poorly crafted.An Oakland County judge called it “one of the worst pieces of legislation I’ve ever seen.”State lawmakers, prosecutors and legal experts believe the law, which voters passed in 2008 by a wide margin, is intentionally vague – because its supporters and authors want complete legalization.

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Mar 30 2011

FDA Says Star’s Tobacco Lozenges Not Subject to Regulation

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fdaStar Scientific Inc. said it can now market its dissolvable tobacco lozenges because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that its products are not subject to the federal law regulating tobacco, The Associated Press reported March 23.The company had applied to the FDA to have its dissolvable lozenges, Ariva-BDL and Stonewall-BDL, classified as “modified risk” products that would allow it to market them as less harmful than regular cigarettes.

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