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May 31 2011

United States will classify electronic cigarettes as tobacco

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e cigRecently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that electronic cigarettes would be regulated as tobacco products. The announcement came after a decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that electronic cigarettes are not drugs or devices unless marketed for therapeutic purposes. In 2009, the FDA was authorized to regulate tobacco products which are not drugs or devices.

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May 31 2011

Cambodian activists call for tobacco tax increase on World No Tobacco Day

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sexywomenwithcigCigarettes will be the most effective means to reduce the number of death caused by tobacco use,” Mom Kong, the executive director of the NGO-Cambodia Movement for Health, said at the event. “Moreover, the increase will generate more tax revenues for the state coffer.”Ho Naun, the National Assembly’s chairwoman of the Commission on Public Health and Social Welfares, expressed her full support for the demand.”I believe that it’s a major measure to discourage smokers,” she said.

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May 31 2011

What movie should I do next? Lindsay Lohan catches up on scripts while puffing on an electronic cigarette during house arrest

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linsday lohanSitting on a deck chair reading the latest movie script and puffing away on an electronic cigarette, Lindsay Lohan looked the picture of happiness yesterday.But instead of every other young woman enjoying the sunshine in California yesterday, Lindsay was in fact trying to make the most of her house arrest. The 24-year-old actress looked happy and relaxed as she sat on the roof of her Venice Beach property wearing an orange vest top and beige trousers.

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May 31 2011

Good intentions, not good policy

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Of all the well-intentioned sentiments being expressed over the regulation of cigarette sales in Albany County, we’re most impressed with the perspective offered by John McDonald, a pharmacist as well as the mayor of Cohoes.Why?Because he brings a credibility that many others lack to the debate over whether pharmacies should be banned from selling tobacco products.Mr. McDonald’s owns Marra’s Pharmacy, which topped selling tobacco some 20 years ago. That’s long before government officials at any level considered dictating what at first seems like a sensible policy but actually is a misguided one.Ideally, the people who own pharmacies and similar business would recognize what Mr. McDonald calls the “hint of contradiction” between providing health care services and selling such a lethal product. Responsible action on their part would preclude the need for the sort of legislation that’s before the Albany County Legislature.

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May 30 2011

Aquino leads campaign vs. smoking by example

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one_last_cigarettePRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III will lead by example in the government’s campaign against smoking in public areas, the Palace said Sunday.“The President has always observed the law, and there is no reason to think otherwise,” deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said in a radio interview.Mr. Aquino was a known smoker, but he had always obeyed the rules set under Republic Act 9211, which regulates the use of tobacco products, Valte said.

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May 30 2011

Tobacco dependence is a disease

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Tobacco dependenceIt is estimated that from 2010-2020, there will be about 1 million tobacco consumption related deaths a year in India and about 70% of these deaths will be before old age. Currently, tobacco is responsible for 1 in 5 of all male deaths in middle age. Men who are cigarette smokers lose ten years of their lives, mainly as a result of tuberculosis, respiratory and heart diseases, and cancer.

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May 30 2011

House panel chief rejects tobacco tax hike

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stop smokingTHE chairman of the powerful House committee on ways and means has rejected proposals to increase the excise taxes on tobacco products by as much as 400 percent, saying that would hurt thousands of tobacco farmers.“The effect on tobacco farmers should also be considered,” Batangas Rep. Hermilando Mandanas said.“We can’t increase that much,” Mandanas said during a hearing of the House subcommittee on national internal revenue led by Ilocos Sur Rep. Eric Singson Jr.His position was to keep the four-tier excise tax system, he said, but he pointed to the need to adjust the tax brackets.

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May 27 2011

Mass. jury rejects claim against cigarette maker

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smokingA Massachusetts jury has found that Phillip Morris Inc. was not responsible for the death of a longtime smoker whose family claimed the company’s cigarettes could have been made safer.The Worcester Superior Court jury returned its verdict Thursday after hearing three weeks of testimony and deliberating over three days.The family of Stephen Haglund of Douglas filed the lawsuit in 2001, the year after he died of lung cancer at age 51.

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