Archive for August, 2011

Aug 30 2011

Utah gives hookah the hook

Published by under Tobacco news

smokeStarting in mid-September, Utah bars and clubs cannot allow patrons to smoke most hookah products indoors.The Utah Department of Health announced Monday that it has amended the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act to ban hookah products that contain tobacco. The rule goes into effect Sept. 12.”The purpose of the clarification is to protect people from exposure to second hand smoke. Even minimal amounts of exposure is considered harmful,” said Steve Hadden, a health program specialist in the department’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program.

Share

Comments Off on Utah gives hookah the hook

Aug 30 2011

New School Year Tobacco Free At UM

beautiful_smokingThe University of Montana’s fall semester started Monday, and so did the tobacco free policy.It requires UM students, employees, and visitors to use tobacco products in designated areas. Those spots are marked with cigarette outposts near sidewalks and the street on the borders of campus.Workers put up signs around the campus to remind people of the new policy. The UM Office of Public Safety is responsible for enforcement, but campus officials are asking everyone to do their part.

Share

Comments Off on New School Year Tobacco Free At UM

Aug 30 2011

Pay more for tobacco products, liquor

Published by under Cigarette news

camel/full-flavourWith a view to garner additional revenue of Rs 6,000 crore, the West Bengal government has stressed more on tax compliance and simplification of the tax regime. It has also increased tax on foreign liquor and tobacco products other than bidis.Presenting the Finance Bill in the Assembly on Monday, Finance Minister Amit Mitra put tobacco products such as cigarettes, gutkha and pan masala under schedule D of VAT, which enables the government to charge taxes more than the present 13.5 per cent.

Share

Comments Off on Pay more for tobacco products, liquor

Aug 30 2011

Drink, comply and save state

Published by under Cigarette news

alcohol_and_cigarettesIf Bengal drinks, smokes and lives up to the ideals of Anna Hazare by complying with tax rules, finance minister Amit Mitra can keep his word on additional resource generation this year.Mitra today raised taxes on alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, the usual suspects tapped by governments wary of hard decisions, as part of his attempts to account for the Rs 6,390-crore additional revenue he has promised to generate this financial year.Another chunk of the revenue is expected to come from better compliance by taxpayers, to facilitate which he has streamlined some rates and jacked up the penalty on dodgers. Changes in stamp duty rates on family transactions and a hefty penalty on hoteliers who do not register themselves appear key to Mitra’s plans.

Share

Comments Off on Drink, comply and save state

Aug 30 2011

Tobacco companies just keep on trying

Published by under Tobacco news

smokingTobacco companies are back in court trying to prevent the government from imposing new regulations that will require bold warning labels on cigarette packages and advertisements. They lost a similar federal lawsuit in tobacco-friendly Kentucky last year. Now they are suing in U.S. District Court in Washington.The Food and Drug Administration gained the authority to regulate tobacco products under a law passed in 2009. Among various restrictions placed on tobacco advertising, the law required that stronger warning labels — including those that graphically depict the harm caused by smoking — cover the top half of the front and the back of cigarette packs.

Share

Comments Off on Tobacco companies just keep on trying

Aug 29 2011

Smoking ordinance must be enforced

Published by under Tobacco news

smokingGlendale’s Fresh Air Ordinance (via the Neighborhood Services Division of the Community Planning Department) is a thoughtful attempt to protect nonsmokers from the toxic effects of residual cigarette smoke in “common areas” of the city — including common areas of apartment buildings.It would be wonderful if all smokers in the city obeyed that law. But they don’t. What happens when a nonsmoker puts in a complaint about free-for-all smoking in their building? Once Neighborhood Services places no-smoking signs that are ignored, and sends enforcement officers out to talk to noncompliant smokers whose behavior remains unchanged … then what?

Share

Comments Off on Smoking ordinance must be enforced

Aug 29 2011

Editorial: Black youth lead decline in smoking

Published by under Cigarette news

cigarette buttHere’s some good news for a portion of our society that doesn’t always seem to get much: From the 1970s to the mid-1990s medical researchers report a steep decline in smoking among African American youth.A report on the American Journal of Public Health said that in the early 1970s the smoking prevalence among black and white youth was about the same. In 1976 smoking among both groups began to decline but the decline was much greater among young blacks.

Share

Comments Off on Editorial: Black youth lead decline in smoking

Aug 29 2011

More drug arrests at homeless shelter

Published by under Cigarette news

BeardenTwo men were arrested Sunday morning and charged with using drugs at the Rainbow Homeless Shelter on Turner Lake Circle.Officers from the Covington Police Department were called by an employee of the shelter who said he had pulled up and noticed two men – John Duane Bearden, 37, and Luis Castro Bordon, 49 – on the side of the building in front of a truck. Because the shelter requires those not attending church services held at the shelter to vacate the premises, he decided to question Bearden and Bordon.

Share

Comments Off on More drug arrests at homeless shelter

Next »