U.S. House bill would exempt e-cigarettes from tobacco regulations

Smoking - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 22:05

A bill expected this week in the U.S. House of Representatives would weaken a Food and Drug Administration rule governing e-cigarettes and represent a major victory for the $4.4 billion U.S. vaping industry. The bill, from Republican Representative Duncan Hunter of California, would reverse the Obama administration's "Deeming Rule" which deems e-cigarettes to be tobacco products, subject to the same strict regulations governing traditional cigarettes.

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Hempstead Town raises age for buying smoking products to 21

Smoking - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:49

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Health advocates take aim smoking in casinos and taverns

Smoking - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 14:17

Volunteers from the American Cancer Society fanned out across the Pennsylvania Capitol on Tuesday to rally support for extending Pennsylvania's indoor smoking ban to casinos, private clubs and other businesses. The issue has become a perennial one since Clean Indoor Air Act was enacted in 2008 with exemptions for businesses that have historically been smoker-friendly.

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Vt. Senate votes down raising smoking age

Smoking - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 14:17

Several Democratic senators had been crafting the proposal throughout the year, but when it came up for a vote last month, there weren't enough votes to pass it and the bill was put aside. Tuesday, the measure was resurrected after supporters offered a number of changes designed to make it more palatable to senators.

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Warning about smoking after bedding catches fire in Crawley home

Smoking - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 09:11

A warning for people to be vigilant while smoking has been issued after firefighters were called to a home in Crawley this week after bedding caught light. West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service say that this month is smoking safety month, a focus that is very important as smoking related fires are the most dangerous nationally.

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USC students question effects of new smoke-free policy

Smoking - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 04:13

On Jan. 10, USC joined 1,827 higher education institutions across the country in prohibiting smoking on campus. The University banned cigarettes, e-cigarettes, hookahs and other products on all University-owned property, including fraternity and sorority houses on the Row.

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DNR on high alert during fire danger across Wisconsin

Smoking - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 23:29

The Department of Natural Resources was on full alert Monday with all but five Wisconsin counties having high or very high fire danger risk. "A day like today again the fire danger is going to be very high this afternoon so everybody available for staffing in wildlife and fire is working today specifically for that," said Lucas Schmidt, DNR Waupaca Forestry Team Leader The National Weather Service says smokers should not throw cigarettes out the window and people should be careful around dry grassy areas.

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Knox County program discusses alternative approaches to quitting smoking

Smoking - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 18:32

Dr. Keith Gray, a cancer surgeon at University of Tennessee Medical Center says many a successful quitter has gotten through cigarette withdrawal using alternative or complementary therapies that address lifestyle issues not generally covered by conventional medicine. Those include coping mentally with little smoking triggers that lure smokers back, developing a healthy balance between the mind and body and relieving stress.

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Fewer People Are Buying Cigarettes, But Tobacco Companies Are Raking In Profits

Smoking - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:05

American tobacco companies are seeing increased profits even though cigarette sales in the U.S. have dropped, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. Despite decades of regulatory costs, lawsuit settlements, public relations campaigns and governments across the globe pushing programs aimed at reducing smoking, tobacco company profits have grown during the past 12 years.

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Daughter's HORROR after finding 'dead dad pictured on cigarette packet' in graphic warning

Smoking - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 10:56

Mum-of-two Jodi Charles, 42, is "110% sure" the photo is of her dad David Ross who died in 2015. She was shocked when she spotted the image on a friend's packet of Amber Leaf tobacco, and claims there's "no way" her dad would have given consent.

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Two Ruminations on a Homeless Brother

Smoking - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 05:53

There's this old man who walks along the fence next to the hospital, or, say, down near town, wobbling in his loose, flapping shoes, digging around in the garbage can on the corner, smoking a cigarette, clutching it between his battered fingers, or simply walking with his shoulders braced as if he knew he was some kind of fodder for speculation, because it seems to be so consistent, his homeless rooting, keeping to a pattern, moving south on Midland Avenue for a half mile to Franklin Place and then left on Franklin and down Franklin to River Road, along River Road to Front Street, left on Front and up Front back to Midland, and then, presumably, around again.

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U.S. Tobacco Industry Rebounds From Its Near-Death Experience

Smoking - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 01:08

Revenues for U.S. tobacco companies hit $117 billion in 2016, up from $78 billion in 2001. How the industry succeeded despite lawsuits, rising taxes and declining smoking rates.

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Edina is on a smart track to raise smoking age to 21

Smoking - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 20:21

Despite the health risks, expense and, yes, the smell, more than 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. Nine out of 10 got hooked as teens, finding out only later how insidious and tenacious nicotine addiction is.

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New worry for smokersa families: Third-hand smoke

Smoking - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 15:48

Michael Miller, 44, does what most smokers do to protect his sons and daughter from the fumes of his Marlboro Ultra Lights. He takes it outside.

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Turns out, being obese is worse than smoking

Smoking - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 13:28

Washington D.C. [USA], Apr 23 : You may want to shed those extra kilos as a recent study has found obesity as a top cause of preventable life-years lost. The researchers from Cleveland Clinic and New York University School of Medicine found that obesity resulted in as much as 47 percent more life-years lost than tobacco, and tobacco caused similar life-years lost as high blood pressure.

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An older man wants to move on with his life.

Smoking - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 08:39

Dear Abby : My wife of 43 years died nine months ago after losing her four-year battle with cancer. I met a woman who had also experienced tragedy in her life, and we started seeing each other casually.

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[Graphic News] Deaths caused by tobacco still climbing

Smoking - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 06:18

The total number of smokers and tobacco-related deaths worldwide has increased, reported a consortium of researchers. According to the Global Burden of Disease report, the number of deaths attributed to tobacco use surpassed 6.4 million in 2015, up 4.7 percent compared to 1990, due to the expanding world population.

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Paromita Vohra: The smoking girls

Smoking - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 01:22

Someone I don't know very well wants to smoke. They offer me a cigarette. I say "Thank you, but I don't smoke."

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NYC moves to raise cost of cigarettes to nation's highest

Smoking - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 20:38

It already is the city that never sleeps - and if Mayor Bill de Blasio has his way it will become the city that never smokes. De Blasio on Wednesday announced a package of proposed bills that would, among other things, raise the base price of a pack of cigarettes from $10.50 to $13, making New York home to the costliest cigarettes in the country.

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Call for 'vaping' to be age restricted to over 21's

Smoking - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 16:00

Tobacco companies are among 250 submissions to the Ministry of Health over Government's plans to regulate e-cigarettes. Photo / file Tighter controls on electronic cigarettes - including a minimum purchasing age of 21 and fears "vaping" could encourage people to start smoking - are among submissions to Parliament's health select committee.

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