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Kellan Lutz Twilligh Caught Smoking By His Mother

Kellan Lutz’s mother has begged him to give up smoking. The 25-year-old actor, who is best known for portraying Emmett Cullen in the Twilight Saga, had to field an angry call from his concerned parent after he was pictured lighting up a cigarette. “You’re a role model for young people. You can’t be smoking those filthy things!” she allegedly told the hunk. According to National Enquirer magazine, his concerned mother was then said to ship a package over to Canada, where the actor is currently filming Immortals, full of nicotine patches and gum in the hope of helping him get over his cravings for cigarettes. However, despite a warning note on the package reading, “DO THE RIGHT THING!”, Lutz’s fellow cast members have reportedly seen him sneaking in the odd cigarette break on set. The … Read entire article »

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Passive smoking effects

All people, smokers and non-smokers are aware of the fact that smoking is extremely bad for health. However, many do not realize how bad it is for the health of the other. Namely, people who do not smoke, but, nevertheless, spend large quantities of time surrounded by smokers, inhale the smoke they exhale, thus suffering the same consequences as if they themselves were cigarette consumers. Subsequently, passive smokers are in danger of developing the very same diseases which smokers are prone to, regardless of their desire to live healthy. Researches have shown that the second hand smoke is just as bad as the one directly inhaled from a cigarette. Thus, non-smokers who live with smokers, people who work in places where smoking is allowed and many other people who dislike … Read entire article »

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Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act targets kids and use

In a move that will essentially change the way the United States regulates tobacco, President Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (H.R. 1256). The legislation grants the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate the marketing of tobacco products, specifically marketing designed to mislead consumers or recruit underage smokers. 

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act grants the FDA the tools to combat these practices in the tobacco industry and will immediately reduce the ability of tobacco companies to recruit new smokers and limit the devastation caused by tobacco-related disease. The legislation specifically gives the FDA the authority to: Crack down on tobacco marketing and sales to children. Ban candy-flavored cigarettes Require disclosure of the contents of tobacco products. Compel the tobacco industry to research about the health effects of … Read entire article »

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Watsonville requires cigarette sellers to get local license

Watsonville retailers will pay $255 annually for a city license to sell cigarettes and other tobacco products. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the licensing ordinance, the first of its kind in Santa Cruz County. Police said the ordinance would give them the authority and resources to enforce existing state and federal laws aimed at keeping minors from smoking. “I was concerned about a tax, especially because of everything that’s happening in business today,” said Mayor Pro Tem Nancy Bilicich. But Bilicich said she was swayed by the lack of opposition, which she said was an indication of the business community’s support for youth. Deputy Police Chief Bob Knill said he sent letters to each of the city’s 61 tobacco retailers, advising them of the proposal. None responded, he said. Nor did anyone speak … Read entire article »

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AG Investigating E-Cigarette Maker From Weston

A Weston-based company called Smoking Everywhere wanted an executive who could go to battle against the FDA and U.S. Customs, which had teamed up to ban the import of e-cigarettes. But by hiring Ray Story in 2008, Smoking Everywhere may have got more than it bargained for. Story — who says he helped the company grab 60 percent of the market — has left the company, and now he’s taking the fight to his former Smoking Everywhere partners. The suit Story filed against the company has fueled an investigation by the Florida Attorney General’s Office, which may be considering criminal charges. Initially, Story clashed with one of the principals of Smoking Everywhere, Elicko Taieb, about business strategy. The company was one of two plaintiffs enmeshed in an expensive lawsuit against the FDA, … Read entire article »

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Rated R for smoking?

Cigarettes are finally becoming less common in the movies. But there’s still more big-screen smoke today than there was back in 1998, when tobacco companies were banned from paying for product placement, according to a new report today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That means that public-health officials are still worried about the effect of movies on the health of the nation. Kids and young teens, in particular, do respond to smoking they see in movies, studies suggest. Adolescents who see a lot of on-screen tobacco-use appear more likely to try smoking than adolescents who see very little of it. There’s some concern, then, that increases in media depictions of smoking may lead to health problems decades later. The new CDC report shows that tobacco in the movies … Read entire article »

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Raising tobacco tax ‘upholds tax justice’

Increasing taxes on tobacco products “upholds tax justice,” two civil society groups said on Tuesday after they joined calls for higher cigarette duties. Once undertaken, the move will “correct a public bad caused by cigarette smoking and generates revenue that will finance poverty reduction, including essential health services for the people.” This was asserted by the Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD) and the Action for Economic Reforms (AER). These calls came after tobacco control advocates and health groups clamored for increased tobacco taxes which will help prevent the youth from smoking. The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance Philippines recently lauded the statement of Health Secretary Enrique Ona to increase tobacco taxes by P4.50 per cigarette or P90 per 20-stick cigarette pack during their dialogue two weeks ago. Imposing higher … Read entire article »

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Puffing Billie: Ms Piper on the cigarettes again after partying with Madonna

She came in for a fog of criticism last month for smoking round her son Winston – but it’s not been enough to make Billie Piper stub out her habit. The Secret Diary Of A Call Girl star, 27, couldn’t wait to spark up when she left Madonna’s 52nd party at London’s swanky Shoreditch House private members’ club on Saturday night. Ms Piper was partying with her husband Laurence Fox, 32, alongside the Material Girl, her toyboy lover Jesus Luz, 23, and daughter Lourdes, 13. But despite club possessing a smoking terrace on the roof, the actress and her Lewis star husband Laurence lit up their cigarettes hand-rolled with liqourice flavoured paper as they left in front of waiting photographers. Others stars at the party included Paul Whitehouse, 52, and Claudia Winkleman, 38. Partying parents … Read entire article »

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Cigarette maker Lorillard names next CEO

Cigarette maker Lorillard Inc., manufacturer of Kent cigarettes,  said Thursday it has named former Altria executive Murray Kessler to succeed CEO Martin Orlowsky. The Greensboro, N.C., company said Kessler’s appointment takes effect Sept. 13. The 51-year-old also was elected to the company’s board. Kessler will receive an annual salary of $1.2 million and a $1 million cash signing bonus, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Kessler most recently served as president and CEO of Richmond, Va.-based Altria Group Inc. subsidiary UST, which includes U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. He joined Altria when UST was purchased in January 2009. He also had worked in consumer packaged goods with Campbell Soup and Clorox. “Murray’s outstanding background and significant experience in the tobacco industry make us confident that … Read entire article »

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US troops in Iraq will receive again cigarette by mail

Sending care packages to service members serving overseas? Later this month it’ll once again be legal to send them cigarettes and other tobacco products. A law meant to ban tobacco smuggling and to prevent children from ordering tobacco through the mail went into effect June 29. The Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act of 2009, introduced by Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), permits people to send tobacco products for noncommercial purposes if both the shipper and receiver are legal adults and the package includes delivery confirmation. The new law prohibited the friends and families of troops deployed overseas from sending care packages through first class mail. The U.S. Postal Service initially said customers could only use Express Mail to ship tobacco products in order to comply with the law. But military families protested because Express Mail … Read entire article »

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NY state cigarette tax hike burns collections: group

New York state’s cigarette tax revenue from convenience stores fell in the first six weeks after a steep tax increase, as consumers turned to Native American reservation stores, a convenience store group said on Wednesday. New York state boosted the cigarette tax to $4.35 a pack from $2.75 on July 1 as one of a series of measures designed to help close a $9.2 billion deficit for fiscal 2011, giving it the highest cigarette tax rate in the country. Even cigarette brands like Winston or Marlboro were tax raised. With the per-pack price rising to a range of $9 to $12, “aghast” smokers flocked to tribal stores, which are tax-free, the black market, and border states with lower cigarette taxes, said the New York Association of Convenience Stores. Erik Kriss, a spokesman for … Read entire article »

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Seneca Nation of Indians Responds to Illegal Seizure of Stamped Tobacco Products

Cattaraugus Territory Seneca nation of Indians — “The Seneca Nation of Indians has learned that the New York State Department of Tax and Finance has taken the unprecedented steps of stopping and seizing a vehicle containing cigarettes that were being delivered from one Seneca Nation Territory to another Seneca Nation Territory. The seized product contained cigarettes that were legally stamped using the Nation’s state-of-the-art tracking system under the Nation’s comprehensive tobacco regulations.  The product was being transported by a Nation-licensed business for delivery to retailers who are also licensed by the Nation. The Nation does not take lightly this overt act of State aggression against the Nation and its people. We will weigh all of our options and determine what steps to take to protect and preserve the sovereign rights of the Nation and the Seneca people,” … Read entire article »

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