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US liquor, tobacco firms out

US alcohol and tobacco firms have been withdrawn from a meeting with the public health minister after activists complained their presence might lead to interference with the government’s drinking and smoking policy. Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanavisit said alcohol and tobacco issues had not been discussed when he met US ambassador Eric GJohn and representatives from the US-Asean Business Council yesterday. Representatives of those industries were not present at the meeting. The minister did not say if the representatives’ absence was linked to a demand by anti-alcohol and tobacco activists to exclude them from the meeting. Tobacco and alcohol makers and pharmaceutical firms have been represented at past meetings between the US-Asean Business Council and the public health minister and senior civil servants. The US ambassador took the team in 2006 to meet then … Read entire article »

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Tom Russo Goes His Own Way When It Comes To Tobacco

Tom Russo’s investment theme can be summarized by “eat, drink, smoke, watch TV and be merry”. Indeed, for about 30 years, he has been sort of staying in his “circle of competence” food, tobacco, media, and beverage companies. It has been reported that his performance for the past ten years has been around 8% while S&P 500 had a down decade. Too bad of the investors in the US markets, as in a recent conversationwith GuruFocus, he indicates that he invest about 70% of his money overseas, mostly in Europe. Here are the reasons he discussed: GuruFocus: You have a lot of investment in foreign companies, why is that? Tom Russo: We have more than 70% of the fund in foreign companies. The reason is because we are long term investors, and we feel … Read entire article »

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Must Know About Heroin

Years ago, thoughts of using a needle kept many potential heroin users at bay. Not anymore. Today’s heroin is so pure, users can smoke it or snort it, causing more kids under 18 to use it. Kids who snort or smoke heroin face the same high risk of overdose and death that haunts intravenous users. Yet according to the annual Monitoring the Future national poll, more than 40% of high school seniors do not believe that there is a great risk in trying heroin. Recent studies suggest a shift from injecting to snorting or smoking heroin because of increased purity and the misconception that these forms of use will not lead to addiction. Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed-pod of the Asian poppy plant. Heroin … Read entire article »

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Alcohol As Dangerous As Cigarettes

A product that is only legal for those that are 21 years of age, alcohol is a depressant that comes from organic sources including grapes, grains and berries. These products are fermented and distilled into a liquid. Alcohol affects every part of the body. It is carried through the bloodstream to the brain, stomach, internal organs, liver, kidneys, muscles – everywhere. It is absorbed very quickly (as short as 5 – 10 minutes) and can stay in the body for several hours. Alcohol affects the central nervous system and brain. It can make users loosen up, relax, and feel more comfortable, or can make them more aggressive. Unfortunately, it also lowers their inhibitions, which can set them up for embarrassing or dangerous behavior. In fact, each year approximately 5,000 young people under the … Read entire article »

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Catherine Zeta Jones plays golf in China. Michael Douglas stays home bacause of smoking caused cancer

The last time we saw Michael Douglas in public he looked like he’d just punched his way out of a coffin. And little wonder why – the Oscar-winning actor was diagnosed with throat cancer in the summer and he’s been undergoing a course of radiation and chemotherapy recently. Enough to knock the wind out of anyone, that. The 66-year-old Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps star was looking weary and gaunt just a few weeks ago though. Indeed, he was shadow of the man currently gracing the big screen at your local multiplex in the Wall Street sequel, and it was an image that prompted much speculation that his health could be taking a turn for the worse. His wife, 41-year-old Catherine Zeta Jones has put paid to those rumours this week, however, by turning up to play in a charity golf event in China at … Read entire article »

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Ban on Flavored Tobacco Products Becomes City Law

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed legislation on Wednesday to prohibit the sale of most forms of flavored tobacco products in New York City. The new law is more extensive than the federal Food and Drug Administration’s ban on candy- and fruit-flavored cigarettes, which took effect last month. The City Council approved the bill on Oct. 14. The legislation covers “chocolate, vanilla, honey, candy, cocoa, dessert, alcoholic beverage, herb or spice flavors,” but exempts “tobacco, menthol, mint or wintergreen flavors.” Menthol cigarettes can be Kiss Superslims Menthol or Esse Super Slims Menthol. The city ban includes cigars and smokeless tobacco, while the federal ban is limited to cigarettes. That ban prohibits the sale of cigarettes with “an artificial or natural flavor (other than tobacco or menthol) … Read entire article »

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Defiant Greeks Prepare to Keep Smoking as Ban Compounds Economy

Athens restaurant owner Petros Migdos says it’s not just policies to tackle the ailing Greek economy that are hurting his business, it’s also one aimed at improving the health of his countrymen.Greece, home to Europe’s heaviest smokers, prohibited puffing in public places such as bars and tavernas on Sept. 1. This month, proprietors began returning ashtrays to indoor tables in preparation to defy the law as winter approaches. “I agree it’s a good thing to cut the cigarettes, but it is not the time to impose these measures because of the economic crisis,” Migdos, 50, said as he took a break to smoke. Greece is the only European country to implement a tobacco ban during the financial turmoil of the past two years. Consumers and companies are enduring some of the continent’s … Read entire article »

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Green tea blocks lung cancer caused by smoking cigarettes

Drinking at least a cup of green tea a day may significantly decrease a person’s risk of lung cancer caused by smoking cigarettes, according to a study conducted by researchers from Shan Medical University in Taiwan. Cancer rates are significantly lower in Asia than in other parts of the world, and high consumption of green tea has been suggested as one of the potential explanations. Laboratory studies have suggested that the polyphenols in green tea can halt the growth of cancer cells, but the results of human studies have been mixed. In the current study, researchers analyzed green tea consumption, smoking, genetic factors and lung cancer risk in more than 500 people. They found that among non-smokers, those who did not drink tea had five … Read entire article »

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Marijuana Myths

Myth: Smoking marijuana can cause cancer and serious lung damage. Fact: There chance of contracting cancer from smoking marijuana is minuscule. Tobacco smokers typically smoke 20+ cigarettes every day for decades, but virtually nobody smokes marijuana in the quantity and frequency required to cause cancer. A 1997 UCLA study (see page 9) concluded that even prolonged and heavy marijuana smoking causes no serious lung damage. Cancer risks from common foods (meat, salt, dairy products) far exceed any cancer risk posed by smoking marijuana. Respiratory health hazards and cancer risks can be totally eliminated by ingesting marijuana in baked foods. Myth: Marijuana contains over 400 chemicals, thus proving that marijuana is dangerous. Fact: Coffee contains 1,500 chemicals. Rat poison contains only 30 chemicals. … Read entire article »

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Why conservatives should favor legalizing marijuana

If there is one clear emotion emerging before November’s U.S. congressional elections, it is that citizens across the political spectrum are worried about government spending and a perceived lack of government accountability regarding where tax dollars are spent. Oddly, the government’s approach to the illegal drug problem — which has cost U.S. taxpayers more than $2.5 trillion since former President Richard Nixon first declared America’s “war on drugs” — has been largely immune from this concern. One dramatic exception is California, where Proposition 19, which proposes to “regulate, control and tax cannabis,” will be on the statewide ballot on November 2. In California alone, the illegal market for cannabis, or marijuana, has been estimated to be worth about $14 … Read entire article »

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Sedentary lifestyle causes more deaths than smoking, says study

Following a sedentary lifestyle is more dangerous for your health than smoking, says a new study reported in the South China Morning Post, and carried out by the University of Hong Kong and the Department of Health. In the study, researchers looked at the level of physical activity in people who died and were able to correlate their level of physical activity with their risk of dying. The results are fascinating: 20% of all deaths of people 35 and older were attributed to a lack of physical activity. That’s more deaths than can be attributed to smoking. Looking at specific diseases, the risk of dying from cancer increased 45% for men and 28% for women due to lack of physical activity. The risk of dying from respiratory ailments was 92% higher … Read entire article »

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“Chewing tobacco use rises among high-school boys”

San Francisco Giants slugger Pat Burrell sneaks a pinch in the dugout, his lip swollen with a wad of chaw in his TV close-ups. At the plate, the back pocket of Pablo Sandoval bulges with a round tin of chewing tobacco. It’s hard to miss the signs of a chewing tobacco habit that Major League Baseball can’t seem to quit — a decade after the minor leagues kicked chaw out of their dugouts. The use of chewing tobacco is rising among high school boys, even as overall tobacco use continues to fall, and anti-tobacco forces want Major League Baseball to step to the plate and ban the substance from its fields.”Many teenagers worship these baseball players,” said Danny McGoldrick, vice president for research at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “Clearly, they … Read entire article »

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