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The FDA’s Dr. Lawrence Deyton on the tests of leadership

One thing that comes to mind was back early in the HIV era. I was at the National Institutes of Health. We were just beginning the early HIV clinical research. We were learning a lot, but not fast enough. People were dying, and we didn’t have the knowledge or the medicines to effectively treat HIV infection. We were just beginning to test the first antiviral drugs, and people living with HIV and their advocates were upset because they weren’t hearing as much as they wanted to hear from NIH or from government. There were demonstrations at FDA, at NIH, downtown on the National Mall.  During one of those demonstrations, an effigy of me was burned. Yes, a straw figure with my … Read entire article »

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No bail for man accused of burning mom with cigarette

A young man accused of burning his mother on the arm with a lit cigarette butt, then threatening to set her house on fire if she told the police, was ordered held without bail as a dangerous person.Despite that accusation, however, the alleged victim does not want her son to be prosecuted, according to both his lawyer and the detective who investigated the incident.Robert Coleman, 20, of 122 Freeman St. Extension, faces charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and battery, and threatening to commit a crime. After deciding at a hearing yesterday that Coleman is dangerous, Haverhill District Court Judge Stephen Abany continued the case until Oct. 12 for a pretrial hearing. Detective William O’Connell testified he interviewed … Read entire article »

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Electronic cigarettes becoming the choice of many long-term smokers

E-cigs typically consist of a cigarette-shaped device with a battery, a heating element and a cartridge containing propylene glycol and nicotine. Users puff on the mouthpiece to activate a circuit that heats the atomizer and produces a vapour.The users then inhale. But Penn State College of Medicine researchers suggest medical providers should continue to encourage more traditional smoking cessation methods. The researchers investigated this growing phenomenon through a survey of 104 long-term e-cigarette users. The study found that 78 percent of long-term users were no longer using tobacco and planned on using their e-cig instead, and only 8 percent were using the most widely marketed style of cigarette-shaped e-cigs. Most had learned that these do not deliver adequate nicotine and had used … Read entire article »

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Cigarette agent’s report

I just stubbed a cigarette before I wrote this line. Before I write more, I will have smoked a few. It’s an acquired taste I share with an estimated billion people of the world, a 7000-year-old habit of the human race, and a decade-old personal quirk, for me. I light up in almost the same way I occasionally pick my toothbrush eyebrows, or gently sniff the hair over my wrist when no one’s looking (unfortunately, someone always is). The latter two won’t cause me cancer of the lung. Neither may the first. I could acquire that from carcinogenic pollution and civic filth of the Indian cities I have lived in (Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai). You can’t foretell death anyway; let alone its causes. … Read entire article »

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Try smokeless nicotine cigarettes, says government

The government’s “nudge unit” wants to encourage the use of smokeless nicotine cigarettes, banned in many countries around the world, in an attempt to reduce the numbers killed in the UK by smoking diseases each year.The Cabinet Office’s behavioural insight team – better known as the nudge unit – wants to adopt the new technology because policy officials believe the rigid “quit or die” approach to smoking advice no longer works. Rather, they want nicotine addiction to be managed to help smokers who otherwise won’t quit – an approach the unit believes could prevent millions of smoking deaths. Ten million people in the UK smoke, and smoking claims 80,000 lives a year. The nudge unit’s first annual report, published on Thursday, … Read entire article »

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Altria Group spent $2.62M lobbying in 2Q

Altria Client Services Inc., on behalf of the nation’s biggest cigarette maker, spent $2.62 million lobbying the federal government in the second quarter on issues including the budget, taxes and other issues according to a recent disclosure form. That’s more than the $2.32 million the company spent on lobbying a year earlier but less than the $2.86 million it spent in the first quarter. Topics the company lobbied on include the Block Aircraft Registration Request program, which let companies request that their flight-tracking information be shielded from public view for commercial and privacy purposes, as well as security reasons. Begun by Congress in 2000, the program ended in June. The FAA revived it in August but limited blocking to cases that … Read entire article »

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Cigarettes and Fire Danger: How You can Prevent Tragedy

You see them discarded along highways and roads,everyone seems to throw them out.That little cigarette butt could turn into someone’s worst nightmare.JJ. Jones, Chief of Sherman Fire,”Grass is extremely dry, and it really doesn’t take much. You know a discarded match, a discarded cigarette could certainly ignite the grass and brush and result in a very tragic situation. “With the drought index at 792 out of 800 the fire conditions are just right to fuel fires. A situation that people can prevent, just by thinking about where they can safely put out their cigarette. J. J. Jones, Chief of Sherman Fire,”One of the leading causes is that discarded smoking material, so we believe that all those cases are preventable and with just a little forethought … Read entire article »

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As others see it: Smoking decision is right

Not much good, if any, can come from an addiction to smoking manufactured cigarettes. How anyone could claim differently is a mystery.The tobacco itself isn’t necessarily the culprit. Smoking “pure” tobacco, in moderation and on celebratory occasions, or drinking alcohol at the same moderate levels, might even be considered by some as a good thing.And for the moment, let’s not even get into the claims of medicinal marijuana alleviating chronic pain. It might very well, but the legality of it in some states should remain confined to the home. The contents of a cigarette are, in a word, deadly, with more than 4,000 chemicals — 43 known to cause cancer and 400 others listed as toxins. A dirty laundry list of the … Read entire article »

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Customs seize €3.1m worth of cigarettes

REVENUE’S CUSTOMS officers have made another multimillion-euro seizure of cigarettes after a 40ft container labelled “paper products” at Dublin Port was found to contain eight million cigarettes valued at €3.1 million. The haul was found at the port in a container that had come from Spain on Monday. A truck and container registered in the North were also confiscated when Customs officers seized the haul. The cigarettes were of the Regal, Richman and Hoop brands. They were being smuggled into the State without any taxes or duties being paid and would have represented a loss to the exchequer of some €2.5 million had they been sold here at their recommended retail price. The latest haul brings to about 87 million the number of cigarettes seized … Read entire article »

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FDA Responds to Tobacco Industry About New Cigarette Packaging

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has answered the tobacco industry’s lawsuit that the new graphic cigarette labels scheduled to take effect in 2012 with an opposition brief, the Wall Street Journal reports. In August, four U.S. tobacco firms claimed in a lawsuit filed in federal court that the new cigarette packaging requirements infringed upon their free speech. The labels, mandated by the federal government, will occupy the top half of both the front and back of the package and will show graphic images of a man with throat cancer or diseased gums, among other photographs. Accompanying the grisly pictures will be warnings, such as “Smoking can kill you.” The tobacco companies object to the labels on the grounds that they are unconstitutional. … Read entire article »

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5 Big Tobacco Stocks Providing Solid Yields In A Downturn

It seems to be the positon of the majority that we are either heading for another recession or a prolonged period of slow growth.Based on public sentiment and the degrading economic indicators, I am of the opinion that there is between a 25 and 40 percent chance of recession. So it would seem prudent to look at one of the most recession resistant industries: Big Tobacco. A negative economic outlook seems to do little to inhibit consumers from lighting up. So with the threat of a double dip recession looming and the Fed pledging to keep interest rates low until at least 2013, I feel that the tabacco industry is a great place to look for possible investments. Altria (MO) Description: Altria … Read entire article »

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Philip Morris’s Support Casts Shadow Over a Bill to Limit Tobacco

Here comes the tobacco regulation that Philip Morris can live with. On Wednesday, the House is expected to pass a bill that would give the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate the tobacco industry for the first time, including the power to block or approve new products. The Senate, which passed a similar measure in 2004, is expected to take it up later this year, with support from President Obama. Passage, if it comes, may be politically impossible without the negotiated support of Philip Morris, whose Marlboro brand helps make it the American tobacco industry’s biggest player. The company’s central role, in fact, is a reason that some antismoking activists worry that the bill is a deal with the devil. Philip Morris’s support is also why … Read entire article »

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