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Industry Group Reports early success with better-for-your cigarettes

Besides not lighting up at all, cigarettes are designed to reduce the impact of tobacco smoke toxins may be the best way to reduce the health risks from smoking. Smoking is a leading cause of preventable disease and death in the U.S., and smokers die an average of 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 69% of smokers want to quit smoking for good, but the addictive effects of nicotine, making the task. That’s why researchers have focused on the creation of alternative cigarette, which can reduce the impact on the smoker one of the most toxic compounds in tobacco smoke and cigarettes in order to reduce medical costs associated with smoking? Over the past ten years, the options, such as electronic cigarettes, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Tobacco laws, Tobacco news

Candy flavored tobacco appearing on store shelves

Candy flavored tobacco products debut on store shelves this year, attracting sales from bright colorful packaging and flavors like chocolate, sour apple, orange and pineapple. Rachel Brand horst, tobacco prevention specialist for Collier County Health Department in Florida, said VOXXI taste tobacco as a way to cover the otherwise harsh taste and easy way to enable children to become addicted. Once the drug has led to the flavored tobacco and no longer meets their needs, explains Horst Brand, young people are switching to other tobacco products. Flavored tobacco luring young smokers “There are a lot of tobacco industry documents shows that the tobacco industry perceives youth as” replacement smokers for more than 400,000 people who die annually from diseases because of tobacco products, “she said.” The package uses bright colors appear safer than … Read entire article »

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Smokin’ Joe Namath Gives Puffers An Illicit Itch On LIRR Platforms

As numerous studies have shown, smoking cigarettes is one of the coolest activities in the world. The only thing cooler than smoking is taking illicit puffs after a lushy celebrity tells you not to. After a smoking ban on LIRR platforms went into effect yesterday, the Post found a smoker who was lighting up with gusto, despite the audio announcements telling him it was illegal. “Joe Namath just told me I couldn’t smoke, so I wanted to,” a 28-year-old man said at the Hicksville station. No word on whether Katie Couric will track him down and tell him what an awful person he is. Another smoker called the ban “bullshit,” saying, “They’re already hiking up our prices. I’m still going to smoke.” Sure you could whip out your smartphone and play … Read entire article »

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Why do we smoke cigarettes?

Smoking cigarettes is a way of life for millions of users the world over. While there could be several reasons why people smoke cigarettes, here are a few main reasons that have been clinically proven and then listed: It is a Pleasure Without a shadow of a doubt, smoking is considered to be a fun activity. Since childhood, the concerned smoker has been exposed to the joys of smoking cigarettes, which he apparently sees in the form of advertisements or through live examples of elders smoking. Smoking is considered to be a “happening thing” and it is a pleasurable experience which each and every individual wishes to experience at least one in his/her lifetime. It is Considered Rewarding Once you start smoking cigarettes, you get on hooked to them. It has been scientifically proven … Read entire article »

Filed under: Nicotine dependence, Tobacco news

Thomasville man charged in cigarette scheme worth millions

A cigarette scheme that the U.S. Department of Justice says profited five individuals more than $2.4 million has led to the federal indictment of a Thomasville man, the office of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina George E.B. Holding on Monday. Nabil Nafiz Mustafa, 26, of Thomasville, was charged with three other men from the Eastern part of the state and one from New York after an alleged scheme to illegally trade and transport large quantities of cigarettes was unveiled. The investigation was done in combination with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the N.C. Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement; and the Zebulon Police Department. The men made their first appearance in court on Feb. 24. According to the news release, 40 counts were returned on the five … Read entire article »

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Evidence suggests role for chemicals in diabetes

A committee appointed by the National Toxicology Program went through studies looking at links between diabetes and obesity and chemicals such as arsenic, chemicals found in plastic, pesticides and cigarette smoke. “Some of these associations are pretty strong,” said Michael Gallo of the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, who led a two-day workshop in North Carolina that ended on Thursday. Especially strong was the link between smoking while pregnant and a child’s later risk of becoming obese and developing type-2 diabetes. “It is consistent with our understanding of how diabetes and obesity develop,” Gallo told reporters in a telephone briefing. When a pregnant woman smokes, the baby is often underweight at birth. This can set up a chain of mechanisms that lead to obesity later, which in turn can cause … Read entire article »

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Robert Gibbs: Obama Has Achieved Cigarette-Smoking Milestone

Has President Obama smoked his last cigarette? White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced as much in a recent interview with CNN, telling Candy Crowley that the president has abstained from smoking for the better part of a year now, though he still chews Nicorette gum. “I can report that it’s been probably about 9 months since he last smoked a cigarette,” Gibbs said. “He’s done enormously well in quitting.” Gibbs made similar comments earlier this month, telling reporters the president has finally made progress in achieving a goal that he’s been working toward since his election in 2008. “It was a commitment that I think he made to himself at the end of the health care and with his two daughters in mind,” Gibbs said on CNN this weekend. Obama’s smoking habit has … Read entire article »

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CDC: U.S. cigarettes contain more cancer-causing chemicals

By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay American cigarettes could pack a more toxic punch than foreign brands, say researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In one of the first studies of its kind, researchers compared the levels of tobacco-specific nitrosamines — a main carcinogenic component of tobacco — in cigarette butts and in smokers from several countries. The result: “All cigarettes are not the same, and cigarettes across countries do not deliver the same amount of carcinogens to people,” said Dr. Jim Pirkle, deputy director for science at the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health’s Division of Laboratory Sciences. In fact, the amount of tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs) in U.S. brands is about triple that of brands from Australia, Canada or the United Kingdom, he said. Pirkle was not involved in the study, which … Read entire article »

Filed under: Smoking effects

Tribal cigarette suits may be joined

A federal lawsuit, filed downstate by the St. Regis Mohawk tribe concerning New York’s attempt to collect sales tax on tobacco products sold on Indian reservations, may be merged with a similar ongoing suit being heard in downtown Buffalo. U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Kahn ruled Thursday that the St. Regis Mohawk lawsuit from Albany should move to Buffalo and merged with the Seneca Nation of Indians‘ case. “It would be an unnecessary waste of judicial resources for two federal judges to spend time and expense hearing the same claims, in addition to creating the potential for two courts to reach inconsistent results,” Kahn wrote in his decision. “The interests of judicial economy and avoiding inconsistent outcomes counsel in favor of transferring.” Cash-starved New York is attempting to collect a $4.35-per-pack sales tax on cigarettes … Read entire article »

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Vora’s photo with a hole from cigarette found at Viveka’s home

When policemen walked into supermodel Viveka Babajee’s Bandra residence on Friday, they found a photograph of her stock analyst boyfriend Gautam Vora that had been ripped into two. A lit cigarette had been stubbed into the photo, burning a hole through it. About 30 cigarette butts were found in the ash tray. A Khar police source revealed, based on evidence, that Babajee may have been inebriated before she committed suicide. A bottle of vodka and a glass were found in the kitchen, which was reeking of smoke and cooking gas, that had leaked. Police sources suggest that Babajee may have been trying to cook her last meal. Utensils were found on the gas and opened packets of masalas were lying on the floor. While no police official came on record, additional commissioner … Read entire article »

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Man jumped for cigarettes

A 30-year-old man was jumped by several robbers after he gave another man a cigarette Monday afternoon, police said. The victim was on Bristol Pike around 3 p.m. when a man came up to him and asked for a cigarette, police said.As he handed it over, the victim was grabbed by two men, who took an undetermined amount of cash from his pocket before they fled, police said. The suspect who first approached the victim is described as a black male in his late 30s, 6- feet, 1-inch tall, with a thin build. He was wearing a red baseball cap, a dark blue or black T-shirt and jeans. The two men who grabbed the victim were described as black males in their 30s, both 6 feet tall, bald, wearing white T-shirts and … Read entire article »

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75% Of Chicagoans Buy Cigarettes Not From Their City

A cigarette tax increase is one source of revenue that legislators often see as win-win: either people will choose to keep smoking and pay an extra premium for it, or they’ll quit smoking and get healthier. Lawmakers have proposed a $1-a-pack tax increase to help resolve Illinois’ budget crisis.But opponents of the tax worry that smokers will just cross state lines, or buy on the internet, to avoid paying higher taxes. And a new study suggests that a majority of Chicagoans are doing just that. According to the University of Illinois at Chicago, 75 percent of sampled cigarette packs found on the streets of Chicago come from out of the city, costing roughly $120 million a year in revenues.Teams of researchers, led by David Merriman, the head of UIC’s economics department, … Read entire article »

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