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Up in Smoke

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NYC Bills Would Raise Cost, Minimum Age of Smoking

A pack of smokes in New York City will set you back at least $10.50—and only if you’re 21 or older—if Mayor Michael Bloomberg signs into law two measures passed Wednesday by the City Council.

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Are Cigarettes Cigarettes If They’re Electronic?

E-cigarettes, those small vaporizers that deliver nicotine to the lungs without fire and smoke, are the apparent future of tobacco, and the FDA is about to respond to the industry with a pack of regulations.

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Tobacco Executive in Hell

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A Butt Man

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Court Blocks Graphic Cigarette Warnings

In a rare victory for the tobacco industry, a U.S. appeals court has ruled against the Food and Drug Administration’s requirement that cigarette manufacturers adorn their products with pictures of dead and diseased smokers, saying the mandate constituted a violation of free speech.

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Inactivity Kills More Than Cigarettes

Physical inactivity—defined as less than 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week—kills 5.3 million people worldwide annually, more than the 5 million who succumb to the dangers of cigarette smoking, researchers at Harvard report.

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Thank You for Not Smoking

In the first worldwide study of the effects of “passive smoking,” researchers at the World Health Organization have discovered that 600,000 people—a third of them children—die each year from secondhand smoke.

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Will Big Tobacco’s Former Bagman Really Be the Next Speaker?

There is nothing fresh or surprising about Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, the would-be speaker, a figure so closely associated with corporate special interests that he looks, sounds and behaves exactly like a lobbyist.

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 READ MORE


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Prison Economy Spirals as Cigarette Prices Spike

A small note of warning to our readers about the content of this video: It is definitely, as they say, NSFW. It’s a bit rude. But it’s also, like many things that come from the Onion News Network, good for a laugh. Happy Monday!

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Report: Philip Morris Benefits From Child Labor

Human Rights Watch is planning to release a report on Wednesday that documents widespread child and forced labor practices on the Central Asian farms that supply tobacco to Philip Morris’ cigarette factory in Kazakhstan.

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Tanker Truck Blast Kills 230 in the Congo

At least 230 people were killed and 190 injured when an oil tanker truck flipped over and blew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The blast was reportedly sparked by a cigarette as local residents attempted to collect oil spilling from the wreck.

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What Do Toyota and Big Tobacco Have in Common?

Fed up with a certain automotive academic who has been challenging Toyota’s claims about its car troubles, the automaker demonstrated similar problems in its competitors’ vehicles and fielded a team of experts to argue counterpoint. One of those experts runs a consulting firm for hire that once found no link between secondhand smoke and cancer. (continued)

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Poster Addict for Tobacco Law

It’s all right to be just a bit defensive when you’re the addict in chief, but President Obama happens to be, hands down, the best possible spokesman for the new FDA regulation. He should embrace the role.

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Big Tobacco Targeted by Bigger Government

The Food and Drug Administration may soon have control over the tobacco industry, if legislation survives Senate obstacles. The bill passed by a wide margin in the House, where its principal sponsor, Rep. Henry Waxman, said, “It has taken us far too long to get to this point.”

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Hillary’s Replacement Is Smokin’

Forgive that pun, but it is clear that Kirsten Gillibrand, junior senator from New York, played an important role in fending off the Justice Department as it sought internal research conducted by Philip Morris that proved a connection between cigarettes and cancer—a causation rebuked by tobacco executives in testimony before Congress in 1994.

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The Smoke Is Clearing

This week marks a decade since a consortium of state attorneys general negotiated the landmark settlement of lawsuits against tobacco companies. The results are in: Cigarette consumption has declined by 28 percent in the past 10 years.

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Regulating Cigarettes, at Last

Congress is known for leaving business unfinished, but rarely is a task left undone for more than four decades.

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McCain Coughs Up Another Joke About Killing Iranians

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee gets what might have been a terrorist fist jab from wife Cindy over an ill-considered crack on rising U.S. cigarette sales to Iran: “Maybe that’s a way of killing them.” Ha ha, funnyman. Lucky for him, the media is in a forgiving mood these days when it comes to the ex-jet jockey, as Max Bergmann points out.

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Republicans Defend Big Tobacco From Sick Children

In keeping with Oscar Wilde’s adage that one cannot be too careful in the choice of enemies, congressional Democrats have chosen wisely and well.

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Tobacco Marketing Leaves Women Seeing Red

We’ve come a long way from seeing ourselves as oh-so-sexy holding a slim cigarette—all the way to seeing red. Red, the color of angry outrage, could be just the thing to blot out Big Tobacco’s latest campaign to hook young women on cigarettes by dressing up death in fuchsia and teal.

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UK Journal:  Alcohol Worse Than Pot

Cigarettes and alcohol may cause more harm on the societal level than the seemingly harder drugs marijuana and ecstasy, according to a report released by British journal The Lancet.  The study suggests that, despite appearances, the two commonly used and legal substances could be more dangerous than their outlawed counterparts. 

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Forgetting Addiction

When a stroke victim and two-pack-a-day smoker woke up having forgotten his habit, researchers went looking for the damaged part of his brain that seemed to have switched off his cravings. Having found it, scientists are hoping to discover new methods to understand and treat addiction.

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