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A Case Study in the Perverse Incentives Tobacco Bonds Create

A central tenet of government finance is that money borrowed over the long term should be spent on projects that will outlast the debt – things like buildings, bridges or other essential infrastructure. That’s not what upstate New York’s Niagara County did with much of its money from tobacco bonds.

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 READ MORE



How Wall Street Tobacco Deals Left States With Billions in Toxic Debt

Politicians wanted upfront cash from a legal victory over Big Tobacco, and bankers happily obliged. The price? A handful of states promised to repay $64 billion on just $3 billion advanced.

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N.Y. Times Editorial Board Goes to Pot

The editorial board of The New York Times has weighed in with its collective take on decriminalizing marijuana use, and it can be summed up with two familiar words: Legalize it.

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High Inequality Results in More U.S. Deaths Than Tobacco, Car Crashes and Guns Combined

In 2009, the British Medical Journal published a study that revealed what seems to be a shocking truth.

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Keystone Pipeline

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Up in Smoke

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CVS to Pull Tobacco Products From Shelves

Americans jonesing for a cigarette, or any other tobacco product, will soon have to take their business somewhere besides CVS/pharmacy.

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Killer Weed

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Tobacco Deaths 2013

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Google Wants to Give You a Ring

The Internet giant is seeking to replace your memorized passwords with jewelry; the tobacco and soda industries share more in common than you think; and is there such a thing as an ethical smartphone? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 READ MORE



Blacks More Likely Than Other Groups to Identify as Gay

A recent study shows blacks in the U.S. are more likely to identify as gay than other ethnic groups; saggy pants have become illegal in a Florida city; meanwhile, Mitt Romney’s work for big tobacco is at odds with his professed Mormon beliefs. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 27, 2012 READ MORE



Billionaire CEO’s Election Warning to Employees, Big Bird Scores a Political Ad, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Bain Capital and Mitt Romney’s connection to Big Tobacoo and why a Republican lawmaker thinks the death penalty is appropriate for kids who don’t respect their parents.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE



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American Officials Enjoy Lives Without Shame

Three recent news headlines illustrate how shameless some American officials have become when it comes to breaking the rules or messing up and pretending that everything is still OK. They also prove that in modern America, it’s possible for screwups to continue their lives and careers with hardly a blip.

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 READ MORE


New Cigarette Warning

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Just in the Nick of Finally

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New Warning Labels

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Study: Alcohol More Harmful Than Crack

Startling but true, according to one of those expert sources that make these kinds of pronouncements: Alcohol is more harmful to both users and those around them than crack cocaine. It’s worse than heroin too.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE



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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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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.

Posted on Jul 14, 2010 READ MORE


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Report: States Slacking on Anti-Smoking Spending

According to a consortium of anti-smoking organizations, U.S. state governments are raking in more money than ever from tobacco companies but aren’t spending as much as they had in recent years on preventing their constituents from starting to light up or on helping them quit.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE


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U.S. Adult Cigarette Smoking Rate Rose in 2008

Blame it on the recession? Cigarette smoking among American adults had been on the decline for about 15 years, but in 2008 the smoking rate rose, bumping up slightly from 19.8 percent the previous year to just under 21 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 READ MORE


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Congress OKs Anti-Smoking Bill

Congress gave final approval to a bill that gives the federal government far-reaching power to try to decrease smoking in the U.S. Positioned to be much more effective than those stupid tobacco company-sponsored “Truth” commercials, the bill would limit nicotine levels and use of words like mild and light. Updated

Posted on Jun 12, 2009 READ MORE


It’s Time to Put the Clamps on Tobacco

An idea that has been around for years now has reached that rarest of moments: There is a political environment that should, if reason prevails, produce legislation to require the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products.

Posted on Mar 16, 2009 READ MORE


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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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.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Apr 17, 2007 READ MORE


Forget Big Tobacco—Big Food Kills

If we are what we eat and we eat what is advertised, then American children are facing death by junk food.

Posted on Mar 29, 2007 READ MORE


Corporate Donations Shift Left

Companies in the insurance, pharmaceuticals and tobacco industries are boosting their share of contributions to Democrats this year, an indication that the traditionally Republican-friendly donors suspect Dems may soon end up holding the reins of power.

Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


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