Daily Archives: April 2, 2009

Have the tobacco police gone too far?

I’VE been called a traitor,” says Michael Siegel, a public-health doctor at Boston University in Massachusetts. “It’s been a character assassination.” This treatment seems surprising as, reading Siegel’s CV, you’d think he was a poster boy for the anti-smoking movement. He regularly publishes research on the harmful effects of passive smoking and has testified in support of indoor smoking bans in more than 50 US cities.

Council stays out of smoking ban fight

City officials will not intervene to stop bar owners from allowing patrons to violate the state’s smoking ban.

N.C. senator says FDA should not regulate tobacco

n the name of improving public health, Marie Cocco suggested in a March 24 column on StatesmanJournal.com that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the only agency suitable to regulate the tobacco industry.

Mom’s Smoking May Lead to SIDS

Smoking by mothers has replaced infants sleeping on their stomachs as the greatest modifiable risk factor for sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, Australian researchers suggest.

U.S. House measure putting tobacco under FDA

President Barack Obama supports legislation that would give the US Drug and Food Administration the power to regulate tobacco.

Among Americans, Smoking Decreases as Income Increases

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is helping to crystallize the relationship between income and smoking in the United States.

Now U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co—operating its business from the Richmond area

The nation’s largest maker of smokeless tobacco products is now operating its business from Altria Group Inc.’s Henrico County headquarters campus.

Obama’s Poor Tax

“I can make a firm pledge . . . no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.” Remember that? It was Barack Obama, campaigning to become president last Sept. 12 in Dover, N.H.

Exposing Big Tobacco’s Loophole Lie

A column on Florida’s out-of-court settlement with Big Tobacco companies contained confusing statements about our company and cries out for clarification (“All Cigarette Makers Should Pay Up,” Other Views, March 23). The son of the late Gov. Lawton Chiles needs money for his prenatal care group and has somehow been persuaded to get it through a new tax on only a few cigarette companies while exempting the four giants.