Daily Archives: June 21, 2009

Vintage cigarette ads show how tobacco companies countered smoking research

A retrospective of tobacco advertising on display at LSU Health Sciences Center’s medical library, “Not a Cough in a Carload,” shows tobacco companies’ commitment to cultivating new smokers.

Tobacco Control and Thought Control

The great judge Learned Hand once said, “The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.” If so, the tobacco regulation bill recently passed by Congress indicates that the spirit of liberty is even scarcer than usual in the halls of government.

IPCPR Fights California Tobacco Tax Proposals

California legislators are grasping at tax straws that don’t exist as they seek to raise billions of dollars that don’t exist for a balanced state budget that doesn’t exist, according to the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association. Two bills propose to increase tobacco taxes to as much as $2.10 per pack of cigarettes on top of the current $.87 per pack state tax and recently increased federal taxes of $1.00 per pack plus correspondingly stiff increases on other tobacco products like cigars and pipe tobacco.

Turning tobacco for better use

HOW many people know that most of the vaccine production facilities in the world reside in the developed countries? And do you know that even if the full vaccine production capacity in the West is deployed, the amount produced is not sufficient to cater to the demand there. Never mind supplying to the rest of the world.
This fact was revealed in a recent meeting I had with an expert in vaccine from Malaysia’s medical fraternity. This also came to light with the current outbreak of Influenza A.

Oregon Legislature doesn’t increase cigarette tax

Two years ago, Oregon legislators banned smoking from bars, expanded smoke-free workplace laws and passed a big tax on cigarettes to pay for health care for uninsured kids.

Tobacco Regulation Benefits Industry, Consumers, and the Public

Communities are often defined, at least in part, by the businesses that call them home. The history of our great commonwealth has been closely intertwined with tobacco since the first days of Jamestown.

Tobacco tax going up

Convenience stores and smoke shops are urging Cape Coral residents to stock up on cigarettes and other tobacco products before the state implements a $1 tobacco user fee on July 1.