Daily Archives: September 10, 2009

Smoking the joint session

After a summer of vicious town hall meetings, President Barack Obama shut out the nation’s lights (except for its TVs) for an hour of quiet time last night. He called for a Joint Session of Congress to address health care. It was the second such session in Obama’s brief tenure — George W. Bush delivered only two in his entire eight years as president — showing the enormous importance of the issue.

Free Speech for Tobacco

There I was, enjoying a relaxing long Labor Day weekend of golf, cigars, barbecue and camaraderie, when I read an editorial so horrible - so us tobacco flaganti-tobacco and anti-freedom - that it needed a response. The New York Times took to it’s hallowed pages to write “Big Tobacco Strikes Back” - an editorial against a lawsuit filed by tobacco companies seeking to challenge new restrictions on advertising created by the recent bill that subjects tobacco to the jurisdiction of the FDA.

Cigarettes, not snuff, increase multiple sclerosis risk

EU-funded researchers in Sweden have discovered that while tobacco smoking raises the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS), snuff does not. The findings are published in the journal Neurology.

Taxes on tobacco products, alcohol also see slight increases

As part of an effort to bridge the state’s $4.5 billion budget gap, sales taxes rose to 7.75 percent Sept. 1. Excise taxes on tobacco products and alcohol have gone up as well.

Council Eyes Tobacco Use

Riverbank will address the use of tobacco in its parks during the city council meeting on Monday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m. in the Community Center at 3600 Santa Fe.

Teens Help Resist Risky Behaviors