Daily Archives: September 25, 2009

The myth of the smoking ban ‘miracle’

‘Heart attacks plummet after smoking ban’ declared The Sunday Times earlier this month, as it reported that England’s smoking ban has ‘caused a fall in heart attack rates of about 10 per cent’ . A few days later, The Scotsman upped the ante, informing its readers that ‘Smoking ban slashes heart attacks by up to a third across world’ .

Musings from a cigarette-smoking libertarian

Debate is brewing over a potential ban on public smoking on Columbia’s Morningside campus, judging from the public response to recent preliminary action taken by multiple entities at the University. Groups like Students for Sensible Drug Policy are planning cigs4us.biz/al-fakher rallies as signs of visible opposition to the proposal. Smokers and non-smokers alike are chafing at what is perceived as an Orwellian hamper on individual personal behavior. Hence, a fundamental question emerges: Does Columbia University have a right to restrict “public” smoking on its campus?

Smokeless tobacco escapes tax

Taxing all tobacco products might have seemed an easy decision in a year where everything that could raise a buck for state government was on the table.

Bans on Cloves and Outdoor Smoking Will Backfire!

The war on cigarettes is heating up. This week a new federal ban went into effect making flavored cigarettes and cloves illegal. The new regulation halted the sale of vanilla and chocolate cigarettes that anti-smoking advocates claim lure young people into smoking. This ban is the first major crackdown since Congress passed a law in June giving the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco. There is already talk of banning Menthol cigarettes next.

Pacific People And Tobacco In New Zealand

Little government attention has been given to smoking by Pacific peoples in New Zealand, and there is no specific government plan to deal with this smoking.

Council tobacco investment fury

CHURCH leaders in Carmarthen have slammed council chiefs for investing more than £12 million in cigarette company British American Tobacco.

Stricter limits on tobacco products in Latvia approved

Latvian Saeima passed in the final reading amendments to the law on excise tax today, stipulating that from now on stricter limits will apply to the amount of tobacco products that private individuals from third countries can bring with them to Latvia; furthermore, persons will not be able to bring the allowed amount of tobacco products across the border of Latvia more often than one time per day.

Opposition to Manufacture and Sale of ‘American Blend’ Cigarettes

RALEIGH, N.C., - North Carolina State Representatives Jerry Dockham and David Lewis, along with State Senator David Rouzer are expressing their concerns that the passage of Bill C-32 by the Canadian Parliament could impose irreversible damage upon the North Carolina agriculture industry by banning the manufacture and sale of American blend cigarettes in Canada.

Government of Canada Announces Funding for Tobacco Cessation Programs

EDMONTON, ALBERTA - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, federal Minister of Labour, today announced funding for a project administered through The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT that is designed to reduce tobacco use among employees who work in industries with higher than average smoking rates. Today’s announcement is being made on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health.