Daily Archives: September 28, 2009

State cuts imperil no-smoking efforts

Faced with a 50 percent cut in state funding, Tobacco Free Allegheny plans to dismantle nine of its 12 contracted programs after Wednesday.

E-cigarettes light up debate about safety of inhalable vapors

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Tonya Moraffah takes a deep drag on her cigarette, feels the soothing surge of nicotine and explains what extinguished her 30-year, pack-a-day smoking habit.

The Mainstream Media’s Marijuana Myths

Writing in the journal Science nearly four decades ago, New York State University sociologist Erich Goode documented the media’s complicity in maintaining cannabis prohibition.

War on drugs 40 years on

First announced by President Nixon in 1969, the war on drugs’ forty-year old effort of aggressive criminalization, interdiction and eradication has left a high body-count, and the United States with the highest prison population in the world. Now there are signs of a dramatic policy shift. Could the war on drugs be coming to an end? (Click on photo for full story).
First announced by President Nixon in 1969, the war on drugs’ forty-year old effort of aggressive criminalization, interdiction and eradication has left a high body-count.

Smoking ban benefits come swiftly

Research is backing up what health professionals have long thought was true: Smoking bans are heart healthy.

Marketers Fight the D.C. Squeeze

NEW YORK Did you ever think the next sale of Trojans or e.p.t. would help fund President Obama’s healthcare reforms? While Congress has backed off on taxing such products after pressure from Republicans and a flurry of behind-the-scenes industry lobbying, it still has marketers fully in its sights. The sparring over taxation and advertising regulations has only just begun.

Tobacco growers switch to new technology

More than 80 percent of tobacco growers have switched to the float bed system ahead of the 2010 deadline, head of the Nematology Department at Kutsaga Research Station, Mr Cleopas Chinheya revealed recently.

Zimbabwe: ‘Fight for Economic Power’

Margarita Island — President Mugabe has urged the developing world to complete the fight for holistic independence by taking ownership of their resources, saying political freedom without economic power is not only hollow but is also fertile ground for future conflicts.

Amid industry uncertainties some tobacco farms grow

RICHMOND — Farming, David Ferrell says, “is all I ever wanted to do.”tobacco industry