Daily Archives: October 20, 2009

Crack cocaine smoking increases risk of HIV

TORONTO — People who regularly smoke crack cocaine have a significantly higher risk of becoming infected with HIV, warn Canadian researchers, who say use of the drug has risen dramatically across the country in the last several years.

ASH in UK Comes Clean on E-Cigarette Health Debate

COLLEYVILLE, TX, - “e-cigarettes, which deliver nicotine without the harmful toxins found in tobacco smoke, are likely to be a safer alternative to smoking.”

Alcohol is worse than cigarettes

Last week, Stacey Rhymes from Derby, who died from alcoholic liver disease at 24, appealed from the grave for steps to stop enticing vulnerable young people into addiction, when her mother released harrowing photographs of her daughter’s decline. Hers is the human face of a huge statistical problem – research published yesterday foresees more than 90,000 lives lost to alcohol over the next decade. As a practising gastroenterologist, I regularly see patients whose lives have been wrecked by alcohol. The media have focused on binge-drinking, but consumption has risen throughout society and brought an epidemic of alcoholic liver disease with it. A third of patients on our wards are alcoholics, and these days many are in their 20s and 30s, like Stacey, or even younger.

Philip Morris USA drops lawsuit against San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO - The nation’s largest cigarette manufacturer has dropped its lawsuit seeking to overturn a controversial San Francisco city ordinance banning the sale of tobacco in retail pharmacies.

Most retailers pass tobacco sales test

One of 16 local businesses sold tobacco to underage youth participating in recent tobacco compliance checks.

No Tax-Hike Bills for Special Session

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico lawmakers who want tax hikes as part of a plan to fill a $650 million budget gap suffered a setback when a Senate committee ruled such increases can’t be considered during the special legislative session.

Big-government’s War on the Pleasures of Tobacco

You’ll find no simpler product, and in my opinion no simpler pleasure, than a fine handmade cigar. Made from meticulously grown tobacco, expertly blended and constructed, the fine cigar is a luxury that can be enjoyed for an hour at a time, yet can be had for just a few dollars.

Troubled times for New England tobacco farmers

SOUTHWICK, Mass. — They’re among the lucky few, John, Fred and Dave Arnold. There’s a good supply of crisp broadleaf tobacco drying in their 14 curing sheds and over the next couple of weeks they’ll be pulling it down, bundling it up and selling it for the best price they can get. Pretty much what their family has done every year since the 1830s in the Connecticut River Valley.