Daily Archives: November 6, 2009

U.S. market’s best-performing stocks

Making money in the stock market requires us to study the past to identify what strategies will work well in the future, which is why my colleague Tim Hanson has spent years studying the U.S. market’s best-performing stocks.

Smoking — legal and smoky environments

Nov. 19 is the American Cancer Society’s 32nd annual Great American Smokeout. In support, “Thinking about Salem” will address smoking in three columns highlighting significant developments and research findings published from September 2008 through August 2009.

Electronic Cigarette Association Urges Unbiased Evaluation of E-cigarettes

WASHINGTON-As the debate heats up concerning the use of electronic cigarettes, Electronic Cigarette Association (ECA) President Matt Salmon today encouraged those involved in this discussion to carefully and honestly study how these devices work and recognize that the more than one million adult committed smokers, who use electronic cigarettes, are seeking an alternative to combustible cigarettes that contain a multitude of toxic, harmful chemicals.

Support from big tobacco

The tobacco debate is rarely played up as a public-health issue, and is almost always seen in light of major business investments by local and foreign cigarette makers, factory jobs, protection of Northern Luzon farmers, and political concessions to the Northern Alliance or Northern Bloc of politicians, among other things. But even in terms of public health, it can actually be a potent positive force, if it chooses to be one.

Request denied to halt enforcement on new tobacco rules

A federal judge has turned down a request by the nation’s No. 2 cigarette-maker and others to immediately halt enforcement of new federal regulations on tobacco products.

Brazil and tobacco use: a hard nut to crack

Taxes on tobacco products generated income of around US$ 2.2 billion for the Brazilian government in 2008, but that doesn’t mean the Brazilian government is going easy on the tobacco industry.