Daily Archives: November 17, 2009

Ottawa’s fruit-flavoured tobacco bomb

At a news conference in mid-election campaign last year, Prime Minister Harper held up flavoured tobacco products and promised flavour tobaccothat, if relected, the Conservatives would crack down on tobacco that tasted like mints, bubble gum and banana splits. “As a parent I was appalled to see tobacco products being marketed in a way that is clearly enticing children, ” said Mr. Harper. He promised to ban ingredients that imparted extreme flavour to cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Rising obesity will cost U.S. health care $344 billion a year

If Americans continue to pack on pounds, obesity will cost the USA about $344 billion in medical-related expenses by 2018, eating up about 21% of health-care spending, says the first analysis to estimate the future medical costs of excess weight.

Tobacco execs quickly find tax loophole

WASHINGTON — With a simple marketing twist, tobacco companies are avoiding hundreds of millions of dollars a year in taxes by exploiting a loophole in President Barack Obama’s child health law.

Global health alliance targets chronic disease wave

LONDON An alliance of the world’s top public health researchers set out plans on Monday to invest tens of millions of dollars in heart and lung disease studies in a battle against a global epidemic of chronic disease.

Smoking: why women are at great risk

We all know that smoking is bad for us, but women-give-up-smoking-harder when it comes to some of the potential nasty cigarettes and womenoutcomes.