Daily Archives: February 10, 2010

Rendell’s budget boosts spending and broadens taxes

HARRISBURG - Gov. Rendell yesterday unveiled a $29 billion state budget for fiscal 2010-11, appealing to the bipartisan spirit of past Rendellachievements to help him continue to steer Pennsylvania out of fiscal strain.

Smoking racket

In 2006, the global nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) market was estimated at $1.7 billion. The pharmaceutical industry places tobacco smokemore messages about quitting in front of smokers than any other source: in the USA, smokers see 10.37 pharmaceutical cessation advertisements per month compared with 3.25 from health agency messages. The constant megaphoning of the idea that quitting requires drugs is causing a rather spurious tail to wag a large banished dog carrying an important message.

Food industry needs to be regulated like big tobacco

In recent years, America has waged an all-out war against smoking. Companies have long been banned from advertising on TV, Food industrysmoking bans have become nearly universal and the excise tax placed on cigarettes has been steadily increasing. The reason behind the war on smoking has always been a simple one: public health. Smoking causes a long list of preventable diseases and accounts for 440,00 deaths a year, according to the surgeon general.

Curbing Military and Veteran Tobacco Use: Operation Cessation

The U.S. military has a long history with tobacco products. Cigarettes were issued in daily rations throughout World Wars I and II, tobacco in militaryand even into the Vietnam War. This unhealthy tradition came to a formal end in 1975, and today many military leaders hope that tobacco use will soon be just that—a thing of the past. The Department of Defense (DoD) has launched an online interactive tobacco cessation program that developers hope will help bring military tobacco use rates down.

Asian Stocks Rise as Greece Concern Eases; Rio, Nissan Advance

Asian stocks rose for a second day after European officials said they may help Greece grapple with its budget deficit, easing concern a sovereign default will cripple a global economic recovery.