Daily Archives: February 7, 2011

Tobacco tax hike would help budgets

State agencies that are funded out of Alabama’s General Fund budget are hurting, and that means the services provided by those money_tobaccoagencies — including Medicaid and the state’s program that provides health insurance for children living in poverty — soon could be hurting as well.

Economic Development Could Change Worldwide Face Of Cancer

A new American Cancer Society report says cancers associated with lifestyles and behaviors related to economic development, including lung, breast, and colorectal cancers, will continue to rise in developing countries if preventive measures are not widely applied. The finding comes from the second edition of Global Cancer Facts & Figures and its academic publication, Global Cancer Statistics, published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Both publications were released on World Cancer Day, Feb. 4, 2011. The latest edition of Global Cancer Facts & Figures includes a special section on cancer in Africa, where according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) about 681,000 new cancer cases and 512,400 cancer deaths occurred in 2008, numbers that are projected to nearly double by 2030 due to growth and aging of the population.

To Ban or Not To Ban: The Liberal Dilemma on Smoking

New York - I’m a non-smoker. I believe that cigarettes have a destructive impact and that the tobacco industry perpetrated a willful, harmful fraud against the American public. I’m a liberal. I subscribe to the public health concerns around smoking and am concerned about the overall societal costs for caring for those damaged by the habit. I fully believe these concerns demand us to take action.

Tax Increase Hits Japan Tobacco Profit

TOKYO—Japan Tobacco Inc. said Monday its net profit in the October to December period slipped 8.3% from a year earlier, as Japan Tobaccodomestic cigarette sales fell sharply after a last-minute rush to buy tobacco ahead of an Oct. 1 price increase, while the yen’s strength also hurt its overseas business.

Are anti-smoking efforts going up in smoke?

After years of decline, smoking rates in New Jersey are on the rise again.