Daily Archives: May 13, 2011

Indian flue-cured Virginia burns bright under a smokescreen

As a signatory to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the government of India is keen to show its credentials and credibility by bringing down tobacco cultivation. Sheer size and value of India’s tobacco crop and especially FCV (flue-cured Virginia), comprising the bulk of home-grown unmanufactured tobacco and export revenue earned, is stopping GOI from taking the step too far. That is, forcing its farmers out of tobacco and into other less lucrative crops.

Why the FDA Must Ban Menthol Cigarettes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is currently considering a ban on the sale and distribution of menthol cigarettes in the United States—a measure that could save thousands of lives each year and drastically cut elevated smoking-related health problems experienced by African Americans as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans who often bear the brunt of smoking-related diseases. For so many reasons, this ban is a no-brainer.

Iraq Takes Aim at Smoking

BAGHDAD — In a country where the power blinks out several times a day, where filling up a gas tank can take hours and motorists iraq-smokingstew in seemingly endless traffic jams, smoking is one thing that seems blissfully easy.