Archive for the ‘Federal’ Category

Spanish Cigarette Tax Did Little To Curb Smoking Due to Loophole

A sweeping cigarette tax in Spain did little to curb smoking due to a loophole many smokers abused, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research. ... read more >>

Smokers brace for cigarette tax increase today

llinois smokers are bracing for a $1-per-pack increase on cigarette taxes that takes effect Sunday, with many trying to stock up and others vowing to kick the habit. ... read more >>

Mr. Lead Paint gets a Senate confirmation vote

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., filed cloture on a controversial federal judicial nomination this week that President Obama made in 2010 as a sop to plaintiffs’ lawyers. As a result, nominee Jack McConnell could soon receive a vote on the Senate floor and be confirmed as a federal district judge in his home state of Rhode Island. ... read more >>

Tougher tobacco warning labels needed

The U.S. has long needed stronger warning labels on tobacco products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s proposed rule, “Required Warnings for Cigarette Packages and Advertisements,” would require cigarette packs to carry one of nine new textual warning statements (such as “Smoking causes mouth disease” and “Cigarettes are addictive”), accompanied by graphic depictions of the negative health consequences of smoking. The new warning labels will occupy 50 percent of the upper portion of the front and rear panels of the package. ... read more >>

Tobacco no-ed! Judge blocks transfer of warehouse for arts center

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a plan to turn over the historic Tobacco Warehouse inside Brooklyn Bridge Park to private developers. In granting a preliminary injunction, Judge Eric Vitaliano ruled that the National Park Service violated federal law by removing the Civil War-era warehouse and its neighboring Empire Stores warehouse from federally protected parkland. The decision was announced in Brooklyn federal court late on Friday. ... read more >>

Federal lawsuit filed to stop Bullitt smoking ban

Bullitt County’s smoking ban isn’t scheduled to go into effect until September but it’s already facing another legal challenge. Attorneys for the group Bullitt County Choice and several businesses that are against the measure filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Louisville, naming the Bullitt County Board of Health as the defendent. ... read more >>

‘Cheeky buggers’: Big Tobacco aims to get smokers angry about taxes, bans

BIG Tobacco is trying to turn smokers into a political force with an under-the-radar campaign encouraging protests against high taxes and bans on smoking in public. The I Deserve to Be Heard campaign involves slipping small cards into cigarette packets directing smokers to a website headlined: “It’s time to tell the government you’ve had enough”. ... read more >>

Budget cutters jettison cigarette tax hike

BOISE — In recent days, Rep. Cameron Wheeler has fielded numerous phone calls from voters in his eastern Idaho district that took him a little off guard. “They told me, ‘Vote for the cigarette tax increase,’” said Wheeler, R-Ririe, of the callers’ message. “I told them, ‘There isn’t anything to vote for.’ “ The people lighting up Wheeler’s House floor phone’s display panel were responding to full-page newspaper ads — in Boise, Idaho Falls, Nampa and Twin Falls last week — from a coalition of anti-smoking groups that have been pushing the proposed $1.25 per pack cigarette tax hike since before the 2011 session began in January. ... read more >>

Menthol cigarettes: Q&A about an FDA report on risks of menthol cigarettes – WHO

Menthol cigarettes are “cool” — literally and figuratively. They soften the harshness of tobacco smoke, and their popularity continues to increase, particularly among young people and African Americans. Some health experts feel it’s high time they were banned. ... read more >>

‘First Step in Long Process’

WASHINGTON — Three leading tobacco companies issued responses to the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC), the advisory committee to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which was charged with issuing a nonbinding report and recommendations on the issue of menthol’s impact on the public health. As reported in CSP Daily News yesterday, TPSAC concluded that the removal of menthol cigarettes from the marketplace would benefit public health in the United States, despite the fact that they found there was no difference in disease risk between smokers of menthol cigarettes and smokers of nonmenthol cigarettes. ... read more >>

Kick Butts day aims to keep kids away from tobacco

Abbie Miller said she is looking forward to helping students avoid using tobacco by her participation in Kick Butts Day on Wednesday. The Hilldale eighth-grader is a member of Students Working Against Tobacco, an organization holding a variety of anti-tobacco events that day. Event organizers estimate that a minimum of 300 to 500 students in several area schools will hear the Kick Butts Day message. ... read more >>