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Tobacco Products Sales on Rise in Maine

| July 30, 2010

cigarettes onlineFor the first time in years, cigarette sales in Maine are up as measured by the sale of the tax stamps that must be on every pack old in the state. In the first six months of this year, tax stamp sales were up 5 percent. “This is the first time that anybody at Maine Revenue Services can remember where we actually had an increase in our Marlboro cigarette stamp sales, and it has been a 5 percent increase since the start of the calendar year and that is unheard of,” said Mike Allen, research director at MRS.

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Tobacco Legislation Affords Fresh air

| July 30, 2010

cigarettes onlineSome make the argument that the government passes too many laws that burden our personal freedoms. It’s a valid point. The ultimate intent of any new legislation should be weighed against any freedoms that are at stake. This Sunday a new state law will take effect that promises to do a lot more good than harm by protecting young people against dangerous tobacco products like Marlboro, Kiss.

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No Smoking Ban in Vancouver Parks Yet

| July 29, 2010

online cigarettesThe Vancouver Park Board has delayed implementing a smoking ban at the city’s parks and beaches, but declared that the ban will likely be in place before the upcoming long weekend. The recent stretch of hot, dry weather means the fire hazard risk in Vancouver is high — and it’s only expected to grow with more warm weather in the forecast.

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New Law Aims to Keep Tobacco Beyond Kids’ Reach

| July 29, 2010

online cigarettesThe next generation of tobacco products — from battery-powered e-cigarettes to strawberry-scented little cigars — will be harder for young Minnesotans to buy starting Sunday. A new state law is requiring convenience stores and other retailers to keep tobacco products behind the counter, rather than in appealing displays within easy reach of young customers.

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No Smoking on Patios, Soon

| July 28, 2010

cigarettes onlineA Toronto-based scientist has renewed calls for a smoking ban on patios, saying that outdoor smoking at restaurants still poses a serious health risk — as serious as indoor smoking, which was banned four years ago. Roberta Ferrence points to several new studies that show the dangers posed by outdoor tobacco smoke to servers and patrons is considerable and cumulative, especially if smokers are sitting at a table less than nine metres away from other guests, which is the case on most Toronto patios.

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