Jessica Miller | October 31, 2012
Some pupils gasped, while others cringed as they shifted past preserved specimens of human lungs blackened and diseased from smoking tobacco. “Can I not look? I’ll have nightmares,” 12-year-old Koh Ker Shuan of South View Primary School asked her two classmates. Nonetheless, she answered. “The black one (lung specimen) is scary, but I think I understand better the bad effects of smoking now,” the Primary 6 pupil said. The display, on property from the National University of Singapore (NUS), includes an ulcerated stomach and two hearts with clogged arteries, all preserved in glass cases. The specimens are part of a new anti-smoking program started by Alexandra Hospital.
Jessica Miller | October 29, 2012
According to the Federal Trade Commission study of 2012, smokeless tobacco products sales in the United States alone, amounted to almost 2.8 billion dollars for the year of 2008. The sales are strong and increasing due in some part to the drop of cigarette smoking. Then too, smokeless tobacco companies spend millions upon millions to attract new and new clients.
Jessica Miller | October 26, 2012
There are mixed feelings on the streets over the Government’s latest tactic to lower the number of inhabitants addicted to tobacco smoking. Last week Parliament voted unanimously in favor of the third reading of a law that will raise the price of cigarettes past $20 a package over the next four years had its third reading in Parliament. Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia welcomed the new propose. “The tobacco products price increase will save lives. They send a strong signal that smoking cigarette just isn’t worth it.” The new ordinance will increase tobacco tax by a series of cumulative 10 percent increases on January 1 in each of the next four years. This is expected to raise the average price of a pack of cigs to more than $20 by 2016. “I know this will affect smokers in the pocket, but I am not prepared to sit back while another generation becomes addicted to tobacco smoking,” Ms. Turia argued.
Jessica Miller | October 25, 2012
Smoking tobacco is a dangerous habit that polluted the air, leaves discarded cigarettes butts strewn on sidewalks and lawns, and wrecks the health of millions. Some Boulder leaders think so, with the City Council recently moving forward with a proposed regulation that would prohibits smoking on the Pearl Street Mall and set steep penalties for violations, including up to 90 days in jail. Granted, the council is hedging, by passing a second version of the ban that sticks with fines but leaves out jail time for a first violation. Both come up for discussion at the council’s Nov. 1 meeting.
Jessica Miller | October 24, 2012
Altria Group Inc., parent of the biggest U.S. tobacco company, Philip Morris USA, should give investors a sense of whether its top-selling Marlboro smoking brand can keep its command of the tobacco market when it releases third-quarter financial results before the stock market opens Thursday. In the third quarter year before, Altria’s Philip Morris USA experienced one of the biggest U.S. market-share drops of its premium Marlboro brand in at least four years as the brand lost 0.9 points of market share to end up with 41.7 per cent of the tobacco market.