Jessica Miller | November 5, 2012
Smoking tobacco will be prohibited at almost all California university in the spring, officials declared, as all campuses in the system move toward being tobacco-free. University Chancellor Gene D. Block made a public statement Tuesday in a letter, the Los Angeles Times reported. All smoking products, including e-cigarettes, will be prohibited on the UCLA campus as of April 22, he added. Saying tobacco use and secondhand tobacco smoke are leading causes of disease and death, he added cigarettes butts constitute one-third of all pieces of litter in California.
Jessica Miller | September 21, 2012
Cigarettes taxes in the USA are not effective, and poor taxpayers in the country devote approximately a quarter of their incomes to smoking products. On September 20th the research group RTI International published a new study on the burdens placed on taxpayers by excise duties for cigs and other smoking products, showing that the increases may not have the intended effect on inhabitants with low incomes.
Jessica Miller | September 19, 2012
The recent resolution by Lambton County council to approve the proposed Smoke-Free Outdoor Places ordinance is a laudable decision. There is an important scientific evidence and public support to show that such a regulation would positively affect the health of Lambton inhabitants. Tobacco smoke is moderate in outdoor places. Evidence demonstrating detectable exposure has been found by scientists at Stanford University. Their data conclude that tobacco smoke concentrations near smokers can rival indoor tobacco smoke concentrations. Further, study by the University of Waterloo found that cig smoke can be found even at nine meters from a lit cigarette.
Jessica Miller | September 18, 2012
A Norwegian court has maintained a ban on the display of tobacco products in shops, handing a defeat Friday to the Philip Morris tobacco company. Norway, which has had a prohibition on cigarette and alcohol promotion since 1975, in 2010 prohibited even the display of smoking products at their point of sale. Stores must keep cigs in unmarked cabinets or special vending machines with no visible logos. Clients wishing to purchase tobacco must actively ask merchants for it.
Jessica Miller | August 21, 2012
Four cigarette companies, being pleaded by the New Brunswick government over health care costs, declared that the province gathered more on tobacco products taxes than it paid providing medical services to smoking inhabitants. British American Tobacco P.L.C., B.A.T. Industries P.L.C, British American Tobacco (Investments) Ltd., and Carreras Rothmans contend the lawsuit should be thrown out. The provincial government is suing several big cigarette makers in a tender to recover the costs of treating smoking-related illnesses in the years the companies rejected to hid the health risks of tobacco smoking. It’s not clear how much money the province is seeking, but the four major companies dispute the cigarettes sold in New Brunswick were not their cigs.