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 | July 2, 2012
The Indiana tobacco smoking ban took effect Sunday. The new regulation applies to certain types of businesses across the state, but not all. Businesses free from the smoking ban like bars, retail tobacco shops, private clubs, and even casinos. Any business choosing to permit smoking cigarettes can no longer serve anyone under the age of 18. For some types of businesses, the minimum age is 21. The Willows Restaurant & Lounge in Huntertown was not exempt from the new legislation and had to make new changes. “We had to setup some temporary picnic tables out on the side,” declared Charles Caldwell, the owner of the Willows Restaurant & Lounge.
Jessica Miller | June 11, 2012
Kansas legislators have decided that e-cigarettes should be just as off-limits to inhabitants younger than 18 as the real thing, so starting July 1 it will be unlawful for minors to purchase or possess the vapor-emitting smoking alternative in the state. The Legislature passed the prohibition last month, and Gov. Sam Brownback recently signed the new ordinance. The legislation defines electronic cigs as a battery-powered device that can supply inhaled doses of nicotine through a vaporized solution.
Jessica Miller | April 11, 2012
“Starting with 1 January 2012, the correction of the Act on the protection of non-smokers has been enforced, it which introduced stricter requirements for smoking beginning with 2012. In the practice, this means that save for a few special cases, the new law prohibits smoking in indoor places, as well as in certain outdoor special areas. Nevertheless, a charm period has been given until 1 April 2012 for those facilities have involved.
Jessica Miller | March 30, 2012
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently considering whether to ban the use of menthol as best cigarettes. Mentholated cigarettes account for roughly 30 percent of cigarettes sold in the United States, and they are favored by African-American smokers by roughly a threefold margin compared to white smokers. They are also favored by women smokers. A major aspect of the FDA charge is to determine whether use of mentholated cigarettes is more harmful than use of non-mentholated cigarettes.