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Smoking Ups Natalizumab Neutralizing Antibodies in MS

Smoking appears to increase the likelihood of developing neutralizing antibodies to natalizumab (Tysabri, Biogen Idec), which cause the drug to have little, if any, therapeutic effect in multiple sclerosis (MS), a new study suggests.
Medical Tribune
added Oct 3, 2014 22:13
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[Guam] Port foots $2K fine for employees smoking

After employees continually smoked outside approved smoking areas, Port Authority of Guam General Manager Joanne Brown said smoking is now banned within the yard. However, employees are allowed to go outside the yard during their breaks to other approved
Pacific Daily News (gu)
added Oct 3, 2014 22:12
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[UK] Philip Morris targets illegal tobacco trade

Tobacco company Philip Morris is using its newly created sales force to trial an education programme for 250 independent retailers in Manchester after research found 20% of cigarettes smoked in the north-west of England were contraband.
Talking Retail (uk)
added Oct 3, 2014 22:11
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[Pennsylvania] Mayor Nutter Reminds Citizens Not to Smoke Anything in Parks

the mayor tweeted this morning to remind everyone that smoking in public is still illegal. And, well, that smoking anything in a public park is illegal, too. The policy banning smoking in public parks took effect this spring. The ban has no real penalty
Philadelphia Magazine
added Oct 3, 2014 22:10
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Macau suffers from smoking rules, labor strike, Hong Kong protests

It may be a troubled time for Macau, its many casinos, and the stockholders who own them. Starting Monday next week, all casinos in the world’s largest gambling hub are set to implement strict new government curbs on smoking, as laid out in a recent sta
CBS MarketWatch
added Oct 3, 2014 22:09
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Lorillard Woes to Continue with Declining Cigarette Volumes

Lorillard’s significant decline in its electronic cigarettes sales was alarming, raising concerns and questions about the strength of the nascent market. Sales of its electronic devices declined 35% to $37 million in the recently reported second quarter
Zacks Investment Research, Inc.
added Oct 3, 2014 22:08
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[Asia-pacific] INDONESIA PRESS-Govt plans to raise cigarette excise by 10.2 pct next year ...

The Indonesian government will soon announce a plan to raise the cigarette excise duty by 10.2 percent effective next year, said Susiwijono Moegiarso from the Directorate General of Customs.
Reuters
added Oct 3, 2014 22:05
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[Turkey] Inflation falls below 9 percent on back of tobacco and food prices

A nearly 1 percent drop in tobacco products, an important indicator in the country’s inflation calculation basket, in addition to a 3.5 percent fall in wine, played a role in the downward move. The food prices in general terms supported the fall. The co
Hurriyet (tr)
added Oct 3, 2014 22:04
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VELASQUEZ: HOW TO END CHILD LABOR IN US TOBACCO FIELDS (PDF)

The tobacco companies and leaf merchants have a responsibility to put into practice the human rights protocols they espouse including the elimination of child labor and freedom of association and not waiting for government action. The Dunlop Agricultur
NC Policy Watch (blog)
added Oct 3, 2014 22:04
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[North Carolina, West Virginia] How to end child labor in state's tobacco fields

Today, Baldemar Velazquez, the President of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) will offer a solution to this absurd situation in a presentation outside of the Global Tobacco Networking Forum -- an industry confab at the swanky Greenbrier resort i
NC Policy Watch (blog)
added Oct 3, 2014 22:00
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