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[Indiana] Meridian employees can't smoke on duty

MUNCIE — Meridian Health Services has adopted a tobacco policy that it hopes other workplaces will implement: no designated smoking areas and employees not permitted to smoke while on the clock.
Muncie (IN) Star-Press
added Nov 30, 2015 02:20

[Iraq, Mid-east, Syria] Predatory Islamic State Wrings Money From Those It Rules

Smoking is strictly forbidden...Hamid, 29, said that when he was caught smoking a cigar in his shop in Mosul in late August, “ISIS not only whipped me 15 times in public but forced me to pay a fine of 50,000 dinar,” or about $40 at the time.
New York Times
added Nov 30, 2015 02:17

[South Carolina] State takes aim at smoking, cancer with cigarette tax revenue

Average daily calls to the state Tobacco Quitline are up more than six-fold over last year including a record-breaking 4,000-plus inquiries in January, according to Department of Health and Environmental Control spokesman Jim Beasley. Soaring demand for
Charleston (SC) Post & Courier
added Nov 29, 2015 20:45
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[Mid-east, Syria] ISIS sells women "for just $10, or 10 cigarettes"

"Some are sold for weapons, or for just $10, or 10 cigarettes," Domle said. Some ISIS fighters send pictures of the women and girls to their families, either to taunt them or demand a ransom.
WRCB TV Channel 3 (Chattanooga, TN)
added Nov 29, 2015 20:44

EDITORIAL: Raise smoking age limit to 21 in Massachusetts

Whatever tax revenue is lost because of this change would be more than offset by reductions in the tens of millions of dollars now spent to confront tobacco-related illnesses, which raises health care costs for everyone, not just smokers. The change woul
Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, MA)
added Nov 29, 2015 20:42

[New York] VIDEO: Up Close: Proposed ban on smoking in public housing

Bill Ritter talks with Patrick Kwan, Director NYC Smoke-Free, and Ashley Engelman from the American Cancer Society.
added Nov 29, 2015 20:38

[New York] Mary-Kate Olsen had ‘bowls of cigarettes’ for guests at wedding

at an intimate Manhattan ceremony on Friday night, a source said. The reception was held at a private residence on 49th Street...Party decor consisted of “bowls and bowls filled with cigarettes, and everyone smoked the whole night,” the source said.
New York Post
added Nov 29, 2015 20:36

[West Virginia] Clay Marsh and Greg Hand: Let’s stop smoking from holding W.Va. back

The state’s Division of Tobacco Prevention focuses on three efforts: youth prevention, clean air and smoking cessation. They include everything from altering personal behavior to business and recreation sectors to state tax policies. All three rely on ta
Charleston (WV) Sunday Gazette-Mail
added Nov 29, 2015 20:32
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[Georgia] BADERTSCHER: Reed's statement about smoking rates needs a bit more context

Reed’s office is correct that, in 2013, 18.8 percent of Georgia adults over 18 were smoking. But newer figures paint a peachier picture for the state. It doesn’t change the mayor’s overarching point that the state still has a way to go. We rate Reed’s
Atlanta Journal-Constitution blogs
added Nov 29, 2015 16:46

Who still smokes in California?

smokers tend to be less affluent, and less less likely to have a college degree than non-smokers. For instance, about 8 percent of Californians in households with incomes of $100,000 or more a year were smokers between 2011 and 2014, compared to 18 perce
Sacramento (CA) Bee
added Nov 29, 2015 16:29
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