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Texas Once Again to Consider a Statewide Smoking Ban

It will be the fifth legislative session in a row in which such a measure has been proposed. More than 100 Texas cities — encompassing nearly half of the state population — have moved on their own, enacting some sort of ban on smoking in public places in
New York Times
added Dec 19, 2014 02:25
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[UK-Scotland] MSP Jim Hume launches child car smoking ban bill

A South of Scotland MSP has formally launched a bill at Holyrood to prevent smoking in cars with children in them. Lib Dem Jim Hume says it would give youngsters the "healthiest start in life". He lodged draft proposals for a bill in May last year calli
BBC Online
added Dec 18, 2014 08:41
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[UK] Smoking in cars carrying children set to become illegal in England next year

On Wednesday the government will lay the regulations in parliament needed to pave the way for the new restriction on smoking, which is likely to come into force on 1 October 2015. The ban is subject to a vote by both MPs and peers early in the new year.
The Guardian (uk)
added Dec 18, 2014 02:39
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[UK] Smokers who light up with children in the car face £50 fine from

Drivers who smoke with a child in the car will face a £50 fine from next year, under plans backed by ministers. They say making it a criminal offence will protect children from second-hand smoke, which is linked to serious health problems. A ban is set t
The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday (uk)
added Dec 18, 2014 02:37
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Kentucky Business Leaders Smoke Free Helps Bottom Line

Most businesses in Kentucky support a statewide indoor smoke-free law, according to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Lawmakers will hear testimony about property rights Wednesday. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.
Public News Service (PNS)
added Dec 17, 2014 05:27
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[Australia] BRINKLEY: Big Tobacco Wants to do to Foreigners What it has Done to Americans

Wouldn’t that be ironic – paying damages to a corporation whose products damage people’s health? A corporation that was, along with other American tobacco companies, found guilty of fraudulently covering up the health risks...McConnell and other legislato
Forbes
added Dec 17, 2014 05:26
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BITTMAN: You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

But there’s a bigger question: How can intelligent, thoughtful, science-based legislation survive attacks by well-funded lobbyists — many of whom have worked in the very agencies they besiege — who now seem to be able to include sneaky “fixes” that might
New York Times
added Dec 17, 2014 05:08
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US Senate Confirms Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General

Pitching strongly for Murthy's confirmation, Senator Dick Durbin praised Murthy for his dedication to fighting obesity, tobacco related diseases and other chronic diseases that account for seven out of the top 10 causes for death in America and make up f
Outlook India Magazine (in)
added Dec 16, 2014 06:33
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New surgeon general approved despite remarks on guns, contraception

In Senate confirmation hearings last February, Murthy said that, if confirmed, he would focus on childhood obesity, vaccinating children and driving down tobacco use in the United States. He called disease prevention "an issue I'm deeply passionate about.
Los Angeles Times
added Dec 16, 2014 06:32
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[Oklahoma] Editorial: No smoking, please

Gov. Mary Fallin took a commendable step in 2012 when she made all state property smoke-free. The Legislature can follow by repealing the pre-emption of stricter local smoking bans or, even better, by passing a statewide ban on indoor smoking in public p
Oklahoma City Journal Record
added Dec 16, 2014 03:28
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