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Vape, Lolz and Obvs Are Now Official Scrabble Words

Hey, geeks. Scrabble just added tons of new words to its official dictionary for the first time in four years. A lot of it is internet slang you’ve already been trying to pass off as actual words in heated Scrabble competitions.
Jezebel (blog)
added May 21, 2015 18:59

[Michigan] Bill to ban e-cigarettes for minors passes unanimously

Despite continued opposition from Gov. Rick Snyder, the Senate unanimously voted Wednesday to ban the use and sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18. Snyder vetoed a similar bill that the Legislature passed last year and said Tuesday that he
Detroit (MI) Free Press
added May 21, 2015 11:23

New study challenges claims on aldehyde content of third generation e-cigarettes

concluded that 3rd generation e-cigarettes can indeed produce high levels of aldehydes - but only under extreme conditions which human smokers can be expected to avoid because of the immediate unpleasant sensory effects. The Addiction study, led by cardi
Medical Xpress (
added May 21, 2015 11:22

Japan Tobacco ad agency Dentsu finances cartoons with smoking: MPAA rates them for kids

When Marnie Was There (PG rated for "thematic elements and smoking") is an animated feature financed by Japan advertising giant Dentsu, the agency for Japan Tobacco. The film is distributed in the US by Gkids, an independent that releases films from S
Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (UCSF)
added May 21, 2015 10:56

[Europe, Netherlands] Dutch government in court for violating international tobacco treaty

campaigners in the Netherlands are taking the Dutch state to court...According to the Dutch Youth Smoking Prevention Foundation, the government is systematically breaching the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC),3 to
British Medical Journal
added May 21, 2015 10:11
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[UK] MPs accept tobacco industry hospitality worth £60,000 - including a Paul McCartney concert

MPs have accepted tobacco industry hospitality worth £60,000 since 2010, at events including Wimbledon, the Chelsea Flower Show and a Paul McCartney concert. An investigation by the BMJ found that 38 MPs had been hosted by representatives of Big Tobacco
The Independent (uk)
added May 21, 2015 10:09

[Vermont] State Tobacco Tax Legislative Update

this year, Vermont has become the first—and so far only—state to raise cigarette and tobacco tax rates. Before the Vermont legislature adjourned on May 16, lawmakers passed a couple of different tobacco-related bills including a cigarette and little ciga
Convenience Store/Petroleum (CSPNet)
added May 20, 2015 23:46

[Asia, China] 4 million smokers in Beijing: survey

Beijing's 4.19 million smokers, accounting for 23 percent of the total population, smoke an average of 14.6 cigarettes per person per day, according to a survey released by the capital's health authority on Wednesday. The survey, released by the Beijing
Global Times (cn)
added May 20, 2015 23:43

[Virginia] Altria shareholders reject three proposals

holders voted to defeat three stockholder proposals that had urged the Henrico County-based company to take action on farm labor issues and tobacco use among the poor. The company’s board of directors had opposed the proposals. During the annual meeting a
added May 20, 2015 23:40

[Asia, Asia-pacific, Philippines] 'Iloilo Declaration' to boost anti-smoking initiatives

MAYORS and governors of different cities and municipalities of the Philippines and other member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (Asean) countries will sign May 21 the “Iloilo Declaration” to strengthen and sustain a smoke-free envi
Cebu City Sun Star (ph)
added May 20, 2015 11:20
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