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Bootleggers, Baptists, and e-cigs / Unlikely allies from the tobacco wars try to fight off a game-changer.

This happy Bootlegger/Baptist equilibrium is now threatened by the exploding sales of e-cigs... Bootlegger/Baptist political forces will not rest until e-cigs are subject to the state and federal taxes that apply to cigarettes and e-cig revenues becom
Regulation: The Cato Review of Business & Government
added Apr 23, 2015 13:08

[USA] Altria Reports 2015 First-Quarter Results; Delivers Adjusted Diluted EPS Growth of 10.5% and Reaffirms 2015 Full-Year Adjusted EPS Guidance

“In the smokeable segment, PM USA’s steady investments in Marlboro continued to strengthen the brand’s leadership position. In the smokeless segment, USSTC grew its volume, supported by retail share gains from Copenhagen and Skoal combined. And Nu Mark b
Altria Group, Inc.
added Apr 23, 2015 11:23

Biden takes shot at Senate at surgeon general swearing-in

Biden jabbed the Senate for the delay in confirming a new surgeon general at the swearing-in ceremony Wednesday. Dr. Vivek Murthy waited more than a year... “I want 100 percent smoke-free campuses at every college and university in America,” Murthy said,
The Hill
added Apr 23, 2015 11:09

[UK] Asthma cure 'could happen in five or six years' after scientists discover cause

Experts have identified a gene which is triggered by allergens, cigarette smoke and car fumes which could be deactivated
The Mirror (uk)
added Apr 23, 2015 09:52

[Canada] Nova Scotia menthol ban ignites debate

Gagnon of Imperial Tobacco Canada told the legislature’s law amendments committee Wednesday there is no evidence menthol products are the cause of youth smoking...Hammoud, president of the Atlantic Convenience Store Association, says stores would suffer a
Canadian Press
added Apr 23, 2015 09:48

[Germany] Study examines impact of smoking on cardiovascular risk in older people

They found that the age of smokers who die from cardiovascular disease is, on average, five and a half years younger than people who have never smoked in their lives. By contrast, the age for former smokers drops to just over two years younger than life-l
added Apr 23, 2015 09:38
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[UK] Bees may become addicted to nicotine-like pesticides, study finds

Bees have a preference for sugar solutions laced with the pesticides, scientists say, as a separate landmark field trial show neonicotinoids harm bee population
The Guardian (uk)
added Apr 23, 2015 09:31

KESSLER / MYERS: It’s Time to Regulate E-Cigarettes

Our kids should not be guinea pigs in a rules-free experiment run by the e-cigarette industry. In promoting their products, e-cigarette makers have been way ahead of regulators. It’s time for the F.D.A. and the Obama administration to catch up.
New York Times
added Apr 23, 2015 09:14

EDITORIAL: The Perils of Smokeless Tobacco

experts convened by the F.D.A. cast doubt on Swedish Match’s claim that snus are substantially safer than cigarettes. The F.D.A. should not approve any change in labeling without much stronger evidence to support the company’s assertion.
New York Times
added Apr 23, 2015 09:13

Supreme Court Argument In Norwich Smoker’s $28-M Lawsuit

Tobacco company lawyers went before the state Supreme Court today, to fight a $28-million judgement against them in a lawsuit brought by a former Norwich smoker. RJ Reynolds attorney Theodore Grossman argued that smokers knew the risks of their activity,
CBS Connecticut
added Apr 22, 2015 22:22
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