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[Iowa] Law column: Some tips on handling smoking in the workplace

First, an employer can ban smoking entirely on its own property. An Iowa employer does not have to provide smoking breaks, smoking areas or any accommodations for smokers. Second, it is legal for employers to charge employees more for health insurance b
Cedar Rapids (IA) Gazette
added Apr 30, 2016 18:56

[North Carolina] ITG job cuts could have ripple effect on Reynolds

That affects Reynolds because the ITG job cuts could be a step in preparing Imperial and its subsidiaries for a buyer. “We still believe an eventual takeout of Reynolds by BAT is likely, but the time horizon of when this could occur would realistically
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal
added Apr 25, 2016 23:36

[North Carolina] ITG Brands confirms plans to cut 375 workers, one-third of production staff

The plant’s 1,100 legacy Lorillard Inc.’s 1,100 production workers have been preparing for such a blow ever since rumors surfaced in March 2014 about Reynolds American Inc. buying their company to acquire Newport, the top-selling U.S. menthol cigarette a
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal
added Apr 23, 2016 22:47

[North Carolina] VIDEO: 375 Workers To Be Laid Off From Greensboro's ITG Brands

The company says the layoffs are a direct result of a decrease in the amount of products made. ITG Brands is only producing half as many cigarettes as they once made before the merger with RAI. A spokesperson for ITG Brands, Mark Smith, says they neede
added Apr 23, 2016 20:37

[UK] Council considers banning cigarettes

As part of its commitment to promote better workplace health for its employees, Nottinghamshire County Council will be considering plans to create a smoke free working environment for all its employees from May 2016.
The Guardian (uk)
added Apr 15, 2016 10:25

Who Owns 'We Shall Overcome'? All Of Us, A Lawsuit Claims

In the 1940s, African-American tobacco workers sang a version of the song on the picket lines in South Carolina. They introduced the song at the Highlander Folk Center in Tennessee, a meeting place for black and white labor activists. Highlander's music d
National Public Radio (NPR)
added Apr 14, 2016 14:58

[South Carolina] Lawyers who won Happy Birthday copyright case sue over “We Shall Overcome”

Striking tobacco workers sang the song in the 1940s during a strike in South Carolina. Peoples' Songs Inc., a company created by legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, published a songbook in 1948 that included the song. "This simple and moving hymn tune be
Ars Technica (blog)
added Apr 13, 2016 22:41

[Asia-pacific, Korea - South] LETTER: Reason for Korea's high smoking rate

What drives Korean adult men to smoking is stress from abnormally long working hours and a smothering, rigid top-down culture at the workplace. The outlet available for workers to get their steam out is to light up cigarette and puff out stress in grey
Korea Times (kr)
added Apr 13, 2016 22:32

Reasons for Electronic Nicotine Delivery System use and smoking abstinence at 6 months: a descriptive study of callers to employer and health plan-sponsored quitlines [Free Full Text]

ENDS users not using ENDS to quit smoking were less successful at quitting at 6-month follow-up compared with callers using ENDS to quit smoking and callers who did not use ENDS at programme registration. Incorporating reasons for ENDS use may be importan
Tobacco Control
added Apr 12, 2016 23:53

[California] Smokers struggle to find jobs, get paid less

that tobacco use itself could make job prospects go up in smoke. The study, published today in JAMA Internal Medicine by lead author Judith Prochaska of the Stanford University School of Medicine, found that unemployed smokers have a significantly harder
University of California
added Apr 12, 2016 23:53
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