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In Our Recreational
Choice, a Big First
Aug 30, 2022 10:24 AM CDT
In Our Recreational Substances of Choice, a Big First
11% of US adults tell Gallup they smoke cigarettes; pot smokers surpass that for first time, with 16%
- In the mid-1950s, nearly half of US adults copped to smoking cigarettes. After decades of PSAs and warnings from the medical community on the dangers of smoking, it's probably not surprising that that figure has plummeted to just 11%—and it's now been surpassed by Americans who say...
FDA Makes Big Move
to Curb Smoking
Apr 28, 2022 11:05 AM CDT
FDA Makes Big Move to Curb Smoking
Agency announces plan to ban menthol cigarettes
The FDA on Thursday made one of its biggest moves in more than a decade to curb smoking by unveiling a plan to ban menthol cigarettes, reports the
New York Times
. Now comes a 60-day period for public comments, followed by any needed revisions. It could be at least...
Report: EgyptAir Crash Likely
Caused by Pilot's Cigarette
Apr 28, 2022 10:44 AM CDT
Report: EgyptAir Crash Likely Caused by Pilot's Cigarette
Terrorism was initially blamed for 2016 crash that killed 66; French investigators found otherwise
- Smoke was detected on EgyptAir Flight 804 shortly before it plunged into the Mediterranean on May 19, 2016, killing all 66 aboard, and initial analyses pointed toward terrorism. Now, a report from French investigators points to something far less nefarious: a fire caused by a cigarette smoked by one...
The Pandemic Reversed a
20-Year Cigarette Sales Trend
Oct 27, 2021 2:12 PM CDT
The Pandemic Reversed a 20-Year Cigarette Sales Trend
There was a slight uptick last year
- The pandemic wasn't good for America's lungs in more ways than one. CNN reports that cigarette sales ticked up for the first time in two decades, per the FTC's annual Cigarette Report . The increase was a nominal one—just 0.4%—but it marks a reversal in...
Health Groups on Philip
Morris Move: 'Reprehensible'
Sep 17, 2021 2:06 PM CDT
Health Groups on Philip Morris Move: 'Reprehensible'
Big Tobacco giant has scooped up UK pharma company Vectura, which makes asthma inhalers
- If it seems odd to you that a Big Tobacco giant would be getting into the asthma inhaler business, you're not the only one. NPR notes that "health groups are suspicious" after it was announced Thursday that Philip Morris International has become the majority stakeholder of Vectura, a...
Tobacco Firm CEO Says He
Wants a Smoke-Free World
Jul 26, 2021 6:35 PM CDT
Tobacco Firm CEO Says He Wants a Smoke-Free World
Philip Morris chief says company aims to stop selling cigarettes in UK by 2030
- Philip Morris International chief executive Jacek Olczak spoke out against his company's best-known product Sunday, telling British newspapers that he fully supports a government plan to eliminate smoking by 2030. He said the government should ban smoking and the company would like to "see the world without cigarettes...
Apr 20, 2021 12:02 AM CDT
Feds Consider Mandating Nonaddictive Cigarettes
Or, possibly, minimally addictive
- Nonaddictive cigarettes could soon be a thing—a mandatory thing. The Biden administration is considering mandating that cigarettes contain nonaddictive or minimally addictive levels of nicotine, sources tell the
Wall Street Journal
. The move comes as the Food and Drug Administration is deciding on whether to ban menthol cigarettes; it...
Born After 2004? New Zealand
May Never Let You Smoke
Apr 16, 2021 11:50 AM CDT
Born After 2004? New Zealand May Never Let You Smoke
Nation considering various proposals as it aims to be smoke-free by 2025
- New Zealand has proposed several plans as part of a goal to be smoke-free by 2025, including a permanent ban on sales of any tobacco products to anyone born after 2004, reports the
. Cigarettes are already heavily taxed in the country. But "we need a new approach,"...
in Play During
Jan 29, 2021 10:38 AM CST
Cigarettes Back in Play During Pandemic
After decades of decline, sales of smokes were flat in 2020, as people started lighting up more
- The American Lung Association recently warned that smoking is a risk factor for the most severe symptoms of COVID-19. But in a case of unfortunate irony, it appears many people during the pandemic are backsliding into their old puffing habits, or maybe even starting new ones. While cigarette sales had...
Man Tries to Cross Pyrenees
on Foot to Get Cigarettes
Apr 6, 2020 4:20 PM CDT
Man Tries to Cross Pyrenees on Foot to Get Cigarettes
Breaking lockdown in the process
- Determination or idiocy? You decide. A Frenchman decided to head from his home in southern France and cross the border into Spain to buy inexpensive cigarettes. But his drive to La Jonquera was stymied by a police checkpoint. Rather than return home to Perpignan and abide by the lockdown regulations...
U-Haul to Stop Hiring Smokers
Jan 2, 2020 3:29 PM CST
U-Haul to Stop Hiring Smokers
Company will stop interviewing, hiring anyone who uses nicotine
- U-Haul International has announced plans to stop interviewing and hiring nicotine users, including people who use e-cigarettes and vaping products, the AP reports. The well-known truck and trailer rental company approved the nicotine-free policy set to go into effect Feb. 1 in more than 20 states where the company operates,...
Robert Norris, 'Marlboro Man'
Who Didn't Smoke, Dies
Nov 9, 2019 11:40 AM CST
Robert Norris, 'Marlboro Man' Who Didn't Smoke, Dies
Rancher quit the job to set an example for his children
- Robert Norris, who posed as the "Marlboro Man" in ads and commercials for years despite never having smoked, has died. He was 90. Norris died in hospice care in Colorado Springs, his hometown, surrounded by family, People reports. He was one of the first Marlboro Men, portraying a fictional...
FDA Unveils Graphic
Cigarette Warning Labels
Aug 16, 2019 10:20 AM CDT
FDA Unveils Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels
Tobacco companies blocked them once and are expected to try again
- If the Food and Drug Administration gets its way, cigarette labels in the US are about to get pretty graphic. The agency has unveiled 13 proposed warning labels that would be prominently featured on cigarette packs and in cigarette advertising if approved, reports CNBC . The labels go beyond warning of...
Man's Shock: Amputated Leg
on Cigarette Packs Is His Own
Jul 18, 2019 9:16 AM CDT
Man's Shock: Amputated Leg on Cigarette Packs Is His Own
But the 60-year-old didn't lose his limb to smoking, didn't give permission for photo use
- The images are meant to be jarring deterrents. Consider one 60-year-old sufficiently jarred. The unnamed Albanian man who now lives in France says he was alerted to the fact that some EU cigarette packets feature a photo of his amputated leg. (See the image here .) The accompanying message is...
Beverly Hills Makes a
Novel Move Against Tobacco
Jun 5, 2019 1:01 PM CDT
Beverly Hills Makes a Novel Move Against Tobacco
In 2021, most sales will be banned
- Beverly Hills has become the first US city to end most tobacco sales. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to snuff out sales of cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products beginning in 2021. The ban covers sales at gas stations and pharmacies as well as convenience and grocery...
In This City,
Are About to
May 8, 2019 6:40 PM CDT
In This City, Tobacco Sales Are About to Become Illegal
Beverly Hills would be America's first to do so
- The smoke hasn't cleared yet, but Beverly Hills is poised to become the first US city to end most tobacco sales, the AP reports. The City Council in the world-renowned enclave of the rich and famous unanimously indicated Tuesday that it's ready to snuff out most sales when...
Research Compares Effects
of Pot, Cigarette Smoking
Apr 7, 2019 10:35 AM CDT
Research Compares Effects of Pot, Cigarette Smoking
Public health officials consider fallout of changing marijuana laws
- As more states make it legal to smoke marijuana, some government officials, researchers and others worry what that might mean for one of the country's biggest public health successes: curbing cigarette smoking. Though there are differences in health research findings on tobacco and marijuana, AP reports, the juxtaposition strikes...
Tragic Risks of
Mar 11, 2019 10:45 AM CDT
Study Highlights Tragic Risks of Smoking While Pregnant
Just one cigarette per day while pregnant doubles baby's risk of unexpected death
- A new study finds dire statistics for women who smoke while pregnant: Even one cigarette a day doubles your baby's risk of sudden unexpected infant death. SUID is defined as any death of an infant under 1 year of age from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), accidental suffocation or...
Hawaii Bill Would Raise Legal
Smoking Age by ... Well, a Lot
Feb 5, 2019 7:40 AM CST
Hawaii Bill Would Raise Legal Smoking Age by ... Well, a Lot
Minimum legal smoking age in Hawaii would rise incrementally through 2024
- Hawaii wants to free a "heavily addicted" group that's been "enslaved by a ridiculously bad industry." That's per state Rep. Richard Creagan, an ER doctor and the sponsor of a bill that goes after "the deadliest artifact in human history"—the cigarette. How...
Man Sentenced to 20 Years
for Stealing Cigarettes
Sep 23, 2018 5:00 PM CDT
Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Stealing Cigarettes
He was reportedly a habitual felon
- A Florida man who stole $600 worth of cigarettes from a convenience store has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison, per the AP . A jury in Pensacola convicted 48-year-old Robert Spellman of burglary and grand theft in August. Authorities say Spellman took 10 cartons of cigarettes from a...
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