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· Bloomberg Initiative

THE ST INTERVIEW: Bloomberg vs Big Tobacco 

It's a battle he knows he can win, says the mayor of New York City
Jump to full article: Meltwater News, 2012-03-28

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· Agricultural
· Federal/National
non-USA, by Country
· Bulgaria

PM hands a check for BGN 73 mln to tobacco producers in Kardzhali  

Jump to full article: Focus English News (bg), 2012-03-27

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· Cross-Border/Crime
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· Canada

Ontario Budget Cracks Down on Contraband Tobacco 

Jump to full article: Canada Newswire (CNW) (ca), 2012-03-27
Author: NATIONAL COALITION AGAINST CONTRABAND TOBACCO

Intro:

The National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT) was pleased that Finance Minister Dwight Duncan's budget included provisions that will crack down on contraband tobacco. This follows through on a campaign commitment during the last provincial election and addresses recommendations included in the Drummond report. The budget identified that these measures will raise $375 million in revenues over the next three years, with $175 million in additional revenues in subsequent years.

"Ontario is demonstrating that it is taking the contraband tobacco problem seriously," said Gary Grant, a 39-year veteran of the Toronto Police service and spokesperson for the NCACT. "And so they should: illegal cigarettes not only represent massive revenue losses for the government, but are also a cash cow for organized crime. In fact, the RCMP estimates that more than 175 criminal gangs use contraband tobacco to finance their other illegal activities. What's more, contraband tobacco's low price and easy accessibility make it a prime source for youth smoking. It's good news that the government is committing to meaningful action."

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· Teen Smoking/Youth
· Tobacco Control
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non-USA, by Country
· Canada

LEAVE THE PACK BEHIND | More than 8,000 students commit to smoke-free lifestyle; win cash 

Jump to full article: Canada Newswire (CNW) (ca), 2012-03-28

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· Health/Science
· E-cigs
USA, by State
· Wisconsin

Many are turning to electronic cigarettes as an alternative to smoking  

Jump to full article: Milwaukee (WI) Journal-Sentinel, 2012-03-27

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· Business (Tobacco)
· Tobacco Control
· Op-Ed
· Industry Watch

ADEYANJU: Interesting debate on the tobacco industry 

Jump to full article: The Guardian (Lagos, Nigeria), 2012-03-28

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· Business (Tobacco)
· Smokefree Policies
· Ingredients/Menthol
USA, by State
· Florida

City Commission committee talks of potential tobacco restrictions 

Jump to full article: Gainesville (FL) Sun, 2012-03-28
Author: By Christopher Curry Staff writer

Intro:

A potential ban on smoking on downtown Gainesville's Bo Diddley Community Plaza and a possible prohibition on the sale of flavored tobacco products in the city both go before a committee of city commissioners today.

City Commissioner Jeanna Mastrodicasa, the chair of the city's Public Safety Committee, said Tuesday that she did not expect either discussion to result in the city adopting additional regulations or restrictions on tobacco usage.

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· Health/Science
· Teen Smoking/Youth
· Real Estate
· Ethnic Issues
· Households

Understanding Tobacco Use among Urban African American Adolescents Living in Public Housing Communities: A Test of Problem Behavior Theory 

Addictive Behaviors Available online 27 March 2012 In Press, Accepted Manuscript
Jump to full article: Science Direct, 2012-03-27

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· Tobacco Control
· Smokefree Policies
· Colleges
non-USA, by Country
· Canada

Tobacco-control policies 'slipping in priority' for Canadian campuses 

Researchers find students are willing to follow no-smoking policies if they know what the rules are.
Jump to full article: University Affairs (ca), 2012-03-28
Author: Katrina Heer and Léo Charbonneau

Intro:

A Canadian study published last year in the Journal of American College Health found that every college and university that the researchers surveyed had a tobacco control policy or was in the process of creating one. But the researchers, led by principal author Lynne Baillie of the British Columbia Cancer Agency, were not assuaged. They found there was a gap between the “intent” and “outcome” of these policies.

“Although considerable progress has been made in controlling tobacco on campus,” the authors wrote, the extent of this control is not as great as the policies would suggest. Canadian campuses still “face a wide range of challenges, including a lack of dedicated and consistent tobacco control personnel, inadequate funding, ownership issues, and enforcement and monitoring dilemmas.” Students interpret these gaps between intent and outcome “as a tacit understanding that smoking can occur on campus without comment or consequence.” The authors concluded that “tobacco control seems to be slipping in priority as a campus health concern.”

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· International
· Agricultural
· Tobacco Control
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· WHO

Throw alternatives to tobacco growers'  

Governments should offer farmers 'suitable' alternatives to growing tobacco as the 'detrimental' costs of planting tobacco far outweigh their economic benefits.
Jump to full article: Free-Press-Release.com (FPR), 2012-03-28
Author: Conrad Prabhu - MUSCAT

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"Tobacco growing carries health, environment and socio-economical risks. Evidences show more and more farmers want to quit planting it. But you have to give them alternatives," Anne-Marie Perucic, health economist of World Health Organisation's Tobacco free Initiative, said on Thursday.

"The alternatives will vary by country," she told bdnews24.com on the sidelines of the ongoing 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in the Southeast Asian city-state of Singapore.

She said incidents of diseases related to the farmers' exposure to tobacco like green tobacco sicknesses are steadily increasing across the globe.

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· Business (Tobacco)
· Roll-your-own
USA, by State
· Michigan

Michigan Center has new roll-your-own tobacco supply store 

Jump to full article: Jackson (MI) Citizen Patriot, 2012-03-28

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· Lawsuits
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· Florida
Lawsuits
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· Scotus

Supreme Court OKs Stacked Anti-Tobacco Suits, But Pioneering Heroes Ignored 

Monday's victory, in which the Supreme Court ruled that cigarette companies can't use their legal defenses, opens the door for additional smokers to sue for billions - and where big tobacco will have
Jump to full article: PRLog, 2012-03-28
Author: JOHN F. BANZHAF III

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The real heroes, the two attorneys who first opened the doors and made all this possible, are the husband-and-wife law firm of Stanley and Susan Rosenblatt, says Banzhaf, noting that they were hailed at a recent World Conference on Nonsmokers' Rights in Washington as the "King and Queen of Torts."

"I worked with the self-proclaimed King of Torts, Melvin Belli, at a time when he was trying to put the final jewel in his crown by successfully suing a tobacco company on behalf of a smoker. He never made it before he died," recounted Banzhaf.

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· Cessation
· Tobacco Control
· Elections/Politics
USA, by State
· New York

Staten Island Assemblyman Lou Tobacco helps restore funding to state's anti-smoking programs  

Jump to full article: Staten Island (NY) Live, 2012-03-28
Author: Staten Island Advance

Intro:

State funding has been restored to help New Yorkers kick the habit.

An agreement was reached today to put $5 million back into the budget for the state's anti-smoking programs.

"This funding is of critical importance and will help many New Yorkers quit smoking, which will improve the health of all New Yorkers," said South Shore GOP Assemblyman Lou Tobacco, who worked with members of both parties in the Assembly and the Senate to restore the funding.

"By restoring this funding, lawmakers are sending a message to New Yorkers that we are committed to improving the health of all New Yorkers and are dedicated to greatly reducing tobacco use throughout our state."

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Categories
· Health/Science

Do cigarettes really kill?  

Jump to full article: Malaya (ph), 2012-03-28

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· Smokefree Policies
· Colleges
USA, by State
· California

BC Votes No Smoking 

Jump to full article: The Renegade Rip--Bakersfield (CA) College, 2012-03-28

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