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LANDMAN: CVS Drug Stores Tout Healthy Image While Profiting from Disease & Death 

Jump to full article: Anne Landman Blog, 2012-03-31
Author: Anne Landman on March 31st, 2012

Intro:

For 103 days now, Terence Gerace, Ph.D. has stood outside CVS pharmacies in Washington, D.C. protesting their sales of a product that is known to be deadly when used exactly as directed: cigarettes. In press releases and ads, CVS claims it works to improve health and lower health care costs for Americans, but all the while it continues to sell the leading causes of preventable death and disease in the U.S. No matter what they say in their ads, the truth is that CVS, and other national drug chains, like Rite Aid and Walgreens (pdf), do not care about health one bit. They care about profits

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· Smokefree Policies
· Cancer
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USA, by State
· Illinois

VIDEO: Smoker Hiring Ban Approved By Illinois State Senate For Cancer Treatment Centers 

Jump to full article: Huffington Post (blog), 2012-03-31

Intro:

A bill passed almost unanimously in the Illinois State Senate Wednesday would allow the Cancer Treatment Centers of America to discriminate against people who smoke or use other tobacco products when making hiring decisions.

The legislation, introduced by Sen. Dan. Duffy (R-Lake Barrington), would only apply to for-profit companies that treat cancer patients exclusively, where he says smoking habits of staff members "ha[ve] an impact on people, when they go in" for treatment, the Daily Herald reports.

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· Agricultural
· Business (Tobacco)
· Tax
· Op-Ed
non-USA, by Country
· Philippines

REYES: Absurd measure  

Jump to full article: Philippine Star (ph), 2012-04-01

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· Tax
· Pipes
· Roll-your-own
USA, by State
· California

U.S. smokers using pipe tobacco to skirt tax hike 

Jump to full article: San Francisco Chronicle, 2012-03-31

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· Federal/National
· Teen Smoking/Youth
· Secondhand Smoke
· Smokefree Policies
non-USA, by Country
· UK

VIDEO: TV advert warns against smoking near children 

Jump to full article: BBC Online, 2012-03-31

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· Business (Tobacco)
· Investing
non-USA, by Country
· India

LIC made no investment in cigarette, gukta cos since April 11  

Jump to full article: Indian Express, 2012-03-30

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India's largest insurer LIC has not made any investment in cigarette and gutka manufacturing companies since April 2011, government today said.

"The Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has informed that they have not made any investment in cigarette and gutka companies since April 1, 2011," the Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena told Lok Sabha in a written reply.

He said that all the investments by LIC were made as per the norms laid down under the regulations of Insurance Regulations and Development Authority (Investment) Regulations, 2000.

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· Smokefree Policies
· Real Estate
· Aging/Elderly
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· Hospitals/Medical facilities
USA, by State
· California

Council Snuffs Out Talk of Apartment Smoking Ban  

Seniors say they'll continue to fight.
Jump to full article: Patch.org, 2012-03-29

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· Federal/National
· Ingredients/Menthol
Organizations
· FDA

Tobacco firms get disclosure deadline  

Jump to full article: Winston-Salem (NC) Journal, 2012-03-30
Author: Richard Craver * Winston-Salem Journal

Intro:

Reynolds and Philip Morris USA have listed voluntarily some general product ingredients online — tobacco, water, sugar and flavorings, along with such chemicals as diammonium phosphate, a chemical used to improve burn rate and taste, and ammonium hydroxide, used to improve the taste.

Scientific studies suggest those chemicals could make the body more easily absorb nicotine, the active and addictive component of tobacco.

Anti-smoking advocates say their problem with the manufacturers' disclosures has been they don't list the amounts and combination of the chemical usage.

Bryan Hatchell, a spokesman for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., said the company is reviewing the FDA announcements. "We remain committed to working with the agency to reach a sound, science-based regulatory structure," he said.

Regarding the "modified risk" products, an intense debate has brewed for several years among anti-smoking advocates

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· Smokefree Policies
· Outdoors
USA, by State
· New York

Lewisboro Passes No Smoking in Parks Ordinance 

Jump to full article: The Daily Lewisboro (NY), 2012-03-31

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· Tax
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non-USA, by Country
· Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka raises taxes on Motor vehicles, cigarette, and Liquor 

Jump to full article: LankaPage.com, 2012-03-31

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· Cross-Border/Crime
USA, by State
· Maryland

Cigarette smuggling a growing problem in Maryland  

Harsher penalties considered
Jump to full article: DelmarvaNow.com, 2012-03-31
Author: Written by Brian Shane Staff Writer

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The number of people caught smuggling untaxed cigarettes into Maryland is on the rise, and it's costing the state hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost tax revenue, authorities say.

"If they can buy them in Virginia or the Carolinas for $5 a pack, they can go up to New York and sell them for $15 a pack, so they triple their money," said Detective Sgt. Richard Klebon with the Berlin Barrack of the Maryland State Police.

Law enforcement efforts ultimately aim to keep the tax dollars in Maryland; the state levies a $2-per-pack tax. As far as the Comptroller of Maryland is concerned, cigarette smuggling is a big business with little risk.

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· Business (Tobacco)
· Cross-Border/Crime
· Business (General)
USA, by State
· Massachusetts

Employee at Reading Gulf Station Reportedly Selling Single Cigarettes  

The following is an excerpt from the Reading Police Department log from Thursday. The information is open to the public.
Jump to full article: Patch.org, 2012-03-31
Author: Ashley Troutman Reading-North Reading Patch, MA Patch

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At 5:14 p.m., an employee from the Gulf Station on Main Street reported that another employee was selling single cigarettes. Police spoke with the employee, who denied he was selling single cigarettes, and told him to stop.

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· Lawsuits
· Smokefree Policies
· Dining/Entertainment
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· Indiana

Judge Denies Request For Injunction; City-Wide Smoking Ban Goes In to Effect Sunday 

Jump to full article: WTVW Fox 7 (Evansville, IN), 2012-03-31

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· Tax
USA, by State
· Alabama

Lighting up going up?  

Jump to full article: Brewton (AL) Standard, 2012-03-31
Author: Lisa Tindell

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A local pediatrician will be making a trip to Montgomery this week to plead with the House Ways and Means Committee for implementation a “safety net” for the state’s struggling Medicaid budget.

Marsha Raulerson, owner of Lower Alabama Pediatrics in Brewton, said a $1-per-pack user fee on cigarettes and other tobacco products would create enough revenue to help offset the shortfalls in Medicaid and All Kids funding.

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· Smokefree Policies
non-USA, by Country
· Australia

Adelaide City Council approves smoking ban in Rundle Mall  

Jump to full article: News Interactive Network/News Limited/News.com (au), 2012-03-28

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