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· Russia

Russia to Raise Liquor Tax to 20% by 2015  

Jump to full article: RT TV / TV Novosti (ru), 2012-04-28

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· Minnesota

For Mpls. public housing, a smoking ban  

Jump to full article: Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune, 2012-04-28
Author: * Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune

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This week McGovern learned that after two years of discussion, the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority has decided to ban smoking in its 5,000 units.

Housing Authority officials say they are concerned about the health of residents who smoke, as well as the effects of secondhand smoke on children, the elderly and those with chronic conditions, plus the fire hazard posed by smoking. The ban would be phased in over five years, although details have yet to be worked out, said Mary Boler, the authority's managing director of low-income public housing.

By going smoke-free, the Minneapolis authority will join Duluth and more than 230 housing authorities nationwide that have banned smoking in some or all of their residential units.

But some residents are fuming.

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Group pushes Powell leaders for smoke-free parks 

City is first area targeted by Tobacco Free Delaware County
Jump to full article: This Week Newspapers (Worthington, OH), 2012-04-28

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March on Reynolds Shareholders Meeting May 3, 2012  

Jump to full article: Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO (FLOC), 2012-04-28

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Major tobacco companies agree to meet with FLOC and discuss farmworkers’ right to freedom of association  

Group Includes Reynolds American
Jump to full article: Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO (FLOC), 2012-04-25

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· Australia

Editorial: Smokers pay the price  

Jump to full article: Adelaide Now -- The Advertiser and Sunday Mail (au), 2012-04-29

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Whether the Federal Government will agree to introduce such litigation in Australia remains to be seen. However, it should not be deterred by the tobacco giants' stature in the business landscape.

A failure to act in such a manner would risk demonstrating to the public that governments are not serious about bringing tobacco companies to heel and would undermine the efforts of the anti-smoking lobby. The evidence seems abundantly clear on the issue. Now our leaders must show some spine and act accordingly.

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· Australia

South Australia mounts lawsuit against tobacco companies  

South Australia is pushing for tobacco companies to compensate governments for the health costs.
Jump to full article: Adelaide Now -- The Advertiser and Sunday Mail (au), 2012-04-29
Author: by: Andrew Dowdell From: Sunday Mail (SA) April 28, 2012 10:00pm

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SOUTH Australia is spearheading a push to recoup billions of dollars spent on caring for sick smokers.

Health Minister John Hill put the proposal to a Ministerial Council meeting in Canberra on Friday and said he had received a positive response.

Mr Hill said Australia was well placed to force tobacco companies to compensate governments for the health costs associated with smoking over many decades.

A similar class action in the US led to the major firms agreeing to the 1997 US Master Settlement Agreement, in which tobacco companies agreed to pay up to $200 billion compensation to states over 30 years.

"I raised it with the other Ministers and we agreed that we would ask the Commonwealth to investigate a similar scheme here," Mr Hill said.

"It costs taxpayers millions of dollars a year to look after smokers and it is a cost that is completely preventable, and I think we should be able to make a case in Australia, similar to the case in the US, where tobacco companies were forced to pay compensation to the states."

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· New York

Enoch Williams, 5-Term New York City Councilman, Dies at 84  

Jump to full article: New York Times, 2012-04-28
Author: DOUGLAS MARTIN

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Enoch H. Williams, a former New York City councilman who used his leadership positions to pass a law banning smoking in most public spaces and to help stop the Giuliani administration from selling city-owned hospitals, but who also came under fire from gay rights groups, died on Tuesday at his home in Heathrow, Fla. He was 84.

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· Canada

LETTER: B.C.’s stop-smoking program comes with a few conditions 

Jump to full article: BC Local News (ca), 2012-04-27

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· Kentucky

Year later, smoking ordinance debate still smoldering 

Number of reported infractions down
Jump to full article: Bowling Green (KY) Daily News, 2012-04-28
Author: KATIE BRANDENBURG, The Daily News

Intro:

It has been exactly one year since Bowling Green’s smoking ordinance went into effect, causing restaurants and bars in the city to put up their ashtrays and smokers at those establishments to put away their lighters.

The ordinance, which bans smoking at most private businesses in the city, went into effect on April 28, 2011.

A year later, the sponsor of the ordinance – Commissioner Brian “Slim” Nash – said opinions are still split on whether the ordinance was a good idea.

“While I believe a majority of people support it and a majority of people wanted it, I’m not so foolish as to try to deny that it’s controversial,” Nash said of the ordinance.

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· Australia

Time to pack in the cigs as study finds smoking leads to massive increase in SIDS  

The results showed nicotine, the main neurotoxin found in cigarette smoke, increased the risk of SIDS.
Jump to full article: Daily Telegraph/Sunday Telegraph (au), 2012-04-29
Author: Jane Hansen * From: The Sunday Telegraph

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ELIMINATING smoking at home reduces the risk of SIDS by 80 per cent.

Research from the University of Sydney has proven a link between noxious fumes and sudden infant death syndrome, which claims the life of one baby a week in NSW.

It found nicotine, the main neurotoxin found in cigarette smoke, increased the risk of SIDS by damaging brainstem cells receptive to the drug.

The results, published in the journal of Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, followed up on the research team's previous 2007 study of babies who died of SIDS that proved any smoke exposure contributed to brain cell death.

Of the 67 babies who died of SIDS in the research group, 81 per cent were exposed to cigarette smoke. . . .

ON May 15, SIDS and Kids will celebrate 25 years of Red Nose Day and raising awareness to save the lives of babies with a Silver Jubilee Ball to be held at Doltone House, Darling Harbour.

The Sunday Telegraph's Jane Hansen will host the event and our popular columnist Mia Freedman will be guest speaker.

Both have first-hand experience of the tragic loss of a baby.

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· Jamaica

LETTER: Smoking at venues - Regulate smoking  

Jump to full article: Jamaica Gleaner (jm), 2012-04-28

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· Ohio

Smokers able to dodge tax changes 

Critics want taxes raised on pipe tobacco used in roll-your-own machines.
Jump to full article: Dayton (OH) Daily News, 2012-04-28

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· Michigan

Michigan Senate Adds Exemption to Indoor Smoking Ban 

Jump to full article: WILX-TV NBC 10 (Lansing, MI), 2012-04-28

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A Republican senator sponsored a narrow exemption to the state's indoor smoking ban, but Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer complains it's the first step to repealing the ban completely.

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· Michigan

Legislation underscores simmering consternation over Mich. smoking ban at 2-year anniversary  

Jump to full article: Associated Press (AP), 2012-04-28
Author: * JEFF KAROUB Associated Press

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Some state lawmakers are trying to burn holes in Michigan's two-year-old smoking ban, which has cleared the air in public places and enjoyed support but contributed to cash-flow problems at some bars.

An amendment added to a budget bill by one lawmaker this past week would stop enforcement of the ban at longtime charitable fundraising events. A Senate bill introduced last year would allow smoking in enclosed, separate rooms and outdoor patios of eateries.

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