Monthly Archives: November 2011

Obama administration appeals block on new cigarette warnings

The Obama administration appealed Tuesday a federal judge’s decision to block a law that would have made tobacco companies include graphic pictures and messages showing the dangers of smoking on cigarette packages. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon made a decision on the law in early November. He cited First Amendment rights against unconstitutionally compelled speech as a factor in … Continue reading Continue reading

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Australia Bans Cigarette Logos & Colors, Prompts Suit By Philip Morris Asia

Australia’s Parliament passed legislation on November 21, 2011, in which all tobacco products sold in Australia will have to be in the same standard dark brown packaging with matte finish beginning on December 1, 2012. Tobacco giant Philip Morris International has threatened to sue Australia to prevent the country from implementing the plain packaging legislation. In a BBC report, Philip … Continue reading

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Why smoking is a pain in the back

Chiropractors’ Association of Australia SA president Dr Brett Hill says smoking dehydrates spinal discs which provide shock absorption for the back. He said including the warning on cigarette packets could give smokers an immediate reason to consider quitting, while warnings about tooth decay and lung cancer indicated future problems for smokers. “Back pain is something that people are rather fearful … Continue reading

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Kent Click 1 mg launched in Korea

British American Tobacco Korea this week launched Kent Click 1 mg, according to a story in The Korea Times. The company, which last year launched Kent Click 6 mg, said the new product was the world’s first Kent 1 mg capsule cigarette offering two tastes in a single product. It added that smokers can enjoy the king-size cigarette with a … Continue reading

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Cigarette ad placement in Great Kills is troubling

A row of eye-level advertisements for an unhealthy, addictive product has some people who’ve spotted them wondering why they’re there. Advertisements for six brands of cigarettes are displayed directly across from the Amboy Road entrance and exit of the Francis School in Great Kills, which also houses the recently relocated Staten Island Montessori School. The signs are posted along a … Continue reading

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New ultra slim filter for RYO consumers

Filtrona Filter Products has launched a new ultra slim filter to meet the needs of roll-your-own consumers using extra slim papers. In a press note, Filtrona said the new Micro Slim RYO filter, with a diameter of 4.7 mm and a circumference of 14.7 mm, was the smallest RYO filter yet. It was 66 per cent smaller than king size … Continue reading

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Teenagers trading in cigarettes for flavored cigars

The number of Maryland teenagers who smoke cigarettes dropped significantly in the past decade, but state health officials say new statistics show that more young people are now getting hooked on candy-flavored cigars instead. In response, the state announced Thursday that it is launching a marketing campaign aimed at curbing the problem and trying to prevent the unraveling of years … Continue reading

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Moscow marks No-Smoking Day

As part of international anti-smoking campaign, Moscow authorities wage war against ashtrays in restaurants and send superheroes to give lectures on tobacco’s killing effects. Eager to take part in No-Smoking Day celebrations, 27 restaurants in Moscow have strictly banned smoking on their premises, removing ashtrays from the tables and cigarettes from the menu. While the ban on smoking in public … Continue reading

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Rihanna Under Fire Over Smoking Video

Pop star Rihanna has been criticised by anti-smoking campaigners for lighting up a cigarette in her latest music video. The Umbrella star recently filmed the promo for her single We Found Love in Ireland and she is seen smoking in the footage. She has also released a series of publicity shots for her new album, Talk That That, and the … Continue reading

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Altria Suit to Block New York Flavored Tobacco Ban Dismissed

Altria Group Inc. (MO)’s lawsuit challenging a 2009 New York City law banning the sale of flavored smokeless tobacco products except in tobacco bars was dismissed. U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon in Manhattan today rejected arguments by two Altria units, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Manufacturing and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Brands, that the law is preempted by the federal law that gave … Continue reading

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