Tag Archives: tobacco

WHO Backs Taxes on Tobacco and Alcohol and Smoke-Free Laws

Taxes on tobacco and alcohol, as well as smoke-free laws, are among the recommendations made by the World Health Organization this week to reduce deaths from noninfectious diseases. …

Machines That Let People Roll Their Own Cigarettes Becoming More Popular

Machines that allow people to roll their own cigarettes are gaining in popularity as a less expensive alternative to buying cigarette packs, because they can avoid paying tax. …

Global Health Experts Say Curbing Drinking and Smoking Can Help Reduce Cancer

Cutting down on drinking alcohol and smoking, in addition to improving diets and increasing physical activity, could help prevent up to 2.8 million cases of cancer worldwide each year, according to the World Cancer Research Fund. …

Judge Sets Date for Cigarette Warning Label Hearing

A U.S. judge said he will hear the tobacco industry’s request for a preliminary injunction on the Food and Drug Administration’s requirement that cigarette packages carry graphic warning labels on September 21. …

More Companies Link Lower-Cost Health Plans to Tobacco Screening Tests

A growing number of companies are linking employees’ eligibility for lower-cost health plans to tobacco screening test results. Hospitals are at the forefront of the trend, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. …

Punitive Damages Against Tobacco Giant Upheld By California Appeals Court

An appeals court in Los Angeles has upheld $13.8 million in punitive damages against tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris. The damages were awarded for the addiction and death of a woman who smoked for 45 years. …

Tobacco Companies File Lawsuit Over Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels

Five tobacco companies are suing the federal government over graphic cigarette warning labels that are scheduled to be on all packages by the fall of 2012. The manufacturers claim the labels violate First Amendment protections for commercial speech. …

Almost Half of Bladder Cancers Caused by Smoking

Smoking cigarettes is a significant risk factor for developing bladder cancer, according to a study that found almost half of these cancers are caused by smoking. …

Drug Abuse, Obesity are Adults’ Top Health Concerns About Children

U.S. adults say drug abuse and obesity are the biggest concerns about children’s health in their communities, a new survey finds. …

100 Percent of Maine’s Public Housing is Smoke Free

All of Maine’s public housing units are now smoke free, a coalition of health and clean-air groups announced this week. The Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine says a new survey has found that overall, almost half of renters in the state are living in smoke-free housing. …