Tag Archives: tobacco

Survey: More Employers Requiring Smokers to Pay Extra For Health Insurance

A growing number of employers are requiring tobacco users to pay more for their health insurance if they do not participate in a smoking cessation program, a new national survey finds. Some employers are refusing to hire smokers, according to Forbes. …

Exempt Tobacco Products from Trade Agreements and Tax Them More, Report Urges

Exempting tobacco products from global trade agreements, and imposing higher taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, can help reduce the incidence of cancer, according to a report by cancer experts. …

Some Tobacco Companies Put Clay Used in Cat Litter into Cigars to Pay Less Taxes

Some tobacco companies are putting the type of clay used in cat litter into cigars to increase their weight, thereby allowing them to pay less tax, Bloomberg reports. …

Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, Who Targeted Tobacco, Dies

Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, who fought the tobacco industry, died at the age of 96. He issued the first government warning about secondhand tobacco smoke, Bloomberg reports. …

New Head of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products is Industry Critic

The new head of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products is a longtime critic of the tobacco industry, The Wall Street Journal reports. Mitch Zeller’s appointment may signal stricter oversight of cigarette manufacturers, according to the newspaper. …

Addiction to Food Viewed Less Negatively Than Addiction to Alcohol or Tobacco

People view addiction to food in a less negative light than addiction to alcohol or tobacco, according to a study by researchers at Yale University. …

States Should Use More Tobacco-Related Income for Prevention: Report

States use little of the income they receive from tobacco taxes or legal settlements with cigarette manufacturers to pay for smoking prevention or cessation programs, the American Lung Association concludes in a new report. …

Report: Federal Government Not Doing Enough to Help Smokers Quit

The federal government missed several important opportunities to improve access to smoking cessation medications and counseling this year, according to a new American Lung Association report. States’ records were more mixed, but many failed to ensure coverage, the group says. …

Banning Tobacco-Product Displays May Help Reduce Youth Smoking, Study Suggests

A new study suggests policies that ban tobacco-product displays at the point of sale may help reduce teen smoking. …

Judge Orders Tobacco Companies to Pay for Corrective Statements About Smoking

A federal judge has ordered tobacco companies to pay for corrective statements that disclose the dangers of smoking, the Associated Press reports. …