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Prostate Cancer Patients Who Smoke Fare Worse, Study Finds - January 29, 2015
Smoking doubles the chances that a prostate cancer patient will see his disease spread and that he will eventually die from his illness, a new study finds.
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Why do teens still smoke? On addiction, advertising, and the rise of e-cigarettes - January 28, 2015
U.S. teen smoking rates have dipped below 10 percent, but public health advocates worry that progress may soon level off, as other surveys suggest teens think light smoking is safe, and e-cigarette use is on the rise.
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Surgeon general says e-cigarette safety needs "clarity" - January 28, 2015
The U.S. surgeon general says officials are "in desperate need of clarity" on electronic cigarettes to help guide public health policies.
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High Levels of Cancer-Linked Chemical in E-Cigarette Vapor, Study Finds - January 23, 2015
E-cigarette vapor can contain cancer-causing formaldehyde at levels up to 15 times higher than regular cigarettes, a new study finds.
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Women smokers may have same risk for deadly aneurysm as men - January 23, 2015
Women who smoke cigarettes are just as likely as men to develop potentially fatal aneurysms in the main artery leading from the heart, according to a recent study.
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Smoking, Obesity: Weighing the Financial Toll - January 21, 2015
Smoking and obesity are both harmful to your health, but they also do considerable damage to your wallet, researchers report.
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Can African-Americans afford to smoke? - January 15, 2015
Why do people still smoke in the 21st century when there is so much medical proof that smoking causes cancer for the smoker and the people around them?
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'Metabolizer Test' Might Someday Take Guesswork Out of Quitting Smoking - January 15, 2015
Quitting smoking is notoriously tough, and some smokers may try different approaches for years before they succeed, if ever.
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Study Suggests Link Between E-Cigarettes, Respiratory Infections - January 13, 2015
Vapor from electronic cigarettes may increase young people's risk of respiratory infections, whether or not it contains nicotine, a new laboratory study has found.
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Teens may think light smoking is safe - January 13, 2015
Many teens wrongly think light or occasional smoking isn’t bad for them, according to an analysis of a nationwide youth survey.
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Nearly Half of Older Adults With Asthma, COPD Still Smoke: CDC - January 9, 2015
Close to half of U.S. adults over 40 who have trouble breathing due to asthma or COPD still continue to smoke, federal health officials reported.
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American Red Cross pressured to stop taking money from tobacco companies - January 8, 2015
The American Red Cross risks damaging the reputation of the global Red Cross brand because of its refusal to stop accepting donations from tobacco companies, a top official with the humanitarian network said.
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Smoking ban in restaurants and bars credited for ER visit decline - January 8, 2015
Five years after a state law banning smoking in restaurants and bars took effect, North Carolina state officials says ER visits for heart attacks and asthma attacks are down significantly.
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ADHD May Raise Teens' Odds for Smoking, Drinking - December 29, 2014
Researchers found each additional symptom increased the risk of tobacco and alcohol use at a young age
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Cigarette smoking costs weigh heavily on the healthcare system - December 24, 2014
Of every $10 spent on healthcare in the U.S., almost 90 cents is due to smoking, a new analysis says.
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Smoking lights up brain’s response differently in men and women - December 23, 2014
Yale researchers using a new brain imaging analysis method have confirmed that smoking cigarettes activates a dopamine-driven pleasure and satisfaction response differently in men compared to women.
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E-Cigarettes Top Smoking Among Youths, Study Says - December 17, 2014
A new federal survey has found that e-cigarette use among teenagers has surpassed the use of traditional cigarettes as smoking has continued to decline.
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Mayor: No conflicts between tax, smoking cessation efforts - December 17, 2014
Mayor Michael Nutter said this week he is confident a campaign to end cigarette sales in the city won’t conflict with a new $2-per-pack cigarette tax he and city leaders helped push through the state Legislature to fund local public schools.
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Millions of U.S. Kids Still Can Buy 'Harmful' E-Cigarettes: CDC - December 15, 2014
More than 16 million children in the United States can buy electronic cigarettes legally, even though the devices are not safe for them, a new government report says.
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Are states spending enough on tobacco control and prevention? - December 15, 2014
Despite collecting billions in tobacco-related revenues, states plan to spend relatively little on control and prevention programs in the 2015 fiscal year.
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Drug Company to Put Up Giant Cigarette Butt in Dilworth Park Friday - December 11, 2014
In order to promote two of its smoking cessation drugs, GlaxoSmithKline will erect a 20-foot cigarette in Philly’s newest public park.
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Hookahs may be gateway to cigarette smoking for teens - December 10, 2014
Exotic hookah water pipes are all the rage among teens and young adults, but a new study suggests they could be a "gateway" device to cigarette smoking.
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Y Quit? Smoking Destroys Male Chromosome - December 8, 2014
Smoking may kill off the Y chromosome in men's blood cells, researchers said Thursday — a finding that may explain why men are more likely to die from smoking-related illnesses than women.
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Tobacco Prices on Base Go Up Under Defense Spending Bill - December 4, 2014
On base tobacco product prices will likely increase thanks to a measure in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that is expected to be approved by Congress before Christmas.
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A Lesser Warning? Maybe - December 1, 2014
Maker of Snus, a Smokeless Tobacco, Says It's Less Harmful Than Cigarettes
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U.S. Adult Smoking Rate Drops to New Low: CDC - December 1, 2014
But certain groups, such as those below poverty level, are lighting up more
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16 Disturbing Numbers That Prove Our Smoking Epidemic Is Far From Over - November 28, 2014
While we've made undeniable progress, we clearly have a long way to go. If you or a smoker in your life is not yet convinced, here are a few numbers to remind us all why it's important we get there.
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Hookahs Deliver Toxic Benzene in Every Puff, Study Shows - November 28, 2014
Even nonsmoking bystanders had raised blood levels of the chemical, which is tied to leukemia risk
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Smoking not 'lesser evil' in mental health treatment settings - November 26, 2014
Public health experts say smoking is still pervasive among people living with addiction and mental illness, and it's often not seen as a priority in treatment settings.
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Eating More Hummus Could Help Put An End To Cigarettes - November 24, 2014
As cigarette sales continue to decline, some farmers have started to grow chickpeas instead of tobacco plants. Unlike cigarettes, hummus is still en vogue and croppers are better able to support themselves by harvesting the little bean.
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'Vape' Is The Word Of The Year. Here's Why That's A Bad Thing. - November 24, 2014
Always spotting trends on the rise, last year’s Oxford English Dictionary “Word of the Year” was “selfie” — and we’ve seen no shortage of personal snaps, selfie-centered books and namesake TV shows spawned since the announcement. That’s why this year’s buzzword is cause for real concern.
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Even With a Little Weight Gain, Quitting Smoking Is Still Healthier Choice - November 20, 2014
Japanese study found that stopping the habit boosted survival, even if a few pounds were added on
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The Nicotine Fix - November 20, 2014
America’s cigarette addiction may seem to be mostly over. But low-income Americans continue to smoke—and die—at alarming rates. A radical new strategy could help them quit once and for all.
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Study Ties Teen Smoking to Risk of Severe Menstrual Cramps - November 19, 2014
Women who started smoking at a young age may be at increased risk for chronic, severe menstrual pain, a new study suggests.
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Smokers in Cars Pose Risk to Passengers: Study - November 18, 2014
New research suggests that non-smoking people who sit in cars with smokers inhale some of the same cancer-causing substances and other toxins.
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Pennsylvania legislation targets secondhand smoke loopholes - November 18, 2014
PA bill targets secondhand smoke loopholes
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The number of high schoolers using e-cigarettes has tripled since 2011 - November 17, 2014
Another year, another uptick in the number of youth puffing on vaporized tobacco.
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Study: cigars just as bad as cigarettes - November 12, 2014
Many cigar smokers claim not to inhale, leading some to argue cigars are a healthy alternative to cigarettes. But a new study suggests such assumptions are unfounded and dangerous, as toxins are absorbed by cigar and cigarette smokers in comparable amounts.
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Many Smokers Quick to Accept Plainly Packaged Cigarettes, Study Finds - November 12, 2014
In an attempt to make smoking less attractive, Australia recently mandated that cigarette packs there be sold in plain wrappers with large, graphic health warnings.
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Swedish tobacco specialty snus sets sights on U.S. market - November 7, 2014
the future for main manufacturer Swedish Match may hinge on efforts to convince U.S. authorities these small pouches, banned on health grounds in the rest of the European Union, are less harmful than most other tobacco products.
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Momentum slowly builds for raising age limit for buying tobacco to 21 - November 7, 2014
A push to raise the age limit for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21 – or higher – is slowly building momentum nationwide, particularly in communities serving as college towns.
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Gas stations fight to sell flavored cigarettes closer to schools - November 6, 2014
A group of independent gas stations is asking a judge to allow them to continue selling menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products within 500 feet of Chicago schools while proceeding with a federal lawsuit challenging a city ban on such sales.
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Quitting Tobacco Not So Easy for CVS Rivals Selling Cigarettes - November 5, 2014
CVS Health Corp. has quit tobacco. Its competitors aren’t finding it so easy.
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City launches tobacco-free pharmacy network - October 30, 2014
The city of Philadelphia has partnered with CVS Caremark to create the nation’s first tobacco-free pharmacy network.
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In a first, Mass. town may prohibit tobacco sales - October 28, 2014
The Central Massachusetts town of Westminster would become the first community in the state, and perhaps the nation, to ban all tobacco sales ...
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Maker of Camel cigarettes 'well aware' of irony in new office smoking ban - October 24, 2014
Reynolds American Inc., the second-largest U.S. tobacco producer, recognizes the irony in its new policy of banning smoking at its corporate offices.
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Some Lung Patients Buy Cigarettes Along With Meds at Pharmacies: Study - October 22, 2014
While picking up a prescription for cholesterol-lowering medication, about one in 20 people with conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or high blood pressure will also purchase cigarettes, a new study finds.
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Living With a Smoker Like Living in a Polluted City: Study - October 22, 2014
Nonsmokers who live with smokers are exposed to triple the World Health Organization's recommended safe levels of harmful air particles, a new study warns.
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Two-Pronged Program Looks Best for Helping Smokers Quit - October 21, 2014
A combination of counseling and medication greatly increases smokers' chances of quitting, according to new research.
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Governor decries French, Irish cigarette plans - October 20, 2014
North Carolina's governor argues in letters to the French and Irish governments that farmers and manufacturers in the top tobacco-producing state would be hurt by proposals in those countries to package cigarettes in plain containers.
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Ebola may be in the headlines, but tobacco is another killer in Africa - October 20, 2014
As tobacco companies expand into African markets, the health, social and economic ramifications could be unprecedented
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Phila. councilwoman wants to tax e-cigarettes - October 16, 2014
Smokers who figured they could escape Philadelphia's recently enacted $2-per-pack cigarette tax by switching to e-cigarettes could be in for a letdown.
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Study: Smoking ban in public housing saves Maine $1 million annually - October 14, 2014
Maine saves more than $1 million every year by banning smoking in public housing, according to a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Up in smoke? - October 9, 2014
Congress and the Defense Department are mulling over a potential ban on selling tobacco products on military bases and ships in an effort to curb high smoking rates, but critics argue the move would be unfair to service members who already are making significant sacrifices.
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Tobacco Tied to Higher Risk of Oral HPV Infection, Study Finds - October 9, 2014
Researchers say smoking and 'chew' raised odds for the virus, which is linked to mouth, throat cancer
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How the Big Tobacco Deal Went Bad - October 8, 2014
WHEN was the last time you saw an anti-smoking ad?
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Almost $500 million could be saved annually by making subsidized housing smoke-free - October 7, 2014
Prohibiting smoking in all government subsidized housing in the United States, including public housing, would save an estimated $497 million per year in health care and housing-related costs, according to a CDC study published in Preventing Chronic Disease.
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When all cigarette packs look the same, fewer people buy them - October 2, 2014
The best way to get people to stop buying cigarettes might be to sell them in indistinguishable boxes.
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Dire Warnings by Big Tobacco on E-Smoking - September 29, 2014
Tobacco companies, long considered public health enemy No. 1, have suddenly positioned themselves as protectors of consumer well-being in the digital age.
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E-Cigarette Use Among Adult Nonsmokers Levels Off: CDC - September 29, 2014
New research suggests that e-cigarette use by American adults who don't smoke has stalled. ... But the trend traveled the other way for current and former smokers, ...
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The end of teen smoking is here - September 25, 2014
The Truth campaign has succeeded beyond expectations, but adolescent nicotine use lives on.
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Letters: Cig tax can save schools and lives - September 25, 2014
MORE THAN 500,000 Philadelphians have been regular smokers at some point in their lives. Approximately half have quit smoking. The other half continue to smoke.
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Corbett signs Phila. cigarette-tax bill - September 24, 2014
Gov. Corbett Wednesday signed the bill that authorizes hiladelphia to impose a $2-a-pack tax on cigarettes to help raise money for the city's cash-starved schools.
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More Than One Kind of Message May Convince Smokers to Quit, Study Says - September 19, 2014
Positive messages about the health benefits of quitting smoking may help some people kick the habit, a new study suggests.
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Coming Soon to Theaters Near You: E-Cigarettes - September 16, 2014
A new film adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Cymbeline" stars Ethan Hawke and takes place in the present day. It even gives one lead character a very current accessory: an electronic cigarette.
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Walmart and Walgreens Won't Stop Selling Smokes, But Will The Decision Backfire? - September 15, 2014
No matter that CVS walked away from its $2 billion cigarette business.“Sin” items sell, and Walmart, Walgreens and Family Dollar, among the biggest sellers of smokes in the U.S., have no plans to drop cigarettes from their stores.
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Philly cigarette tax bill tops agenda as Pa. lawmakers return - September 15, 2014
It's do-or-die for a new cigarette tax to help Philadelphia schools, as well as scores of other bills, when the state legislature returns from its summer break Monday.
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Smoking Before Fatherhood May Raise Asthma Risk in Kids: Study - September 12, 2014
Men who smoke before becoming a parent may put their children at increased risk for asthma, a new study suggests.
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E-Cigarette Refills Pose Danger to Kids, Experts Say - September 12, 2014
Nicotine refill cartridges used in e-cigarettes can be opened by young children, putting them at risk for nicotine poisoning, doctors warn.
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Just 13, and Working Risky 12-Hour Shifts in the Tobacco Fields - September 9, 2014
On many mornings, as tobacco plants tower around her, Saray Cambray Alvarez pulls a black plastic garbage bag over her 13-year-old body to protect her skin from leaves dripping with nicotine-tinged dew.
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Smoking Banned in More Than 80 Percent of U.S. Homes: CDC - September 8, 2014
Four out of five U.S. homes now ban smoking inside, federal health officials reported Thursday.
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Retailers To Face Fine If Caught Selling E-Cigarettes To Minors In Philadelphia - September 5, 2014
Retailers will now get a fine if they are caught selling e-cigarettes to minors in Philadelphia.
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CVS stops selling tobacco, offers quit-smoking programs - September 3, 2014
CVS Caremark plans to stop selling tobacco products in all of its stores starting Wednesday — a move health experts hope will be followed by other major drugstore chains.
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Number of Young Non-Smokers Who Tried E-Cigs Tripled in 2 Years - September 2, 2014
More than a quarter-million middle and high school students who were non-smokers say they used an electronic cigarette last year -- a threefold increase from 2011, a new U.S. study says.
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Survey: Tobacco 'power walls' draw the eye - August 26, 2014
New research from Roswell Park Cancer Institute shows that walls of tobacco marketing and products behind the counter in many convenience stores, referred to as “power walls,” are an effective way to attract the gaze of most shoppers.
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Less Educated Smokers at Greatest Risk for Stroke, Study Finds - August 22, 2014
Among smokers, those with the least education are at the greatest risk for stroke, Danish researchers report.
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Hospital Discharge a Key Time to Help Smokers Quit - August 22, 2014
The weeks after a hospital discharge may be a great time to help smokers quit the habit, and one study suggests a particular program might help.
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Schilling cancer highlights dangers of chewing tobacco - August 21, 2014
Baseball great Curt Schilling blames years of chewing tobacco for his oral cancer, an announcement that health advocates hope will call attention to the dangers of a habit common in many ballplayers.
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U.S. Lung Cancer Rates Falling Overall, Study Finds - August 18, 2014
Overall lung cancer rates are dropping, according to a new analysis of nearly a half million Americans with lung cancer.
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Slim Majority in U.S. Call Secondhand Smoke Very Harmful - August 18, 2014
Less than half of U.S. smokers with children younger than 18, 44%, believe exposure to secondhand smoke is "very harmful" to adults.
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Rodeo Cowboy Cody Kiser Joins Anti-Tobacco Fight - August 14, 2014
Thee campaign to educate consumers about the dangers of tobacco has a new all-American hero: rodeo cowboy Cody Kiser, who’s partnering with the Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) to educate parents and kids about the health risks associated with smokeless tobacco.
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Can we trust the Philly cigarette tax revenue projections? A look inside the numbers - August 14, 2014
City officials have been pressing hard for a $2 dollar per pack tax on cigarettes sold within city limits. All the proceeds would go to the cash-strapped city schools. Philadelphia needs the state's permission to levy this tax.
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Pharmacists Fighting Tobacco Use? CDC Launches Website Targeted at Most Accessible Provider - August 11, 2014
A new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website capitalizes on the pharmacist’s position as the most accessible health care provider to encourage patients to quit smoking.
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A Less Defiant Tack in a Campaign to Curb Smoking by Teenagers - August 11, 2014
Legacy is about to introduce a new effort on behalf of the “Truth” campaign, “Finish It,” which takes a decidedly less rebellious tone.
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One in 10 Cancer Survivors Still Smoke Years Later, Study Finds - August 8, 2014
Almost 10 percent of people who survive cancer are still smoking a decade later, a new study from the American Cancer Society shows.
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Ebola-fighting compound created using tobacco - August 8, 2014
A Kentucky company used local tobacco to help produce an experimental serum to fight Ebola, which may help save two American aid workers stricken with the deadly disease.
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Many Doctors Recommend E-Cigarettes as Anti-Smoking Aid, Survey Finds - August 7, 2014
E-cigarettes seem to be everywhere these days, and a new study finds many U.S. doctors recommending them to smokers as a way to kick the tobacco habit.
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The Tobacco Fight Is Far From Over - August 4, 2014
"The USA remains one of the world's largest and most profitable cigarette markets," proclaimed a recent press release from Imperial Tobacco, one of the world's biggest tobacco companies.
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Raising all federal tobacco taxes can stop tax avoidance - August 4, 2014
The foolproof solution is for Congress to pass a law equalizing all tobacco taxes. That would raise taxes for pipe tobacco and large cigars to the same level as cigarette taxes, preventing any market shift.
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