Category Archives: Law and Politics

E-cigarettes soon to be regulated by FDA

Public health advocates are stepping up pressure on the U.S. government to quickly regulate and restrict access to e-cigarettes after new data showed use of the products tripled among high school and middle school children last year. The figures released … Continue reading

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Smoking Age to be raised to 21

After considering the impact of increased usage of tobacco products among teenagers on public health, state senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) has introduced a legislation that would increase the minimum smoking age in California to 21 from 18. Hernandez, who … Continue reading

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How taxpayers can save $497 million per year by banning smoking from public housing

Smoking isn’t just expensive for smokers: The costs associated with the habit in subsidized housing approach nearly half a billion dollars annually. Nearly $497 million could be saved every year if smoking were universally banned in subsidized and public housing, according to a new study by … Continue reading

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E-cigarette indoor ban proposed

Who proposes banning e-cigarettes indoors In a report the health body recommends banning their indoor use and says sales to children should stop. The WHO urges manufacturers not to make claims the devices can help people quit smoking – until … Continue reading

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E-cigarettes challenged by both law and science

E-cigarettes are devices that are made up of a tube, a battery and a liquid-filled cartridge. When the user presses a button, the solution in the cartridge is heated and turns into vapour, which is inhaled. Most resemble the shape … Continue reading

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San Francisco Restricts E-cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes are set to be as restricted in San Francisco as all other tobacco products after the city’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved regulations aimed at protecting children from picking up a nicotine habit. Introduced by Supervisor Eric Mar, … Continue reading

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New graphic cigarette warning labels

Cigarette packages will soon be splashed with horror-movie-style warning labels showing corpses, diseased lungs, and rotted teeth, which were unveiled by the US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday morning. By September 2012, cigarette manufacturers will be required to place an equal … Continue reading

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Taxation strategy to attempt to cut smoking

Tripling tobacco taxes around the world could cut smoking by a third and prevent 200 million premature deaths by the end of this century, researchers claim. The tax boost would encourage people to quit smoking rather than switch from more … Continue reading

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Death by ObamaCare for Cancer Victims

ObamaCare is supposed to be a huge boon for anyone with a pre-existing condition. Count that another promise broken: It’s actually denying care because of pre-existing conditions. Millions of Americans with cancer and other chronic illnesses will wind up paying … Continue reading

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Mitch Zeller Appointed to head FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products

When Mitch Zeller takes over Monday as the nation’s top tobacco regulator, it will mark a homecoming of sorts. Zeller spent much of the 1990s at the Food and Drug Administration spearheading its burgeoning tobacco-control efforts — including pressing Congress to … Continue reading

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