HEALTHBEAT Tobacco tactics: too graphic?
The images grab your attention, to say the least: A toe tag dangling from a body in the morgue. A man lying in a coffin. A smoker exhaling through atracheotomy in his neck.
Under a new campaign, anno... Posted on 11/12/10 at 11:52 AM
REGGIE TALES Feel Good Story of the Year
You may recall back in June my obsession with the two-year-old Indonesian boy who smoked two packs of cigarettes a day:
Well, in what has to be the most heart-warming and feel good ... Posted on 9/8/10 at 7:40 PM
THE VIEW FROM THE EDGE OF TOWN this Is Dumber Than A Truck Load Of Hair
A good friend of mine sent me these interesting "realities" that we in this great country have simply come to accept as the norm. That is, until you see them in print and you have a &q... Posted on 8/5/10 at 4:49 AM
In the months since Minnesota raised taxes on tobacco products, more cigarettes were sold to retailers in North Dakota. And at the same time, it’s too early to tell whether the tax hike has reduced the number of smokers, one of its intended effects.
Early Minnesota Department of Revenue numbers show cigarette stamp sales dropped more than 35 percent this July compared to July a year ago. Tobacco stamp sales for August were down 12 percent compared to the same month a year ago.
Because of the tax hike, cigarette sellers in Minnesota will lose the competitive advantage they had over Wisconsin, where the cigarette tax is $2.52 a pack. Cigarettes in Minnesota will become even more expensive than they already are relative to cigarettes in Iowa and the Dakotas.
Banning smoking in enclosed public places can lead to lower rates of preterm birth, according to Belgian researchers who say the findings point to health benefits of smoke-free laws even in very early life.
Last week, a Grand Forks legislator proposed to more than double the state tax on cigarettes. I agree. Why? Because I don’t smoke, so it wouldn’t cost me a cent. In fact, it likely would lower my tax share indirectly.
Text and video messages designed to help people quit smoking that come in on their cellphones nearly doubled the success rate for attempted quitters compared to people who didn’t have such assistance, according to a New Zealand study.
The Minnesota Supreme Court dismissed a class-action lawsuit against the maker of Marlboro Lights on Wednesday, ruling that the state's 1998 settlement with the tobacco industry bars the case from going forward.
Smoking would be banned in all foster homes in Minnesota under proposed legislation. St. Louis, Lake and Beltrami are among counties that already require foster homes to be smoke free. A pending bill would make Minnesota the 18th state to have a ban on smoking in homes that foster children.
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