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Red Cross Takes Flak Over Big-Tobacco Money

International parent group pressures US affiliate to stop taking the donations

(Newser) - When a parent tells you to do something, it's advisable to take heed. But a Reuters exclusive shows that despite private pressure from the International Red Cross, the American Red Cross continues to accept donations from Big Tobacco. The IRC says that by taking in tobacco dollars, the ARC... More »

Packed Hearing on Tobacco Ban Gets Too Wild

The Board of Health chairwoman gaveled the hearing to a close 25 minutes in

(Newser) - The town of Westminster, Mass., could soon become the first in the nation to outlaw the sale of any type of tobacco, but not without a healthy dose of protest. Several hundred people packed a public hearing on the issue last night; it had moved from the health board's... More »

Town of 7K Considers US' First Tobacco Ban

If the measure passes, it will be the first of its kind in the country

(Newser) - The otherwise quiet town of Westminster in the heart of Massachusetts is causing quite a stir as it considers becoming the first in the country to outright prohibit the sale of all tobacco. But while town health agent Elizabeth Swedberg says a ban in the town of 7,700 makes... More »

CVS Dumps Tobacco a Month Early

Chain changes name to CVS Health

(Newser) - The nation's second-largest pharmacy chain has kicked its tobacco-selling habit a month ahead of schedule, removing cigarettes and other tobacco products at all 7,700 CVS stores. The smokes were taken off the shelves at midnight and replaced with stop-smoking aids like nicotine gum, reports the AP , which notes... More »

RJ Reynolds Hit for $23.6B in Smoking Lawsuit

Lawyer: Jury message is 'tobacco cannot continue to lie to the American people'

(Newser) - RJ Reynolds is about $23.6 billion poorer after a Florida jury awarded a widow a whopping $23.6 billion in damages over her husband's death from lung cancer. As the Pensacola News Journal notes, it's one of the largest verdicts ever against a tobacco company, and a... More »

$27B Tobacco Merger Creates Cigarette 'Duopoly'

Reynolds, Lorillard to merge

(Newser) - Reynolds American, the maker of Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, has agreed to buy Lorillard, the maker of Newport menthols, in a deal that will make it a strong second to Marlboro manufacturer Altria in the US tobacco market, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reynolds will pay a combination of... More »

Young Kids Working in US Tobacco Fields

Human Rights Watch issues scathing report

(Newser) - Children are toiling in unsafe conditions, suffering everything from breathing problems to vomiting, and putting in 12-hour days and 72-hour weeks. Think we're talking a third-world sweatshop? It's what's happening right now on US tobacco farms, Human Rights Watch alleges in a report today. The group spoke... More »

Switching to E-Cigarettes? Read This Study First

Researchers find cause for concern in preliminary study

(Newser) - As the FDA considers how to regulate e-cigarettes, a recent study finds very tentative reason for concern: When it comes to promoting cancer development in certain types of lung cells, it may not matter whether you're smoking the real thing or the nicotine-laced vapor in an electronic cigarette. How... More »

Pothead Students Beat Out Kids Who Smoke Cigs

But those who abstain from both do best of all, says study

(Newser) - A little more ammo for the pro-marijuana crowd: A major study out of Canada finds that students who smoke pot do better in school than those who smoke tobacco or indulge in both, reports CTV . But, no, it's not about marijuana making kids smarter. In fact, kids who abstain... More »

CVS Will Stop All Tobacco Sales by October

First retailer to drop cigarettes, other tobacco products

(Newser) - A sea change in CVS policy: By October 1, America's biggest pharmacy chain will no longer sell any tobacco products, parent company CVS Caremark announced today in what CEO Larry Merlo calls the "right thing for us to do." "We’ve got 26,000 pharmacists and... More »

UN: Cancer Cases to Jump 50% by 2030

Officials slam tobacco companies

(Newser) - Disturbing news on World Cancer Day: Cases are poised to surge in the coming years, jumping 50% by 2030, according to a UN report. That means 21.6 million cases per year, compared to a rate that was 14 million in 2012, AFP reports. By 2035, we're likely to... More »

China to Ban Indoor Smoking

Country has more smokers than it did 30 years ago

(Newser) - The world's biggest cigarette consumer is taking steps to stamp out smoking in indoor public spaces—and unlike earlier anti-smoking measures in China, officials say this one will be strictly enforced with clear penalties put in place, CNN reports. A third of all smoking worldwide takes place in the... More »

How to Save 200M People by 2025: Triple Tax on Tobacco

According to new study

(Newser) - A new study finds that 200 million deaths could be avoided by the year 2025 if we triple the taxes placed on tobacco around the world, Medical News Today reports. In some countries, the increase would double the price; the difference in cost between the cheapest and most expensive brands... More »

Why Are People Determined to Hate E-Cigarettes?

Nick Green says the devices are life-changers

(Newser) - Some smokers hate smoking. But not Nick Green. "I loved being a smoker, celebrated it even," he writes in the Guardian . "I just assumed that I would smoke for the rest of my life and that it would eventually kill me." But then he tried electronic... More »

Rebellious Teens Turn to ... Cigars?

Cigarette use down, other kinds of smoking up

(Newser) - Cigarette use is down among teenagers, but many of them have discovered different ways of smoking tobacco, with cigar and even hookah use on the rise among high school students, a government survey finds. The percentage of cigar-smoking high-school students rose from 11.6% to 12.6% last year, while... More »

ATF Lost $127M in Cigs in Unapproved Stings

Due to 'serious lack of oversight,' says Justice Department report

(Newser) - Apparently firearms aren't all that go missing over at the ATF: a Justice Department report says feds lost track of some 2.1 million packs of cigarettes, worth $127 million, from at least 20 undercover and unapproved stings between 2005 and 2011, the Washington Post reports. The $162 million... More »

In Chilean Desert, Mummies' Hair Reveals Their History

Nicotine use persisted much longer than thought: study

(Newser) - Chile's Atacama Desert is extreme: It's hot, dry, and comprised of salty soil. Those conditions may not sound favorable to you, but they were kind to 56 well-preserved mummies found there and analyzed by researchers—who have since announced an "unexpected" finding. LiveScience reports that 35 of... More »

Smokers More Likely to Be Stressed, Depressed

Poll finds 26% of smokers have battled depression

(Newser) - You already know smoking is bad for your body, but a new survey finds it may be tough on your mental health, too. According to the Gallup poll , 26% of smokers suffer from clinical depression compared with just 15% of nonsmokers. Researchers interviewed more than 83,000 Americans to determine... More »

Sean Parker's New Play: E-Cigarettes

Investors diving into unregulated industry

(Newser) - The e-cigarette marketplace is an almost totally unregulated frontier, and one that's starting to attract serious interest from investors. Perhaps the biggest name so far: Facebook bad boy (and extravagant wedding planner ) Sean Parker, who, the Wall Street Journal reports today, has put $10 million into NJOY as... More »

Pack of Smokes in NY Jails: $200

A ban on smoking has led to a budding black market behind bars

(Newser) - Smoking will now also kill your wallet—at least if you're behind bars in New York, where Michael Bloomberg's ban on smoking has led to black market prices that have hit a staggering $200 a pack. As the New York Daily News reports, contraband busts have risen by... More »

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