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U-Haul to Stop Hiring Smokers

Company will stop interviewing, hiring anyone who uses nicotine

(Newser) - U-Haul International has announced plans to stop interviewing and hiring nicotine users, including people who use e-cigarettes and vaping products, the AP reports. The well-known truck and trailer rental company approved the nicotine-free policy set to go into effect Feb. 1 in more than 20 states where the company operates,... More »

Study Highlights Tragic Risks of Smoking While Pregnant

Just one cigarette per day while pregnant doubles baby's risk of unexpected death

(Newser) - A new study finds dire statistics for women who smoke while pregnant: Even one cigarette a day doubles your baby's risk of sudden unexpected infant death. SUID is defined as any death of an infant under 1 year of age from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), accidental suffocation or... More »

Hawaii Bill Would Raise Legal Smoking Age by ... Well, a Lot

Minimum legal smoking age in Hawaii would rise incrementally through 2024

(Newser) - Hawaii wants to free a "heavily addicted" group that's been "enslaved by a ridiculously bad industry." That's per state Rep. Richard Creagan, an ER doctor and the sponsor of a bill that goes after "the deadliest artifact in human history"—the cigarette. How... More »

FDA Bans Sales of 4 Brands of Cigarettes

They don't meet safety review requirements

(Newser) - The Food and Drug Administration is ordering a ban on sales of four cigarette brands from RJ Reynolds because they do not meet the agency's safety review requirements. Under FDA rules, companies that launch new cigarettes must show that the products are essentially the same as older products in... More »

Cops: Woman Set Car Afire After Being Denied Cigarette

At a gas station

(Newser) - A man who stopped for gas at a Jerusalem gas station yesterday saw his day go downhill in a flash when cops say a woman peeved that he didn't give her a cigarette set his car on fire, per Haaretz . Security footage shows the woman walking up to the... More »

Next on Bloomberg's Agenda: Hide Cigarettes

Proposed 'Tobacco Product Display Bill' would take them out of sight

(Newser) - The big-sugary-drink fracas apparently has not demoralized Michael Bloomberg. The NYC mayor's latest crusade has him again targeting cigarettes , this time pushing legislation that would prohibit tobacco products from being kept in plain sight in stores. Under the Tobacco Product Display Bill, most stores would instead have to house... More »

It's Never Too Late to Quit Smoking

Even those over 60 saw risk of death reduced

(Newser) - If you're a decades-long smoker who has ever thought, "Well, no use quitting after all this time, the damage has been done," a new study is here to tell you you're wrong. Experts from the Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany, examined 17 smoking studies covering... More »

E-Cigs Work, But Have Smoking Foes Burning

They can help smokers quit, but anti-smoking groups still want ban

(Newser) - A recent experiment in Italy found that electronic cigarettes can help even hard-core smokers quit, boosting hopes that e-cigarettes could be a much better tool than more traditional products like nicotine patches and gum. So why are government officials and anti-smoking groups working to ban the device, which delivers a... More »

Judge Blocks Gruesome Cigarette Labels

Big Tobacco was likely to win First Amendment complaint

(Newser) - Wheeze out a sigh of relief, smokers of America: You won't have to look at a blackened lung or rotting teeth when you buy a pack of smokes next year after all. US District Judge Richard Leon blocked the new labels today, ruling that tobacco companies were likely to... More »

Herman Cain Creates Buzz With Smoky New Video

His chief of staff's cigarette plays a starring role

(Newser) - Herman Cain's new campaign video is generating lots of attention, but not because of 9-9-9 or 9-0-9 or anything remotely related to policy. It's all about a cigarette: The video (it's in the gallery at left) features chief of staff Mark Block praising his boss for about... More »

Why the Women of One Virginia Town Die Younger

Obesity, smoking are killing women sooner in Emporia, Virginia

(Newser) - Life in Emporia, Virginia, feels a little slower, calmer, and more personal than in the bustling DC suburb of Fairfax that lies just a three-hour drive away. But it's a lifestyle that comes at a cost for the town's women: In affluent Fairfax County, the life expectancy for... More »

FDA Doctored Its Gross Cigarette Photos

That's one way to counter tobacco company lies!

(Newser) - The government has long accused those evil tobacco companies of running campaigns of deception to sell their products. Well, now the FDA is fighting fire with fire, Charles Hurt of the Washington Times has learned. The FDA has released a set of gruesome images that will soon be plastered on... More »

Philip Morris CEO: Smoking Not Hard to Quit

CEO himself characterized as 'longtime smoker'

(Newser) - Sure, cigarettes are bad for you and addictive, but they're really not that hard to quit—in the rose-colored world that belongs to Philip Morris CEO Louis Camilleri, who was responding to anti-tobacco comments at the cigarette maker's annual shareholder meeting. Camilleri was in 2009 characterized as a... More »

Honduras Will Bust Smokers ... at Home

Controversial law bans smoking within 6 feet of a non-smoker

(Newser) - There's no place like home—except for Hondurans looking to have a smoke. Starting yesterday, it is illegal to smoke in any closed or indoor space, or within 6 feet of any non-smoker, even outdoors. And although the law does not explicitly ban smoking in your own home, it does... More »

E-Cigarettes Escape Tighter Regulation

Court decides electronic smokes should be treated like tobacco

(Newser) - The Food and Drug Administration's attempt to crack down on "electronic cigarettes" has been defeated in court. A federal appeals court ruled that the products, which create a nicotine vapor instead of smoke, should be treated like tobacco products—not like nicotine-placement gum or patches, which would place them... More »

Why All Movies With Smoking Should Be Rated R

If it will cut down on teen smoking, why wouldn't we?

(Newser) - Between 2005 and 2009, tobacco use in top-grossing movies declined by almost half—and that same time period also showed a notable decline in the number of high school students trying cigarettes. Coincidence? Probably not—which is why the CDC is calling for all films with tobacco use to be... More »

French Anti-Smoking 'Oral Sex' Ad Sparks Furor

Ad agency claims only 'shock' will stop teens from smoking

(Newser) - Anti-smoking ads featuring reluctant male and female teens with their heads held to a man's crotch and a cigarette in their mouths is sparking an uproar in France. "Smoking is being a slave to tobacco," the ads read. Smoldering feminist and family organizations have lashed the campaign for... More »

More Americans Smoking

Rates tick up slightly after holding steady for 5 years

(Newser) - The number of smokers has ticked up a notch after five years of decline or holding steady. The percentage of Americans who light up rose from 19.8% in 2007 to 20.6% in 2008, a CDC report says. The longer-term picture is better: Since 1998, the percentage has dropped... More »

Cigarette Butts Are Toxic Waste: Study

Cigarette-soaked water kills fish

(Newser) - The chemicals in cigarette butts are lethal to fish, and the finding is bolstering researchers who want coffin nails classified as toxic waste. San Diego State University researchers submerged filters from smoked cigarettes in tanks of water for 24 hours, then added fish. Within 5 days, half the fish died.... More »

Man Jailed for Encouraging 3-Year-Old to Smoke

Dumb joke in UK earns him 18 months

(Newser) - A UK man received 18 months in prison today for handing a 3-year-old girl a lit cigarette and encouraging her to smoke it—and inhale. He then asked a 14-year-old girl to record the event with her camera phone. In the video, the 31-year-old man can be heard laughing, “... More »

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