July 26, 2016 |
On ads inside SEPTA buses and subway cars, a giant, cuff-link-adorned hand representing the tobacco industry plucks a black teenager from a line of friends, leaving the chalk outline of the teen's body behind. "Our children are not replacement smokers!" a protest leader cries in a radio spot . " We have the power!" the crowd responds - which is exactly the point of this unusually aggressive new campaign targeting the tobacco industry's heavy marketing in low-income and African American neighborhoods.
July 20, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - For another year, at least, cigar smokers can puff away tax-free. In the state budget deal signed Wednesday by Gov. Wolf, they escaped the fate of cigarette smokers, who will have to cough up an extra $1 tax a pack. Users of snuff and chew or loose tobacco will pay 55 cents more an ounce. The price of switching to vapor products and electronic cigarettes will include a new 40 percent wholesale tax. Just about everybody with a nicotine habit will be helping narrow the gap between money coming into state coffers and money going out - everybody but stogie lovers.
April 24, 2016
Government health officials will team up with minor-league baseball in a $36 million campaign to discourage rural teenagers from using chewing tobacco. Baseball stadiums will feature the campaign's central message this summer - "smokeless doesn't mean harmless" - through advertising and promotions with players. The Food and Drug Administration says its latest effort targets white, rural males who are more likely to use dip, chew and other smokeless tobacco products. Mitch Zeller, director of the agency's tobacco program, said many young people don't understand the health effects of smokeless tobacco.
February 4, 2016
Manufacturing output in Pennsylvania has surpassed prerecession levels. Not so in New Jersey, which is just beginning to recover. Category Pennsylvania New Jersey Total output (2014) $79.62B $45.93B Percent of gross state product 12.01 8.46 Firms (2012 ) 12,796 7,450 Employment (2015) 569,700 247,400 Percent of nonfarm employment 9.74 6.18 Top three sectors Chemicals Chemicals (2013)
December 21, 2015 |
New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would make the state the second in the country to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21. While health advocates believe the measure, if passed, would discourage young people from lighting up, the bill may face strong opposition in the Legislature. Currently, New Jersey is among four states and the District of Columbia where the minimum age to purchase tobacco is 19. The age is 18 elsewhere in the country including Pennsylvania, where a similar "tobacco 21" bill was introduced in October.
October 20, 2015
ISSUE | CIGARETTE TAX An effective tool to combat smoking The commentary attacking cigarette taxes ("Cigarette-tax increases are bad for Pa. business," Wednesday) contained several inaccuracies. Studies have shown that cigarette taxes are an effective strategy for decreasing smoking and reducing smoking-related diseases and deaths. Research also shows that higher tobacco prices help to prevent people, particularly youths, from starting to smoke. While it is true that higher taxes lead some smokers to cross state or county lines for lower prices, most of those who continue smoking neither travel out of state nor seek smugglers to buy cigarettes.
October 9, 2015 |
WITH LESS than three months remaining in office, Mayor Nutter yesterday unveiled what is, perhaps, one of his boldest moves: legislation to ban the sale of tobacco products from any place where health-care services are provided and where pharmaceutical drugs are sold. That would include drug stores and grocery stores with pharmacies. The legislation, introduced on behalf of Nutter's administration by retiring Councilwoman Marian Tasco during City Council's weekly meeting, also would ban the sale of electronic smoking devices and unapproved nicotine delivery products.
April 14, 2015 |
CURT SCHILLING is striking out against chewing tobacco and peer pressure. Over the weekend, the former Phillies ace wrote an article for Derek Jeter's thePlayersTribune.com titled "Letter to My Younger Self. " "Dear 16-year-old Curt," Schilling began, "tomorrow at lunch, a kid is going to dare you to take a dip of Copenhagen. If you say yes, like I did, you'll be addicted for the rest of your life. Well, the rest of your life up to the point when you are diagnosed with cancer.
April 12, 2015 |
Commonwealth Court on Friday upheld a year-old lower-court decision that restored $125.8 million in tobacco-settlement money to Pennsylvania. The money had been stripped from the state's share of a 2003 payment under the landmark 1998 agreement by major tobacco companies to compensate states for their health-care costs related to smoking. "We are very pleased with the Commonwealth Court's decision, which ensures the terms of the [master settlement agreement] are followed by the arbitration panel and that Pennsylvania is fairly treated under the terms of the agreement," Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said in a statement.
November 27, 2014 |
Philadelphia added a new move to its fight against smoking Tuesday, recognizing merchants for ending tobacco sales. Seven business owners tell their end-of-tobacco-sales stories in a series of online videos posted by SmokeFree Philly, an antismoking project run by the city Department of Public Health. One said she chose to pull tobacco from her shelves after being a smoker herself, another after he developed emphysema that he believes came from secondhand smoke at his tavern. "Ethically and morally, it just wasn't right for me to carry cigarettes," Donna Horger, owner and head pharmacist at Brooks Pharmacy on Torresdale Avenue in Tacony, said in an interview.