April 25, 2003 |
Federal inspectors test imported tobacco for only a fraction of the toxic pesticides that are banned for use on U.S. crops, according to a General Accounting Office report released yesterday. GAO investigators recommended more complete testing, but they noted that the Environmental Protection Agency and many health experts say the risks from pesticide residues on tobacco are minimal compared with the other hazards of smoking. "When you smoke tobacco, you are exposed to so many more potent carcinogens than any pesticide," said Mirjana Djordjevic, a bio-analytical chemist at the National Cancer Institute's tobacco-control branch.
April 29, 1986
About a month ago, an article by Ron Wolf appeared under the headline "A new pitch for tobacco: Jobs, GNP. " I could not respond sooner as I read the article in a hospital bed where I was being treated for lung cancer. It is tough to understand any society as advanced and sophisticated as ours fostering the cannibalistic nature of the tobacco industry. It literally says in this reported study by Chase Econometrics that it is OK to feed the gross national product and employment needs with the human flesh tobacco destroys.
May 28, 1988
"WARNING: Smoking is addictive. Once you start, you may not be able to stop. " That's the warning label for cigarette packages that Sen. Bill Bradley (D., N.J.) has just proposed. It should be enacted into law after being amended to include Surgeon General C. Everett Koop's even more explicit warning that nicotine is "as addictive as heroin or cocaine. " That may strike the tobacco industry as a scare tactic, and that's just what it is. If it works, it may scare thousands of people into saving their lives.
November 21, 1995 |
It used to be said that North Carolina coach Dean Smith had more All- Americas on his bench than most teams had on their entire roster. There was a time Smith could simply out-talent opponents into submission. The prep All-America pipeline to Chapel Hill, N.C., extended from every corridor of the country. Flashing a UNC I.D. card virtually guaranteed an instant invitation into the home of any high school hotshot who even dreamed of dribbling a basketball on a college campus.
August 27, 1992 |
The tobacco industry has sharply increased its contributions to the Democratic and Republican Parties since 1991, according to a report released yesterday by advocacy groups. The study also reported that aides to presidential candidates Bill Clinton and George Bush have close ties to the tobacco industry, and that the industry was pursuing government policies aimed at keeping tobacco largely unregulated. The report, released by the Public Citizen's Health Research Group and the Advocacy Institute, contended that the government's failure to limit tobacco sales had hurt the economy, driven up health-care costs and crippled the American family with tobacco-related illnesses.
February 13, 1997 |
Here in the homeland of tobacco, where the golden leaf built the churches, the universities and the museums, North Carolinians have often rushed to defend their state's beloved crop. But as the tobacco industry and the state battle in court to stop federal regulation of tobacco, home-grown critics of smoking's health risks are shouting to be heard. The reason for their frustration? These North Carolinians say state leaders have long highlighted tobacco's monetary spoils and ignored its expensive ills.
January 21, 2011 |
A narrowly divided state Supreme Court has voided a 4-year-old city ordinance that was designed to curtail the use of cigars, cigarettes, rolling papers and other tobacco products as vehicles for marijuana and other illegal drugs, the court announced yesterday. The state's high court ruled 4-3 that the ordinance, sponsored by Councilman Brian O'Neill, was inconsistent with state law regulating tobacco products and drug paraphernalia. The Pennsylvania law has a broad prohibition against the sale of any paraphernalia used to grow, harvest, package or use illegal drugs.
January 14, 1999
To the probable misfortune of Pennsylvanians, Common Pleas Court Judge John W. Herron made an expeditious decision yesterday to deny very credible parties - representing Allegheny County, 17 hospitals and public interest groups - the right to challenge parts of the $206 billion national settlement with the tobacco industry. Judges in some states have allowed outside petitioners to intervene, or they have altered terms of the settlement. The petitioners should waste no time in appealing Judge Herron's decision.
June 17, 1993 |
Want to hear a good joke? The other day I passed a colorful billboard advertising cigarettes: Two very attractive young people - a handsome man and a beautiful woman - were laughing and having a wonderful time together, and in large letters the billboard proclaimed, "Alive with Pleasure. " Don't you get it? Let me give you a hint. Tobacco, mostly in the form of cigarettes, kills 434,000 people every year. How about this one? I recently heard a tobacco industry spokesperson say that if taxes on cigarettes are raised, cigarette consumption will drop, and that will put a lot of people out of work, people like convenience store clerks.
April 23, 1993 |
Bombarded with criticism from medical doctors and ministers, SEPTA's board is trying to undo a decision to permit tobacco and alcohol ads on SEPTA buses, subways and other property. Just a month ago, the financially strapped transit agency approved a deal with Transportation Displays Inc., of New York City, allowing TDI to sell advertising space on SEPTA vehicles and stations, with SEPTA to pocket 55 percent of all revenues - as much as $3 million a year. After a heated discussion last month, the board decided to permit advertising of tobacco and alcohol, but at no more than 20 percent of the total.