July 26, 2015 |
Could electronic cigarettes help millions of smokers kick their lethal addiction, saving lives and benefiting all of society? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's stated plan to begin regulating e-cigs this summer has renewed debate over tobacco "harm reduction. " The idea is that some smokers can't or won't quit, even if they want to. By replacing their cigarettes with e-cigs - which deliver nicotine but eliminate carbon monoxide, tar, and other toxic chemicals found in tobacco smoke - they'll be better off, and so will the public.
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.
June 22, 2014 |
A proposal for the University of Pennsylvania to divest its $7.7 billion endowment from tobacco stocks died Friday without a vote by the board of trustees. Board chairman David L. Cohen said tobacco does not qualify as a "moral evil" - a criterion for divestment under Penn's policy - even though it causes serious health problems. "Let me be clear," Cohen said on the floor of the trustees meeting on campus Friday, "I am no friend of tobacco. I don't use tobacco products. I've never used tobacco products.
August 27, 2013 |
No matter what else is sold at Philadelphia's corner stores, gas stations, and convenience stores, if they're licensed to sell tobacco, the main message on signs outside those stores is this: Buy cigarettes. So says a new study that finds the prevalence of those stores, and that message, in low-income areas helps the tobacco industry reach children in those neighborhoods long before they're old enough to legally buy its products. The study, being released Monday by the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and the city Department of Public Health, also found the stores where tobacco marketing is heaviest tend to advertise and display sugary beverages, candy, and chips - while healthier alternatives such as water, diet soda, and low-fat milk are rarely advertised, if at all. "It's stunning the number of tobacco outlets there are in Philadelphia," said Amy Hillier, an associate professor of city and regional planning at Penn's School of Design who directed a team of a dozen students and community members who set out to visit 4,639 licensed tobacco retailers over eight months starting in 2011 and ending in 2012.
December 14, 2012 |
RICHMOND, Va. - Talk about a smoke break. Tobacco companies have introduced almost no new cigarettes or smokeless-tobacco products in the United States in more than 18 months because the federal government has prevented them from doing so, an Associated Press review has found. It's an unprecedented pause for an industry that historically has introduced dozens of products annually, and reflects its increasingly uneasy relationship with the Food and Drug Administration, which in 2009 began regulating tobacco.
February 4, 2012
A Washington consulting firm, Berman & Co., referred to in a story Jan. 20 on the New Jersey minimum wage as having clients in the tobacco industry, says it does not currently serve that industry. A caption Friday with a photograph of flowers in West Bradford Township should have noted that the flower pictured, a hellebore, normally is in bloom in February whatever the weather. That said, this is still a warm winter, and other flowers and plants have been budding out of season.
January 1, 2012 |
AMSTERDAM - It's getting surprisingly easy to light up in the Netherlands these days - cigarettes, that is. Even as the Dutch government hardens its famous tolerance policy on marijuana, it is taking an increasingly relaxed stance toward tobacco, bucking the trend in nearly every other developed country. In 2010 it exempted some bars from a smoking ban, and now it plans to reduce spending on antismoking ad campaigns and end funding for health-care programs to help people kick the habit.
September 16, 2011 |
If a pharmaceutical company offered me or any other doctor money to prescribe one of its drugs, we would be expected to reject it. Despite criticism from the Inquirer Editorial Board and City Council, Mayor Nutter's decision to reject an antiobesity program funded by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with money from the soda lobby is just as sound. Such industry support is designed to dissuade city officials from enacting a soda tax. Last year, when Nutter first proposed a soda tax, it was rejected by Council.
June 22, 2011 |
The images are stark, visceral, even disgusting. And that's really the point. Nearly a half-century after U.S. cigarette packs were emblazoned with their first, modest warning, "Caution: Cigarette Smoking May be Hazardous to Your Health," the Food and Drug Administration - at Congress' behest - is going graphic. It is requiring tobacco companies to print painful images, such as that of a man smoking through a hole in his throat or of a lip eroded by cancer and a mouthful of rotting teeth, right on their cigarette packs.
May 20, 2011
When it comes to balancing the state budget, lawmakers continue to offer only one solution: Cutting services for Pennsylvania's most vulnerable residents ("House Republican plan may mean more funding for Pennsylvania schools," May 10). Legislators refuse to close corporate loopholes (although 74 percent of Pennsylvania corporations pay no income tax at all). They won't tax cigars and chewing tobacco, either (making Pennsylvania one of only two states that gives the tobacco industry a free pass)