Tobacco danger

When Gruen Von Behrens walked across the stage at Westridge Middle School Thursday morning, a murmur went through the crowd. The now 34-year-old’s entire jaw has been removed, and half of his tongue was cut off. He has had 34 surgeries in the past 17 years to reconstruct his lower face. He admits he looks […]

Chewing Tobacco’s Brad Pitt Moment

Moneyball is easily the greatest movie ever made about the use of statistical analysis to gain a competitive business advantage. The adaptation of Michael Lewis’s best-selling book, released this month after years of delay, stars Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland...

Tobacco bonds to rescue Minnesota, for now

The budget deal that ended a government shutdown in Minnesota this week leans heavily on a strategy that critics deride as a gimmick but supporters view as a lifeline: tapping into money the state expected to get from a legal settlement with tobacco companies. Underneath...

Tobacco and Honesty

Regarding “Tobacco companies sue the federal government over graphic warning labels, say they’re unfair”: It is hypocritical to an extreme for the tobacco industry to attack the FDA’s proposed graphic warning labels on the grounds that they are “unfair.” What is truly “unfair” is the...

A letter to owners of restaurants, bars and nightclubs …

Hello Hardworking men & women, It was a pleasure meeting over a hundred of you in the year 2007 when I was conducting my research on your workers’ exposure to pollution caused by secondhand tobacco smoke and your perception on smoking in public places. I...

Get cigarettes out of pharmacies

WAYLAND — The use of tobacco products, including smoking cigarettes, remains a serious public health issue in the U.S. Despite many efforts, the CDC estimates that over the past 5 years, the rate of tobacco use has not significantly changed. Tobacco companies work daily to...

Smoke and mirrors: how the tobacco industry hides behind lobbyists

The tobacco industry is covertly using third-party companies to lobby against smoking restrictions and to gain access to health documents held by public organisations. Public relations companies and law firms are working on behalf of anonymous multinational tobacco companies without declaring who their clients are,...

Link to Bills honored for smoking ban

Bills honored for smoking ban

Smoking cost Leonard C. Pleasant his voice box and part of one lung. A big, beefy guy with a heart of gold, Pleasant was an Erie County sheriff’s deputy who tirelessly told his story about the dangers of smoking to local students. Ron Osborne, 78,...

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