Poll: Pot Seen as Safer than Tobacco, Alcohol and Sugar

By: Wednesday March 12, 2014 8:10 am

When asked to say what substance they thought was most harmful to a person’s health 49 percent chose tobacco, 24 percent picked alcohol, and 15 percent selected sugar. Marijuana came in last place with just 8 percent thinking it is the most damaging.

CVS to Stop Selling Tobacco Products

By: Wednesday February 5, 2014 7:51 am

The real impact will come from the broader cultural signal this move sends. This helps reinforce the message that tobacco is unhealthy and socially undesirable. A combination of taxes, public health campaigns, regulations, and private sector changes has been incredibly effective at reducing tobacco use rates in this country.

Another gift from the First World to the Third

By: Tuesday February 4, 2014 1:30 am

Let’s just add this to the top-five or so reasons the next time somebody asks “why do they hate us?”

New York City Will Require You to Be 21 to Buy Cigarettes

By: Thursday October 31, 2013 10:20 am

New York City has long been a national leader in parentalistic laws in everything from prohibiting smoking in bars to banning trans-fats. Some of these laws first advanced in New York City were eventually adopted more widely.

Tobacco-style Climate Denial

By: Wednesday September 11, 2013 7:08 pm

Who likes being lied to by people paid by the oil industry who pose as “experts” on climate change?

Did you know it’s been going on for 25 years?

Tea Party Ties to Koch Brothers Ignored in IRS Scandal

By: Thursday May 30, 2013 5:55 am

The Internal Revenue Service, not the most popular government agency to begin with, has been in the midst of a scatological squall for the past 3 weeks over their treatment of tea party groups. According to an agency spokesperson, organizations garnered additional scrutiny of their applications for non-profit status for having “Tea Party, Patriot, or 9/12” in the application materials. Non-profit status is granted by the IRS for “social welfare organizations” and federal law puts legal limits to the amount of overtly political things you can do if you are applying to be a non-profit, and thus tax-exempt.

In the coverage of this story, now a scandal, there are a couple of important facts that some of the reporting has missed.

Fox News Pro-Coal “Expert” Is a Former Pro-Tobacco Scientist

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 2:36 pm

Tom Borelli, a former science director at Philip Morris who fought claims that secondhand tobacco causes lung cancer and respiratory illness in children, is now touted on Fox News as an expert on the cleanliness of the coal industry. Borelli was busy this election season fighting Obama’s “war on coal” on behalf of his new employer, FreedomWorks.

Borelli has a long history of attacking the EPA on behalf of Big Tobacco. Serving in his role as Philip Morris’ Director of Corporate Scientific Affairs, Borelli appeared in a notorious 1992 film produced by Philip Morris attacking the Environmental Protection Agency for declaring secondhand tobacco smoke a known cancer causing agent.

WTO Rules in Favor of Indonesian Tobacco Companies

By: Thursday April 5, 2012 12:40 pm

The United States has recently been trying to reduce youth smoking by banning the sale of most flavored cigarettes. This ban resulted in Indonesian tobacco companies that make clove cigarettes bringing a suit to the World Trade Organization and yesterday the WTO ruled against the United States appeal and in favor of the clove tobacco companies.

FDL Movie Night: Addiction Incorporated

By: Monday December 12, 2011 5:00 pm

Addiction Incorporated, directed by Charles Evans, Jr., methodically and dramatically lays the groundwork for the smoking gun–a research paper by scientists Victor DeNoble and Paul Mele which explains the addictive nature of nicotine, a paper whose research was funded by Philip Morris, a paper which the company ordered withdrawn from publication in a prestigious journal after it was made clear by the company’s attorneys that the data contained therein could provide litigants with evidence in pending lawsuits.

NIH Study Shows Tough Regulation Can More Effectively Reduce Teen Drug Use Than Prohibition

By: Wednesday December 15, 2010 7:20 pm

The National Institutes of Health is out with its latest annual report on adolescent drug use in the United States. One of the most interesting findings was that for the first time since 1981, teen marijuana use was noticeably higher than teen tobacco use.

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