So here is my half century blog post. Thanks for all the positive feedback. The cheques are in the post. Sorry I don’t do online banking.
Snus is banned across the EU, except in Sweden. Swedish Match, the leading snus manufacturer, initiated a challenge against the ban. In March 2017 the High Court in London ruled that the challenge should be heard at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. The hearing took place on 25 January 2018.
In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that cigarette smoking among high school students had dropped to its lowest level in 24 years. Survey data from 2015 had shown that fewer than 11 percent of students now smoked cigarettes. Rates had peaked in 1997, when the figure was more than three times that, and remained in decline ever since.
Staff at the medical centre at Fort Bragg, one of the US Army’s largest military bases, claim dozens of soldiers have suffered serious health problems because of vaping. The “potentially life-threatening” symptoms, which so far have not been observed anywhere in the world except at Bragg’s Womack Medical Center and at the US Marine Corps’ Camp Lejeune, include loss of consciousness and uncontrollable seizures.
In the 1930s, Lucky Strike was the bestselling cigarette brand in America. Its producer, the American Tobacco Company (since bought by British American Tobacco), promised its method of “toasting” the tobacco meant no throat irritation or cough. But that was then, and recently big tobacco has been in decline. Today, the FTSE 100 behemoth BAT is setting out its stall with a new range of products. [...]
Efforts by some lawmakers to create laws and taxes that could curb the use of tobacco and nicotine products have sputtered this session as some legislators note a deadline for passing bills is fast approaching. Bills to raise the age to purchase tobacco, tax electronic cigarettes and designate Capitol Hill a smoke- and tobacco-free area have all struggled to gain traction as the 45-day legislative session passed the halfway point this week.
A group of Senate Democrats is urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reject an application from Big Tobacco to market a new "heat not burn" cigarette as less risky. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter [...] asking FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to deny Philip Morris International’s modified risk application for its new IQOS product, given the recent mixed findings from an FDA advisory board.
In March last year, a six month pilot involving the use of e-cigarettes as alternatives to regular cigarettes, at the Isle of Man jail was announced. The aim of this trial was to reduce the dangers caused by inmates lighting up and smoking “illicit materials” [...] Following the trial, Prison governor Bob McColm said the pilot has been a “major success story.” [...]
The Senate State Affairs Committee has killed SB 1233, the bill to raise Idaho’s smoking age to 21, on a voice vote, with just three committee members dissenting; [...] Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, said people are allowed to make other life-altering choices at 18, including to marry. “If it was as simple as passing a law to fix these problems, we’d probably have a lot more laws and a lot fewer problems,” [...]
So here is my half century blog post. Thanks for all the positive feedback. The cheques are in the post. Sorry I don’t do online banking. Snus is banned across the EU, except in Sweden. Swedish Match, the leading snus manufacturer, initiated a challenge against the ban. In March 2017 the High Court in London ruled that the challenge should be heard at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. The hearing took place on 25 January 2018.
Significant progress has been made in reducing smoking prevalence within the United Kingdom but the benefits have not fallen fairly across all groups. Smoking rates amongst those with personal incomes under £10,000 per annum is more than double of those with incomes over £40,000. However, there are other groups with rates higher still, for example people experiencing mental ill health have a smoking prevalence rate double the population average.