Bill seeks to close tobacco loopholes

Barred from advertising cigarettes on television, tobacco companies still spend $12.8 billion a year marketing a new generation of tobacco products. Some $190 million of that is spent in Minnesota, Adam Kintopf, communications manager for ClearWay Minnesota, said Tuesday. Tobacco companies are still doing traditional marketing, such as targeting minorities and women and sending free ...

Biofuel Hopes Could Relight Tobacco’s Fire

Tobacco has seen better days, but current research may breathe new life into the age-old cash crop. Scientists have learned how to genetically modify tobacco to increase the oil in the leafy plant by as much as 20-fold, according to a report published in the Plant Biotechnology Journal. Vyacheslav Andrianov, the report’s co-author and a ...

Tobacco-free policy fails to be enforced

Smoking is more deadly than alcohol, suicide, car accidents, AIDS and illegal drugs combined, according to the American Cancer Society. On July 1, 2008, OSU established its policy for a tobacco-free campus. This policy prohibits the use of all tobacco products on campus and affects any person who works, attends or visits Oklahoma State. Recently, ...

Tobacco Program, Schools Take Big Cuts

After four months of talking about cutting South Dakota’s budget, lawmakers actually took action on it Tuesday. So far, South Dakota school districts and smoking prevention programs have taken the brunt of the cuts. Schools were slated to get a 1.2 percent increase this year, which state law requires, but the funding didn’t get cut ...

FDA reviewing whether to ban menthol cigarettes

Federal officials began grappling Tuesday with one of the thorniest issues surrounding the regulation of tobacco: whether to ban menthol, the most popular cigarette flavoring, which is smoked by millions of Americans every day. The issue carries great importance for public health advocates and tobacco executives. But it also has racial implications, since menthol cigarettes ...

Teens fight tobacco with activism

Teens fight tobacco with activism
If you watch your step closely enough when entering Mauston High School in the coming weeks, you might just learn something. More than a dozen Mauston High School students joined forces with students from Richland Center Thursday morning to decorate the pathways leading into the front entrance of the school building with anti-smoking messages as ...

Sask. Party looking into suing tobacco companies

Saskatchewan is working with other provinces as the government heads towards a decision on joining a lawsuit against tobacco companies, Sask. Party Health Minister Don McMorris said Monday. And while no final decision has been made, McMorris said it is likely the province will take part in the legal action. NDP justice critic Frank Quennell ...