New Studies Track Marijuana Dispensaries’ Effect On Crime

New Studies Track Marijuana Dispensaries’ Effect On Crime
New research by Bridget Freisthler, an associate professor of social welfare at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, shows that hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries in L.A. are clustered in better-off places and are rare in areas with higher crime rates, such as South L.A. This contradicts some police claims that these dispensaries are responsible ...

Antidrug group reignites tobacco-free talks

Antidrug group reignites tobacco-free talks
At least one union official scoffed at the proposal of stricter tobacco policies, and the superintendent said employees were going through enough hardships this year without restricting their use of the legal drug as well. But health officials and anti-drug coalition members are going over their heads to the school board in an effort to ...

Tobacco Advisory Committee broaches smoking ban at first meeting

Tobacco Advisory Committee broaches smoking ban at first meeting
President David Boren’s newly formed Tobacco Advisory Committee met Thursday afternoon for its first and only open meeting to discuss the campuswide smoking ban. The committee, which consists of students, faculty and staff, was formed by Boren earlier this month to determine the best way to implement a smoking ban at OU. The committee members ...

11,845 fake cigarettes seized in raids on four shops in Lincoln

11,845 fake cigarettes seized in raids on four shops in Lincoln
It followed a year-long intelligence gathering operation involving HM Revenue & Customs, Lincolnshire Police and Lincolnshire Trading Standards. Four shops in the lower High Street were raided on August 19 and fake cigarettes and those on which duty had been dodged were seized. Sara Barry, head of safer communities at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Lincolnshire ...

Cigar and hookah bar to open off Birmingham’s Highland Avenue

Cigar and hookah bar to open off Birmingham's Highland Avenue
The end of smoking in restaurants and the growing popularity of non-smoking bars is leading to a rebound in the cigar bar business. Birmingham’s latest entry in the fast-growing market, Highland Cigar Lounge & Hookah Bar, is expected to open Friday behind the popular Highland Package store. Owner Jimmy Gorji and his brother David spent ...

Ruling sends smoking lawsuit back to court in Madison County

Ruling sends smoking lawsuit back to court in Madison County
A lawsuit that produced a $10.1 billion judgment against cigarette-maker Philip Morris is headed back to Madison County circuit court after the Illinois Supreme Court declined on Wednesday to hear the company’s appeal of a lower-court ruling that revived the litigation. In 2003, then-Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron awarded plaintiffs $10.1 billion in compensatory and punitive ...

$10 billion cigarette lawsuit headed back to Madison County

$10 billion cigarette lawsuit headed back to Madison County
A lawsuit that resulted in a $10.1 billion judgment against cigarette maker Philip Morris apparently is headed back to the Madison County circuit court. In a one-sentence ruling, the high court declined to hear the company’s appeal of a lower-court ruling that revived the litigation earlier this year. In 2003, then-Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron awarded ...