Stetson health panel recommends tobacco-free campus

Stetson health panel recommends tobacco-free campus
The Stetson University Faculty Senate has endorsed a proposal by the university’s Health and Wellness Values Council for a tobacco-free campus. While no vote was taken Monday night, about 20 faculty were in attendance and many made positive comments about the proposal and eventually gave an endorsement, university officials said. Discussion about the proposal continues, ...

Roll-your-own cigarettes tax measure clears Senate

Roll-your-own cigarettes tax measure clears Senate
Roll your own is one way cigarette smokers can cut down on the cost of a pack. That could change, however. A Senate bill that cleared with one dissenting vote Monday is designed to treat the roll-your-own cigarettes as manufactured products and saddles them with the standard 55-cent per pack excise tax. “I spend a ...

Health unit seeks direction on hookah smoking in region

Health unit seeks direction on hookah smoking in region
Calling it an emerging issue, the local health unit is calling on the province to provide guidance on the enforcement of hookah pipe smoking in Waterloo Region. On Tuesday, regional councillors passed a motion asking the province to monitor water pipe use in Ontario and address enforcement complexities under the Smoke Free Ontario Act regarding ...

Philippines Tackles Tobacco Addiction with Taxes

Philippines Tackles Tobacco Addiction with Taxes
The government of the Philippines will update the nations excise taxes on the sale of cigarettes, to lower the country’s smoking rate and to increase government revenues. On February 28th the House of Representatives of the Philippines held a hearing on a new bill proposing an overhaul to the excise taxes imposed on the sale ...

Madera Co. endorses limit on medical marijuana gardens

Madera Co. endorses limit on medical marijuana gardens
Medical marijuana plant grows would move indoors if the Madera County Board of Supervisors gives final approval next month to regulations on cultivating the plants. On Tuesday, the board unanimously approved the first reading of the proposed ordinance. A second hearing and the final vote is scheduled for March 13. The ordinance would allow qualified ...

Centra policy bans tobacco users from being hired

Centra policy bans tobacco users from being hired
If you smoke or use tobacco, one of our region’s largest employers is no longer willing to hire you. Starting this week, the Centra health care group in Lynchburg is turning away applicants who test positive for tobacco use. “We are a healthcare organization, so I think people really do look to us to set ...

Activist makes airport put up anti-tobacco poster

Activist makes airport put up anti-tobacco poster
Smokers rushing to city airport’s smoking lounge now have to face up to a grim reality. Staring straight at them is a two-foot-long poster showing how tobacco-related cancer can permanently alter a person’s visage. In fact, the airport may be among the very few spots in the city or even the country to put out ...