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Smokers Without Shame

While stopped at a traffic light on a busy highway exit, I noticed what look like a slight blanket of snow on the shoulder of the road. A closer look, however, revealed hundreds, if not thousands, of cigarette butts. In the car ahead of me, the window was rolled down and the driver’s arm extended […] Read More

Washington should not legislate smoking on the silver screen, says the man who manages motion picture interests. “I don’t believe that whatever the director does ought to incite the intervention of the government in any form,” Jack Valenti, CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, told the Senate Commerce Committee last Tuesday, according to […] Read More

Many people try to quit smoking, and this fall a handful will try to kick the habit as part of a reality show. “Cold Turkey,” a 10-episode series for PAX TV, will sequester several smokers for three weeks and chronicle what happens as they try to give up smoking. Participants won’t be surrounded by family […] Read More

A British anti-smoking ad, described by some as “revoltingly graphic,” has managed to stay on the airwaves and even affect smokers. The minute-long ad, called “Artery,” shows people in a bar drinking and smoking. The cigarettes, however, drip a fatty substance instead of ash in order to visualize how smoking can clog one’s arteries with […] Read More

Forty years after the first U.S. Surgeon General’s report linking tobacco to lung cancer, a large percentage of Americans are still smokers. When U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the watershed report in January 1964 that smoking causes cancer and other serious illnesses, 45 percent of the adult population smoked. Today the number is less […] Read More

For decades, sex and violence have been the primary targets of family friendly criticism of the movies. But a new target is appearing in more and more crosshairs: tobacco use. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a House subcommittee last Tuesday he “would support banning or abolishing tobacco products.” The comment shocked members of the […] Read More

Norway has imposed a nationwide ban on smoking in restaurants and bars. ‘s Parliament voted earlier this month to outlaw smoking anywhere people eat and drink. While some states and cities in the United States have passed similar laws, Norway is the first country in the world to impose such a ban nationwide, Reuters reported. […] Read More

Voters in the buckle of the Bible Belt cast their ballots yesterday for a state lottery, adding Tennessee to the list of 34 others states that have the lottery. Tennesseans voted 53 to 47 percent to amend the state constitution to allow the lottery, with some proceeds going to specific education programs. The amendment’s passage […] Read More

Edgy anti-tobacco ads discourage youth from smoking, but tamer anti-tobacco ads from tobacco giants do not, according to a new study. “Whereas exposure to the ‘truth’ campaign positively changed youths’ attitudes toward tobacco, the Philip Morris campaign had a counterproductive influence,” concluded the study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Public […] Read More

Philip Morris Companies Inc.—parent to Philip Morris USA, Philip Morris International, Miller Brewing and Kraft Foods—announced in November 2001 that it would ask stockholders to approve a name change for the parent company … to Altria Group Inc. Stockholders approved the change on April 25, 2002, at their annual meeting. Before and after the meeting, […] Read More