FDA Panel Recommends Ban On Menthol Cigarettes

FDA Panel Recommends Ban On Menthol Cigarettes

If you like your cigarettes minty fresh, you might want to start stocking up now. Earlier today an FDA panel announced that a ban on menthol smokes would be a good thing for the public health. [More]

Trick Yourself To Quit Smoking

Trick Yourself To Quit Smoking

The most effective business model is to physically addict your customers. It’s a lesson smokers know all too well, and a reason many smokers are in a perpetual, unsuccessful state of “quitting.” [More]

MGM Grand No Longer Charging $20/Night To Get A Non-Smoking Room

MGM Grand No Longer Charging $20/Night To Get A Non-Smoking Room

A couple weeks ago, we told you about how the MGM Grand Las Vegas had begun charging $20 per night to guarantee non-smoking rooms to guests. That didn’t go over well with the general public and now the resort tells Consumerist that it’s rescinded the policy. [More]

NYC Bans Smoking At Parks, Beaches

NYC Bans Smoking At Parks, Beaches

The smokers of New York City will soon have even fewer places to light up this summer after the Big Apple’s city council voted to expand the existing ban on smoking in restaurants and bars to include, beaches, parks, boardwalks and other public spaces. [More]

Cigarettes Start Giving You Cancer Within Minutes, Not Years

Cigarettes Start Giving You Cancer Within Minutes, Not Years

It doesn’t take years for smoking to start the cancer-making process in your body, but minutes, according to a new study in the Chemical Research in Toxicology. [More]

Judge: NYC Can't Make Cigarette Sellers Post Anti-Smoking Ads

Judge: NYC Can't Make Cigarette Sellers Post Anti-Smoking Ads

While the FDA prepares to roll out graphic warning labels for cigarette packages, the city of New York had been hoping to get a head start on the agency by requiring stores that sell cigarettes to put up anti-smoking posters. However, a judge in U.S. District Court has ruled that the city doesn’t have the authority to enact such a regulation. [More]

Camel Wants To Give Hipsters Cancer With Brooklyn-Branded
Cigarettes

Camel Wants To Give Hipsters Cancer With Brooklyn-Branded Cigarettes

Showing just how much they have their fingers on the pulse of 2006, the folks at Camel have decided to come out with packaging for their cigarettes that tries to cash in on the hipster cachet of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. [More]

FDA Proposes More Graphic Warning Labels For Cigarettes

FDA Proposes More Graphic Warning Labels For Cigarettes

In an effort to convince cigarette smokers to quit — and to stop potential smokers from picking up a pack — the FDA’s Dept. of Health and Human Services has proposed a series of larger, more graphic warnings for cigarette packs and advertising. [More]

Smoke Pink Cigarettes, Fight Breast Cancer

Smoke Pink Cigarettes, Fight Breast Cancer

For every pack of pink cigarettes you smoke, RJ Morris will donate half a cent to breast cancer research. [More]

Shards O Glass Freezepops Recalled

Shards O Glass Freezepops Recalled

Shards o Glass Freezepops has realized that “some of our products are addictive and deadly when used correctly” and is calling for an immediate recall of all their products. They’re shutting down the factories “until we can provide consumers with a safer line of glass-filled treats.” Maybe they don’t need to go to extremes, how about a light, narrower version? New menthol flavor? [More]

Tobacco Companies Say Menthol Cigarettes Don't Encourage Kids To Smoke

Tobacco Companies Say Menthol Cigarettes Don't Encourage Kids To Smoke

The FDA is having a hearing to determine whether or not it should ban the sale of menthol cigarettes. The Tobacco Control Act already banns most tobacco flavorings, but does not include menthol — which makes up about one third of the $70 billion cigarette business. [More]

Flavored Cigarettes Banned As Of Today

Flavored Cigarettes Banned As Of Today

New rules about tobacco marketing that targets young people go into effect this week as part of the Family Smoking Prevention and Control Act. Among the rules: No candy- or fruit-flavored cigarettes. [More]

NY State Approves $4.35/Pack Tax On Cigarettes

NY State Approves $4.35/Pack Tax On Cigarettes

As we reported over the weekend, the NY State Legislature was considering a proposal to increase the state’s already high $2.75/pack tax on cigarettes by $1.60. And last night, the ayes had it over the coughing and hacking nos, making New York the most expensive place to smoke in the U.S. [More]

New York Proposes Nation's Highest Cigarette Taxes

New York Proposes Nation's Highest Cigarette Taxes

Cigarettes may cost more than $10 per pack in New York under the state’s latest plan to close a $9 billion budget gap. In New York City, the tax alone on a pack of cigarettes would rise to $5.85. And cigarettes aren’t the only carcinogens set for a tax bump under the proposal. [More]

American Cigarettes Packed With Extra Cancer Chemicals

American Cigarettes Packed With Extra Cancer Chemicals

The Centers for Disease Control have announced the results of a study that shows that people who smoke certain U.S. cigarette brands have higher levels of “cancer-causing tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs),” (which are apparently the major carcinogens and cancer-causing agents in tobacco products) than people who smoke some foreign cigarette brands. [More]

NY State Considering $1/Pack Increase To Cigarette Tax

NY State Considering $1/Pack Increase To Cigarette Tax

After the failure to pass a tax on high-calorie beverages in NY state, the state assembly has once again turned to the idea of taxing cigarettes for increased revenue. [More]

New FDA Rules Take The Fun Out Of Cigarette Advertising

New FDA Rules Take The Fun Out Of Cigarette Advertising

It’s been fifteen years and three presidents since it was first proposed, but the FDA has now signed off on a new set of rules for tobacco companies that seek to limit the marketing of cigarettes and chewing tobacco to teens and children. These new rules cover both advertising and distribution and will essentially put an end to tobacco-branded clothing, tobacco-sponsored sporting and music events, and the use of music in tobacco ads on the radio. [More]

FDA Wants Tobacco Companies To Submit Ingredients List By June

FDA Wants Tobacco Companies To Submit Ingredients List By June

“Tobacco products today are really the only human-consumed product that we don’t know what’s in them,” the director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products said to the Associated Press. To address that, the agency has told tobacco companies to provide a list of the ingredients in their cigarette brands by June 2010. The FDA says it won’t publicize a lot of the data in order to protect trade secrets, but that by June 2011 it will publish a list of “harmful and potentially harmful” ingredients, at which point tobacco companies will have to start listing the amounts of each one on their products. [More]