New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that cigarette prices in the city would go up by $2.50 to $13, bragging it would be “the highest price in the country.”
Twenty-year-old Californians will have to join the military if they want to legally smoke a cigarette.
New rules passed by the Obama administration will lead to dramatic cuts for cigar manufacturers and cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars, effectively wiping out any small or new business owners.
The Food and Drug Administration is spending $36 million on an anti-chewing tobacco advertising campaign targeted at white male teenagers in the midwest.
The federal government has banned the use of electronic cigarettes on airplanes, saying they took a “practical approach” of banning the legal product because they can look like cigarettes.
First, Paul Ryan likes Rage Against the Machine, long embroiled in a four-way competition with Creed, Hootie & the Blowfish, and Dave Matthews for the title of “Worst Band of All Time.” Saying that you “like” Rage is tantamount to admitting that you are a total dork; it pretty much confirms that some point in the ’90s your main interests were Surge, Twister, and real-time strategy games.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending over $200,000 on an anti-tobacco video game for fifth graders, where they will navigate through “cancer rooms” to find hidden objects to beat cigarettes with.
The city of Boston has banned chewing tobacco at all baseball stadiums, including Fenway Park, and will slap players with a $250 fine if they violate the ban.
Major leaguers are “unsure how they will respond” to an ordinance banning smokeless tobacco from public athletic fields that proponents expect to sweep through cities that are home to professional franchises across the United States.
Consummate D.C. insider Terry McAuliffe resides in the governor’s mansion built by tobacco farmer James Monroe, demonstrating that Virginians have always elected those who excel at peddling its staple crop. The farms that blanketed the I-95 corridor between Washington, D.C., and Richmond are mostly gone now, the land purchased by political profiteers. The stalks have been replaced by glass towers housing the media, contracting, and consulting giants that now serve as the backbone of the Virginia economy. Yet there are some members of the transplanted D.C. caste—former Marines, ambassadors, and George W. Bush appointees—who still pay tribute to the much maligned weed; they can be found at the Embassy Cigar Lounge in Stafford, Va., which celebrated its first anniversary on May 1.