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NYC = Nanny State? Health Dept. considering smoking ban in parks
September 14, 2009 by Adam Lisberg

No puffing in the the parks? No lighting up on the lawn? No butts on the beach?

“We don’t think it’s too far to say that people shouldn’t be smoking in parks,” Health Commissioner Tom Farley said Monday.

Mayor Bloomberg unveiled the plan in the morning but later backed away in the face of criticism.

He said Monday night, “It may not be logistically possible to enforce a ban across thousands of acres, but there may be areas within parks where restricting smoking can protect health.”

But smokers in city parks fumed at the idea.

“It’s really ridiculous,” said retired bar owner Ronald Carey, 63, who was smoking on a bench in Cadman Plaza Park in downtown Brooklyn.

“I’m not going to support smoking, but things have gotten out of hand,” Carey said. “What’s next?”

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Marijuana May Disrupt Brain Development

Marijuana May Disrupt Brain Development
February 3, 2009 by Live Science

The term pot-head takes on new meaning with a study that suggests adolescents and young adults who smoked a lot of marijuana are more likely than non-users to have disrupted brain development.

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Obama signs tobacco regulation bill into law
June 22, 2009 by Barbara Barrett, McClatchy Newspapers

President Barack Obama , who still struggles with his own addiction to cigarettes, on Monday signed into law the most sweeping federal anti-tobacco legislation to pass Congress in decades.

The law gives the Food and Drug Administration broad authority to regulate the marketing and manufacture of tobacco products. It bans fruit- and spice-flavored cigarettes, slaps expansive new warnings on packages and gets rid of the monikers “light” and “low-tar.”

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Congress sends Obama bill to regulate tobacco
June 12, 2009 by Jim Abrams

When George W. Bush is no longer president, a government power grab is no longer condemned.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent legislation to the White House Friday granting the federal government unprecedented authority to regulate and restrict cigarettes, the single largest cause of preventable death.

President Barack Obama quickly expressed his support, appearing in the Rose Garden almost immediately after the House gave final approval to the bill giving the Food and Drug Administration control over tobacco production, marketing and sales.

Smoker in Chief Praises Government’s Big Tobacco Grab
June 12, 2009 by Gateway Pundit

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Senators who opposed tobacco bill received top dollar from industry
June 11, 2009 by Halimah Abdullah

News media selective outrage: influence peddling matters only when Republicans are doing it.

WASHINGTON — Among the 17 senators who voted against allowing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco are some of the top recipients of campaign contributions from the tobacco industry, which has donated millions of dollars to lawmakers in the past several campaign cycles.

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