The harm done by cigarettes is costly, and it is time for smokers to start carrying the burden of research into smoking-related diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
Proposition 29, which is on the June 5 ballot, would levy a $1 tax on every pack of cigarettes sold in the state. We encourage everyone to vote yes. Read More
San Francisco boasts some of the country’s most stringent anti-smoking laws, but one unintended consequence is burdening business owners.The City passed new smoking restrictions in 2010, making it illegal to smoke on any outdoor patio and within 15 feet from any open window or doorway. Under the code, all ashtrays within such areas had to be removed because businesses may not enable patrons or employees to break the law. Read More
Smoking in San Francisco can be so dangerous that just being asked for a cigarette can be hazardous to your health.A 19-year-old man was beaten and stabbed by a group of hungry smokers at Fisherman’s Wharf on Friday after being asked for a cigarette, cops said. Read More
South San Francisco officials have temporarily snuffed out the possibility of having more than one smoke shop in their city. City Council members, worried about the effects of paraphernalia on the city’s youth, extended a ban on the issuance of licenses and permits for stores that sell tobacco. The ordinance, which passed unanimously Wednesday, will extend an existing ban on retail tobacco stores for 10½ months. An initial 45-day ordinance would have expired July 23. Read More
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San Francisco’s famed counterculture neighborhood should not be used to sell cigarettes, says at least one city official.
On Monday, R.J. Reynolds was sent a letter asking the North Carolina-based company to cease its “Break Free Adventure Campaign” and recall the associated special edition cigarette packs that reference San Francisco and the Haight neighborhood, according to City Attorney Dennis Herrera. Read More
It’s surely coincidental that within days of the Food and Drug Administration banning flavored cigarettes on the grounds that they are dangerously attractive to children, Disney Corp. should begin offering refunds to parents disgruntled that “Baby Einstein” videos will not, in fact, make their infants smarter. Read More