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February 25, 2006
We can't change history we dislike To the editor: This is in answer to Mr. Burkett's letter about Maryland, Lord Baltimore, tobacco and American Indians. First off, to the American Indian, tobacco is a sacred sacrament. It carries their prayers to the creator who gave them this sacred plant. It is as holy to them as the Eucharist is to Christians. Second, It was John Rolfe and the Virginians who took tobacco back to England and turned it into a cash crop, not native Americans.
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NEWS
November 2, 2006
SHARPSBURG - The Washington County Health Department will be holding tobacco cessation courses Mondays and Thursdays in November and December from 2 to 3 p.m. at Sharpsburg Town Hall at 106 E. Main St. The courses will be Nov. 13, 16, 20, 22 (Wednesday), 27, and 30; and Dec. 4 and 7. Free nicotine patches will be given to Washington County residents. Call 240-420-1796 to register.
NEWS
October 14, 1999
By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer INWOOD, W.Va. - Lora Chetel is tired of watching people, including other teenagers, subject themselves to the hazards of smoking. The Musselman High School junior said she's had plenty of opportunities to smoke a cigarette, but she never has. "It's gross," said Chetel, a member of Musselman's Peers Against Tobacco. "At the old high school, the bathrooms just reeked," said Chetel, 15, of Bunker Hill.
NEWS
February 12, 2009
A two-hour meeting to discuss tobacco control will be Saturday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center at 131 W. North Ave. in Hagerstown. Representatives from the state and county health departments have been invited to participate in this discussion with black leaders and those working to help black leadership. A continental breakfast will be provided. For more information, contact Brothers United Who Dare To Care at 301-393-9290 or e-mail buwdtc@blackmenwhocare.
NEWS
January 8, 2004
There's a dirty little secret about tobacco taxes that every lawmaker knows - the higher the tax, the more people quit and the less revenue there will eventually be. Despite that, West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise is proposing another tobacco-tax increase as part of his last budget proposal. Lawmakers should fight this plan - unless all the revenue is dedicated to stop-smoking efforts. Funding healthcare efforts was how Wise sold last year's 38-cent-per-pack increase, but this year he has said the new hike would be an alternative to cutting state programs.
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By LAURA ERNDE | March 26, 1999
ANNAPOLIS - Despite opposition from five of Washington County's six delegates, the Maryland House voted Friday to add $1 to the cost of a pack of cigarettes. It remains to be seen if the "no" votes will hurt the county's efforts to get a University of Maryland campus since Gov. Parris Glendening has pledged the extra tobacco tax revenues to such higher education projects. The tax increase passed the House by a 74-61 margin and is headed for the Senate, where it's expected to face tough opposition.
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By LAURA ERNDE | March 6, 2000
ANNAPOLIS - If Western Maryland gets a health clinic on wheels, it probably won't be funded through the cigarette restitution fund. The Maryland General Assembly is in the midst of a battle over how to spend the first $100 million from the state's tobacco lawsuit settlement. Del. John Donoghue, D-Washington, suggested $400,000 be used for a Wellmobile to deliver health care to rural areas of Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties. "We have a very rural community, many of which see very little of the health care that you and I enjoy," Donoghue told the House Environmental Matters Committee Thursday.
NEWS
January 9, 1997
By GUY FLETCHER Staff Writer ANNAPOLIS - Tobacco restrictions that fine businesses for selling cigarettes to minors are addressing only part of the smoking problem, said Del. J. Anita Stup, R-Frederick/Washington. That's why Stup is asking the Maryland General Assembly to widen the regulations so that parents and other adults can be fined for giving cigarettes and other tobacco products to minors. She denied that such legislation would be difficult to enforce. She likened it to laws that prevent adults from distributing alcohol to people under age. "It's not a witch hunt kind of thing.
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by Ron Frew | September 30, 2006
Sometimes when it appears you have won, you really have lost. Such is the case with the recent federal judicial decision concerning the government's case against the top cigarette makers that were charged with deception concerning their product and its health effects, mislabeling of their product and violations of the RICO laws. In her ruling in the long-running case, Judge Gladys Kessler said, "Over the course of more than 50 years, defendants lied, misrepresented and deceived the American public, including smokers and the young people they avidly sought as 'replacement smokers,' about the devastating health effects of smoking and environmental tobacco smoke (second hand smoke)
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By LAURA ERNDE | March 24, 1999
ANNAPOLIS - With time running out to get planning money this year for a proposed University of Maryland campus in Hagerstown, Washington County officials have been unable to schedule a meeting with Gov. Parris Glendening. [cont. from front page ] Meanwhile, the House of Delegates gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a $1-per-pack cigarette tax increase that the governor wants to earmark for such higher education projects. Five of the six Washington County delegates oppose Glendening's tax increase, which is up for a final vote in the House this week.
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