June 27, 2010

New Tax Raises Price by $1.60

1 NYC Smokers to Pay Highest Rate for Butts in US

The NY State Legislature passed a tax that, effective July 1, will raise the price of a pack of cigarettes by $1.60. Imposed to help meet the the demands of the state’s budget, the tobacco tax will hike the average price of a pack of cigarettes to $9.20. City dwellers, who pay additional taxes, will have to shell out nearly $11.00 per pack to feed their habit. Plus, starting on September 1, the state, in a highly controversial provision, will tax cigarettes sold on Native American reservations to off-reservation visitors who, prior to the tax, were able to buy cigarettes tax-free. Health advocates hail the tobacco tax and say it will persuade many smokers to quit but detractors say it will merely drive consumers to the black market. The taxes will provide $440 million in revenue.

More at NYTimes.com | Hat tip to NYDailyNews.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Health News About Smoking

Tags: Cigarettes, New York City, Quitting Smoking, New York State Tobacco Tax, Native American Reservations, Black Market

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Says WWW Is Like Wild, Wild West

2 Dr. Phil Takes on Cyberbullies

Dr. Phil McGraw, speaking before a congressional panel, said that cyberbullying is a serious problem. He compared the World Wide Web to the Wild, Wild West and said, "The gunslingers are keyboard bullies. They are these people that with anonymity attack other students in a way that can completely destroy their reputations. With MySpace and Facebook, email, chat rooms, there are so many of these things with so much power that they constitute weapons of mass destruction when it comes to communications with these kids.” A recent study found that one-third of teens who use the internet have been cyberbullied and some states are beginning to take action. After the suicides of two Massachusetts teens, the state outlawed cyberbullying and made bullying on school campuses a crime.

More at CBSNews.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Suicide, Dr. Phil McGraw, Cyberbullying, World Wide Web, Wild West, MySpace, Facebook, Chat Rooms, Email, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Massachusetts

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A Menopause Timetable Test

3 Bloodtest to Determine When Menopause Will Arrive?

Woman who don't want to be surprised by the onset of menopause may soon have a better idea of when it will arrive. Using a simple blood test it's believed doctor's will one day be able to determine when menopause will arrive, with woman as young as 20 years old being able to take the test. The test is being validated with further studies and could help more accurately determine reproductive decisions as woman enter the later part of life when reproductive capabilities can falter. Authors of the study are expected to reveal their findings on Monday at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. According to CNN, the study worked by measuring the amount of anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) in women's bodies. AMH is proportional to the number of viable eggs left in the ovaries.

More at CNN Health | Posted 7 years ago by James Johnson

Previously: Estrogen Alternative for Menopause Symptoms

Tags: Menopause, Blood Tests, Determining Menopause

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