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If We Oppose Tobacco Use, We Should Advertise and Teach Its Non-Use

By at March 6, 2012 | 11:11 am | 2 Comments

If We Oppose Tobacco Use, We Should Advertise and Teach Its Non-Use

I lost two games of pool Sunday evening – the first games I’d lost in about 30 years. Maybe longer. Of course, I hadn’t played pool in about 30 years. Maybe longer. I had accompanied my son to the pool hall, where he is a regular competitor. I don’t know whether he’s ready for Las […]

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Top Ten Tobacco Consuming Nations (2009)

By at February 27, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Top Ten Tobacco Consuming Nations (2009)

World Wide Consumption: Eight Tons Nation Tonnage % of  Total Consumption  1. China 3.11 million 38.0% 2. European Union .91 million 10.2% 3. India .72 million 7.4% 4. Russia .64 million 6.4% 5. United States .63 million 6.2% 6. Brazil .33 million 3.3% 7. Japan .28 million 2.6% 8. Indonesia .27 million 2.4% 9. Turkey […]

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Government May Be Violating Tobacco Companies’ 1st Amendment Rights

By at July 5, 2011 | 2:05 pm | 20 Comments

Government May Be Violating Tobacco Companies’ 1st Amendment Rights

A controversial Supreme Court decision less than two years ago could have the unintended consequence of significantly reducing the government’s 46-year campaign against cigarettes. In a 5–4 decision, largely along political lines, the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission (October 2009) that not only were parts of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform […]

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Auditor General Jack Wagner Releases Results of Public Hearings about Misdirected Tobacco Settlement Dollars

By at June 2, 2011 | 11:01 pm | 1 Comments

Auditor General Jack Wagner Releases Results of Public  Hearings about Misdirected Tobacco Settlement Dollars

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contact:  Steve Halvonik 717-787-1381 Says the public has spoken and wants the General Assembly to listen HARRISBURG, PA, June 2, 2011 – Auditor General Jack Wagner today released a special report with the results of five statewide public hearings about how millions of incoming tobacco settlement dollars should be used. […]

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How does Pennsylvania want to Burn its Tobacco Money

By at April 25, 2011 | 11:37 am | 436 Comments

How does Pennsylvania want to Burn its Tobacco Money

Auditor General Wagner is, in a word, aghast, that Governor Corbett pulled the plug on AdultBasic health care insurance earlier this year.

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Rock The Capital Minute

By at April 25, 2011 | 9:34 am | 887 Comments

Rock The Capital Minute

In this edition of Rock The Capital Minute; Terry Burger has been sizing up proposed cuts to education through a historical lens. Eric Epstein delivers his latest Top Ten list. New and creative ways to cut the budget always welcome, and Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner takes his show on the road to talk about what Governor Corbett is doing with tobacco settlement money.

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Rock The Capital Minute

By at March 29, 2011 | 9:49 am | 1 Comments

Rock The Capital Minute

In this edition of Rock The Capital Minute; a grim discovery at the Fukushima nuclear power plant: plutonium is turning up in the soil. That is another strong indicator that the plant has experienced at least a partial melt down of fuel rods. In Pennsylvania and a handful of other states growing concerns that Japan’s nuclear crisis could spill over. Conclusive tests show Iodine 131 in some of Pennsylvania’s waterways. Its a byproduct of rain and nuclear specialists say the level is well below the acceptable rate. Auditor General Jack Wagner wants to hold hearings on what to do with tobacco settlement money. It has always been earmarked for health care, but now Governor Corbett wants to shift how the state spends that cash.

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The Adult way of Suing Pennsylvania’s Governor

By at March 23, 2011 | 3:00 pm | 121 Comments

The Adult way of Suing Pennsylvania’s Governor

A class action lawsuit against Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and other state politicians has been filed on behalf of some 41,000 residents who lost health care insurance.

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Up in Smoke

By at March 3, 2011 | 5:08 pm | 0 Comment

Up in Smoke

Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner says the state is squandering the settlement money it has received from the tobacco settlement. Wagner says the state has a duty to use additional money for its intended purpose, primarily healthcare.

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