Tobacco

The State of Things
11:37 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Child Labor In North Carolina Tobacco Fields

Tobacco harvest in North Carolina
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An expert panel discusses Child Labor in North Carolina tobacco fields

Federal law permits children to work in agriculture from younger ages and for longer hours than any other industry.

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Health
6:07 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Why Are Tobacco Companies So Positive About E-Cig Regulation?

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Shortly after the F.D.A. announced newly proposed regulations of the exploding E-Cigarette market, Greensboro-based Lorillard released  a statement on the matter:

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Tobacco
8:34 am
Tue December 10, 2013

NC Ranks 45th For Tobacco Prevention And Cessation Spending

A report from the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids says North Carolina doesn't spend nearly enough money on programs to prevent kids from smoking or to help smokers quit.
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North Carolina doesn't spend enough to keep people from smoking or help them quit. That's according to a report from a coalition of health organizations.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids report ranked North Carolina 45th in the country for spending on smoking and chewing prevention or cessation programs. The report says the state spent none of its tobacco tax revenue on those programs in fiscal year 2013.

Ricky Diaz of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says the state wants to serve its residents.

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Politics & Government
6:03 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

NC Congress Members: Don't Sequester Tobacco Buyout Money

A tobacco farm in Eastern North Carolina
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Members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation are urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to not lower payments to tobacco farmers next year as part of the expected federal budget cuts known as sequestration.

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Business & Economy
5:41 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

European Vote Could Hurt NC Tobacco Exports

Tobacco at Strickland Farms
Credit Leoneda Inge

U.S. tobacco growers are watching new regulations being considered across the Atlantic.  The European Parliament is set to vote on guidelines that would curtail the use of additives in tobacco that provide flavorings to the plant. 

Burley tobacco -- produced mainly in Kentucky -- contains a number of additives that change the taste.  North Carolina has some burley growers, but mostly exports flue-cured tobacco.  N.C. State extension economist Blake Brown says any new regulations could hurt tobacco farmers.

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Hundreds Of Items From Duke-Semans Estate Up For Auction

A Steinway piano along with about 500 other items from Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans' estate will be up for auction this weekend.
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This weekend, bidders will have the opportunity to take home a piece of North Carolina history when hundreds of items from Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans' estate go up for auction.

Semans was a longtime Durham philanthropist and the great-granddaughter of Washington Duke, who helped to create Duke University and founded the American Tobacco Company. She passed away in early 2012, and left a lifetime's collection of art, jewelry, furniture and household items behind.

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Politics & Government
9:08 am
Thu August 1, 2013

New Law Bans E-Cigarette Sales To Minors

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Business & Economy
4:21 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Big China Tobacco Company Opens Office In Cary

A tobacco farmer in Rockingham County, NC.
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A Chinese tobacco company has announced plans to open its North America headquarters in North Carolina.  The state Agriculture Department has worked hard to bolster trade relations with China.  And it’s paid off.

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State of Things
9:30 am
Thu July 21, 2011

Smoke Damage

Book cover, ''Smoke Damage''

North Carolina State University sociologist Michael Schwalbe’s new book, “Smoke Damage: Voices from the Front Lines of America’s Tobacco Wars,” (University of Wisconsin Press/2011) is a collection of portraits of people whose lives have been changed by tobacco. The images and the stories that accompany them span a wide range of ages, social classes and professional disciplines, from lawyers and farmers to disease survivors. The intimate photos tell a story not captured by statistics, but the book is not merely sentimental.

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Politics & Government
4:00 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

Lorillard Workers To Protest At FDA Meeting

Tobacco workers employed by Lorillard plan to protest at an FDA meeting scheduled for tomorrow morning in Raleigh. The government is reviewing the safety of menthol cigarettes- Lorillard has a market share of about 35 percent of the product. The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union Local 317-T in Greensboro is organizing the event. Randy Fulk is the union's international representative. He worked for Lorillard Tobacco for more than 36 years:

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