Posts Tagged ‘legislation’

Obama pledges to quickly sign anti-smoking bill

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Below are the main things the anti-smoking bill would do to diminish cigarette usage and help the health care crisis. Let’s brain storm and think about what we could legislate with a similar  bill with meat, dairy, eggs, and refined foods. Food for thought and health??

Excerpts from JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press Writer 

Under this bill:

• Cigarette packages will have warning labels that cover 50 percent of the front and rear. The word “warning” must be included in capital letters.

• Any remaining tobacco-related sponsorships of sports and entertainment events will be banned, as will giveaways of non-tobacco items with the purchase of a tobacco product. A federal ban will be imposed on alloutdoor tobacco advertising within 1,000 feet of schools and playgrounds.

• Point-of-sale advertising will be limited to adults-only facilities, and remaining vending machines will disappear except in places restricted to adults. Retailers who sell to minors will be subject to federal enforcement and penalties.

• Smokers, particularly the younger crowd, will find they can no longer buy cigarettes sweetened by candy flavors or any herb or spices such as strawberry, grape, orange, clove, cinnamon or vanilla. Cigarettes advertised as “light” or “mild,” giving the impression that they aren’t as harmful to health, will no longer be found on store shelves.

With an estimated 3,500 young people smoking their first cigarette each day, the ban on flavorings alone could have significant health benefits, said Dr. Adam Goldstein, director of the University of North Carolina Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program.

He said it was not inconceivable that adult smokers, now more than 20 percent of the population, could be reduced to less than 5 percent in 20 years.

Other factors that could cut into tobacco use include the sharp rise in prices — Congress earlier this year approved a 62-cent a pack increase in the federal cigarette tax to pay for a children’s health program — and measures by the states to ban smoking in public places.

New FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said the agency was ready to “roll up our sleeves” to meet the new obligations.

The Senate passed the FDA bill on Thursday by a 79-17 vote and the House followed suit on Friday, with a 307-97 vote.

Marlboro maker Philip Morris USA, the nation’s largest tobacco company, came out in support of the bill, saying it was behind tough but fair regulation. Its chief rivals were opposed, saying that FDA restrictions on new products would lock in Philip Morris’ share of the market.

Costs of the new program will be paid for by a new user fee imposed on the industry. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that assessments could rise from $235 million in 2010 to $712 million in 2019.

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Grilled Zucchini & Avocado Panini’s!!!

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Here is my office mate, Adam Butler, of The Butler Brothers Ad Agency in East Austin preparing and then getting ready to chow down on a steaming hot grilled zucchini and avocado panini on whole grain hemp bread. Adam was one of my original Engine 2, plant-strong, pilot study guinea pigs and has been plant-determined and plant-healthy for two years and counting. He was one of four Engine 2′ers who were able to get their total cholesterol to 100 mg/dl or below…Wow!!!!…the equivalent of a rural Chinaman or a Papua Highlander from New Guinea. Adam lives and breathes this lifestyle and was overheard today saying that the answer to the health care crisis is NOT more legislation-it’s people learning to stop eating contaminated and disease promoting foods. I hear you loud and clear, Adam. You rock!!! Here’s an E2 shout out to my buddy, office mate, and Engine 2  rock-star, Adam Butler!!!

 

Adam displaying his sandwich. Home grown sliced and slightly pan seared zucchini( with tamari) on the left and a sliced avocado on the right.

Adam displaying the innards of his sandwich. Home grown zucchini, sliced and slightly pan seared in a tamari sauce on the left and a sliced avocado on the right.

 

 

 

Adam pops the sandwich into the panini maker for one minute.

Adam pops the sandwich into the panini maker for one minute.

 

And Wala!!! it's ready to be eaten!!!!

And viola or wala!!! It's ready to be eaten!!!!