Monday, May 19, 2008


The Senate bill goes farther and, we think, it is a better plan. Under this proposal, which passed with an overwhelming 33-11 vote, about half of the $160 million raised would be used to expand Medicaid services to low-income families and the disabled, while the other half would pay insurance premiums for low-income workers.

It is estimated that this plan would help a quarter of the state's uninsured -- or 700,000 people -- find or buy medical coverage. And because every dollar the state spends on Medicaid is matched three-to-one by federal dollars, this also is an economical way to help hundreds of thousands of the state's neediest residents.

Significantly, simply raising the cigarettes tax also would provide a health benefit in its own right. Ample evidence in other states shows that raising the price for a pack of cigarettes discourages young teens from smoking. Thus, a 50-cent hike in the cigarette tax could prevent thousands of young South Carolinians from picking up the habit in the first place.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Marlboro cigarettes

Instead of the money, which she wanted for marlboro cigarettes, she said she took the cigarettes from Richard's purse and was taking them as collateral. It was because of the cigarette that she said Richard hit her first and that she was only acting in self-defence.

Morrissey, question her, asking why she wouldn't be angry about not getting her $200 back.

"Because that's not the normal way to act," said Madsen.

Ferguson did not consider Madsen a credible witness.

"Why would [Richard] attack her over four cigarettes?," questioned Ferguson.

He believed the amount of money owed to her was likely to be a lot more than $15 considering the addictions involved.

He believed she must have been more angry than she was letting on.

"You said it was not the normal way to act," said Ferguson, but added that in a drug addicted state, muscling someone for money is the "new normal".

Ferguson said he saw "flashes of anger" in her during the trial, in the way she cross-examined the witness and her interaction with the court, and could therefore believe she was outraged the night she failed to get her money.

He added that even if she had hit Richard out of self-defence, the pictures and amount of hair loss showed the amount of force used was beyond that of defence.

Morrissey indicated Richard wished to file a victim impact statement so sentencing will be held in two weeks.

Monday, April 7, 2008


The teeth are the first victim of smoking. As the smokes smoke tar sticks to the teeth, it changes their color into an ugly yellowish shade of brown. At the same time cigarette smoke prevents blood from nourishing the gums, slowly but inevitably making them weak. This may effect in swelling and mouth inflammation, but most importantly it makes gums to grow weaker and weaker with every passing year, making it impossible for them to act as the teeth support.

Lack of proper circulation in gums causes severe risk of teeth loss. This is not theoretical! A teenage smoker loses between four and six teeth before he reaches his mid-thirties. Poor blood circulation in the mouth often results also in other problems, most notably complications after dental operations. For example, smokers are more likely to suffer of a dry-pocket.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Pall Mall Cigarettes

You may, for example, find yourself saying "No!" more to adults, or questioning your parents and teachers. You may find yourself easily flushed with anger, shame, joy, love or other strong emotions. All this is part of the passage to adulthood in the teen years.

Whatever you do, please don't make the mistake of risking getting addicted to Parliament Cigarettes, drugs or alcohol in your efforts to set yourself apart from and establish your individuality. Remember, it often takes just two weeks for 11 to 13 year olds to get hooked on tobacco.

If you feel angry, don't turn your anger inward, on yourself — by smoking, or by becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol.

If you do, you hurt only yourself, and you may not ever be able to stop. These addictions have a very good chance of killing you. So be smart, and do your best to make responsible choices.

cigarettes are yesterday's news — they are on the way out. If you get addicted to smoking, you'll be on the way out too.