Sunday, June 14, 2009

Clickable A4: News: Congress Passes Measure on Tobacco Regulation

If the printernet were in existence, a two sided color A4 could be in the hands of every high school kid in the United States on Monday June 15, 2009, with no shipping and a minimal carbon footprint. It could be printed by the teacher on the local MFP.

The Event
The New York Time
Published: June 12, 2009

The House moved quickly Friday to pass the Senate’s tobacco bill and send it to the White House, where President Obama promised to sign it.

The Background:

Tobacco smoking is the practice where tobacco is burned and the vapors either tasted or inhaled. The practice began as early as 5000-3000 BC.[1] Many civilizations burnt incense during religious rituals, which was later adopted for pleasure or as a social tool.[2] Tobacco was introduced to the old world in the late 1500s where it followed common trade routes. The substance was met with frequent criticism, but became popular nonetheless.[3] German scientists formally identified the link between smoking and lung cancer in the late 1920s leading the first anti-smoking campaign in modern history. The movement, however, failed to reach across enemy lines during the Second World War.[4] It was not until the late 1950s that health authorities once again began to strongly suggest that there was a relationship between smoking and cancer.[5] These suggestions were confirmed in the 1980s, which prompted political action against the practice. Rates of consumption from 1965 onward in the developed world have either peaked or declined.[6] They however continue to climb in the developing world.[7]

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