Mostly for Dan

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed nicotine yield of cigarettes sold in Massachusetts from 1997 to 2005. The result: cigarette manufacturers have been gradually boosting the level of addictive nicotine by an average of 1.6% per year, or 11% over the 7 year period studied. Something to bear in mind while watching re-runs of the South Park episode “Butt Out“, in which Parker and Stone bravely defend the cigarette corporations for providing a little harmless pleasure to people, who after all smoke of their own free will.

Cigarette companies—is there anything they won’t do? (again)

According to the UK’s Sunday Times, tobacco companies are launching a new line of mint tobacco candies, each containing as much nicotine as a cigarette. The tobacco company says that they will be selling the candy in a “child-resistant” bubble pack, and that sale to people under 18 will be prohibited. Uh-huh.