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Mon, Sep 1st - 10:08PM

Republicans, Pregnancy, Incest and Shotgun Weddings
The Democrats must be having an interesting and amusing night tonight.

Today, Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin's announced that her 17 year old daughter Bristol is pregnant.

Whats worse, this may not be her first child. Sarah Palin is now being accused of falsifying birth records and claiming that her so-called fifth child, a son named Trig, is hers. Trig was born in April with Down syndrome (sparking rumours of incest in the Palin family and conspiracy to cover up the incest).

Incest in a family usually results in children's protection services showing up and declaring the parents unfit and it would not be the first time parents have pretended the child was their own in order to prevent their children and grandchildren from being taken away.

This time around however they've realized that the media scrutiny won't allow the family to pull such a stunt. Everyone will know Bristol is pregnant.

Who is the father? The family is currently refusing to comment (saying only that his name is Levi), but one can be certain it will be leaked to the press somehow. This will be one of the most watched and hotly debated elections in world history and "family privacy" which is nice and quaint isn't going to deter the determined reporters.

And what could be worse than a lying, fraudulent vice-presidential nominee and her incestuous family secrets?

Its like V.C. Andrews wrote a book about a presidential election and the chapters are unfolding before our very eyes...

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Mon, Sep 1st - 10:28AM

California saves $86 billion in health care costs from anti-smoking campaign

California saves $86 billion in health care costs from anti-smoking campaign

California's large-scale tobacco control campaign has saved $86 billion in health care costs in its first 15 years, U.S. researchers said today. The $86 billion reduction represents about a 50-fold return on the $1.8 billion California spent on the program, they said.

Unlike many programs which center on teens, the California program focuses its tobacco-control efforts on adults through an aggressive media campaign and changes in public policy, such as promoting smoke-free environments.

According to the study, the program prevented the sale of 3.6 billion packs of cigarettes (worth $9.2 billion to the tobacco industry) between 1989 and 2004, which in turn saved California approx. $86 billion in health care costs.

Note: The profits vs. costs of the tobacco industry is a clear indication that economics wise the tobacco industry costs more than its worth.

The report may help persuade other states to step up funding for such large-scale efforts to counteract the tobacco industry's $13 billion annual spending on smoking-related advertising and promotions.

Tobacco accounts for one in 10 adult deaths worldwide and is the leading preventable cause of death in the world, according to the World Health Organization. In the United States, smoking kills more than 400,000 people prematurely each year.

To study the effects of California's program, Glantz and colleagues used statistical models that looked at the relationships between per capita spending on cigarettes and health costs between 1980 and 2004.

They compared these with information gathered from 38 states that had no comprehensive tobacco control efforts and that had only increased cigarette taxes by 50 cents per pack within the study period.

The researchers saw a steady rise in cost savings from the start of the program in 1996 until the study ended in 2004, despite major cuts in the program's funding.

Approx. 19% of adults in California smoke actively or socially.

Smokeless Cigarettes

Smoking Bans working in Toronto

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