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Staten Island Smoke-Free Partnership Goes to Albany (3/13/13)

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The numbers are weighty — 46,000 people; 25,400 lives lost; $ 8.17 billion in health care expenditures.

These are just some of the more prominent statistics associated with tobacco use in New York City.

READ FULL ARTICLE: Staten Island Live






New Mexico Seeks to Ban Alcohol Sales to DWI Convicts (3/13/13)

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New Mexico lawmakers plan to propose new bill to ban alcohol sales to repeated DWI. This proposed legistration will forbid many people convicted of drunken driving from buying alcohol anywhere — stores, restaurants or bars. If it passes, it would be among the most restrictive drunken-driving laws in the nation.

Question to our readers, do you think this proposed bill will help curb auto accidents and will this be ideal for New York State? Voice your opinion in our comments section.

Tobacco Firms Save $1 Billion With Kitty Litter in Cigars (3/6/13)

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Some tobacco companies are putting the type of clay used in cat litter into cigars to increase their weight, thereby allowing them to pay less tax, Bloomberg reports.

90 NYC Stores Caught Selling Alcohol to Minors by State Liquor Authority (3/6/13)

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New York City ----- An annoucement from the New York State Liquor Authority issued results of the undercover sting operation into the underage alcohol sales in New York City.

The press release was released today indicating the amount of bodegas and delis were caught selling alcohol to minors in our communities. The sting took place late February into early March. Details mentioned are the locations and names that sold.

Press Release Source: NY State Liquor Authority Press Release

Virginia 5th grader brings marijuana to school and faces expulsion (3/6/13)

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Though his intentions may have been innocent, a Virginia fifth grader who brought marijuana to school could face expulsion for his actions, according to media reports.

Local police officers responded to a report of a student in possession of marijuana Tuesday. According to Suffolk police, the Driver Elementary student showed his teacher the drug and said he took it from his father so that he would stop smoking.

ARTICLE FEATURE: The New York Daily News

Cigarette distributors face lawsuit (3/6/13)

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The state’s attorney general is stepping up efforts to combat the movement of tax-free cigarettes from Indian-owned companies in Canada to New York tribes, including the Seneca Nation of Indians.

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman is expected to file a lawsuit Monday morning targeting a cigarette plant on the Six Nations of the Grand River Indian reservation near Hamilton, Ont., and a Seneca businessman working with the Canadian operation to sell billions of tax-free cigarettes marketed under the “Seneca” brand name, The Buffalo News has learned.

Workshop Extras - Social Media

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What is social media?

Social media tools is to create and nurture a two way conversation between your community or group and its target audience.

When To Use Social Media

Social media tools allow you to open a dialogue with your audience that provides valuable and instantaneous feedback about your products and services. This information allows you to customize your approach to better suit the needs and concerns of your audience.

Tips for community groups to master social media

Workshop Extras - Community Leadership

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Are You Leadership Material?

Community leaders should know their community, the individuals in it, and the physical and social infrastructure that supports it. Knowing the community means being informed on the human and political issues affecting the various neighborhoods and the community members that reside in them.

The collaborative leadership process involves a leader who instead of focusing on power within the community enables others to give power to the community.

A Roadmap to Community Leadership

Workshop Extras

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Altria Loses Appeal of New York City Flavored-Tobacco Ban (2/27/13)

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New York City's ban on the sale of flavored smokeless tobacco products anywhere -- except in tobacco bars -- will stay in effect, thanks to a court ruling earlier today.

Altria Group Inc. had launched a bid to get the 2009 law reversed on the grounds the ordinance is pre-empted by federal law. However, in a decision handed down this morning, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower-level court ruling rejecting the arguments made by two Altria units -- U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Manufacturing and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Brands, according to Bloomberg..

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