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Anti-tobacco bill gathering dust

KATHMANDU: Despite pressure from the general public, health ministry and other stakeholders to endorse the anti-tobacco bill, it has been gathering dust in the parliament for the last seven months. The Statute Committee had forwarded the bill to the parliament on April 29 following an amendment to the draft the Ministry of Health and Population had prepared in 1999. As per the bill, only a license holder is allowed to sell tobacco and vendors cannot sell tobacco-related products to the people under 18 or over 75 and pregnant women are not permitted to sell such items. The bill has also proposed a ban on advertisements and publicity campaigns of tobacco products in the media. “At a time when the country is in the process of drafting a new constitution, the social issues have … Read entire article »

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Tobacco farmers hail Phl panel

CANDON CITY, Ilocos Sur, Philippines — Tobacco farmers have expressed jubilation over the outcome of a recent global convention on tobacco control held in Uruguay that allegedly resulted in the protection of the tobacco industry against “excessive and restrictive” guidelines in the manufacture of tobacco products. At the same time, the Philippine Tobacco Growers’ Association (PTGA) through its president Winston Uy commended the Philippine delegation to the convention headed by Trade Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya for reportedly being able to convince delegates from other nations not to digress from the real intent of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Other members of the delegation came from the Department of Agriculture, Department of Health, and the UP College of Law. The Philippine delegation attended the 171-nation conference in Uruguay to … Read entire article »

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Tobbaco products should sport more graphic warnings: Survey

A majority of Indians want stringent pictorial warnings on tobacco products to warn smokers against the hazards of consuming tobacco, said a survey released here Friday. The Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth (HRIDAY) and the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) conducted the survey among 5,300 people in the last 15 days. “Only seven percent people are in favour of the current diseased lungs warning compared to 82 percent who opted for the notified mouth cancer warning (to be enforced from Dec 1) to be the most effective pictorial warning,” it found. The scorpion warning as well as the lung X-ray warning, currently also being used on tobacco products, also got a thumbs down from the public. “While six percent voted for the lung X-ray warning, only five percent felt the scorpion warning … Read entire article »

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Survey Shows Tobacco Retailers Targeting Children

Tobacco companies call them “replacement smokers.” You call them your children. Either way, area kids are being targeted by cigarette makers with a massive amount of advertising in local stores according to a survey released today by Tri-County Tobacco Free Programs, the Reality Check Program and the American Cancer Society. Stores were randomly selected from a list of retailers licensed to sell tobacco in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua counties and 21 stores were visited during the month of October. Key findings of the Tri-county observational survey, released as part of the community education effort include: 86 percent of stores featured tobacco product displays behind the cash register. 38 percent of tobacco ads appeared near toys and/or candy. 98 percent of stores surveyed contained interior tobacco ads Research in the U.S. and abroad suggests that exposure … Read entire article »

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Minneapolis: More study on tobacconists’ rule

Minneapolis regulators say a tobacco-sampling exemption in state law wasn’t intended to create smoking lounges. But they deferred curbs, for now. How much of a cigar should a connoisseur be able to test in a tobacco shop? That question hung in the air Monday, one of the issues discussed as a proposal to curb tobacco sampling in Minneapolis got a hearing at City Hall. In the end, a City Council committee postponed action so the plan could get some fine-tuning. The 2007 state law that outlawed smoking in virtually all indoor public places and workplaces contained an exemption for tobacconists. It allows customers to light up to sample products in shops that get 90 percent or more of their revenue from tobacco products or smoking-related items. City staffers have found that that’s been pushed … Read entire article »

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Minor’ issue for officials – Omfed kiosks in capital sell tobacco products, employ children

Some owners of the kiosks of Orissa State Co-operative Milk producers’ Federation (Omfed) are allegedly employing children to sell tobacco products. In most cases, these products like gutka and cigarettes are being sold in kiosks that are virtual extension of the Omfed booths. Booths in Master Canteen Square area and at Behera Sahi Square near Kalinga Stadium can be seen engaging in such trade. This is in gross violation of rules as Omfed booths under the milk supply agreement are meant only to sale milk products. “The sale of tobacco and tobacco related products in Omfed booths is strictly prohibited. Some Omfed booth-owners are clearly violating the laws,” said Md Imran Ali of Nasha Mukti Yuva Sankalp, an NGO that works against use of tobacco. “Engaging children to sell these products also violates the … Read entire article »

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Indonesia Resists the Anti-Smoking Tide Elsewhere

The video of a chain-smoking 2-year-old boy in Indonesia went viral last spring, making the country an abject poster child for unbridled cigarette use among its young citizens. The pudgy little boy, Ardi Rizal, smoked up to two packs a day, and his parents, who had started him at 18 months, said he threw tantrums if denied. Recently he went through rehabilitation, NBC reported in a segment this month. While the toddler kicked the habit, Indonesia has not. It is the fifth-largest cigarette market in the world, the largest country to have refused to sign a global tobacco treaty, and a case study in the financial power of tobacco companies. “Not just here, but everywhere, they’re targeting women, targeting children,” the Indonesian health minister, Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih, said in an interview. “I think that, actually, … Read entire article »

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Las Vegas Casinos Are a Last Bastion for Smokers

LAS VEGAS — The notice on the door to the hotel-casino was emphatic. “The Westin Casuarina is a Smoke Free Environment. Thank you for not smoking.” Just beyond, four people were hunched over slot machines the other afternoon, wisps of cigarette smoke swirling around them as they happily puffed away. And it was perfectly legal. “This is good,” said Ray Wan, a flight attendant from Hawaii, lighting up a cigarette as the slot machine beeped and whirled before him. At a time when much of the rest of the nation — indeed much of the rest of the world — is on a crusade to banish smoking in public, the casinos of Las Vegas have emerged as a smokers’ oasis, perhaps the last place free from the restrictions that have spread from … Read entire article »

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Walgreens Cyber Monday Bargains Cigarette thieves wanted by police

Cyber Monday is upon us and right now there are a ton of deals, for the Cyber Monday online deal hunter. There is huge competition between stores to provide the greatest deals, and the coupons that give the deepest savingsdiscount. The online community is going nuts with sites dedicated to the sales coupons being given away and the stores are leaking and giving out their deals early. Walgreens Cyber Monday and Cyber MondayDeals are circulating amongst excited shoppers and you are right on time to receive one of the huge Cyber Monday deals at Walgreens. Walgreens is likely to have exclusive internet only deals that you can grab now before they run out. Cigarette thieves wanted by police Police are looking for two people who broke into a Walgreens and stole cartons of cigarettes. … Read entire article »

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Sarah Morrison: Smoke, mirrors and a lot of spin

The first time I begged an older friend to buy me cigarettes, I was clear what type I wanted: Benson and Hedges Gold, of course. It didn’t matter that I coughed my way through one of the strongest types of tobacco available, I had the Liam and Noel Gallagher seal of approval: my What’s The Story Morning Glory singles edition was designed to look like the front of the tobacco company’s shining packet. There was even its very own warning branded in the same italics on the cover: “Rock N’ Roll can seriously damage your health.” I was sold. Plain packaging on cigarettes helps deter new people from smoking. The World Health Organisation says it does and Australia will become the first country in the world to enforce it in 2012. … Read entire article »

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‘Great Smokeout’ aims to end smoking

After more than three months into the installment of the campus-wide smoking ban, there have been at least 25 people fined for smoking, according to Stephanie Bathurst, peer educator for the Dowell Health Center.Bathurst said that the fines for smoking on campus are $75 for the first offense and can rise to $300 for additional offenses. The majority of those fined were found smoking in their cars on campus, in garages and parking lots. In an attempt to help smokers kick the habit, the Dowell Health Center hosted the Great American Smokeout last week. The Great American Smokeout is an annual event in the United States that encourages people who use tobacco products to smoke less, or to quit for at least one day. Junior Raven Howell, a peer educator for Dowell, said … Read entire article »

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Banning Menthol Cigarettes Would Create a multi-billion dollar black market

A ban of menthol cigarettes would create a sizable black market with underground revenues that could easily reach into double digit billions of dollars a year, according to the findings of a new independent economic analysis commissioned by Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE: LO) that will be presented to a Food and Drug Administration committee today. Drawing on the experience of existing cigarette black markets in New York State andCanada, Compass Lexecon, a Chicago-based economic consulting firm, concluded that banning menthol cigarettes would not reduce overall smoking much if at all.  It found that a large black market would emerge quickly to fill the void by offering consumers a competitively priced supply of contraband hot-cigs.biz/menthol-cigarettes-brands. “Our best estimate is that a complete menthol cigarette ban would not dramatically reduce overall cigarette consumption and could lead to a … Read entire article »

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