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Tobacco companies violate ad norms

In a clear violation of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003, (COPT), a non-governmental organisation, Salaam Bombay has exposed how tobacco brands are indulging in rampant surrogate advertising to promote their product under the guise of selling ‘pan masalas’. A recent survey conducted among 3,000 Mumbaikars revealed that majority of them associated ‘pan masala’ with gutka. The participants of the survey were shown flash cards consisting of pan masala advertisements that are usually seen on billboards and BEST buses across the city. “Gutka companies are promoting their tobacco products by advertising them as pan masalas. The end users perceive pan masala to be gutkas and our study confirmed that. The section 5 of COPT act, disallows any such advertisement — direct or indirect in nature when it comes to tobacco … Read entire article »

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Lindsay Lohan Using Electronic Cigarette To Curb Smoking Habit

Lindsay Lohan is using her time under house arrest productively – she’s reportedly attempting to quit her smoking habit after she was snapped with an electronic cigarette. The Mean Girls star is currently holed up in her Venice, California home, where she is serving a 120-day sentence for a probation violation stemming from a 2007 Dui charge. Lohan was previously said to be spending her days exploring new hobbies and plotting her acting comeback, and it appears she’s also on a health kick – she has been photographed sucking on a Blue Cigs anti-smoking aide, which aims to help smokers curb their nicotine addictions to ween them off the habit, reports Eonline.com. The actress was handed the jail sentence in April (11) and ordered to complete 480 hours of community service after she was accused of stealing a necklace from a jewellery … Read entire article »

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Watered down warnings on tobacco products

New, stronger pictorial warnings will finally appear on tobacco products this December but cigarette packs won’t have the harsher warning that Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad himself had publicised in March 2010. Those will only go on chewable tobacco products. Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “Of 35 per cent of Indian adults, only 9 per cent are using tobacco and beedi. Whereas 26 per cent are using chewing tobacco. When it comes to cancer, 80 per cent are caused by smokeless tobacco.” The warnings will be changed every two years, instead of annually as the ministry had earlier decided. So has the government been influenced by the four billion dollar a year tobacco industry? CNN-IBN has accessed two RTI queries by the Voluntary Health Association of India that reveal there was pressure … Read entire article »

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Tobacco companies violate ad norms

In a clear violation of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003, (COPT), a non-governmental organisation, Salaam Bombay has exposed how tobacco brands are indulging in rampant surrogate advertising to promote their product under the guise of selling ‘pan masalas’. A recent survey conducted among 3,000 Mumbaikars revealed that majority of them associated ‘pan masala’ with gutka. The participants of the survey were shown flash cards consisting of pan masala advertisements that are usually seen on billboards and BEST buses across the city. “Gutka companies are promoting their tobacco products by advertising them as pan masalas. The end users perceive pan masala to be gutkas and our study confirmed that. The section 5 of COPT act, disallows any such advertisement — direct or indirect in nature when it comes to tobacco … Read entire article »

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Bhutan is still ahead-World No Tobacco Day 2011

In the last four months, 37 people have been caught for trying to bring in tobacco products illegally into the country. As Bhutan joins the world today to observe the “World No Tobacco Day,” its grip on controlling tobacco consumption is only becoming firmer. The day is themed “The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control,” to which Bhutan is party. Among others, the countries are obliged to protect people from exposure to tobacco smoke, ban or limit additives to tobacco products and increase tobacco taxes. WHO director-general Dr Margaret Chan, in a press statement, said, “Countries must also pass, or strengthen, the necessary implementing legislation, and then rigorously enforce it.” In Bhutan, some called this framework the “root” from which the tobacco control act came about. The health ministry however denied, even though it … Read entire article »

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Pictorial warnings raise people’s awareness on ill-effects of tobacco: WHO

Anti-tobacco campaigns by the government and stringent pictorial warnings on packages of smoking and chewable tobacco products seem to have increased the number of smokers in India who wish to quit smoking. “Studies carried out after the implementation of pictorial package warnings in Brazil, Canada, Singapore and Thailand consistently show that graphic warnings have significantly increased people’s awareness of the harms of tobacco use,” according to the World Health Organisation. In India, the world’s second-largest producer and consumer of tobacco after China, over 241 million people are estimated to be using tobacco in some form or the other. According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) 2009-2010, nearly 35 per cent of Indians (47 per cent of men and 20.3 per cent of women) are currently using some form of tobacco. However, around 38 … Read entire article »

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NZ prisoners get carrots instead of cigarettes

The unlikely initiative is among measures aimed at helping inmates kick the tobacco habit before a controversial smoke-free prisons policy takes effect on July 1.A national directive, leaked from Invercargill Prison to the Southland Times newspaper, instructs staff one “jumbo” carrot is to be sliced into 16 carrot sticks, cut into uniform sizes “to the best of our ability”.The memo suggests distributing the carrot sticks by reusing polythene bread bags. Beven Hanlon, president of the Corrections Association, the prison warders’ union, said that when he first heard about the “alternative therapy” he thought it was a joke. “I don’t think it is one of the best ideas, but it is worth a try,” he said. “If they have got something in their mouth, they won’t be looking for a cigarette to put in … Read entire article »

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Careless cigarette disposal likely cause of Derry fire

The careless disposal of a cigarette is the suspected cause a Sunday morning blaze that left a two-story duplex in Derry uninhabitable. Firefighters responded to 65 Tsienneto Rd. just before 9 a.m. and found heavy fire blowing out of two second-floor front windows on the left side of the building. Heavy, pressurized, black smoke was coming from the second floor and eaves of the entire building. All nine occupants of the building, including five children, were able to escape unharmed. Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control in about 30 minutes, but first responders had some difficulty because of the intense heat. Some of the first firefighters on scene received minor second-degree burns. Fifteen minutes into the fire, a second-alarm was requested. One of two male occupants in the left side … Read entire article »

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Cigarettes are taxable regardless of maker

Tribes are not exempt from remitting taxes on cigarettes. The tax isn’t on the tribes, it’s on non-tribal customers. Tribal manufactured cigarettes are also subject to state taxes if they are sold to non-member customers. There is no federal law providing for tax exempt sales of cigarettes by Indian tribes to non-member customers regardless of the source of the cigarettes. There are many well known cigarettes like Winston cigarettes, Viceroy cigarettes or Virginia cigarettes. The legal victory of the state over the Indian tribes regarding this issue doesn’t hinge on the source of the cigarettes, but to quote the U.S. Supreme Court, as did the 2nd Circuit in its recent ruling, “principles of federal Indian law, whether stated in terms of pre-emption, tribal self-government, or otherwise, [do not] authorize Indian tribes ( … Read entire article »

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Locked-out woman wants cigarette

Kalispell Police officers responded to a home on Airport Road after a woman reported that a man living on the floor above her had locked his girlfriend on a balcony. The woman texted the neighbor to ask that she throw a cigarette up to her. Officers determined it was a misunderstanding.Officers attempted to locate a man after he told his mother he had stolen a vehicle and needed firearms at her home on Fifth Avenue West. He later returned the guns. It’s not clear if he actually stole a vehicle. Harassment was reported on Appleway Drive after a man found a threatening note on his vehicle. A caller at a business on First Avenue East North reported that someone left a hose on, causing flood damage to the building’s basement. A woman reported … Read entire article »

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UAE to mark World No Tobacco Day

Private and Public health institutions in the UAE will participate on Tuesday in marking ‘World No Tobacco Day’ under the banner of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).The day intends to highlight the dangers of smoking, as well as urging the introduction of effective policies that curb the use of tobacco. It is worth noting that both Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) are part of the FCTC. HAAD has also launched the Quit and Win initiative, in which 125 smokers from all around the UAE will be chosen, with the aim of helping them quit by using nicotine patches and gum. Meanwhile, Emirates General Petroleum Corporation (Emarat) will also participate in the Global No Smoking Day by stopping the sale of cigarettes and … Read entire article »

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Bhutan jails more smokers amid criticism

Bhutan’s opposition leader has condemned the country’s anti-smoking law, the strictest in the world, as “utter madness” after another three people were sent to prison for possessing cigarettes. The remote Himalayan country banned the sale of tobacco in 2005 and tightened up its law again last year to combat smuggling, requiring consumers to provide valid customs receipts for any cigarettes or chewing products. Tshering Tobgay, writing on his blog in a posting dated May 26, said a local court in the Paro district had sentenced another three men to three years in jail after they were stopped at an airport with undeclared cigarettes. “Their crime: they were caught smuggling ten packets of cigarettes,” wrote the opposition leader in the national parliament. “I called the Tobacco Control Act draconian. It?s much worse. It?s utter … Read entire article »

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