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Japan Tobacco says to buy Haggar Cigarette of Sudan/South Sudan

Japan Tobacco said it would buy all shares of Haggar Cigarette & Tobacco Factory Ltd of Sudan and South Sudan in a deal worth about $450 million, as part of a push to bolster its presence in emerging markets.Haggar, maker of the Bringi cigarette brand, has more than an 80 percent market share in Sudan. The north African country had a total sales volume of about 5.5 billion cigarettes in 2010, said Japan Tobacco, the world’s No.3 cigarette maker. Japan Tobacco, 50 percent owned by the Japanese government and with close to two-thirds of Japan’s cigarette market, has been looking abroad for growth drivers after its home market shrank by almost 30 percent in the last decade. Japan Tobacco said it expects to fund the acquisition through a combination of … Read entire article »

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Putting up a smokescreen? ‘Wholesome’ Vanessa Hudgens has a sneaky cigarette on a night out in Hollywood

She’s one of Disney’s poster girls and has crafted something of a wholesome image due to that role. But Vanessa Hudgens appears to have a naughty habit that could tarnish that butter-wouldn’t-melt image. The 22-year-old was caught smoking during a drive through Hollywood – and tried to hide the evidence.While cruising down La Cienega and Santa Monica, photographers caught the actress having a puff on a cigarette while in the passenger seat of a companion’s car. However, Vanessa was none too pleased at being caught having a cheeky puff and soon ditched the smoking evidence before jumping out of her car in a loose fitting see-through grey dress and knee-high boots. It’s not the first time Vanessa has seen her image tarnished. In 2007, private photos … Read entire article »

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Now, School Principals Can Fine Tobacco Sellers

Shortly, school and college principals as well as municipal staff will have authorities to fine shop possessors selling tobacco products close to these establishments.A notification, aimed primarily at checking out children falling prey to the clutches of tobacco, has been forwarded for the sanction of Law Ministry, after which it will get functional.Kesav Desiraju, additional secretary in the Union Health Ministry stated, “The notification has been sent to the Union Law Ministry. We hope to release it in two weeks.”At present, such powers are vested with the health and police functionaries, often resulting into relaxing in the execution of anti-tobacco regulations. Tobacco takes lives of around one million Indians each year. The majority of Indians have mouth cancer caused by smokeless tobacco. Continuous utilization of … Read entire article »

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Andrew Card elected to Lorillard board

Cigarette maker Lorillard Inc. , producer of Kent cigarettes said Thursday that former White House chief of staff Andrew H. Card Jr. is joining the nation’s third-biggest tobacco company’s board of directors.Card served President George W. Bush as chief of staff and his father, President George H.W. Bush, as deputy chief of staff and as transportation secretary. He also worked in the Reagan administration.He is currently serving as acting dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Card also previously served as president and chief executive officer for the American Automobile Manufacturers Association. He also serves on the board of directors for Union Pacific Railroad. “Lorillard is well-positioned to continue to build on its success, … Read entire article »

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Tobacco products banned at University of Texas at Arlington starting Monday

The University of Texas at Arlington goes tobacco-free starting Monday — banning cigarettes, cigars, pipes and smokeless tobacco at all times.Faculty, students, staff and visitors will not be allowed to use any tobacco products on campus, and violators could be subject to disciplinary action, officials said.Under the policy, the university also prohibits the advertising, sale or free sampling of tobacco products on campus. Littering the campus with tobacco products is also forbidden. Repeat offenses are subject to disciplinary or administrative procedures.School officials have been working to remind people about the changes. “Breathing is easier at UT Arlington,” say signs posted around campus. Employees are passing out UTA wristbands that say, “Tobacco Free.” T-shirts have also been passed out. “What we are … Read entire article »

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Mom accidentally shoots daughter with gun mistaken to be cigarette lighter

A Banning woman accidentally shot her 12-year-old daughter after pulling the trigger of a miniature revolver she had mistaken for a novelty cigarette lighter, authorities said Thursday.Rachel Avila, 30, and her daughter were talking in front of their mobile home in the 100 block of North Phillips Street on Sunday when Avila spotted what she thought was a novelty cigarette lighter lying on the ground, said officials with the Banning Police Department. It was shaped like a miniature firearm, police said. Avila picked up the object and tried to light it by pulling the trigger, police said. The first time, nothing happened, but her second attempt released a 22-caliber bullet. “The bullet struck the ground, and then ricocheted upward and entered her daughter’s upper right arm,” Banning … Read entire article »

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Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City goes tobacco free

Kansas City is going completely tobacco free on Aug. 1.The five-campus college district said Friday that its board of trustees approved the change after considering a ban on all tobacco products on college property for about eight months.“MCC is joining a national trend of colleges and universities committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all students, employees and visitors,” MCC Chancellor Mark James said in a release. “This is not about dictating human behavior. This policy simply eliminates the danger of second-hand smoke on our campuses and facilities and introduces our students to a practice that is becoming the norm in the workplace.” The ban on tobacco and “tobacco substitute products” for students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors extends to … Read entire article »

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NY begins tax collections on Indian cigarettes

New York’s renewed effort to collect taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products sold by Indian-operated companies has led to seizures of $1.2 million worth of untaxed tobacco products in the last three weeks outside Indian land.Inspections at 357 retailers by state and federal law enforcement resulted in the confiscation of almost 20,000 cartons of cigarettes and nearly 25,000 cigars, Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy said Friday. The inspections included off-reservation Indian shops and non-Indians selling untaxed Indian tobacco products.It’s the first step in a new enforcement program that is expected to bring $27 million in tax revenue to the state this fiscal year. Enforcement will continue to include inspections of retailers and stopping vehicles carrying tobacco products. Friday’s announcement follows nearly two … Read entire article »

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S.F. Hookah Lounges Done, Banned

Over the past year, the San Francisco Health Department has tirelessly worked to shutdown the scourge known as hookah lounges. For those not in the know, hookah lounges are a rite of passage for anyone new to the Bay Area. At these cesspools of moral bankruptcy, one can partake in smoking innocuous, flavored tobacco (which violates the indoor smoking ban) while ordering a side of dolmas or hummus and pita triangles. They’re as bad as Hitler. According to the Chronicle, several of these business owners appeared at department hearing this week to find out that most of them will need to get rid of “all tobacco and tobacco products and discontinue smoking through tobacco pipes” at some point very soon. Dream Hookah Lounge, … Read entire article »

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Get your smokes at Safeway? Not so fast, judge says

San Francisco said Safeway can’t sell cigarettes and, late Friday, a federal judge agreed.U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken dismissed a suit by Safeway claiming grocery stores had a constitutional right to sell cigarettes. Wilken said the city’s ordinance banning the sale of tobacco at any grocery store with a pharmacy was a legitimate way to promote public health.”I am grateful that Judge Wilken rejected the argument that Safeway – whose slogan is ‘Ingredients for Life’ – has a constitutional right to sell addictive tobacco products,” City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement. Nine Safeway stores in the city will be unable to sell tobacco products. A number of big corporations, including Phillip Morris and the Walgreens drugstore change, have sued the city after the … Read entire article »

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Doctors group says hot dogs as dangerous as cigarettes

Instead of grouping hot dogs with Mom and apple pie, a national medical group wants you to consider them as bad for your health as cigarettes.The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington, D.C., group that promotes preventive medicine and a vegan diet, unveiled a billboard Monday near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the advisory: “Warning: Hot dogs can wreck your health.The billboard features a picture of hot dogs in a cigarette pack inscribed with skull and crossbones. It aims to increase awareness of a link between colorectal cancer and hot dogs.Hot dogs, like cigarettes, should come with a “warning label that helps racing fans and other consumers understand the health risk,” said Susan Levin, the committee’s nutrition education director. Other health experts … Read entire article »

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No Smoking On Golden Valley Library Grounds Starting Next Week

A week from today, tobacco use no longer will be allowed on the grounds of the Golden Valley Public Library.It is one of the more than 40 where tobacco products will be prohibited as of Aug. 1. The ban will be in effect for all Hennepin County properties by Oct. 1.Hennepin County libraries. “The policy is intended to reduce the exposure to secondhand smoke, reduce hazardous tobacco use among visitors and employees, and uphold the county’s commitment to enhancing the health of its residents,” according to information from the county. Cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco will not be allowed in buildings, grounds, parking ramps and lots, in county-owned vehicles and in personal vehicles on county property. The ban does not include drivers on county roads, psychiatric patients … Read entire article »

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