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Health versus revenue is State’s quandary on tobacco

With people that are going through 6 billion cigarettes in 2011, smoking is a habit for the Gov. But this poses all sorts of difficulties for the Government. Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton are under fire after it emerged that officials from both departments held talks with representatives of the tobacco industry ahead of the Budget. There was poses different sorts of problems of the Gov. Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton are energumens Labour MEP Nessa Childers hit out at the ministers this week for not disclosing the meetings. But how important is the industry to the State in revenue terms, and how much does the hard-pressed taxpayer have to pay to treat the health consequences associated with the habit? Figures from the Revenue Commissioners show that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Tobacco news

True tobacco expands its Swisher Sweet Little Cigars

TrueTobacco.com, tobacco enthusiasts to go shopping for cigars and cigar accessories, announced today that it is expanding its share of the popular Swisher Sweets Little cigars include a lot of new flavors. Swisher International, Inc – manufacturer of Swisher Sweets – this is one of the largest and most successful manufacturers of tobacco products in the world, accounting for nearly one-third of the United State cigar sales. They are very popular Swisher Sweets little cigars are by far the biggest seller of the company offering the cigar lovers each grade soft and flavorful smoking experience – for a very reasonable price. Swisher Sweets line has been expanded in recent years, including about a dozen flavors of the wine and fruit blends to bold Blueberry Double Barrel rum and black varieties. According to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Tobacco laws, Tobacco news

U.S. tobacco control efforts lagging

Every year since 2002, the American Lung Assn. has issued a report on the state of tobacco control in the U.S. and its member states. The report looks at what the federal government, states and cities are doing to prevent tobacco use, help people quit and protect the public from secondhand smoke. Every year from 2002, the American Lung Assn has issued a report of tobacco control in the USA and its member states. The report looks at what states, cities and federal govs are doing for tobacco use prevention, help people quit and protect the public from secondhand smoke. Not well, said Thomas Carr, director of national policy for the American Lung Assn. and chief author and editor of the report.  “The state report cards were littered with Ds and Fs … Read entire article »

Filed under: Tobacco companies, Tobacco laws, Tobacco news

Tobacco Cessation Report Lights up Coverage Gaps

Many of health insurers don’t offer to its member’s free treatments from tobacco. Other insurers offer benefits for members, other policies put barriers for participation in quitting programs. Researchers mentioned important variation for to private health insurance for tobacco cessation treatment. Analyzing 39 insurance of sin tax, the contracts included small groups, benefit plans. It is shocking that the huge variation appears like an inexpensive benefit, having important evidence on treatment. It is disappointing to find some insurance of the industry that are trying to avoid tobacco cessation treatment. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care plans to cover tobacco cessation treatment without cost sharing to members. Individual and small groups plan to include preventative services of smoking cessation of essential benefits under the law. Tobacco is the main cause for death prevention in the USA, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Tobacco laws, Tobacco news