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Big Tobacco takes UK government to court over plain packaging

Big Tobacco took the British government to court on Thursday, arguing that the UK’s “plain packaging” law which will take effect next May, unlawfully takes away its intellectual property. Companies including Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Tobacco Group are challenging the legislation because it will prohibit all forms of branding on tobacco packaging, including colors and logos. The rule, known as “plain packaging,” would also require graphic warnings illustrating the health problems smoking can cause. It aims to reduce smoking’s death toll by making the packs less attractive. “Smoking is catastrophic for your health and kills over 100,000 people every year in the UK,” said a spokesman for the Department of Health. “Standardized packaging is an important public health measure aimed at discouraging children from smoking and … Read entire article »

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Gauloises Maker Plans to Increase its Dividend by 10%

Imperial Tobacco reported it would increase its dividend by around 10 % in the upcoming year, demonstrating confidence that cost reductions will assist it to deal with poor consumer spending and larger taxes that affected its annual revenue.   The same as all cigarette manufacturers, Imperial has been struggling with decreasing sales in several markets, as more people stop smoking. On top of that, fragile economies and government tax boosts are making cigarettes less affordable, resulting in lower-priced cigarette brands increasing in popularity.   Imperial, whose cigarette brands include well known Davidoff and Gauloises, has handled this by reducing costs, including closing factories, leading to over 60 million pounds of savings in the year. It explained it was on course to save about 300 million pounds annually by 2018.   Davidoff maker stated it planned to … Read entire article »

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Arby’s Smokes World Record

Arby’s made history today by setting a Guinness World Record for the longest television commercial ever aired. The Smokehouse Brisket sandwich, Arby’s featured limited-time offer this May, is slow smoked for 13 long hours. In an effort to demonstrate the smoking process in its entirety, Arby’s piloted an on-air commercial of just their brisket smoking in a smoker for 13 hours. The 13-hour spot aired on Saturday, May 24 and the Guinness World Record was confirmed shortly thereafter. Lucky Strike Click&Roll cigarettes “We are thrilled to have ‘smoked’ a Guinness World Record,” said Rob Lynch, Brand President & Chief Marketing Officer of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. “If there was ever a doubt that we actually pit smoke our brisket for 13 hours over real hickory wood, this ad makes it pretty … Read entire article »

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Indiana losing health funding over tobacco use

Indiana’s failure to “do the right thing” with money from the 1998 tobacco settlement has cost the state $63 million in health funding, a state lawmaker says. Indiana ranked 50th in per-capita funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration in 2013, according to a report released by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Karelia cigarettes. State Sen. Mark Stoops, D-Bloomington, told The Herald-Times that Indiana was supposed to use hundreds of millions of dollars from the settlement largely to prevent tobacco use. Instead, the state spends just $5.8 million a year on such programs. That’s about 7 percent of the amount recommended by the CDC. This year, the state will collect nearly $537 million in revenue from tobacco taxes and … Read entire article »

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Smoking May Lead to Brain Hemorrhage

The size of a brain aneurysm does not significantly affect the risk for rupture, according to a new Finnish study. About one-third of all brain aneurysms rupture during a patient’s lifetime, resulting in a brain hemorrhage. The risk tends to depend on the individual’s overall set of risk factors, with smoking playing a major role, particularly in women. The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Central Hospital, monitored aneurysm patients their entire lives, compared to typical follow-up studies that last only between one and five years. The research is also particularly broad in scope. “It is unlikely that another similar, non-selected lifetime follow-up study on aneurysm patients will ever be conducted again,” said neurosurgeon Seppo Juvela, M.D. Currently, treatment is based largely on the findings of previous, shorter studies, … Read entire article »

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Electronic cigarettes not associated with greater rates of quitting cigarettes

The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) by smokers is not associated with greater rates of quitting cigarettes or reduced cigarette consumption after one year. E-cigarettes are promoted as smoking cessation tools, but studies of their effectiveness have been unconvincing. The authors analyzed self-reported data from 949 smokers (88 of the smokers used e-cigarettes at baseline) to determine if e-cigarettes were associated with more successful quitting or reduced cigarette consumption. More women, younger adults and people with less education used e-cigarettes. E-cigarette use at baseline was not associated with quitting one year later or with a change in cigarette consumption. The authors acknowledge the low numbers of e-cigarette users in the study may have limited their ability to detect an association between e-cigarettes use and quitting. “Nonetheless, our data add to the current evidence that … Read entire article »

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Increased use menthol cigarette found among young people

A new study on mentholated cigarette use in the U.S. finds an increase in menthol cigarette smoking among young adults and concludes that efforts to reduce smoking likely are being thwarted by the sale and marketing of mentholated cigarettes, including emerging varieties of established youth brands. “Our findings indicate that youth are heavy consumers of mentholated cigarettes, and that overall menthol cigarette smoking has either remained constant or increased in all three age groups we studied, while non-menthol smoking has decreased,” says lead researcher Gary Giovino, PhD, professor and chair of the University at Buffalo Department of Community Health and Health Behaviors. Giovino, one of the world’s leading tobacco surveillance researchers, estimated menthol and non-menthol cigarette use during 2004-10 using annual data on nearly 390,000 persons 12 years old and older who … Read entire article »

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Coffee and cigarette smoking may protect against the rare liver disease

In a new study from Norway published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, both coffee consumption and cigarette smoking are shown to potentially protect against primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). This is a chronic liver disease caused by chronic inflammation of the bile ducts. The findings are of great interest against a backdrop of increasing knowledge on coffee as a possible protective agent in other liver diseases. The cross-sectional study was conducted by researchers at the Norwegian PSC Research Center based at Oslo University Hospital and the University of Oslo. The study was conducted using a questionnaire about environmental exposures, and included 240 PSC patients and 245 controls. Coffee The study shows showed that the PSC patients had lower coffee consumption both currently and in the early adulthood, suggesting that coffee consumption could protect against the development … Read entire article »

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Prenatal Exposure to Tobacco Smoke Weakens Some Brain Regions: Study

Children of parents who smoke show weaker response in certain areas of the brain while processing a task that requires the ability to control inappropriate responses, a new study reveals. Researchers studied 178 mothers and 175 children who had ADHD symptoms throughout childhood. Of the 178 mothers, 140 were non-smokers. The research team performed functional magnetic resonance imaging on the offsprings after they reached 25 years of age. They were tracked since birth to examine the effect of prenatal tobacco smoke exposure on neural activity. The study results showed that people, who were prenatally exposed to tobacco smoke, exhibited less activity in some regions of the brain when they were entrusted with a task that measured inhibitory control vs. neutral stimuli. The group was also observed to study more lifetime ADHD symptoms.  Past studies … Read entire article »

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Tweens Who Play Sports Less Likely to Smoke: Study

Preteens who take part in certain extracurricular activities may be less likely to try smoking or drinking, a new study suggests. “How children spend their time matters,” lead author Anna Adachi-Mejia, of Dartmouth College’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center, said in a college news release. “Parents and guardians may think that tweens need less adult supervision when they are not in school. However, our research suggests that certain coached extracurricular activities can help prevent tween smoking and drinking.” The findings are from a 2003 survey of more than 6,500 U.S. students, who were asked about various types of extracurricular activities. The children were all between the ages of 10 and 14, a group that’s sometimes called “tweens.” More than half of the tweens said they played team sports with a coach (55.5 percent) or … Read entire article »

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Minimum age raised for smoking in New York

New York raised the minimum age to buy cigarettes to 21 on Sunday, in its latest initiative to encourage healthier behavior among residents. The law, signed November 19 shortly before former mayor Michael Bloomberg finished his second term, had a six-month waiting period before it came into effect- but its impact can already be clearly felt. “Under 21, no tobacco,” warned a small sign at the entrance of a small shop that sells smokes, newspapers, candy, coffee and cakes, in the Nolita neighborhood (North of Little Italy). No tobacco, either, for anyone who can’t present a valid ID proving their age. Shopkeeper scan IDs to test their authenticity before handing over the box of cigarettes. The measure- unprecedented among America’s big cities – raises the legal age to buy cigarettes from 18. It also … Read entire article »

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Marijuana Possession and Smoking Legalization

All polling stations for the Lok Sabha election in Bihar have been declared no-smoking zones, an official said on Sunday. Marijuana is federally illegal in the U.S., which includes its sale, use and possession. However, the federal government has declared that any state can pass a law to allow the use of marijuana for recreational purposes as long as they have a regulated system in place. A recent poll conducted by George Washington University (GWU) consisting of likely voters showed that 4 out of 10 respondents are more likely to take part in an election if ballots will be used for the legalization of marijuana. Another 30 percent indicated that ballot initiatives would encourage them to vote. The survey was conducted by Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster, together with Ed Goeas, a GOP pollster. … Read entire article »

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