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Bethel Oks hike in tax on tobacco products

Soon it will be not so expensive to be tobacco users. At Tuesday’s meeting Bethel City passed the ordinance that will lead to taxes increase of tobacco products sold in the city. The ordinance will rise cigarettes price by $2.25 per package. More than a dozen people showed up to the Council to comment on the tax and most of them were in his favor. Brian Knutson, a local paramedic, said tobacco products are “more deaths than deaths from HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, vehicle injuries, suicides and murders combined.” Citizens who spoke before the council praised the possibilities are ultimately causes people to quit smoking forever. They also said that it could detour young people from picking up the tobacco in the first place, then, Doug Boyer, the site administrator at a … Read entire article »

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Small Business Q & A: Tobacco World: Cigar Superstore

Where there’s smoke, there’s bound to be fire. This Saturday, the fires will run on butane gas and is used to light cigars, customers and friends to celebrate the 14th anniversary of the World Tobacco: Cigar Superstore on Road sandy plains. “We are roast 30 turkeys and 150 pounds of smoking pork loin. Restaurant friends bring side dishes,” Grantham continues: “There will be a tent in the parking lot with live music Spider Kelly, guest speakers, and gifts. Party starts at noon.” About 25 tobacco blenders and cigar manufacturers are expected, including: Tatuaje Cigars owner, Pete Johnson, Room 101 cigars founder Matt Booth. Tobacco World, seven days a week hangout place for cigar smokers according to Grantham. The 3,000 square feet of space offers customers chairs, ashtrays, a large flat-screen TV and talks … Read entire article »

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Big Tobacco won its new frontier

Although smoking in the rapid decline in Australia and the western world, Jill Stark writes that the tobacco industry is the Savior of the Asia-Pacific region. And our correspondents in the region report on the millions, including children, who are taking up the habit every year. It was tipped to post profits of tobacco companies tumbling. Plain packaging of cigarettes Supreme Court victory was proclaimed by the General Prosecutor’s Office, Nicola Roxon, as anti-smoking revolution with global implications. But the final blow of cigarettes in countries such as Australia needs perspective: health experts warn that while the industry is beginning to lose ground in the developed countries, there is a looming humanitarian disaster in the poorest countries, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. This region is now the largest tobacco market in the world, … Read entire article »

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Philip Morris

I try to be described as a conservative buy and hold investors. I like solid companies that have a justifiable market share, strong barriers, as well as a proven history of profits. Tobacco meets these requirements perfectly, with the added benefit of selling addictive products. Finally, many investors prefer to avoid such a “sin” stocks, allowing yields to remain high. In 2008, Philip Morris International was spun off from Altria (MO), which was known as the most profitable stocks in U.S. history. Altria now does business in the U.S, and the prime at the international level. PM of the global tobacco industry has the highest market capitalization compared to its competitors, British American Tobacco (BTI), Imperial Tobacco Group and Lorillard, producer of Kent cigarettes. Over the last year, Philip Morris has returned … Read entire article »

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Two new companies seek the support of the tobacco commission in Danville

Two economic development projects eligible for funding for some tobacco commission and Danville City Council will vote on whether to approve the grant at its meeting on Tuesday. Web Parts Inc, a computer data center, moved to Danville from Guatemala. It is located in a former Masonic Temple on Main Street while he looks for a permanent place, and plans to invest $ 10 million and hire 260 people within three years. Tobacco Commission offered the company a grant of $ 1 if they reach their goals, and economic office development is proposed to award the money at different stages of development achieved within three years of the agreement. A hybrid vehicle Danville Inc. plans to produce armored vehicles and has developed an agreement to establish a joint venture with Advanced Research Center … Read entire article »

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Proposed ban in St. Charles County appears to be going up in smoke

The St. Charles County Council’s latest attempt to get the smoking ban issue before voters doesn’t appear to be any more successful than the first effort. District 3 County Councilwoman Nancy Matheny, who supported the council’s first effort to implement a smoking ban, said she won’t support the latest effort. However, Matheny said, “I really didn’t change my position” because the latest proposal calls for an all-inclusive ban, something the first proposal did not do. Matheny is a key vote on this issue. Without her support it is unlikely the council will approve the proposal. The council is scheduled to vote tonight on two bills that would present the issue to voters next November. The first bill calls for voters to decide whether smoking should be banned in all enclosed premises, with a … Read entire article »

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Hoddle St killer Julian Knight wins right to challenge levy on smokes

HODDLE St mass killer Julian Knight has been given the right to light up a legal challenge to a levy placed on prisoners’ smokes by jail authorities. In the Supreme Court today Associate Justice Melissa Daly ruled that Knight’s case that the levy is illegal is not “hopeless” and he should be allowed to pursue his attempt to have it abolished, the Herald Sun reported. Prison authorities say the levy has been used to fund health and anti-smoking programs since 1993 but Knight, who spends $80-$90 a week on tobacco, says there is no authority in the Corrections Act to impose levies on goods sold to prisoners. “If there is at least a real argument that the Secretary (to the Department of Justice) and prison governors are acting beyond their lawful authority in … Read entire article »

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As others see it: Smoking decision is right

Not much good, if any, can come from an addiction to smoking manufactured cigarettes. How anyone could claim differently is a mystery.The tobacco itself isn’t necessarily the culprit. Smoking “pure” tobacco, in moderation and on celebratory occasions, or drinking alcohol at the same moderate levels, might even be considered by some as a good thing.And for the moment, let’s not even get into the claims of medicinal marijuana alleviating chronic pain. It might very well, but the legality of it in some states should remain confined to the home. The contents of a cigarette are, in a word, deadly, with more than 4,000 chemicals — 43 known to cause cancer and 400 others listed as toxins. A dirty laundry list of the … Read entire article »

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Danville moves to ban marijuana dispensaries, and cigarette smoking in parks

The Danville Town Council has voted to ban marijuana dispensaries and to prohibit tobacco smoking at all recreation areas. The council unanimously approved both bans at Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Karen Stepper said. Both will return to the council Sept. 20 for a second reading, part of the regular approval process. The smoking ordinance bans smoking at all recreation areas owned or maintained by the town such as sports fields, parks and trails. Smoking is already largely banned. Smoking inside facilities currently is banned. State law also bans the use of tobacco products on school campuses, which account for 12 recreational sites — including parks — in Danville. It also is not allowed at outdoor areas including near tot lots and near building doors … Read entire article »

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Jury: Three tobacco firms owe no damages for Boynton woman’s death from cancer

In a stunning victory for Big Tobacco, a Palm Beach County jury Tuesday found three cigarette-makers owed an 89-year-old Boynton Beach man nothing for his wife’s lifelong smoking habit that led to her agonizing death from lung cancer at age 73. But while the verdict is in, the case isn’t over. Although the jury agreed that the cigarettemakers didn’t owe widower Jerry Weingart a dime, they found each of the tobacco companies — R.J. Reynolds, producer of Camel cigarettes Philip Morris and Lorillard — 3 percent responsible for her death. “It certainly is an unusual verdict to find fault by the three defendants but not to award a penny for pain and suffering,” said attorney Jack Hill, who had sought at least $3.5 million for Weingart. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley agreed. He ruled that … Read entire article »

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Poor labelling of chewing tobacco hides risk

More than 80% of chewing tobacco products sold in England do not comply with legislation, according to a report seen by BBC News. The Race Equality Foundation together with the Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) foundation found that only 15% of such products are sold with relevant health warnings or adequate labelling. Many chewing tobacco products do not even state if they contain tobacco. People may be consuming harmful ingredients without knowing it. Amanda Standford, head researcher at ASH, says there needs to better regulation of the products. ”We need there to be an audit of all the products that are out there and then they need to be labelled according to current legislation. “That way consumers are at least better informed about whether it is safe or not to use them.” Chewing tobacco is a … Read entire article »

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Threat of cigarette price war

Big tobacco companies would need to sell cigarettes at a massive loss to make good on their warnings that prices could be halved in coming years because of the Gillard Government’s plan to strip packets of branding. With the industry planning to spend millions of dollars fighting proposed plain packaging laws, health experts condemned British American Tobacco for threatening to unleash cut-price cigarettes on the market. The Government wants to lead the world and mandate no-frills drab green packages for all tobacco products. Branding, logos and slogans would be replaced by the product name in a standard typeface along with graphic health warnings. It argues ugly packages would make smoking less appealing and remove the final element tobacco companies have to market their deadly products. The Government is pressuring the coalition to back the measure … Read entire article »

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