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Putin is trying to influence the process of smoking and tobacco

Russia will ban smoking in many public places from June under the law, the central plan of President Vladimir Putin to the citizen’s healthier, increase longevity and help the economy. The law, signed by Putin on Saturday and passed by Parliament last week, smoking will be gradually banned at work, on the subway, restaurants, cafes, ships and long-distance trains in the country with one of the best high in the world of smoking. The laws also limit the sale of cigarettes and a ban on advertising and sponsorship of events by tobacco companies. He was against foreign companies, such as British American Tobacco producer of Dunhill cigarettes, Pall Mall cigarettes, Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco producer of Monte Carlo cigarettes and Philip Morris, which controls more than 90 percent of the Russian … Read entire article »

Filed under: Tobacco laws, Tobacco news

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 »

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Is this “tobacco moment” for cannabis?

For cannabis is a “moment of tobacco.” In the long-suspected link between cannabis use and schizophrenia has been repeatedly confirmed by recent studies. Observers point out that cannabis is currently similar to a half-century ago, when scientific evidence of a link between smoking and cancer has become so strong that no reputable doctor or scientist can not deny it. Popular perceptions of the risks associated with 2.5 million people to take cannabis in the UK over the past year, lagging behind evidence of its toxicity, as shown in the mounting number of scientific studies. A recent survey of the evidence of experts, published by various scholars in different countries, says the study “consistently found that cannabis use is associated with schizophrenia outcomes in later life.” Sir Robin Murray, professor of psychiatric research … Read entire article »

Filed under: Nicotine dependence, Tobacco news

Candy flavored tobacco appearing on store shelves

Candy flavored tobacco products debut on store shelves this year, attracting sales from bright colorful packaging and flavors like chocolate, sour apple, orange and pineapple. Rachel Brand horst, tobacco prevention specialist for Collier County Health Department in Florida, said VOXXI taste tobacco as a way to cover the otherwise harsh taste and easy way to enable children to become addicted. Once the drug has led to the flavored tobacco and no longer meets their needs, explains Horst Brand, young people are switching to other tobacco products. Flavored tobacco luring young smokers “There are a lot of tobacco industry documents shows that the tobacco industry perceives youth as” replacement smokers for more than 400,000 people who die annually from diseases because of tobacco products, “she said.” The package uses bright colors appear safer than … Read entire article »

Filed under: Tobacco news, Tobacco-general info

Asia needs to take a page from the volume of Australia on tobacco

Tobacco dealers in the world down to Australia after the country’s highest court backed tough cigarette labeling rules anywhere. So far, the focus was on the intellectual property rights, potential claims BAT Plc, Japan Tobacco Inc. and others like them, and the position of investors. More attention should be on how many lives will be saved and how much economic output will not be wasted, as other nations will follow the example of Australia. There’s a reason Big Tobacco led a fierce struggle with the ban in Australia logo and the requirements for graphic health warnings that cover 90% of the back of cigarette packs and 70% to the front. If this precedent is spread, and there is every reason to think that it would be, it would shorten the path to … Read entire article »

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Tobacco giant

A tobacco giant behind three of the UK’s leading brands is under investigation after millions of its cigarettes were shipped to a firm linked to a billionaire accused of playing a key part in suppressing the popular uprising in Syria. The development has revived concerns about the ability of “big tobacco” to police its distribution networks – third party agents who move its product around the world. Japan Tobacco International (JTI), which owns the Silk Cut, Mayfair and Benson & Hedges brands, faces questions over its relationship with a firm associated with Rami Makhlouf, who is subject to European Union and US sanctions. Documents obtained by the Observer show that on 27 May 2011, JTI’s Middle Eastern distributor, IBCS Trading, dispatched 90 million cigarettes to Syria Duty Free Shops (SDF) Ltd. Makhlouf, a cousin … Read entire article »

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Federal judge won’t delay decision

A federal judge on Thursday said she won’t delay an order in a 12-year-old lawsuit against the tobacco industry while other courts decide newer cases challenging tobacco marketing restrictions and graphic cigarette warning labels. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler in Washington issued a decision in a case in which America’s largest cigarette manufacturers – including Philip Morris USA, a manufacturer of top-selling cigarettes Marlboro – were discovered hidden dangers of smoking for decades. Kessler said he wants industry to pay for advertising in electronic and print. She did not say that corrective statements must be included in those ads where they should be placed or for how long. This decision Kessler considers the delay. She asked the parties in November last year to enter from the fact that she put off her decision … Read entire article »

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Tobacco Use by Ancient Mayans

Archaeologists studying the late period of the Maya containers revealed traces of nicotine, opening the first evidence of tobacco use by ancient Mayans. The study published in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry shows a flask marked characters Maya, reading, “y-otoot ’u-may,” (“the home of its/his/her tobacco,”) which makes it only the second time to confirm that the text on the exterior of the vessel corresponds to the Maya of its ancient use. “Investigation of food items consumed by ancient people offers insight into the traditions and customs of a particular civilization,” explains Jennifer Loughmiller-Newman from the University at Albany in New York. “The text data written on pottery often index the content or intended purpose, but the actual use of the container can be altered or falsely represents.” Many of the Mayan flask … Read entire article »

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Altria’s Dividend Stream Looks Strong and Steady

This tobacco giant gives out large dividends It looks like the whole tobacco industry has made a concerted cdecision to have the highest possible dividend payouts. Altria (NYSE:MO), the owner of Philip Morris USA, made the decision to spin off the growth part of the business — Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) — and keep the more stagnant cash-generating U.S. operations. They may be shrinking slowly, but steady price hikes and good cost controls indicate a reliable dividend stream for many years — possibly decades. But what exactly is Altria today? There is more to it than Philip Morris USA, as Altria bought smokeless tobacco maker UST recently. Altria also owns John Middleton, a company dealing in machine-made large cigars and pipe tobacco. In addition to the finance subsidiary — Philip Morris Capital … Read entire article »

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Guman robs motorist, takes tobacco

Up in smoke Two thieves pulled a gun on a man on E. 58th Street on Dec. 17, taking his cash and supply of cigars and cigarettes. The victim was nearing his car parked near Flatlands Avenue at 12:56 pm when the suspects walked up and demanded he hand over his property. The suspects had removed several boxes of smokes from the victim’s car before cops caught up with them, charging them with robbery in the first degree. Ave. M attack A goon jumped a man on Avenue M on Dec. 18, leaving his victim with a deep head wound. The victim said he was nearing E. 53rd Street at 4:32 am when the suspect ran up to him, knocked him to the ground and began kicking him. The victim was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where doctors … Read entire article »

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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat

“Reality and perception are entirely different things, and let me tell you, Floyd, reality is the lesser of the two.” – Deaps Andrez Bergen’s Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat (TSMG) is set in a post-apocalyptic Melbourne, Australia at an unspecified point in the future where the fortunate ones live an opulent life secure under the high tech Dome which encases the city. The less fortunate live a harsh existence in rundown areas on the outskirts of the Dome in a world where the sun seldom shines and acid rain seems to fall endlessly. Our narrator, Floyd Maquina, is a Seeker. Employed by the government to hunt down so-called Deviants for what is euphemistically called “hospitalization,” Floyd has the authority to terminate those who won’t come along peacefully. It’s something he’s only had to do … Read entire article »

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Smokin’ Joe Namath Gives Puffers An Illicit Itch On LIRR Platforms

As numerous studies have shown, smoking cigarettes is one of the coolest activities in the world. The only thing cooler than smoking is taking illicit puffs after a lushy celebrity tells you not to. After a smoking ban on LIRR platforms went into effect yesterday, the Post found a smoker who was lighting up with gusto, despite the audio announcements telling him it was illegal. “Joe Namath just told me I couldn’t smoke, so I wanted to,” a 28-year-old man said at the Hicksville station. No word on whether Katie Couric will track him down and tell him what an awful person he is. Another smoker called the ban “bullshit,” saying, “They’re already hiking up our prices. I’m still going to smoke.” Sure you could whip out your smartphone and play … Read entire article »

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