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Roll-your own cigarettes stores going up in smoke

On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama should sign the law of the Federal Highway Act with a section that overrides the tobacco manufacturers to include any business roll your own cigarettes and car tax these products at the same rate as packaged smoke. This step is one month after the Illinois tax increase on such a roll of their own machine-made cigarettes. Marcia Smith, 47, of Lake County, has decided, after an increase in the tax argue that it should move its smoke and tobacco shops are in Skokie, and Gurnee to Wisconsin, where cigarette taxes are lower. If Obama signed into law, she said that she would shut the door. Machines, which cost about $ 33,000 each, allowing customers to choose their own tobacco, and pour it into a device that can … Read entire article »

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Up in smoke

A GOOD cigar should be smoked slowly and relished, reckoned Zino Davidoff, a Swiss tobacco merchant; a puff a minute is about right, according to his 1967 “Guide to Cigar Etiquette”. But fewer people are sparing the time. Cigar sales have declined by a fifth in the past five years—part of a general decline in smoking. Yet miniature cigars are holding steady. They now make up 60% of the British cigar market, according to Nielsen, a research firm. Fat cigars are handmade—each dried tobacco leaf is visible—and must be carefully stored to keep them moist. Like wine, they have vintage years. Aficionados relish the girth, firmness and fragrance of their cigars. They sport special equipment (mini-guillotines to take off the cap) and follow clear rules (always light your own cigar). They … Read entire article »

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Anti-tobacco Act goes up in smoke

The National Tobacco Control Programme and the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 proscribe sale of tobacco products within 100 yards of an educational institution. But one does not need a newspaper report to know that the law is more violated than implemented. Outside Patna’s Miller High School, where 1,500-odd students study in its classes VIII to XII, two makeshift stalls sell cigarette, beedis and gutka, among other things. “The students come for a smoke or two during the recess or after the dismissal,” said the owner of one of the stalls. The situation is no different near A N College on Boring Road. Across the road in front of its two gates are located two shops … Read entire article »

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Up in smoke

“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn,” said Clark Gable while smoking a cigar in the 1939 Hollywood classic Gone With The Wind. One can remember seeing many silver-screen icons smoking on screen but recently actors, whether it is Gandalf (played by Ian McKellen) smoking a pipe in Lord of the Rings or Audrey Hepburn’s famous pose holding a cigarette in Breakfast at Tiffanys, have been scrutinised for sending out a wrong message to their viewers. According to research published by the Thorax, a medical journal co-owned by the British Thoracic Society films that depict actors smoking should be handed an automatic 18 certificate. The report, produced by researchers from the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies, called for movies that feature smoking to attract a similar age classification to those … Read entire article »

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