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Rambam bans cigarette sales at hospital

Rami Levy promises to clear stores of tobacco in another 2 years.

Rambam Medical Center in Haifa has become “the first government hospital” in the country to prohibit voluntarily the sale of tobacco products in shops, kiosks and vending machines on its whole campus.
It has thus altruistically decided to abandon the annual income of hundreds of thousands of shekels from commissions and rentals, he said.Originally, Rambam said on Monday it was the “first hospital in the country” to prohibit tobacco sales in its territory, but when the Jerusalem Post, found at least two other medical centers – Jerusalem Shaare Zedek and Hadassah University Medical Center on Mount Scopus – which would not allow the sale of tobacco For many years, even decades, Rambam changed his statement, “the first hospital of the state.”

Administrative decision, which came into force this month, with the result in principle – to promote good health, said Director General of Rambam Rafael Beyar, himself an interventional cardiologist. Beyar, who initiated the move, said the clinic every day witnessed the damage caused to the health of cigarettes were “to make a clear statement” to combat smoking.

When the Post asked the Health Ministry whether it would now prohibit the sale of tobacco at all other government hospitals – it responded: “The ministry congratulates Rambam Medical Center and its blessed activities in fighting smoking and hopes all hospitals in the country follow in its footsteps.”
After prodding, the ministry expanded its response and said its director-general, Prof. Ronnie Gamzu, will “consider, within his authority, directing all the general hospitals to prevent the sale of cigarettes” on their premises.
Beyar said that in recent weeks, his hospital has made great efforts to create a “smoking corners” in specific areas, hospitals and educational and informational signs prohibiting smoking in particular outside the door leading into the hospital wards where smoking is particularly annoying, and unhealthy.

Rambam is one of the few hospitals where the municipal arms inspectors from the fines for smoking in places where it is prohibited. 1000 NIS fine for each violation, Beyar, adding that he knows the public, obviously, will continue to buy tobacco off campus and try to use the product inside, “but we are planning further steps” to prevent violations.

The National Council for Smoking Prevention Amos Hausner said his head; he congratulated the Rambam as hospitals, which makes healing “should not sell death.” But Hausner said many times those hospitals and other public agencies should not allow indoor smoking rooms in all, and all those who insist on smoking should go out. Hausner also urged the IDF to ban the sale of tobacco products in canteens and other facilities.

“If they are, the soldier can bring them from home, but they must not smoke in the room,” he said.
He noted his disappointment that many of the religious observant people are smoking, but very well-known rabbis, including Rabbi Shlomo Wosner of Bnei Brak, ruled that it is prohibited to sell tobacco products, not to mention their use.

Supermarket and cellular telephone magnate Rami Levy, who said he personally does not smoke or allow close family members to do so, let’s mehadrin (Ed Haredit kosher under supervision), a supermarket in Givat Shaul Jerusalem to rent a tobacco shop in the building, Ed Haredit rabbis are not prohibited from working even if it is widely accepted that smoking violates Jewish law.

When asked, more than a year ago, why it does not prohibit the sale of tobacco in their entire chain, but particularly in the store mehadrin, Levy said it would take “years” for the expiration of the contract with the company that owns all the shops and vending machines in its the chain. But on Monday, he said the company has contracts report to continue to supply tobacco products to its chain, thereby extending the contract for two years. Levy promised, however, that he would halt all sales of tobacco products in their stores in two years when the contract with the supply runs out.

On December 21, the Ministry, prohibit the installation of cigarette vending machines within 1,000 feet of schools and other educational institutions. From 1 January 2014, the use of vending machines of tobacco will be banned completely, giving suppliers time to “make their investment” in cars, even if they can be easily upgraded at once to sell other products.

Most Popular gift in China

In China’s south-west, a smoker’s paradise

In 1643, Fang Yizhi, the Chinese scholar wrote that tobacco smoking is too long to “blacken the lungs” and lead to death.

The then-emperor, Chongzhen, didn’t bother with warning labels. He outlawed cultivation and smoking of the leaves. Offenders must have been beheaded. (As it happens, a year later, the Ming Dynasty and Chongzhen both were dead, neither of blackened lungs).

Attitude to smoking have changed somewhat since then. Today, a box of smokes is one of the most popular gifts in China, especially on Chinese New Year. Many achievements over the centuries have taken place in processing, packaging and marketing of tobacco. Top-end brands can sell for $ 25 packages (and some of them are proudly labeled “organic”). On health warnings however, progress was negligible: The packages are simple, the overall message is printed in the text, without any appeal.

That is because the cigarette-makers want it that way. The tobacco industry of China is both owned and regulated by the government. It produces and sells more than two-fifths of the world, 2.4 trillion cigarettes in 2011, 3% more than in 2010. The government says the industry took in profits and taxes 753 billion Yuan ($ 119 billion) in 2011, the annual growth of more than a fifth. Production, sales and tax revenues are likely to increase in coming years.

As a signatory to the World Health Organization tobacco control treaty, China, rather awkwardly against the background of these projections, designed to reduce smoking. There are more than 300 million smokers, almost a third of the global total. Cigarettes are still the currency of masculinity, especially in rural China, and more than half of Chinese men smoke. About 1 million Chinese die each year from smoking-related diseases.

More explicit warning labels would help. The government is mandating a larger font size on its labels from April 1st, and is pondering whether to make the labels more dramatic, using gruesome images. Nevertheless, cigarette makers are strong, and the Ministry of Health is not. “If you really had to use the disgusting images that will hurt the function of cigarettes as a gift,” says he Youfei of Hongta, a tobacco group, sitting in the dining room of the company (smoking allowed).

Hongta, or Red Pagoda, is the largest manufacturer of cigarettes in China, retail sales, and the fifth largest in the world, selling more than 270 billion cigarettes a year. If Philip Morris is Hongta China, it is his Yuxi

Richmond, Virginia (see map). A city with a population of over 2 m has a hotel and of course Hongta Hongta golf. The company sponsors more than a dozen elementary schools in the region, each called “Hongta Hope” (There’s also “Tobacco Hope” schools elsewhere). Yuxi Tobacco Museum boasts a photo of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping’s leading the revolution with cigarettes in the forefront, as well as feedback the good effects of smoking (in Mao lived to 82, Dan and 92).

It was the Western imperialist companies, British American Tobacco, which created the modern tobacco industry in China in the early 20th century, but Mao’s nationalized industry after seizing power in 1949. People’s Liberation Army soldiers were issued cigarettes, tobacco and families received vouchers. In the public mind, cigarettes are still closely linked with the state. One of the most popular brand is called Zhongnanhai, after the connections are disabled in Beijing, where leaders of the country of residence. Chairman Mao cigarette stands.

“Industry and government one family,” says Li Xiaoliang Pioneer Health Centre Consulting, anti-tobacco NGOs in Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province. This makes it a rather delicate task. She believes that the country needs one of their leaders to come out against smoking. For Ms. Lee, there is a risk in its work. “If we are against the industry, it seems that we are against the government.”

Smoker Friendly to Offer Private-Label E-Cig Brand

The first time the company expanded its product line beyond the licensee’s network

Smoker Friendly International said that it will now offer American-made smoker-friendly premium brand electronic cigarette line, made by Freedom Smokeless, for retailers and distributors across the country. Since 2009, Smoker Friendly sells electronic cigarettes starter kits, Quick-sets, ink cartridge refills, consumables and accessories only in the smoker-friendly chain.

This is the first case, Boulder, Colorado-based license nearly 1,000 seats has expanded its private label product line for its licensee network.
Smoker Friendly begins her introduction of the electronic cigarette product line with retail price points at $ 6.99, in stores, major retailers, department stores and some distributors.

“We thought the timing was right to expand our brand through other retailers and distributors,” said Terry Gallagher, Jr., president of Smoker Friendly. “We know that there is unmet demand for an established company to take the lead in this relatively new category, we heard it from our distributor and retail industry friends many times there are too many start-ups and opportunistic marketing companies. Sale of foreign made electronic cigarettes, and he received very confusing for a category of buyers. ”

He added: “Smoker Friendly is an established 23-year-old tobacco company, with extensive experience and knowledge in the tobacco industry, so that distributors and retailers know that we are here to stay, which is critical when submitting electronic cigarettes, fast-growing new category of tobacco products “.

Smoker Friendly Smokeless selected Liberty, a manufacturer of electronic cigarettes and nicotine e-liquid to produce its line of electronic cigarette in 2009.

“We liked the quality of their products, services and support, and were relieved to know the electron fluid is produced here in America, the electron liquid batch testing in FDA registered laboratory and the cartridges are filled in here by some high-tech automation. Our goal is to Smoker Friendly Electronic Cigarette brand has become synonymous, “said Mary Sharma, vice-president of Smoker Friendly sales and marketing.

Glenn Cassel, president of Liberty Smokeless, said: “We are proud to manufacture Smoker Friendly brand and are very pleased that he will be available in retail establishments throughout the country. Retailers like what they are competitively priced product that is made in America with a high level of trust the brand behind it. Tabak buyers for the chain, as well as all the safeguards we have to ensure that our product is safe. ”

He added: “We have already received orders from distributors and retailers who have been waiting to build a brand emerge as the leader in this category.”

Smoker Friendly is the largest cigarette and tobacco shops of America (CTS), the retail trade. Smoker Friendly Authorized Dealer Program is designed for existing retail tobacco store operators who want to market their own brand of competitively priced, private-label products in an exclusive territory, geographically protected. This program is intended for tobacco retailer who would like the benefits of purchasing groups, wants more interaction with other cigarette and tobacco retail stores, including the exchange of information and ideas, the influence of manufacturers, as well as greater synergy that nationally known private label brand, as Smoker friendly offers.
Currently there are nearly 1000 stores across the United States with SF private label tobacco family.

San – Clemente, Calif.-based Freedom Smokeless “Made in the USA line of electronic cigarettes and cartridges products are sold in thousands of tobacconists, outlets and stores in the United States.

Right on cigarettes should go up in smoke

Tobacco Free UNLV has been insisting on the campus-wide smoking ban. As the benefits of grant money given to UNLV in the pursuit of this goal come to light, the question arises as to why someone may be contrasted with that at the same time improving health and making money.

The simple answer is that nobody should be forced to create a healthy choice, and this is exactly what tends to make such a ban. This is an attempt inconvenience smokers to the point where they are forced to quit.
This is not what proponents argue, of course. They say they are looking for the common good, protecting the health of those who do not use cigarettes or cigars, and are at risk of health effects of passive smoking. They cite a study showing that even in the open air, passive smoking is a health hazard, and sometimes it’s as bad as indoors. There are many similar studies, all back up this claim, but they all come with a caveat that is rarely mentioned or quickly glossed over.

The person must be near a smoker for passive smoking is a threat from outside.
All studies include this as part of their report. In a fairly open area, within about two feet of a smoker, you inhale the same amount of particulate matter, as if you were locked in a classroom with someone puffing away. At about seven feet, passive smoking is a background of contaminants, not worse, than what you breathe every day when you walk down the street.

The reason for exploring all concluded that passive smoking outdoors can be as bad as in the room, because they are focused on areas with large concentrations of people, places such as outdoor pubs, cafes, and park benches in areas with heavy traffic.

No one bothered to study the effects of passive smoking in wide open areas where smokers will be removed from the general population of tens of meters. This is because all other studies point to the fact that such people are a danger to anyone but themselves.

This is an important distinction in determining the agenda, as the Agency for Tobacco Free UNLV, because the organization seems to be that he does not want to compromise: he wants to complete from the smoking ban. They will be satisfied with small steps, if that’s what it takes, but they will push until the ultimate goal is realized.

If it were just the dangers of passive smoking, they were worried they would be happy with UNLV putting up designated smoking areas around campus, from heavy traffic areas. Such a policy would both prevent exposure to secondhand smoke and to clarify many issues, people with a complete ban.

Students who live on campus would not have to cross the street and brave the dangerous area of the city at night to get a fix, as well as transient population would not have to schedule their classes around the idea of leaving school grounds to take a break.

There are already rules prohibiting smoking in front of the campus buildings, and those currently being implemented, where previously they were largely ignored. It’s a good thing. Nobody wants to get out of his class and enter into a cloud of nasty smoke. The ban on smoking has traveled all the way the university would be a good move as well. Outright ban goes too far, and feels too much like forced health.

We already spend billions of dollars a year, forcing people to not take drugs. Everyone knows they can be dangerous, but some people make a conscious, informed decision to use them in any way. I see no problem with that, and believe anti-drug policy is a huge waste of public funds.

Nevertheless, I suspect the anti-smoking lobby would like to see tobacco added to the list of banned substances, increasing the amount of work and money that goes into policing habits of people. Everyone knows smoking is bad for your health. Some prefer to do it anyway. This should be quite acceptable.

Some people in our society seem to want to make everything conform to a certain way of life that they consider appropriate. Puts such as this, designed to regulate the behavior must stop. If what someone harms another person does not want, put an end to it. Otherwise, learn to leave alone.

Columbia representative for cigarette tax raise

An increase in Missouri’s tobacco tax proposed by state Rep. Mary Still would generate $400 million in new revenue for education if approved by state voters.

Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax in the country at 17% per pack. Mary Still, D-Columbia, wants to increase that tax to 89 cents. The new tax proposed in House Bill 1478 would remain well below the national average of $ 1.46. Tax will also apply to cigars, snuff and chewing tobacco.
“I appreciate the funding of education for the lowest cigarette tax in the country,” Still said Tuesday.

Last week, Governor Jay Nixon released a proposed budget for fiscal 2013 would cut funding for higher education for 89 million dollars.
“In order to avoid cuts to higher education, to have more revenue coming in,” Still said.

Nevertheless, there are several authors of the bill, including Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, but it has no Republican cosponsors. It also works with Missouri Cancer Society and the draft budget for the State of Missouri, and she consulted online Missouri Foundation for Health Information, to maintain its support of the bill.

The amount of revenue added by the tax would be above limits established by the Missouri Constitution’s Hancock Amendment, which means it would require voter approval to become law.

And he said, because higher taxes on tobacco products will depend on the public vote, the bill that its chance of success. But it’s a long way. The bill was introduced on Tuesday and will now be referred to a committee house may Ways and Means Committee, to the ear. If it clears the committee, she will go home for a floor debate, and then in the Senate.

If approved, it would appear on the November general election ballot unless a special election is called before then.
Sen. John Lamping, R-St. Louis County, also has filed Senate Bill 638, which would increase Missouri’s tax on cigarettes to 43 cents. His proposal, however, would send the money to the state’s general revenue fund. Lamping’s bill also would be released first $ 2,000 of Missouri adjusted gross income from state income tax and adjust tax rates on other income levels.

Nevertheless, Lamping is not the only ones who are calling for higher taxes on tobacco. Several petitions have been approved initiatives Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, and supporters are gathering signatures, so they are placed on the ballot.
Missouri ranks fourth in the country for the percentage of adults who smoke, and fifth in the number of new cases of lung cancer is still said in a news release.

Missouri received a failing grade on smoking American Lung Association report card for the fourth consecutive year. Missouri received a F in all four categories: program expenses, smoke free air, cigarette tax and cessation.
Nevertheless, has been pushing higher taxes on tobacco for several years.
“To me, a tobacco tax is a no-brainer,” she said.

Albertans support cigarette tax hike

Recent studies, reports, show that in Alberta, in the hope of a good example for future generations, is moving towards more smoking lifestyle. But while smoking among adults continues to fall, the rate of smoking among young people remain the same over the past few years.

Of 809 Albertans questioned Ipsos Reid, in an online poll from December 20 to 26, 70% said they would support two dollar per pack increase in cigarette taxes, provided the proceeds go to reducing tobacco use and promoting healthy lifestyles. Albertans hope that by restricting the ability to obtain cigarettes, it will help to keep youth from picking up the habit.

“We’ve made significant improvements in the rate of smoking among the general public,” said Les Hagen, executive director of Action on Smoking and Health. “The stakes are now less than one in five, but we did not have the same progress with the youth. In fact, that the rate of 14% had more or less stayed the same over the past few years. This is a huge problem.”
The Canadian study of health of the community shows 14% Albertan youth aged 12 to 19 consider themselves to be smokers, 4% above what Alberta Health lists as the target youth smoking in 2010.

In a survey conducted last summer campaign for Smoke-Free Alberta, Premier Alison Redford agreed to help reduce tobacco sales to minors through tougher laws, adding that “measures to phase out teens lighting is crucial to reduce spending on medical care and maintaining a healthy Alberta. Most much of this work involves making tobacco products harder to get, and I think that it requires legislation to further restrict the ability of vendors selling tobacco products to minors.”

The sale of tobacco products is prohibited for minors under 18 years. The study of retail trade in tobacco 60 was conducted by Alberta at ASH – Western Canadian organization dedicated to preventing and controlling tobacco use – and the Canadian Cancer Society, after a Health Canada survey showed, Alberta was one of the worst rates of compliance among tobacco retailers.

Tests were conducted throughout the Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge and Calgary using 16 – and 17-year-old volunteer who tried to buy cigarettes and had to tell the truth if asked their actual age, or to obtain photo identification .
“More than 90% of retailers asked to ID, and it’s good,” said Hagen. “Unfortunately, two thirds of those retailers will sell to minors, even after minor presents a valid photo ID. For me, it means that either the clerk or bad at math, they do not care. The point here is that the staff is poorly trained. ”

Hagen believes that the root of the problem is related to the lack of public policy governing the sale of tobacco products.
“We are asking the Alberta government to address this issue, and we recommend that they apply the same rules for the sale of tobacco products to minors, as they currently do in order to sell alcohol to minors.”

Implementation of standards such as those from the sale of alcohol will require a provincial license the sale of tobacco products, serving for 18 years and have completed a mandatory online training for the government to sell tobacco, the request for a valid photo ID who appear at the age of 25 and potential fines and license suspensions institutions who are caught selling to minors.

Hagen says smoking awareness and prevention among adolescents is important because tobacco companies direct most of their advertising for this vulnerable audience.
“The vast majority of new smokers in the age of 18, so that if the tobacco companies do not get them before they turn 18, they probably will not get them,” said Hagen.
Echoing the sentiments of Hagen and ASH, Randy Sloan, a pharmacist with the Wood Buffalo Primary Health Network said that it is important to understand the problems with smoking, begins at a younger age than most people think.

“Most smokers start smoking when they are in their teens,” said Sloan. “In fact, this childhood disease that people continue into adulthood with them. I do not encounter many smokers, which began at the age of 20 or 30 years. Almost all began in adolescence. That’s when it begins. ”

Sloan works with WBPCN develop a program of smoking cessation to help Fort McMurray residents, they have to deal with the struggle to stop smoking.
“We will discuss things like how to deal with triggers. Many people have the triggers that prompt the idea in mind that they want a cigarette. We also talk about withdrawal symptoms and how to manage in order to prevent relapse back to smoking. We’re talking about medicines that are available to help you quit smoking, and really help the patient choose the best option for them. If something needs to be ordered, we care about is that (during recording). It happens all in one visit “said Sloan.

Although patients must have a local doctor of the family, they do not need a doctor’s referral to contact Sloan. The program is also free, because, Sloan adds, it is important to give up as easy as possible.
“We want to take this man’s motivation to quit, because motivation can be a thing strange behavior. It may be there one day and no more, so if someone comes to visit them, we want to use and get them prepared as possible to begin the process of quitting. ”
Benefits of quitting a lot, but, as Sloan points out, are not always immediately obvious, is often lost in the hardships of withdrawal.

“Generally speaking, the first month would be the time that most people will be challenged by withdrawal symptoms, but it’s different. It is not carved in stone. Some withdrawal symptoms last longer than others, such as (increased) appetite is one of those that lasts longer. It can go for about 10 weeks. Some other symptoms are definitely craving obsession to smoke, and depression or irritability, “he explained.

“(After) the energy levels up, they can breathe better, and people can climb stairs without running out of breath. There are things that people will have, but you can not see, for example, their blood pressure down. You reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke, and various forms of cancer. ”

Raising taxes on cigarettes

Massachusetts smokers will pay more than $ 3 per pack in state taxes by 50 cents hike in cigarette tax state governor Deval Patrick is planning to include in his budget next week, one of a series of revenue proposals that Patrick hopes to generate $ 260 million in new revenue for its spending plan.

Raising taxes on cigarettes will be celebrated for the second time in his tenure; Patrick suggested that a tax increase on cigarettes. In 2008, the Legislature approved $ 1 increase. The tax on a pack of cigarettes will rise to $ 3.01, while the administration will also propose the use of new, higher tax rates on all other tobacco products sold in the state in accordance with the budget chief Patrick.

Under the plan, the governor, Massachusetts would be the fifth largest tobacco tax in the country, but still lower than New York and Rhode Island, said Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez.

Raising taxes will generate $ 73 million in additional revenue, and be dedicated to the Commonwealth Fund Care Trust to cover half the cost of admission of legal immigrants in the state subsidized insurance program as mandated by recent Supreme Court decision of the court.

As in previous years, Patrick also requires a state tax sale of candy and soda, and expanding the bottle bill to include bottled water, juices, coffees and sports drinks. These two proposals would generate $ 62.5 million and $ 22 million, respectively, with $ 5 million from the expansion of bottle bill on recycling programs and $ 10 million from sales tax under the existing formula driven for transportation and school building.

“This is what the Governor has submitted at least once, probably twice before, that has good benefits for public policy that encourages the consumption of foods that are bad for people who are taxpayers more public spending on health,” Secretary of the Management and Finance Jay Gonzalez said.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo, who led the push sales tax hike in 2009, earlier this week told the news service he would wait to see Patrick’s budget, before taking a position on the new charges and taxes for next year, although in the past it remove them at the beginning of the budget process. Legislature has repeatedly rejected calls for tax Patrick candy and soda and expands the bottle bill.

“That does not mean that we still do not believe that they are the right thing to do, especially those who have public health benefits, and there is a lot of public support for them, and that’s why the governor thinks it’s important to look them, “Gonzalez said.

House Minority Leader Brad Jones immediately criticized the plan, arguing that the state should find other ways to balance the budget, not to pull money out of the economy.

“Is it part of a plan to help balance the budget in New Hampshire?” Said Jones, calling the announcement “on Friday afternoon news dump,” which he predicted that “go up in smoke.”

Gonzalez said that the “compromise” that these new proposals would reduce revenues to programs that are “largely on their last legs.” He declined to estimate the extent of cost reductions that will be included in the budget for Patrick.

Among other lucrative offers that Patrick is planning to include in its budget delay in FAS 109 output, which was part of the corporate tax reform passed in 2008, giving some of the larger number of public corporations a deduction to absorb the costs incurred by the new combined reporting requirements. Delaying the implementation for one year would allow the state to keep $ 46 million in revenue, according to Gonzalez.

The administration will also recommend the use of motel / hotel excise tax on the full cost of the rooms, including the layout of online brokers, for $ 7 million in revenue.

Two proposed changes to corporate tax legislation will include a new calculation for corporate sales taxes based on consumption rather than sale of origin, which allows Massachusetts companies that sell products outside the state to pay less, while outside the company selling in the Bay State consumers will pay more.

Branches of insurance companies that do not perform insurance-related business will be taxed as a general corporation and not for investment, as insurance companies are currently taxed. Two corporate tax changes would net the state $ 17 million.

Governor’s budget also would recommend the elimination of the tax deduction for the loss of Lottery tickets for $ 500,000, investments in technology to better identify and collect uncollected taxes and understated by $ 22.3 million, $ 5.8 million increase in agency fees, as well as $ 5 million in advertising revenue for public web sites and vehicles.

Administration officials were not immediately available a list of fee hikes, but Gonzalez said the Department of Environmental Protection relating to the fee exemption will be raised to support the agency’s budget.

Massachusetts received a grade of “F” to “severely undefended proven tobacco prevention and cessation programs,” with the state this year to spend less than 1 cent at preventing children from smoking for every $ 1 it receives in tobacco-related income, in accordance with an annual report released on Thursday the American Lung Association.

The report Massachusetts Class “B” for its cigarette tax, noting loophole allowing lower tax on candy flavored chewing tobacco, tobacco products, soluble tablets and mini-cigars.

Massachusetts also received “F” for lack of coverage services and treatment to help smokers quit, but “” for smoking in the workplace law, which was approved in 2004.

Association and the Tobacco Free Tobacco estimate the mass killing of more than 8,000 people a year in Massachusetts, accounting for 10 percent of government health care costs, or more than $ 4.5 billion a year.

Electronic cigarettes

I looked at myself in the mirror, taking my very first passion cigarettes forever. I am like a man who had fought every person I ever thought about the fight, slept with every woman I ever thought about sleeping with, got a free song from every jukebox I thought about punching.

There dragooning smoke out of my mouth, the fire at the end of my cigarette, or, more precisely, pairs, designed to look like smoke, the red LED, which is designed to look like flames, long tube with a cell phone metal style battery that was designed to look like a cigarette. I’m cooler than a guy smoking a cigarette. I’m the guy smoking the gadget. And while my wife shows me how to actually inhale my electronic cigarette in my lungs, causing coughing and I had to vomit, I look very, very cool and at the same time modern man.

Other people nearly as cool as me are smoking e-cigs too: Britney Spears, Jeremy Piven, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Moss, Paris Hilton, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Katherine Heigl puffed on one while watching The Book of Mormon on Broadway. Charlie Sheen plans to start his own brand of e-cigs, the NicoSheen. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of Americans who have smoked an e-cig more than quadrupled, from 0.6 percent of the population in 2009 to 2.7 percent in 2010. That’s more than 8 million people.

There are now hundreds of companies selling e-cigs—although they’re buying parts from just four factories in China, where the technology was first patented by pharmacist Hon Lik in 2003. . He created the company Ruyan (meaning “like smoke”) and began selling electronic cigarettes in China next year, before an international patent in 2007. Since then, the technology is even better and more sophisticated marketing. Some electronic cigarettes are sold in women, are more subtle and come in a leather case with mirror. Some have social networking capabilities that help you find other e-cig smokers. And some come in such flavors as peppermint, Swedish fish, and bacon.

“I can remember a year ago at a restaurant having an electronic cigarette after a meal, and having a waitress say, ‘You can’t smoke here,’ and me having to explain it to her.Currently, more common situation is, you go to a restaurant or bar and Smoke electronic cigarette, and the bartender says, “Oh, you’re right.” They know, “says Jay Meistrell, co-owner of V2 CIGS. His e-cigarettes have been sold to a wired Store, holiday pop-up store in New York, which displays new gadgets technology magazine thinks is cool. V2 CIGS argues that its gross revenue grew by 20% each month last year, including one day when it sold more than $ 300,000 worth of products. This month, Jeffrey Hill, a former top manager at Procter & Gamble, sank $ 7 million of his own money in the Spire electronic cigarette, e cigarette companies whose products are sold in New York City bars and clubs like Webster Hall and promotes the “brand ambassadors”, some of whom are veterans of Iraq. Hill hopes to market its brand name for the military.

Because cigarettes do not produce smoke, you can smoke them anywhere. “They shoot, because the restrictions on conventional cigarettes were a little ridiculous. This is not the land is free. It’s more like the land of the oppressed,” said Ray Story, the electronic cigarette company owner, who is also CEO of E-Cigarette Trade Organization, tobacco, electronic cigarette vapor Assn. “Electronic cigarettes as Sony Walkman. People used to walk around with these huge boxes of boom, and it was subjected to crap they listen. Then they came up with the way that you can enjoy music, but nobody needs to hear your shit,” he says.

Few tried to e-cigarettes until last year, partly because the technology was new and unrefined. “Until December 2010, the ones that looked like a cigarette were what I call ‘weenie vaping.’
They only lasted 30 minutes and liquids taste like dirty socks or hamster cells, “says Jan Snyder, a former designer of computer technology in Austin, Texas, whose YouTube video review of the electronic cigarette products often receive thousands of hits.
The Food and Drug Administration gave the e-cigarette even bigger boost when she tried to ban the product to clinical trials have been completed, saying that she was a drug-delivery products for people trying to quit smoking cigarettes. But history has sued the agency, and last year, U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, said e-cigarettes should be sold like cigarettes, but tobacco sellers do not need a license. So now they are for sale at Walgreens, shops and bars, as well as online.

“The middle of Q1 and Q2 of last year is when we really started to see phenomenal growth,” says Jason Healy, CEO of Blu Cigs, probably the largest e-cig seller. “The FDA stuck their head in. The antismoking people stuck their head in. And it easily picked up momentum.” Blu CIGS, founded in 2008 was $ 12.5 million in sales in 2010 and more than $ 30 million in sales last year, according to the company. In the past four months, the company has grown from strictly online sales to retailers in more than 10 000 stores. Currently it sells packages that vibrate when the guy Blu CIGS smoker around. You notice it immediately-they’re all black with a blue tip. “I wanted to make this statement:” Hey, I did not smoke, people across the room so that people at the airport with my family and friends. “It does not concern you anymore. I do not smoke. Do not worry about me,” Healy said.

The FDA remains worried. As is the American Cancer Society.Both seek to control and fight to keep e-cigarettes in public places. Many cities such as Boston have banned them from all jobs, and the Federal Aviation Administration does not allow you to smoke them on airplanes. This drives the electronic cigarette people crazy because they think that fighting the good fight against Big Tobacco, helping people to quit smoking. E-cigarettes, they say, just a little vaporizers that deliver the liquid nicotine, which does not cause cancer. Nevertheless, Thomas J. Glynn, director of science and cancer trends in the American Cancer Society, said: “One of the side benefits of increased tobacco smoke is more people who smoke say,” I can not stand out more, so I’m going to do real serious attempt to quit smoking. There are no statistics on how the electronic cigarette helps people quit smoking, largely because, if the electronic cigarette producers ran these studies, they will qualify for e-cigarettes are a smoking cessation tool that would allow the FDA to swoop in. So instead, they are sold, as you know, a fun thing to do.

The prospect that frightens the electronic cigarette company as much as one more battle with the FDA is now joined by Big Tobacco. Altria will not say if it is developing an electronic cigarette, electronic cigarettes but most manufacturers design. “About a quarter of all adult smokers are interested in a smokeless tobacco product. You have to develop consumer preferences for these products,” said Steve Callahan, senior manager of public relations Altria, noncigarette of our products. “Smokeless tobacco category is growing every year. It has grown by about 7 percent last year in the U.S.”
John Cameron, CEO and co-owner of a safe cigarette, looking forward to this fight. A brother Avatar director James Cameron’s underwater robot engineer and Mike Cameron, he thinks he can beat Big Tobacco in electronic cigarette technologies. When I walk into his office at the back of a warehouse in Hollywood, Cameron, ex-Marine with a huge white beard and pull a curtain to hide the room. A few minutes into our conversation, Seamus Blackley, who helped create the Xbox, appears to ask a question. By next year, Cameron is planning the next generation of product which it considers will significantly increase the popularity of electronic cigarettes. “This company Apple IIe”, he says, takes a long drag off its current zero-nicotine cigarettes are safer technology, which he filled with sweet, chocolaty taste of tobacco is Trinidad.

Smoking ban wrong choice for Alabama

After reading Wednesday’s doomsday letter to the editor about a campus-wide smoking ban, I almost wrote this column to say my final farewell.
In the letter to the author argued that life itself, each student is at risk if we allow people to use tobacco while on our campus.

Over the past week, several articles and columns have been published throughout the complex smoking ban for Capstone.
In favor of the smoking ban are complaining to the adverse effects of passive smoking and disadvantage to be around people smoking cigarettes while on campus.
Although I can identify with their problems, I would never advocate a ban on smoking when I can just avoid this problem by going around the smoker.
The author’s concept that equated smoking a cigarette in a public places to spraying a toxic venom is as utterly ridiculous as her claim that inhaling secondhand smoke is a violation of individual rights.

By that same logic, the thousands of air pollutants that we inhale everyday from industry in and around campus should be eliminated as well. In an open-air environment like the Quad, secondhand smoke inhalation is not a legitimate concern.
I can admit that the University’s current policy of limiting smoking to 30 feet from a campus building is not being enforced and should be. Nobody wants to walk through a cloud of smoke every morning when they try to go to the door of their dorm or educational buildings, but I do not see a problem if the rules are respected

Theoretically, the adoption of campus-wide smoking ban will force students who paid thousands of dollars to live in a dormitory in order to fully withdraw its personnel from the campus to take part in activities that are otherwise perfectly legal.
The question then turns to the control and supervision. Would UAPD be asked to take some time away from campus security to patrol the campus for smokers? Would they be asked to walk around the campus during the day to look for violators? Failure to effectively implement and maintain such a policy makes it very unenforceable and unnecessary.

Instead of trying to ban smoking all together, we must begin to learn simple ways to allow students to their legal right to use tobacco products, as well as provide other students the opportunity to not be around smoke.
In the past few months, I’ve been in conversations with student leaders and top administrators of universities around our country – some of which have recently enacted or adopted smoking bans. When asked about the smoking bans, they said that the vast majority of the ban has been completed in small steps and in close collaboration with his students.

As I’ve said many times in recent weeks, leaders on this campus, the next step in our policy on campus smoking should be left to the student body as a whole. Such a policy is more than a committee or commission; it should be a referendum on the left of the students.
Before we get ahead of ourselves calling for more regulations and policies, it is important to analyze the potential effectiveness and feasibility of our ideas. That would be almost impossible to completely eliminate tobacco use on campus.

However, by strengthening and enforcing existing rules of smoking, we could significantly reduce the undesirable effects of cigarette smoke.
Complete ban of tobacco would infringe on the rights of students to participate in officially authorized activities. In the spirit of mutual understanding and cooperation, we should explore other options to satisfy both sides.
The CW poll this week asks if you support a smoking ban. Answer it. Let your voice be heard.

Is tax to the butt the way to eradicate smoking?

When I was a kid, I thought it would be nice to be able to smoke. My mother, a smoker must. My younger brother and I were sitting at the kitchen table with a pack of smokes and lit it.

It was awful. Coughing, choking and spewing smoke, the experiment quickly put an end to my romantic notions of smoking to be cool. This added to constant reminders from my mother about that bad habit of smoking has largely been a non-smoker, I would provide.
My mother finally quit smoking.

In the midst of national non-smoking week, it is interesting to look at some of the statistics. This year’s campaign focuses on young people. In Alberta, if you are under 18, you can not legally buy cigarettes. And yet, they seem to always find a way to get them.
Approximately 50,000 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19 in Alberta are smokers according to the 2010 Canadian Community Health Survey.
Take a drive, Composite High School / World Wapiti Academy, and you will see young smokers haunting Leisure Centre and the upward direction on the street for their clubs, as the school recently banned smoking on school grounds.

What always made me shake my head and sees a middle school age children lighting up as they go home from school.
According to the Campaign for Smoke-Free Alberta recent survey of 809 Albertans conducted by Ipsos Reid, found that 70% of respondents support the $ 2 per pack increase in cigarette taxes if the funds were used to reduce tobacco use and promoting healthy lifestyles. The study was conducted between Dec. 20-26, 2011.

The Smoke-Free Alberta Alberta recently introduced a formal recommendation to the province on a hike in tobacco taxes as part of the 2012 budget consultations.

According to a press release of the coalition, $ 2.25 per pack of cigarettes tax increase in 2002 helped to reduce youth smoking from 24% in 2002 to 19% in 2003. Total consumption of tobacco fell by 24% in 2002.
Other statistics are listed in the press release, was that global data indicate a 10% increase in cigarette prices reduces consumption by 3 to 4% in the general population and from 6 to 12% among adolescents.
Alberta finance spokesman Chris Bourdeau has said the province will consider the recommendations as budget discussions continue over the next few months.

“Overall we share the same goal – to reduce tobacco use amongst youth,” he said. “We’re looking at all different options that are available to us. We’re going to consider them along with all the other submissions we’ve received.”
Bourdeau said between 2002 and 2009, tobacco taxes in Alberta increased from $ 16 per pack to $ 40 per box. The last adjustment was made in 2009.
It’s time for another adjustment.
The die-hard smokers will not like it, but some of those kids who smoke or those who are thinking about it, it can make a world of difference.

Around the Northwest

One dollar offered for raising taxes on cigarettes

State Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Bellevue, has introduced legislation to raise the state cigarette tax by 1dollar per pack.
Tom joins the proposal of various taxes and fees being floated proposals this session, including Governor Chris Gregoire push forward half of the voter’s penny sales tax increase proposal, and state Rep. Ross Hunter, the reconstruction of the state tax system properties.
Tom called his proposal a public health measure.

“Smoking is a self-inflicted cost that we as a society can no longer continue to subsidize,” Tom said in a statement.
He noted that the state quit line was closed due to budget cuts and said part of the proposed tax will be used to restore the service.
Under state law, it would require two-thirds majority in the state House and Senate – which is unlikely – or voter approval of tax increases.
Currently, the tax charged 3.025 dollars per pack of 20 cigarettes.

Auburn
2 suspects held in man’s slaying
A SWAT team arrested two suspects Monday morning in the murder of a 57-year-old man whose body was left outside a vacant house in Auburn over the weekend.
The suspects, 34 and 44, both of Des Moines, heard news about the shooting on television and returned to the scene Sunday, amazed by the fact that the body had been removed, said police Cmdr Auburn. Mike Hirman.

Police received a tip about the pair’s involvement and uncovered additional evidence about the shooting death, he said.
The two suspects were arrested by the Valley SWAT team without incident and transported to the King County Jail.
Hirman said the victim was shot several times in the head and shoulders during an argument as the three traveled in a car in the Des Moines area. His body was left outside the vacant house in the Lea Hill area of Auburn, Hirman said.

A contractor working next door was unloading equipment in the neighboring driveway when he discovered the body Saturday.
No identification was found on the victim, but police identified him through fingerprints Sunday, Hirman said. Police did not release the victim’s name.

Queen Anne Hill
Apartment fire traced to candles
Some automatic candle lit the fire that caused about 130,000 dollars in damages and more than 40 people were evacuated from the house of Queen Anne on Monday morning, officials said.

The fire started in a building next to the Queen Anne Avenue North and West Galer Street shortly before 4 am, Seattle Fire Representative Kyle Moore said.
Firefighters in response to the scene used a ladder to rescue the trapped woman from her second-floor unit, he said. It took about half an hour to knock down the fire, he added.

The evacuated residents waited in a Metro bus as firefighters fought the fire. At about 6:00 am, all but two of them were able to return to their homes. These two people, male and female, is currently assisting the Red Cross.
The fire of about 100,000 dollars in damage to the building and about 30,000 dollars in damage to its contents, Moore said. Fire investigators determined it was started by unattended candles.
Moore said that the fire should serve as a lesson about the dangers of candles on a day when many might use them to keep warm.
“These are things that can happen, unfortunately,” he said.

Firefighters were not significantly affected by the slick road conditions on the day following the first major snowstorm lowland year, Moore said. All fire trucks will work with the chains in the next couple of days, and they all have icing solution.

Smoke, don’t choke

If you are a smoker who does not employ many of the New Year resolution to quit smoking, you can increase your chances this year, trying an e-cigarette.

This is a new approach for the first time, researchers from the University of Catania in Italy, to help those struggling to kick the habit.
For their tests, they have recruited 40 of hardened smokers who were not even interested in nursing. ¬ The smokers have a simple gadget is now available in stores to help them stop.
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The electronic cigarette contains a small reservoir of liquid solution of nicotine, which can be vaporized into an aerosol mist. Two of the most exciting features of smoking can be achieved with the device.

First, the user can drag on for a couple to get a dose of nicotine. And secondly, when the puff is taken, it gives you a sense of satisfaction to put a cigarette between your lips – feeling adored by all smokers.
In this respect, the electronic cigarette takes precedence over nicotine patches and chewing gum. And the fact that the device prevents There are thousands of toxic substances contained in cigarette smoke.

In the Italian study more than half of the smokers quit smoking, a figure much higher than any other I’ve come across.
Many years ago I presented a series on how to quit smoking. Our subjects were followed weekly programmer counseling, nicotine and celebrity support. At the end of the eight programmers one in four of our smokers had given up. Not bad, we thought, and better than most smoking cessation programmers at ¬the time.
But in the next six months later, only one out of 10 smokers still managed to stay with cigarettes, and the rest were recurrent.
Quitting smoking is, for many years, relied on “abstinence only” approaches.
In other words nothing but giving up completely will do, ¬or can work.

A more modern approach involves “harm reduction”, and this is the approach I advocate, because it is more humane and has a place in the real world.
Pharmacologically speaking, nicotine itself is not particularly harmful, and if it can be accessed in a manner that is acceptable and effective as a cigarette substitute, millions of lives could be saved.

Researchers believe that electronic cigarettes can replace a lot of cigarette consumption in the next 10 years.
William T Godshall, executive director of Smokeless prominent Pennsylvania, U.S., believes that electronic cigarettes are close to harmless. He says that on hazard scale of one to 100 – with gum, lozenges and patches on a single cigarette at 100 – electronic cigarette is not higher than two.

Sales of electronic cigarettes soar

Despite the damning scientific report on nicotine replacement therapy, more and more smokers are turning to electronic cigarettes to help them quit smoking. How do they work? asked Katie Burnetts.

It is January t, and everyone and their dog is on some form of NRT (nicotine replacement therapy). The industry worth 150 million pounds in the UK – 520 million pounds in the U.S – yet yesterday’s damning scientific report showed nicotine replacement therapy offers no advantage in keeping smokers off cigarettes in the long term.

The report, by Harvard School of Public Health showed that while nicotine replacement therapy may be useful in the early stages of quitting, former smokers were twice as likely to relapse when they relied on them. Go cold turkey, it seems, is the most effective way to give up.

So what is the most rapidly growing industry of wheeze NRT: an electronic cigarette? This electronic device releases different amounts of nicotine in the warm mist of water that mimic the taste of cigarettes. The red LED on the tip even recalls the burning tip of cigarettes. Because electronic cigarettes produce water vapor, not smoke, they can be used in place legally in the UK. Manufacturers claim that the taste and smoke like a real cigarette. New Data Consumer Electronic Cigarette Association show UK electronics industry cigarette now costs about 5 million pounds per year. Device users is expected to top 1 million this year, despite repeated calls for research on their side-effects of medical experts who raised the issue that the devices contain and their impact on users.

Jamie Leith, 25, director of a social enterprise, has wrestled with his 10 a day addiction (20 on weekends) for five years. “Enough is enough. I saw my friend had an e-cigarette and he’d cut down dramatically so I thought I’d give it a go,” says Leith. “For the last 5 years I have been an all or nothing smoker. I managed to quit last year, but I was a roll-up smoker and didn’t find that tricky at all. Since working abroad and falling into the trap of ‘straight’ cigarettes I have feebly failed to quit twice.

“A friend had an e-cig, so along with the rest of the smoking world on January 2nd (I was up past midnight on the 1st and only an idiot quits halfway through the day) I bought one and haven’t broken yet .After a week consumed a few pints, pubs involvement and work stress-outs I’m still holding strong I just do not like the more crime-free smoking on public transport -..? What else could I ask “My only concern now is trying to stop the electronic cigarette?”

A longtime smoker, Ronald Hancock, 65, from County Durham, once enjoyed 40 cigarettes a day, but switched to Vaporizes – mark rechargeable electronic cigarette ( 17,50 million pounds for the starter pack) – after he was diagnosed with bowel cancer . “I still get that ‘hit’,” says Hancock. “For my wife and me, smoking cigarettes have become a real little treat now. We will have a real cigarette once a month, and that’s fine, but it stops there. I had a scare with my health, I ‘m not going to go and do it’s even worse when there is an alternative that gives me almost the same feeling.”

Tomatoes and wine make cigarettes less toxic

Researchers have shown that lycopene and grape seed extract literally tucked into a conventional cigarette filter drastically reduces the amount of carcinogens that pass through.

Although the stresses that denial is the best way to combat health problems for smokers, Cornell researchers have found a way to make cigarettes less toxic.

Researchers from the lab of Jack H. Fried, Frank and Robert Laughlin Professor of Physical Chemistry, showed that lycopene and grape seed extract is literally tucked into a conventional cigarette filter dramatically reduces the amount of carcinogens that pass through.
Their study is published in the January 2 issue of the Journal of Visualized Experiments (Jupiter).

«The impact of this technology can help reduce the harmful effects of tobacco smoke,” said Boris Dzikovski, scientific papers and co-author.
The Cornell researchers have changed the filters of normal cigarettes, placing a mixture of grape seed and lycopene treated with activated charcoal in the middle. Their experiments focused on gas phase free radicals, in contrast to other harmful components such as particulate matter, or tar contained in cigarettes.

A laboratory machine “smoked” the altered cigarettes, along with conventional ones. The smoke passes through the spin-capture solution, and electron spin resonance spectroscopy (EPR) was used to record the spectra of trapped radicals in the smoke samples.

ESR showed that grape seed and Lycopene is removed, or blown up to 90 percent of free radicals that would otherwise have passed through the filter. The researchers note that these agents purification could be obtained in large quantities, such as by-product of the tomato or the wine industry.
Scientists have tried to make safer cigarettes in the past. Hemoglobin that carries oxygen in red blood cells, and activated charcoal has been shown to decrease free radicals in the smoke to 90 percent, but because of the cost, the combination was not represented on the market.

The health hazards associated with free radicals in cigarette compounded by the fact that cigarette smoke is inhaled in high concentrations, Dzikovski added. Inhalation of any smoke, such as passive smoking, pollution, automotive and industrial waste has several potentially dangerous effects.

“The number and composition of the radicals from various sources may be quite different, and the spin-capture technique ESR is in a unique position to analyze and quantify them,” he said.

The study will be the 1500 th article in Jupiter, only peer-reviewed, PubMed indexed video magazine.

Monitor Cigarette Sales to Protect Tobacco Payments

A state panel today supported a request from the Department of Taxation for $260,000 to hire a team of auditors to track cigarette sales of cigarettes to protect $ 40 million per year payment to Nevada from the country’s largest company’s tobacco.

As would be $ 360 million paid to the state since 2003 is under threat from Nevada comes in arbitration for annual payments made by the largest companies in the country of tobacco as of 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA), said William Chisel, director of the Tax Department.
“The stakes are high for arbitration,” he said. “The risk of losing a significant amount of money increases over the years if we do not institute this team.”

The tobacco payments help fund the Gov. Kenny Guinn Millennium Scholarship for eligible Nevada high school graduates, among other programs.
The Board of Examiners, made up of Gov. Brian Sandoval, Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and Secretary of State Ross Miller, approved the request for the funding from the Legislative Reserve Fund on the establishment of three law enforcement. Masto was not present at the meeting.
Legislators who work in the committees of the Senate and Assembly will meet in money as the Interim Finance Committee February 9 to consider the request.

Sandoval asked Chisel if the request should have been presented to the 2011 Legislature so tobacco funding could have been used to fund the unit. The attorney general’s office said the funding from the master settlement agreement has historically funded its oversight of the tobacco agreement, but that the Tax Department has not been funded in this way.

Sandoval said that the cost of the unit must be built into the next budget with tobacco funds identified as a source of funding.
Chisel said it is important for the state to control the sale of cigarettes at tobacco companies, which are not part of the master settlement agreement.

As part of the MSA, there is a requirement that these smaller companies set aside a portion of their tobacco sales in an escrow account in an amount proportionate to the payments made to the state by the major tobacco companies. The MSA provides for a reduction of the required annual payments by the major tobacco companies to any state which fails to adequately enforce these laws in a particular calendar year.

Chisel said the team will work to protect the payments that have already been made to the state.
“Well, we are in arbitration right now with big companies and tobacco our concern is that we want to keep track of these non-participating manufacturers, those that do not communicate with the MSA,” he said. “We have a responsibility to make sure that they pay into the escrow account of two cents per cigarette. At stake is $ 40 million we get every year for the payment of mission subsistence allowance.”
Nevada does not keep track of these sales and payments before, and it would reduce the risk of losing part of the MSA payments in the arbitration process, the drilling said.

Tobacco License Ordinance

The Centralia City Council has offered a resolution setting new tobacco license fees and annual new application at a meeting on Monday. Centralia Mayor Tom Ashby states there are 29 tobacco licenses that have been issued to the city. He feels there are enough producers of tobacco in Centralia.

“Well, I think, if we have 29 seats sale right now, I do not think we should be encouraging more people to the loss and the result of a couple of stores that we had, and we have some problems in areas that have we have. In fact, with one store, we had a car drive through it, and the last shop smoke, we had an armed robbery. I think it’s a direct link to this type of thing sometimes”, said Ashby.

Councilmen David Sauer and Doug Krutsinger say certain provisions in the ordinance will prevent business owners from selling tobacco products in their stores in the city, such as increasing the annual contribution of $ 100. They believe that they should not discourage people from selling tobacco if they want to do it.

Police Chief Larry Evans informed the Council that there are some provisions of the regulations, which would be useful for the city. Information from the list of suppliers will be given to the Police Department for verification of compliance. “I think that the best way to look at this legislation, it will help law enforcement agencies, it can be put on a plane similar to a liquor license, where we could really deny the issuance of liquor license until we move to a system where there are qualifying and disqualifying factors that would go into the tobacco license someone else. I’m not sure, beyond collecting more money, how effective it will be, “Evans said.

The provisions allowed for the suspension or revocation for violations of state law or city ordinances or for making any false statements on the application form. However, there is no clause in the decree that the punishment for those who violate state law or city regulations. The Council questioned if the city can use some of decisions legally. The Board voted to table a resolution, demanding more information to be researched and added to the ordinance, before the final vote will be achieved.

The proposed ordinance would have required all applicants for a tobacco license to fill out an application on an annual basis, similar to a liquor license. There is currently no application to fill. All tobacco manufacturers have to do is paying a $ 100 fee and receives a sticker saying that they have the right to sell tobacco products in their stores.

Tobacco investments

THE Gillard government faces pressure to halt its multi-billion dollar fund to invest in the future of the tobacco industry and the companies that make nuclear weapons.

The Future Fund, which was established by the former Howard government to help meet long-term value of pension liabilities of the public sector, showed that last year she spent $ 147 million in shares of producers of cigarettes.
The Greens, on whom the government depends to pass legislation in the Senate, will be increased pressure on the fund in a ditch a big stake in tobacco products, and some $ 179 million stake in a company involved in manufacturing nuclear weapons.
When the Senate resumes sitting next month after the summer break, the Greens will push for rules forcing the fund to deprive its ”unethical” holdings.

Greens Senator Richard Di Natale, who introduced a bill on the subject at the end of last year, said it was a ”no brainier” for the Future Fund to offload its tobacco and nuclear stockpiles.
Senator Di Natale said it was entirely inconsistent for the government to fight big tobacco with ”courageous” plain packaging laws, and ”then on the other hand to be investing $147 million in large multinationals who make the stuff”.
The plain-packaging laws were passed at the end of last year, and Philip Morris has filed a lawsuit saying the restrictions damage to his property.
While the government has refused to say that the fund for investment, Senator Di Natale said the sale of shares will have a negligible impact on returns $ 73 billion fund.

”It would be very easy to take off those shares without any impact on the bottom line, and I think it would be a responsible thing for the government
to do.”’

Previously, the fund has defended its investments in the companies on the grounds that they are not involved in illegal activities. The government has refused to intervene to interfere with his independent investment decisions.
However; there are overseas precedents for governments intervening in how public funds are invested. In October, the Canadian state of Alberta sold $US17.5 million worth of tobacco stocks because it was suing tobacco companies for health costs caused by smoking.
National Welfare Fund of Norway sold its investments in tobacco in 2010, and guidelines for the prevention of investing in companies that damage the environment.

The Future Fund last year sold its stake in companies that make cluster bombs and mines – including the defense giant Lockheed Martin – to the new treaty came into force on a bomb.
When Future Fund general manager Mark Burgess was asked about tobacco and nuclear investments in October, he said it was updating its environmental, social and governance policies.

It is understood some government MPs are sympathetic to the Greens’ argument, but Finance Minister Penny Wong has stressed the need for the fund to make arm’s length investment decisions.
The fund’s record on social and environment issues have been thoroughly tested last year when evidence emerged that its board never discussed climate change.

Cigarette Tax

Two Democratic lawmakers filed a proposal to raise state Alabama’s cigarette taxes, one of 32.5 cents per pack and other for $ 1 per pack, trying to fill what may be $ 400 million deficit in the state General Fund next fiscal year, according to News Birmingham.
State Representative Patricia Todd filed a bill that would raise the state tax from 42.5 cents cigarettes to 75 cents per pack, which will raise about 75 million dollars a year for the General Fund.

Todd cigarette tax increases every year since 2008, and each plan is dead, the report said. But some senior Republicans – the party is dominated by the state legislature – said they doubted the legislature to raise taxes on cigarettes in 2012 regular session.

But Todd said she thinks there is a 60 percent chance that the gloomy forecast of the budget for fiscal 2013 that begins Oct. 1, will motivate lawmakers to pass its proposed tax hike cigarette to alleviate what could be a sharp reduction in public services.
“I think we will have a better chance this year because of the budget being so bad,” said Todd newspapers. “I think we cut all that we can cut.”

State Representative Joe Hubbard filed a bill to raise the state tax cigarettes $ 1 for a pack, which will raise approximately $ 230 million estimated in the year, the report said, referring to the Legislative Finance Office. All funds raised will go to the Hubbard bill Medicaid in a state agency, which relies on the general fund and provides medical care for the poor and disabled.
Hubbard said the tax increase on cigarettes would be a fair way to support Medicaid, as part of its spending goes to fight health problems caused by smoking. “It’s not an unfair tax. This tax on people who are engaged in activities that are worth every taxpayer,” he said.

“My goal here is not to raise taxes. My goal is to make sure that we provide the necessary services, and that if we are to increase revenue, we do it in such a way that the revenue raised, and raised quite a responsibility,” Hubbard said. “I think this is a proposal that does it.”

David Sutton, a representative cigarette manufacturer in Richmond, Va.-based Philip Morris USA, said that it would not be fair to fill the shortfall of income tax a minority of taxpayers. “You’re talking about raising taxes on one segment of the population, to provide financing for the general fund, which benefits the entire population of the State,” he told the newspaper. “It’s a fairness issue of taxation.”

Sutton also said raising taxes on cigarettes will encourage smokers Alabama to cross state lines to buy cigarettes; it hurts sales in stores and other retail outlets in Alabama.
Current state of Alabama’s cigarette tax of 42.5 cents per pack was, as of November 17, the fifth lowest among the 50 states, the report said, referring to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The average state tax amounted to 1.29 dollar per pack.

Smokeless Growth at Altria

After the report of Food and Drug Administration there was unproved that smokeless tobacco is not so harmful as cigarette are. This fact was derogatory for Altria Group because the smokeless tobaccois the sole kind that has been growing for the company in the past 12-15 months. The competes with Reynolds American and Lorillard, two of its biggest competitors in the U.S.

Tobacco Companies Claim Otherwise

Tobacco companies declared that smokeless products a less harmful than cigarettes since they do not concerned in their consistency that is full of carcinogens and many other bad chemicals.
Reynold American tried to get some warning pictures for smokeless tobacco, to change it into “No tobacco product is safe, but this product presents substantially lower risks to health than cigarettes.”

Shortly after, the warning reads “This product is not a safe alternative to cigarettes.” The report advises fda to endorse third party bodies which can independently research on the effects of smokeless tobacco products.

So Far So Good

The sales of smokeless tobacco grew with 14 percent in 2010 and grew with 9 percent in 2011 and are expected to grow with 9 percent this year, as this product is smoke free, their usage isn’t prohibited in public places and many others where smoking of cigarette is banned. These are also a hit with the retailers as they enjoy margins as high as 30 percent.

Altria operates in the smokeless tobacco segment through Red Seal, Copenhagen and Skoal.
As per our estimates, smokeless tobacco products constitute 15 percent of Altria’s stock price while cigarettes constitute 73 percent. This difference is a major one, we can understand fro this that cigarettes are more accepted and more employed by people.

Cigarette consumption is on a decline in the U.S. as tobacco companies are left with no option but to pass on the tax increases to consumers.
Smokeless tobacco products are the segment that offers a significant growth potential for Altria. We expect the size of smokeless products to grow at an annual rate of 7 percent over the next few years.

Some source show that cigarette consumption is in fall in the USA, and tobacco companies found a way out this situation, to increase taxes to consumers which can further complicate the situation. Smokeless tobacco products are the source that offers an important potential growth for Altria. We expect the size in percents of smokeless products will grow at an annual rate of 7 or more percent over the next few years.

Up in Smoke

That would be the shares of Altria Group, the leading cigarette maker in the U.S. The stock rose 20 percents in 2011 flat market, and it’s up 50 percents over the past two years, nearly four times the market’s gain. Less than two weeks ago, the company, which is the parent of Philip Morris USA and its iconic Marlboro brand, hit a 52-week high of 30.40 dollars.

The stock has lived up to its reputation as a defensive investment, with stable cash flow and a dividend yield of 5.5 percents. That’s a real head-turner at a time when money-market rates are less than 0.5 percents and the 10-year Treasury is yielding less than 2 percents.
Yet in reaching for yield, investors have largely ignored the risks accompanying Altria and its rivals in the tobacco business. U.S. cigarette sales are in a severe long-term decline. Shipments are down by a third over the past 10 years. In 2011 alone, cigarette volumes fell an estimated 3.8 percents, reflecting the weak economy and an ever-growing public backlash against smoking.

To some extent, the industry has been able to offset the volume decline with increases in wholesale prices. The companies have raised those prices by nearly 35 percent over the past 10 years, even as consumers shouldered huge jumps in federal and state cigarette taxes. Total retail prices, including taxes, surged by two thirds over the 10 years, to a national average of 5.95 dollars. That was more than double the rise in overall consumer prices.
Even the cigarette company’s all-crucial pricing power could soon take a hit. Concerns about a potential price war are swirling about the sector as No. 1-selling Marlboro loses market share to less-expensive smokes and new competitors like Newport Red, a no menthol cigarette introduced a year ago by Lorillard.

The specter of another Marlboro Friday— in April 1993, Philip Morris slashed the price of a pack of Marlboros by 20 percents to reclaim market share—still haunts the industry. Not only did tobacco stocks suffer mightily from price-cutting, but the move also raised doubts about the strength of a host of established brands. Another price-slashing battle was precipitated by Philip Morris in 2003, again in a bid to reclaim share. There are no signs of another price war — quite the opposite — but the introduction of budget brands is cannibalizing cigarettespub.biz/cigarettes-news/best-brands-of-the-premium-cigarettes-brands-manufacturer.
INVESTORS SEEM UNFAZED by any of this. Tobacco stocks are trading at multiples of enterprise value to Ebitda (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) between nine and ten, based on 2012 figures, more than a full point higher than their five-year averages, Adel man notes. The stocks also look rich based on their double-digit price/earnings ratios; earnings are growing only in the single digits, and most of that growth, of late, has come from cost-cutting measures. Stock buybacks, often cited as a driver of earnings per share, look to have merely offset stock awards for compensation. Altria’s shares outstanding have barely budged in eight years.

Altria, by far the biggest U.S. cigarette maker in both market value (61 billion dollars) and revenue (roughly 16 billion dollars a year), is unquestionably vulnerable to industry woes. Some 80 percents, of its profit comes from its Philip Morris USA cigarette unit, which, in addition to Marlboro, includes Virginia Slims, L&M, Merit and Parliament. And the company groans under a huge debt load.

ALTRIA USED TO BE LESS DEPENDENT on the U.S. market. But in 2008 it spun off Philip Morris International, which sells the Philip Morris lineup and other brands in some 180 countries around the world. Along with cash flow from packaged-foods giant Kraft Foods, which Altria spun off in 2007, the international unit helped offset declines in domestic smokes, and gave it the wherewithal to wage price wars comfortably. Now that cushion is gone.
All the same, Altria shares are pricey by almost any measure. The recent 52-week high, adjusting for the spin offs, was also an all-time high. At a recent 30 dollars, they are trading at nearly 14 times the consensus-earnings estimate for next year, 2.19 dollars a share. Adel man of Morgan Stanley, assigning a multiple closer to 11, sees them falling to 25 dollars, or more than 15 percents – the equivalent of nearly three years’ worth of dividends.

Best Cigarette Brands

Though there is a growth tendency especially among the people ranging from 20 to 50 years that became systematic smokers, many people still find particular pleasure in lighting up, and being one of them I couldn’t stand a side of another trend popular among U.S.A smokers – ordering cheaper USA cigarettes online. Smoking is considered a band habit because of health danger but in some countries it is considered as the status symbol. I tried many brands as there are hundreds of brands cigarette but some of them are the best one because of there high quality.

Philip Morris International and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company are no doubt the largest and the best known manufacturers of cigarettes but what are the names of those brands that have captured the market around the world.
I’d like to mention a list of ten most popular cigarette brands in the world.

1. Marlboro:
Marlboro is the leading and tobacco brand in the world. It was introduced in 1924 and since then they have become the largest selling cigarette product in the world due to its high quality cigarettes. It is manufactured by Philip Morris International and Marlboro cigarettes are available in three classic versions i.e. Marlboro Red, Marlboro Silver and Marlboro Gold. In the recent survey Marlboro was named as the highest selling cigarette in Asia, America, Europe and Africa.

2. www.cigarettespub.biz/winston:
Winston Cigarettes were introduced in 1954 and are manufactured by R.J Reynolds Tobacco Company. After its successful stint in United States where Winston held the 1st spot for six years from 1966 to 1972, Winston became a global and the most favorite cigarette brand among the people. They adapted the slogan “Winston tastes good like a cigarette should” which is the main reason of their popularity.

3. L&M:
L&M was established in 1953 and gradually it became one of the leading cigarette brands in the world. It is manufactured by Altria Group Inc. and it is a very popular brand in Europe, East and South Asia, Latin America and in the Arab world.

4. cigarettespub.biz/camel:
Camel cigarettes were introduced in 1913 by R.J Reynolds Tobacco Company and since then it has became a prime contender in the cigarettes market. It was once considered as strong competitor with Marlboro but gradually they witness a bit decline in their popularity but still it has maintained its position of being one of the leading cigarettes brand in the world. Camel cigarettes are very popular in USA, Japan, South Africa, Canada and other carious countries.

5. Parliament:
Parliament is another brand manufactured by Philip Morris. It was introduced in 1931 and it is notable for its recessed paper filters and its slogan “Only the flavor touches your lips.” The Parliament cigarettes are very popular in Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Israel, Kazakhstan, Montenegro, Ukraine, Russia, Japan, Turkey and United States.

6. Pall Mall:
Although Pall Mall’s history dates back to 1899 but it rose in to prominence in 2004 when it was purchased by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. It is offered in Red, Blue, Orange and Green in Hard Pack Styles and Red and Gold in Soft Pack Styles. In a recent survey in was ranked as one of largest selling cigarette brand in the world especially in Asia and Europe.

7. Dunhill:
Dunhill Cigarettes is regarded as the luxury brand of cigarettes and it is manufactured by British American Tobacco Company. Although they are priced above the average in the places where they are sold but it is still considered as one of the leading cigarettes brand in the world. They are primarily sold in Europe, Middle East, South Asia, Korea, South Africa, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia. They are also available online in United States and Canada.

8. Red & White:
Red & White is low cost cigarettes but has a pleasant quality and it is also manufactured by Philip Morris International. It is very popular among the lower middle class people and is available in various varieties. Red & White is primarily sold in Europe and Asia.

9. New Port:
Newport cigarettes brand was established in 1957 and it is manufactured by Lorillard Tobacco Company based in United States. It is offered in different varieties of menthol cigarettes and also one of the leading cigarette brands in United States and in different parts of the world. It was reported that Newport has over 50% market share of the African American market.

10. Hilton:
Hilton is also manufactured by British American Tobacco Company and their prime goal is to manufacture high quality cigarettes in low cost. It is available in two different versions i.e. Hilton Gold and Hilton Platinum and it is one of the leading cigarettes brand around the world.

Black market cigarette sales jump in Spain

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A series of increases in the tax on tobacco sales in Spain over the past two years has triggered both a price war between companies battling for recession-hit consumers, and a sharp rise in the sale of black market cigarettes.

“Because of the recession, and falling purchasing power, the problem of black market tobacco seems to be getting worse,” said José Luis Nueno, a professor of marketing at the IESE business school.

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According to a report this year by Altadis, owned by Imperial Tobacco , 6 per cent of total cigarette sales in Spain are black market, rising to 10 per cent in Andalusia, and as high as 20 per cent in cities such as Málaga and Seville.

Over the past two years, tax increases have seen an increasing number of smokers in Spain “trade down” to rolling tobacco, or cheaper black, as opposed to Virginia, tobacco brands.

Another option for the hard-pressed Spanish smoker has been to try a fresh wave of Chinese-manufactured bootleg cigarettes that have become increasingly common, or to buy contraband. The former’s untested contents, and possible immediate dangers to health, can make contraband more appealing.

Spain’s porous borders have historically made it an attractive market for contraband tobacco smugglers.

Once the dominant cartels importing non-taxed cigarettes were Galician-based gangs using high-speed boats, but they switched to higher margin crimes in the 1990s, such as cocaine smuggling, and faced a subsequent wave of arrests. Mr Nueno argues that criminal operations in Spain have become much more diverse.

Many of the illegal cigarettes seized by Spanish authorities pass through the country’s borders with Andorra to the north, Portugal to the west, and Gibraltar to the south.

“Spain has three areas where consumption of contraband tobacco is higher – Galicia, because of its proximity to Portugal. Andalusia, due to Gibraltar, and Catalonia, because of Andorra,” said Mr Nueno.

Official figures for contraband cigarettes entering Spain are being based on an extrapolation from the amount seized at customs.

In 2009, 12.3m black market cigarettes entered Spain, according to statistics from Spain’s State Agency for Tax Administration. However, for each packet seized, it is estimated that another 10-15 more could have been smuggled.

By Miles Johnson

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Many resolve to quit

With New Year’s Eve come and gone, those who have chosen 2012 resolutions are starting to put them into practice. For many, that promise can be to quit smoking.

Ellen Bennett, a certified respiratory therapist and tobacco treatment specialist at North Shore Medical Center’s Salem Hospital, said she always sees a spike in people coming to the hospital after each new year for help with smoking cessation.

In addition to going cold turkey, Bennett said smokers have more tangible forms of nicotine replacement. These include a nicotine patch, nicotine gum, a nicotine lozenge and the newly introduced mini-lozenge, which she said dissolves three times faster than the standard size. There are also two prescription medications that help with smoking cessation: Chantix and Welbutrin.

The electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette, which has gained popularity in recent years, has been marketed as a method to help quit smoking. The battery-powered device vaporizes a nicotine liquid that is inhaled by the user, which mimics the motions of smoking a real cigarette. Bennett said that an electronic cigarette’s method of operation may not be helpful in ditching cigarettes for good.

“It doesn’t break the hand-to-mouth cycle,” she said.

Bennett said electronic cigarettes are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and she does not support their use, but she has heard secondhand that the devices have gotten people off smoking.

“I hate to say that we don’t stand behind them if they have helped, but I’m not going to be recommending them,” she said.

Behavioral changes, Bennett said, are just as important as considering medicinal steps.

She simplified the actions people can take to curb cravings into the “4 D’s”: deep breaths, delay and wait out the craving, distract yourself and drink water.

In regard to distractions, Bennett said she advises making a detailed plan for the day to avoid the temptation to smoke a cigarette. She suggested taking up knitting or crocheting, spending time on the computer or going for a walk or to the gym.

“Change the morning routine around as many ways as you can,” she said. “Know what you’re going to do after meals, so the first thought isn’t, ‘Gee, I really want a cigarette.’”

People who want to quit should also be aware of the triggers that possess them to smoke, Bennett said, and watch their stress levels to avoid relapsing.

To increase the effectiveness of quitting methods, Bennett recommends building a support network of family and friends who will be encouraging and positive during the quitting period. Smokers can also seek out therapy from medical professionals. North Shore Medical Center, at both the Union Hospital and Salem Hospital locations, offers individual and group counseling, Bennett said.

However, not all smokers will be able to quit on their first attempt, Bennett said.

“Most people have to quit usually five, six, seven times before they’ll actually stay quit,” she said. “I don’t like to use that number to people because sometimes they’ll say, ‘This is really only the second time or the third time, so now I have to do this four more times?’ But not everybody does.”

As long as smokers find at least one strategy to break the habit, that can put them on the path to being tobacco-free.

“Any tool you can use,” Bennett said, “will increase your chances of staying quit.”

By Sarah Mupo

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Japanese Smoking Culture Proves Hard To Snuff Out

For generations of Japanese, smoking has been all but synonymous with manhood and hard work. During Japan’s high-growth period in the 1960s, the smoking rate for males topped 80 percent, twice as high as the rate during America’s smoking heyday.

In a country that’s so tobacco friendly, it’s no wonder anti-smoking initiatives have trouble gaining traction. That’s despite the estimated $90 billion being spent on cigarette-related health costs and damages every year, three times what cigarette sales bring in annually, according to the Japan Health Economics Association.

Anti-smoking activist Bungaku Watanabe says Japan has been dragging its feet on the kind of smoking regulations that are now common in other advanced countries.

“It’s not that Japanese love smoking so much,” he says, “it’s that tobacco has been a pillar of Japanese national policy.”

It’s no accident that the national headquarters of Japan Tobacco, the world’s third-largest tobacco company, is located near the seat of government in Tokyo.

Japan Tobacco is a majority government-owned company and Japan’s tobacco lobby has used that proximity to successfully fend off several anti-smoking initiatives.

So while only about a quarter of American men smoke, the rate for Japanese males remains stuck at about one-third. Activists say most Japanese smokers want to quit, and would if prices were in line with other first-world countries.

But with lung cancer rates spiking, there finally seem to be changes afoot. On the main streets of Tokyo, where pedestrians once slung their lit cigarettes with abandon, smokers have now been banished to segregated areas of buildings and train stations.

And then there’s the quirky alternative that Mina Abe, an executive assistant in her 20s, and Kota Osabe, a 30-something I.T. engineer, are promoting. They stand in what was once the smoking area of a Tokyo restaurant wielding green plastic pipes that they hold like cigarettes. The pair contentedly fills the air not with smoke, but with bubbles.

“This used to be an ashtray and we filled it with soap that we can blow bubbles with,” Abe says.

“Everyone thinks we’re crazy,” Kota adds. “When I demonstrated this for a TV show, people stared and one guy tried to drop ashes in my bubbles.”

Abe and Kota say they weren’t looking for a way to wean smokers off their addiction. They were just looking for an alternative to a social ritual so deeply ingrained in Japanese culture that it’s hard to imagine society functioning well without it.

“You have to be in that community of smoking people to be able to reach out to important people,” Abe says. “It’s really a tool to get to the people you want to talk to. So you don’t really want to smoke, but you feel like you have to be smoking in order to be a member of that kind of community.”

Restaurant owner Hima Furuta agrees that without their nicotine props, shy Japanese often have a hard time breaking the ice.

“The smoking area is a kind of a communication space for the Japanese people because usually they can’t communicate with different types of people,” Furuta says, “especially the higher class of the company.”

It’s not exactly a movement yet, but Abe and Kota are taking their quiet bubble crusade to shopping centers, festivals and eateries in hopes of showing this stubbornly tobacco-friendly nation an alternative to one of their preferred social pastimes.

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By Lucy Craft