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Tobacco farmers are worried that they may be excluded from the Pacific Trade Agreement

Southern tobacco farmers fear they may lose much of its export business, if health advocates win the battle to cut tobacco is a major trade agreement that negotiations with eight countries in Asia Pacific.
The American Medical Association and other organizations in the health claim that the Obama administration has put a public health priority to commercial interests.

But the best part of their culture is being sold abroad, tobacco growers in North Carolina, Kentucky and across the South East felt that the pressure to eliminate their ability to earn a living, for goods that are sold legally in the United States and around the world.

U.S. President Barack Obama hopes that the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement will double exports in the end. The United States is doing more than $ 200 billion in trade with these countries: Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

The aim is to increase trade by eliminating taxes and tariffs on exports and imports between the countries. Farmers fear they will be excluded from the special offer, making it more difficult for them to compete with developing countries, which already sell tobacco cheaper.
The negotiations are going to resume on Thursday in Australia. Last week, Governor Steve Beshear joined by U.S. trade representatives and ambassadors of several partners in the reception of Washington, which contributed to a global agreement.

In the last decade, Americans have reduced their smoking by more than one hundred billion cigarettes a year. Internal reduction of smokers forced manufacturers such as John Ashe to seek new markets abroad.
Ninety percent of the tobacco growing exports Ash. He is working on a farm in Reidsville, NC, just north of Greensboro, 14 cows, 100 acres of soybeans and wheat, and 84 acres of tobacco products. It is tobacco that keeps him afloat, he said.

“Tobacco generates more revenue,” said Ash, who is 44. “I can not do this on 100 acres of wheat. I just could not do it on 100 acres of soybeans. Equipment that I use for my tobacco farms, some of the things that I can use for the cultivation of wheat and used to grow soybeans use to grow hay for the cows. I can not justify the purchase of equipment from my bean and wheat crop in my area of the state. ”
This is not only the cultivation of tobacco, which would be affected be excluded from the transaction. Eric Peterson, executive vice president of the North Carolina Agribusiness Council, said tobacco was the major economic engine in the $ 70 billion agricultural state.

“There are fertilizers, pesticides,” she said. “There is a dealership that sells truck farmer …. Any of the employees they hire on a farm wages, the secretary. All these people will be affected.”
In response to the concerns of producers, more than 50 U.S. senators and representatives – Republicans and Democrats – from tobacco growing states of Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Ohio and Tennessee have signed a letter warning last fall, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk dangerous consequences of cutting tobacco from the agreement and the Pacific.

“At a time when Kentucky unemployment rate hovers around 9.5 percent, we urge you to consider the serious impact of tobacco than have the state and national economy,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Wrote in a letter to Kirk signed by all Delegation of Kentucky.
More than 80 percent of tobacco, which has grown in Kentucky is sold outside the United States. USDA believes that Kentucky exported nearly $ 238 million of tobacco in 2010.
That same year, North Carolina exported $ 600 million worth. More than a third of the 662,400 workers of the tobacco in the country to work in North Carolina, according to state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Despite its value to the economy, tobacco is one of the leading preventable causes of death worldwide. Each year, tobacco kills about 6 million people, according to the World Health Organization in Geneva. Nearly 80 percent of the more than 1 billion smokers worldwide live in low-and middle-income countries, international health organizations said.

The United States and all eight of the Trans-Pacific Partnership recognize the dangers of tobacco use. Representatives from each country signed the treaty, WHO Public Health, known as the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which recognizes the role that the “price and tax measures,” such as tariffs, there is a reduction in tobacco consumption.

Health groups say that only farmers in front of a sympathetic well-funded campaign are due to the giant multinationals of tobacco. Philip Morris International was one of several corporate sponsors Trade reception last Friday. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids criticized tobacco giant for trying to influence the leaders of the trade.
Although the political influence of the tobacco lobby has decreased with the change of habits of Americans from smoking, the industry continues to spend millions in Washington. He contributed $ 4.9 million of federal political campaigns in the past three years, according to the Center for Responsive politics in Washington that tracks campaign spending.

Including tobacco in the agreement would weaken the efforts of the Pacific public health by reducing tariffs on tobacco products, said Jonathan Klein, the deputy executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Colin McCluney, education and advocacy research fellow of the American Medical Student Association, said public health interests must be put to economic interests.
“We want to make sure that countries are able to carry out public health measures that allow them to curb tobacco use,” he said.

Some of the countries participating in the negotiations already have deals. There are no tariffs on U.S. exports of tobacco in Australia, for example, but New Zealand introduced a 5 percent tariff and Vietnam imposes a 30 percent tariff on imports of American tobacco, according to the North Carolina Agribusiness Council.
Although it exports more tobacco than it imports, the U.S. imposes a 40 percent tax on the small amount of tobacco that is imported from Vietnam.
Farmers are hoping to become part of the deal, which eliminates all of these tariffs.
Trade Ambassador Kirk, whose office represents the United States at the talks, described the problem as a “raging debate”.
Asked about the dispute in Richmond, Va., during a business roundtable this month, Kirk said the decision has to be done.

“There are people who are fanatically stubborn on both sides,” he said, according to the video event placed the city of Richmond. “Our job is to following the laws of the United States. Strike this balance. But at the same time we ever have to make a decision.”
The eight countries involved in trade agreements to acquire a small number of Pacific Tobacco United States compared to the amounts purchased in Japan and China. But whether Snell, agriculture economist at the University of Kentucky, said the producers are afraid of the consequences that the negotiations may have on future deals.
Ash said that he understands the problems of health, but he noted that tobacco is still sold legally in the United States and abroad. Therefore, he said, it should be treated as any other export.

“I just wanted to be fair, that’s all,” he said. “We can not exclude the possibility that a person makes, in my opinion. And in our situation now, we have to send everything to anywhere in the world…. It’s harder than it was 10 years ago.”

Coffee, tea, and electronic cigarettes

There’s a new business in downtown Olympia, which offers tea and coffee, the atmosphere and the opportunity to try or purchase a device known as an electronic cigarette.

Business at 122 N. Capitol is the way the volcano steam cafe. It opened in December, and gradually the business is on the rise after the client has been temporarily reduced activity in the snow and ice storms January, the staff reported.

Volcano Hawaii a couple of cafe-based franchises, and this is the first in Washington. The owners, all of which have links with the south Sound, Zach Johnson, John Conner, who also runs an espresso stand Lacy called Mocha Magic, and Cameron Daniels, who also works the espresso machine repair business called Espresso salvation.

Although every owner makes a set of skills for business, Daniels, and Conner, a longtime smoker, was intrigued by the electronic cigarette product, because it helped them transition from traditional smoked cigarettes that emits little odor pair.

Conner, 42, said he smoked for 26 years before switching to electronic cigarettes. He said that his wife had never smoked, and then gave birth to a child who has made it more urgent to get rid of this habit.
“This thing has changed my life,” Conner said about the device.

Inside the cafe, tea and coffee bar. Then there is a separate bar, where a business sells the electronic cigarette kits or provides samples and demonstrations.
The device looks like an oversized pen. It contains a battery that can be charged and a bottle of liquid, which includes nicotine or not, the taste of other ingredients.

After you exhale, you release the steam, which quickly dissipates. Vulcan steam cafes do not smoke filled. Instead, the aroma of coffee a bit like 29 different flavors of electronic cigarette cafe offers, such as Waikiki watermelon or vanilla or chocolate flavoring.

The cafe sells samples for $ 3 and the electronic cigarette kits ranges from $ 65 to $ 100, says Mack. Smaller size for $ 13; McClure estimated that the bottle will last a pack a day smoker of about a half weeks.

The package of traditional cigarettes in Washington is sold for about $ 10.
Business owners were also explained some of the misconceptions about e-cigarette device.
Some customers are interested in, if they need a map – the same who need marijuana dispensary cards (they do not) – and some of them thought it was dangerous.

Recently in the news, people, Florida was injured when his device went off. Mack said that was probably the result of some changes in the device. She said that they encourage clients not to do so, and that they check identification to make sure that they do not serve minors.
“We are adamantly not the children are going through this,” she said.

Thurston County does not regulate e-cigarettes, says the Medical Officer Dr. Diana Yu. Vulcan steam cafe is more than just electronic cigarettes, however. It sells locally roasted coffee – a brand called Phantom – as well as organic teas from Tao of Tea in Portland. They expect to add more music concerts, Mack said, and the cafe also has free Wife services.

Smoking out the facts about electronic cigarettes

E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular tool to help smokers to stop, but health officials warn there is no evidence that they are safe.
Sheila Brewers smoked 48 years, making it extremely difficult habit to break.
“I tried so many times. I’ve even done in three months, and I never stopped wanting a cigarette,” said Brewers.

That was until she tried the electronic cigarettes. Brewers have started using electronic cigarettes two years ago and have been smoking ever since.
“I feel much better,” said Brewers, Montgomery, Minn.” I can breathe much better. Everything is much better. ”

Brewers take her enthusiasm for electronic cigarettes, which vaporizes the liquid through a small battery-operated heating element and inhale the smoker, then. Liquid solutions come in a wide variety of flavors and nicotine concentrations. Some solutions are nicotine, which are slightly stronger than standard cigarettes, while others have no nicotine at all. It looks and feels like you’re smoking, but you do not.

For this reason, some retailers are promoting e-cigarettes as an effective (and even cool) tool for smoking cessation. Health and regulatory agencies have warned that there were no independent studies of the safety devices. Chinese pharmacist developed a patent for electronic cigarette technology in 2003. Four years later, they came here and have been growing in popularity ever since. Percent of U.S. adults who have tried the electronic cigarette more than four times a year, with six-tenths of 1 percent in 2009 to 2.7 percent in 2010, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Minnesota-based e-cigarette retail Jesse Griffith, who owns smokeless tobacco, said he has seen similar growth at the local level. “We’ve been tracking sales of 500 bottles of refill [in December], and we went up to 600 in January,” he said. Last year, the store expanded Griffith from its original location in Burnsville Center Mall Maplewood and Rosedale.

Personal preference
According to Griffiths, each client responds differently to electronic cigarettes, especially if they use them to quit smoking. As brewers, Steve Lyzenga of Rosemount went smokeless tobacco to quit regular cigarettes. “I’m gone, like smoke and nicotine-free”, Lyzenga wrote by e-mail. “I’m probably four or so months of using deep-zero nicotine loads in the pomegranate flavor, so it was purely just going through the motions of smoking at the time.”
But it did not stick. Lyzenga started smoking again, but plans to return to e-cigarettes in the near future.

Griffith talks about their clients’ smoking habits and preferences. He then tries to install them with a package that has the taste and nicotine is similar to conventional cigarettes they smoke.
“Generally, if they pack a day, full of flavor, and then we are going to install them so that will probably cost them a little shy of $ 100,” said Griffith. “This will be the equipment, and it will cost you about a month refills for them.” Griffith believes that the average cost of electronic cigarette smokers, 20 percent of what they spend on regular cigarettes.

As the electronic cigarette sales are growing, so much attention from the medical community. There is almost no independent research in the field of electronic cigarettes, which leaves many questions unanswered.
“Whether it be brought to market as a way of introducing children and young people to nicotine addiction? Is it the nicotine dependence of the device?

We do not know,” said Dr. Thomas Kottke, a cardiologist at HealthPartners.
Griffith is trying to avoid the sale of non-smokers, seeking instead to give regular smokers a healthier alternative. “We believe that we have some kind of social responsibility, not to get people addicted to nicotine,” said Griffith. “We want to have the better of two evils, no worse of two evils.”

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tried to step in. U.S. District Court of Appeals in Washington, however, ruled those electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products containing drugs if they are not sold specifically for use for therapeutic purposes, except for the FDA to intervene.

For Kottke, more studies will provide data as to whether e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to cigarettes. “Before you say that it is an effective tool … to help people quit smoking, we really need proof,” said Kottke.

As Kottke, as the electronic cigarette is inhaled, it is the best way to deliver nicotine than a device that enters the bloodstream. “It gives you a hit. This is how you snorting drugs. It inhalation drug … and it’s always been a problem with things like nicotine patches and chewing gum,” he said, adding that it is unclear whether e-cigarettes to keep smokers of cigarettes or allow smoking.

Many experts wonder if the electronic cigarette technology and liquid solutions of nicotine are safe, anxiety intensified recently when a man in Florida was seriously injured after smoking electronic devices has exploded in the mouth.
Griffith, in favor of more research and quality control measures to help determine what the safest and most high quality products.
Peter Funk is a University of Minnesota student reporter on assignment Star Tribune.

British American Tobacco

British American Tobacco has challenged the economic uncertainty, reducing the market and what are called “ill-considered regulation of our industry” to create a 3pc increase in revenue to £ 15.4bn and profit before tax, up 12.4pc 4,9 billion pounds.

The results obtained allow BAT to announce £ 1.25bn share buyback and dividend increase for the year to 11pc final dividend of 88.4p, payable on May 3.
Share repurchase program is more than in 2011. Last year, BAT spent £ 750m purchase 28 million shares.
Despite the good results, the company warned that cigarette smuggling is a serious threat to business and industry.

Richard Burrows, chairman said: “The expansion of illegal trade is a constant and growing threat to business A sharp increase in excise taxes, the pressure on consumer disposable income, ill-considered regulation of our industry, all makes life easier and more profitable for traders of illegal products, such as smuggling and counterfeiting.”

The company also said that while the overall market for cigarettes is reduced, there are signs the rate of change was slow. BAT said its volumes fell 0.4pc for the year. However, the decline was offset by higher prices and increased profitability. In addition, the company increased its market share.

“Our results for the year are set out in the revenue growth, improved operating profitability and market share growth through our successful brands, is enhanced by the deployment of the product and packaging innovation,” said Mr. Burrows.

Increased productivity was mainly due to the growth of the Asian division of the bat. The company said it expects the global cigarette market will remain at 5500000000000 cigarettes; more than 40pc are sold in China.

Profits rose at four main areas of the company – in the Asia-Pacific, South America, Western Europe and EEMEA (Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa). Nevertheless, Asian profits of 1.5 billion pounds ahead of America in £ 1,4.

The company continued to protest against the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes with a warning, it will only help counterfeit market.

Nicandro Durante, executive director, says the company supports a number of measures taken under the Framework Convention of the World Health Organization’s Tobacco Control (FCTC), increasing the risk of other illicit trade. He said: “We remain critical of other measures proposed by the FCTC, which may result in a significant increase in excise duties, the prohibition of retail display and a simple packaging – all of these measures may play into the hands of organized crime, creating ideal conditions for a further increase in illegal trade.”

Of the major brands, dunhill cigarette saw a slight increase in volume, up to 10pc of cigarette-store.biz/online/kent, cigarette-store.biz/online/lucky-strike up 14pc, and cigarette-store.biz/online/pall-mall to 11pc.
Results of the first with Mr. Dante meet. He took over in February last year, when Paul Adams resigned.
The company said the dividend raised would allow it to continue its policy of paying 65pc of income in the form of dividends.

Opinions were divided

Certain conditions peculiar to South Africa contributed to the high banking fees of the Banking Association SA said in response to criticism of banks in the budget yesterday.

Pravin Gordhan Finance Minister said that the fee for many products in the financial sector is still too high.We note the Minister comment on the financial sector,” the Association said. “However, we should note some of the factors inherent value of South Africa, which contribute to these costs. Examples are broadband costs, protection of funds and the significant compliance costs.”The association says the increased competition has led to more efficient sectors with less.

Gordhan measures aimed at encouraging savings were met. “We welcome initiatives aimed at tax-exempt savings products and make the financial sector to work with Government to implement it.”

The association said the government should work with the private sector in the development of economic infrastructure, to which R845 million has been committed. “We urge the government to create opportunities for private sector participation in these projects on the basis of rational PPP (public-private partnership) and other mechanisms.”

Banking Association SA represents all registered banks in South Africa.I was nothing in the budget speech, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to be carried away by farmers, agricultural union TAU SA said yesterday.

Increasing fuel taxes to 28c a liter would mean farmers of cross-subsidization of projects related to agriculture by refilling their equipment such as tractors and harvesters who “never seen on a public road,” the president of Union, Louis Meintjies, he said. Taxis are exempt from the duty of Gauteng, which will be introduced in April, while the farmers had to pay full price.

This means that it will cost more farmers to transport their goods to markets. In spite of the alternative routes were to be restored, Meintjies said it will take a long time. “Agriculture is thus essentially nothing is glad of the budget.”

The increase in capital gains tax for companies to 66 percent would be “disastrous” for farmers, most of them the structure of the company. “If the pressure continues to farmers to sell their land for land reform, and they have a huge amount of capital gains tax to pay.”

Meintjies said it would make “impossible” for them to buy new land. In spite of the R1.9 billion allocated to the Department of Agriculture and Land Bank, very few will benefit commercial farmers, as most will go to emerging farmers, he said.

Mr. Mike PEO, director of infrastructure, energy and telecommunications in the Nedbank Capital, said the budget this year seemed to be the first to address not only the distribution, but the infrastructure costs. He said that a much stronger commitment to ensuring that the distribution infrastructure does not remain on the books, but we used to be.

“This is a very positive budget, and I think that the million-dollar trick is that it provides specific ideas about how the budget will be spent, and how some of the things outlined in the report of the planning will be done,” he said.

In Medscheme director Andre Meyer: “We are pleased that the minister gave more practical steps on how this plan will be rolled out over the next 14 years, and some clarity about how this will be funded in the future.

“We are particularly pleased that the first five years, the deployment plan is going to focus on strengthening public health infrastructure and training of more professionals. “We believe that the government is taking the right direction in this regard, because it’s very important factors in the ultimate success of the National Health Insurance (NIH).”

He said the NHI will have benefits for health care schemes, provided it was the improvement of relations between public and private health systems. The scheme proposed by the commercial opportunities and the public sector should take advantage of reliable information in the private sector technology management systems, and experience in managing costs.

In increase in the cost of tobacco products fell in the “reasonable limits”, British American Tobacco South Africa said shortly after Pravin Gordhan Finance Minister presented the budget.
“For us, this recognition of the Government of serious problems with the illegal trade in cigarettes,” spokeswoman Leslie said Rance. “It is also to blame for the loss of about R4bn in state revenue due to tax evasion on illegal cigarettes.”

Rance says about 28 percent of cigarettes sold were illegal. Tobacco Institute of South Africa expressed similar sentiments and expressed Gordhan to maintain a stable exchange rate for tobacco products.

“Although the excise tax was increased to 58C in a package of 20 cigarettes, it was done to save 52 percent of the tax incidence on tobacco products in accordance with current government policy,” the executive director of the Institute for Francois van der Merwe said.

Mr. Christel Grohmann, director of Grant Thornton Advisory Services, said: “We agree with the Minister, where he stressed that the business must invest in our future – he referred to the 43 planned public infrastructure projects, including transport and logistics, energy and social infrastructure were the main areas. Nevertheless, he provided no clarity, and the role of the private sector or PPP as a whole. ”

Cliff Watson, Executive Director of Tax, Grant Thornton, said: “It is encouraging that there are some tax incentives for small, micro and medium enterprises. Reducing the administrative burden is also welcomed.”

Section of the South African middle class was the biggest losers in the budget this year, the trade union Solidarity said yesterday. “The significant increase in fuel tax, ostensibly exemption from income tax and the implementation of the disputed tolling system on Gauteng roads to the middle class … the biggest losers,” Solidarity scholar Pete Le Roux said in a statement.

“The middle class will have to cut back in other areas, where goods and services became more expensive because of the increase.”

The Union is concerned about the country becomes a welfare state. “At that time, the Minister Gordhan ruled that the global economic problems associated with unregulated capitalism … (Solidarity) are concerned that he lost sight of growing crisis of the welfare state, which was established by the Government and is funded by taxpayers,” said Le Roux .

Is tobacco less e-cigarettes less harmful?

Smoking actually is a socially acceptable form of substance abuse that causes more deaths than more vilified ones like alcohol, cocaine, crystal meth and other recreational drugs. Cigarettes contain over a dozen carcinogens and 1 out of every 3 cancer-related deaths is caused due to use of tobacco products.

Smokers even whilst accepting the hazardous effects of smoking simply don’t have the will power or gumption to quit. There are various smoking cessation methods that help smokers quit including nicotine patches, gums and e-cigarettes where the underlying principle is to give addicts the nicotine “kick” without the harmful carcinogens found in tobacco. The most popular one is the electronic cigarette or the E-cig.

What’s an e-cig?

An electronic cigarette is a device that mimics the entire smoking process by producing a mist which has the same sensation (sometimes the same flavor too) of smoking. The concept of an electronic cigarette has been around since the 60s but tobacco consumption wasn’t really considered hazardous back then and it took until 2003 for the first smokeless e-cigarette to hit the market.

Electronic Cigarettes manufacturers claim that they are like real cigarettes except that there are no hazardous health implications because there is no combustion, no tobacco and no smoking. Also since there is no passive smoking, second hand smoke and pollution due to butt litter or smoke.

What’s in an e-cig?

The e-cigarette basically consists of three parts: Cartridge, Atomizer and Power supply

The cartridge’s a mouthpiece (like a cigarette’s butt) that usually holds the liquid that is to be vaporized. The atomizer serves as a heating element and vaporizes the liquid and each of them contains a power supply like a chargeable plug, USB drive or batteries.

An e-cigarette produces nicotine infused vapor and though it looks like smoke is actually atomized air. Some e-cigs replace this nicotine vapor with other flavors like vanilla, chocolate, etc. though certain anti-smoking groups feel this could encourage minors to smoke. As a smoking cessation tool some manufactures even look to replicate the flavor of particular brands like Matlboro online, camel cigaretes, pall-mall cigarettes etc.

Are they really less harmful?

E-cigs are primary used as a smoking replacement or a smoking cessation device to help smokers quit though the lack of studies and its relative novelty make it hard to judge its health effects. According to United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), known carcinogens were detected into the nicotine-cartridges and there were also concerns it could be marketed to younger people. However FDA methods have been derided in various journals for lack of evidence and which claimed that the nicotine content was a lot lower than actual cigarettes as were the health hazards.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on the other hand have voiced their opinion that though e-cigs are usually marketed as devices for nicotine replacement therapy there were no studies to back up that claim and has refused to endorse the device.

Research carried out at the University of East London suggests that nicotine content doesn’t seem to be of central importance but other smoking related mannerisms like taste, vapour resembling smoke and hand movements helps reduce discomfort related with tobacco abstinence in the short term.

In an online survey conducted by the University of Alberta, School of Public Health in 2009 among 303 smokers, it was found that e-cigarette substitution for tobacco cigarettes resulted in reduced health problems, the kind that usually ails smokers (less cough, improved ability to exercise, -improved sense of taste and smell).


 Although there isn’t conclusive evidence to suggest that e-cigs are completely harmless at least all the research studies suggest that they and are definitely less harmful than traditional cigarettes. They also provide smokers with the means to quit by mimicking the mannerisms of long time users right from the hand movements, inhaling and the atomized vapor that imitates smoke.


The explosion was e-cigarettes “simulation”?

The electronic cigarette or cigar, e-mails that exploded in the mouth of man in Florida is likely that he built himself, or modified using parts he bought on the Internet, according to reports.

Last week, the battery exploded electronic cigarettes while using Tom Holloway, 57, of Niceville, Fla. He was treated for broken teeth, burns, and a piece put out his tongue, according to various sources. Holloway has since been released from the hospital and is recovering from his injuries, reports said.

Given the lack of specific information about the nature of the device, CSP Daily News did not report the incident as news (see Related Content below to see an editorial about the incident light). But the young industry is currently offering several theories about what could happen.

CSP Daily News readers “Photon” was the first to comment on the wording: “SPS right on target, denying the story and related sensations, until all the facts of an inch on the evidence, I was able to open, it does not appear this incident is related to ready-made electronic cigarettes product, and what is called a “vamping” circles as “fashion”. It’s basically homemade devices that are manufactured from parts available on the Internet. They collected from consumers and usually vary in the manufacture of “heavy” nicotine spike is usually achieved by use of lithium batteries is greater than those in the off-finished products. “Stacking” batteries is also a common practice and is not recommended, even for parts of “fashion” manufacturers. ”

He added: “We should not condemn the entire growing industry, even if it is established, the consumer has not played any role in the incident. Then and only then, when the facts were fully disclosed shall be made solutions.”

Thomas Kiklas, co-founder of tobacco vapor electronic cigarette association, told the Associated Press, that the industry does not know the problem with cigarettes and batteries exploded.

Kiklas said cigarette includes a small battery and cartridge. The battery is designed to produce an electric charge when the device is inhaled. The charge sets off the vapor in the cigarette tube.

He referred to a federal report that found 2500000 Americans used e-cigarettes in the past year. “There are billions and billions of clubs on cigarettes, and we have not heard of this happening before,” he said.

“What happened is a tragedy, and we hope that this is a wake up call the industry to bring a higher standard,” Dan Recio, co-founder of e-cigarette manufacturer Cigs V2, the statement said. “We have taken measures against the possibility of electronic problems from the start, with safeguards are integrated into our batteries as automatic shut-off and smart chargers that prevent overcharging. We correct age of the batteries and check before sending mashed to ensure the highest standards.”

Chief Butch Parker North Bay Fire District responded to the call. “I’ve never heard or seen anything like it,” Parker told ABC News. Although the battery was unrecognizable after the incident, Parker reported finding several 3.0 volt CR123A batteries charge in the room with scorched the battery case, which proved to be a cigar-sized device.

Although the investigation is still pending, battery type and “cigar” appearance of the device indicate Holloway may have used custom-made “fashion” or change the use of e-cigarette batteries stacked like a flashlight, said Recio. These devices, in contrast to the more popular electronic cigarettes, which have built-in digital control and protection, he said.

Changes in the electronic cigarette devices have a history of fires and explosions, beginning a few years due to cheap, unprotected lithium ion batteries and the ability to recharge the device, he added. This can cause electrical fire inside the unit, which produces the accumulation of hydrogen in the explosion.

“Consumers should be careful to choose quality products and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. We have strict quality control standards to ensure consumer safety,” said Recio.

“People are aware of the risk that they take when they start messing with the electrical components of everything they buy, whether it is phone, e-cigarette, or a microwave oven,” said the operators E Cigarette Junction.com, am e-cigarette review website, in a separate statement. “E-cigarettes have been developed by professionals for use by consumers, not to be dangerous to change the fashion lovers in the match mixture and roll.”

Many electronic devices on the market today vary by end-users who want the product to provide more battery life, faster speed or other features better performance, it was not designed to endure, he said. E-cigarette companies that are certified by SGS for its products all met and exceeded the required stress tests on their batteries, so they are safe for its intended use.


Taxes on cigarettes are growing

The bill, which would raise taxes on cigarettes in West Virginia to help pay for better health of the state 1.8 million people are currently introduced in both houses, as the state legislature is close to halfway through the 2009 regular session.

Sen. Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, is a leading sponsor of SB420, which would increase the excise tax on a pack of cigarettes from 55 cents to $ 1.20 on average across the country. A companion bill (HB2746) was introduced in the House of Delegate Don Perdue, D-Wayne.

The $110 million in increased tax revenue each year that would result if the tax is increased would be used to help promote healthy lifestyles for the state’s 1.8 million residents. Perdue said he expects the Senate to take up the bill first.

Another bill recommended by the interim study and presented last week, would require chain restaurants post calorie counts in places where visitors can easily see the information. He also faces serious opposition from the restaurant business.

There was also bad news for the governor and legislative leaders last week on the expected budget surplus of $ 22 million at the end of the fiscal year of the state on June 30. Deputy Secretary Mark Muchow income said loss of tax revenue could force the Governor Joe Manchin to review its proposed 2009-2010 state budget for the year starting July 1, 2009.

Muchow said tax revenues February was $ 45 million less than predicted, prompting House Finance Chairman Harry K. White, D-Mingo, to predict that the governor “is likely to come to us for the next week or so with a decrease in forecast revenues next budget year.”

The first bill to reduce taxes and cleared its first committee last week, when the House Agriculture Committee approved HB2521, which will lead to a decrease in the wholesale tax on heating oil, kerosene, propane and other fuel supply road.

Delegate Harold Michael, D-Hardy, is one of the sponsors of the bill, and he said that it would cost the state about $ 1.8 million. According to him, the law removes the portion of fuel taxes dedicated to highway funding, because “it was never intended that these products are to pay tax on road users.”

Legislation has also been introduced on both sides (SB92 and HB2931) on the abolition of the severance tax on timber for the next three years, which would reduce state revenues by $ 1 million each year. Senate Finance Chairman Walt Helmick, D-Pocahontas, said last month he believes that the tax should be eliminated, having learned that surrounding states do not have this tax.

District judges will be required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or four years experience as a judge, to be eligible for this position in accordance with the terms of HB 2840, which was introduced by Delegate Jim Morgan, D-Cabell, and three other members of the House of Delegates.

Morgan said the 107,158 current district judges in West Virginia, and the Supreme Court of Appeal to support the bill.

House of Delegates passed two bills to deal with internal problems of relations. One (HB2694) would prohibit any changes to the custody of children when one parent in the Armed Forces of the United States. Other (HB2738) will change the way the court protective orders in cases of domestic violence are distributed in a way that these orders are easily accessible to all law enforcement agencies of the state. And now to be considered in the Senate.

The Senate finally passed the first bill last week, including SB239, which will reduce from 55 percent majority to a simple majority, one vote more than 50 percent must be approved by agreement between the Government of the metro district and town in the district.

The bill applies only to counties with a population over 150,000, which limits its impact on the Kanawha County only.

The bill, which attracted the most attention in the Legislature last week, although the sponsor is the first to admit it will never make it out of committee, was HB2918, sponsored by Delegate Jeff Eldridge, D-Lincoln. He wants to ban sale of Barbie dolls and “other similar dolls that promote or influence girls to place too much importance of physical beauty to the detriment of their intellectual and emotional development.”

Father of 13-year-old son, Eldridge said that he “hates the myth that if you’re beautiful you do not have to be smart.”

At least one tax increase approved by lawmakers during the three days of the legislative interim committee to the governor’s speech outlining its program for 2009-2010 budget.

Joint Subcommittee of Finance dealing with problems associated with the state about 400 volunteer fire departments recommended that the bill would increase the state tax on premiums of 0.55 cents per $ 100 premium of 0.75 cents. Expected annual income of a new $ 5 million will be used to help provide up to $ 12,000 to volunteer fire departments of individual years of service retirement plan for volunteers when they retire.

Senate Majority Leader Truman Chafin, D-Mingo, said the volunteer fire departments are having trouble attracting new members and “is that we can be proud.” Sen. Ed Bowman, D-Hancock, and threw only special voting rights in Subcommittee on the grounds that it is not a good time for any tax increases.

The next day, Senate Finance Chairman Walt Helmick, D-Pocahontas, called for tax cuts, saying that it was time, the state severance tax on timber ends, after hearing the state Forester Randy paint to say that it puts the timber industry of the state at a disadvantage, because other States do not impose a severance tax. Dye said logging companies in West Virginia severance tax to pay four per cent, which is calculated from the value of the tree when it is cut.

“According to our laws, broke the wood product at the moment it hits the ground,” said the paint members of the commission to review forest management.

Members of the Republican minority in the House of Delegates also outlined his goals of tax reform at a press conference before the start of the session last week.


First Uk Electronic Cigarette Shop for Liberro

Start-ups, Emma and Simon Christ, officially opened its first store Liberro electronic cigarettes last week after his success on the Internet. They have been selling electronic cigarettes worldwide through its web site www.liberro.co.uk over the past four years and were one of the first companies to introduce electronic cigarettes in the UK.

The head office and distribution center Liberro in Buntingford and the number of customers regularly visit the unit to buy electronic cigarettes, so it was a natural progression to open a store in the area. If successful, Liberro plan to expand by opening more stores across the UK.

Advisor to the Mayor and Buntingford, Stan Bull, visited the new shop at 59a High Street to toast their success and to declare officially open shop. He said: “In the retail trade in the city for many years and the head of the cooperative, I never looked back, and I encourage all retailers in the city, I want to Liberro every success in their new store.”.

“We are pleased that the response we received last week, as the store opened,” commented Emma Christ, managing director of Liberro. “Awareness of electronic cigarettes is still relatively low, and people do not believe that electronic cigarettes are or how they work. Advantage of the store is that we can give customers the opportunity to try and check e-cigarette and a range of flavored liquid to see what they like.There are over 50 different flavors (http://www.liberro.co.uk/liberro-eliquid-purity), in various nicotine strengths, and these are the most popular flavors of regular and menthol (such as traditional cigarettes), and there are a variety of fun flavors of chocolate and fruit crush on the Eskimos and the key lime delight! ”

Simon Christ, CEO Liberro converted from cigarettes Electronic cigarettes, when he created the company and regularly smokes Liberro Realis () and electronic cigars (http://www.liberro.co.uk/disposable-e-cigs-cigars). He commented: “Electronic cigarettes are a great alternative to smoking, and they are healthy too, so they do not contain tar, tobacco or carbon monoxide, but it gives me a satisfying hit of nicotine, that I have with tobacco cigarettes. Taste of cigars as well as tobacco, cigars, too, that I smoked, and both electronic cigarettes and electronic cigars produce a realistic satisfies the smoke like vapor without the traditional smell of cigarettes or ashes. key benefits is that I can e-smoke in places where smoking is prohibited, such as pubs and restaurants, so I can join in the conversation with friends and family instead of out on the street – and they’re about 70% cheaper than traditional cigarettes, too! ”

Notes to editors

Liberro is one of the leading UK electronic cigarette companies that sell disposable electronic cigarette starter packs, fluids, and consumables over the Internet.

Electronic cigarettes are a healthier alternative to cigarettes and to give a satisfactory nicotine hit, without the tar or tobacco, carbon monoxide, or additional substances found in traditional cigarettes. They can smoke at the bar, office, car, home, or because they do not emit harmful chemicals, and they do not smell like traditional cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes are about 70% cheaper than smoking traditional cigarettes.


Lance Armstrong campaigns for California cigarette tax measure

Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France champion and cancer survivor, gets behind California’s Proposition 29, which would raise taxes on cigarettes to fund cancer research and other programs.

Reporting from Sacramento—

The proposal is simple: Raise taxes on cigarettes to pay for cancer research.

The impetus for it is typical of California, the merger and the ability to sell celebrity whims of state voters, who are increasingly called upon to address key policy issues.

A street vendor on the proposal 29, which will appear on the ballot in June, seven-time Tour de France champion and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, who asks voters to increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $ 1. On Wednesday, he announced a $ 1.5 million contribution to the Texas base for even 29 campaigns.

“We believe that Prop. 29 will save lives, stop children from smoking and just might lead us to treatment,” he told reporters in a conference call.

If approved, this measure will raise more than $ 850 million a year, according to the nonpartisan legislative analyst with the state. The money will be used to fund cancer research, to build new facilities and research assistance to anti-smoking programs. Three percent of the reception wills Attorney General and local law enforcement agencies in combating the black market for cigarettes and crack down on retailers who sell tobacco products to minors.

The new nine-member citizen committee will distribute the money. The Governor and Director of Public Health will appoint a majority of the panel, which will also include the rectors of the University of California campuses at Berkeley, San Francisco and Santa Cruz.

Mark Paul, a former treasurer of the MP and co-author of “California Crackup”, a book on public administration, protests that this measure does not address the most pressing financial needs of the state.

“Like many other initiatives, it plays on the emotions of people,” he said. “Who likes to cancer? No one does. But when we increase training at universities and reduce the school year … and the closure of essential services, this is where we should spend our money?”

Those actively fighting measures, including tobacco companies and anti-tax group, the object that he raised the money will be distributed without any control by the legislature or any other elected officials.

“Proportional 29 the mandate of a huge new bureaucracy with little accountability of taxpayers,” said Teresa Casazza, President of the Assn of California taxpayers.

Philip Morris spent $ 2.5 million on campaign consultants and polling to strengthen its position in relation to the initiative, and this number is expected to multiply as the June 5 main approaches to the election.

Jim Knox, spokesman for the American Cancer Society, defends the measure, noting that tobacco companies have blocked dozens of proposed tax increase on their products to the Legislature.

“Using tobacco taxes to pay for cancer research makes sense,” he said. “Tobacco use causes cancer. Connection is very direct.”

Armstrong, who said he’ll campaign so far, in California, when his triathlon training schedule allows, is the latest celebrity to use the voting public to press animal causes.

In 1998, actor and director Rob Reiner successfully pushed 50 cents per pack tax on tobacco to pay for child development programs. Second Rainer supported the proposal, the growth of income taxes to fund universal preschool upper, was strongly rejected by voters in 2006. Arnold Schwarzenegger persuaded voters in 2002 to devote part of the state taxes, after school programs in the movement, which has become a test for the governor’s proposal for next year.

Armstrong has helped to convince the voters of Texas to transfer $ 3 billion bond measure for tobacco research in 2007. He has sent mixed signals about his political aspirations, but left the door open on Wednesday, saying the run was not in his plans “at this point in my life.” He said that he could trigger cancer, similar to measures relating to other states.

Armstrong and his allies, including the American Heart Assn. and the American Lung Assn., in addition to the American Cancer Society, California will promote their cause to the public that rejected a variety of tax increases in recent years, including tobacco taxes. In 2006, in addition to the denial of income tax measure Reiner, voters rejected a proposal to increase taxes on cigarettes by $ 2.60 pachku reimburse hospitals for treating uninsured patients, and expanded health insurance for children.

Least this year, was conceived by former state Senate leader and cancer survivor Don Perata, a Democrat from Oakland, who intended to combine with his run for mayor there in 2010. This initiative would give him a high-profile champion of the cause, as he appealed to voters to trust him.

Perata work of Armstrong, but ultimately scotched measures in 2010 vote, after anti-cancer group asked him to wait until they have helped to REFIN



Bill will raise tax on tobacco products

Smokers and dippers so can be fired a little more dough to his nicotine habit, if three legislators have their way in this session.

A fresh bill to the Senate meeting on Tuesday, a trip tax on cigarettes and smokeless tobacco may generate up to $ 120 million.

As already mentioned, this measure will jack the tax on cigarettes by $ 1.55 per pack, or $ 1 increase.

The tax on smokeless would be from the current rate of 7 percent of the wholesale price by 50 percent.

Up to $ 60 million will be put into a special account, known as “The West Virginia Foundation for Healthy Future.”

From The Department of Health and Human Resources will receive $ 27 million for the implementation of prevention and cessation programs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and any remaining cash will be assigned to the Legislature on an annual basis.

“This is a significant growth,” co-author, Sen. Dan Foster, D-Kanawha acknowledged.

“The reason for this is from my point of view, the consequences for human health. This reduces the prevalence of smoking by a certain percentage, especially young people.”

Not only that Foster argues, but the higher the tax will ultimately save the state money in future health care costs.

“Despite how people quit smoking, it will reduce a little bit of money you get from the taxes,” said the surgeon, Charleston.

Foster said he wanted the proceeds of the tax, if approved, dedicated to public health.

“In the public health of a purist, you should not worry about that much as long as the tax on the ground that it would raise prices and keep some people from the beginning to make some people stop and possibly reduce the number of people who smoke in Overall, because the costs, “he said.

There are some however, who see it as a tax on the poor, and Foster believes that this is unfortunate.

“Many of these people can stop,” he said.

“My hope is to provide services that will be one source of money for the consecration of the termination of services to people who want to stop, it’s hard to stop, and really can not afford to continue to smoke at the entrance, where they can stay, and so much more money. ”

Another physician, Sen. Ron Stollings, D-Boone, who heads the Health and Human Resources and Finance Committee, Chairman Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, are the other sponsors.

Prezioso prefer to see some of the proposed tax increase to go into the problem through Medicaid.

“I would put it in Medicaid,” he said. “That’s where I want to go.”

Prezioso said Legislature is faced with a difficult task in the next year to find $ 200 million for Medicaid.

“We cover all accounts, this year,” said the chairman of the financing.

“We have money in a trust fund of the budget after this year. There are no other options. You are either going to raise other taxes or other charges, or you’re going to reduce services to Medicaid. This is a difficult decision.”

Prezioso said he prefers to find the tax “can we live with today, put it in place, and to devote these funds Medicaid».

“This is where it is needed,” he said.

“This will be our biggest challenge next year.”

Foster admitted the increase in tobacco taxes – any such campaign, for that matter – is not an easy task in an election year.

“Nobody likes to raise taxes,” he said.

“But if you poll people, regardless of political affiliation or ideology, more than 60 percent of the population supports a tax increase on cigarettes. Seems to good policy, and is a good policy.”


Electronic cigarettes popular in no smoking areas

More than 2 million people across the country are smoking electronic cigarettes, but they are really a healthy choice, and you can smoke them in «No Smoking» areas? ”

 “It’s just a matter of taste,” said Allen Mendenhall, e-cigarette smoker, “I smoked and smoked and never took a real cigarette.”

E-cigarette uses a battery to vaporize the liquid are propylene glycol, which contains nicotine and water, and flavorings, which are then inhaled by the user, like a real cigarette.

“Yes, it really helps, it works for me,” said Mendenhall.

To find out how it really works, nine on your side is a pair of electronic cigarettes Tobacco Association, a group that supports the electronic cigarette and studies of their effectiveness.

“It’s not called the” smoking “we call it” vaping. You are simply inhaling and exhaling vapor steam, “said Tom Kaklis, co-founder of TVECA.

This ferry with nearly 500 fewer ingredients than a real cigarette, and that means fewer carcinogens per puff, and almost no second-hand smoke, because he does not smoke at all. Producers say it is only water vapor.

Nine on your side discovered E-cigarette is regulated and approved as a tobacco product in the FDA, but health experts continue to question the claims of manufacture of a healthier product.

Some supporters of the E-cigarettes say they have been monitoring for many years.

“I have not heard about any incidence of harm from anyone using electronic cigarettes, and we have been in this business since 2007,” said Kaklis.

Kaklis said they continually check to make sure, E-Cigs are dispensing the right amount of nicotine, as indicated on the package.

Mendenhall said he was recently asked to leave the restaurant Olive Garden in Greenville. He says that he was told “no smoking allowed,” but Mendenhall said that he did not smoke, he was vaping.

“I was just so I can sit and relax after I go,” said Mendenhall.

“There is no second to all parties. I could put 50 people in my office, here vaping e-cigarette, and you will not smell like anything there is nothing harmful to exhale when using e-cigarettes,” said Kaklis.
In 2010 North Carolina legislators have passed a controversial Smoke-Free Restaurants and Bars Law. It prohibits people from using cigarettes in most public schools.

Since the E-cigarette Mendenhall does not use a cigarette, and you can not really smoke, we asked Paul Stone, president and CEO of North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association have been falling in the law.

“Electronic cigarette in accordance with the law that we helped pass two years ago, may be,” Stone said, but there is a problem, “restaurant owners are allowed if they want the policy itself says that we will not allow E- cigarettes. ”

Meaning, even though North Carolina law allows people to use e-cigarettes in public places where cigarettes are not allowed, says Stone, individual owners may choose to avoid it in their businesses, which could be the case with Mendenhall and his trip to the Olive Garden.
Nine on your side to contact with the olive garden to find out why Mendenhall was asked to leave the premises.

They will not return our calls.

A tobacco company is not it?

Cigarette companies – and boy, it’s hard to talk about it – might be right.

 Do not “right” in the sense we usually think of the word. Death, pain and suffering that cigarettes have brought millions of families are not in serious dispute.But in court right now, it begins to look as if those terrible, graphic picture warnings, which should have been plastered across a pack of cigarettes, can not happen in the end.You know the picture – there was ample advertising in advance of them.

Photographs of patients with lung, the picture tracheotomy hole in the throat of man, an illustration of man with his bare chest surgically sewn up, a picture of tooth decay. Full-color illustrations have been entrusted by the Government to cover the entire upper half of the front and back of each pack of cigarettes.

They were intended to be so ugly and so visually inevitable that potential customers turn away.But five tobacco manufacturers claim in federal court that ordered the government violates the First Amendment. Tobacco companies say that freedom of speech should not be violated – and that for the government to say that private companies, big, ugly, dominant figures, they must print on their packages attack on basic American principles.

The government takes power to do so from a family of tobacco use prevention and the law of 2009, which was passed by Congress. R.J. Reynolds Company, manufacturer of Camel, Kool, Winston Salem cigarettes, said the government ordered the image “is intended to induce disgust, revulsion and disgust.”

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, it seems, says cigarette manufacturers have a strong case. In November last year, he issued a temporary injunction that blocked the forced publication of images. At a hearing this month, he said: “There is nothing in the record shows that Congress has given a clear and thoughtful analysis of the first consequences of this change.” He promised that the final decision in the near future.

Regardless of how many of us may not like what cigarettes have done to the health of the nation, the first argument of the amendment is a compelling one. The government runs the risk of setting a precedent of anxiety when, regardless of the laudable intention, he says, who – person or company – that she should say and show things that are aggressively opposed to the person or company’s own interests. What can we say about the text only warning signs that appeared on packs of cigarettes for decades? Tobacco companies have never liked nor, of course. But the argument in court that there is a legal distinction between the labels requires that the state of facts and illustrations requiring that serve to actively oppose the purchase of the product. The Government believes that health issues are of paramount importance, tobacco companies argue that nothing outweighs the freedom of speech.

Manufacturers of tobacco products, as we all know, has long done enough to use their own freedom of speech. Some of the old cigarette advertising, when you come at them now, it’s just amazing.

I recently saw a November 1936 national magazine advertising Camels, who are cheerful, colorfully illustrated, of course, a course of instruction for five cigarette smoking at the table during Thanksgiving dinner in order to achieve “a peaceful feeling that comes from a good digestion and smoking Camels.”

Among the tips: Start with tomato soup and. “Camel Smokes after soup” Before asking for the second portion of the turkey, “the other smoking a camel. Camels ease the tension.” After the salad, of course, one camel, which “clears the sky and sets the stage for dessert?» It’s going on.

In 1954, when health concerns about cigarettes are gaining momentum, the old brand of gold took a double spread of the national magazine ad that all but scoffed at by medical evidence. “America, we love you!” the ad began. “Once again thank you for your confidence in cigarette tobacco made people … no healers … We promise! Old Gold will continue to treat only one thing: the best tobacco in the world … Old Gold smoke for pleasure, not treatment. ”

If in 2012, cigarettes new prescription drugs, or new over-the-counter medications, or a new starter, and the government knew that he now knows about the health consequences of such a product would never be approved for use in the home. It would have been pulled from the shelves immediately.

But cigarettes are not a new product. They have a history of sold legally. Thus, the government says the producers that they need to perform these illustrations, to persuade people away.
Will it be a leak – the government will get its way?

It has long been an axiom that freedom of expression stops at the right to shout “Fire!” But it is not a cigarette marketers have an unlimited right to enthusiastically shouting “Smoke” in a crowded nation?

You can almost bet that nobody is going to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.


Cigarette maker Lorillard 4Q profit grows 20 percent

Cigarette maker Lorillard Inc. said Thursday that its net profit rose nearly 20 percent in the fourth quarter was more cigarettes sold at higher prices.

A third of the country’s largest tobacco company said it earned $ 310 million, or $ 2.32 per share, for the three months ended December 31, compared with $ 259 million, or $ 1.74 per share, a year ago. Per share figure has been increased by a smaller number of shares outstanding.  Lorillard, based in Greensboro, North Carolina, said adjusted earnings, which exclude the benefit from the cost of tobacco-related settlement was $ 2.20 per share, beating analysts’ expectations of $ 1.94 per share.

Revenue excluding excise taxes rose by about 10 percent to $ 1.12 billion. Analysts polled by FactSet expected revenue of $ 1.09 billion.

Lorillard has been bucking trends in the industry more broadly cigarette volumes declined, CEO Murray Kessler said in a conference call with investors.

Shares rose $ 7.81, or 6.9 percent, to $ 121.17 in morning trading Thursday.

The number of cigarettes sold Lorillard rose about 6 percent to 9.8 billion dollars. Newport, the largest brand, rose 4 percent, while the cheap cigarettes Maverick increased by 16 percent. Lorillard believes that the industry as a whole sold about 3 percent fewer cigarettes in the quarter.

High unemployment and rising prices and taxes on cigarettes have led many smokers to smoke less and sell for cheaper brands during the crisis in an effort to save money. Maverick Lorillard and Reynolds American Inc. “cigarette-store.biz/online/pall-mall were among the beneficiaries.

Lorillard retail market grew 0.8 per quarter to 14 percent of the U.S. market. The share of the Newport menthol market grew slightly to 35.6 percent, while its main competitors have increased efforts to capture some of the growing market for menthol. The company said the promotion of free menthol Newport, Maverick brand growth and geographic expansion of the market share went to Newport.

Most tobacco companies have been raising prices and cutting costs to maintain profits in an economic downturn and declining demand cut into sales of cigarettes. Raising taxes, smoking bans, health and social stigma, and cigarettes made business tougher.

The company also said Thursday that it raised its quarterly dividend by 19 percent and buy back 3.3 million shares during the quarter.

For the full year, the company said it earned $ 1.11 billion, or $ 7.99 per share, in 2011, compared with $ 1.03 billion, or $ 6.78 per share, in 2010. Revenue excluding excise taxes increased about 10 percent to $4.45 billion.

On Wednesday, Reynolds American, which also makes cigarette-store.biz/online/camel, said its fourth-quarter profit rose 16 percent as higher prices and productivity helped offset the drop in cigarette sales. Volumes fell 7 percent to 10.5 billion cigarettes during the quarter.

Last week, rival Altria Group, owner of the country’s largest cigarette manufacturer, Philip Morris USA, said that its fourth-quarter profit fell about 9 percent on charges even higher prices and profits from its smokeless tobacco products have helped to strengthen their sales. His cigarette volumes were flat at 33.7 billion cigarettes, and the best-selling cigarette brand, Matlboro online lost 0.7 points of market share. He has nearly 42 percent of the U.S. market.

Lorillard, the oldest continuously operating U.S. tobacco company, spun off from Loews Corporation in 2008.


Cigarette Ads of the 1990s

Lawyers warn of smokeless tobacco

Cases of teens caught with tobacco in schools can be compared to last year, but the anti-drug officials say chewing and other alternatives, smoking may help them avoid detection.

Jennifer Ball, substance abuse prevention educator for the school district, told you are no longer children and adolescents, only cigarettes and tobacco spit to choose from. Now the products look like stripes gum, mints, tea bags, and other common elements that can be slipped into the upper or lower lip and go unnoticed. Many mints or fruit, and even smell like candy wrap, Ball said. “Especially in the school system, if you do not know the tobacco companies’ new marketing tools, teachers can easily take these items for packing chewing gum or candy,” Ball said. “They do come in small cans that look like Altoid cans. All chewing tobacco is no longer the little round circle of containers that are so obvious. They can be disguised so well.”

This concern, the ball is said, because children and teenagers are increasingly using the products and are under the impression that they are safer than cigarettes.

According to a press release from Hernando County Health Department, 10.9 percent of students in Hernando County school there were a smokeless tobacco in 2010 – 2.6 percent more than in 2006.

For comparison, the statewide prevalence of smokeless tobacco was 6.4 percent among high school students in 2011.

Health officials and worry, because the fall and other chewing tobacco, consume three to four times the amount of nicotine compared to cigarettes.

Using chewing tobacco also gives users the risk of oral cancers, and cancers of the esophagus, larynx, stomach, pancreas, and pharynx.

“Part of the problem lies in the fact that we beat the children about the dangers of smoking and all that they have heard, is lung cancer, lung cancer, lung cancer,” Ball said. “We have always been focused on smoking, and very little was discussed about oral cancer and cancer of the stomach.”

According to the Department of Health, the new products that teens have access to include:
• Snus (pronounced “snooze”), a new type of smokeless tobacco, which is a small bag, a bag containing tobacco that users place between the gum and upper lip. Snus requires no spitting, so it can be easily hidden. Of Orbs (soluble granules tobacco), sticks and strips that resemble chewing gum, candy and breath strips.

Other forms include:of the spit, or chewing tobacco.

Loose-leaf for: Free form small packed bars.

Forks of the: which consist of small, oblong blocks of semi-soft chewing tobacco?

of the Nasal snuff: the powder, which is sniffed into the nostrils.

Meanwhile, Ann-Gayl Ellis, public information officer of the Department of Health said that the February 19-25 a week to the Chu – a campaign aimed at preventing and reducing the use of smokeless tobacco.



State Offers Absurd Tax on Electronic Cigarettes

If you have successfully replaced smoking with electronic cigarettes, take note of the legislative state of Hawaii would like to tax you if you were still smoking. Both the House and Senate have introduced bills to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, to do two things: to ban their sale to minors, as well as to collect the same 70-percent tax on them, that the state taxes on tobacco products in fact, such as real cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, etc.

 One small problem with the bills, electronic cigarettes contains no tobacco. Dismantle one and all you’ll find is a battery, a heater and solution of water, glycerin and nicotine. Liquid when heated creates a smoke like vapor that is odorless and non-toxic and absolutely no smoking. Nicotine comes from tobacco, but not the tobacco itself, otherwise, why has a nicotine gum, lozenges and patches are usually sold as a safe alternative to smoking and quitting smoking means? (Of course, none of these nicotine laced products included in this anti-e-cigarette bill, said details.)

Perhaps a metaphor will help our legislators confusing. And coffee and cola contain caffeine, but can of Coke contains absolutely no coffee, so any attempt to legalize coca-cola, coffee as if it were the product will be funny.

So, well, the government wants to ban the sale of everything from nicotine to minors. Does this with a bill that is not completely distort the meaning of the word “tobacco” out of all recognition?

What the state really seem to want to tax revenues. I’ve written about this before: the government perversely immoral to have incentives to make sure as many smokers continue to smoke as much as possible, because governments are addicted to cigarette tax revenues. For example, see my September 2006 column, “Double Bind», depending on Hawaii taxes on cigarettes to fund trauma services.

If these bills pass and e-cigarettes and all their accessories (batteries, chargers, etc.) may be the same taxes, in fact, cigarettes, some smokers prefer to stay with tobacco cigarettes. Some of these people, with statistical significance, are dying from heart disease and cancer. If the government really cares about our health, it would offer tax breaks for smokers who switch to electronic cigarettes (or, to be fair, nicotine gum, patches, pills, etc.) Instead, I think that some legislators panicked over the prospect that people have successfully replaced cigarette tax to non-taxed tobacco-free replacement in a hurry to reconsider that alternative, as tobacco for the sole purpose of seizing money. God forbid you should find some nice activities of the state has not found a way to tax!

There’s also a public hearing on the bills tomorrow, February 8th at 9 am, Conference Room 211 at the Legislature. I can not attend, I wish I could. I would like someone to ask the state legislature to provide for tobacco in the tobacco-free product. Full disclosure, I use e-cigarettes to keep you away from the real thing. This works for me. Besides, I’m not a financial interest in this matter, except this: I do not see why I should be taxed as a smoker, I did not smoke.


Lawmakers put off vote on Indian Affairs nominee

Nominal Governor Susana Martinez to head the Department of Indian Affairs is under scrutiny from lawmakers about possible illegal sales of cigarettes in a store managed by the family office secretary.

The Senate Rules Committee agreed Monday to temporarily postpone a vote on approval of the Secretary of Indian Affairs, Arthur Ellison, because questions about the sale of untaxed cigarettes in a store Star Ranch, located near Farmington on the Navajo Nation. We are talking about selling non-Indians of cigarettes without taxes in New Mexico and selling certain cigarettes, Attorney General’s office argues, is prohibited in New Mexico. Martinez appointed Allison last year to run the agency. He is the first Navajo appointed to the cabinet-level job. Allison said that the committee, he applied for a job shop, his son and does not receive compensation from him. “I take no profit from it. I’m not a member of management,” said Ellison, who described himself as a “passive member” of the Partnership, which owns the gasoline and shop. Nevertheless, Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, has repeatedly asked Allison about his financial stake in a shop and said that it is possible for “passive member”, to be eligible for the money partnership. Wirth said that the state financial disclosure reports Allison shops listed under the category of “other business interests in New Mexico at $ 10,000 or more.” Ellison said he turned to the store because the sales volume of more than $ 10,000.

At the request of legislators, Ellison said he will give the committee a copy of the operating agreement to the store. Wirth said he would shed light on whether Allison continues to have a financial interest in the store, possibly violated state law.

Wirth and Senate President Tim Jennings, D-Roswell, said the committee should decide on the participation of stores and Ellison, to avoid potential confirmation fight in the Senate. Allison should get away from the $ 87,000 a year public service, if the Senate rejected his nomination.

“I do not want to do anything that hurts the reputation Mr. Ellison,” said Wirth.
Jennings said: “I do not think anyone questions his honesty.”

However, some committee members expressed concern that the unregulated sale of cigarettes a certain sires can put New Mexico at the risk of losing some of the more than $ 35 million the state receives each year to 1998 national agreements with major companies of tobacco.

The Committee plans to resume in the category view of Ellison environment and wants to hear from the office of general counsel, who sent a letter to the governor’s office in May last year, said the administration, the sale of cigarettes in a store Allison violate the law of the state and that Ellison is “aiding and abetting in the sale of contraband.” A month later, a reporter for the Associated Press was still able to buy the Seneca brand cigarettes without state tax stamps.

Allison told the committee he doesn’t know whether the store continued to sell Seneca cigarettes.

The Canadian-based manufacturer of the Seneca brand, Grand River Enterprises, is not certified to sell its products in New Mexico, according King’s office. However, the company has sued New Mexico and the attorney general, claiming that the state can not prohibit the sale of Seneca cigarettes and other tribal lands. The company is positioning itself as the largest producer of Native Americans has made tobacco products in North America.

Under a 2010 law, New Mexico increased its tax on cigarettes by 75 cents a package to a total of $1.66. However, the state agreed to give tribal retailers a price advantage by exempting them from 91 cents of the New Mexico tax if a tribe or pueblo levied its own tax of at least 75 cents.

Allison said the Navajo Nation charges a tax on cigarettes. However, the tribal government is not certified for the state, the tax meets the requirements of the law in 2010, according to the spokesman of the Department of Taxation and revenue.


State targets do-it-yourself tobacco shops for taxes

Dawn of day, the store clerk in DIY tobacco in Bremerton, said that they call their product “smokes” instead of cigarettes; to make a distinction between machines rolled tobacco and manufactured cigarettes Marlboro, as well as a cigarettespub.biz/camel. Customers buy loose tobacco and rolling papers, and then rent a time machine, which can be up to 200 cigarettes in eight minutes.

A carton of smokes costs about $32 while a carton of manufactured cigarettes at a retail location costs about $80.The attorney general’s office introduced Senate Bill 6564 Jan. 30 which aims to roll their machines illegal in Washington State. Roll-your own tobacco advocates argue that the bill, sponsored by tobacco Philip Morris, is a way to crush a little competition.The bill replaced House Bill 2565 which was heard before the Senate and House Jan. 23 and 24 and targeted only the so-called “tax loophole” that sponsors argued these small shops were exploiting. Shops like DIY do not pay a state or federal cigarette tax, which is $30 per carton for Washington state. Instead, they pay a lesser tobacco products tax.

“It will close us down,” Cassie Kroesser, owner of DIY Tobacco, said. “Quite simply, I will have to file for bankruptcy if this bill passes.”

Christine Rolfes 23 districts senator who sponsored the original bill, the categories of tobacco stores as “unregulated cigarette manufacturers”, which makes cigarettes more accessible to people, particularly underage smokers.

Rolfes came out of the new bill, and Karen Keiser, 33rd District senator, became the main sponsor.

“The purpose of the bill is not to put people out of business,” said Rolfes. “It’s to level the playing field. Business model is new, but public health is concerned that the model will grow, if left unregulated. They do not follow the rules of fire safety regulations or public health.”
Rolfes said that there are two issues concerning the deployment of their own cigarettes, and public health and safety. The first is that the cigarettes behind the counter or locked behind glass. Rolfes and 36th district Senator Jean Kohl-Welles believe that the model can give minors access to cigarettes for smokers, they do not have the convenience or grocery stores.

Day argued that the majority of its clients for over 35 years and include “a lot of older people with limited mobility.” It’s just not” teenager stuff” they want to wait for cigarettes.

Day also explained that the store checks the ID of all its patrons in the majority. To use the machine, the client must show their ID, buy a bag of tobacco on the counter and pay rent for the rolling machine to work. Although children are allowed in the shops, Day argued that they can not operate the machine without her knowledge.

Scott Daniels, Kitsap Public Health District deputy director, said that “anything that encourages or promotes the use of tobacco is not something we support.” However, there has been no guidance from the board on this legislation and whether or not cigarette rolling machines pose a public health risk.

“I would prefer that you would not even allow these machines in our state,” said Mary Selecky, Secretary of Health Washington State Department of Health. “But if they are in, they should be by the same rules for all tobacco products.”

The Washington Fire Chief’s Association supported the bill in the House hearing January 24 on the grounds that roll their own cigarettes are not required to use fire-resistant paper, such as industrial cigarettes. A fire safe paper guarantees that the cigarette is lit, if left unattended, said Dylan Doty, a spokesman of the association.

“Cigarettes are the leading cause of house fires across the nation,” Doty said. “By making these folks manufacturers, they then would have to comply with the same rules and regulations for safety.”

Eugene Hall, a smoker and regular customer at DIY, said that the real issue is not about public health but business competition.

“No one says smoking is good for you, but I use her store, because it first opened and it’s a good product that is 100 percent natural without any chemicals and fillers. It is more accurate,” said Hall. “It’s just big names are afraid of competition.”

Korean Grocer’s Association recently filed a complaint two months ago with a committee of Washington Liquor Control that a roll of tobacco shops of their own machines has done their “sales slump” and that tax loopholes unfair to businesses that must pay cigarette taxes, said TC Bentler, Washington representative of the Association of Neighbourhood shops.

Roll-your-own shops in the state have grown from 53 stores to 65 stores since the grocer’s association filed their complaint.

The bill prohibiting roll-your-own tobacco machines was introduced for a first reading in the senate Jan. 31 and awaits a senate floor vote.


Idaho bill would ban electronic cigarettes to children

Current Idaho law bans tobacco products from being sold to children, but doesn’t cover a new product called “e-cigarettes,” electronic cigarettes that contain no tobacco, but instead allow users to inhale a nicotine-infused mist without creating smoke.

Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, is sponsoring legislation to change this, and his bill was approved unanimously Monday in Idaho Home Health Care and Social Committee, which sent him to the full house with the recommendation that it passHealth districts around the state, including the Panhandle Health District in North Idaho, support the move and asked Nonini and co-sponsor Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene, to pitch the legislation. City of Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Hayden already prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, as well as Spokane County and the City of Spokane and Spokane Valley.Nonini said the products contain “large amounts or what could be considered deadly amounts of nicotine.”Rep. John Rusche, D-Lewiston, a former doctor, said: “There’s no reason to suspect that nicotine mist made differently than nicotine in cigarette smoke. … I guess my question is, why are we allowing the sale of these at all?”

Nonini, a smoker, said he understands the desire of Rouche’s state of health does not have people smoke at all.”I understand that,” he said. “The purpose of this law, at least a starting point, tries to keep them in the hands of children». E-cigarettes are sold to the seasoning, according to him, as a “lure children to start smoking.” He called the bill “the first attempt … regulate the sale of such that they do not receive minors.”

Lora Whalen, director of the Panhandle Health District, told the committee that electronic cigarettes are “battery-operated nicotine delivery devices”, which come in “the pleasure of taste,” like chewing gum, and lights up when the user inhales. Health Districts of Idaho has unanimously approved a resolution supporting a ban their sale to minors, she said.

“Minors should not have access to nicotine,” Whalen said committee, called the bill “just common sense.” She said, “Nicotine addiction has historically been one of the most difficult relationships to break down.” Toxic levels of nicotine are much lower for children than for adults, Whelan noted.

Rep. Sue Chew, D-Boise, noted that the provision in the bill requires that any mail ordered electronic cigarette buy on credit or debit card will be sent only to the cardholder’s account, in its age-verification requirements. She doubts that will not limit adults to buy the product, as well as children. Nonini said: “I think I would prefer to err on the side of saving them from the hands of as many young people as possible, as opposed to changing it.”

To become law, the bill must still pass the full House and Senate and get the signature of the governor.

Rusche praised Nonini for proposing the bill, and said, “Sometimes you just have to take first downs instead of touchdowns.”

Cigarettes against the pipe

I received the following note recently and thought it posed an interesting question. “My husband smokes a pipe and a small decrease in our apartment, we share an office. I know I’m getting too much second-hand smoke. You can tell the difference between cigarettes and the chimney?”

In addressing this, there are two questions. One is the effect of cigarette smoke, compared with a chimney on the smoker and the second is the impact on each of those nearby who inhale tobacco smoke.

First, let’s look at the smoker. Both cigarette and pipe smoking can be extremely damaging to health, which significantly increases the risk of heart disease, lung disease (chronic bronchitis, emphysema, etc.) and lung cancer. However, much depends on the presence or absence of smoke inhaled and, if so, the amount smoked.

“True” smokers, those who had never smoked cigarettes, almost never inhaled. Because they do not breathe, reducing health risks to a large extent.

In fact, there have been several studies that concluded the pipe moderate smokers (less than several bowls of tobacco per day) that do not breathe to live longer than non-smokers. Why? There are several suggested causes, for example, that smoking is a great way to relax and beat stress, and smokers tend to be high socio-economic class, which is more health-conscious, but no one really knows.

Of course, this does not mean that pipe smoking is a healthy thing to do. Although, not inhaling pipe smokers increase the risk of major chronic disease deaths are many, they do increase the risk of cancer of the mouth, lips and throat. But since they can not be fatal, they do not adversely affect longevity statistics. In other words, there is a risk to health, but it probably will not kill you.

Cigarette smokers, on the other hand, almost always inhale the smoke, and their risk of heart disease and lung cancer increases dramatically, respectively. Furthermore, when smokers quit cigarettes and go to the pipe, they are likely to continue to inhale the smoke. This changes things drastically, and inhaled the smoke pipe provides similar health risks as inhaled cigarette smoke, and nothing is achieved by switching.

Thus, the key to a smoker or not smoke is inhaled.

Passive smoking

Secondhand smoke consists of exhaled smoke (main smoke) and smoke that comes directly from the combustion of tobacco (side stream smoke). It contains large amounts of toxic chemicals, and it creates a health risk to passers-by.

The degree of risk associated with the dose. If you are “trapped” in a small apartment, and there is a significant smoking occurs, the concentration of smoke in the air will be high, and breathe it can contribute to the same health problems suffered by the smoker. There’s also “third hand” smoke – the smoke clings to the residual hair, clothing, rugs, pillows, etc.

Secondhand smoke is especially dangerous for young people, and the younger the child, the greater the risk. It begins in the womb with a low birth weight and increased risk of complications. There is an increased risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and infections, particularly of the middle ear and lower respiratory tract, as well as an increased risk of chronic cough, wheezing, etc.

What is worse, from passive smoking cigarettes or pipe? Although I have not seen any convincing evidence research on this topic, logic suggests that because both destroy health when inhaled, and passersby inhale it, both are bad.

The Bottom Line

The lower pipe smoking in a small apartment, points to problems for all who live there. While there may be no smoking inhales, it is not dodging bullets, because he is inhaling tobacco smoke.
Quitting smoking is the obvious solution. However, if he will not abandon the pipe completely, perhaps he could consider their season a smoker to smoke only outdoors, weather permitting.

The proposed cigarette tax

State Rep. Mary Still, D-Columbia, proposed legislation to increase state tax revenues and use of cigarettes to help fund higher education. We support their proposal and we hope Missouri General Assembly will pass the initiative to put it on the ballot, so that the public might eventually vote for him.

As of January 1, Missouri, the lowest tax rate on cigarettes in the country at $ 0.17 per pack, according to the Federation of Tax Administrators. According to reports, the FTA in 2012, even after a proposed Nevertheless, four times the tax on $ 0.89 per pack, Missouri would have the 18th lowest state tax cigarettes, and 18 out of 51 (including the District of Columbia), is not bad at all.

Increased tax impact on business connected with the tobacco industry, but the effect can be briefly understood, and we believe that the correct price to pay for higher education funding. Our only concern is that the tax could affect low-income individuals who are on a population of smokers, according to the World Health Organization. We hope the tax on cigarettes will encourage those people to stop buying cigarettes, which is a luxury, not a necessity.

According to WHO, a tax that increases the price of cigarettes by 10 percent reduces consumption by 4 percent in high-income countries like the U.S., and in accordance with the American Lung Association, 10 per cent increase in the total price of cigarettes leads to a 7 percent decrease in the number of Smoke children consume. We understand, throw hard, but it is not impossible.

This legislation is not an attack on smokers or those companies in the tobacco industry. This is an attempt to increase funding for higher education, which received cuts. The tax on cigarettes, even after four times, it will be much lower than the national average, which, according to campaign for Tobacco Free Children and Missourian, is $ 1.46 and below the national median, which, according to FTA is $ 1.25. It is not unreasonable taxes.

Currently, Missouri is one of four states to be given a failing grade in the ALA, which works to improve lung health and preventing lung disease in each of four categories: program expenses, smoke free air, cigarette tax and cessation. If you increase tax on cigarettes is enough to convince even a few users a cigarette to reduce consumption, we consider the marginal benefits of health beneficial effects for our state.

Whatever the House committee bill is to clean it, and the Senate and House must pass it. Then, voters will require approval. We urge that, in contrast to previous attempts to raise taxes on cigarettes in 2002 and 2006, public Missouri is just over 49 percent approval rate of approval to put more than 50 percent and provide beneficial law is passed.

If you pay $ 0.70 more per pack of cigarettes increases the funding, which is still estimated to be $ 4 million for higher education, it is very effective value. In an article in the Missourian, Still quoted as saying “I appreciate the funding of education for the lowest cigarette tax in the country.” We agree.