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Smoke cigarettes, eat eggs and nuts

You know what makes me happy? Seeing the 138-year-old woman smokes some cigarettes. You know, like, bent to her head almost even with her butt, pointing here somehow grew two new joint fist and sucking down her 40th Red Marlboro a day.

  • Yes. Pleases me no end to see this woman. Why? Because she beat the system. It hit home. She won. You can not smoke two packs a day and live to be 138. This is what we are told. But she did, and it makes me happy.
  • I say this because I hate eggs.
  • Yes. Eggs. I hate them. I find them to be repelled at best (fried, scrambled) disgusting at worst
  • As it turns out, my balls hostility may eventually – in theory – add years to the back of my life and just might let me, of all people, to raise some extra joints. See, a study published in the journal Atherosclerosis shows eating eggs – whole eggs with egg yolk – is dangerous for your heart as smoking. There are more than four eggs a week – even eggs, which are used in baking, or what you use eggs – not recommended. Apparently, it causes the arteries thicken up like a milkshake. Smoking does the same thing.
  • Interesting, is not it?

And although it’s harder to find those 138-year-old three eggs per day eaters, I’m sure they’re there. In fact, I would put all the years there are a lot of older people in the audience itself reader who smoked cigarettes and ate the eggs in their life, and cackling with delight as they read this. “Hoo-ha-ha,” they say, egg yolk dribbling down his chin as they puff on their unfiltered Camel. “Take it, fate!”

  • Of course, this math changes if you eat organic eggs. Because everyone knows eating organic, of course, allow you to live a long, long time. Except, uh, not so much as the Stanford study recently proved, since there is no benefit to anything organic.
  • «I was totally surprised,” Dr. Dena Bravata, a senior research affiliate who ran the study, said in the article, AP. “There is not much difference.”
  • And there goes another 138-year-old, is the one who ate apples sprayed with DDT since 23 A.D
  • OK. I’ll stop here. Smoking is bad, bad eating eggs, organic doesn’t matters.

Davao City ready regulate electronic cigarettes

The City Council has approved the proposal, which regulates the use of electronic cigarettes and other nicotine-containing products, further strengthening its anti-smoking policies.

The measure, which has not signed by Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio, the decision to become, is an enhanced version of the 2002 anti-smoking law.

Authored by advisor Thomas J. Monteverde IV, the proposed Regulation also imposes new requirements to create a place for smoking in business establishments.

It seeks to require business operators to ensure that permits smoking of tobacco control task force of local government.

Such areas must be free of walls and roof, and must be at least 10 meters from the main facilities. Designated areas must be marked as “smoking” and display graphic images of harmful consequences of vice.

In accordance with the decree, enterprises need only to secure the approval of the Office of City engineers in construction areas for smoking, as part of the building plan.

The anti-smoking regulations is punishable as ₱ 1000, or a month in jail, or both for the first offense; 2500 and two months in jail for the second offense and ₱ 3000 to four months in jail for the third offense.

The anti-smoking task force, headed by Dr. Domilyn C. Villareiz, tasked with the implementation of the resolution.

In an earlier interview, Ms. Villareiz said her group was in favor of a ban on electronic cigarettes in public places, but the selling point groups have opposed the proposal.

Jasper Huang, distributor of electronic cigarette products to the harmful effects are not established.

The city councilors, however, believes that it is better to regulate the use of products such as non-smokers are annoyed at the smoke emission.

In strengthening the campaign against smoking, Ms. Villareiz said it was important for “young people, not to see their old smoking,” even if it is just an electronic device.

E-cigarettes gain popularity as a way for quitting

It’s called “vamping”, – puffing on e-cigarettes. Actor Johnny Depp in the blank “The Tourist”, and actress Katherine Heigl use an electronic cigarette while back on “The David Letterman Show.”

Electronic cigarettes are made of plastic and metal, haven’t tobacco. The battery heats the solution containing propylene glycol to create a vapor that smokers inhale. Decision contained in a disposable cartridge, you can get dozens of flavors and with different levels of nicotine.

They do not stain your teeth and fingers, and there’s no smoke. No wonder people are turning to electronic cigarettes as a way to quit smoking – despite warnings from health experts who warn against their use.

“I think that people have the opinion that electronic cigarettes are harmless,” said Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County Health Commissioner. “We do not know the long-term effects on the health of people who use electronic cigarettes. Moreover, we do not know the effects of passive vapor. It’s still a public health problem.”

Medical experts question the effectiveness of e-cigarettes as a tool to quit smoking. E-cigarettes are unregulated, and they have no scientific studies are needed, if they were in charge of the Federal narcotics.

“We do not know enough about the electronic cigarettes to recommend them,” said Richard O’Connor, Associate Professor of Oncology, Department of Health behavior in Roswell Park Cancer Institute. “They may be useful for some people. Warning that the lack of industry standards and regulations. Another issue that was not any good clinical trials, which is the gold standard to see if there is something! D works for smoking.”

Proponents argue that there is enough anecdotal evidence to support the effectiveness of e-cigarettes as a tool to quit smoking. In spring 2011 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that electronic cigarettes can help quit smoking.

“You just hit it whenever you get the urge at a certain time of the day,” Kelly said Randles, 34, who turned out to e-cigarettes in September last year. “This is totally different from cigarettes, because you do not have to finish it all. Take a couple of puffs, put it down and do what you do.”

Electronic cigarettes were first sold in China in 2003. They did not become available in the United States until 2006. Today, about 2.5 million Americans use e-cigarettes, tobacco vapor electronic cigarette Association reported. Most use it as a substitute for cigarettes, according to a survey published earlier this year by the University Of Alberta School Of Public Health.

Randles – the mother of two boys aged 11 and 13 – said electronic cigarettes she buys from vapor trail in South Buffalo, a healthier option than it used Matlboro online.

“Here’s the thing. I get a taste of Marlboro, not menthol,” Randles said.

Contrail co-owner Andrew Osborne, 29, said he had given up smoking for 18 months just to get back up. Now he is using electronic cigarettes as an alternative to conventional cigarettes.

“Nicotine does something for you,” said Osborne. He compares it to caffeine.

Growing concern that children and teens can use the electronic cigarette as a prelude to the tobacco cigarettes prompted Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban the use of electronic cigarettes within 100 feet of the entrance to public or private schools. Legislation came into force on 5 September. The second provision – banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under 18 years old – comes into force on January 1.

“Just something electronic marketing is very appealing to children and teenagers,” she said. “As a pediatrician, I am afraid this may be another place for a teenager to start breathing that can be toxic.”

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Electronic cigarettes have become eminent because of its qualities that guarantee everyone from harmful content typically found in tobacco cigarettes. E cigarettes or e-cigs, as these gadgets accidentally called, goes through batteries. Some models have a USB included in the item for easy charge, while others require a separate charging station. Because it works on energy, simulating feelings smoking tobacco cigarettes is actually – no harmful ingredients – has led it to be called as electronic cigarettes.

According to Dr. Farsalinos of Greece presented in 2012 by the European Society of Cardiology in Germany in early August, “Given the extreme dangers associated with smoking, currently available data suggest that electronic cigarettes are less harmful and substituting tobacco electronic cigarette could be useful to health.”

Although some people say that it is just going to be another useless fad, like nicotine patches, studies so far have been consistent in the conclusion that of all the alternative tools out there smoking, electronic cigarettes are, by far, the most effective. On the one hand, it is to hold the nicotine, in addition, as it can be. Secondly, it is an opportunity to address the psychological dependence on inhalation and puffing. Free trial kits, such as those offered by, are among the most popular searches on the internet alone, giving proof of how he gained much popularity since it was introduced to the market in 2007.

Of course, with professional researchers in the science and practice of medicine vouch for the effectiveness of e-cigarettes, there should be no reason for one to not switch to electronic cigarettes, especially if one wants to improve their health.

Samuel McCumbee from NC said: “I now live six months without a real cigarette, after 14 years of smoking, due to water vapor cigarette I’m so much healthier, my smokers cough is gone, and I do not stink. ‘.

Big tobacco tax hike unfair

When you drill down through the hype, Proposition B’s outrageous and unfair 760 percent tax increase, the largest tax increase in Missouri’s history, is not about education or health care. It is a responsible policy of tax, of the correct size and scope of government and politicians to spend even more of your tax dollars. Just follow the money.

Misleading statistics. While this may serve as political cover and spark emotions, tobacco and health statistics are not relevant to the debate Prop B, because not a single cent of Prop B must be spent actually treatment of tobacco-related diseases. Not one penny. Shouldn’t a “sin tax” be used to cure the “sin”?

Education funds will be diverted – again. When it comes to the state budget, what is happening in the front door could just as easily go back. No matter what supporters say, the state budget is an annual game shell, and there is no guarantee Prop B would actually increase funding for education. Remember that all the broken promises of education funding, which came from lotteries and casinos? Do not be fooled again.

Prop B is destructive to the economy of the State of Missouri, because tobacco is cheaper than half of our states overseas and benefits Missouri retailers compared to other boundaries of the four states will be significantly reduced. This leads to a massive reduction in cross-border sales of tobacco and petrol, beer and other products, causing a small family business to close and people lose their jobs.

The middle class will pay $ 67 million tab. Proponents themselves predict if Prop B passes, 157 million fewer packs of cigarettes to be sold in Missouri every year. Leading economist expects lower sales of cigarettes only result in $ 67 million per year reduction in sales and other tax revenue for state and local coffers. There is no free lunch. The middle class will be paying this $ 67 million a year tab for all, as always.

Prop B sets the panel of nine unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats that unilaterally and without legislative oversight will monitor hundreds of millions of tax dollars. Prop B allows even those political insiders in the pocket of the tax money and use it to enrich their special interests friends.

Nowadays consumers in Colombia pays 46 percent tax rate ($ 1.39) by $ 3 packs of cigarettes, 37 percent ($ 1.47) by $ 4 pieces and 31 percent ($ 1.54) $ 5 pcs. Taxes include a 17-percent state tax on tobacco, $ 1.01 federal tax on tobacco and local and state sales taxes.

Just outside touch politician or special interest groups would dare say these tax rates are too low and should be massively increased.

State the problem requires a state wide solution. All Missourians benefit from essential public services, such as public education, so that all Missourians have to pay their fair share, and “skin in the game.”

Attempt to finance education of most tax minority populations, such as smokers, bad public policy, it lacks serious leadership, smacks of political desperation, and the ever-shrinking funding source does not generate nearly enough revenue to adequately fund education.

It would be like taxing railroad companies to pay for prisons or hospitals tax to pay for roads and bridges. It just does not make any sense.

Enough. You know, when you’re at home and watch the news or read the newspaper and think, ‘Wow, the government more and more out of control than ever? “Well, this is your chance to do something about it.

MPCA continues to support a reasonable increase in tobacco taxes, allowing Missouri retailers maintain their competitive advantage of our higher tax on taxable state border.

However, all Missourians, smokers and non-smokers, we can agree that while education deserves to be adequately funded and tobacco products deserve to be fairly taxed, Prop outrageous and unjust B 760-percent increase tax is too big and too dangerous.

Higher cigarette prices lift Imperial Tobacco sales

Price goes all year earnings helped lift Imperial Tobacco and offset a dip in volume, as the fourth-largest cigarette group suffered in the crisis-hit Spain and tough markets in Poland and Ukraine.

The British group, which sells more than 340 billion cigarettes annually brands such as Davidoff, Gauloises, JPS and Rizla, said in a trading update on Thursday revenue will grow around 4pc for its year to the end of September, when stripping out currency fluctuations.

Total volumes were seen falling around 3pc. Imperial aims to counter slowdown in Europe, offering economy cigarette brands such as JPS and Lambert & Butler-roll their own products, while higher prices for the more affluent consumers in Western Europe and the United States.

He said while growth was particularly strong in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region, the volume affected by the weakness in Poland, Spain and Ukraine, as well as sanctions in Syria.

Imperial has suffered in Ukraine in connection with the growth of illicit trade, which was not required to be paid, and its business in Poland RYO tobacco was hit as farmers sold more tobacco directly to consumers.

Volumes have been falling in Spain – its third-largest market after the UK and Germany – due to recession and high unemployment, while the United Nations sanctions since mid 2011 stopped their trade to Syria.

The Bristol-based group said the strategic brands such as Davidoff and Gauloises expected to see strong volume and profitability, as they continue to be an increase in the share of total cigarette.

Imperial said its operating performance and financial position was in line with his expectations, as it gave trading update for the year ending September 30, and in anticipation of the annual results, scheduled for October 30

Cigarette manufacturer ITC is sizzling

Cigarettes are not very good. Or at least that’s what the world at large thinks. Latest salvo against smoking came from Australia a few weeks ago. He decided to take a simple package, which means that manufacturers will have to sell cigarettes in gray, olive green packets with graphic pictorial warnings. Trademark logo will be replaced by a brand name in the specified font, from December 1.

Anti-smoking lobby believe that plain packaging will help curb consumption. Market research on plain packaging, made by the Foundation of Public Health of India and Hriday, health awareness NGO, showed that more than 80 percent of people believe that plain packaging of tobacco products will reduce the attractiveness and appeal of tobacco advertising value pack.

Australia’s decision, which is only one of a series of initiatives, the company must send Indian Tobacco (ITC) – which gets 57 percent of its revenue from cigarettes, but 80 percent of its profits – in the excitement. In the end, the Ministry of Health officials in India watching global developments closely and said the initiative, as in Australia, it may be taken at home, concerned that IDFC mentioned in its report.

“We turned bearish on the ITC, after several years, partly for reasons of its own production,” said IDFC. “The global tobacco industry is looking at a” systemic risk “, with Australia, Britain, Canada and Russia, taking strict measures which can limit the sale of cigarettes and dilute the brand franchise (bags without logos, 40 percent per year increase in taxes, etc. .) We believe that as a normative problem to grow, global majors will be de-rated, and rub-off effect on the ITC. Adding to the woes is becoming more and more destructive tax environment for cigarettes in India “, IDFC adds. Company downgraded shares of ITC underperformer, and said that it was a bear on the company after many years.

Smoking performance

However, ITC puffs together, indifferent, making even more money. From 2011 to 2012, the mean value of the ITC-added tax (VAT) for cigarettes increased from 18 percent to 20 percent, but the data show that cigarette field, the measure of profitability was indented. In fact, the field has increased from 29.92 per cent in Q1FY12 to 31.34 per cent in Q1FY13, in the background of one of the toughest in the history of taxation.

In anticipation of the results of the first quarter, analysts universally predicted two percent drop in cigarette, year-on-year, but, ITC bucked the trend and reported one percent growth, despite a 13 percent increase in prices as a result of steep tax.

What makes ITC such prominent companies in terms of performance? The relentless pursuit of excellence in building a strong world-class Indian brands, along with innovations in processes and investment in the state of modern technology has allowed ITC to improve its position in the market in cigarettes is that the ITC Executive Director Kurush Grant says.

Analysts summarize more succinctly: it’s pricing in the market leader. Note Prabhudas Lilladhar after Q1 results said that cigarettes are placed strong 260 bits improved EBIT field due to an increase in prices, a better product mix, soft raw material costs and the eighth consecutive quarter of margin, emphasizing pricing ITC.

Obviously, cigarettes guarantee ITC story. This, of course, despite the fact that the ITC chairman YC Deveshwar wants to create more opportunities for growth de-risked revenue model is largely dependent on restrictive business as tobacco. Non-FMCG cigarettes or “other” in the category of consumer goods – in the food, lifestyle, retail, personal care, education and stationery, matches and aggravates – is a varied category of its own. About ten years ago (although the various segments in the category recorded at different times), the other category is a significant part of income ITC, but not in terms of profits. ITC, however, managed to halve its losses in the category and is committed to take the international giants, becoming the number one player in the next 10-15 years. But more than a decade later, the cigarette still call the shots as fresh regulatory issues loom large.

Cigarette discount ban in the works

Malaysia is preparing to approve a policy that will ban discounts on cigarettes in an attempt to continue smoking, Philip Morris (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd Corporate Affairs Director Richard James.

Tobacco companies are now allowed to offer a discount up to 5% of the retail price for one month, up to three times a year. These stocks are usually carried out by tobacco companies to introduce new products.

James said, Philip Morris, which makes Matlboro online and, there is a problem with the proposed plan of the Health Ministry as tobacco players were informed of the move and have enough time to respond.

“If the idea of a smoking bans to make it less accessible, then we have no problem with that. Actually, we got to know in advance what movements and preparing for it,” he said in an interview SunBiz.

However, James said that the ban on price discounts has not been declared so it is unclear when it will be done.

“Even though the ban has not yet been published, we know that it is the intention of the government. So we have to keep in mind is to make sure that we do not include price discounts for cigarettes in our business plans in the pipeline,” he added.

The Ministry has recently announced that the new price floor on 20-stick cigarette packs will RM7, compared to RM6.40, and only a pack of cigarettes with 20 sticks can be sold from September 1. The new regulation is aimed at reducing opportunities for children, youth and low-income people to buy cigarettes.

“In addition, we do not have any problems with the new rules, (we know that) every time the excise tax increase, the minimum price will also increase. For 20-stick pack decree was imposed a standard format for the execution and monitoring purposes smuggling of tobacco products and the prices are too many options, “said James.

He added that Philip Morris understands the need to regulate the tobacco industry, as smoking is harmful and addictive.

“But as long as the rules are reasonable, but not extreme, and while we can tailor our business (as amended) in a reasonable time, then we would not be against them. Australia’s recent decision to support the simple act of packing (which says that tobacco products should be in a simple package and carry graphic health warnings) is an example of extreme policies that we think that there is no scientific evidence to support this. Moreover, policies aimed at demonizing the industry, “he said.

James believes the rules Malaysia and tobacco prices of one of the strictest in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Not only do you have the laws on the minimum selling price of cigarettes, the Ministry of Health must also approve all retailers offer price of tobacco products before they can sell them. Malaysia is one of the few countries in the world to do so.

“Injurious to health by tobacco products (with the image of patients, lung cancer and throat) are also among the largest in the region, after Australia, covering at least 40% before cigarette packages and 60% on the back,” James said, adding that there is a complete ban on the advertising of tobacco products in the country.

In Malaysia, Philip Morris is the third largest player after cigarettes British American Tobacco (M) Bhd and JT International Bhd, with a 15% market share.

James said the illegal tobacco trade, which accounted for 34.7% of all cigarettes sold in the country, continues to pose the greatest threat to the legal tobacco players like Philip Morris.

“These illegal cigarettes are usually brands, which are manufactured in Cambodia, the Philippines and Indonesia, and some of them are probably not registered brands in these countries. Although illicit trade effect will always be present in Malaysia from due to geography and the realities of government resources the Authority, we believe that (34.7%) level today is still too high, and we think that it can be brought up to a more acceptable level.

“We believe that the government loses about RM2 billion each year in lost excise taxes on tobacco market. This is a great incentive for the government in terms of picking unrealized gains,” he said.

Tobacco farmers hit Palace over sin taxes

Filipino tobacco farmers are alarmed at how Malacañang takes on their plight after a high palace official argued that the introduction of excessively high taxes on cigarettes will not adversely affect tobacco farmers.

The Palace seems to be “ignorant, if not indifferent” about us, said the 20,000-strong Philippine Tobacco Growers Association (PTGA), adding that Malacañang should listen to the valid concerns the farmers group that had raised before the Senate. The Ministry of Finance plans to increase excise taxes on cigarettes by as much as 1,000%.

PTGA represents tobacco growers for the provinces of Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Isabela, Cagayan and Occidental Mindoro.

Distor was refering to Secretary Ricky Carandang of the President Communications Development and Strategic Planning has been quoted as saying that “the bill will not have a negative impact on our farmers.”

“Maaring sila ay walang Alam, kung hindi man walang pakialam, SA kalagayan naming magsasaka ng Tabako”, said distortion.

Distortion asked how Malacañang can claim that tobacco growers will not be affected FD offer low-grade cigarette tax by as much as 1,000 percent, with 60 percent of their products are sold and used to make these available brands.

The DOF’s assurance that tobacco farmers would receive a significant share of the proceeds from the tax increase was highly doubtful, especially since experience has shows that government aid to them had often been slow and inadequate, Distor said.

He said that even the Senate President Enrile and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. pointed it at one of the hearings in the Senate tax proposal when they cited the example of Republic Act 7171.

RA 7171 promotes the development of farmers in the state of Virginia tobacco production provinces, giving them a share of the revenues from excise taxes on locally produced Virginia type cigarettes.

Enrile referred RA 7171 as “RA seven-awan seven-awan” (awan is Ilocano word for nothing), who said Marcos means that, despite the law, benefits to the compensation to tobacco farmers is not something a regular basis. ‘

He said tobacco farmers do not need any form of alms from the government, “because we are not beggars.”

“We are honest, hard-working citizens who contribute to the growth of our economy,” said distortion.

Besides hundreds of thousands of tobacco farmers, said the local distortion (CSI) based on tobacco as their main source of income will also suffer under the tax proposal in the Federal District.

Distortions lead as an example Ilocos Sur, one of the tobacco-producing provinces in the country, which was the first class of LSU, because revenue it generated and continues to generate from tobacco.

Tobacco farmers, Distor said, are not stubborn for they have complied because they made the previous government’s initiative to plant crops other than tobacco as corn. But they regretted their decision and returned to the planting of tobacco, because they earn less from planting other crops.

In addition, the climate in their regions and the land they till is best suited for growing tobacco, Distor noted.

He recalled that PTGA is not against an increase in cigarette taxes on cigarettes, but against the radical measures that would make the cost low-quality cigarettes from the market and leave them unemployed, which are inevitable consequences of 1,000% planned increase.

Distor also disputed the claim of finance officials that tobacco growers will continue to survive, even at high tax rates in response to growing demand in the local tobacco in foreign markets. Distor noted that not all farmers grow and sell for export quality tobacco.

Cigarettes duty doubled

Starting today, the import duty on cigarettes is going up by $ 2.10 per pack of 20, which is 100% increase in debt, Prime Office announced Friday afternoon. In addition, the rate of import duty on alcohol in the Cayman Islands will increase by 30 cents per liter of alcohol for everyone, including beer, beer, wine, champagne and spirits, according to a press release.

“I do not think it’s a very wise thing. I think the cost of living for the people, is already high. At this point, any heavy taxes in this area is only going to make people’s life that much more miserable,” said businessman Osbourne Bodden who owns a liquor store, gas station and fry fish in a hut Bodden Town. In addition to increasing the debt on cigarettes and alcohol, the Cayman Islands Government will now charge a $ 100 inspection fee on all shipping containers and a fee of $ 2 per 100 pounds (or part thereof) on all bulk containers and packages.

Jacques Scott Group Managing Director Peter Dutton said that he knew that the debt increase tobacco and alcohol in the near future, but he did not know that the specific increase will be. He said that he would have the numbers to chew before he was able to assess the potential impact on its business. Market price for a pack of 20 cigarettes is about $ 6, including $ 2.10 per import duties. Starting today, the import duty on a packet of 20 cigarettes is $ 4.20. If the stores pass the entire increase in debt customers, this means that the market rate for a pack of 20 cigarettes will be more than $ 8.

Beer peak

Compared with a debt hike cigarette, increase taxes on alcohol is relatively modest. Import duties on beer, beer and cider increased from $ 1.65 per liter to $ 1.95 per liter. However, a more modest growth will not stop a number of local retailers from making the run on alcohol, mostly beer, looking to stock up before Monday. “What we have seen, it works on the fluid of the distributors to the seller,” said Matt Bishop, general manager of Cayman Distributors. Cayman Distributors and Jacques Scott are two of the largest distributors of alcohol on the island. Mr. Bishop said he expects to see most retail price of alcohol to put around the island sometime this week, though he said some companies may try to prevent it as long as they can.

“In the current economic climate, it will be very difficult for retailers hold their prices,” Mr. Bishop said. “It’s often easy for the government to look at the alcohol tax,” he added. “But on the island, as the Cayman Islands, where our bars and restaurants … contribute so much to our community, we believe that the constant increase in the import duty on beer, wine and spirits is both punitive and will have a negative impact on our economy in general.”

Mr. Bishop said Cayman Distributors, will likely have to shutter its associated stores on Monday to allow customs officials to come and perform the number of existing goods to the import duty rises. The effective increase in the price of imported beer is equivalent to 10 percent of the fee on bottles and cans of beer announced on August 8 in the Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush during a meeting in Red Bay. At the same meeting, Mr. Bush also increases taxes on tobacco products. However, the import duty will not appear to apply to the local production of alcoholic beverages. The duty for table wine increases under the accordance with the new import tariff of $ 3.30 to $ 3.60 per liter tax on champagne increases from $ 10.50 to $ 10.80 per liter, and the duty on spirits is increased from $ 11.55 to $ 11.85 per liter. Mr. Bodden said the increase in alcohol duty sounded “more manageable” than the debt hike cigarette, but he said that he is likely to affect the cost of dining out.

“I understand what they are trying to eliminate smoking and alcohol use, but they do the cost of doing business higher,” he said. He said that it is expensive to live in Cayman, and this is exacerbated by high unemployment and a tough business environment. “The government itself must control their costs,” Mr. Bodden said.

Cigarette tax hike generates benefits

Here’s hoping Kentucky general decline in national youth smoking recently told the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

USA Today attributes the “historic drop in smoking,” not only among teenagers but among all age groups, a 62% increase in the federal tax on cigarettes in 2009.

Increase federal tax on $ 1.01 a package brought in about $ 30 billion in new acquisitions in the U.S. Treasury.

Meanwhile, some 3 million fewer Americans smoked in 2011 than in 2009, although the population has increased.

USA Today credits the federal tax increase on cigarettes to restart long-term reduction of smoking, which have stalled

In Kentucky, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform should take note.

Kentucky also has increased its cigarette tax in 2009. But instead of 70 cents proposed by Governor Steve Beshear, the legislature approved destroyed and only 30 cents per pack increase.

60 cents a pack, the tax on cigarettes Kentucky remains well below the national average of $ 1.49 and less than four of our seven surrounding states.

This is a big part of why Kentucky almost always leads the nation in the percentage of smokers, both adults and teenagers, and why pregnant Kentuckians smoke double the national rate.

Smoking is a terrible impact on the health and economy of Kentucky. Almost all smokers start at age 18, and adolescents are particularly sensitive to the increase in the cost of cigarettes.

Another increase in the cigarette tax state may produce health benefits and long-term savings in productivity, fewer Kentuckians die or are disabled from smoking.

Raising taxes on cigarettes will also provide needed revenues for the state.

Kentucky now gets about 3% of its revenue from taxes on cigarettes, as well as severance tax, income tax and tax on limited liability companies, and more than the lottery.

The biggest source of government revenue is income taxes and sales and use taxes.

Cigarette sales took a big dip in Kentucky after the tax increase, but it is unclear how much reduction came with less smoking and how many Kentuckians from declining sales in other states.

The most recent data for the state of Kentucky, in 2010 Youth Tobacco Survey show that nearly 25% of public high school student’s smoke and nearly 70% of teen smokers want to quit smoking.

Investigation CDC, released in August, showed that from 2009 to 2011, rates of smoking among school children nationally went from 17.2% to 15.8%.

The FDA’s cigarette labels go up in smoke

Since 2009, when Congress gave the supervision of the Food and Drug Administration tobacco industry, the agency has regularly updates its proverbial “smoking kills” labels with fresh gallery of horrors. Most recently, he insisted on the full-color images of affected lung cancer mouths, bodies, and the smoke billowing out of the hole in the neck of the man.

The FDA decided that these new labels cover the top, front and rear, each pack of cigarettes sold, which makes them impossible to be ignored he smoking and nonsmoking same. There are two problems: There’s no evidence that they reduce smoking. And they are unconstitutional.

On August 24, the Court of Appeals District of Columbia upheld a federal district court to strike the new warning labels stating in RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company, et al. against the FDA that the “FDA has not provided any evidence … to show that graphic warnings will be” directly advance “their interest in reducing the number of Americans who smoke.”

In other words, commercial speech, like any other word, deserves the full protection of the first amendment. And, as usual, the impulse to censor things that we hate proves why freedom of speech is essential, first of all.

Just as the First Amendment protects the free flow of information about the artistic and intellectual ideas, as well it is the protection of commerce, industry and advertising. Government can promote anti-smoking campaigns; it may even require that objective, factual messages, such as “smoking kills”, to be placed on cigarette packages. Such evidence-based, not ideological message allowance, and does not interfere with the flow of information.

However, the government is trying to do with these new labels put your own message on a legal product in an attempt to discourage buyers. It made a private company to run the state propaganda.

And the promotion of these images is: Instead of relay objective facts, they show the grotesque, disturbing images. New labels not just have to change the form of the Government, they change the message. And, as the Supreme Court firmly stated in Cohen v. California (1971), the manner of speech is inextricably linked with its message. To escalate the clear labels, the government decided to warn the public of the dangers of tobacco told them in no uncertain terms not to buy the product.

The fact that the government’s violations of freedom of speech here take the form of compelled speech, not censorship makes no constitutional difference. The Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech “if” freedom “does not mean freedom from coercion are against your will, it makes no sense. Was the government the opportunity to make a graphic form of speech, where, exactly, would have had to draw the line?

This is not a hypothetical question. In New Hampshire, Jehovah’s Witnesses objected to bear the state motto, “Live free or Die” on their license plates.

In fact, the precedent we are forced to view here it goes even further than Maynard. In the 1943 case of West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnett, the court ruled that the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the primary school can not be forced to salute the flag and read the oath of allegiance. Writing for the court, Justice Robert Jackson famously said:

“If there is a fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess their word or action faith in them. If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us. “

No such exception is today. Tobacco companies may be despised, their product malignant. But outrage over their existence and their behavior does not justify the violation of their rights. District courts were right to hit a new label, tobacco, and the Supreme Court should do the same.

Missouri Higher Education Council approves the tax on tobacco

The Missouri Coordinating Council for Higher Education passed a resolution in support of Proposition B, the initiative to raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products that appear on the November election.

The Coordinating Board for Higher Education supports a proposal from B, November ballot initiative to raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco related products. This initiative will lead to an increase in funding for higher education by about $ 85 million annually. The CBHE approves measure to devote 25% of revenue for higher education for the training of future health professionals – including doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and others – for high-paying jobs and to address the health needs of the state. The CBHE believes that this additional funding for higher education will make quality higher education more accessible to students, Missouri, enhance economic development and will improve the quality of life for many Missourians.

Board member Lowell Kruse, the former CEO of Heartland Health in St. Joseph, said: “Raising taxes on cigarettes – which is the lowest in the country – serves two important purposes: It will increase funding for education, which is in critical short supply, and it will improve the health for Missourians “.

The November ballot would raise the tax on cigarettes Missouri 90 cents per pack, the report says Associated Press. Currently, 17 percent of the tax is the lowest nationally. This initiative will also raise taxes on other tobacco products.

The proposal is projected to generate between $ 283 million and $ 423 million per year, 55% of the money will go to public schools, 25% of higher education and 20% to efforts intended to prevent people from using tobacco or to help them quit smoking.

Electronic Cigarettes

Smoking causes more deaths than alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine and other recreational drugs combined. Cigarettes contain more than a dozen carcinogens and 1 out of every 3 cancers-related deaths is due to tobacco. Smokers, even while taking the dangerous consequences of smoking just do not have the will power or the gumption to quit. There are various methods of quitting to help smokers quit, including nicotine patches, gum and electronic cigarettes, where the main principle is to give addicts nicotine “hit” without the harmful carcinogens found in tobacco. The most popular on is the Electronic Cigarette or E-cigarettes.

What’s an electronic cigarette?

The electronic cigarette is a device that simulates the process of smoking, producing a mist that has the same feeling (sometimes the same taste, too) from smoking. The concept of electronic cigarettes has been around since the 60s, but tobacco is not really considered to be dangerous then, and it took until 2003 for the first smoke-free electronic cigarette to hit the market.

Electronic cigarette manufacturers claim that they like real cigarettes, except that there are no harmful effects to health, because there is no burning, no tobacco or smoke. In addition, since there is no passive smoking, passive smoking and environmental pollution due to butt litter or smoke.

What’s in an electronic cigarette?

Electronic cigarette consists mainly of three parts: a cartridge injector and power supply
Cartridge mouthpiece, which usually holds the liquid that will evaporate. Atomizer is the heating element and the liquid evaporates, and each of them contains a power supply, as a paid plug, USB drives, or batteries.

Electronic cigarette produces nicotine vapor gives though it looks like smoke is actually sprayed air. Some electronic cigarette substitute nicotine vapor with other flavors like vanilla, chocolate, etc., although some anti-smoking groups feel that this may encourage minors to smoke. As a tool for quitting smoking, some manufacturers even look to reproduce the taste of such Matlboro online, Matlboro online, etc.

Are e-cigs less harmful?

E-cigarettes are primary used as a substitute for smoking or smoking cessation device to help smokers quit smoking, although the lack of research and its relative novelty to make it difficult to judge its impact on health. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), known carcinogens have been identified in the nicotine cartridges, and there were also fears it could be sold to young people. However, the FDA methods were ridiculed in various magazines for lack of evidence, and who claimed that the nicotine content was much lower than the actual cigarettes as a health hazard.

The World Health Organization (WHO), on the other hand expressed his opinion that, while electronic cigarettes are usually sold as devices for nicotine replacement therapy did not have any research to back up that claim and refused to approve the device.

Research conducted at the University of East London suggest that nicotine does not seem central, but other smoking-related manners, taste, resembling smoke steam and hand movements help reduce the discomfort associated with tobacco abstinence in the short term.

In an online poll conducted by the University Of Alberta School Of Public Health in 2009 among 303 smokers, it was found that the electronic cigarette a cigarette replacement resulted in lower health problems, the kind that usually bothers smokers (less cough, increased ability to perform, improved taste and smell).


Although there is no conclusive evidence that electronic cigarettes are completely harmless, at least, all the research, studies show that they are, and certainly less harmful than traditional cigarettes. They also provide the means to quit smoking, imitating the manner of long-time users of the right-hand movements, breathing and spray vapor that simulates smoke.

NY Governor Signs bill restricting E-Cigarette Sales

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed two bills that affect smokers. The new laws include measures to prohibit smoking within 100 feet of the entrances or exits of any public or private schools and ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to persons under the age of 18.

“Cigarette smoking – as passive smoking – is dangerous, especially for our children,” said Cuomo. “These two new laws will strengthen the protection of our state, to help our young people to avoid nicotine addiction, as well as the harmful effects of cigarette smoke. I thank the authors of both of these bills for their efforts to protect the health of our young people.”

The new law extends the ban on smoking on school grounds, to prohibit smoking within 100 feet of entrances, exits, or in open areas of public and private schools. Villas or residential property of 100 feet on the perimeter will be excluded from the new smoking ban law.

This new law takes effect immediately.

E-cigarettes – battery-powered devices that allow users to inhale vaporized liquid solution of nicotine and tobacco smoke – can serve as a way to nicotine addiction for children, leading them to smoke cigarettes and use other tobacco products, Cuomo said.

In addition, the electronic cigarette refill cartridges are often sold without the protective packaging; contain high concentrations of nicotine, which can be fatal if accidentally ingested by young children. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also warned that these e-cigarettes contain ingredients that are known to be toxic to humans or that otherwise may not be safe, the report said.

The bill passed the Assembly and Senate unanimously and the new law comes into force on 1 January 2013.

“Unlike other nicotine-containing products, electronic cigarettes are not currently regulated and, as such, children are legally able to purchase these devices and consume nicotine, an addictive chemical,” Senator Owen Johnson (R) said. This is common sense legislation that keeps the addictive chemical away from children and teenagers at the same time preserving the rights of children to make their own informed decisions about how to use these products, and I thank Governor Cuomo for signing it into law. “

State Assembly member Linda B. Rosenthal (D) said, “I am pleased that Governor Cuomo signed my bill to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors and to regulate them in the same manner as other tobacco products is currently regulated. Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes, although at present unregulated and potentially dangerous to human health, which are produced in flavors meant to appeal to young people, such as chewing gum and chocolate. Electronic cigarettes contain nicotine, a highly addictive ingredient found in cigarettes and other tobacco products, which will connect another generation young people in the deadly habit. We save lives by preventing the generation of young people in the sample, first, addictive cigarettes. “

Plain packaging makes cigarettes less attractive

Plain packaging of cigarettes and removal of brand descriptors can help reduce the appeal of smoking to young people and young adults, a new study suggested.

While Australia has recently passed legislation ban logos cigarette packages and make plain packaging mandatory, other countries are still considering whether or not to take measures.

Studies show that there are many brands directly to young women with ‘feminine’ color packs, fruit flavors, or suggestive terms such as “slim” or “super slim”.

Scientists from Canada, the U.S. and Brazil cooperate in this online survey of 640 young Brazilian women, to see if the cigarettes had the same treatment, when presented in a simple package (but still with the brand name and a description of them). As a final test, the women were able to choose what they would like as a gift or simply one of the branded bags.

“The women in this study evaluated the branded bags as more attractive, more stylish and sophisticated than just packages,” said Dr. David Hammond of the University of Waterloo, Canada, who led this study.

“They also believed that the cigarettes in the branded bags will be better tasting and smooth. Removal of all description from the packages, leaving only the brand, further reduced their attractiveness. Proposal package in the test, participants were three times more likely to choose branded packaging gift” he explained.

The results of this study, the first to look at the effect of plain packaging of cigarettes on smoking in Latin America, backed up studies in other countries have shown that plain packaging makes cigarettes less attractive to young people.

“Our results show that plain packaging and removal of brand descriptors are likely to reduce the appeal of smoking to young people and young adults. Overall, these results support the recommendations for easy packing in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control,” Christine White of the University of Waterloo, Canada has been completed.

The study was published in the public domain in the Biomed Central’s journal BMC Public Health.

Plain packaging reduce smoking appeal

A new study by the tobacco industry discredited assertion that there is no proof plain packaging on cigarette packs reduces the appeal of smoking.

Scientists from Canada, the United States and Brazil conducted a study of 640 young Brazilian women to determine the cigarettes were the same treatment when presented in a plain packaging. “The women in this study rated branded packs as more appealing, more stylish and sophisticated than the plain packs,” said study leader David Hammond of the University of Waterloo, Canada.

“They also believed that the cigarettes in the branded bags will be better tasting and smooth. Proposal package in the test, participants were three times more likely to choose branded packaged as a gift.”

British American Tobacco New Zealand (BATNZ) last month launched a print, television and radio campaign costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in response to the plan of the Government of New Zealand strip all branding from cigarette packs to make them less attractive to smokers.

BATNZ general manager Steve Rush said plain packaging creates “a disturbing precedent” for other industries, adding that the British government is considering a similar proposal on alcohol.

He said New Zealand should not “blindly follow the example of Australia” policy in his words, not proven to help curb smoking.

But the latest study adds to the mounting criticism of such claims.

Professor Alistair Woodward, head of department at the University of Auckland public health, said the findings fit into what is observed in other places – that tobacco packaging influences the opinions and behavior of smokers.

“The tobacco industry knows very well the value of brand packaging. That is why they have invested so heavily in design and illustration in the past, and why the industry is opposed to plain packaging so hard, “he said.

Janet Hoek of Otego University Department of Marketing said that the paper adds to the growing evidence base to support plain packaging measures.

“Overall, this study confirms earlier work showing how plain packaging will reduce smoking and reduce the perception of the benefits of smoking is perceived to deliver.

“In addition, New Zealand research has shown that plain packaging affects not only perception, but also affects their choice of behavior – much smaller then” just smokers’ package -., And the likely decision to quit smoking, “Health Minister Tony Ryal last month said BATNZ was “wasting their money” for his campaign.

He believes New Zealanders are turning against the tobacco companies and their marketing strategies.

“New Zealanders have moved from under the influence in this way. There is a lot of support for what the government does in tobacco.”

The Ministry of Health has issued a discussion paper on plain packaging and expects to report the results in October. The Government has agreed to support a change in policy in principle.

The parties debate the impact of tobacco tax hike

Like many other political debates, economic issues permeate the discussion of raising the state tobacco tax.

Election ballot in November will include questions, suggestions, called B, which asks voters to increase taxes on a pack of cigarettes by 73 cents per pack. Ballot measure also aims to increase taxes on cigars, pipe tobacco and other products.

Supporters say smoking-related health problems are directly cost the state $ 2.13 billion a year. Missouri businesses will also lose $ 2.5 billion a year from lost productivity due to smoking, according to the American Lung Association.

“When we look at the use of tobacco, we know everyone pays, regardless of whether you decide to purchase tobacco products or not,” said Steven Hall, a representative of the association.

Twenty-three percent of Missourians smoke, according to the 2010 Missouri Behavioral Risk Surveillance System, an annual survey looking at the life of the inhabitants. It was the latest data on the prevalence of smoking.

Hall and other anti-smoking activists believe that a tax increase could prevent 40,000 teens from tobacco and trying to encourage 33,000 smokers to quit. These estimates are based on changes in smoking after neighboring states have a tax increase.

The tax rate is now 17 cents a pack, which is the lowest in the country. If it increases, as proposed, the tax rate Missouri will be higher than four of the eight neighboring states. Iowa, Illinois, Arkansas and Oklahoma will continue to have higher rates.

Opponents of the measure say that the low tax rate in Missouri draws customers from neighboring countries, which have contributed to the state’s economy by buying more than just tobacco.

“There is a lot of money that you pour in Missouri with these countries,” said Eric Johnson, a member of the World Tobacco Don Johnson, the South Glenstone Avenue in Springfield.

Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association have warned of the negative economic consequences if the cigarette tax increases, but it has not released any details.

Opponents also say that the tax measure would also have serious consequences for low-income smokers, most of the state tobacco users. World Tobacco employees sometimes get requests to hold off on cashing a check to the client until he or she is paid, Johnson said.

Shops specializing in cigars and other tobacco products, such as for him, in Springfield, concerned about the situation regarding the separate tax on cigarettes without tobacco can hurt sales.

“Oh, we have customers from driving,” says Jessica Hutson, owner of the store.

Only for it specializes in selling chemical-free tobacco products such as cigars and pipes.

Hutson said the store often gets “tobacco tourists”, people who make a weekend trip to the store to buy hard to find cigars or pipes. Those customers often come from neighboring states such as Arkansas, where taxes on cigars, six times higher than in Missouri.

Higher taxes might encourage some of those customers to start buying their products from online stores in other states, and not in person on just for him, Hutson said.

But tax proponents say overall efforts to improve health care must surpass localized on retail sales.

“I think we need to look at the big picture here,” Hall said.