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Camel – Activa Freshness

Camel is a brand of cigarettes that was introduced by American company R.J. Reynolds Tobacco in the summer of 1913. Most current Camel cigarettes contain a blend of Turkish tobacco and Virginia tobacco. Early in 2008 the blend was changed as was the package design.

Camel – Activa Freshness

Camel
USA varieties

Camel Non-filter
Camel Filters
Camel Filters Wides
Camel Filters 99’s
Camel Blue (Lights)
Camel Blue Wides (Lights)
Camel Blue 99’s (Lights)
Camel Platinum (Silver) (Ultra Lights)
Camel Platinum (Silver) 99’s (Ultra Lights)
Camel Menthol
Camel Menthol Wides
Camel Menthol Silver (Lights)
Camel Menthol Green Wides (Lights)
Camel Crush
Camel Crush Bold
Camel Turkish Royal (full flavor blend)
Camel Turkish Gold (lights blend)
Camel Turkish Silver (ultra lights blend)
Camel No. 9
Camel No. 9 100’s
Camel No. 9 Menthe
Camel No. 9 Menthe 100’s
Kamel Red
Kamel Red Smooth Taste
Camel Wides

Discontinued USA varieties

Camel Filter 100’s
Camel Lights 100’s
Camel Signature Infused
Camel Signature Frost
Camel Izmir Stinger
Camel Basma
Camel Dark Mint
Camel Mandarin Mint
Camel Samsun
Camel Cinnzabar
Camel Twist
Camel Screwdriver Slots
Camel Rare
Camel Turkish Jade
Camel Rare Menthol
Camel Mandalay Lime
Camel Aegean Spice
Camel Bayou Blast
Camel Beach Breezer
Camel Margarita Mixer
Camel Midnight Madness
Camel Back Alley Blend
Camel Kauai Kolada
Camel Crema
Camel Twista Lime
Camel Warm Winter Toffee
Camel Winter Mocha Mint
Camel Special Blend Lights
Camel Special Blend Lights 100’s
Camel Signature Mellow
Camel Signature Robust

International varieties

Camel Big Orange 100’s (Mexico)
Camel Big Peach 100’s (Mexico)
Camel Big Red 100’s (Mexico)
Camel Big Grape 100’s (Mexico)
Camel Black (South Africa)
Camel White (South Africa) Camel Super Lights (South Africa)
Camel Natural (South Africa)
Camel Classic (South Africa)
Camel Filters 100’s (Mexico)
Camel Lights 100’s (Mexico)
Camel Natural (Europe)
Camel Nutty Menthol (Japan)
Camel One (Ukraine)
Camel Orange (Medium) (Ukraine)
Camel Ultra Lights 100’s (Mexico)

Canadian varieties

Camel Filters (gold/brown pack – 20 cigarettes)
Camel Light (blue pack – 20 cigarettes)

Additive-free varieties

Camel Natural Flavor 8
Camel Natural Flavor 6 *Lights*
Camel Natural Flavor 4 *Ultra Lights*

Menthol capsule varieties

These varieties contain a small bead in the filter filled with a menthol liquid. When crushed, the liquid is released into the filter giving the smoker an increased menthol flavor.

Camel Crush – Camel Light becomes a Camel Menthol Light
Camel Crush Bold – Bold becomes menthol
Camel Menthol- Adds an additional amount of menthol flavoring to the cigarette.
Camel Menthol Silver (Light) – Adds an additional amount of menthol flavoring to the cigarette.

Snus

Camel Mellow
Camel Robust
Camel Frost
Camel Winterchill
Camel Mint
Camel Original Portion (Sweden/Norway only)
Camel White Portion (Sweden/Norway only)

Dipping Tobacco

Camel Dark Milled (fine cut)
Camel Wintergreen Wide Cut (long cut)
Camel Wintergreen Pouches

Smoking Stars

Smoking Stars

Hollywood may be all about looks, but these stars sure don’t seem to care about the aging effects of cigarettes. Celebs like Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, and Katherine Heigl loooveeee to light up their Parliaments, Marlboros and Camel Lights.

Smoking Stars

Why People Smoke?

Most people start smoking when they are in their teens and are addicted by the time they reach adulthood. Three of the main reasons that young people smoke are to look mature, to be like their friends, and to experiment. Since teens see older people all around them smoking, especially their parents and relatives, they smoke to act older. If their friends or peers smoke, they may feel pressured into doing the same to be accepted. The last reason is the excitement of experimenting with something that is forbidden.

Adults smoke for other reasons. They may have a lot of stress and pressures because of economic and personal problems. They may be unemployed or working but not making enough money to take care of themselves and their families. They may be homeless, or they may be dealing with alcohol or cocaine/heroin addictions. Some may be in bad marriages or relationships in which there is physical and/or verbal abuse. All these people may smoke to feel relaxed or to give them energy while going through a hard time.

Finally, there are people who say they love to smoke. Smoking gives them pleasure. It just makes them feel good.

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A calendar that helps you quit smoking

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This calendar is meant to assist those who want a little extra help to kick their smoking habit. Each day that goes without smoking, a day is torn off.

Health officials congratulate Davis stores for not selling tobacco to minors

Ninety Davis County tobacco retailers are now recognized throughout the say “no” to underage teenagers trying to buy tobacco products over the 2012-13 fiscal.

story-davis-county-new-cmyk-221405.jpgTobacco compliance checks carried out in the last fiscal year are part of a program the Devis County Health Department, in partnership with local law enforcement agencies, has been running since 1989.

The Department of Health recognizing 90 tobacco retailers in the country , because according to the tests. The program is designed to reduce the access of minors to tobacco products.

Special recognition went to Sinclair Main Street Service Layton for being in line for 25 years and Saigon Market Set for being in compliance for 20 years, health officials said Davis.

15 -year-old award under dostalas7 -Eleven store on Main Street Kaysville author.

From July 2012 to June 2013, the juvenile buyers, led by local law enforcement, tried to buy tobacco products 431 times, said Lewis R. Garrett, Davis, and Director of the Department of Health.

“Of these, 431 attempts, 14 resulted in an illegal sale of tobacco to minors at a speed of county buy 3.2 per cent,” he said.

“I am pleased with the continued downward trend from buying rate of last year when he was 4 percent. We have significantly reduced our High of 14 percent, we have seen in the July 2006 -June 2007 period.

“We are a very active program aimed at educating tobacco retailers how to train their employees to identify underage buyers, and it still shows good results.

“I extend my congratulations and appreciation to the management and employees of those retailers who are working hard to keep tobacco products to minors.”

The sales of cigarettes to a person under the age of 19, is a class misdemeanor for a first offense. Clerks are issued citations at the time of the violation.

In addition, store owners may be civil penalties for selling tobacco products to minor’s buyer. Shops fined for the first two violations and have their tobacco license suspended for 30 days for a third.

The store’s license of the sale of tobacco responds to the fourth violation within a 12- month period.

The fine may be reduced if the store has a documented training program and proof that the employee was trained.

Why do adults start smoking?

The risk of becoming a smoker among young people who have never smoked is high: 14% of smokers will be between the ages of 16 and 24, and the three factors to predict this behavior.

images (1)“The beginning of smoking is also occurring among young people, and particularly among those who are impulsive, have poor grades , or who drink alcohol regularly ,” says Jennifer O’Loughlin , a professor of the University of Montreal School of Public Health (ESPUM) and author izzhurnala health adolescents are published in August. O’Loughlin says smoking prevention campaigns should also target young people between the ages of 16 and 24.

A recent phenomenon

Since smoking is reduced markedly in the past three decades, researchers have presented several studies that the tobacco industry is increasing its efforts to reach out to young people.

In the United States, there is a 60 % increase in the number of young people who start smoking after high school.

This trend has prompted O’Loughlin and her team at ESPUM identifies predictors of young people start smoking, which can lead to opportunities for prevention.

They analyzed data from a cohort study «NdIt” (nicotine dependence in adolescents), which began in 1999 in the Greater Montreal Area, in which nearly 1,300 young people aged 12-15 years participated.

In this cohort, fully 75 % had tried smoking. Of these young people, 40 % started smoking before high school, 44 % started smoking during high school, and 17 % started after high school.

Not everyone, however, continued to smoke, but among the “late” smokers, the researchers found that smoking is associated with the beginning of three risk factors: high levels of impulsivity, poor school performance, and higher alcohol consumption.

Explaining the three risk factors

Some smokers showed greater impulsivity end compared to other participants in the study. According to O’Loughlin, it is possible that impulsivity more freely expressed when one becomes an adult, because the parents are no longer there to control. “We can say that the parents of children impulsive exercise more control when they are living with them at home to protect their children from the adoption of behaviors that may lead to smoking, and this protection may wane over time,” she explains.

In addition, school difficulties increase the risk of becoming a smoker, because they are associated with dropping out of school and looking for work in workplaces where smoking rates are higher.

Finally, as young people are likely to frequent places where they can drink alcohol, they are more likely to be influenced by smoking, or at least more easily tempted. “Since alcohol lowers inhibitions and self-control, it is an important risk factor for smoking initiation,” warns O’Loughlin.

On targeted prevention campaigns

Smoking prevention campaigns usually target teens because studies show that people usually start smoking at the age of 14 or 15. This phenomenon is well known, and many prevention programs targeted at adolescents.

“Our research shows that it is also important to address prevention among young people, especially because the tobacco companies’ advertising campaigns of this particular group,” said O’Loughlin.

“This is especially important because, if we can prevent the onset of smoking among young people, the probability that they would never smokers is high, ” she says.

State prisons allow prisoners to have a cigarette at work centers

Corrections officials quietly canceled a total ban on tobacco at prisons this summer and currently are allowing inmates to work release centers have up to 10 packs of cigarettes each.

downloadDepartment of Corrections officials say they lifted the ban on tobacco products in the programs of work release because they did not want the prisoners are so close to the end of their sentences would have to return to jail for breaking the rules .

But the American Lung Association called the move a mistake.

” I’m surprised ,” said Brenda Olsen , chief operating officer of the American Lung Association in Florida.

Olsen said her present government “set a good example” in the form of a ban or restrict tobacco use.

The switch has less than two years after the DOC did all tobacco products in closed prisons, labor camps and centers of release September 30, 2011.

“The decision to Eliminate smoking and tobacco use has been made for umensheniyameditsinskih costs associated with exposure to tobacco , and eliminate second -hand smoke non-smokers , ” the agency said in April 2011, when the ban was announced .

The ban also applies to prison workers, who can not bring cigarettes into the hall, and visitors. Those sentenced to death are allowed to buy two packs of smokeless tobacco per week.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons and more than half of the other states also prohibit tobacco in prisons nozaprety created a new demand for cigarettes, a valuable commodity in prison.

During the six-month period shortly after the Florida ban went into effect, nearly 30,000 inmates or staff were caught with a tobacco smuggling , according to the annual report Doc . The report did not say how many of the culprits were the staff, and how many of them were prisoners.

The new rules of the camp came into force on June 13 and allow about 3,800 inmates in work programs have up to 10 packs of cigarettes or smokeless tobacco or 20 cigars, as well as a disposable lighter.

Rationale: Sentenced to work release can access to cigarettes, chewing tobacco or other products while they are in society.

“The department is determined after evaluation, it was more effective use of resources is not naytizaklyuchennogo in violation , which could potentially result in him / her to go back to prison for possession of tobacco, when so far ahead in the transition back into the community , we hope as a productive citizen, ” DOC spokeswoman Jessica said Carey.

Carey said there were “quite a few such incidents,” the prisoners and sent back to prison secretly smoking or other tobacco products in the work release center, but no data was immediately available on how widespread the problem is. Prison guards and other employees also were caught smuggling of tobacco products to ensure prisoners, Carey said.

But making sure that prisoners without tobacco before they are sent home will help them live a healthier life and save their money as soon as they are released, said Olsen.

“We know how addictive tobacco products,” said Olsen. “This is a great opportunity for these people to begin their journey to the availability of smoke-free life.”

Television welcomes the return of cigarette advertising

They’re back. Commercials for cigarettes as soon as often as pickup trucks at a construction site, are back with a few changes.

1385First of all, we’re talking about electronic cigarettes, these trendy, battery-powered devices designed to wean you from the kind you light with matches. Second, while the major networks all say no, several cable channels do not take them. Outlets like ESPN, AMC and WGN America are running the spots- often with certain restrictions (ESPN runs them after midnight).

But the e-cigarette market is lighting up for the tobacco companies. Annual sales are expected to reach $1.7 billion this year, noted the New York Times.

With significant sales come important ad expenditures. Stuart Elliott’s article in the Times notes that the marketing tactics for electronic cigarettes eerily reminiscent of the early attempts of commercial tobacco giants.

“It is worrying that electronic cigarettes use the same exact marketing tactics we have seen the use of the tobacco industry in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s that made it so effective for tobacco products to reach young people ,” said Matthew Myers , president of the Washington , DC, the campaign for tobacco-Free article Times.

Critics believe that electronic cigarettes are far from perfect. They can be purchased by minors, are used in places where smoking is prohibited and is subject to the user the nicotine while questions still rage over whether electronic cigarettes actually help people quit smoking.

Marketing is tobacco companies have demonstrated throughout most of the 20th century, they were very, very good at. The disclosure of these talents again unsuspecting public could raise serious questions.

Curtain came down on regular cigarette advertising on television and radio in 1970, recognizing that the only thing that can stop the tobacco industry from unleashing these catchy messages to the public puffing was to cut them off all electronic media, cold turkey.

How good were the tobacco interests in getting your attention? Here’s a rundown of the top 10 advertising campaigns of cigarettes:

  1.  (tie) – Chesterfield was «silly millimeter longer ” going for it while larks went on TV , “Show us your Larks package.”
  2.  Muriel was actually a cigar with Edie Adams inviting the audience (it was takzhePapirosnitsa , vacations ” cigars , cigarettes , Tiparillos.”) “Pick me up and smoke me sometime.”
  3.  VilliKool penguin. Yes, penguins have always been cool, even with cigarettes dangling from their beaks.
  4.  Talk about modest. LSMFT the bottom of the package is the Lucky Shot Means Fine Tobacco.
  5. “Call for Phillip Morris.” Brings us back to the days of messengers shouting the names of clients in hotels.
  6. “You have come a long way, baby” You ladies have their own cigarettes, baby. (Virginia Slims)
  7. “I’d rather switch than fight.” Do you remember the slogan but can you remember the brand?
  8. “I’d walk a mile for a Camel “Walking is good for you.
  9. “Winston tastes good like (clap, clap) cigarette should.” Forty years later, we still cannot get it out of our heads.
  10. 1 – The Marlboro Man. Courageous marketing approach used in advertising truck these days lacks the sweep and grandeur that Marlboro is used for more than 40 years.

Mother’s fear of bright tobacco packs”

In a survey of more than 2,000 women for Cancer Research UK, found 8 of the 10 thought bright packaging was attractive to young people while 85% said that children should not be exposed to any tobacco marketing in general. The Government has established plans to introduce plain packaging on hold, saying he wanted to gather more evidence first. A decision has been delayed so more time can be spent on the study of how such a scheme has worked in Australia.

19may-smoking_2562573bHealth Minister Anna Soubry said in July that she “never give in to pressure.” Labour accused the Government of “caving in to big business.” Under the plans, all tobacco packages would be the same color and would carry prominent, graphic warnings about the dangers of smoking.

The examination of the mother and grandmother of children less than 18 years found 92% would be worried about their children when they are addicted to smoking under age.

Cancer Research UK runs a campaign to remove all the “stylish and attractive” branding from the packaging and increase the number of picture warnings about the health effects of smoking. More than 200,000 children start smoking every year, with more girls smoke regularly than boys, figures show.

Alison Cox, Cancer Research UK’s director of tobacco control, said: “Smoking causes more than 8 out of 10 cases of lung cancer, and more than 100,000 tobacco-related deaths each year. We also know that starting smoking at a young age greatly increases the risk of lung cancer, so most mothers and grandmothers believed that no child shall be subjected to exposure to advertising of tobacco products.

“We are urging the Government to introduce a simple, standardized packaging of tobacco, which, as well as being a popular movement, would show that the government cares more about the health of future generations than the profits the tobacco industry. We would like to see the government to protect children from the temptation of sophisticated marketing of tobacco industry and introduce a simple, standardized packaging as a way to reduce the number of young people who start smoking. “

Simon Clark, director of the smokers’ lobby group Forest, said: “There is no credible evidence that children start smoking because of the cigarette packaging. Teenagers are influenced primarily by their peers and family members. The introduction of plain packaging can be the source of the black market and it would have been much worse for children because the gangs do not care who they sell to.

“The government has rightly decided to wait until there is no conclusive evidence that supports plain packaging. To his credit, he also took into account the views of hundreds of thousands of people who responded to the public consultation on standardized packaging. Vast majority was against the policy, and not without reason. “

Martin Dockrell, director of policy and research at Action on Smoking and Health, said: “Mothers and grandmothers clearly want to protect children from tobacco industry: Since the advertising ban on smoking among children doubled removal promotional items from tobacco packaging that will help finish the job and further reduce take-up of smoking by children. “

Tricks of the Trade: High-Tech Cigarettes

Are electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) subject to the same policies banning smoking in offices, as regular cigarettes? Federal agencies (including the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Air Force) have banned the use of these products on the basis of the report of the chief physician in 2010, which are classified e-cigarettes as “tobacco products”. Does this mean we need to revise the tobacco-free policy in the workplace, to include e-cigarettes as a form of tobacco?

E-cigarettesA new technology will always cause us to rethink how we do things, and it often involves testing our “beliefs and traditions.” New technology spurs us to remove the obstacles that prevented us from doing something better or less bad.

One new technology enterprise managers can be found on the impact of their objects procedure rather are electronic cigarettes. Is there a smoking when someone uses one? Or is it not to smoke? That is the question!

An Electronic cigarette is a device created to be used as a regular cigarette. Instead of using an open flame or burning glow, which produces smoke, this item uses batteries to heat liquid nicotine into vapor, it referred to vamping. Users simply inhale and exhale nicotine vapor (which can be purchased at different levels, if someone wants to rid themselves of smoking / vaping). I’m told that smokers feel much the same way as smoking, but without the horrible smell, mess, chemicals and tar.

Here’s the problem for FMS. Vaping looks as smoking as we allow this without smokers feeling slighted? This is a very visually confusing. So let’s look at both sides of the issue.

Regular cigarettes: The problem with smoking indoors has two aspects:

1) It provides non-smokers from passive smoking, without their consent.

2) This is a fire hazard.

These only heat up while inhaling, the exhaled vapor has a pleasant odor, and presumably no secondhand nicotine enters the air.

So, there are two other problems:

1) Many of us are odorless free policy, and if you do not, you will. This is where electronic wickless and candles are scented or unscented that are prohibited.

2) There are no official studies that prove building occupants are not exposed to passive nicotine. If a product is labeled as a fragrance, the manufacture is not required to disclose ingredients on the Material Safety Data Sheet. The ingredients are considered to be property, confidential, etc. This prevents the companies from determining of the FMS that passengers involuntarily exposed.

I have not had to deal with this on my campus yet, but if you have and have a tip to share, please send it in the comments section below.

Government tax on tobacco plants

Brits caught his snuff agriculture were warned that they could face a hefty fine if they do not pay tax on their hiding place.

images (1)In recent years, some smokers have taken to buying tobacco seeds from companies such as Plantation House Tobacco Company and the seeds before planting them in their gardens.

Currently, a 20-pack of cigarettes costs between £ 7 and £ 8 and 25gram pack of rolling tobacco is sold for around £ 8.

A standard size allocation of 500 plants is enough to get up to 54 kg of tobacco – which will cost more than £ 8,000 in the shops.

But smokers with green fingers can face the long arm of the law if they do not tell the taxman about your stocks – even if it is intended for personal use only.

Last night a representative of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said: “Anyone growing tobacco at home to smoke should ensure that they pay the tax legally due, otherwise they could face a fine or have tobacco seized.”

HMRC told us a private person must pay a fee for any tobacco products they have produced, even if they are growers for their own consumption.

Campaigners have hit back at the crackdown.

Matthew Sinclair of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “It’s ridiculous that Britain’s complex tax code means you could end up being charged just for growing plants in your back yard.

“The taxman is determined to get every penny he can from people who just want to enjoy the smoke.

“High taxes on tobacco have not only hit ordinary people hardest, they also heat the black market time for a rethink.”

Angela Harbutt, the pro-smoking lobby group Forest, said: “I understand that HMRC should have a rule on this, but I seriously hope they do not waste their valuable resources chasing that grow something in their garden that clearly small scale.

“It strikes me as a bit funny.”

Grow-your’s-own Company shows no signs of slowing up.

Internet based-Plantation House says that one tobacco plant can produce millions of seeds, although it is illegal to sell or give it away.

The company’s coffinails.com website states the seeds of tobacco have increased as a result of the feeling that they have been “driven underground and banned in public places of anti-smoking lobbyists.”

He adds: “The pricing structure in the world wide doesn’t reflect the true cost of tobacco, more than a means of increasing taxes.”

Australian law challenged under trade agreements

In one, Philip Morris Asia Australia accused of violating the 1993 bilateral trade agreement between Hong Kong and Australia. Such agreements, known as investor-state contracts allow foreign investors to bring themselves to arbitration for damages against a country.

images (1)The case is pending arbitration of the UN Commission on International Trade Law.

In the other, Ukraine, Honduras and the Dominican Republic at the beginning of this year have brought their problems facing the World Trade Organization.

The complaint in March in Ukraine was a striking paradox. His Department of Commerce filed a challenge within hours of the President of Ukraine’s president signing a ban on tobacco advertising, and its parliament voting to ban smoking in public places – revolutionary approaches in chain smoking Eastern Europe. Trade officials have accepted; in spite of the actions of Ukraine do not have tobacco exports to Australia, and therefore no obvious interest in its anti-smoking policies.

“We are pleased to support countries that, like us, feel plain packaging could have a negative impact on trade,” said British American spokesman Jem Maidment.

It is not uncommon in trade disputes for corporations to give legal assistance to governments with mutual interested. In this case, however, the three countries appear to have little, if any, are directly interested in Australian politics Tobacco Control.

While tobacco exports from Ukraine to Australia, there are no exports from Honduras and the Dominican Republic in the last three years, an average of $ 65,000 (U.S.) and $ 807,000, respectively, according to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

In response to a request in April, Ukrainian journalists in the country, the country’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade said it was a “policy of support for Ukrainian producers and protect their interests in the domestic and foreign markets.” In this case, the ministry said it had “received concerns” about the law of Australia from the Ukrainian Association of Tobacco Growers, consisting of the top multinational tobacco, and from the Union of wholesalers and manufacturers of alcohol and tobacco Association.

Constantine Krasovksy, formal tobacco control official in Ukraine’s Ministry of Health, told FairWarning country allowed them to be used. “Honduras, Dominican Republic and Ukraine have agreed to be a prostitute,” he said.

Honduran officials, with the April release of the press, the Act” Australia” contrary to its trade obligations. He noted that the tobacco industry “employs hundreds of thousands of people, directly or indirectly through the supply chain in Honduras.”

The Dominican Republic, a major exporter of cigars, also said the plain packaging “will have a significant impact on our economy.” In a written statement FairWarning, Katrina Naut, Director General for foreign trade with the country’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce, said that if other countries join Australia for the adoption of plain packaging, it will lead to a drop in the price of branded tobacco products and “an increase – rather than decrease -.

Men drink less when they pay more for cigarettes

Raising taxes on cigarettes, it turned out, the fall in tobacco consumption. No shock there, if something costs more, people tend to limit the purchase. But a study published on Friday that high taxes on cigarettes is also associated with a reduction in the consumption of alcohol, at least among men and young adult smokers.

getty_rr_photo_of_man_drinking_beer_and_smokingAccording to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 46 million Americans both smoke and drink. And previous studies have shown that “smokers drink more,” Ali Yurasek, a doctoral student of psychology at the University of Memphis, who has studied the link, told NBC News.

The new study – conducted by researchers from Yale, Stanford and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York, and published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research – compared to nearly 11,000 people in 31 countries, the increase in cigarette taxes between 2001 – 2002 and 2004-2005, with the same number of people from 15 states, where taxes have remained the same.

The use of recorded alcohol consumption between the two periods of time, both in the national epidemiological research on alcohol and related conditions, the researchers were able to track any differences.

“What our analysis shows is the relationship between the increase in cigarette taxes and lower alcohol consumption of the general population, those in male smokers, male hazardous drinkers, smokers and young adults in particular,” Sherry A. McKee, associate professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, and one of the study’s authors, said in an interview.

Male smokers drank about 15% less alcohol per session, and about seven binged less than once a year in the states with tax hikes on tobacco products, compared with male smokers who were not hit with higher taxes.

Young adult smokers in the 18-29 states that have raised taxes on cigarettes cut episodes of drunkenness in the year by nearly one quarter. Again, the effect was mainly males.

“This is pretty consistent with the concept of behavioral economics,” said Yurasek, who recently published a paper showing smokers are willing to pay more for alcohol than non-smokers.

This is because the cigarettes and booze go together like chips and downs. This is what economists call “complementary” as burgers and buns and coffee and sugar.

McKee said that this epidemiological study does not prove cause and effect, because it may not control for a number of other possible factors, such as people moving from one state to another between the time periods, and the fact that the study relies on self-reports of alcohol.

Nevertheless, the apparent effect makes sense, as the difference between men and women in the study.

First, the use of alcohol and nicotine together is “additive” effect on the brain, said Mackey.

Laboratory studies in animals have shown that exposure to a key part of the brain involved in reward and motivation for nicotine increases the response of dopamine neurons-emitting habits. In other words, the nicotine can make drinking seem more fruitful. Laboratory animals treated with nicotine will drink more booze.

When asked what her results may say about the present, “electronic cigarette” craze, McKee said that while the devices have not been studied specifically for interaction with alcohol, research has shown “that when nicotine is running and other forms of away from cigarettes or tobacco, we are seeing an increase in the consumption of alcohol.”

Electronic cigarettes at a glance

Electronic Cigarette: The battery-powered device made of plastic or metal heat liquid nicotine solution, creating steam that users inhale. Some models are disposable, and some are designed to be refilled with cartridges containing that enthusiasts called “smoke juice.” Some e-cigarettes are made to look like a real cigarette with a tiny light on the tip that glows like the real thing.

e-cigarettejpg-241b9e1be84c390fWhat is in e-cigs: The liquid ingredients used in most electronic cigarette nicotine include water, glycerol, propylene glycol and flavors. Propylene glycol is a viscous liquid is sometimes used as a coolant but also as a food ingredient.

Selling Points: Users say that electronic cigarettes address both addictive and behavioral aspects of smoking. Smokers to get their nicotine without the thousands of chemicals found in regular cigarettes. And they receive to form something like a cigarette, while the exhalation and puffing that looks like smoke without ash, smell and resin.

The worries: So far, there is not much scientific evidence that electronic cigarettes help smokers quit or less, or to say that they are safe. Some are concerned that the electronic cigarette marketing may tempt children to take habits.

Growing market: The industry soared from thousands of users in 2006 to several million worldwide, which has led to the emergence of more than 200 brands. Analysts estimate the retail and online sales of electronic cigarettes could be worth $ 2 billion by the end of the year.

Flavors: While some e-cigarette manufacturers limit the offerings to tobacco and menthol taste, others sell candy as flavors such as cherry and strawberry – which is prohibited for use in conventional cigarettes because of concern that the flavors are used to appeal to children.

What’s ahead: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it plans to establish marketing and standards for electronic cigarettes in the near future as part of its control over the tobacco industry. This step may limit the marketing arm of the company is currently using and restrict sales to minors.

Tobacco tax and American drug policy

Among my colleagues in the open fields of health and drug abuse, I’m almost one in hatred of President Obama proposed a doubling of federal cigarette taxes. My reservations stem from the hard lessons of U.S. drug policy.

iAypG0ciTznsAs recently pointed out drug policy expert Dr. Peter Reuter, anti-tobacco supporters see the smoking rate as the only indicator of public policies success. When it comes down – as it almost always is in response to higher taxes – they are welcome without reservation. I passionately want more Americans to kick the habit of smoking. But I’m worried about how the extremely high taxes on tobacco expansion of the black market, which in turn can cause a draconian response of law enforcement.

In New York, legal, fully taxed pack of cigarettes costs $ 10-15, Chicago prices are only slightly lower. The working class and the poor are dependent smokers (ie, the majority of smokers) so face greater temptation to enter into the black market. Columbia University professor Shelley Cantrell documented that “$ 5 a person” – street vendor untaxed cigarette black market – is now common feature of life in low-income areas of New York City neighborhoods.

Extremely high taxes on cigarettes are widely evaded. Professor David Merriman of the University of Illinois at Chicago, organized team apparently did not squeamish researchers collect discarded cigarette packs from garbage cans and sidewalks in the 100 districts of Chicago neighborhoods. He found that 75%  had no tax stamp, which indicates that on the black market or gray market of origin.

On-the-board increase in federal tobacco taxes not only to expand the black markets high-tax areas, it would also help to eliminate widespread cigarette smuggling high-tax states to states where cigarette taxes are ridiculously low. Such smuggling is not determined by the cash-strapped college kids with a few boxes in their backpacks. Organized criminal groups, and even terrorist organizations, are major players in the lucrative trade.

The most common policy response to the exploding of illegal cigarette trade is familiar to those skilled in the illegal drug policy: Do away with law enforcement. Arrest sweeps and tough prison sentences are now proposed government policy in Canada, where an estimated 15% of all cigarette sales are illegal. Get a Tough proposals also in the process of discussion is U.S. cities such as New York and Philadelphia. Of course, the New York City police are capable of rounding hordes $ 5 men (most of whom are people of color, low-income) and sending them into already overcrowded prisons, but the experience of illicit drug policy shows that to be a lose-lose proposition.

The task of the federal tax policy on cigarettes therefore is to avoid feeding the black market high-tax states to reduce cross-state operations, smuggling of tobacco products, and to increase tobacco taxes in states where taxes have room to grow without creating black markets. Flat tax increase on tobacco products cannot serve all three goals, but more creative tax policy could.

If we imagine for the sake of argument, that the $ 1.50-$ 2.50 package was the original selected range to receive a federal tax generosity, which will give 28 states below this range an incentive to hike state taxes. Citizens in these countries are much less smoke, better health and a full recovery of the state budget for the costs of smoking. And from another state gang of smugglers of tobacco will have far less incentive to maintain a presence in the state.

High-tax states would reap little net income from that part of the tax, which they made more than $ 2.50 a package Because of the loss of federal tax credits. This will give them an incentive to stop further growth or even cut back. This can have the effect of reducing the frequency of abysmal price level smoking cessation, but the same state benefit in terms of reducing the black market. As for the state revenue received by the state in a lot more money from a lower tax that people actually pay higher than the tax that is evaded by 75% of the time.

In states at the top of the federal stimulus range where further increase in taxation could reduce smoking only on the cost of production of black markets returned federal taxes can be used as the state sees fit. This can and should include attempts to reduce smoking in other ways. In the states, the federal stimulus below the range, the state legislative raise taxes in order to receive federal dollars, thereby reducing the level of smoking their inhabitants, without creating a large black market. And in all states, a rough adjustment of prices across the country will collapse profit cross-state ring smuggling of tobacco products.

Tobacco companies pursue “safer” cigarettes

A major tobacco company seems serious about the development of a low-risk cigarette, sponsoring of clinical trials with prototypes containing reduced levels of toxic components.

image-05-largeLondon-based British American Tobacco said on Monday that it will begin a 6-month controlled trial “reduced toxicant” cigarettes, in which the effects on the respiratory function will be measured in current smokers.

It follows an earlier, shorter study published last month, which evaluated prototypes for effects on blood bio-markers of exposure to toxicant substances.

The prototypes described in this study contained tars and nicotine at level like conventional cigarettes, but with a reduced content of a variety of nitrosamines, aromatic amines, carbonyls, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

The new study, the protocol for which was published in Biomed Central Public Health, won’t come to satisfying FDA requirements for marketing reduced-risk cigarettes. The agency said in a guidance document published last year that it would need studies that assess multiple aspects of the overall impact of these products on public health, in addition to the direct impact on the health of the users of the product. They are:

• Exposure to second-hand smoke on the product

• The impact on the overall user habits, such as smoking frequency and intensity of smoking inhalation

• The impact on the consumption of users of other tobacco products

• The likelihood that users will comply with any special instructions for using the

• The likelihood that users will later go on to other, more high-risk tobacco products

• Is the product availability will affect non-smokers or ex-smokers to start smoking or discourage current smokers from quitting tobacco completely

• Whether marketing a product may be affected by “the understanding and perception of consumers”

The regulations allow companies to market cigarettes as simply reducing exposure to harmful chemicals, avoiding the need to demonstrate improved clinical outcomes with respect to the health of users with respect to smoke regular cigarettes.

But the company must still show that the reduction of the impact of “a sufficient degree of probability produce are measurable and significant reduction in morbidity and mortality,” when evaluated in later studies.

These requirements are set out in the legislation in 2009 that gave the FDA authority to regulate tobacco products. This law prohibited the agency from banning cigarettes in whole or in order that the nicotine levels to be reduced to zero. But it did not authorize the FDA to require proof of any allegation that the new tobacco product is less risk to health than the existing ones.

The agency has since established two ways for new tobacco products to enter the market. One allows manufacturers to simply certify that the product is “substantially equivalent” to those that have already been sold. This route was opened last month with a formal FDA clearance of two Newport brand products sold by Lorillard Tobacco, though the agency said that thousands of others have been introduced with preliminary applications.

The second way is akin to FDA premarket approval process for medical equipment that requires rigorous clinical trials. Any tobacco products for which applications for reduced health risks are made have to be approved through this process. No applications have yet been received, agency officials said.

But BAT – producer Kent, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall cigarettes and brands, as well as cigars, loose tobacco and smokeless tobacco products – seems to be prepared to meet the stringent requirements of the FDA. New clinical study, which will be held in Germany, will enroll 260 healthy volunteers, including 140 smokers, 60 former smokers and 60 never-smokers.

Smokers will be randomized to usual, but unlabeled Lucky Silver Strike cigarettes or reduced toxicant product and told to smoke free for 6 months. Blood and urine samples will be collected for analysis of systemic exposure to toxicants, and measures the level of serum creatinine and creatinine in urine.

Cigarettes will come with filters that investigators will collect to measure the frequency of smoking. Participants will keep diaries.

In addition, the spirometry will be performed at baseline and after 6 months for measurement of forced expiratory flow, forced expiratory volume in one second, and peak expiratory flow rate.

Nonsmokers will not use cigarettes in the study, but will undergo spirometry and biomarker studies for comparison purposes.

Stanton Glantz, MD, of the University of California at San Francisco and a prominent anti-tobacco campaigner, said MedPage Today in an e-mail that the study was published neglect an important category of direct health consequences.

“It does not consider important cardiovascular effects that may be both short-term and long-term risk for development of heart disease, in particular, changes in the platelets and vascular endothelial function,” said Glanz.

He also questioned the decision to match the levels of tar in reduced toxicant prototype to those in the conventional product.

“Tar measures many bad things in cigarette smoke and such correspondence may mask biologically significant changes,” he said.

Booming E-cigarette industry raises questions on safety, regulation

At the end of last year – for the first time in more than four decades – Cigarette has made a return to television advertising as a manufacturer of electronic cigarettes NJOY broadcast location approved cable networks.

ecig_620x350NJOY CEO Craig Weiss told CBS News’ Jeff Glor he hopes to extend the e-cigarette ads in prime time programming as part of its mission to “old fashioned cigarettes.”

NJOY is the best-selling brand of electronic cigarette or “e-cigarette”, battery-powered device that simulates the sensation of smoking real cigarette nicotine by delivering a smoke-like vapor. There’s no tobacco or combustion, and when no breath, no smell.

As he explained Weiss NJOY electronic cigarette makers are aiming for a unique and superior experience.

“It’s not that I want to be as good as a cigarette. I would like to be better than cigarettes,” he said.

E-cigarettes have been around for almost ten years, but the industry has expanded rapidly over the last year.

In 2011, sales of electronic cigarettes come close to $ 300 million. In 2012, sales more than doubled, to $ 600 million, according to the June 2013 report Wells Fargo Securities Analysts say this year, sales are likely to triple to more than $ 1 billion.

300 million in 2011, 600 million in 2012

And while traditional cigarette manufacturers will rake in about $ 80 billion this year, NJOY Weiss says he is confident the “good guys” – in his opinion, the electronic cigarette manufacturers – eventually come out on top.

“We think it’s kind of a David vs. Goliath battle. We take on big tobacco,” Weiss said Glor. “They’re good Public Enemy, to have.”

However, some in the medical community – including Dr. Neil Schachter, a leading pulmonologist at Mount Sinai in New York Hospital – was not convinced that the electronic cigarette manufacturers of so-called good guys.

“Patients come in and say,” Gee, I tried this new form of cigarette. Great. I smoke a non-toxic form of cigarettes. I tell them, ‘I do not know. I do not know if it is non-toxic, “Miner told Glor.

The Food and Drug Administration currently does not regulate electronic cigarettes, so manufactures are not authorized to disclose the ingredients.

Most of the major brands boast the same list of ingredients: Nictone, water, artificial flavors, glycerin, and propylene glycol, an ingredient that creates a simulation of exhaled smoke.

FDA continually promised to propose regulations for electronic cigarettes and while organization refused to talk to CBS News on camera, they are issuing this statement: “Further studies are needed to assess the potential public health benefits and risks of electronic cigarettes and other novel tobacco products.”

The study could take years, according to Erika Sward, the American Lung Association

“We are very concerned that there is literally no federal oversight of these products. We do not know them. We do not know how they are used,” Sward explained.

“I hope that the electronic cigarette does not ultimately have the same god awful that regular exposure to tobacco had, but the jury is still out,” she added.

For his part, Weiss welcomes FDA regulation, explaining that it would enhance his vision of the future, where smoking is not enough health effects known to date.

“I have a three year old and six-year-old. And I want to grow up in a world where they can ask me one day:” So, wait a second, Dad. I do not understand. Earlier you this little thing on fire, and then you Put it in your mouth? I mean, how did that even work?'” Weiss said

E-cigarettes?

In this day and age, everything seems to be going digital, and that includes smoking. Many smokers are turning to electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes, thinking that they are better off with it than regular cigarettes. The truth is, we do not know what the consequences of electronic cigarettes are on the long term because there is not much scientific evidence, except those of manufacturers have come up with.

electronic-cigarette-185The Philippine Medical Association has called for a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes to the public until the proper testing of their safety has been done. He noted that the sale of electronic cigarettes are not regulated, making them accessible to children and youth who look up to them as cool devices to be visible. They have contributed to some marketers, as an “alternative lifestyle” and many are made to believe that they are safer and relatively “healthy” than actually smoking.

“We do not know if it can be bad for us, and if they say that it is an alternative lifestyle, the question whether it is right for us to learn a new kind of vice to the public, to ensure that our children and young people,” warned Dr. Ramon Severino of the Philippine Pediatric Society, which is an organization of PMA specialty.

Dr. Saturnino Javier, immediate past president of the Philippine Heart Association, also details the uncertainty and risks of e-cigarette use in his column in Vital Signs, a newspaper for physicians and health care professionals. “It must also contend with the fact that nicotine is also a pair of the lungs,” he wrote. “One of the strongest arguments against the use of the electronic cigarette is that it can undermine prevention and cessation of smoking habits by strengthening the consumption of cigarettes in public places and workplaces,” he added.

Local FDA stand

Sometime ago, our local Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to the public about electronic cigarettes, emphasizing that they are not recommended method of smoking cessation treatment for smokers who want to quit. It also highlighted the potential risk of grave incitement children into learning how to smoke.

Electronic cigarette manufacturers claim that they are not targeting children with their product, but the nicotine cartridges they sell tastes are attractive to children. What child would not be attracted to chocolate, caramel, strawberry and even bubble gum flavors taste? Knowing the adventurous nature of the school and the unregulated nature of electronic cigarettes, we can have disastrous fad in the making, if we allow the electronic cigarette to be approved for sale.

The e-cigs work as a vaporizer since they vaporize a liquid solution into an aerosol mist, which simulates the real thing. It gives one the feeling of virtual smoking. It provides a virtual smoking. Although they do not contain tobacco is small in the device, which heats liquid nicotine, which transforms it into steam, which Smokers inhale and exhale.

Electronic Cigarette manufacturers claim that this nicotine vapor offers much less risk than conventional cigarette smoke. But no one knows for sure, possible side effects of inhaling nicotine vapor, as well as other health risks electronic cigarettes can cause. 

Vaporized solutions

We usually evaporate medicament for pulmonary problems such as asthma and lung inflammation, as it was shown that the vaporized solutions can reach the lung tissue more quickly and efficiently. If the electronic cigarettes have the same mechanism, and then vaporized nicotine to affect adversely the lighter, and we will not be surprised if more recent studies have shown that electronic cigarettes can cause all known complications of smoking in a short period of time.

Quality control in the manufacture of electronic cigarettes is also a big question mark, and it is likely that some manufacturers cannot adequately disclose all they put in their cartridges for electronic cigarettes, or the actual nicotine levels may be higher than what is listed on the label of the cartridge.

This may be the cause of satisfied electronic cigarette users swear by the high heavens about how electronic cigarettes have weaned them from smoking tobacco. Most likely, they do not realize that they get a higher dose of nicotine. They are out of the frying pan and put the fire directly.

Johnny Depp might have looked cool, though he fidgeted with his electronic cigarette in the movie “The Tourist” and Katherine Heigl of “Grey’s Anatomy” might sound like a health expert, as she explained how electronic cigarettes work when she guested in the David Letterman show. But not even a ton of celebrities can ever cover up the unknown danger that lurks behind the use of electronic cigarettes.




Tobacco taxes: myths against facts

We were desperate and disappointed to read the views expressed in an editorial on July 7. We would like to provide and led your readers with select and accurate information based on facts.

The following items are about some myths presented by Mr. Peterson:

  1. imagesMyth: The new tobacco tax will help pay for the Vikings stadium.
  2. Fact: The revenue from tobacco taxes will go into the general fund. Part of the money from the one-time tax on cigarettes in stores inventory will go to the stadium.
  3. Myth: Raising the tobacco tax is unfair to smokers.
  4. Fact: The cost of treating tobacco-related diseases is much higher than the amount of tobacco tax collected by smokers. Every man, woman and child in Minnesota pays $ 560 in excess health care costs due to smoking if they smoke or not.
  5. Myth: smokers do not go away, even if the price increases.
  6. Fact: Studies show that the $ 1.70 for a pack tax increase will help more than 36,650 smokers quit Minnesota. In our state, we are fortunate that all smokers have access to free services through the termination QUITPLAN. In addition, low-income smokers suffer from the effects of smoking on health, and 75% are more sensitive to price increases.
  7. Myth: Tobacco tax revenue is not reliable.
  8. Fact: Each state is greatly increased tax on tobacco has seen an increase in state revenue and health benefits residents.
  9. Myth: The new tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products is estimated to generate about $ 500 million over the next two years and will save our state more than $ 1.75 billion in long-term health care costs.
  10. Myth: A tax increase on tobacco will make people abroad.
  11. Fact: In most places, the price difference is not significant enough to cause people to cross the border to buy cigarettes. Some may overlap at times, but the number of people who make it statistically very low. Most smokers will continue to buy their cigarettes in Minnesota.

Studies have consistently shown that increasing the price of tobacco is one of the most effective ways to help smokers quit and prevent children from starting to smoke.

Saving lives and our children from Minnesota addiction life is “fair”, and a great idea in our book.

Tobacco companies donate school tables

One Tobacco Tanzania Ltd has saved about 500 pupils from sitting on dusty floors in Geitasamo elementary school in the Serengeti after donating 157 desks for the public school with 793 students.

Geitasamo is rural state primary schools which continue to face a wide range of issues, which include acute shortage of classrooms, desks, textbooks and teachers’ houses in the wildlife rich area of the Serengeti to the Mara region. School teachers and students welcomed the donation tables describing it as a huge relief.

 

images!“Prior to this donation nearly 50% of our children were sitting on the floor, but now we are happy that no a child who will sit on the floor”, Geitasamo Primary School headteacher Daudi Kabaka said shortly after receiving the tables on Friday.

Alliance One Tobacco Tanzania Ltd Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Khamis Liana handed over the donation to the brief function show pupils, teachers, parents, district officials Serengeti education and community leaders. “We, as the Alliance One, we are proud to be the transfer of these desks and Geitasamo today is one of the schools that have received a lot of support from us.

 

The request of the school was 157 tables, and we pass the 157 tables in the amount of 5.4 ml. Nothing has been cut with your request, “Mr. Lian said. Tobacco Company, he said, was spending millions of shillings to support education, health and the environment in different parts of the country.

“In education, we respond to problems such as lack of school desks, as we have done here today. We also offer tutorials,” Mr. Lian said in his brief speech. Previously, Mr. Liana, who was accompanied in charge of Alliance One Tanzania Ltd Mara leaves manager Mr. James Gichuche, spent a few minutes checking some trees that were planted in Geitasamo primary school with the support of the tobacco companies.

 

Alliance One Tobacco Tanzania Ltd was the first company to support the introduction of tobacco growing in the Mara region. Tobacco is now seen as the best option for the majority of farmers in various villages in the Serengeti, seeing that it can save them from extreme poverty.

Hundreds of farmers have earned more than 8 million – after selling more than 2,520 tons of Alliance One Tobacco Tanzania Ltd for the season, according to officials of the Serengeti. Many villages have embarked on tobacco cultivation in the district are the homes of many families who are experiencing economic difficulties in the past.

 

Officials say the Serengeti District Council earned about 400 ml revenue from tobacco during the same period. This year, the government allowed large-scale production of tobacco in Serengeti, Tarime and Rorya districts in Mara Region. Mara Regional Commissioner John Tupa said that the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives support commercial farming of tobacco in the area.

 

Marketing of electronic cigarettes: it’s a fake cigarette?

As the tobacco giants Altria and R.J Reynolds launch their new unregulated electronic cigarettes this summer, the noise is growing about the huge marketing budgets are waiting in the wings. But money is only a question or two, if the Giants can figure out how to shape the brand of cigarettes gadgets in the era of Facebook.

image6121E-battery operated cigarette tubes which emit steam clubs typically contain nicotine. Unlike cigarettes, they can be used virtually anywhere  and posts for electronic cigarette is only required to be directed to adults. Most of the ads do not have any health claims while they are waiting for FDA regulations, but the media and customers usually describe electronic cigarettes as a way to wean from unhealthy cigarettes.

The marketing challenge is to pay more attention to the “electronic” than the cigarette aspect of the product.

Blu Ecigs, for example, the target of 35-45 smokers who love techie devices, said founder Jason Healy, who sold the company last year to Lorillard, the manufacturer of cigarettes Newport. Blu packets and displays a black and smooth, like a mobile phone. If you flip the switch on the brand of “smart package”, it flashes and vibrates when it senses another Blu smoker nearby. Soon the package will also be able to talk with other electronic devices, said Healy.

In contrast, the independently owned Njoy, the market leader, is going retro with gold emblems and colored slashes on its signs and packaging.

Both approaches brand design clichés and trite, said Fred Richards, around the world in a creative Brand Union, branding and design consultancy. “The sleek look food stains are trademarks and language is similar to the premium like chewing gum. And combs and scarves from old cigarette packages of old.”

The larger opportunities, according to experts, are to use digital media and events involve public angst modern smoker. “Smokers are treated like outcasts of society for 20 years. There is a whole generation who are too young to know how it could smoke on airplanes and in offices and restaurants,” said Richards.

Blu is trying to embrace that sense of community with social media, said Healy. “We encourage people to tell their stories. Moreover, data from social sites allow us to focus on people over 18 who smoke.” Blu running a TV spot for the night cable, print ads in lifestyle and culture magazines, and it is significantly expands its events and social media marketing. “With a product like this, we have to dig to get the demo we want, and then we have to have a conversation,” said Healy.

The dispute impact of electronic cigarette health impacts is gaining steam as the industry is approaches $ 1 billion in sales. At the same time, a new brand category is emerging. “This is a breakthrough technology and changes in the social stigma attached to smoking,” said Richards. “This is an opportunity to create an entirely new language, lifestyle and attitude.”

Are electronic cigarettes dangerous, or the best alternative to tobacco?

Some people see them as a safer alternative to smoking.

Some people use them as an aid to quitting.

images (1)But the jury is still out on electronic cigarettes as the FDA is concerned.

“Consumers of electronic cigarette products currently have no way to tell if electronic cigarettes are safe … how much nicotine or other potentially harmful chemicals into the respiratory system during use, or if there are any benefits associated with the use of these products, “according to the FDA’s website.

E-cigarette battery powered devices that operate by heating a liquid which contains nicotine. The nicotine is then inhaled in the form of a vapor. Thus, instead of “smokers”, users of electronic cigarettes often call themselves “vapers”.

The FDA currently does not regulate electronic cigarettes, but the agency is working to change that by creating rules that would classify the devices as a tobacco products. While electronic cigarettes contain tobacco, is a key component of the nicotine found in tobacco plant.

Janelle Marousek, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator for Desert Valley Senior Wellness Center in Apple Valley, is dubious about electronic cigarettes.

“Cigarettes, of course, are bad for you and there are tons of harmful chemicals in them, but electronic cigarettes scary” Marousek said. “There may be some rules with the FDA, but the company does not need them.”

Marousek said that in 2010, the FDA issued warning letters to five distributors of electronic cigarettes for unsubstantiated claims and poor manufacturing practices.

For smokers trying to quit, Marousek recommends the use of other sources of nicotine, such as gum, lozenges or a nicotine patch.

However, Dr. Timothy Denton, a cardiologist at High Desert Heart Institute in the state, said he feels that with the help of the electronic cigarette is the lesser evil compared to tobacco.

“We do not know the dosage of nicotine you get from the e-cigarette, but you do not get to carcinogens,” he said. “Over the counter you can buy nicotine gum, you can buy nicotine patches, and you can buy electronic cigarettes. Of those three, which is closest to the ritual you used to?”

And the ritual of smoking, Denton said, as addictive as nicotine itself. He notes that smokers crave cigarettes at certain times of the day – for example, immediately after a meal.

“They light a cigarette, they take a deep breath and once they feel good,” said Denton. “But it takes more time than for the drug to reach the brain.”

Those who quit smoking often need a new habit to replace it. Too often, that the habit is overeating, another serious health risk. The best alternative to smoking or eating is a new hobby or a change of scenery at a time when cigarette cravings can trigger – for example, for a walk after a meal.

But human nature being what it is, change does not come easily to most.

“In the e-cigarette, you get the feeling of a cigarette,” said Denton. “It’s a little more, it’s much harder. When you puff on it, you actually get a pair. This micronized moisture that gives you a little bit of nicotine.”

While manufacturers cannot make statements about electronic cigarettes as quit smoking AIDS, new data suggest that they can only be effective for this purpose.

Last week, the results were released from a study at the University of Catania in Italy. In 2010, 300 smokers who have not expressed a desire to quit agreed to try electronic cigarettes. Within 12 months, 8.7 percent of people in the study quit smoking, and 70% of those people continued to refuse to electronic cigarettes, as well. Another 9% to 12%t do not quit smoking, but they have reduced their habits by at least 50%.

“This is the first study of the good that has been done on electronic cigarettes,” said Denton.

And while we may not know all the side effects of electronic cigarettes, the risks of traditional cigarettes established: heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and various other cancers.

“For right now it is not unreasonable to recommend electronic cigarettes to patients who want to quit smoking,” said Denton. ” Anything we can do to help get patients off regular tobacco.”

Tobacco companies introduce the first e-cigarettes

Coming to a store shelf near you: the latest offering from some of the major tobacco companies, is an electronic cigarette. They were on the market for many years, but as the Health Watch reporter Stephanie Stahl shows us, it’s the first time tobacco companies getting in the game.

im-a-smoker-and-i-love-e-cigarettesGregory Conley says his electronic cigarette has changed his life.

“I took the electronic cigarettes and overnight, I gave up smoking,” Conley said.

Instead of smoking, he looks at it. It uses a battery for heating liquid with nicotine. People inhale the vapor. Advocates say that electronic cigarettes are a great alternative to traditional cigarettes.

Advocates say that electronic cigarettes are a great alternative to traditional cigarettes. Conley said: “The other option for about half of all smokers to smoke until they die.”

Traditional cigarette companies are jumping on the electronic cigarette bandwagon. Altria, the parent company of Phillip Morris, will begin selling Markten electronic cigarette at the end of this summer. Reynolds American, manufacturer of cigarettes Camel, just introduced VUSE, own electronic cigarette.

Electronic cigarette attorney Carl Phillips, Ph.D., says it’s big news.

“They are big players,” Phillips said. “They have a huge marketing power the tobacco industry has used to sell its cigarettes for decades.”

Electronic cigarette authorities must walk a fine line with the regulators. The FDA says they can’t claim electronic cigarettes help people to cure disease or to quit smoking, while the study did not prove it.

In documents obtained by Eyewitness News, some e-cigarette users and health workers reported side effects to the FDA such as allergic reactions, shortness of breath, heart problems, headaches, rash, vomiting, and more

“There’s still a lot of research needs to be done, much more research is carried out, I have to say on these effective ways to help people quit smoking, as well,” said Deb Brown of the American Lung Association. The association does not support electronic cigarettes. It is also concerned about the effects of passive vapor.

“I really think that in the future, there will be some recognition that there are many public health groups, who got this question wrong,” said Conley.

The FDA regulates tobacco, so it is ultimately expected to propose new rules for electronic cigarettes. Lawyers hope they do not muzzle the message of e-cigarette.

Sale of tobacco products before Monday tax hike

Abed Abuhadid has one word to announces the business in his tobacco shop in the days before the increase in the cigarette tax by $ 1.60 a pack.

Business-taxes-270x300One of his clients store at the Smoke & Cigar Depot in Waite Park, Phyllis Zimmerman, pats a plastic bag she keeps that hung cigarettes cartons.

“It’s eight boxes,” Zimmerman said. “I think it’s stocking up.”

The cigarette tax rise will come into force on Monday, the first day of 2014 state fiscal year, along with a number of other changes to the state law passed during the 2013 Minnesota’s 2013 legislative session.

Abuhadid has ruled Smoke Shop for 16 years, during which time he had seen a few cigarette tax rise. But this is the greatest thing he’s seen by far, more than doubled in the package of state tax from $ 1.25 to $ 2.90, according to the House Public Information Services.

Supporters say the move will encourage some smokers to quit and to reduce public health costs of smoking, in addition to generating new tax revenues.

But Abuhadid doubt the tax increase will be additional revenue for the state. He says that some heavy smokers will go to surrounding states to buy cigarettes instead. In addition, he said that more customers roll their own cigarettes and smoking electronic cigarettes to save money.

Another of his clients, Kathy Nyberg of Avon, said she was trying to quit smoking in part because of higher taxes. At the same time, however, she is not a fan of the move. “I think it stinks,” said Nyberg.

Two new sales taxes on businesses takes some effects on Monday for transaction that were are not subject to the tax. They apply to companies that buy electronic and commercial repair and telecommunications equipment.

Dream Act

Some students living in the country illegally can get a living teaching in colleges and universities of Minnesota and state financial aid under the new law.

Dream Act is part of a broader higher education that the budget law shall come into effect on Monday. The law also freezes the training of students for the next two years in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, including Saint-Cloud State University and St. Cloud and Technical College.

Students without documentation will be eligible for resident tuition and state financial aid if they meet certain criteria, such as having attended high school for at least three years in Minnesota, in compliance with the requirements for selective service, and to prove they are applied, to have legal status, if such a process is established at the federal level. Director of the state institutions of higher education expects about 755 students in the state of Minnesota will take advantage from the new rules. The office is in the process of preparing an application for such students, said its spokesman, Sandy Connolly.

St. Cloud-area parks and trails will benefit from nearly $ 3 million in funding through grants to Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

The grants are going to go out for the two-year budget cycle, which begins on Monday. They include a $ 1 million Sauk River Regional Park in Sartell, $ 1,000,000 to extend the Lake Wobegon Regional Trail and $ 930,000 to extend the Rocori Trail.

The funding River Juice Regional Park – the proposed park across the river from the juice of Whitney Park on the Sartell’s South edge – would be for land acquisition, trail improvement and other improvements.

Lake Wobegon Trail boosters want to extend the trail from its terminus in St. Joseph into downtown St. Cloud. A proposed first phase of the expansion would bring the trail River’s Edge Park in Waite Park.

Rocori Trail backers want to connect Cold Spring and Rockville to the existing trail. This would allow access to the two regional parks in Rockville: Rockville County Park and Park Eagle.

FDA announces first decisions on new tobacco products

In March, I became the director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), after spending more than three decades working on FDA-related issues, including a seven-year stint at FDA from 1993-2000. From 1997-2000 I was the first director of the agency’s office of tobacco programs. Since I returned FDA, CTP has made significant progress on many fronts. I look forward to discussing my strategic goals and priorities for the future blog post, but today I want to share some information about priority-review decisions regarding tobacco products.

tobacco_iconToday, for the first time since received FDA authority to regulate tobacco products identified, the agency authorized the marketing of two new tobacco products through substantial equivalence (SE) pathway, while denying the marketing of the four other new products.

These actions are unprecedented and mark the beginning of other upcoming decisions related to the marketing of new tobacco products. Substantial equivalence is one way manufacturers can use to market new tobacco product. To do this, the manufacturer must prove that their product has the same characteristics as the actual formerly marketed tobacco products, which we call the predicate product, or if the new product has different characteristics that it does not raise different questions of public health.

SE representations require careful study. FDA is responsible for protecting public health, and to do that, we are working to ensure that any new tobacco product brought to market by the way does not introduce more harm to public health than the actual product predicate specified by the manufacturer.

Today’s SE orders allow the marketing of two new Lorillard Tobacco Company Tobacco Newport Non-Menthol gold box 100s and Newport Non-Menthol gold box. The agency has found these two products are substantially equivalent to the predicate products based on materials of the company and other readily available science and information to demonstrate that each product will not pose more harm to public health than the predicate.

It is important to emphasize that the decision does not in itself mean that the Agency considers the product to be safe, and its not-FDA approved. SE decision only means that the new product does not cause various public health issues, compared to the predicate product.

The FDA has also released the first non-equivalent, or NSE, orders denying marketing of four new tobacco products after discovering that the products have different characteristics from their products predicate and that the applicant does not fully show that the new products did not raise different questions of public health.

FDA had been working diligently to address all the pending SE submissions. We know it took some time, but expect that the process will move more quickly in the future all the participants get more experience. FDA proposed to feedback from the industry about the requirements for substantial equivalence, and will continue to provide such feedback. We also created a new Web page that tracks SE decision on the date and provides general information on how the FDA to market new tobacco products. Our goal is to work through the remaining SE submissions in a consistent, transparent and predictable manner.

Zambia, Malawi tobacco income loss

Zambia and Malawi continue to lose revenue as a result of illegal cross-border trade in tobacco, despite the measures taken to curb the vice.

money-cigaretteThe revelation came to light during a bilateral meeting between the Tobacco Board of Zambia and the Commission on Tobacco Malawi recently.

The meeting of the two sides to address the illegal cross-border trade in tobacco which has become rampant between the two countries.

This is contained in the statement used in the Daily Mail on Friday, the first secretary for press at the embassy in Zambia, Malawi Chansa Kabwela.

Officials at the meeting, Malawi’s Minister of Agriculture Peter Mwanza said the illegal trade occurs providers who act as intermediaries for buyers and purchasing points along the border.

Mr Mwanza said vendors in some cases contribute to the farming of tobacco farmers to get after the tobacco harvest.

“The problem of illegal cross-border trade in tobacco continues to permeate every border and efforts put in place to combat it, have not been effective,” he said.

He said that measures such as confiscation of illegal tobacco traders and the use of local police, were not effective, that criminals are complex.

The minister called for concerted action between Zambia and Malawi to address the problem of illegal smuggling.

He urged the two bodies of tobacco to focus on border patrols and a review of the regulatory framework of the two countries in order to maximize synergies.

Mr. Mwanza stressed the importance of involving tobacco associations, manufacturers, and security services in the fight against illicit trade in tobacco if meaningful results are to be realized.

Meanwhile, Mr. Mwanza has commended Zambia for security personnel confiscated 27 bales of flue-cured tobacco from illegal traders and passing it to the Malawian authorities.

Marlboro maker Altria Group to sell their first electronic cigarette

The tobacco company Altria Group Inc. is launching its first electronic cigarette under the MarkTen brand in Indiana, beginning in August and extending its smokeless product offerings.

images!The owner of the country’s biggest cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA, has announced details of its foray Numark subsidiary in the fast growing business Tuesday.

This is the last of the largest tobacco companies in the country at the market of electronic cigarettes in the industry-wide push to diversify beyond the traditional cigarette business, which is becoming more rigid in terms of raising taxes, smoking bans, health concerns and social stigma.

Richmond, Va.-based company declined to comment on whether it plans to move beyond the initial state of the market test or whether he plans to advertise on TV – the place of the tobacco companies have long been prohibited marketing of traditional cigarettes.

During a presentation to investors on Tuesday, CEO Marty Barrington said the company “spent a lot of time studying the categories and business opportunities.”

“The category is at an early stage, and time will tell how it will develop,” said Barrington.

Electronic Cigarette battery powered devices that heat the liquid nicotine solution, creating steam that mainstream users. Devotees say e-cigarettes address both addiction and the behavioral aspects of smoking. Smokers to get their nicotine without the more than 4,000 chemicals found in cigarettes. And they get to hold something shaped like a cigarette, while puffing and exhaling something that looks like smoke.

More than 45 million Americans smoke cigarettes, and about half of smokers try to quit each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Markten is a disposable e-cigarette, but can be re-used, buying individual battery charging and extra set of cartridges as tobacco and menthol flavors. The company said that the electronic cigarette “Four Draw” technology is designed to give users a “more consistent work,” which is very similar to drawing traditional cigarettes.

Electronic cigarette made in China by a contract manufacturer, is expected to sell for about $ 9.50. Prices for additional ammo and recharge kit were not available. Liquid cartridge made in the USA

Last week, Reynolds American Inc., the owner of the second-largest tobacco company in the country, has announced that he is launching an updated version of its Vuse brand of electronic cigarettes in Colorado in July, with an eye to expanding nationally. Lorillard Inc., the third-largest tobacco company of the country, has acquired the electronic cigarette maker Blu Ecigs in April 2012 and has expanded to more than 80,000 retail outlets.

The market of electronic cigarettes, which includes more than 250 brands, has grown to thousands of users in 2006 to several million worldwide. Analysts estimate that sales could double this year to $ 1 billion. Some even said to consumption of electronic cigarettes can outperform traditional cigarette consumption in the next decade.

Tobacco company executives said that even electronic cigarettes have gone the total volume of the cigarette industry down about 600 million cigarettes, or about 1 percent, in the first quarter, with the exception of online sales – the main way for electronic cigarette purchases.

The Food and Drug Administration is planning to assert regulatory authority for electronic cigarettes in the near future. State health officials say the safety of electronic cigarettes and their effectiveness in helping people quit smoking regular, have not been fully explored.

Njoy Electronic Cigarette manufacturer Inc. said Monday it has raised $ 75 million in funding from investors including Napster founder and entrepreneur Sean Parker and Homewood fixed capital Douglas Teitelbaum be used for marketing, clinical trials, research and development, and international expansion. Musician Bruno Mars also has invested company whose Njoy King disposable electronic cigarettes are available in more than 60,000 retail stores.

Like other tobacco companies, Altria also is focusing on cigarette alternatives for future sales growth because of declining cigarette smoking is expected to continue.

The company said Tuesday it is expanding its chewy Verve, Disposable nicotine disks from 60 stores to 1,200 for Virginia in the second half of this year. He also plans to debut gum containing tobacco in Denmark this summer called Tew (pronounced “chew”) through a previously announced joint venture with a subsidiary Fertin Pharma A / S to develop smokeless nicotine products.

Altria, whose brands include the best-selling cigarettes Marlboro, Skoal smokeless tobacco and Black & Mild cigars, also on Tuesday reaffirmed its full 2013 adjusted earnings forecast of between $ 2.35 and $ 2.41 per share. The company also owns a wine business, holds a voting stake in brewer SABMiller, and has the financial department of the company.

FDA graphic health warnings

When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) imposes new graphic health warnings for tobacco products, they can survive First Amendment challenge if they depict the health consequences and their effectiveness is confirmed by adequate scientific data, says Georgetown University Medical Center, an expert on public Health and counsel.

imagesGraphic tobacco warning labels that combine images with health warnings, a widely used tool for reducing tobacco use in other countries, but the tobacco industry claims that they are unconstitutional in the United States.

In the analysis of the legal and scientific issues for graphic health warnings published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, John Kremer, JD, MPH, defines how the courts are likely to analyze the graphic warnings and determine what health evidence must be presented in order to survive legal challenge. Kramer is an assistant professor of health systems administration at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Medical Research, and a member of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.

Despite the fact that smoking kills 443,00 Americans each year, Kramer says, “The United States has some of the weakest tobacco warning labels in the world, and they have not been updated in nearly 30 years.”

In 2009, Congress passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Control Act requiring graphic warning labels on tobacco products, giving the FDA authority to specify the images and text that should be included. FDA released nine graphic warnings in June 2011, but withdrew them after two federal appeals courts have come to opposite conclusions about their constitutionality.

Although there is ambiguity over what constitutional rule will be applied in a lawsuit to labels, Kramer argues that it is possible for the FDA to address the two most likely standards of rational basis review and an interim review, with the right scientific data.

Kremer says the label is likely that, in accordance with a rational basis review, and will almost certainly prevail “if the court will issue a warning against deception past the industry.” He says that some courts have applied this review to be unquestionable, factual warnings such as information intended to help consumers make healthier decisions.

The second possibility is an interim review, which requires a strong public interest and greater confidence that the warning labels are effective.

“Under this review, the FDA, could probably win, but it will turn on how well the government will be able to convince the courts of some empirical evidence”, explains Kramer. “Providing clear evidence of graphic warning labels impact on smokers themselves or for a causal mechanism by which they reduce smoking will meet the test of the court.”

He adds that the FDA should also take care to avoid images that can be interpreted as an opinion and not the facts or do not show the negative health consequences of smoking, such as images previously received FDA, which depicted a man with no – smoking sign on his shirt.

Raise taxes on tobacco is reasoned

The desire of the legislator and the possibility to increase the tax on tobacco products throughout the state as part of putting together the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, legislation that would once again allow their dooms Oregon counties levy taxes tobacco.

part2-2-taxesIn so far failed budget negotiations between Democrats and Republicans legislative leaders the issue of raising taxes on cigarettes Oregon $ 1.18 per pack from 10 to 50 cents.

For the states, the increase will be part of a package of fixed-¬ nebulous increase personal, corporate, and “sin” taxes are designed to provide at least $ 200 million over the next two years combined. The new money, most of which the Democrats want in exchange for the introduction of curbs to public employee pension costs are deep, will increase funding for public K-12 education, colleges and youth mental health services.

Such a deal, if materialized, would it mean the end for House Bill 2870, a bill favored by Lane county officials, who will lift the ban on the county state tobacco tax, lawmakers recognize.

“It’s fair to say that if a user (tobacco tax) increase occurs, the county will not pass the bill,” Sen said. Ginny Burdick, Portland Democrat and chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue Committee, WHERE HB 2870 was assigned.

Some county political leaders – including financial difficulties Lane County – lobbied for HB 2870 this session as a new “tool” for potentially raise funds.

Under the bill, county commissioners could levy a tax- which may not exceed the amount of tax on tobacco state. At least 40% of the revenue would have to go to tobacco prevention programs, mental health programs, or services to drug and alcohol abuse.

For both the state and counties, tobacco tax increases on tobacco can produce a healthy amount of income.

A 50-cent-per-pack increase in the state tax would generate more than $50 million a year. In Lane County, a 50-cent tax would generate around $8.5 million annually.

However, a significant increase in major states may tax the tobacco industry to seek voter referendum to change. In 2007, voters easily defeated a proposed 84.5 cents per pack increase, after a multi-million dollar campaign to which tobacco Interests exhausted opponents 3-to-1.

Lane County lobbyist said Alex Cuyler environment is that HB 2870 Effective policy in more than a slight increase in staff.

“District of view 10 cent tax on tobacco products as a victory for the tobacco industry,” he said. “It will not take up a large income, and it will not do anything to curb teen smoking.”

Unlike many other tax-related bills, HB 2870 does not require the support of 60 percent of the legislature to become law.

However, the House of Representatives passed a bill in early April on 31-29 vote.

Should a bipartisan budget deal completely fall through and the state tobacco tax remain flat, Burdick said, can it still be a “challenge” to pass HB 2870 through the Senate, where Democrats hold narrow 16-14 edge.

In 2009, the same bill passed the House but died in the Senate.

Reynolds American launch of the e-cig updated

Reynolds American Inc. launches an updated version of its Vuse brands of electronic cigarettes – which promises to give users a “perfect puff” – in Colorado, with its sights set on expanding nationally.

images (1)The expansion represents a further push the tobacco giant in fast-growing business and this trend will continue.

The move announced Thursday the owner of the second-largest tobacco company in the country is his first State of the e-cigarette distribution and is the latest in industry-wide push to diversify beyond the traditional cigarette business, which is becoming more rigid in terms of raising taxes, smoking bans, health concerns and social stigma.

Winston-Salem, NC, company that sells Camel, Pall Mall and Natural American Spirit cigarettes and Grizzly smokeless tobacco, do not reveal the exact size of Colorado retailers should begin in July or deadlines for national implementation. Will include the launch of an advertising campaign that will include TV commercials – a place companied tobacco marketing has long been a traditional cigarette smoking.

Electronic Cigarette battery powered devices that heat the liquid nicotine solution, creating steam that mainstream users. Some e-cigarettes are made to look like a real cigarette with a tiny light on the tip that glows. The devotees tout them as a way to break the dependence on real cigarettes. They insist address of the device and the nicotine addiction and the behavioral aspects of smoking without the more than 4,000 chemicals found in cigarettes.

Although many smokers try e-cigarettes, some switch completely, because “products on the market today simply do not meet their expectations,” Stephanie Cordisco, president of the RJ Reynolds Co. couple, told the Associated Press before the announcement. The company has tested the electronic cigarette in North Carolina and Virginia for about a year.

E-cigarettes to maintain “a familiar ritual of cigarettes,” but most of the more than 250 brands – hand-built and imported from abroad – have a taste and performance problems, Cordisco said. And unlike their Marlboro or Camel cigarette smokers who can see the empty package delivery, smokers using their electronic counterparts often can not tell when they are close to running out of battery or vapors.

Reynolds believes that its updated electronic cigarette “supplies that smokers want” to deal with these problems, Cordisco said.

Vuse Rechargeable Electronic Cigarette is a technology that controls and regulates the heat and power more than 2,000 times per second, which provides a constant delay. It also has a smart light on the tip, so that users know when it gets low, replace or recharge.

Single e-cigarette cartridges and lasting for about as long as one pack of traditional cigarettes is expected to cost about $ 10 and will include a charger USB. Reynolds is also set to be sold for about $ 30, which will include one electronic cigarette, three cartridges and charger USB. Additional cartridges both original and menthol flavor will also be sold as a two-for about $ 6.

The market of electronic cigarettes has grown to thousands of users in 2006 to several million worldwide. Analysts estimate that sales could double this year to $ 1 billion. Some even said to consumption of electronic cigarettes can outperform traditional cigarette consumption in the next decade. Tobacco company executives said that even electronic cigarettes have gone the total volume of the cigarette industry down about 600 million cigarettes, or about 1 percent, in the first quarter, with the exception of online sales – the main way for electronic cigarette purchases.

Altria Group, owner of the country’s biggest cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA, announced in April, a subsidiary plans to introduce an electronic cigarette during the second half of this year. The company is expected to provide detailed information about their products to an investor meeting on Tuesday. Lorillard Inc., the third-largest tobacco company of the country, has acquired the electronic cigarette maker Blu Ecigs in April 2012.

In recent comments to the industrial group, Mitch Zeller, the new head of the tobacco Food and Drug control efforts, said that changes in the market have forced the public health, to deal with the fact that some tobacco products such as electronic cigarettes may be less of a danger health than others. FDA intends to assert regulatory authority for electronic cigarettes in the near future. State health officials say the safety of electronic cigarettes and their effectiveness in helping people quit smoking regular, have not been fully explored.

Tough measures needed to regulate the cigarette industry

The government should make effective efforts to regulate the local tobacco industry in order to prevent the entry of contraband and counterfeit cigarettes in the domestic market as it is bad for the local sector.

bY2QG9ZoHX217Ls08Z1vkDl72eJkfbmt4t8yenImKBVaiQDB_Rd1H6kmuBWtceBJThe World No Tobacco Day is celebrated on May 31, and it is generally sees a lot of groups to join forces under the banner campaign every year to reduce the level of tobacco consumption.

“Some of the anti-smoking enthusiasts to take it a step up, and focus on the tobacco industry, under the assumption that effort is likely to lead to the elimination of smoking. Actually, though, most of these efforts are hitting just legal industry, while providing an undue advantage flourishing illegal tobacco industry, “the expert said the tobacco industry.

In Pakistan, the legitimate tobacco industry provides employment and livelihoods of more than one million people, including farmers, distributors and retailers, which are the direct affectees any impact on legitimate industry players.

Market sources said that in the absence of legal tobacco industry in Pakistan, cigarette smugglers and tax evaders will rule the market. Contraband cigarettes, which will then be available in the market will be able to avoid severe legal restrictions and will come without the mandatory health warnings. Prices, of course, will be much lower, as the responsibilities avoided as a result of what these products are low quality within the reach of millions of new consumers, mostly young people.

They said that in a world where the legitimate tobacco industry does not exist, well-distributed network of criminals would be ready and waiting to step in and take over.

The reality is that even in the absence of the legitimate tobacco industry, adults who have made a conscious decision to smoke will continue to do so. But instead of buying their legal taxed cigarettes made by the legitimate tobacco companies and sold reputable retailers, consumers will turn to black market sources in order to get what they want, “the sources said.

This is probably the time to encourage them not to choose the path of least resistance, which is about bashing the legal industry players and suppliers, and to focus on solving tough problems on the ground such as the lack of enforcement leads to an increase in the black market, sources added .

 I was just puffing on a piece of plastic, until one day I did not. He acted as a pacifier, and it did its job getting my body through the withdrawal.

Also, the reason people gain weight when they quit smoking because they take craving hunger pang, and they eat. Whenever that happened, I would just drink a large glass of water and a sense of leaves.

The most important thing is to mentally prepare and have a support system. Set your quit date a month or so in advance, tell everyone you know that you are leaving, and then show them you can do it. They will be there for you, and they will be proud of you.

I know it sounds simple, but if your mind is to quit smoking, it’s that simple. You may not have time or two, but on the way you will find what works for you and what does not.

If you succeed, you’ll be flipping your nose not only to the taxman, who is just going to keep steadily coming to you, but in an industry that makes products designed to hook you, turn you into Pigpen and eventually kill you