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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

Bethel city rakes in revenue from a new tobacco tax

A new tobacco excise tax in the Southwest Alaska hub of Bethel brought the city more than $ 25,000 during the month of March; the first month of the tax was enacted. City finance officials say they do not have the numbers for April yet, but they could go even higher.

images (2)The new $ 2.21 per pack tax on cigarettes, along with a 45% tax on all other tobacco products, including chewing tobacco, was adopted by the Bethel City Council in December 2012. But with an elections looming, city officials have yet to decide what to do with the money.

“The city council will decide in the near future,” said Bethel City Manager Lee Foley. “At this point, we just collect and save money, but no matter decided, I’m excise tax money will be spent on the public good,” he said.

Bethel is a small town by most standards, with a population of about 6000, but it has a big tobacco habit. Like much of rural Alaska, it has a smoking area for adults and children, which is higher than the average across the state. Management of Alaska Tobacco Alliance says one in three adults in Southwest Alaska smokes. This compares to the state average, about one in five.

Youth smoking is also higher in the south-western Alaska than in the rest of the state Smokeless tobacco is also quite high in the region, it is estimated that 23 percent of adults “chewing”. That dwarfs the state average rate of use of 5.3 %. As a rule, all rates of tobacco use is higher among Alaska Natives than non-Natives.

The high prevalence of tobacco use among Bethel-area residents was one reason for the new excise tax was proposed. It was introduced by Bethel City Council member Eric Whitney. “I wanted to raise awareness about tobacco use, and find a way to reduce it through Bethel,” said Whitney. “Every time you go out on the street, whether it’s from a hospital, a school or a store, you will encounter a large cloud of cigarette smoke.”

The Bethel tobacco tax was discussed at the meetings of the City Council last fall, when a pack of cigarettes costs about $ 8.50, less than if you buy in big cities like Anchorage and Fairbanks. Now the package to Bethel costs more than $ 10.

The new tax is on the way to supply the city about $ 300,000 a year – potentially making it one of the main sources of municipal revenue – but the number could change if additional charges convince some smokers and chewers Bethel quit.

Until now, that does not seem so.

“I’m surprised at the amount of money it brings, so it does not appear that there was, nevertheless,” Foley said.

There are no immediate plans to Bethel City Council to decide what to do with a tax windfall. By law, it must, at some point go into the general stream of income communities, and from there, it can be distributed to city departments. Some ideas have been floated for money: funding for tobacco prevention and education, or to increase the organized outdoor activities for children of Bethel. But the unexpected is on standby at the moment.

One of the potential causes of the money has not yet been allocated: the fear that the source of income cannot be long enough to count. Four of the seven seats on the city council will be up for grabs in the October municipal elections Bethel, and the tax on tobacco could become a serious issue for voters.

“I’ve heard a lot of talk about how people say that they are going to run for the board, so that they can cancel the tax,” said Mark Springer, who was one of the two no votes on taxes. Springer, who does not use tobacco itself, said that he opposed the tax because “the city has no business getting into the health and well-being of the business.”

Even a supporter of the tax on the Board recognizes that this will be the main topic of discussion when the elections begin.

“The members may cancel it at any time, and the Council are very reluctant to provide funding for tobacco products now because we are afraid it may not be around after the election,” said Bethel City Council member Mary Sattler, who supports the tax.

There were also threats to citizens’ initiative to abolish taxes and lawsuits. “And there are more than a few potential candidates for city council, who say that they will work with the idea of abolition of the tax in the main part of his campaign.” Sattler said.

It is still too early to say whether the tobacco tax will reduce smoking rates in Bethel. The numbers provided by Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance claim that for every 10% increase in the price of a pack of cigarettes, adult smoking rates decline by 5% – and reduce the rate of child smoking to 7%.

Whether those reductions occur in Bethel remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: the full impact of the tobacco excise tax remains clouded.

Cigarette makers offer now part of Presidential Ordinance

The cigarette manufacturers have managed to introduce the proposal of their choice in the Decree on the revision of the Federal Excise Duty (FED) panels on cigarettes. Sources told Business Recorder on Tuesday that cigarette production units managed to get his proposal approved in the Finance Ordinance.

Cigarettes_by_milktoday-300x200This will allow them to raise prices and increase their own profits without adding any significant revenue to the government. The original proposal of the Federal Board of revenue (FBR) dully approved by the Ministry of Finance were not part of the Ordinance. It is not yet clear how their brand new offer the cigarette industry was made a part of changes to tax legislation through the Finance Ordinance.

As a result, of the FBR’s proposal, the rate of excise duty will be correspondingly increased with the increase in the cigarettes price. This would increase the FED collection of explanation. Fed rate gradually move up to the correspondent increase in the retail price of cigarettes. On the other hand, as new bid cigarette makers, cigarette FED speed has been fixed. If the price of cigarettes will increase or decrease the speed of the Fed does not reverse due to fixation of excise duty. Fixed rates the Fed suggested manufacturers were included in the Presidential Decree.

The draft of the Presidential Ordinance on taxation measures which will be released showed amend in the First Schedule of the Federal Excise Act, 2005 to revise FED panels on cigarettes. Under the revised structure presented FED produces cigarettes in FBR, FED rate is Rs 2,325 per thousand cigarettes locally produced cigarettes where, if printed on the packaging of the retail price exceeds Rs 2,286 per thousand cigarettes. The rate of FED will be Rs 880 per thousand cigarettes local production, where cigarettes if they are printed on the packaging of the retail price does not exceed Rs 2,286 per thousand cigarettes, the draft of the Presidential Ordinance said.

The said revised FED slabs on cigarettes were stupidly included in the decree of Finance, which will be released for the implementation of the new taxation measures. In contrast, FBR has received approval from the Ministry of Finance of the Federal Reserve completely different structure on cigarettes. The approved proposal has estimated 12 billion rupees from cigarette production. In accordance with the proposal FBR, first proposed under the plate, if the retail price exceeds Rs 50 per 20 cigarettes, the Fed’s rate will be 65 percent off the retail price. The second proposed plate shows that if the retail price is 50 rupees per 20 cigarettes, the Fed’s rate will be 25 per cent stick plus 50 percent of the retail price. There are three plates have been proposed to be replaced by two plates FED cigarette. The existing upper tier plate, intermediate plate and the bottom tier boards were merged into two simple slabs Fed.

Sources said that the FBR had proposed a very simple federal excise tax (FED) structure of levying duty on cigarettes. This proposal was approved by the Ministry of Financefor the revision of FED lsabs on cigarettes. However, the new proposal was recently floated by the cigarette production, which was included in the Presidential Ordinance. The new sentence was added to the Financial Regulation, for unknown reasons, as in the original proposal FBR estimated to collect Rs 12 billion from the cigarette industry. The new proposal also industry about 12 billion rupees from the revised slabs but experts were of the view that the income can be much less, according to the cigarette manufacturers. The two proposals are quite different. FBR’s proposal merged the upper tier of the plate; intermediate plate and the lower level of the plate have been combined into two simple slabs Fed. While the new proposal cigarette manufacturers to replace existing serial number nine and ten of the First Schedule of the Federal Excise Act, 2005. Last plate number 11, the Fed was proposed to be canceled cigarette manufactures. The method of revision FED on cigarettes is also very different when comparing the two proposals, they added.

Italian tobacco industry wrestling with electronic cigarettes

The Italian union of tobacco operators last week appealed to the regional court of Lazio, in an attempt to block the sale of electronic cigarettes.

imagesThe case is the latest in a series of measures taken by the tobacco industry, which believes that the spread of electronic cigarettes trade is being replaced with a hammer forged trade and smuggling.

The Italian government has not yet fully regulated electronic cigarette phenomenon, and there are doubts about its potential impact on human health and the economy.

“Its unfair competition,” says Enzo Perrotta, president of the Union of the operators of tobacco in a press release. Perrotta said that e-cigarettes should be taxed in the same way as traditional, and that their distribution should be done selectively. “Electronic cigarettes way to consume nicotine, they just sell cigarettes in liquid form.”

There are currently more than 1,000 stores and nearly 400,000 customers, according to Anafe, an association representing the interests of the industry, “electronic smoking” in Italy. A recent survey showed that of Doxa 10800000 tobacco users, 20 percent use or intends to use electronic cigarettes.

The turnover of electronic cigarettes was 90 million euros ($ 11.5 million) in 2012, a 25 percent increase over the previous year, according to the Italian consumer association.

The “traditional” tobacco industry has been hit hard.

“There is a very large drop in consumption due to smuggling, counterfeiting and distribution of electronic cigarettes,” said John Risso, national president of the Federation of the Italian tobacco (FIT) in a statement. “If the trend of reducing the consumption of manufactured tobacco continues, the impact on employment would be devastating: about 20,000 jobs would be in grave danger.”

The frame work of the law surrounding e-cigarettes began to grow.

Since May 1, electronic cigarettes have become subject to the same prohibition on sales to minors, as regular cigarettes, after a study conducted by the Italian Institute of Health. E-cigarettes have been banned in trains and domestic flights. Coldogno city in the province of Vicenza was the first to ban them in public buildings.

The European Respiratory Society believes that they are a serious threat to health, due to the possibility that the fluids used can contain toxic substances.

The Italian Institute of Health report said: “The e-cigarettes are of concern to public health due to the fact that they can be dangerous initiation to regular cigarettes.”

But supporters argue that instead of the gateway to nicotine addiction, electronic cigarettes offer a way to break apart the harmful “traditional” tobacco cigarettes. The study found that 70% of consumers Doxa use electronic cigarettes as a way to quit smoking.

“I used to smoke more than a pack a day,” says the executive of pharmaceutical company, who asked to remain anonymous, “then I tried [electronic cigarettes] through a friend. I stopped using traditional cigarettes. I feel better physically, and I’m saving money. I am amazed at the controversy regarding the alleged harm of electronic cigarettes. I think it’s a matter of losing money to a government that can not be applied to tax them yet.

Cigarettes Reviewed Releases

E Cigarettes Reviewed today released a new survey of White Cloud cigarettes, highlighting the important information of any electronic cigarette user needs to know before making a purchase.

imagesReviews are invaluable resources for any consumer, but to find a reliable website is not easy. Internet is flooded with overly positive reviews, as highlighted by the recent fiasco of Amazon review of e-books, so that e-cigarette users and smokers looking to make the switch flock to trusted sites, such as the Electronic Cigarette Reviews.

The site’s 2013 White Cloud Cigarettes review puts one of the leading brands in the market under the microscope, giving readers the objective information they need to make an informed decision.

The White Cloud electronic cigarette review aims variety of Cirrus Starter Kit for the test. Kit costs $ 109.95 and comes with three batteries – Cirrus 2, 3, and 3X – five cartridges; a USB charger and AC adapter, offering smokers everything they need to get started with electronic cigarettes. Users simply screw the cartridge end to the battery attachment and inhale the steam at the same time; they would smoke from a cigarette.

E Cigarette Reviewed tackles each element of the electronic cigarette in the review. It analyzes the packaging and design, the nicotine level is proposed, the couple made available flavors, battery performance, quality manufacturing, and guarantees that users get the full picture.

In general, the review is positive, and the manufacturer has been awarded the coveted space on the top 10 list site – entering at number three. The review welcomes the e-cigarette vapor production, flavor selection, battery life and a wide range of nicotine levels, as well as evidence of the quality of production.

It’s not all positive, however. Reviewed cigarette E indicates some problem with the product, primarily nicotine levels that are widely separated, which makes it difficult for users who want to reduce their nicotine intake. In a review of a white cloud cigarettes also indicates that the manufacturer does not offer e-liquid (used to refill reusable cartridges with nicotine-infused liquid) or manual battery, which is preferred by many vapers veteran.

White Cloud cigarettes review gives readers a comprehensive look at this leading option, and it is vital reading for anyone who wants to kick their tobacco habits.

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David Cameron stubs out plan for cigarettes in simple packages

David Cameron has ditched plans to force tobacco companies to sell cigarettes in plain packets because of concerns about restrictions on personal liberty, senior Tory sources revealed last night.

ZigarettenpackungHealth ministers have considered the motion for a year after the campaign argues that flexible packaging will make smoking less attractive.

But in a move that has delighted civil liberties groups, the Prime Minister said that they would forget to prevent other extension of the “nanny state”.

After rumors last week that the proposed legislation to enforce the ban, was scrubbed from the Queen speech Wednesday, Downing Street source confirmed that the politicians really were completely eliminated.

Tory ministers have determined that the coalition will not repeat the mistakes of the previous government’s labor and the risk is seen as overbearing and restriction of personal freedom.

The source said: “This sentence is not going to be in the Queen’s Speech and the government does not see this as a priority. It’s not going to be continued.”

Anti-smoking campaign would ban based on previous measures to reduce smoking, including a ban on smoking in public places.

They argue that the attractive branding is one of the elements that can make smoking appear glamorous, especially among children and adolescents.

Cameron had originally been willing to consider packing a prohibition on health grounds alone.

But he was convinced that this measure could cost jobs in the packaging industry, and could lead to a £ 3 billion in lost tax revenue.

The Prime Minister also sought to shed limiting questions from the governments programmed to concentrate on their core Tory messages on issues such as economic growth, immigration and welfare.

In a similar move earlier this year, it has revised its plans for the introduction of a minimum price for alcohol as a result of fears that responsible consumers feel that they have been penalized for the misbehavior of a small number of hardened binge drinkers.

The ban on cigarette packaging has been tested in Australia, but the authorities have recognized, there is little evidence of measures have reduced smoking rates

FIN Electronic Cigarette maker hires BB & T to review rate

FIN Branding Group LLC, a closely held manufacturer of electronic cigarettes, has kept BB & T Corporation (BBT), to evaluate the bids as private equity firms and tobacco companies seeking to enter the market for an alternative to smoking.


imagessBB & T is “growing and sustainable” The number of requests, FIN CEO Elliot Maisel, 58, said yesterday by phone. Possible buyers include tobacco and pharmaceutical companies as well as private equity firms, he said, refusing to identify companies that have expressed interest.

The consumption of electronic cigarettes – battery-powered, nicotine-infused tubes designed to replicate the experience without puffing smoke – may exceed the demand for traditional cigarettes in the next decade, according to Bonnie Herzog, an analyst at Wells Fargo & Co. in New York. The devices are designed for consumers worried that smoking is unhealthy and not allowed to smoke in offices, restaurants and other public places.


Potential investors’ financial capacity to see, “said Meisel, who started FIN Atlanta in 2011, and projects revenue of nearly $ 70 million this year. He hired Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based BB & T at the end of last year and said he was open to a joint venture or acquisition proposals from strategic buyers, such as Reynolds American Inc. (RAI), Altria Group Inc. (MO), international companies tobacco or big pharmaceutical companies.


David Silva, a spokesman for Altria, and Brian Hatchell, a representative of Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based Reynolds, declined to comment in an e-mail from their company would be interested in communicating with a fin.

Maisel competes with Lorillard Inc. (LO) ‘s Blu Ecigs and closely held producers such as NJOY logic and technology.


LOGIC technology, based in Livingston, New Jersey, talked to a lot of tobacco companies and financial firms interested in the possible combinations, CEO of Eli Alelov said in a telephone interview. He declined to name the companies with which he spoke.

“Investment bankers are trying to get into the space,” said Alelov, 45. He said that he was “interested in what other business partners could put on the table. I’m always open to suggestions.”


Altria, the largest seller of tobacco in the United States, said last week that it plans to introduce an electronic cigarette in an unknown market in the second half of 2013. CEO Martin Barrington, speaking on a conference call with analysts, declined to comment on whether Altria considers takeover, saying the Richmond, Va.-based company did not speculate on potential acquisitions.