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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Vintage Christmas cigarette advertisement

Cigarette manufacturers started a campaign to manipulate throat physicians into helping settle down the public’s increasing worries that smoking may be dangerous for their health in the 1920s. The approach of using physicians to market tobacco related products continued for more than 40 years, regardless of frustrating scientific data referring to the dangers of smoking. Through his researches on the … Continue reading

Bulgaria to reject move to ease total smoking ban

An effort to backtrack on Bulgaria’s total smoking ban in enclosed areas in public places has been unsuccessful in Parliament’s economy committee, several days after a comparable effort was defeated in the health committee. Being before the economy committee, Health Minister Desislava Atanasova, who has been determined in combating any change of the ban that became operational in June 2012, … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Do you know the best 5 cigarettes brands?

Smoking is a habit spread around the world, and plenty of cigarette brands are being manufactured every day. According to the latest survey, the best cigarette brands are the following: 1. Marlboro brand Marlboro brand is very popular throughout the world. These cigarettes have been introduced to the market in 1920s. In the beginning Marlboro brand was identified as cigarettes … Continue reading

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Worst Film for Smoking in 2012

The facts are quite obvious – cigarette smoking in films has an effect on smoking in real life, with research indicating that children especially can be more probably to start smoking after looking at smoking celebrities. But even though smoking is likely less socially acceptable in the United States than ever before, beautiful men and women make smoking look attractive … Continue reading

Monday, December 10, 2012

The major historical dates of Philip Morris International

The history of a worldwide company can be dated back to Philip Morris’s 1847 launching of a single shop on London’s Bond Street, marketing tobacco and ready-made cigarettes. On Mr. Morris’s death, the company was taken over by his wife Margaret and his brother Leopold. In 1881 the Company went public, Leopold Morris combining with Joseph Grunebaum to create Philip … Continue reading

Friday, December 7, 2012

Jersey tobacco duty to increase by 13.2 percent

Smokers will pay an additional 13.2 percent on tobacco products after a vote to raise duty in Jersey. Smoking people will now have to pay 50p extra for a pack of cigarettes. Jersey States have affirmed that the cost of cigarettes will increase starting with January. As element of the budget discussion political figures decided to implement Senator Philip Ozouf’s … Continue reading

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

63% back plain cigarette packages

Nearly two-thirds of citizens in the UK support suggestions to remove cigarette packages of their trademarks, a review indicates. The set of questions, carried out with 2,000 adults on the part of Cancer Research UK, identified that 63% supported standardised packs rules. On December 1, Australia became the first country worldwide to place all tobacco products in plain packs. Now … Continue reading

Monday, December 3, 2012

Cigarette companies increase list price on cigarettes

Altria Group Inc. is moving through a price hike of 6 cents per pack over all of the cigarette brands of the company. It is the second time the cigarette company rises prices on the tobacco products this year. The producer of Marlboro and Chesterfield cigarettes affirmed it would enforce the price hike on shipments starting with December 3. The … Continue reading

Friday, November 30, 2012

Methods for Curing Tobacco

Flue-cured Tobacco The most popular curing process is identified as flue-curing. Applied mostly in the production of cigarettes, the most popular type of flue-cured tobacco is Virginia. Virginia tobacco is as well well-known as ‘bright tobacco’ as the heat-drying process provides the leaves a bright colour. The temperature of the heater is little by little increased until the leaves and … Continue reading

Thursday, November 29, 2012

British American Tobacco Review

British American Tobacco (BATS) is a member of the FTSE100 and the second biggest cigarette company around the world by global market share. Brands of the tobacco group are marketed in about 180 countries. British American Tobacco has presented a profit of over 600 percent during the last ten years and the company still provides a good opportunity of further … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

JTI hails new tobacco policy

Japan Tobacco International states that it will improve its relationship with growers and other stakeholders with a goal to reestablish the country’s tobacco market share on the international place. The cigarette maker said this on November 23 in the course of a field visit to JTI contracted grower, Violet Savala, at Chitedze in Lilongwe by Minister of Agriculture and Food … Continue reading

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Brazilian company to manufacture cigarettes in Cuba

Brascuba S.A, the Brazilian-Cuban joint venture, will in the near future begin manufacturing in Cuba of Brazil’s popular Plaza cigarette brand, mass media reported. The company’s head of exports, Ernesto Tabio, declared that by mid-2013 the company intends to start transferring cigarettes to Brazil, the official AIN news agency stated. The cigarettes manufactured in Cuba will have the same features … Continue reading

Monday, November 26, 2012

Buy Philip Morris for Its 3.8 percent Yield

During the last years Philip Morris International Inc. has carried out very shareholder friendly policies. The cigarette maker has been involved a massive share repurchase program and has been growing its dividend annually since its spin off from Altria in 2008. The tobacco firm has as well improved its revenue gradually while also taking benefits of low interest rates to … Continue reading

Friday, November 23, 2012

Quebec budget: Sin taxes increasing

The price of cigarettes and drinking alcohol is rising, a move that will provide in $536 million in new earnings over the next three years to support Quebec in stabilizing its books. Cigarette taxes are growing by 18%, Finance Minister Nicolas Marceau declared. A pack of cigarettes will be priced at 50 cents more. The higher tax became operational at … Continue reading

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Vintage Camel Cigarettes Thanksgiving Ad

Today it is celebrated Thanksgiving Day in the United States. The main piece of present-day Thanksgiving in the United States is a big meal, usually centered around a large roasted turkey. Almost all the dishes in the traditional American variant of Thanksgiving dinner are composed of foods native to the New World as in accordance with tradition the Pilgrims got … Continue reading

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Japan Tobacco rises on government share sale delay

Japan Tobacco shares increased in Tokyo trade on November 19 after the authorities stated that it would postpone selling part of its stake in the former monopoly. Choppy markets and an election in December, which could determine a change in leadership, were between factors for postponing the sale of part of Tokyo’s 50.0% holding in the cigarette company, a finance … Continue reading

Monday, November 19, 2012

Cigarette Price Increase Could Be on Horizon for Cigarette Makers

The three biggest U.S. cigarette makers may sanction a new circle of cigarette price hikes in the next weeks, though the hike won’t necessarily increase profitability as the tobacco companies have improved promotions lately. Wells Fargo & Co. analyst Bonnie Herzog forecasted the tobacco industry would proceed in December their second circle of cigarette price hikes this year, with the … Continue reading

Friday, November 16, 2012

RAI Highlights its Total Tobacco Strategy

Innovation and operating progress brand equity are essential aspects of Reynolds American Inc.’s (RAI) whole tobacco strategy. The Winston-Salem, N.C.-based cigarette maker, pointed out its overall tobacco strategy in the context of the evolving customer and the present regulatory environment at its yearly Investor Day held in New York Nov. 12. In accordance with Bonnie Herzog, managing director of beverage, … Continue reading

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Are light cigarettes better than regular cigarettes?

Obviously many people, especially smoking people, ask themselves if ultra mild, mild and light cigarettes are safer than common cigarettes? Whether these cigarettes help give up smoking or are better for health are things that most smokers want to believe. What is the real affect of mild, ultra mild or light cigarettes? Do the mild cigarettes truly help smokers stop … Continue reading

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Reynolds American touts efforts to transform tobacco

Reynolds American Inc. says that its target on innovation and the creation of new products will help the firm remain competitive while tobacco use rates are decresing. Reynolds American President and CEO Daan Delen said that the firm is focusing on the emerging smoke-free products such as snus and its new e-cigarette Vuse that provide greater potential for growth. The … Continue reading

Monday, November 12, 2012

JTI launches “Sterling Fresh Taste on Demand” capsule

Japan Tobacco International is likely to announce the launching of an innovation for Sterling brand which is UK’s No. 1 cigarette brand. The modified Sterling will be on the market starting from 26th November. Sterling Fresh Taste on Demand mixes the recognition of Sterling with the demand for capsule cigs offering sellers with a new income stream within the UK’s … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Cigarette price rise in Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands Tobacco Company, the sole maker of Pall Mall brand cigarette and local tobacco Emu Twist in the country, has slammed smokers with a 50% price increase on its famous Pall Mall Blue cigarette that came into force on November 1. The unexpected price rise, which noticed smokers with surprise, found one cigarette packet now offering at $30 from … Continue reading

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Smartphone Apps Are Promoting Smoking, Often in Kid-Friendly Ways

The latest research posted in the journal Tobacco Control presents worrying facts that smartphone applications are an emerging element of advertising cigarettes to youth. The research, carried out in February 2012, identified 107 pro-smoking applications in Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Market, two biggest smartphone app stores in the world. The majority of the pro-smoking applications are free of … Continue reading

Imperial Tobacco's UK brands strengthened by pack innovation

Pack innovation In its primary data for the 12 months ended 30 September, the cigarette maker said that its new slimmer, queen-sized label L&B Profile and new GlideTec packaging – which has a small window on the front of the cigarette pack that enables the user to slide up the inner sleeve with their thumb – served to develop the … Continue reading

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Paris to crack down on cigarette butts on the street

Since smoking ban in cafes and bars was introduced in Paris five years ago, smokers began more and more throw the cigarette butts on the ground, said city officials. Bertrand Delanoë, the eco-friendly mayor, has said that approximately thousands of new public ashtrays will be established in the city. He asked as well to augment fines for throwing cigarette trash … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Candy-flavored tobaccos target Florida children

Florida’s Collier County Health Department is worried about candy-flavored tobacco that, as they say, targets children. Candy is one of the tobacco companies’ favorite strategies on Halloween. Fruit- and candy-flavored cigarettes were prohibited according to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act in 2009. Nevertheless, menthol cigarettes and other smokeless products are amongst some of the products not included. … Continue reading

Monday, October 29, 2012

British American Tobacco revenues grow

British American Tobacco has announced 4 percent growth in earnings at consistent rates of exchange in the nine months ended September 2012 regardless of lower company volumes. The earnings growth was influenced by permanent good pricing. According to the BAT, announced income decreased 1 percent‚ negatively affected by exchange rate actions and organic income growth at permanent currency was 3 … Continue reading

Tobacco products to face higher taxes

The Ministry of Health has suggested that the Government raises the price of tobacco for smokers in order to reduce the high smoking rates of smokers and passive smokers in Vietnam. The suggestion requires a higher level of duty on all tobacco products and for the lowest price for cigarettes marketed in duty free shops to be more tightly controlled. … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

JTI launches new edition for Amber Leaf

Amber Leaf announced about Japan tobacco’s intention to extend its range. In November, JTI will launch new Amber Leaf Blonde. The newest edition of Amber Leaf includes a paler colored, cigarette-like blend of premium quality Virginia tobacco that offers a smoother taste to current adult smokers. New Amber Leaf Blonde can be purchased from 1st November. The new product will … Continue reading

Monday, October 22, 2012

JTI launches limited edition packs for Silk Cut

Japan Tobacco International made an announcement about the releasing of three limited edition pack designs for Silk Cut cigarettes. Silk Cut is the company’s premium tobacco brand belonging to the lower tar type. The modern packs will be presented across the country utilizing packs of Silk Cut Purple, Blue and Silver 20s from the beginning of November. These cigarettes will … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Davidoff - Targeted launch for premium cigarettes

Imperial Tobacco, a Bristol-based British tobacco company, made an announcement about the addition of Davidoff iD cigarettes to its value-priced cigarette portfolio. Now Davidoff iD is sold in selected areas of the south-east of England. The tobacco company used an American blend of tobacco in order to produce Davidoff iD cigarettes. This new style of Davidoff brand is available in … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Philip Morris International

Philip Morris International is an approximately $157 billion dollar firm marketing cigarettes in almost 160 countries. The firm does not deal with the sale of cigarettes in the U.S., unlike another tobacco company, Altria. The tobacco company positions nearly 18.5x trailing earnings estimates, and almost 16x forward earnings estimates. The corporation’s income margin is 27 percent, and its operating margin … Continue reading

Friday, October 5, 2012

British American Tobacco PLC

British American Tobacco p.l.c. (British American Tobacco, BAT) is the world’s most international tobacco group, operating in many countries. BAT has 4 major cigarettes brands such as Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike and Pall Mall. The company’s other key brands include Vogue, Viceroy, Rothmans, Kool and Benson & Hedges. Beginning with December 31, 2011, BAT’s brands were marketed in about 180 … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

BAT explores alternatives as cigarette market dips

British American Tobacco (BAT), the world’s second-largest cigarette group by sales, is making an investment of £100m to create a line of smoking alternatives as smoking bans and increased taxes convince smokers to give up the habit. Nicandro Durante, the Chief Executive Officer of British American Tobacco, said that the tobacco firm was intending to create lower-risk alternatives to regular … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Chesterfield Introduces Superkings at Superlow Price

Philip Morris International made an announcement about the enrichment of Chesterfield cigarette brand range. The tobacco company introduced a new style of Chesterfield brand – Superking size Red and Menthol. The launch of new cigarettes will be maintained with an essential trade communications programme this autumn. Superking size Red and Menthol are natural enrichment for the Chesterfield cigarette brand which … Continue reading

Monday, October 1, 2012

Big Tobacco: Altria Group

Altria Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States and internationally. It offers cigarettes primarily under the Marlboro brand; smokeless tobacco products under the Copenhagen, Skoal, Red Seal, Husky, and Marlboro Snus brands; cigars principally under the Black & Mild brand; and pipe tobacco.

The company also produces and sells blended table wines under the Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Crest names; and distributes Antinori and Villa Maria Estate wines, and Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte in the United States. In addition, it maintains a portfolio of leveraged and direct finance leases in rail and surface transport, aircraft, electric power, real estate, and manufacturing.

The company sells its tobacco products primarily to wholesalers, including distributors; large retail organizations, such as chain stores; and the armed services. Altria Group, Inc. markets its wine products to restaurants, wholesale clubs, supermarkets, wine shops, and mass merchandisers. The company was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.

The tobacco sector also has some of the highest average operating margins. The good thing is the fact Altria Group, Inc. has demonstrated a solid 42.23% operating margin over the last 12 months, but the bad thing is the fact that MO's operating margin only ranks third among the group.

In terms of the other three companies the numbers are all very good. Lorillard, Inc. is the leader of the pack, considering the fact the company demonstrated an operating margin of 44.52%, and Philip Morris came in a close second by demonstrating an operating margin of 43.44%. It should be noted that Reynolds American placed last among the four companies featured simply because the company had only managed to demonstrate an operating margin of 32.92%.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Reynolds to offer more menthol versions of Pall Mall cigarettes

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., the second-largest tobacco company in the U.S., intends to extend the current growth in Pall Mall cigarette sales by adding more menthol variants. The cigarette group has launched Pall Mall Black and Pall Mall White to complete its standard menthol style, Pall Mall Green. Richard Smith, Reynolds spokesman, said that the black style provides “a full-flavor … Continue reading

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company is the second largest tobacco manufacturer in the United States of America. The tobacco products of this company are distinguished and characterized as qualitative and affordable. It was founded in 1875 by the son of tobacco farmer R. J. Reynolds. R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company became extremely successful incredibly fast. During the first years after … Continue reading

Monday, September 24, 2012

Cigarette Ingredients and Composition

Cigarettes look like a simply made product that consists of paper tubes, chopped up tobacco leaf, usually with a filter at the mouth end. Actually, they are highly engineered products, meant for deliver a steady amount of nicotine. Tobacco that is inserted in a cigarette is mixed from two main leaf varieties: Virginia that is as well called yellowish ‘bright’ … Continue reading

Friday, September 21, 2012

Rob Pattinson Forgave Kristen Stewart

According to the latest news, Stewart has been forgiven by Pattinson after having an affair and getting caught with Snow White and the Huntsman's married director Rupert Sanders.

According to the report, they have moved back in together. "They pretty much decided they couldn't live without eachother," an insider said. "Kristen poured her heart out to Robert and told him it was a one-off and a mistake."

The two will be promoting their new movie, the final Twilight installment of Breaking Dawn Part II. So, maybe they're just putting on the getting back together act for those Twi-hards (like me), who love the movies even more since they're actually together in real life.

A few weeks ago, we were exposed to the preview of the new movie during the MTV Video Music Awards, where RPatz introduced it with his fellow castmates (except Kristen who was looking hot at the TIFF).

Although one in Canada, one in LA, they both looked happy and radiant. I mean, they weren't glowing... but that's obviously because they weren't in the sun.

Well, one thing we do know: Kristen knows how to apologize and to stop smoking because when she had parted from pattinson, she began to smoke cigarettes and use only energy drinks. She released this statement after the cheating scandal broke: 'This momentary indescretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my live, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I'm so sorry.'

Thursday, September 20, 2012

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Pregnant Kate Middleton Smoking In Topless Photos?

Kate Middleton is enduring the humiliation of being caught topless by some pesky paparazzo with aplomb. So far, she has managed to put on a brave face and pretend as if the world hasn't seen her naked. Topless pictures are not so terribly scandalous, but the fact she was smoking in those pictures is pretty damning.

The Duchess of Cambridge has managed to create the image of the perfect fairytale princess. She carries herself with dignity and dresses demurely as befitting to someone in a royal position. She has managed to make looking feminine cool again.

The topless photos show the perfect Kate smoking. A habit she was said to have ditched before she married Prince William. Old habits die hard. Kate has managed to keep her nasty little habit very quiet, but now the world knows what she really does when no one is looking.

Is she setting a bad example for the millions of little girls who look up to her? Without a doubt, yes. Hopefully, none of those little girls will see the pictures of the Princess smoking a cigarette, but in this day and age, it will be nearly impossible to shield them from the photos.

The pictures certainly quiet the rumors she is already pregnant. Or at least one would hope Kate Middleton would not be smoking during her pregnancy. The Queen will likely forbid it.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Types of Cigarettes

There is no type of safe cigarette, but there certainly is a wide array of them. Different types of cigarettes are usually classified by flavor, but specialty cigarettes provide different features, such as smokeless or electronic cigarettes. Specialty cigarettes are normally considered novelty items, and are generally harder to obtain than the normal types.

Non-Menthol Filtered Cigarettes

Non-menthol cigarettes with a filter are the most common type of cigarette. They come in two standard lengths, "kings" and "100's." 100's are longer, but often skinnier than king-sized cigarettes. They come in full flavor, light and ultra light varieties, the difference being the strength of the flavor.

Menthol Filtered Cigarettes

Menthol cigarettes come in the same sizes as non-menthol filtered cigarettes. The difference is that the tobacco is mixed with a substance called menthol, imbuing them with a minty flavor. There are full flavor, light, and ultra light menthol cigarettes as well.

Roll Your Own

Some people choose to roll their own cigarettes to save on cost. These cigarettes can be filtered, by making them with a rolling machine, or unfiltered by using papers that are gummed on one side.

Special Flavors

Some cigarettes come with different flavoring options added. Clove, orange, vanilla, and cherry are some of the options available. These are generally only found in specialty shops, and are usually more costly.

Novelty Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes and smokeless cigarettes are two types of novelty cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes vaporize the nicotine, do not contain tobacco and do not create any first or secondhand smoke, but allow the smoker to still get the rush of nicotine, the main drug in tobacco.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tobacco firms to be hit by Russia smoking ban

Russia is set to bring in tough new tobacco rules could see shock images on cigarette packets and smoking banned in some public places.

The Russian Federation is the world's second largest market for tobacco products after China.

According to the World Health Association around two out five - 39% - of Russia's 143m people are habitual smokers.

This compares with 28% of people in China and 27% in the U.S.A.

Russia's Deputy Health Minister Sergei Velmiakin announced that the government would submit a law banning smoking in public places such as restaurants by the start of November .

The government also unveiled a series of graphic pictures, including of a gangrenous foot and a still-born baby, that will be printed on cigarette packets.

"Global experience shows that shocking pictures on cigarette packs significantly influenced changes in perception of smoking by smokers themselves," the country's health ministry said.

Russia loses 1.5tr roubles (£29.3bn) a year, or 2.5% of gross domestic product, because of premature deaths caused by smoking, Velmiaikin said.

The legal changes come despite fierce opposition from some of the world's largest cigarette makers, including British American Tobacco.

They claim smoking bans or extra taxes will not change Russia's smoking culture but will instead hurt small businesses and encourage smuggling.

Tobacco firms have benefitted from growing demand for their products in emerging markets, as incomes rise and laxer health regulations make it easier to entice smokers than in traditional Western markets.

At 1530 on Tuesday shares in British American Tobacco were off 2.2% at 3,260.50p.

Japan Tobacco, which lobbied against the changes, dropped 4% on Tuesday following the announcement.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Society wants standardised tobacco packaging

Standardised tobacco packaging should be introduced, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said in its response to a UK-wide consultation on the issue.

Giovanna Di Tano, lead pharmacist in smoking cessation for NHS Lothian, contributed to the RPS response. She explained that, because most people start smoking in adolescence, the strategic battle against tobacco was to stop adolescents starting smoking in the first place. "Young people have been shown to find certain forms of packaging to be appealing, attractive or ‘cool’. This seems to be particularly true of girls between 12 and 18 years of age. We therefore decided to support any measures that would force the packaging of tobacco to be standardised and also as unappealing as possible to young people," she said.

The proposal is for cigarette packets to be in a standard colour, with text in a standard colour and typeface. No branding or advertising would be allowed.

The consultation, by all UK Government health departments, closed on 10 August.

A similar law will come into effect in Australia despite opposition from tobacco companies which lost a high court case earlier this week.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Smoking in movies may turn teens to cigarettes: study

Youth who watch a lot of movies with cigarette-smoking characters, no matter what the film's rating is, are more likely to start smoking themselves, according to a new U.S. study

The lead author of the report, which appeared in Pediatrics, said the conclusion supports the idea that the smoking itself - not the sex, profanity or violence that may go along with it in certain films - influences teens to take up the habit.

"Movie smoking seems to be just as impactful if it's packaged in a PG-13 movie as opposed to an R movie," said James Sargent, from the Geisei School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

"I really think it's a 'cool' factor. The more they see it, the more they start to see ways that (smoking) might make them seem more movie star," he told Reuters Health.

Sargent and his colleagues counted how many times a character was seen smoking in each of over 500 box-office hits from recent years. Then they asked 6,500 U.S. children aged 10 to 14 which of a random selection of 50 of those movies they'd watched.

The average "dose" of movie smoking was 275 scenes from films rated PG-13 and 93 scenes from R movies, the researchers said.

In three subsequent interviews with the same youths, those who had watched smoking-heavy movies were more likely to pick up the habit themselves. For each extra 500 smoking shots reported in their initial survey, young people were 33 to 49 percent more likely to try cigarettes over the next two years.

The effect of on-screen smoking was not significantly different for PG-13 and R films. Because young people tend to see more PG-13 films, Sargent's team calculated that if smoking automatically earned an R rating, the number of youngsters who try cigarettes would drop by 18 percent.

In the United States, a movie rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America suggests some material may be inappropriate for kids under age 13. An R rating means children under age 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

"At this point, it is established that exposure to smoking in movies is a potent risk factor for actually taking up smoking, especially when the exposures are early," said Brian Primack, head of the Program for Research on Media and Health at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

"This study goes a step further and suggests that taking smoking out of all PG-13 movies could have a palpable effect on the impact of smoking in the US," he told Reuters Health in an email.

But another researcher who was not involved in the study said he wasn't sure if eliminating smoking from all non-R movies was "the magic answer."

Matthew Farrelly, who studies smoking at the scientific institute RTI in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, said the study is a step in the right direction but that he wasn't sure the researchers could totally discount the influence of violence and profanity in moves on kids' decision to try smoking just by looking at movie ratings.

"I'm hoping that someone can disentangle smoking in the movies from other content that might appeal to youth to really firm up the relationship," he said.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Supermarkets removing cigarettes from stores and selling them in petrol stations to avoid tobacco tax

CRAFTY supermarket bosses are to exploit a legal loophole to scupper a Scottish Government tax on tobacco.

Sainsbury’s said they will stop selling cigarettes and tobacco in three main stores but will keep selling the products in attached petrol stations – in a move that has triggered the interest of other supermarkets.

The Government’s so-called Tesco Tax will hit stores with a rateable value of more than £300,000, which sell both tobacco and alcohol, so it would not apply to the smaller stores

An insider at a rival chain, said: “It’s interesting that Sainsbury’s have taken this approach. There was talk about stores even opening a kiosk in their car park to get round the tax.

“But this move could solve any headaches for retailers as the tax is based on stores with rates of £300,000 that are selling tobacco.”

A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “The impact of the public health levy, recently introduced by the Scottish Government, has led us to undertake a review of the sale of tobacco in our ­Scottish stores.
“As part of this review, we will remove tobacco products from sale from three of our Scottish supermarkets for the time being. We apologise for the inconvenience.”

The chain’s three stores in Blackhall, Edinburgh, ­Braehead, near Glasgow, and Murrayfield, Edinburgh, will stop selling tobacco but small shops attached to the petrol filling stations at Braehead and Murrayfield ­will continue to do so.

Sainsbury’s removed tobacco products from their St Andrews Square store in Edinburgh last month.
Under the tax, retailers who sell alcohol and tobacco will pay an extra £95million over the next three years.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Altria provides Richmond scholarships

Altria, the maker of well-known Marlboro cigarettes, has unveiled the first-ever winners of its Altria College Opportunity Fund scholarship program, which awards Richmond Public Schools graduates with four-year scholarships of up to $10,000 per year.

The funds can help students pay for college tuition, room and board and other academic expenses.

Altria said it would provide College Opportunity Fund scholarships for the Richmond Public Schools classes of 2012, 2013 and 2014, and provide a total commitment of up to $2 million over the next seven years.

“For many high school students the road to college is often obstructed by the reality of how to pay for it,” said Jennifer Hunter, senior vice president of corporate affairs, Altria Client Services.

“Altria is proud to help some of Richmond’s brightest students overcome the challenge of affording a college education. The College Opportunity Fund is part of our commitment to help kids develop the skills they need to be successful in the workforce, including our hometown of Richmond.”

In a note posted on its website, Altria said it had established the College Opportunity Fund for Richmond Public Schools seniors who were academically qualified to attend college but whose families could not afford the financial impact.

‘The tobacco company created the fund to complement the more than $10 million in other investments it has made since 2005 in local programs for middle and high school students in metro Richmond,’ it said.

‘An impartial third party screened scholarship applicants for eligibility based on students’ academic records, financial need, leadership and community service.’

Twelve Richmond Public Schools graduates were found to have met the program’s achievement standards.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Argentina goes graphic

Argentina is this month introducing graphic health warnings on cigarette packs, according to an IPS story.

The law requiring the inclusion of the warnings, which was enacted on June 13 last year, stipulates that health warnings must be included on the lower half of the front or back of the pack, and that a picture of the same size and illustrating the harm caused by smoking must be included on the other panel.

One side of the pack must include a free-to-call ministry of health telephone number where people will be able to seek advice on approaches to giving up smoking.

The country is one of six in Latin America and the Caribbean that have not ratified the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ashley Olsen puffs on a cigarette as she clutches oversized coffee cup

Just days ago, she let her guard down grinning on the beach in her bikini.
But Ashley Olsen was back to her hipster best today.

The 25-year-old was spied walking through New York puffing on a cigarette and clutching an oversized cup of coffee.

Despite there being countless caffeine outlets in the Big Apple, it seemed the former child actress was holding a trusty Starbucks, Venti size

The trendsetter was seen sporting black skinny jeans and leopard print shoes, together with large shades and a blue crocodile skin handbag.

Last July, Ashley and twin Mary-Kate debuted their handbag line for The Row at Barneys - with their croc backpack retailing for a lavish $39,000.

As she wandered out the city, Ashley shrugged off an umbrella in the rainy city, looking deep in thought as her wet hair hung over both shoulders.

Last month, she revealed why she decided to stray away acting.
Ashley told ELLE UK magazine: 'We worked non-stop until we were 18.

'Then we decided to take a break and go to school, and that was when we decided to question whether we would carry on in entertainment.
 'It was time to step behind the process. I wanted to work on other things.

'It doesn't mean I'm not interested in Hollywood; I like the way it operates and the people who are involved and the sense of possibility.

'But if I ever do get back in, it's not going to be as an actress.'

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

High Yielding Dividends From Altria and Philip Morris

Dividend paying companies have gaining popularity in the markets in 2012. With interest rates as low as they are investors are looking at dividend paying stocks for investment income, where returns currently far exceed those of bonds. The Cigarette Industry has been home to some of the safest dividend investments in the market. Even during the recession, when many companies slashed dividend payments, cigarette manufacturers did not. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Cigarettes Industry and provides equity research on Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO) and Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE: PM).
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Logos of Altria and Philip Morris International
Tobacco companies have been experts in dealing with adverse conditions. Negative publicity in the U.S. has sent demand for tobacco down in recent years; however, companies have been able to maintain stable revenues by merely raising the price of cigarettes. With stable profits cigarette companies have been able to keep their high yielding dividends intact.
A proposed law in Australia may prevent a new challenge for the tobacco industry. The Australian government wants impose the first ever ban of logos on cigarette packs. The proposed law would see cigarettes sold in dark olive-brown packages, with graphic images of diseases caused by smoking replacing corporate logos. Countries such as New Zealand, Canada, Belgium, Iceland, and France have all expressed interest in adopting a packaging law like Australia.
In April 20, 2012, Altria's annualized dividend yield was 5.1%. Altria expects to continue to return a large amount of cash to shareholders in the form of dividends by maintaining a dividend payout ratio target of approximately 80% of its adjusted diluted EPS.
Phillip Morris currently offers investors a dividend yield of 3.4 percent. The company recently reported first quarter results: Net revenues, excluding excise taxes, were up by 9.7% to $7.4 billion, or by 10.9% excluding currency and acquisitions. The company reported earnings per share of $1.25, up by 17.9%, or by 19.8% excluding currency, versus $1.06 in 2011.

Tobacco companies will battle branding ban through courts

Alison Cooper, chief executive of the FTSE 100 tobacco giant, which owns labels such as Davidoff, said the industry in the UK would "absolutely" challenge through the courts efforts by the Government to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes and other products.
Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, last month published a consultation on plans to strip cigarette packets of their colourful logos and branding, which tobacco companies argue will do little to curb smoking and make it easier for criminals to gain a bigger slice of the market.
Plain Marlboro Pack
Plain Marlboro cigarettes pack
Tobacco companies mounted a legal challenge against similar plans in Australia, the result of which is expected within the next few months.
When asked if the industry would do the same in the UK, Ms Cooper said: "It's absolutely something we would challenge but I'm really hoping we don't get to that."
Vince Cable is under mounting pressure to intervene in the bitter face-off between the tobacco industry and the Department of Health. Cigarette companies are pressing the Business Secretary to take charge of the consultation on plain packaging amid claims Mr Lansley has demonstrated a lack of "objectivity".
Ms Cooper has written to Mr Cable and the Prime Minister expressing concern about Mr Lansley's stance after he said last month the Government wants tobacco companies to have "no business" in the UK. Imperial Tobacco and other manufacturers such as Silk Cut-owner JTI want Cable's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to step in to ensure that issues such as the potential impact on jobs will not be lost amid the health debate.
It is estimated that 70,000 Britons are directly or indirectly employed by the tobacco industry and it contributes between £10.5bn and £12.5bn per annum to the Treasury's coffers.
The industry calculates one in four cigarettes smoked in the UK is bought from smugglers or counterfeiters – a figure that is expected to rise if the industry is regulated more tightly.

Lamborghini's smoky new venture

Merchandising brand Tonino Lamborghini, which has earlier offered the cigar lighters and cutter to help you in flaunting your love for the auto brand has now introduced a new cigarette line. In conglomeration with South Korea’s biggest tobacco producer, KT&G Corporation, Tonino Lamborghini has launched the new cigarette line, the Raging Bull smokes. The Lamborghini’s iconic raging bull logo will adorn the Cigarettes in South Korea, and soon the smokers will be able to light up a Lamborghini cigarette.
Lamborghini Lighter
Lamborghini's raging bull logo on a cigarette lighter.
The cigarettes - which will be sold alongside smoking paraphernalia such as lighters and cigarette cases - will reportedly cost 2700 South Korean Won per packet ($2.40) - about $0.17 more than the average pack of cigarettes in South Korea (about 2500 Won).
KT&G told the Korea Herald the new cigarette line has been under development for the past three years, and will eventually be sold overseas. The company says the product has been: "designed as a premium product with a global brand value".
Targeting both the domestic and the international markets, the Lamborghini cigarettes has been under development from the last three years. KT&G, Korea Tobacco & Ginseng has acquired the exclusive global sales rights for the new cigarette brand, and has the future plans to market the cigarette line as one of its global strategic product. However, the Italian car maker Lamborghini is not involved in the venture, but associated the merchandise and fashion arm, Tonino Lamborghini.
Specially designed as a superior product with global brand value, the new cigarette line priced at $2.37, has been made of top-notch materials will be released on April 18, 2012.
Besides the new cigarette line, Tonino Lamborghini also offers a sleek silver cigarette case to carry the cigarettes in style. Priced at $125, the cigarette case boasts an exquisite craftsmanship infused with the elegant design, and also comes beautifully presented in a signature gift box.
There's no word yet on whether Australia will see the Lambo-branded smokes sold here.

Madonna Expressed Herself About Daughter Lourdes Smoking

Madonna expressed herself in an interview on Wednesday’s “Today” show that she was not happy to see her 15-year-old daughter, Lourdes, smoking.
Madonna Lourdes
Madonna with daughter Lourdes
Photos of Lourdes smoking emerged late last month when a paparazzi took a picture of her having her nicotine break in New York where the legal age for smoking is 18.
“I wasn’t very happy,” Madonna told “Rock Center’s” Harry Smith about her eldest daughter’s cigarette smoking, “but honestly, I don’t think I’m as tough as I should be.
“I think I need to be maybe tougher. It’s hard. “Every day is a negotiation, but cigarette smoking I’m not fond of on anyone, most of all my daughter,” she said in the exclusive interview.
When Smith mentioned about Madonna’s smoking in her latest music video, “Girl Gone Wild,” she confirmed that she doesn’t smoke.
“I don’t smoke.” “That’s just an accessory, Harry. There’s a difference. Lourdes smoked that cigarette before I did that video!”
The Material Girl who has three other young children namely Mercy James, David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie and Rocco Ritchie also said that her children only see one side of her, shes simply Mom.
“To my children there’s mostly the one who says, ‘Have you done your homework?’ and ‘Why are you wearing that?’ and ‘Why did you say that?’ and ‘What are you eating that for?’” she said.

Lindsay Lohan Handed Bathroom Attendant $100 After Sneaky Cigarette Break at White House Dinner

Lindsay Lohan's redemption tour continued with a random act of kindness at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, starting with a possibly illegal smoke break and ending with a bizarre run-in with a bathroom attendant that left Lohan's wallet $100 lighter.
Lindsay Lohan White House Dinner
Lindsay Lohan at the White House Correspondents' Dinner
LiLo stole away to the bathroom during the black tie event to sneak in a cigarette, a habit she's reportedly picking up in preparation for her role as Elizabeth Taylor, according to the New York Post.
She noticed an attendant name Bianca cleaning the bathroom stalls and reached in her bag for $100.
"You're too old to be doing this," Lohan told the woman, Bianca, and she gave her a crumpled Benjamin.
Bianca protested, saying "No, no, no," but Lohan reportedly repeated her pseudo-insulting line about the woman's age and insisted the attendant take the cash. Bianca eventually relented and took the cash.
The tale is just latest in what ended up being a whirlwind night for Lohan. Before the event even started, Jessica Alba took a pass on attending after discovering she was seated at the same table as Lohan, according to the post.
Then came reports that LiLo nearly missed the event altogether, having to catch a second flight Washington D.C. after not catching her first on time.
While at the dinner, former Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum asked Lohan to take a photo with Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren, before the former Pensylvania Senator asked LiLo for another photo of Lohan. Yes, you read that correct. Of Lohan -- not with.
If Lindsay Lohan's growing knack to take events by storm is any indication of her comeback gathering steam, there will be plenty more Santorum's and Bianca's in her future.

Chelsea Handler paid $500 for ‘Russian hooker’ cigarettes

Chelsea Handler’s recent night-in with friends almost went up in smoke.
In a podcast interview with “WTF with Marc Maron,” which aired Monday, the outspoken host of “Chelsea Lately” admitted she recently paid $500 to have a pack of cigarettes delivered to her doorstep.
Chelsea Handler
American stand-up comedian Chelsea Handler
Handler, 37, recalled inviting some co-workers to have drinks at her Bel Air home, where the group ended up playing ping pong and watching the tear-inducing romantic-drama, “Like Crazy.”
“I smoke sometimes when I drink,” explained Handler, whose list of best-selling books includes “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea.” “I like to smoke when I drink so I only drink a couple nights a week, actually.”
“Around 1 in the morning, I decided I wanted a cigarette...,” she continued.
Handler said the Los Angeles-based company, which delivers a range of products typically found in a grocery store, could not accommodate her request because she lived outside of their delivery range.
“I called them back and said ‘I will give you $500 if you bring me a pack of Capris.’ And they’re like, ‘What are Capris?’” she said. “I’m like ‘They’re for Russian hookers and we need a pack of Capris and I will give you $500.’”
Though the comedienne promised the company she had the money in cash, she quickly realized she was in a jam.
“I didn’t even have my wallet here, it’s at work!” Handler explained. “So I didn’t even have the money so (my friend) had to use her money.”
“That’s a really embarrassing story!” the TV host added. “I’m such a loser!”

Philip Morris Names Jacek Olczak CFO, Succeeding Hermann Waldemer

Tobacco firm Philip Morris International  on Monday said its Chief Financial Officer Hermann Waldemer has elected to take early retirement effective July 31. Waldemer will be succeeded by Jacek Olczak, with effect from August 1.
PMI Brands
Philip Morris International Brand portfolio
Olczak is currently President, European Union Region. He will be succeeded by Drago Azinovic, currently President, Philip Morris Japan.
Commenting on Waldemer's retirement, Louis Camilleri, Chairman and CEO, said, "His crowning achievement is undoubtedly his invaluable contribution as CFO to our company's tremendous performance since our spin off from Altria Group, Inc., in March 2008."
Olczak has been in his present role since April 2009. Since joining the tobacco company in 1993, Jacek has held several increasingly senior positions in Finance, Sales and Operations, including General Manager Romania, Managing Director Poland and the Baltic States.
Azinovic joined the company in 2009 as Vice President Marketing and Sales for the Asia Region. In July 2011, he was appointed to his current position as President of the company's affiliate in Japan.
PM closed on Friday at $89.13, down $0.83 or 0.92 percent, on 3.71 million shares.

Cigar Info

There are fewer basic sizes in the world of cigars. The size of a cigar is defined by diameter (ring gauge) and length (in inches). Ring gauge is the diameter measured in 64ths of an inch, so a cigar with a ring gauge of 48 is 48/64ths (or 3/4ths) of an inch.
Burning Cigar
A pile of cigars

The basic sizes are:

Cigarillo Cigars (3" X 20 ring gauge)
Panatela Cigars (6" X 36)
Corona Cigars (5 1/2" X 42)
Lonsdale Cigars (6 3/4 X 42)
Robusto Cigars (5" X 50)
Toro Cigars (6 x 50)
Double Corona Cigars (7 1/2" X 50)
Churchill Cigars(7"X 48)

Cigars and Their Regions

Cigars sold in the United States are manufactured in many countries throughout the world including Jamaica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, Brazil, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, the Dominican Republic, the Canary Islands, the Philippines and the United States. Each of these countries produce cigars which vary from each other in flavor, strength, aroma, and price. Seed from the same tobacco plant put into the ground in various countries will yield very different results because of differing climate conditions, soil, water, even perhaps the air itself. As a matter of fact, cigars produced in a particular country may contain tobaccos grown in a completely different country.
- Dominican Republic Cigars made in the Dominican Republic are presently the most popular choice among US consumers. Their flavor is subtle, sweet, nut-like and usually milder than most other countries.
- Honduran cigars are more robust in flavor with a more full-bodied strength. To the uninitiated, they may be overpowering.
- Jamaica cigars are gentle, mild and more mild than even Dominicans. A good cigar for early afternoon or even early morning.
- Nicaraguan cigars are just coming back into their own after the burning of the tobacco plantations during the Sandanista years. They tend to be slightly less robust than Hondurans and possess a sweet nutty flavor.
- Mexican cigars are thought to be on a tier below super premium cigars because of a general lack of refinement. However, there are several excellent Mexican brands.
- Cigars made in Europe are unlike those described above in that they are machine-made using short filler tobaccos and are generally not humidified. They are also smaller in size. The taste of these cigars is quite different because they use tobacco not only from the Americas (Brazil) but also from Africa and Indonesia. These tobaccos blend to produce a spicy flavor in a mild cigar.

Paul Garmirian's The Gourmet Guide to Cigars Describes Cigars in this Fashion:

"A cigar consists of three components: the filler, the binder, and the wrapper. The filler, which is the inner core of the cigar is what constitutes the body and shape of the cigar and constitutes its greatest mass. The binder is the leaf that binds the filler. It is somewhat coarser than the wrapper. The wrapper which is the outer covering of the cigar must be strong, yet elastic and silky. The elasticity of the wrapper gives the ability to the leaf when moisturized to stretch without breaking."
Rick Hacker in The Ultimate Cigar Book points out that there are three different ways a cigar may be made:
Handmade Cigars - The entire cigar is bunched, rolled and trimmed by individual hand labor. It can be one person working alone on a single cigar, or the work can be divided between a buncher and a roller working on the same cigar. The main criterion is that the entire cigar is completely made by hand from start to finish.
Machine Bunched/Handrolled Cigars- The filler is bunched by machine and then the filler/binder combination is turned over to a cigar roller, who puts the wrapper on by hand. This technique is often simply referred to as machine bunched.
Machine-made Cigars - The filler, binder and wrapper are completely assembled by machine."
The best way to decide what you will like is to become familiar with various sizes and types of cigars. Then you'll be able to determine what cigar is best for your own special smoking scenarios.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Worcester's ban on tobacco advertising ruled unconstitutional

A federal court judge has struck down a provision of a local tobacco control ordinance that bans outdoor advertising of tobacco products within the city.

Smoking Advertising
Cigarette smoking advertising
In a 22-page ruling released today, US District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock ruled the ban is unconstitutional.
He said the city has no legitimate interest in prohibiting “non-misleading advertising” to adults to prevent them from making decisions of which the city disapproves.
The judge added that the city failed to show the outdoor advertising regulations are not more extensive than necessary to advance its substantial interest in preventing under-age tobacco use.
He went on to say that the city also did not make any effort in crafting the ordinance to determine what types of advertisements are most harmful to minors.
He said a ban on all signs of any size seems “ill suited” to target the problems of highly visible billboards, as opposed to smaller signs.
“The broad sweep of the ordinance suggests that the (city) did not consider how to tailor the restrictions so as not unduly to burden the plaintiffs' free speech rights and the rights of adults to truthful information about tobacco products,” Judge Woodlock wrote.
“Neither the city's goal to prevent tobacco-related health problems among adults, nor its correlative goal regarding minors, provides a basis for the ordinance,” he added.
The suit was brought against the city by the National Association of Tobacco Outlets Inc.; RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company; Philip Morris USA Inc.; and Lorillard Tobacco Company.
Tobacco companies hailed the court decision as a victory for free speech.
Tobacco companies have a constitutional right to communicate with adult consumers through retail advertising and this court appropriately recognized that,” said Murray Garnick, Altria Client Services senior vice president and associate general counsel, speaking on behalf of Philip Morris. “Many courts, including the US Supreme Court, have determined that the First Amendment allows us to communicate with adult consumers and we will continue to vigorously defend this right when it is challenged.”
City officials, meanwhile, say they are reviewing all options.
Last April, Worcester became the ninth municipality in the state to ban the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products by local health-care providers, including chain pharmacies and other drugstores.
The ban was one of four amendments to the city's tobacco control ordinance.
The other amendments also banned the sale of tobacco products at local institutions of higher education and the citywide sale of so-called blunt wraps — a cigarette-like rolling paper that is usually made from tobacco leaves.
In addition, cigarettes and tobacco products can not be advertised in areas where they can be viewed from public streets, parks, schools and institutions of higher education. That effectively banned the outdoor advertisement of tobacco products throughout the city.
Advocates of the amendments called the council's action “historic,” adding that they will serve as an important first step to reduce the smoking rate among Worcester's population.
In drafting the ordinance, city public health officials pointed out that an estimated 31,265 smokers live in Worcester. They said 23.7 percent of adults living in Worcester older than 18 smoke — a level that is 47 percent higher than the statewide level of 16.1 percent.
Also, cigarette smoking among middle-aged residents (ages 45 to 64) is at the 23.7 percent level, which is 42 percent higher than the statewide level of 16.7 percent.
Meanwhile, the death rate among Worcester residents from tobacco on a per-capita basis is about 250 people annually, or roughly five deaths per week, according to public health officials.
Soon after the City Council adopted the ordinance, tobacco companies filed suit against the city, challenging the validity of the advertising ban. The city agreed not to enforce that provision of the tobacco control ordinance while the lawsuit was pending.
In drafting the ordinance, the council made a number of findings, most related to the harms caused by tobacco and the relationship between tobacco advertising and increased tobacco use.
But the tobacco companies raised concerns that the ordinance's advertising regulation will impede their ability to market their products within the city.
“The plaintiffs do not claim that the city of Worcester lacks a substantial government interest in preventing youth tobacco use,” the judge wrote. “However, they argue that the city's substantial interest is limited to protecting minors.
“They contend the city has no legitimate interest in prohibiting non-misleading advertising to adults to prevent them from making decisions of which the city disapproves,” he added.
Judge Woodlock said the US Supreme Court in 2002 considered a similar First Amendment challenge to a statute prohibiting the promotion of compound drugs.
But the Supreme Court dismissed the notion that government has an interest in preventing the dissemination of truthful commercial information in order to prevent the public from making bad decisions with that information.
“The (Supreme) Court thus rejected the principal interest advanced by the city of Worcester in support of its advertising restriction,” the judge wrote.
Judge Woodlock also made reference to a decision made by the Supreme Court last year that effectively prohibits the city from seeking to remove “a popular but disfavored type of product,” such as tobacco, from the marketplace by prohibiting truthful, non-misleading advertisements directs to adults.
Under that court decision, the judge said, “Worcester may not prohibit tobacco advertisements in order to prevent adults from making the choice to legally purchase tobacco products.”
In December, the legal challenge into the city's ban on the sale of blunt wraps was dropped. Meanwhile, Honey Farms has filed a challenge to the provision of the tobacco control ordinance that bans the sale of tobacco products on property owned by educational institutions.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Cigarette lighter with built-in stun gun is great for self-defense

If you’re a fan of novel inventions, you might be interested to check out particular cigarette lighter that has a stun gun built into it, ultimately pulling double duty as a lighter for your cigarettes and at the same time offering a form of self defense.

Cigarette Lighter and Gun
Cigarette lighter and stun gun
While the cigarette lighter is nothing to shout about, the stun gun might be worth taking a look at. It has the capability to output 260KV and is powered by a integrated NiCad rechargeable battery, a body built from ABS engineering plastic and features a charging time of 10 hours. As icing on the cake, the cigarette lighter/stun gun will also pack a LED flashlight, just in case you need a clearer look at the guy your electrocuting. Jokes aside, this cigarette lighter/stun gun/LED flashlight is available, and needless to say that you should be extremely careful with it if  you plan on buying one for yourself.

Packets of cigarettes to go up by 37p

Drinkers and smokers faced added pain today as George Osborne confirmed another duty rise on alcohol and cigarettes.

Smoking Woman
Woman holding a cigarette near an ashtray

Cigarettes meanwhile will  increase by five per cent above the rate of inflation, increasing the average price of a packet of 20 by 37p.
George Osborne told the House of Commons today that the increases would be effective from 6pm tonight.
He said: 'Smoking remains the biggest cause of preventable illness in this country.
'There is strong evidence that increasing the price of cigarettes deters people from smoking.
'Duty on a packet of cigarettes will rise by five per cent above the rate of inflation. This will increase the cost of a packet of cigarettes by 37p.'
But smokers' groups have slammed the duty increase on duty on tobacco products as a 'smugglers' charter'.
Simon Clark, director of Forest, said: 'This is a smugglers' charter. More and more consumers will turn to the black market or buy their tobacco abroad.
'The elderly, the low paid and the unemployed will be hit the hardest but this is an attack on all law-abiding smokers who support Britain's retailers by purchasing their cigarettes at home.
'The only people celebrating this decision will be criminal gangs and tobacco control lobbyists.'

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Smoking bad for car resale value

Drivers who smoke, take note. An auction company says motorists who has smoked cigarettes in their vehicle over a period of time will see a serious dent in the value of the car when they come to sell.
"The British Medical Association has highlighted research showing the levels of toxins in a car can be up to 23 times higher than in a smoky bar", said Tim Naylor of British Car Auctions (BCA).
"But if drivers aren't motivated by the health of their passengers, perhaps they will be by the diminishing health of their finances. Lighting up inside a car seriously devalues the vehicle for resale.

Car Smoking
Man smoking a cigarette in his car
"Our research shows that presentation is one of the top factors influencing the price of used cars. So if a car is more like an ashtray on wheels, chances are buyers will move on to find one that looks and smells fresh as a daisy.
"Professional valeting can alleviate most of the effects of smoking, but is expensive and time consuming and might mean replacing some interior trim, such as nicotine-stained headlinings.
"Motorists should avoid having a cigarette in their car, especially if they intend to sell it in the near future," said Naylor.
"This will avoid the lingering smell of cigarettes in the interior, as well as eliminate the risk of scorch marks on the upholstery or dash. All of these things will put buyers off, even if they smoke themselves."

Plain tobacco packs ‘could have huge impact on stores’

Retailers are being urged to back a campaign against the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products, with a consultation on the proposal set to start later this month, according to today’s Independent Retail News.
Smokers’ group Forest kicked off its Hands Off Our Packs campaign last week, with many lobbyists expecting the three-month consultation to be unveiled on national No Smoking Day on 14 March.

Cigarette Shop
Cigarettes dispaly in a tobacco store
Health campaigners around the world are pressing governments to introduce plain packs, with Australia set to be the first country to adopt the measure later this year.
Simon Clark, director of Forest, told Independent Retail News: “We hope to get as many retailers on board as possible because it’s an issue that’s going to have a big impact on small retailers and village stores.”
He claimed that as the ban on smoking in public places had contributed to the closure of pubs around the country, so plain packs could lead to small retailers shutting up shop.
Store owners should raise the issue with their MPs, Clark said. “If just half a dozen retailers in a constituency write to their MPs, the politicians will take that issue seriously. We would simply urge retailers to write to their MPs and contact us as well. We can provide them with campaign tools, leaflets to hand out to their customers, window stickers, anything they need to get the message across.”
He added: “The concern we have is this won’t stop with tobacco. The next logical step would be to put alcohol in some form of plain packaging. We would find a situation in 20 years’ time when a significant number of products that small retailers rely on for their regular income are supplied in plain packs.”
At the launch of Hands Off Our Packs, Mark Littlewood, director general of the Institute of Economic Affairs think-tank, said: “There is not a shred of evidence to suggest that banning the branding of cigarettes will reduce the number of children or adults taking up smoking.”
Chris Snowdon, author of a report about plain packaging published last month, said the measure “seems to be aimed at inconveniencing retailers, stigmatising consumers and helping counterfeiters.”
But anti-smoking group Ash said there was “a growing body of evidence” supporting the idea that plain packaging will help prevent young people from taking up smoking.

Yanukovych signs law to ban tobacco advertising

In what public health activists are hailing as a big victory for the nation, President Viktor Yanukovych on March 13 signed into law a national ban on all forms of advertising, sponsorship and promotion by the tobacco industry.

Gauloises Ad
Gauloises cigarettes advertising in Ukraine
The law, which will take effect in six months, prohibits all forms of advertising in print and also at the point-of-sale, such as street kiosks, where most customers buy their cigarettes. Moreover, the tobacco industry would be prohibited from employing people to work the streets and give away packs of cigarettes as promotions. It would also ban industry-sponsored nightclub parties that attracted young people. The law also forbids advertising on cigarette packs just as another law requiring stronger, graphic warnings on packs takes effect.
The measure strengthens previous bans on tobacco advertising on TV, billboards, radio and most print publications.
“This is a big victory for public health,” said Konstantin Krasovsky, one of Ukraine’s leading public health activists. “The experience of other countries shows that a comprehensive ad ban will lead to a decline in smoking, not as fast as with tax increases. The advertising ban will have more influence not on current smokers, but on deterring future smokers. Advertising is meant more to attract new customers.”
Krasovsky, who has been pushing for such an ad ban for more than 15 years, said the politics of public health have changed for the better in Ukraine.
During President Leonid Kuchma’s tenure from 1994-2005, Krasovsky said that tobacco-control activists had no allies in the administration and the tobacco industry had tremendous clout. Kuchma twice vetoed tobacco ad bans passed by parliament with support from all political forces, Krasovsky said. No ad ban was put into place under President Viktor Yushchenko's term from 2005-2010 either.
While the tobacco industry in Ukraine remains strong, Krasovsky said, more people are realizing the harmful effects of smoking, which causes more than 100,000 premature deaths in Ukraine every year.
As a consequence, not only did members of all political parties support a tobacco ad ban, Krasovsky said that several influential members of Yanukovych’s administration and inner circle supported the legislation.
Among them, Krasovsky cited: presidential aide Hanna Herman; the president’s representative in parliament, Yuriy Miroshnychenko; and the president’s younger son, Viktor Jr., a member of parliament who forcefully and publicly came out in support of the advertising ban on March 5.
Unlike many other laws in Ukraine that get passed but remain unenforced, Krasovsky believes the advertising ban will work better than the laws requiring restaurants and bars to set aside areas for non-smokers.
“For advertising, it’s easier to enforce,” Krasovsky said. “It’s difficult to control 100,000 restaurants, but much easier to control 100 advertising agencies. We also expect the tobacco industry will find loopholes, but we will try to close these as much as we can.”
Combined with other public-health measures, Krasovsky said that Ukraine is already seeing a decline in mortality among middle-aged people due to changes in lifestyle. Statistics show that people are smoking less and drinking less alcohol, he said. While some 11 million Ukrainians, or 29 percent of the population, still smoke, that's four million fewer than in 2005, Krasovsky said.
More progress can be made, Krasovsky said, if parliament adopts legislation that imposes a 100 percent ban on indoor smoking in all public places, including restaurants and bars. Moreover, he said, government should hike cigarette taxes more – both to raise revenue and because it is the most effective way to reduce smoking.
Ukrainian cigarettes remain among the cheapest in the world. Consequently, the tobacco industry makes more than are consumed in the nation. Many of the rest end up smuggled illegally to the West.

A Boost for Keeping Menthol Cigarettes Legal

A Food and Drug Administration scientist has found a lower risk of dying from lung cancer among menthol smokers compared to non-menthol smokers at ages 50 and over, according to a report in the Winston-Salem Journal.

Glamour Menthol Aroma
Glamour Menthol Aroma cigarettes
The scientist, Brian Rostron of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products, studied data of 6,074 smokers from 1987 to 2006, including 1,417 who smoked only menthol cigarettes.
The lower risk of dying from lung cancer was found in all age groups, in men and women, and with black smokers compared with white smokers.
"These results agree with expectations that any association between lung cancer and menthol smoking would be greatest at ages in which smokers have smoked longer and accumulated more pack-years of smoking," Rostron said in a study published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research .
The report adds another layer of complexity to the public-health debate over menthol cigarettes, which are mint-flavored and one of the few growth sectors of the shrinking cigarette business, according to the newspaper report.
The FDA in June began an independent review of research following a report from its Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory committee that recommends a ban of menthol cigarettes.
The committee said the flavoring has led to an increase in smokers--particularly among teens, African-Americans and those with low incomes. It also said menthol flavoring makes it harder for them to quit.
A menthol ban or other restrictions on the cigarettes would fall heavily on Lorillard Inc., whose Newport brand is the top-selling US menthol cigarette at 35% of the market.
"The public-health implications of any decreased lung cancer risk of menthol smoking compared with non-menthol smoking, if ever conclusively demonstrated, are inevitably problematic," Rostron said. "Smoking of any kind of cigarette is known to profoundly harm individual and population health.
"Further study is needed into possible explanations for the observed association and the public-health impact of potential reasons for it. This research could potentially identify ways to decrease the individual risk of cigarettes."