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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bloomberg signs his last 22 bills

Michael Bloomberg signed a bill Monday to regulate the use of electronic cigarettes -- one of 22 bills he signed at City Hall that are the last he will sign as mayor of New York City, according to Evelyn Erskine, his deputy press secretary.

The legislation amends the Smoke-Free Air Act, which bans smoking in public places such as restaurants, bars, parks, beaches and places of employment. It now additionally prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes in all areas where smoking is prohibited.

E-cigarettes will still be permitted in areas where smoking is allowed, in addition to retail e-cigarette stores and vapor lounges. E-cigarettes are "battery-operated products that turn nicotine, which is highly addictive, and/or chemicals into a vapor that is inhaled by the user," according to Food and Drug Administration spokesperson Jennifer Haliski.

Unlike a regular cigarette, there's no tobacco burned and when users inhale, instead of smoke, there's a steam-like vapor. Some e-cigarette devices claim to help people kick their smoking habit, but Bloomberg said he's not convinced and it's just another way to inhale nicotine.

"It works about as well as patches, which is to say it really doesn't work," he said. A pro-smoking activist read a brief statement lobbying against the bill, saying smoking is within a person's legal private life and not public health.

"You don't own me like state property," the lobbyist said to Bloomberg as she took out a cigarette from her pocket and lit up. The woman was escorted out of the meeting immediately afterward.

Aaron David Ross told CNN's Poppy Harlow he smoked cigarettes for 10 years. While he's still addicted to nicotine, he hasn't smoked a cigarette for two and a half years. He credits kicking the bad habit to e-cigarettes.

Ross said he worries many Americans are so opposed to smoking that they're stigmatizing something some say could save lives. Thomas Glynn, director of Cancer Science and Trends at the American Cancer Society, said that e-cigarette users should smoke with "cautious optimism."

"Anyone who uses an e-cigarette right now does not know what they're inhaling," Glynn said. "What we don't want to do is to take something out of the hands of people which could in fact help people stop using the traditional burn cigarette, which is the enemy."

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tom Hanks Forced To Quit Walt Disney's Heavy Smoking In Saving Mr. Banks

Tom Hanks was forced to quit Walt Disney's heavy smoking habit in new movie Saving Mr. Banks, because of strict ratings guidelines. Hanks plays the movie legend in the new flick, but he admits that he had to stub out the scenes that featured him puffing on cigarettes.

The actor reveals producers made negotiations over the smoking issue, but they were prevented from showing Disney smoking onscreen, WENN reports during the movie's recent promo.

Hanks said: "We had a hard enough time trying to have him smoke... If we smoked cigarettes in this movie about Walt Disney making Mary Poppins, it would be rated R (restricted). That's just the way it works. You couldn't believe the negotiations. It came down to us not being able to light a cigarette or inhale a cigarette."

He continued: "You do see one big scene where Emma (Thompson) as (Poppins author P.L. Travers) storms into my office and you see me putting out a cigarette in the ashtray on Walt's desk. "I did always have a pack of cigarettes in my shirt pocket and sometimes I was playing around with them and a cigarette lighter here and there, but I never could smoke one.

"The man smoked three packs of cigarettes a day. People who knew Walt say that you could always hear him coming down the hall, because you'd hear him coughing from smoking all those cigarettes."Walt Disney passed away, aged 65 in 1966.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Philip Morris to Buy Russian Stake

In order to increase volumes, tobacco companies try to invade new markets. Thus two giant tobacco manufacturers, Philip Morris International and Japan Tobacco International, have declared that they have agreed to buy minority stakes in their Russian distributor Megapolis. Megapolis is main distributor of cigarettes in Russia, with 70% share in the Russian tobacco market. It has agreements with world … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Caruso’s Cigarettes

Listening now to Enrico Caruso’s last recording made in September of 1920, you would never suspect that you are hearing the voice of a heavy smoker. Caruso favored strong Egyptian cigarettes, even enjoying them between an opera’s acts before heading back on stage. In spite of his addiction, Caruso’s final recording—of the Crucfixus from Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle — boasts all the singer’s legendary attributes: the voice is strong, flexible and pure; full of expression and supported by unshakeable breath. Even through the hiss and crackle of the Victorola, the music seems to emanate from a voice at the top of its form, and therefore, too, from a body in robust health.

Yet the great tenor would be dead within a year of making the 78, and his smoking habit was a major factor in his demise at the age of 48. Pierre van Rensselaer Key’s classic early biography, written with aid of Caruso’s secretary Bruno Zirato, appeared just a year after Caruso’s death and offers a harrowing account of the tenor’s last stage appearances and the ensuing struggle for his life. Singing his signature role of Canio in Pagliacci at the Met on the evening of December 8, 1920, Caruso came to perhaps his most famous number, one he recorded several times —“Vesti la giubba.”

At the full-voiced high A at the crux of the aria, Caruso felt an “excruciating pain in his left side,” wires Key.  “[This] made him ‘sick all over’ and he momentarily saw black.” Even in such dire condition, Caruso was bent, literally, on safeguarding his reputation and simultaneously answering the demands of the theatre: he made a stage fall to divert attention from the vocal disaster. Key goes on:

    “[Caruso literally fell into the arms of Zirato. And amidst his sobs he managed to gasp, ‘My voice … I thought … it was … gone.’ Some minutes passed before the pain in his side had subsided enough to allow Caruso to move.  He lay crumpled and moaning in the arms of his secretary surrounded by anxious-faced members of the company. Then, supported on both sides, he walked laboriously to his dressing room. Zirato pleaded with Caruso to abandon the remainder of the performance; vain argument. Then, having been sent for, Doctor Horowitz [Caruso’s personal medical adviser] arrived. He brushed aside the attending opera house physician, Doctor Marafioti, and directly announced that ‘it was nothing serious.’ Horowitz diagnosed the ailment as intercostal neuralgia, and after strapping the singer’s left side with adhesive plaster, gave his permission for Caruso to continue with the performance. Though suffering intense pain, the tenor went on.”

Vicious bouts of coughing and hemorrhaging blood into his handkerchief ensued in the days that follwed, these episodes quelled only by plentiful helpings of morphine and codeine. Yet Caruso managed to continue to appear at the Met over the next two weeks; with the assurance of his doctor that the condition was still “nothing” he sang in La Juive on Christmas Eve, 1920.  It was his last public performance. By Christmas Day Caruso was screaming in pain. After returning to Italy to convalesce, he made some brave attempts to sing in private, but died in August of 1921 in the Vesuvio Hotel in Naples.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Nicotine is Good for You

Last week David O’Reilly, who is senior molecular biologist, said that nicotine, is good for you, which means that smoking is good for you. The statement comes from scientific adviser to the tobacco industry after scientists from New York University recently warned that electronic cigarettes users may inhale more nicotine and other toxins than regular tobacco smokers. It was estimated … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Dancing with the Stars Mark Ballas Quits Smoking with Blueprint to Quit

Emmy-nominated choreographer, Dancing with the Stars® professional dancer and recording artist Mark Ballas, can now add "former smoker" to his credits thanks to Blueprint to Quit. The multi-faceted star has been smoke-free for more than 6 months thanks to the comprehensive, two-part quit-smoking resource, Blueprint to Quit, available exclusively at Walmart. Now, Ballas is telling his story and sharing his personal "Quit Steps" in hopes of helping others find a way to quit smoking and live a healthier lifestyle.

Ballas, who began smoking as a teenager, can relate to the everyday struggle millions of Americans encounter when trying to quit smoking. Triggers like stress and being around other smokers always pushed him to light-up another cigarette, but when smoking began impacting his stamina and endurance – traits at the cornerstone of his career – Ballas turned to Blueprint to Quit, which combines two resources for quitting smoking: online behavioral support through QuitNet and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to address the physical dependence on cigarettes.

"Practicing the utmost discipline in so many parts of my life, I didn't expect quitting smoking to be a struggle," said Ballas. "Day in and day out, I juggled dance rehearsals, tapings, long nights at the studio writing and recording music, and yet quitting smoking was an ongoing fight until now, thanks to Blueprint to Quit. The program allowed me to tackle tough cravings, stick to a plan that worked for me and seek support when I need it. Now, I'm proud to say I'm smoke free – my days are easier and more enjoyable as a result. I hope I can help inspire other smokers who face the same obstacles start their quit journey."

Ballas developed a series of "Quit Steps" videos to illustrate the journey he took to becoming smoke-free. Quit Steps are inspired by the steps in the Blueprint to Quit program and are designed to help others create a plan to get through every stride in their quit. They show how Mark was able to get through those tough moments, his experiences with the NicoDerm CQ patch, the QuitNet behavioral support program and how support from his friends and family was the key to his success.

Blueprint to Quit is available exclusively at Walmart and provides smokers with a two-part plan, including nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), such as NicoDerm CQ patches and Nicorette gum and lozenges, to help with the physical cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with smoking, and behavioral support through QuitNet.

QuitNet is available online and can help with the emotional changes associated with quitting smoking. is the web's largest quit-smoking community and provides smokers with access to trained experts and an online interactive community, as well as a variety of quitting materials and self-assessment tools.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Smoking Ban at SDSU Campus

San Diego State University Senate (SDSU) announced last week about introduction of smoking ban on campus which comes into action from January 1, the next year. Thus smoking will be prohibited on all 12 designated smoking areas on campus. The new smoking policy. will affect SDSU and its auxiliary organizations. William Eadie, the University Senate Chair, said that there are … Continue reading

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Philip Morris Expects Below-Target Profit Growth in 2014

Philip Morris International Inc., the world’s largest tobacco company famous for making Marlboro cigarettes brand, declared that in 2014 its per-share profit would raise more slowly than the company planned because shipments to Russia and Europe do drop. The company representatives told recently that in 2014 per-share profit excluding currency swings will raise from 6% to 8%. Its long-term target … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Paulina Gretzky: Where There's Smoke ... THERE'S A WOMAN ON FIRE!

Wayne Gretzky's daughter Paulina was smoking hot both figuratively and literally last night ... because we've learned she almost went up in flames at her local bar.

Sources at The Tipsy Goat in Thousand Oaks tell us, Paulina was sitting on the edge of one of the bar's outdoor fire pits when she turned to throw a cigarette into the flames.

We're told as she turned ... a corner of Paulina's sweater slipped into the pit, and before she knew it the entire thing was engulfed in flames.

Eyewitnesses say Paulina and several bar patrons ripped off her sweater -- or what was left of it -- and onlookers jumped into action, extinguishing the flames.

Paulina's people tell us ... she's fine.

That fire pit has caused Paulina trouble in the past.  We're told she was once booted from the joint for dancing on the very same pit.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Mississippi Rejects Smoking Ban

Last week Mississippi rejected the proposal to ban smoking in commercial buildings inside the city limits. The proposal was rejected by the Board of Aldermen in spite of its support by the mayor Young. The idea of smoking ban came from Beverly Knox from the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition, whose major argument in favor of the ban was that it was … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

British American Tobacco Launches Dunhill Limited Edition

British American Tobacco, the largest tobacco company in the world, in order to give their new products a distinctive trademark turned to ideas used in wine industry. The company released limited edition of its Dunhill cigarettes belonging to premium brands. The new modern premium package for these cigarettes contains the information about lineage of the leaf used and the year … Continue reading

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Should Smoking be Banned at College?

A large amount of college students try smoking when they arrive at college because they were discouraged to growing up, and some then become addicted to it.

Recently other campuses in the South have decided to make the shift to a smoke-free campus. The University of Mississippi inducted a smoke-free policy in August 2012 and began enforcing it in January 2013.

“Student committee members went to the faculty senate and staff council to gain support for the smoke-free policy,” said Leslie Banahan, the assistant vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Mississippi. “We have had very few problems since full implementation of the policy.”

Banahan also said the Ole Miss’ Provost’s Office provided funding for cessation programs and medication to assist smokers with quitting. The University of Tennessee also restricted smoking with a policy in September 2011.

“There were a lot of complaints about secondhand smoke, so we have a health initiative, and we wanted to drive down health insurances cost for the people who smoke,” said Mike Herbstritt, a team leader in human resources at the University of Tennessee.

Herbstritt also said rules on smoking have gotten more and more restrictive due to how vocal people were in their opposition. In August, Auburn University implemented a smoke-free policy as well.

Several UA groups have already passed a smoke-free resolution. The Faculty Senate, Professional Staff Assembly and the Office and Clerical staff all support a smoke-free campus. UA Housing has drafted a smoke-free resolution for campus, and the College of Nursing has designated its grounds as tobacco-free along with the College of Community Health Sciences and the UA Recreational Center.

“Faculty, to professional staff, to students all recognize health benefits for our community for taking the next step, and they want to support the administration in making the decision,” Wilcox said. UA’s SHC discourages students from using tobacco products for health reasons. It also encourages everyone to call the Alabama Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-Quit-Now, which is a free, user-friendly resource.

“We try to put this information out about its convenience several times a year,” Wilcox said. Even though surveys have shown that not all students support the University being a smoke-free school, the petition allows students to voice their opinion.

“We always love hearing from students and understand that this issue is one students are passionate about, on both sides of the argument,” Foley said. After the petition is collected, a letter of smoke-free support will be drafted to the UA president on behalf of all organizations and individuals who favor the ban.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Tobacco Companies Enter Myanmar Market

It is estimated that 50% of population in Myanmar do consume different kinds of tobacco. Most people use chewing tobacco and cheroots. As to filtered cigarettes, mostly they are used in cities. The anti-tobacco legislation is weak in the country and therefore numbers of smoking people are high. After the military rule fell in Myanmar, large tobacco companies started to … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bloomberg Signs Ban on Sales of Tobacco to Those Under 21

Mayor of the New York, Michael Bloomberg, recently signed into law a bill which increases to 21 the minimum age to buy tobacco products in the city. The administration believes that this will be an example to follow not only by U.S. states but by other countries. The law is considered to be one of the strictest in the USA … Continue reading

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Disney's onscreen smoking ban applies even to Walt

The Walt Disney Company's blanket ban on showing characters smoking in its movies has meant that Saving Mr Banks, the new film in which Tom Hanks plays the legendary movie mogul, has excised Disney's own well-documented smoking habit.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Saving Mr Banks's director, John Lee Hancock, and producer, Alison Owen, tackled the issue as they presented the movie at the Napa Valley film festival in California. Owen said that despite the fact their film took a close look at their company founder in action, Disney only made one request: "They told us there could be no smoking."

Disney, who died in 1966 from lung cancer, started smoking heavily while in France during the first world war, according to Pipes magazine, when he served as an ambulance driver.

Disney also smoked a pipe, and even set up a tobacco shop in Disneyland in 1955 (since closed).

Disney's ban on smoking onscreen dates back to 2007, when company CEO Bob Iger announced: "We expect that depictions of cigarette smoking in future Disney-branded films will be nonexistent."

However Saving Mr Banks, which follows the creation of the hit 1964 musical Mary Poppins, does not entirely eradicate the habit: in one scene, Disney is seen putting out a cigarette which is not visible.

Saving Mr Banks, which stars Hanks as Disney and Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins author PL Travers, will be released in the UK on 29 November, in the US on 13 December and in Australia on Boxing Day.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

X Factor 2013: Simon Cowell confesses he started smoking aged 8 saying, “Whatever I was told not to do, I did!”

As fans of X Factor boss Simon Cowell will know, he’s a smoker and he’s rarely seen without a packet of cigarettes within easy reach…

However, he’s also about to be a dad, which is a topic that US chat show host Arsenio Hall – I wonder if anyone calls him Arse for short? – pulled Cowell up on during an interview this week, having told the music mogul, “I don’t smoke, but I can smell cigarettes on you from here!

“And you’re having a baby! Come on man, you gotta stop that!”
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After Arsenio added that Simon has been smoking since he was “an embryo”, Cowell replied, “Look the thing is, I will, I want to [stop].

“But I was eight years old when I had my first cigarette, because everything I was told not to do, I did.

“I was told ‘don’t drink, don’t smoke’ so…”

Erm Mr Cowell? Do NOT contact me via Twitter or any other means possible to set up a date. No Siree Bob, do not do that. And do NOT purchase any quantity of expensive jewellery for me. It is forbidden.

However, Simon added that he is intending to stop – he is of course expecting a baby boy with lover Lauren Silverman – and noted that it’s also “bad for the puppies,” meaning the two über cute doggies he welcomed into the expanding Cowell family recently.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

November is Smoking Cessation Month

In the USA November was declared National Smoking Cessation Month and Quality Insights of Pennsylvania supports it. Health care providers say that quitting smoking, even for one day, is a very important step for smokers towards a healthier life and this helps to reduce risks for cancer. American Cancer Society says that tobacco consumption remains the largest preventable cause of … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mondays Might Be Your Best Day to Quit Smoking

In order to examine smoker’s weekly interest in quitting, researchers from the Santa Fe Institute, The Monday Campaigns, San Diego State University and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health analyzed Google search quieries related to quitting smoking from 2008 to 2012 in such languages as English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, French, Portuguese. John W. Ayers from San Diego State … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sports stars tackle smoking

Basketball champions Leicester Riders are among a team of celebrities who have joined forces to persuade people to quit smoking. Some of the biggest names in Leicestershire sports are backing the new campaign – Balls to Stop Smoking – which will be officially launched at the end of the month .

It is being run by the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, which runs the stop-smoking service across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Former Leicestershire and England fast bowler Jonathan Agnew, City's Andy King, Leicester Tigers legend Neil Back, Leicester and GB hockey star Nicola White, Leicester Riders' forward Jamell Anderson and boxer Rendall Munroe have all agreed to be campaign ambassadors.

Qasim Chowdray, the service's tobacco control lead, said: "We know the names and faces are recognisable and that the individuals are influential locally. They are really enthusiastic about getting people to quit smoking."They all have thousands of Twitter followers and this campaign is a new way of getting our message out there to encourage people to give up smoking as well as persuading people not to start."

Leicester Riders had a training session with a difference yesterday, when they attended a special smoking awareness workshop at Loughborough University. Its aim was to tell them more about tobacco consumption, the tobacco industry and the most successful ways to quit.

Russell Leveston, managing director of Leicester Riders, said: "We do a lot of community work in schools and youth clubs and this will add to that work. The training session is all about giving players all the relevant information about smoking so they can take the message to young people.

"None of our players smoke and this is about telling people, not just about giving up, but also about what is in a cigarette. I think Balls to Stop is a great campaign idea." Rob Paternostro, the Rider' head coach, said: "We are committed to our work in the community. This will strengthen our knowledge and assist us further in the projects we deliver."

Work on the campaign, which it is hoped will lead to 10,000 fewer smokers by the end of March, has already begun. Jonathan Agnew was at Saturday's match between Leicester City and Huddersfield at the King Power Stadium, giving out advice to would-be quitters.

At half-time he joined club ambassador Alan Birchenall on the pitch to talk more about his work with the campaign, his experiences of quitting smoking and gave out information on the support on offer to people who want to give up smoking, but do not know where to start.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Farmers in Georgia Growing More Tobacco in 2013

Representatives from University of Georgia recently said that current year farmers in state of Georgia have planted almost 15,000 acres of tobacco. Michael Moore, who is the professor and cooperative extension agronomist, said in an interview to the Telegraph of Macon that farmers in Georgia have grown more tobacco in 2013 than in past 4 years. The raise in tobacco … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Philip Morris Presented Its Latest Report

At the beginning of this week Philip Morris International Inc. the leading tobacco company, announced about its profit rise by 5%. Respresentatives of the company say that higher prices helped to equalize drop in the number of cigarettes it sold. In the quarter that ended on September 30, the manufacturer of Marlboro cigarettes and many other cigarette brands reported an … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

'Duck Dynasty' revealed: Robertson's have tobacco addiction not shown on TV

On the show "Duck Dynasty," they do a great job of making sure that the Robertson family is shown in a great light. On Oct. 21, Radar Online reported that the Robertson men have a big problem with tobacco, but they don't show it on television.

Men's Journal is reporting that all of the men use snuff tobacco, but they don't show it on the air. Phil Robertson introduced the boys to it at a young age and they have just continued to use. Nobody wants to see them spitting on the ground though and they just don't show it on television at all.

The use of tobacco products can put you at a higher risk for cancer. This is probably why they have chosen not to show this on the air. The show wants to show the Robertson family as good role models and they would never want people picking up on it because of seeing these men that they look up to doing it on television.

"Duck Dynasty" airs new episodes on A&E every Wednesday night.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sarah Jessica Parker just can’t quit smoking

Sarah Jessica Parker was caught taking a smoke break in Greenwich Village years after she said publicly she’s “generally not a smoker.” Parker, 48, was seen inhaling on the stoop of a Village apartment building like a teen in a rebellious outfit of  sunglasses, black leather jacket and jeans. The mother of three wasn’t with any of her kids at the time, however.

The “Sex and the City” star has been known over the years to puff away, but has said she smoked because her character on the show lit up.

In 2004, when Larry King asked Parker, “Are you a smoker,” she replied, “I smoked… in the early years of [playing] Carrie… and of course, when I had a baby I didn’t, and didn’t smoke for two years until I went to Paris and, you know, this is the great seduction of a city like Paris with great architecture and food and wine and, so… it’s not been the easiest thing.”

She added that she told the show’s writers at the time in Paris, “Must she smoke again?… But it’s not been the easiest thing to not to smoke since then.”

When King asked Parker if she smoked after the HBO hit ended, Parker said, “of free will, you mean, without being employed? Yes, but I’m generally not a smoker. I mean, I have a child, so it’s changed everything, luckily.”

A few years after her King interview, Parker’s hubby Matthew Broderick hinted in a 2008 talk with New York magazine that both he and Parker were still trying to kick the habit.

“I used to smoke cigarettes, and I still do, lately. I gave that up a long time ago, but every now and then I will fall off for a week,” he said. But he added that wife Sarah Jessica, is “worse than me on that.”

Broderick even said the couple’s young son James was attracted to ciggies at the time, while he was only 6. “He’ll see a cigarette butt and say, ‘What is that? Why do people smoke?’ I can just see the little budding gene of a smoker in there.”

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Victory for Tobacco Industry in EU

In Ireland health campaigning groups said they are disappointed with the latest EU parliament failure to adopt more severe anti-smoking measures. This means a victory for tobacco industry. Members of the European Parliament declined a proposal to classify e-cigarettes as medicinal products. This re-classification could result in tighter regulation of e-cigarettes. The European Parliament voted for ban of flavoured cigarettes … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Woody Allen bans Indian release of his new film

Woody Allen’s movie 'Blue Jasmine' did not debut in India at the weekend after the director objected to anti-tobacco adverts being inserted into scenes where characters smoke. The Indian government requires cinemas to play the adverts before and during any films that feature smoking scenes but the veteran filmmaker refused to make 'customisations'.

The decision led to distributor PVR Pictures cancelling the release. 'Blue Jasmine,' which critics have praised as the 77-year-old Allen’s best work in recent years, stars Cate Blanchett as a wealthy New York socialite who endures a humiliating fall from grace after her husband is arrested for financial crimes.

The film was supposed to come out in India last weekend, three months after its U.S. release. A spokesman for Allen at the firm 42 West told Reuters: 'Due to content in the film, it cannot be shown in India in its intended manner. 'Therefore, the film is not scheduled to play there.'

Sources said Allen wanted the film to be shown in its entirety, as he had made it, and without any modifications. India has banned smoking scenes in movies and television shows, and filmmakers for about a year have been required to show health warnings on screens whenever a character smokes cigarettes in a film.

Typically, a smoking scene would include a text insert at the bottom of the screen warning of the dangers of tobacco use. While most national and international directors accept these rules, Allen was adamant that he would not allow these 'insertions' into his film. India’s film censor board routinely requires cuts and changes to films on the grounds that certain scenes might offend some audiences in the country.

It also has banned films, including David Fincher’s 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' because of rape and torture scenes, and Steven Spielberg’s 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' because of objections to the film’s portrayal of Indians and its imperialist tone.

Some directors allow cuts and alterations, while others, such as Fincher, have refused. Many directors, including Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and others, argue that changes to their films are unacceptable because they corrupt the artist’s vision.

India forms a miniscule portion of Hollywood revenue, but with a large, English-speaking population, it is a growing market. Hollywood films formed 8.5 per cent of all box office collections last year, according to a report by consultancy KPMG.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Belarus to Increase Cigarette Prices by 2020

By 2020 cigarettes in Belarus will be sold for the same price as in Russia, The declaration was made on October 3 at the seminar “Combating the aftermath of active and passive cigarette smoking” by Lyudmila Naroichik who is Deputy Head of the National Center for Hygiene, Epidemiology and Public Health. Excise duties and prices are most effective tools to … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Philip Morris International to Buy 49% Interest in Arab Investors

Philip Morris International Inc. (PM) agreed to buy an interest of 49% in Arab Investors for $625 million. The acquisition will help the tobacco company to consolidate its presence on Algerian tobacco market. The famous manufacturer of Marlboro and L&M cigarettes has been looking the ways to increase its presence in emerging markets because these days cigarette sales volumes are … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Michelle Obama forced husband to give up smoking

With the economy in tatters and his opponents baying for blood, it's a stressful time for President Obama. But the president does have one achievement he can be proud of- he has given up smoking cigarettes, and now his doctor has confirmed it.

The results of Obama's second medical examination since taking office, were released by the White House today, and the President was declared 'tobacco free'. Obama, formerly a Marlboro Red man, had smoked at least since college, but says he has managed to kick the habit, despite the stresses of office.

Earlier this year Michelle Obama claimed that her husband had not smoked for almost 12 months. The President has been trying to quit since at least 2006.

The First Lady is said to be the driving force behind her husband's decision to give up, having made it a condition of her support during his  leadership drive. While public opinion is likely to have been a strong motivation, his children are also said to have played a part.

But even after entering the White House and as recently as June 2009 he admitted that he still had the occasional puff. The 'Smoker-in-Chief' told a press conference: ‘I constantly struggle with it. Have I fallen off the wagon sometimes? Yes. Am I a daily smoker, a constant smoker? No.

‘I don't do it in front of my family, and I would say that I am 95 percent cured, but there are times where - there are times where I mess up.’ Obama's first presidential medical, which took place in February 2010, hinted at a continuing habit, with the doctor advising the commander-in-chief to 'continue smoking cessation' efforts.

It also documented his use of nicotine replacement therapy to stave off his cravings. President Obama has been careful not to be photographed smoking since taking office.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Are You Ready To Quit Smoking?

Over past years the efforts of many Americans to quit smoking failed. There days 1 in 4 men and 1 in 5 women do still smoke cigarettes. This is a quite confusing fact for people who never smoked. Does smokers really understand the negative effects of smoking on their body? The ftuth is that the majority of smokers do understand. … Continue reading

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ex-smoker and extreme marathon runner brings mammoth challenge to Liverpool

Ex-smoker and extreme marathon runner Rory Coleman's is bringing his extreme running challenge to Liverpool as part of Stoptober. As part of his challenge Rory is running through the city on Wednesday September 11 pushing the giant red Stoptober wheel from South Ferry Quay by Brunswick Dock, Liverpool Marina at 11.30am to St John's Shopping Centre at 12.30pm.

He will run a phenomenal 28 miles a day for 28 consecutive days to encourage others to follow his lead and quit smoking cigarettes. Stoptober is based on research that smokers are five times more likely to quit for good if they can quit for 28 days.

Last year thousands of people across Merseyside stopped smoking during Stoptober and Rory is hoping even more will see his 28 day challenge as inspiration for going four weeks smokefree. Rory said: "This is one of the biggest challenges I have ever taken on, but it was important for me to do something to support Stoptober.

"Twenty years ago I was a chain-smoking alcoholic who could barely run to the corner shop let alone a mile. "To see the difference that stopping smoking has made to my life has been overwhelming and I want more people to take the first initial steps to quitting. "I am really looking forward to running 28 miles around Liverpool and pushing the wheel with the help of local people to get people thinking about Stoptober."

Eileen Streets, director of tobacco control at Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, said: "It’s Stoptober and the message is we are all in this together. "What better motivator than knowing you are among hundreds of thousands of people across England trying to quit at the same time?

"I know quitting for 28 days may seem daunting to some smokers but try to take one day at a time and know that there is help for you if you need it." Dr Paula Grey, Director for Public Health for Liverpool said, "We want to help as many people as possible in Liverpool to quit. There is a wide range of support available.

"Our local stop smoking services (Fag Ends) are doing a great job in supporting people, and last year thousands of people successfully quit with their help.

"If you've been thinking about quitting, now is the time to do it. It isn't always an easy journey but with the support of friends, family, Stoptober resources and Fag Ends, everyone can help each other to reduce the number of smokers in Liverpool."

Rory's challenge will coincide with the national Stoptober roadshow that is taking place at St John's Shopping Centre on the same day. The roadshow is raising awareness of the campaign, distributing information and allowing people to sign up or show their support there and then.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Philip Morris Got “Overweight” Rating at Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley recently released a report in which it restated its overweight rating on shares of Philip Morris International, the leading tobacco manufacturer which produces Marlboro cigarettes. At present they have $92.00 target price on the stock, that is reduced compared to previous target price of $95.00. Philip Morris activates in tobacco industry with substantial free cash flow and high … Continue reading

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Rahul Dravid is brand ambassador for Tobacco control campaign

 The Union Health Ministry today announced former Indian cricket team captain Rahul Dravid as brand ambassador for its National Tobacco Control Campaign.

India has been committed towards strengthening its national tobacco control efforts as well as contribute towards tobacco control, additional secretary MoHFW, C K Mishra said while making the announcement today.

“Despite effective, evidence-based tobacco control policies, smoking cigarettes continues. India played a leading role in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) negotiations and has been striving to implement more tobacco control measures,” Mishra said.

It is only through collective resolve of governments, world leaders, development partners and civil society, we can save lives, protect and preserve the health of future generations from harmful effects of tobacco use, he said.

“The national anti-tobacco control campaign has to go on till we achieve desired results,” Mishra said.

With World Health Assembly adopting a target of 30 per cent relative reduction in tobacco use by 2025, the global narrative on tobacco control is increasingly exploring the concept of ‘tobacco endgame’, aimed at reducing tobacco availability to minimal levels.

“Since tobacco also degrades the environment, actions to reduce the production and marketing of tobacco must also now be vigorously pursued alongside effective implementation of demand reduction measures,” he said.

“The Centre has taken a lead in implementing the WHO FCTC and we remain committed to supporting its endeavours,” said Dr Nata Menabde, WHO Country Representative for India.

With support from the MoHFW and World Health Organisation, Public Health Foundation of India and Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth is organising the International Conference on “Public Health Priorities in the 21st Century: The Endgame for Tobacco” from September 10 to 12 in which nearly 500 participants from over 50 countries will come together to deliberate and present actionable strategies in fighting the global tobacco epidemic.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Smoking Cessation: Three Days to Five Years Without Smoking

Three Days After You Quit In three days after you quit smoking, the nicotine will be totally out of your body. However, symptoms of nicotine withdrawal will acheve their peak. You may feel headaches, nausea, cramps along with anxiety, tension, or frustration. Experts recommend to use money you usually spent on buying cigarettes, on something nice. Two to Three Weeks … Continue reading

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Smoking Cessation: Two Days Without Smoking

If you decided to quit smoking, you should know how your body will react on it in first two days after your last cigarette. 20 Minutes After You Quit You will feel immediately the effects of quitting smoking as they show themselves at once. In 20 minutes after you smoked your last cigarette, your heart rate returns to normal levels. … Continue reading

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

What Kirk Douglas Thinks About Smoking

Children smoking cigarettes? Yes! The tobacco industry has encouraged the making of cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos for children. They are flavored: white grape, strawberry, pineapple and blueberry. They are selling like hotcakes to the future customers for smoking tobacco. The FDA is trying to put an end to it. Why are they so slow? They should have prevented the making of those cigarettes when they started. Smoking is a deadly thing (more than five million each year worldwide).

Movies should be blamed for encouraging smoking. Look at some of the old pictures, everybody is smoking. Actors love it because it gives them something to do with their hands. I came to Hollywood 68 years ago to play in the movie, The Three Loves of Martha Ivers with Barbara Stanwyck and Van Heflin. I was very excited. In my first scene the director stopped me. "Oh," I thought, "what have I done wrong?"

"Kirk I think you should be smoking a cigarette in this scene."

"Oh, I don't smoke."

"Well it's easy to learn."

And the prop man gave me a cigarette. I smoked my first cigarette and I continued the scene. I didn't finish it because I had to run to the restroom to throw up. But, the director was right, it's easy to learn and I became a two pack a day smoker for some time.

One day, after several years of smoking, I looked at my smoldering cigarette. What am I doing? I inhale the smoke, my lungs take all the impurities out of it and I blow out nice clean smoke.

I thought of my father. Years ago, the doctor told him, "Harry, if you continue to smoke you will die." My father stopped smoking immediately. Here's how he did it: He carried one cigarette in his breast pocket. When he had the urge to smoke he took out the cigarette, stared at it, and in his Russian accent he roared "Who's stronger, you -- me? I stronger!" He put the cigarette back in his breast pocket and never smoked again.

I tried the same thing. It worked! I haven't smoked in over 40 years (I am 96 years old). Of all the drugs, smoking has the highest death rate -- more than 400,000 people per year (which is more than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined).

Stop smoking and live longer!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Local Governments to Consider Smoke-Free Laws

The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living plans to introduce a smoke-free law in Monroe and West Monroe. If Ouachita Parish Police Jury apprived it, smoking will be prohibited in bingo halls and bars where smoking is permitted today. The proposed initiative will be presented to the West Monroe Board of Aldermen and Monroe City Council on September 10. It will … Continue reading

Monday, August 26, 2013

Smoking To Be Banned in Public Places in Guelph

During several months Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health office conducted surveys in order to find out what their residents think about smoking bans at outdoor spaces in Guelph (Canada). The survey started on May 31 and finished on August 20. Totally there were asked 2,001 people across the region, 908 were from Guelph. Soon the results of the survey will be put … Continue reading

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Lorillard Published Quarterly Dividend on Common Stock

At the beginning of the week Lorillard Inc, the third largest maker of cigarettes in the USA, announced a quarterly dividend on its common stock in the amount of $0.55 per share, payable on September 10, 2013 to investors of record as of August 30, 2013. Lorillard, Inc is the third largest cigarettes manufacturer in the USA which was founded … Continue reading

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tony the Fridge backs work to cut smoking

Tony Phoenix Morrison – “Tony the Fridge” – has backed pioneering work to cut smoking in the North East as part of his efforts to reduce the toll of smoking-related cancer.

Tony, is currently taking part in the Smeg Endurance Challenge, in which he will run 40 marathons in 40 days in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation by running 40 marathons with a 42k fridge on his back.

As well as fundraising for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Tony has now decided to highlight the work of Fresh Smoke Free North East which aims to reduce smoking prevalence and the number of children who start smoking each year. His 40 marathons will see his fridge branded with the “Fresh – Making Smoking History” sign.

While Tony, 49, is now a fitness supremo as well as being a father of four and a granddad of two - he was once a smoker with an addiction spanning 30 years. Tony credits quitting smoking for his physical fitness. He quit smoking because he wanted to be around to see his children in the future and credits quitting smoking for his physical fitness.

Tony said: “I want to be proactive and give my support to organisations such as Fresh and the Bobby Robson Foundation because of the fantastic work they do. We’ve all lost friends and loved ones to smoking related disease and it’s an awful experience to have to go through. If we can help people quit smoking, it will save a lot of lives – I’ve seen the benefit of stopping smoking myself and having an improved quality of life.”

Ailsa Rutter, Director of Fresh, said: “Smoking is our biggest killer killing 11 people in the North East every day, shattering families. Our vision is to have a North East where young people can grow up free of the harm of tobacco. It is fantastic to have the support of someone so passionate and inspirational as Tony.”

Estimates(1) show that 14,813 people in the North East were diagnosed with new cases of cancer in 2009, with an estimated 2,874 cases due to smoking, while the North East had an estimated 2,122 deaths in the region from smoking related cancer in 2010.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Japan Tobacco Appreciates Philippine Governemt Decision

Manos Koukourakis, general manager of Japan Tobacco Inc said recently that Philippine governemt can meet its excise tax collection target, if not exceed it, as the drop in usage is not as dramatic as it was expected. Koukourakis noted that in the country there are 52% smokers which means that one in two Filipinos smoke cigarettes. This ratio gradually reduced … Continue reading

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Czech president told to cut smoking, drinking due to health

Czech President Milos Zeman, known for his love of alcohol and smoking cigarettes, was told on Friday to drastically cut down on both after being diagnosed with diabetes, the health minister said.

Martin Holcat, speaking on Czech Radio, said that on the advice of doctors, the president, 68, would have to cut down from his usual 40-to-50 cigarettes a day to about 20.

He also was told to sharply cut back his consumption of alcohol, his taste for which he has never kept secret in a country with the highest intake of beer per capita in the world.

"We agreed with the president that he will significantly reduce this. We talked about one deciliter (just over three ounces) of wine per day," Holcat said in the radio interview.

"This is certainly very unpleasant, it surely did not please the president, but as I know him, he will be able to do this."

Holcat added that Zeman could risk aggravating his condition if he did not stick to the advice.

The president, elected in the country's first direct presidential election in January, has been locked in a power struggle with political parties in the past weeks over forming a new government.

Zeman has been known to offer journalists a shot or two of spirits during interviews. Earlier this year, his office rejected media reports that he had appeared drunk during a ceremony held to display crown jewels of the Czech kingdom.

Zeman's favorite jokes include one about drinking but never getting drunk. He also likes to point out that Adolf Hitler was a teetotaler and lost World War Two while Winston Churchill drank and won.

There was no comment from Zeman, who has been recovering outside of Prague from dental surgery.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Illinois Cigarette Tax Revenue Increased Last Month

State officials said that in July cigarette tax revenue in Illinois more than doubled in comparison to the same period in 2012. According to data released at the beginning of the week by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, last month revenue achieved $30 million. In 2012 it achieved $12 million State Journal-Register wrote that the increase is explained … Continue reading

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Simon Cowell reveals he constantly thinks about smoking... even during sex

He's rarely seen without a cigarette in his hand on a night out.

And now Simon Cowell has revealed just how much he loves his nicotine sticks in a tell-all interview on Chelsea Lately on Tuesday night.

The 53-year-old music mogul insisted that smoking was 'associated with nice things' during the chat with host Chelsea Handler, who immediately shot back, 'Like sex?'

Cowell then replied: 'Completely. And in fact sometimes while I'm having sex, I'm actually thinking I want to hurry up and finish so I can have a cigarette!'

Chelsea then told a shrugging Cowell: 'That's a wonderful thing you might want to think about sharing with your next victim!'

During the interview, Cowell added that he has been on a health kick over the past few months.

He said: 'I had to go on a health kick because I have to balance smoking and drinking, which I do like. And then on the other side I exercise and then I have vitamin shots.

'Like last night for example, I had a litre of injections being poured into me through a drip and at the same time I was having a couple of vodka and sodas. So it kind of makes it bearable!'

Cowell was on Chelsea Lately to promote the upcoming return of The X Factor USA in September, but admitted that he often finds the process of searching for the next big thing more than a little gruelling.

When Chelsea asked Cowel if the array of 'untalented people' who audition for the show cause him to have 'a drinking and drug and cigarette problem?', he replied: 'Probably, yes!'

He added: 'It is total, utter torture sitting there for 10 hours a day trying to find one good person. And you've got all these awful singers coming out... "Why are you here?" and they're like, "I'm blessed," and you're like,"You're not. You're really, really not." '

Monday, August 5, 2013

Doctor Creates Safe Quit Smoking Product

Tobacco is a quite strong thing for smokers as it is not so easy for many of them to quit smoking. After a long war with smoking habit, smokers pick up a pack of cigarettes again. Here even anti-tobacco ads do not work. Dr. Hassan Amjad of Beckley, a researcher-physician, says that in this war may greatly help chewing tobacco, … Continue reading

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

British American Tobacco Better Poised for Long-Term Growth

Philip Morris, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, has shown a persistent dividend income over a period of time compared to Imperial Tobacco that has been persistently cutting its dividends to hold cash to increase its descendent trending operations. The tobacco company has shown a great increase in its income due to growth in snus and fine-cut tobacco and besides this … Continue reading

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

PSY: I live off of Korean vodka and cigarettes

 "Gangnam Style" phenom Psy refers to Korean vodka as his "best friend" and reveals much more about his drinking habits in a candid interview with Britain's Sunday Times. "If I'm happy, I'm drinking. If I'm sad, I'm drinking. If it's raining, I'm drinking. If it's sunny, I'm drinking. If it's hot, I'm drinking. If it's cold, I'm drinking," Psy tells the Times.

In fact, the only time Psy isn't drinking, he says, is when he's hung over, which to be fair, Psy admits is "a lot" of the time. And oh yeah, the interview also reveals that Psy smokes cigarettes incessantly.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Philip Morris Strengthens its Presence in Emerging Markets

Imperial Tobacco, Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco are top cigarette makers in the world. In the last quarter of 2013, the implementation of anti-tobacco laws which restrict cigarette usage along with sagging demand for cigarettes because of economic crisis reduced profits for major tobacco makers. However, in these conditions British American Tobacco managed to stay ahead of both … Continue reading

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tobacco Use in The UK

Tobacco was first introduced into the UK in the 16th century when it was commonly smoked in pipes by men.

Mass consumption of tobacco started with the invention of cigarettes in the latter part of the 19th century.

By 1919 tobacco was mostly being sold as cigarettes. Consumption of cigarettes, generally confined to men, rose steadily to peak in 1945 at 12 per adult male per day.

In 1948, when smoking surveys began, 82% of men in the UK were smokers. Smoking prevalence fell rapidly between the 1970s and 1990s after which it has continued a slow decline.

Speaking to journalists in London, West said the long-term reduction in smoking showed no sign of coming to an end.

"We don't see that happening in England," he said. "The decline now is between about 0.5 and one percentage point a year, which is a pretty decent rate. There's no evidence that it's plateauing."

He added that government policies such as raising tobacco pricing, mass media campaigns and services to help smokers quit "definitely" played a role in cutting tobacco consumption.

Each measure on its own might have a relatively small effect but together their impact was significant, said West.

He warned there was no room for complacency, as had been seen in France where no attempt was made to follow up a big hike in tobacco prices. Smoking rates dropped sharply for a time, but then prevalence started to rise again.

"You definitely need to keep bearing down on it," West added.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Quitting Smoking Effects on the Body

Smoking tobacco on a regular basis is a habit which causes addiction. A smoker does not get addicted at once, it takes some time to get addicted to nicotine. When he tries to quit smoking, nicotine withdrawal symptoms do appear and it makes quitting smoking quite difficult. Smoker experiences these symptoms also when he reduces the number of cigarettes he … Continue reading

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Gwyneth Paltrow admits smoking one cigarette a week

Gwyneth Paltrow smokes one cigarette a week.

The famously health conscious star admitted she can't fully give up smoking but says she would never have a cigarette in front of her children, Apple, nine, and son Moses, seven.

She told the August issue of Good Housekeeping magazine: "'I smoke one cigarette a week. The girlfriends I smoke with know about it, but I would never do it in front of my kids."

Gwyneth also opened up about her family life, calling the children her "best achievement" and admitting marrying their father, Chris Martin, was her "best decision to date".

She said: "I was really lucky to have two healthy children, and I enjoy the process of raising them and watching these amazing human beings start to come out and be themselves."

The 40-year-old actress also revealed she is never happier than when spending time with her family.

She said: "(My best Saturday morning would be) sleeping in and then having a really lazy day with the family, cooking, laughing and hanging out."

Monday, July 15, 2013

Lorillard Announced About Results Conference Call

Lorillard is going to conduct a conference call for analysts and investors. The conference will take place on July 25 from 09.00 hours, after it has declared its second-quarter 2013 results. The conference call will be held by David H. Taylor, Executive Vice President, Finance and Planning, and CFO and Murray S. Kessler, Chairman, President and CEO. The conference call … Continue reading

Friday, June 28, 2013

Smoking Ban Fails in Oceanside

After the law which bans patio smoking did not got motion in Oceanside for City Council to vote on it June 26, business owners will decide by themselves to permit or not smoking in patio of their restaurants and bars. Jim Wood, the mayor of Oceanside, together with Gary Felien and Jack Feller, the councilmen, said they would not support … Continue reading

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Smoking Cessation with “Quitter in You”

The American Lung Association together with WellPoint Inc have launched a smoking cessation campaign called “Quitter in You” to help smokers in their efforts to get rid of the habit. Thus WellPoint gave $1.5 million to the American Lung Association to support this program. The major goal of “Quitter in You” is to support people who want to quit smoking … Continue reading

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Top Five Best Cigarette Brands

New cigarette brands appear very often, but at the moment the 5 most popular brands worldwide are the following: Marlboro, Camel, Lucky Strike, Winston and Parliament. Read how and why they became the most popular cigarette brands in the world.

Three Reasons Why Obama’s Cigarette Tax Increase Has Sense

President Obama's idea to increase the national cigarette tax to spend on widened early childhood education was not taken seriously.But, there are reasons why tobacco tax increase deserves the Congress's approval.

Louisiana Refunds Market-Beating Tobacco Bonds

Louisiana is refinancing $638 million in bonds backed by tobacco company payments as such debt is beating the broader $3.7 trillion muni market this year.

This week’s sale by the Tobacco Settlement Financing Corp., which is refunding securities sold in 2001, is backed by the revenue from a 1998 settlement between cheap cigarettes companies and U.S. states to cover health-care costs resulting from smoking.

Louisiana officials approved the refinancing last month to take advantage of historically low interest rates, according to a statement from Kristy Nichols, administration division commissioner. During June, municipal-bond yields have climbed to near a two-year high as equities rallied and the Federal Reserve plotted an end to its quantitative-easing program in 2014.

“We are continuing to monitor market conditions in terms of timing and the precise amount of savings, and will proceed in a way that’s in the best interest of the state,” Michael DiResto, a Nichols spokesman, said by e-mail. “We look forward to strong investor interest in the bond sale despite the difficult market conditions these past several weeks.”

Fitch Ratings gives the debt a BBB+ grade, the best it grants on tobacco bonds and seven steps below top level securities. Fitch said it expects that even if tobacco companies enter bankruptcy, the payments to states would continue “because stopping would put them at the risk of litigation.”

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Cigarette psychology

Do you want to find out what the manner you hold a cigarette means? Read this article and be informed about the meaning of various cigarette holding manners.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Golden Virginia Classic and GV Smooth to contain cut-corner papers

Imperial Tobacco is delighted to state that starting mid-June, the packs of Golden Virginia Classic and GV Smooth 25g will contain cut-corner papers. The RRP, at launch, for Golden Virginia Classic 25g and GV Smooth 25g will be unchanged, presenting existing strong margins are preserved while offering further value for the roll-your-own shopper. Imperial Tobacco’s Golden Virginia brand manager Ryan … Continue reading

Friday, May 24, 2013

Tobacco smoking leads to low sperm count, weak erection

Dr Joseph Natsah of General Hospital Kachia in Kaduna State, has advised youths against tobacco smoking, saying it leads to impotence.
Natsah said in an interview on Tuesday in Kaduna that tobacco smoking results in low sperm count, weak erection and impotence.
He warned girls involved in smoking to desist from the habit as it would also prevent them from either conceiving or having still birth.
Natsah said tobacco smoke generally has adverse effect on every organ of the body, including the immune system.
The medical practitioner listed some of the conditions generated by smoking to include coronary and heart disease,  as well as breathlessness and influenza,
Also, a laboratory technician, Miss Mercy Onu said smoking was contributing to higher percentage of deformed sperms and impotency.
She also said it contributed to “painful ulcers along the digestive tract and build up fatty deposit on the artery walls”, thereby leading to low blood flow and heart attack.
A police sergeant, Dalhatu Konkiyel, who said he was a “retired chronic smoker”, said that he experienced various health challenges while smoking.
Some of the challenges, he said, were poor vision, high blood pressure, common cold , tooth decay, gum disease, sleeping and blood circulation problems.
He advised the youths not to indulge in the habit, to avoid early death and psychological trauma.
Konkiyel called on the Federal Government to ban the manufacture, distribution, sale of tobacco products in the country.

Cigarette companies boost giveaways as smoking declines

Responding to a dramatic decline in smoking rates over the past three decades, cigarette makers including Winston-Salem-based Reynolds American Inc. and Greensboro-based Lorillard Inc. are boosting spending on a host of discounts, giveaways and other promotions to attract an ever-declining pool of customers.
Reuters reports that the latest data from the Federal Trade Commission showed advertising spending on cigarettes rose in 2011 to $8.4 billion, up from $8 billion in 2010. It was the first time that advertising spending rose since 2003, with the majority of that money going to promotions such as coupons, samplings and buy-two, get-one free deals.
The FTC cited data provided by major tobacco companies, including Reynolds, Lorillard and Richmond, Va.-based Altria Group Inc, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes.
The efforts are being driven by a rapid decline in smoking. Roughly 19 percent of adults in the U.S. smoked as of 2011, down from 33 percent in 1980, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Tobacco companies aren't only looking at cigarette discounts to boost their bottom lines and are placing big bets on the electronic-cigarette market and other smokeless products.
Reynolds recently announced that it will be ramping up distribution of its Vuse e-cigarette product while Lorillard’s electronic cigarettes segment — blu eCigs — continues to reap dividends for the company, with a contribution of $57 million to total net sales for the first quarter.
Altria also is planning to add a new electronic cigarette product to the mix.

RAI expanding e-cig operations

Reynolds American Inc.’s experiment with making e-cigarettes is about to move to a larger distribution scale, the company said Thursday at its annual shareholders meeting.
The company provided several strategic updates during formal remarks by Daan Delen, its CEO and president, and during a question-and-answer session that wasn’t consumed by farm-worker issues, according to the website
Reynolds also said it has placed links on its website — — under the corporate governance header where its 2012 political-oriented contributions are listed. Delen said the company opted for more disclosure after getting requests from various stakeholder groups.
R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. remains in test markets with its internally developed Vuse e-cigs with no reported sales numbers. Vuse is being sold at Tarheel Tobacco stores at 6311 Stadium Drive in Clemmons, 3193 Peters Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem and in Danville, Va.

Obama $0.94 smoke tax a ghost

The cigarette sin tax to generate $78 billion to fund a preschool education program vanished almost as soon as Obama announced it four weeks ago, according to the Washington, D.C.-centered  blog
The president hasn’t mentioned it. The White House didn’t coordinate with outside anti-smoking groups, and none of them spent any time pushing for it. Tobacco companies never worried about putting together a lobbying strategy to  kill it. Obama’s political arm hasn’t sent an email calling on Congress to  consider it. Not even Obama’s surgeon general, who calls curbing smoking “the  single most important issue for all the surgeons general of the past five decades,” put out a press release applauding the idea. The whole idea disapeared like a ghost in the night.
That’s the attitude within the West Wing, too — rather than a marquee idea, aides say the $0.94-per-pack cigarette tax was in fact not a priority, and  there are no plans to build a public case for it. The tax was just the most politically palatable idea they could come up with to pay for their big new entitlement program — and in the context of a budget debate they never expected to get serious, that was enough.
“If other people have other ideas, we’re happy to look at them,” a White House official said. “If there were another way to pay for this, we’d be open to  it.”
White House officials described the cigarette tax as incidental to a larger  goal of funding the universal preschool program. And they wouldn’t discuss the proposal Obama called “the right thing to do” on the record at all.

New president for Lorillard’s blu eCigs

The e-cigarette company, blu eCigs acquired by Lorillard last year, has appointed Jim Raporte as its new president.
The company said that, with more than 30 years of experience across tobacco, food and business services industries, Raporte was set to lead blu eCigs’ “functional operations” and help drive its transition from an emerging startup to a large scale second-generation company.
Raporte will work closely with blu eCigs founder and previous president, Jason Healy.
Healy is said to have chosen to step down as president and hand over the reins of the company he created in 2009 to Raporte so as to focus on the company’s creative marketing and product development efforts.

Tobacco-Shops To Sell Ice-Cream In Hungary

The budgetary committee of the parliament is about to expand the range of product available in the upcoming tobacco shops. The law about the tobacco stores in Hungary was accepted last year in September, which stated that only tobacco products can be distributed. Parliament however already extended the range of products in December by selling lottery tickets and scratch cards.

After the recent changes of the legislation made in February, tobacco shops opening on the 1st of July will have a lot more to offer including spirits, energy drinks, soft drinks and newspapers.

According to the latest suggestion of the committee ice-cream and ice-lolly should be on the carpet as well. The proposal for the amendment was submitted to the parliament on Wednesday.

Monday, May 20, 2013

New York to raise minimum age for buying cigarettes

New York City implemented a regulation, according to which nobody under the age of 21 can buy cigarettes in the city.

Imperial Tobacco to move into new headquarter

Bristol-headquartered Imperial Tobacco moved into its new headquarter located in Bristol on May, 17.

Tobacco buying age set at 21 in some US cities

Dover, the capital of the U.S. state of Delaware, will be the fourth city in Delaware to increase the buying cigarettes age to 21 and Arlington, Virginia, is intending to reach 21 during 3 years.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

‘No ID, No Sale’ better option than plain packaging, says Japan Tobacco

Japan Tobacco International, a cigarette manufacturing company, has “noted” the lack of proposed legislation related to the introduction of standardized packaging in the Queen’s Speech during this Parliamentary session. Jorge da Motta, managing director of Japan Tobacco International UK, said: “The determination of the UK authorities not to involve standardized packaging in the Queen’s Speech displays the regulatory principles of … Continue reading

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tobacco companies and higher education

Even though smoking tobacco products is banned in public places such as restaurants, bars and public airwaves, it is still accepted by the majority of the country’s colleges. Tobacco companies obviously have focused on higher education connections as one method of getting two key markets: teenagers and blacks. Altria, which is the manufacturer of Marlboro cigarettes, the top-selling cigarette brand … Continue reading

Friday, May 10, 2013

BAT analyses cigarette consumer behaviour

BAT is focused on provision of innovation in tobacco product communication British American Tobacco has confirmed its decision to learn the development in cigarette consumer behaviour and to present innovation in tobacco product communication to meet the needs of smokers. In accordance with the cigarette manufacturer, ongoing change of the travel industry means shoppers’ unmet requirements and behaviours keep modifying. … Continue reading

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Imperial Tobacco presents two-storey stand in Singapore

Imperial Tobacco, the fourth-largest cigarette company around the world, demonstrates interest to developing Asia/Pacific travel-retail business at TFWA presentation. Imperial Tobacco, which is the manufacturer of Richmond and West cigarettes, has made an announcement that the company will present a double-storey stand at this year’s Tax Free World Association Asia Pacific Conference & Exhibition in Singapore in May this year. … Continue reading

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

More People Smoking Cigarettes than Ever

There are actually more smokers nowadays than ever before, regardless of health warning labels on cigarette packs and the growing price of cigarettes. In 1980, nearly 4,650 billion cigarettes were smoked, which rose to about 6,500 billion in 2010. By 2020, there will be almost seven billion cigarette butts soiling the world. Currently there are two countries with the largest … Continue reading

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Japan Tobacco tops competition, forecast beats estimates

Japan Tobacco, the world’s best-performing cigarette maker this year, forecast a record profit that beat analyst estimates and raised its projected annual dividend by 35 percent on rising overseas sales and a weaker yen, according to Bloomberg News.
Net income will probably be ¥415 billion ($4.2 billion) for the year ending March 2014, the Tokyo-based company said today in a statement. The outlook is higher than the ¥412 billion average of 18 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.
Japan Tobacco, the maker of Glamour, Sobranie and Winston cigarettes, is benefiting as a weaker yen boosts the value of overseas revenue, which accounted for about 48 percent of the company’s total in the last fiscal year. Asia’s biggest listed cigarette maker also said it would raise its payout ratio to 50 percent by fiscal 2015, one year earlier than previously planned, to support shareholders.

BAT to double Philippine leaf purchases

British American Tobacco will double its purchases of Philippine tobacco as it plans to invest more than $50 million in the country this year, reports The Manila Bulletin.
 James Lafferty, general manager of BAT Philippines, said the company will buy 3.6 million kg of Philippine tobacco, valued at between $12 million and $14 million, in the 2012-2013 planting season.
Following the passage of tobacco tax reforms in late 2012, BAT Philippines announced the company would invest at least $200 million in the Philippines over five years starting in 2013.
The company intends to grow its market share, introducing new Lucky Strike variants and other cigarette brands. It is also looking into constructing a cigarette factory in the Philippines.
BAT currently employs 300 people directly and indirectly across the country.

Smoke price to rise on the islands

EXPECT a hike in the price of cigarettes if local authorities support moves to increase taxation on cigarettes in Pacific Islands, where a high percentage of deaths are related to diseases caused by non communicable diseases (NCDs).
 The proposed increase in tax, which is supported by the World Health Organization, is aimed at discouraging smoking, and using the additional tax revenue on public health systems.
One in every three adults in Fiji is at risk of premature death from heart disease, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases caused by NCDs.
And WHO director for the prevention of NCD Douglas Bettcher said increasing taxation on cigarettes in Pacific Islands could reduce deaths from NCDs.
"This is really important for the Pacific because there is a crisis in NCDs — heart diseases, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases which are caused by smoking, tobacco use, obesity, lack of physical activity and harmful use of alcohol," Dr Bettcher said.
"NCDs are the biggest killers in the world today, they've taken over from communicable diseases.
"Of the 63 per cent of all deaths in the world due to NCDs, over 80 per cent of those deaths are in developing countries like the Pacific Islands and of these, 36 million deaths from NCDs every year, about 14 million of those are premature, meaning people dying under the age of 70."
Dr Bettcher said when viewed in the context of global trends, the statistics in the Pacific were alarming.
"The world average is 20 per cent and many high income countries are achieving 10 per cent. In the Pacific, the crisis has reached epidemic proportions.
"In countries like the Marshall Islands, the risk is 60 per cent and in Fiji, the rate is 30 per cent. This means that three in every 10 adults have a very high risk of prematurely dying from a NCD."
Dr Bettcher was speaking at a conference held at the Tanoa International Hotel which began on Monday.

Lindsay Lohan puffs on a cigarette as she picks up her Porsche after getting car towed for 'illegal parking'

Lindsay Lohan’s car related drama never seems to end.
The actress was spotted picking up one of her expensive vehicles from the tow pound on Monday.
According to reports, Lindsay’s Porsche Panamera was towed in Brooklyn, New York after she had illegally parked it.
Lindsay, 26, was dressed casually to go and collect the car and was seen smoking Parliament cigarettes as she arrived at the NYPD tow pound.
The Liz & Dick star was sporting a white blouse under a khaki jacket, along with skintight black leather trousers and matching ankle boots.She was joined by a female friend for the outing, who perhaps gave her a lift to pick up her car.
Lindsay brought paperwork with her to the building and after paying the tow fee, was driven to collect the Porsche in a police car.
Despite the hassle the fiery redhead seemed to be in a good mood and was seen smiling.
She was wearing a pair of oversized square-framed sunglasses which she later removed, and stayed glued to her mobile phone.
The Porsche Panamera is the same vehicle in which Lindsay allegedly hit a pedestrian, leading to the star getting arrested.
Lindsay was also spotted smoking in New York the previous evening as she hung out with some friends in SoHo, this time driving a Maserati.
On Thursday the star will enter court-ordered rehab for 90 days, but she's making the most of her time left and spent the evening at The Bitter End bar in New York on Monday night.
Sources at the bar told TMZ that Lohan 'rolled in to the place with nine or ten friends to watch some of her friends perform at a Jam Fest event.'
But she didn't touch a drop of alcohol.

Philip Morris Int’l 1st-quarter profit falls 2 pct on fewer cigarettes sold

Cigarette maker Philip Morris International Inc. said Thursday that its first-quarter profit fell nearly 2 percent on a decline in the number of cigarettes sold.
The company, based in New York and Switzerland, lowered its full-year earnings guidance because of changes in foreign exchange rates, which also hurt its quarterly results.
Philip Morris International sells Marlboro and other cigarette brands outside of the U.S., so its results reflect smoking trends abroad. It’s the world’s second-biggest cigarette seller behind state-controlled China National Tobacco Corp.
Profit came to $2.13 billion, or $1.28 per share, in the quarter ended March 31, down from $2.16 billion, or $1.25 per share, a year ago. Stripping out one-time items, profit was $1.29 per share, missing analysts’ estimate of $1.34 per share.
Excluding excise taxes, revenue increased nearly 2 percent to $7.6 billion. Analysts polled by FactSet expected $7.5 billion. Volumes dropped while cigarette prices rose.
Costs to make and sell cigarettes rose 2 percent to $2.45 billion.
Cigarette shipments fell 6.5 percent to 205 billion cigarettes, hurt by economic woes in the European Union and a recent tax increase in the Philippines. Shipments grew 1.4 percent in the company’s region that encompasses Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, but fell about 10 percent in both Asia and the European Union. Shipments also fell 7.5 percent in Latin America and Canada.
In Asia, one of its largest growth areas, the company said that cigarette volume grew nearly 3 percent if it didn’t count the Philippines. There were gains in Japan and Indonesia.
The company benefited from increases in Japan following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The events offered the company a sales opportunity because supply disruptions led Japan Tobacco Inc., the world’s No. 3 tobacco maker, to stop shipping cigarettes within Japan. It also bought Philippines company Fortune Tobacco Co. in February 2010, bolstering its Asian business.
Marlboro shipments fell nearly 5 percent in the quarter, to 68.7 billion cigarettes. L&M and Parliament brands posted gains.
Smokers face tax increases, bans, health concerns and social stigma worldwide, but the effect of those on cigarette demand generally is less stark outside the United States. Philip Morris International has compensated for volume declines by raising prices and cutting costs.
Because it does all its business overseas, Philip Morris International also has to navigate changes in currency values. A stronger dollar cuts into revenue generated overseas when it’s translated back into dollars.
The company cut its profit guidance for the year because of recent changes in foreign exchange rates. It now expects $5.55 to $5.65 per share, excluding one-time items, rather than profit of between $5.68 and $5.78 per share. Analysts expect $5.72 per share.
During the quarter, Philip Morris International spent $1.5 billion to buy back 16.7 million shares of stock under a three-year share repurchase program of $18 billion that began in August.
Altria Group Inc. in Richmond, Va., the owner of Philip Morris USA, spun off Philip Morris International as a separate company in 2008. Altria is the largest U.S. cigarette seller.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Gallaher Tobacco anti-plain packaging ad banned

Gallaher Tobacco, the maker of such cigarette brands as Benson & Hedges and Silk Cut, has conducted a press campaign, which aimed to make the case against plain cigarette packaging, banned by the Advertising Standards Authority. A national press advertisement, produced by Big Al’s Creative Emporium, highlighted an unmarked cigarette packet. The text said: “Why make it easier for criminals … Continue reading

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Imperial Tobacco presents new variants to its Player’s range

On April, 15, Imperial Tobacco, a Bristol-based cigarette company, made an announcement about the introduction of two new variants to its Player's portfolio. Player’s Smooth King Size and Super King Size 19’s provide smokers with the same top quality and value for money for which Player’s is prominent.

PMI 1Q Profit Down 2pct

Tobacco giant Philip Morris International Inc declared on April 18 its profit for the first-quarter was down by about 2 percent on a lower amount of cigarettes sold.

Imperial Tobacco presents new variants of its Player's cigarettes

Imperial Tobacco is delighted to present two new variants of its Player’s cigarettes On April, 15, Imperial Tobacco, a Bristol-based cigarette company, made an announcement about the introduction of two new variants added to its Player’s portfolio. From mid-April Player’s Smooth will be sold in convenience stores in King Size and Super King Size 19s, showing the increasing popularity of … Continue reading

Friday, April 19, 2013

Cigarette Prices and Cigarette Taxes by State

Cigarette prices vary from state to state. That is related to the individual tax that is put on cigarettes by each state. The average retail price of a cigarette pack in the U.S. is $5.51. See here the cigarette tax for each state.

Top reasons to buy cigarettes online

See the top reasons why you should buy cigarettes online and not at retail or convenience stores!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Japan Tobacco bought a leading hookah tobacco company

Earlier in March this year, Japan Tobacco Inc. (JTI) declared that the JT Group has finalized the buying of Al Nakhla Tobacco Company S.A.E. and Al Nakhla Tobacco Company The buying was declared in the Company’s November 16, 2012 declaration, “JT to buy a leading hookah tobacco company.” Nakhla is one of the major producers of hookah tobacco around the … Continue reading

Friday, April 12, 2013

Japan Tobacco celebrates Camel Centenary


Japan Tobacco International will start celebrating Camel 100th Anniversary in Latin America this month.