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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 equities.com.
Reynolds also said it has placed links on its website — www.reynoldsamerican.com — 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 Politica.com
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.