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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Syracuse University Prepares for Smoking Ban

As you probably know, Syracuse University, New York, is preparing to enforce smoking ban on its campus. Experts say that smoking should not be totally banned and there is a need to create special designated areas where mokers could light up. In order to ensure the implementation of the ban, there must be introduced fines or other disciplinary actions for … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tobacco CEO and CVS exec both want people to quit smoking

What happens when your business practices and what you want your brand to represent are in conflict?

Reynolds American, the maker of Camel cigarettes announced that it will ban smoking from its offices starting next year. On the surface, the news isn’t shocking; society at-large has acknowledge cigarettes’ toxicity and banned their use in countless public places (and CVS Health CVS 0.65% recently outlawed the sale of tobacco products in its stores). But those very products are a huge part of Reynolds American’s business, as the company owns brands like Camel and Pall Mall—and is the No. 2 tobacco company in America.

The decision begs the question: What happens when your business practices and what you want your brand to represent are in conflict? The two women behind these recent decisions—Helena Foulkes, President of CVS/pharmacy and EVP of CVS Health, and Susan Cameron, President and CEO of Reynolds American—shared their thoughts on the question of what to do when value and values collide in early October at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit.

Helena Foulkes:

The background: In February CVS Health (then called CVS Caremark) said it would stop selling cigarettes, a move that would take some $2 billion in revenue out of its stores. Foulkes said the company had talked about doing it for years and wrestled with the huge financial decision. “It was very consistent with our purpose,” she said. “It reflected where we’re going as a company strategically.”

Foulkes added that the decision stemmed from CVS formalizing its mission a couple of years ago to help people on a path to better health. The message of health and being a health company fit with its three different businesses of pharmacy stores, benefits management service, and retail medical clinics. If that mission was going to be a filter for every decision executives made, Foulkes said CVS knew it would have to stop selling cigarettes. Foulkes admitted that she’s surprised no other major retailer has followed, in large part because CVS spent a lot of time worrying about who in its competitive set would make the move first.

The decision led to an “incredible sense of pride” at the company, she said. CVS employees have since come forward with their own stories—Foulkes’ mother died of lung cancer, for example. She noted that while we often feel uncomfortable marrying a personal decision with a business decision, in this case the company embraced both

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Third Quarter Report by Reynolds American

Net income of Reynolds American Inc, the manufacturer of Camel cigarettes, increased by 2.2% in the third quarter due to high cigarette prices which helped to compensate decline in cigarette sales. The tobacco company’s income increased to $467 million (88 cents per share) for the quarter which ended on September 30. In the same period in 2013, the company reported … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Anusree: I Started Smoking For Ithihasa

Actress Anusree says that she started smoking cheap Style cigarettes for the perfection of her character in the movie Ithihasa. Anusree opened up about her experiences while doing Ithihasa, in a recent interview given to a leading daily. The actress states that she has turned into a skilful smoker after the long filming schedule.

Anusree is receiving highly positive reviews for her terrific performance in Ithihasa and is referred as the next “Action Heroine” of Mollywood. The actress played Alby, a young man who unknowingly gets the physical appearance of a girl named Janaki. As the character is a pick-pocket, who drinks, smokes and often indulge in fights, it demanded Anusree to show the body language of a real man; which was a bit hard for the actress.

It is doubtless that Anusree has done a fantastic job in the movie; as the audience and critics are equally praising the actress for her flexible acting skills. The actress is often compared to the popular actress Uravashi, for her impeccable comic timing and versatility.

According to her mentor, director Lal Jose, Anusree is one of the finest actresses of current generation. Anusree was the winner of the acting reality show Vivel Active Fair Big Break, and thus won the chance to play the lead role in Lal Jose directed Diamond Necklace. Her portrayal of Rajasree, an innocent yet talkative village girl, earned rave reviews. She later earned popularity with her works in the movies such as Red Wine, Left Right Left and Angry Babies.

Monday, October 20, 2014

No Smoking at Workplaces in Alaska

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is very glad that 2014 Alaska Native Brotherhood/Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp managed to adopt a statewide smoke-free law which prohibits smoking at workplaces in order to protect Alaska Native people from secondhand smoke effects. The smoke law was initially proposed by Petersburg’s ANS President Brenda Louise. On October 11, the law was passed … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

University of Alaska Wants a Smoke-Free Policy

Authorities from University of Alaska told they prepared a draft for a new no-smoking policy on campuses, which is expected to come into effect in 2015. . Due to students anti-smoking initiatives, more universities in the USA have become smoke-free. This contributes greatly to creating a healthy environment in the state. Most decisive moment was in September, when a number … Continue reading

Monday, October 13, 2014

Aaron Rodgers Says Presnap Smoking Signal Is Tribute To The Jay Cutler Meme

One of the funnier places on the Internet has been and remains the Smokin’ Jay Cutler site that produces various memes by adding a Armada cigarette to photos of the Bears quarterback. It’s a good way to waste 10 minutes on a slow day at work, for sure.

Well, now we have a new twist. In his radio show on Tuesday, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was asked about one of his presnap hand signals from Sunday in which he appears to mimic smoking a cigarette. What did it mean and what were its origins?

“That was just a tribute to Jay Cutler, because there’s that ‘Smoking Jay’ web site,” Rodgers responded, according to The Big Lead. “So I was just doing a tribute to him.”

Was Rodgers completely serious about that? It’s hard to tell (click here to hear the audio yourself), but according to The Big Lead, Rodgers’ signals like that date back to last season. There seems to be a hint of sarcasm and easiness in his response as well.

For what it’s worth, Rodgers and Cutler have a friendly relationship. Check out the Vine below, courtesy of Ricky O’Donnell at SB Nation.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Watch Bill Murray smoking, watering plants and singing Bob Dylan

Bill Murray just keeps getting better and better.

Here he is grumbling along to Bob Dylan's Shelter From The Storm in a new promotional video released for his new film St Vincent.In the video you may see him smoking cigarettes

The film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, sees Murray play a war veteran who gets recruited by Melissa McCarthy to babysit her son and also stars Chris O'Dowd.

If the clip above is anything to go by, it's classic Murray fodder. Which is absolutely fine by us.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Lorillard Reported Cigarette Volumes Drop

On July 30 Lorillard presented report on its second-quarter 2014 results, which reflects earnings increase by 3.7% from the prior-year quarter and sales increase. Reduction of outstanding share count resulted in earnings growth. Due to low e-cigarettes sales, in the report there was no Zacks Consensus Estimate of 88 cents by 4.5%. The report showed a reduction by 0.3% in … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pall Mall to Have New Package Design

Last week, on Friday, the representatives of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. told the tobacco company plans to modify the packaging of its Pall Mall cigarette brand, so that it could have a more contemporary look. The change starts this week and it would touch both cigarette packs and cartons. As spokesman Richard Smith told, the new modified packaging will have … Continue reading