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Cigarette makers come to the rescue of AP farmers

July 27th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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Domestic cigarette manufacturers led by ITC Limited have come to the rescue of tobacco farmers in Andhra Pradesh during the current year by procuring more quantity of flue cured tobacco (FCT) than what they needed so as to stabilise the falling prices.

Around 50,000 tobacco farmers in the state are stated to have been benefitted by the supporting role played by ITC, Godfrey Phillips India (GPI) and VST. Ream more »

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Smoking cessation drugs approved for provincial coverage

July 27th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Beginning Aug. 4, the Ontario government will fund the smoking cessation drugs Champix and Zyban, the Star has learned.

Adding the two drugs to the Ontario Drug Benefit Plan — the list of medications covered by the province — could cost between $10 million to $15 million a year, said Health Minister Deb Matthews.
“This will help people quit and prevent cancer,” Matthews said. “I am enormously pleased with it.”
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An event upcoming for cigar lovers

July 27th, 2011 Posted in Cigars Tags:

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Cigar hobbyist’s, enthusiast’s, aficionado’s and admirer’s have an event coming in the 2011 Midwest Cigar Summit being held July 29-30 in the beer garden at Jimmy’s Bar. The event is free and open to the public.

There will be beer and spirit samplings, raffles, food and more. Cigars will also be available by vendors and manufacturers from around the United States, including STL Cigars and Midwest Cigar Connection.
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BAT First-Half Earnings Rise on Higher Cigarette Prices

July 27th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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British American Tobacco Plc (BATS), Europe’s largest cigarette maker, said first-half operating profit rose 12 percent as higher prices offset a decline in shipments.
Adjusted profit from operations rose to 2.76 billion pounds ($4.5 billion) from 2.46 billion pounds a year earlier, the London-based company said in a statement today. That beat the 2.67 billion-pound median estimate of three analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Sales increased 2 percent to 7.44 billion pounds. Ream more »

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Junk gambling, push smoking regulation bills

July 26th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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GROUPS challenged President Benigno Aquino III to include in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) the junking of all forms of gambling operations in the country and push for more concrete actions against smoking.

Retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz, chairperson of the Krusadang Bayan Laban sa Sugal, said in a statement Sunday that Aquino should choose to yank out gambling operations since it is one of the foremost forms of corruption known. Ream more »

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Court asked to stop MMDA campaign vs smoking in public

July 26th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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Two smokers have taken the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to court after they were fined for smoking in public.
In their petition, security guards Antony Clemente and Vrianne Lamsen asked the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court to stop the MMDA from implementing a ban on smoking in public places in Metro Manila.
The two were apprehended by an MMDA enforcer after they were caught smoking on the sidewalk on Edsa, near Farmers Market in Cubao, Quezon City, on July 6. Ream more »

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Medical marijuana shops in legal limbo after ordinance repealed

July 26th, 2011 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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Medical marijuana dispensaries within San Diego city limits are once again in legal limbo after the City Council voted Monday to repeal regulations that created — ever so briefly — a path to legitimacy for those businesses.

The council opted to rescind the rules they adopted four months ago rather than pay as much as $1 million on a public vote, a decision that was forced when a coalition of medical marijuana advocates collected enough signatures from registered voters to place a repeal on a future ballot.
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Tobacco Use in Films Affects Teen Smoking Rates

July 26th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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Tobacco use in movies dropped sharply between 2005 and 2010, and this may have contributed to a decline in smoking rates among U.S. teens, according to a new study.
55% of movies with box office success in 2010 had no scenes that included tobacco use, compared with a third of the top-grossing films in 2005, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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