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Nedbank’s Zimbabwe Unit to Lend $65 Million to Tobacco Farmers

March 6th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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MBCA Bank Ltd., a unit of South Africa’s Nedbank Group Ltd. (NED), will lend $65 million to Zimbabwean tobacco farmers this year, spokeswoman Dedrey Mutimutema said.
“These lines of credit have been structured in such a manner that they will fund the entire value chain in the production of green-leaf tobacco,” Mutimutema said in an e- mailed statement from Harare, the capital. “The funds will cover input financing, grower financing, processing, export logistics as well as export debtors.” Ream more »

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DCTC for people’s role in tobacco control

March 6th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco control Tags:

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The District Committee for Tobacco Control (DCTC) has urged the government departments and civil society to play their role to make the city tobacco free to create a healthy environment for future generations.

The committee in its meeting chaired by the EDO Health Dr Inamul Haq on Wednesday also reviewed various proposals for the implementation of relevant laws for tobacco control across the district.

The representatives from World Health Organization, district departments including health, environment, education, social welfare, cinema association, NGOs and other wings of civil society were present in the meeting. Ream more »

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Hookah bar for school kids found in BBMP raid

March 6th, 2012 Posted in smoking hookah Tags:

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While the central government, based on a Supreme Court direction, has banned the sale of cigarettes within a radius of 100 yards of schools and colleges to discourage children from taking to the vicious habit, a city snooker club on Residency Road was found caring two hoots about the rules while running a hookah bar exclusively for the schoolchildren on Residency Road.

At least 60 students were found in the hookah bar on Monday afternoon. Some schoolchildren (wearing uniforms) were caught smoking hookahs. Ream more »

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Dubai to restrict shisha smoking near mosques and schools

March 6th, 2012 Posted in smoking hookah Tags:

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Dubai’s residential areas will be off-limits for the carcinogenic smoke of shishas, according to local press reports, today, Tuesday.

Multiple independent studies have proven that smoking one ‘head’ of shisha (the amount of flavored tobacco in the cup) is equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes, in regard to tar and nicotine intake.

The sweet smell of the flavored tobacco, and the pleasant bubbling sounds of the water pipe deceptively mask proven health risks. Ream more »

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New Report by Anti-Smoking Groups Targets C-stores

March 6th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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American Heart Association released a report today that essentially accuses tobacco companies and convenience stores of being in cahoots to market tobacco products to children.

This new report, which may appear to many as being high in hyperbole and short on verifiable facts, nevertheless represents one of the broadest attacks on convenience stores, linking them to tobacco companies as co-conspirators in the eyes of health advocacy organizations.
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Cigar Review: Ortega Serie D No. 12

March 5th, 2012 Posted in Cigars Tags:

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As we reported in early February, Eddie Ortega, co-founder of EO Brands along with Erik Espinosa, announced he was leaving EO to start his own outfit called Ortega Cigars. The news came 20 months after Rocky Patel bought a 50% share in EO Brands.

The blends in the EO Brands portfolio—including 601, Cubao, Murcielago, and Mi Barrio—are all made at Don Pepin Garcia’s My Father Cigars factory in Nicaragua. So it comes as no surprise that the first line from the Ortega Cigar Company is also made by Pepin at My Father Cigars. Called “Serie D,” the blend boasts a Mexican maduro leaf from the San Andreas Valley surrounding Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. Ream more »

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El Centro marijuana ordinance to be amended

March 5th, 2012 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

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The city’s medical marijuana ordinance has been in limbo for much of its lifespan, but after Tuesday’s El Centro City Council decision, there may be time frames attached.

An ordinance allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in the city was approved in June. But in October the ordinance was placed “on hold” following a court of appeals decision that struck down a similar ordinance in the city of Long Beach.
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Revised smoking ban heads back to council

March 5th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco ban Tags:

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A proposed ban on smoking in most public places in Biloxi goes back on the agenda Tuesday for a first reading.
The Council meeting is at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.
The new draft has one revision from the version proposed by Councilwoman Lucy Denton in February. “We added the tobacco shops,” she said. Customers would be allowed to smoke in tobacco stores. Smoking also would be allowed on casino floors, in bars and private clubs. It would be prohibited in private offices, stores, restaurants and on outdoor dining decks. Ream more »

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Pregnant Stacey caught smoking

March 5th, 2012 Posted in Celebrities smoking Tags:

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XFactor singer and I’m a Celebrity Get me out of Here star Stacey Solomon has been defending herself after being snapped smoking 7 months into her pregnancy. She has been voted Celebrity Mum of the Year but she is now deeply embarrassed after being photographed smoking 4 cigarettes within 2 hours in an alley way during a break from a photoshoot.

She has said desperate attempting to quit, she has found it impossible and her doctor has told her it would be “more stressful” on her body to quit right now.
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Childhood Smoking: A national health threat

March 5th, 2012 Posted in Teens smoking Tags:

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While U.S. smoking rates have been on continual decline for the past 40 years, childhood and adolescent smoking remains one of the most serious health threats facing young people today. In the U.S., nearly 3,900 children will try their first cigarette on any given day, and research indicates that over a quarter of these children will go on to become habitual daily smokers.

The long term dangers associated with tobacco use are well known, and it is still one of the leading preventable causes of death in the U.S. Children who smoke may experience a wide range of short-term side effects including coughing and throat irritation. Prolonged smoking can also lead to increased heart rates or blood pressure, as well bronchitis and emphysema. Ream more »

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