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Altavista’s parks to go tobacco free

May 11th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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In a 6-1 vote, with councilman Jay Higginbotham opposed, town council adopted an anti-tobacco policy asking the public to “refrain from using tobacco products within 50-feet of playgrounds, courts, ball fields, pavilions and bleachers.”

It is the first locality inCentral Virginiato adopt a formal tobacco-free policy.
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Businesses selling tobacco in Lynwood to get new fee

May 10th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

Businesses selling tobacco
No matter the outcome of Proposition 29, the state cigarette tax on the June 5 primary ballot, businesses in the city that sell tobacco will have to pay an additional $250 each year for their business license to continue selling tobacco products.
The City Council recently voted 4-0 to enact the new fee. Ream more »

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Tobacco firms chip in another $15 million against Prop 29

May 8th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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Two tobacco giants chipped in another $15 million against a tobacco tax initiative on Friday, bringing their running tally to $38 million in the Proposition 29 campaign, state records show.

The new donations by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Philip Morris USA and their affiliates came as the No on 29 campaign launched a new television attack ad featuring an unnamed researcher in a lab. Ream more »

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Zim’s tobacco industry records sales boom

May 7th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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ZIMBABWE’S tobacco industry is experiencing an unprecedented increase in sales volumes and consistency in favourable prices on offer, following the general shortage of the golden leaf on the market.

Brazil, which is one of the world’s leading tobacco producing nations, with an annual average production rate of 867 million kg, was earlier this year affected by floods, thereby putting a slump in world market supply.
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Think of the tobacco tax as user fee

May 7th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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Let’s begin with the basics: Tobacco companies are inherently evil. They peddle poison that causes cancer and addicts people to their killer products. Second, smoking is nuts. Smokers know that. Spare the lectures. Can’t stop, they say. Nonsense. Millions have. They’ll stop eventually when the nurse thrusts the ventilator tube down their throat.
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How the Mohawk tobacco industry caught fire

May 4th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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Where there’s smoke there’s ire, at least when it comes to critics of the tobacco industry on native reserves, evidenced in Ojibway filmmaker Jeff Dorn’s Smoke Traders.

The TVO-commissioned documentary, which had its world premiere at Hot Docs Thursday, screens again Friday. It will air on TVO this fall.
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Governor vetoes tobacco tax bills

May 4th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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In what is likely Gov. Robert Bentley’s first veto, he vetoed all three of the locally unpopular bills dealing with distribution of tobacco taxes in Randolph, Chambers and Clay counties. The bills were drafted by Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, and advertised by Rep. Richard Laird, D-Roanoke, and Rep. DuWayne Bridges, R-Valley.
Taylor Vice, director of constituent services in the governor’s office, said he believes this is the governor’s first veto. He knows there was not one last year. Ream more »

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Fewer raise tobacco after federal buyout

May 3rd, 2012 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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Matt Coyner is a rare breed among farmers.

As droves of longtime growers leave the tobacco business, Coyner, 29, is trying to break in.

He raised a half-acre of the crop last year, producing 500 pounds of tobacco. He took it to an auction in Danville, Ky. and sold it all for $1.81 per pound.
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Tobacco firms agree to discuss farm workers’ rights

April 26th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

Tobacco firms agree
A long-sought meeting of the minds on tobacco farm worker conditions has been agreed to by advocacy groups and several large tobacco manufacturers, including Reynolds American Inc.

The Farm Labor Organizing Committee said Wednesday that a council is being formed that includes tobacco growers in North Carolina, the state Labor Department and agricultural scientists. Ream more »

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Enforcement of Smoke-Free Act changed

April 13th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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During Thursday’s regular meeting of the Knox County Board of Health, Samuel Jarvis presented information about how enforcement of the Smoke-Free Illinois Act has changed in Galesburg.

Jarvis concluded the city’s decision to pass an ordinance in 2010 that mirrored the state’s SFI Act gave the Galesburg Police Department new teeth in the effort to curb smoking in establishments that serve the public.
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