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Budget Cuts Affect Anti-Tobacco Campaigns

July 10th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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It seems that previous initiatives aimed to control tobacco use have been quite successful as smoking rates have dropped year after year. However, Worcester Department of Public Health representative Karyn Johnson fears that what her department has achieved may be jeopardized.
The population at present is at 181,000 with more than 31,000 smokers. In 1998, the budget set for anti-tobacco programs reached $350,000. Ream more »

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Tobacco sin tax will not benefit tobacco farmers – lawmakers

July 9th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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Progressive lawmakers have put their foot down against six taxes on tobacco.

Lawmakers from Anakpawis and Bayan Muna said the sin tax bill Congress approved on third reading last June 6, 2012 will not benefit local tobacco producers. “In the name of providing more funds for the universal health coverage program, the Department of Finance wants to pass a regressive tax measure that will further burden local tobacco farmers and consumers alike,” the lawmakers said. Ream more »

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Tobacco giants sue Haverstraw over ban on product displays

June 28th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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Seven tobacco manufacturers and the New York Association of Convenience Stores have filed a federal lawsuit against Haverstraw to challenge the village’s law that prohibits retailers from displaying tobacco products in public sight, arguing it violates their freedom of speech.
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Tobacco tax dispute in halted in hearing

June 26th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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Residents who opposed legislation altering tax funds in three rural Alabama counties can breathe a sigh of relief after the bills were deemed unconstitutional Friday in a court hearing.

After months of fierce opposition from residents in Randolph, Clay and Chambers counties, Senate Bills 476, 486 and 487 will not take effect July 1. Ream more »

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Illinois Raises Cigarette Taxes to Ease Medicaid Cost Strain

June 26th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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The Illinois legislature sent Gov. Pat Quinn a Medicaid reform and tax package that falls short of his stated goals and raises cigarette taxes to help address a $2.7 billion Medicaid shortfall.

The legislative package sent to the governor on June 7 would cut $1.6 billion from several state programs Ream more »

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School Boards Association backs tobacco tax initiative

June 21st, 2012 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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The Missouri School Boards Association voted to support a plan that would raise Missouri’s lowest-in-the-nation cigarette tax from 17 cents per pack to 90 cents beginning in January.

MO School Boards Association Spokesman Brent Ghan said, “We think it’s kind of a tough argument to make that we ought to remain the lowest tobacco tax in the country when we continue to struggle to find new revenue to fund public education and other things that we need here in the State of Missouri.”
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No ‘butts’ about it; recycling cigarettes will improve our environment

June 13th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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A story appeared today in USA Today’s Green House section about efforts around the world to start recycling cigarette butts. When I saw it, I almost yelled out, “Hallelujah!” in the middle of my office.
If there’s one thing I could eliminate from my environment, it would be discarded cigarette butts. Ream more »

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