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Indian Cigarettes Makers Battle with State Governement

Friday, March 30th, 2012

cheapest kent cigaretteLeading Indian cigarette manufactures like ITC and Godfrey Phillips feel that they may get a fillip in their seven-year-old legal battle with the government over the use of graphic health warning (GHW) on cigarette packs. This is because a US court recently dismissed a similar petition stating excessive graphic pictoral warnings terrorise consumers and do not impart education or cautions consumers against the ills of cigarette smoking.

The current Indian GHW, which was prescribed by the Cigarettes & Other Products (Packaging & Labelling) Amendment Rules, 2011, suffers from the very same defects as the proposed American law that has been ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, say the Indian cigarettesThe current Indian GHW, which was prescribed by the Cigarettes & Other Products (Packaging & Labelling)

Amendment Rules, 2011, suffers from the very same defects as the proposed American law that has been ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, say the Indian cigarettesmanufacturers.

The Indian cigarettemanufacturerssay they cannot accept the government diktat that calls for enhanced size and graphic pictoral warnings on cigarette boxes (50% area of front and back of the box).

 

 


Russia Takes Severe Measures Against Smoking

Friday, March 30th, 2012

buy discount marlboro cigaretteA bill significantly tightening the rules for smoking in public places will be submitted to the Russian parliament this week, the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily said on Thursday. The document stipulates a total ban on smoking in restaurants, government, education, medical, cultural and sports facilities as well as work places, including elevators, public transport and in transport terminals. Smokers will be officially allowed to smoke only at home and outdoors. On Friday, Russia’s Chief Sanitation Doctor Gennady Onishchenko said a tough anti-smoking bill should become law despite opposition from business groups.

The plans to toughen regulations for the sale of tobacco and to prohibit smoking in public spaces have been discussed for a long time. In April 2008 Russia joinedthe WHOconvention on tobacco control. Over the next five years it must tailor its legislation to conform with this document. The bill currently under review should serve this purpose.

According to Rospotrebnadzor (the service for the oversight of consumer protection and welfare), almost 50 million people in Russia, or more than 40% of the population, are smokers. More than 60% of men between the ages of 19 and 64, and over one third of women between 19 and 44 are tobacco-dependent.

According to Rospotrebnadzor, since 1995, cigarette production in Russia has increased considerably. In the mid-1990s Russia produced 499 cigarettes per capita, while in 2010 that figure had reached 2,838.

Smoking Longes Spreaded, JTI in Dubai

Friday, March 30th, 2012

high quality cafe creme cigarilloJapan Tobacco International (JTI) and Dubai International airport held on March 27 the official opening of five new smoking lounges spread across all three terminals in an exclusive partnership between the supplier and the airport. The total space covers more than 600sq m, with terminal one offering the largest such room worldwide, a 250sq m luxury lounge, and the other three occupying a total of slightly more than 350sq m. Terminals one and three have two lounges each and the final one is in T2.

JTI now has more than 300 airport smoking facilities worldwide equipped with ventilation technology and this number will continue to grow, expanding into new regions and airports, according to general manager worldwide duty-free president David Francis.

“Nowadays more than 20% of adult passengers are smokers and their choice of airports is being influenced by the existence of smoking facilities. Providing these travellers with state-of-the-art smoking lounges is cleafrly a competitive advantage for the airports and JTI is ready to partner with them in creating spaces that allow them to smoke while respecting the rights of non-smokers,” he said.

He added that the facilities would encourage smokers to shop by encouraging them to come to the airport sooner rather than leaving it to the last moment after having a last cigarette outside the airport.

Dubai Duty Free managing director Colm McLoughlin told DFNIonline: “I think any decent airport should be developing to cater for everybody. Some 25% of the people who come through this airport are smokers and I think it is right they are treated properly. For a long time we have seen smoking rooms in very non-smoking countries like the US. There are very decent smoking rooms in Atlanta, and in Singapore there is a gorgeous garden and travellers can smoke there.

“There have been a number of smoking rooms in Dubai for a number of years but they have been very restrictive,” he concluded.

Since launching the smoking lounge concept in 2003 JTI has opened lounges at 21 airports handling more than 300m passengers.

Dubai International airport’s monthly passenger traffic exceeded 4.5m for the second consecutive month this year. Passenger traffic grew by 19% in February—a 16-month high—to reach 4,561,147 passengers compared with 3,831,385 recorded in the same month in 2011.

Tobacco Use Ban in Drug Shops, Massachusetts News

Friday, March 30th, 2012

discount kiss cigaretteSeveral more municipalities in Massachusetts have approved or are thinking of approving bans on tobacco products in drug stores, the MetroWest Daily News reports. So far, the boards of health in Wellesley and Southborough have passed tobacco bans for drug stores and grocery stores that have pharmacies. Towns considering similar bans include Westborough, Shrewsbury, Northborough and Milford, according to the Central Massachusetts Tobacco Free Committee Partnership, which is pushing for drugstore tobacco bans as a way to halt smoking in youths.

“Pharmacies are supposed to be promoting healthy products,” said Tina Grosowsky, project coordinator for the partnership.

“We don’t want health care institutions promoting a product that kills people,” said Southborough Board of Health Chairman Louis Fazen of the ban approved in 2010. “No one who’s involved in health care should be a purveyor of our No. 1 enemy.”

In Uxbridge, enough citizens opposed the ban that the city’s board of health rescinded it, said Peter Baghdasarian, a member of the board of health who opposed the ban. “I absolutely detest smoking,” he said. “Back when they had smoking in restaurants, I wouldn’t sit at a table with an ashtray. However, it was my choice.”

However, a ban on which stores can sell tobacco products has “ no logical ending point,” he said. “You can say government should dictate when and how we eat.”

Smoking Allergies Among Kids

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

buy marlboro cigaretteThe severe detrimental effects of passive smoking on Maltese children can no longer be questioned now that hard evidence is available for the first time to substantiate these concerns. A study by Maltese doctors has finally established that cigarette smoking plays a major role in the significant problem schoolchildren have with allergic conditions.

And if mothers were worried about smoking during pregnancy because of its effects on their unborn children, they should be equally worried about doing so in the first year of their lives, warned one of the authors, consultant respiratory physician Stephen Montefort.

The study found that 31 per cent of five- to eight-year-olds were passive smokers, followed by 51 per cent of 13- to 15-year-olds – in both age groups their father was more likely to be the smoker. The child’s first year of life is vital, according to the research, part of the International Study on Asthma and other Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC). Children were more likely to be wheezers if their mothers smoked in their first year.

The study also shows the developing lung is more affected given that, if the mother smokes in the first year of life, the child seems to suffer more.

Looking at about 8,000 schoolchildren, it provides unprecedented concrete evidence that passive smoking in the home and personal smoking in teenagers already “really affects” allergic conditions in children.

Prof. Montefort’s main message is that the evidence is no longer anecdotal, so an even stronger argument can be used to stop parents from smoking.

“Mothers are concerned about harming their babies in their womb but they are not really worried about them when they are born. They should continue worrying,” Prof. Montefort insisted.

Mexico Will Become Tobacco-Free City

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

best colts cigarillosThe City of Mexico is committed to providing a healthy, safe, comfortable and productive environment for its employees and visitors. For years, all city buildings have been smoke-free. But now, due to new policy, tobacco chewers will have to find another place to enjoy their snuff as well. Effective April 1, all City of Mexico buildings and enclosed facilities, properties, vehicles and equipment owned or leased by the city will become tobacco-free.

The new policy applies to all individuals, including regular employees, full-time and part-time, temporary workers, contractors, consultants, elected and appointed officials and visitors.

“As city employees working with the public, the fact that we are not smoking (or chewing tobacco) in front of them, and that we’re providing a smoke-free environment, shows a more professional image,” said Assistant City Manager/Administrative Services Director Roger Haynes. He backed the opinion by saying that “tobacco-free studies have shown over and over again that smoking best Colts cigarillos and chewing are unhealthy and raise concern to people in the same environment,” who don’t smoke or chew.

Unlike cigarettes and cigars, where the smoke may offend a non-smoker or someone with allergies, Haynes said “it’s more of a sight issue” with chewing tobacco. The pools of tobacco spit on the ground and in containers, are unpleasant to look at and offensive to smell, he said.

An initial violation of the tobacco-free policy by temporary workers, contractors, consultants, elected or appointed officials and visitors will result in a reminder of the City’s policy. Subsequent violations, Haynes noted, will be addressed through a formal request to cease the use of tobacco and/or be asked to exit the facility or vehicle.

Haynes said the City is not telling people to stop smoking, the policy merely limits where they can. Per policy, tobacco use shall be permitted only at a reasonable distance (25 feet or more) outside of any city building, through entrances, windows ventilation systems, or any other means. City parks, lakes and ballfields are excluded.

Tobacco Free Week in Florida

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

cheap winston cigaretteEach year, Tobacco Free Florida Week is an opportunity to educate and empower Floridians about relevant issues related to tobacco use inthe state. This year’s focal point, secondhand smoke (SHS), is one of the issues that affects every single Floridian, according to a press release from Tobacco Free Florida. The fourth annual Tobacco Free Florida Week runs from March 26 through April 1.

Themed “Fresh Air for All,” the week’s events and messaging highlight the progress made in protecting Floridians from the harmful effects of SHS and look to the challenges ahead, as SHS continues to impact Florida’s health.

Secondhand Smoke

Despite the substantial decrease in smokers inthe stateand the growing trend of smoke-free policies — both indoors and out — many of Florida’s most vulnerable are still involuntarily affected by SHS’s harmful chemicals, hundreds of which are toxic and almost 70 are proven to cause cancer. Each year, approximately 2,520 non-smoking adults in Florida die primarily from exposure to SHS.

Whatthe State’s Surgeon General has to say:

“We are committed to protecting Floridians, especially children who sometimes do not have a voice. One of the most crucial ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from the dangers of SHS is to maintain a 100 percent smoke-free home,” said Dr. Frank Farmer, Florida’s State Surgeon General. “While a home should always be a safe place for children, the fact is that the primary place young children breathe SHS is in their own homes.

Outside of the home:

Florida residents benefit from Florida’s Clean Indoor Air Act (FCIAA), which was amended in 2003 to protect people from exposure to SHS and prohibit smoking in indoor workplaces. While the FCIAA protects many, countless Floridians are involuntarily exposed to the dangers of SHS in the nightlife industry, construction and other blue-collar industries while making a living and providing for their families.

The bottom line is that there is no risk-free level of exposure to SHS. Even breathing SHS for short periods of time, like at a bar or a nightclub, can be dangerous. When you breathe SHS, tobacco smoke immediately seeps into the bloodstream and changes its chemistry so that the blood becomes stickier, allowing clots to form that can cause major blockages in already narrowed arteries. Damage to the heart can be significant, if not deadly.