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Smoking in Films is Up, Youngsters Smokers

Friday, September 28th, 2012

cheap dunhill cigsMovie characters are smoking tobacco more on the big screen and studios that have promised to clamp down on such portrayals remain among the worst violators, according to a new research. There were approximately 1,900 portrayals of smoking and other tobacco smoking among the 134 highest-grossing movies at the box office in 2011, according to researchers at the University of California at San Francisco. The total number of “tobacco incidents” per film was up 7 percent from 2010. Among films rated G, PG, or PG-13, and thus more easily accessible to younger audiences, that figure raised 36 percent, the scientists added.

Among the PG-13-rated picture with more than 50 on-screen tobacco descriptions were DreamWorks Studios’ “The Help,” Warner Bros.’ “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” and 20th Century Fox’s “Water for Elephants,” all period pieces. The only PG-rated release in that category was the animated western “Rango,” from Paramount Pictures.

UCSF professor of medicine Stanton A. Glantz  explained that the results of more on-screen smoking portrayals will be “more children starting to smoke cigs and developing tobacco-induced illnesses.”

Warner Bros. parent company Time Warner, Universal parent Comcast Corp. and Walt Disney Co. all have established ordinances for to lessen the portrayals of smoking tobacco in their movies, according to the scientists. Nevertheless, those three studios had just as many “smoking incidents per youth-rated film” as the three studios without such regulations, Paramount, Fox and Sony Pictures.

The research was funded by the American Legacy Foundation, a public health group dedicated to reducing smoking tobacco among youngsters.

Cigarette Tax Increase Balance Budget

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

cheap winston cigaretteChicago smokers could face even higher cigarettes taxes as Mayor Rahm Emanuel tries to control his proposed 2013 budget. As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore studies, Mayor Emanuel declared that his new budget will not propose raises in city property taxes, the sales tax, the gas tax, or the amusement tax as some have speculated. But when he was asked whether he would increase the cigarette tax – now the second highest tax in the nation – the mayor argued that no decision has been made yet.

“Anything that relates, if we do consider the cigarettes tax, it has to invest in kids’s health,” Emanuel confessed.

The city faces a $298 million budget decrease.

At present, the combined city and state cigarette taxes in Chicago is almost $5.67. The only city with a higher city and state cigarettes tax is New York, which is merely 18 cents higher.

If the city does increase cigarette taxes, it would come on the heels of a $1 per package state cigarette taxes hike that took effect on July 1, the Tribune wrote. That increase has driven the price of a package of cigs above the $11 mark in many places.

Tobacco Cultivation Stopped in Fukushima, Tobacco Farmers

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

discount ahram tobaccoFarmers in Fukushima Prefecture have harvested tobacco leaf  for the first time since tobacco cultivation was temporarily stopped because of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, and are making preparations to ship the product around December. This year, leaf tobacco farmers enthusiastic about recovering the product took regulations for to reduce the effects of radioactive substances. At present, the farmers are awaiting the results of radiation tests on harvested tobacco leaves, and are pinning their hopes on making shipments this year.

In Fukushima Prefecture, tobacco farmers grow two kinds of leaf, a native species and berley leaves.

In financial 2010, approximately 1,770 tons of tobacco leaves with recorded sales of almost 3.24 billion yen were harvested in the area, the eighth largest in the nation.

Because of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and Japan Tobacco Inc. soliciting tobacco farmers ready to quit leaf tobacco harvesting, the number of farmers in the prefecture decreased from 1,167 in 2011 to 675. Total farmland also fell from almost 900 hectares to about 620 hectares.

“We’ve got high  quality tobacco leaves this year,” Naoya Ohashi concluded after he finished harvesting his 130-hectare farm in Tamura in the prefecture. In April last year, he consumed of approximately 30,000 tobacco seedlings after the prefecture’s tobacco producers union requested farmers halt planting due to fears of soil contamination.

Mexican American Smokers Smoking Trends

Monday, September 24th, 2012

buy hilton cigaretteJust published in the American Journal of Public Health, the research on migration-related changes in smoking habit also found that while the likelihood of starting or stopping smoking tobacco varies dramatically with migration from Mexico to the U.S., the number of cigs that smokers smoke each day remains not absolutely similar. Mexican Americans are more likely to start and to quit smoking than people in Mexico, but on an usual day, Mexican Americans who smoke tobacco consume only slightly more cigarettes than Mexicans who are smokers.

In contrast, the amount of cigarettes smoked per day by Mexican-American smokers is approximately half that smoked per day by non-Hispanic white smokers in the U.S.

Smoking tobacco among Mexican Americans remains a very important public health problem, in spite of the relatively low level of tobacco consumption per day.

“Everyone in the U.S. is smoking tobacco much less than in the past,” argued lead author Elisa Tong, an associate professor in the UC Davis Department of Internal Medicine who specializes in smoking-control investigation.

“But even light smoking is a risk factor for cardiovascular and pulmonary disease.” Tong adds, “Although U.S.-born Mexican Americans are smoking much more, they’re quitting more. Researches of this kind help us understand the cultural and psychological factors involved in quitting so that effective public health smoke-free programs can be developed to encourage even more smoking cessation.”

The study team, led by principal investigator Joshua Breslau, now a researcher at the RAND Corp. in Pittsburgh, Pa., includes researchers from both the U.S. and Mexico. “We have learned a great deal by investigating changes in physical health, mental health and health behavior associated with migration,” explained Breslau. “In this study, it was particularly valuable to observe a migrant population in both the originating and receiving countries.” Combining several population-based studies from both countries, the team examined differences in starting and quitting smoking and in tobacco consumption among every day smokers across a series of groups with raising contact with the U.S.

The groups included Mexicans with no familial connection to migration at one end of the spectrum through U.S.-born Mexican Americans at the other. The studies included several thousand participants on both sides of the border as part of a series of epidemiological psychology researches from 2001 to 2003.

Smokeless Tobacco Packed Like Sweets

Friday, September 21st, 2012

order ahram tobaccoSome types of smokeless tobacco are being packaged and sold more like candy than other tobacco products. The Morrison County Public Health department is checking out how the smoking products are being displayed in area tobacco businesses. “We are going into shops to see which of these tobacco products they are stocking, how they are promoted and where they are being displayed,” argued Sheila Funk, community health educator working with Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP). “This is done in a very friendly way; it’s not a pliability check.

The smokeless tobacco is also flavored like candy and packed more like a candy than chewing tobacco products.

“It’s in too small of a pack and tobacco consumers can easily confuse it for candy,” Funk explained. “The tablets are about the same size as a Tic Tac. One tablet has the nicotine content of an average cigarette. As few as two to three tablets in a three-year-old can be deadly.”

The Public Health Department has received funds from a community transformation grant for smoking-free living. The funds will be provided through 2016.

“It’s nice to see multi-year strategies in these grants,” argued County Administrator Deb Gruber. “That gives time to see results.”

These smoking products are supposed to be displayed on upper shelves so there is less chance they would be confused for candy.

“We’re interested about young adults purchasing these items and having them around the house near kids,” Funk reported. “We just want inhabitants to be informed.”

Imperial Tobacco Stagnant Cigarettes Sales

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

cheapest esse cigaretteImperial Tobacco Group PLC Thursday declared that it expects its tobacco products revenue to increase this year, as tobacco companies continue to depend on arising tobacco markets growth and price increases to compensate stagnant consumer demand. The world’s fourth-largest tobacco company by cigarettes sales, manufacturer of Davidoff and JPS brands, reported that it sees revenue increase approximately 4 per cents at current currency rates.

But total stick volumes, which combine cigarettes and fine-cut tobacco, are expected to decline by up to 3%, hit by weakness in Ukraine and Poland and a trade ban in Syria, it added in a notice.

Global tobacco companies have been raising prices regularly all over the world for to protect their margins as demand decreases. Imperial, Philip Morris International Inc. PM +0.14% , British American Tobacco PLC and Japan Tobacco Inc. account for approximately three quarters of the total tobacco market excluding China, where state-controlled China National Tobacco Co. has a virtual control.

Even though tobacco product is relatively resistant to economic afflictions, the giants are increasingly turning to Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East for growth opportunities, as declines and government severe measures force consumers in the West to cut back on spending or switch to cheaper cigarette products and roll-your-own tobacco products.

Imperial, in particular, has a high exposure to Europe, which accounts for more than half its income, with the U.K. and Germany its biggest tobacco markets. Last year, its trading was hit by a price war in the beleaguered Spanish economy.

Imperial had a hard start after first-quarter revenue and volumes were affected by the tobacco trade ban in Syria, a price raise in the U.S. and stocking issues in Ukraine. The company’s first-half net profit, reported in May, was also hit by higher taxation and one-off finance items, although revenue increased. In July, the tobacco company reported that it had momentum as nine-month revenue rose and volume decline moderated.

Greer Smoke-Free Park, Soon

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

cheapest kent cigaretteInhabitants who enjoy a cigarette smoke in between innings at a Greer park may soon be out of this pleasure. Greer has taken the first steps to prohibiting tobacco use in city parks and within 25 feet of a city-owned recreation or park facility. After a nearly hour-long debate, the law passed its first reading 4-2. Council members Wayne Griffin, Kimberly Bookert, Judy Albert and Mayor Rick Danner voted for it, while Councilmen Jay Arrowood and Lee Dumas voted against. Councilman Wyley Bettis was away.

Much of the discussion centered on private property rights and setting an example for the kids who use Greer’s parks.

Arrowood is interested about private property rights, that this regulation would open the door for banning smoking tobacco in other areas, such as restaurants and other privately owned establishments.

“It’s going to be an assault on private businesses,” he declared. “It’s going to be on attack on private property owners. I don’t believe in that.”

Griffin, who noted he was a ex-smoker, argued it doesn’t make sense to permit smoking in a place that emphasizes exercise.

“You’re setting an example. … Kids are watching,” he added. “They’re watching what you do.”

The question of whether to permit smoking in cars while in the park parking lots was asked. City Administrator Ed Driggers said there was “not an intent nor a directive that we’re going on knocking on windows that have smoke tobacco  in them.”

Arrowood also said that the law would cost the city approximately $5,000 in signage alone. He questioned whether the ban was needed.

“We already have a smoke-free policy in place. We don’t have a public protest about it. Our director of parks and recreation explained they’ve had no issues with this,” Arrowood said. “So we’re going to create a regulation for a problem that doesn’t really exist.”

The city has a departmental law that is “pretty standard throughout the state in comparison with other agencies where we have designated smoking places that are strongly far away from any play with kids or adults,” concluded Ann Cunningham, Parks and Recreation director.