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Tobacco Farmers are Pushed out of the Farming Business

Friday, April 26th, 2013

tobacco farmers Tobacco farmers in Manicaland have blamed the “good crop and weak price” disaster getting at the country’s auction floors disagreeing that the trend was slowly pushing them out of the farming business.

Farmers interviewed these days argued their expectations of obtaining a profit of their investment was being canceled by a cartel of tobacco buyers who were holding prices in order to increase on revenue when exporting the gold leaf. Consequently, the growers are accumulating substantial cutbacks because of the stagnation of prices at the tobacco auction floors.

Growers stated the nose-diving price regime affected them adversely, and led them in significant debt.

They are blaming the buyers of deceiving them by creating a two-tier purchase program in which the gold leaf from non-contracted growers was getting the least prices in comparison to their hired competitors. The farmers reported the Tobacco Industry Marketing Board (TIMB) was doing absolutely nothing to secure them. He stated that top quality tobacco was sold at a lower price, and ultimately brought excessive prices on the international market.

Mr. Mutasa further suggested that TIMB must guard growers by assuring that tobacco prices were chosen on quality no matter of whether it was cultivated under contract or non-contract. “The present price program makes it attainable for low quality tobacco to get huge prices than top quality gold leaf cultivated by self financing farmers. “This is an effort by association to drive people into a contract farming system.”

The Tobacco Association of Zimbabwe president Mr. David Guy Mutasa advised growers not to hurry to sell their crop before prices were proved. “What is happening is not honest in any way to the grower. Even if they were to purchase at $6, you will discover that the farmer would have been cheated since they export the same leaf at between $16 and $20. Because of the low prices offered for the tobacco crop, growers were no longer capable to pay transporters, their employees and bank loans.

Tobacco Products Overview

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Tobacco Plant Tobacco products are being chewed, snuffed, and mainly smoked all over the world. People have been using tobacco products for hundreds of years. Tobacco is also cultivated in numerous regions. Traditionally from the Americas, ever since 1492 it has spread all over. These days, tobacco is cultivated in more than 100 countries.

No other product has aroused such a huge demand for tobacco as much as the cigarette. Until eventually the 1870s, cigarettes were mostly handmade. Currently, they are made by special machines. With the help of these machines, which can create hundreds or even thousands of sticks per minute, cigarettes have grown to be an item of mass usage. With time, cigarettes have become the major tobacco product. Now, more than 80 % of tobacco cultivated is utilized for cigarettes. The world market for cigarettes is led by a lower and continuously decreasing amount of providers.

It is important to differentiate cigarettes from smokeless tobacco. Smokeless tobacco is tobacco that is used in an unburned form. The key sorts of smokeless tobacco are considered snuff and chewing tobacco. Snuff is powdered tobacco that is often inhaled through the nose or just smoked in a usual manner. It is famous in the United States and in Scandinavia. Plug, loose-leaf and twist are the main kinds of chewing tobacco utilized in Western Europe and North America but their use is decreasing. Pan chewing is mostly famous in South and South-East Asia.

Cigarettes are the most preferred variety of smoking tobacco. They can be either with or without filter, but the majority of them are sold with filter-tips. They are generally machine produced, but an essential sub-market grouped is made up of Roll-Your-Own (RYO) cigarettes.

Bidis are famous in India, where bidis are sold eight times more than cigarettes; however sales of cigarettes are growing more and more swiftly. Bidis are made of a smaller quantity of tobacco twisted in temburni leaf and tied up with a small thread.

Cheroots are little cigars produced of thick tobacco; they have no cover and consist of an individual binder. Kreteks are indigenous cheroots possessing tobacco, cloves and cocoa. Kreteks are very famous in Indonesia, where four times as much kreteks as cigarettes are being manufactured.

Cigars come in numerous shapes and sizes from once similar to king size cigarettes as cigarillos to double coronas.

And finally, shisha smoking is one of the oldest ways of smoking tobacco. Pipes are smoked all over the world but they vary in size, shape and substance used. Particular water pipes permit several people to indulge simultaneously the same pipe.

Restaurants and Cafes Won’t Evade from Smoking Regulation

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Restaurants Cafes Smoking Tourism Minister Fadi Abboud stated two days ago that restaurants infringing the country’s smoking ban would be closed as authorities upgraded their calls for tougher execution of the law. “The tourism authorities have released 1,391 fines against offenders of Law 174 and this specifies to how significantly government is checking,”

Abboud stated after a press conference. Abboud, who requested more interministry collaboration to examine the execution of the law, informed restaurant and cafe proprietors that the government bodies were serious about shutting businesses that infringed the legislation. “Proprietors of establishments who keep on their infringements will certainly be closed,” Abboud mentioned. The law, which has infuriated restaurants and cafe owners for causing deficits to their businesses, become effective last year after a rather long range of discussions in Parliament. Not so long ago, civil society companies stated that individuals and other non-hospitality sector institutions were the major victims of the crackdown.

The groups stated that a single judge in the Metn had released about 200 fines against offenders of Law 174, including fines of around LL 3 million, but that the penalty passed on tourist could be counted on the fingers of one hand.

An activist, Ali Fakhry, explained that the hold off was as a result of the lack of the tourism police and the slow bureaucracy of the Justice Ministry. “We require the Justice Ministry to quicken the methods of providing the fines against offenders,” claimed Fakhry, a representative of a local nongovernmental organization. Fakhry also added that activists have obtained reports that several tourism police officers have took bribes from infringers of the law. “The execution of the law is in risk since we have obtained reports that the police are taking bribes from proprietors of cafes so that they won’t be offered a fine.”

Several restaurants that have ignored the smoking ban are well-known restaurant chains that claim they would bear large losses if they enacted the law inside their institutions.

At the meeting, Interior Minister Marwan Charbel stated that restaurant proprietors should identify the benefits of Law 174 for community health. “Russia has also passed a smoking ban in all public spaces,” Charbel stated. Charbel mentioned that establishment owners at this time worrying about the law had one year in reserve before its execution to take the mandatory steps to fulfill the conditions. “They should have been organizing appropriate areas in the course of that period, rather than moaning about the timing of the law.”

Cigarette Use in Bollywood Films

Friday, April 5th, 2013

smoking  in Bollywood Films For some inexplicable reason, a person with a cigarette in hand is considered as cool and attractive. The old bad guys and the modern heroes, all have displayed smoking on screen and have fascinated audiences with their manner and their personal style. Despite the fact that smoking is hazardous for health, depiction of cigarette use in movies has usually been a base for character establishment.

The Indian Government has prohibited smoking in movies and has made it mandatory to pass a mandatory caution in the opening credits. Examining and prohibiting of smoking will preferably result in a favorable reaction from viewers and help to create a much healthier, non-smoking society.

When movies like Heroine and Fashion occur, Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra holding a cigarette are some of the strong images that are kept in mind. The heroes they displayed belonged to the glamour industry. They found out how to smoke, mainly because they considered that tobacco use will help them while having depression and problems.

An identical depiction was performed in The Dirty Picture. It was stated that Vidya Balan had smlighted up more than 10 cigarettes during the whole movie. Bollywood celebrities decide to smoke in order to make their characters look more realistic on tv screen when they do not use any smoking products in reality.

Award winning Kahaani demonstrated officer Khan indulging in his habit in front of a pregnant Vidya Bagchi delivering the improper communication to society. Even though it is an insignificant thing, the effect is rather hazardous. John Abraham starrer No Smoking was not accepted well at the box-office receipts, nevertheless, sent a significant communication about smoking to society. His personage, a chain smoker had made a decision to stop smoking for his loved ones.

Generally, looking at both the movies, one point is evident, cigarette use doesn’t help on screen person or the off screen person. Cigarette use is just hazardous, so this message should reach one and all. Smoking to look stylish or to display this attitude is a very incorrect communication delivered to society through movies.

It’s not only movies which suggest and encourage smoking; the choice to not smoke must come from within self. On a final note, smoking or no smoking mostly depends on the individual and their values.

Read More:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoking_in_Bollywood
http://india.nydailynews.com/newsarticle/503d02aaee412b2f3c000003/bollywood-challenges-new-antismoking-laws
http://www.india-forums.com/bollywood/talk-round-town/31889-smoking-in-bollywood-films.htm
http://www.tobaccopub.net/articles/minors-smoking-habit-affected-by-movies