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More and More Women Are Switching to Cigars

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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Jerica Lowder and Samantha Rees experimented with their first cigars after several Coronas – and some short smokes from their husbands, who were lighting up Cuban cigars at a party. At this point, the two women, light up about two or three cigars per month from their husbands’ stocks. “There is something calming,” Rees, 37, stated. “It is just a relaxing thing to do.”

They are currently among a modest, but already expanding number of women who are enjoying the habit of a cigar. Super stars like Angelina Jolie, Demi Moore, Claudia Schiffer and Heidi Klum have been known to smoke cigars. Producers are advertising such flavors as vanilla and cherry, and cigar bars and stores are developing experiences thinking about women.

Around 2 % of U.S. women state that they light up cigars, as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however that is concerning 3.2 million women. There are all ranges of cigar-smoking women, from the ones who smoke on special events to the heave smokers. The latter would be Barbara Munchel, who says that she is a devoted cigar smoker. She doesn’t like the ones created especially for women. “For me, those are not cigars,” she mentioned. “The cherry, the vanilla, the chocolate flavored cigars. That is not cigar smoking. I like to drink my coffee and I also want my cigars to be genuine.”

Avanti, a leading cigar maker situated in Pennsylvania, is offering its brand new cafe mocha Estilo cigar in three-pack pockets “which women prefer to put in a purse or pocket,” stated company’s representative Elaine Ferri. Avanti is as well releasing a new range of attractive tips for their cigars in the coming month, along with other add-ons and fresh flavors. “Women are undoubtedly an expanding market in the cigar industry and they choose flavored and small cigars,” Ferri explained.

These advertising initiatives might even have a ripple impact on men. “Marketing experts keep in mind: Wonderful females – mainly well-known ones – have always had power over men, and in most cases they are strong enough to induce us change cigar brands,” David Martosko executive publisher, wrote lately. “And also let’s not fake here,” Martosko stated. “There is really something sexy about attractive women who smoke cigars.

Map of smoking rates by country

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

map of smoking by country
Nobody lights up like Eastern Europe, where average annual consumption can exceed 2,000 cigarettes per person. The very highest rate is in Serbia, fourth-place Russia. Proposed new restrictions in Russia — modeled after laws in Western countries that coincided with a drop in smoking rates — would limit cigarette advertising and public smoking in Russia, and more than double excise taxes on cigarretes. A Wall Street Journal article on the Kremlin’s campaign details Russia’s cigarette problem.

The international smoking data is mapped out above. It’s a fascinating bit of comparative data, with some potentially surprising pieces of information:

• The highest rates are all in Eastern Europe. The one Eastern European exception is Romania, which had similarly bleak numbers until it enacted tough anti-smoking laws in 1997.

• The biggest smokers outside of Eastern Europe are South Koreans, Kazakhs, and Japanese, in that order. China’s smoking rate still lags behind Korea’s and Japan’s (1,711 cigarettes per person in China versus 1,958 in Korea and 1,841 in Japan), but China is the world’s largest overall consumer of cigarettes. As the country urbanizes and develops, don’t be shocked if they rise in the rankings.

• A 1998 study of Russian smoking habits found a direct correlation between cigarette and alcohol consumption rates and a direct correlation between smoking and exposure to “Western influences,” such as Western tobacco companies marketing cigarettes as symbols of a “glamorous Western lifestyle.”

• Americans rank right in the middle. The U.S. is ranked 34th in the available data, with about a thousand cigarettes consumed per person per year. We’re about tied with the Israelis, the Australians and the Irish.

• In this data set, poorer countries tend to be healthier. Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia have some of the lowest smoking rates in the world. Indians smoke only 96 cigarettes per year per person. Ethiopians only 46. If Americans smoked like that, cigarette companies would collapse overnight, but health-care costs would drop dramatically as well; direct health-care costs related to smoking in the United States are estimated at $96 billion per year.

More Girls are Getting Hooked on Smoking

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Girls smoking Over 13 % of kids between the ages of 12 and 18 in Shanghai have lighted up and practically 4 % of them are cigarette users, based on a research led by Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s public health school.

The research also discovered that there was an increasing number of girls consuming tobacco products.

Prior to World No Tobacco Day, native health gurus are calling for children to be informed about the hazards of cigarette use and recommending regulations on cigarette promotion and restrictions on their accessibility to tobacco products. The study, covering up about 40,000 students in the city’s schools and universities from 2010 to 2012, examined the occurrence of smoking among youngsters and the key factors that brought them to smoke. He Yaping, the survey chief, stated that youngsters were more likely to start smoking if their classmates or friends lighted up.

Advertising, TV, movies and claims declaring that low-tar cigarettes presented less danger also misinformed children to start smoking. “Shanghai had removed almost all outdoor cigarette advertisements by 2010, however the authorities must do a lot more to decrease smoking such as reducing cigarette sales in stores close to schools, boosting the price of cigarettes and advertising health education,” stated Hu Zhaoming, director of the Shanghai Association on Smoking Control. “Health care staff and teachers ought to be role models in smoking management.” Hu added China should drive smoking control throughout the whole country, where smoking production, sales and smokers constitute over a third of the world total. For instance, in Shanghai, around 35 % of people above 15 years old consume tobacco products. “We are also lobbing regional lawmakers to change the city’s anti-smoking legislation in order to have a full smoking ban in all indoor public places,” he stated.

Shanghai’s anti-smoking regulation, which became effective on March 1, 2010, prohibits cigarette use in 13 types of places like kindergartens, museums and Internet cafes and demands special separate smoking and non-smoking places in entertainment areas, and bigger restaurants and hotels. This weekend, more than 20 couples will take part in a wedding ceremony where they will promise that their weddings will be smoke free.

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

Tobacco Production and Trade

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Tobacco Production

Asia, at about 60 % of the total, is the major tobacco manufacturing region with China only owing about 36 %. The shares of India, South America (primarily Brazil), and mainly Africa (Zimbabwe, Malawi) have not ceased growing. The share of Europe (which includes Eastern Europe) decreased and that of the US continued to be similar.

Cigarette manufacturers intensively use of domestic tobaccos. However, about 30 % of world tobacco manufacture is traded throughout the world. There are a number of factors for this. First, particular big tobacco cultivating countries as Malawi, Zimbabwe and Tanzania produce a small number of tobacco products of their own. Second, certain significant cigarette and cigar making countries do not cultivate any tobacco locally. The Netherlands one of the world’s major cigarette and cigar exporters is one of them. Others like Japan, Germany or Russia do not manufacture sufficient to meet demand. A third cause is that the majority of cigarettes sold these days are mixed cigarettes that mean they possess a blend of diverse tobaccos. A small number of cigarette making countries cultivate all of these tobaccos.

The majority of cigarettes are currently consumed and manufactured in Asia. This is not a big surprise taking into account the region’s large share of world population. Within Asia, China alone creates 30 % of world overall. The growing share of Asia has occurred at the cost of Europe and North America, which observed their share of the world total decrease.

In China, local demand for cigarettes is mainly fulfilled by domestic manufacturing. Official numbers reveal that the country trades virtually nothing. Exports and imports constitute less than 2 % of the national need or production. India is situated in an identical situation.

In some other countries, local demand is also primarily fulfilled by local production but, on top of that, they are significant exporters. The United States is a very good example. It imports very few cigarettes, but it exports 1/3 of its production. It is the world’s major exporter, owning more than 20 % of world exports. Exports became gradually more significant for US producers in the 1980s when local demand began its long decrease. In the late 1990s, however, US manufacturers of cigarettes came to deal with severe problems when cigarette exports became weaker at a time when local demand was affected by the price boosts following the Master Settlement Agreement.

The last group is composed of countries that depend on a great extent on imports to meet the domestic demand. Illustrations are Russia, Japan and several countries in the Middle East which do not have any manufacturing of their own.

More Info:
http://www.ttb.gov/tobacco/tobacco-faqs.shtml
https://www.lib.umn.edu/bell/tradeproducts/tobacco
http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/economics/econ_facts/

Tobacco Capital Drop, Smoking Rates

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

order marlboro cigsThe Victorian government is investing more than $100 million in tobacco industries despite efforts to reduce smoking tobacco rates among inhabitants. The state government’s investment management organisation, the Victorian Funds Management Corporation, says of its investment assets, worth $37.9 billion, that 0.3 percent is placed in the tobacco company. This brings its tobacco investment to almost $117 million — approximately four times the New South Wales government’s allocation of $30 million. The VFMC manages investments for public sector organisations including insurers and superannuation funds.

Clients include the Department of Health, the Transport Accident Commission, Victorian Managed Insurance Authority, WorkSafe, the Royal Kids’ Hospital and the University of Melbourne. Doctors and health groups declared the investment was outrageous and hypocritical when governments were trying to lessen the damage tobacco products caused to people’s health. The executive director of Quit Victoria, Fiona Sharkie, called for the government to abandon its investment because it undermined Australia’s smoking control regulations including plain packs. “It’s really in conflict with the governments’ health purposes. Tobacco has been on the health agenda for the federal and state governments for years, so on the one hand they’re argued that we’re investing in tobacco control but on the other hand they’re saying we’re investing in the companies,” she reported.

The chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health Australia, Anne Jones, said if the VFMC abandoned investments in cluster munitions, it should pull its money out of cigarette manufacturers. “Cluster bombs injure and kill almost 17,000 people a year and tobacco kills just under 6 million people a year worldwide,” she added. Ms Jones said deaths caused by tobacco products were predicted to reach 10 million by 2025, with most of the deaths in poor and middle-income earning countries. “It’s shocking  These are countries we are sending AusAID to to reduce tobacco diseases,” she said. Dr Bronwyn King, a radiation oncologist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre who successfully lobbied a superannuation company to drop its investments in cigs this year, also called for the Victorian government to follow suit. “As a cancer doctor, every single day I see the devastating effects tobacco has on individuals and their families,” she concluded.

While the NSW government committed to reviewing its investment in cigarettes companies this week, a spokeswoman for Victorian Treasurer Kim Wells would not comment on the matter except to explained that the VFMC was required to invest in accordance with its commercial objectives. “Under legislation, the Treasurer cannot direct the VFMC in relation to an investment new decision,” she said.

Smoke-Free Signs Everywhere, Tobacco Use at School

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

cheap ok cigsIn spite of the widespread postings of signs banning its use, spectators at area high school football games have been seen using tobacco products in clear violation of the schools’ tobacco use ordinance. Tobacco use at sporting events was among the topics of discussion at the Kids’ Policy Council Coalition’s annual strategic meeting on how to lessen youth substance abuse. Tobacco use – both cigs and in smokeless tobacco products – has been saw by multiple committee members and Star-News staff members at recent football games. Two had seen cigarette smoking inside the stadium at three different high schools, while another reportedly witnessed those with “dip” or a tobacco chew inside their mouths, also while at the sporting events.

Tobacco smoking is banned on all school areas not only in Covington County, but also across the state and the nation. Each of the county’s three school systems has specific legislation in place to deal with tobacco smoking on school properties.

In Andalusia, the use of any tobacco product is strictly prohibited on all school system property and is prohibited at all school related activities and events, Superintendent Ted Watson declared. The policy applies to all employees, students, sales people and visitors.

There is a discipline scale for student violators; but, enforcing the school’s no-tobacco law is one of the main reasons city police officers attend games, Watson added.

Smoking warnings are also posted on all doors, and violators will be asked to leave, he argued.

“It’s very easy  to enforce the policy in an inside place because the activity is smaller and the smoke tobacco evident,” Watson said. “It’s difficult when have outdoor event, especially given the size of the stadium and the number of the people. We do have law there, and inhabitants know that smoking tobacco is banned. There are smoke-free signs everywhere, acting as reminders that tobacco smoking is not acceptable at any school activities.”

Watson explained that the same rule applies to the coaching staff.