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More teenagers trying e-cigarettes than tobacco, US study

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

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More teenagers are trying or using e-cigarettes than tobacco products, according to a US study that has prompted fresh concerns among some scientists about a new generation of nicotine addicts. The report is the first to claim such high rates of e-cigarette use among 12- to 18-year-olds, though the study did not distinguish between those who had had one puff and never tried them again and more regular users.

“This is an early warning sign, not the final story,” Wilson Compton, deputy director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse, said at an American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in San Jose.

Advocates believe that e-cigarettes – which do not contain tobacco – have an enormous potential to improve public health by replacing traditional cigarettes, which contain hundreds of harmful chemicals. But some critics fear that the products could draw more people into nicotine addiction and possibly act as a gateway to smoking tobacco.

Figures from an annual survey of more than 40,000 students in 400 US secondary schools showed that 8.7% of 14-year-olds had smoked an e-cigarette in the previous month. Among 16- and 18-year-olds, the figures were higher, at 16.2% and 17.1% respectively. By comparison, the survey found that 4% of 14-year-olds, 7% of 16-year-olds and 14% of 18-year-olds reported using a tobacco cigarette.

Compton said: “It is quite surprising that a larger number of teenagers in the US are now reporting current use of e-cigarettes than traditional tobacco cigarettes.”

The same survey, based on spring 2014 data compiled by the University of Michigan, found that 36% of 14-year-olds who had tried e-cigarettes in the past month had never tried smoking or chewing tobacco. Among the older teens, 30% and 21% of e-cigarette smokers aged 16 and 18 respectively said they had not previously tried tobacco products.

“That’s a concern, because this may be a unique and new pathway to nicotine exposure and could open up the potential for the development of addiction to nicotine, with the potential for long-lasting complications and progression to the use of absolutely harmful forms of tobacco,” said Compton. He said the use of e-cigarettes by teenagers was a particular issue because adolescence seemed to be a critical time for the seeds of addiction to be sown.
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But other experts said children trying e-cigarettes instead of traditional cigarettes was no bad thing. “Smoking prevalence in youth is showing an unprecedented decline and it is now lower than ever before,” said Peter Hajek, director of the tobacco dependence research unit at Barts and the London school of medicine. “The fact that young people are trying e-cigarettes instead of cigarettes is a cause for relief rather than alarm.”

Hajek added: “A lot of adolescents try e-cigarettes by taking a puff from someone’s device, but, crucially, they do not progress to regular use. In fact, they usually do not try them again, and there is even some evidence that this may protect them from picking up smoking.”

In the UK, about 80,000 people a year die from tobacco smoke-related diseases – nearly a fifth of all deaths in the over-35s. The most damaging health effects – cancer and heart disease – are linked to inhaling tar and other chemicals produced when the tobacco burns. Though e-cigarettes produce fewer noxious chemicals, tests have found the vapour from some to contain cancer-causing substances such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde.

Deborah Arnott, head of Action on Smoking and Health (Ash), said: “Nicotine can be harmful to the growing brain, so it’s best if young people avoid it. But if they’re going to experiment, it’s better to use e-cigarettes, as vaping is far less dangerous than smoking and much less addictive. We need to keep track, but so far in the UK and the US smoking rates are going down more than e-cigarette use is growing. This would not be the case if vaping really were a gateway into smoking.”

Estimates from Ash suggest that 2 million people in the UK use electronic cigarettes, with about 700,000 people using them instead of traditional cigarettes and the remainder using both.

Roy Harrison, professor of environmental health at Birmingham University, said: “There are likely public health benefits from e-cigarettes if they provide a pathway for smokers to give up tobacco use. There is evidence that this can happen, and little doubt that e-cigarettes are much less harmful to the smoker than tobacco. However, if adolescents who have never used tobacco take up e-cigarette use, this is a matter of profound concern as they are deliberately exposing themselves to a highly addictive substance.”
By Laura Vozzella, Washingtonpost

West Cigarettes – Express Yourself

Monday, June 9th, 2014

West Cigarettes
West is a German tobacco brand owned by the British company Imperial Tobacco.

The cigarettes are available in most European Union countries except the UK and Ireland. The brand is sold in over 90 countries worldwide.

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West Cigarettes

West Cigarettes

West Cigarettes

West Cigarettes

Chesterfield Deluxe Logo

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

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Chesterfield is a brand of cigarette made by Altria. It was named for Chesterfield County, Virginia. It was one of the most recognized brands of the early 20th century, but sales have declined steadily over the years. Chesterfields were originally produced by the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company.

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Vogue cigarettes special pack design

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Vogue cigarettes
Vogue is brand of cigarette available in several varieties, including regular, menthol and lights. Vogue cigarettes are marketed in both king size and super slim, which is about 100mm long and thinner than a standard size cigarette. The brand is owned by British American Tobacco.[1] Vogue cigarette brand belongs to a decorative or fashionable kind on the cigarettes market and is sold primarily to women. The Vogue cigarette’s style was based on the 1950s couture captured by Henry Clarke. The distinctive design of the package is intended to symbolize elegance, class and refinement. Here you can find Vogue special pack design:

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Vogue cigarettes

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Vogue cigarettes

Marlboro Filter Plus Brand

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Marlboro Filter Plus
CURRENT GLOBAL STRATEGY Marlboro has a tradition of being the industry’s innovator examples: the flip-top box, cork looking filters, slow burning paper, slide packs, etc. Filter Plus Technology: a revolutionary, flavor enhancing, four-chamber filter system.

Marlboro Filter Plus

PRODUCT Brand Architecture Product Innovations packaging upgrades (Marlboro Red Filter Filter Plus Technology Plus Slide Pack) and many line extensions for individual markets Marlboro Intense (shorter, rich-flavored cigarette) quality improvements new menthol products (Crisp, Fresh and appealling and sophisticated design – Ice Mint, mainly for the Asian market) and promotional function of packaging kretek or clover cigarettes

Marlboro Filter Plus

Philip Morris International’s Marlboro Filter Plus cigarettes new product is a combination of carefully selected varieties of tobacco, filter creation of innovative technologies and truly unique construction tutu with a sliding lid. This proposal marks of “Marlboro” positioned in the premium price ranges cigarettes.

Marlboro Filter Plus

Tobacco Industry Opposes Britain’s Plan to Introduce Plain Packaging

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Cigarettes pack British authorities are still thinking about prohibiting company logos on cigarette packages despite the fact that it disregarded recommendations from its legislative schedule presented in parliament several days ago, Prime Minister David Cameron mentioned.

Britain is planning to become the first European country to demand cigarette manufacturers to introduce plain packaging, an action toughly opposed by the tobacco industry, which views it as damaging their revenue. Cameron stated the parliament that the government was still looking at the matter.

The Department of Health conducted more than 4 months of discussions in 2012 to collect facts on whether standard cigarette packaging would dissuade young smokers and support present smokers quit the habit. “This is a crucial decision and we are carefully looking at what is going on all over the world,” a department representative stated. A year ago, Australia applied a legislation stating cigarettes should be sold in green packages using graphic health warnings.

Cuba, whose luxurious cigars are well known all over the world and feature distinct packages, released a challenge against the Australian law at the World Trade Organization last week. Regardless of its shortage from the government’s strategies, the chief of the opposition Labour Party proposed to assist pass through any offered legislation. “If he prefers the bill on cigarette packaging, we will support him get it through,” Ed Miliband mentioned. “It is the proper issue to take care of public health and it is the right thing for the country.”

Miliband also put in doubt the position of government advisor Lynton Crosby in the conclusion, stating his consultancy firm had worked with cigarette companies. A representative for David Cameron explained Crosby had no effect over the details of the Queen’s speech.

Campaign groups expressed their dissatisfaction regarding the inaction of the plan from the government’s programme. “The inability to bring forward legal guidelines greatly disrupts the Government’s reliability on public health challenges,” according to the Smokefree Action Coalition.

Companies like Philip Morris and British American Tobacco worry that plain packaging would promote the worldwide black market in tobacco.
Imperial Tobacco shares have increased partially since studies published in the British media declared that Cameron had dropped the initiative.

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.