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Tobacco Products Sales Banned, Punjab Government

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

cheap ahram tobaccoIn spite of a Punjab government prohibition on sale of smoking products and substances containing nicotine, sale continues unhindered with neither the customers nor the seller paying any attention to the legislation. In fact, most people require not to have heard of any ordinance on the subject. The state government had prohibited the sale, storage, maker and distribution of smoking products like ‘gutkas’ and ‘pan masala’ last month. The consumption of such products can cause cancer of mouth and throat, yet those addicted to such stuff remain oblivious to such risks.

Seller hide tobacco products inside the stores and pass on the stuff to their regular clients in non-transparent bags and other such methods.

Bus-stands, railways stations , taxi stands and other public areas see such sale of tobacco as a matter of routine.

On being queried, while ignorance was the most common excuse offered, clearance of stock was also cited as a main reason.

“Since I had bought guthka in bulk, I must clear the stock or would lose a lot of money,”  explained a trader.

Another shopkeeper at Lahori Gate did not display guthka, but manufacture them readily on demand. “I don’t know about any such prohibition,” he reported.

 

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.”

Smokeless Tobacco Consumption Increased

Monday, February 6th, 2012

cheapest camel cigarettesThe North-east has the highest incidence of consumption of smokeless tobacco (chadha) in the world, and this is not a coincidence that the region also has the highest number of throat and mouth cancer patients.

Observing this at a seminar organised by the North East Cancer Hospital and Research Institute in association with the North East Community Health Association on Saturday, Dr Munindra Narayan Baruah, director of the North East Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, said that late detection of cancer had been a major stumbling block in successful treatment of cancer patients in the North-east. The seminar was organized on the occasion of World Cancer Day.

Quoting from the Union of International Cancer Congress (UICC), Dr Baruah said that the North-east had the maximum number of smokeless tobacco consumers and that consumption of tobacco had a direct bearing on throat and mouth cancers – which had the highest incidence in the region.

Underlining the importance of enhanced awareness and early detection, Dr Baruah said that a majority of the patients coming to his hospital were Stage-IV patients and it was not possible to cure them. The important thing, Dr Baruah said, was not which hospital a patient is treated in but how early he is getting treatment.

Former Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University Dr Nirmal Kumar Choudhury – the chief guest on the occasion – stressed the need for timely detection and treatment of cancer in the North-east, a region having a high incidence of the dreaded disease but with limited facilities to counter the scourge.

Dr Choudhury said that a cancer patient often tends to regard himself as good as dead which warrants the doctors attending on him to look after his mental needs as well – something termed as ‘personalized medicine.’

Lauding the cancer institute for ensuring modern cancer care to the region, Dr Choudhury said that an urgent need was to disseminate information on cancer among the masses so that they could avail timely treatment and defeat the disease.

Father George, director of the North East Community Health Association who was the guest of honour on the occasion also emphasized on enhancing people’s awareness levels on cancer, especially in a region like the North-east.

Smokeless Tobacco Not a Harmless Alternative

Friday, November 4th, 2011

buy armada cigarettes onlineThe James Graham Brown Cancer Center and the University of Louisville’s campaign to get smokers to switch to smokeless tobacco is ill-advised and dangerous. Smokeless tobacco isn’t a safe alternative to smoking. In fact, smokeless tobacco can give you cancer, and it can kill.

In addition to various cancers, the Centers for Disease Control reports smokeless tobacco is associated with mouth lesions, recession of the gums, gum disease and tooth decay. These health effects certainly don’t sound anything like a safe alternative.

Another problem with this so-called “solution” is that some smokers end up using both cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, also known as “dual use.” Essentially, users end up doubling their nicotine intake as they smoke where possible, and also use smokeless tobacco when smoking isn’t allowed. The tobacco industry is well aware of this and has even encouraged dual use.

The sad fact is that tobacco products kill nearly 8,000 Wisconsinites every year, and the tobacco industry spends more than $230 million each year to promote their deadly products. Instead of helping the tobacco industry keep smokers addicted with smokeless tobacco, our state needs to continue focusing its efforts on helping smokers quit for good, and keeping young people from starting.

We’ve made impressive strides against tobacco over the years, but with nearly 1 million smokers in Wisconsin, we still have a long way to go.

From Smoker to Smokeless

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

discount cigarettes onlineThe James Graham Brown Cancer Center and the University of Louisville have brought a “Switch and Quit” campaign to Owensboro, Ky. The program uses print, radio, billboard and other advertising to urge smokers to switch to smokeless tobacco and other products that deliver nicotine without smoke, according to a report from the Associated Press.

The “Switch and Quit” campaign is directed by Brad Rodu, a professor of medicine at the University of Louisville, who analyzed the 2000 National Health Interview Survey—and found male smokers who switched to smokeless tobacco were more likely to quit smoking than those who used traditional nicotine patches or gum.

Dr. Donald Miller, an oncologist and director of the cancer center, said, “This is as reasonable a scientific hypothesis as anybody has come up with and it needs to be tried.”

The program is funded through Rodu’s research money, which includes grants from the tobacco industry, although Rodu said that there is no influence on the research. “I decide, along with my colleagues, how we use the money, for what projects, and this is entirely the case.”

The Owensboro program has raised concerns among public health advocates, however, about claims that smokeless tobacco is a healthier alternative without approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, called the program “a giant experiment with the people of Owensboro without rules or guidance designed to protect individuals from experimental medicine,” according to the report.

Owensboro and its surrounding area consume about 3 million cigarettes a week, according to the program—well over a pack per person in its population of 115,000.

Marlboro Snus Plant, Philip Morris USA New Production

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

best marlboro cigarettes onlineThe parent company of Philip Morris USA says it’s idling a Virginia manufacturing plant that makes its Marlboro snus smokeless, spit-less tobacco.

Altria Group said Wednesday it is moving production from the York County facility to various facilities of its U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. subsidiary.

The Richmond-based company began testing the product in select markets in 2007 and took it nationwide in March 2010.

Snus are teabag-like pouches that users stick between their cheek and gum. Tax hikes, health concerns, smoking bans and social stigma continue to cut cigarette demand. Tobacco companies are seeking growth in alternatives to keep customers

Spokesman Ken Garcia said as of Wednesday, the plant employed 41 people. The company is working to place as many of those workers as possible at other manufacturing facilities.

Panel Pushes Tobacco Law Change

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

best marengo cigarettes onlineIn the waning days before Republican lawmakers present a reworked version Gov. Scott Walker’s 2011-13 budget, the Legislature’s finance committee pushed through major changes to the tax structure on some smokeless tobacco products.

The Joint Finance Committee approved a provision put forth by Altria Client Services Inc., parent company of tobacco giant Philip Morris and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco, that would tax moist snuff, or chewing tobacco, by weight, not a percentage of what it costs distributors.

The tobacco would be taxed at a rate of $1.76 per ounce, or $2.11 if it weighed less than 1.2 ounces.

David Sutton, spokesman for Altria, said it would put smokeless tobacco products on par with other items like Marengo cigarettes, alcohol and gasoline, which Wisconsin taxes by volume. U.S. Smokeless Tobacco is the largest producer of moist snuff and includes the brands Copenhagen and Skoal.

“This is just a much more effective system,” Sutton said. “And it’s why the federal government uses it and two dozen states have gone to the weight-based approach.”

Wisconsin switched from a weight-based tax in 2009 under then-Gov. Jim Doyle as part of a broad tax increase on cigarettes and other tobacco products to shore up the state’s flailing budget.

Noncigarette tobacco taxes tallied $59.89 million in 2009-10, up from $29.75 million in 2007-08, but that also included tax increases on cigars and other tobacco products.

State Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, a member of the Joint Finance Committee, said tax rates could be adjusted so the fiscal impact would be minimal. However, opponents point out that weight-based taxes rarely keep up with inflation. Beer, for example, is taxed by volume, and tax collections have increased just $120,000 in the last 10 years.

An ounce of moist snuff was taxed $1.31 in 2008. Distributors now pay a tax equal to 100 percent of the manufacturer’s list price, so brands that charge more for their product — like Skoal and Copenhagen — are taxed at a higher rate. A weight-based tax would likely make the top brands cheaper at checkout while lower-priced products would become more expensive.

Opponents of the effort said switching to a weight-based tax would steer more minors toward tobacco because the desirable products with flashy advertising would be cheaper.

“We’re concerned that changing the taxation on tobacco would make certain products more accessible to kids,” said Gail Sumi, government relations director for the American Cancer Society. “Thirteen percent of kids already use smokeless tobacco. We don’t need to make it easier.”

Writing policy measures into the budget almost guarantees they don’t undergo the same scrutiny as other bills that require separate legislative hearings and votes from lawmakers. That’s problematic, said Sen. Rob Cowles, R-Allouez.

“They’re down to the last week and there’s all sorts of crazy stuff coming up,” Cowles said. “All this stuff should not be taken up in the state budget.”

Nygren said he agreed that the topic would benefit from a full debate but added the law was changed in 2009 in a similar manner.

“One of the things we could do with policies that are egregious and out of line, the quickest way to change them back is to do it in this budget,” he said.