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Jodhpur Smoke-Free City

Friday, October 19th, 2012

cheap karelia cigsThe city is all set to become smoke-free very soon. The authorities will soon enforce an intensive campaign to achieve this goal, in which not only the government offices but even schools, colleges, commercial and trade organizations will have big banners bearing messages to discourage tobacco use. The administration is also going to set up a pressure squad with a view to achieve the objective expeditiously. District collector Gaurav Goyal said, “With a view to make Jodhpur a model in this direction, we are going to appeal  the acts and ordinances pertaining to cigarettes smoking with a view to make Jodhpur tobacco-free city and have started working in a planned and intensive manner.

We have also sought cooperation from the tobacco wholesalers and sellers of tobacco products to create domino effect in the society, especially among the youth”, declared Goyal.

Goyal also held a conference with the tobacco distributors whole on Thursday for this purpose and soon a meeting will be held with the representatives of tobacco industries.

Goyal argued that consumption of tobacco products in any manner is a social vice, which has disturbing far-reaching effects.

He added, “It will be a coordinated action, in which the people will be sensitized to the bad effects of tobacco consumption using print and visual material, which will contain banners, flex boards and posters carrying anti-smoking messages and pictures showcasing the harmful effects of tobacco consumption. An enforcement selected will also be established.”

No Smokers at Ohio State University

Monday, October 8th, 2012

cheap ok cigaretteStudents, staff and faculty who are smokers at Ohio State might have to throw away their cigs and lighters, as the University is considering moving to a 100 per cent smoke-free environment. “Our main goal is to become the healthiest university on the globe,” declared Bernadette Melnyk, the dean of the College of Nursing, in a recent email. “It will improve everyone’s health and wellness. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable incidence and mortality in the U.S.” Tobacco smoking would be banned anywhere on university property including extension offices and regional campuses, she declared but added that off-campus places would not be affected.

“Smoke-free laws and norms reduce the initiation, influence and intensity of smoking habit in young adults,” she explained.

Faculty and staff would also have to fulfill with the new legislation if accepted, Melnyk reported.

“Workplace smoking prohibits reduce the influence of smoking and daily tobacco consumption,” she added.

Support was generated from faculty, staff and students for the university to become smoke-free since the Wexner Medical Center did so in 2006, according to the OSU’s tobacco-free proposal website.

Recommendations for universities and colleges to go smoke-free have also been made from the Ohio Board of Regents, the Ohio Board of Education, the State of Ohio Healthy Ohio Program and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to the website.

While tobacco use would be banned, OSU would also reduce its association with the tobacco company, Melnyk said. “There will be no tobacco ads on university property, at events or media,” she said, adding that donations, gifts or sponsorship that are associated with the tobacco industry would not be accepted, except for study.

Tobacco Consumption, Tax Debates

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

best quality karelia cigaretteAfter scrupulously following the Sin Tax committee hearings for the past few weeks, unexpectedly there was nothing coverage. Dead silence. Media appeared to have been frustrated deaf and silence. Or could there have been motives from those-whose-name-must-not-be-spoken? On his FB wall, Secretary Purisima posted this argument. “There is a total news temporary of the health issue in the sin tax discussion. There was zero cover of yesterday’s dramatic testimonies on the ill effects of smoking habit and the role of taxation in reducing tobacco consumption. Lobby vs sin tax is very evident.

We will push very hard for DOF version in spite of the healthy opposition from similar interests. We need your help.”

Last Thursday’s hearing was especially newsworthy as it covered evidence on the negative effects of smoking cigarettes. Among those invited at the hearing was the group of ex-smokers who spoke through a mechanical larynx that made their voice sound like a weaker version of Darth Vader. Some had developed throat cancer and attributed the holes in their throat to non-stop smoking.

In a sad story featured in BBC, a woman named Debi, who first start smoking at age 13, developed throat cancer at age 41. She had a very complicated surgery and was fitted with a stoma, literally, a hole in the neck. But her nicotine addiction was so extreme; she continued to smoke through the stoma even after her bout with life-threatening cancer.

“I light the cig with absorption from my mouth, and after it’s lit I put it to the stoma. I’d like to say I just take a little puff, but you don’t, you get all that you can,” she told with desperation.

Medical specialists have declared that nicotine addiction is harder to break than heroine, cocaine or shabu cravings combined. There is strong testimony to support this opinion even though cigarette makers have steadfastly refused that nicotine was very addictive.

Dr. Victor DeNoble was a ex-research scientist at Philip Morris in the ’80s. In laboratory experiments, he showed that nicotine was indeed exceptionally addictive.

Cheap Cigarettes and Beer Drinkers, Tax Revenues

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

buy cheap vogue cigarettesFinance Secretary Cesar Purisima is evidently censuring the poor smokers for favoring cheap cigs. He declared that the government lost P32.4 billion in incomes from 2006 to 2010, as the current high tax embolden smokers and beer-drinkers to purchase cheap cigarettes and alcohol beverages. The declaration is Purisima’s way of convincing the senators to endorse HB 5727 that will impose extra tax of almost 700 percent on low end, cheap smoking brands.

According to Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, the multi-tiered structure under the present “sin tax” system has resulted to past revenues of P19.5 billion due to the downshifting to lower-priced cigs during the four-year period, and P12.9 billion due to the downshifting of consumption to lower-priced alcohol products.

Purisima argued that the foregone revenues in smoking products could have been spent on healthcare services, such as Philhealth premium financial aid to eight million poor families, rotavirus vaccine to 29 million kids, various vaccines to nine million children, and influenza and pneumonia vaccine to 11 million senior inhabitants.

“We considered that the reduction in the share of high and medium priced tobacco brands to be 18 per cent, translating to almost 4.2 billion packages lost, equal to P19.5 billion in revenue foregone for the government,” Finance Assistant Secretary Ma. Teresa Habitan reported over the weekend.

Purisima reported that while smokers shifted to lower-priced cigs, the state health cost of smoking remains the same.

“They do not know that the health cost of tobacco is the same, indifferent of the price,” the finance chief added.

The Department of Health argued that during its presentation at the Senate Committee on Ways and Means high tax hearing last week that the estimated health cost of smoking tobacco in 2011 is P177 billion, which is a signal especially in comparison to the P26 billion excise tax revenues collected by the government year ago.

Tobacco Measures Aims Reducing Tobacco Consumption

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

cheapest karelia cigaretteThe government’s crucial measures aiming at reducing tobacco consumption faces challenges as the resurgence of local tobacco industry brought about huge economic gains and local tobacco firms continue to lobby.

After being cut by almost half – the tobacco-planting area went down from about 40,000 hectares in 2001 to 22,000 in 2008 the crop is enjoying a revival in the last three years.

Latest figures from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics show that land devoted to growing tobacco surged to nearly 30,000 hectares in 2010. Tobacco planting has also expanded from the northern Philippine province of Ilocos Sur, the country’s tobacco center, to the province of Occidental Mindoro.

The tobacco-planting area grew from 250 hectares in 2008 to 262 hectares in 2010. Production increased from 32,466 tons in 2008 to 44,950 tons in 2011.

Indeed, tobacco was one of the country’s fastest growing crop last year, rising by 10.93 percent or almost twice the average 5. 78 percent growth rate for all crops, according to the BAS.

No doubt, the resurgence of the tobacco industry has created more jobs and income for the estimated 2.7 million people who are said to depend on the industry. It has even brought in more foreign exchange for the country. Tobacco exports rose from 43.6 million kilograms in 2008 to 56.94 million kilograms in 2010, generating nearly $270 million in export receipts.

The Philip Morris Philippine Manufacturing Inc.’s new factory in the province Batangas is making cigarettes not only for the Philippine market but also for export.

Even the government has benefited. Tax collections from the industry reached P25.8 billion ($60.99 million) in excise in 2010, according to the finance department.

But not everybody welcomes the revival of the tobacco industry. Government doctors and tobacco control advocates warned that the more jobs, income and exports the industry contributes to the economy, the more difficult it could be for the Philippine government to curb cigarette consumption which have adverse effects on the health of smokers and non-smokers alike.

The Philippine government ratified the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), a global treaty which aims to cut tobacco use and its huge impact on public health.

But economic gains brought by the resurgence of local tobacco industry combined with strong lobbying from tobacco firms are hurting the government’s implementation of crucial measures to reduce tobacco consumption and protect public health, according to critics of the tobacco industry.

“It’s like walking a tightrope. The government wants to get more revenues but it also needs to protect the health of its people,” economist Ruben Carlo Asuncion said.

Health Assistant Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial said it should not be difficult for the government to decide which way to go because social and economic costs of smoking clearly outweigh the benefits.

Tublay Passes Tobacco Legislation

Friday, August 12th, 2011

discount cigaronne cigarettes onlineIn order to promote a healthful environment and to protect the constituents of the municipality from the hazards of tobacco and Cigaronne cigarettes smoke, a balanced policy on the use, sale, advertisement and distribution of tobacco products was proposed.

The ordinance known as the “Smoke Free Ordinance of the Municipality” aims to safeguard public health and ensure the well being of all its constituents by protecting them from harmful effects of smoking and tobacco consumption.

Councilor Modesto Pangayan Jr., author, stated in the ordinance that the 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines declares the state shall protect and promote the right to health of the people and instill health consciousness among them.

The proponent also cited the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 (RA No. 9211) which prohibits smoking in certain public places whether enclosed or outdoors; prohibits the purchase and sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products from and to minor and in certain places frequented by minors; imposes bans and restrictions on advertising, promotion and sponsorship activities of tobacco companies; and directs local government units to implement these provisions.

The country’s Clean Air Act 0f 1999 also declares the right of citizens to breathe clean air, prohibits smoking inside enclosed public places including vehicles and other means of transport, and direct local governments to implement this provision.

The ordinance will be applied in public places like centers of youth activity including schools, recreational facilities for persons under eighteen years old and will include but not limited to playgrounds; elevators and stairwells; locations which are fire hazards specifically gas stations and storage of flammable liquids; buildings and premises of public and private hospitals, and health centers; public conveyances and public transportation facilities; and food preparation areas.

The designated area for smoking must be fully separated from smoke free area by continuous floor to ceiling or floor to solid partitions which are interrupted only by doors equipped with door closers, and which must be constantly closed except when a person is entering or exiting the area.

Moreover, the ordinance states the sale or distribution to, as well as the purchase from, any minor or cigarettes and other tobacco products is absolutely prohibited. In case of doubts as to the age of the buyer, retailers will verify, by means of any valid form of identification paper containing both the photograph and the date of birth of the bearer that the buyer is at least eighteen years old. Further, ignorance of real age is not a defense.

Outdoor advertisements of tobacco products will not be placed on billboards, wall mural, or transport stops or stations which are 100 meters from any point of the perimeter of the mentioned places frequented particularly by persons below 18 years of age.

The Municipal Task Force Control Official who determined these advertisements of tobacco products will be governed to issue the notice of removal of the non compliant advertisement and the owner of the building will be responsible for the removal within three days from the receipt of the notice.

Smoking Ban in Nepal

Monday, August 8th, 2011

buy chesterfield cigarettesNepal has introduced a ban on chesterfield cigarettes smoking and chewing tobacco in public places, including hotels, colleges, hospitals, restaurants and on public transport.

The new law also forbids the sale of cigarettes to pregnant women and to anyone under 18 years of age.
Up to 40 per cent of Nepal’s population smokes.

The law also forces manufacturers to devote 75 per cent of packaging space to warnings about tobacco consumption. Offenders may be fined between 100 and 100,000 rupees (about $1.30 and $1,300).