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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.

 

Tobacco Cultivation Stopped in Fukushima, Tobacco Farmers

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

discount ahram tobaccoFarmers in Fukushima Prefecture have harvested tobacco leaf  for the first time since tobacco cultivation was temporarily stopped because of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, and are making preparations to ship the product around December. This year, leaf tobacco farmers enthusiastic about recovering the product took regulations for to reduce the effects of radioactive substances. At present, the farmers are awaiting the results of radiation tests on harvested tobacco leaves, and are pinning their hopes on making shipments this year.

In Fukushima Prefecture, tobacco farmers grow two kinds of leaf, a native species and berley leaves.

In financial 2010, approximately 1,770 tons of tobacco leaves with recorded sales of almost 3.24 billion yen were harvested in the area, the eighth largest in the nation.

Because of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and Japan Tobacco Inc. soliciting tobacco farmers ready to quit leaf tobacco harvesting, the number of farmers in the prefecture decreased from 1,167 in 2011 to 675. Total farmland also fell from almost 900 hectares to about 620 hectares.

“We’ve got high  quality tobacco leaves this year,” Naoya Ohashi concluded after he finished harvesting his 130-hectare farm in Tamura in the prefecture. In April last year, he consumed of approximately 30,000 tobacco seedlings after the prefecture’s tobacco producers union requested farmers halt planting due to fears of soil contamination.

Minor Smokers in Santa Barbara County, Tobacco Sales

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

discount kiss cigaretteRecent secret operation found an ongoing problem with stores selling tobacco products to minors. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department worked with ordinance pressure and youth-serving agencies to conduct its annual act of tobacco products sales to youngsters. As in past investigation, a wide variation in cigarettes sales rates was seen throughout the county. Goleta had an alarmingly high rate of illegal sales with 39% (12/31) selling to the lure. Over the last five years of data, the cities of Carpinteria, Goleta, and Guadalupe all had their highest amounts of unlawful sales this year.

In addition, Solvang and Buellton’s rates increased meaningly in comparison to having no underage tobacco sales in 2011. Lompoc showed an important amelioration with only 3% (1/33) of retailers selling this year compared to 31% (9/29) last year. The unincorporated areas showed improvement as well with 13% (8/63) of cigarettes sales this year compared to 18% (11/62) last year. Santa Maria retailers continued to show strong compliance  to the ordinances with only 3% (2/79) selling this year and 6% (2/31) selling last year.

In 2012, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors intensified the penalties associated with selling tobacco products to minors.

Dawn Dunn, Program Administrator of the County’s Tobacco Prevention Settlement Program argued, “Although there is evidently room for improvement, we are pleased to see the illegal tobacco sales rate drop in the unincorporated areas which have a strong licensing regulation. We will continue to educate the retailers about the ordinances and the importance of checking ID’s and not selling cigs to minors.”

 

Tobacco Sales Up

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

best winston cigsTobacco sales earnings have been increased by approximately 124 per cent in comparison to same time last year, the Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) has reported. In its every week  sales update statistics for the week 14 ending July 3, TCC declared the green gold had earned the country US$137.7 million in comparison to US$61.2 million during the same period last year. The report further said 63.7 million kilograms of tobacco had gone through auction, representing a three percent change compared to same time last year when 61.6 million kilograms had been sold by auction.

The usual tobacco price, according to the study, has also gone up by 117.15 per cent. During the same time last year, the price averaged US$0.99 per kilogram while the current amount is US$2.15 per kilogram.

TCC Chief Executive Bruce Munthali last week explained that the tobacco market has became stable in terms of prices.

He also concluded that smuggling of tobacco products to neighboring markets has also reduced the reduction in value of the kwacha which has seen the tobacco farmers earning much more. Munthali also argued that this year’s tobacco production is likely to be lower than earlier years.

Lorillard Earnings Declined

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

discount dunhill cigsWe have descended our rating on Lorillard, Inc. from Outperform to Neutral on a weaker than expected first quarter 2012 results. Lorillard’s first quarter 2012 earnings of $1.74 per share dragged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.99 per share because of top-line and margin decrease. Nevertheless, the first quarter profits leaded the prior-year quarter earnings of $1.71 per profit.

Quarterly incomes decreased 0.6% year over year to $1.526 billion, but exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.126 billion. Lower unit tobacco sales amount resulting from instabilities in the cigarettes trade inventory pattern during the quarter was partially neutralized the higher prices.

The company has been seen slow tobacco demand since the last few quarters. Further, governments around the world are enforcing restrictions on cigarettes makers for to reduce smoking habit in the respective countries in turn intensifying decrease in tobacco consumption across the world.

The Food and Drug Administration (‘FDA’) in America has passed a law that will oblige the tobacco companies to use scary pictures on the cigarette packages to avoid clients away from starting smoking. FDA plans to decrease the smoking rate by 213,000 in 2013.

Tobacco companies are banned to market their smoking products through promotion. Advertising of smoking products through television and even through radio has been banned since 1971.

Tobacco Products Sales Up, Cumbrian Smokers

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

cheapest ok cigaretteChancellor George Osborne added 37p more to the price of a packages of 20 cigs last month, taking the retail cost of even the most inexpensive smoking brands which cost less than £7. But hand-rolled cigs are much cheaper. Andrew Corrieri, a director of the specialist tobacconist Brucciani in Scotch Street, Carlisle, has seen sales of loose of tobacco products. He explained: “It’s been going up steadily. Turnover has doubled in the last five years and it’s all down to price. “We’ve also seen changes in the sales of cigs. Smokers are trading down from premium to sub-premium and budget brands, and from budget brands to hand rolling.”

The traditional way to make roll-ups is to purchase tobacco, special papers for cigarettes and filter tips for self assembly.

The cost for 20 cigs works out at between £2.38 and £3.32, in comparison with £6.95 for a pack of Lambert & Butler, the cheapest smoking brand at Brucciani.

The store also sells a machine for £3.99 that fills empty tubes that look exactly like traditional cigarettes. Each tube cost a penny. Mr. Corrieri explained: “A lot of women like these cigs because they are self-conscious about smoking roll-ups.” And there is any evidence that hand-rolled cigs are less bad for people’s health.

 

Electronic Cigarettes Sales to Minors, Hawaii News

Monday, February 13th, 2012

karelia cigarettes onlineThe Hawaii state legislature is debating a bill that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors and impose the 70% tobacco tax on the devices, according to a report by the Hawaii Reporter.

All of the testimony favored a ban on sale of the products to minors, but more than 1,000 individuals and companies protested imposition of the tobacco tax on e-cigarettes, the report said.

State Health Department director Loretta Fuddy told members of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, “There is very little known about the long-term health effects of the use of e-cigarettes or the vapors given off. Recent studies have shown that within one liquid nicotine cartridge there is enough nicotine to cause serious illness or even death.”

Cory Smith, president of local retailer Volcano Fine Electronic Cigarettes, said the product actually helps tobacco smokers quit their habits and produces none of the second-hand smoke issues associated with traditional tobacco cigarettes.

“The tobacco tax is aimed at deterring tobacco use and generating revenue to pay for health care costs associated with tobacco-related harms,” Smith testified. “Since the research thus far indicates that e-cigarettes show promise as a means to deter tobacco use and thereby reduce the cost of tobacco-related harms, it makes no sense to subject e-cigarettes to the tobacco tax.”

Taxing e-cigarettes at the 70% tobacco rate would shut down his business and drive customers to the internet to obtain the devices from out-of-state sources, he added.

“The general cost of a fully functioning electronic cigarette kit is upwards of $70,” Smith testified. “Levying a 70% tax on all of these items would virtually guarantee that purchasers will go out of state, or, worse yet, return to tobacco cigarettes.”

Fuddy said more scientific study must be undertaken of e-cigarettes. “We don’t feel that from a Department of Health perspective that the science is really in yet. This is a rather new product,” she said.

Also testifying in favor of the measure were the state Tax Department, the Honolulu Police Department and various health organizations including the American Cancer Society and the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii, said the report.

Coalition executive director Deborah Zsyman told the committee that some sales of e-cigarettes appear aimed at underaged customers.

“Often the cartridges are candy flavored, making them enticing to youth. Currently, they are readily available at mall kiosks and small shops throughout our state and are priced as low as $10 for the disposable varieties,” said Zsyman.

The coalition’s concerns about e-cigarettes center on sales to minors and on the lack of scientific evidence on the health effects of the devices, the report said.

“I think if we find there’s evidence that this is really a product that is safe and does help people quit smoking, then, yes, we’d be supportive of it,” Zsyman testified.