Posts Tagged ‘2010’

China tobacco industry pays 605 bln yuan in taxes in 2010

China’s tobacco industry paid 604.55 billion yuan (93 billion U.S. dollars) in taxes last year, up 16.95 percent year on year, the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration (STMA) said Tuesday. Also, the industry handed over 498.85 billion yuan in profits to the government in 2010, up 21.2 percent from one year earlier, said the head of the STMA, Jiang Chengkang. ... read more >>

Pot legalization advocates are undeterred by the defeat of Prop. 19

Despite Proposition 19’s loss at the polls last week, marijuana legalization advocates in California are already working on their comeback plan for 2012 and are almost giddy about their prospects. They see the election as a trial run that could lead to a campaign with a better message, a tighter measure and more money. Both the winning and losing sides say California’s voters rejected this specific initiative, but remain open to legalizing the easily obtainable drug. ... read more >>

DoD boosts quit tobacco efforts for 2010

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is delivering new focused content, as well as innovative tools and updated information, to help military men and women make 2010 the year they become tobacco free. The DoD-sponsored campaign, Quit Tobacco-Make Everyone Proud, at, is supporting military personnel in their efforts to ditch the addiction and leave tobacco behind – once and for all – as they begin the new decade. ... read more >>

China Slims

Mengcheng doesn’t have the ring to it that Havana or Montechristo have. But for what this modest city in Anhui Province lacks in Caribbean romance it has in ambition, aiming to make its mark on the world with high-quality cigars. In true China style, rows of serious-looking female workers in grey overalls, hair in disposable white caps, roll brown tobacco leaf into fat fingers which are then shipped to another assembly line to be clipped, smoothed and stamped and boxed as Wangguan (“crown”) cigars, which are then sent across China and the US to be sold. ... read more >>