Posts Tagged ‘Cigarettes’

Tax rise sees smoking rates among Hong Kong students fall by half

Hong Kong – Smoking among Hong Kong secondary school students has plunged by more than 50 per cent after a sharp rise in tax on cigarettes, according to a study released Thursday. The proportion of 11 to 16-year-olds who smoke has fallen from 6.9 per cent to 3.4 per cent since tax on tobacco was put up in 2009, the University of Hong Kong study found. ... read more >>

Altria Q1 Profit Rises, But Full-year View Unchanged

Marlboro cigarette maker Altria Group, Inc. reported Wednesday higher first-quarter profit, but left its full-year guidance unaltered as it sees the business environment to remain challenging amid high unemployment and economic concerns. Quarterly revenues declined from a year ago, reflecting weak consumer spending and ongoing tobacco-control efforts, including smoking bans. ... read more >>

New Zealand inflation rate at 30-month high

WELLINGTON — New Zealand’s inflation rate hit a two-and-a-half-year high in the 12 months to March on the back of rising fuel, alcohol and tobacco prices, official data released Monday showed. Statistics New Zealand said consumer prices increased 0.8 percent in the January-March quarter, taking the annual inflation rate to 4.5 percent, the highest since September 2008. ... read more >>

Worcester cig sale ban closer

WORCESTER — The city is one step away from becoming the ninth municipality in the state to ban the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products by local health-care providers, including chain pharmacies and other drugstores. The ban was one of four amendments to the city’s tobacco control ordinance given initial approval by the City Council. ... read more >>

Cigarettes’ High Prices Reduced Australian Teen Smoking, Says Study

Cigarettes’ high prices have contributed to Australian teenagers smoking less, according to a new study. Higher taxes on cigarettes, expanded no-smoking rules, and well-funded tobacco control programs all helped lower rates of smoking among teenagers during the study. In the current study, published in the journal Addiction, researchers led by Dr. Melanie Wakefield of The Cancer Council in Victoria set out to determine the effect of anti-smoking policies and hikes in cigarette taxes on teen smoking. ... read more >>

Partial ban on smokes outlined

WORCESTER — A move is in the works to have the city join a handful of communities statewide in banning the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products by local health care providers, including chain pharmacies and other drugstores, and institutions of higher education. At the request of the City Council, City Manager Michael V. O’Brien is recommending amendments to the city’s tobacco control ordinance to implement such a ban, as well as regulate the advertising of tobacco products within the city. ... read more >>

Cost of cigarettes and alcohol to increase tonight

Cigarette smokers face a jump of up to 50 pence on a packet of 20 from 6pm today despite the Chancellor sticking to Labour’s previously announced plans to raise tobacco duty by 2 per cent above inflation, the tobacco industry said. The price of a pint of beer is also set to rise by up to 10p, with campaigner warning more pubs will close and thousands of jobs lost after the Government pressed ahead with planned alcohol tax rises. ... read more >>

George tweets to quit the cigs

George Michael has turned to Twitter in a bid to stop smoking. Speaking to Smooth Radio’s Mark Goodier, the 47-year-old singer revealed that he started to smoke again after he was sent to prison. He said: ‘When they put you inside, they almost chuck nicotine at you and, having given up regular cigarettes many years ago, I found that within a week I was hooked back on the nicotine. ... read more >>

Cigs ban will change nothing, say shops

South Tyneside newsagents have stubbed out Government plans to ban the display of tobacco in shops. Having cigarettes on show will be outlawed in England next year as part of a package of measures to discourage smokers announced yesterday – No Smoking Day. From next April, products will have to be kept under-the-counter in large stores, and from 2015 in small shops. ... read more >>

Govt may filter out FDI in tobacco marketing

Import of cigarettes could also be shifted out of OGL. Foreign cigarette companies could soon find it harder to sell their products in India. The government is looking into a proposal to ban foreign direct investment (FDI) in the wholesale marketing arms of these companies. It is also exploring the possibility of shifting the import of tobacco products from the open general licence (OGL) to the restricted list. ... read more >>

Federal ATF agent being investigated over Hampton cigarette stings

HAMPTON — Hampton police officers were working on an undercover task force in mid-October when a peculiar e-mail message arrived on the task force’s cell phone. According to court documents, the e-mail indicated that the federal agent working with the Hampton police on stings into black-market cigarettes was — without the police officers’ knowledge — having repeated contact with a man whom they had been investigating. ... read more >>