Posts Tagged ‘tobacco control’

Tobacco law brings changes

The cost of cigarettes rise in some stores from today as a new law banning the display of tobacco comes into force. ... read more >>

Unauthorised tobacco farms galore in state, AP

BANGALORE: Even as efforts are on to curtail tobacco consumption, the government has not managed to stop farmers from choosing this as a lucrative crop option. There are as many as 40,000 unauthorised tobacco farmers in the state who do not have a licence from the tobacco board. Manju Pillai, director of auctions, tobacco board on Wednesday said that the agency was earning around Rs 30 crore annually only as penalty from unauthorised tobacco growers in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. “They are not encouraging these farmers to take up other crops like ginger or turmeric,” she said. ... read more >>

Big tobacco wields FOI docs against Labor

Big tobacco says documents obtained under freedom of information laws prove the federal government is on shaky ground when it comes to mandating plain packaging for cigarettes. British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) has taken its fight to get access to one particular document to the Federal Court. But it said documents already obtained under FOI laws showed plain packaging would impinge on tobacco companies’ trademark rights. ... read more >>

Local producer to make a horror film about smoking

PETALING JAYA: While many film-makers are keen on making films on ghosts and the supernatural, one producer has a different idea. Aron Koh, 32, is making a film to inflict horror on smokers. The title of his short film is Cinta Akhir, and is supported by Asap, an anti-smoking campaign targeted at Malaysian youths. Koh said the film was his first attempt at something that “might not be supported by everyone”. ... 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 >>

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 >>

Anti-smoking group urges changes to tobacco regulations

The John Tung Foundation and other civic groups yesterday made an urgent call for revisions to tobacco regulations aimed at smoking, after studies showed a rising number of young people were picking up the habit. More than 150 civic groups called for tighter tobacco restrictions that would mitigate the harmful effects of exposure to second-hand smoke and the “excessive marketing and advertisement efforts” by tobacco companies. ... read more >>

Plain cigarette packs to ‘only show death and disease’

Australia will become the first country in the world to require tobacco products to be sold in plain packaging, to reduce their appeal to consumers. Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon today released the government’s proposed legislation for the initiative as it continues the fight to reduce smoking related deaths in the community. ... 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 >>

Heading for a reduced harm future? Whither the cigarette?

The main thrust of tobacco control legislation is to reduce the harm done by smoking. This has led to health warnings, smoking bans and advertising restrictions. It has also led to compulsory filters and legislation to reduce tar. Short of banning the manufacture of cigarettes, where else will it lead and what product will tobacco consumers be buying in 2050? ... 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 >>