Posts Tagged ‘tobacco’

Last-ditch effort to stave off tobacco tax increase

Legislators have made a last-ditch appeal to the government to amend the 41.5 percent tobacco tax increase to soften the blow for smokers. The rise should be spread over five years, which means each cigarette stick will cost 20 HK cents more a year, said New People’s Party legislator Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee. ... read more >>

China’s New Indoor Smoking Ban Takes Effect

China’s latest push to ban smoking in indoor public venues came into effect Sunday, but the vaguely defined expanded rules were not expected to dramatically reduce the country’s heavy tobacco addiction. Smoking, which is linked to the deaths of at least 1 million people in China every year, is one of the greatest health threats the country faces, government statistics show. Nearly 30 percent of adults in China smoke, about 300 million people — a number roughly equal to the entire U.S. population. ... read more >>

Nebraska lawmakers advance cigarette legislation

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would create a way for Nebraska to collect tobacco tax revenue from American Indian tribes advanced Wednesday through a first-round legislative vote. The measure would call for state officials to reach compacts with tribes so they could collect money to comply with a national legal settlement with the four largest U.S. tobacco companies. ... read more >>

Bill seeks $1.50 hike in Maine cigarette tax

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill to increase Maine’s cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack to $3.50 has encountered opposition in the State House from convenience stores, grocers and other businesses that deal with tobacco. The Taxation Committee on Wednesday took up a bill supporters see as a way to help discourage young people from smoking. Money from the tax increase would help fund the operation of a tobacco help line. ... read more >>

British America Tobacco’s first-quarter sales rise

LONDON (MarketWatch) — British American Tobacco PLC (BATS.LN) Thursday posted a rise in first-quarter sales, but the world’s second-biggest tobacco group by revenue said volumes continued to soften and warned of challenging trading as smokers struggle with tough global economic conditions. Consumers in more mature markets are switching to low-cost brands as spending power is hit by tax hikes and other austerity measures to help governments rein in borrowing. ... read more >>

Nebraska lawmakers to debate tobacco bill

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would help Nebraska collect its share of money from a legal settlement with four major U.S. tobacco companies is set for legislative debate. The bill by Grand Island Sen. Mike Gloor is designed to help the state secure its part of the health care money from the 1998 settlement. Lawmakers could vote on the proposal as early as Wednesday. ... read more >>

Cigarette-making shops start drawing attention

RACINE COUNTY – Some states are looking at make-your-own-cigarettes shops and smelling something foul. The Wall Street Journal reported that New Hampshire sued several retailers, contending they act as cigarette manufacturers and should pay applicable fees. Michigan recently warned shops there that using the machines constitutes manufacturing; it said they must obtain a manufacturer license and meet other requirements or face criminal and civil penalties. Michigan also said retailers could not sell cigarettes without a tax stamp or face penalties. ... read more >>

JTI, КТ&G Said to Eye Bulgaria’s Bulgartabac

Korea’s КТ&G, Japan Tobacco International, Czech and British investment funds have declared interest in the privatization of Bulgaria’s state cigarette producer Bulgartabac Holding. Korean KT&G had voiced interest in the privatization of Bulgartabac as early as during the term of the government of Simeon Saxe-Coburg. KT&G is the largest cigarette and tobacco company in Korea, whose share accounts for 80% of the local market. Over the last ten years the company has been purchasing from Bulgartabac Bulgarian tobacco used in the manufacture of cigarettes. ... read more >>

Demonstrators protest at Reynolds American

A group of 17 demonstrators staged a rally Tuesday in front of Reynolds American Inc.’s downtown headquarters to call attention to tobacco-farm workers, who the protesters said are often underpaid and forced to live in poor conditions. Gail Phares of Raleigh, an organizer and advocate for immigrants’ rights, said that the U.S. must reform its immigration policies. ... read more >>

Growing Tobacco

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Despite economic turbulence and legislative challenges, tobacco retailers continue to be invested in their stores, according to results of the first NATO-CSP Tobacco Survey, which were revealed during the kickoff session of the NATO Show. According to the survey, sponsored by Swedish Match, 43 percent of the 160 convenience stores and tobacco outlet respondents (representing nearly 11,000 stores) said they increased their store count over the past three years. ... read more >>

Smoke on the water

The liquid inside a hookah is generally made by blending fresh dark leaves, fruit pulp, honey or molasses, and glycerin. Also, available in a wide variety of flavours, smokers experiment by adding ice, fruit juice, milk, red bull or even wine to water in the glass vase in order to change the taste, texture, or effect of the smoke. “All flavours are inspired by different substances and basically have tobacco, in which you add fruit flavours. There are also flavours that include pan or ones like coffee which are not fruit-based,” says Joey, a graduate, who goes on to explain, “I like sheesha because it calms me down. It’s very relaxing.” ... read more >>