Monthly Archives: February 2012

Altria seeks to tap wide-ranging tobacco users

Today’s smokers are more open to trying different types of tobacco than smokers of previous generations, and Altria Group Inc is working on new products to entice consumers who want a change from cigarettes, the company said.

Marlboro Black Nonmenthol
Marlboro Black cigarettes

The company, best-known for its Marlboro cigarettes, also stood by the profit forecast it gave in late January.

Altria, whose other products include Skoal and Copenhagen smokeless tobacco and Black & Mild cigars, has seen a shift in tobacco usage in the United States. While the number of smokers of both cigarettes and cigars has remained relatively flat, usage of smokeless tobacco has risen. Still, Marlboro – with 42 percent retail market share in the cigarette industry – remains the dominant brand in Altria’s portfolio.

Some smokers have been trying alternative products, such as smokeless tobacco, amid concerns about the health risks of smoking.

Altria is encouraged by the early sales of its new Marlboro Black brand, Vice Chairman Dave Beran told analysts and investors at the annual Consumer Analyst Group of New York, or CAGNY, conference held in Boca Raton, Florida.

Marlboro Black, which Altria’s Philip Morris USA unit began shipping in December, had over 1 percent retail market share earlier this month, said Beran, who is set to become Altria’s president and chief operating officer in May.

Marlboro Black Menthol
Marlboro Black Menthol cigarettes

The new product is what the company calls a bold, modern spin on the traditional brand, and is packaged in a black box for menthol and nonmenthol varieties.

The Marlboro brand had a 42 percent share of the market in 2011, down from 42.6 percent in 2010. Marlboro is the best-selling cigarette in all U.S. states, but like other cigarettes faces a continued decline in the number of American smokers.

Altria said it has not seen much of a change in the mix of premium and discount brands.

There has been some volatility among price-sensitive shoppers who seek out promotions and shift between different discount brands, but consumers who buy the company’s premium products tend to be loyal, Chairman and Chief Executive Mike Szymanczyk told reporters at the conference.

About 90 percent of Marlboro smokers buy only that brand, according to the company’s research.

Altria also expects adjusted earnings to grow by 6 to 9 percent in 2012, to a range of $2.17 to $2.23 per share, executives said on Wednesday.

Analysts, on average, expect Altria to earn $2.20 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Over time, Altria still aims to post average annual adjusted diluted earnings per share growth of 7 to 9 percent and issue a dividend that grows in line with its adjusted earnings per share growth.

Szymanczyk said last month that he plans to retire in May, and will be succeeded as chairman and CEO by Marty Barrington.

Shares of Altria were up 0.3 percent at $29.71 on Wednesday afternoon on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Tobacco News


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Kate Beck-inhale: Contraband actress snorts nasal spray AND smokes cigarette

It’s probably not the smartest idea to smoke cigarettes while fighting nasal congestion – but Kate Beckinsale could not resist her American Spirits while out in Santa Monica with her family for Sunday brunch.

The 38-year-old actress picked up her cigarette habit at 16, and she has only quit once – three years after becoming pregnant with her daughter with actor Michael Sheen, Lily Mo Sheen.

Kate Beckinsale Smoking
After smoking a cigarette, Kate Beckinsale snorted nasal spray

‘I try and take lots of vitamins and I don`t drink. I do smoke, though, I’d be insufferable if I didn’t smoke. You’d have to push me off a balcony I’d be so boring,’ Beckinsale has said.

Smoking cigarettes has always been a not-so-secret way for models and actresses to stay slim. However, Beckinsale has been in fighting shape thanks to her rigorous training for her new action films Contraband, Underworld: Awakening, and Total Recall.

‘I’m not aiming to be Gisele,’ Kate told Women’s Health magazine. ‘I’d hate to be one of those people who won’t allow themselves a slice of birthday cake.’ Clearly for Beckinsale, cigarettes must fall in the same guilty-pleasure category as birthday cake.

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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Tobacco News


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Philip Morris Names Threats to Cigarette Market

Philip Morris International Tobacco Company is more concerned about the influence on tobacco sales of Russia’s recent acceptance into the WTO than it is about the warning labels the company is required to put on its cigarette packs and about anti-tobacco campaigns.

Philip Morris Izhora, one of the company’s two full cigarette production plants in Russia, decreased production by 2 percent last year — to 70 billion cigarettes per year — while still managing to increase its share of the market by 0.8 percent to 26.2 percent.

Philip Morris Izhora
Philip Morris Izhora tobacco factory

“The number of cigarettes produced by the plants won’t go up soon, it is decreasing all over the world,” said Alexei Kim, director of corporate issues for Philip Morris International affiliated companies in Russia and Belarus.

“Russia has the second biggest tobacco market in the world and its market volume decreased by 2 percent last year, totaling 375 billion cigarettes.”

Reasons for the decrease are the growing struggle between tobacco companies and global anti-smoking campaigns.

Philip Morris International owns two of the strongest segments and most popular brands — Parliament and L&M. This explains why the decrease in tobacco production hasn’t influenced its share of the market. What might influence it in the future, are legal measures now being discussed in the State Duma.

One of the legal measures under discussion is the obligatory placement of graphic images on cigarette packs. The project’s authors base their argument on the experience of other countries such as Thailand.

“After six years of using photo testimonials to the harm of smoking on cigarette packs, the number of smokers in Thailand has decreased by 20 percent,” Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper quoted from the explanatory note to the bill Thursday.

Excise tax on cigarettes is also to increase at the beginning of this July.

“Philip Morris Izhora is one of the biggest taxpayers already; in 2011 alone we paid 45 billion rubles ($1.5 billion) in taxes and customs payments to all different types of budget and non-budget funds in Russia,” said Kim.

The Philip Morris Izhora plant produces cigarettes under more than 50 names of international brands such as Marlboro, Parliament and Virginia S. The plant’s cigarettes are distributed in Russia and former Soviet republics and also exported to other countries. The Izhora plant also exports other tobacco-related products such as filters.

“The product we offer is very ambiguous and we try our best to inform our adult consumers about what risks they are taking [when they use it],” said Maria Kulakhmetova, corporate communication and public relations manager at Philip Morris Sales and Marketing in Moscow.

“Our company was the first to put warning labels on cigarette packs. In 2003, we started putting leaflets about the dangers of smoking inside the packs. Also, everyone can read about the risks of smoking on our web site.”

“Concerning the graphic images and warning labels, they won’t influence demand,” said Kim.

“When the warning labels first came out, people were curious and asked questions, but then just started to ignore them. The risks we have identified are connected with Russia joining the WTO and its relationship with the countries in the Customs Union,” he added. “Nevertheless, we are confident in our own brands and their quality.”

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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Tobacco News


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Smoking variations

  1. French Inhale – After drawing the smoke into your mouth, instead of inhaling the smoke in your mouth, slowly push the smoke of your lips and while it rises out of your mouth, inhale it with your nose. This produces a strong “hit” while impressing those watching.
French Inhale Smoking
Smoking woman French Inhale
    1. Smoke Rings – This is when rings of smoke are puffed out. this means that the smoke is not inhaled but kept in the mouth before blowing out. there are many methods for blowing smoke rings, the most common being to bring the lower jaw forward, raising the tongue up and gently letting the smoke come out using small movements of the throat, like a very small cough.
    1. Dangling – Experienced smokers integrate smoking into everything in their lives. To be able to do this their hands need to be free so they learn to keep the cigarette in their mouths all the time. This makes since since a cigarette in the mouth is ready for a drag at all times while one in the hand isn’t being inhaled and that’s missing the whole point. The tricks to dangling are 1. Keeping the smoke out of your eyes, 2. Keeping the sidestream smoke from going up your nose or being inhaled. Over time this becomes second nature to the professional smoker.
    1. Chain Smoking – These days “chain smoking” has negative connotations but it need not. In reality all it means is lighting one cigarette off the burning ember of another. This can be handy when you want a light from a friend or it’s windy out and you’ll have trouble using a lighter. Many times a moderate smoker occasionally wants a second cigarette that this is simplest way.
Chain Smoking
    1. Hot boxing – Smoking inside an enclosed environment. ( such as a car, bathroom ect..)
Smoking in car
    1. Double pumping – Take a drag, inhale, take another drag while exhaling the first out your nose then inhale again. This can be repeated to triple, quad… pump.
    2. Snap inhale – Take a drag open your mouth to let the smoke start to escape then sharply inhale it so it gets drawn back into your mouth.
Snap Inhale
    1. French inhale – Pull the smoke into your mouth without inhaling it. then move your lower jaw up and forward and allow the smoke to flow out while using your nose to inhale it back in.

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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Tobacco Articles


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Less Addictive Cigarettes Preferred By Smokers

Results from an International Tobacco Control (ITC) United States Supplemental Survey, published recently in the journal BMC Public Health , reveal that smokers strongly favor decreasing the addictiveness of cigarettes.

Lighting Up Cigarette
Woman lighting up a cigarette

Lead investigator Andrew Hyland, PhD, Chair of the Department of Health Behavior at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), and his team, surveyed 678 smokers between November 2009 and January 2010 on their attitudes and beliefs about the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA). In 2009, the Act was signed into law, authorizing the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) authority to control the manufacturing, marketing and sale of tobacco products, with a mandate to reduce tobacco-related disease and death.

Dr. Hyland explained:  “These baseline data were collected shortly after passage of the FDA law and prior to enactment of specific regulatory measures. These initial levels of support or opposition for specific policy measures are useful to inform policy development and highlight the need to continue to educate smokers and the public at large about the purpose behind the regulations.”

The survey findings revealed, that:

  • 71% of smokers did not know that the FDA is authorized to regulate tobacco.
  • 67% of smokers are in favor of reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes – if nicotine was available in a non-cigarette form.
  • 67% of smokers reported supporting banning cigarette advertising, promotion, and marketing activities.
  • 41% of smokers reported they would agree to a law that would ban additives and flavoring that make cigarettes less harsh.

Dr. Hyland comments:  “To date, little is known about the attitudes toward the FDA’s new role in regulating tobacco products. Our research found that most smokers were supportive of efforts to make tobacco products less addictive, to ban advertising, and to better inform the public about health risks.”

The ITC United States Survey started in 2002 and has been conducted almost every year in conjunction with ITC surveys in Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia, who are part of the global ITC Project. The project performs similar surveys in over 20 countries, which combined, account for over half of the world’s population, in order to assess the affects of tobacco control policies, including warning pictures, higher taxes on tobacco products, advertising and promotion bans as well as smoke-free laws.

Dr. Hyland states:  “We are in the process of comparing our data on support for tobacco-control policies in the U.S. to support what we’ve found in other countries. This will allow us to understand tobacco use and the potential of FDA policies to reduce tobacco use not only here in the U.S. but throughout the world.”

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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Tobacco News


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What’s in a cigarette?

Modern cigarette manufacturing is a sophisticated, complex industry in which manufacturers compete to satisfy the demands and preferences of consumers. As cigarette use spread, the cultivation of tobacco gained in popularity. At first, all cigarettes were rolled manually, whether by the individual smoker or by shop workers, who rolled and glued cigarettes before they were packaged.

Cigarette Structure
Cigarette applications


Only a portion of the tobacco inside a cigarette comes from the leaf of a tobacco plant. A significant amount of the shredded brown innards of most modern cigarettes is a paper product called “reconstituted tobacco” or “homogenized sheet tobacco,” which is made from a pulp of mashed tobacco stems and other parts of the tobacco leaf that would otherwise go to waste.

In addition to reconstituted tobacco, cigarette companies pack cigarettes with so-called puffed tobacco (also called “expanded tobacco”), which allows them to produce more cigarettes per pound of tobacco grown with lower levels of tar particles in the smoke.


Though seemingly innocuous, cigarette paper is largely responsible for the rate at which a cigarette burns and the amount and density of the smoke it produces. The paper displays a pattern of concentric circle striations called “burn rings.” The burn rings correspond to two different thicknesses in the paper, which serve to precisely control the speed at which the cigarette burns, slowing it automatically when the smoker is not inhaling in order to prolong the cigarette’s consumption and speeding it up as the smoker takes a drag so as to maximize smoke intake.


The filter cigarette was a specialty item until 1954, when manufacturers introduced it broadly following a spate of speculative announcements from doctors and researchers concerning a possible link between lung diseases and smoking. Reacting to smokers’ voiced fears and sudden reduced cigarette consumption, cigarette companies, by altering the filter’s structure and materials, began making competing claims about how low their brands’ tar and nicotine levels were.

Some cigarettes today boast the inclusion of a “charcoal filter” in addition to the more common dense, synthetic fiber filters seen in almost all filter cigarettes. Manufacturers claim that charcoal filters in cigarettes, which contain bits of charcoal embedded within the fiber filters, reduce certain toxins in the smoke.

Most filter cigarettes also bear ventilation holes punched around the circumference of the filter tip. (Regular cigarettes might feature one ring of ventilation holes, while light and ultra-light cigarettes of the same brand might have two or more rings.) These tiny holes, which you can see by holding the unrolled paper up to a bright light, can allow enough fresh air into the smoke that such cigarettes can test quite low in tar and nicotine levels when smoked by machines, which do not cover the holes. However, smokers’ fingers or lips often cover some of these holes as they puff, giving them much higher doses of tar and nicotine than advertised. According to critics of the tobacco industry, the holes create a flexible dosing system that allows addicted smokers to maintain the tar and nicotine levels they crave while believing they are receiving lower, safer doses.

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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Tobacco Facts


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Tips on How to Smoke a Cigarette

  • Smokers sometimes tighten their mouth to provide some pressure resistance and expel the inhaled smoke further. However, it is possible for people to have uneven lips (a very thin upper lip which may not allow the mouth to close all the time and can release smoke before inhaling) in cases like this the person should try and put their bottom lip over the upper one and hold tightly.
Cigarette Smoking
Brunette in sunglasses smoking a cigarette
  • Some smokers also expel smoke through their nose from time to time, though the majority do not, as the smoke further irritates the mucus membranes in the nose and sinuses.
  • A small amount of the smoke will stay in your lungs, sometimes for a few hours, until it is absorbed or breathed out through normal breathing.
  • Most smokers do not leave the cigarette in their mouth, as it is difficult to breathe normally (without inhaling smoke, some of which will exit the filter without drawing on it), and the hot smoke from the end burns the nose and gets in the eyes. Some smokers, however, do manage to do so.
  • Simply sucking in small amounts of smoke without inhaling can, with practice, produce a convincing portrayal of a smoker. The smoke will be thicker and will not be expelled with as much as force as if it were inhaled.
  • Take care not to light the filter end of the cigarette.
  • Menthol cigarettes, apart from the aroma of burning tobacco, also have a slight mint aroma as well as a mentholated cooling sensation, akin to that usually associated with cold remedies.
  • Smokers sometimes tap their cigarette pack or a single cigarette in order to settle the tobacco which makes the cigarettes burn slower and more evenly. Point the pack or cigarette filtered end down and tap the pack against the palm of your hand or the cigarette against the table. Take care not to apply too much force or you will break the cigarettes. Some smokers will also tap the end of the cigarette to compress the tobacco further.
  • Smokers often smoke more when drinking alcoholic beverages because smoking is a social event, and people especially smoke more if their friends also smoke. Some people also get nervous in social situations, therefore smoking more, mainly to keep their hands busy, and to deal with the tension of the social interaction they may be experiencing. Nicotine is also a stimulant which temporarily overcomes the effects of alcohol. Addicts in withdrawal also experience the depressive effects of alcohol more strongly.
  • Smokers tolerate both the nicotine and the various chemicals in the tobacco, (dizziness, nausea, etc) as well as the negative physiological affects of the carbon monoxide much more so than non-smokers. Smokers no longer experience the “high” that first-time smokers do.
  • Do not smoke on an empty stomach, as this could provoke a feeling of nausea.
  • When your cigarette is almost burned down to the filter line, put it out by crushing the lit end in an ashtray or against the ground. You can scrape the cigarette against it to put it out further.
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Tobacco Articles


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