Monthly Archives: November 2013

British American Tobacco aims to create ‘vintage’ cigarettes market

Dunhill cigarettes

Britain’s biggest tobacco firm has turned to the wine industry for ideas on how to give its cigarettes some cachet.

British American Tobacco is bringing out premium packets of Dunhill cigarettes, containing details of the lineage of the leaf used, along with the year of harvest.

Its aim is to create a market in limited edition vintage cigarettes, similar to that found in fine wines.
The firm is trying to cash in on the move by consumers towards premium brands. Its packs of 20 will cost a hefty £18 – double the price of a standard pack

The packets could prove controversial among health campaigners, who may claim it is an attempt to glamorise a product that can kill.

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Posted by on November 26, 2013 in Tobacco Facts


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Smoking ban on planes

After a 25-year battle, smoking is essentially banned on all airline flights beginning and ending in the U.S. when President George H.W. Bush signs legislation that make it through Congress despite fierce resistance by legislators from tobacco states.

Technically, the new law forbids smoking on any domestic flight lasting less than six hours–which means only 28 out of 16,000 flights are exempted, mainly non-stops to Hawaii. It replaces a previous law banning smoking on U.S. flights lasting under two hours.

It’s seen as a big victory for health advocates and flight attendants, who had long complained about all the second-hand smoke they had to breathe in. A turning point in the debate, in fact, had been a National Academy of Sciences report in 1986 which had found that flight attendants typically were exposed to the same level of second-hand smoke as someone married to a person who smoked a pack a day.

Still, it had been an uphill battle.  As far back as 1973 the Civil Aeronautics Board had  begun addressing the matter by requiring airlines to create separate smoking and non-smoking sections in their planes.  But only the tobacco companies saw that as much of a solution.  As one critic of the policy put it: “A smoking section on an airplane is like having a peeing section in a swimming pool.”

Even with more and more scientific evidence showing harmful health effects of an airplane cabin full of smoke, the political debate came down to rights of smokers versus non-smokers. When his attempts to block the legislation through a filibuster failed, Senator Jesse Helms, from the big tobacco state of North Carolina, complained: “People who smoke cigarettes have a right, too. But they are going to have no choice.”

By the mid-1990s, airlines began adopting no-smoking policies that applied worldwide, beginning with Delta in 1995, and followed two years later by TWA, United and American Airlines.  Air France, British Air and Virgin Atlantic followed suit in 1998.  When, in 2000, President Bill Clinton signed a law officially prohibiting smoking on every flight into and out of the U.S., it was a mere formality.

More recently, companies selling electronic cigarettes, which emit no smoke, began promoting them as devices that can be smoked anywhere–including on planes. And technically, they were right–the existing law doesn’t actually prohibit them.  But none of major airlines is allowing e-cigarettes to slip through that loophole.  For now, their position is that faux cigarettes are no more welcome on their planes than the real thing.

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Posted by on November 19, 2013 in Tobacco News


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County to host Great American Smokeout

Interested in kicking your nicotine habit? The Athens City-County Health Department may be able to help. The third Thursday of November marks the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, an event designed to encourage smokers to quit — or to plan to quit — their use of tobacco products that day.

“By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life — one that can lead to reducing cancer risk,” said Kim Knapp-Browne, the agency’s tobacco education and prevention coordinator, in a news release.

What does it take to participate? Simply a personal commitment to quitting, said Knapp-Browne. Those needing a little guidance can go to O’Bleness Memorial Hospital’s Willow View Cafe lobby on Nov. 21 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., where Knapp-Browne will be answering questions and giving away free resources like Quit Kits and stress balls. The Ohio Tobacco Quit Line, 1-800-784-8669, is another resource.

In February, O’Bleness Health System will be offering free classes utilizing the American Cancer Society’s Freshstart smoking cessation program. For more information call (740) 566-4800 or email Businesses even offer cessation services, and so Knapp-Browne recommends checking with an employer, too.

While statistics in Athens County suggest the rates of smoking traditional tobacco products (cigarettes and chewing tobacco) are going down, the biggest concern now is with electronic cigarettes, Knapp-Browne said.

Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, are battery-operated devices designed to deliver nicotine, flavor and other chemicals. Tests have shown some e-cigarettes have toxins such as diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze, according to Knapp-Browne’s research.

The products are fairly new and are not FDA approved or regulated. While smokers believe e-cigarettes are safer than conventional products, not much is known about their safety or if there is any benefit of using them.

Only recently have there been research published related to e-cigarette use, Knapp-Browne said. There are now 3.5 million e-cigarette users in the U.S., according to research conducted by the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program located in California. They’re expected to surpass the consumption of conventional cigarettes by 2023.

Because the products are so new, there is no proof the vapor is safe for the person smoking or for those who breathe the secondhand vapor, according to the release.

According to a study called “Electronic Cigarettes: How Will They Impact Human Health,” stem cells were sensitive to the fluids and vapor, indicating pregnant women should avoid using and exposure to e-cigarette vapors.

There are no federal age restrictions preventing children or teens from buying them, nor are there advertising restrictions. More than 76 percent of high school students are dual users, meaning they use both regular and e-cigarettes.

“Quitting is hard,” Knapp-Browne said, “but you can increase your chances of success with help from several other sources.”

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Posted by on November 12, 2013 in Tobacco News


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