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Bill bans smoking at all times in home day cares

The Assembly approved a bill Monday that would ban smoking inside home day care centers even after the children have left, a regulation that targets lingering “third-hand smoke” and has been adopted by 12 other states. The chamber passed the measure by Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Compton, on a 55-8 vote, with some Republican lawmakers opposed.

Smoking already is banned in homes that function as day care centers during their operating hours to prevent kids from being exposed to secondhand smoke. But Hall says recent research shows even off-hour smoking places children at risk.

“Exposure to second- and third-hand smoke is a real danger to the health of these young, developing individuals,” he said. Hall also was behind a law to require smoke-free environments for foster homes. Assembly GOP spokeswoman Amanda Fulkerson said members of her party were concerned about the government imposing regulations on business owners in their off-hours and the structure of the bill.

Supporters of the ban say the danger comes from smoke and cancer-causing compounds penetrating furniture, toys and other objects, which children can touch with their mouths. Researchers recently have started focusing on the effects of third-hand smoke, including a 2013 study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, an U.S. Department of Energy lab managed by the University of California system. The study found the lingering smoke damages DNA in human cells and is especially dangerous for children and difficult to eradicate from clothes and carpets.

If the bill passes the Senate and is signed into law by the governor, California would join 12 other states that already ban smoking in home day cares at all times — while 25 others only forbid smoking when children are inside, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention database. The CDC says local law enforcement and health departments enforce California’s existing law, and state regulators say they enforce it based on complaints and during inspections.

Hall says day care providers can still smoke cigarettes outside their homes if children have left their care. The bill doesn’t specify penalties for smoking inside during off-hours at the state’s 36,000 facilities, but existing rules call for an infraction and a $100 penalty for lighting up in the presence of children attending day care.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Tobacco Facts

 

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Philip Morris Earnings Preview

Philip Morris International is set to report its 2014 first quarter earnings on April 17. We expect the company’s deteriorating market share in the Philippines, where a sharp hike in indirect taxes implemented last year disrupted an otherwise flourishing tobacco industry, to negatively impact its results. We also expect Philip Morris’ weak performance in the European Union to continue, primarily because of the growing prevalence of illegal trading of cigarettes in the region. Furthermore, the company’s performance in the Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa region is not expected to be great either because of the tightening of anti-tobacco regulations in Russia, one of the biggest tobacco markets in the region.

Philip Morris International is a leading international tobacco company with its products sold in more than 180 countries worldwide. Until its spin-off in March 2008, Philip Morris International was an operating company of Altria Group. Excluding the U.S. and China, the company holds more than 28% of the total international cigarette market, led by its cheap Marlboro.

We currently have a $80 price estimate for Philip Morris International, which is almost in line with its current market price.

Almost 47% of the total volume decline reported by Philip Morris International last year can be attributed to its operations in the Philippines. Following a sharp hike in indirect taxes in the country, the company raised the prices of its Marlboro and Fortune brands by around 60% and 70% respectively. However, a local competitor, Mighty Corp., held back its pricing in the lower price segment, which allowed it to gain significant market share during the year. From mid-single digits in 2012, Mighty’s market share zoomed to over 20% last year.

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Tobacco Articles

 

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Islamabad holds its first smoke-free gala

The two-day family gala at F-9 Park organised by Islamabad Traffic Police was the first mega social event which remained tobacco-smoke free throughout.

The success was a result of the joint efforts of district administration, Islamabad Traffic Police, Capital Administration and Development Division and other law enforcement agencies of the capital.

Awareness messages for tobacco control laws were displayed on all the 120 stalls at the event.

The district administration Thursday had imposed the condition that social events in Islamabad would be tobacco-smoke free in line with the Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health Ordinance 2002.

Secretary of CADD Faridullah Khan appreciated the organisers for keeping the event tobacco smoke-free. He remarked that the fire and rescue department shall strengthen its infrastructure and equipment to simultaneously cater for any eventuality with multiple disasters. He went around the stalls and was keenly interested in the articles and paintings made by children with disabilities. He assured his support for the welfare and integration of these children.

The gala was attended by a large number of people from different walks of life; they enjoyed interacting with Islamabad Traffic Police under the command of Ilyas Hashmi, SP Traffic. The officials the engaged general public in informative and entertainment activities throughout the day.

Earlier, the chief commissioner of Islamabad and IG police Khalid Khattak went around the stalls and highlighted the citizen-friendly and helping attitude of the police department. Ilyas Hashmi later presented shields were to major partners of the gala.

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2014 in Tobacco Articles

 

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Navy move to ban tobacco sales would include Marine Corps

The Navy is pushing ahead toward eliminating tobacco sales on all its bases and ships, as well as all Marine Corps facilities, according to sources inside and outside the Pentagon. Officials are reportedly considering removing tobacco from all sales venues, to include any exchange-operated retail outlets, as well as MWR-operated retail outlets where is possible to buy cheap cigarettes. Six commissaries on Navy bases currently sell tobacco products.

Changes may be coming to the other services, too. A Defense Department memo dated March 14 that was obtained by Military Times encourages the services to eliminate tobacco sales — and even tobacco use — on military bases, although it stops short of ordering specific actions.

“Structural reforms in how and where we allow tobacco purchases to be made, as well as the need to consider tobacco-free installations, are all matters that require our near-term attention,” stated the memo, signed by Jessica Wright, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, and Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs.

DoD spokeswoman Army Lt. Col. Cathy Wilkinson said the department “is in the initial stages of reviewing its tobacco policies” and emphasized that “no decisions on any possible or potential changes have been made.” However, in a Thursday interview with Military Times, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said he and his senior staff are taking a “deliberate approach” in considering a “whole range” of initiatives regarding tobacco, although he did not offer specifics.

“We demand that sailors and Marines be incredibly fit,” Mabus said. “We know tobacco hurts that fitness. We know the cost of health care far exceeds any profits we could possibly make selling that.”

The effort is part of a broader campaign to increase resiliency, he said. “We’re taking steps to up the fitness across the board and looking at what those next steps will be.” The Navy’s plan is already drawing opposition from at least one lawmaker on Capitol Hill.

“While I recognize the Navy believes removing tobacco products would help in ‘maximizing the readiness’ of sailors and Marines, it’s my belief that the Navy should worry less about intruding on the personal decision-making of these same sailors and Marines, while creating added burdens in the process,” Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., a Marine Corps veteran who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, wrote in a letter to Mabus Friday.

Banning on-base sales of tobacco “limit — and in some cases restrict — access to legal products that service men and women choose to purchase on their own,” Hunter wrote. “Overall, removing tobacco sales is perceived more as a political decision, intended to make a point, than it is a decision that supports our sailors and Marines — regardless of personal feelings on the individual and legal use of tobacco products. “Having spent time around Marines and sailors through multiple deployments, I believe there are far more immediate priorities for the Navy and the Marine Corps, all of which require your leadership and attention,” Hunter told Mabus.

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2014 in Tobacco Articles

 

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