Monthly Archives: June 2015

Hawaii Should Snuff its Irrational Smoking Ban


The state of Hawaii is known for surf, sand, picturesque sunsets and hard bodies. The state tourism board and glossy brochures persuade vacationers from the mainland to hop on over for swimming, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, hiking around volcanoes and more.

The state oozes with the image of health and vitality; which may be why state politicians have decided to show no aloha for tobacco.

On June 19, Governor David Ige signed legislation that would ban anyone under the age of 21 from buying or smoking cigarettes. The ban also applies to electronic smoking devices and doesn’t include a grandfather clause, so a 20-year-old who can smoke legally now will be forced to quit cold turkey when the law takes effect on January 1.

Speaking at the bill signing in Honolulu, Gov. Ige said, “Taking this step forward to prohibit anyone under the age of 21 of smoking, purchasing, possessing, is another step to reduce the impact that smoking has on our community.”

Any shop caught selling tobacco to an adult between the ages of 18 and 21 will be fined $500 for the first offense and each violation after that will range between $500 to $2,000. Anybody under 21 caught smoking by the cops will be subject to a $10 fine for the first offense and $50 thereafter. People in Hawaii buy Davidoff cigarettes online from

This law also applies to the 116,000 active duty service members and their families who are stationed in the Aloha state, many of whom are smokers – all with the added indignity of them having zero say in the process because many soldiers are registered to vote in their home states.

According to a 2011 Department of Defense health-related behaviors survey, more than 1 in 4 active-duty service members ages 18-20 smoke.

The Marine Corps has the most young smokers by percentage, at 31.6 percent. The Army, which has more than 22,000 soldiers on Hawaii, comes in second, at 30.8 percent, followed by the Navy, at 25.5 percent, the Coast Guard, at 18.2 percent, and the Air Force, with 17.5 percent.

And now the Hawaiian state government is telling these brave men and women that they’re adult enough to enlist in the military, fly helicopters, shoot guns and put their lives on the line to protect our freedom, but not adult enough to make their own health decisions.

I thought we resolved the debate on what constitutes an adult with the 26th Amendment to the Constitution in 1971, when we lowered the voting age in federal elections from 21 to 18 years?

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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Tobacco News


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Smoking Ban to Help Clear Air for Alfresco Diners in the Hills


SMOKERS have less than a fortnight to butt out when they are dining outdoors in the Hills.

From July 6 smokers will not be able to light up within 4m of a restaurant, cafe, club and pub.

The new regulations are part of the State Government’s Smoke-free Environment Act, which makes a number of outdoor public places smoke-free.

In 2011, Hills shire councillors voted to ban smoking in alfresco dining areas in Castle Hill’s main street between Showground Rd and Castle St.

Cr Robyn Preston, who was the driving force behind the council ban, said she had received emails from residents since then calling for the whole of Castle Hill’s outdoor eating precinct to be smoke free.

“Fortunately from July 6 that can be achieved,” she said.

“As an advocate for the NSW Cancer Council, and having lost my father when I was 17 from a smoking related illness, this was something I wanted to achieve for the community.”

Hills Cancer Council Network chairman James Butler said he was pleased with the new law.

“People will now be able to dine alfresco without having to inhale other people’s smoke,” he said.

“We now know the effects of second-hand smoking are just as damaging as directly smoking.”

Smokers dining in the main street at Castle Hill last week were not bothered by the regulations.

“It’s fair enough,” Kristie Nay, of Castle Hill, said. “There’s kids around and people want to enjoy their lunch without smoking.”

Smoker Ruth O’Donohue, of Hornsby, said she agreed with the new regulations. She buys Style Selection Rose online.

“There’s enough pollution in the world as it is,” she said.
On-the-spot fines of $300 for individuals and up to $5500 for occupiers will apply.

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Posted by on June 23, 2015 in Tobacco News


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Ban on ‘Emerging’ Tobacco Products to Kick off from Dec

Smoking in Singapore

The import and sale of tobacco products such as smokeless cigarettes will be banned from Dec 15 this year, and the ban will be extended to cover more products such as oral snuff from August next year.

Announced by the Ministry of Health (MOH) yesterday, the move, which will be carried out in two phases, comes on the back of a ban on shisha last year, as part of efforts to clamp down on “emerging” tobacco products.

The ban is a “pre-emptive measure to protect public health against the known and potential harms of such products”, said the MOH in a media release. It is also “aimed at ensuring that the targeted emerging tobacco products do not gain a foothold or become entrenched in the Singapore market”.

The first phase of the ban targets emerging tobacco products currently not available in Singapore. They include smokeless cigars, smokeless cigarillos or smokeless cigarettes, dissolvable tobacco or nicotine.

Any product containing nicotine or tobacco that may be used topically for application, by implant or injected into any parts of the body will also be banned, while any solution or substance where tobacco or nicotine is a constituent, that is intended to be used with an electronic nicotine delivery system or a vaporiser, commonly referred to as e-cigarettes, will also be banned. Tobacco-containing products, tobacco derivatives, or medicinal products registered under the Medicines Act are excluded from the ban.

From Aug 1 next year, the ban will extend to emerging tobacco products already in the local market. “This is to allow for businesses to adjust their operating models and deplete their existing stocks of such products,” the MOH said. The affected products include nasal snuff, oral snuff, and gutkha, khaini and zarda, which are chewable tobacco products.People in Singapore buy Davidoff B&W White online.

The ban will be implemented via Section 15 of the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act. The Act was amended in 2010 to empower the Minister for Health to prohibit the import and sale of such emerging tobacco products. Since then, the authorities had been studying the implementation of the ban. This included ensuring the ban complies with Singapore’s international trade obligations, the MOH said.

An undergraduate who declined to give his name said he tried khaini in Malaysia last year. “The ban doesn’t really affect me, if I really want to consume khaini, I’ll just cross the border to Malaysia and have it there,” said the 23-year-old, who has been smoking since he was 19.

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Posted by on June 16, 2015 in Tobacco News



High-Ranking Brands by Reynolds

Camel Cigarettes

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. will have the No. 2-4 U.S. traditional cigarette brands in Newport, Camel and Pall Mall, respectively. Grizzly is the top-selling moist snuff brand, while Vuse has become the top-selling electronic cigarette in convenience stores. Natural American Spirit has emerged as a top-10 traditional cigarette brand.

Lorillard shareholders gain a 15 percent ownership stake in Reynolds. Murray Kessler, Lorillard’s top executive, would join Reynolds’ board of directors, as well as receive a “golden parachute” compensation package valued at $44.7 million.

The key to the FTC’s decision was the acceptance by the majority of panelists of Reynolds and Lorillard’s divestiture package. Imperial would buy Reynolds’ Winston, Salem and Kool brands, Lorillard’s Maverick brand and Lorillard’s blu eCigs. Imperial gains Lorillard’s Greensboro headquarters and the bulk of its 2,900-person workforce, including about 1,700 in Greensboro.

Imperial expects to grow its U.S. traditional cigarette market share from 3 percent to 10 percent with those brands, while some analysts say it could reach as high as 12 percent.

Howard said Lorillard employees shifting to Reynolds will do so Friday. He declined to say how many employees that would be, citing proprietary reasons.

“As has been stated on several occasions since we announced the agreements last July, we are pleased that almost all of our employees will be retaining their jobs, either by joining Reynolds or ITG immediately following closing,” said Robert Bannon, Lorillard’s industrial relations director.

At last count, Reynolds and its subsidiaries have between 2,000 and 2,200 of their 5,300 full-time and 100 part-time employees in Forsyth, the majority in Tobaccoville. Reynolds has declined in recent years to provide a local workforce update.

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Posted by on June 9, 2015 in Tobacco News



Never Planned to Quit Smoking: Anonymous Confession of Nicotine Addict

Smoking Woman

Post World No Tobacco Day (May 31), here is an anonymous confession of a nicotine addict, or what everyone else calls a chain-smoker. I don’t have a terminal disease. I didn’t quit on my doctor’s insistence or my family’s emotional blackmail. I am not religious, so Godmen and evangelists are out of the question. The escalating cost might have had a miniscule role to play, but that’s it, as far as external factors are concerned. The truth is I never planned to quit.

Like all smokers’, my system, too, had become adept at clouding my judgment when it came to my own addiction. The rational part of my brain knew how bad smoking was. Yet, the other, crippled by a habit that I feel is widely underestimated, would always win. The logic is simple: smokers don’t consider themselves drug addicts. They are just in denial about a habit that’s eating them alive.

My journey began on an anticlimactic note. I had finished one too many packets at a party one night. My lungs weren’t in pain the next morning, but I found myself just tired and temporarily bored of the activity itself. So, I thought I’ll keep the daily number to three for a bit. I had one-and-a-half cigarettes the next day. The morning after, I was just going to light the first one of the day when I got busy with work. Usually, I would have let the world burn while I took those seven minutes off, but that boredom persisted. I knew I was coming back for that killer post-lunch smoke anyway.

On day two, I woke up unbelieving that I hadn’t smoked a single one the day before. My pack had eight Donskoy cigarettes and one stub intact. “Good, I wouldn’t have to stop to buy a pack on my way to work,” I thought. The next two days passed in a similar manner; I missed the morning cigarettes because I was busy, and kept planning to have the post-lunch and post-dinner one, but just never found the right moment. Since I had no plans to quit, I didn’t feel the need to tell anyone that I hadn’t smoked in three days.

On day five, some friends realised I wasn’t lighting up as often, and asked me if I had quit. “Was I really quitting cigarettes after 10 long years?” I thought to myself. But before the pressure mounted, I copped out and said, “Of course not.” To be honest, I didn’t have enough faith in myself, and I didn’t want to cry wolf in case I didn’t last.

Day six came, and with it, arrived the withdrawal symptoms. Nothing can prepare you for these. My stomach churned. My head ached. I gnashed my teeth, and felt like the world was against me even when this decision was entirely my own. I snapped at everyone in sight. I started eating more. I put on weight. There I was thinking quitting was supposed to be good for me. Only the food tasted better. I knew day 14 was as far as I was going to go. So, I started easing myself back into regular life.

The first major test: I went out drinking. For those who are social, this is half the problem. People will ask you for a lighter, offer you drags, leave you holding on to their lit cigarettes, blow smoke into your face and laugh every time you say you don’t want one. It was like leaving an alcoholic in a wine shop. “You’re quitting or what?” they’d mock. “Of course not,” I’d say.

To combat the urge, I decided to hold a cigarette. It smelled tempting. I stood around smokers. Never once did I let my body feel deprived of it. I got through the night, and many more. I felt damn good because my abstinence was giving me the motivation I needed every day. My friends figured my plan, and started subliminally encouraging me to delay that ‘inevitable’ smoke.

People say nothing feels better than quitting smoking; that you’ll hate the cigarette once you succeed. But that’s not true. In the short run, the disadvantages of quitting far outweigh the advantages. And the long run always seems too far away to be bothered about it. Even today, there are days when I crave it. I love it, and I always will. I lied to myself once when I started smoking, thinking I’ll quit in a few years. I wasn’t going to fool myself again. On May 31, I had been cigarette-free for 100 days. I had allowed myself a smoke on day 100, but I got lazy. Maybe I’ll have one today, maybe I’ll have one in the next year, I don’t know, because, in reality, I don’t ever remember quitting.

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Posted by on June 4, 2015 in Tobacco News