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Ballot Initiative Would Triple Cigarette Taxes

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An initiative aimed at next year’s ballot to more than triple the tax on California cigarettes would raise at least $1.3 billion annually, with the money going to an array of health and other programs, according to the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal adviser.

The Legislative Analyst’s Office reported Monday that the proposal to add $2 in taxes to a pack of cigarettes would increase the per-pack taxes to $2.87, which would increase the total cost to nearly $9 per pack. The current average retail cost of a pack of cigarettes is nearly $6. Cheap Lucky Strike cigarettes may be bought online http://www.buycigarettes.eu/lucky-strike

Other tobacco products  also would be subject to higher taxes if the initiative was approved — including nicotine-containing e-cigarettes, which would be taxed for the first time as a tobacco product.

“The $2 per pack cigarette tax increase would lead to an equivalent increase in the tax rate on other tobacco products, which is currently equivalent to a $1.37 per pack tax on cigarettes,” the LAO reported. “The new tax rate on other tobacco products would be equivalent to a $3.37 per pack tax on cigarettes.”

The proposed initiative initiative, which if approved would take effect in April 2017, is supported by the California Medical Association, the California Lung Association, the Service Employees International Union and hedge-fund billionaire Tom Steyer, among others.

Currently, about $400 million is collected annually from tobacco taxes and distributed to state and local governments, including programs to further tobacco research and health care, the LAO said.

The money collected under the new plan, between $1.3 billion and $1.6 billion, would be used for existing healthcare programs and services, including ” tobacco-related prevention and cessation programs, law enforcement programs (and) medical research on tobacco-related diseases.”

The University of California would receive some $40 million annually to increase the number of primary care and emergency physicians. Currently, about 8,000 graduate medical students are trained at six campuses.

In the past, increases in cigarette taxes have been accompanied by declines in cigarette use, as smokers find the increased cost prohibitive. But some smokers also may turn to purchasing cigarettes online in hopes of avoiding the potential tax. “For example, consumers could avoid paying the new tax on e-cigarettes by purchasing untaxed e-cigarettes from Internet vendors,” the LAO noted.

California voters in recent years have twice rejected increasing cigarette taxes. A bill to boost cigarette taxes, SB 591 by Sen. Richard Pan, a physician, was derailed earlier this year in the Legislature.

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2015 in Tobacco News

 

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New Orleans: Bar Owners Have Different Opinions on Smoking Ban

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On April 22, when the clock struck midnight at Parkview Tavern, the bartender herded smokers outside, leaving only a few patrons inside as most of the crowd headed for the patio. It was a strange scene, the large crowd outside and the near-empty bar inside, but one that is becoming increasingly common in New Orleans.

Across New Orleans, bar owners and patrons say they’re seeing the same phenomenon — lively crowds outside and a near-barren barroom inside.

“Sometimes, I get here and there’s a huge crowd outside, and then I walk inside to find two people in here and then another crowd out on the back patio,” said T. Cole Newton, owner of Twelve Mile Limit in Mid-City, which went smoke-free in 2013.

The New Orleans City Council has passed a sweeping ban against smoking in most public places across the city, but exempts patios, courtyards, balconies and outdoor areas.

Many bars owners have responded by expanding outdoor seating, adding tables to sidewalks and squeezing a few more chairs into courtyards, even buying new televisions and speakers to face outside for football games. Some bars, such as Pal’s Lounge in Mid-City and Cajun Mike’s Pub and Grub in the Central Business District, are planning to add awnings to protect smoking patrons from the rain.

Pal’s has gone a step further: The bar allows patrons to place signs at the bar to reserve their seats for 10 minutes while they go out and smoke. People in New Orleans prefer to buy Monte Carlo Silver cigarettes from the web.

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2015 in Tobacco News

 

Multnomah County Weighs Increasing Minimum Age to Buy Tobacco

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Public health advocates asked the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday to raise the minimum age to purchase cigarettes from 18 to 21.

The recommendation came as commissioners held their first public hearing to consider charging between $350 and $600 in licensing fees to retailers who sell tobacco products, including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and electronic devices that vaporize liquid nicotine.

Many minors get cigarettes from friends who are over 18, but many don’t have social circles that expand to people over 21, some advocates told commissioners. About 95 percent of smokers become addicted by the age of 21, said Linda Roman, policy director of the Oregon Health Equity Alliance.

Commissioner Jules Bailey supported raising the age requirement. No other commissioner reacted to the recommendation during the hearing. Teenagers know where to buy cheap cigarettes.

“I think it only makes sense and we could save a lot of lives doing it,” Bailey said.

Hawaii is the only state that requires the minimum age to be 21, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alabama, Alaska, New Jersey and Utah require the age to be 19.

Three out of four adults favor raising the minimum age, according to the CDC. That includes seven of 10 adult smokers who agree.

County health officials and anti-tobacco advocates have asked commissioners to establish stricter regulations on employers and retailers. In March, the county adopted a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes. In May, commissioners discussed sales tax options, and last month, they reviewed how other cities and counties operate license programs and how much they charge retailers.

Roman suggested four policies for the county to consider, including licensing requirements, minimum prices of cigarette packs, the new minimum age, and zoning requirements, such as keeping new retailers at least 1,000 feet from schools.

Revenue from licensing fees would pay for administration, enforcement and spot checks to ensure retailers follow state and federal laws, she said. It would also pay for education programs, in several languages, to retailers about selling tobacco and keeping the product away from children.

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2015 in Tobacco News

 

Wisconsin 4th in Nation in Smoking Quit Attempts

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A new CDC report shows Wisconsin is among the states with the highest percentage of residents who have tried to quit smoking. Those smokers may benefit from knowing that there is free help at their fingertips by calling 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) or visiting the newly redesigned http://www.WiQuitLine.org.

CDC analyzed data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) for the years 2001-2010 and 2011-2013 to provide updated state-specific trends in quit attempts among adult smokers. During 2001-2010, the proportion of adult cigarette smokers who had made a quit attempt in the past 12 months increased in 29 states and the US Virgin Islands.

The states and territories with the highest proportion of smokers who reported a quit attempt during the preceding 12 months were Puerto Rico and Guam (76.4 percent), District of Columbia (64.4 percent), Connecticut (72.5 percent) and Wisconsin (71.3 percent).

The states and territories with the lowest proportion of smokers who reported a quit attempt during the preceding 12 months were Kentucky (56.2 percent), North Dakota (58.7 percent), West Virginia (59.7 percent), Iowa (59.8 percent) and Delaware (60.2 percent).

The Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line, established in May of 2001, is managed by the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (UW-CTRI) and is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. It does not matter where you buy cigarettes http://www.buycigarettes.eu/donskoy/bright – you are invited to participate in the campaign.

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2015 in Tobacco News

 

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Smoke-free Beach Proposed by Pembrokeshire Council

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Smoking could be banned on one of Pembrokeshire’s beaches after councillors voted to hold a formal consultation into the idea.

Pembrokeshire would be the first council in Wales to introduce a smoke-free beach.

A consultation will now be held to decide which beach should be used for a pilot scheme.

Councillors also voted to make the area’s playgrounds and sporting areas smoke-free, including e-cigarettes.

All 100 parks, sports grounds and playing fields owned or managed by Pembrokeshire council or community councils will have signs erected asking people not to smoke.

The main aim is to try and discourage young people from smoking, and to promote health and well-being. However, smokers say that the move will not make them stop smoking and they will continue to purchase cheap cigarettes.

Pembrokeshire is the last council in Wales to do this for play areas, but believes it is the first to include e-cigarettes in the ruling.

Cabinet members said the move was not a ban and admitted it would not be enforceable.

Smoke-free beaches are already common in some states in the US, and also exist in Canada, Mexico, Japan and Australia.

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2015 in Tobacco News

 

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Senator Calls for €3 Increase on Cigarettes

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Professor John Crown, a Senator and cancer specialist, has called on the government to consider a new tax of at least €3 on packets of cigarettes.

The oncologist was speaking to Newstalk when he suggested the government should up the price of cigarettes considerably.

His argument comes from the perspective of a medical practitioner working in one of Dublin’s major hospitals where he witnesses the detrimental effects the addiction has on smokers and their families.

“When you increase the price of smoking, you do reduce the amount of smoking,” Mr Crown said.

“Anything we can do that makes fewer people smoke and put themselves at terrible risk for terrible diseases is to be encouraged.”

Colette Fitzpatrick quizzed Professor Crown on the smokers who will be hit financiallyif the tax were to be introduced.

“This is an addiction,” he said. “It is caused by the tobacco industry deliberately addicting people to their products.

“Five of every six smokers began as an underage child. If children don’t take up smoking, there will be a decreasing pool of people to buy the products made by the tobacco company.

“What punishes smokers is having their legs amputated in their 40s or 50s. What punishes smokers families is losing their mother or their father or their brother or their sister or their spouse.

“It’s not the couple of extra euros on the price of the smoking that punishes them, those are the punishments. Those are death sentences.”

Smoker do not welcome the idea of prices increase and that is why they are going to buy cigarettes at low prices from the web.

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2015 in Tobacco News

 

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Limiting Teenage Smoking is Top Priority in Plymouth

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PLYMOUTH’S director of public health has branded limiting teenage smoking “a top priority”, after a study found one in eight 15-year-old girls in Plymouth currently smoke. Statistics from the Health and Social Care Information Centre released earlier this week show just over 13 per cent of 15-year-old girls in the city and 5.6 per cent of boys are smokers. Teenagers are attracted most of all by flavoured little cigars such as Captain Black http://www.mydiscountcigarette.net/buy/captain-black

Alarmingly, the figures also revealed that around 13 per cent of Plymouth 15-year-old do not consider smoking to be dangerous. The new data, published in a report called Health and Wellbeing of 15-year-old in England: Smoking Prevalence, indicated more than a quarter of youngsters from across Plymouth have admitted to smoking at least once before – well above the national averages.

Professor Kelechi Nnoaham, Plymouth’s director of public health, admitted the Council and city-based health organisations face a tough task in limiting teenage smokers.

“Plymouth City Council, as the strategic lead for public health in Plymouth, recognises that reducing smoking rates in the city is one of our top priorities, and we know that we need to start as early as possible.

“There are no sudden solutions to getting young people to stop – rather it is a range of initiatives which are designed to make Plymouth a healthier city and ensure everyone lives long, enjoyable, healthy lives.

“Smoking is one of four lifestyle behaviours – along with excessive drinking, inactivity and unhealthy diet – which lead to 54% of deaths in Plymouth, which is why we’ve launched our Thrive Plymouth scheme to encourage healthier lifestyles.

“We know that if we grow up free from tobacco, drink alcohol in moderation, exercise regularly and watch what we eat – we can make a big difference to our health and live longer, healthier lives.”

The Oxford graduate, who assumed the role of director of public health last year after a successful spell in a similar position in Bristol, did draw some positives from yesterday’s findings.

“According to this survey, the vast majority of young people do not smoke – with over 90% of 15 year old people reporting that they do not smoke.

“This figure is broadly in line with the estimate made by our more extensive school based local survey carried out earlier in the year.

“Research has consistently shown that many smokers start to use tobacco in their early teens so we need to do all we can to help prevent young people taking up smoking in the first place.

“Proposed changes to bring in plain cigarette packaging may help with this but we also need to continue to work with local schools, via our healthcare providers Plymouth Community Healthcare, to work with young people about benefits of growing up free from tobacco.”

Given the rise of e-cigarettes and legal highs in recent years, the study also examined the effect of “other tobacco products”.

While just three per cent of teens polled said they currently use e-cigarettes, more than 15 per cent admitted to smoking them at least once or twice. 11 per cent of 15-year-olds, meanwhile, told the survey they had used alternative products to tobacco.

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2015 in Tobacco News

 

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Minneapolis City Council Restricts Flavored Tobacco Sales

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Flavored cigars will no longer be sold in many Minneapolis stores starting in January.

The City Council voted Friday to ban flavored tobacco products at convenience stores, according to the Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1Momrph).

The federal government banned flavored cigarettes in 2009, but other tobacco products are still sold with fruit and candy flavors.

Council Member Elizabeth Glidden called the ban a “major policy change” that will have a significant effect on young people in the city. She said it is up to cities to fill in the gaps left from federal action aimed at curbing youth smoking.

“It seems like a challenge that we as local communities need to take action to address,” she told the crowd at Friday’s meeting. “You have come to us with proposals on how to make that happen.”

Currently, cigars sold in flavors like grape, strawberry and chocolate can be sold at more than 300 locations. Starting in January that drops to fewer than two dozen adult-only tobacco shops.

The vote followed several weeks of debate between anti-tobacco advocates who argued that flavored products were designed to attract young smokers and shop owners who fear a significant hit to their businesses.

The measure passed on Friday also set minimum prices for both flavored and unflavored cigars at $2.60.

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Posted by on July 21, 2015 in Tobacco News

 

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Regulated by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, warnings and messages on smoking should be 50 percent or more of the principal display areas but shall be no less than 30 percent of the principal display areas. Hong Kong had already reached the standard and the CTA hoped the government would stop increasing the percentage.

The CTA also warned that unintended consequences maybe caused by the change. An 85-percent warning label would cover too much space on the packets, it said, making it harder for consumers to distinguish one brand from another, thus undermining business competition.

Smaller free space for manufacturers may also lead to piracy problems as the anti-counterfeit labels are smaller and easier to fabricate, it said.

Some manufacturers need to give up their original brand designs, the alliance said, and accused the authorities of breaching the city’s trademark laws.They say that people want to buy Style Selection Blue in original packs.

At present, only Thailand and Nepal have applied health warning labels of more than 85 percent in size.

The CTA urged the government to review its proposals by conducing more research and consultations and wait for further information from the two countries so that it can use them for reference.

The Council on Smoking and Health (COSH), a statutory body in the city promoting tobacco control and health improvement, felt the opposite. It said the proposal is a right decision to make.

It appeared tough on endorsing the move and urged the government to push for a even tighter control, which includes a unitary packing order with brand names only written in standard fonts. The COSH thought it a “must do” to increase people’s awareness of the harm that smoking would do to a person.

The Department of Health said the health warnings are an important part of the city’s tobacco control work and do have positive effects.

Under WTO guidelines, the warnings and messages should “cover the cigarette packet as much as possible”, a department’s spokesman said.

The LegCo’s Panel on Health Services will hold a special meeting on July 6 to discuss the issue.

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2015 in Tobacco News

 

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Hawaii Should Snuff its Irrational Smoking Ban

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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 http://www.mydiscountcigarette.net/buy/davidoff

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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