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  • 100% Tax on Tobacco

    05/29/2017 7:09:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Dubai Post ^ | Monday, May 29, 2017
    The UAE’s Ministry of Finance has announced that it will start implement a selective tax on goods that affect health; this will come into effect from the last quarter of 2017. A 100% tax will be imposed on tobacco, while aerated drinks will be hit by a 50% tax. Several countries and organisations are working hard to fight smoking. The latest effort comes from Britain, which has decided to change the colour of cigarette packs to greenish brown, which experts called ‘the ugliest colour in the world’, according to the BBC. This aims to deter smokers from picking it up.
  • Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Says Black Tobacco Farmers Producing More Than Whites

    05/12/2017 9:21:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    NewZimbabwe ^ | 11 MAY 2017
    Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa has once again defended the chaotic land reform programme boasting that black tobacco farmers are now producing more of the golden leaf than the white commercial farmers during the colonial era. Responding to questions soon after delivering a public lecture on command agriculture at the Midlands State University main campus in Gweru, Mnangagwa said the tobacco production figures justified government's seizure of prime land from the white commercial farmers. "There used to be a man called Ian Smith who used to rule this country. At the height of production of their tobacco they used to produce...
  • Can a privately owned co-op evict residents for smoking?

    04/18/2017 5:54:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | April 18, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    Back in December we looked at one of the final “midnight regulations” handed down from the Obama administration which sought to ban smoking tobacco products in government housing units. That was a complicated case to be sure, but Susan Shapiro brings up an even stranger story at the Washington Post this week. Shapiro is a former smoker herself (who is to be congratulated for having kicked the habit fifteen years ago) and lives in a privately owned co-op which is considering banning smokers and even giving the boot to people who already own a unit there if they smoke. The...
  • State pols reject Gov. Cuomo's e-cigarette liquid tax plan

    04/16/2017 6:21:48 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 15 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 04/10/2017 | Glenn Blain
    ALBANY — Thanks to the new state budget, electronic cigarette users can puff away without the tax man taking a drag. Despite an alarming surge in e-cigarette use by high school students, state lawmakers — at the urging of the GOP-controlled Senate — rejected Gov. Cuomo’s plan to tax the liquid used in the devices and tighten restrictions on their use, advocates charged Monday. Cuomo’s proposals were mysteriously left out of the budget approved by the Senate and Assembly over the weekend. “The Senate Republicans picked big tobacco over public health,” said Bill Sherman, vice president for government relations at...
  • Zimbabwe Hopes Tobacco Will Revive Battered Economy

    03/23/2017 5:25:56 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 21 replies
    Voice of America ^ | March 16, 2017 | Sebastian Mhofu
    HARARE — Zimbabwe has opened its 2017 tobacco-selling season with hopes the “golden leaf” will change the economic fortunes of the southern African nation. Officials say the tobacco yield has been increasing after a downward turn in 2000 when the government chased white commercial farmers off their land. Zimbabwean farmers applauded after the 2017 tobacco selling season began Wednesday in Harare at the country’s biggest auction floor. Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor John Mangudya saluted the farmers. “Producers of tobacco are indeed our heroes. You are important to this economy. The foreign currency you produce is above $800 million a...
  • Five Reasons to End Government Smoking Bans

    03/02/2017 8:56:01 PM PST · by TBP · 91 replies
    FEE ^ | Thursday, March 02, 2017 | Bill Wirtz
    For the past several decades, governments have been cracking down on tobacco consumption, including by banning smoking in many places such as bars or restaurants. But we've learned a lot about the effects of these kinds of policies over the last few years and now it's time to reconsider them. Here's why: 1. Property Rights Most fundamentally, the debate about smoking bans should center on private property rights. Whether you should be allowed to smoke in a bar should be determined by the owner of that bar, not by busybody bureaucrats who think they know how to live everyone’s lives...
  • ATF Agents Smuggled Millions of Dollars from Cigarette Sales into a Secret Bank Account

    02/24/2017 5:30:20 PM PST · by eyeamok · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Feb 2017 | by Katherine Rodriguez
    The secret account is at the center of a federal racketeering lawsuit brought on by a collective of tobacco farmers who say they were cheated out of $24 million.
  • CVS Claims Smokers Just Quit

    02/22/2017 8:23:16 AM PST · by fruser1 · 39 replies
    NACS Daily ^ | 22 Feb 2017 | NACS Daily
    "When we removed tobacco from our shelves, a significant number of our customers simply stopped buying and hopefully smoking cigarettes altogether instead of just altering their cigarette purchasing habits," said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., chief medical officer of CVS Health and an author of the study. "This research proves that our decision had a powerful public health impact by disrupting access to cigarettes and helping more of our customers on their path to better health. While cigarette purchases were reduced across all retail settings after CVS’s decision, those who purchased cigarettes exclusively at CVS Pharmacy were 38% more likely to...
  • SCHUMER: VOLATILE E-CIGS CONTINUE TO EXPLODE & INJURE PEOPLE;

    12/19/2016 6:31:37 PM PST · by mdittmar · 44 replies
    U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer ^ | 12.18.16 | U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer
    Past Month Alone, Serious NYC E-Cig Explosions Have Dealt Serious Injuries To People—3rd Degree Burns & Permanent Disfigurement; People From Brooklyn,Queens, LI Have Also Been Victims Of Ticking-Time-Bomb E-Cigs; Critical Focus By Feds & Possible Recalls Must Be Weighed With E-Cig Sites Pushing Holiday Gift Buys, Schumer Concerned Explosions Will Continue To Rise; FDA Recorded Dozens Of Serious Explosions In 2015 & 2016; 2017 Could See Even More   Schumer: Feds Must Consider Recalls For Exploding E-Cigs; Enough Is Enough   U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take a hard look...
  • Sin taxes on alcohol and tobacco have cost the Treasury more than Ł31 billion, analysis finds [UK]

    11/13/2016 8:12:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 14 November 2016 • 12:01AM | Peter Dominiczak
    Sin taxes on alcohol and tobacco have cost the Treasury more than Ł31 billion, an analysis has disclosed amid calls for a reduction in the Autumn Statement. Around Ł31.6 billion of tax revenue has been lost because of the illicit market in spirits, beer, wine, cigarettes, rolling tobacco and diesel, according to the analysis of HMRC figures by the Taxpayers’ Alliance. The high taxes on alcohol and tobacco simply fuel a black market in the goods which means that HMRC loses money, the campaign group said. …
  • $47 billion offer to create world's biggest tobacco company

    10/21/2016 6:15:54 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 14 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/21/2016 | Danica Kirka
    LONDON — British American Tobacco has offered to buy out Reynolds American Inc. for $47 billion in an attempt to gain a strong presence in the U.S., a lucrative market where sales of electronic cigarettes are booming as traditional smoking fades. The takeover would create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company and combine BAT's presence in developing countries, where anti-smoking campaigns are not as strong as in the U.S. and Europe, with Reynolds' almost exclusive focus on the U.S. BAT already owns 42 percent of Reynolds and sells Dunhill, Rothmans and Lucky Strike cigarettes. Reynolds controls about a third...
  • Obama lifts restrictions on Cuban rum, cigars

    10/14/2016 8:53:31 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 61 replies
    USA Today | 10/14/2016 | Alan Gomez
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/10/14/obama-cuba-regulations-expands-trade-travel-rum-cigars/92042662/
  • Blowing Bureaucratic Smoke

    10/07/2016 7:07:05 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6 Oct 2016
    ...In August a new FDA rule went into effect that forbids tobacco makers and distributors from handing out free samples. Some companies that have been donating cigars to service members for decades have now stopped for fear that this is now illegal... California Republican Duncan Hunter, who did combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan before becoming a Marine reservist, says legislation shouldn’t be needed. In a Sept. 8 letter, he asked FDA Commissioner Robert Califf to clarify if the new rule really does ban cigar donations to soldiers. He’s still waiting to hear back.... The FDA’s bureaucrats are happy to...
  • Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson thinks there’s a good case for banning cigarettes

    09/17/2016 10:30:15 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 80 replies
    POLITICO ^ | September 15, 2016 | Ben Birnbaum
    There had also been an eye-opening moment on the streets of Cleveland during the Republican National Convention, when [Johnson and I had] been walking behind a cigarette-wielding Ohioan. As the smoker’s exhaust wafted in our faces, I remarked offhand that—with the advent of e-cigarettes—I thought there was a good libertarian case for banning regular cigarettes. “I do too,” replied the health-obsessed triathlete, recounting his support for anti-smoking efforts in New Mexico.
  • Electronic cigarettes proving a sellout hit in Japanese market

    08/26/2016 7:20:14 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 12 replies
    The Japan News ^ | August 25, 2016 | Staff
    Electronic cigarettes, which do not require a flame but heat tobacco leaves to create a vapor that is inhaled, are so popular in Japan these days that demand cannot keep up with supply. The e-cigarette boom was triggered by iQOS, a product released by Philip Morris Japan K.K. Rather than burning tobacco leaves, the iQOS heats cigarettes in a small cylindrical device — all designed exclusively for each other — so that nicotine and vapors are inhaled together. Sales of iQOS began in Tokyo in September last year, before expanding nationwide in April. Even though the kit is priced as...
  • Smoking Sucks! 6 States That Need to Change Their Tobacco Laws

    08/25/2016 6:15:31 AM PDT · by Drango · 31 replies
    Cheat Sheet ^ | Aug 21 '16 | Megan Elliott
    By now, there’s little doubt in anyone’s mind that smoking is dangerous both to smokers and those around them, though that doesn’t stop 40 million American adults from lighting up almost every day. Banning cigarettes outright might encourage people to kick the habit, but a blanket prohibition on smoking seems unlikely to happen any time soon. Rather than focusing on banning cigarettes themselves, states (along with cities and the federal government) have passed various tobacco laws making it more difficult for people to smoke. They’ve raised taxes on tobacco, banned smoking in many public and private spaces, and required warning...
  • Cigarettes Are Hazardous, But Some Lawmakers Are Worse

    06/29/2016 11:13:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2016 | Jeff Jacoby
    IN HAWAII and California, the minimum age for buying cigarettes was raised recently to 21. Now Massachusetts lawmakers, addicted to the rush that comes from limiting other people's choices, are keen to jump on the bandwagon.A bill banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone younger than 21 — and, for good measure, making it a crime to sell cigarettes in drugstores — passed the state Senate by an overwhelming vote last month. The bill is now before a House committee; it could reach the full House for a vote in a matter of days. Soon after the Fourth of July, adults...
  • Age to buy tobacco in Chicago increasing to 21 this week

    06/29/2016 10:42:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 29, 2016 7:24 AM EDT
    The minimum age in Chicago for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products goes up to 21 at the end of the week. […] Hawaii and California have raised the tobacco purchase age to 21 statewide. Illinois lawmakers are considering a similar measure. The Chicago City Council approved the age increase in March, along with higher taxes and other efforts to combat tobacco sales. …
  • California tobacco tax measure targets an industry under pressure

    06/22/2016 7:27:06 AM PDT · by Drango · 21 replies
    Sac Bee ^ | June 20 | TARYN LUNA
    On a cool spring day at the Capitol, Toni Atkins delivered a series of blows unlike anything the tobacco industry had ever felt in California. Then speaker of the Assembly, the San Diego Democrat had been a lame duck for the last six months since the house elected Anthony Rendon to replace her. It was a Thursday morning in March and her final session as speaker, a tenure that lasted just shy of a year and 10 months. In a series of quick votes, the Assembly passed six smoking bills, the most significant of which raised the age to buy...
  • High court nixes European suit against R.J. Reynolds

    06/20/2016 10:13:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 2016 10:51 AM EDT | Sam Hananel
    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the European Union can’t pursue a lawsuit accusing tobacco giant R.J Reynolds of taking part in a global money-laundering scheme that sponsored cigarette-smuggling in Europe. In a 4-3 ruling, the justices said the EU has no right to sue in U.S. courts because federal racketeering laws don’t allow recovery for injuries occurring outside the United States. The EU and 26 of its member states allege RJR coordinated the scheme with the help of Colombian and Russian criminal groups and laundered money through New York-based financial institutions. The EU claims the company’s actions hurt the...