Higher tobacco taxes will benefit our children and grandchildren

Missouri tobacco tax is 17 cents per pack, by far the lowest in the country. The national average is $ 1.49 per pack. Proposal B on the ballot on November adds 75 cents to the tax.

This new tax will generate more than $ 250 million revenue, specially designed for elementary, secondary and higher education, as well as support for tobacco prevention and cessation. The rise in prices at this level always leads to a reduction in cigarette smoking, along with a surge in demand for smoking cessation programs.

But much more important is the enormous health benefits of B will offer our children for generations to come.

Nearly 10 out of 12 smoker’s life began smoking at the age of 16. Tobacco marketers spend more than $ 1,000 on advertising for each child or adolescent smokers in captivity. Our children often become addicted before they have developed the good sense to understand all the consequences of what they did. There are 1.5 million children living in Missouri today, and about 300,000 of them are projected to become dependent smokers at the age of 18. However, conservative econometric estimates show that 73% of the rise in prices will deter about 40,000 Missouri children today from dependent smokers. And smoking, of course, would affect their health throughout their lives. Early death occurs in half of all smokers who die on average 15 years ahead of their time.

Currently, Missouri has one of the highest youth smoking rates in the country, which leads to costly diseases: emphysema, chronic bronchitis, cancer, heart disease, asthma and stroke. Smoking also contributes to high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction, and aging skin. Tobacco-related illnesses are estimated every home Missouri $ 586 a year, which we pay for through increased insurance premiums and taxes.

The damage to our grandchildren did not care. Our daughter smoking cigarettes will soon have their own children. Each year, in Missouri, smoking causes about 1,800 low birth weight and premature infants (450 preterm and 1350 underweight term births). Children of mothers who smoke are also more likely to have problems at school or mental retardation later in childhood.

How much will a cigarette smoker actually have to pay? A typical pack-a-day smoker spends about $1,600 per year for the habit, and the new tax will add $267 per year. Proposition B opponents argue that 73 cents is an “outrageous 729 percent tax increase.” However, the actual added cost is the same as just 3 cigarettes per day for the average smoker. Cut out 3 cigarettes, and it costs nothing.

A “Yes” vote on Proposition B in November is a vote for the health and welfare of our children and our grandchildren, and it will improve the quality of education and lower health insurance costs for everyone. Occasionally we have given the opportunity to do so much, so easily, for so much.

Dr. Cooperstock, professor of pediatrics at the women’s and children’s hospital at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He writes as a representative of the Missouri Department of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Plain packaging of tobacco products in India

The world is watching Australia progress towards tobacco plain packaging. A number of developed countries have announced that they will follow suit. But, as tobacco companies are losing traction in developed countries, it is likely they will be more and more new markets with their poison.

If the world is watching Australia move to plain packaging, imagine how people can sit and listen, if India, the second largest producer and consumer of tobacco products in the world, has developed a similar policy.

So, when the Australia-India Institute tobacco control task force held a high-level launch of its policy document on plain packaging at the Press Club in New Delhi, we all waited intently for a response from the government and department of health and family welfare.

We were more than encouraged by the response.

Support from the India representative of the World Health Organization and a number of politicians expected. But we were very happy support Shakuntala Gamlin’s in committing to move toward such a policy in India.

Steps in the right direction

Just like in Australia, Indian Tobacco Control law largely prohibits the advertising and promotion of tobacco products. But it is currently excludes packaging and point of sale displays such industry increasingly relies on the package for a promotion.

We’re sure the support of the Indian Department of Health and Family Welfare was not missed by the big tobacco companies. After all, this is a policy that would affect a fifth of the world’s population and a quarter of the world’s tobacco users.

Given the many interests and a powerful tobacco lobby, we know that the introduction of such a policy in India will be difficult. It will take several years and require significant, ongoing advocacy and research.

At the launch of the policy document, the Joint Health Minister also said that it is closely monitoring the progress of Australia, and we can only assume that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has been encouraged by the High Court last week. We believe that India can learn from this and other Australian experience in moving to a simple package.

A Helping Hand

Australia provides technical assistance to India in the field of research and advocacy through Australia, India Institute working group, which was convened with the idea of sharing experiences and using his considerable knowledge and experience on a normal package.

This task force was called enthusiasm from the international community in the fight against tobacco, and, encouragingly, from members of the target group in India. Indeed, the severity of Indian partners has prompted us to go beyond our original mandate and conduct research on the acceptability of plain packaging and the production of promotional packaging.

We have also developed useful tools for further dissemination of our work.

Local knowledge

We released the preliminary results of the market research on the target group through the Public Health Foundation of India on the issue of admissibility of plain packaging and the relation to packaging, brands and packaging color to run.

He showed that the children’s interest in tobacco packaging significantly affects colors and branding. This shows the importance of case studies in India, before taking such initiative. We found, for example, that the Indians see the dark gray as the least attractive color, whereas in Australia, chose the color olive green.

The study also found that the context in India is complex, with multiple forms of non-smoked tobacco and smoking, as well as different forms of the latter. All these forms of tobacco should be included in any legislation, as tobacco companies will find loopholes and replace one product to another.

In India, 5500 children try tobacco for the first time every day. Attractive packaging is designed to make sure that it will not be the last time. This policy initiative, if implemented, along with other proven interventions for tobacco control, will save thousands of lives and prevent thousands of young people from becoming addicted to a substance that kills more people worldwide than any other.

We believe that our target group can help Indian organizations such as the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and the Public Health Foundation of India to work towards plain packaging. But we need cooperation between health organizations and tobacco control, government agencies and the community, if we want to see a simple package to become a reality on the sub-continent.

Big Tobacco

Of course, we’re being far too tough on Big Tobacco, as so many contemptuous refer to it, after the failure of its high court challenge to the plain packaging legislation. If we just open our minds to the fact that British American Tobacco and others are saying, we can see how amazing they are public spirited.

They are worried not for themselves but about ”serious unintended consequences” unintended consequences they fear plain package will bring. According to their spokesman, Scott McIntyre, his only advantage would be” organized criminal groups that sell illegal tobacco on our streets.”  Illegal black market will continue to grow, when all packets look the same, and it’s easier to copy,” he said.

In case you have not heard, the country is faced with the rampant problem of illegal tobacco, a” crime of smuggling now three times as many counterfeit and contraband cigarettes” in Australia last year, compared with a year earlier. In general, the illegal tobacco market is equal to 13.4% of the legal services market. As the industry know? He commissioned the report Deloitte, Financial Services. The industry was concerned about the illicit tobacco scary market within a few years. Why? Not for myself, of course, but for what it costs the taxpayer in lost tobacco excise taxes.

You often see me criticize the industry trying to get taxpayer subsidies, but the tobacco people are all different. Last year, they ran ads desperately tried to dissuade the government from continuing with the simple concept of packaging and thus oblige industry to cost taxpayers millions in legal fees in response to a high court challenge Big Tobacco – not to mention the billions the government stood to lose in compensation should the court agrees that the government has assigned the intellectual property in the industry.

Fortunately, the court did not agree. He was also awarded costs on the industry, which I’m sure will come as a great relief to the patriotic people of tobacco. But the industry’s concern for the taxpayer does not end there. He railed against the 25 per cent increase in tobacco excise taxes in 2010 due to falling revenue will cause the jump in cigarette prices have more than the legal market in the hands of discounted criminal black market.

You can think of your innocence, plain packaging will reduce the number of young people taking up smoking, but that’s where you’d be wrong. As the industry is due to the full page ad last year, just a” package can manage the cost of tobacco down. And the decline in prices will make tobacco more accessible to young people.” British American boss developed elsewhere, it was a worry because it would undermine the health of the government’s initiative to curb tobacco use. See what caring people we are dealing with?

I think that plain packaging may undercut the” premium brands of cigarettes.” That would be good, but it would be easy eliminated by increasing the tobacco excise tax. Tobacco companies are not just critics. According to the Australian Association of retail, retail” now facing the costs of simple packaging operations, which will see a significant increase in the time required to complete the transaction, as well as all products are virtually identical.”

”Increases operating time, estimated business to half a billion dollars, equivalent to 15,000 jobs,” we were told. No back-of-envelope was offered in support of this remarkable claim, and in this case I would be inclined to regard it with skepticism. But what about the alleged thriving black market – how concerned should we are about this? Not really. We really only got the word in the industry about how great he is and detailed criticism, Quit Victoria calls into question the reliability of the report prepared by Deloitte.

The calculations are based on a survey of Deloitte with a very small sample, which does not seem to be completely random. He asks smokers about their purchases vintage tobacco, contraband cigarettes and counterfeit cigarettes and adds them to the answers together, even if you expect virtually all fake smokes also need to be contraband. As people know, cigarettes they purchased are illegal? The trouble is that these days a lot of cheap, foreign-made, funny cigarettes are imported legally.

Quit Victoria used an official survey by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in 2010, which had a very much bigger sample, to estimate the total use of illicit tobacco products is more like 2 per cent to 3 per cent of the overall market.This means loss of income of the taxpayer close to $ 165 million a year, over $ 1 billion. I’m sure that taxpayers everywhere to thank the industry for its concern on our behalf, but I do not think we should lose too much sleep over it.

Cigarette labeling suit

When St. Louis attorney Stephen Tillery argument made earlier this month that Philip Morris had admitted the facts set out in his latest petition, without giving a formal answer, lawyers, tobacco giant argued that both parties agree to do so.

Tillery, who represents the plaintiffs in the decade-old class action suit over cigarette labeling that he is seeking to reignite, told Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth that he did not recall such an agreement and assumed it was just part of Philip Morris’ legal strategy

Stressing the need to keep track of just how the decision will likely be appealed, oral motion Ruth gave Philip Morris “for leave to file a formal response. He also appealed to the lawyers to look at my e-mail and let him know if there is a record of the agreement. Two days later, Philip Morris filed a proposed answer to the petition Tillery in seeking relief from dismissal $ 10.1 billion sentence came in 2003 over claims that Philip Morris mislead their customers through the use of “light” and “low-tar” cigarette labeling.

In an attempt to show the judge that Tillery Philip Morris agreed to file a petition against it with all the factual and legal arguments, instead of dealing with the problems alone, the company has included an e-mail string between the two legal teams. In the February 2 letter Tillery, Larry Hepler, one of the lawyers representing the tobacco company, wrote, “As you know, the Court of Appeal declined to reach the base we have come to our motion to dismiss the petition, except for timing and said that Judge Ruth should consider these grounds into custody.”

Hepler, lawyer Edwardsville, continued: “With all the time that has passed, we believe that the best way to proceed would be for us to get our motion to dismiss and to file against your petition, which includes all of our legal and factual arguments against her to avoid, as you say, dealing in parts. ” “I think it makes the most sense, let me know what you think,” Hepler said. Tillery wrote back: “Just because I’m clear, you offer O, and then re-file your motion to dismiss, or simply provide your factual and legal response to the petition, so we do everything in one ear?”

Hepler Tillery answered the question with the proposed schedule, which said, Philip Morris will give a brief with all the factual and legal response to the petition, Tillery will respond to its brief within 30 days, and Philip Morris will give a reply within 21 days. After that, Hepler wrote one hearing will be held for Ruth to hear arguments on the application. In a letter sent Hepler, Tillery wrote that, as the only remaining basis for moving Philip Morris “, whether to dismiss the plaintiffs have sufficient grounds for exemption under Section 2-1401 of the Civil Procedure Code,” it seems that we could have done in a single hearing. “

Tillery added: “In other words, you must submit a factual and legal response to the petition, and then we move from one court hearing … If this is what you propose to do, I think we can work something out.’ After several email exchanges between the two, Tillery said: “We can make a deal,” and then offered a specific date for the parties to file their responses to questions. Hepler said the other proposed schedule, which will give both sides more time to file their replies and answers. Tillery wrote in response: “It will work.”

Although this issue in the absence of a formal response to the petition Tillery was just one of several issues discussed during the lengthy hearing on August 21, it has become quite controversial. Chicago attorney George Lombardi, who argued on behalf of the tobacco companies at the hearing, said Tillery not raise the issue before the hearing, he said the move was “gamesmanship.” Tillery Ruth said that in 2007, the state high court’s decision in People v. Vincent argues that if the defendant does not respond to the petition, it is an acknowledgment of the facts. The proposed response filed on August 23, Philip Morris argues Vincent Court based its decision not only on the failure of the state to file an answer, but the fact that it does not offer any response to the prisoner section 2-1401 petition.

“But nothing in this or any other case suggests that the parties agreed to the procedure here … somehow not enough, in the absence of point-by-point response to preserve the defendant’s right to challenge the fact that the plaintiff’s claims were factual assertions,” Philip Morris argued. Tobacco Company then offered a point-by-point response to all of the claims alleged in the petition of the plaintiff. He noted that he did not offer any new arguments, and thus providing the company’s request to file a response shall be without prejudice to the customers Tillery.

Ruth noted on August 21 hearing that just because he gave an oral motion Philip Morris “for leave to file a response does not mean that he would have approved it. It is unclear when he will rule on the matter or motion seeking relief from the judgment of dismissal.

Price history

In 2000, Tillery filed a lawsuit against Philip Morris on behalf of Sharon prices, arguing that tobacco companies deceptively promoted the health benefits of light and low-tar cigarettes. It did not make claims for personal injury, and to search for the difference between what smokers pay for cigarettes and what they would pay if Philip Morris did not disappoint them. After a bench trial in Madison County, now a retired Madison County Judge Nicholas Bryon in 2003 he was awarded the plaintiffs damages in the amount of $ 10.1 billion, which includes $ 1.8 billion in attorney’s fees.

After the Illinois Supreme Court ordered Byron to dismiss the case in 2005, Tillery request reconsideration. The judge denied his request, stimulating Tillery on appeal from the U.S. Supreme Court, which denied it. After the Illinois Supreme Court, Byron dismissed the case in 2006. Two years later, Tillery seeks relief from dismissal in Madison County Circuit Court. Philip Morris moved down petition under the statute of limitations, and for that asserts a basis for relief.

Ruth, who inherited the business from Byron, when he retired, ruled in favor of the tobacco companies, saying the statute of limitations for filing a request has expired. Tillery appealed and, as Ruth, the Fifth District Court of Appeal found that the statute of limitations applies and does not address the tobacco companies claim that the plaintiffs could not claim as a basis for relief.

The appeals panel remanded the case back to Ruth on facts. Philip Morris appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court, which refused to violate a court of appeal last September. Although she wrote the majority opinion for the court in 2005, Garman disagreement with the decision of the court to refuse the application for a tobacco company for leave to appeal. She said that her colleagues had the petition Philip Morris “, because it inevitably comes to us in the normal course of the trial.”

Lifeline for tobacco farmers

The down and out of tobacco farmers of Krishna district are likely to sell their licenses and switch to other crops in the coming season after the recent decision of the Board of Tobacco to allow the transfer of the license barn farmers in other regions of the country, Karnataka on.

Hardly a year goes by when Krishna farmers must struggle to sell their shares mainly because traders tend to offer low prices referring to the poor quality of the crop. As a result, farmers may sell their shares and they do not give up tobacco farming. And it is due to the presence of pits.

Indeed, Krishna farmers require Tobacco Board compensation for the dismantling of their barns, they can move on to other cultures. After hectic lobbying, tobacco Council gave the green light to transfer the license to shed other regions in a recent meeting of the governing body.

Council’s decision to permit the movement of tobacco barns revived hopes of farmers from the areas and Kesara Kanchikacherla in Krishna district, Tullur in Guntur district and Bhadrachalam in Khammam who also would like to quit tobacco products in accordance with their mounting losses.

It is learnt that cash rich farmers of West Godavari district as well as those from Karnataka are rushing to Krishna district to grab the licenses from local cultivators.

According to initial inputs, nearly 1,800 barns in Kesara, Kanchikacherla, Tullur and Bhadrachalam would be cleared for transfer to other regions.

While the farmers in these areas are desperate to get rid of their tobacco licenses, those in Northern light soils (NLS) region Devarapalli, Koyyalagudem, Gopalapuram, Jangareddigudem in West Godavari seek to increase production, as there is a great demand for their shares in the international market .

In the absence of science policy, farmers in the region will be recognized NLS producing huge reserves without permission they nonetheless unload after paying a fine to the board. After careful study of the whole question, tobacco Chairman G Kamalavardhan Rao urged the council to shift unwanted barns in areas where there is demand for them.

Farmers from NLS belts are now trying to get the barns in Krishna, a move that would allow them to be performed by a stock in the future. Sources said that the farmers of West Godavari offer up to Rs 05.06 crore for the transmission license.

Apart from the cost to have the license transferred to the farmer will also have to pay for the construction of the shed, which can add another Rs 1.5 crore to its expenses. “With a license to put an end to year’s headache pay fines, NLS farmers are willing to pay huge sums for its transmission.

This will help us in a big way to clear our debts and go to other cultures, “said Purnachandra Rao, tobacco farmer Kanchikacherla.

Overall, there are about 42,000 authorized barns in the state and another 21,000 barns in Karnataka. Interestingly, the farmers from Karnakata, is believed to have built about 20,000 barns without permission and refused to remove them, despite warnings from the field. On the other hand, the board officials also failed to act tough against such unauthorized pits due to pressure from the public. Meanwhile, farmers of Krishna district are in no hurry to sell their barns in the hope of getting more awards waiting for some time. They hope to get around Rs.8-10 lakh for the barn, if farmers of Karnataka are also line up for the licenses.

New type of tobacco

Camel orbs are the size and color of Tic-TACs and packaged as breath mints. But each ball packs about the same amount of nicotine as a cigarette. Snus is another product that comes in a bright tin box with Camel logo on the lid. Tiny sacs contain soluble tobacco in mint or vanilla flavors.

Snus also has the same nicotine hit, like cigarettes. Big Tobacco is also a marketing nicotine strips that dissolve on the tongue. Some cigars are now in flavors such as grape and cherry.

The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co, for its part, insists on the fact that these products are instead for the adult consumer to which we would reply: Yes, true. What part of the adult tobacco craves white grape flavored blunts?

We recognize that nicotine delivery systems such as patches, chewing gum and even nicotine mints serve less harmful alternative to cigarettes and may help some smokers quit. Those products, many of which were previously available only by prescription, can be targeted to adult users.

But nicotine sold in the form of chocolates can only have one main objective: Getting kids hooked on one of the drugs in the world. And while regulators have taken reasonable measures to keep cigarettes out of the hands of children, they seem to be behind the curve, which prohibit the use of “new tobacco” and other nicotine products minors.

Jane Alleva, director of the local drug and alcohol abuse education coalition All Council On, attended seminars where she learned more about the risks associated with these products. She said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined fashion as “high risk” teenagers.

She told the assembly of local health directors last week that children can die from ingesting lethal amount of nicotine. For decades, from the 1970s, health officials have seen a steady decline in teenage smoking. But efforts hit a wall in 2009, when the decline leveled down.

In 2011, nearly 30% of high school males and 18% of women use some form of tobacco. This included both cigarettes and forms a “new tobacco.”

Among middle school students, 10% of boys and 8% of girls were using tobacco products. And now, 18 – 25 year olds have the highest rate of tobacco use in any age group in the country.

To some extent, this result is less public money spent on anti-smoking campaigns throughout the country. During the economic downturn, such programs have been among the first to be cut. And in some states, including South Carolina, have traditionally had little anti-smoking efforts in the first place.

But another factor is certainly the marketing of alternative tobacco products to young people. Let them hooked in high school, and they are customers for life – even if that life is reduced to the use of tobacco.

Health officials fought teen smoking for decades with great success, but these new products represent a growing threat and the new strategy on the part of Big Tobacco. Tobacco companies sell the same product in new packaging.

This is a threat that must be addressed not only to the health authorities, such as Alleva, but also by both government regulation and law enforcement. It’s quite simple: Don’t let the market tobacco addictive substance for our children and hit the sale of any tobacco products to minors.

Japan Tobacco received the first FDA approval

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval on Monday of a new AIDS medicine is a first for the company Japan Tobacco Inc.2914. To +0.40%, who spent a quarter-century of research products with no product of his laboratory permit large U.S. market.

The FDA approved pill combination with AIDS that will be sold in the U.S. by Gilead Sciences, Inc. under the trade name Stribild, Jennifer Corbett reports Dooren.Produkt combines Gilead four different medications, one of which is a substance called elvitegravir. This was discovered by

Japan Tobacco and licensed to Gilead.

Separately Gilead seeks permission for elvitegravir as a standalone product.

According to the annual report of Gilead, issued in February 2012, it was $ 45 million in upfront and milestone payments in Japan Tobacco as Stribild progressing toward approval FDA, and will pay an undisclosed royalty rate on sales of products containing elvitegravir. Some analysts say,

Stribild sales could reach $ 3 billion a year by 2020.

Japan Tobacco is closer to FDA approval several times. He found the drug to enhance the body HDL, or “good” cholesterol, and licensed its Roche Holding AG. But after more than a decade of human trials in thousands of patients, Roche concluded earlier this year that the drug was not effective enough.

In the U.S. and Europe, pharmaceutical research, as a rule, in the province of specialized companies. Japan has given the world gout drug found textile manufacturer, cholesterol drug from fashion and diversified Electronics Company, and now, a cure for one of the major disasters in the world from the cigarette manufacturer. Specialists in drug say a few fields so unpredictable, and the list seems to offer enough evidence.

Groups refuse tobacco conference

A coalition of civil society for the collective banner MATA urged the government to withdraw its support for World Tobacco Asia conference, scheduled for September 19.

The Coalition of Indonesian Consumer Foundation, residents of Jakarta Forum, the National Commission to mitigate the effects of tobacco, and others, said that the upcoming conference insult to the country.
“The Conference Committee believes Indonesia’s tobacco market is not friendly smoking bans or other restrictions or regulations, as compared to other ASEAN countries. This is an insult of our people, because it means that we support the death, and we urge the government to ban the conference for our dignity, “Tulus Abadi from the YLKI said on Thursday.
World Tobacco Asia, the annual international conference, which offers tobacco, the tobacco industry a forum to showcase their products and services in Indonesia, Asia-Pacific and Australian markets tobacco.
Tulus said at the conference this year, cigarette manufacturers were hoping to reach 8 million of new tobacco users in the Asia-Pacific region, of which 6 million would be from Indonesia. “Indonesia is organizing a conference for the second time, even after MATA protest staged at the conference venue, the Jakarta Convention Center, two years ago,” Tulus said.
Chairman of the MATA Tubagus Haryo Kuntoro said that the organization expects the government to take action this year after his failure to do so two years ago. “The government can not ignore their protest, but we hope that, at least, the event this year, these ministries do not support the conference« Tubagus reporters.
Tubagus said that the group is planning a series of measures, including a protest in front of the presidential palace on August 13 in protest at the conference venue. The data of the Ministry of Health said that in 1995 there were 34 million active smokers in Indonesia. In 2010, this figure more than doubled to 80 million in Indonesia, that members of the NGO coalition against the conference found deeply disturbing.
Talus said that tobacco is not only affected the health of smokers, but also have a negative impact on their finances. “The data of Central Statistical Agency said that cigarettes are the second most important element of the household after the rice among people with lower income bracket in the country. They spend about 12.4 percent of his salary for cigarettes,” said Tulus. “This is their purchasing power, which must be taken from them so that they could use the money to buy something else,” he added.
In addition to oppose the conference, a special group of anti-tobacco activists hoped to force the government to ratify the Framework Convention of the World Health Organization’s Tobacco Control. “FCTC stipulates that the government should charge higher taxes on cigarettes, the order of the tobacco companies to put health warnings on cigarette packages and cigarette ad campaign to reduce the” Tubagus said.

County's proposed Tobacco-Free campus plan moves ahead

Beginning in September, tobacco will not be able to enjoy their habit on properties of Clatsop County government.

Margo Lalich, Clatsop County Public Health Director, presented a proposed law to the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners, which would establish tobacco-free campuses in the county several properties, including the Judge Guy Boyington Building at 857 Commercial Street in Astoria, building services at the district 800 and 820 Exchange St. in Astoria, and public works, building and the store in 1100 and 1196 Olney Street. in Astoria.

Lalich and Health Promotion Specialist Steven Blakesley argue that the cost of implementing a tobacco-free campus on properties was minimal only requires a sign, but this message is a tobacco-free campus project will send a very valuable public health.

“Tobacco is the leading cause of death in the United States,” said Blakesley Commission.

According to him, in an average year in Clatsop County 6409 (22 percent) of adults regularly smoke cigarettes. Passive smoking and tobacco use leads to serious illness in 1525 people and tobacco account for more than one-fifth of all deaths in the country. These deaths are a result of 13 million dollars in lost productivity.

The medical costs of tobacco-related diseases in the country is $ 14 million, $ 10.6 million, of which passes through Medicaid.

Blakesley said that while the sales of cigarettes have decreased over the past 20 years, tobacco is widely used among teenagers. Twenty-four percent of the 11 the class county reported smoking cigarettes (16 percent of the state), while 18 percent reported using smokeless tobacco.

“It’s important that we create policies to prevent the children from the beginning,” he said.

Blakesley said that a number of national and international organizations have made to reduce tobacco use, one of the main priorities for public health.

On August 2, Governor John Kitzhaber signed an order banning tobacco use on public property.

“Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in Oregon. Human and financial costs are too high,” Governor Kitzhaber said in a statement. “By promoting a healthy environment for public employees, customers and visitors, we can create an environment that reduces tobacco consumption and protect health.”

In the second reading the proposed law will be held August 22 meeting of the commission districts. If it is adopted tobacco-free campus policy will come into force in September.

Lalich said the health department hopes to provide the Commission with the amendment to Resolution 2013, which would extend its application to other properties of the district.

Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin commissioners gave his report on the state division of probation and the probationary period in the year after the commission voted to transfer duties of the head of the district in the sheriff’s department.

Bergin, head of the Lieutenant Kristen Hanthorn and two parole and probation staff reported a positive effect on the changes.

“I really believe that we have professional staff there and doing well,” said Bergin. “We can now work together better.”

In addition to coordinating the efforts of law enforcement and probation officers, parole officers have received training, equipment, and to send help to improve their safety, making it home.

“I think we have helped to improve their safety 10 times,” said Bergin.

A parole officer said that before they had access to the shipment, he called his wife to check in before and after he made a home visit.

Since the change, Bergin said, parole and probation has increased the number of home visits, an increase in revenue collection and reimbursement payments, reducing management and some of the costs, improve teamwork, and instituted a more flexible schedule to accommodate work schedules parolees.

“The only thing we really work for this funding from the state in 2013,” said Bergin. He said that if funding becomes too much, then he will have to seek parole and probation in the state.

In other Clatsop County Board of Commissioners action:

The Board approved the reclassification of two 4-H and the position of extension services. Former administrator of the Secretary Office Specialist classified as a specialist and former office was reclassified as an office manager.

The Board authorized the Chairman to sign the letter, Peter Huhtala requesting a grant from the Department of land and coastal zone management program.

Taxes on tobacco products

Missouri voters will see suggestion tax on tobacco products and give the police department in St. Louis to the local authorities in November, but they will not vote for a payday loan or regulation of minimum wage increases, the Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced Tuesday.

The payday loan initiative fell 270 signatures less than the number required in the first Congressional District, according to figures released by Carnahan’s office. The minimum wage proposal was 510 signatures short in the third district and 1091 in the first short.

The proposal taxes on tobacco will add 73 cents per pack of cigarettes, 25 percent to the cost of loose tobacco for cigarettes and 15 percent on all other tobacco products. Funds received by an estimated $ 283 million $ 423 million per year will be divided between the public schools, higher education and eradication programs of smoking.

Measure of St. Louis will be canceled during the civil war, a law that puts the police under the supervision of the Board of Police Commissioners, appointed by the Governor.

Decision Tuesday petition is unlikely to provide a new round of litigation. Voting language written by Carnahan and State Auditor Tom Schweich was approved last week the Supreme Court of Missouri tobacco tax, payday loan, and the minimum wage proposals.

Payday loan and the minimum wage initiatives have been undertaken as a coordinated campaign for the measures of community coalitions, faith, labor and student groups, said Sean Soendker Nicholson, director of the Progress of Missouri. They intend to go to court to get another look at the signatures submitted in St. Louis, where only 49 percent of the signatures collected were counted, he said.

According to Nicholson said, came from a post Carnahan, 76 percent of the signatures collected in Boone County were valid and 80 percent of the signatures collected in Jefferson County were valid.

Jefferson County is part of the third electoral district, where the minimum wage proposal fell 510 signatures short. “We are going to fight in court to verify that the signatures are valid,” Nicholson said. The payday loan proposal would cap interest on the short-term loans at 36 percent. The minimum wage proposal would increase the wage to $8.25 an hour and require an annual adjustment based on price levels.