E-Cigs and the USB-Pass-Through

One of the best things about electronic cigarettes is the fact that in UK can be used almost anywhere. This includes the right to smoke wile sitting at yor desk or during normal working hours. But this advantage is shown one of the disadvantages of electronic cigarettes, there is not tobacco in cig: you have a spare battery with us during the day. For vapers, who works at the computer, there is a solution to the USB pass-through device.
USB pass-through allows vaper use your electronic cigarette without batteries. It connects directly to the e-cigarette and is powered by USB port, just USB board does. And because the power from the USB port so low voltage compared to a conventional electrical outlet, it is the ideal power to give you a whole day without using the battery vaping.
Do the Swap
Pass-through USB devices is such a great tool allows you to do without vapers of extra batteries. They just put a new battery before you leave home in the morning, so that they can VAPE commute, then switch to the USB pass, when they come into the office. On the way home, they come back to the battery so that they can VAPE on the way home. Could it be easier?
For the same reasons many of the electronic cigarette starter kits, such as those sold VAPESTICK included USB charger battery and / or charger. USB charger is connected to the computer as a pass-through device. Thus, even if you forget to put a fresh battery before you leave for work you can charge it directly to your desktop once you get there. This ensures that you are always fully charged battery ready to go for the evening commute.
Innovation is interesting
Innovations are constantly introduced into the electronic cigarette industry is one of the things that make vaping so exciting. Looking back, with a 20/20 point of view, it is easy for vapers to see how limiting tobacco cigarettes were. They are all pretty much taste the same, they all work the same way, and they force smokers find smoking areas where their exposure to secondhand smoke does not affect the other. With electronic cigarettes on the other hand, vapers offer much more freedom in how they are doing.
This freedom is expressed into much happier and more productive former smokers. For example, being able to vape at work means they’re no longer taking a break every couple of hours for a smoke. Being able to commute VAPE means that they are no longer outcasts, with whom none of the other passengers want to be mixed. Electronic cigarette is one tool that helps vapers rid of all limitations and restrictions of tobacco. It is no wonder that so many people make the switch to the UK and around the world.

Soda manufacturers of tobacco tricks

There seems to be not much similarity between the sale of soft drinks and cigarettes, but they are certainly closer.
A recent study showed a decrease in the consumption of soda in the U.S., and cola companies seem to be the adoption of marketing strategies used by tobacco companies to retain and attract customers, according to Forbes.com
Beverage Digest, which annually measures the amount of carbonated soft drinks (CSD) market in the U.S., according to soda consumption has fallen by 1% in 2011 compared to 2010, continuing a general seven-year-long recession. Meanwhile, the fall in consumption is that tobacco companies have long been accustomed to making up new strategies to maintain revenue.
Last year, the major tobacco companies in the U.S. increased cigarette prices by half, to compensate for the decline. Soft drinks are not as addictive as tobacco, so obviously, such an aggressive pricing policy, it is unlikely to work, however, the values of sales of CSD, is reported to have crept up. According to Forbes.com, the total retail sales of CSD rose by 2% to $ 75.7bln in 2011. How is this possible? Two words – energy drinks. Energy drinks have a higher retail price, so that instead of raising prices on traditional cola, the company actively promotes the beverage with a higher margin. Which brings us to the alternatives?
Another trick used by tobacco companies to stay in business use of alternatives like smokeless tobacco. Nicotine patches or gum, for example, are considered less harmful than cigarettes and typically attracts a lower excise tax. A similar story is observed with the non-carbonated beverages such as tea, water faucets, etc., which also increased sales by 0.8% in 2011 in the U.S.
Another point of the tobacco companies could be a useful tool – lobbying. In 2011 they were estimated to have spent up to $ 16 million on lobbying, according to Forbes.com. When it comes to soda manufacturers, here they managed to beat the confident brand of cigarettes. At PepsiCo, Coca-Cola Co drinks, and the American Association spent $ 70 million on lobbying last year.
Nevertheless, the aggressive lobbying of soda giant will not help prevent a law, recently applied in California, making them change their top-secret recipes. Scientific research has shown that Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola and Dr. Pepper all have a component that causes cancer in laboratory rats. 4-M is used for color and the scientists say, excessive use can cause cancer in humans, too.
Even if he thought people should drink more than a thousand cans of cola a day to get cancer, Pepsi-Cola and Coca-Cola continues to change their recipes. Otherwise, they would have to label their products as an increased risk of developing cancer – and it’s definitely not a good marketing ploy. New ash is currently sold only in California but it is planned that it will soon be distributed throughout the country. However, other countries will continue to be available to traditional beverage.
On a global scale, such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola is doing very well. Both are witnessing the growth of sales in Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, especially in emerging markets. In the fourth quarter of 2011, Coca-Coca sales rose 33 percent in Thailand, 15 per cent, in India, 12 per cent in China, 8 percent in Russia. While the company’s global growth rate is estimated to be around 5%.
In Russia, sales of carbonated drinks rose by 3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011, and now a group of activists calling for the court to ban Coca-Cola Light. To replace sugar producer uses chemicals that are believed to be about 200 times sweeter, and scientists warn it has a negative effect on the human brain. Activists say the drink labels mentioned nothing of these risks and to warn consumers.

Poor show on the auction, the high stock price hit on tobacco products

Unsold stocks with traders became a curse for the tobacco growers in Andhra Pradesh this season. Traders do not actively participate in the auctions, and even if they do, prices are low, compared to those offered last season.
The sale, which began in the northern black soils in the eastern districts of the Godavari and the Hammam, the central black soils (CBS) in Krishna and Guntur districts and the northern light soils in West Godavari, feel good, but the product of the southern light soils (SLS) and southern chernozems in Prakasam district does not receive the expected price in this season.
Although tobacco was sold at the highest price of 120 rupees per kilo before, are now traded on the RTS 98-100 kg. This is of concern to producers, who blame tobacco council. Farmers claim that the Council could intervene when prices were falling. Instead, he was not present at the auction platforms, leaving traders to decide prices.
In accordance with the Tobacco Board, only 4120000 kg of tobacco was sold at auction a variety of platforms on March 23. Out of 3620000 kg was with SLS, who came from Prakasam district. Oddly enough, the farmers of this part of the state were on the warpath with the Council over the past season prices. The strike has forced the Council to intervene and negotiate with vendors to provide the best price.
“In addition, the decline of product quality, traders has huge reserves. We have served notice of traders to give us detailed information on available stock. We will decide as soon as we receive reports from them,” said Mr. Kamalavardhana Rao, chairman of the tobacco.
Asked about the intervention, Rao said that they are offering traders to explore export opportunities. “We are asking traders to visit the different markets in different countries for the export of tobacco. There are a number of countries, looking at the import and wholesale dealers to find those markets and to move their inventory. We will have a special interaction with the traders in the near future on this,” added Rao .
He expressed the hope that the producers would receive a higher price once traders get export orders.
Nevertheless, Virginia brand of cigarettes Manufacturers Association president and former MP, Yalamanchili Sivaji said that the council helped traders more than producers. He said traders were waiting for export orders, on the one hand, and the purchase of tobacco at the lowest price beyond the auction platform to another.
“Traders do not offer the best prices on the platforms, creating panic among the manufacturers. At the same time, they buy tobacco outside the auction platform, offering low prices. Committee continues to be a spectator in this game and traders dictate the terms of the Council,” said Shivaji.
He dismissed claims of unsold shares, and said, traders are waiting for manufacturers to keep their reserves at home to get the color of these and then buy the product at lower prices. “Traders take a few methods to rob the peasants,” he added.

Local Tobacco-Free Parks

In recognition of the impact Butts Day March 21 Chippewa County Health Department, the Su-Tribe Community Gant conversion project, and the Su-Tribe Community Health program, the partners Chippewa County Tobacco-Free Living Coalition united to highlight tobacco-free parks policy in Chippewa County and Su-Tribe seven county service area.
Tobacco litter is poisonous to children and animals, and discarded cigarette butts are the most common form of litter. Studies show that cigarette butts are toxic, slowly decompose, and costly to remove. Cigarette butts were found in the stomachs of fish, whales, birds and other marine animals and can cause digestive blockages. Children usually pick them up and try to put in your mouth. In addition, cigarette butts, who do not represent fully, extinguished the fire and burn risk.
“Without tobacco policy for outdoor recreation are very important to protect and promote health and the environment, and growing support for these policies in our society,” said Julie Trotter, chairman of the person life without tobacco coalition. “Passive smoking causes heart disease, respiratory tract, ear infections, and worsens asthma. Children, the elderly, persons with special needs, health, and pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to health risks caused by passive smoking, even outdoors. Activities for children should mean to play among the cigarette butts or being exposed to secondhand smoke. In addition, tobacco use in outdoor recreation is not the behavior we want to model for children in our society. Studies show that tobacco-free policies can help prevent or reduce youth tobacco use “she concluded.
Steady progress has been made with this initiative at the local level in recent years.
City of Sault Ste. Maria was adopted tobacco-free recreational resolution, which covers more than a dozen recreational areas in the city of Sault Ste. Mary, from August 2010. Su-Seal Recreation Area, Project Playground, Malcolm Park Pond Fishing Kids, Sherman Park beach and playground, and several other areas of the site have been designated as tobacco-free. The resolution also requires the Pullar Stadium and ice rink at the Kane to be free of tobacco.
Su-Tribe Housing Authority adopted a tobacco-free policy for children’s playgrounds in the city of Su-Tribe housing sites from April 2011.
Kinross Charter Township adopted a tobacco-free resolution for the baseball fields, playground, fitness trail around the center and Kinross Leisure, October 2011. Partners in the Delta County worked with the city of Escanaba, as a result of smoke, outdoor air Decree from July 2011. Regulation requires outdoor areas within 100 feet of city buildings, nine playgrounds, ball fields, six, guarded beach, pool, and Webster, two ice rink that smoking.
For these reasons, the WAC and the Su-Tribe Community Health Partners to continue to highlight this important health initiative. Donna Norkoli, Su-Tribe community transformation grant project coordinator, said: “Our first step is to increase tobacco-free, outdoor recreation areas will inspect local government settlement of their interest in the creation of village parks tobacco-free. Su-Tribe will partner with local tobacco prevention coalitions and other community members in this initiative. ”
“We are ready to provide information and assistance to decision makers, and community members at the local level,” said Trotter and Norkoli.

Tobacco Control Bill

Many members of the World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCOTH), which ended in Singapore over the weekend, concerned that a few months after a national law on tobacco control was adopted, President Goodluck Jonathan has not signed this law, according to OLUKOREDE YISHAU
Two days ago, the international community over the conference, at which it was agreed that health should take precedence over financial gain from the tobacco industry. World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCOTH), which ended in Singapore over the weekend, showed that the tobacco epidemic should be limited to that increases the number of people it kills higher than its current test 6 million per year.
Two reports released at the conference, the fourth edition of the Atlas of Tobacco and Tobacco Watch, paint a picture of the mountain of things. Records show that Nigeria is in jeopardy if the bill on the national tobacco control is not passed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Tobacco Atlas puts cost of smoking in the Nigerian economy in terms of losses for the treatment and poor performance in the $ 591m per year. He said 17000000000 cigarettes produced in the country every year, and showed that more people are getting on tobacco use.
Many participants asked the Nigerian contingent, while the bill passed by the National Assembly remains unsigned. They believe that without a law regulating the industry, initiatives aimed at combating the epidemic in third world countries, such as $ 200 million initiative announced by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the result will achieve little.
President of the Washington-based Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), Matt Myers, Jonathan encouraged to sign the bill. Myers said: “If I meet with President Goodluck Jonathan, I will tell him that one, he must do quickly that will save the lives of many Nigerians to sign a bill against tobacco use and to ensure that the country will do it immediately. If tobacco bill is signed and implemented, it will save just for the millions of Nigerians from the time of death. Most importantly, it will protect the Nigerian youth from tobacco addiction and premature death, life. ”
(ERA) of Action for the Protection of the director, corporate reporting, Mr. Akinbode Oluwafemi, said Bill domestication of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first global agreement in the field of health care developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), which Nigeria has ratified.
Oluwafemi said: “The FCTC is one of the most successful international conventions. It includes other specific steps to address the Government of tobacco, including the adoption of tax and price measures to reduce tobacco consumption, the creation of smoke-free workplace and in public spaces, put well-known dangers of Health on tobacco packaging, and combat the illicit trade in tobacco products.
“Big Tobacco is doing everything possible to not apply the rules in accordance with the FCTC; using tactics are hidden under the corporate social responsibility (CSR) in order to deceive people in the government in the extra path, risking people’s health. This tactic includes a partnership agreement between the government and industry, the industry perspective, programmers argue that preventing youth smoking, as well as training for farmers. ”
Communications Manager, Africa Tobacco Control Regional Initiative (ATCRI), Mr. Adeola Akinremi urged Jonathan to sign the bill into law.
Speaking at WCTOH, Akinremi said: “President Jonathan must agree to a bill that could save the lives of many Nigerians in the long term.”
Akinremi noted that the signing of this bill will help the cause for which the mayor of New York was committed to his personal funds.
For Akinsola Owoeye on Tobacco Control Alliance Nigeria, there are several reasons why the bill should be signed. Owoeye said: “Despite the promises of the government and the tobacco industry, the dead began to rise in Nigeria after the BAT entered the study in Lagos showed an increase in smoking prevalence from 8.9 percent to 10 percent and the prevalence of smoking which rose to 16.3 percent. It also shows that two people die every day in a state with tobacco-related diseases. Using conservative estimates of Lagos State, it means that every state in Nigeria held at least, N2, 847,000,000 ($ 18,058,992) for the treatment of smokers in hospitals. Multiply this amount by the 37 states of Nigeria, it also means that Nigeria has lost N105, 339 million ($ 668,182,708) per year. If this figure is justified, he obviously does silly things 10 billion naira ($ 6,343,165) per year, tax BATN “.

Soluble tobacco can reduce the risks

A Food and Drug Administration scientific advisory group says the soluble tobacco products may reduce the risk to health than smoking cigarettes, but also has the potential to increase the total number of smokers. Soluble Tobacco finely ground tobacco is pressed into forms like tablets that slowly dissolve in the mouth of this person. He drew attention to the tobacco companies that want to offset the decline in consumption of cigarettes smokers face a tax increase, growing health problems, smoking bans and public condemnation.
Tobacco Products Agency Scientific Advisory Committee, a report studying the products are available online on Friday ahead of schedule in accordance with the mandate of the law to give FDA authority to regulate the industry. Despite their results, after several months of public meetings and presentations, the Panel noted that there is a lack of research products, which represent a small share of the market.
Tobacco companies are focused on cigarette alternatives – such as cigars, snuff and chewing tobacco, and other forms of nicotine – for future sales growth. The group says that the products are sold for use in tobacco consumers can not smoke.
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co, which is owned by Reynolds American Inc. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is test-marketing of soluble tablets; strips and a toothpick shape the balls called Camel, Camel and Camel Strips sticks in mint and other flavors. Balls lasts about 15 minutes, strips dissolve in five minutes or less, and sticks, which are slightly larger than a toothpick, the last 15 to 20 minutes. Richmond-based Altria Group Inc, owner of the largest tobacco company in the country, Philip Morris USA, is also test marketing wooden sticks coated with finely ground tobacco brand Marlboro.
In addition, Star Scientific Inc, based in Glen Allen, Va., market tablets of wintergreen tobacco, coffee and tobacco taste. Ariva and Stonewall tablets brand first appeared in the market about 10 years ago, but sales were minimal.
According to the report, the exclusive use of soluble tobacco products by individual would be “significantly reduce the risk” compared with the regular use of cigarettes. It can also reduce the population burden of disease caused by tobacco use, if the products to reduce the number of people who smoke or not to start smoking.
“Based on the understanding of the delivery of toxins smokers, exclusive use of the (soluble tobacco) should be less dangerous than regular cigarettes, smoking is currently marketed in the United States,” the report said.
However, the Committee concluded that the presence of soluble tobacco products could make people think tobacco is generally more secure. For anecdotal evidence, the committee said it did not find information on how soluble tobacco smokers will more likely to quit smoking.
Most health experts say there is no safe way to use tobacco and push people to quit first. Others accept the idea that safer alternatives can improve health if they are referring to people less smoke.
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company said in a statement, the report emphasizes the importance and urgency of informing consumers of tobacco on the relative health risks from tobacco and other products that contain nicotine, as well as the benefits of quitting.
“This information must be based on sound science,” the company said.
FDA said it plans to review the results to resolve any future action, but there is no time to act. The agency has raised concerns that the soluble tobacco products contain large amounts of nicotine and may be particularly attractive to children and youth.

Lower taxes, tobacco up, and road tax in the budget of Osborne

George Osborne has promised a simple tax system, far-reaching reform of the system in which millions of low wage raise of taxes in general.
Among the major announcements were the new pension system that will be easier to understand and a significant reduction in income tax.
The duty on tobacco is increased by five percent. Road tax increases to inflation and rising fuel prices have already offered debt will go ahead this year. The duty had been frozen for transport companies.
Some would be inclined to spend windfall. I not going to waste. Instead, I used it to pay off debt.
George Osborne Perhaps most controversially, 50p top rate of tax for the wealthiest in society has been reduced to 45p in 2013.
He pushed forward step – unpopular with some Liberal Democrats – to discover that an official report found the taxman was increased” almost nothing”.
He also proposed to reduce the reduction in child allowances paid to the better.
But he raised the threshold at which all begin to pay taxes of up to £ 9205, claiming that millions of workers would be £ 220 a year better as a result.
The Chancellor also confirmed that the suppression of various tax loopholes used by the rich including a 15% rate duty on homes held by the company.
In general, Mr. Osborne said that his action will cause five times as much from the rich than the 50% maximum rate imposed labor.
The Chancellor is also mitigated by planning to bring benefits to children from wealthy families. Allowance for a child only to be canceled, if someone in the house earns more than £ 50,000 – and only gradually.
This means an additional 750,000 families earn significantly more than the average wage will have some form of child allowances.
He said: “We’ll make our way in the world, providing new growth-friendly rules for planning.”
Click here for live analysis of the budget today from PricewaterhouseCoopers, however, he warned of the risks associated with the crisis in the euro area and Iran. He said that the Office of Fiscal Responsibility UK economy is expected to avoid recession. The growth figures in the OBR 2012 are 0.8 percent and 2 percent next year and 2.7 percent in 2014.
In accordance with the OBR, unemployment will peak at 8.7 percent this year before falling back.
The plaintiff estimates of the number revised downward by about 100,000 for each of the following four years, reaching 1.67 million this year, instead of the predicted 1.8 million.
It is expected that inflation will fall to 1.9 percent next year – just below 2 per cent of the
The deficit is also falling.
Borrowing forecast was revised downwards to £ 1 billion to £ 126 billion in 2011/12, £ 120 billion in 2012/13, £ 98 billion in 2013/14, £ 75 billion and £ 52 billion, £ achieve 21000000000 2016/17.
“We must stay the course,” said Osborne. “There will be no gifts today.
“Some would be inclined to spend the windfall.
“I’m not going to waste. Instead, I used it to pay off debt.”
However, he warned that millions of workers may have to work longer before they can retire.
Osborne told MPs:” I can confirm that today would not be an automatic review of the state pension age to ensure it keeps pace with the increase in life expectancy,” which caused the prospect of ever long life.
Osborne also set the task of saving the welfare budget of 10 billion pounds by 2016.
“We will also maintain our control welfare spending.
“The law on welfare reform two weeks ago was a historic moment.
“I pay tribute to my Right Honorable Friend the Secretary of Labor, and Pensions, and all my colleagues in the coalition for support for his resolute opposition to those who defend the unlimited wealth.
“But even with the law, to ensure the budget will grow to consume a third of all government spending.
“If nothing is done to rein in the welfare bill next, then the total mass of the cost containment will come from departmental budgets.
“The next spending review will be faced with it.
“So today I am publishing analysis, which shows that if the next spending review, we support the same rate reduction of departmental expenses, as we did in this review, we would have to make savings in the welfare of 10 billion pounds by 2016.
“We will also take into account the rise in aging population and the burden this places for future generations.
“We will be publishing a White Paper on social care.
I also said we will consider proposals for the management of future increases in state pension age, for an increase have already been announced.
“I can confirm that today would not be an automatic review of the state pension age to ensure it keeps pace with the increase in life expectancy.”
One of the areas where future government spending is expected to be lower than planned is Afghanistan.
Osborne also announced a 100 million pound improvement accommodation. Forces serving abroad, will receive 100 percent of the average bill assistance for council tax, and family well-being of the grant will be doubled.
Among the announcements of the transport infrastructure was a plan to extend the electrification of the Trans-Pennine route.
Get Britain Building Fund, which provides funding for construction, should be expanded. Financial partnerships should be expanded by 20 percent, and the enterprise finance guarantee will also be expanded.
Britain must resist”” lack of airport capacity in south-east, said Osborne. Ads are due this summer.
The Government is to support £150 million of tax increment financing to help councils promote development and provide an extra £270 million for the Growing Places fund. Ultra-fast broadband and Wife will be the first of the ten largest cities in the UK, including Newcastle. New tax breaks and incentives for film, animation and video games have been announced. To roars of approval Chancellor joked: “I intend to keep Wallace and Gromit is where they belong.”

Tobacco health labels constitutional

A U.S. law requires large graphic warnings on cigarette packages and advertising does not violate free speech rights of tobacco companies, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday.
Cigarettes sued the manufacturers to stop the U.S. Food and Drug Administration new labeling and advertising requirements under rule violated their First Amendment right to communicate with adult consumers of tobacco.
But the Cincinnati-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th circuit has left most of the new regulatory framework of the FDA, including the requirement that tobacco companies are the big picture warnings on cigarette packs.
The decision comes on the heels of the Washington, DC, the ruling judge in the different but related case, has rejected demands by the FDA and, it seems, created a clash over the constitutionality of the rules of FDA.
Floyd Abrams, a lawyer Lorillard, said the difference in tone in the two actions and said the 6 th circuit case, the case of Washington, or both, is likely to end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.
The difference in these two cases is that the FDA did not provide concrete images, when the company filed a lawsuit six Circuit. While the lawsuit focuses on Washington’s image, the appellate court considered the broader question of the normative power of FDA.
“There can be no doubt that the government has a substantial interest in preventing underage smoking and warning the population about the dangers of using tobacco products,” Judge Eric Clay wrote for the three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit.
Congress passed a law in 2009 and ordered the FDA to take specific warning label rules. The labels must be in color, should include the top 50 percent before a pack of cigarettes and rear panels, and should cover the top 20 percent of print advertising.
After the tobacco companies, including RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co and Lorillard Inc, Lorillard Tobacco Co, sued to block the law, FDA presented the nine images to go on cigarette packs, including graphic images of corpses, diseased lungs and rotting teeth. Companies blame the government forcing them to spread anti-smoking message in order to embarrass and stigmatize already informed consumers.
Two judges of the majority of the Court of Appeal panel disagreed with the companies on the label claim, arguing that the fact that the specific images can cause an aversion does the requirement of the Constitution. Most say that it was just a decision on the constitutionality of the law on its face, rather than specific images that FDA imposed after the lawsuit was filed.
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Judge Clay, who wrote the main opinion upholding most of the FDA rules, objected, however, the ruling on the graphic label. He called the rules “is simply unprecedented.” Although the Government may require the manufacturer to provide truthful information, “it is less clearly permissible for the government, just to scare the consumer or otherwise attempt to manipulate the emotions of the consumer roughly, as he seeks to do here,” Clay wrote.
February 29, DC, District Judge Richard Leon ruled that the FDA violated the images free speech rights of tobacco companies. He found that warning labels were too high and that the government has a lot of other tools at its disposal to prevent smoking, such as raising taxes on cigarettes, including simple factual information on the label, not the horrible images.
The Obama administration appealed that ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on March 5.
Lorillard’s lawyer says Abrams appeals court on Monday the decision does not necessarily conflict with the decision of Leon.
“The court made it clear that focuses on the law as written, rather than on its implementation,” said Abrams.
Ministry of Justice did not immediately provide comment.
6th circuit is also supported by other rules of FDA, including restrictions on the marketing of “light” cigarettes, the distribution of free samples of tobacco sponsorship of events. The court overturned a rule prohibiting the use of color and graphics in advertising.
“We are pleased the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the continued use of colors and images in our advertising,” said the spokesman for RJ Reynolds, Brian hatchel.

Zimbabwe: bring peace to the tobacco auction floors

Irritating noise, the chaos and congestion, which are characterized by tobacco marketing season for the past three years, now may be the story of the 2012 marketing season, provided a calm environment for farmers to run their business.
Visit the tobacco auction floors Agriculture Financial Gazette revealed that there were four floors of the auction with perennial problems that have been poisoned by tobacco marketing season.
Unauthorized traders, who have always contributed to the chaos and congestion associated with the auction floors were removed, there are police stations in the auction floors to solve all the cases is justified.
All four floors of operating Boca tobacco auction floor, ground floor sales of tobacco products, tobacco Millennium floors and floors of prime tobacco, built clinics that are staffed by qualified personnel, and dining rooms, which provide adequate and hot meals for the farmers.
Most farmers have expressed satisfaction with the prices offered on the floor, and a good marketing environment created by the tobacco industry and the marketing board and said that they would like prices may continue to firm as the quality of the leaves better.
However, this has not happened in the past few seasons, where instead of firming, prices weakened, as the season progresses.
A farmer from Hurungwe, Melody Mamire, said that the situation has changed radically and for the benefit of farmers.
“Over the years we have been dealing with unscrupulous dealers, thieves and prostitutes, the usurpation of our husbands, and many of us have lost money and health on the road, but this year things are different. We live in a world of marketing and fair is the predominant”
“There are traders do not affect us, and good accommodation was provided on the floor. We can plan for peacefully without incidents such as theft,” Mamire said.
Another farmer in the century, Spencer Lunga, those farmers did not expect this situation to change or get out of control.
“If someone is selling at 0800 hours to 1000 hours of testing will be ready for collection. I brought 10 bales, and sold them at an average price of U.S. $ 4.05, however, farmers have complained that contractors pay them very low prices compared with the auction prices.
“I sold the bales on the floor of the sale of tobacco products in the U.S. $ 4.90 per kg and the same sheet is made from the same barn sold for 2.00 U.S. dollars per kilogram. Last year we had to deal with unwanted traders this year, contractors are taking more than their share. It’s not fair pricing for contractors, “Juliet of the Mugadzi Inyathi Mine, wept.
“As farmers, contractors charge us in the direction of marketing, but the reason we side of the market is that contractors are not fair. They break us. Agriculture is labor intensive business, and most of us use family labor. Buyers should offer good prices “Mugadzi said.
Mugadzi, who was a farmer for six years, was forced to sell 11 bales to repay its U.S. $ 1400 loan, although it would have cost her four bales to repay the loan if it had sold its bales through the auction system.
The upper leaf quality was purchased for an average price of U.S. $ 4, 71 per kg, the average quality of a sheet of U.S. $ 4, 22 per kg, and the low quality of the sheet of U.S. $ 3.31 per kg.
Ensuring proper maintenance of washing and wells at the auction floors have shown that the tobacco auction floors are ready to deal with cholera or typhoid disease in the event of the 2012 marketing season, as the city of Harare, was unable to control the outbreak of typhoid in October last year.
Kudakwashe Nyangombe, in Kara, who brought in five bales, was extremely pleased with the prices and relaxed atmosphere of tobacco marketing Boca floors.
“I sold four bales of U.S. $ 76 per kg, 4.21 U.S. dollars per kg, US4, 75 kg, 4.71 U.S. dollars per kg and 3.29 U.S. dollars per kilogram. This is a good price, and I I hope to return soon more bales. Despite the growing season was a difficult season, because some of us have had to re-plant because of the late rain, but the market prices are fair. ”
Franicis Marabada, of the century, brought in 32 bales, which were sold at an average price of U.S. $ 4.10 per kg, and expressed satisfaction that he got his check early and was preparing to return to the centennial.
“This year we paid early, so there’s no time to blend in with the prostitutes and merchants. We buy our food in town, and all of our materials are available in a single window is the auction floors,” said Marabada.
Last season, there was chaos at the auction floors where farmers were protesting against the poor prices that have fallen to as low as U.S. $ 0, 50 kg, because buyers ran out of money. Industry had to temporarily suspend the sale of tobacco products, as farmers refuse to sell their crop at such low prices.
This year’s auction floors with total capacity of sales 36,000 bales per day. The floors have the potential to sell the entire tobacco auction in less than 50 days, provided sales producers to book in advance to cancel the congestion.

Local control over tobacco use

Will this legislative session is a “love fest” between legislators of Oklahoma and the tobacco industry?
Here’s how to describe the deputy representative of the industry-lobbyist relationship years ago, when Big Tobacco usually have their way in the Capitol, and it’s kind of cozy industry hopes to revive this session. Twenty-five years after the leaders of Tulsa’s health movement began looking for local control of tobacco use, health advocates are still fighting for that right. Legislative measures that would allow local control is alive, but badly bruised. Big Tobacco does not come easily.
As a leader put it back in 1990: “We intend to resist at all costs, any attempt to force tobacco to cancel pre-emptive state of the local regulation of smoking.” The presence in the industry at the Capitol this session, said his position has not changed. But attitudes have changed some, so there is hope that Oklahoma will join the other 48 states that allow local control of tobacco consumption. So the question is: who will win this time? Big Tobacco – again? Or, finally, the people of Oklahoma?
There is reason to believe the majority of Oklahomans will not have problems with the local government. The experience of other cities that have local control of smoking status displays help attract tourists, conventions, and without prejudice to the restaurants and other businesses. Recent polling here shows that a significant majority of Oklahomans want smoke-free environment, and consider non-smokers rights “to breathe clean air is more important than the rights of smokers to smoke.
But even if most of us prefer to clean the air throughout the world, we need not get in our way. Big Tobacco has been the struggle of local control measures since Tulsa’s health and business leaders began to push in the mid-1980s. They hoped that the far-reaching bill introduced in 1987 will lead to local government – a right which has been won by local leaders across the country.
But when tobacco industry executives have learned the efforts of Tulsa, they flew into action and managed to not only significantly weaken the measure, but to add a provision that allowed strict local control – what is now known as the priority. Tobacco control battles of the era, described in detail in a fascinating study in power and influence in the industry call “from industry dominance of the progress in the legislative arena, the political and public health tobacco control in Oklahoma.”
A report in 2005, Andrew L. Spivak and Michael S. Givel, with the University Of Oklahoma Department Of Political Science, concluded: “The tobacco industry is one of the main political forces in Oklahoma through lobbying, direct campaign contributions, indirect contributions to the two major political parties and legislative political meetings, and gifts and entertainment. the tobacco industry has a centralized political organization in Oklahoma that supports and defends its political and market interests at the local and state government levels. Although the tobacco industry works to open in some political campaigns, it often works quietly behind the scenes, often working with various allied organizations, state and local political campaigns. ”
In the years after a major victory in 1987, representatives continued to bathe in their success, but remained vigilant, analysis suggests, OU. In 1989 Philip Morris document shout about the successes of the industry in Oklahoma. “Again, the love feast,” said a summary with a link to the MP-lobbyist relationships. “They’re all best friends.” The same document describes the lobbying team of Oklahoma, all former legislators as “absolutely superb” and “able to hold leadership” to make their bets. In 1992, the Tobacco Institute memo, said: “Industry Success in Oklahoma illustrates the benefits of a coordinated and well-planned efforts.”
By the mid-1990s, health advocates have learned some lessons and a new impetus to the abolition of priority have been started. Municipal support is growing, by this time; seven cities have passed resolutions asking the Legislative enable them to impose their own restrictions of tobacco. By 1996, the “revolutionary” bill that would restore local control was in the legislature, based on an impressive legislative support: a total of 44 House members and 14 senators signed on as sponsors. Even in this case-Gov. Frank Keating said he would sign the bill if it passed.
This political scenario is concerned the tobacco industry, which fought hard. Scare tactics that have led to believe the business will result in dire consequences of local government led to the mobilization efforts that are doomed to repeal the measures. Interestingly, while local government remains an elusive goal, progress in other tobacco control measures had been slowly forward in recent years. Significant control of tobacco consumption in public places and workplaces have been taken, and the major tobacco tax increase approved by voters in 2004.
Why worry the tobacco industry, if the city or state regulation of their products? Previously secret internal documents “shed light on why tobacco lobbyists wanted to take a local law,” said Tobacco Stops with me, in partnership with organizations looking for solutions of Oklahoma, tobacco-related problems. “The documents show that they knew that they (the leaders of the tobacco) faced a crisis of confidence when it came to influence local decisions. At the local level, policy-makers are closer to the people. As a result, they tend to be more responsive to the problems of the components and are far less likely to be influenced by lobbyists for the tobacco industry and its contribution to the campaign, “coalition completed.
See for yourself. Here are some of the documents with me Stop Tobacco Ads:
“Our record in defeating state smoking restrictions has been good enough. Unfortunately, our record in relation to local measures … has been somewhat less encouraging.” – Raymond Pritchard, Brown and Williamson, U.S. Tobacco and Candy Journal, July 17, 1986.
“But above all, we intend to resist at all costs, any attempt to force tobacco to cancel the displacement of the state of the local regulation of smoking.” – Memorandum from Stan Bowman, Tobacco Institute, on the “1991 Oklahoma Legislative Program” November 18, 1990.
“We could never win at the local level … so that the institution of tobacco and tobacco companies have always been a priority to preempt the field …” – Viktor Leonidovich Crawford, a former lobbyist for the tobacco institute, Journal of the American Medical Association, July 19, 1995. It is clear that the tobacco industry does not want to deal with us on the spot, which should make us want to correct all the more. If the priority is canceled, the city does not have to make tough laws. But if local residents want more control, it would be impossible. Why in the world would we want is not it?