BAT buys tobacco from the ULPI

British American Tobacco (BAT) said that he always bought the tobacco from the Philippines, even when he left the country in 2009.

James Lafferty, BAT Philippines Director General said that the cigarette firms buy about 2 to 3 million pounds of Philippine tobacco each year, even when she packed up and left the country three years ago. Lafferty said the Philippine Tobacco Company uses some of its products, selling cigarettes in Europe and Asia.

“It’s not massive, but we bought the Philippine tobacco, when we were not even here. BAT does not sell anything in the Philippines, but we bought tobacco here,” said Lafferty; he denied reports that the company never bought one leaf tobacco in the country. Lafferty said the company buys tobacco from a generic list Philippines, Inc (ULPI).

According to the National Tobacco Administration (NTA), ULPI bought 44,763,000 pounds of leaf tobacco in the local 2011, or 56.43% of 79.33 million kg of total production last year. “It shows our commitment to the country, we purchase each year, not even a business, because we export and use it in other countries,” says Lafferty. Cigarette Company had left the Philippines in 2009, as he claims that he could not survive under the current excise tax system cigarette brands, as introduced in the country since 1997 introduced a higher tax rate.

BAT back in February of this year, he expects that the excise tax reform proposals, priority actions Aquino administration, will soon be adopted and will provide a “level playing field” for all parties to the tobacco industry. Lafferty said the company plans to double its purchase of leaf tobacco in the Philippines, with 1.8 million kg this year to 3.6 million kg in the next year, as part of its expansion plans in preparation for the anticipated adoption of the so-called sin tax expense reform.

Lafferty said that BAT is about 5% of the total production of tobacco leaf in the Philippines every year, despite a 0.1% share of the local market of tobacco products. In general, the tobacco market in the Philippines is estimated at 100 billion pieces per year. “So we have about 5 percent of the market, a 0.1% stake. I think that it’s not bad. I buy fifty times my share of local, this is a real commitment to the Filipino farmers,” says Lafferty.

BAT hopes to sell 150 million sticks of cigarettes in the Philippines this year as it plans to expand its products in more retail stores across the country. The company has 900 brands worldwide, but this is only the beginning of Lucky strike brand in the Philippines since he returned in February. Lafferty said that Cigarette Company hopes to sell more of their products in the Philippines excise tax reform should be in place next year. BAT aims to remove Annex D, which in the current tax system classifies cigarette brands in the old and new, allowing different tax rates for brands that have been in the country until 1997, and those who entered in the local cigarette industry in 1997 year.

The company maintains the support of the Government House Bill 5727 by the author Cavite Rep. Joseph Emilio Abaya, which was approved by Congress last month. The excise tax reform bill is expected to generate P33 billion in revenues from both tobacco and alcohol, in the first year of its implementation, 85% of which goes to health care, and the remaining 15% will be used to support the tobacco manufacturers.

Cigarette giant Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation (PMFTC) accounts for more than 90% of the local market of tobacco products. The company was the second largest buyer of tobacco in 2011, the acquisition of 14,739,000 kg or 18.58% of total tobacco production in the last year.

Local teens help smoking hit all-time low in-NC

A new study shows a group of local teenagers are winning the fight against some very grown-up political obstacles: tobacco use and reducing the state budget.

A recently released survey by the State Department of Health and Human Services says the percentage of North Carolina teenagers who smoke; hit an all-time low this year, up nearly 50 percent over the last decade.

A new North Carolina Youth Tobacco Survey presented this week showed 4.3 percent of middle school students and 15.5 percent of students smoke cigarettes. This figure has decreased continuously in North Carolina since 2003.

The agency correlated with lower rates “Tobacco. Reality. Unfiltered” nonsmoking campaign. Since the campaign was launched in 2003, high school smoking declined by 55 percent from 9.3 percent to 4.2 percent and high school smoking declined by 43 percent from 27.3 percent to 15.5 percent.

“I think we all really delighted with these results and the fact that we are making a difference,” said Tiffany Jones, a junior at North Buncombe High School, who is working with local TRU and youth programs authorized solutions.

“But we also realize that in fact the fight is definitely not over, and there are a lot of work to be done.”

Good Teen Spirit

Jones joined a group of students from other schools in the city and county last week to break up a “quit kits” for veterans in recognition of National Armed Forces Day. The set includes gum to “pull off the binding,” as negative reinforcement for traction, candy fight oral fixation calls, and a list of reasons to quit smoking.

“I just want to say that I’m proud of you guys for being here and doing this,” one of a set of recipients said last week. “It gives me much hope.” Teens are quick to point out that each one has different causes take the anti-tobacco case, but they agree that peer education is the most effective way to keep teenagers from picking up the habit.

“It’s much more effective to have someone your age to tell you about such things,” said Emma Harper, a sophomore high school Asheville. “No one goes away or not to start smoking, because an adult comes along and shakes their finger and says:” Do not do it, it’s bad. “

The group, which represents rural and urban areas throughout Buncombe County, said that each of them knows who their age who smoke cigarettes. They said that the most common incentive to smoke is based on “the understanding that it relaxes and stress relief,” and that this is a common habit among their peers.

They said some teenagers are aware, come from families where parents buy cigarettes for them, but a lot of smoke away from home and parents who have no clue, they never picked up the smoke. Harper said that many young people have the misconception that more people their age smoke than it actually is, or “everybody does it” mentality that everything is not so.

“We talked to children in other schools – especially in the Near Asheville – who actually think that 80 percent of teens smoke,” said Tyler Long, another Asheville High student. “We know that this is obviously not true, but it’s amazing how many people think.”

Potential “stopped in progress” Despite the apparent success of the program in the TRU, adolescents and their adult advocates are concerned that funding cuts coming into effect in July will stop the progress they have made. The General Assembly eliminated funding from July 1 to TRU and other tobacco prevention programs in North Carolina.

The program was initially funded by the TRU Beauty and Health Trust Fund at the expense of Master Settlement Agreement with major tobacco companies, but funding for the program was transferred to the budget of last year and is not set to repeat it.

Governor Bev Perdue proposed a $ 10 million in its budget released last week to start rebuilding support for the initiatives. “About 100,000 students enter secondary school each year in North Carolina, and these children can not help the program, they have never experienced,” said Pam Seamans, executive director of the North Carolina Alliance for Health.

“We have seen in other states that have eliminated funding for those programs that progress stalls and rate of climb,” Seamans said. “We are so proud of the work of these young people do, so we do not want to see these gains evaporate.”

Government’s plan for graphic cigarette labels

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, weighing in on a lawsuit over graphic cigarette warning labels, said that the federal government has no legal authority to take place on the packaging or Tobacco Company advertising to convince consumers not to buy the product.
The pro-business lobbying group filed a friend of the court brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington late Monday in the lawsuit, some of the largest U.S. tobacco companies, including RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company and Lorillard Tobacco Co. plan to suit challenges the Food and Drug Administration to require new graphics warnings be placed on cigarette packs this year. Tags include seam of the body of the smoker, and paintings diseased lungs.
A U.S. District Court judge in November blocked the label when deciding they violate the company right to freedom of speech, stating that it is likely cigarette manufacturers succeed in the lawsuit. FDA appealed this decision and oral arguments are set for April. Oral arguments on motions opinion about the new labels at the bar is scheduled for Wednesday in U.S. District Court.
In its filing, the group that represents more than 3 million businesses and professional organizations in the United States wrote that that resolution warning labels would be “a radical departure from traditional government efforts to regulate speech because they force businesses to discredit the very products that are they are legally marketing.”
The chamber also added that the label “designed to provoke an adverse emotional reaction and feared above and beyond any actual disclosure of information related to the risks associated with smoking.”
The tobacco companies have questioned the constitutionality of the label, saying, warning not just to convey the facts to inform decision people need to smoke, but that instead force cigarette manufacturers to display the Government’s anti-smoking propaganda is more noticeable than their own brand. They also say that changing the packaging of cigarettes will cost millions of dollars.
Meanwhile, FDA said that the public interest to transfer the dangers of smoking outweigh the companies the right to freedom of speech.
The FDA in June of last year approved nine new warnings that the company prints the entire upper half of a cigarette pack, front and rear. The new warning, each of which includes a number of quit smoking hotline should also be 20 percent of cigarette advertising and marketing to turn the use of the images.
One label depicts a corpse with its chest sewn up and the words “Smoking can kill you.” Another label shows a healthy pair of lungs in yellow and black pair with a warning that smoking causes fatal lung disease.
Joining North Carolina-based R.J. Reynolds, owned by Reynolds American Inc., and Lorillard Tobacco, owned by Lorillard Inc., in the lawsuit are Commonwealth Brands Inc., Liggett Group LLC and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc.
Richmond-based Altria Group Inc, parent company of the largest cigarette manufacturing country, Philip Morris USA, which makes the Marlboro, is not part of the trial.
The free speech lawsuit is separate from a lawsuit by several of the same companies over the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. This law came into force two years ago, paved the way for a clearer warning labels. But it is also possible to limit the FDA ban nicotine and tobacco companies from supporting sports and social activities, or give away free samples or branded goods.
A federal judge upheld many parts of the law, but the case is now pending before the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.
Although the last legal challenge the tobacco industry may not hold up, it could delay the new warning labels for many years. And it is likely to keep cigarette manufacturers millions of dollars in lost sales and increases the price on the packaging.
Tobacco companies are increasingly relying on their packaging to build brand loyalty and capture consumers. It’s one of few advertising levers left to them after the government curbed their presence in magazines, billboards and TV.

Popular cigarette brand

Japan Tobacco is to launch redesigned versions of seven of its popular Pianissimo brand of cigarettes in middle of-January.
Pianissimo is a best-selling-cigarettes-brands-across-the-tobacco-industry in the Japanese 100 mm slim menthol category, and was especially popular among women smokers, because of Japan’s largest tobacco company says, “A sleek, unassuming and refreshing menthol taste and aroma.”
Smoking rates decreased in Japan, although they remain higher for men and women than in Europe and North America.
The government has raised taxes on tobacco products by 30% at the end of 2010, reducing the number of domestic smokers at the time were also suggestions recently that another tax hike needed, as the government looks for ways to pay for the reconstruction of the north-eastern Japan that were severely damaged by natural disasters in March last year.
As part of its campaign to attract new customers – as well as maintain existing customers – Japan Tobacco has updated his car collection in September, to make it “modern cigarettes to adults.”
Now it is the turn of seven Pianissimo products to be repackaged, while four will be given new names.
Pianissimo One of them, which will be renamed Aria menthol, “an opera term for air melodious solo,” the company said, while the new white packaging and water pipes are designed to symbolize a “sweet, gentle nature of the product.”
Pianissimo Super Slims Menthol One of them, to become Precis menthol, because menthol sensation concentrated, while the brand Icene Menthol will Icene Crist to emphasize the “scary feeling menthol.”
The brand was first launched in Japan in 1995 and the latest addition to the range – Pianissimo VIV Menthol – was in November 2011. A pack of 20 retails for Y440 (RM17.90).
Japan Tobacco is by far the dominant player in the domestic market and smokers will be waiting to see how other companies, particularly foreign firms such as British American Tobacco, respond.
Japan Tobacco’s products are sold in more than 120 countries and it controls Benson & Hedges as well as the Mayfair, Winston, Camel, Silk Cut and Glamour brands. At home, it has a two-thirds share of the domestic market and its flagship brands include Seven Stars, Peace, Caster, Hope and Mild Seven.
Japan Tobacco statistics show that 24.95 million Japanese smoke of the adult population 104.4 million. A recent study by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, showed that smoking among men has fallen to 36.8% – its lowest level since such surveys began in 1986 – while the figure for women came to 9.1%, below the 10% threshold for the first time since 2001. – AFP-Relaxnews

Several US States Weigh in on Cigarette Label Suit

Several states and U.S. territories are weighing in on a lawsuit over proposed graphic cigarette warning labels that include a sewn-up corpse of a smoker and a picture of diseased lungs, saying the federal government should be allowed to require the labels for the “lethal and addictive” products.
The 24 attorneys general filed a friend of the court brief on Friday in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington in support of the Food and Drug Administration’s challenge of a lower court ruling in the case.
Last month, a U.S. District Court judge granted a request by some of the nation’s largest tobacco companies, including R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Lorillard Tobacco Co., to block the labels while deciding whether the labels violate their free speech rights. The judge ruled it is likely the cigarette makers would succeed in a lawsuit to block the requirement that the labels be placed on cigarette packs next year.
Representatives for R.J. Reynolds declined to comment. Officials with Lorillard did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Saturday.
The tobacco companies have questioned the constitutionality of the labels, saying the warnings don’t simply convey facts to inform people’s decision whether to smoke but instead force the cigarette makers to display government anti-smoking advocacy more prominently than their own branding. They also say that changing cigarette packaging will cost millions of dollars.
Meanwhile, the FDA has said that the public interest in conveying the dangers of smoking outweighs the companies’ free speech rights.
In the filing Friday, the attorneys general said that the First Amendment does not prevent the government from requiring that “lethal and addictive products carry warning labels that effectively inform consumers of the risks those products entail.”
“Over forty years’ experience with small, obscurely placed text-only warning labels on cigarette packs has demonstrated that they simply do not work,” they wrote. “The warning labels reflect the unique magnitude of the problem they address, the deadly and addictive nature of the product, and the unparalleled threat this product and its marketing pose to America’s youth.”
The brief was filed by attorneys general from Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, the Virgin Islands, Washington and West Virginia.
In June, the FDA approved nine new warning labels that companies are to print on the entire top half of cigarette packs, front and back. The new warnings, each of which includes a number for a stop-smoking hotline, must constitute 20 percent of cigarette advertising, and marketers are to rotate use of the images.
One label depicts a corpse with its chest sewn up and the words “Smoking can kill you.” Another shows a healthy pair of lungs beside a yellow and black pair with a warning that smoking causes fatal lung disease.
Joining North Carolina-based R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard in the lawsuit are Commonwealth Brands Inc., Liggett Group LLC and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc.
Richmond-based Altria Group Inc., parent company of the nation’s largest cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA, which makes top-selling Marlboros, is not a part of the lawsuit.
The free speech lawsuit is separate from a lawsuit by several of the same companies over the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. That law, which took effect two years ago, cleared the way for the more graphic warning labels. But it also allowed the FDA to limit nicotine and banned tobacco companies from sponsoring athletic or social events or giving away free samples or branded merchandise.
A federal judge upheld many parts of the law, but the case is now pending before the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.
While the tobacco industry’s latest legal challenge may not hold up, it could delay the new warning labels for years. And that is likely to save cigarette makers millions of dollars in lost sales and increased packaging costs.
Tobacco companies are increasingly relying on their packaging to build brand loyalty and grab consumers. It’s one of few advertising levers left to them after the government curbed their presence in magazines, billboards and TV.

Hoddle St killer to fight tobacco levy

Hoddle Street mass murderer Julian Knight spends at least $80 a week on smokes but he hopes soon to spend less.
Knight was 19 when he shot dead seven people and injured 19 in the Hoddle Street massacre in Melbourne in 1987.
He has bought cigarettes and tobacco from prison canteens ever since.
In 1997, after a complaint about canteen prices, Knight became aware of a levy imposed on tobacco products in Victorian jails.
Since then he has made a number of complaints to the ombudsman and auditor-general and has now taken his fight to the Victorian Supreme Court.
Knight, who has been a regular smoker since the age of 16, estimates he spends approximately $80 to $90 per week on cigarettes and tobacco.
In 1993 an unknown officer of the Department of Corrections made a decision to add a 10 per cent levy to the wholesale cost of cigarettes and tobacco.
The money raised from the levy is used for the development and delivery of anti-smoking programs, the court heard.
Knight argues such a decision is not authorised under the powers given to the secretary or governor of a prison.
Knight has been declared a vexatious litigant and must apply to the Supreme Court for permission to commence a legal action.
On Tuesday, Associate Justice Melissa Daly allowed Knight to proceed with his case, saying it was not doomed to fail and was not an abuse of process.
She said there might be some issues about Knight’s standing in the proceeding and who should defend the case but the issues could be dealt with before or during a trial.
One issue is whether G4S Custodial Services, which operates Port Phillip Prison where Knight is currently housed, should be part of the case.
“In any event, these matters are outweighed by the fact that if there is at least a real argument that the secretary and prison governors are acting beyond their lawful authority in imposing and collecting the levy, then that argument should have the opportunity to be fully ventilated before the court,” Associate Justice Daly said.
She said it might be that the beneficial intent and impact of programs funded by the levy would influence a court to use its discretion to reject Knight’s case.
The case will be heard next April.
Knight was sentenced to a maximum of seven life sentences, with a non-parole period of 27 years.
He will be eligible for parole in 2014.
By Daniel Fogarty

"Winston", "Chesterfield" and "Red&White" were most popular cigarette brands in Latvia

Winston“, “Chesterfield” and “Red&White” were the most popular cigarette brands in Latvia in the first nine months of 2011, according to the State Revenue Service’s data.
Also making the top ten are “Marlboro”, “Wall Street”, “More”, “Monte Carlo”, “L&M”, “Bond” and “Kent”, writes LETA.
According to the Revenue Service’s data, the largest producers and importers of tobacco products this year are Philip Morris Latvia, Baltic Sales network, British American Tobacco, Tabakas nams grupa and Rasta 1.
Excise tax revenue from tobacco products totaled LVL 77.2 million in the first nine months, which is LVL 8.6 million or 13 percent more than in the same period last year.

WHO Worldwide Tobacco Facts

— The World Health Organization describes the tobacco epidemic as “one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced.”
— WHO says millions of people die each year as a result of tobacco use, and the number will only grow unless action is taken. It says tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death in the world, with tobacco killing up to half of its users.
— Tobacco use is one of the main risk factors for a number of chronic diseases, including cancer, lung diseases, and cardiovascular diseases.
— The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are people exposed to second-hand smoke.
— Unless urgent action is taken, the epidemic could kill up to 8 million people each year by 2030, of which more than 80 percent will live in low- and middle-income countries.
— Consumption of tobacco products is increasing globally, though it is decreasing in some high-income and upper middle-income countries.
In some countries, children from poor households are frequently employed in tobacco farming to provide family income. These children are especially vulnerable to “green tobacco sickness,” which is caused by the nicotine that is absorbed through the skin from the handling of wet tobacco leaves.
— Because there is a lag of several years between when people start using tobacco and when their health suffers, the epidemic of tobacco-related disease and death has just begun. Tobacco caused 100 million deaths in the 20th century. If current trends continue, it will cause up to one billion deaths in the 21st century.
This report is the third in a series of WHO reports on the status of global tobacco control policy implementation.
All data on the level of countries’ achievement for the six MPOWER measures have been updated through 2010, and additional data have been collected on warning the public about the dangers of tobacco. The report examines in detail the two primary strategies to provide health warnings – labels on tobacco product packaging and anti-tobacco mass media campaigns. It provides a comprehensive overview of the evidence base for warning people about the harms of tobacco use as well as country-specific information on the status of these measures.
To continue the process of improving data analysis, categories of policy achievement have been refined and, where possible, made consistent with new and evolving guidelines for the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Data from the 2009 report have been re-analyzed to be consistent with these new categories, allowing for more direct comparisons of the data across both reports.

About Tobacco Control

Tobacco use is the single greatest cause of preventable death worldwide – a risk factor not only for lung diseases, such as emphysema and lung cancer, but also for a host of other diseases. More than 5 million people die each year due to tobacco-related illnesses, the vast majority of them in low- and middle-income countries.
The Union has been active in tobacco control for more than 25 years, and in 1996 it established a department devoted to this issue. Its focus has been identifying practical strategies for low- and middle-income countries to achieve tobacco control and disseminating this information through technical assistance, education and applied research.
Since late 2006, The Union has played an active role in the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, working to implement tobacco control interventions in the countries with the highest burden of tobacco-related diseases.
In addition, The Union has conducted extensive research on the links between smoking and tuberculosis, the effects of smoking on TB treatment outcomes, the efficacy of brief cessation advice, and other topics.
The Tobacco Control Department is based at The Union Europe Office in Edinburgh with a staff of more than 100 technical consultants, programme managers, policy and communication experts working out of Union offices in China, Egypt, France, India, Mexico, Russia and Singapore.