Cigarette sales decreased and tobacco sales will increase

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics released Thursday that show a decrease in cigarette sales and increased sales of other tobacco products since 2000.
The report said sales of cigarettes fell by 33 percent, and other forms of tobacco has increased by 123 percent over that time.
The report was less than 1 percent overall reduction in smoking from 2010 to 2011.
Accounting Associate Pat Jensen said that he smokes and is not interested in going on mini-cigars.
“I really like the taste, because they are more careful,” Jensen said of cigarettes. ” Cloves are a lot harsher on your lungs.”
Although the alternative is cheaper, Jensen said he would continue to smoke Marlboro Gold.
Communication junior Angela Vaszily said she sometimes smokes, and neither she nor her friends have plans to switch to cheaper alternatives.
“I do not care if they are more expensive,” said Vaszily. “Do you have a brand and stick with it.”
Vaszily said she was smoking a cigar in a mini-school, but she went for cigarettes when she was in college.
Ashley Emmons, assistant manager of Admiral Discount Tobacco, 5601 Tues Saginaw Highway in Lansing, said she had never seen death in the sale of cigarettes, or an increase in sales of small cigars.
“We get our regular customers, who get what they like,” says Emmons.
She said a pack of cigarettes worth more than $ 6 a package of small cigars is about a dollar cheaper.
James Herman, medical director of Sparrow Cancer Center, said there is a mini cigarette or cigar, tobacco is still bad for your body.
“There is no difference …. When you breathe (smoke), he goes into the lungs,” said Herman. “Tobacco is tobacco. All this is bad for the lungs…. It seems that this is not so bad, but it is.”
He added that tobacco companies can say whatever they want about how filtered cigarettes and get away with it.
“They can say whatever they like,” said Herman. “It’s not illegal to lie.”
However, when Jensen smokes, he does not care about the price or health, he just wants to enjoy their work.
“If I do what I know is bad, I’ll enjoy.”

Minor tobacco sales continue to fall

Sale of tobacco products to minors in the U.S. reached a record low of 2011 in accordance with federal and state inspection programs aimed at limiting the use of tobacco, minors, according to a report released on Thursday.

Violation rate of tobacco sales to minors at retail nationwide youth declined from 40 percent in 1997 to 8.5 percent last fiscal year, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. Bet on the results of random, unannounced inspections carried out in the stores if they sell tobacco products to the customer under the age of 18 years.

In March, the U.S. doctor said more needs to be done to young Americans with the use of tobacco, including new bans and higher taxes on tobacco products. It was the first comprehensive look at youth tobacco use by a chief physician in almost two decades.

This point was called home in a separate report Thursday from another federal agency. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that a significant increase in the consumption of cigars and loose tobacco products offset the decline in cigarette consumption in the past year. Adult cigarette consumption fell by 2.5 percent between 2010 and 2011, while consumption of other types of tobacco smoked has increased by more than 17 percent over the same period, according to the report, which highlights the differences in the classification of taxes and tobacco products As one of the reasons for the increase.

Almost one in five high school age teenagers smoke, according to the report of the surgeon general’s office in the. The figures compared to previous decades, but the pace of decline slowed. He also said that more than 80 percent of smokers begin at age 18, and 99 percent of adult smokers in the United States beginning at age 26.

“We know that if we can stop children from smoking before they turn 18, the likelihood that they will become smokers as adults are actually very low. By reducing retail access, we reduce one of the ways that children can acquainted with tobacco and become smokers, “says Susan Marsiglia Gray, who oversees the program Synar Regulation.

The program, named after U.S. Rep. Mike Synar of Oklahoma, is a federal mandate requiring each state to document that the rate of tobacco sales to minors is not more than 20 percent of the risk of losing millions of federal funds for alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment.

In the past fiscal year, 34 countries reported a violation rate of retail below 10 percent, the report said on Thursday. It was the sixth time that no state was out of compliance. Nevada reported the lowest rate at 1.1 percent, and Oregon reported the highest rate at 19.3 percent.

However, the report says that children can instead get their cigarettes and tobacco products in places other than shops and petrol stations. Recent federal data show that about 14 percent of juveniles reported buying their cigarettes in stores in 2009, compared with more than 23 percent a decade ago.

“Reduction of retail access is an important part of a comprehensive program of tobacco control, but it is only a part,” said Marsiglia Gray, adding that the state should be associated with other tobacco, such as increasing tobacco taxes, the adoption of the smoking ban and conduct anti-smoking campaign.

Control of tobacco sales

Dickinson leaders want more control over of tobacco sales in the city.

The city has right to sell tobacco products, but because the government and not the actual law, it is not something that can be revoked, the City Administrator Shawn Kessel said.

“Retail interest in tobacco is becoming more common, and therefore our response must be adequate,” he said.

Dickinson commissioners decided to create a resolution calling for a license to sell tobacco during 23 July meeting. Regulation should be the second assertion.

The Southwestern district health Unit, which verifies compliance checks of tobacco legislation, has been pushing for a strong insist on a stronger law to stop selling tobacco products to persons under the age of 18 years, says Tammy Hovet, SWDHU tobacco coordinator.

Many stores do not ask for identification when the unit checks for compliance, she said. The last compliance check in Dickinson took place in January, and six out of 17 businesses sold to minors, Hovet said.

“If we have these licenses, we will have more control over what is a sale, and we would have more control over the operators, it means that we will have more control over the buyers,” said Kessel.

The highest penalty for selling tobacco products to a minor is a $500 fine and possible suspension, according to Dickinson city code. Penalty for first offense for an employee selling to minors $ 50, and all subsequent violations within two years worth $ 150. The retailer receives a $ 100 fine for a first offense, $ 250 for the second in two years and $ 500 for all offenses within two years after that.

All tobacco offenses are no criminal, according to municipal code.

Minors between the ages of 14 and 17 caught possessing or using tobacco products could face $ 100 fine. Those buying tobacco to minors face the same penalties as the seller.

If the Dickinson Police caught using or possessing small tobacco products, they are listed and sent to juvenile court, said Capt. Dave Wilkie.

“This gives us another tool used to enforcement (tobacco legislation),” he said of the proposed regulations. “I think it will give something to the business owner to think about.”

If the business will be in non-compliance, SWDHU sends letter to business, the City Commission, DPD, Stark County state attorney and attorney general of North Dakota.

“Any reports would be excellent starting solutions,” Hovet said. “The education under tests warning letters are a good start to stop selling cigarettes, but that they will bring to justice will be a big part of the solution.”

The public will have the opportunity to comment on this issue at a meeting of the City Commission at 4:30 p.m. on Monday at City Hall, 99 Second St. E.

Dublin council favors severe restrictions on tobacco sales

Dublin is considering changes that could make the most of the stores to stop selling tobacco for three years. If approved, it will be one of the most stringent local tobacco sales laws in the state. Most California cities have no local zoning rules ban sales of tobacco products in certain areas.
“I think it would reach a new level,” said Justin Garrett, policy manager of the American Lung Association in California. “I would like to address this significant action in tobacco control.”
Saying it wants to protect children from tobacco, the City Council on Tuesday unanimously agreed to have its staff develop a zoning ban sales of tobacco products within 1,000 feet of homes, schools, parks and day care centers. Mayor Tim Sbranti was absent from the meeting.
Several cities have filed bans sales, as new business applications, but let’s existing stores to continue selling. But the Dublin Council left no doubt that it is ready to move on, stopping sales at existing stores too close to home or school during phase one, two or three years.
At least 18 years old, and probably more, of the 24 stores that sell tobacco in Dublin will be affected by the ban on sale of tobacco products within 1,000 feet of residential areas, schools, parks and other places where children gather, said Roger Bradley, Dublin’s assistant city manager.
The city will need to explore the map to determine exactly how many stores will be allowed to continue selling, he said. also wants to introduce a new licensing requirements for tobacco retailers.
The 24 retail tobacco sellers in in the city include grocery and drug stores, minim arts and gas stations.
“We’re not talking about banning tobacco in Dublin, but restricting where it is sold,” said Dublin vice Mayor Kevin Hart.
Reducing minors’ access to tobacco use and addiction lowers rates, council members said.
Other cities have shied away from a ban on sales of existing businesses because of political opposition and concern that the company will defend its sales have been damaged or taken away, say experts on tobacco legislation.
Providing businesses for up to three years phased ban would allow them to prepare for the restrictions and recoup their investment in tobacco, Dublin officials have suggested.
Offering a phase in period, the average legal basis between the extremes of banning the sale or payment of compensation directly to stores, said Ian McLaughlin, Senior Associate in Public Health Law and Policy, a nonprofit that offers information about tobacco and health issues.
“Grandfathering in old plants is less risky, but the reduction in the density of tobacco retailers is a stronger public health policy,” said McLaughlin.
Regulators have used phase-in periods with new rules for other industries, including billboards, he said.
No store owners spoke at the council meeting on Tuesday. Messages left for the Neighborhood Market Association, retail groups critical of local restrictions of tobacco, went unanswered on Wednesday.
Dublin council members say they want to adopt stricter rules in November.
Councilman Kasie Hildenbrand said she was pleasantly surprised on Tuesday that the council acts as the rules are strict, as she wanted. “This is a bold step in protecting the health of our children,” she said.

Underage tobacco sales double in Seattle

It is a lot easier for underage teens to buy cigarettes in Seattle than it was last year, according to the King County Health Department.
The department said Thursday that tobacco sales to minors doubled from 2010 to 2011.
“Which is troubling because 90 percent of smokers become addicted before they’re 19 years of age,” said Scott Neal, tobacco prevention program manager. He said their inspections revealed that underage teens can buy cigarettes 15 percent of the time in Seattle, compared to seven percent of the time last year.
They conducted 468 retailer inspections in 2011. Teens were sent into 63 different establishments with their valid, underage ID’s.
“And they simply ask for the product like they would be purchasing it normally, and it’s a valid test for a retailer to find out if they’re carding the kids and turning them away,” Neal said.
The teens were sold tobacco a total of 70 times.
Several retailers, including Super 97 Store on Broadway, Cheapskates Tobacco on Aurora Ave., Grandecker Food Mart & Gas on Holman Rd., Greenwood Center on NW 85th, Dravus BP on Dravus St., Pine Food Store on Pine St., and Walgreens on Northgate Way, sold to underage teens more than once this year.
In Washington state, selling tobacco to a minor can result in a retailer fine of $100 for the first offense. The fine for a clerk is $50. Repeat offenders within a two year window are fined up to $1,500 and may have their license to sell tobacco products revoked.
By Brandi Kruse
mynorthwest.com

Tobacco sellers fume over plain packaging

CIGARETTE retailers believe new plain packaging will increase the sale of illegal tobacco and won’t stop smokers from lighting up.
Last week, the Federal Government voted to support the changes, with all tobacco products sold in Australia to be in plain packaging from December 1 next year.
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But Dandy Tobacco owner Mohammad Rahimi said the laws would make it difficult for him when selling or organising his stock.
“I’m not happy with that. The people will still smoke and (it will) also increase a lot of illegal tobacco,” Mr Rahimi said.
A Springvale tobacco retailer agreed the uniform packaging would make counterfeiting easy.
“From my perspective there’s a practical issue as well,” he said.
“When we receive the stock from manufacturers, it’s extremely difficult to distinguish between the different smokes. They look very
But Health Minister Nicola Roxon defended the move.
“We know that packaging remains one of the last powerful marketing tools for tobacco companies to recruit new smokers to their deadly products,” Ms Roxon said.
Quit executive director Fiona Sharkie said Quit backed any move to reduce the desirability of a product “that kills one in every two long-term users”.
Cigarette giant Philip Morris Asia Limited has begun legal proceedings against the Federal Government by serving a notice of arbitration under Australia’s Bilateral Investment Treaty with Hong Kong.
PMA is seeking a suspension of the new legislation as well as compensation.
by Nicole Precel
dandenong-leader.whereilive.com.au

Donskoy Tobacco for sale

The largest Russian-owned cigarette manufacturer is up for sale and foreign buyers are eager to snap it up, according to a story by Aleksey Danichev for RIA Novosti.
Donskoy Tabak is based in the south of the country and currently has about four per cent of the domestic market.
The company, which produced about 26 million cigarettes last year, bought local rival Nevo Tabak at the beginning of the year.
It owns two local brands, Donskoy Tabak, and Nasha Marka, and produces Richmond and Senator under licence.
Higher taxes and new anti-smoking laws are putting pressure on tobacco producers, making it difficult for smaller companies to survive.
“Big international companies have more options to meet the requirements, than smaller ones,” says Vadim Zhilin, chief executive of the Russian Association of Tobacco Producers. “Companies are trying to be more efficient and merging,” he added.
The Kommersant newspaper reported that Imperial Tobacco was interested in buying Donskoy Tabak, a move that would lift its share in Russia above 12 per cent.

Is It Possible To Sell A Premium Cigarette Brand In This Packaging?

Philip Morris International is the first tobacco giant suing the Australian government over strict new branding restrictions, which it believes will cost it billions in the region, the Wall Street Journal reports.
British American Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco Group are expected follow.
Why? Because their billion-dollar brands, like Marlboro and Parliament, will be crushed.
Australia’s regulations, set to take effect in December 2012, require cigarette manufacturers to use a standard font, uniform text position, and the same greenish-brown packaging (which research showed to be the least appealing to consumers).
Essentially, tobacco companies will be unable to distinguish themselves. And that has the tobacco giants worried. Cigarettes can separate themselves from competing products in three ways: by brand, by shape (long, short, etc.), and by general flavor (light, menthol, etc.). But within the confines of a given style or flavor, brand becomes the most valuable distinguishing factor among otherwise like products.
Earlier this year, shortly before legislation made its way to Australian Parliament, a Philip Morris spokesperson told AdWeek the measures “would essentially amount to a confiscation of our brand in Australia.”
And that could very well be disastrous for the company. A November 2010 report by economic consultants in the U.K., commissioned by Philip Morris, says that “package is the most important method of branding still available” after a widespread crackdown on traditional advertising.
Researchers at a New Zealand university who conducted focus groups with 66 young adults, both smokers and non-smokers, found that branded tobacco packaging by itself inspired their associations with given products.
The U.K. report, which specifically focuses on the impact plain cigarette packaging could have there, substantiates Philip Morris’ bottom-line worries. It suggests a branding ban like Australia’s would trigger an overall price reduction between 4.4% and 16.1%, because no-name discount brands could more easily compete. After all, they wouldn’t have a highly recognizable brand (like Marlboro, for instance) to overcome.
With a move toward hard-line bans like the one in Australia, one that will disallow in-store cigarette displays in the U.K., and the Worcester, Mass., ordinance that prohibits any tobacco advertisement visible from the street, tobacco manufacturers will eventually have to look outside branded packaging and find another way to set themselves apart.
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Obama Scolds Tobacco Companies Over Labeling

President Barack Obama scolded tobacco companies Thursday for trying to block health warning labels on cigarettes, a product the world leader himself only recently quit using.
“The fact is quitting smoking is hard, believe me, I know,” Obama said in a recorded statement posted on the White House’s Web site Thursday. The message coincided with the Great American Smokeout, an annual campaign to encourage Americans to quit smoking sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
“Today some big tobacco companies are trying to block these labels because they don’t want to be honest about the consequences of using their products,” said Obama. “Unfortunately, this isn’t surprising.”
In 2009, Congress passed Family Prevention and Tobacco Control, which put tobacco products under the watch of the Food and Drug Administration and forced companies to label their products.
In August, several tobacco companies fired back with a lawsuit against the FDA, FDA chief Margaret Hamburg and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The lawsuit claimed that the graphic warning labels violated the constitutional rights of the companies.
The White House announced Oct. 31 that the president was tobacco-free. The medical exam, given by presidential physician Dr. Jeff Kuhlman, stated that Obama was in good health, tobacco free and fit for duty.
The International Tobacco Regulators’ Conference was held Wednesday in Maryland, a meeting of 65 regulatory agencies from 22 countries hosted by the FDA and the World Health Organization.
“The industry sees the entire world as a potential market,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said in a press statement. “It is only natural that like-minded leaders band together to combat this global threat in unison.”
The tough talk did little to rattle stocks in tobacco companies. Stocks rose in three of the world’s largest tobacco companies in Thursday trading including Reynolds American, Inc. (RAI), parent company of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings, Inc.; Altria Group, Inc. and Vector Group, Ltd. Stocks in British American Tobacco fell Thursday.
“The best way to prevent the health problems that come with smoking is to keep young people from starting in the first place,” Obama said.
Government officials pushed the campaign to restrict tobacco manufacturers from reaching the next generation of potential smokers.
The campaign is “making tobacco not cool to kids, letting kids know at an early age that this will cause a lifetime of harm,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an interview Thursday with iVillage correspondent Kelly Wallace.
Every day, 3,800 teens aged 12-17 smoke a cigarette for the first time, according to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The survey showed that each year, 1,000 teens cross over to become daily smokers.
Sebelius, herself a smoker when she was a teenager, said, “It was stupid, I thought it was cool.
“Doing something that (teens) think is going to be social and ‘I’ll do it every once in a while’ can quickly become a habit,” she said. “The fact that I used to smoke will be with me forever,” including increased risk for cancer,” she said.
Sebelius said government regulators were using various strategies to reduce cigarette consumption in youth. For example, on Nov. 10, the FDA released a list of 1,200 retailers slapped with warnings of underage selling. Some states have also boosted cigarette taxes, which prohibits teen sales, Sebelius said.
By Trevor Stokes
ibtimes.com

Philadelphia proposes mandating antismoking ads at retail counters where tobacco is sold

One might think that smoking bans in city parks and that graphic cigarette-pack labels coming from Washington represent the extreme of government meddling.
But with statistics showing that smoking remains the No. 1 cause of preventable deaths, the Philadelphia Board of Health is considering a proposal that pushes the envelope on tobacco control: mandatory, illustrated signs on the health effects of smoking placed on the counters of every tobacco retailer in the city.
It’s not at all clear that the idea, still in draft form, would pass legal muster. A similar law enacted two years ago in New York City was struck down by a federal judge; the decision is being appealed.
Health officials in Philadelphia, however, say they are in a particularly tough spot. Smoking rates for adults (25 percent) and youths (11 percent say they smoked at least once in the last 30 days) are among the highest of major U.S. cities, with 2,468 deaths attributed to smoking-related causes in 2007 – more than the number due to homicide, suicide, accidents, diabetes, and AIDS combined.
Yet state and federal law limits what the city can do. Raising cigarette prices through excise taxes, for example, is one of the most effective strategies to reduce smoking, particularly among cash-strapped teens. But that power is held by Harrisburg, which levies a $1.60-per-pack tax, about average for states that do not produce tobacco.
New Jersey’s tax is $2.70, and its adult smoking rate was 15 percent in 2008 vs. Pennsylvania’s 21 percent, although there is no proof of cause and effect. New York imposes the highest tax of any state, $4.35 per pack, and New York City adds $1.50. Its smoking rate is 16 percent.
“I will confess to a certain amount of desperation,” Philadelphia Health Commissioner Donald F. Schwarz said when first discussing mandatory warning signs with the Board of Health two months ago. City tactics may need to be on “the leading edge,” he said, given that taxation, the “preferred approach,” is not available.
The Nutter administration has been a leader in public health, with strategies such as the nation’s strictest menu-labeling law, the failed attempt to impose a two-cents-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks, and the introduction a few months ago of Philadelphia’s Freedom Condom to increase awareness about safe sex.
“Over the last number of years, Philadelphia has been much more aggressive – in the positive sense of aggressive – in engaging the public, informing the public, and shaping community values around health,” said Jeffrey Levi, head of the Washington-based advocacy group Trust for America’s Health.
While some of the city’s efforts have been largely cheerleading, the mandates have proved controversial. Testimony to the Board of Health last week about the proposal to place illustrated signs in retail establishments divided along expected lines.
Medical groups generally liked the idea, even if graphic health warnings might upset small children who accompany their parents shopping. “People need to be shown that these things are real,” said Deborah P. Brown, president of the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic.
Retailers worried that the images – none has been drawn up yet – might keep even produce-buying customers out of their stores.
When asked if he had a better suggestion, Andrew Kerstein, president of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets, suggested raising the minimum age for tobacco purchases from 18 to 19. Board members seemed intrigued, but the city believes it lacks the authority to act. (Kerstein owns tobacco shops in New Jersey, one of four states that has raised the legal age to 19.)
Board member Marla Gold, dean of the Drexel University School of Public Health, was concerned about a lack of evidence that antismoking point-of-purchase signs would make any difference. Few places in the United States have tried the approach. The handful that have in other countries – some in Australia and New Zealand and the Canadian province of Ontario, which also bans most point-of-purchase advertising by manufacturers – have not published research on the impact.
There is research evidence, however, that in-store advertising by tobacco companies is effective for strengthening brand recognition and encouraging impulse purchases. The industry spent $164 million on point-of-purchase advertising in 2008, the Federal Trade Commission reported this year, several times the amount it spent on all other categories combined.
The city hopes to counteract at least a part of that effect – and to support, by publicizing a phone number for help – the two-thirds of smokers who say they want to quit.
“There are good reasons to expect that [Philadelphia’s proposed] pictorial or graphic health warnings at the point of sale will further reduce social norms for smoking, and make smokers or recent quitters stop and think before they buy tobacco,” said Melanie Wakefield, the Melbourne, Australia, director of the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer, who has published several studies on the influence of tobacco-industry store ads.
By Don Sapatkin
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