Lifeline for tobacco farmers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New type of tobacco

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Groups refuse tobacco conference

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

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

Taxes on tobacco products

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tobacco industry should not use farmers to fight Baryomunsi bill

The tobacco industry is using farmers as an excuse to oppose tobacco control legislation.

The bill does not prohibit the growing of tobacco; it is aimed at pressing the government to provide alternative crops to tobacco, because tobacco growing is not only time consuming, resulting in child labor, underpaid farmers and their crops.

In most parts of Uganda, especially in the West, tobacco farmers took to the cultivation of rice. The tobacco industry should not be argued that the bill, if adopted, would hurt farmers economically. The bill aims to regulate the sale, supply, use, taxation, advertising and promotion of tobacco and tobacco products.

Among other things, it also aims to verify the interference of the tobacco industry, providing a smoke-free environment and leadership in the field of environmental protection, provide advice on tobacco packaging and labeling.

 Recognise Benedicto Kiwanuka contribution

Many former leaders of Uganda, living and dead, were awarded medals of the independence of the various categories of President Yoweri Museveni last year for their sacrifices to help Uganda achieve its independence. Among the awardees included Dr. Milton Obote, the second Prime Minister of Uganda, and Benedict Kiwanuka, who was the first prime minister, was not recognized.

In addition, the first Prime Minister, Kiwanuka was the leader of the Democratic Party and one of the first people who brought the country to the transition between the British rule and independence. He was killed by the regime of Idi Amin in 1972 for practicing truth and justice. He was a true patriot who always believed in the Constitution.

In March 1961 the Democratic Party won the most votes and Kiwanuka became chief minister in Uganda Legislative Council and as a consequence, the Uganda Constitutional Conference was held in London, which led to the Uganda government, and Benedict Kiwanuka his first prime minister in the new national assembly.

So, what would be observed marking 50 years of independence, Uganda was the result of the efforts of Benedict Kiwanuka. I urge the government of Uganda to return to this issue and recognize Benedict Kiwanuka, not only as a hero, but as the father of the nation.

Burundi’s Prince Rwagasore deserves better recognition

Daily Nation Correspondent Charles Omondi, in his part of Rwanda and Burundi, the first relates to the independence of Burundi, the prime minister, as Louis Gwagasora. The correct name is Prince Louis Rwagasore. This Rwagasore is “unknown” in East Africa says Africans and our history.

We have the right to quote and read the issues that are related to Bismarck, de Gaulle, Hitler, etc., but we do not see our heroes. The last book of Belgian writer focusing on the murder Rwagasore describes him as “Burundais Lumumba.”

I listened to clips Prince Rwagasore voice on the BBC, referring to his countrymen soon after his election, and with the little I’ve read and heard about him and Patrice Lumumba, I believe, two nationalists could not survive the day politics of the region. Will our region geopolitics was different there were two live?

This is a puzzling question that Charles Onyango Obbo delivered after the death of Dr. John Garang, and the fact that Ugandans have been thinking about Benedict Kiwanuka. Do these people are dying too early? Otherwise, Omondi does a good job telling us that the leadership and the general national spirit may mean in the life of the country.

ATAAS can increase our agriculture

The press recently reported Shs 1. 6 trillion agricultural projects, agricultural machinery and agricultural advisory services (ATAAS), which will run for five years. The agricultural sector employs 75 percent of Uganda’s labor force, but it contributes only 20 per cent of GDP.

With ATAAS in place, I believe that the sector will be increased further, leading to increased food security and export earnings. ATAAS will definitely help in creating new jobs, especially in the agricultural sector. I appeal to the offices, who will be responsible for the funds ATAAS work hard to ensure this project is successful, since agriculture is the backbone of our economy.

DRC must sort out their mess.

Having failed in an attempt to sort out their mess for 50 years, the Congolese government of Uganda is now trying to drag it. According to some reports, DRC President Joseph Kabila of Congo accuses Uganda of support M23 rebels who are fighting their government in the eastern Kivu.

This is an old problem can be handled Congolese peace, but the warring parties have rejected each other’s terms and conditions adopted by the war. Allegations that President DRC Ugandan troops were seen in the Congo are false and are not accompanied by evidence. President Kabila has to solve its problems, not blaming anyone to attract sympathy.

On the other hand, Uganda is doing everything possible to prevent the escalation of the crisis, with President Museveni, as chairman of the ICGLR, holding a summit in Kampala this month. Uganda has made it clear that he is not interested in war, but trying to help, partly because we have sustained influx of Congolese refugees into the country.

Manage people

I believe that the current problems of the rapid population growth in Uganda can be solved by extending known population of the less populated areas. The government could focus on ensuring the quality of infrastructure, services and employment opportunities in these areas to attract people.

In addition, rural-urban migration can be checked, if well-paid jobs used in the villages, providing easy access to basic amenities like safe drinking water, electricity, schools, and all weather roads connecting to the medical institutions.

Lead by example

I ask the leaders of Uganda recognize that our integrity as a people descended too low, with high levels of corruption, poor accountability for public funds, lack of medicines in public hospitals, crime, and general loss of respect for each other as human beings.

Thirty years after the NRM came to power, it can not be right that while the level of inequality worsened in our society, coupled with the phenomenal consumption and materialism of the existing side by side with high unemployment rates, we continue to allow state employees and officers to do business with the employer.

It is our individual and collective silence in the face of gross violations of the force that makes a great noise. It is important that government leaders, religious leaders, civil society, etc., to stand up and educate people about morals and principles of law and promoting good values. However, if leaders do not practice what they preach, all this is doomed to failure.

 

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.

Manufacture of tobacco products in the UK

Tobacco manufacturing decreased revenue in each of the last five years. There has been a long-term decline in smoking over the past few decades, mainly due to health problems.

Currently, only 21% of the population smokes. Although the price of tobacco products is the same, there have been some ups, which also contributed to the reduction of smoking. According to IBISWorld analyst Stephen O’Connell, “the rise in prices and led to a shift from premium brands to economy brands.” For example, the demand for roll your own cigarettes have increased due to filter cigarettes.

Government measures aimed at reducing smoking added to the negative press associated with health risks associated with smoking and contribute to reducing smoking. Examples of regulations introduced over the past five years are to increase the minimum age for purchase of 16 to 18 years, and the inclusion of pictorial health warnings on tobacco packaging. Industry revenue is expected to fall by 3.3% per year over five years to 2012-13 to reach £ 8.8 billion. This figure includes the excise tax, which accounts for about 74% of industry revenues. Industry revenue is expected to decline by 5.2% in 2012-13. IBISWorld expects the industry will continue to decline over the next five years, with the number of companies working in the industry is expected to drop to just 10 in 2017-18. Connell adds: “cigarette consumption is expected to continue declining, while the regulation and taxation of tobacco products increases.” Employment is expected to decline at an annual rate 3.9%. Hence the industry revenues are expected to decrease over the next five years in 2017-18.

The market concentration in manufacturing tobacco products is very high with the four leading manufacturers account for about 97% of the market in 2008. Large companies include Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco and British American Tobacco.

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Tobacco farmers into panic selling

Tobacco farmers continue to be at the receiving end of predatory traders. According to market analysts, farmers lost about Rs 400 crore for the expense of the low prices offered by traders. They were forced into panic selling for lower prices to wait and see approach merchants.

More than 90% of registered exporters and buyers kept away from the market for nearly two and a half months, leaving the entire platform tobacco auction at the mercy of the tobacco giant – Indian Tobacco Company (ITC). According to recent reports, more than 135 million kg of shares were sold for total authorized products 161 million kg this season.

While farmers are expected to at least 100 rupees per kilogram of low-grade tobacco, the middle class has demanded Rs 120 per kg. On the other hand, manufacturers of premium grade expected a price of RS 130 and RS140 per kg, but dealers do not even pay 110-120 rupees per kg. The low grade tobacco brought Rs 63 per kg for farmers, while the middle class went to 85-90 rupees per kg. “The rise in prices by 15 rupees per kg would help farmers profit Rs 120 lakh,” said former MP Yalamanchili Shivaji.

A former board member of Chunduri Rangarao argued that traders offered low prices for farmers, although there was a huge demand for Indian tobacco in the world market.

Recognizing that the absence of the leading players at the auction platforms have been put an end to the hopes of manufacturers, a senior official of the Board of Control said that the situation could be worse if the Council does not intervene to put pressure on the trading community.

Chairman of the Board Kamalavardhan Rao warned dealers that their move could provoke unrest in the farmers, who can declare the feast of harvest, and leave them in confusion. However, the exporter Tadisetty Muralimohan blamed it on poor export orders in the first days which kept them from auctions.

Prediction for next season to be “useful” year for exporters of tobacco, tobacco products, chairman G Kamalavardhan Rao suggest that they offer better prices for farmers. Speaking at a meeting at Ongole after the inauguration of the regional council office here, the Chairman stated that there were signs of lack of production in Brazil and Zimbabwe, which may be beneficial for Indian tobacco in the international market.

“So try to help farmers by offering them a decent price now. This will help you, too,” he suggested. He said that the farmer would make a good income to get a good harvest and help the exporter to get good prices on the international market. He said that the interests of farmers should be borne in mind.

Imperial Tobacco profit rises but volumes fall

Imperial Tobacco Group PLC Tuesday issued a revenue growth due to rising prices, but strong demand in emerging markets was not enough to prevent a fall in volumes.

Number of world’s four global tobacco sales groups said that trading in line with expectations, placing a 3% increase in tobacco revenue for the nine months to 30 June on an ongoing basis the currency.

However, the total volume of the stick, which combines cigarettes and fine-cut tobacco, fell 3% over the same period.

“Difficult conditions persist in some markets, but we have extensive experience delivering growth in this environment and remain in good position to continue to maximize value for shareholders,” said Chief Executive Officer Alison Cooper.

Imperial is building its position in developing countries such as Eastern Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia to offset the slowdown in developed markets, where consumers are struggling with tough economic conditions.

Smokers in developed countries move to cheap brands like tax increases, spending cuts, unemployment and inflationary pressures, the compression of discretionary spending, especially in Europe.

This trend also affects competitors Imperial. The market leader Philip Morris International, Inc (PM) last week reported a 3.8% drop in second quarter net profit, attributed in part to the less amount of debt in Europe. In March, British American Tobacco PLC (BATS.LN) recorded a slight drop in full year volumes, even if profits rose. BAT is due to report its first half profit on Wednesday.

Like his peers, Bristol, England-based Imperial offset soft volumes with higher prices for selected markets in order to preserve and enhance profits.

The first half of the company’s net profit, reported in May, was struck by a tax increase and one-time finance. It focuses on the full year dividend payout ratio of adjusted earnings to come in the share of growth.

Imperial Tobacco shares closed Monday at 2449 pence, considering the company in GBP24.3 billion.

Haverstraw’s tobacco law faces with costly federal suit

To avoid the risk of incurring hefty legal services to fight the suit manufacturers of tobacco products, the village is considering the withdrawal of local laws that restrict tobacco displays in shops.

In April, the village passed a law forbidding the stores that are accessible to minor’s paraded products containing tobacco or nicotine, such as cigarettes, cigars and pipe and chewing tobacco.

Haverstraw has supported measures, POW’R on Tobacco Control, a coalition focused on reducing the risks of tobacco-related diseases by reducing tobacco consumption; officials warned that the youth of the village is in the habit of smoking cigarettes exposed images.

About three weeks ago, seven tobacco manufacturers – Lorillard Tobacco Co, RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co, Philip Morris USA Inc, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, the American company Snuff LLC, the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Brands Inc. and the company John Middleton, – and in New York Association of Convenience Stores has filed a federal lawsuit against the village of Haverstraw to challenge the law, arguing that it violates freedom of speech.

Village officials said they were in discussions with the anti-tobacco advocacy groups that could provide financial assistance to fight the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in White Plains. To gain time, the Board of Trustees at its last meeting unanimously decided to postpone the law from taking effect for six months, from October this year to April 2013.

But the council is now considering repealing the law. The decision can be taken at a special meeting set for 5 pm Monday through Haverstraw Village Hall.

“We will probably give it up,” said Mayor Michael Kohut, who has made it clear that while he believes in the principle of law in the country is not going to waste taxpayer money fighting the case. “We thought it would be someone coming to defend it for us, but, as now, was not.”

Haverstraw Village Attorney Jay Hood Jr. said last conference call with lawyers representing the plaintiff had convinced him that the repeal of the law would be “reasonable steps” to the village.

“They agreed that if we repeal the law, they will seek attorneys fees do not, and they will dismiss their lawsuit,” Hood said. “So I think it is reasonable to consider them or simply to repeal the law and is not responsible for any court costs or anything like that in the future.”

The village was the first – and so far the only – municipality in the country with a law limiting tobacco displays in shops, the anti-tobacco activist groups said.

Maureen Kenny, Director POW’R on Tobacco Control, said the village was known about the possibility of being sued by manufacturers of tobacco products through the adoption of the law. She and other anti-tobacco advocates appreciated the village for being a pioneer, although such a possibility.

“They showed great courage and I admire him for it,” said Kenny. “Unfortunately, it seems that the lawyers of the tobacco industry would be successful in putting pressure on the village to abolish the law quickly and the risk of having to pay for his legal costs accrued to date. This is absurd.”

David Sutton, spokesman for Altria, parent company of Philip Morris USA, U.S. brands of smokeless tobacco and John Middleton, said the company had no comment on its observation.