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.

Tobacco factories were supplied with 3 millions of tobacco

British American Tobacco is able to perform miracles and magic, or, more likely, it has something up its sleeve.

In the advertising pages in the Philippine Daily Star on June 28, presumably, taken out and paid by “Concerned Entrepreneurs Against Monopoly / DB law”: it was the assertion that as a result of a level playing field from the Sin Tax Reform, a new players  will buy 3 million kilograms of tobacco in the following year.

The proposal is for a foreign company for to buy the local leaf. The truth, he left the Philippines in 1979, unable to compete with local producers.

BAT has never bought a leaf of tobacco. It left the country after it lost its questioning the reclassification of cigarettes. It sold 50 million sticks of Lucky strike brand, which is equivalent to 2.5 million 20-stick packs.

BAT tried to come back looking for what he calls a level playing field, a field that increases the excise tax on cigarettes by about 700%, while Lucky Strike, that it had intended to import has yet to establish the tax base.

According to Teresa Habitan, Deputy Minister of Finance, the cigarettes that BAT intends to import that will be taxed at the same rate as local low-end brands are estimated to account for 65% of cigarette demand.

If BAT, as announced, creates a $ 300 million cigarette factory of the plant, which will use only about 3 million pounds of the local leaf, or about 2.5% of the total production of 80 million kg of tobacco in 2011, it will be asking to lose its shirt.

Cristino Panlilio, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, went out of his way of saying that BAT does not give tax breaks or incentives. But here’s the rub. Panlilio said that if BAT establishes its operations in less developed areas (LDA) will be granted privileges, apparently of tax benefits that reduce production costs and give him an advantage over their competitors.

The miracles in the BAT plan is expected that he accuses Philip Morris, and good luck to perpetuate the monopoly of tobacco accounts for more than 95 percent of the total demand for cigarettes, although there are four players in the business.

The plan to create 300-M cigarette is clearly designed to break up the alleged monopoly of Philip Morris and Fortune Tobacco. This means that he will fight in the market, by all means – fair or foul.

BAT is an opportunity to import cigarettes, as previously planned, the import of tobacco products and increase consumption of local list of more than 3 million pounds.

What are the other possibilities? There are many. One of them is BAT will not created $ 300 million plant. This is a carrot dangled in front of the government. If this happens, it will lead to an increase in the consumption of leaves beyond 3 million pounds of ad claims that the new party will buy, presumably from local producers of the sheet.

BAT, as the proposed excise tax assets, will pay the same taxes as local low-end brand of cigarettes. He will have to produce cigarettes in the same category. But how far it can go using only three million kilograms of tobacco, when his nearest competitor clearly consumes most of the 80 million kilograms of leaf production?

Another possibility is BAT to import the bulk of 150 million sticks, he says he will produce. Yes, imported cigarettes will pay the same taxes as local production. But he will have the advantage of significantly lower costs, because all it needs is a string of warehouses, a large fleet of trucks and a large sales force.

A third possibility is to receive the benefits of BAT unknown if he finds a plant in less developed area, but presumably closer to the tobacco growing region, and many provinces in northern Luzon. Who will define “less-developed areas”? It’s a great question, because some of the city, say Tarlac, Pangasinan and Pampanga, even can not be arbitrarily classified as less developed areas.

It could be a decision that forced BAT to get together and go home. Now she returns, arguing that the playing field must be aligned with the over-taxation of low-end cigarettes, which, as noted above, account for about 65% of total demand. Lucky Strike is not lower, but the price of cheap cigarettes may be close to the BAT brand. If the price of the same or a Lucky Strike is only slightly higher, it will dominate the market and to prohibit smokers the opportunity to buy local brands.

The purpose of trying to reduce smoking by raising cigarette prices will never be executed, because smokers will switch to smuggled cigarettes or less expensive brands of BAT.

Employment of GISH teenagers finds time to speak out against tobacco

It is part biography of Jackie Christensen. Christensen, who is a senior at Grand Island high in August, recently added to her resume when she was named to the board of youth leaders to No Limits. Christensen said, No Limits is a youth organization dedicated to tobacco control activities and “opposing and exposing Big Tobacco.”

Although there are No Limits organization in Grand Island, Christensen said that she decided to participate in the spring kick Butts Day rallies in the city of Lincoln, who put on No Limits. The event gave young people from around the state the opportunity to express their disagreement with the use of tobacco and tobacco, as well as meet with the senators of the state of Nebraska. Christensen says that she does not get the opportunity to meet with state Sen. Mike Gloor of Grand Island, but it is to get to talk with an assistant from his office.

Young people use these opportunities to talk about legislation that could help reduce the number of smokers, especially among young smokers. “Ninety percent of adult smokers started smoking before the age of 18 years,” says Christensen. Conversely, if people have never tried smoking by the time they turned 25 years of age, they most likely will never smokers. She said: Big Tobacco knows these statistics, so their marketing efforts so often targeted at young people.

Christensen said that young people often believe that they can “taste” of smoking and then quit anytime they want. However, it noted that smoking on a regular basis for even a few months may be enough to make people dependent. She also said that smoking addiction can be hard to break, because there are so many smoking “triggers” that can make a person who quits want to take up smoking again.

As a result, the most effective tobacco controls strategy, as a rule, to prevent young people from trying smoking in the first place. Christensen said an effective deterrent against smoking is to increase the value that can be done by raising taxes on tobacco products. She said: No Limits often calls on lawmakers to increase taxes on tobacco products. In 2011, Gloor introduced legislation to raise the tax on cigarettes Nebraska, but the bill is gaining momentum with difficulty because of the generalized against raising taxes of any kind, as well as against higher taxes, which some people consider discriminatory.

Although Gloor did not get to talk Christensen personally, he welcomed the decision to join No Limits. He said one of the major tobacco companies spent $ 250,000 in 2011 against his bill to raise taxes on cigarettes. He said that sometimes the only way to deal with this kind of grassroots efforts through the efforts of people like Christensen. He said that these efforts to keep the matter before the public, helping people to understand that Nebraska escapes in the surrounding states cigarette taxes. Gloor said an even greater concern about an increase in public spending in programs such as Medicaid, tobacco-related issues.

Christensen said she was inspired to join No Limits, partly because she personally witnessed the negative effects of smoking on some members of her family. No Limits are often regional meetings, which provide either local offices or other anti-smoking group ideas for anti-tobacco activities and events in the organization sometimes provides small grants for various projects. Christensen said that Raymundo Reyna, who was a senior member of the SADD organization, was one of two GISH students who participated in the No Limits conference and was inspired to organize a balloon release in high school.

1200 helium-filled balloons that were released in 1200 represented the Americans who die every day from diseases caused by smoking. Christensen said that although nothing definite at this point, no restrictions may attempt to extend its anti-tobacco message to the people at the fair state of Nebraska. She said that she might be a good opportunity to people from all over the state coming to the fair.

A summary of the Christensen takes a lot of his time: the game or right field or left field for the Flames Girls Travel fast pitch Nebraska football team. When asked, Christensen did not honestly know how many games a year her team plays She said that the team is “at least four games,” every weekend in the tournament, and he usually plays one game a week. For example, Christensen said, Flames played a doubleheader in Cozad last Thursday and had to play in a tournament in Kansas City area last week. Within 12 weeks of summer, a timetable for adding at least 60 games. According to her, the flames also play in the fall, and even play a few games indoors in Lincoln and Omaha in the winter. According to her, the number of games begins to pick up again in April.

Christensen says she has an older brother and two older half-brothers. The result: “I always thought it would be interesting to have a little sister or brother.” She said that was part of her motivation to become a Big Sister in Big Brothers Big Sisters program of Grand Island. Because of the limitations of age, students such as me can only meet with their Little Sister in the school the young student. Christensen said that she usually used her lunch break to meet with her Little Sister in the Starr Elementary. She said that it was rewarding to try to have a positive impact on younger students, and be empathetic listener for a young person to talk to. “We had fun,” said Christensen. “I think we really connected. I would definitely stick with the program (Starr and her Little Sister) this year.”

Although Christensen is not sure where she will attend college after graduating high, its long-term goal is to participate in the University of Nebraska Medical Center, so she can become a pharmacist. Although she was not confident in their freshman and sophomore years of a career that she wanted to do, Christensen is currently focused on pharmacy, as she discovered how much she loves science classes. Her 4.2 grade point average and honors certificates AP classes, which she accepts that allows you to earn more than the 4.0 score. As part of an introductory health class during her freshman year, Christensen said she must take an excursion to the UNMC. “I do not understand how people can even breathe,” she said.

Budget 2012: Tobacco set to get dearer

Price of tobacco products may be a growth in the near future. The Union Ministry of Health wrote to all States to either tax or an increase in VAT on all tobacco products – cigarettes, beedis, smokeless tobacco (gutka and pan masala), tobacco and tobacco leaves.
Tobacco is a known risk factor for six of the eight leading causes of death, and almost 40% of non-communicable diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases and lung disorders.
Studies have shown that a 10% rise in prices will lead to beedi 9.2% decrease in consumption of beedi, while 10% jump in cigarette prices would reduce cigarette consumption by 3.4%. In India, 10 lakh deaths every year are tobacco alone. It is assumed that by 2020 tobacco will account for 13% of all deaths in India every year. Almost 35% of adults (aged 15 and older) consume tobacco in India (47% men and 21% of women).
Some countries have begun charging a high rate of VAT on tobacco products – Rajasthan (40% VAT on all types of tobacco products), Gujarat (25% VAT), Odisha (25% VAT) and Jammu and Kashmir (30% VAT on all tobacco products).
Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Keshav Desiraju in his letter said: “Tobacco use leads to a heavy burden of disease, disability and death in this way imposes high medical costs and productivity. According to a study conducted by the health value of the Indian Council of Medical Research, the cost of treatment of all three diseases caused by tobacco – cancer, pulmonary disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease accounts for approximately 25% of total government expenditure on health care. ”
He added: “One of the most effective ways to reduce tobacco consumption by making the unit price is higher to make them inaccessible or sensitive populations, such as poor or children or youth. We believe that the levy or increase in VAT on all tobacco products / materials will support the to prevent new initiation into tobacco use and to encourage smokers to quit. “Bhavna Mukhopadhyay, executive director of the Association of Voluntary Health India, said the upcoming budget of the Union all tobacco containing products should be subject to a high level of excise duty and VAT” to save the next generation of health. If the tax on tobacco goes up, government revenues will increase, while spending on health will go down. Today, tobacco products are affordable and easily accessible to minors. ”
Experts say that the taxes on tobacco products in India falls well below the level recommended by the World Bank – from 65% to 80% off the retail price. Taxes on beedis is very low, averaging only 9% of the retail price, whereas taxes on cigarettes account for about 38% of the retail price. About 5,500 people take tobacco in the day. It is believed that a tax increase as a percentage of the retail price of 7% to 33% beedis and from 43% to 58% on cigarettes leads to a conservative 14 million smokers to quit and 27 million children never start. This will save 69000000 years of healthy life for the next 40 years.
The growth will also generate about Rs 73000000000, or an additional 1.2% of government revenue. A study conducted by the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy in 2010, showed that the impact on the health of 52.8% price increase will be 4.6 million beedi prevent premature mortality among smokers and generate Rs 36.9 billion for the government. The increase in cigarette prices by 158% to prevent additional 1.8 million premature deaths among smokers and generate 146.3 billion rupees.
More than 120 million Indians smoke tobacco and 10% of the world’s smokers live in India. Almost a third of Indians – 57% of men and 11% of all women – consume some form of tobacco products, and many use more than one type of tobacco products. Beedis are the most popular tobacco products in India. Beedis accounts for almost 85% of the total number of smoked tobacco in India. By volume, cigarettes account for less than 15% of all tobacco smokers, but account for nearly 85% of the taxes on tobacco products.

Indonesia Activists Push Probe of Dropped Tobacco Clause

Tobacco control activists are continuing their long campaign against the lawmakers were accused of removing a key point with the 2009 Health Bill, requiring the police to stop investigating the case will be restored.
Ki Agus Ahmad, a lawyer for the Coalition of Anti-Corruption Office of Tobacco Control points (Kakar), said the group filed a petition to the South Jakarta District Court on Monday that police tried to cancel the order to abandon the investigation.
We require that the general crime unit of the national police to reopen the investigation into why the article was removed, and refer the matter to the Office of the Attorney General for prosecution, “he told reporters outside the courthouse.
The dispute related to the revelation, soon after the adoption of the amendment of medical law in 2009 that the item classification of tobacco as an addictive substance has not been included in the final draft.
Critics have argued that this was done on the orders of a powerful lobby of tobacco in the country, and the House of Representatives acted quickly to restore the situation. Kakar, led by Hakim Sorimuda Pohan, a former lawmaker who helped draft the amended bill, then reported Ribka Tjiptaning, the chairwoman of the House’s health oversight commission, to the police for the omission.
The case against her was dismissed in October 2010, police said inaction is not a crime.
Agus said the police interpretation of the case was flawed, arguing that under the Criminal Code, Ribka and two other legislators responsible for the final draft, Aisyah Salekan and Maryani Baramuli, may be charged with falsifying documents and forging signatures.
The offenses carry maximum prison sentence of seven years.
“The fact that the omitted item was recovered does not prevent us from pursuing criminal charges against those legislators who should be held accountable for their actions,” said Agus.
Testifying at Monday’s hearing, Adj. Sr. Comr. Yusmar Latief, a representative of a unit of police crimes, said the decision to dismiss the case was
based on recommendations from well-known criminal law expert Chairul Huda, a reservation that inaction is not a crime.
He also acknowledged that among the evidence collected before the case was dismissed handwritten notes were signed by Ribka, Aisyah and Maryani, who said that “the change. Article 113, paragraph 2, which will be dropped.”
He said that while this version is limited to the bill was passed by the House, the actual project, which was sent to the Ministry of Health and the State Secretariat for signature by the president retained the dropped item.
“We have confirmed that the law is signed by the President in paragraph question, so our arguments that there was no crime committed by three legislators,” said Yusmar.

Policies ‘trading one vice for another’

Duplicity is rife within the bureaucratic beast that is the University of South Dakota’s policy-making.
It seems that trying to appeal to popular opinion; the university is likely to anger some students. Initiatives proposed by the Student Government Association, aims to eliminate smoking on campus, there are restrictions in certain areas, such as parking. It became apparent that the University of South Dakota to develop a sort of moral compass, or at least a logical methodology for approaching this kind of topic in the future.
There is already a current policy in place that prohibits smoking within 25 feet of the property of the university. So, now social pariahs smoke, which should be made to meet in exile? And in this, that the university can not be infringing on the rights of students who by age and want to smoke?
While it is true, everyone deserves the right to clean air to breathe, I think it’s worth a minute of exposure to second hand smoke when entering or leaving the building, is unlikely to cause any long-term adverse health consequences is the subject of a general courtesy, not a dilemma which calls for administrative responsibility.
Also, what was the angle of SGA in the development of such a proposal? If this were to involve more people are living on campus, the idea seems counter-intuitive, is that it will just trade one vice for another. USD recently announced that it would allow alcohol in the apartment-style housing complexes next fall. So, you’re going to invite Keith rock the party, but Camel can not hang?
When smoking is known to cause lung cancer and liver failure drinking, it does not seem reasonable to assume that a “better” or “more acceptable” than others in terms of physical harm that may result from their use. If the smoking ban passes, U.S. dollars will do just that – while condoning drinking ban on smoking.
And cigarettes and alcohol are addictive and physically harmful, and both are illegal have, in accordance with their legal age limits. The vast majority of students enrolled in college more than 18 years, but most students living on campus are underclassmen and are unlikely to be able to legally buy and consume alcohol.
Thus, we can conclude those USD students, suggesting that they are law-abiding, would be more likely to smoke cigarettes and not drinking. The university should consider how their decision on the proposal will affect his students, most of whom are paying good money to be here, and many of them have decided to exercise their right to smoke.
The essence of the matter is that students should have a voice in decisions that affect them directly. SGA did the right thing, when a survey of students regarding their proposal. USD should follow suit and begin campus-wide vote before making a decision on such a widespread problem. Smoking is probably the same as physically harmful as drinking water, but it is legally entitled to the age of the people, so if they choose.
Thus, if the university decides that they will be more tolerant stance drink, rationally speaking, they should have at least tolerant of smoking policy. Let’s hope that the forthcoming update of the strategic plan the university will come up with a new values and perspectives that will help USD a successful transition into the future.

Missouri Gets Tobacco 'F' Grade

I remember going into a nightclub in California several years ago, when the smoking ban had recently been put in place.
When parts of St. Louis put a smoking ban in effect, it felt as if Missouri was catching up with the health initiatives of the rest of the country. Not so, according to the annual report of the American Lung Association on smoking related issues, as reported in the Saint-Louis Post-Dispatch.
Missouri is one of five states that have failed in all four categories: taxes on cigarettes, tobacco prevention funding, smoke free, and insurance coverage to help people quit smoking, and other states that have not been Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Virginia and West of Virginia. Ellisville is covered under the law of the district, which has exceptions for retail tobacco and cigar bars, outdoor dining areas, private clubs and residences, as well as “drinking establishments”, which receive 25 percent or less of their income on food; Ballwin also falls under County smoking ban, although the city Ballwin has a smoking ban in place since 2006.
Just over a year ago, Ballwin-Ellisville Patch contributed by Brian Conradi talked to several companies about the impact of smoking laws. One of them was an Irish pub Clancy, who is not opposed to change. I caught up with Tyler Tampow manager to see how he thinks the smoking laws in the present year were once in place. “Families are concerned about their children getting passive smoking”, Tampow said. “But, obviously, you’ll still have smokers who want to smoke, but we were still in order.” Both of Ballwin and Ellisville also subject to state taxes on cigarettes, which are the lowest in the country at 17 cents per pack. State tobacco tax applies county per capita.
From the perspective of local programs to prevent tobacco use, I spoke with Renee Heney, Director of Drug Free Coalition Rockwood School District. She said their approach to tobacco and other substances composed of three parts: the combination of the efforts of the coalition, Rockwood School District and the students themselves. The coalition recently sponsored public service announcement poster contest, which is being judged. Three teenagers from the school district took part in the propaganda and spoke with the laws for the trip to Jefferson City. One of the main questions they asked was a low tax rate on tobacco. Teens are also trained in a program that helps educate them about the dangers of secondary scholars’ tobacco and other substances.
The school district uses a 1-year, $ 92000 Community Input Crime Prevention Work Grant St. Louis County Health Department to involve young people in the poster campaign as well as tobacco-specific collective learning. In addition, the county maintains tobacco-free policy disclinary standards in place. Communication is key to the whole administration.
“Information sharing can help keep children safe”, It also indicates that students are involved in groups such as the Dynamic Air O2, a young person to give this part of the campaign of the Ministry of Health.
Nevertheless, smokers are not necessarily Missouri embraced these changes. Harry Bell, owner of several establishments in St. Louis, including the Downtown Harry felt that the smoking ban has caused the closure of the business.

Tobacco facts

Tobacco has been a grate and powerful industry in Virginia since the days of the Jamestown colony. It is no less influential today as Henrico County-based Philip Morris USA and its parent firm, Altria, play shell games about the risk of their products, it makes part of their affair.
Just before Christmas, and right in time for the 2012 election year, Altria gallop out a new Web site called “Citizens for Tobacco Rights” that seems designed to write some of the anti-government, anti-regulation fervor of the Tea Party movement to impel its top line for to make it more recognizable.
The company says that it is offering the Web site so smokers know their rights and privileges. It has a lot of information about local and state laws limiting smoking, taxation and other government efforts to restrict tobacco use in any form, which is one of the largest health problems in the United States.
In 2008, the firm ramifies itself into two parts. Philip Morris International, focused on Lausanne, Switzerland, was open to make cigarettes with much higher quality of the addictive tar and nicotine content as ones made in the United States and market them in some Third World countries.
What makes this Web site strange is that it goes against the low profile that Philip Morris has generally been keeping since it was one of four cigarette makers for $206 billion by 46 states in 1998 because of health hazard. On the other hand, he took far more being approach from its new center in Richmond, hang to a gradually decrease base of people that smoke, telling them they shouldn’t smoke. Smokers are more close to different kind of diseases than people that do not smoke.
The statement is on one part of the corporate Web site. For an entirely different view, however, click on the new “Citizens for Tobacco Rights” page on another part. One gets the impression that ordinary cigarette users are having their God-given rights trampled upon by vicious do-gooders and government regulators. Let’s wave the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag. Invite Sarah Palin to speak!
The firm complains that it has been under heavy pressure since federal excise taxes were boosted in the late 1990 year, and many states, cities and localities have banned cigarette smoking in public and well known places. One is New York City, from which Altria retreated its headquarters to Richmond. Another reason for the Web page could be that it’s been a long time since the 1998 health general aspects.
One can only speculate as to why Altria is trying this gambit at this particular moment. An obvious possibility is that the firm’s propagandists want to tap Tea Party sentiment to boost sales. In 2010, the firm reported net revenue of $24.3 billon, a 3.4% increase over the previous year.
In Virginia, Altria is considered a sacred cow. It employs about 6,000 people and is one of the leading donors to universities, the arts and research. Its impact is especially strong in Richmond, where it operates its last large cigarette manufacturing plant in the country and funds everything from chairs at Virginia Commonwealth University to the Richmond Symphony.
Don’t think that the generosity doesn’t come without strings, though. When an artist wanted 400,000 cigarettes for a piece of artwork that was to be displayed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Philip Morris said no even though it is a immense sponsor of the museum. VMFA public relations people were attentive to use down the issue.
The new Web site emphasizes, once again, the hypocrisy, contradictions and other major problems of Philip Morris USA and Altria. They encourage people to stand up for their rights while warning them its products kill goes beyond routine shamelessness.

Tobacco Outlook for 2012

Retailers weigh in on plans for their 2012 tobacco sets in CSP’s 2011 Outlook Survey
For participants in CSP’s 2011 Tobacco Outlook Survey, the past year has presented a supreme challenge to grow inside sales even as the national and local economies sputtered and fuel demand slumped. The annual survey, which polled 188 retailers representing thousands of convenience stores on business conditions in the past year and their plans for the next, was conducted in mid-October.
Nearly 57% of Outlook Survey participants describe current business conditions as “flat” or “poor,” compared to 51% in the 2010 Outlook Survey. Only 5.3% characterized conditions as “excellent,” vs. 7.1% in 2010. (Because the participants of the survey and the degree of participation change from year to year, the results represent a directional indicator of industry attitudes.)
In the tobacco category, nearly 43% of Outlook Survey respondents plan to keep their set the same in 2012, while more than 30% will grow some subcategories and shrink others.
The most popular areas to grow: flavored cigars (52.3%) and moist smokeless (52.3%). (Respondents could pick as many options as they wished.)
Respondents say they will primarily cut premium cigarettes (54.6%).
A catalyst for premium cigarettes has been Altria’s Marlboro Leadership Price (MLP) program, which recommends a “maximum” For Bill Douglass, CEO of Douglass Distributing Co., Sherman, Texas, which operates 15 Lone Star sites, inside sales are up largely because of a 25% leap in cigarette sales tied to his adoption of the program. At the same time, he took a large hit in gross profits by more than that figure.
For Roger St. George, president of St. George Stores Inc., a 7-Eleven franchisee with three sites based in Aberdeen, Wash., unit sales of cigarettes have been steady, although the company is not participating in the MLP program. “There’s definitely growth in OTP,” St. George says. “But the biggest challenge is shelf contracts out there from Reynolds and Altria really limit creativity.
Despite the majority saying they would shrink premium cigarettes, more than one-fifth (21.5%) did say they would grow the category, however.
Other areas of growth for tobacco sets included snus (21.5%), make-your-own and roll-your-own cigarettes (18.5%) and other (7.7%).
To see retailer plans outside of tobacco, and for more on the 2011 CSP Outlook Survey, please see the December issue of CSP magazine.

Tobacco use part of SGA agenda again

The Student Government Association is taking steps to ensure that the issue of tobacco use is at the forefront of student consciousness at Bakersfield College.
For Fall 2011 the SGA and B-COUGH, Bakersfield Campuses Organized and United for Good Health, planned a number of events designed to educate students on the dangers of smoking and to hear student and faculty opinion on BC’s smoking policy.
Several information booths were to be set up around campus. There was a presentation on quitting and two open-mic forums on tobacco-related issues planned. The centerpiece of all this was supposed to be an online poll and vote to possibly change BC’s smoking policy.
“The student vote is the key to making this a success as we all must make every effort in getting the word out to ensure the success of achieving this goal,” said Derrick Kenner, SGA general counsel and head of B-COUGH.
The SGA had even planned events to participate in the Great American Smokeout, a national campaign that encourages people to quit smoking.
Unfortunately, most of those events have been pushed back to the spring.
“Yes, the online voting will take place during the Spring Semester during the opening week of school, all the way through the month of January,” said Kenner.
There has also been a rumor that the SGA is trying to ban smoking on campus all together.
“I heard about it, but I don’t smoke so I don’t really care,” said BC student Iraiz Bermudez.
Rumors like this, however, are nothing new. Smoking has always been a big issue on campus. There have been numerous proposals to ban smoking at BC since 2005.
“Everywhere you go, there’s smoke. You become a second-hand smoker,” said student Sally Fayes.
However, not all students feel this way.
“It’s upsetting,” said Drew Kurk, BC student. “I understand, but it’s a huge campus. If I had to be here for a few hours, I’d be upset that I couldn’t smoke.”
All of this attention on smoking is meant to coincide with Senate Bill SB 795 that goes into effect next year.
“This bill will go in effect on January 1st and it is a bill that will allow for colleges and universities to enforce their smoking policies by citing for violations of the current policy,” said Kenner. “We (B-COUGH) would like to present this to the Academic Senate along with the massive numbers of votes that come in to complete the package for next year, which is a Revised Smoking Policy as well as a way to enforce the policy.”
Jon Nelson