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Winston is Top-Selling Brand in North Carolina


Brand Finance  is the world’s leading brand valuation consultancy company which for several years has been examining and ranking Top 500 brands in the USA and other counties of the world. Its offices are located in New York.

Recently   Brand Finance  presented their valuation of this year. It should be said that its valuation is based on such factors as market share, consumer loyality anf awarness, spending on marketing and financial forecasts.

Brand Finance  wrote:
“Our sector-agnostic approach has allowed us to get a better sense of where a company’s brand value sits relative to state, country and global brands and competitors. Targeting aside, brands compete for share of mind, share of heart and ultimately, share of wallet.”

When the talk is about a particular stae, in order to be included into the state ranking, the participant company or its operating subsidiaries should be based in the particular state. All Top 12 brands have almost $1 billion in value and rank in the Top 500 brands across the USA.

Bank of America is second most important inancial institution in the country. Its brand value in North Carolina is $25.7 billion. Third key brand in the state is Winston with a value of $3.13 billion. Winston occupies 193th rank nationally.

The brand is manufactured by  R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.  since 1950s. Significant value of Winston comes from Japan Tobacco International which owns the rights to make it. Today Winston is number two in the list of best-selling cigarette brands worldwide.

The value of Winston is 60% higher than of Camel that occupies the 8th place in North Carolina with $1.96 billion. Camel was best-selling cigarettes brand by Reynolds for years.

Other top cigarette brands in North Carolina are Newport and Kent.

Methuen Raises Tobacco Buying Age to 21


From September 1, 2015, in the city of Methuen, Massachusetts, people younger than 21 will no longer be alble to buy tobacco products and electronic cigarettes because the city raises legal age for buying tobacco.

However, owners of local convenience stores do not welcome the change because they say that increase of age will lead to cigarettes sale drop which would hardly be covered.

Despite this, the Board of Health of Methuen adopted last week a number of tougher tobacco regulations arguing that cheap cigars and e-cigarettes present major danger to youth.

As Methuen Board of Health Chairman Ray Wrobel said, they have no intention to punish anyone. The major aim of the law is to protect young generation from health problems which may appear in their adulthood.

Novelty for the city is that now e-cigarettes will be banned just along with traditional cigarettes. There will bannned sale of flavored tobacco, rolling papers and single cigars with a price under $2.50 in convenience stores. According to   Board of Health members, these sweet and tasty tobacco products attract young people to start smoking.

Institute of Medicine made a research which revealed that teens are most likely to find friends between the ages of 18 and 20 to buy tobacco products and electronic cigarettes for them.  Now the Board of Health tries to remove this social source of tobacco for children and this coincides perfectly with the aim to fight tobacco use among youth.

According to  Dean Brouder, the drug and alcohol resource coordinator for Methuen Public Schools, single cigars together with rolling papers are vehicles typically used by teens to smoke marijuana.

At public hearings on the subject, most convenience store owners told they would lose tobacco sales to neighboring communities in New Hampshire, where 18-year-olds can still buy cigarettes at cheaper prices.

One Billion People on the Globe are Tobacco Users

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Latest global survey demonstrates that alcohol and tobacco ramian two major causes of a number of health problems in people around the world.

Researchers say that according to obtained data, nearly one billion people (more that 20% of adults) use tobacco regularly while 240 million people (5% adults) are dependent from alcohol.

The author of the study is Linda Gowing, an associate professor at the University of Adelaide in Australia. She says that the negative impact from alcohol is much higher than from use of tobacco and illegal drugs. Researchers say that in the course of the study they estimated that the impact from alcohol use in terms of disability is more than three times higher.

Co-author of the study Robert West, editor-in-chief of the journal Addiction, told that the aim of the research was to compare impacts of legal and illegal drugs and find out which of them are more dangerous. By the way, the results of the study were published in the journal.

According to the research, the heaviest drinkers in the world are found in Eastern Europe, where annually are used nearly 3.7 gallons of alcohol per person, on average. Then follows  Northern Europe  with high alcohol rates. Lowest alcohol use rates are reported in Central, Southern and Western Asia where people do drink about a half-gallon of alcohol annually.

Also Eastern Europe shows highest smoking rates along with Oceania region (30% smoking adults). In Western Europe 20% smoke.

When it comes to injection drugs, the leaders are North and Central America/Caribbean. Here the lowest rate is reported in Northern Europe.

Eugene City Council to Discuss Smoking Ban in Downtown


Smoking in Oregon is already banned inside buildings, and smokers are forced out to light up outside.

However, the city of Eugene wants to ban smoking on downtown sidewalks.

The Eugene City Council  is going to discuss this week the idea of smoking ban on downtown sidewalks and a number of outdoor public spaces such as Broadway Plaza and the Park Blocks.

In the city the local ordinance prohibits use of cigarettes at workplaces and behind entrances of buildings throughout Eugene, including downtown.

City spokeswoman Laura Hammond told that this week on Wednesday the City Council will discuss for the first time the idea of expanding the existing smoking ban to downtown outdoor zones.

On the Wednesday meeting the City Council will weigh all pros and cons regarding smoking ban in the downtown. They want to take into consideration all opinions in order to make downtown a comfortable place for every visitor. However, at the moment they do not intend to adopt a new smoke-free ordinance. They just want to see arguments in favor and against the idea.

The proposal to conduct this meeting came from Councilor Greg Evans who says that wants to see Eugene City totally free of smoke. He wants fresh air for all kids and grandkids.

He explained that his disire to make the city smoke-free comes from personal factors and especially the desire to make the community a healthier place. He confessed that suffers from asthma and is allergic to tobacco smoke. Secondhand smoke is dangerous and there is a need to protect people from its effects, especially in conditions when people often complain that are exposed to it in public spaces.

China Increased Taxes on Tobacco


At the end of last week Ministry of Finance told that China increases the wholesale tax rate for cigarettes to 11% from current 5%. The law came into action on Sunday and it aims to reduce number of smokers in the entire country.

In past several years the country implemented more anti-smoking measures despite strong opposition from tobacco companies. Local and foreign anti-smoking activists claim that China’s smoking habit has resulted in a heavy cost to the healthcare system.  In April there was adopted a law which prohibits tobacco advertising in public spaces, mass media, public transport. Besides this,  cigarette wholesalers are imposed to pay 0.005 yuan for each cigarette sold.

According to  Gan Quan, director of the China office for the non-profit International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, raising the tax will result in higher prices and help to keep kids away from cigarettes, but still there is a lot work to do in curbing smoking.

Data shows that today in China there are 300 million smokers and 740 million people are exposed to secondhand smoke.

The State Council, China’s cabinet,  worked over a draft version of the law which prohibits smoking indoors, restricts outdoor smoking and bans tobacco ads. In a number of cities smoking was already banned in public places. However, people say that the ban in some cases just does not work.

The WHO welcomes and appreciated the new anti-smoking initiative in China and says that raising cigarette taxes proved to be a very effective measure to curb smoking.

Ontario to Prohibit Flavoured Tobacco Products

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Ontario, the Canadian city, soon will have the most restrictive tobacco rules in the country as it plans to outlaw all flavoured tobacco products including menthol cigarettes.

The provincial government  is pushing “Making Healthier Choices Act” that will prohibit such flavoured tobacco products as menthol cigarettes, cigarettes with fruit tastes, chewing tobacco, “wine-dipped” cigars. Moreover, the act will include ban of sale, use and possesion of e-cigarettes by those under 19 years old.

Owners of  convenience stores do not welcome the new initiative as they say that there is enough tobacco restrictions imposed. For example, it is not allowed to display tobacco products in stores. New restrictions act imposes new rules on where e-cigarettes are allowed to be sold and how they should be promoted. Violations would result in fines up to $300,000.

Leading tobacco company in Canada generally supports ban of flavored tobacco, but does not welcome ban of menthol cigarettes. Nadine Bernard, representative of Imperial Tobacco, claims that in the countru there are only 5% of menthol smokers and all them are people over 30 years old. She says that those people will not turn to other cigarettes and just will buy menthol cigarettes online.

Data by Statistics Canada shows that about 4% of 114,000 students are regular smokers and 13.6 years is an average age for starting smoking cigarettes.  8% of students tried a flavoured tobacco product in the past month. 2% of students in grades 6 to 9 have smoked a menthol cigarette in the past month.

Recently  Nova Scotia adopted legislation along the same lines as Ontario’s.  There will be banned sale of flavoured tobacco, and the provincial government wants Ottawa to regulate e-cigarettes and the flavoured liquids they use.   The ban would also include flavoured rolling papers and chewing tobacco.

Senate in Hawaii Passed Bill Raising Smoking Age


Hawaii became first state in the USA to raise legal smoking age to 21.

The lawmakers  adopted on Friday a new legislation which increases age for smoking.

The law passed in state Senate with the majority of votes: 19 memebers voted for while 4 voted against.

The law also regulates use, sale and purchase of electronic cigarettes by those under 21.

Democratic state Senator Rosalyn Baker told that they for years are struggling with smoking with various means and raising smoking age is considered an effective measure along with increasing cigarette taxes. Complex approach is the thing that really works.

She pointed out that opposers of anti-smoking initiatives argue that people under 21 may serve military but will have no right to buy cigarettes. Rosalyn Baker replied that providing young people a choice to have lung cancer is a bad choice.

This week  Governor David Ige  is going to make a final decision on the bill after reviewing it.

In most states in the USA the legal smoking age is 18, while some states estblished an age of 19. A number of large cities and counties, including New York, already raised smoking age to 21. California and Washington plan to follow this example in coming months.

Data by  the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids demonstrates that each year in Hawaii smoking kills 1,400 people and costs $526 million in medical bills. 95% of current smokers started to use cigarettes before 21. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that in the USA, use of cigarettes is the cause of 480,000 deaths annually.

Specialists claim that increasing age to buy tobacco to 21 would help to significantly reduce smoking-related diseases in the entire country.

The majority of Americans do support the idea of raising smoking age. Today only 18% Americans smoke. It is a significant drop compared to 42% in 1964.

Hammond City Wants to Eliminate Smoking in Public Places

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This week in the city of Hammond, Louisiana, are taking place public hearings on the proposal to prohibit smoking in public spaces and all workplaces.

The proposal to adopt such a smoking ban came on April 7 and aims to protect people from effects of secondhand smoke.

The proposal includes smoking ban in private cluns, motel and hotel rooms, shopping malls, 5 feet of public buildings, recreational areas. In case the ban would be adopted, the reposnsability of its enforcement will lie totally on police. People caught smoking in prohibited places would pay a fine of $50.

In case a business violates the law by allowing smoking in its establishment, it would be subjected to a fine of $100 for the first offence, $200 for the second offence and $500 for third offence. In case of multiple violations the establishment may even lose its license.

Mark Franatovich, owner of Perfectly Fit Sports, told he supports the proposed smoking ban because he owns fitness store and health screening company. He is a big fan of healthy lifestyle and dislikes smoking. Most of all he worries that the smoking ban would not be enforced accordingly.

The University of Michigan analyzed the effects of the May 2010 Smoke Free Air Law and revealed that smoking ban in restaurants and bars had not affected businesses.

Hammond  is not the only American city which wants to totally eliminate tobacco smoke from public places. Such cities as New York, San Antonio, Chicago and San Jose are also fighting smoking with same methods. The experience of New York city showed that when smoking was banned in restaurants, the nicotine levels dropped there by 85%.

Experts claim that best way to protect workers from secondhand smoke exposure is to ban smoking at workplaces.

According to the Louisiana Adult Tobacco Survey conducted in 2013, in the Hammond area 85.3% of adults are nonsmokers.

With Smoking Ban Seattle Moves Homeless People from Parks

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Seattle wants to prohibit tobacco use in all its parks and with its move it would enter the list with next US big cities who already did this: New York, Boston, Portland, San Francisco. It is expected that parks in the city of Seattle would become smoke-free in summer 2015.

The authorities of the city want to enforce the ban in their attempt to improve citizen’s health by eliminating secondhand smoke from public spaces. Also they talk about the need to reduce number of cigarette butts in parks. However, some people doubt that envonment protection and health are the only reasons to enforce the ban in parks.

Real Change director Tim Harris is worried that this ban would force people to move from downtown parks. Here the talk is mostly about homeless people. It is a well known fact that homeless people do gather and smoke cheapest cigarettes in Victor Steinbrueck Park, Westlake Park and Occidental Square. Data shows that among homeless people 68% to 80% are smokers.

The smoking ban initiative is strongly supported by the Seattle Police Department and activists who want to make downtown more attractive for retailers.

Data demonstrates that the discussions about the smoking ban have included concerns about health and litter from cigarettes, and also simplifying enforcement of existing smoking restrictions. However, many people expressed their concerns about   gathering of homeless people for smoking purposes in central parks. As a result, their opinion was taken into consideration.

The Parks Board of Commissioners launched the latest smoking effort public in  March. Current week takes place public hearing to allow people speak about the initiative. The final draft should be approved by mid- to late-May.

Sonoma County May Establish Price Floor on Cigarettes

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Supervisors in Sonoma County. US state of California, are considering to adopt new anti-smoking regulations which would make it more difficult for teenagers to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products.

County health officials push an anti-smoking campaign, which imposes new licensing fees on vendors who sell tobacco products in the unincorporated area. The new regulation says that tobacco sellers should permanently increase the price for a package of cigarettes to a minimum of $7.

It will help retailers to keep the additional income and at the same time  Sonoma county would gain some additional money. It was estimated that the county would have around $140,000 annually from a total of 140 stores outside city limits. The county would use these money to pay for making inspections in stores to check how the regulation is working.

The authorities believe that the campaign is needed, because laws banning sale of tobacco products and high prices on them would help to reduce smoking rates among people younger 18.

In case  Sonoma County adopts the measure in form of a law, it would make the county the first one in California to established a price floor for cigarettes and other tobacco products. Also it would be second in the USA after New York City to adopt minimum pricing laws in order to curb teen smoking.

Serena Chen, advocacy head of the American Lung Association in California, told that there is enough evidence that tobacco retail licenses help prevent stores from selling tobacco to teeangers, and  high prices on cigarettes can help prevent teens and kids from starting to experiment with tobacco in their early age.

According to the proposed regulation, in Sonoma County tobacco retailers would have to pay for a seller’s license a sum of $1,000 annually. Brian Vaughn, a county health policy director said that up to date the ounty did less to prevent youth from smoking and now there is a perfect chance to change the situation.