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Westminster Wants Total Tobacco Sale Ban


As it was written earlier, town of Westminster,  Massachusetts, with 7,700 inhabitants wants to ban sale of all tobacco products. This week there will be organized public hearings on the subject. In case the law will be adopted, Westminster will become first municipality in the USA to prohibit all kinds of tobacco products in towns.

Thomas Carr, director of national policy at the American Lung Association, says that up to date no other town across the country has such a law. Town health agent Elizabeth Swedberg considers the ban is a perfect solution to eliminate totally smoking from people’s lives.

Today tobacco companies try to attract more young people by creating new cheap and sweet products such as e-cigarettes, 69-cent bubblegum-flavored cigars, and smokeless tobacco resembling Tic Tac candies. It means that millions of children today are at risk for smoking related diseases. Health care specialists say that it is necessary to change the situation.

However, business owners dislike the idea as they worry that their business will be affected. Brian Vincent, the owner of grocery on Main Street, says that Tobacco products make up more than 5% of sales. A quarter of his customers buy tobacco products. Vincent is a smoker himself and that is one more reason why he does not support the ban. Now he encourages his customers to sign the petition against the proposal. Up to date are gathered 800 signatures.

David Sutton, a spokesman for Altria Group Inc., which owns the America’s biggest cigarette manufacturer, Philip Morris USA, said that the proposal is a bad policy that will harm local employers.

Westminster Wants to Ban Sale of Tobacco Products

Cigarettes Sales

The Board of Health in Westminster, a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, is examining the proposal to totally ban sale of products containing nicotine or tobacco. In case such a law will be adopted, Westminster will become the first town in the USA who banned all tobacco sales.

The proposed law prohibits sale of regular cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco.

The decision to adopt such a law came after revealing the results of a recent study which suggests that in the nearest future almost 500,000 adult people in thw town will suffer from a smoking-related disease.

The Board of Health wants to prevent young people from buying new tobacco products that appear on the market and target namely youth. For example, 69-cent bubble gum flavored cigars.

Store owners dislike the idea to ban tobacco sale saying that cigarettes are a legal product and it would never do to ban it. They create petitions to block the adoption of the proposed law and hope it will be rejected.

The public hearing will take place on November 12 and Westminster residents are invited to express their opinions on the proposal.

Town of Canton Raises Legal Age to Buy Cigarettes


The town of Canton is making it harder for its citizens to buy cigarettes.  The Patriot Ledger reports, that at the beginning of the week the board of health Canton voted for a new law which raises age to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21 years old.

John Ciccotelli, Canton’s director of public health, said the new regulations are intended to reduce the use of tobacco products by youth. According to a study made by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of underage smokers receive cigarettes from people between the ages of 18 and 21.

However, e-cigarettes escaped this ban as they are considered to be useful for people who want to quit smoking regular cigarettes.

Ciccotelli said that the way the law was written it was a bit of an oversight. E-cigarettes are not yet proved to be safe and people do not really recognize the role that electronic cigarettes have.

The law comes into action from January 1 and it includes a condition that it will be abolished in five years in case it would not be effective. The board of health intends to monitor the regulation’s effectiveness by surveying students in Canton’s public schools.

The opponents of new tobacco regulations say that they would hurt small, local businesses.  Steve Ryan, executive director of the new England Convenience Store Association, claims that when one community puts restrictions within its community, and other communities have no these restrictions, this creates economic disadvantage for small businesses.

Lorillard Received FDA Approval for New Products

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This week Lorillard Inc. declared that is has received from FDA a notification about two of its tobacco products (non-menthol cigarettes) that were found “substantially equivalent” to tobacco products previously permitted to be sold on the USA market.

The finding made by FDA allows Lorillard to start marketing of the new products, which do correspond to all requirements of regulated tobacco products.  The FDA got the authority to regulate tobacco products in 2009.

Lorillard is the third largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the USA. It was created in 1760 and is the oldest tobacco company in the USA. Lorillard is famous for production of Kent cigarettes.

This case is absolutely without precedent as nothing similar never happend before. Now FDA gave for the first time an approval for cigarettes. Lorillard is the only tobacco company which has received such marketing approval through the substantially equivalent pathway. The manufacturer intends to launch its new non-menthol cigarettes to adult smokers in the nearest future.

The representatives of the tobacco company say they are glad their tobacco products received the authorization from FDA and their products are substantially equivalent to existing tobacco products currently marketed. They said they are happy to be first company in US tobacco industry to be approved by such an authority. The company representatives add they believe that the research made in the field by FDA reflects sound science. This is an important step forward.

Pack of cigarettes in Russia to bite smokers by 2020

Some Cigarettes

Cigarettes can turn into even more expensive product in Russia and it will be more difficult to buy tobacco products, the Russian Ministry of Health alerts.

The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests Russia to increase the excise tax on tobacco products more than 5 times, precisely seven times. As outlined by the WHO demands, the standard price for a cigarette pack will be 238 rubles ($7.5) by 2020. Present prices vary from 30 to 80 rubles per pack ($1-3).

Not only regular smokers, but also the Ministry of Finance did not approve the step. The ministry offers to reduce the growth of excise duties after 2016. The math is simple.

One cannot permit a greater gap in retail prices on tobacco products with companions in the Customs Union. As outlined by the Ministry of Finance, such measures will result in the stream of contraband from nearby countries. Agreements on these issues between participants of the Customs Union already occur, and before 2016, the growth rate of excise taxes shall not surpass 25%.

Cigarette Marketing Increases as Tobacco Use Drops

Cigarette Rows

Cigarette volumes have been dropping for many years, but that has not prevented cigarette makers from launching their wallets for advertising and promotion dollars.

As outlined by the Federal Trade Commission, the biggest tobacco firms invested $8.37 billion in 2011 on advertising and special offers in comparison to $8.05 billion in 2010. The boost primarily came from an uptick in investing in price discounts, or discounts paid to cigarette stores so as to lower the price of cigarettes to customers. Particularly, investing in price discounts raised from $6.49 billion in 2010 to $7 billion in 2011.

Price discounts were the greatest investing category in 2011, as it has been annually since 2002.

At the same time, the quantity of cigarettes marketed to bulk suppliers and retail dealers in the USA dropped from 281.6 billion in 2010 to 273.6 billion in 2011.

Cigarette producers have also increased advertising and promotion investing on smokeless tobacco products — from $444.2 million in 2010 to $451.7 million in 2011. Just like cigarette advertising, price discounts form up the biggest investing category for smokeless — making up $168.8 million.

But, in contrast to cigarettes, the vending of smokeless tobacco products is on a rise. The dollar value of sales by tobacco companies went up from $2.78 billion in 2010 to $2.94 billion in 2011. The weight of smokeless tobacco sold increased from 120.5 million pounds in 2010 to 122.7 million pounds in 2011.

The information from the commission’s newest tobacco says, “The Federal Trade Commission Cigarettes Report for 2011” and “The Federal Trade Commission Smokeless Tobacco Report for 2011.” The FTC has released the cigarettes report regularly since 1967 and the smokeless tobacco report regularly since 1987.

Supermarkets launch ban to display cigarettes

Open Tobacco Display

Supermarkets were banned from displaying cigarettes and other tobacco products after new rule became effective on April, 29.

Public Health Minister Michael Matheson states that this step is the “right step” to discourage the younger generation from start smoking.

The open display ban was implemented as part of the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2010, which will also touch on the sale of cigarettes from vending machines banned.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland have already introduced identical bans to avoid supermarkets from displaying cigarettes and tobacco products.

Stores that do not conform could be charged of a criminal offence or receive a fixed fine from trading standards officers.

“These bans are the right move to avoid teenagers in Scotland from try using cigarettes,” Mr Matheson said.

“It is well known that smoking is related to a variety of disease and is the major preventable cause of ill health. Annually, tobacco consumption is connected with more than 54,000 hospital admissions in Scotland.

“For this reason it is so necessary that this government works to improve health by lowering the amount of people who prefer smoking and evidence demonstrates that adolescents encountered with the advertising of cigarettes are more likely to start smoking.”

The Scottish Government’s Tobacco Control Strategy also supports the launch of standardized packaging.

Vicky Crichton, senior public affairs manager in Scotland for Cancer Research UK, claimed: “The following move is to get rid of all branding from cigarette packs. This would mean an end to the attractive, slickly designed packs that can appeal young adults into considering tobacco isn’t dangerous and would make all tobacco brands look the same.”

The Tobacco Retailers’ Alliance – which refers to more than 26,000 shopkeepers across the UK – has spoken out against the new rule.

TRA Scotland spokesman Geoff Barrett, who is a merchant in Glasgow, explained: “There is still no trustworthy data that launching this ban will prevent youngsters from smoking.

“That’s not really unexpected as we all know youngsters smoke because of peer pressure or because friends or families are smokers.

“Rather than burdening retailers with yet more rules and limitations, the Scottish Government should evaluate the problem of tobacco smuggling, which is very prevalent across Scotland and which is a major source of tobacco for Scotland’s young smokers.

“It also doesn’t make any sense that the UK Government is still considering standardized packaging before this latest restriction on display has even been introduced in Scotland, let alone evaluated.”

Supersmarkets are characterized as those with a relevant floor area exceeding 280 square metres. Smaller retailers have until April 6, 2015 to conform to the display ban.

Kiosks to obtain new look as tobacco display ban takes effect

Tobacco Display

Cigarette kiosks in Scotland’s bigger stores and markets will soon enough obtain a very distinctive look

The Scottish authorities’ ban on the cigarettes display, and other tobacco products, takes effect on April 29 this year.

According to the new regulations, which are part of The Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2010, bigger shops must guarantee that tobacco products are not sold on the tobacco displays where they can be seen by everybody and it also establishes a limitation on the size of any temporary display.

Tobacco products vending machines will also be prohibited on the same day.

Smaller retailers will be allowed until April 6, 2015, to conform to the ban on tobacco displays as they may need additional time to make the required modifications on cigarette deals.

Councillor Tom Cook, Spokesperson for Improving Community Safety stated “The Trading Standards Service is in charge locally for guaranteeing compliance with the new regulations and our Officers have been dealing with businesses affected providing advice during the transition period. They will be visiting again in due course to ensure compliance.

“These new regulations are part of a persisted range of actions being launched by the Scottish authorities in their commitment to protect the health and welfare of people. It is considered these measures will discourage the younger generation from starting smoking and help to assist those who are trying to stop smoking.”

Pipes, bongs and hookahs could disappear

Tobacco Shop

Pipes, bongs and hookahs could soon disappear from shelves in Florida

Rep. Darryl Rouson is supporting HB 49 that takes away exclusion in existing law that permits cigarette stores to sell smoking pipes. His bill would prohibit the selling all pipes in Florida.

Nevertheless, the St. Petersburg Democrat’s bill does not presently present any exclusion for various kinds of pipes, such as corn cob.

Pipes made from metal, wood, ceramic and more would be banned as would hookahs, chamber pipes and bongs. These can presently be bought from tobacco retailers if the shop’s yearly gross income from the product does not surpass 25 %. If the bill switches into law, those pipes would have to disappear from shelves by October 1 of this year.

Sale of hookahs would also be prohibited. But, the hookah cafes that have appeared in a lot of cities, often as adjuncts to bars of restaurants, would not have to be closed.

Rouson’s bill would make the sale of the pipes penal by no more than a year in prison and any following infractions would lead to no more than five years in prison. The Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco could also fine the retailer as much as $1,000 per pipe, Rouson mentioned. The division could also postpone or revoke the retailer’s license.

Luke Lirot from the Law Offices of Lirot in Clearwater represented many smoke stores in court that challenged the constitutionality of present law regarding smoking gadgets. Their challenge of the law failed, but an appeal to that ruling is now on approval. He and his client prepare to challenge Rouson’s bill if it makes it into law.

Sen. Kelli Stargel has an identical bill (SB 1140) that would allow pipes to stay on the shelf if the purpose of the seller is that the gadget be used for tobacco products. Her bill particularly protects pipes that are mainly made of corn cob, briar, clay or meerschaum while Rouson’s presently does not.

Rouson said he is ready to unite his bill with Stargel’s to involve the exemptions that hers holds for certain types of pipes.

New York celebrated 10th anniversary of smoking ban

Bar Smoking Ban

New York celebrated 10th anniversary of smoking ban public places such as bars and restaurants

On March 27, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg celebrated 10th anniversary of smoking ban public places such as bars and restaurants.

“Ten years ago when New York City banned smoking in restaurants and bars, many forecasted the end of the hospitality, restaurant and tourism industries,” Bloomberg stated.

Critics of the step anticipated smoking ban would harm the restaurant and bar earnings, but the Health Department review said there are now some 6,000 more restaurants and bars in New York than there were ten years ago.

The New York’s Smoke-Free Air Act became operative a little over a year into Bloomberg’s first term as mayor in 2003 and banned smoking inside bars, restaurants and most office buildings.

The following year, New York began offering free nicotine replacement therapy to smokers attempting to stop smoking and in 2011 extended the smoking ban to the New York’s parks and beaches.

As outlined by the review unveiled on March 27, the percentage of adult smokers decreased by about a third to 13% in 2011 from 19 % in 2002. The review, published by the city’s Health Department, also said the percentage of youths aged 18 who smoke slipped by about half to 9%.

Bloomberg’s period, which will end in 2013, has been marked by his efforts to boost New Yorkers’ health by trying to stimulate them to eat less salt, trans fats and calories in general, among other actions.

A week later, Bloomberg released his strategy to demand stores to hide cigarettes and tobacco products from tobacco displays, reasoning that would protect youth from advertising efforts.

Some store proprietors and tobacco companies have criticized the strategy as unnecessary extra regulation that would break the free speech provision of the U.S. Constitution.

Bloomberg also suggested a minimum price of $10.50 for a cigarette pack in order to some smokers would find smoking too costly to keep. The two bills are now before the city council.

Ronald Bayer, a professor of public health at Columbia University, called Bloomberg’s health projects a “major achievement” and said his attempts to make smoking less socially appropriate were an effective and legitimate use of his office.

He said it remains at question how much further government could go to discourage smokers to stop smoking.