Posts tagged: economic crisis

Amid allegations of ‘mishandling,’ suit asks to restore adultBasic

Tweet A Pennsylvania lawsuit asks that the governor be forced to reinstate adultBasic after the auditor general said the government used one-third of the money legally designated to health programs for other purposes. The state’s adultBasic, a health insurance program for about 41,000 low-income adults in Pennsylvania, ended after funding expired Feb. 28. Money for the program came from a combination of tobacco-settlement revenues and donations ... Jump to full article >>

Cuba looks to women to boost sagging cigar sales

Tweet Cuba seeks to pitch famous cigars beyond male base With anti-smoking laws and the global recession causing sales to fall, Cuba wants to develop a largely untapped market for its famous cigars — women. Habanos S.A. executives said on Monday sales fell 8 percent to $360 million in 2009, so they have created the Julieta, a smaller, milder version of the Romeo y Julieta cigar, aimed specifically at female smokers. Women now make up only 5 ... Jump to full article >>

Cafe owners shun smoking ban, say many kahvehanes may close down

Tweet The “kahvehane” — the traditional Turkish teahouse where whiskered men have smoked, drunk tea and played cards, backgammon and dominos for centuries — has seen better days. If it was not enough that the worst economic crisis in the past 60 years has ravaged the country’s employment and consumption figures and driven down kahvehanes’ customer base by up to 50 percent, the smoking ban, which came into full effect ... Jump to full article >>