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Tobacco Net Gets Price Kick

Tweet U.S. tobacco companies’ first quarter earnings are getting a boost from recent price increases but the year’s outlook remains mixed as domestic sales volumes shrink due to state laws banning indoor smoking and the graying of core customers. On Thursday, Philip Morris International Inc., the world’s largest tobacco company by revenue, posted a 13% profit increase on higher prices and gains in Asian markets. Reynolds Americ ... Jump to full article >>

Councilor cuts off debate on cigarette sales ban

Tweet WORCESTER — A city councilor has temporarily put the brakes on a proposal to ban the sale of tobacco products by local health care providers, including drugstores and colleges. Councilor-at-Large Michael J. Germain tonight exercised his right under the City Council’s rules to hold for one week amendments to the city’s tobacco control ordinance that have been recommended by City Manager Michael V. O’Brien. In addition to banning the ... Jump to full article >>

FDA considers ban on menthol cigarette sales

Tweet A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel urged a ban on menthol cigarettes because they believe a ban would be beneficial to public health. With their enticing cool and minty flavor, menthol cigarettes have emerged as one of the most controversial products made by the tobacco industry. Kids are particularly drawn to them, with nearly 45% of smokers aged 12 to 17 using menthol cigarettes, according to a 2009 National Survey on Drug Use ... Jump to full article >>

Tobacco sales to minors decreasing in Indiana

Tweet Tobacco sales to minors in Indiana reached an all-time low last year, according to a report released Monday by the Tobacco Retailer Inspection Program, known as TRIP. Store clerks sold tobacco products to those 17 and under 3.8 percent of the time during more than 8,400 inspections in 2010. TRIP — a joint venture by the Prevention Resource Center at Indiana University Bloomington and the Indiana State Excise Police — began inspections i ... Jump to full article >>

Kentucky Senate President looks to Georgia for tax plan

Tweet FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Senate President David Williams says he looked to Georgia — where an independent group of experts has recommended expanding that state’s sales tax to include groceries while cutting corporate and individual income taxes — as a model for his own approach to comprehensive tax reform. Williams, a Republican from Burkesville who is running for governor, wants to move Kentucky’s tax system from one tha ... Jump to full article >>

Tobacco sales to minors drop in Winnebago County

Tweet It continues to get harder for minors to purchase tobacco products in Winnebago County. Ninety-four businesses licensed to sell tobacco products were checked in 2010 to see if they would sell products to people under the age of 18. Only five of the businesses sold tobacco to minors, for a non-compliance rate of 5.3 percent — a 20 percent drop from the 25.2 percent countywide non-compliance rate in 2009. “That’s a huge drop,” said Em ... Jump to full article >>

Marathon County leads state in underage tobacco sales

Tweet More illegal sales of cigarettes were made to minors in Marathon County during state-sponsored stings than in any other county this year. According to the state program Wisconsin Wins, which has organized statewide tobacco compliance checks since 2002, 23 illegal sales were made during 99 checks performed in Marathon County from June through October. Marathon edged Milwaukee County, which performed 406 checks, by one sale. All of the 45 Lin ... Jump to full article >>

Philadelphia cracks down on tobacco sales to youth

Tweet The Philadelphia City Council on Thursday stepped up efforts to curb under-age smoking by sharply increasing fines on retailers who sell cigarettes to children. Philadelphia has more smokers under 18 than any other large U.S. city, according to a recent study by the city’s Department of Public Health. The council voted unanimously for a bill hiking fines for selling tobacco to under-18s to a maximum of $2,000 per violation, from $300. ... Jump to full article >>

Warning that illicit tobacco sales not a victimless crime

Tweet Police, health representatives and retailers attended the one-day conference at Perth Concert Hall. Speakers included Detective Sergeant Allan Orr of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency. DS Orr warned the production of counterfeit cigarettes was not a victimless trade and said those behind it were often involved in drug dealing and human trafficking. Discussions at the summit will form the basis of a report to be presented to the ... Jump to full article >>

Tribe gets no sympathy from senator

Tweet An influential downstate senator says that the Seneca Nation waves its flag of sovereignty only when it is convenient and insists that New York State will not back down from taxing Indian cigarettes. State Sen. Carl Kruger, D-Brooklyn, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, contends that the lawsuits filed by Native American retailers have no basis in law and are needlessly adding to New York’s already troubling budget deficit. Kru ... Jump to full article >>