Daily Archives: March 25, 2009

Smoking Bans Don’t Hurt Bars, Casinos

An Indiana University review of state and local smoking bans concludes bars and casinos have nothing to fear economically, and might even benefit.

Smokes in Japan cheap, in state’s interest

The World Health Organization calls smoking “one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced.”

Ontario’s lawmakers should take a stand against illegal tobacco sales

Imperial Tobacco Canada stated today that Ontario's lawmakers should take a stand against the rampant sales of illegal tobacco in Ontario rather than adopting politically expedient
legislation such as the Tobacco Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act when they return to Queen's Park this week.
    "The Government of Ontario cannot claim that this legislation has anything to do with public health when they are ignoring
 half the market. Illegal tobacco accounts for close to 50 per cent of tobacco purchases in Ontario - the most in Canada,"
said Benjamin Kemball, president and CEO of Imperial Tobacco Canada. "It is hypocritical that the Government of Ontario
turns around and sues a legal industry that they oversee and license while it
allows an illegal tobacco industry to flourish."
    The illegal tobacco trade is robbing Canadians of government revenue,
undermining tobacco control initiatives, exposing children to cheap cigarettes
and allowing organized crime to cash in all the way to the bank.
    In 2008, the federal and provincial governments together lost
approximately $2.4 billion in taxes and that number is growing as the sale of
illegal cigarettes grows. The federal government's share was $1.1 billion. In
December, the Ontario Auditor General reported that the estimated tax loss for
Ontario in 2006-2007 was $500 million. Imperial Tobacco Canada believes it
could be much more than that considering the doubling of the illegal market in
Ontario in the past two years.
    "This legislation is simply a cash grab. If the government is looking for
money, it would be far better to deal with the illegal market than enter into
years of legal wrangling that will not result in the monetary windfall the
government is hoping for," said Mr. Kemball. "It is time for a government to
take a stand. We expect that the Government of Ontario will include the
illegal manufacturers in any lawsuit it may bring forward."
    Governments across Canada collected approximately $7.3 billion in taxes
from the tobacco industry in the fiscal year 2008; the province of Ontario
collected over $1.2 billion.
    Imperial Tobacco Canada believes that if Ontario moves forward with a
lawsuit, it will take years to resolve and will cost Ontario taxpayers
millions of dollars. A similar action in British Columbia has cost BC tens of
millions of dollars and it is still not over.
    Further information on Imperial Tobacco Canada is available on the
Internet at: www.imperialtobaccocanada.com.

Japan Tobacco Falls as Government Considers Public Smoking Ban

Japan Tobacco Inc., the world’s third-largest publicly traded cigarette maker, fell the most in three weeks in Tokyo trading after the nation’s health ministry said it was considering public smoking bans.

Verona approv a smoking ban

The Verona City Council Monday unanimously approved a smoking ban in the city, making it the fifth city in Dane County to do so.

$250 for smoking on beaches and parks

Smokers would face a $250 fine for lighting up at state beaches and parks under a proposal in front of a state Senate committee today.
The measure’s author, Sen. Jenny Oropeza, D-Long Beach, said such a penalty would help protect the health of people using the state’s 279 parks and 64 beaches, reduce litter and lower the risk of cigarettes sparking a forest fire.

Tackling Green Tobacco Sickness

Workers who toil in tobacco fields have suffered quietly for years from a type of acute nicotine poisoning called green tobacco sickness.

South Carolina magnet for black market runners

South Carolina’s low cigarette tax makes it a magnet for black market runners.