Daily Archives: April 3, 2009

A Huge Confusion among Tobacco Farmers

A federal program of $285-million designed to encourage tobacco farmers to leave their tobacco fields. The federal government has been clear from the beginning that people who will receive the money from the Tobacco Transition Program would exit from the Tobacco Industry.
According to the Tobacco Transition Program, the federal government will pay farmers $1.05 per pound for their production “quota,” on condition that they will exit the industry forever.
Industry insiders said that many farmers will have the chance to transfer their quota to anyone who is not their spouse or dependent child, and then apply for a license to produce tobacco and cigarettes under a new regime being developed by the Ontario government.
One of the Ontario tobacco farmer explained: “I’ll give you an example. You own tobacco quota. You want to continue to grow tobacco, so what you do is you transfer your quota to me, but I don’t even grow tobacco. I take the buyout and give you the dollars back, so now you’re eligible for a license to grow tobacco, and plus you get all that money.”
Industry representatives pointed out that those farmers who have performed such transfers are technically not breaking any rules. And they added that all the maneuvers could end up being disputable, because of the ongoing decline of the tobacco market in Canada.
Garry Proven, co-chair of the New Tobacco Alliance Committee, which represents tobacco farms, said: “This thing is a huge confusion. This little aspect of it looks pretty foolish, but the impact isn’t going to be that great, because there aren’t going to be a lot of people able to grow tobacco anyway at the price being offered.”
Critics said that the program should be frozen until the federal and provincial governments figure out how to track the money and ensure that farmers actually leave the sectors.

Cigarette tax jumps make smokers suffer

Smokers are sick and tired about all the price increases and tax hikes. They name this situation as unfair and feel deprived even exorcised by the authorities. They are shocked and confused.

Illinois smokers are desperate about upcoming tax increase

Keep smoking and give children a chance to see a doctor. This widespread joke can be used by the federal government as an advertising slogan for the recently signed bill that enters into effect on April, 1. According to this bill prices on tobacco products like tobacco for rolling and chewing, snuff and cigars would be increased. However, the biggest shock about the new bill is the hike in the federal cigarettes tax that would be increased to $1, 01 from the current 39 cents. That makes up a 140 percent increase. Not bad, isn’t it?

Australian smoking prevalence

How much lower is the Australian smoking prevalence likely to go with a continuation of current rates of smoking cessation and initiation?

Australia, Canada, USA and Sweden - nations that have substantial declines in smoking

Australia, Canada, USA and Sweden are nations that have achieved substantial declines in smoking
prevalence over the past 50 years by implementing tobacco control polices. In Australia, smoking
prevalence has declined in men since the 1950s and in women since the 1980s. In the early to mid
1990s this decline slowed, with smoking prevalence stalling at around 27%, thereby failing to meet
the nation’s 2000 public health target of only 20% of adults smoking.
After an increase in mass media campaigning as part of the National Tobacco Campaign in 1997,
increases in the real cost of cigarettes, and bans on smoking in restaurants, Australian smoking
prevalence resumed its downward trend. Between 1998 and 2004, the average annual decline
in smoking prevalence increased to 0.66 percentage points, nearly double the annual decline
between 1991 and 1995 (0.34%). As a result of these declines continuing, only 17.9% of the
Australian population aged 14 and over were daily or weekly smokers in 2007.
The Australian government is currently considering possible public health goals for the year 2020 in
a number of key areas as part of a national preventive health strategy. Because tobacco
smoking is still Australia’s leading preventable cause of disease burden, setting a target for
smoking prevalence will be an important component of this strategy. It is not clear what would
comprise a reasonable policy target for population smoking prevalence. One suggestion is that we
should aim in the long term to achieve a population smoking prevalence that is the same as that
among the segment of the population that is the best-educated and most informed about the risks
of smoking, such as medical practitioners. In the absence of recent data on smoking prevalence
among Australian medical practitioners, we have used the figure of 10%, the level suggested as a
policy goal for the USA in a recent US Institute of Medicine report on the future of tobacco
control.

Routine and manual groups

Smokers from routine and manual (R/M) groups make up 44% of the overall smoking population. The latest available data indicates that they account for a similar percentage of NHS Stop Smoking Services clients (when taken as a percentage of the three main socio-economic groups, which is the closest comparison that can be made).83 However, the percentage varies considerably between regions and PCTs. PCTs will therefore need to ensure that local promotions target R/M smokers effectively.
Significant numbers of smokers who attempt to quit each year do so without evidence-based support. This is particularly true of smokers from R/M groups, who frequently opt for the ‘cold turkey’ approach, which is significantly less likely to be successful.
To track the throughput and success rates of R/M quitters they will also need to be better at coding socio-economic status. Given that national campaigns are now geared to have the greatest possible impact on R/M smokers, consistent use of national campaign materials will add significant weight to local promotions.
Progress is being made. Smoking rates within the R/M grouping have dropped 3% to 26% (compared with a drop of 1% to 21% in the overall adult population) on the previous year.84 These figures indicate that DH is on track to achieve its Public Service Agreement (PSA) target to reduce adult smoking rates to 21% or less by 2010, with a reduction in prevalence in routine and manual groups to 26% or less. The scale of the challenge posed by the PSA target for R/M smoking prevalence should not, however, be underestimated.

House Passes Tobacco Bill, but Senate Battle Looms

he House of Representatives passed legislation by a wide margin on Thursday to give the Food and Drug Administration sweeping new powers over tobacco products, which kill an estimated 400,000 Americans each year.

Kahnawake Tobacco Association: Why bully the Mohawks since “the people responsible for organized crime are neither Mohawks nor Natives”?

During an urgent meeting held this last
Tuesday in Kahnawa:ke, the members of the KTA which regroups more than 95
manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of the tobacco industry gave clear
mandate to the board of directors to take action in order to counteract the
allegations that tarnish the image and reputation of the Native population of
Kahnawake; written in The Gazette (Montreal) in the last few days.
Furthermore, the board of directors was asked to retain the services of a Law
Firm that will determine if or not there is matter for legal suit and the case
being to start the necessary procedures against: reporter William Marsden and
The Gazette of Montreal.
“It is a fact” said Chairman of the Board, Mr. Peter Thomas, “that there
is tobacco trading on our territory but first and foremost, we need to
establish that tobacco commerce and organized crime are two different spheres,
whereas the people responsible for organized crime are neither Mohawks nor
Natives. “However” said the Chairman, “if there is cigarette contraband in our
community, the blame should fall on the bad faith and incompetence of certain
civil servants of the Quebec Ministry of Revenue”.
Sitting in the debates as well, the KTA spokesperson also member of the
Board of Administrators, Mr. Louis Stacey, denounced the lack of collaboration
and the incompetence of the Quebec Revenue Ministry in treating the
manufacturing license applications submitted by those legitimate federally
licensed tobacco manufacturers of Kahnawa:ke. “It makes no doubt in our minds
that the Quebec Government favours Major tobacco Manufacturers to the
detriment of small legitimate entrepreneurs whether they be Natives or
non-Natives. Unfortunately, our Mohawk Nation which prides itself in
auto-government, which prides itself in the aspiration of auto-sufficiency by
creating local employment, sponsoring elders and children as is well
demonstrated by the recent KTA actions, is suffering Indian Bashing again and
is being bullied by some reporters in search of sensationalism at the risk of
igniting a powder keg that is already overheated”. The real crisis, we are
living it very strongly within, why should outside newspapers risk the peace
and lives of our children that attend schools off reserve; as it has been the
case lately”?
“To conclude” said spokesman Stacey, “it is the right and duty of the
Mohawk tobacco manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers to defend their
industry and rights. And to this effect, we, the Board of Directors of the
Kahnawa:ke Tobacco Association await the setting up of a joint conference of
the Mohawk Government, the Federal Government as well as the Quebec Government
and all other concerned parties, to settle once and for all the tobacco trade
in Kahnawa:ke; with all due respect of our ancestral rights. For this, we will
give mandate to our lawyers to communicate with all concerned so that this
Parley sees day in the shortest of delays.
Source: cnw.ca

State High Court Asked To Rule On CA Smoking Suit

A federal appeals court in San Francisco asked the California Supreme Court Wednesday to help it decide whether a Northern California woman suffering from several diseases can go ahead with a lawsuit against tobacco companies.