Daily Archives: April 27, 2009

McDonough County smokers win round one

A McDonough County Court has dismissed charges against nine people who were criminally charged for smoking cigarettes in a public establishment in September 2008. Bushnell Attorney C.F. Pierce and Peoria Attorney Dan O’Day represented nine of the individuals arrested, including the owners of the Silver Fox tavern and Bowser’s, two establishments where the arrests took place.

Smoke alarm: Oklahoma tenants get few tobacco-free options

Laura Clay says she was being poisoned by a neighbor’s cigarette smoke.

India Tobacco: Robust Grower Becomes Growing Consumer

One of the world’s largest tobacco exporters is, thanks to a booming economy, fast becoming one of its fastest consumers of machine-made “white sticks.”

A high-tech approach to getting a nicotine fix

Hon Lik used to light up first thing in the morning. He smoked between lectures at the university where he studied Oriental medicine, between bites at lunch, in the lab where he researched ginseng health products. He’d usually burn through two packs by dusk and smoke a third over dinner and drinks with colleagues.

Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) Reports 2009 First-Quarter Results

  • Reported diluted earnings per share of $0.74 versus $0.79 in 2008, including the items detailed on Schedules 4 and 9
  • Excluding currency, reported diluted earnings per share up 12.7%
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.74 versus $0.80 in 2008, including the items detailed on Schedule 8
  • Excluding currency, adjusted diluted earnings per share up 11.3%
  • Reaffirms its forecast for 2009 full-year diluted earnings per share of $2.85 to $3.00. Excluding currency, diluted earnings per share are projected to increase by 10%-14%
  • Spent a total of $1.3 billion to repurchase 36.7 million shares of its common stock in the quarter
  • Declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.54 during the quarter

Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE / Euronext Paris: PM) today announced diluted earnings per share of $0.74 in the first quarter of 2009, down 6.3% from $0.79, including items detailed on the attached Schedule 4. Excluding currency, reported diluted earnings per share were up 12.7%. Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $0.74, down 7.5% from 2008 adjusted earnings per share of $0.80. Excluding currency, adjusted diluted earnings per share were up 11.3%.