Daily Archives: August 12, 2009

Fears raised about safety of electronic cigarettes

The government is set to crack down on sales of electronic cigarettes with tests being carried out to assess their levels of toxicity.

Time for public to speak on smoking ban

Residents and business owners can voice their feelings about a proposed smoking ordinance to the Conroe City Council during a public hearing at 4 p.m. today.

NOTL winery using tobacco technology to make wine

Giant kilns once used to dry out tobacco leaves are the new winemaking tools of choice at a Niagara-on-the-Lake winery.

Farmers Resist Drive to Stop Tobacco Growing

Uganda - As the harvesting season begins, West Nile farmers have positioned themselves to reap big from a cash crop that has come under severe criticism from political and civil leaders in the district.

Smoking ban likely to exempt private clubs, hotels, tobacco shops

WARRENSBURG, Mo.-A possible smoking ban ordinance here would likely exempt private clubs, hotel rooms and tobacco shops.

Imperial Tobacco Group PLC Implements Longview Tax for Global Tax Reporting

Toronti, - Longview Solutions today announced that Imperial Tobacco Group PLC (ITG) has successfully implemented Longview Tax to streamline its global tax reporting process. With 2008 revenues of more than £20 Billion (US$ 27 Billion) and a presence in more than 160 countries, ITG is one of the largest tobacco groups in the world. Following the acquisition of Altadis, and the greater tax reporting burden associated with it, the limitations and lack of scalability of ITG’s tax reporting process became apparent. After a formal review of the tax reporting function and related technology, ITG embarked on an initiative to automate data processing, improve reporting capabilities and create a significantly streamlined tax reporting process.

Tobacco: The cause of a majority of health problems

Safety and Viability of Active Components for a Non-Nicotine Nutraceutical

PETERSBURG, Va., - Star Scientific, Inc. (Nasdaq: STSI) filed its second-quarter report on Form 10-Q today with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company reported net sales of $.2 million for the second quarter, significantly higher when compared with net sales of $.05 million for the same quarter in 2008. Net sales for the first six months of 2009 totaled $.38 million compared with $.2 million for the same period in 2008. Sales volumes rebounded strongly compared with lower volumes for first-quarter 2009, which the company believes was due to the passage of amendments to the Children’s Health Insurance Program bill that are financed by increases in the federal excise tax on tobacco products. The company reported a second-quarter net loss of $7.0 million compared with a $6.4 million loss for the same period in 2008. This increase was due primarily to additional costs associated with the May, 2009 jury trial of the company’s patent infringement lawsuit against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company. Total operating costs for second quarter 2009 of $6.4 million increased from $5.8 million for the same period in 2008.

State barred from raiding anti-smoking fund

A judge today permanently barred the state from taking more than $250 million in funds designated for anti-smoking programs and using it for Medicaid services and other state functions.