Daily Archives: October 29, 2009

NEDA gives green light on cigarette stamp tax

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has just given the green light to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to pursue negotiations with Swiss firm SICPA Product Security S.A. on the latter’s unsolicited proposal to introduce a fool-proof tax stamps technology on cigarettes and alcohol.

Legal Aid Groups Reap Tobacco Settlement Windfall

Christmas has come early for California’s legal aid organizations.

Lebanon ‘must move’ to ban smoking

BEIRUT: Lebanon must move urgently toward a comprehensive ban on smoking in public places, tobacco advertising and event sponsorship, and add warning labels to tobacco products in order to avoid thousands of preventable tobacco-related deaths annually, health experts said Wednesday. Speaking at a tobacco control workshop for journalists organized by the Health Ministry’s National Tobacco Control Program, health officials said around 3,500 people in Lebanon die each year from diseases associated with smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke. The figures suggest, more people in Lebanon die from tobacco than tuberculosis, pneumonia, HIV/AIDS and car accidents combined.

Big Tobacco Fights for Share

Cigarettes’ big three—Altria, R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard—are facing aggressive challenges from down trading and segment shifting in the convenience-store channel.

Tobacco Free Campus finishes its final report

The Tobacco Free Campus Committee — an effort to ban tobacco products on campus — released its final report during the summer after months without progress on it. The University of Maine administration will submit a verdict on the report before Winter break.