Monthly Archives: December 2010

Introduced regulations make British American Tobacco reduce earnings forecast

A legislation recently introduced to Kenyan Parliament has dimmed the performance forecast for local tobacco companies, promptingBAT British American Tobacco (BAT), the largest cigarette maker in the country, to reduce its earnings outlook for next fiscal year.

Small-bar owners fuming over losses under smoking ban

Some Michigan bar and restaurant owners say they’ve been so burned by Michigan’s smoking ban they’ll let patrons light up on New bar in DetroitYear’s Eve in protest.

Where Do Americans Smoke?

The U.S. surgeon general released a new report this month warning that cigarette smoke causes immediate damage to smokers’ lungs and DNA, even in small amounts and from secondhand smoke.

Tobacco is a new source of renewable energy and efficient batteries

Tobacco farmers rejoice!  A new use has been found for tobacco and it doesn’t require a warning label.  Scientists have found that energy from tobacco virusa tobacco virus can be used to make “tiny components” for future batteries.  Tobacco has also been found to be a good source of enzymes, sugar and oil for biofuel production.

FDA Reveals Graphic Warnings to be placed on Cigarette Packs

Last Month the Food and Drug Administration revealed 36 health warning labels, nine of which will become a part of each cigarette smoking menpack very soon. The images include corpse, diseased lungs and respiratory masks.

Moody’s takes rating actions on 35 tobacco bond issues

Moody’s Investors Service on Tuesday took rating actions on 35 tobacco securitizations affecting about $22 billion of debt due to Moody's Investorsimplications from a recent court ruling and a drop in tobacco consumption.

Lambert finally quits smoking

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will become smoke-free on Jan. 2, thanks to smoke-free air ordinances in St. Louis and St. Lambert AiroportLouis County, which voters overwhelmingly approved with Proposition N in November 2009.

Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your career

Under a new policy believed to be the first of its kind for a hospital in Massachusetts, Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport last month began testing prospective employees for nicotine use. Those who fail the screening can forget about a job. The rejected candidates are told to reapply in six months — if they’ve quit puffing by then. “As a health care facility, we believe it’s our right to say we don’t want any smoke in our building or on our employees,’’ said Deb Chiaravalloti, spokeswoman for Anna Jaques. “We are taking a stand, saying that if you smoke you cannot work here because we are promoting good health. We want to have as healthy an environment as we can for our employees and patients.’’

Rochester airport fires up cigars to stoke business

David Damelio, director of the Greater Rochester International Airport, enjoys a good cigar — and has charged thousands of dollars worth of them to the county-run airport in the name of business development.