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Senators urge baseball to ban chewing tobacco

WASHINGTON - Four U.S. senators and health officials from the cities hosting the World Series are urging the baseball players union smokeless tobaccoto agree to a ban on chewing tobacco at games and on camera.

Big Tobacco Out Billions, but Still Kicking After Settlement

More than a decade after Big Tobacco apparently knuckled under to a coalition of 46 state attorneys-general, how is the industry faring?

Tobacco money sways California politics

The tobacco industry spent $9.3 million over the past two years to fight cigarette taxes, support candidates and influence politics in California, an anti-smoking group said in a report issued this week.

Cigarette tax: Not about money?

I grew up Longview, Washington. A small town on the banks of the Columbia River, on the Washington-Oregon border, Longview had a few small stores, mostly catering to the logging industry that inundates all small towns in the Pacific Northwest. For Christmas shopping, or, come to think of it, for any big-ticket purchases, my family would hit the I-5 South to Portland, Oregon.

Indian flue-cured Virginia burns bright under a smokescreen

As a signatory to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the government of India is keen to show its credentials and credibility by bringing down tobacco cultivation. Sheer size and value of India’s tobacco crop and especially FCV (flue-cured Virginia), comprising the bulk of home-grown unmanufactured tobacco and export revenue earned, is stopping GOI from taking the step too far. That is, forcing its farmers out of tobacco and into other less lucrative crops.

State Collects About $100M In Tobacco Settlement

Attorney General Jack Conway announced Wednesday that Kentucky, as required under the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement Attorney General Jack Conway (MSA) between the major tobacco manufacturers and 52 states and territories, received its annual payment of nearly $100 million in tobacco settlement money this week.

Money Never Sleeps

I recently attended a presentation by British American Tobacco (BAT), the second largest listed company on the JSE by market money tobaccocapitalisation (R551bn) after BHP Billiton. I can honestly say it was the best presentation I have attended in at least the past decade and came close to the seminal presentation given by then-SAB CEO Meyer Kahn (now chairman of SABMiller) in Braamfontein in the late 1990s.

Californians Continue to Smoke Less

The number of California smokers has continued to decrease more than the national average, according to data presented by the avatar smokestate health officials. However there are evident discordances in gender, education, income and ethnicity.

Big Tobacco’s New Frontier: Developing World

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has issued many excellent reports about the tobacco industry big tobacco industryincluding one released this week. This new report talks at length about the manner in which Big Tobacco is now increasingly lobbying the developing world, where rules are still lax and apparently easier to bend or break (compared to the developed world) and potential for new business is enormous.