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Low volumes of clean-up ahead Tobacco Sales

TOBACCO auction floors yesterday received a low volume of flue-cured Virginia tobacco ahead of stripping in front of the sales that start today. By 12 am yesterday, Boka Tobacco Auction floors had the highest number after it received more than 415 packages. An official with BTF said the company expected more supplies as the day progressed.

Control of tobacco sales

Dickinson leaders want more control over of tobacco sales in the city.

Reducing illegal tobacco sales to minors to an all-time low

A new report on the Synar Amendment program — a federal and state partnership aimed at ending illegal tobacco sales to minors — shows that all the states and the District of Columbia have continued to meet their goals of curtailing sales of tobacco to underage youth (those under 18). The report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which sponsors the Synar program shows that the average national retailer violation rate of tobacco sales is down to 9.3-percent — the lowest level in the 14 year history of the program.
The Synar Amendment (introduced by the late Representative Mike Synar of Oklahoma and enacted as Section 1926 of the federal Public Health Service Act) requires states and U.S. jurisdictions to have laws and enforcement programs for prohibiting the sale and distribution of tobacco to persons under 18. The program is part of SAMHSA’s strategic initiative on preventing substance abuse and mental illness.
Under the regulation implementing the Synar Amendment, states and U.S. jurisdictions must report annually to SAMHSA on their retailer violation rates, which represent the percentage of inspected retail outlets that sold tobacco products to a customer under the age of 18.
Over the last 14 years, data reported by states and the District of Columbia has indicated a clear downward trend towards reducing tobacco sales to minors. The exception was in FY2009 when the average national retailer violation rate of tobacco sales to minors increased from 9.9-percent in FY2008 to a rate of 10.9-percent. In FY2010, however, the downward trend returned as the national average rate decreased significantly to 9.3- percent.
For the fifth year in a row no state was found out of compliance with the Synar regulation — in fact:
  • In FY2010, 47 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia achieved non-compliance rates below 15-percent, up from 43 states in FY2009, and
  • Similarly, 34 of the 50 states achieved non-compliance rates below 10-percent, up from 22 states in FY2009.
These rates continue to stand in sharp contrast with the situation 14 years ago at the Synar program’s inception when the highest reported state retailer violation rate was 72.7-percent.
“This report brings welcome news about the measurable progress states have made in reducing illegal sales of tobacco to minors,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. “Reducing access to tobacco products is only one part of the equation. Progress in reducing actual tobacco use among young people has stalled. Putting into place new prevention efforts that reach youth in meaningful ways can go a long way toward eliminating the health risk of tobacco use.”
According to the report, although the cutbacks in state enforcement programs due to the economy and budget reductions may have put the effectiveness of some state programs in jeopardy a number of other factors may have helped sustain and strengthen them.
One important factor was the enactment of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on June 22, 2009. Under this law the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) contracts, to the extent feasible, with states and U.S. territories to carry out compliance check inspections of retailers in connection with the enforcement of the Act including enforcement of the new Federal youth access regulations. To date, FDA has entered into contracts with 15 states and is expected to continue contracting with others in the months to come.
SAMHSA and FDA continue to collaborate to ensure that their programs work effectively together to help reach the shared goal of eliminating sales of tobacco to underage youth.
The FY2010 Annual Synar Reports: State Compliance, which includes compliance rates for each of the states and the District of Columbia, as well as a section on compliance rates for the U.S. Jurisdictions, is available at http://www.samhsa.gov/prevention/synar.aspx. For related publications and information, visit http://www.samhsa.gov/.
For more information about the FDA’s regulations restricting the sale and distribution of tobacco products to youth, visit: http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/ProtectingKidsfromTobacco/

39 Attorney General reach agreement to curb Tobacco Sales to Minors

Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined 38 other states and the District of Columbia today to announce an agreement with Circle K Stores Inc. and Mac’s Convenience Stores LLC to prevent the sale of tobacco to children and teens. The agreement will impose compliance checks and increase training for the companies’ 4,000 convenience stores nationwide, including more than 250 locations in Illinois, all of which sell tobacco products.

Profits Climb at Altria, Philip Morris, Reynolds Even as U.S. Volumes Drop

U.S. tobacco companies’ first quarter earnings are getting a boost from recent price increases but the year’s outlook remains mixed as domestic sales volumes shrink due to state laws banning indoor smoking and the graying of core customers.

Burley tobacco acreage may slump to record low

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - For the first time in a half century, Chapel Mastin won’t put out any burley tobacco plants on his northern burley tobaccoKentucky farm this spring, calling it quits after last year’s crop reaped no profit but plenty of frustrations.

Scottish Tobacco Display Ban Delayed by Legal Appeal

A ban on tobacco displays in shops across Scotland is on hold because of an appeal by one of the world’s biggest cigarette cigarettes displaymanufacturers.

Cigarette displays do encourage smoking, researcher says

In the last series of Mad Men, the directors of Sterling Cooper stopped just short of hurling themselves from the 23rd floor down on cigarettes displaysto Madison Avenue in a collective suicide pact after hearing that they had lost the contract to advertise Lucky Strike cigarettes. Some 45 years on in the real world, and tobacco advertising is banned on this side of the Atlantic and severely restricted in the US. Canada has gone further by banning attractive, back-lit displays of cigarette packets near the tills of shops and supermarkets. So, too, have Iceland, Norway, some Australian states and the Republic of Ireland. Not the UK, however. Not yet anyway.

Is Missouri Ready to Raise Its Very Low Cigarette Tax?

At the Welcome Smokers shop on Missouri Boulevard in the Missouri state capital, a pack of Marlboro reds, the world’s most popular Cigarettes price risebrand, costs $5.14. By contrast, a pack of the same cigarettes runs as much as $13 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.