Jessica Miller | November 19, 2012
The number of cigarettes bought in the UK which have avoided submission and taxes is set to increase, one of the country’s top three companies has warned. Japan Tobacco International, the owner of UK-based Gallaher, conducted a secret shopping trip around north-west London that revealed a big range of fake cigarettes and rolling tobacco being sold for approximately half the retail price. These include well-known smoking brands where the pack design is written in Spanish but the tax stamp is Belgian and rolling tobacco which contains large amounts of impurities. The firm believes that after two of the largest duty hikes in the past two Budgets – a total of 70p on a package of 20 – the rate of smuggling and production of counterfeit cigarettes will rise.
Jessica Miller | November 2, 2012
Japan is one of the more tobacco-friendly countries in the world; there are no ordinances restricting cigs in indoor places, and the tobacco smoking rate remains high. That declared, more and more public areas are starting to prohibit cigarettes, so areas like train stations often have crowded smoking places where inhabitants struggle to breathe. As an alternative to these, a new company called Ippuku (“puff”) is opening new premium public special smoking rooms around Tokyo that use contactless smart card technology for payments. All smokers will pay ¥50 (about $0.64) a time with their Suica or Pasmo passes, both of which are common forms of electronic money in Tokyo that use the Sony-developed FeliCa RFID special system.
Jessica Miller | November 1, 2012
UCLA is preparing to inhale smoking tobacco with a campus-wide ban on cigarettes. Chancellor Gene D. Block said in a letter that all smoking products — including cigs, cigars, oral tobacco and electronic cigarettes — will be prohibited as of April 22. “Tobacco use and exposure to cigarettes smoke remain the leading causes of preventable disease and death worldwide,” Block explained in the letter. “Cigarettes butts, which are non-capable, account for one-third of all the litter in California. Cigarette butts and cigarettes smoke are very toxic and damaged the quality of our air, water, forests and beaches.
Jessica Miller | October 29, 2012
According to the Federal Trade Commission study of 2012, smokeless tobacco products sales in the United States alone, amounted to almost 2.8 billion dollars for the year of 2008. The sales are strong and increasing due in some part to the drop of cigarette smoking. Then too, smokeless tobacco companies spend millions upon millions to attract new and new clients.
Jessica Miller | October 22, 2012
Rates of illegal tobacco products sales into the UK have dropped despite earlier requests from the tobacco company that tax increases would prompt a raise in the illicit tobacco trade, official figures showed. An estimated nine percent of cigarettes in the UK in 2010/11 were illegal, in comparison with 11 percent in the previous year, according to HM Revenue & Customs. There was also a decrease in smuggled hand-rolled tobacco products too, from 42 percent to 38 percent.