Jessica Miller | January 2, 2013
The sin tax reform procedure will certainly increase the prices of cigarettes and alcoholic beverages, but there won’t be an instant and noticeable drop in the number of smokers quitting the habit simply because for instance a stick of Marlboro Red has become much more expensive. However government representatives are convinced that the action, expecting President Benigno S. Aquino signature, will sooner or later reduce cigarette use. “The sin tax regulation will boost taxes for tobacco products and alcoholic drinks. It will consequently increase the price of cigarettes and drinking,” Finance Assistant Secretary Ma. Teresa Habitan stated in an interview.
Jessica Miller | July 26, 2012
Extensive laws have made it increasingly difficult especially for smokers to find place in downtown Tokyo for to smoking their favorite cig. Smoking bans are the norm in public areas such as office buildings. In central Tokyo, municipalities have been strengthening controls on smoking tobacco in public, with designated special spaces on the street among the few places where inhabitants can smoke. But these designated smoking areas have been closing due to continual complaints to municipal governments.
Jessica Miller | March 6, 2012
Indiana lawmakers have moved closer to enacting a universal, statewide smoking ban. The Indiana Senate passed the bill 29-21 on Feb. 29, but not without first amending a list of exceptions. In response to amendments added to HB 1149, co-authors Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, and Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, dissented to the changes March 1. The bill will move to a conference committee to negotiate the issue.
Jessica Miller | March 2, 2012
Recent concerns have been raised regarding the smoking situation on the campus of ETSU. Legislation is currently being considered by the SGA that would include setting up designated smoking areas around campus. Dalton Collins, president of the Student Government Association, suggests that the current rules are unfair and that they place an unnecessary burden on smokers. “The smoking policy at ETSU is one that is unfair to every person who works, resides and pursues higher education on this campus,” Collins said.
Jessica Miller | January 10, 2012
Starting March 1, when you go to concerts or your kids’ play dates in Kannapolis’ parks, you’ll have to leave your smokes, dip and chew at home. At Monday’s meeting, Kannapolis City Council members unanimously voted to ban tobacco use of any kind in city parks in a little less than two months.