Jessica Miller | February 17, 2012
An Upstate tobacco shop owner declared that smokers can buy cigarettes without paying state and federal taxes because of a tax gap. M.J. Farah, owner of Jake’s One Stop in Pelzer, is offering clients the chance to even roll their own smoking products. “The customers are taking only advantage of the taxes cut. They don’t have to pay the high taxes on the smokes if they are making their own favorite cigs,” explained Farah. Farah recently brought three new cigarettes making machines especially for smoking customers. He was already trading roll-your-own tobacco products, but the new cigarette machines will save the customers time and of course will save their money.
Jessica Miller | November 15, 2011
Although most people associate cigars with one country, Fawzi Asmar believes Cubans aren’t exclusively the best. “When you say whiskey straight ahead your mind goes to Scotland, but we have Canadian whiskey too, it’s good too,” he says. “Other cigars from different countries such as Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic they have the same quality cigars that Cuba has.” Asmar also compares cigars to wine since they can last a lifetime, get better with age and high prices don’t necessarily equate good taste.
Jessica Miller | October 21, 2011
The Springfield City Council plans to discuss possible amendments to the city’s ban on smoking Rich cigarettes in most enclosed public places and some outdoor places. Voters approved that ordinance in April. Now that the ordinance is about to clear the six-month mark, the city charter allows the council to make changes, but only by a unanimous vote.
Jessica Miller | June 2, 2011
Now that the schools are open, the Health Standing Committee of the City Corporation has some serious business in hand. The Committee has given shape to two squads led by two Health Officers who will crack the whip on those shops which dare to sell tobacco and ‘pan masala’ items and Parliament cigs near schools.
Jessica Miller | May 11, 2011
Playback singer Shaan launched a music video ‘Life se panga mat le yaar’ (Don’t play with life) as a part of an anti-tobacco campaign in entertainment capital Mumbai on Tuesday. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has appointed Shaan as the ambassador for its national anti-tobacco campaign.