British American Tobacco boosts profits despite recession

British American Tobacco boosted profits last year despite cigarette smoking declining and the recession forcing people to trade down to cheaper brands or rely on smuggled or counterfeit products. The multinational, which is the world’s second-largest tobacco firm after Philip Morris, is rewarding shareholders with a bumper dividend, up nearly 20%, after last year’s numbers ...

Philip Morris, Fortune merger a ‘kiss of death’ – critics

MANILA, Philippines–Tobacco control advocates on Thursday called the merger of leading cigarette companies Fortune Tobacco Corp and Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing Inc (PMPMI) a “kiss of death blown to many Filipinos.” Health Justice, a non-government organization that aims to bridge the gaps between health science and law, said it expects the 2 cigarette manufacturers to ...

PLoS Medicine journal bans tobacco-sponsored research

The online open-access journal PLoS Medicine said this week that it would no longer accept for publication reports of research sponsored by tobacco companies. The journal joins two of its sister publications, PLoS Biology and PLoS One, in formally adopting this position, but the announcement might be viewed as self-serving in that the journal has ...

Clubs’ smoking ban ignites debate

Debate about the Board of Health’s decision to ban smoking in private clubs ignited last night during a meeting in the Police Department. Representatives from two of the seven private clubs that allow smoking questioned the board, whose 2-1 vote on Feb. 1 forbids smoking in private establishments effective Monday. Michael A. Stelmack, manager of ...

The Truth about Dating: Run away from that smoker

Think smokers are sexy? Think again. In one of the first columns I wrote four years ago I stated that being a cigarette smoker lowered a single person’s Dating Quotient more than any other factor. I guess it’s OK to plagiarize myself, so I will paraphrase two statements that I wrote in 2005. I repeat ...

Smokeless tobacco a rising threat for kids

The 2008 WI Youth Tobacco Survey found that 7 percent of high school students and 3 percent of middle school students use chewing tobacco. Its use is more common among boys than girls. With the numbers doubling in the years from middle school to high school, it is very important that our youths are educated ...

Where There’s Smoke There’s Tax

When the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act was enacted in 1970, it was aimed primarily at organized crime. Today it’s aimed at the tobacco industry. The Associated Press reports: “The Obama administration asked the Supreme Court Friday to allow the government to seek nearly $300 billion from the tobacco industry for a half-century of ...