Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Philip Morris was the first tobacco manufacturer, is an American global cigarette and tobacco company, with products sold in over 200 countries with 15.6% of the international cigarette market outside the United States. Marlboro, Parliament and L&M are known in any part of the world.On January 27, 2003, Philip Morris Companies Inc. changed its name to Altria Group, Inc. Even under this new name, Altria continues to own 100% of Philip Morris USA (abbreviated PM USA). Some view this name change as an effort by Altria to deemphasize its historical association with tobacco products.
RJ Reynolds the creator of best-selling Camel cigarettes brand. Camel cigarettes brand appeared in 1913 and was an innovation on the cigarette market. These were the first cigarettes sold in packs, that was not common at that time of days. This brand find market acceptance due to special blend of Virginia and Turkish tobacco having an affordable price and it is premium cigarette brand till nowadays. Other well-known cigarette brands, produced by RJ Reynolds are More, Salem, Winston and others.
Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken is another premium cigarette brands producer, based in Germany. It was founded in 1910 in Europe and got a high demand among smokers quite fast. This company always tried and still tries to fulfill requirements of each smoker, offering rich variety of cigarettes brands, finding new techniques and magnificent blends of tobacco. The most known cigarette brands produced by Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken are Davidoff, West , Boss and others.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Three famous British performers have been blamed of supporting the goals of "Big Tobacco" by agreeing to
Multi-platinum selling artist Joss Stone should participate at the Java Jazz Festival this week in the billing which also features Craig David and Lisa Stansfield as performers at a three-day festival estimated to be visited by more than 100,000 people in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.
The event's principal sponsor is Djarum, the country's third largest cigarette company, which similar to some other producers specializes in the manufacture of clove-flavored cigarettes called “kreteks”. All invited British stars should perform on a stage advertising one of Djarum's major brands.
Campaigners called on the artists to not take part in the festival, blaming Indonesia of not being able to eradicate on tobacco advertising and permitting companies to advertise their products and lure new young smokers by means of an affiliation with worldwide stars and diverse cultural events. David, who several weeks ago agreed upon a new deal with Universal records and is planning to start a world tour, declined the statements, stating he promoted healthy lifestyle and was against smoking but legal guidelines against tobacco was an issue for the Indonesian regulators.
Indonesia has the world's greatest smoking rate for men, about 66%. Additionally Indonesian research found a year ago that more than 400,000 children are regular smokers.
The British singers do not have a special agreement with Djarum, which is a component of a conglomerate held by two of Indonesia's wealthiest men and the most notable of some corporate beneficiaries of the three-day festival. But critics claim that the stars are even so promoting the advertising of cigarettes implying strategies long-since prohibited in other places. The Marlboro Man is still advertised on Indonesian billboards hiking mountains while young women in branded clothes are frequently to be observed at corporate events giving out free samples of Marlboro cigarettes. Cigarette sponsorship has been taken away from latest shows by well known American performers. Advertising by Djarum for a Kelly Clarkson concert was removed after strong protests by fans and anti-tobacco organizations while Grammy-winner Alicia Keys required that sponsorship of one of her concerts by another company be eliminated.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Tobacco crop is cultivated in over 100 countries. China is considered the world’s major manufacturer. Other main providers are the United States, India, Brazil, Turkey, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Smoking products are used worldwide. The majority of tobacco is used for smoking; it is the fundamental component for cigarettes, pipes, cigars, roll-your-own, and bidis. Tobacco is also utilized for smokeless tobacco such as snuff or chewing tobacco. More than 80 % of world tobacco is widely used for cigarettes.
Among cigarettes, the global share of the American blend (a blend of Virginia, Burley and Oriental tobacco types) is boosting, and that for dark cigarettes is falling. China owns about 30 % of the whole production and consumption of cigarettes. At 12 % of the overall, the United States is the world’s second biggest maker. Some other major producers are Japan, Indonesia, Brazil and Germany. The global demand for tobacco products in the more developed countries is currently dropping. In the less emerging countries its expansion has slowed up. The international cigarette market is getting more and more concentrated by company. The three greatest corporations sell about 2/3 of the world’s total. In separate countries, the level of concentration can be higher. The cigarette manufacturers have responded to the sluggishness of demand in their conventional markets in three approaches: consolidation, variation, and increasing productivity. Government authorities deal with a dilemma. They currently have both an economic and a social interest in tobacco crop. It offers work opportunities, tax earnings and in particular cases foreign exchange profits. However governments also have a responsibility to guard their population’s health. Curing people from smoking-related diseases can be quite expensive. Generally, authorities deal with these disagreeing difficulties by discouraging demand in a number of ways. Increasing cigarette tax is the most popular method. Various have sued the cigarette manufacturers trying to recuperate the price of treating people for smoking-related diseases.
Global works prospective in the tobacco handling industry are not positive. Consolidation, privatization, greater productivity and sluggish demand increase together have a dampening impact on employment prospects. Job opportunities in countries with excessive costs and decreasing demand look mainly insecure. But in an open world economy it is eventually up to the giant companies to determine where to focus production, and which market will be supplied from where.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Thailand should step by boost excise tax on smoking products as part of attempts to decrease the actual number of cigarette smokers, as taxes on cigarettes do not have positive effect, according to Prakit Vathesatogkit, a leading tobacco advocate.
He explained that the improper tax structure between cigarette and tobacco was the most fragile factor in the country's unsuccessful initiatives to minimize the rate of smokers.
The small tax charged on tobacco lead to price discrepancy between cigarettes and tobacco. Thus, anytime the government increases the tax on cigarettes, many cigarette lovers switch to smoking products that are much cheaper or roll their own. The latest review stated that cigarette users spend approximately 586 baht per month purchasing cigarettes manufactured by tobacco companies, but smokers who roll their own smokes spend just 37.5 baht a month. "This is a key aspect in the fiasco over the many years of attempts to decrease the rate of smokers, who currently constitute about 14 million, and half of them roll their own smokes," stated Dr. Prakit, representative of the Bureau of Tobacco Control.
The government's most recent increase in the tax on tobacco products in August resulted in imported tobacco products rising in price by 9-10 baht per package of 20, and 5-6 baht for domestic brands. Imported brands are sold at 90 baht per package while Thai brands are available at 37-85 baht a pack. The government has increased the excise on cigarettes to one satang for every gramme of tobacco. Moreover it lifted the tax on tobacco products to approximately 87% of cost plus one baht per gramme of the cigarette. Nevertheless, the latest rate is still smaller than the upper limit established at 90% of value and three baht per a gramme per cigarette. For instance in 2011, excise on tobacco products and alcohol resulted in 57 billion in earnings based on a single-phase.
A week ago Dr. Prakit joined the Fifth Session of the Conference of Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in Seoul. He stated that the 175 participants agreed to establish a requirement to implement tax and price procedures for tobacco regulation requirements under the guideline that an efficient tax program will help minimize tobacco use as well as aid stop dependency among teenagers. It was decided that all participants should increase the efficiency of tax collection on tobacco, mostly to avoid the cigarette industry intervening in tobacco tax policy.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
An anti-smoking regulation presented to parliament on Friday will prohibit smoking in public places, any tobacco advertising and kiosk sales. That follows the actions to restrain the world’s fourth-highest alcohol use per capita with tax increases and by reducing trade. Russia is the world’s second-leading market for cigarettes and alcohol, according to recent estimates. The country with a population of 143 million is 5 million less than it was registered in 1991, when the Soviet Union ruined. Alcohol and tobacco use costs the Russian economy approximately $104 billion per year, or about 5% of gross domestic product (GDP), according to the government estimates.
The crackdown risks encouraging Russians to look for counterfeit cigarettes and drinks, according to cigarette manufacturers and alcohol industry experts. Illicit sale of vodka which is priced as little as $1 for a half-liter (0.13 gallon) will increase to about 60% from 30% of the market by 2014, according to the Center for Federal and Regional Alcohol Market Studies. Illegal cigarette trade may expand to about 45% of the market from 1%, the lobby group Tabakprom informs.
This year, Russia boosted the minimum price of a half-liter of vodka to about 125 rubles or $4 and plans to increase it further to 200 rubles by 2015, according to the government representative Dmitriy Fedorov. As about beer taxes, which were raised in 2010 they should be six times higher in 2015 than in comparison to 2009. “We are already used to smoke, drink and eat poor diet and doing less sport and then falling ill, and take pills in order to get better. But all these should be stopped, and as sooner as better,” stated Nikolai Gerasimenko, deputy head of the lower house of parliament’s ministry of health.
Friday, November 2, 2012
- Cigar Cutters is used to assure an adequate and smooth opening in the cigar, which would help smoking. Nowadays there are a lot of varieties of cigar cutters; each of them cut the cigar in a particular way. Among the most spread types are cigar guillotine cutters, cigar v-cutter and cigar double-blade. Cutting cigars properly is very essential, as it directly affects the smoking process.
- Cigar Lighters Even if your cigarette was kept in a humidor and properly cut, what use of it if you do not have a lighter. Cigar lighters are a must have accessory and also a pleasant gift for cigar connoisseurs. At present you may find a great range of cigar lighters, including disposable lighters, butane gas lighters, all-purpose lighters, windproof lighters, candle lighters and of course the well-known matches. The choice mostly depends on your preferences.
- Cigar Ashtrays So, we came to the last accessory that shouldn’t miss from a cigar smoker. The ashtray is one of the essential, but too often forgotten cigar accessories. Once you have taken several draws from your recently cut and lit cigar, you will have to put the ash somewhere. The ashtray can be stainless, ceramic, wooden or even made of glass. Ashtrays are the most used cigar accessories.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Cigarettes occupied a great part of life in the 70s. People lighted them up in great numbers. To quit or not, and to smoker of not were the most spread topics.
In 1969, the most popular cigarette brand was Embassy Filter, which was launched in 1962 and took an astonishing 25% of the tobacco market in 1968. By 1971, it was displaced by the Players No 6. In 1972 the below listed cigarette brands constituted 95% of all tobacco products sold:
• Sovereign (filter)
• Silk Cut (filter)
• Player No 6 (plain)
• Benson & Hedges King Size (filter)
• Rothman's King Size (filter)
The majority of the most famous brands contain filter. At those times smokers considered that the cigarette filter would protect them hazardous effects of smoking. However, various medical studies have demonstrated the contrary.
In 1970, 55% of men and 44% of women lighted up. The number of smoking cigarettes had declined from the peak of 60% in 1948 and the effects of smoking on health were starting to slowly sink in. In spite of the study presented by Professor Sir Richard Doll, which linked smoking with various illnesses, cigarette smoking a great part of life that the habit was too difficult to eradicate.
In 1971, cigarette producers agreed to place health warnings on the packages – “Warning by HM Government Smoking Can Affect Your Health”. The organization has never published any report in which it would compare one cigarette brand with another. They acted only in the interests of consumers and advised only that people should think about giving up this habit. Also there were many stories regarding the safety pg other forms of smoking as cigar smoking or hookah.
So, the 70s was namely that period when people accepted the hazards of smoking and the number of the population who lighted up dropped greatly. The first anti-smoking group, ASH, was created in 1970 and had the objective to inform the public about the hazards of smoking. The rate of men and women smoking cigarettes declined during the 70s. Already by 1980, about 40% of men and 35% of women consumed tobacco products. Current figures are: 25% and 23% respectively.