TV News LIES

Friday, Dec 19th

Last update06:32:11 AM GMT

You are here News Health Tobacco companies profit from loophole, market small cigars

Tobacco companies profit from loophole, market small cigars

E-mail Print PDF

Small cigars protoed by big tobaccoAfter decades of progress toward their goal of preventing smoking-related illness and death, public health officials said Thursday that they're seeing a worrisome new trend: Smokers who switch from high-priced cigarettes to cheaper, but equally dangerous, small cigars.

While cigarette consumption declined 33% from 2000 to 2011, use of other kinds of tobacco grew by 123%, as smokers sought lower-cost alternatives to cigarettes, whose prices have risen sharply as a growing number of states raise taxes on them, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And overall declines in smoked tobacco consumption are grinding to a halt, with less than a 1% decrease in use from 2010 to 2011.

"This report demonstrates that the the tobacco industry is as resourceful, and as predatory, as ever," says Thomas Glynn, director of international cancer control at the American Cancer Society. "It also provides us with some insight into the tobacco industry's future plans. When manufactured cigarettes may, at some point in the future, no longer be their primary source of income, they will look to other ways — such as cigars, roll-your-own, various forms of smokeless tobacco — of maintaining their customer's nicotine dependence."

Tax "loopholes" appear to be driving the shift in smoking habits, says the CDC's Terry Pechacek, the report's co-author.

Due to those loopholes, "little cigars" that look nearly identical to cigarettes, except for their brown color, are taxed at much lower rates, so they cost a fraction of what a pack of cigarettes does, Pechacek.

TVNL Comment:  Reminder: 450,000 Americans and 3,000,000 people world wide die of smoking related illnesses.  And yet, the band plays on...

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


NY releases planned medical marijuana rules

NY medical marijuanaThe state took another step Thursday toward getting its medical marijuana program up and running, with...

Stem cells: First therapy approved by EU

stem cellsA stem cell therapy has been approved for widespread medical use in the EU for the...

Ebola kills Sierra Leone's most senior doctor

Ebola kills senior doctorSierra Leone’s most senior doctor has died of Ebola just hours after an experimental drug to...

Air Pollution Exposure in Pregnancy Linked to Autism in Study

Autism and air pollutionWomen who are exposed to high levels of air pollution during their third trimester of pregnancy...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!