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Tobacco group Altadis cuts staff, sales up in smoke

Written on June 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm, by

Franco-Spanish tobacco group Altadis announced Wednesday it will axe nearly 10 percent of its staff in Spain as cigarette sales slump in the face of no-smoking bans and a booming black market in the recession-hit country.

Altadis, an offshoot of British-based Imperial Tobacco, will shed 114 of its 1,400 employees in Spain, mostly through early retirement, and close a factory in the southern city of Cadiz, the company said in a statement.

The group’s cigarette sales have gone up in smoke in Spain, with volumes slumping by 40 percent in the past four months, Altadis said.
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Flavored Tobacco Ban In NY Convenience Stores? Cancer Society Says Products Aimed At Kids

Written on June 1, 2013 at 1:44 pm, by

They come in brightly colored, shiny packages in fun flavors like chocolate, blueberry, gummy bear, wine and pink berry. But the American Cancer Society says the little cigars and packages of loose tobacco are aimed at kids and are just as deadly as cigarettes.

The American Cancer Society is pushing to make New York the first state to enact a comprehensive restriction on the sale of candy- and fruit-flavored cigarillos, chewing tobacco and tobacco used in water pipes. Its proposal would restrict the sale of all fruit- and candy-flavored tobacco products to tobacco shops, banning those products from convenience stories.
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Sustain Legal Tobacco Industry

Written on May 29, 2013 at 1:45 pm, by

Kingsley Wheaton, British American Tobacco’s Group Head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, has stated that if governments, the world over, do not ensure that they maintain a legal tobacco industry, people will patronise black market sources for cigarettes to smoke and deny governments of taxes.

In a release issued recently following this year’s ‘World No Tobacco Day’ celebration, Mr Wheaton said, “Instead of buying legal taxed cigarettes made by legitimate tobacco companies and sold by reputable retailers, people will turn to black market sources to get what they want.”
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World No Tobacco Day

Written on May 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm, by

Every year on May 31, the world stops to reflect on the millions of lives lost to tobacco use around the world and the one billion set to lose their lives to tobacco use this century unless current trends are reversed.

Uganda already has AIDS and malaria to worry about and yet a perfectly preventable epidemic of tobacco-use associated diseases is brewing. Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide. Globally, tobacco use kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and Tuberculosis combined.
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Tobacco tax is one more damper on the recovery

Written on May 19, 2013 at 1:40 pm, by

Increasing taxes at a time when Florida’s businesses and consumers are already strained is not a sound policy decision.

President Obama has released his Fiscal Year 2014 budget, and he plans to raise the tax on cigarettes from $1.01 to $1.95 per pack. Additionally, Congress has introduced legislation to increase the federal excise tax rate on all tobacco products.

This places unfair financial stress on businesses and citizens across the country. As an advocate for the Associated Industries of Florida, I must express opposition to a federal budget recommendation that would increase tax burdens and hurt Florida businesses and, ultimately, families.
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Everyday Gratitude Strengthens Relationships

Written on May 12, 2013 at 1:34 pm, by

A new study suggests small thoughtful gestures and a little everyday gratitude toward one’s partner can yield a great deal of happiness and help strengthen relationships.

However, the researchers caution not to confuse gratitude with indebtedness, which, they said, does help maintain relationships but lacks the power that gratitude has in bringing a sense of fulfillment about the relationship.

The findings are published in the June issue of Personal Relationships.
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Business leaders can help blaze career paths

Written on May 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm, by

Imagine a north state where students graduate from our excellent schools, go to college or receive career training right here at home, obtain a degree or certificate, then get recruited by local employers because they are ideal candidates for living-wage jobs.

This is the vision of a growing collaborative of north state minds, and it’s not as far from reality as it might seem. On May 8, community leaders, business people, educators and many others gathered for a robust discussion during a Roots of Our Health II summit, “Healthy People in a Healthy Economy,” an effort to broaden people’s understanding of the connection between education, employment and health.
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Actor murdered, cops probe multiple ‘relationships’

Written on April 28, 2013 at 1:31 pm, by

A Tollywood actor, Indrajit Chakraborty, was murdered at his Regent Colony flat in south Kolkata late on Monday. Some of the victim’s friends first found him lying on the bed gagged with his hands and feet tied. They rushed him to MR Bangur Hospital where he was declared brought dead. The apartment was also ransacked and the almirah broken.

With valuables such as a gold chain, earrings, laptop and two cellphones nowhere to be found, Indrajit’s family alleged it to be a case of robbery and murder. While murder for gain might be a possibility, preliminary probe has led police to suspect two youths who were there with the victim when he died. Police are looking for the duo who has gone into hiding.
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Expression of “personal contempt” in Facebook message was not protected concerted activity

Written on April 22, 2013 at 1:15 pm, by

By now, employers are aware of a number of “Facebook firing” cases in which individuals who were fired for posting content on Facebook have been reinstated after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found the postings to have been “protected concerted activity” under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). On May 8, 2013, an NLRB Associate Counsel took a different tack when he sent an Advice Memorandum to his Regional Director supporting the actions of a medical group that fired an employee who vented about her workplace in a private group message sent though Facebook. Tasker Healthcare Group d/b/a Skinsmart Dermatology, NLRB Div. of Advice, No. 4-CA-94222(May 8, 2013).
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Son takes a different path to a career

Written on April 16, 2013 at 1:10 pm, by

My eldest son, Jacob, crossed the Palace Theater stage in cap and gown Thursday afternoon to accept his Level II Advanced Manufacturing Certificate from Naugatuck Valley Community College.

His path from high school graduate to manufacturing certification took the standard four years, but was anything but typical.

As shirt-button-popping proud as Thursday’s moment made me, though, I’m not bragging about what Jake has accomplished. Instead, I hope his experience can demonstrate to parents and educators they should at least consider the notion that there are viable, and much less expensive, options to a four-year degree.
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