Cheap cigarettes too good to be legal

The low-cost cigarettes at Logan Square’s Discount Cigarettes shop were discounted for a reason: Police say they were bought by the owner and his son as part of a large-scale fencing operation run out of the shop and two suburban homes.

Mahmoud Yassin, 60, and his son, Yassin Yassin, 18, both of the 15400 block of South Hollywood Avenue in southwest suburban Orland Park, were arrested Wednesday morning about 9:30 a.m., along with Numa Shlain, 67, of the 200 block of Woodstone Drive in Buffalo Grove, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said. The arrests ended a six-month investigation by Chicago, Mount Prospect and Orland Park police into the elaborate fencing operation, police said.
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France set to open floodgates to cheap fags

There may be good news ahead for smokers in France, as reports in the French press on Friday suggested the government is to lift a restriction on the amount of cigarettes that can be legally brought into the country from other EU states.

France looks set to remove limits on the number of cigarettes a person can bring into the country, according to France’s Europe 1 radio on Friday meaning smokers in France will soon be able to stock up on cheap fags abroad to avoid the high cost of a packet back home.
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The Science of Cigarettes: Research Organization Studies Tobacco to Keep the Industry Viable

The University of Kentucky is renowned for its healthcare research, but a lesser-known area of study is burgeoning at the university as well. The Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center, located on the UK campus, has a unique interest: analyzing tobacco. Funded by cigarettes taxes, the center’s research looks at the future and development of the tobacco crop.

The Kentucky Tobacco Research Board oversees the research. Board Chairman Scott Travis said the purpose of the board is to benefit tobacco growers in Kentucky.
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Second-hand tobacco smoke deadly too

With growing evidence that second-hand tobacco smoke is deadly too, it is high time government must enforce smoke-free laws strictly. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), just 30 minutes of exposure to tobacco smoke changes the way in which blood flows and clots, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke… scientific evidence has unequivocally established that exposure to tobacco smoke causes death, disease and disability. 6 lakhs out of 60 lakh deaths every year due to tobacco are due to second-hand smoke. As per the global trend, 1 lakh people in India might be dying from breathing second-hand tobacco smoke.
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Cigarettes are often a prized commodity behind bars

Texas prisoners, like most inmates around the country, have been prohibited from smoking cigarettes for years. But that doesn’t mean they don’t get the occasional smoke. The Daily Beast details the underground prison economy where cigarettes are a prized item. A single Marlboro can “sell” for $20, according to the report.

John Hurt, director of public information for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said the market has fluctuated in Texas prisons since the ban went into effect in 1995. “It’s kind of what the market will bear,” he said. “Kind of like trading on the future markets.”
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Marlboro Shows The Way Forward For Pepsi Brand Strategy

Soda pop consumption in the U.S. has fallen for the 8th straight year, dropping by 1.2% in 2012 to its lowest level since 1987. First lady Michelle Obama is leading a national charge to get kids to stop drinking it, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to limit consumption legislatively. Alternatives to soda are cranking on as many sales cylinders as there are flavor options, from sports drinks and flavored waters, to energy drinks and teas.
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Marlboro maker Altria to jump into e-cigarettes

The Marlboro Man may soon be hitching his wagon to a new kind of cigarette.

Altria Group Inc., owner of the nation’s biggest cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA, announced Thursday that its NuMark subsidiary plans to introduce an electronic cigarette during the second half of the year, making it the last of the major domestic tobacco companies to enter the growing category.

While it’s a small market compared with traditional tobacco products, “there’s no denying that adult tobacco consumers have shown some interest in it,” Altria CEO Marty Barrington said in a conference call with investors. Read the rest of this entry »

Clearfield police seek robber with penchant for Marlboro cigarettes

Clearfield police are searching for a Marlboro cigarette aficionado who robbed a smoke shop at gun point Tuesday.

Police said the man went into Smokey’s Discount Cigarette Store, 1580 S. State Street, about 3:15 p.m. carrying a large revolver. He demanded money from the employee and then stashed the stolen funds in a blue and black backpack strapped to his chest.

He also stole several boxes of Marlboro cigarettes before fleeing west from the shop, police said.

The man is described as white in his 20s or 30s, with a shaved head. He was dressed in long, dark-colored shorts, a dark colored shirt with No. 87 written in white on the back of the hoodie he used to cover his head and face.

He also had a black tattoo on his right forearm and a blue satchel on his waist.

Police said the man should be considered dangerous as he is armed with a large-caliber revolver.

Billions lost to cigarette smuggling

The EU is chasing cigarette smuggling gangs, whose activities deprive member states of 10 billion euros a year. Now the EU Commission wants to lay dry the source of smuggling. Its focus is on big tobacco – and Russia.

Customs investigators had been observing the traffickers for some time. They struck when they had enough evidence.

More than 10,000 packs of cigarettes were seized. They were worth approximately 50,000 euros ($66,000). The delivery was meant for Saxony and Thuringia, two states in eastern Germany.
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Esmoke Hub Suggests People to Choose the Best and Cheap Electronic Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes are now soon becoming the favorite alternative to the traditional cigarettes. These cigarettes do appear to be modern and skillfully designed but are extremely easy to use. E-cigarettes as they are popularly known as are available in many interesting flavors. It is this special feature which makes these cigarettes this popular and unique. Apart from the great design and interesting flavors another major advantage of these e-cigarettes are that it has no trace of tobacco in them.
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