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Legislature Expands Cigarette Tax to Include ‘Roll-Your-Own’ Sellers 

Jump to full article: Missouri News Horizon, 2012-05-02

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Day 22 - Second verse, same as the first.... 

Jump to full article: Eye on the Trials (ASPQ) (ca), 2012-05-03

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Today's hearing entertained two returning witnesses. In the morning Michel Descoteaux (spokesperson for Imperial Tobacco during the 1980s and 1990s) continued his testimony. In the afternoon Jean-Louis Mercier (president of Imperial Tobacco during the 1980s) returned to continue the testimony he started over April 18th and 19th.

Both men settled into a grove of short answers (often a simple "no," or "I don't remember") and offered few new insights into how the company managed its affairs during their time as senior managers. The documents that were introduced during their testimony, however, shed more light into some of the "sub-plots" of the story of Big Tobacco in Canada.

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AUDIO: ExxonMobil: A 'Private Empire' On The World Stage 

Jump to full article: National Public Radio (NPR), 2012-05-02
Author: Steve Coll

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ExxonMobil And Climate Change

Until 2005, ExxonMobil was run by Lee "Iron Ass" Raymond, a close friend of Vice President Dick Cheney and a skeptic of climate change. During Raymond's tenure, Exxon funded campaigns to challenge the validity of emerging science about climate change -- specifically the findings that a global warming trend existed.

"This not only borrowed from some of the tactics that the tobacco industry had used to delay public understanding of the dangers of smoking; in some cases there were even overlaps of individuals and groups that were engaged in this communications campaign," Coll tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "A lot of corporate America opposed the Kyoto Accords. But only a small set of companies did what Exxon did, which was to really go after the science as aggressively as they did."

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British American Tobacco Buys 50,000 Own Shares To Hold In Treasury 

Jump to full article: The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition, 2012-05-03

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Japan Tobacco's Bright Light ($$) 

Overseas Growth Potential Helps Firm Overcome Domestic Hurdles; a Defensive Play
Jump to full article: The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition, 2012-04-29

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USA, by State
· North Carolina

Anti-Tobacco Activists Protest Family Dollar Selling Cigarettes  

Activists ask discount retailer to reconsider selling cigarettes.
Jump to full article: Lakeland (FL) Ledger, 2012-05-03
Author: ELY PORTILLO McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS

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A group of anti-tobacco activists is protesting Matthews, N.C.-based Family Dollar's recent decision to start selling cigarettes, saying the stores will push more cigarettes on low-income consumers, who already smoke more than average.

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Relabeling Roll-Your-Own Tobacco as Pipe Tobacco Costing Feds, States $1.3 Billion in Lost Revenues  

Jump to full article: Hartford (CT) Courant, 2012-05-03
Author: JANICE PODSADA

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Tobacco manufacturers that re-label roll-your-own cigarette tobacco as pipe tobacco are cheating federal and state authorities out of an estimated $1.3 billion in lost state and federal tax revenues, according to a report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Last month, the Government Accountability Office found that cases of roll-your-own tobacco were being sold in packages labeled as pipe tobacco. The federal excise tax on loose tobacco used for roll-your-own cigarettes is $22 per pound higher than the excise tax on pipe tobacco.

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· New York

New York lost $16.9 million from tobacco tax loophole 

Jump to full article: Ithaca (NY) Journal, 2012-05-03
Author: Written by Brian Tumulty

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New York lost an estimated $16.9 million in potential tobacco tax revenue during the first 28 months following a federal excise tax increase on cigarettes, small cigars and roll-your-own tobacco.

That's the finding of a new report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said states collectively lost $374 million in tobacco revenue from April 2009 to August 2011 because of a market shift to lower-priced pipe tobacco to make roll-your-own cigarettes.

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$31 million in unintended consequences 

Jump to full article: Houston (TX) Chronicle, 2012-05-03

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Fiscal and Policy Implications of Selling Pipe Tobacco for Roll-Your-Own Cigarettes in the United States 

Jump to full article: Public Library of Science (PLoS), 2012-05-02
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Conclusions

Marketing pipe tobacco as “dual purpose" and selling it for RYO use provides an opportunity to avoid paying higher cigarette prices. This blunts the public health impact excise tax increases would otherwise have on reducing tobacco use through higher prices. Selling pipe tobacco for RYO use decreases state and Federal revenue and also avoids regulations on flavored tobacco, banned descriptors, prohibitions on shipping, and reporting requirements.

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Smokers dodge cigarette tax by switching to pipes, cigars  

Jump to full article: USA Today, 2012-05-03
Author: Brian Tumulty, Gannett Washington Bureau

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Sales of pipe tobacco and large cigars, both taxed at a lower rate, have soared as smokers have adjusted their buying habits to the new price structure.

The shift cost the federal government $615 million to $1.1 billion in uncollected tax revenue from April 2009 to September 2011, the report said. It did not estimate how much individual states may have lost in uncollected taxes.

"That's real money and a tax avoidance scheme Congress ought to be interested in stopping," said Gregg Haifley, associate director of federal relations at the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network. "It's also counterproductive for the public health benefit of tobacco taxes."

Monthly sales of pipe tobacco increased from about 240,000 pounds in January 2009 to more than 3 million pounds in September 2011, the Government Accountability Office found. Monthly sales of large cigars more than doubled, from 411 million pounds to more than 1 billion pounds.

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Smokers adjust puffs as prices continue to change  

Taxes driving tobacco trends
Jump to full article: Murfreesboro (TN) News-Journal, 2012-05-03

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New Senators Respond to New Data on Tobacco Tax Loophole 

Jump to full article: PoliticalNews.me, 2012-05-03

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Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) expressed concern about the findings of a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealing more than $1.3 billion in lost state and federal revenue by tobacco manufacturers relabeling roll-your-own tobacco as pipe tobacco.

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· Florida

Tobacco tax: Florida missed $63 million in tobacco tax revenues  

Jump to full article: (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Sun-Sentinel, 2012-05-03

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Smokers Switch to Pipes, Cigars as Cigarette Alternatives 

Jump to full article: Convenience Store News, 2012-05-02

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