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Altria AKA Philip Morris buys US Smokeless Tobacco by tobaccofreeweld

Altria buys maker of smokeless tobacco for $10 billion

By Michael J. De La Merced The Associated Press, The New York Times

 Richmond, Virginia: Altria confirmed Monday that it would buy UST for nearly $10 billion in a deal that will give the maker of Marlboro cigarettes products in the smokeless tobacco market.

Altria, based in Richmond, Virginia, said it would buy UST for $69.50 per share in cash. UST makes the Skoal and Copenhagen smokeless tobacco brands.

The purchase price is a 3 percent premium to UST’s closing price Friday of $67.55.

Altria said it would also assume about $1.3 billion in UST debt in the deal, lifting the total value of the transaction to $11.7 billion.

Altria will also get Ste. Michelle Wine Estates as part of the deal.Altria still expects to earn between $1.63 and $1.67 per share from continuing operations in 2008.

It is Altria’s first major deal since it spun off its international tobacco business in March, and it may prompt more consolidation in the tobacco industry.

The move by Altria, formerly known as Philip Morris, will come as no surprise to analysts, who said on Friday that the combination made sense.

Cigarette sales have been declining for decades. Altria said in July that it expected shipments to fall 3.5 percent this year, more than it had initially projected. Rising cigarette prices and higher U.S. government excise taxes are expected to contribute to that drop, analysts say.

But smokeless tobacco has grown about 7 percent annually over the last four years.

Acquiring UST, formerly the U.S. Tobacco Company, would significantly strengthen Altria’s presence in the smokeless tobacco business. To date, Altria’s only major competitor to Copenhagen and Skoal has been Marlboro-branded moist smokeless tobacco and snuff, which have not been popular in the United States.

Altria’s marketing and distribution muscle may also lift UST’s fortunes, as the smaller company faces increased competition on the lower end of the smokeless tobacco market. With consumer spending falling, many analysts and industry executives expect that buyers will spend less on premium products and switch to lower-end smokeless tobacco.

In a way, Altria is playing catch-up with its biggest competitor, Reynolds American. In 2006, Reynolds bought Conwood, the second-largest maker of smokeless tobacco after UST, for $3.5 billion.

Analysts speculated that Altria’s deal might prompt Reynolds American to respond by making a bid for Lorillard, the other major American tobacco company.

UST also owns Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, which is one of the 10 largest producers of premium wines in the United States.


CU Considers Smokefree Campus by tobaccofreeweld

Lung Association study finds fewer college students smoking

CU officials considering ‘smoking zones’ on campus
By Heath Urie Camera Staff Writer
Monday, September 8, 2008

By the numbers

For a copy of the American Lung Association’s report on smoking trends on college campuses, visit
1 in 5 — College students are considered regular smokers.
10 — The number of years CU Regent Michael Carrigan thinks it could take before CU goes smoke free.
30.6 — The percentage of college students who smoked in the 1990s.
51.5 — The percentage of CU students who said in a recent survey they’d prefer to ban smoking on CU’s three campuses.
430,700 — Estimated number of people who die each year from smoking-related diseases.
Source: The American Lung Association and the University of Colorado.

Fewer college students than ever before are regular tobacco smokers, despite being targeted by aggressive tobacco marketing campaigns, according to a new study by the American Lung Association.

The report, which provides an overview of tobacco use and policies on college and university campuses nationwide, found that about one in five college students are smokers.

The last time the rate of college-age smokers was that low was 1989, according to the study, although the number later peaked at 30.6 percent in the 1990s.
In a news release today, American Lung Association CEO Bernadette Toomey said colleges and universities still need to do more to protect students.
“Every college student in America has a target on their back as far as the tobacco industry is concerned,” Toomey said. “Colleges and universities have a responsibility to provide safe spaces in which their students can learn and live. This should include an environment free from secondhand smoke and advertising that encourages young adults to use deadly tobacco products.”

At the University of Colorado in Boulder, Regent Michael Carrigan has been leading that same chargefor more than a year.

Carrigan has proposed banning smoking inside and out at the Boulder campus, and said this week that he believes it’s “only a matter of time” before all of CU goes tobacco free.
“It’s a national trend, and CU has the opportunity to be at the forefront of this and not the end of it,” he said.
According to the results of an unscientific survey conducted in November across CU’s campuses and administrative offices, a narrow majority — 51.5 percent — of respondents said they think the school should ban all tobacco use on the campuses.

Smoking indoors is already prohibited.
Figuring out how to do that, though, when so many students who live on campus would have to walk long distances to avoid breaking the rules, is still a big question.
“I can’t tell you exactly what that answer will be,” Carrigan said. “I am fully confident that 10-15 years from now, all of our campuses will be smoke free. The question is, do we want to be a leader on this issue or a follower?”
CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard said university officials are examining how to possibly create “smoking zones” outside of buildings on campus that don’t interfere with passing students.
“The challenge of implementing Regent Carrigan’s proposal is we don’t have uniform space between buildings,” Hilliard said. “We haven’t yet determined a way to make sure every building can have one of these zones.”
Hilliard said a draft proposal for creating such zones is being considered by Frank Bruno, vice chancellor for administration at CU.
“With the health conscience campus we have, it’s an important thing to look at,” Hilliard said.

What Are the Odds? by tobaccofreeweld
September 8, 2008, 3:18 pm
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A 55-year-old man who smokes is as likely to die in the next 10 years as a 65-year-old who has never smoked. Less than 1 woman in 1,000 younger than 50 will die in the next decade from cervical cancer. A 35-year-old nonsmoking man is five times as likely to die in an accident before 45 as he is to die of heart disease, and a 35-year-old woman is twice as likely to die accidentally by 45 as she is to die from breast cancer.

Tobacco Marketing Increases Youth Use by tobaccofreeweld
September 3, 2008, 4:46 pm
Filed under: Industry Tactics, Laws, Youth and Prevention | Tags: , ,

Major Report from U.S. Government Concludes Tobacco Marketing Promotes Youth Smoking

Statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids especially among children.
•A comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising and promotion is the most effective way to address the harmful impact of tobacco marketing. Partial bans allow tobacco companies to find new ways to market their products.

WASHINGTON, D.C.— A comprehensive report issued by the National Cancer Institute of the U.S. presents definitive conclusions that tobacco marketing increases tobacco use,

The report also concludes that mass media campaigns to educate the public and comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising and promotions are effective at reducing tobacco use.

The 684-page report, entitled, “The Role of the Media in Promoting and Reducing Tobacco Use,” is the most comprehensive analysis to date of the scientific evidence on the media’s role in encouraging and discouraging tobacco use.

The report is based on a review of more than 1,000 studies worldwide in the fields of marketing, psychology, communications, statistics, epidemiology and public health.

It provides powerful scientific evidence and guidance to governments around the world on how the tobacco industry uses and manipulates the media to encourage tobacco use and effective steps governments can take to protect the health of their citizens.

The report’s conclusions should spur nations to effectively implement the World Health Organization’s (WHO) international tobacco control treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

The treaty commits nations to implement scientifically proven measures to reduce tobacco use, including comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorships and well-funded mass media campaigns to educate the public about the dangers of tobacco use.

The report reaches several important conclusions that should guide policy makers worldwide in implementing measures to reduce tobacco use:

•The scientific evidence shows that tobacco advertising and promotion cause tobacco use to increase, and even a brief exposure to tobacco advertising can influence adolescents. Much tobacco advertising targets the psychological needs of adolescents, such as popularity, peer acceptance and positive self-image.

•The scientific evidence also shows that exposure to smoking in movies is causally related to youth smoking initiation.

•Mass media public education campaigns are effective at preventing youth from starting to smoke and encouraging current smokers to quit. However, so-called “youth smoking prevention campaigns” sponsored by the tobacco industry have been generally ineffective and may actually have increased youth smoking.

•Tobacco companies seek to weaken public or legislative support for effective tobacco control policies through various media tactics, including corporate sponsorship of events and social causes, corporate image campaigns that highlight their charitable work, and their “youth smoking prevention campaigns.” The tobacco industry also works to impede tobacco control media campaigns by preventing or reducing their funding or weakening the messages.

This report is very timely as nations implement the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and step up efforts to combat tobacco use, which the WHO has found is the world’s leading cause of preventable death.

Tobacco use killed one hundred million people in the 20th century, and if current trends continue, it will claim one billion lives in the 21st century, according to the WHO.

Tobacco use already kills 5.4 million people a year and the epidemic is worsening, especially in the developing world where more than 80 percent of tobacco-caused deaths will occur in the coming decades.

With 80 percent of smokers beginning as teens, the tobacco industry will continue to place a heavy emphasize on attracting a new generation of smokers.

Every day, 80,000 to 100,000 young people around the world become addicted to tobacco. If current trends continue, 250 million children alive today will die from tobacco-related disease.

To read the report’s executive summary, please go to Helpful Links. To read the full report, please go to