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Ration-card cigarettes to soothe the savage breast

| March 27, 2015

Egypt’s Cairo and Giza Tobacco Traders Association (CGTTA) has called on the Minister of Supply and Internal Trade, Khaled Hanafy, to include a monthly quota of 30 packs of cigarettes as part of the country’s ration card system that provides help for 40 million low-income citizens, according to a Daily News Egypt story relayed by the TMA.

Smokers who consume more than 30 packs a month should buy cigarettes at market prices, the association said.

The CGTTA believes that providing cigarettes through ration cards will help ‘stabilize national security because the commodity controls the Egyptian people’s mood’.

And it believes that such action would preserve the revenues of legitimate tobacco companies while reducing sales of contraband and counterfeit cigarettes.

At the same time, the CGTTA has called on the Prime Minister, Ibrahim Mehleb, to take steps to ensure that counterfeit cigarettes do not pass customs posts.

CDC gives vaping the anti treatment

| March 27, 2015

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is launching its latest round of graphic anti-smoking messages, and this time it is including vaping in the mix.

According to a story by John Tozzi for Bloomberg, the campaign expands on the CDC’s three-year-old ‘Tips From Former Smokers’ series, which enlists real people who’ve been ravaged by smoking.

Meanwhile, a story by Steven Reinberg for HealthDay quoted the CDC director, Dr. Tom Frieden, as saying the messages would save lives and money.

Most US smokers wanted to quit, he said, and the new messages would help them do so.

But Frieden stressed that the use of electronic cigarettes was a problematic way to quit smoking.

“If an e-cigarette helps an individual to quit smoking for good, that’s a good thing,” he said.

“But many children are using e-cigarettes and getting hooked on nicotine, and that’s an addiction that can stay with you for life.

“Many adults who think they are going to get off cigarettes by using e-cigarettes are actually continuing to smoke, and that does more harm than good.”

Nationally, about three in four adult electronic cigarette users smoke cigarettes too, according to the CDC.

Draft standardized packaging bill rejected in Belgium

| March 27, 2015

The Belgian Public Health Commission on Wednesday rejected draft legislation that sought to impose standardized packaging on tobacco products, according to a story in Le Monde du Tabac relayed by the TMA.

The draft legislation was sponsored by opposition MP Catherine Fonck.

However, the health ministry has said it will conduct a review of the evidence on standardized packaging.

New COO elected at Universal Corporation

| March 27, 2015

Universal Corporation’s board of directors has elected Airton L. Hentschke as senior vice president and COO, effective April 1.

Hentschke is due to replace W. Keith Brewer, whose retirement as of March 31 was previously reported on July 9.

Hentschke has more than 24 years of experience in leaf operations with Universal, and has worked since 2013 as executive vice president of Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Incorporated. In this role, he supports Universal’s global tobacco operations.

Previously, Hentschke worked as regional director for the company’s operations in South America, and president of Universal Leaf Tabacos Limitada in Brazil, where he began his employment in 1991.

BAT publishes sustainability summary report

| March 27, 2015

British American Tobacco has reported that it is publishing today its latest ‘Value Shared’ sustainability summary report describing how ‘the company is investing in a sustainable future for its business and society’.

In a note posted on its website, BAT said: ‘The new report covers how, in 2014, the company has enhanced its approach with the development of a new sustainability agenda focused on the most important issues for the business and its stakeholders – harm reduction, sustainable agriculture and farmer livelihoods, and corporate behaviour – with clear commitments to:

* ‘Research, develop and promote a range of less risky alternatives to regular cigarettes;

* ‘Work to enable prosperous livelihoods for all farmers who supply tobacco leaf;

* ‘Operate to the highest standards of corporate conduct and transparency.’

“Sustainability is not a choice or something that is ‘nice to have’ – it is crucial to securing the future of our company and for creating shared value for our consumers, our shareholders and our stakeholders,” said chief executive Nicandro Durante.

More information and the report are at: www.bat.com/sustainability.

PMI announces date of annual meeting

| March 27, 2015

Philip Morris International is due to hold its Annual Meeting of Shareholders starting at 09.00 on May 6 in the Empire State Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt New York.

Details of the meeting are available at: www.pmi.com/investors.

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