Archive for September, 2012

Bureaucrats look to dictate the seasons when tobacco can and cannot be grown

Bureaucrats look to dictate the seasons when tobacco can and cannot be grown

| September 28, 2012

Tobacco growers belonging to the Philippine Tobacco Growers Association (PTGA) are urging President Aquino not to agree to proposed guidelines of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). PTGA vice president, Asuncion M. Lopez, said the proposed guidelines that had been recommended for adoption by the Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the FCTC […]

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Santa Catarina and Paraná look forward to exporting leaf to China

Santa Catarina and Paraná look forward to exporting leaf to China

| September 28, 2012

Chinais expected this year to approve imports of tobacco from the Brazilian states of Santa Catarina and Paraná, according to a Macau Hub story relayed by Tobacco China Online. The director of the Vegetable Hygiene Department of the Brazilian Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock and Supplies, Cósam Coutinho, said on Wednesday that the exports were expected […]

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Beware of Taiwanese ministry officials transporting smoking gifts

Beware of Taiwanese ministry officials transporting smoking gifts

| September 28, 2012

Anti-smoking activists inTaiwanyesterday blasted government bodies for sending lawmakers cigarettes as Mid-Autumn Festival gifts, according to a story in The China Post. The Tung Foundation said it was ‘absurd’ that the Transportation Ministry’s liaison officials to the legislature were using tax-payers’ money to buy lawmakers harmful gifts for the upcoming festival. Transportation Minister, Mao Chi-kuo, […]

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Smokers unwelcome in Vancouver’s tallest residential tower

Smokers unwelcome in Vancouver’s tallest residential tower

| September 28, 2012

The property manager of the tallest all-residential tower inVancouver,Canada, Ken Armstrong says he receives as many as 20 complaints a month from residents upset about second-hand smoke; of those, about five or six usually relate to marijuana smoke. But this problem should dissipate soon. According to a story by Mike Hager for the Vancouver Sun, […]

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Two cigarettes a day enough to hook young people on nicotine

Two cigarettes a day enough to hook young people on nicotine

| September 28, 2012

Teenagers who start smoking are fooling themselves if they think they can easily quit, according to a Deutsche Presse-Agentur story relayed by Tobacco China Online. A study, the story said, had concluded that smoking just two cigarettes a day was enough to hook 13-to-17-year-olds on nicotine. The study, which was apparently carried out by the […]

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Name changes made to differentiate tobacco products in Australia

Name changes made to differentiate tobacco products in Australia

| September 27, 2012

Tobacco-product names are being modified in Australia ahead of the December 1 imposition of plain packaging, according to a story by medical editor, Cathy O’Leary, for The West Australian. From the beginning of December, all Australian tobacco products must be sold in packs designed at the behest of the government to look ugly. All brand […]

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Plain ugly packaging – coming soon to a product close to your heart

Plain ugly packaging – coming soon to a product close to your heart

| September 27, 2012

A tobacco company is warning that alcohol and other products could soon be subjected to the same advertising and packaging restrictions currently in force or pending in respect of tobacco products inAustralia, according to a Scoop story. Imperial Tobacco New Zealand says reports fromAustraliaindicate that it is already seeing the flow-on effects of passing its […]

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FCTC guidelines thought to threaten tobacco grower livelihoods

FCTC guidelines thought to threaten tobacco grower livelihoods

| September 27, 2012

Korean tobacco growers joined with protestors from other countries on Tuesday in Manila, the Philippines, to voice their opposition to measures that are expected to be announced at a tobacco control conference at Seoul, Korea, in November, according to a story in The Korea Herald. Titled ‘Save Our Farms’ and led by the International Tobacco […]

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Physician, heal thyself

Physician, heal thyself

| September 27, 2012

Doctors in certain regions of China have been found to smoke tobacco at rates similar to or even exceeding those seen within the general population, according to a 7th Space Interactive story quoting the results of a study. The study sought in part to investigate through an anonymous questionnaire the smoking habits of doctors at […]

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Eight anti-smoking/anti-vaping groups financially supported by Big Pharma

Eight anti-smoking/anti-vaping groups financially supported by Big Pharma

| September 26, 2012

Eight US anti-smoking organizations that have called for electronic cigarettes to be removed from the market between them received $2.8 million from Pfizer alone during 2011 and the first half of this year, according to Professor Michael Siegel, of Boston University’s School of Public Health, quoting the drug maker’s financial contribution reports. And these organizations, […]

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Trade association for smoke-free alternatives to attend NACS show

Trade association for smoke-free alternatives to attend NACS show

| September 26, 2012

The recently-chartered Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) is due to make its first public appearance when it attends a trade show in Las Vegas on October 8, according to a PRWeb story. SFATA aims to use the Association of Convenience and Fuel Retailing Conference (NACS) to promote electronic cigarette self-regulation and attract new members. SFATA […]

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Smaller, good-quality crop in Bulgaria

Smaller, good-quality crop in Bulgaria

| September 26, 2012

Bulgarian tobacco producers and traders are predicting that this season’s leaf prices will be 10 to 20 per cent higher than those of last season because a smaller, good-quality crop has been produced this year. According to a Sofia Globe story, tobacco yields in Bulgaria this year will be lower than those of last year […]

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Iggesund Mill’s new recovery boiler allows total biofuel operation

Iggesund Mill’s new recovery boiler allows total biofuel operation

| September 26, 2012

Iggesund Paperboard has officially inaugurated its new recovery boiler at Iggesund Mill, Sweden, in a ceremony conducted by Lars G. Sundblad, who was managing director of the company at the end of the 1950s when the decision was made to begin manufacturing paperboard. The new recovery boiler makes it possible for Iggesund to increase production […]

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Smoking ban unlikely to be lifted despite hospitality-sector losses

Smoking ban unlikely to be lifted despite hospitality-sector losses

| September 26, 2012

The Bulgarian restaurant sector is registering record losses because of the country’s tobacco smoking ban, according to a Novinite story quoting the deputy chair of the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association, Atanas Dimitrov. Speaking to bTV on Tuesday, Dimitrov said that turnover in the sector had slumped by 50 per cent since the introduction of […]

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GTNF helps Tanzanian children attend school

GTNF helps Tanzanian children attend school

| September 25, 2012

Students in Tanzania’s Tabora region have benefited from money raised at the recent Global Tobacco Networking Forum in Antwerp, Belgium. During the GTNF gala dinner, in June, the organizers auctioned off various items and donated the proceeds—almost $3,000—to the Eliminating Child Labor in Tobacco Growing Foundation (ECLT). The ECLT has added the funds to its […]

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Tannpapier celebrates 50th anniversary

Tannpapier celebrates 50th anniversary

| September 25, 2012

Tipping paper manufacturer Tannpapier celebrated its 50th anniversary with more than 350 guests from 30-plus countries. The Austrian family-owned business also passed into the hands of the fifth generation during the event. The celebration kicked off on Sept. 21. Among the invitees were customers, business partners and representatives from politics and industry. Prominent guests included […]

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Bulgartabac poised to acquire tobacco factory at Banja Luka

Bulgartabac poised to acquire tobacco factory at Banja Luka

| September 25, 2012

The Prime Minister of Republika Srpska (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Alexander Dzombic, has said that his government would do everything possible to prevent job losses at the Fabrika Duvana Banja Luka tobacco factory should it be sold to Bulgartabac Holding, according to a Srpska Republika News Agency story relayed by the TMA. He reportedly said also that he […]

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Fukushima farmers await results of leaf tobacco radiation tests

Fukushima farmers await results of leaf tobacco radiation tests

| September 25, 2012

Farmers inFukushimaprefecture have harvested leaf tobacco for the first time since cultivation was stopped due to the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun story. This year, leaf tobacco farmers, enthusiastic about reviving tobacco growing, were said to have taken measures to reduce radioactive contamination. They are currently […]

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‘Occupation’ tax a step too far

‘Occupation’ tax a step too far

| September 25, 2012

The Governor of Nebraska, Dave Heineman, has said that it would be unfair for the smokers ofOmahacity to be asked to pay an ‘occupation’ tax on cigarettes to help fund a new cancer unit at theUniversityofNebraska’sMedicalCenter. Heineman said if he were a resident of the city, he’d consider passage of a smokers’ tax as “double […]

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Electron cigarette yields measured by Filtrona in ‘vaping’ machines

Electron cigarette yields measured by Filtrona in ‘vaping’ machines

| September 25, 2012

Filtrona Scientific Services is presenting to the CORESTA Congress currently meeting in Sapporo, Japan, the second instalment of results from research into the effects of smoking parameters on the particulate and nicotine yields of electronic cigarettes. The results are being presented by Dr Mike Taylor, director of scientific development. In a press note issued yesterday, […]

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Star and Reynolds settle patent dispute

Star and Reynolds settle patent dispute

| September 25, 2012

Star Scientific and RJ Reynolds Tobacco have settled their patent-infringement dispute over a leaf-tobacco curing process used to reduce nitrosamines, according to a Bloomberg News story relayed by the TMA. The financial terms were not disclosed in documents filed yesterday in federal court inGreenbelt,Maryland. The documents stated that the settlement was ‘not an acknowledgement of […]

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Anti-tobacconist calls for licensed tobacco retailers to be slashed

Anti-tobacconist calls for licensed tobacco retailers to be slashed

| September 24, 2012

A leading anti-tobacco campaigner has said thatWestern Australiacould halve its adult smoking rates by slashing the number of retailers licensed to sell tobacco, according to an Australian Broadcasting Corporation report. Health Department figures show almost 4,000 outlets sell cigarettes or tobacco: roughly one for every 450 adults. The head ofAustralia’s Council on Smoking and Health, […]

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Swiss voters reject stricter smoking restrictions, but ‘no’ is not ‘no’

Swiss voters reject stricter smoking restrictions, but ‘no’ is not ‘no’

| September 24, 2012

A proposal to ban special smokers’ lounges and bars has been thrown out by Swiss voters in a nationwide ballot, according to a story by Urs Geiser for Swissinfo. The government welcomed Sunday’s result but vowed to continue anti-smoking efforts. Two out of three voters rejected an initiative by the Lung League aimed at reducing […]

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Petition calls for 2006 tobacco smoking ban to be relaxed in Scotland

Petition calls for 2006 tobacco smoking ban to be relaxed in Scotland

| September 24, 2012

The Scottish government is being urged to review its tobacco smoking ban in indoor, public places in the light of new developments in ventilation and clean air technology, according to a story by Scott MacNab for The Scotsman. The lobby group, Freedom to ChooseScotland, is petitioning members of the Scottish Parliament, raising questions about the […]

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Small particles are big problem for Beijing’s restaurants and bars

Small particles are big problem for Beijing’s restaurants and bars

| September 24, 2012

A study conducted by an environmental group has found that second-hand smoke is the single biggest source of indoor air pollution in certain public buildings in Beijing, according to a China Daily story relayed by Tobacco China Online. The Daerwen Nature Quest Agency is said to have surveyed 43 restaurants, bars and Internet cafés in […]

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