Archive for September, 2012

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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Tobacco tax revenue fall probably down to anti-smoking measures

Tobacco tax revenue fall probably down to anti-smoking measures

| September 24, 2012

Australia’s tobacco tax revenue during the financial year to the end of June, at A$5.45 billion, was down by 5.9 per cent on the A$5.79 billion that the treasury had estimated in the May budget, according to an Australian Associated Press story relayed by the TMA. Finance Minister, Penny Wong, said the federal government’s anti-smoking […]

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Expanding capacity by 20 per cent at BAT Romania’s Ploiesti plant

Expanding capacity by 20 per cent at BAT Romania’s Ploiesti plant

| September 24, 2012

British American TobaccoRomaniaannounced on Thursday that it will spend about €40 million on expanding its manufacturing facility atPloiesti, according to an Economic Daily story relayed by the TMA. The company says that the changes will boost the plant’s production capacity by 20 per cent. BATRomaniawill spend €25 million on construction, which is expected to be […]

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Tax hike hits TTM sales

Tax hike hits TTM sales

| September 21, 2012

Cigarette sales of the Thailand Tobacco Monopoly (TTM) have declined significantly as Thai smokers started rolling more of their own cigarettes in the wake of last month’s tax hike, reports The Bangkok Post. The state-owned tobacco manufacturer expects sales will gradually improve and return to normal in the coming months. Managing Director Torsak Chotimongkol said […]

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Alarm over possible oriental tobacco ban not justified – currently

Alarm over possible oriental tobacco ban not justified – currently

| September 21, 2012

Concerns expressed inBulgariaearlier this week about a proposal to ban the production of oriental tobacco within the EU have proved to be unfounded, according to a Novinite story. The misunderstanding arose apparently because oriental tobacco is an aromatic tobacco and the European Commission is known to be considering proposing revisions to the EU’s tobacco products […]

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Cambodia’s tax increase proposals based on ‘confidential’ figures

Cambodia’s tax increase proposals based on ‘confidential’ figures

| September 21, 2012

Government data show that significant amounts of tobacco are being smuggled out of Cambodiaeach year, according to a story in The Phnom Penh Post quoting health and economics experts. A national tobacco survey from 2011 showed that more tobacco was produced in Cambodia than was consumed there, and much of the difference came from smuggling […]

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Kerala chewing tobacco ban provides opportunities for Karnataka traders

Kerala chewing tobacco ban provides opportunities for Karnataka traders

| September 21, 2012

The Chief Minister of the Indian state of Kerala, Oommen Chandy, has asked his counterpart in Karnataka, CM Jagadish Shettar, to ban the sale of smokeless tobacco, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The Kerala government outlawed the production and distribution of products such as gutkha and […]

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Altria’s companies encouraging tobacco consumers to vote but not how to vote

Altria’s companies encouraging tobacco consumers to vote but not how to vote

| September 21, 2012

Altria said yesterday that its tobacco operating companies were conducting a non-partisan voter education and awareness campaign for adult tobacco consumers; as they had done in past election cycles. ‘Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company and John Middleton will reach out to adult consumers stressing the importance of voting and encouraging them to make […]

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Indian growers concerned FCTC will take away their livelihood

Indian growers concerned FCTC will take away their livelihood

| September 20, 2012

Tobacco growers inIndia, predominantly those from the main flue-cured production states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, are to intensify their protests against proposals to phase out tobacco growing, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group Newsletter. The growers are concerned that draft guidelines of the World Health Organization’s […]

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Korean growers concerned FCTC will take away their livelihood

Korean growers concerned FCTC will take away their livelihood

| September 20, 2012

The Korea Tobacco Growers Organization (KTGO), which represents about 5,000 farmers, has expressed its opposition to new proposals from the World Health Organization, according to a story in The Korea Times. The Seoul-based organization says that the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) will end up substantially cutting the income of Korean tobacco growers […]

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Vietnam to re-export seized tobacco to bolster anti-smuggling budget

Vietnam to re-export seized tobacco to bolster anti-smuggling budget

| September 20, 2012

The Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Tan Dung, hopes to light up his country’s anti-smuggling budget with a scheme to re-export seized tobacco, according to a Vietnam News Agency story. Under the PM approved Decision No. 1112, good quality tobacco seized from smugglers will be re-exported as part of an experiment running from now until […]

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Cambodia urged to increase tobacco tax

Cambodia urged to increase tobacco tax

| September 20, 2012

The World Health Organization on Tuesday urgedCambodiato increase taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products in order to raise state revenues and discourage smokers, according to a Xinhua Newswire story. “Increasing tobacco tax will reduce consumption especially among the higher prevalence groups such as low-income and uneducated groups,” said Ayda A. Yurekli, co-ordinator for the […]

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Japan aims to analyze all substances found in cigarettes and their smoke

Japan aims to analyze all substances found in cigarettes and their smoke

| September 20, 2012

Officials from Japan’s Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry has said that it intends to have all substances found in the nation’s top-selling cigarette brands analyzed, according to a Daily Yomiuri story relayed by the TMA. It intends also to form a panel of medical experts and consumers to debate the possible implementation of further regulations […]

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Plain packaging being lined up behind graphic warnings in South Africa

Plain packaging being lined up behind graphic warnings in South Africa

| September 20, 2012

South   Africais considering imposing plain packaging on tobacco products manufacturers, according to a Times Live story. “We are keen to test this and if there is… support for it, we will go this route,” the health department’s director for health promotion, Vimla Moodley, was quoted as saying. For the time being, the department is […]

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Imperial expects full-year volumes to be down by three per cent

Imperial expects full-year volumes to be down by three per cent

| September 20, 2012

The Imperial Tobacco Group said today that its overall financial position and operational performance for the financial year to September 30 was in line with the board’s expectations. ‘We are delivering strong gains from our key strategic brands and improving our revenue momentum through our focus on driving quality growth across our total tobacco portfolio,’ […]

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New technology improves filter performance and functionality

New technology improves filter performance and functionality

| September 19, 2012

Celanese Corp. has developed a technology that enables cigarette manufacturers to deploy filter additives at significantly higher loading levels than was previously possible. CelFX Matrix Technology creates a firm, porous matrix structure that can hold a broad range of additives in the filters of cigarettes. As a result, the matrix structure efficiently filters the smoke […]

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