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FlexLink opens distribution center

| November 28, 2012

FlexLink Systems inaugurated new international distribution (IDB) and engineering centers near Poznan, Poland, on Nov. 22.

With the new operations, FlexLink has “insourced” its delivery services and combined it with complementary services to keep full control of the delivery performance to its customers. The combined operations holds capacities in engineering, pre-assembly of conveyor systems and product handling functions, warehousing and the international distribution center.

The location also hosts the local sales unit, FlexLink Systems Polska, serving the Polish and Baltic markets.

“The investment in the new IDC operations demonstrates FlexLink’s commitment to offer the best delivery capability in its business,” said FlexLink CEO Mattias Perjos,.

Judge spells out “corrective statements”

| November 27, 2012

A U.S. federal court has spelled out the “corrective statements” District Court Judge Gladys Kessler ordered tobacco companies to make in 2006 when she found them guilty of violating civil racketeering laws and engaging in fraud to deceive the American people about the health risks of smoking.

The order requires tobacco companies to make corrective statements about the adverse health effects of smoking and secondhand smoke, the addictiveness of nicotine, the lack of health benefits from smoking “light” and “low-tar” cigarettes, and the companies’ manipulation of cigarette design and composition to ensure optimum nicotine delivery.

The corrective statements must be made through newspaper and television advertising, on the companies’ web sites and on cigarette packaging.

Anti-smoking campaigns should be tailored to smoker occupations

| November 23, 2012

There is a higher incidence of smoking among South Korea’s young, male white-collar workers than among young, male blue-collar workers, according to a story in The Korea Times quoting the results of a university survey.

The survey found that 62.6 per cent of young (19-34 years of age) men working in services and sales were smokers, while the figure for those working in crafts and machine operation was 62.2 per cent, and that for those engaged in the agricultural, fishing and forestry industries was 50.9 per cent.

The survey was conducted amongst 9,283 workers aged between 19 and 34 from 2008 to 2010.

It was headed by Kim Sung-roul, a health science professor at SoonchunhyangUniversity.

In the case of women, 23.0 per cent of those involved in the service industry were found to be smokers, compared to 6.5 per cent for managers and professionals, 9.5 percent for those involved in crafts and machine operation, and 16.7 per cent for those working in the agricultural, fishing and forestry industries.

Kim said that the results of the survey had shown that anti-smoking campaigns should be tailored for workers from different industries so as to boost the effectiveness of those campaigns.

Plain tobacco packaging ruled out in Malaysia – for the moment

| November 23, 2012

Malaysia’s health ministry has no plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes, according to a story in The Star quoting the deputy minister, Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin.

“The Ministry supports the action of the Australian government in implementing the plain packaging as a move to reduce smoking there,” she said in answering a question in parliament.

“However, we have no intention at the present moment to follow suit in view of the dispute between the Australian government and the tobacco industry at the international level.”

The deputy minister said that comprehensive studies carried out by the Australian government had showed that branding and packaging of tobacco products could influence consumers, particularly young people, to smoke.

She added, however, that such warnings were effective only in respect of new smokers – not those who were regular smokers.

Better times finally arrive for Kentucky and Tennessee Burley growers

| November 23, 2012

Burley tobacco growers inKentucky and Tennesseeare reaping some of their best paydays since plunging into the free market, according to a story by Bruce Schreiner for Associated Press.

The growers are capitalizing on what were said to be tight leaf supplies and a quality crop that bounced back from an early-season drought.

Will Snell, a University of Kentucky agricultural economist, was quoted as saying that growers who had endured a tough growing season had been rewarded with Burley prices near or at $2 per pound so far during the marketing season.

Those prices nearly matched the prices Burley fetched in 2004, the last year growers sold their crop under federal production and price controls dating back to the Depression era.

The full story, published on line in The State Journal is at:

Business wants smokers moved on, along with their antisocial entourage

| November 23, 2012

A Facebook campaign to extend a tobacco smoking ban in the central business district of an Australian town is said not to be about smoking but about antisocial behavior, according to a story by Patrick Billings for the Examiner.

The campaign, launched by Watson’s Showcase Jewellers in Launceston, Tasmania, is said to have garnered thousands of supporters.

Store owner, Neil Watson, said smoking bans in local malls had pushed groups engaged in antisocial behavior to congregate outside his store, where there were several public benches.

Watson said his staff had been threatened when asking groups to move on and the environment had left customers intimidated.

In a posting on Facebook, the business said the campaign was not directed at youth or smokers, but the behavior associated with the smoking area outside its shop.

Although Watson wants the smoking ban extended, he concedes that this will move the problem rather than solve it.