Archive for January, 2013

Health and fitness for smokers

Health and fitness for smokers

| January 10, 2013

Given all of the bad press that smoking receives, it might seem something of a contradiction that a book should be published on health and fitness for smokers. But, according to a Piece of Cake PR release, ‘A Smoker’s Guide to Health and Fitness’ by brother and sister authors, Dr. Tamir Katz and Hila Katz, […]

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Kerala court ruling clarified: pan masala and gutkha still banned

Kerala court ruling clarified: pan masala and gutkha still banned

| January 9, 2013

Officials in the Indian state of Kerala have been quick to point out that the Kerala High Court verdict striking down a ban on the sale of chewing tobacco and other smokeless tobacco products (see January 2 story: Court decision something to chew on) does not apply to pan masala and gutkha, according to a […]

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Enhancing the ‘tobacco’ satisfaction delivered by electronic cigarettes

Enhancing the ‘tobacco’ satisfaction delivered by electronic cigarettes

| January 9, 2013

Fuisz LLC said yesterday that it would launch early this year a new oral lozenge designed to enhance the tobacco satisfaction delivered by electronic cigarettes, according to a PRNewswire story. The product, which is protected by a patent pending, is designed also to enhance THC absorption from medical marijuana. ‘The extraordinary growth in electronic cigarette […]

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Marlboro turns over a new Bright Leaf

Marlboro turns over a new Bright Leaf

| January 9, 2013

Philip Morris Limited is to drop ‘Marlboro’ from the name of Marlboro Bright Leaf, the brand it developed to cater for the UK smoker’s preference for Virginia-blend cigarettes, according to a story in Talking Retail. This month, Bright Leaf will appear in a new brand livery, though it will retain its status as a brand […]

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TPD has potential to save lives, but it’s going in the wrong direction

TPD has potential to save lives, but it’s going in the wrong direction

| January 8, 2013

Although the revision of the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) has the potential to save lives, the process that has been followed to date has been a tragedy of errors and the TPD is on course to do more harm than good, according to a piece by Jeff Stier and Dr. Karine Caunes published in […]

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Appeal for transparency over tobacco lobby’s role in Dalli inquiry

Appeal for transparency over tobacco lobby’s role in Dalli inquiry

| January 8, 2013

“The tobacco lobby is not demonstrating enough transparency in the Dalli case*,” according to Inge Gräßle, MEP and EPP (European People’s Party) group co-ordinator in the European Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee. [*John Dalli resigned in October as European Health Commissioner after allegations linked him to a businessman who allegedly approached Swedish Match and offered to […]

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Unpacking C48 cases with alacrity

Unpacking C48 cases with alacrity

| January 8, 2013

Hauni’s new high-speed C48 unpacking station, the TH, is efficient, dependable and flexible, with an availability rating of close to 100 per cent, according to a company press note. ‘This new linear-axis unpacking station is able to unpack an average of 60 to 75 C48 boxes per hour – the maximum possible rate is 90,’ […]

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Pan African Tobacco Group founder to retire

Pan African Tobacco Group founder to retire

| January 7, 2013

  The Pan African Tobacco Group’s founder, Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa, will retire after a 52-year career, passing along the management of his companies to his sons and son-in-law. Paul Nkwaya, Ayabatwa’s eldest son, will serve as the group’s marketing director, while his youngest son, Richard Rujugiro, will serve as technical director. Son-in-law Serge Huggenberger will […]

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NewCo installs Diet plant

NewCo installs Diet plant

| January 7, 2013

NewCo has purchased a tobacco expansion facility from Airco Diet. The line will be installed in Hungary and is expected to begin processing in early 2014.

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Hauni sets up shop in Izmir

Hauni sets up shop in Izmir

| January 7, 2013

Hauni Maschinenbau has opened an office in Izmir, Turkey. Led by Managing Director Baris Ulus, the new office offers customers access to a team of sales, service and technical professionals. Before joining Hauni in July 2012, Ulus worked for ThyssenKrupp in Turkey, where he held positions in sales, purchasing and logistics. Hauni cited Turkey’s position […]

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Curing barn space at a premium in US

Curing barn space at a premium in US

| January 7, 2013

The tobacco commentator, Christopher E. Bickers, has warned of a looming shortage of barns to cure the US’ 2013 crop. In the latest issue of his Tobacco Farmer Newsletter, Bickers says that the situation is especially urgent for flue-cured growers. They were short on barn space in 2012, he said, and they seem to be […]

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Threat of prison lifted from those entering Taiwan with too many cigarettes

Threat of prison lifted from those entering Taiwan with too many cigarettes

| January 7, 2013

People carrying more than the permitted amount of cigarettes and alcohol when they fly into Taiwan no longer face the possibility of a prison sentence, according to a story in the Taiwanese edition of The China Post. They are however liable to face a fine and to have the excess quantities confiscated. The Post quoted […]

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Spain’s duty-paid cigarette market tumbled through first 11 months of 2012

Spain’s duty-paid cigarette market tumbled through first 11 months of 2012

| January 7, 2013

Duty-paid cigarette sales in Spain during the first 11 months of 2012, at 2.482 billion packs, were down by 10.1 per cent on those of the first eleven months of 2011, according to a Cinco Días story quoting data from the country’s tobacco marketing commission. Marlboro was said to have led the way with sales […]

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Spain acts to stop ‘low-level cigarette smuggling’ from Gibraltar

Spain acts to stop ‘low-level cigarette smuggling’ from Gibraltar

| January 7, 2013

New measures introduced by Spainto clamp down on ‘low-level cigarette smuggling’ from Gibraltarhave come into force, according to a story in the Gibraltar Chronicle. The measures cut existing tobacco allowances for frontier workers and residents of the Campo de Gibraltar by over a half Up until now, people living within a radius of 15 km […]

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Just don’t ask for whom the clock ticks

Just don’t ask for whom the clock ticks

| January 7, 2013

A ‘death clock’ displaying the number of people said by an anti-tobacco campaigning organization to be dying in Bangladesh of tobacco related diseases has gone up in Dhaka’s Bijoy Sharani area. The first of its kind inBangladesh, the clock was launched by the anti-tobacco organization, Progga, with the support of the government, according to a […]

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Award for Imperial Tobacco’s training programs in Slovenia

Award for Imperial Tobacco’s training programs in Slovenia

| January 7, 2013

Award for Imperial Tobacco’s training programs in Slovenia Imperial Tobacco has received an award for the quality and level of training provided for its people inSlovenia. The Top 10 Award recognises those companies that take the best approach to employee development and learning across their business. The award was given by the leading Slovenian training […]

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Lawsuit to probe membership of FDA’s tobacco products advisory committee

Lawsuit to probe membership of FDA’s tobacco products advisory committee

| January 4, 2013

US District Court Judge, Richard Leon, has allowed a lawsuit seeking an injunction by R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard Tobacco to proceed against the Food and Drug Administration’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC), according to a Heartland Institute report. The lawsuit alleges a conflict of interest on the scientific panel. FDA officials asked JudgeLeonto deny […]

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Health warnings go under cover

Health warnings go under cover

| January 4, 2013

Australia’s largest tobacco retail franchise says it does not believe that it is in breach of Victorian state tobacco laws by giving away free cigarette-pack covers, according to a story by Rachel Wells for The Age. The Tobacco Station Group (TSG), with more than 300 stores nationally, is offering covers that feature the company’s logo […]

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Counterfeiters reaping the benefit of Bangladesh’s quest for more VAT

Counterfeiters reaping the benefit of Bangladesh’s quest for more VAT

| January 4, 2013

Counterfeit cigarettes are floodingBangladesh’s market and contributing to the country’s missing its VAT collection targets, according to a story in The Financial Express. The government had set itself the target of collecting an additional Tk27.78 billion in VAT during this financial year, and the biggest contributor was to be tobacco consumers, who were expected to […]

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Smoking restrictions to become a ban

Smoking restrictions to become a ban

| January 4, 2013

A ban on tobacco smoking in enclosed public places in Chile will be expanded following the passage of a bill in the Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday night, according to a story by Laina Roberts for the Santiago Times. The new law will now go to the president, Sebastian Pinera, for signature. It will extend […]

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Warning: warnings survey timed to coincide with warnings campaign

Warning: warnings survey timed to coincide with warnings campaign

| January 4, 2013

About 85 per cent of the people polled in a recent survey said they supported the inclusion of warning images on cigarette packs inChina, according to a story by Wang Qingyun for the China Daily. But the survey was apparently carried out byBeijing’s disease and prevention control authorities, and it was carried out last year […]

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E-cigarettes clearly less dangerous than are traditional cigarettes

E-cigarettes clearly less dangerous than are traditional cigarettes

| January 3, 2013

Dr. Michael Cummings, a tobacco researcher at the Medical University of South Carolina’sHollingsCancerCenter, says e-cigarettes could be an effective product to help people quit smoking, but that research hasn’t proven the product’s safety or efficacy, according to a WCBD-TV2 report. “It could absolutely be a tool, but I think we need good studies to evaluate […]

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Plain packaging issue becoming a little more complex in Australia

Plain packaging issue becoming a little more complex in Australia

| January 3, 2013

The Australian government is issuing threats about what it sees as attempts to circumvent the ‘plain’ packaging laws that it imposed from December 1. But it is not entirely clear who it is threatening or what laws those being threatened are alleged to have broken. An Australian Associated Press story quoted the federal Health Minister, […]

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Pressure mounts for imposition of tobacco control law in China

Pressure mounts for imposition of tobacco control law in China

| January 3, 2013

China’s top legislature is starting to consider whether it should push ahead with the country’s first national tobacco control law, according to a Xinhua Newswire story quoting a report released yesterday. It was necessary to enact laws to control the dangers of smoking, said the report adopted at the closing session of a bimonthly meeting […]

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Tobacco prices expected to remain firm despite chewing tobacco bans

Tobacco prices expected to remain firm despite chewing tobacco bans

| January 3, 2013

Tobacco merchants in Gujarat, India, are expecting tobacco prices to rise further when the new crop is delivered in March-April, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Gujarat mainly grows tobacco used in chewing tobacco and snuff. Prices in 2012 were increased by 15 per cent on those […]

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