Archive for January, 2013

Research will focus on addressing the problem of menthol use in Minnesota

Research will focus on addressing the problem of menthol use in Minnesota

| January 18, 2013

Two new research projects are to look at how to address ‘the problem of menthol use in Minnesota’. According to a PRNewswire story, the ClearWay Minnesota (CWM) board of directors has approved two new research grants totalling $360,628 that will fund studies at the University of Minnesota and the Public Health Law Center examining menthol […]

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JT’s domestic cigarette market share over 60 per cent in December

JT’s domestic cigarette market share over 60 per cent in December

| January 18, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during December, at 10.3 billion, was down by 4.5 per cent on its December 2011 volume, 10.8 billion, which itself was increased by 10.4 per cent on that of December 2010, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. Volume during the nine months, April-December, at 89.4 […]

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Imperial seeking group marketing director to replace Roberto Funari

Imperial seeking group marketing director to replace Roberto Funari

| January 18, 2013

The Imperial Tobacco Group has announced that its group marketing director, Roberto Funari, will leave the business on January 30. Funari joined Imperial in 2010 and has been responsible for the strategic development of the group’s brand and product portfolio worldwide. His successor is being recruited externally, a process that is said to be well […]

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US governments show little interest in investing in tobacco control projects

US governments show little interest in investing in tobacco control projects

| January 17, 2013

The latest American Lung Association (ALA) ‘State of Tobacco Control Report’ lambasts both the tobacco industry and tobacco control. The annual report is said to track ‘progress’ on key tobacco control policies at the federal and state level, assigning grades based on whether laws are adequately protecting citizens from the ‘enormous toll tobacco use takes […]

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Researching electronic cigarettes

Researching electronic cigarettes

| January 17, 2013

Fumus Electronic Cigarettes, a UK-based supplier of electronic cigarettes, is commissioning research into some of the issues surrounding these relatively-new products. According to a Journalism.co.uk story, Fumus has asked TeessideUniversity, Middlesbrough, to undertake two research projects for which it is now looking for volunteers nationally. The first research project is seeking 100 or more adult […]

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Analysts predict tax hikes in Korea

Analysts predict tax hikes in Korea

| January 17, 2013

Analysts in South   Korea are predicting that the incoming Park Geun-hye government will raise cigarette taxes to fund social welfare programs, according to a story in The Korea Herald. This prediction is being made despite the fact that the Ministry of Strategy and Finance has denied that policymakers are poised to raise cigarette prices […]

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Graphic warnings have minimal effect

Graphic warnings have minimal effect

| January 17, 2013

The implementation of graphic warnings on cigarette packs, which was enforced in the middle of last year, has had a minimal effect on smokers in Saudi Arabia, according to a story in Arab News quoting a Ministry of Health official. The story provided no figures to support the idea that the incidence of smoking had […]

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Tobacco Control sees manufacturer profits as government revenue

Tobacco Control sees manufacturer profits as government revenue

| January 16, 2013

The UK government could raise an additional £500 million a year from tobacco products if it capped the price and profits that tobacco manufacturers could charge and make, according to a feasibility study published by Tobacco Control. The additional revenue, which would be acquired without increasing prices to consumers, would be sufficient, the authors of […]

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China estimated to have far more female smokers than previously thought

China estimated to have far more female smokers than previously thought

| January 16, 2013

The number of girls and young women who smoke may be higher than the authorities on mainland China recognize, according to a story by Alice Yan for the South China Morning Post quoting the findings of a Shanghai-based health research team. According to a two-year study led by Ma Jin of the ShanghaiJiaoTongUniversity’s school of […]

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Imperial’s Spanish succession

Imperial’s Spanish succession

| January 16, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s Spanish operation has again been recognised as one of the best companies to work for in Spain. Altadis was one of around 50 businesses to achieve a Top Employers España 2012-13 award, which was made by the CRF Institute, an independent organisation that champions best practice in business. The latest award builds on […]

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Health minister promises a reasoned approach to electronic cigarettes

Health minister promises a reasoned approach to electronic cigarettes

| January 15, 2013

Malaysia is due to carry out a detailed study to determine the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes in reducing tobacco smoking addiction, according to a story in The Star quoting the Health Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. Such a move will be welcomed by some elements of the tobacco control community who believe that electronic […]

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Getting the electronic message across

Getting the electronic message across

| January 15, 2013

SKYCIG, which claims to be the UK’s leading distributor of electronic cigarettes, was due yesterday to launch the first UK television advert for such products, according to a PRNewswire release. The TV commercial, showcasing SKYSTART, SKYCIG’s latest product offering, was said to be about to change the way consumers were exposed to the electronic cigarette […]

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Cigarette/cigar hybrid launched in Korea

Cigarette/cigar hybrid launched in Korea

| January 15, 2013

KT&G has launched a cigarette/cigar hybrid called Bohem Cigar Mini, according to a story in The Korea Herald. Twenty per cent of the new product’s tobacco is said to be sourced from Cuba and unspecified countries of South America. Bohem Cigar Mini has a filter and is in a king-sized, ultra-slim format. Judging from pictures […]

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Tobacco control report due tomorrow

Tobacco control report due tomorrow

| January 15, 2013

The American Lung Association is due tomorrow to publish the results of its 11th annual ‘State of Tobacco   Control’ report, which tracks progress on key tobacco control policies at US federal and state level, assigning grades based on whether laws are adequately protecting citizens from tobacco-caused disease. ‘This year’s report follows the trail of […]

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Durante on New Year tour

Durante on New Year tour

| January 15, 2013

British American Tobacco’s CEO, Nicandro Durante, was due to arrive in Seoul, South Korea, today on the first stop of a New Year global tour, according to a story in The Korea Times. Durante, the newspaper said, took the Korean market seriously because it was one of the BAT Group’s top 10 markets. He was […]

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Customs agency links tobacco seizure reduction to increase in penalties

Customs agency links tobacco seizure reduction to increase in penalties

| January 14, 2013

The amount of tobacco seized by Australia’s Customs and Border Protection agency last year was down by 32 per cent on that seized during 2011, according to a story by Ewa Kretowicz for Myall Coast Nota. The agency said that it had seized more than 125 million cigarettes and more than 134 tonnes of tobacco […]

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