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Outdoor smoking ban overturned – but don’t get too comfortable

| February 27, 2013

Pro-smoking forces have won a rare victory in Australia.

After a two-year battle, smokers will again be allowed to light their cigarettes when dining outdoors in Parramatta, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, after the local council deferred to the wishes of restaurateurs concerned about lost profits, according to a story in the Sydney Morning Herald.

”We are so relieved – this is great news,” Omar Besiso, of the Parramatta Business Freedom Association, a group representing 50 businesses, was quoted as saying. ”It was never fair that customers could just leave and go to restaurants in Granville or Merrylands, where they could smoke.

”You can’t stop someone from smoking. We just didn’t want to be disadvantaged because our council won’t allow it.”

But as usual, this is likely to be a short-lived victory – at least as far as smokers are concerned

”The state government will bring in the same ban in 2015 that all restaurants have to comply with,” said Anita Tang, the manager of policy and advocacy at Cancer Council NSW. ”The council’s move is out of step with what the state government wants.”

NewCo provides $50-a-container support for projects in three producer countries

| February 27, 2013

NewCo has said that for each container it ships to its clients during 2013, it will donate $50 to one of three foundations chosen by the client.

The company said in a press note yesterday that it had decided to donate money to those who needed help ‘in their lives and in their development’.

Together with its global business partners and colleagues, the company had identified three sectors in which it would like to provide aid: education, health and the environment.

And specifically for 2013 NewCo has chosen the following projects:

* In the Guntur region of India it is supporting schools, especially those for the blind and the mentally and physically handicapped.

* In the Kushtia region of Bangladesh it is supporting education, acute medical care, and the treatment and rehabilitation of sick, injured, disabled and destitute women and children.

* In the Namadzi region of Malawi it is supporting a Wellness Clinic focused on HIV education, counseling and health, as well as on family planning. A crèche will allow mothers to go to work and leave their children in a safe environment.

More information about these projects is under the social responsibility section of NewCo’s website at

JT repurchases almost 87 million shares

| February 27, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc said today that it had repurchased 86,805,500 of its common-stock shares for ¥249,999,840,000.

This followed a resolution by JT’s board of directors on Monday providing for the repurchase up to 118,000,000 of its common stock (6.20 per cent of the total issued shares, excluding treasury shares), or shares worth up to ¥250,000,000,000, through the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s off-auction, own-share repurchase system between February 27 and March 8.

As a result of today’s repurchase of shares by JT, the government, which had previously announced that it was to offer for sale 333,333,200 of JT’s common stock, is now expected to offer 253,261,800 shares.

And once the government has sold its shares, the Minister of Finance, currently JT’s controlling shareholder other than the parent company, with 52.2 per cent of voting rights, is expected no longer to meet that definition, though it will remain the largest shareholder, with 36.7 per cent of voting rights.

New board member for Altria Group

| February 27, 2013


The Altria Group said yesterday that its board of directors had elected Debra J. Kelly-Ennis to the board.

With the addition of Kelly-Ennis, Altria’s board increases from 11 to 12 directors.

Kelly-Ennis was president and chief executive officer of Diageo Canada, a subsidiary of Diageo plc, a global spirits, wine and beer company, from 2008 to June 2012.

From 2005 to 2008, she was chief marketing officer for Diageo North America, another subsidiary of Diageo plc.

Kelly-Ennis has held marketing, sales and general management positions also with RJR/Nabisco, The Coca-Cola Co, General Motors Corp and Grand Metropolitan PLC.

She is a member of the board of directors of Carnival Corp, Carnival plc and PulteGroup. She serves also on the board of directors of Dress for Success Worldwide.

Industry mourns Roy Ingram

| February 26, 2013

Roy Ingram died peacefully Jan. 9, 2013, in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA.

From 1952 to 1968, Ingram worked for Gallaher in Nyasaland, Rhodesia, Northern Ireland and England. He returned to Rhodesia in 1969, where he joined Tabex. In 1977 Ingram moved to Belgium and worked for Intabex.

In 1984, he helped establish Intabex in the United States. Ingram became CEO of Intabex Worldwide in 1986 and relocated to Wokingham, United Kingdom, to create the group’s new head office. In 1987, he was made chairman of the company’s worldwide operations.

In 1992, a tobacco business publication named Ingram Tobacco Man of the Year.

The shisha party’s all but over in Turkey

| February 26, 2013

Turkey’s shisha cafés have six more months to ply their trade.

A law requiring shisha cafés to comply with an indoor smoking ban in force for cigarettes, pipes and cigars since 2009 was published in Turkey’s Official Gazette last month.

It gave the cafés and their customers six months of grace before the axe falls.

And other regulations published in the Official Gazette last week will make it illegal from July 27 for shisha cafés to operate near schools and put them off limits to those under 18 years of age.