Archive for March, 2013

JTI is Top Employer

JTI is Top Employer

| March 25, 2013

Japan Tobacco International on Friday received Top Employer Europe 2013 certification during an awards ceremony held at the Park Plaza hotel in London. According to a note posted on the JTI website, 10 JTI offices were recognized for their excellence in human resources management by the CRF (Corporate Research Foundation) Institute. The offices are in Belgium, […]

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MEPs seek own Dalli inquiry

MEPs seek own Dalli inquiry

| March 22, 2013

Members of the European Parliament are asking for their own inquiry into the resignation in October of the former European Commissioner for health and consumer affairs, John Dalli, shortly before the Commission unveiled its proposed revisions to the Tobacco Products Directive, according to a story by Dave Keating for the European Voice. On March 20, […]

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Anti-smoking bill a step nearer in Nigeria

Anti-smoking bill a step nearer in Nigeria

| March 22, 2013

Nigeria’s House of Representatives yesterday unanimously passed the second reading of an anti-smoking bill that includes provisions to prohibit smoking in public places, according to a story in the Premium Times relayed by the TMA. If passed, the bill would ban too the sale of tobacco products to minors and regulate tobacco advertising, promotion and […]

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Melbourne a smuggling hotspot

Melbourne a smuggling hotspot

| March 22, 2013

Customs officials in Victoria, Australia, have said that Melbourne is becoming the new hot spot for the arrival of undeclared cigarettes and loose tobacco from Asia and Europe, according to a story in the Herald Sun relayed by the TMA. Shipments to Melbourne were becoming more frequent and the shippers were using increasingly sophisticated techniques […]

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Manila show under fire from WHO

Manila show under fire from WHO

| March 22, 2013

The World Health Organization has expressed concern that the Philippines could be encouraging smoking by hosting one of the ‘world’s biggest tobacco trade shows’, according to an Agence France Presse story quoting a health official. The WHO had written to President Benigno Aquino citing the country’s treaty [Framework Convention on Tobacco Control] pledge to ban […]

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Worth a try?

Worth a try?

| March 22, 2013

The editorial board of the New York Times said yesterday that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s latest tobacco control effort, to ban open displays of tobacco products in stores while still allowing their advertising, ‘is worth a try, though ‘[i]t is hard to know whether hiding the products would really work to discourage smoking’, […]

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TMA announces 2013 meeting

TMA announces 2013 meeting

| March 21, 2013

The Tobacco Merchants Association will be hosting its 98th annual meeting and conference May 15–17, 2013, at the Kingsmill Resort and Spa in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. The conference will include opening remarks by Mitchell Zeller, the newly appointed director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP). Other speakers include David […]

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New device to map second-hand smoke

New device to map second-hand smoke

| March 21, 2013

Researchers in the US have invented the first tobacco smoke sensor capable of recording second-hand smoke data in real time, according to a story in Medical Xpress quoting the Nicotine and Tobacco Research journal. The sensor is said to be able to detect, too, ‘third-hand’ smoke, ‘or nicotine off-gassing from clothing, furniture, car seats and […]

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Mild Seven morphs to Mevius in Korea

Mild Seven morphs to Mevius in Korea

| March 21, 2013

The rebranding of Mild Seven to Mevius, currently being carried out around the world, was announced yesterday by JT International Korea, according to a story in the Korea Joongang Daily. “Since Mild Seven is mainly sold in Asia, we changed the name in order to capture markets such as Europe and the United States,” said […]

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FDA goes back to the drawing board after warnings legal battle abandoned

FDA goes back to the drawing board after warnings legal battle abandoned

| March 20, 2013

The US government has abandoned its attempts to require cigarette manufacturers to include on their products the big graphic warnings designed by the Food and Drug Administration, according to a number of news reports. The FDA introduced its graphic warning requirement in 2011, but some of the country’s cigarette manufacturers successfully sued on the grounds […]

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Relighting cigarettes more prevalent in difficult economic times

Relighting cigarettes more prevalent in difficult economic times

| March 20, 2013

Researchers at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, US, have found that a trend of smokers relighting cigarettes is related to economic factors, according to a Science Daily story. The results of the study by the researchers were given at a poster presentation during the 19th Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine […]

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Ban on cigarette sales ignored

Ban on cigarette sales ignored

| March 20, 2013

Shops in the Saudi Arabian city of Makkah (Mecca) are selling tobacco products despite a ban by local authorities, according to a story in the Saudi Gazette quoting local residents. In fact, residents said more than 80 percent of shops in the city’s Al-Otaibiyah neighborhood sold cigarettes. The residents said that the ban was not […]

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International Women’s Day marked

International Women’s Day marked

| March 20, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s business in Morocco this month celebrated the contribution made by its female employees with an event to mark International Women’s Day. About 80 women who work for Société Marocaine des Tabacs (SMT) were invited to attend the event hosted by general manager, Paul Leggat, and his senior managers. Women currently make up about […]

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Swedish Match to hold AGM

Swedish Match to hold AGM

| March 20, 2013

Swedish Match is due to hold its annual general meeting of shareholders at 16.30 hours Central European Time on April 25 at the Hotel Rival, Stockholm. The board of directors is proposing a dividend increased to SEK7.30 per share. The proposed record date for entitlement to receive a cash dividend is April 30.

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Banning smoking by the back door

Banning smoking by the back door

| March 19, 2013

The South African government will issue regulations this week aimed at restricting tobacco smoking outside public buildings, according to an iafrica.com story quoting a statement by Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi Speaking at a World Health Organization meeting on non-communicable diseases, Motsoaledi said smokers gathered outside buildings in which the use of tobacco was prohibited and […]

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Indonesians to be penalized and ‘educated’ over lifestyle choices

Indonesians to be penalized and ‘educated’ over lifestyle choices

| March 19, 2013

The deputy governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, has said that the Jakarta Health Card will not be available to people who do not take care of their health, according to a Tempo Magazine story. Exclusion from the free health care program will be made on the grounds, for instance, of smoking, drinking alcohol and […]

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