Archive for May, 2013

Pop star invests in NJOY

Pop star invests in NJOY

| May 31, 2013

Music star and 13-time Grammy Award nominee Bruno Mars has joined NJOY as an investor. While the terms of the investment were not disclosed, Mars stated that he often uses NJOY’s King product in place of traditional cigarettes and is convinced that it is a revolutionary alternative to cigarettes. “I’ve been using NJOY Kings instead […]

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Chinese firms move adverts to Internet

Chinese firms move adverts to Internet

| May 31, 2013

A recent report claims that while Chinese tobacco companies have reduced their advertising in traditional media, they are stepping up their presence on the Internet, according to a China Daily story. The Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) compiled the report after monitoring 32 television channels, 91 newspapers and magazines, and various Internet […]

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Butts to trigger charitable donations

Butts to trigger charitable donations

| May 31, 2013

The San Rafael Clean Coalition, California, was due yesterday to install a ‘cigarette eater meter’ at the San RafaelCityPlaza, according to a story in the Marin Independent Journal. The idea is that people will use the device as a repository for cigarette butts and, in doing so, trigger a charitable donation. For every butt deposited, […]

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Olaf denies endorsing empty-pack survey

Olaf denies endorsing empty-pack survey

| May 31, 2013

The European Union’s anti-fraud office, Olaf, is to take issue with British American Tobacco for making what Olaf alleges were false claims about the nature of their relationship when lobbying British health officials, according to a story in The Times. BAT is said to have told civil servants at the Department of Health during a […]

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Odds on smoking ban being eased

Odds on smoking ban being eased

| May 31, 2013

Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, has revealed that he met recently with Sheldon Adelson, the American casino magnate, but stressed that “no decision has yet been made” on whether to relax Spain’s smoking ban in the gaming rooms of ‘Eurovegas’, according to an El Pais story. The huge Eurovegas complex is set to be built […]

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Altria to host investor day presentation

Altria to host investor day presentation

| May 31, 2013

Altria is due to host a webcast at www.altria.com of its Investor Day in New York presentation from about 09.00 hours to about 12.00 hours Eastern Time on June 11. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will feature presentations by Altria’s chairman and CEO, Marty Barrington, and other members of Altria’s senior management […]

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Standardized packs heading for Ireland

Standardized packs heading for Ireland

| May 30, 2013

Ireland’s Health Minister, Dr. James Reilly, has received approval from his coalition colleagues to introduce standardized packs for tobacco products, according to a number of local and Australian media stories. So far, Australia is the only country to have imposed such packs, which are hugely dominated by graphic health warnings, from which trademarks and graphics […]

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Imagining a world with no licit tobacco

Imagining a world with no licit tobacco

| May 30, 2013

On the eve of World No Tobacco Day, British American Tobacco has posed the question: ‘What would a world with no legal tobacco industry really look like?’ And it has provided an answer. ‘The reality is that people will continue to smoke,’ said group head of corporate and regulatory affairs, Kingsley Wheaton, in a statement […]

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On-screen tobacco tempting youngsters

On-screen tobacco tempting youngsters

| May 30, 2013

Banning ‘nicotine propaganda’ from cinema screens and television would be a powerful tool in helping to end the ‘destructive business of tobacco’, according to a story in the Tehran Times. Well-documented reports, the story said, showed that global tobacco companies earned hundreds of millions of dollars annually because consumers were impressed by the sight of […]

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Ivory Coast business is on safe ground

Ivory Coast business is on safe ground

| May 30, 2013

One of Imperial Tobacco’s businesses in Ivory Coast has won two occupational health and safety awards in a government-run employee well-being competition. The 3I printing facility in Abidjan, which supplies eight of Imperial’s factories in Central and West Africa, was judged to have the best working conditions in the country. 3I was recognised also in […]

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Altria to host investor day presentation

Altria to host investor day presentation

| May 30, 2013

Altria is due to host a webcast at www.altria.com of its Investor Day in New York presentation from about 09.00 hours to about 12.00 hours Eastern Time on June 11. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will feature presentations by Altria’s chairman and CEO, Marty Barrington, and other members of Altria’s senior management […]

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Move to relax Bulgaria’s smoking ban

Move to relax Bulgaria’s smoking ban

| May 29, 2013

Bulgaria seems once again to be questioning whether it should transform its enclosed-public-places tobacco-smoking ban into a restriction, the Focus News Agency has reported. At present, the proposal seems little more than an idea thrown up by MP, Spas Panchev, though, according to the Focus report, Panchev claims to have the support of Prime Minister […]

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France set to announce vaping bans

France set to announce vaping bans

| May 29, 2013

The French government could be set to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and the workplace, according to a story in The Local Europe. Sales of electronic cigarettes are said to be booming in France and the country’s Health Minister, Marisol Touraine, was expected yesterday to be handed a report that puts […]

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Andhra Pradesh growers oppose FDI and arrival of multinationals

Andhra Pradesh growers oppose FDI and arrival of multinationals

| May 29, 2013

The Andhra Pradesh Flue-cured Virginia Tobacco Growers’ Association has decried an Indian government proposal to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in the domestic tobacco industry, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The association believes that such a move would undermine the domestic industry. In a petition to […]

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Big drop in Israel’s smoking incidence

Big drop in Israel’s smoking incidence

| May 29, 2013

The incidence of smoking in Israel dropped by 2.9 percentage points in one year: between 2010-2011 and 2011-12, according to a story by Dan Even for Haaretz. This figure is based upon surveys conducted by the Health Ministry’s Center for Disease Control, which is required to submit an annual report on the state of smoking […]

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Romanian smokers plan to quit en masse

Romanian smokers plan to quit en masse

| May 29, 2013

More than 56 per cent of Romanian smokers are planning to quit their habit in the coming year, according to a story by Irina Popescu for the Romanian Insider, quoting a study conducted under the European Commission’s campaign, Ex-smokers Are Unstoppable. The study showed that 80 per cent of Romania’s smokers believe willpower would be […]

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Iggesund’s UK biomass plant opened

Iggesund’s UK biomass plant opened

| May 29, 2013

Iggesund Paperboard’s new biomass plant at Workington, England, was yesterday inaugurated in the presence of the board of directors of the Holmen Group, the forest industry group to which Iggesund Paperboard belongs. When the CHP (combined heat and power) plant came online in March, the company’s paperboard mill at Workington switched its energy source from […]

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Ireland embraces plain packaging

Ireland embraces plain packaging

| May 28, 2013

Ireland may become the second country to require standardized packaging for cigarettes, reports the Kildare Nationalist. Health Minister James Reilly announced government approval for his controversial plans, which he hopes to have enacted early next year. Plain packaging made its global debut late last year in Australia. An Irish retail group cautioned the move would […]

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EU tobacco directive opposition mounts

EU tobacco directive opposition mounts

| May 28, 2013

Bulgaria has formally backed Greece in its opposition to some of the revisions proposed by the EU Commission at the end of last year to the Tobacco Products Directive, according to a Bulgarian News Agency story quoting a press note issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food. Both countries produce leaf tobacco – mainly […]

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EU tobacco directive proposals fall short of regulatory best practice

EU tobacco directive proposals fall short of regulatory best practice

| May 28, 2013

The Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) undertaken by the European Commission on its proposed revisions to the 2001 Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) is not sufficiently robust when reviewed from the perspective of regulatory best practice, including the Commission’s own guidelines for RIA’s, according to Oxera, an economics consultancy, in a report commissioned by Japan Tobacco International […]

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Call for 70 per cent tax increase

Call for 70 per cent tax increase

| May 28, 2013

Forty MPs have urged the government of Bangladesh to increase by 70 per cent the taxes on bidis, cigarettes and jarda (smokeless tobacco), according to a story in The Financial Express. The MPs, who wanted to see the increase included in the 2013-14 Budget, were trying to thwart the efforts of about 170 MPs who […]

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Smartphone app comes to aid of farmers

Smartphone app comes to aid of farmers

| May 28, 2013

The French National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA) has developed several plant protection applications for smartphones and tablets to help farmers identify and localize diseases on plants in the field. In order to reduce the use of pesticides on crops, the early and reliable identification of a disease and the detection of emergent pests have […]

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Farmers win crop insurance battle

Farmers win crop insurance battle

| May 24, 2013

Tobacco farmers notched a victory Thursday when the U.S. Senate fended off efforts to eliminate the federal insurance program for their embattled crop. Tobacco farmer organizations had vigorously objected to the proposal, saying elimination of the program would effectively spell the end of U.S. tobacco production. Tobacco Associates of Raleigh, North Carolina, said discontinuation of […]

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ITM buys IMAtec

ITM buys IMAtec

| May 24, 2013

The ITM Group has acquired IMAtec of Luxembourg, a supplier of packing equipment for other tobacco products  (OTP). IMATec’s portfolio includes cigarette paper booklet machines, pouchmakers, clear-wrap kits, shrink kits and end-of-line packaging equipment. Combining the companies’ teams will allow ITM to offer complete packing solutions from concept to machine acceptance. In addition, it will […]

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Development planned for Kyrgyz tobacco

Development planned for Kyrgyz tobacco

| May 24, 2013

Kyrgyzstan is looking to attract foreign investment in its tobacco production industry, according to a story in The Times of Central Asia quoting Kyrgyz Agriculture Ministry figures. The country produced 7,400 tons of mainly Dubek semi-oriental tobacco last year, but the crop’s value, at 631 million soms, was down from 1.083 billion soms the previous […]

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