Archive for May, 2013

Diggers reject mine sites smoking ban

Diggers reject mine sites smoking ban

| May 14, 2013

A call by the Cancer Council for smoking to be banned at all West Australian (WA) mines sites has been rejected, according to an Australian Associated Press report. The Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) has said that a ban would cause resentment. WA’s Department of Mines and Petroleum data show smoking rates in the […]

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Demand drives crop size increase

Demand drives crop size increase

| May 14, 2013

The Tobacco Board of India has increased Karnataka’s authorized 2013–14 crop size by about four percent on that of 2012–13, according to a report in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The crop size has been set at 102 million kg, up from 98 million kg in 2012–13 and 100 million kg […]

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Reynolds agrees to more farm labor talks

Reynolds agrees to more farm labor talks

| May 14, 2013

Reynolds American Inc. has agreed to resume discussions with the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) about ways to address alleged farm-worker abuse, according to a story by Federico Martinez for The Blade (Toledo, Ohio). Reynolds was said to have agreed to resume the meetings after the farm-labor union and advocacy group staged a protest outside […]

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Smoking bans move further into the open

Smoking bans move further into the open

| May 14, 2013

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that New York’s smoke-free areas will be expanded to state parks and historic sites, according to a report by Jess String for The Legislative Gazette. The expansion will take effect in time for the 2013 peak summer season. Violators will be liable to a fine of up to $250, plus […]

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Revenue drop fires VAT rethink

Revenue drop fires VAT rethink

| May 14, 2013

In an unusual move that has attracted some criticism, India’s Uttar Pradesh state government has slashed the VAT on cigarettes and cigars from 50 percent to 25 percent. According to a report in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter, the decision to reduce VAT was taken at a meeting of the state […]

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E-cigarette firm FIN appoints sales VP

E-cigarette firm FIN appoints sales VP

| May 14, 2013

The e-cigarette company, FIN Branding Group, has appointed Rick Torgalski as vice president of sales, a role in which he will be responsible for “leading, developing, and growing” the company’s national sales, distribution and promotional efforts. Before joining FIN, Torgalski served as director of convenience channels at Hostess Brands. And prior to that he spent […]

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Smoking on the up in Gulf states

Smoking on the up in Gulf states

| May 13, 2013

The six member countries of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) are home to about four million smokers, a number that is increasing by 150,000 a year, according to a story by Habib Toumi for the Gulf News. Smokers within the GCC, which comprises Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, consume about 50 […]

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International travel broadens the options

International travel broadens the options

| May 13, 2013

The smoking room in the domestic departure area of Thailand’s Phuket International Airport is to be closed at the end of this month, but the smoking room in the international departure area will remain open, according to a story in the Phuket News. And this is a pattern that will be repeated throughout the country […]

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Turkey to toughen tobacco laws

Turkey to toughen tobacco laws

| May 13, 2013

The Turkish government wants to toughen the country’s laws on smoking and alcohol consumption, according to a Trend news agency story quoting a Sabah newspaper report. The report said that a new bill would be put before parliament, though it did not indicate when that would happen. Under the bill, smoking, already banned in enclosed […]

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Smoking test for UK mothers-to-be

Smoking test for UK mothers-to-be

| May 13, 2013

Expectant mothers in the U.K. will be asked to take breath tests to show whether or not they have been smoking during their pregnancies, according to a number of media stories. About 20 percent of women are estimated to smoke while pregnant, which is said to lead to low birth weights and to cause complications […]

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Potential help for unborn in Vitamin C

Potential help for unborn in Vitamin C

| May 13, 2013

Vitamin C might help prevent lung problems in babies born to mothers who smoke during pregnancy, according to a small new study reported by HealthDay. Pregnant women are advised not to smoke because it can harm their babies’ lungs and lead to problems such as wheezing and asthma. But if a pregnant woman can’t quit […]

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RAI expanding e-cig operations

RAI expanding e-cig operations

| May 10, 2013

Reynolds American Inc.’s experiment with making e-cigarettes is about to move to a larger distribution scale, the company said Thursday at its annual shareholders meeting. The company provided several strategic updates during formal remarks by Daan Delen, its CEO and president, and during a question-and-answer session that wasn’t consumed by farm-worker issues, according to the website […]

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Seoul may link cigarette prices to inflation

Seoul may link cigarette prices to inflation

| May 10, 2013

South Korea may link cigarette price hikes to the growth of consumer inflation in an effort to reduce smoking and secure more revenue, reports The Korea Herald. Tobacco prices have been frozen at KRW2,500 ($2.28) per pack for more than eight years. The health ministry earlier said average cigarette prices need to be raised to […]

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Supreme Court denies cert in cig labeling case, FDA plans new rules

Supreme Court denies cert in cig labeling case, FDA plans new rules

| May 10, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a writ of certiorari filed by the tobacco companies challenging the advertising regulations promulgated pursuant to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Act. While the Court’s cert denial allows a previous 6th Circuit decision to stand, the contested rules may never be enforced. The Solicitor General declined to file a writ […]

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Smoking goes airside at Aberdeen airport

Smoking goes airside at Aberdeen airport

| May 10, 2013

The establishment of an airside smoking shelter at Aberdeen International Airport in Scotland is expected to help reduce the number of full terminal evacuations caused by people smoking in areas where smoking is banned, according to a story by The Scotsman. The shelter, which is adjacent to the main departure lounge, will provide passengers who have […]

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Ousted retailers could be compensated

Ousted retailers could be compensated

| May 10, 2013

The Hungarian government is considering what it should do to compensate tobacco-product retailers who missed out when tobacco retail licenses were recently put out to tender, according to an All Hungary Media Group story (AHMG). Legislation passed in September last year provided for the establishment of a state monopoly of the retail sale of tobacco […]

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‘Lighting up’ given whole new meaning

‘Lighting up’ given whole new meaning

| May 10, 2013

Hand-rolling tobacco intercepted by customs officers as it was being smuggled into the U.K. is to be burned in an incinerator to help generate electricity for the national grid, according to a story by the Western Morning News. But the electricity generated is unlikely to blow any fuses – only 150 kg of tobacco is […]

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E-cigarette firm appoints supply-chain VP

E-cigarette firm appoints supply-chain VP

| May 10, 2013

The e-cigarette company FIN Branding Group has appointed Joe Cipolla as its vice president of its supply chain. The company said that Cipolla would oversee the “end-to-end supply chain with responsibility for procurement through distribution and warehousing, and maintain relationships with FIN’s internal partners and vendors.” Before joining FIN, Cipolla served as the senior director […]

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New president for Lorillard’s blu eCigs

New president for Lorillard’s blu eCigs

| May 10, 2013

The e-cigarette company, blu eCigs, acquired by Lorillard last year, has appointed Jim Raporte as its new president. The company said that, with more than 30 years of experience across tobacco, food and business services industries, Raporte was set to lead blu eCigs’ “functional operations” and help drive its transition from an emerging startup to […]

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Altria to webcast annual meeting

Altria to webcast annual meeting

| May 10, 2013

The Altria Group is due to host a live audio webcast of its 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 16 starting at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Directions for pre-event registration are at www.altria.com. An archived copy of the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will be made available at www.altria.com.

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