Archive for June, 2013

Sales up for Domino

Sales up for Domino

| June 28, 2013

Domino Printing Sciences posted strong growth in the United States and Germany for the six months ending April 30, 2013, even as trading conditions across the rest of Europe remained difficult. Its Asian businesses performed well, while the company’s digital label press business grew rapidly. “Sales in the six months to 30 April 2013 were […]

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Drew Estate acquires Heavenly Cigar

Drew Estate acquires Heavenly Cigar

| June 28, 2013

Drew Estate has acquired the Heavenly Cigar Co. of in Naples, Florida, USA. “We are extremely excited about this acquisition and look forward to building the Heavenly cigar brand further across the U.S.,” said Michael Cellucci, president of Drew Estate. “We believe that with our expertise and innovation we have the ability to fully realize […]

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Horse trading over products directive could deliver dog’s breakfast

Horse trading over products directive could deliver dog’s breakfast

| June 28, 2013

In their deliberations over the EU’s proposed new Tobacco Products Directive, the various participants in this debate seem intent on falling into the trap of the committee that sets out to design a horse, which should be fine for those who like camels. According to a story by Dave Keating for the European Voice, EU […]

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Buildings have no-smoking foundations

Buildings have no-smoking foundations

| June 28, 2013

Eight buildings in Jakarta, Indonesia, have been congratulated by the Environment Ministry for their success in implementing no-smoking policies, according to a story by Lenny Tristia Tambun for The Jakarta Globe. Muhammad Tauchid, of the Jakarta Environmental Management Agency (BPLHD), said on Wednesday that while the agency had long listed the buildings that violated no-smoking […]

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New website to support UK smokers

New website to support UK smokers

| June 28, 2013

Imperial Tobacco has launched Smoke Spots in the UK, a new website aimed at supporting adult smokers and promoting smoker-friendly venues. “With this great new initiative, we are giving our consumers the chance to interact and form an online community where they can share great smoking experiences with each other,” said Amy Kiss, head of […]

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Malaysians reminded of smoking fatwa

Malaysians reminded of smoking fatwa

| June 28, 2013

Muslims in Malaysia are being reminded that, for them, smoking has been forbidden, according to a story in The Star. The story said that many Muslims in Malaysia were still taking lightly the smoking is haram (forbidden) fatwa (edict) that was issued by the Muzakarah Committee of the National Fatwa Council for Islamic Religious Affairs […]

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JTI recognized as great place to work

JTI recognized as great place to work

| June 28, 2013

Japan Tobacco International has been selected by the Great Place to Work Institute as one of the 100 Best Workplaces in Europe for 2013, according to a note posted on JTI’s website. “Four JTI markets have been qualified in the 25 Best Multinational Workplaces category: Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Turkey,” the note said. ‘This milestone […]

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Indonesia maps road to FCTC ratification

Indonesia maps road to FCTC ratification

| June 27, 2013

An anti-tobacco network has launched a ‘road map’ it hopes will accelerate Indonesia’s ratification of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), according to a story in The Jakarta Post. The chairman of the Indonesia Tobacco Control Network (ITCN), Kartono Mohamad, said on Monday that Indonesia was one of 10 countries that […]

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Road map to substantial pitfalls

Road map to substantial pitfalls

| June 27, 2013

In the wake of its issuing its first six judgments on proposed new but ‘substantially equivalent’ tobacco products, the US Food and Drug Administration has issued a ‘brief summary’ on why such applications might fail. Under the Tobacco Control Act of 2009, new cigarettes cannot be introduced on the US market without an order from […]

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Jordan has high level of smoking doctors

Jordan has high level of smoking doctors

| June 27, 2013

About 34 per cent of Jordanian doctors are smokers, according to a story in the Jordan Times quoting a report released on Monday. The report, entitled ‘The reality of tobacco control in Jordan’, was said to have been based on several past local and global studies. It will make uncomfortable reading given that it puts […]

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Top class design at Iggesund.com

Top class design at Iggesund.com

| June 27, 2013

Iggesund Paperboard’s website has been found to be unique in both attracting its target group of designers and creating within that group a high level of appreciation. This was the verdict of Ulf Smedberg, senior consultant with the Swedish website evaluation firm, E-space Communication. “When we compare Iggesund’s performance with the results from our database […]

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FDA’s logjam of new tobacco product authorizations substantially broken

FDA’s logjam of new tobacco product authorizations substantially broken

| June 26, 2013

Lorillard has become the first company in the US to receive authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for marketing products ‘substantially equivalent’ to products already on the market. Under the Tobacco Control Act of 2009, new cigarettes cannot be introduced on the US market without an order from the FDA, and there are two […]

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Warning: decision unconstitutional

Warning: decision unconstitutional

| June 26, 2013

The Thai Tobacco Trade Association (TTTA) said yesterday that it was asking the Administrative Court to invalidate the Ministry of Public Health’s decision to impose new warnings on cigarette packs. The TTTA, which represents more than 1,400 retailers across Thailand, described the ministry’s decision as ‘unconstitutional’. An individual retailer and a wholesaler are joining TTTA’s suit, […]

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Warning: everybody smoking in public

Warning: everybody smoking in public

| June 26, 2013

People in areas of Malaysia affected by the smoke from forest fires in Indonesia are being advised not to smoke tobacco during the crisis. The deputy director of the Health Ministry’s Disease Control Department, Dr. Zainal Ariffin Omar, said smokers would stand a higher chance of contracting smoke-related illnesses. Smokers would inhale not only cigarette […]

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Warning: electronic cigarette ban needed

Warning: electronic cigarette ban needed

| June 26, 2013

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) has sounded an alarm over the increasing use of electronic cigarettes in Malaysia, notably among young people, according to a story in the New Straits Times quoting ‘media reports from George Town’. CAP president S.M. Mohamed Idris, said there was a need to impose a ban on the sale […]

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Azerbaijan plans advertising ban

Azerbaijan plans advertising ban

| June 26, 2013

Azerbaijan is planning to ban advertising of tobacco and tobacco products, according to an Azeri Press Agency story. If a new draft law is accepted by parliament, a ban would be imposed on advertising tobacco, tobacco products and their accessories, including tobacco sticks, pipes, electronic cigarettes, cigarette papers and lighters. The draft law will be […]

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Thai monopoly has eye on e-cigarettes

Thai monopoly has eye on e-cigarettes

| June 25, 2013

The Thailand Tobacco Monopoly (TTM) would consider developing and importing electronic cigarettes if the government were to legalize them, according to a story in the Bangkok Post. Managing director, Torsak Chotimongkol, was quoted as saying that, as a government agency, the TTM could not proceed with such a project until electronic cigarettes were legalised. “However, […]

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Minimum smoking age should be 28

Minimum smoking age should be 28

| June 25, 2013

If medical science were the determining factor in deciding at what age people should be allowed to smoke and drink; that age would be set at 28, according to psychologist, Ronald J. Coughlin. In a letter published at MyCentralJersey.com, Coughlin said the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that told you to follow rules, […]

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Gutkha banned? Never mind, try this mixture of tobacco and pan masala

Gutkha banned? Never mind, try this mixture of tobacco and pan masala

| June 25, 2013

The sale of pan masala and tobacco has gone up ‘several fold’ in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh since the manufacturing and sale of gutkha was banned in the state from April 1, according to a story by Brajendra K. Parashar for the Hindustan Times. The reason for this isn’t hard to fathom. Gutkha […]

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Zambia and Malawi meet to tackle illegal cross-border tobacco trade

Zambia and Malawi meet to tackle illegal cross-border tobacco trade

| June 25, 2013

Zambia and Malawi are continuing to suffer the effects of illegal cross-border trading in tobacco, despite counter measures that have been taken, according to a story in the Zambia Daily Mail. The Tobacco Board of Zambia and the Tobacco Control Commission of Malawi recently held a meeting aimed at addressing the illegal trade between the […]

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German youngsters shun tobacco

German youngsters shun tobacco

| June 25, 2013

The prevalence of smoking among young Germans dropped from 27.5 per cent in 2001 to 12.0 per cent last year, according to stories in The Local.de and the International Business Times quoting a study by the FederalCenter for Health Education. The study found, too, that last year 71.7 per cent of young people – those […]

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EU Council in favour of menthol ban

EU Council in favour of menthol ban

| June 24, 2013

The Council of the European Union has agreed with the Commission that a new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) should include a ban on menthol cigarettes. On Friday, the Council agreed a general approach to a revised draft TPD aimed at making tobacco products less attractive by strengthening the rules on how they can be manufactured, […]

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Committees line up against menthol ban

Committees line up against menthol ban

| June 24, 2013

The European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture (AGRI) has rejected the European Commission’s proposals to ban menthol and slim cigarettes in the EU as part of a revised Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) put forward at the end of last year, according to a Europolitics story. In a non-binding opinion adopted with 36 votes in favour, four […]

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Studying e-cigarettes’ quit potential

Studying e-cigarettes’ quit potential

| June 24, 2013

AucklandUniversity is carrying out a study into the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes as a quit-smoking aid, according to a TVNZ story. More than 650 people are participating in the study comparing electronic cigarettes with the commonly-used nicotine patch. Participant, Luis Paraha, who was said to have twice previously tried to quit, believes she has cracked […]

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Philippines’ FDA stymied on e-cigarettes

Philippines’ FDA stymied on e-cigarettes

| June 24, 2013

The Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is said to have questioned how electronic cigarettes have gone on sale to the public without clearance from the agency, according to a Cebu City Sun Star story. The director of the FDA, Dr. Kenneth Go, was quoted as asking how, since electronic cigarettes did not pass through […]

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