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Sales up for Domino

| June 28, 2013

Domino-Printing-Sciences-HQDomino 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 7 percent ahead of the comparable period last year,” said Peter Byrom, chairman of Domino Printing Sciences. “New equipment revenues were 7 percent up with strong growth in Asia, USA and Germany, compensating for ongoing difficult trading conditions across most of Europe.”

In June 2012, Domino Printing Sciences acquired of Graph-Tech, adding technical and integration skills for the development of its digital printing business. The company has subsequently added sales and technical resources to enhance its digital print and color management competencies.

Research and development expenditure increased by 25 percent during the reporting period.


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 the potential of the Heaven line of products.”

Heavenly Cigar Co.products will be featured at the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) Convention and International Trade Show in July at the Drew Estate booth.

Established in 1996, Drew Estate is a privately held, U.S.-headquartered manufacturer and distributor of premium cigars. Drew Estate’s Nicaraguan factory handcrafts brands such as Liga Privada, La Vieja Habana and Herrera Esteli.

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 member states and members of the European Parliament are on a collision course. “On Friday (June 21), health ministers voted to slightly water down the European Commission’s proposal on tobacco rules,” Keating wrote. ‘”But MEPs want tougher rules that go further than the commission’s proposal.”

In fact, all sides seem bent on tinkering with the commission’s proposal. Ministers removed from the proposal a ban on slim cigarettes but said these products should be sold in regular-sized packs. And while they backed a proposal for large graphic warnings, they wanted them to take up less pack space (65 percent) than the commission had proposed (75 percent).

The compromises were apparently made to ease the concerns of central and eastern European member states that believe the commission’s proposals would harm their economies. But the ministers’ amendments failed to satisfy Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland and Romania, which voted against the council’s position.

Some MEPs, on the other hand, want tougher rules, with at least one demanding the introduction of standardized packs without logos or trademarks.

Four parliamentary committees want the bans on menthol and slim products expunged from the TPD revisions, but the environment and health committee, which is due to vote on July 10, is likely to take a stronger line.

In so far as the TPD revisions are meant to help protect the health of tobacco consumers, the real damage could be done by attacks on electronic cigarettes, which comprise the product with the most potential to help smokers quit their tobacco habit.

A plenary session of parliament is scheduled to vote on the TPD revisions during the first half of September.

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 regulations, it was time to express appreciation to those that complied with the regulations.

The regulations are based on a 2010 bylaw issued by former Jakarta governor Fauzi Bowo that put an end to special smoking rooms.

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 consumer marketing.

Smoke Spots is already live in Germany and Austria, but is now being extended to the U.K., with London in the vanguard.

The website, at, highlights smoker-friendly venues and events.

The key to the site is said to be its social aspect: forums, blog articles, competitions and links to local events that will help facilitate regular, experience-sharing conversations among smokers.

“The U.K. is a very important market for us,” said Andy Henwood, head of digital and marketing communications.

“We’ll be highlighting Smoke Spots through an integrated communication campaign, including social media and a mobile app, and we are confident awareness of this effective tool will quickly grow.

“We’ll be rolling Smoke Spots out to other cities in the U.K. in due course.”

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 in 1995.

The situation has led the assistant minister in the Chief Minister’s office (Islamic Affairs), Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman, to urge Muslims, especially those in the state of Sarawak, to take on board that smoking has been forbidden.

He said the fatwa issued by the national committee had been agreed upon by the Sarawak Fatwa Council.

“We do not want our lives to be plagued by habits that are prohibited by Islam as well as detrimental to our health,” he added when opening the state-level Health Fatwa Education Seminar 2013 in Kuching.

The seminar focused on three issues: smoking, immunization and abortion.