Archive for July, 2013

Although … on the other hand …

Although … on the other hand …

| July 23, 2013

Ministers in the U.K. government now have “no excuse” to delay plans to require cigarettes to be sold in standardized packs, according to a story in the electronic Telegraph quoting health campaigners. The campaigners were basing their claim on the results of a study that found that tobacco sold in standardized packaging was “less appealing” […]

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… but then again

… but then again

| July 23, 2013

British American Tobacco’s Australian unit has disputed the findings of a cancer charity’s study that standardized cigarette packaging lowers the appeal of cigarettes and increases the desire to quit, according to a Bloomberg News story. Australia’s introduction of standardized packaging legislation had had “no noticeable impact on legal tobacco sales in the first six months,” […]

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Promotions aimed at Chinese students

Promotions aimed at Chinese students

| July 23, 2013

Anti-smoking activists have condemned an advertising campaign that offers junior and senior high school graduates discounts on buying packs of cigarettes at graduation celebrations in Jiangxi Province, China, according to a story in the Global Times. The Chinese Association on Tobacco Control has said that it has reported the campaign to central government authorities. Co-organized […]

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Imperial Canada in train disaster relief

Imperial Canada in train disaster relief

| July 23, 2013

Imperial Tobacco Canada said yesterday it had made a $10,000 donation to the Salvation Army to support the charity’s emergency and disaster services for the community in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. On July 6, a train carrying oil exploded in this small lakeside town, killing more than 50 people. “Our thoughts have been and continue to be […]

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ITG gives equipment to IT Schools Africa

ITG gives equipment to IT Schools Africa

| July 23, 2013

The Imperial Tobacco Group has donated more than 300 computer monitors and a number of laser printers to a charity that helps schools in Africa. IT Schools Africa took the equipment away following Imperial’s move from its former head office in Bristol, U.K., and has distributed it to schools in Zimbabwe. Imperial’s new global head […]

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Shisha smoking forbidden for Muslims

Shisha smoking forbidden for Muslims

| July 22, 2013

Muslims in Malaysia have been told that shisha or water-pipe smoking is forbidden, according to a story in The Star. The Fatwa (edicts) Committee of the National Council for Islamic Affairs declared on Friday that shisha smoking was “haram” (forbidden) for Muslims. And the committee chairman, Tan Sri Dr Abdul Shukor Husin, added that Muslims […]

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U.K.’s smoking prevalence going down

U.K.’s smoking prevalence going down

| July 22, 2013

The U.K.’s tobacco smoking prevalence is expected to drop below 20 percent this year—the first time it has been that low for 100 years, according to numerous local reports. The figure is based on the Smoking Toolkit Study, which is being conducted by University College, London. Professor Robert West, who is the co-head of the […]

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Smoking linked with impulsiveness

Smoking linked with impulsiveness

| July 22, 2013

Impulsiveness is strongly associated with addiction to drugs and, for example, to smoking, according to a Science Codex story. In particular, impulsiveness is associated with an early onset of smoking and frequent relapses of smokers who try to quit. Furthermore, impulsiveness is known to promote drug craving, a key feature of addiction and one of […]

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Tobacco ban sought at trade talks

Tobacco ban sought at trade talks

| July 22, 2013

Five NGOs have called on Malaysia to exclude medical and tobacco interests from continuing free trade talks under the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), according to a story in The Star. The groups said the inclusion of medical interests in the free trade deal would not lead to cheaper medicines, while tobacco companies should not be […]

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Parkside installs laser technology

Parkside installs laser technology

| July 21, 2013

Parkside Flexibles, a manufacturer of printed flexible packaging, has installed new laser technology at its Normanton, U.K., facility. The laser unit is a versatile contour unit and is capable of laser scribing and cutting a wide range of materials to a specified depth and shape. The scribe produces an easy-opening system on packaging and creates […]

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Saka retires from Drew Estate

Saka retires from Drew Estate

| July 21, 2013

Steve Saka has retired as the CEO of Drew Estate, its family of companies and its subsidiaries. Saka joined the company as president in July 2005 and was promoted to CEO in July 2012. “The team at Drew Estate would like to thank Steve for all of his hard work and dedication over the past […]

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Coresta e-cigarette task force to present first report

Coresta e-cigarette task force to present first report

| July 21, 2013

Coresta’s new e-cigarette task force will present its first report during the organization’s Smoke Science and Product Technology meeting in Seville, Spain, Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2013. Although e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, Coresta members in November agreed to establish a task force dedicated to this new product category. The interest in e-cigarettes has been growing […]

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PMI volumes down by 3.9 percent

PMI volumes down by 3.9 percent

| July 19, 2013

Philip Morris International’s cigarette shipment volume during the second quarter to the end of June, at 228,899 million, was down by 3.9 percent on that of the second quarter of 2012. Volume was down in all of the company’s regions: by 3.5 percent to 80,588 million in Asia; by 3.6 percent to 76,298 million in […]

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Sales up at Swedish Match

Sales up at Swedish Match

| July 19, 2013

Swedish Match’s sales during the second quarter to the end of June, at SEK3,220 million, were up by 3 percent on those of the second quarter of 2012. But operating profit (including SM’s share of net profit from the Scandinavian Tobacco Group and larger one-off items) fell by 11 percent to SEK1,082 million, while basic […]

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Guide to smoker-friendly locations

Guide to smoker-friendly locations

| July 19, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s Smoke Spots website has been launched in London. Already live in Germany and Austria, the U.K. version enables consumers to find bars, restaurants and clubs with smoking facilities, and outlets selling tobacco. The new website has been expanded so as to build on social aspects, including a blog and forums to enable people […]

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Young Danes little interested in smoking

Young Danes little interested in smoking

| July 17, 2013

The number of 13-year-old Danes who take up drinking and smoking has fallen dramatically, but the decline has not been as pronounced among older students, according to a story in the Copenhagen Post. Results from the “Copenhagen Barometer,” a poll of students in the seventh through ninth grades, found that consumption had dropped across the […]

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Ramadan is quit-smoking opportunity

Ramadan is quit-smoking opportunity

| July 17, 2013

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health has advised people that Ramadan is the best time to give up cigarettes, according to the Arab News. The ministry’s spokesman, Dr. Khaled Al-Mirghalani, said Ramadan provided the ideal platform for people to quit smoking because Muslims abstained from the habit from dawn to dusk anyway. The theory was that […]

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Ramadan causes cigarette sales slump

Ramadan causes cigarette sales slump

| July 17, 2013

Sales of cigarettes in Oman slumped during the first week of Ramadan, according to a story in the Oman Daily Observer. Such a fall in sales will not have come as a surprise to retailers, however, since smoking in public during the daylight hours of Ramadan is a punishable offense in the country. Buying patterns […]

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Encouraging illicit-trade informers

Encouraging illicit-trade informers

| July 17, 2013

The Pakistan Inland Revenue’s Directorate of Intelligence and Investigation has issued a toll-free number, 0800-77377, through which people can inform on the illicit cigarette trade. The service will be available from 08.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily. A directorate official said people could inform on the storage or sale of illegal cigarettes using the toll-free […]

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KT&G strikes up blue band LIP technology in South Korea

KT&G strikes up blue band LIP technology in South Korea

| July 16, 2013

KT&G said yesterday that it would launch South Korea’s first low-ignition propensity (LIP) cigarettes later this month, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The company says it has developed independently a “blue band” system for producing LIP cigarettes, a system that applies chemicals to the cigarette paper. It has five patent applications submitted […]

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Nepal seeks big rise in tobacco revenue

Nepal seeks big rise in tobacco revenue

| July 16, 2013

The Nepalese government is looking to increase excise duty collection on tobacco products by 23 percent during fiscal year 2013-2014, according to a story in Republica. In its 2013-2014 budget brought down on Sunday, the government said it expected to raise RS6.82 billion from excise duty on tobacco products during the year. During the 2012-2013 […]

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Standardized packs decision under fire

Standardized packs decision under fire

| July 16, 2013

The U.K. government is coming under heavy fire for abandoning—for the time being at least—the idea of introducing standardized tobacco packaging. The government put the matter out to public consultation and, following that consultation, decided to await the outcome of Australia’s pioneering adoption of standardized packaging. Quoting the government’s summary report of the public consultation, […]

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EU directive revisions threaten jobs, the economy and tax revenues

EU directive revisions threaten jobs, the economy and tax revenues

| July 15, 2013

The European economic and social committee (EESC) has said that changes to the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive proposed by the European Commission would have serious consequences for jobs, the economy and tax revenues. The committee adopted an opinion on the commission’s review of the directive following what was described as a heated debate at its […]

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EU directive revisions threaten market stability, grower incomes and taxes

EU directive revisions threaten market stability, grower incomes and taxes

| July 15, 2013

The revisions to the EU Tobacco Products Directive, as endorsed by the environment, public health and food safety committee, would ban almost 38 percent of Poland’s current cigarette sales, according to a Polish News Bulletin story. The new directive is due be decided upon at a plenary session of the EU parliament in September, but, […]

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Pack campaigners delighted—for a while

Pack campaigners delighted—for a while

| July 15, 2013

Campaigners in the U.K. who opposed the introduction of standardized tobacco packaging are celebrating following the government’s announcement that it has abandoned—for the time being—moves to introduce such packaging. “We are delighted,” said Hands Off Our Packs campaigner Angela Harbutt. “The government conducted a public consultation on plain packaging in 2012 and half a million […]

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