Archive for July, 2013

JT refines its earthquake relief provisions for three worst-hit prefectures

JT refines its earthquake relief provisions for three worst-hit prefectures

| July 26, 2013

As part of its initiatives aimed at supporting the reconstruction of areas affected by the great East Japan earthquake in March 2011, Japan Tobacco Inc. is due to launch its JT Reconstruction Support Project, which will provide assistance to the three prefectures most affected by the earthquake: Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima. In a note posted […]

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Cigarette volume down but moist snuff volume up at Reynolds American

Cigarette volume down but moist snuff volume up at Reynolds American

| July 25, 2013

R.J Reynolds Tobacco’s domestic cigarette volume during the three months to the end of June, at 17.0 billion, was 6.0 percent down on that of the three months to the end of June 2012. Pall Mall volume was up by 0.5 percent to 5.6 billion, Camel volume was down by 0.9 percent to 5.5 billion, […]

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E-cigarette tax hike abandoned—for now

E-cigarette tax hike abandoned—for now

| July 25, 2013

The Italian government has abandoned a proposed tax hike on electronic cigarettes after fierce opposition from shop owners and consumers, according to a story in The Local Europe, quoting La Stampa. Campaigners successfully argued that the 58.5 percent increase would have threatened about 5,000 jobs and the 2,000 electronic cigarette shops that have opened in […]

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Ice-like menthol sensation retained

Ice-like menthol sensation retained

| July 25, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it is redesigning the packaging of its Pianissimo Icene Crista and Pianissimo Icene Gracia cigarettes. The new designs are due to be rolled out across Japan from late August. The Pianissimo Icene brand, which is described as having a smooth taste and delivering a refreshingly ice-like menthol sensation, is […]

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Assam moves to ban all chewing tobacco

Assam moves to ban all chewing tobacco

| July 25, 2013

Assam Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has tabled a bill in the state assembly seeking to outlaw the manufacture, storage, sale and consumption of all smokeless tobacco products within the state. The bill, if passed, would likely be the first in the country to cover all chewing tobacco products. As much of […]

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PM USA’s cigarette volume down sharply in second quarter despite share increase

PM USA’s cigarette volume down sharply in second quarter despite share increase

| July 24, 2013

Philip Morris USA’s domestic cigarette shipment volume during the three months to the end of June, at 33,819 million, was down by 6.7 percent on that of the three months to the end of June 2012. Marlboro shipments fell by 7.2 percent to 29,119 million; shipments of other premium brands fell by 10.9 percent to […]

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FDA maintains glacial pace on menthol

FDA maintains glacial pace on menthol

| July 24, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has set the stage to restrict—or possibly ban—menthol cigarettes on the grounds that they are more appealing to new smokers, more addictive to longtime smokers and pose a greater threat to the public’s health than do unflavored cigarettes, according to a story by Melissa Healy for the Los Angeles […]

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More Andhra farmers turning to tobacco

More Andhra farmers turning to tobacco

| July 24, 2013

Farmers in the Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh, India, are gearing up for a major shift from chickpea to flue-cured tobacco production, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Such a shift, it is said, would nullify recent efforts to restrict flue-cured growing. Tobacco sowing in the district […]

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Graphic health warnings? No fear

Graphic health warnings? No fear

| July 23, 2013

The introduction of standardized packaging in Ireland will not force smokers to quit their habit nor prevent smoking initiation, according to Patrick Basham, who co-authored The Plain Truth: Does Packaging Influence Smoking? Writing in The Irish Times, Basham, who directs the Democracy Institute and is a Cato Institute adjunct scholar, took aim at both the […]

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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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