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Archive for July, 2013

Shisha smoking forbidden for Muslims

Shisha smoking forbidden for Muslims

July 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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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