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JT’s spread filter gives 3D sensation

| August 29, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. is due shortly to launch three additions to its Mevius Premium Menthol range of products that will each include a ‘spread filter’.

Described as JT’s unique new menthol dispersion filter, the spread filter is said to deliver a ‘3D menthol sensation’.

The new filter has laser-created holes at its end that are designed to disperse the airflow and so provide a wider delivery of menthol not previously experienced.

The three additions to the 100 per cent natural menthol Mevius Premium Menthol range are Mevius Premium Menthol Spread One 100′s, Mevius Premium Menthol Spread 5, and Mevius Premium Menthol Spread 8.

These three products are due to rolled out across Japan in early October.

Punjab renews oral tobacco bans

| August 29, 2013

Oral products containing tobacco and ingredients deemed to be ‘food’ are to remain on the banned list in the Indian state of Punjab, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala newsletter.

Punjab’s chief minister, Parkash Singh Badal, has approved a proposal by the State Health and Family Welfare Department to extend the regulation banning the production, storage, distribution and sale of gutkha and pan masala for a further year.

Oral products containing tobacco and food ingredients are sold under a profusion of names in India; so the state has also banned ‘other products containing tobacco or nicotine as ingredients by whatsoever name [they are] available in the market’, though presumably not potatoes and tomatoes.

The original notification of the ban was issued on September 5, 2012, and was due to expire on September 9, 2013.

Psychiatric unit’s smoking ban unlawful

| August 29, 2013

A patient at the StateHospital at Carstairs, Scotland, has won a court ruling that a ban on his smoking at the facility was unlawful and was a breach of his rights, according to a BBC Online story.

The man, who has been detained at the high-security psychiatric hospital for 18 years, challenged the ban, which was introduced in December 2011, at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

Judge Lord Stewart said the decision to compel the man “to stop smoking was flawed in every possible way”.

He said he wanted to make it clear that he was not endorsing the idea of a human right to smoke, because there was no right to smoke in a legal sense. But he said he was prepared to make a restricted declaration that the policy was unlawful as it affected the patient, and that it was a breach of his rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Scotland does not have legislation in place that bans smoking in such hospitals and the judge said that if the legislature would not support a measure it was wrong to enforce it by extra-statutory means. “It may be of course, given the experience at the StateHospital, that the time is now right to try and put the ban on a statutory footing,” he added.

The judge said he had decided it would be wrong to strike down the board’s decision to go smoke-free and that the orders he would make would allow the patient’s case to be reconsidered by the hospital authorities.

Smoking coach shown yellow card

| August 29, 2013

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) has warned the Super League club, Beşiktaş that it will fine coach Slaven Bilic if he again smokes inside a stadium during a soccer game, according to a Hurriyet story.

The TFF told the club Bilic had been found smoking a cigarette inside a stadium despite a no-smoking ban.

It said the coach would be fined if he committed a second offense.

Photographs of Bilic apparently smoking while watching a Galatasaray vs. Gaziantepspor game at the Türk Telekom Arena in Istanbul caused controversy when they were spread on social media last week.

PMI to host presentation webcast

| August 29, 2013

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts of the company’s remarks and question-and-answer session by CFO, Jacek Olczak, during the Barclays Capital Back-To-School Consumer Conference on September 4, starting about 10.30 hours Eastern Time.

The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will cover the entire PMI session.

An archived copy of the webcast will be available at www.pmi.com/webcasts until 17.00 hours on October 3.

The presentation slides and script will be available at www.pmi.com/presentations.

Burning environmental issue

| August 29, 2013

Holmen Skog, Iggesund Paperboard’s sister company and forest raw material supplier, is burning the forest on the island of Innerstön, one of the group of Baltic islands that lie offshore from the city of Hudiksvall north of Iggesund.

In a press note issued today, Iggesund explained that modern forest management tried to develop felling methods that resembled the effects of natural forest fires, which had served an important ecological function for millennia.

So by burning standing timber in controlled circumstances, Holmen was implementing an important nature conservation measure that would benefit a number of rare species of flora and fauna. Over the next 16 years all the forest on the island, totalling 380 ha, would be burned in stages.

“There’s not enough burned forest at present,” said Magnus Aretorn, who is in charge of caring for the Holmen Skog forests in the Iggesund region and responsible for nature conservation measures. “By having frequent and recurring fires we will create a mosaic of burned timber at various stages of decomposition. This will create an environment that is unique in Sweden and will benefit rare species which depend on the heat from the fires or on various stages of decomposed, dead or burned timber.”

Examples of Swedish species which benefit from these special conditions are the cranesbill plants Geranium bohemicum and Geranium lanuginosum, the lichen Hypocenomyce anthracophila, the black fire beetle Melanophila acuminata and various species of the powderpost beetle Stephanopachys.

For millennia, the forests have burned at irregular intervals, often as a result of lightning, but nowadays these fires are put out far more efficiently than before. The result is that few burned forest environments are created naturally.

Innerstön is surrounded by water and lies in a sheltered setting, making it a safer location than the mainland for a controlled burn.

The island has been divided into eight zones and burns have been scheduled so that by 2028 the entire island will have been burned. By 2030 the controlled burn will start again in the first zone.

“This might seem to be a long-term perspective but in our industry it’s not,” Aretorn said. “The raw material for the quality paperboard Invercote comes from our forests in this region. Here it takes between 80 to 100 years for a pine tree to grow. So to put it bluntly, we who are planting the trees now won’t still be around when the time comes to harvest them.”

A controlled burn on the island of Innerstön, offshore from Iggesund Paperboard’s mill.

A controlled burn on the island of Innerstön, offshore from Iggesund Paperboard’s mill.