Archive for September, 2013

PMI looks to reorganize in Switzerland

PMI looks to reorganize in Switzerland

| September 30, 2013

Philip Morris International said today that it had opened an employee consultation on the company’s intention to restructure its global and regional functions based in Switzerland, a reorganization that might involve up to 170 positions being either eliminated or transferred to other countries. “The intended restructuring aims to reduce complexity and reallocate resources to better […]

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Smokers should be tested for COPD

Smokers should be tested for COPD

| September 30, 2013

Ninety percent of people suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) developed the condition after tobacco use or exposure to secondhand smoke, National Taiwan University principal and lung cancer specialist, Yang Pan-chyr, said on Saturday at a John Tung Foundation press launch of its online COPD self-assessment. According to a story in the Taipei Times, […]

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‘Golden leaf’ takes on new meaning

‘Golden leaf’ takes on new meaning

| September 30, 2013

Cigarette papers are selling in the U.S. for up to $5 each—but they do have an outer layer of gold leaf, according to a story by Joanna Prisco for ABC. Historically, Prisco wrote, hand-rolling cigarettes were an economical alternative to factory-made products, but a new product had taken the ritual to a luxurious counterpoint and […]

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Imperial drives teamwork in Taiwan

Imperial drives teamwork in Taiwan

| September 30, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s office-based people in Taiwan have been learning more about the work of the field force sales team in an initiative to build business understanding and teamwork spirit. As part of the One-Day Sales Programme, Imperial Tobacco employees from non-sales functions shadow a trade marketing executive, assisting them on their retailer visits. “By learning […]

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Tobacco and whiskey shop expands

Tobacco and whiskey shop expands

| September 30, 2013

In the face of Scotland’s hostile smoking climate, the country’s oldest cigar shop, Robert Graham, has had to move into larger premises in the heart of Glasgow, former home of the Tobacco Lords, 18th century tobacco merchants who became hugely wealthy plying their trade. Robert Graham, which was established in 1874 and is one of Scotland’s […]

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Indonesia criticized over pack challenge

Indonesia criticized over pack challenge

| September 25, 2013

Tobacco control activists have criticized the Indonesian government for challenging Australia’s decision to impose standardized cigarette packaging, according to a story in The Jakarta Globe. It was reported here yesterday that Indonesia had made a formal request to the World Trade Organization for consultations on Australia’s regulations, which could be the first step toward a […]

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Court finds for PM USA in ‘lights’ case

Court finds for PM USA in ‘lights’ case

| September 25, 2013

A California Superior Court judge yesterday issued his final decision in favor of Philip Morris USA in a 16-year-old class-action “lights” cigarette case (Willard R. Brown, et al. v. The American Tobacco Co., Inc. et al.). According to a note posted on the Altria website, the court rejected the plaintiffs’ efforts to impose as much […]

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Hasty electronic cigarette regulation would be problem, not solution

Hasty electronic cigarette regulation would be problem, not solution

| September 25, 2013

The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) is urging President Barack Obama to advise the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take the time needed to develop science-based regulations that will serve the interests of public health. CASAA is concerned that last week several organizations wrote to the president asking him to order the […]

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NDC appoints regional sales manager

NDC appoints regional sales manager

| September 25, 2013

David Paprocki (pictured) has joined NDC Infrared Engineering as regional sales manager for the Asia Pacific region. Paprocki will be working from NDC’s Singapore office and will be responsible for sales of NDC on-line gauges and at-line NIR analyzers into the region’s tobacco industry. Paprocki has lived for more than 20 years in Asia, where […]

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Free app available for TFWA event

Free app available for TFWA event

| September 25, 2013

The organizers of the TFWA World Exhibition are offering a free app, which they say will improve participants’ experience of the exhibition. In all, 470 exhibitors have confirmed their participation at the event, which will be held in Cannes, France, on Oct. 25–26. The TFWA app, which is available to download at the App Store, […]

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Indonesia joins challenge to Australia’s standardized packaging regulations

Indonesia joins challenge to Australia’s standardized packaging regulations

| September 24, 2013

Indonesia has made a formal request to the World Trade Organization for consultations on Australia’s imposition of standardized tobacco packaging regulations, according to stories by Agence France Presse and Reuters. Such a request is said to be the first step toward a possible trade dispute. Indonesia is the fifth country—behind Ukraine, Honduras, the Dominican Republic […]

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14 ‘tobacco centers of regulatory science’ created by two US agencies

14 ‘tobacco centers of regulatory science’ created by two US agencies

| September 24, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have awarded up to $53 million “to fund tobacco-related research in fiscal year 2013 to create 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS),” according to a note posted on the NIH website. “A new, first-of-its-kind regulatory science tobacco program, TCORS is […]

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E-cigarettes seen as ‘dangerous tobacco products’ by American Thoracic Society

E-cigarettes seen as ‘dangerous tobacco products’ by American Thoracic Society

| September 24, 2013

The American Thoracic Society (ATS) has accused the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of failing to take action on certain “dangerous tobacco products” such as “e-cigarettes and cigars.” “The American Thoracic Society demands [the] FDA move forward to proposed rules to bring cigars, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products under FDA federal regulation,” the ATS said […]

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Time for US to embrace the electronic age

Time for US to embrace the electronic age

| September 23, 2013

It is time to seize the moment and encourage tobacco users to move down the risk “continuum” from the most harmful to less harmful products, according to Murray S. Kessler, chairman, president and CEO of Lorillard, the owner of Lorillard Tobacco and Blu Ecigs. Kessler was commenting in USA Today in response to an editorial […]

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But Europe mired in ancient battles

But Europe mired in ancient battles

| September 23, 2013

Tobacco lobbyists were preparing to wage a major battle against the imposition in Ireland of standardized tobacco packaging, according to a Times of London story quoting Health Minister James Reilly. Reilly was said to have plans to go to cabinet next month with a proposal to impose standardized tobacco packaging and a ban on “slim-line […]

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Dubai prepares for smoking bans

Dubai prepares for smoking bans

| September 23, 2013

The Dubai municipality has issued a comprehensive guide to help businesses to ensure they are in compliance with new anti-tobacco laws due to come into force on Jan. 21, according to a story in the Khaleej Times. Under the new law, smoking will not be allowed in restaurants with floor areas under 1,000 square feet. […]

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Parkside CEO passes away

Parkside CEO passes away

| September 20, 2013

Lawrence Dall, chairman CEO of Parkside Flexibles, died Sept. 18 after battling with cancer. Dall joined Parkside in 2007 and brought about considerable change to the business. “His passion and dedication was uncompromising,” Parkside wrote in press note. “With his outgoing personality and larger-than-life character he was well known and respected in the industry and […]

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Radical research into e-cigarettes turns out to be more run-of-the-mill

Radical research into e-cigarettes turns out to be more run-of-the-mill

| September 20, 2013

Research into electronic cigarettes initiated by Australia’s previous Labor government seems not to have had such a progressive aim as was reported earlier this week. Writing for the Sun-Herald group of newspapers, Eamonn Duff reported that, with a federal government-funded trial about to test the viability of electronic cigarettes as a safer, permanent replacement for […]

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Mobile firm ringing changes for smokers

Mobile firm ringing changes for smokers

| September 20, 2013

Danish mobile operator TDC is due to impose tougher tobacco smoking restrictions on its employees from Oct. 1, according to an Esmerk Danish News story. Under the new rules, employees who want to smoke outside of their scheduled breaks will have to compensate for the time spent doing so, for example, by taking a cut […]

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10 countries have 10 percent of smokers

10 countries have 10 percent of smokers

| September 20, 2013

The 10 ASEAN countries are home to 10 percent of the world’s 1.25 billion adult smokers, according to an InterAksyon.com (TV 5—Philippines) story quoting a statement by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA). Based on figures in the 2013 ASEAN Tobacco Control Atlas, 30 percent of the adults in the region are “current smokers.” […]

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Call for FDA regulation of e-cigarettes

Call for FDA regulation of e-cigarettes

| September 20, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been urged to act quickly to regulate electronic cigarettes. Four Democratic representatives wrote to the FDA commissioner, Margaret A. Hamburg, quoting a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that had found the percentage of adolescents using electronic cigarettes was growing rapidly. CDC data […]

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Grant for risk-perception study

Grant for risk-perception study

| September 20, 2013

Officials at Georgia State University (GSU), USA, say an assistant professor has been awarded a grant to study how young adults perceive the risk of smoking flavored cigarillos and cigars, according to an Associated Press Newswires story. Dr. Kymberle Sterling, a public health professor, has been given a two-year, $275,000 grant from the National Cancer […]

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Imperial scores high on CR scale

Imperial scores high on CR scale

| September 20, 2013

Imperial Tobacco said today that its “continued progress as a responsible business has been recognized by external investment consultants with our highest score to date.” “RobecoSAM highlights businesses that demonstrate strengths in managing their economic, environmental and social issues for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, a key reference point for investors and analysts,” Imperial said […]

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German court rules electronic cigarette nicotine not a pharmaceutical product

German court rules electronic cigarette nicotine not a pharmaceutical product

| September 19, 2013

A court ruled on Tuesday that the sale of electronic cigarettes could not be restricted in Germany because the nicotine-based liquid used in these devices is not a pharmaceutical product, according to a story in The Local. But the ruling could be overturned by Brussels. Münster’s administrative court decided that, unlike nicotine plasters, electronic cigarettes […]

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Call for tobacco ad ban in Indonesia

Call for tobacco ad ban in Indonesia

| September 19, 2013

A survey conducted by Indonesia’s National Commission on Child Protection (KPAI) has found that at least one in 10 of the country’s children decided to smoke after being exposed to tobacco advertisements, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. The commission believes that tobacco advertisements should be banned. The KPAI questioned 10,000 students aged […]

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