Archive for September, 2013

Low entry requirements for smokers’ club

Low entry requirements for smokers’ club

| September 19, 2013

Recent U.S. health-care reform allows insurers to adjust premiums for tobacco users, which could cost them up to 50 percent more than the cost to otherwise similar non-tobacco users, according to a story by Robin Erb for the Detroit Free Press. Tobacco use is the only habit for which an insurer can penalize a consumer […]

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Smokers can take some heart from study

Smokers can take some heart from study

| September 19, 2013

Among patients treated with therapeutic hypothermia after a cardiac arrest, smokers had better outcomes than nonsmokers, according to a story by Todd Neale for MedPage Today, citing a single-center study. Jeremy Pollock, M.D., of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, and colleagues reported that half of smokers survived to hospital discharge with a good neurological […]

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PM Investments ups Medicago holding

PM Investments ups Medicago holding

| September 19, 2013

Philip Morris International said yesterday that its affiliate, Philip Morris Investments, had acquired 11,348,266 common shares of Medicago for C$13,163,989. Following this transaction, PM Investments holds 109,957,066 common shares in Medicago, representing 40 percent of all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Medicago. The other 164,935,599 common shares of Medicago, representing 60 percent […]

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Call for 10-year endgame in Hong Kong

Call for 10-year endgame in Hong Kong

| September 18, 2013

A study has concluded that Hong Kong should set itself the goal of a total ban on tobacco sales before 2022, according to a Tobacco Control report. A telephone survey was conducted among 1,537 randomly-selected residents in 2012 to assess their support for a total ban on tobacco sales, usage and possession. Backers of “some […]

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Call for tobacco endgame in Taiwan

Call for tobacco endgame in Taiwan

| September 18, 2013

The Taiwan Medical Alliance for the Control of Tobacco has called on the government to follow the lead of the World Health Organization’s Tobacco Free Initiative and set an agenda gradually to end tobacco use, according to a story by Alison Hsiao for the Taipei Times. Ending tobacco use was the theme of this year’s […]

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Appeal over Thai warnings suspension

Appeal over Thai warnings suspension

| September 18, 2013

Thailand’s Public Health Ministry yesterday filed an appeal with the Supreme Administrative Court asking that the ministry be allowed to require larger health warnings on cigarette packs, according to a story in The Nation. Philip Morris Thailand took legal action against the ministry in June, asking the Administrative Court to invalidate the ministry’s notification that […]

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Free spirits at the Liberty Lounge

Free spirits at the Liberty Lounge

| September 18, 2013

Forest, the Institute of Economic Affairs and The Free Society are due to co-host three back-to-back events on the fringe of the Conservative Party Conference. The three events, which together will create The Liberty Lounge, will be held at the Comedy Store, Manchester, U.K., on Sept. 30. The first event, at 6 p.m., is A […]

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Australia examines whether vaping could replace smoking completely

Australia examines whether vaping could replace smoking completely

| September 17, 2013

With a federal government-funded trial about to test the viability of electronic cigarettes as a safer, permanent replacement for tobacco, Australia could become the first major nation to outlaw smoking completely, according to a story by Eamonn Duff for the Sydney Morning Herald. As part of its anti-smoking reform agenda, the previous Labor government committed […]

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Record-high warehouse for Kiev factory

Record-high warehouse for Kiev factory

| September 17, 2013

Imperial Tobacco is currently building at its Kiev factory what is due to become Ukraine’s tallest, fully automated, high-bay warehouse. The new facility is being built to improve the efficiency of the company’s supply chain. When completed, the 34-meter-high building will provide space for more than 16,000 pallets. It will have the capacity to store […]

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Russia threat to Facebook over alleged smoking-blend advertisements

Russia threat to Facebook over alleged smoking-blend advertisements

| September 17, 2013

Russia’s media watchdog has threatened to block Facebook in Russia if an investigation confirms the social-media company featured advertisements for certain smoking blends, according to an RT TV/TV Novosti story quoting Itar-Tass. The threat apparently came from the country’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media. “If we find violations in […]

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Altria revises full-year reported EPS

Altria revises full-year reported EPS

| September 17, 2013

Altria yesterday revised its guidance for 2013 full-year reported diluted earnings per share (EPS) from a range of $2.51 to $2.56 to a range of $2.57 to $2.62. “The revised guidance reflects the impact of the Sept. 11, 2013, decision by the arbitration panel presiding over the nonparticipating manufacturer adjustment (NPM Adjustment) dispute for 2003 […]

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Obesity now “most visible epidemic” in some countries: WHO director general

Obesity now “most visible epidemic” in some countries: WHO director general

| September 16, 2013

The success that tobacco control strategies have delivered in the West is starting to become something of a problem. Dr. Margaret Chan, the director-general of the World Health Organization, said on Wednesday that effective tobacco control measures and changing social norms had seen smoking prevalence drop by 50 percent or more in wealthy countries. Giving […]

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Standardized tobacco pack complaints revived with World Trade Organization

Standardized tobacco pack complaints revived with World Trade Organization

| September 16, 2013

Honduras is reviving its complaint to the World Trade Organization over Australia’s standardized tobacco packaging law, according to a story by Tom Miles for Reuters. The complaint, that Australia’s tobacco-packaging requirements create obstacles to world trade, had lain dormant, but now Honduras has asked for a WTO meeting on Sept. 25 to set up a […]

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Las Vegas setting for Vapefest 2013

Las Vegas setting for Vapefest 2013

| September 16, 2013

The Vegas Vapefest 2013 is due to be held at the Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, on Sept. 20–21. The National Vapers’ Club, which organizes the Vapefest, describes it as an event to promote research and education for e-cigarette users while providing a venue for the latest products. “Vapefest, the first annual e-cigarette convention, […]

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Lancet says yes and no to e-cigarettes

Lancet says yes and no to e-cigarettes

| September 16, 2013

The medical journal The Lancet is undecided on electronic cigarettes. On Sept. 14, it wrote that as a result of “safety fears,” the EU and the U.K. were planning to regulate electronic cigarettes as they would a medicine. “On the one hand, excessive regulation could marginalise e-cigarettes in favour of conventional cigarettes,” the Lancet piece […]

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BAT industry leader in sustainability

BAT industry leader in sustainability

| September 16, 2013

British American Tobacco says that it has maintained its position as industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for the 12th year running. In a note posted on its website, BAT said that the DJSI tracked the economic, environmental and social performance of leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide and were based on the co-operation […]

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E-cigarette event in Europe

E-cigarette event in Europe

| September 13, 2013

Representatives of leading e-cigarette manufacturers and retailers are due to speak at the first Ecig Europe industry conference, to be held Dec. 4-5, in London, United Kingdom. The conference, hosted by Technology IQ, will provide e-cigarette vendors and suppliers with an opportunity to discuss key issues, including regulation, business intelligence and profitability, as well as […]

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E-cigarette company joins Coresta

E-cigarette company joins Coresta

| September 13, 2013

U.S.-based White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes said yesterday that it had been accepted as a member of Coresta, the organization that promotes international cooperation in research into tobacco and related matters. Based in Paris, France, Coresta, which was founded in 1956, now has 140 members in more than 50 countries. “We have joined Coresta to participate […]

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JT’s domestic volume down in August

JT’s domestic volume down in August

| September 13, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during August, at 10.4 billion, was down by 1.7 percent on its August 2012 volume, 10.5 billion, which was increased by 2.6 percent on that of August 2011, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. Volume during April–August, at 50.2 billion, was up by 0.2 percent […]

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Malaysian tobacco growers urged to seek alternative income sources

Malaysian tobacco growers urged to seek alternative income sources

| September 13, 2013

The Malaysian government has said that it will “continue helping small-time tobacco farmers seek an alternative source of income,” according to a story in The Star. This commitment was made in the wake of the April 1 decision by cigarette manufacturers to stop buying local tobacco, said Datuk Noriah Kasnon, deputy plantation industries and commodities […]

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Menthol: studying the studies

Menthol: studying the studies

| September 13, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is calling for public comments on menthol in cigarettes to be submitted by Nov. 22. Specifically, the FDA is requesting information to inform its thinking about potential regulatory options such as tobacco product standards and sale and distribution restrictions. The FDA conducted what it refers to as a “preliminary […]

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Altria on Dow Jones sustainability index

Altria on Dow Jones sustainability index

| September 13, 2013

Altria said yesterday it had been named a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI North America), “recognizing the company’s ongoing progress in responsibly managing its business practices.” “For the second year in a row, Altria’s commitment to corporate responsibility has been recognized by this leading business organization,” said Jennifer Hunter, senior […]

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U.S. manufacturers to receive MSA credits

U.S. manufacturers to receive MSA credits

| September 12, 2013

Altria said yesterday that Philip Morris USA expected to receive a credit of about $145 million, plus interest, following the findings of an arbitration panel looking into payment disputes relating to the U.S. Master Settlement Agreement. “An arbitration panel has determined that six out of 15 states failed in 2003 to diligently enforce laws that […]

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Nicotine test not valid proof of smoking

Nicotine test not valid proof of smoking

| September 12, 2013

A problem arises with a company’s having a hiring policy that disqualifies smokers on the basis of a nicotine test because the applicant might be an e-cigarette or smokeless-tobacco user. For instance, from next month, anybody looking to work for Flagler County, Florida, USA, will have to pass a nicotine test, according to a story […]

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Tobacco control study says smokeless seen as business insurance policy

Tobacco control study says smokeless seen as business insurance policy

| September 12, 2013

Transnational tobacco companies have taken a cynical approach to European investments in smokeless tobacco products, according to a ScienceDaily story on new research by Silvy Peeters and Anna Gilmore from the University of Bath, U.K., and the U.K. Centre for Tobacco Control Studies, published this week in PLOS Medicine. ScienceDaily reported that the study had […]

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