Archive for September, 2013

World Heart Federation calls for all states to set tobacco-use end dates

World Heart Federation calls for all states to set tobacco-use end dates

| September 12, 2013

At the Tobacco End Game conference in New Delhi, India, the World Heart Federation (WHF) on Monday called for countries worldwide to follow the example set by nations such as Finland, New Zealand and Scotland in setting a target year for the ending of tobacco use among their populations, according to a Science Codex story. […]

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Imperial appoints new finance director

Imperial appoints new finance director

| September 12, 2013

Imperial Tobacco said today that Oliver Tant, formerly vice chairman of KPMG and chairman of KPMG’s Client Council, would succeed Bob Dyrbus as finance director. Tant will be appointed to the board on Oct. 1 and will be appointed finance director on Nov. 5, when Dyrbus will step down from the board ahead of retiring […]

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Andhra auctions end on a high note

Andhra auctions end on a high note

| September 11, 2013

Flue-cured prices in some districts of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh soared during the just-concluded auctions there, according to the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Prices went as high as INR200 a kg in West Godavari, while the statewide average for the season was INR145 a kg. The Tobacco Board […]

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Karnataka auctions off to flying start

Karnataka auctions off to flying start

| September 11, 2013

Flue-cured tobacco auctions in the Indian state of Karnataka got off to a record start this season, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Prices were said to have touched INR150.20 per kg, a record for a first day and more than 7 percent above last season’s opening-day […]

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U.S. campaign adds 333,333 years of life

U.S. campaign adds 333,333 years of life

| September 11, 2013

An estimated 1.6 million smokers attempted to quit smoking because of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) “Tips From Former Smokers” national campaign, according to a CDC press note describing the results of the campaign. “As a result of the 2012 campaign, more than 200,000 Americans had quit smoking immediately following the three-month […]

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Pigs and explosions down on the farm—but this was no pop concert

Pigs and explosions down on the farm—but this was no pop concert

| September 11, 2013

The tobacco monopoly administration of Shantou, Guangdong Province, and local government agencies blew up a facility destined to be used for the production of fake cigarettes at Xinmin village on Saturday, according to a China Daily story quoting the Southern Metropolis Daily. Explosives were used to destroy the production site, which was said to have […]

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Volunteer program expanded

Volunteer program expanded

| September 11, 2013

More than 140 of Imperial Tobacco’s German employees gave up their time recently to take part in a community volunteer day. The employees, based in Hamburg, joined one of eight local projects for the Reemtsma Help Day. Projects included helping out at animal rescue centers, taking part in tandem bike rides with blind people, creating […]

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PMI’s quarterly dividend increased

PMI’s quarterly dividend increased

| September 11, 2013

The board of directors of Philip Morris International today increased the company’s regular quarterly dividend by 10.6 percent to an annualized rate of $3.76 per share. The new quarterly dividend of $0.94 per share, up from $0.85 per share, is payable on Oct. 11 to stockholders of record as of Sept. 26. The ex-dividend date […]

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E-cigarette study misses the point

E-cigarette study misses the point

| September 10, 2013

A recent survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found the use of e-cigarettes by middle and high school students increasing is in danger of missing the most important point, according to Miguel Martin, president of the electronic cigarette company Logic Technology. “The recent CDC report does not address the key […]

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Snus makes its debut in South Korea

Snus makes its debut in South Korea

| September 10, 2013

Cigarette consumption in South Korea was expected to reach a record low during the first half of this year due to the introduction of stricter anti-smoking regulations and heightened health awareness among consumers, according to a story by Park Hyong-ki for The Korea Herald, quoting industry data. But compared with some other markets, Korea’s is […]

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Ashes to Ashes

Ashes to Ashes

| September 10, 2013

The boss of a U.K.-based e-cigarette company has been ordered to return a website domain name that previously had been used by an anti-tobacco charity, according to a BBC Online story. Action on Smoking & Health (Ash) Wales forgot to renew the domain registration for ashwales.co.uk after it developed a new site in April 2011. […]

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New filter in the Groove

New filter in the Groove

| September 10, 2013

Filtrona Filter Products has launched Groove Core, an innovative filter combining “the performance benefits of activated carbon with high-impact, visual brand differentiation.” Groove Core, which is the latest addition to Filtrona’s Performance Range, is said to provide consumers with the smooth taste experience associated with a carbon filter and a distinctive end appearance created by […]

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PMI speaks out on right to be heard

PMI speaks out on right to be heard

| September 9, 2013

Tobacco manufacturers are frequently upbraided simply for defending their interests, even though it would be odd if they didn’t speak up in this way. And so many in the tobacco industry will welcome today’s intervention by Philip Morris International in which it is seeking to address recent attacks on the company’s efforts to express its […]

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TPD panels—more than a matter of taste

TPD panels—more than a matter of taste

| September 9, 2013

The European Commission believes that taste panels would be up to the job of fairly determining whether or not tobacco products imparted characterizing flavors, should they be necessary under the proposed new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). This was made clear in an answer by the commission to a number of questions by Danish MEP Morten […]

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Reorganization at Swedish Match

Reorganization at Swedish Match

| September 9, 2013

Swedish Match said today it was reorganizing its operating structure by integrating its Scandinavia Division and Smoke-free Products Division into a new, streamlined Scandinavia Division. It gave details, too, of the new group management team (GMT) resulting from this reorganization. The new division will have full responsibility for the Scandinavian snus business and the global […]

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Vote on EU tobacco directive delayed

Vote on EU tobacco directive delayed

| September 6, 2013

Group leaders in the European Parliament agreed yesterday to delay until Oct. 8 a vote on a new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) that had been scheduled for Sept. 10 in Strasbourg, according to a story by Dave Keating for the European Voice. Center-right German and British MEPs pushed for the delay, saying there had not […]

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TPD raises concerns about e-cigarettes

TPD raises concerns about e-cigarettes

| September 6, 2013

The e-cigarette company Gamucci is concerned about the way in which the European Commission’s draft Tobacco Products Directive is being handled and was quick to react to news yesterday that the European Parliament had agreed to delay the vote on the directive from Sept. 10 to Oct. 8. Many MEPs, Gamucci said, had expressed concerns […]

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Youth e-cigarette use data questioned

Youth e-cigarette use data questioned

| September 6, 2013

The U.S. National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) has said that the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) study about youth use of electronic cigarettes raises too many unanswered questions for the data to be used as a basis for proposing significant restrictions on electronic cigarettes. “It appears the CDC and the FDA are extrapolating data […]

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Tobacco concept seen as ‘bizarre’

Tobacco concept seen as ‘bizarre’

| September 6, 2013

Two organizations are calling for tobacco industry tax increases to be included in Ireland’s budget for next year, according to a story in The Irish Examiner. In their pre-budget submission, the Irish Cancer Society and the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) are calling, too, for a cap on tobacco profits. “The taxpayer is subsidising the tobacco […]

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Imperial to buy Dragonite’s e-cigarette business

Imperial to buy Dragonite’s e-cigarette business

| September 5, 2013

Imperial Tobacco Group (ITG) will buy Dragonite International’s e-cigarette business for $75 million, reports Bloomberg Businessweek. The acquisition depends on the approval of Dragonite shareholders. Simon Evans, spokesman for Imperial, said the acquisition is not related to ITG’s August announcement that it was on track to introduce its own alternative nicotine products in 2014 through […]

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Cambodia urged to increase taxes

Cambodia urged to increase taxes

| September 5, 2013

Anti-smoking advocates have called on the Cambodian government to raise its taxes on cigarettes, claiming that such measures have brought health and revenue-generating benefits to other countries, according to a story in The Phnom Penh Post. In a conference in Phnom Penh, the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance demonstrated that Cambodia had one of the […]

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Ban on the horizon for e-cigarette ads

Ban on the horizon for e-cigarette ads

| September 5, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is likely to propose in October a ban on television advertising for electronic cigarettes, according to a story by Michael Sebastian for Advertising Age quoting a report from the financial services group CLSA Americas. A ban would hobble the dissemination of information about these products, which are relatively new, […]

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Designers go back to first principles

Designers go back to first principles

| September 5, 2013

Iggesund Paperboard recently invited international designers to take part in a week of activities in the forests around Iggesund to learn about forest management, paperboard manufacture and paperboard’s properties and possibilities. A similar event was staged last autumn, and it was so successful that the company decided to repeat it. The Iggesund Design Experience 2013, […]

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Confusion surrounds Estonia’s proposed new law aimed at protecting fetuses

Confusion surrounds Estonia’s proposed new law aimed at protecting fetuses

| September 4, 2013

Estonian Minister of Justice Hanno Pevkur has said that a new bill that would make it illegal for pregnant women to engage in behaviors they know to be damaging to the fetus would not necessarily encompass smoking, according to an Eesti Rahvusringhääling (Estonian Public Broadcasting) story. Previous press stories had indicated that the law was […]

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Sin tax too lenient—and too harsh

Sin tax too lenient—and too harsh

| September 4, 2013

Despite the passage of the sin tax law, the prices of cigarettes in the Philippines remain among the lowest in Southeast Asia, an antismoking group said on Monday. A story in the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted Emer Rojas, president of the New Vois Association of the Philippines, as saying the first edition of the Association of […]

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