Archive for September, 2013

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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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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