Archive for October, 2013

NDC appoints Patterson VP global customer care

NDC appoints Patterson VP global customer care

| October 31, 2013

NDC Infrared Engineering has appointed Terry Patterson as vice president of global customer care for its sensors, systems and metals divisions. Patterson’s responsibilities involve managing NDC’s customer care division and for developing its various support products that are designed to maximize the return on investment for its customers. Patterson has 25 years of experience in […]

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New logo BMJ

New logo BMJ

| October 31, 2013

Cigarette paper manufacturer BMJ has a new logo and slogan. The logo comprises a blue square and red letter type that appears to peel away in the left bottom corner. The square is meant to represent BMJ’s confidence and pursuit of perfection, according to BMJ CEO Omar Rahmanadi, while the peel effect symbolizes the company’s […]

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JT’s volume inches up but JTI’s volume drops sharply in first six months

JT’s volume inches up but JTI’s volume drops sharply in first six months

| October 31, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during the six months from April to September, at 59.6 billion, was up by 0.1 percent on that of April–September 2012. In announcing this morning its consolidated results, JT said that a strong performance by Mevius had contributed to its domestic market share reaching 60.6 percent for April–September, […]

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Tobacconists want exclusive right to sell e-cigarettes in France

Tobacconists want exclusive right to sell e-cigarettes in France

| October 31, 2013

Tobacconists in France are claiming that e-cigarettes fall under the tobacco sale monopoly law and should therefore be sold exclusively by them, according to a EurActiv story. “We want that the sale of the electronic cigarette is done exclusively within the framework of the network of tobacconists,” said Jean-Luc Renaud, secretary general of the confederation […]

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Lifting tobacco smoking ban could hinder not help Bulgaria’s tourism industry

Lifting tobacco smoking ban could hinder not help Bulgaria’s tourism industry

| October 31, 2013

Bulgaria’s National Tourism Board has warned that lifting the tobacco smoking ban in enclosed public places could result in a wave of reimbursement claims, according to a Novinite story quoting the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency. Rumen Draganov, a member of the NTB, said the government should refrain from canceling the smoking ban for the time being. […]

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Sorry, we can’t sell gutka; have you tried pan masala—and chewing tobacco?

Sorry, we can’t sell gutka; have you tried pan masala—and chewing tobacco?

| October 31, 2013

The Health and Family Welfare minister of India’s Karnataka state, U.T. Khader, has said that his government will explore what options it has to plug loopholes in regulations designed to prevent the consumption of certain oral tobaccos, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Khader said he will […]

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JT to axe people, factories and operations as it opts for profit in challenging times

JT to axe people, factories and operations as it opts for profit in challenging times

| October 30, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. is to cut its domestic workforce by about 1,600 people and close factories, sales offices and its vending machine division. The announcement of the retrenchments comes seven months after the Japanese government reduced its share in JT from just over 50 percent to about 33 percent (with 37 percent voting rights). One […]

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Shorter cigarettes launched in India as higher prices force consumption down

Shorter cigarettes launched in India as higher prices force consumption down

| October 30, 2013

Cigarette manufacturers in India are launching shorter-length versions of popular brands in an attempt to revive the market following a sharp surge in prices, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Sales were said to have dropped by about 3 percent during the six months from April […]

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Hole in one for Iggesund’s Invercote

Hole in one for Iggesund’s Invercote

| October 30, 2013

The latest cover of Novum magazine has lifted Invercote paperboard from support act to starring role. The starting point for the cover of the German graphic magazine’s October issue is a tribute to typography. The designer, Clormann Design, played with letters in various typefaces to create a delicate pattern that was then laser cut from […]

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Private members bill calls for imposition of standardized tobacco packs in India

Private members bill calls for imposition of standardized tobacco packs in India

| October 29, 2013

An opposition MP has introduced a private member’s bill into the Indian parliament calling for “logos and company branding to be totally removed from tobacco products,” according to an Australian Broadcasting Corp. report. The proposal is said to be based on standardized packaging legislation imposed in Australia last year. Since Dec. 1, Australia has required […]

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Criminals will take “delight” in tobacco retail fee earmarked for Ireland

Criminals will take “delight” in tobacco retail fee earmarked for Ireland

| October 29, 2013

Newsagents in Ireland have labelled the 10-fold increase in the cost of a tobacco sales licence as a sneak attack on small corner shops, according to an Independent News & Media story. Although the budget measure was not included in the finance minister’s speech, the Department of Health has confirmed on its website that a […]

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Competitive pressures knock back Swedish Match’s 3Q profit

Competitive pressures knock back Swedish Match’s 3Q profit

| October 29, 2013

Swedish Match reported today that its sales during the third quarter to the end of September, at SEK3,230 million, were increased by 1 percent on those of the third quarter of 2012. Operating profit from product areas, which excludes a share of the profit from the Scandinavian Tobacco Group, declined by 11 percent to SEK836 […]

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Only 17 percent still smoking in Finland

Only 17 percent still smoking in Finland

| October 29, 2013

About 17 percent of Finns aged 15–64 smoked daily last year: 21 percent of men and 14 percent of women, according to an Esmerk Finnish News story quoting Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare. At the same time, 12 percent of boys and girls aged 14–18 smoked daily. Daily smoking has been declining among […]

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New sales leader at Logic Technology

New sales leader at Logic Technology

| October 29, 2013

Logic Technology said yesterday that Raz Rahman had joined its key executives team. In a press note, the e-cigarette company said that in his role as Northeast regional director, Rahman would lead the “rapid business development of Logic brands by accelerating distribution and improving market presence to further establish Logic as a category leader.” Rahman […]

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Imperial impresses Dutch trade partners

Imperial impresses Dutch trade partners

| October 29, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s business in the Netherlands has been recognized by trade partners for its field sales excellence, according to a note posted on the company’s website. Imperial said that it had won the Distrifood Field Sales Team of the Year award in the non-food category for the fourth time, ahead of firms such as Mars […]

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Is it ethical for one company to offer for sale ‘both the evil and the remedy’?

Is it ethical for one company to offer for sale ‘both the evil and the remedy’?

| October 28, 2013

A member of the European Parliament has questioned the ethics of tobacco manufacturers moving into the e-cigarette business. Marc Tarabella, a Belgian MEP, noted in a preamble to questions he asked of the European Commission that all of the main cigarette companies had already bought “one or several electronic cigarette brands.” The objective of these […]

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Cyprus signs anti-illicit trade protocol

Cyprus signs anti-illicit trade protocol

| October 28, 2013

Cyprus has become the 36th country to have ratified an international protocol aimed at eliminating the illicit trade in tobacco products, according to a story in the Famagusta Gazette. The protocol was adopted with much fanfare in November at the fifth Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, […]

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Starring role for taste in new JT products

Starring role for taste in new JT products

| October 28, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. today announced the nationwide, early-December launch of two new Seven Stars products offering the “ultimate in taste.” Seven Stars Real Rich is said to offer the ultimate in rich flavor and aroma, while Seven Stars Real Smoke is said to provide the ultimate in deep flavor and aroma. In a note posted […]

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The longer the smoke, the greater the risk

The longer the smoke, the greater the risk

| October 28, 2013

Smokers of long or ultra-long cigarettes are at greater risk of lung and oral cancer than are the smokers of regular and king-sized cigarettes, according to Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Center for Global Tobacco Control. “We found that smokers of long or ultra-long cigarettes have higher concentrations of tobacco specific […]

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Altria reports 3Q increases in cigarette, cigar and smokeless shipments

Altria reports 3Q increases in cigarette, cigar and smokeless shipments

| October 25, 2013

Philip Morris USA’s domestic cigarette shipment volume during the third quarter to the end of September, at 34.1 billion, was 1.2 percent higher than it was during the third quarter of 2012. Marlboro volume was increased by 1.5 percent to 29.4 billion, while the volume of the company’s other premium brands was down by 7.4 […]

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Molins’ order intake and sales increased

Molins’ order intake and sales increased

| October 25, 2013

Molins PLC said yesterday that its order intake and sales had been broadly as expected and, in the year to date, remained ahead of those of last year. Performance in the period also had been broadly in line with expectations, the company said in issuing an interim management statement for the period from July 1 […]

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Nicotine not alone in causing addiction

Nicotine not alone in causing addiction

| October 25, 2013

Researchers in New Zealand say that nicotine is not the only ingredient in tobacco products that makes quitting difficult, according to a story by Peter Sergo for the Medical Daily. At the Smokefree Oceania conference in Auckland, Penelope Truman, of the Institute of Environmental Science and Research, presented a study that was said to show […]

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Lorillard reports higher cigarette sales, strong electronic cigarette position

Lorillard reports higher cigarette sales, strong electronic cigarette position

| October 24, 2013

Lorillard’s domestic wholesale cigarette shipment volume during the third quarter of this year, at 10,271 million, was up by 3.8 percent on that of the third quarter of 2012. Full-price cigarette volume, at 8,779 million, was up by 5.1 percent, because of a Newport volume rise of 5.3 percent to 8,697 million. Also in the […]

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Plain pack arbitration set for February

Plain pack arbitration set for February

| October 24, 2013

Philip Morris International has said that the next arbitration hearing in a dispute between Philip Morris Asia (PMA) and Australia over standardized packaging is scheduled to take place on Feb. 20. The arbitration is proceeding in accordance with the provisions of the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) and the Arbitration Rules of the United Nations Commission […]

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Liggett set to settle most Engle cases

Liggett set to settle most Engle cases

| October 24, 2013

The Vector Group has announced that it and its Liggett Group tobacco subsidiary have reached a comprehensive settlement resolving most of the individual Engle progeny tobacco litigation cases pending in Florida. The Engle progeny cases stem from a 2006 Florida Supreme Court decision that decertified a class action but allowed former class members to file […]

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