Archive for October, 2013

Lower cigarette volumes at Reynolds but strong moist snuff sales at American

Lower cigarette volumes at Reynolds but strong moist snuff sales at American

| October 23, 2013

Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) yesterday reported that R.J. Reynolds’ domestic cigarette volume shipments during the three months to the end of September, at 16.7 billion, were down by 4.3 percent on those of the three months to the end of September 2012. Reynolds’ growth brands volume, at 11.1 billion, was up by 0.7 percent, with […]

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BAT’s volumes down over nine months

BAT’s volumes down over nine months

| October 23, 2013

British American Tobacco’s cigarette volumes during the nine months to the end of September, at 501 billion, were down by 3.2 percent on those of the nine months to the end of September 2012. According to an interim management statement posted on the company’s website, volumes were down in all of the company’s regions with […]

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Time to make views known on menthol

Time to make views known on menthol

| October 22, 2013

Lorillard is appealing to people to write to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in support of the legal sale of menthol cigarettes. In a press note, the company said the FDA was seeking information to help it determine whether or how to regulate menthol in cigarettes beyond the existing regulations that applied to all […]

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Czech president has doctors fuming

Czech president has doctors fuming

| October 22, 2013

Doctors have challenged a statement by Milos Zeman, the president of the Czech Republic, who reportedly said that tobacco smoking posed no health risk if smokers took up the habit after the age of 27, as he did, according to a story in the Prague Daily Monitor. Zeman was said to have made the statement […]

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Hardly any of India’s 275 million tobacco users intent on quitting their habit

Hardly any of India’s 275 million tobacco users intent on quitting their habit

| October 22, 2013

At least 94 percent of tobacco users in India have no intention of quitting, according to a Times of India story quoting a recent report by the Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project India (TCP India project). The TCP India project is part of the International Tobacco Control Project, a multicountry initiative to evaluate the impact […]

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Iggesund’s parent company in top 100 sustainable businesses index

Iggesund’s parent company in top 100 sustainable businesses index

| October 22, 2013

Holmen, the forest industry group to which Iggesund Paperboard belongs, has been rated as one of 100 world leaders in business sustainability. The United Nation’s Global Compact has set up a new global stock index (Global Compact 100 – GC 100) that takes into account the sustainability of a business and its financial performance. Holmen […]

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Ten-fold hike in tobacco retailer fees

Ten-fold hike in tobacco retailer fees

| October 21, 2013

Most retailers in Ireland are to be forced to pay fees increased by ten-fold if they want to keep selling tobacco products, according to a story in The Irish Examiner. As part of budget 2014, Finance Minister Michael Noonan will tell shop owners he is increasing the fee from €50 to €500, though slightly lower […]

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Scots to go it alone on standard packs

Scots to go it alone on standard packs

| October 21, 2013

The Scottish government has said that it will press ahead with plans to require that cigarettes are sold in unattractive packs, according to a story in The Times. It is understood that Scottish ministers want cigarettes to be sold in standardized packs along the lines of those found in Australia. Since Dec. 1, Australia has […]

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BMA cries foul over e-cigarettes

BMA cries foul over e-cigarettes

| October 21, 2013

Medical leaders have urged Scotland’s Celtic and Rangers football clubs to reconsider their links with an e-cigarette company amid concerns that such links will damage efforts to reduce smoking, according to a story by Lyndsay Buckland for The Scotsman. Last month the E-lites brand said it had become partners with Celtic, allowing its products to […]

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Breathing kills

Breathing kills

| October 21, 2013

The air people breathe is laced with cancer-causing substances and should be classified as carcinogenic to humans, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) cancer agency said last week, according to a Reuters News story. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) cited data indicating that in 2010, 223,000 deaths from lung cancer worldwide resulted from […]

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PMI’s 3Q shipments down by 5.7 percent

PMI’s 3Q shipments down by 5.7 percent

| October 18, 2013

Philip Morris International’s cigarette shipment volume during the third quarter, at 223,124 million, was down by 5.7 percent on that of the third quarter of 2012, 236,531. Shipments were down in all of its regions: in Latin America and Canada by 0.2 percent from 24,007 million to 23,957 million; in the EU by 5.2 percent […]

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Advertising ban to be enforced in Kerala

Advertising ban to be enforced in Kerala

| October 18, 2013

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has pledged that his state will soon put a stop to the advertising of tobacco products in line with India’s Tobacco Control Act 2003, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. A directive seeking enforcement of the advertising provisions of the act […]

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Cut taxes in half? No, get rid of them

Cut taxes in half? No, get rid of them

| October 17, 2013

What is going on? A day after the U.K.’s Institute of Economic Affairs suggested that tobacco taxes should be halved, a report from India indicates that the Bihar state government has decided to make tobacco tax-free. According to a OneIndia.com story, the Bihar government’s decision has made a “complete mockery” of the anti-tobacco drive on […]

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Tobacco tax rise a ‘tokenistic penalty’

Tobacco tax rise a ‘tokenistic penalty’

| October 17, 2013

Anti-tobacco activists in Ireland have condemned as inadequate the latest tobacco duty rise of 10 cents, according to a story in Northern Ireland’s Belfast Telegraph. The Irish Cancer Society accused the government of applying a “tokenistic penalty,” according to the Telegraph, and the Heart Foundation branded the increase a missed opportunity. The increase was less […]

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Tobacco smoking ban amendment tabled

Tobacco smoking ban amendment tabled

| October 17, 2013

Bulgaria’s Socialist Party, part of the ruling coalition, has tabled an amendment to the Health Act that would ease the ban on tobacco smoking in enclosed public places, according to a Novinite story. The draft amendment has been signed by nine Socialist members of parliament in a move that is seen in some quarters as […]

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Tobacco-industry research declared off limits by several medical journals

Tobacco-industry research declared off limits by several medical journals

| October 17, 2013

Health editors at the BMJ, Heart, Thorax and BMJ Open have said they will not consider the publication of studies that have been funded in part or wholly by the tobacco industry, according to a story in The Information Daily. The editors were reported to have said their new policy was consistent with that of […]

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Teenagers move from cigarettes to nas

Teenagers move from cigarettes to nas

| October 17, 2013

Some Russian teenagers are quitting cigarettes for a type of chewing tobacco popular in Central Asia, according to a BBC Online story. Nas or nasvai is made of tobacco mixed with slaked lime and wood ash to form a pellet that, when held under the tongue, packs a powerful nicotine hit. It has been banned […]

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Report proposes halving UK tobacco tax

Report proposes halving UK tobacco tax

| October 16, 2013

A report published yesterday by the U.K.’s Institute of Economic Affairs proposes cutting taxes on fuel, alcohol and tobacco by half, scrapping green energy subsidies and reducing VAT from 20 percent to 15 percent. The report, Aggressively regressive: The ‘sin taxes’ that make the poor poorer, says that reducing taxes in this way would put […]

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India’s Q1 tobacco exports buoyant

India’s Q1 tobacco exports buoyant

| October 16, 2013

India’s tobacco exports got off to a good start in the first quarter of this financial year, which ended on June 30, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. In total, 82,540 tons of tobacco and tobacco products worth INR17.10 billion were exported during the three months […]

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New report says China’s tobacco policies undermined by online cigar vendors

New report says China’s tobacco policies undermined by online cigar vendors

| October 16, 2013

Online cigar vendors are undermining tobacco control policies in China, according to research published by Tobacco Control. The researchers said they had identified 106 internet cigar vendors located in 16 cities, most of them “developed cities,” including Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Only 6.6 percent of these Internet cigar vendors featured health warnings, and only […]

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E-cigarettes are marketing’s new frontier

E-cigarettes are marketing’s new frontier

| October 16, 2013

White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes has signed a research partnership agreement with the University of South Florida’s (USF) marketing department under which researchers will look at the reasons why some consumers are opting for e-cigarettes rather than tobacco cigarettes. The research will be conducted by USF’s College of Business and will encompass both qualitative and quantitative […]

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Moving forward with tobacco as biofuel

Moving forward with tobacco as biofuel

| October 15, 2013

New research carried out in Spain has shown that genetically modified tobacco plants are viable as raw material for biofuels, according to a Basque Research story. In her Ph.D. thesis, Ruth Sanz-Barrio, an agricultural engineer at the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre and researcher at the Institute of Biotechnology, had demonstrated for the first time the […]

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Little tobacco rush in Alaska

Little tobacco rush in Alaska

| October 15, 2013

Tobacco smoking among Alaska’s high school students has declined dramatically in recent years, according to an Associated Press story. Comparing data from six years ago with that gathered from a spring survey, the number of “smoking” students was down by 40 percent. This year, 10.6 percent of students were “smokers” compared with 17.8 percent in […]

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New General snus can is far from general

New General snus can is far from general

| October 15, 2013

Swedish Match this week unveiled at the US NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) in Atlanta, what is describes as smart, revolutionary new packaging for General snus. “General Snus will soon be available in a premium brushed-metal can with a fresh foil seal,” according to a Swedish Match press note. “The ergonomic design also features […]

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Essentra rebrand for Filtrona and Payne

Essentra rebrand for Filtrona and Payne

| October 15, 2013

In a much-trailed move, Filtrona Filter Products yesterday took on its new name, Essentra Filter Products (EFP). The name change realigns the company with its parent, which in June changed its name from Filtrona PLC to Essentra PLC. In a press note announcing the name change, EFP, which has its headquarters in Singapore, described itself […]

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