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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 men, women and young people aged 14–18 since the mid-2000s.

Last year, the volume of tobacco products delivered for taxable consumption was down on that of the previous year: 3 percent down in the case of cigarettes and 1 percent in the case of cigars.

And the consumption of tax-free cigarettes, which account for about 11 percent of total consumption, fell by 9 percent on that of the previous year.

Meanwhile, vaping is yet to catch on in Finland in a major way. Last year, less than 1 percent of men and women were said to have used e-cigarettes on a daily basis.

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 spent 22 years with Altria sales and distribution, retiring from the company this year.

Over the course of his career, he held various leadership positions, most recently leading a team of 80 sales managers expanding Altria’s presence in his markets.

In his previous role, Rahman was the director of trade relations for the company, helping further Altria’s relationship with the wholesale and retail trade, as well as with organizations including the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and the American Wholesale Marketers’ Association (AWMA).

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 and Nestlé, and ahead of other tobacco companies.

“These awards are based on the results of a nationwide survey of more than 2,000 Dutch retailers, who praised our field force for their professionalism, retail engagement and category knowledge,” the note said.

“This is not just recognition for our field sales team; all of our people have played an important role in this achievement,” said Ronald van Bilsen, head of sales.

“As we like to say in the Netherlands, together we can achieve more.”

Celebrating the win at an event in Amsterdam are, from left to right: regional sales managers Arie Stehouwer and Raymond van Gool, and field sales manager, Gerald Tijssen.

Celebrating the win at an event in Amsterdam are, from left to right, regional sales managers Arie Stehouwer and Raymond van Gool and field sales manager Gerald Tijssen.

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 companies was clear, Tarabella said: to be completely in control by offering “both the evil and the remedy.”

“This is a serious problem,” he said.

“With such practices, ethics risk going up in smoke.”

Tarabella asked:

1. What is the Commission’s reaction?

2. Is there not a conflict of interest, or an ethical problem? What does the Commission plan to do?

The Commission will reply in writing at a later date.

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, which was held at Seoul, South Korea.

The WHO opened the protocol for signature in January when the organization’s director-general, Margaret Chan, apparently told delegates attending the ceremony that one of the most joyous moments of her life had been the unanimous adoption of the protocol, despite efforts by the tobacco industry to prevent it from passing.

In fact, the protocol is almost certainly broadly welcomed by the tobacco industry, for which the illicit trade is a fierce competitor. The industry would like to see the speedy implementation of one of its commitments—the establishment an efficient international track and trace system for tobacco products.

And it would almost certainly like to see the protocol broadened to encompass certain manufacturing materials.

The protocol is due to enter into force 90 days after the 40th FCTC participating country has ratified it.

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 on its website, JT said that since its launch in 1969, Seven Stars had consistently offered “unique value in terms of flavor, aroma and design,” and as a result had become extremely popular among consumers.

In fact, a Seven Stars product occupies the No. 1 slot on Japan’s domestic volume sales table. And now, with 10 products in its lineup, the brand is one of the most popular in Japan.

Seven Stars Real Rich is said to use only selected leaf tobacco to produce a rich and mellow flavor and aroma with no roughness.

Its pack uses the basic Seven Stars design, but gives it a “deep red base tone rendered in sophisticated hues, representing the rich aroma and depth of the product.”

Seven Stars Real Smoke uses tobacco blended so as to produce a “full smoke sensation that is sharp yet has depth.”

It also uses the basic Seven Stars design, but in this case adapted with “bold black hues as the base tone, symbolizing a product with a rich and full smoke sensation together with a roasted flavor.”