Archive for November, 2013

Taiwan’s parks full of tobacco smoke

Taiwan’s parks full of tobacco smoke

| November 22, 2013

The Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Health Promotion Administration has defended an upcoming ban on tobacco smoking in national parks by saying that subjecting people to second-hand smoke was a violation of their basic human rights, according to a story in the Taipei Times. The administration was responding to a pro-smoking group’s accusation that […]

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Essentra research on FDA-cited PAHs

Essentra research on FDA-cited PAHs

| November 22, 2013

Essentra Scientific Services (ESS) has published its latest research into the quantitative analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) contained in cigarettes. In the study, which was conducted by Dr. William Guthery and Dr. Mike Taylor, the yields of 16 PAHs cited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as potentially harmful compounds were tested […]

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PMI speeds-up reduced-risk schedules

PMI speeds-up reduced-risk schedules

| November 21, 2013

Philip Morris International is accelerating its launch plans for reduced-risk products, which, it believes, represent its greatest growth opportunity. It intends to start what it describes as several commercial pilot city tests during the second half of next year; while the first national launch of its Platform 1 product is now scheduled for 2015, well […]

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Cigarette sales increased in China

Cigarette sales increased in China

| November 21, 2013

China’s cigarette sales volume during the first nine months of this year, at 1,975 billion, was increased by about 1.1 percent on that of the first nine months of 2012, 1,954 billion, according to a Tobacco China magazine story. At the same time, key-brand volume was said to have risen by 7 percent to 1,550 […]

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CSR provision would legitimize tobacco firms, says Indian control forum

CSR provision would legitimize tobacco firms, says Indian control forum

| November 21, 2013

Part of the tobacco control community in India is objecting to companies operating within the tobacco industry being required, along with other companies, to invest in CSR (corporate social responsibility) activities, according to a Merinews story. The Tamil Nadu People’s Forum for Tobacco Control (TNPFTC) believes that CSR activities legitimize and popularize tobacco companies’ activities […]

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Hong Kong push for 100 percent tax

Hong Kong push for 100 percent tax

| November 20, 2013

Anti-smoking lobbyists in Hong Kong are urging the government to increase its tobacco tax to at least 75 percent immediately and to 100 percent by the next fiscal year, according to a story by Qi Luo for the Hong Kong Standard. The Council on Smoking and Health said the current tobacco tax accounted for between […]

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Fighting smoking on Ireland’s beaches

Fighting smoking on Ireland’s beaches

| November 20, 2013

James Reilly wants to ban smoking on beaches, in cars with young people and in public parks, according to a story by Sarah Bardon for the Irish Daily Mirror. The new bans would be part of Reilly’s war on the tobacco industry and smoking, which he claims is not a war on smokers. He wants […]

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Canada to host tobacco control forum

Canada to host tobacco control forum

| November 20, 2013

Tobacco control professionals from across Canada and around the world are due to gather in Ottawa next week for the 8th National Conference on Tobacco or Health. According to a press note issued by the National Conference on Tobacco or Health, delegates to the conference will share knowledge and experiences, and discuss the future of tobacco […]

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Revised tobacco directive threatens jobs

Revised tobacco directive threatens jobs

| November 20, 2013

Should EU proposals for “minimum pack sizes and plain packaging for cigarettes” come to fruition on Dec. 10, JTI Gallaher would have to confirm more than 300 job losses overnight, according to a story in the Ballymena Times quoting Northern Ireland’s North Antrim MP, Ian Paisley. Paisley made the claim when he and East Antrim […]

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E-cigarette users making Logic choice

E-cigarette users making Logic choice

| November 20, 2013

Logic Technology says that it has secured the number-two spot for e-cigarettes in convenience stores nationwide across the U.S. The e-cigarette manufacturer was quoting the results of the latest unit share report from Nielsen’s C-Track Database and Wells Fargo Securities. It said that it had seen a steady increase in sales in recent months and […]

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Sewtec opens new R&D center

Sewtec opens new R&D center

| November 19, 2013

Automation solutions specialist Sewtec, which designs and installs production lines for the tobacco industry, has invested £500,000 ($805,135) in a research and development center to support customer projects and enable the company to further develop its range of robotic solutions. The new facility, next to Sewtec’s existing manufacturing headquarters in Dewsbury, U.K., was officially opened […]

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Safety accreditation for CSi industries

Safety accreditation for CSi industries

| November 19, 2013

Materials handling supplier CSi industries of Raamsdonksveer, Netherlands, has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety. Safecontractor is a leading third-party accreditation scheme that recognizes high standards in health and safety management among U.K. contractors. Employing 450 people, CSi is principally involved in the product handling and […]

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Indonesia to accede to FCTC by year end

Indonesia to accede to FCTC by year end

| November 19, 2013

Indonesian Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi has said that her country will accede to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) before the end of this year, according to a story by Nadya Natahadibrata for The Jakarta Post. “The treaty accession will be completed through a presidential decree,” Nafsiah was quoted as saying. […]

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Educate, don’t legislate, on car smoking

Educate, don’t legislate, on car smoking

| November 19, 2013

The U.K. smokers’ group Forest has urged the government to reject calls to ban smoking in cars with children. According to new figures released by the British Lung Foundation (BLF), in England alone about 185,000 young people between the ages of 11 and 15 are exposed to “potentially toxic concentrations of secondhand smoke in their […]

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Working to end child labor—in the US

Working to end child labor—in the US

| November 19, 2013

In the U.S., children as young as 12 are allowed to work on tobacco farms, performing backbreaking labor and putting their health and lives at risk, according to a story by Gabriel Thompson and Mariya Strauss for The Nation. (http://activism.thenation.com/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12432) The authors point out that agricultural work in general is dangerous. Workers might be exposed […]

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AOI appoints new CFO

AOI appoints new CFO

| November 19, 2013

Alliance One International says that Joel L. Thomas, currently vice president, treasurer, is being promoted to the role of executive vice president, CFO, from Jan. 1. Thomas will take over from Robert A. Sheets, who is retiring from AOI after more than 15 years with the company. Sheets, who is currently executive vice president, CFO […]

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NDC appoints Japan sales manager

NDC appoints Japan sales manager

| November 19, 2013

NDC Infrared Engineering has appointed Teruo Horino (pictured) sales manager, Japan, for its web gauging and metals systems. “Horino-san brings many years of experience in industrial measurement and control systems across a wide range of applications including power, energy, web gauging and industrial automation,” NDC said in a press note. “Horino-san earned a degree in […]

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Imperial Tobacco and its employees helping aid efforts in the Philippines

Imperial Tobacco and its employees helping aid efforts in the Philippines

| November 18, 2013

Imperial Tobacco employees in the Philippines are helping to support the relief efforts being made following the devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan, which struck the country on Nov. 8. Volunteers from Imperial’s subsidiary, the Philippine Bobbin Corporation (PBC), are packing survival boxes containing water, food and toiletries. And PBC has said that it will match […]

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Gamucci to open at London Heathrow world’s first airport vaping lounge

Gamucci to open at London Heathrow world’s first airport vaping lounge

| November 18, 2013

The e-cigarette manufacturer Gamucci plans to open what is believed will be the world’s first e-cigarette vaping zone at an airport: at Terminal 4, London, Heathrow. The Gamucci Electronic Cigarette Zone, which is due to open on Nov. 25, will provide a designated indoor area where passengers may enjoy e-cigarettes. In a press note, Gamucci […]

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Smog blankets China’s cities with respiratory disease concerns

Smog blankets China’s cities with respiratory disease concerns

| November 18, 2013

The prevalence of smoking in China tends to fudge the contribution of air pollution to the growing incidence of respiratory disease in the country, according to a story in the South China Morning Post. Two recent incidents were described as being timely reminders of the cost of China’s rapid development. In one, an 8-year-old girl […]

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Essentra takes packaging design award

Essentra takes packaging design award

| November 18, 2013

The in-house design department of Essentra Packaging has been named Design Team of the Year at the U.K. Packaging Awards. The company was also highly commended in the Packaging Company of the Year category, after reaching the final shortlist of four nominees. Based at the company’s headquarters in Nottingham, U.K., Essentra’s four-strong design team is […]

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Smoking bans at Berkeley’s castle walls

Smoking bans at Berkeley’s castle walls

| November 15, 2013

A city council member in Berkeley, California, USA, is calling for a tobacco smoking ban in some single-family homes, according to a story by Carolyn Jones for the San Francisco Chronicle. Councilman Jesse Arreguin said that a proposal to ban cigarette smoking in apartments and condos, where smoke can waft through ventilation systems, was not […]

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Plain packaging this ain’t

Plain packaging this ain’t

| November 15, 2013

U.K.-based Smoke Screenz Ltd. has launched a retail website that provides consumers with the opportunity to create personal designs for plastic cigarette-pack holders and then to buy those holders. At www.smoke-screenz.com, consumers can overlay full-color graphics and text onto a durable, lightweight, high-quality, hard plastic holder that will accept a regular king-sized pack of 20 […]

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Indonesia’s overproducing clove growers look to export kretek manufacture

Indonesia’s overproducing clove growers look to export kretek manufacture

| November 15, 2013

The Indonesian Clove Farmers’ Association (APCI) wants to widen the market for cloves by working with overseas tobacco manufacturers to help them produce kreteks, according to a story in the Jakarta Post. Indonesia currently has an oversupply of cloves. At the fourth Asia Tobacco Forum in Surabaya, East Java, APCI Treasurer I. Ketut Budiman said […]

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Leaf growers renew call for FDI in India

Leaf growers renew call for FDI in India

| November 15, 2013

Indian tobacco farmers operating under the banner of the United Association of Tobacco Growers (UATG) are urging the Indian government to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in the tobacco sector, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The farmers believe that opening the sector to FDI would […]

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