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Archive for December, 2013

Imperial makes light work of savings

December 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

Imperial Tobacco has installed at its Taiwan factory energy-efficient lighting that costs less to use and provides greater illumination. Conventional lights using mercury vapour have been replaced at the Jhunan site with energy-efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). LEDs have a typical lifespan of about 30,000 hours, compared to just 750 hours for traditional light bulbs. […]

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Industry mourns Alan Rodgman

December 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

Alan Rodgman, a prominent tobacco chemist, passed away on Dec. 16, 2013. After joining R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s research department in 1954, Rodgman initiated the company’s research on cigarette smoke composition. He personally conducted and actively directed environmental tobacco smoke research until 1987. Rodgman became director of research in 1976. During his career, he served […]

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PMI and Altria to cooperate on e-cigs

December 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

Philip Morris International and Altria Group have established a strategic framework to commercialize reduced-risk products and e-cigarettes. Under the terms of a set of licensing, supply and cooperation agreements, Altria will make available its e-cigarette products exclusively to PMI for commercialization outside the United States and PMI will make available two of its candidate reduced-risk […]

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PMI says EU failed to do homework on revision of tobacco products directive

December 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

Philip Morris International says that proposed revisions to the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) will be a gift to black market criminals but a blow to government revenues and to people working in the licit tobacco industry. “The EU has ignored its own standards for proportionate, evidenced-based policymaking during the five years that the Tobacco […]

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White Cloud starting recycling program for its e-cigarettes and batteries

December 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes has said that it is partnering with Big Green Box to offer a US recycling service for its products, including its batteries, according to a PRNewswire story. Big Green Box is a federally-approved recycling company based in Anaheim, California. The service will ensure that White Cloud meets the standards of electronic-waste […]

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Canadian court refuses to hear appeal by foreign-entity tobacco companies

December 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear an appeal by foreign tobacco companies trying to extricate themselves from a lawsuit over health-related costs, according to a Canadian Press story. The Ontario government is seeking billions of dollars in health-care costs that it alleges are attributable to tobacco-related illnesses. The companies argued they were […]

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Tobacco firms faced with compensation claim by national health insurance body

December 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

South Korea’s National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) said on Wednesday that it will file a suit against cigarette manufacturers ‘as early as next year’, according to a story in The Korea Times. “The NHIS will file a suit against tobacco companies to recover medical costs which it has incurred due to smoking-related diseases,” NHIS president […]

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EU to back ‘tobacco products that taste and smell like tobacco products’

December 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

The EU’s Permanent Representatives Committee yesterday approved a revised EU tobacco products directive that, in part, and in the words of a Council press note, aims to ensure that ‘tobacco products taste and smell like tobacco products’. The new directive has still to be formally adopted by the European Parliament and the Council, which will […]

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New EU directive ‘just a first step’

December 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

The compromise EU tobacco products directive negotiated by the Lithuanian presidency and the European Parliament on Monday, and endorsed by the Committee of Permanent Representatives on Wednesday, is ‘just a first step’, according to the Lithuanian Minister of Health, Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis. The compromise directive has still to be formally adopted by the European Parliament […]

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‘Hasty decisions’ on EU tobacco directive will lead to ‘ineffective legislation’

December 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

Japan Tobacco International said yesterday that hasty decisions made in respect of the revised EU tobacco products directive (TPD) would lead only to ineffective legislation. “The TPD has been negotiated hastily, pushed by political agendas, with little consideration given to the effectiveness of the numerous measures and the cost entailed for EU Member States and […]

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