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E-cigarette Holding continues strong growth

| December 12, 2014

Electronic Cigarettes Holding (ECH) reported promising results for the first half of 2014. The company plans to expand its business to 25 countries within the next three months.

ECH currently has online shops in 18 European countries. Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) for the first half-year of 2014 already surpassed those of last year, indicating that the company will close the financial year on a high note. In 2015, ECH expects to see a continued increase in sales across its portfolio of e-cigarette products and anticipates its EBIT to triple, to CHF15 million by the end of next year.

“We have a very attractive business model with the highest profit margin and EBIT in the global industry,” said ECH CEO Robin Roy Krigslund-Hansen.  “As such we have second-to-none organic growth financed entirely by our own profit. This is quite unique.”

OLAF dismantles illegal cigarette network

| December 12, 2014

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and  law enforcement authorities in Italy and Germany have dismantled an international cigarette contraband network that was manufacturing “made in Italy” cigarettes destined in part for the illegal market in the European Union (EU).

More than 10 individuals were arrested in an ongoing investigation. The network produced cigarettes in the EU and simulated exports or carried out real exports to third countries. Then it smuggled the cigarettes back into the EU to avoid applicable taxes. The illegal trade cost  Italy alone more than €90 million ($110 million) in lost tax revenue.

Golden Leaf Awards

| November 14, 2014

Who will take home the coveted trophies this year?

With all the negative publicity surrounding tobacco, it’s easy to lose sight of our industry’s positive aspects. Although we trade in a traditional commodity, many of our business practices and technologies are cutting-edge.

Think of a cigarette packing machine, for example. The ability to produce 1,000 cigarette packs every minute without shredding the cartons and pulverizing the tobacco rods (or injuring the operator, for that matter) should count as a small miracle.

Think also of our corporate responsibility initiatives. Most tobacco companies carefully look after the communities that provide their raw materials, investing in schools, hospitals and poverty-alleviation programs.

It’s important to recognize tobacco’s accomplishments. To create a positive buzz in a challenging environment, we have created an annual tobacco industry awards program, the Golden Leaf Awards, presented by Tobacco Reporter and sponsored exclusively by BMJ.

The first presentation of the Golden Leaf Awards took place in 2006, in Bali, Indonesia. The most recent one took place during the Global Tobacco Networking Forum at The Greenbrier resort in White Suplhur Springs, West Virginia, USA. The 2015 Golden Leaf awards will be held in September 2015 at the Palazzo Re Enzo in Bologna, Italy, during the 2015 GTNF.

Awards are granted on an annual basis to companies that have achieved outstanding performance in five categories—most impressive public service initiative; most promising new product introduction; most exciting newcomer to the industry; most outstanding service to the industry; and the BMJ most committed to quality award.

We challenge you to challenge our judges by nominating your company or another company deserving of recognition. And, of course, we would also like to thank BMJ. Without its generous support, this program would not have been possible. Deadline for the 2015 Golden Leaf awards is August 14, 2015. Click here for the 2015 submission form.

 2014 Golden Leaf Award winners, recognized in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, USA

The Tobacco Board of India                  Most impressive public service initiative

Tomra Sorting                                          Most promising new product introduction

Shishapresso                                             Most exciting newcomer to the industry

Alliance One International                    Most outstanding service to the industry

White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes      BMJ Most committed to quality

 

2013 Golden Leaf Award winners, recognized in Cape Town, South Africa

Alliance One Kenya                                      Most impressive public service initiative

British American Tobacco (BAT)              Most promising new product introduction (Tie)

and

R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. (RJR)                   Most promising new product introduction (Tie)

White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes           Most exciting newcomer to the industry

Andromeda Forwarding and Logistics    Most outstanding service to the industry

SEKE                                                                  BMJ Most committed to quality

2012 Golden Leaf Award winners, recognized in Antwerp, Belgium

Alliance One International                        Most impressive public service initiative

Heinen Koehl                                                  Most promising new product introduction

Perten Instruments AB                                Most exciting newcomer to the industry

Mane                                                                  Most outstanding service to the industry

Mane                                                                  BMJ Most committed to quality

 

Previous winners include

2011 Golden Leaf Award winners, recognized in Prague, Czech Republic

Alliance One International                          Most impressive public service initiative

Reconex                                                              Most promising new product introduction

ECO2                                                                   Most exciting newcomer to the industry

NDC Infrared Engineering                            Most outstanding service to the industry

Vrijdag Premuim Printing                           BMJ Most committed to quality

 

2010 Golden Leaf Award winners, recognized in Balgalore, India

Universal Leaf Africa                                      Most impressive public service initiative

Iggesund Paperboard                                       Most promising new product introduction

Manifattura Italiana Tabacco                       Most exciting newcomer to the industry

Godioli e Bellanti                                               Most outstanding service to the industry

EDAPS Consortium                                           BMJ Most committed to quality

 

2009 Golden Leaf Award winners, recognized in Bangkok, Thailand

Sopariwala Exports                                          Most impressive public service initiative

Filligent Ltd.                                                      Most promising new product introduction

Arabian Nights                                                 Most exciting newcomer to the industry

U.S. Flue-Cured Tobacco Growers               Most outstanding service to the industry

Bimo Italia SpA                                                 BMJ Most committed to quality

 

2008 Golden Leaf Award winners, recognized in Rio de Janiero, Brazil

Universal Leaf Tobacco Co.                          Most impressive public service initiative

U.S. Flue-Cured Tobacco Growers              Most promising new product introduction

Tobaccotoday.info                                          Most exciting newcomer to the industry

Universal Leaf Tobacco Co.                          Most outstanding service to the industry

ITC Printing & Packaging                             BMJ Most committed to quality

 

2007 Golden Leaf Award winners, recognized in Paris, France

ILTD (ITC)                                                            Most impressive public service initiative

GCH                                                                       Most promising new product introduction

Uncommitted Tobacco Auction                     Most exciting newcomer to the industry

Colin Mear Engineering                                   Most outstanding service to the industry

ILTD (ITC)                                                            BMJ Most committed to quality

 

2006 Golden Leaf Award winners, recognized in Bali, Indonesia

Lakson Tobacco Company                            Most impressive public service initiative

Titan Adhesives                                              Most promising new product introduction

TobaccoPeople                                                  Most exciting newcomer to the industry

Celenese Acetate                                             Most outstanding service to the industry

WinterBell                                                         BMJ Most committed to quality

China vapor forum

| August 4, 2014

The CECMOL forum 2014 will take place Sept. 2-4 at the Kirin Parkview Hotel in Shenzhen, China on. This is the first major international forum in China dedicated to the vapor market. Experts will discuss issues such as public policy, standardization, R&D and manufacturing.

This forum is an opportunity for visitors to meet China’s major e-cigarette and e-liquid manufacturers and major players in the global vapor industry. Among other things, visitors will learn more how the standards of safety, technologies, and production processes in China correspond with the standards of other regions.

The Chinese consumer market is gradually opening to the e-cigarette industry and may one day become the biggest vapor market in the world.

More information visit http://sf2014en.cecmol.com.

Test 2

| November 12, 2013

Cigarette taxes to fund anti-campaign

| November 6, 2013

The Jakarta city administration is to target students and low-income residents in a new anti-smoking campaign funded by cigarette tax revenue, according to a story in The Jakarta Post.

Starting from next year, the city is expected to receive about IDR400 billion (US$35.2 million) a year in revenue from cigarette excise tax.

“We are currently discussing and fleshing out the anti-smoking programs, which comprise not only curative but also preventive measures,” the head of the Jakarta Health Agency, Dien Emmawati, was quoted as saying.

“Most smokers in the capital are low-income residents so we will focus on educating them. We will also target students.”

Dien said the funds allocated for anti-smoking programs would be distinct from those allocated for financing the city’s health care program, which this year amounted to IDR1.2 trillion.