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Romania likely to benefit from Bulgaria’s smoking ban

| May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012Romania hopes to capitalize on Bulgaria’s decision to ban tobacco smoking in all enclosed public places since it may be seen by smokers as an attractive alternative tourist destination, according to a Novinite story quoting media reports.

Smokers will be able to take advantage of Romania’s more relaxed smoking regime in restaurants, cars, hotels and offices after Bulgaria introduces its full ban on June 1.

Currently, both Romania and Bulgaria impose partial smoking bans.

Bulgaria’s resorts expect more one million tourists to come from neighboring Romania this year, according to the Bulgarian association of travel agencies.

But the association warns that this influx will be due partly to the fact that tourists are still not aware of the new rules Bulgaria has imposed.

Most US states show scant interest in smoking fight

| May 30, 2012

May 25, 2012A report released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that US states have been spending a small and dwindling portion of their tobacco revenues on programs to prevent young people from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a PRNewswire story from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK).

‘From 1998 to 2010, the states collected a combined $243.8 billion in revenue from legal settlements with the tobacco industry and from cigarette taxes, but appropriated only $8.1 billion for tobacco prevention and cessation programs (counting both state funding and federal grants),’ the story said.

‘Total funding for these programs amounted to just 3.3 per cent of the states’ tobacco revenues and less than 28 per cent of the CDC’s recommended amount.

‘This is particularly tragic because, as the report also found, states that have made sustained investments in comprehensive tobacco control programs have seen cigarette sales drop about twice as much as in the United States overall.’

And the states’ record in respect of fighting tobacco use has become even worse during the past several years, as was shown by a report released in November by the CTFK and other public health organizations. ‘The states have slashed funding for tobacco prevention programs by 36 per cent in the past four years,’ the story continued.

‘In the current budget year (fiscal year 2012), the states will collect $25.6 billion in tobacco revenue, but will spend less than two per cent of it – $456.7 million – on tobacco prevention programs.

‘Total state spending currently amounts to just 12 per cent of what the CDC recommends.’

The CTFK said that the CDC report had confirmed that most states had broken the promises they made at the time of the 1998 tobacco settlement to invest a significant portion of their settlement funds in fighting tobacco use, especially among young people. ‘The states’ failure amounts to an enormous missed opportunity to accelerate progress against tobacco use in the United States,’ the story said.

‘It’s also no coincidence that smoking declines have slowed at the same time that states have slashed tobacco prevention funds.’

Seoul sets its heart on ousting smoking

| May 30, 2012

May 25, 2012The metropolitan government of Seoul, South Korea, said on Wednesday that it would begin enforcing tobacco smoking bans in more public places next month in an effort to turn all public areas of the city into smoke-free zones, according to a story by Lee Eun-joo for the Korea JoongAng Daily.

In June, the city will impose fines of up to WON100,000 on people found smoking tobacco in any of 1,950 non-smoking areas that include parks, children’s playgrounds, squares and bus stations.

Of the 25 districts in Seoul, five districts, Gwanak, Gwangjin, Dongdaemun, Gangdong, and Dobong, began enforcing tobacco smoking bans in March.

Starting next month, Jung, Seongdong, Mapo and Geumcheon will start to impose fines, while the remaining districts, excluding those of Seodaemun and Jongno, will levy fines from July 1. Seodaemun will start enforcing the ban from September while Jongno will begin doing so in January of next year.

Animal tests cruel and pointless

| May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is campaigning against a draft recommendation by the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products that some tobacco products be tested on animals, according to an Ecorazzi story relayed by Tobacco China Online.

‘This guidance would allow companies to conduct cruel animal tests to demonstrate the “reduced risks” of new products and ingredients,’ PETA was quoted as saying.

PETA says that the tests are not beneficial to humans because animals that are forced to breathe in smoke do not develop the same diseases as those that humans develop.

It says that the tobacco industry has misled the public with such results for decades, denying the link between smoking and cancer.

‘In some of the horrendous tobacco tests that could be conducted, rats would be forced to breathe tobacco smoke for as long as six hours a day for months at a time by jamming the animals into tiny canisters and pumping concentrated cigarette smoke directly into their noses,’ PETA was quoted as saying. ‘The animals would then be killed and their bodies dissected.’

Belgium, Germany and the UK are said to have banned animal testing for tobacco products, while Canada uses ‘modern, non-animal methods’ to test the products’ safety.

PETA is asking the public to urge the FDA to do the same.

The organisation said that people needed to tell the FDA loudly and clearly that no more animals should suffer and die in these archaic, inaccurate, and cruel tests conducted in respect of products that were known to be deadly when used as directed.

‘Please exercise your right as a US citizen to submit a polite comment to the FDA urging it to remove any language recommending or allowing animal tests from its draft guidance on tobacco product testing,’ PETA urged.

Comments to the FDA regarding the draft recommendation can be made before June 4.

TABEXPO: A message from the chairman at Tobacco Reporter

| March 30, 2012

Dayton Matlick

Following the huge success of TABEXPO 2011 Prague, many people are working behind the scenes on TABEXPO 2015 and figuring out how we can continue to make it bigger, better and more relevant to our audience – you!

Selecting the host city for TABEXPO involved many considerations: accessibility, accommodations and their quality and location, a stable infrastructure, reasonable costs and the appeal of the city itself to our well-traveled and international audience. London continues the tradition set by our previous host cities of Vienna, Geneva, Barcelona, Paris and Prague, not just meeting our expectations but exceeding them.

After personal site inspections of the numerous venues available in London, our choice was ExCeL Centre, by the Royal Docks on the Thames River. It is a large, modern exhibition hall, unimpeded by support pillars. It offers flexibility of space and reasonable rates that we can, and will, pass along to exhibitors and sponsors of TABEXPO 2015 London. Hotels of every caliber are convenient and numerous. Public transportation on the ground offers “to the door” delivery and multiple international airports provide numerous choices for participants and visitors from all over the globe. London has a long tradition of attracting discerning visitors, and ranks at the top of the world’s “favorite places to visit.”

Our industry has undergone drastic changes since the inception of TABEXPO in 1994 and TABEXPO has followed suit. After all, we know you now have choices when it comes to participating in face-to-face events. What hasn’t changed, however, is TABEXPO’s commitment to the premise that we serve ourselves best by serving our customers first. And with many of the same Tobacco Reporter staff still in place that helped bring you the first TABEXPO, we serve you best by knowing your needs, knowing your customers and knowing your goals as well as we know our own.

That history of service, knowledge and commitment continues today, and will only strengthen as we move toward TABEXPO 2015 London. TABEXPO is still your One and Only.

 Visit the TABEXPO 2015 website by clicking here

GTNF 2012

| March 30, 2012

The Global Tobacco Networking Forum, GTNF, is quite simply the greatest interactive tobacco industry idea exchange on earth. GTNF 2012 just wrapped up two days of engaging forums and interactive workshops. Look for comprehensive coverage of this event in the upcoming August issue of Tobacco Reporter.

GTNF 2012 website: click here

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