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UK rogues’ league published

February 15, 2012 | Comments (0)

Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland was ‘top’ of the UK’s league of towns for the consumption of illicit cigarettes at the end of last year, according to a Press Association story quoting the results of a survey commissioned by Philip Morris. About 66 per cent of the cigarette packs bought in Newtownabbey between October and December […]

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Plain packaging put through the HOOPS

February 5, 2012 | Comments (0)

The UK’s Hands Off Our Packs (HOOPS) campaign has made two videos available online. HOOPS, which is being managed by Forest and which was launched officially last week at a party in London, is aimed at countering efforts to have so-called ‘plain packaging’ imposed on tobacco products in the UK. The HOOPS website is at: […]

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FDA to appeal against graphic warning ruling

February 4, 2012 | Comments (0)

The US government is appealing against a federal judge’s ruling that has overturned a requirement for graphic warning labels to be included on cigarette packs, according to a Bloomberg News story. The Food and Drug Administration has filed a notice of appeal in the US District Court in Washington seeking to overturn Judge Richard Leon’s […]

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India preparing something to chew on

February 3, 2012 | Comments (0)

The Indian Health Ministry seems set to codify a ban on gutkha, pan masala and other chewable forms of tobacco, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. For some time, the situation regarding these products has been confusing with the sale of chewable forms of tobacco seemingly illegal […]

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Siemens motors united under Simotics name

February 2, 2012 | Comments (0)

The Siemens Drive Technologies Division has combined all of its electric motors under one brand name, Simotics, a move designed to integrate its portfolio and improve clarity for customers. The range of motors encompasses low-voltage induction motors, motors for motion control applications, DC motors, and high-voltage motors. “Siemens motors represent reliability, energy efficiency, dynamic response, […]

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DC

DC

June 5, 2011 | Comments (0)

Currently waiting at Washington Dulles for the last leg of my return trip to Raleigh-Durham. The flight from Addis Ababa arrived early and I could probably have caught an earlier onward flight to RDU—but United Airlines now charges $75 for traveling standby, so as a good Dutchman I’ll keep the cash in my pocket and […]

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VPN fun

VPN fun

June 4, 2011 | Comments (0)

As tobacco veterans know, travel is hurry up and wait. During the down times you need something to entertain yourself. Technology makes that easier. I have downloaded to my smart phone an application that allows me to access my computer at work. That enhances productivity, but it can also be used to play tricks on […]

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Bursting at the seams

Bursting at the seams

June 3, 2011 | Comments (0)

To appreciate the shift that has taken place in the Zimbabwean tobacco industry over the past decade, consider these figures: In 2000, approximately 4,000 growers sold 240 million kg. This year, the Zimbabwe Tobacco Association is expecting sales of about 160 million kg—produced by a whopping 60,000 farmers. Designed for commercial production, the country’s marketing […]

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Approaching TSF

Approaching TSF

June 2, 2011 | Comments (0)

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Going, going, gone

Going, going, gone

June 2, 2011 | Comments (0)

Auctioning of leaf at the Tobacco Sales Floors in Harare this morning

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