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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to submit a polite comment to the FDA urging it to remove any language recommending or allowing animal tests from its draft guidance on tobacco product testing,’ PETA urged.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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Golden Leaf Awards

| March 30, 2012

Tobacco Reporter, in association with our exclusive sponsor, BMJ, has presented the industry’s only annual awards for excellence since 2006, recognizing companies, products or individuals for performance in the following categories:

Most impressive public service initiative

Most promising new product introduction

Most exciting newcomer to the industry

Most outstanding service to the industry

BMJ Most committed to quality

Complete the latest Golden Leaf Awards entry form here

Trophies have been presented and winners recognized at an awards banquet, hosted by BMJ, each year. Our 2012 winners will be unveiled at Tobacco Reporter’s 2012 GTNF in June in Antwerp, Belgium.

Enter your company, products or co-workers in our next Golden Leaf Awards by submitting the appropriate forms, found here.

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

BAT CEO interviewed on full-year 2011 results

| February 23, 2012

The tobacco manufacturer British American Tobacco posts results that see organic revenue up 7% and adjusted EPS up 11%.

Dalli looks to make tobacco products less attractive

| February 17, 2012

The European Commissioner for Health, John Dalli, told a conference last week that it was necessary to ensure that tobacco products, and cigarettes in particular, were produced and presented across the EU in such a way that they did not encourage or facilitate the uptake of smoking by young people.

Dalli was speaking at a conference on pictorial health warnings and standardized packaging for tobacco products held in Brussels on Wednesday under the aegis of the Smoke Free Partnership and the Belgian Foundation against Cancer.

He said the key issue was the need to reduce “the attractiveness of cigarettes”.

“Cigarette packages are increasingly used as marketing tools. Slim, colourful, attractive packages are available on the market,” he said.

“Such appealing packaging can mislead people into believing that these products are harmless products like any other, when clearly they are not.”

Dalli then turned briefly to the additives used in some cigarettes.

There were now vanilla flavored and strawberry flavored cigarettes that could make it easier to smoke earlier in life, he said.

“There are also pink coloured and slim shaped cigarettes that could make smoking appear much more alluring and seductive, in particular to young girls,” he added.

“But tobacco is tobacco – even if it is presented in an appealing way.

“So we need to take further action to make tobacco less appealing – in particular to young people – and to ensure that people know exactly what they can expect from tobacco in terms of bad health.

“It is in this spirit that I am considering different possibilities to improve the rules on health warnings and packaging so that people get accurate, effective information about tobacco products.

“Tobacco packages should look dissuasive, not appealing. When people look at a package of cigarettes, they need to get the message that this product can harm their health.”

Dalli said also that he was considering how to regulate additives in tobacco products, more stringent regulation on “access to tobacco”, and how to address new types of nicotine products on the market, such as electronic cigarettes.