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Category: Editorial Archives

The next generation

The next generation

May 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Hauni’s new filter maker prepares cigarette manufacturers for the demands of tomorrow. TR Staff Report Hauni Maschinenbau has launched a new generation of basic filter makers, the KDF 5, featuring future-oriented functions and “intelligent flexibility.” “With the KDF 5, we have developed a maker for acetate filter production that offers unprecedented performance even in its […]

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Counterproductive

Counterproductive

May 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Anti-tobacco activists campaigning against tobacco companies’ social responsibility initiatives in India may do more harm than good. By George Gay For people such as I, who live in the U.K., where you vote in a general election on one day and wake up the next morning to hear the result, India’s election process gives pause […]

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Hedging their bets

Hedging their bets

May 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

As the tobacco market becomes more challenging, some leaf traders are diversifying into other lines of business. By George Gay In announcing in February Universal Corp.’s financial results for the third quarter to the end of December, George C. Freeman III, the chairman, president and CEO, said in part that a very preliminary look ahead […]

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The right direction

The right direction

May 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

BAT moves ahead with less risky tobacco and nicotine products, even as regulators remain ambivalent. By George Gay In its Sustainability Summary report published earlier this year, British American Tobacco (BAT) says that, despite the known risks, many people choose to continue to smoke. “But some want alternatives, and as a leading tobacco company we […]

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Sweet solution

Sweet solution

May 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Alliance One is helping Kenya reverse deforestation. By Robin Sutton Anders The lush forests that once spread across Kenya’s landscape are now vanishing at an alarming rate. While environmental impacts of deforestation border upon dismal, the lack of trees also threatens the entire country with drought. Today, the Kenyan government seeks to save its country’s […]

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Taking liberties

Taking liberties

May 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Anti-smoking activists’ careless use of the facts could have serious consequences for tobacco harm reduction. By George Gay You can usually judge the veracity of a statement by the conviction with which a person states it and the vehemence with which he or she defends it when challenged. As a general rule of thumb, veracity […]

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Changing times

Changing times

May 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Faced with soft demand from traditional customers, U.S. tobacco farmers work to optimize their operations while eyeing opportunities presented by e-cigarettes. By Chris Bickers Tim Yarbrough, vice president of the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina, USA, recently expressed concern that an imbalance between tobacco demand and tobacco supply could lead to a drastically lower […]

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Serious business

Serious business

May 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

The illicit cigarette trade isn’t just about lost profits and unpaid taxes; it provides seed money for other crimes, including terrorism and human trafficking. By Timothy S. Donahue Tobacco companies are sometimes criticized for overstating the seriousness of the impact the illicit cigarette trade has on society. Anti-smoking groups contend that stories of smuggled smokes […]

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The slippery slope

The slippery slope

May 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Once dismissed as scaremongering, the tobacco industry’s warning that health advocates would soon target other sectors is starting to sound prescient. By Simon Roper “Sugar is the new tobacco,” proclaimed a January headline in the Daily Mail, a major U.K. tabloid. The refrain echoes around the world. Type the terms tobacco and sugar together into […]

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The way forward

The way forward

February 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Brazilian leaf tobacco industry cannot afford complacency in the wake of last year’s record earnings. By Taco Tuinstra There were lots of smiling faces in southern Brazil last year. At 706 million kg, the 2012–2013 tobacco crop volume may not have broken records, but its export earnings—the variable that counts—were unprecedented. According to Sinditabaco, […]

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