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Category: Editorial Archives

Tobacco substitute

Tobacco substitute

March 1, 2011 | Comments (0)

Electronic cigarettes are proving more effective than conventional nicotine-replacement products. Perhaps that’s why they are meeting so much resistance. By John Luik <please run author’s photo with intro> When I last discussed electronic cigarettes in these columns (“Inconveniently Effective,” Tobacco Reporter, May 2010), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was furiously trying to prohibit their […]

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Growth through innovation

Growth through innovation

March 1, 2011 | Comments (0)

Andrew Hopkins, BAT’s head of manufacturing, talks about the challenge of building a globally integrated supply chain and the importance of flexibility in an increasingly competitive market. By George Gay Facing fiercer competition and stricter regulations, cigarette makers are increasingly demanding of their equipment suppliers. Tobacco machinery must be fast, efficient and versatile—and of course […]

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Committed to quality

Committed to quality

February 1, 2011 | Comments (0)

The EDAPS Consortium continues to live up to its Golden Leaf Award in the BMJ most committed to quality category. By Brandy Brinson After the Ukraine-based EDAPS Consortium won its Golden Leaf Award last year (See “And the winners are…,” Tobacco Reporter, December 2010), the company said it was ready to prove the quality of […]

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Beyond mechanization

Beyond mechanization

February 1, 2011 | Comments (0)

The potential and limitations of automation in the tobacco industry By George Gay There is what seems to be a fully automated system within my head that allows me to grasp what somebody is saying when they tell me they have just bought a blue car, even though they don’t provide information about the shade […]

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On demand

On demand

February 1, 2011 | Comments (0)

New printing technology simplifies primary, secondary packaging processes for Top Tobacco By Paul Schildhouse The roll-your-own cigarette and pipe tobacco industry is a small but growing segment of the tobacco industry. Sales have increased over the past five years, according to the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Since 1987, Top Tobacco, with […]

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Fanning out

Fanning out

February 1, 2011 | Comments (0)

The Indian group of companies that includes Chaitanya Packaging now also supplies rotary dies for use on packaging and converting machines.   By George Gay   As I traveled with T.R. Prabhu, the chairman of a group of companies that includes Chaitanya Packaging, between some of his factories and godowns on the outskirts of Guntur, […]

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Long march

Long march

February 1, 2011 | Comments (0)

China remains the world’s biggest producer and consumer of tobacco products. Succeeding there requires an equally big commitment. TR Staff Report Despite growing health awareness and attempts to clamp down on smoking, the Chinese tobacco industry continues to thrive. Industry sales and government tax collections increased almost 17 percent in 2010, according to the State […]

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Tax to the max

Tax to the max

February 1, 2011 | Comments (0)

The challenge of squaring public health with government revenue objectives By George Gay I think that I should declare an interest. It has to be said that I am not an objective observer when it comes to taxation. I tend to the view of the 19th century French economist Frédérick Bastiat, who apparently defined taxation […]

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After Uruguay

After Uruguay

February 1, 2011 | Comments (0)

The FCTC Conference of Parties’ recent meeting has put the spotlight back on tobacco ingredients. But the case for a ban remains flimsy. By John Luik With the fourth session of the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Punta Del Este, Uruguay, at the end […]

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Ground-breaking

Ground-breaking

February 1, 2011 | Comments (0)

Cross Creek’s seeds offer unparalleled disease resistance.   By Brandy Brinson   When tobacco plants grown from Cross Creek’s seeds break ground, they are more likely to resist diseases and nematodes than plants grown from other seeds. The company has collaborated with international breeders to develop flue-cured and burley varieties that are showing resistance at […]

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