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Botswana plans to act against underage smoking

| June 18, 2015

Botswana plans to introduce a new law requiring the licensing of retailers that sell cigarettes, according to a StarAfrica story citing an African Press Agency report.

Ephraim Rapalai, a Ministry of Health environmental health officer, said that the licensing requirement was included in the proposed Tobacco Control Bill.

The officer said Botswana’s biggest challenge was the prevalence of underage smoking and that the ministry hoped the proposed legislation would address this and other challenges relating to tobacco.

One of the other major challenges facing tobacco control concerned the illegal trade, he said. Trying to control that was a mammoth task.

E-cigarettes to be kept out of airline checked bags

| June 18, 2015

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has announced a ban on electronic cigarettes being included in checked baggage, according to an ndtv.com story citing an Agence France Presse report.

The ban is said to have been announced in response to reports that electronic cigarettes have sparked fires in the cargo holds of aircrafts.

Airline passengers and crew are being encouraged instead to carry the devices in the cabin so that incidents can be dealt with immediately.

The ICAO, which is based in Montreal, works with 191 member states and airlines to develop international standards and safety regulations.

The amendment to those regulations that deals with electronic cigarettes prohibits also the recharging of electronic smoking devices in aircraft cabins.

“Several incidents have been reported involving e-cigarette heating elements being accidentally activated and resulting in fires in checked baggage,” said Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the president of the ICAO Council.

Several airlines had already taken measures against electronic cigarettes after concerns were raised late last year, he added.

Karelia launches oriental-blend RYO tobacco brand

| June 18, 2015

Karelia Tobacco Company of Kalamata, Greece, has launched on its domestic market a new oriental-blend roll-your-own tobacco brand, according to a press note relayed by the TMA.

Oriental Mist is said to be based on ‘fine oriental tobacco recipes passed down from previous generations’ and preserved by the company’s master blenders.

It is said also to be ‘reminiscent of mystical, magical days gone by, with a smooth natural aroma and flavor’.

The product retails in a vintage-design pouch of 20 grams.

Oriental Mist will be supported at retail points with promotional activities, Karelia said.

The company has experienced growth in the RYO category since 2006 and it says that its RYO brand George Karelias and Sons is a market leader that is growing also in international markets.

Never smokers aren’t using e-cigs, U.K. survey finds

| June 17, 2015

Results of the New Youth Tobacco Policy Survey conducted by Cancer Research UK show that the majority of youth who have never smoked combustible cigarettes are not using e-cigarettes regularly.

Of the 1,205 children aged 11-16 who took part in a U.K.-wide survey on e-cigarette use, 12 percent reported “ever” use, 2 percent reported “more than monthly” use and 1 percent reported “more than weekly” use.

Among never smokers, only 3 percent reported ever use and 0 percent reported “at least monthly” use, indicating that regular e-cigarette use occurs only in youths who also smoked tobacco cigarettes.

The results of the study reflect earlier research that showed regular e-cigarette use to be extremely rare among nonsmoking youth. The latest survey, which was conducted from August to September 2014, marked the first time questions regarding e-cigarettes were included.

According to Cancer Research UK scientist and University of Stirling professor Linda Bauld, there is a common perception that the recent increase in e-cigarette use will lead to a new generation of adults who have never smoked but become dependent on nicotine. However, the survey results indicate that youth who have never used tobacco products are not using e-cigarettes regularly and that “experimentation is not translating into regular use.”

The study will be published in the Nicotine and Tobacco Research journal.

Essentra launches rechargeable and disposable e-cigarettes

| June 17, 2015

Essentra, a global supplier of specialist plastic, fiber and foam products, has launched two industry-leading e-cigarette solutions. The new e-cigarettes—a rechargeable and a disposable option—are the company’s first “full service” white-label products in the category.

Developed in response to the company’s extensive customer research and industry insights, both e-cigarettes deliver a high-performing and consistent “extraction efficiency” for optimum taste and nicotine release, according to Essentra.

“We have developed close and confidential partnerships with our customers by applying our technical expertise and analytical testing capabilities,” says Patrick Meredith, Innovations Director at Essentra. “This has allowed us to provide bespoke solutions that meet our customer’s demands.”

Essentra’s rechargeable portfolio ranges from a traditional cigarette size to a cigar size. The company also offers e-cigarette kits, which include battery units, refill cartridges and a USB charging device. Designed to be a more convenient solution for consumers, the disposable e-cigarettes will be available as a single unit or as multiples, and are packaged into a branded outer carton or blister carton.

The new rechargeable and disposable e-cigarettes were developed using Essentra’s specialist knowledge and sector expertise, including its patent-pending reservoir technology. According to Essentra, the reservoir can be manufactured without the use of processing aids such as antistatic, lubricate, bonding agent or surfactant, meaning that it does not interfere with the chemistry of the e-liquid it holds and instead ensures a more pure experience.

“As experts in specialty plastic, fiber, foam and packaging components, we can provide a complete end-to-end service while adding value and maximising efficiency,” says Meredith. “With the only independent e-cigarette testing laboratory in the industry, Essentra can guarantee consistent industry leading quality.”

Tax hike increases South Korea’s revenue sharply

| June 17, 2015

South Korea’s cigarette tax revenue during the first five months of this year was up sharply on that of a year earlier, according to a Yonhap News Agency story citing government data.

The increase was said to have been due mainly to a tax hike at the start of this year that took the price of a pack of cigarettes from WON2,500 to WON4500.

According to finance ministry data, the government collected WON880 billion more in cigarette taxes in the January-May period than it had collected during the same period of last year.

Should the current pace of cigarette tax collections continue, the total revenue from cigarette sales is expected to surpass WON10 trillion this year, up from WON6.74 trillion in 2014.

At the same time, retail cigarette sales have picked up as the pre-tax-hike stocks built up by some smokers have run dry.

But overall, the ministry said, tobacco product shipments had tumbled by 31 percent.
“The overall decline is similar to what the government had estimated [34 percent], with the difference caused by the delayed passage of a bill that would make it mandatory to put very large health warnings on cigarette packs,” a ministry official said.

He said the bill should be passed by parliament late this month.

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