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Studies on plain packaging impacts industry-linked

| December 8, 2014

The tobacco industry is financially linked to the majority of studies showing negative impacts of standardised packaging, according to a Press Association story quoting a Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG) study funded by Cancer Research UK.

Academics with the University of Bath say that more than half the evidence tobacco companies relied on to claim that standardized packaging would have negative economic impacts comprised either company-commissioned reports or the opinions of those financially connected to the industry.

The TCRG was said to have reviewed 74 pieces of evidence cited by tobacco companies to argue that standardised packaging would have detrimental economic and illicit trade impacts.

Of these it found there were no independent, peer-reviewed pieces of evidence that supported the companies’ position and that 47 percent were industry-connected, comprising reports commissioned by tobacco companies and other evidence from third-parties financially connected to a tobacco company.

The University of Bath is part of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, a network of 12 UK and one New Zealand universities that is funded by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration, which builds on the work of its predecessor, the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies.

First tobacco regulation law approved in Cambodia

| December 8, 2014

Cambodia’s Council of Ministers on Friday approved a draft of the country’s first law on tobacco regulation, which includes 49 articles addressing, among other things, taxes, advertising and health warnings.

A statement released by the council said that $100 million was spent on cigarettes annually in Cambodia and that far more than that was spent on treating smoking-related illnesses.

No other details of the law have been released so far.

Friday’s council session was chaired by Prime Minister Hun Sen, who said in September that he had given up smoking after 10 failed attempts over the past 14 years.

The prime minister was said to have admitted to a crowd of university students that he had once decided against signing a sub-decree that would have prevented smoking in public places because he liked to smoke at council meetings. “If I have to leave the meeting room to smoke a cigarette, would there be someone there to listen to me?” the prime minister was reported to have said.

Price rises likely to greet smokers early next year

| December 8, 2014

Moroccan smokers might have to pay more than they do now for their favorite cigarettes from January 1, according to a Morocco World News story quoting the December 5 issue of the business weekly, La Vie Eco.

La Vie Eco reported that a request had been submitted to the Prices and Competition Commission of the Ministry of General Affairs by the local subsidiary of Imperial Tobacco [Altadis Maroc] to increase the price of a pack of Marquise, the most popular brand in Morocco, by 50 cents.

At the same time, Philip Morris International had submitted a request to increase the price of a pack of Marlboro, the second most popular brand in Morocco, by 1 dirham.

The proposed increases were said to have been prompted by a new tax that had been imposed on manufactured tobacco.

The business weekly went on to say that PMI and British American Tobacco were planning to reintroduce a number of brands to the Moroccan market, including Philip Morris, at 20 dirham per pack, and, in the case of BAT, Lucky Strike, at 22 dirham.

Pizzanelli wins hologram award

| December 5, 2014

David Pizzanelli

David Pizzanelli has won the Brian Monaghan Award for Business Innovation at this year’s Excellence in Holography Awards.

The award recognizes his role in the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) and in the development of the hologram image register (HIR).

“David has been a driving force behind the Hologram Image Register since its inception in the early 1990s,” said IHMA Chairman Mike Messmer. “He has been heavily involved with the IHMA, providing guidance on the redesign of the HIR forms in 2007 and he is now advising on the 2014 rebuild of the system.”

Pizzanelli started his career in the hologram industry in the early 1980s, as a holographer at Hollusions, a small British company making silver halide holograms. He then joined Jonathan Ross and Nigel Abraham at See 3 Holograms, where they developed a method to make embossed holograms.

He left See 3 to study the postgraduate holography course at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1994 after doing most of the course part-time, after he joined Light Impressions in 1990 as sales and marketing manager.

For Light Impressions he built an impressive portfolio of orders, including several Chinese tobacco packs, Vietnamese banknotes and numerous well-known brands.

The Holography Awards recognize outstanding industry achievement and are presented annually to organizations who have introduced the most innovative or commercially viable hologram product or technique over the past year.


Icon Vapor completes Green Tree acquisition

| December 5, 2014

Icon Vapor of San Diego, California, USA, has completed its acquisition of e-cigarette distributor Green Tree Syndicate, reports Globe Newswire.

Icon Vapor President Dan Balsiger said the company expects sales to rise significantly in the current fiscal quarter given Green Tree’s convenience-store presence through its relationship with Core-Mark Holding Co.

Icon Vapor also announced that its newly acquired company Green Tree Syndicate’s Canadian businesses booked nearly $1 million in new orders for the first quarter of 2015. Green Tree is expected to continue to expand Icon Vapor’s market share in Canada in 2015, Balsiger said.

Reynolds announces new CFO

| December 5, 2014

Reynolds American Executive Vice President Andrew D. Gilchrist will become executive vice president and chief financial officer effective March 1, 2015.

Gilchrist’s upcoming promotion was approved by the RAI board of directors at its meeting on Dec. 4.

Thomas R. Adams, the company’s current executive vice president and CFO, will begin transitioning the CFO role to Gilchrist in January, ensuring a smooth transition for Gilchrist as he steps into the role in March. Thereafter, Adams plans to retire from RAI.

Adams, 64, has served as RAI’s CFO since 2008, and also serves as chief information officer of RAI Services Co. Gilchrist will assume that responsibility as well in March.

Gilchrist, 42, served as president and chief commercial officer of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. from January 2011 until October 2014. Prior to that, Gilchrist served as executive vice president and CFO of R.J. Reynolds and chief information officer of RAI Services Co. He joined Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. in 1997, and held a number of management positions at both Brown & Williamson and British American Tobacco before joining Reynolds American and its operating companies as part of the business combination in 2004.

Adams joined R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings in 1999 as senior vice president and controller. He held a number of executive positions at RAI and its subsidiaries before becoming CFO in 2008. Before joining Reynolds, Adams was a partner at the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche.

“Andrew is well-prepared to assume the role of CFO for our company,” said Susan M. Cameron, RAI’s president and chief executive officer. “He has both a strong financial and commercial background, and will be uniquely able to transition smoothly into Tom’s current role.

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