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Health fears stop smokers from using e-cigarettes

| January 7, 2015

A just-released survey on tobacco habits and attitudes in the US has found that most college graduates have never tried a cigarette.

This is one of the findings of a national poll of more than 1,000 US American adults conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of Swedish Match, a Sweden-based tobacco company that is advocating a world without cigarettes.

The survey found that 21 percent of US Americans said they were current smokers, with 23 percent declaring that they had quit the habit and 42 percent replying that they had never had a cigarette, a figure that jumps to 54 percent among college graduates.
Only 12 percent of those who completed college said they smoked.

The highest rates of smoking were among 18-34-year-olds (23 percent), just ahead of 35-54-year-olds (22 percent) and much higher than those 55 and older (17 percent).
Among those who quit smoking, 56 percent said they did so due to health fears, while 32 percent said they gave up cigarettes because of their price.
Smokers are largely transparent about their tobacco use. Only 15 percent of those who do or did smoke said they hid/hide the habit from their co-workers, though among 18-34 year-old smokers this percentage rises to 36 percent.

“This survey underscores the significant generational and educational differences in Americans’ attitudes toward smoking,” said Chris Lemmon, senior brand manager at Swedish Match.
“Curiously, the smoking rates among Millennials – the generation that has grown up with anti-smoking messages – are actually higher than [among] older age groups, and yet one in three of them hide their cigarette use at work, which likely speaks to the stigma still associated with smoking.”

Meanwhile, attitudes toward electronic cigarettes seem to be evolving. While 58 percent of smokers surveyed said that there was no stigma associated with electronic cigarette use, 37 percent of smokers said they didn’t use electronic cigarettes because their health impacts were still unknown. Another 18 percent of smokers believed electronic cigarettes were just a fad.
Twenty eight percent of the smokers surveyed said they used electronic cigarettes.

Belarus sets cigarette production quotas for 2015

| January 7, 2015

The Belarusian government has set the quota for cigarettes produced for sale during 2015 on the domestic market at 30.0 billion pieces, the same quota as that of last year, according to a Belarusian Telegraph Agency report.

The Belgospishcheprom Group has been given a quota of 23.0 billion cigarettes, of which 18.9 billion are filtered products (Kronon, Magnat, Minsk, Premier, Fest, Credo, Matrix, NZ, Portal and Queen).

And Minsk (the joint venture Tabak Invest) has been granted a quota of 7.0 billion pieces, of which 1.4 billion are filtered (Korona and Fort).
The quotas can be adjusted during the year, but only by the government.

Turkish smokers hit with double price whammy

| January 7, 2015

Smokers in Turkey have been hit with a double whammy as some tobacco companies have taken the opportunity of a tax hike to increase their own prices, according to a story in the Daily Sabah.

Tobacco companies increased the tobacco prices on Monday in response to the tax increase, which came into effect on January 1.
And mostly they put prices up by TL0.50 a pack when the tax increase – from 82 percent to 83 percent – was TL0.40.

But it is the Turkish Finance Ministry that will make the highest profit from the increased prices.
Based on the level of cigarette sales in 2014, the ministry will collect nearly TL1.9 billion from the imposition of the new tax.

With the increases in place, the retail price of the cheapest cigarette on the Turkish market is TL5.00, while that of the most expensive product is TL10.50.

Chowdhury namedpartner at Keller and Heckman

| January 6, 2015

azim-chowdhuryE-cigarette expert Azim Chowdhury has been named partner in Keller and Heckman’s Washington DC law office. Chowdhury advises corporations in matters of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and international regulatory
compliance.

Specifically, he assists corporations in establishing clearances for food and drug additives in the U.S., Canada and the European Union, with an emphasis on indirect additives used in food-contact chemicals.

Chowdhury has extensive expertise in tobacco product regulation and spearheaded the FDA tobacco practice at Keller and Heckman. He represents tobacco and e-cigarette manufacturers, suppliers and trade associations in matters of FDA regulatory and corporate compliance.

Tobacco Board requires registration of marketers

| January 6, 2015

zambiaThe Tobacco Board of Zambia (TBZ) says the marketing of tobacco in the 2014-2015 season will be restricted to registered growers.

Tobacco growers can register until Jan. 21, 2015 at TBZ’s head office in Lusaka and in Chipata, Choma, Kaoma, Kabwe and Mansa.

According to the Daily Mail, the decision is in accordance with the law on tobacco, which states that, “any grower or any person, organization or association who is bona fide to grow or intends to grow tobacco ought to be registered with TBZ.”

Domino invests in India

| January 6, 2015

domino india factoryDomino has opened a state-of-the-art factory in Manesar, India, dedicated to the manufacture of inks and printers for coding and marking. Replacing Domino’s two existing facilities, the new 4,050 square feet factory has been built to strict green building design specifications and will also include a warehouse and billing center. The new location will employ 35 people.

The factory was officially opened by Nigel Bond, Domino’s group managing director. Observing local customs, a coconut was cracked at the ceremony to bring health and success.

“I’m delighted to officially open our new India facility, which demonstrates Domino’s commitment to maintaining our market leader position,” said Bond. “The facility will have improved technologies and processes that will allow for a seamless approach, from manufacturing through to the final logistical stages.”

The factory is energy efficient and features increased natural light. It is currently awaiting accreditation from the Indian Green Building Council.

 

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