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Cambodia urged to increase taxes

Cambodia urged to increase taxes

| September 5, 2013

Anti-smoking advocates have called on the Cambodian government to raise its taxes on cigarettes, claiming that such measures have brought health and revenue-generating benefits to other countries, according to a story in The Phnom Penh Post. In a conference in Phnom Penh, the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance demonstrated that Cambodia had one of the […]

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Ban on the horizon for e-cigarette ads

Ban on the horizon for e-cigarette ads

| September 5, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is likely to propose in October a ban on television advertising for electronic cigarettes, according to a story by Michael Sebastian for Advertising Age quoting a report from the financial services group CLSA Americas. A ban would hobble the dissemination of information about these products, which are relatively new, […]

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Designers go back to first principles

Designers go back to first principles

| September 5, 2013

Iggesund Paperboard recently invited international designers to take part in a week of activities in the forests around Iggesund to learn about forest management, paperboard manufacture and paperboard’s properties and possibilities. A similar event was staged last autumn, and it was so successful that the company decided to repeat it. The Iggesund Design Experience 2013, […]

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Confusion surrounds Estonia’s proposed new law aimed at protecting fetuses

Confusion surrounds Estonia’s proposed new law aimed at protecting fetuses

| September 4, 2013

Estonian Minister of Justice Hanno Pevkur has said that a new bill that would make it illegal for pregnant women to engage in behaviors they know to be damaging to the fetus would not necessarily encompass smoking, according to an Eesti Rahvusringhääling (Estonian Public Broadcasting) story. Previous press stories had indicated that the law was […]

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Sin tax too lenient—and too harsh

Sin tax too lenient—and too harsh

| September 4, 2013

Despite the passage of the sin tax law, the prices of cigarettes in the Philippines remain among the lowest in Southeast Asia, an antismoking group said on Monday. A story in the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted Emer Rojas, president of the New Vois Association of the Philippines, as saying the first edition of the Association of […]

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Young adults take to menthol cigarettes

Young adults take to menthol cigarettes

| September 4, 2013

A new study on mentholated cigarette consumption in the U.S. has found an increase in menthol cigarette smoking among young adults, according to a Science Daily story. The study is said to conclude that efforts to reduce smoking are probably being thwarted by the sale and marketing of mentholated cigarettes, ‘including emerging varieties of established […]

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Smoke-dried tobacco in This Africa

Smoke-dried tobacco in This Africa

| September 4, 2013

KT&G was due today to put on sale in South Korea the latest version of its This brand of cigarettes, This Africa, according to a story in The Korea Herald. This Africa’s blend is said to include African smoke-dried tobacco that gives a unique scent and a slight tint of sweetness to the product. The […]

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Tobacco industry mourns Marvin Coghill

Tobacco industry mourns Marvin Coghill

| September 3, 2013

Marvin Wellons Coghill Jr., who was instrumental in the development of Standard Commercial Tobacco Co., passed away Aug. 18, 2013, at the Rex Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, after several months of illness. Coghill was born in Henderson, North Carolina, on Sept. 8, 1933.  He attended North Carolina State University (1951) and the University […]

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More research needed on menthol: FDA

More research needed on menthol: FDA

| September 3, 2013

Mitchell Zeller, director of the Center for Tobacco Products at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said recently that his organization knew that young people who started smoking did so disproportionately with menthol cigarettes. However, he was reported by Jim McLean of the Kansas Health Institute News Service as saying the agency wanted to do […]

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National health insurer threatens to sue tobacco companies over health costs

National health insurer threatens to sue tobacco companies over health costs

| September 3, 2013

South Korea’s National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) seems to be preparing to file lawsuits against cigarette manufacturers to seek compensation for the cost of treating smoking-related diseases, according to a story in The Korea Herald. NHIS President Kim Jong-dae told a seminar last week that his organization had secured clinical data that proved the ill […]

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King’s Tobacco to exhibit at Cannes

King’s Tobacco to exhibit at Cannes

| September 3, 2013

The Bulgarian manufacturer King’s Tobacco is one of 45 companies that will be exhibiting for the first time or returning after a break at the TFWA World Exhibition 2013. In all, 470 exhibitors taking up 21,000 square meters of space have confirmed their participation at the event, which will be held in Cannes, France, on Oct. […]

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Jakarta wants cigarettes price prohibitive

Jakarta wants cigarettes price prohibitive

| September 3, 2013

Jakarta’s provincial government says it is considering increasing cigarette taxes in an effort to reduce cigarette smoking among Jakartans. The plan, contained in a draft bylaw, has apparently been put before the Jakarta parliament for discussion and possible ratification. Jakarta’s vice governor, Basuki T. Purnama, said the “10 percent tax increase on cigarette price” was […]

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Gamucci appoints Peter Jordan CFO

Gamucci appoints Peter Jordan CFO

| September 3, 2013

The electronic cigarette manufacturer and distributor Gamucci has appointed Peter Jordan (pictured) as CFO. Jordan has more than 20 years’ experience in senior financial, commercial and management roles, the majority in the tobacco industry with Rothmans International and British American Tobacco. His appointment follows the hiring earlier this year of a string of senior executives […]

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E-cigarette users invited to take part in cancer researchers’ online survey

E-cigarette users invited to take part in cancer researchers’ online survey

| September 2, 2013

Cancer researchers in Tampa, Florida, USA, have created an online survey to learn more about why smokers choose e-cigarettes, according to a Tampa Bay Online story. The Moffitt Cancer Center researchers, in collaboration with those at USF (University of South Florida) Health, are looking to discover, too, how people use these devices and what they […]

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CNTC and BAT joint venture in business

CNTC and BAT joint venture in business

| September 2, 2013

CTBAT International Ltd., a Hong Kong-incorporated joint investment of subsidiaries of China National Tobacco Corp. and British American Tobacco, “recently” started “official business operations,” according to a note posted on BAT’s website. The joint venture owns and will manage worldwide the international cigarette trademark State Express 555. It will own also the worldwide rights outside […]

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PMI and Papastratos creating oriental hub to serve EU, Russia and Ukraine

PMI and Papastratos creating oriental hub to serve EU, Russia and Ukraine

| September 2, 2013

Papastratos’ leaf warehouse at Agrinio, Greece, is to be transformed into an oriental leaf logistics hub for Europe, according to a joint announcement by Philip Morris International and its affiliate, Papastratos Cigarette Manufacturing. The facility, which will become the only PMI-owned logistics hub for oriental tobacco in Europe, will house tobacco from Greece, Bulgaria and […]

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New EU tobacco directive threatens to outlaw 70 percent of Sweden’s snus

New EU tobacco directive threatens to outlaw 70 percent of Sweden’s snus

| September 2, 2013

The EU’s proposed new Tobacco Products Directive could threaten as much as 70 percent of the snus now sold in Sweden, the only EU country allowed to sell this product, according to a story in The Local. Livsmedelsverket, the national food agency, has apparently weighed in on the debate by submitting its analysis of the […]

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Lorillard to webcast presentation

Lorillard to webcast presentation

| September 2, 2013

Lorillard’s chairman, president and CEO, Murray S. Kessler, and its CFO, David H. Taylor, are due to participate in the Barclays Back-to-School Consumer Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. Eastern Time on Sept. 3. A live webcast of the presentation will be available through the Investor Relations section of Lorillard’s […]

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He can’t say he hasn’t been warned

He can’t say he hasn’t been warned

| September 2, 2013

Quote of the day, week … year: “Yep, it’s gonna kill him one of these days.” This was a comment apparently made by Bill McClain about his father, Levie Russell McClain, of Madison County, Georgia, USA, who started smoking cigarettes when he was 16 and went to work in a cotton mill, and who is […]

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Forest spreading word about campaign opposing Tobacco Products Directive

Forest spreading word about campaign opposing Tobacco Products Directive

| August 30, 2013

Forest has launched a campaign to promote its No Thank EU initiative, with full-page notices being placed in this week’s issues of the New Statesman (circulation 25,000), The Spectator (63,000) and The Week (194,000). The group, which is supported by British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco Ltd. and Gallaher Ltd. (a member of the Japan Tobacco […]

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First half sales up sharply at Molins

First half sales up sharply at Molins

| August 30, 2013

Molins’ Tobacco Machinery division sales during the six months to the end of June, at £18.0 million, were increased by 22 percent on those of the six months to the end of June 2012. At the same time, the division’s operating profit increased from £0.8 million to £1.3 million. In reporting its first-half results, Molins […]

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Hungary mulling more retail restrictions

Hungary mulling more retail restrictions

| August 30, 2013

Hungary’s government is planning to ban tobacco sales in large retail spaces, according to an All Hungary Media Group report quoting a Magyar Hirlap story citing an unnamed government source. Under the proposal, current legislation would be amended to prohibit tobacco shops from operating in retail spaces larger than 2,500 square meters. Retail tobacco sales […]

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Standardized statement ruled misleading

Standardized statement ruled misleading

| August 30, 2013

The Gallaher Group subsidiary of Japan Tobacco International (JTI) made misleading claims about standardized tobacco packaging, according to a Cancer Research UK (CRUK) statement quoting a ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). CRUK said the ruling represented the third time this year that the ASA had upheld a complaint against JTI over unsubstantiated and […]

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Post-quit weight gain is all in the gut

Post-quit weight gain is all in the gut

| August 30, 2013

It is generally known that most smokers who quit their habit put on weight. What is less well known is that about 80 percent of quitters put on an average of 7 kg each. And what might come as a surprise to some people is that this weight increase occurs even if the quitters’ calorific […]

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TRP starts DIET plant

TRP starts DIET plant

| August 29, 2013

Tobacco Rag Processors (TRP) has launched a state-of-the-art Dry Ice Expanded Tobacco (DIET) facility at its cut-filler processing plant in Wilson County, North Carolina, USA. The DIET operation expands the cells of cut filler by using a high-pressure carbon dioxide-impregnation system. The carbon dioxide is then captured and reused. The benefit of expanded tobacco is […]

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