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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

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.


Delfort buys Glatz Vietnam

| January 6, 2015

Delfortgroup of Austria has acquired Glatz Finepaper Vietnam Co. from Glatz Feinpapiere. Glatz Finepaper Vietnam will be renamed Wattens Vietnam.

Built in 2009, the Vietnam paper mill is located close to Ho Chi Minh City and employs 200 people. It operates a dedicated state-of-the-art cigarette paper machine with an annual capacity of more than 13,000 tons premium cigarette and plugwrap papers.

In a press release, Delfortgroup said the acquisition would strengthen its position as a global leader in specialty papers and its manufacturing foothold in the Asia-Pacific region.

“We believe this transaction will accelerate our ability to seize on industry growth opportunities and deliver continued product innovation and consistent, highest quality customer service,” the company wrote.

“With our new mill in Vietnam, Delfortgroup will be even better positioned to navigate the evolving specialty papers industry, ensuring continued growth and the overall long-term success of our company.”

The Vietnam facility is Delfortgroup’s sixth paper mill and its first in Southeast Asia.

Headquartered in Germany, Glatz Feinpapiere will focus on its European operations.

Anti-smoking campaign starting to work in China

| January 6, 2015

China’s anti-smoking campaign made significant progress in 2014 because relevant legislation was brought in at both the national and local levels, according to a China Daily story.

Health experts were said to have agreed during a health forum held at Kunming, Yunnan province, that the country’s growing emphasis on the rule of law had advanced tobacco control legislation, though the implementation of the laws and regulations was still subject to obstacles.

Li Xiaoliang, director of the Pioneers for Health Consultancy Center in Yunnan, said that since China had ratified the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in 2005, the Chinese government and grassroots organizations had joined hands to promote the anti-smoking cause.

However, tobacco control legislation still lacked solid public support because a large number of the country’s smokers and passive smokers were not fully aware of the damage tobacco caused to health and social development, Li added.

In January 2014, a circular issued by the government called on officials to take a lead in the campaign by not smoking in public.

In November, the Beijing municipal legislature passed an anti-smoking bill aiming to ban smoking in all indoor public places and workplaces, and on public transport. The bill is scheduled to take effect in June.
And also in November, China’s State Council’s legislative affairs office released a draft regulation for public comment.

The regulation would ban smoking in indoor public places and outdoor spaces, including schools and hospitals; it would ban all forms of tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion; and it would prohibit smoking scenes involving minors in films and on television.

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