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Some older smokers given short reprieve

Some older smokers given short reprieve

| July 11, 2013

A computer glitch involving the U.S.’ new health-care law might mean that some smokers next year won’t bear the full cost of tobacco-user penalties that would have made their premiums much higher than those of nonsmokers, according to a blog by Anne Carrns in The New York Times, quoting an Associated Press report. The Obama […]

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RAI to webcast second-quarter results

RAI to webcast second-quarter results

| July 11, 2013

Reynolds American Inc. is due to host a webcast and conference call following the release of its second-quarter 2013 financial results before the market opens on July 24. The webcast, at www.reynoldsamerican.com, and the conference call, on (877) 390-5533 (toll-free) and (678) 894-3969 (international), which will be in listen-only mode, are due to begin at […]

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Virtually no evidence supporting need for smoking bans at beaches, parks

Virtually no evidence supporting need for smoking bans at beaches, parks

| July 10, 2013

It will not come as much of a surprise to many tobacco people, but the evidence supporting the need to ban smoking on beaches or in parks is virtually nonexistent, according to Ronald Bayer, a professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Speaking on PBS (Public Broadcasting Service television) about an article in […]

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BAT and Imperial downgraded on basis of electronic cigarette growth

BAT and Imperial downgraded on basis of electronic cigarette growth

| July 10, 2013

Analysts at Canaccord Genuity have downgraded their recommendations on British American Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco because of the growth in sales of electronic cigarettes, according to a piece by Nick Fletcher in The Guardian, quoting Canaccord’s Eddy Hargreaves and Alicia Forry. The analysts were quoted as saying that they believed electronic cigarettes would prove to […]

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Gutkha ban extended to Puducherry

Gutkha ban extended to Puducherry

| July 10, 2013

India’s Union Territory of Puducherry, formerly Pondicherry, has banned the sale, storage, distribution and manufacture of the chewing tobacco products gutkha and pan masala for one year, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Newsletter. The banning order, made under the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006, […]

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Iggesund offers e-commerce sales in US

Iggesund offers e-commerce sales in US

| July 10, 2013

Iggesund Paperboard is launching an e-commerce system in the U.S. for the direct sale of Invercote board with payment by credit card and distribution via courier. The system caters for companies across the U.S. involved in developing test packaging and mock-ups using digital printing. “The digital market involves only a small number of standard sheet […]

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Altria to host results webcast

Altria to host results webcast

| July 10, 2013

Altria Group is due to host a live audio webcast at altria.com from 9 a.m. Eastern Time on July 23 to discuss its 2013 second-quarter business results, which will have been issued about 7 a.m. on the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, chairman and CEO Marty Barrington and executive […]

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EU Vapers appeal for rethink on TPD proposals for e-cigarettes

EU Vapers appeal for rethink on TPD proposals for e-cigarettes

| July 9, 2013

A group of vapers has written an open letter to the chairman of the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, Matthias Groote, calling for a rethink on the European Commission’s proposal for regulating electronic cigarettes. The committee is due to vote tomorrow on the totality of the commission’s proposals for revising the […]

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BAT to bank on London in Myanmar

BAT to bank on London in Myanmar

| July 9, 2013

British American Tobacco is planning to spend about $50 million over five years building a tobacco manufacturing plant in Myanmar, where it was forced to leave 10 years ago. The company said yesterday it had completed a joint venture agreement in Myanmar with I.M.U. Enterprise Ltd. (IMU) to manufacture, distribute and market BAT’s brands for […]

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Andhra tobacco prices up 24 percent

Andhra tobacco prices up 24 percent

| July 9, 2013

The average price paid for the first 129.28 million kg of flue-cured tobacco auctioned in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh this year, RS122.51 per kg, was more than 24 percent up on that of the average price earned at the same stage of the previous sales season, RS98.67 per kg, according to a story […]

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Running commentary at TFWA forum?

Running commentary at TFWA forum?

| July 9, 2013

This year’s TFWA World Exhibition conference will have as one of its speakers Lord Sebastian Coe, Olympic gold-medalist and British Olympic Association chairman. The conference, themed “A brand new challenge,” will run alongside the Exhibition in Cannes, France, on Oct. 20-25. It will be addressed, too, by Willie Walsh, CEO of International Airlines Group, and […]

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Polish MEP speaks out for non-human animals caught up in tobacco tests

Polish MEP speaks out for non-human animals caught up in tobacco tests

| July 8, 2013

The European Commission has been asked how it can be in favor of maintaining cooperation between the EU and tobacco companies when the latter seem to be indifferent to the fate of animals. The animals in this instance are non-human animals, particularly the rats, monkeys and dogs that mostly are used in testing tobacco products […]

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Should you take decision-making vaccine before or after making decision about it?

Should you take decision-making vaccine before or after making decision about it?

| July 8, 2013

The latest attempt to find a nicotine vaccine has come up with a system that uses self-assembling DNA nanoparticles to make a person’s immune system into a”high-precision, super-powerful, nicotine-zapping machine,” according to a piece by Robert Sorokanich for Gizmodo, quoting research by Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute. Yung Chang, who leads the research team, was […]

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Chinese company to contract 80,000 Zimbabwean tobacco growers

Chinese company to contract 80,000 Zimbabwean tobacco growers

| July 8, 2013

The Chinese company Midriver Enterprises is expected to contract nearly 80,000 Zimbabwean farmers to produce tobacco during the 2013-2014 season, according to a story in the Zimbabwe Herald. And because some farmers have been facing financial problems, the company will offer to supply them with inputs and working capital to pay wages. The company will […]

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Make-your-own laws for high rollers

Make-your-own laws for high rollers

| July 8, 2013

Health groups have blasted a bid by James Packer’s Crown Ltd. to allow smoking across the entire gaming floor of its proposed Sydney casino, an area that could be as large as two and a half rugby league fields, according to a story in The Sydney Morning Herald. The NSW Cancer Council’s manager of tobacco […]

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RFID conference in London, October

RFID conference in London, October

| July 8, 2013

A radio frequency identification (RFID) conference and exhibition is to be held in London on Oct. 25. According to a press note, RFID Journal LIVE! Europe 2013 will highlight leading companies’ RFID deployments in the region and demonstrate the latest technology available. The event is due to focus on educating end users about how RFID […]

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Cutting down is as simple as CBD

Cutting down is as simple as CBD

| July 5, 2013

The inhalation of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol) significantly mitigates tobacco smokers’ desire for cigarettes, according to a story in The Daily Chronic quoting clinical trial data published online in the journal Addictive Behaviors. Investigators at University College London conducted a double-blind pilot study to assess the impact of the ad-hoc consumption of organic CBD […]

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Little point in simply cutting down

Little point in simply cutting down

| July 5, 2013

Smokers are unlikely to extend their lifespans if they choose to smoke fewer cigarettes but don’t give up altogether, according to a story from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. This was the conclusion reached by researchers at the universities of Glasgow and Stirling after examining data on more than 5,200 men and women living in […]

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Three months jail for defying smoke ban

Three months jail for defying smoke ban

| July 5, 2013

Tobacco smoking will be banned in enclosed and some other public places in Jamaica from July 15, according to a piece in The New York Times by Tanya Mohn. From that date, smoking will be prohibited in enclosed public places, such as workplaces; government buildings; educational institutions; health facilities, including pharmacies; on public transport; at […]

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Smoke-ban petition given green light

Smoke-ban petition given green light

| July 5, 2013

Anti-smoking activists in Hungary seem set on launching a petition aimed at having a ban imposed on tobacco smoking in public places, according to a story by the All Hungary Media Group. This follows the approval by the National Election Commission of a petition question that would ask: Do you agree that smoking should be […]

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Packaging–no open-and-shut case

Packaging–no open-and-shut case

| July 5, 2013

Payne is launching a Facebook campaign to find out what people think about packs that can be re-closed and re-sealed. The company says that previous research has suggested that a third of consumers would pay more for the convenience of being able to re-seal certain types of packs and that it is keen to understand […]

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New industry consultancy

New industry consultancy

| July 4, 2013

A new consultancy has joined the tobacco industry—Tobacco Solutions Asia Ltd. Headquartered in Hong Kong, and with support offices in South Africa, Bulgaria and Turkey, TSAL offers services relating to tobacco cultivation, green-leaf threshing, primary processing, cigarette design and cigarette processing. TSAL’s team of consultants have a combined experience of more than 100 years in […]

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Tobacco growers to stage funding protests in Bulgaria next week

Tobacco growers to stage funding protests in Bulgaria next week

| July 4, 2013

Bulgarian tobacco producers are planning to stage large-scale demonstrations in the week beginning July 8 to protest at the country’s failure to secure EU funding for the industry during the next multiyear budgetary period. The chairman of Bulgaria’s association of tobacco producers, Tsvetan Filev, said Bulgaria was the only country that had failed to protect […]

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Italy preparing to impose tax on health

Italy preparing to impose tax on health

| July 4, 2013

The price of electronic cigarettes in Italy could be set to rise sharply as the Italian government considers imposing a tax on these devices, according to a story in The Local quoting a La Stampa report. A draft bill has been submitted to the Council of Ministers, which, if approved, would see the price of […]

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It’s called democracy

It’s called democracy

| July 4, 2013

Switzerland is behind the rest of Europe in the fight to crack down on smoking, according to a worldradio.ch story. The story quotes the latest World Health Organization report analyzing the performance of its own MPOWER initiatives, which seek to assist in the country-level implementation of measures to reduce tobacco demand. Switzerland isn’t fully included […]

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