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AERET meeting on June 25-27

AERET meeting on June 25-27

| June 12, 2013

The 2013 meeting of the European Association for Tobacco Research and Experimentation (AERET – Association Européenne pour la Recherche et l’Expérimentation Tabacole) will be held on June 25-27 at the Château des Vigiers, near Bergerac, France. The meeting will include sessions on tobacco varieties, plant protection, experimental programs, and the reduction of energy consumption during […]

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FDA electronic-submissions workshop

FDA electronic-submissions workshop

| June 12, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), is due to hold a one-day workshop to obtain public input on ‘topics related to the potential electronic submission of tobacco product applications and other information’. The workshop will focus on the technical aspects of electronic submissions, including potential standards for content, format, and structure. […]

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A taste of things to come

A taste of things to come

| June 12, 2013

White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes, which already claimed the title of the company with the most electronic cigarette flavors, has added another flavor to its portfolio: Atlantic Cut, according to a press note issued through PRNewswire. The new flavor, which was inspired by the taste of flue-cured tobacco, is said to have subtle hints of caramel, […]

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First-ever ultra-slim capsule cigarette

First-ever ultra-slim capsule cigarette

| June 12, 2013

KT&G said on Monday that it had launched what it claims to be the world’s first ultra-slim cigarette with a filter containing a flavor capsule, according to a story in The Korea Herald. ‘Esse Change’ is a version of the company’s highly-successful ultra-slim cigarette, Esse, which has proved especially popular among young adult smokers. The […]

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FCTC not truly globally representative

FCTC not truly globally representative

| June 12, 2013

Developing countries face particular barriers to participating in the activities of the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, according to the conclusions of a study recently posted on the Tobacco Control website. And the engagement of developing countries in global tobacco control is likely to diminish in […]

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Sunel embraces CA pest control

Sunel embraces CA pest control

| June 11, 2013

Sunel Tobacco has signed a contract with b-Cat Insect Treatment for the construction of controlled atmosphere rooms at the company’s facility in Izmir, Turkey. Situated on 100,000 square meters of land, Sunel Tobacco’s facility includes a modern, 80,000 square-meter warehouse and a 24,000 square-meter processing building. Earlier this year, b-Cat installed controlled atmosphere facilities at […]

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Ex-Facebook president invests in e-cigarettes

Ex-Facebook president invests in e-cigarettes

| June 10, 2013

A group including Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sean Parker is investing $75 million is NJOY, a leading manufacturer of e-cigarettes, reports The Wall Street Journal. Parker co-founded the music-sharing site Napster, was the first president of Facebook and has been a big donor to cancer research. NJOY accounted for 35.6 percent of the U.S. cigarette market […]

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Another illicit-trade initiative from EU

Another illicit-trade initiative from EU

| June 10, 2013

The European Commission has adopted a package of measures to step up its fight against the illicit tobacco trade, especially cigarette smuggling, according to a press note issued by the Commission on Thursday. The Commission claimed that the illicit tobacco trade was a ‘global threat’ depriving EU member states of more than €10 billion in […]

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Criminal charges against Dalli unlikely

Criminal charges against Dalli unlikely

| June 10, 2013

John Dalli, who last year resigned as Malta’s European commissioner following allegations of a lobbying scandal, is most unlikely to face criminal charges in Malta, according to a story in the European Voice citing the country’s police commissioner. Dalli resigned from his position as commissioner for health and consumer affairs in October, shortly before the […]

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Public-places vaping ban proposed

Public-places vaping ban proposed

| June 10, 2013

The Italian health ministry’s top advisory body has recommended a prohibition on the smoking of electronic cigarettes in public places and a ban on their sale to pregnant women and minors, according to a story on the Indo-Asian News Service. The recommendation by the ministry’s Superior Health Council came after France’s Health Minister, Marisol Touraine, […]

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TFWA offers preview and review

TFWA offers preview and review

| June 10, 2013

Registration for the TFWA World Exhibition, which is to be held in Cannes, France, on October 20-25, has opened at: http://www.tfwa.com/duty_free/index.php?id=1152. At the same time, a digital review of the TFWA’s Asia Pacific Conference and Exhibition 2013, which was held on May 12-16, is now available at: http://www.tfwa.com/inreview/TFWA-Asia-Pacific-Conference-Exhibition-in-Review/Home.

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Not-so power-full savings program

Not-so power-full savings program

| June 10, 2013

Employees at Imperial Tobacco’s Radom factory in Poland have helped reduce emissions and costs through the application of an energy saving program. A pilot scheme has seen energy use cut by 19 per cent, carbon dioxide emissions reduced by 2,000 tonnes per annum and the factory’s annual energy bill fall by more than a fifth. […]

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Club atmosphere smoke free

Club atmosphere smoke free

| June 10, 2013

Dubai Ladies, Club, in conjunction with DubaiHealthcareCity, recently organised nicotine tests and facilitated tobacco education sessions for its members and guests, according to an AME Info report. The club set up a purpose-designed smoking cessation and awareness booth where visitors were able to be tested for nicotine and consult a doctor about the health risks […]

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MEPs split over products directive

MEPs split over products directive

| June 7, 2013

Members of the European Parliament are split over plans to revise the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive, according to a story by Dave Keating for the European Voice. Almost 1,500 amendments have been proposed by the European Commission, but the most serious divisions have been caused by a proposal to ban flavored cigarettes, and another to […]

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Digital e-cigarette a game changer

Digital e-cigarette a game changer

| June 7, 2013

R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co., a subsidiary of Reynolds American, is bringing its Vuse Digital Vapor Cigarette to retail outlets throughout Colorado, USA. “This is a game-changing product in the e-cigarette category,” says Stephanie Cordisco, president of RJRV. “There is strong awareness of the category among adult smokers and many are trying e-cigarettes, but few adult […]

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Public-places vaping ban proposed

Public-places vaping ban proposed

| June 7, 2013

The Italian health ministry’s top advisory body has recommended a prohibition on the smoking of electronic cigarettes in public places and a ban on their sale to pregnant women and minors, according to a story on the Indo-Asian News Service. The recommendation by the ministry’s Superior Health Council came after France’s Health Minister, Marisol Touraine, […]

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UK’s illicit trade battle being lost

UK’s illicit trade battle being lost

| June 7, 2013

HM Revenue and Customs (HRMC) has failed to meet any of its targets on reducing the smuggling of illicit tobacco into the UK, according to a story by Angus Crawford for BBC Online, quoting an official watchdog. The National Audit Office (NAO) said HMRC’s latest strategy, launched in 2011, had so far prevented tax revenue […]

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Smoking allowed above ground level

Smoking allowed above ground level

| June 7, 2013

A city council in California, US, has agreed to ban tobacco smoking on bar and restaurant patios adjacent to city streets, according to a story by Promise Yee for the Coast News. But it could have been worse for the smokers of Oceanside. A motion calling for a ban on smoking at all bar or […]

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Slippery slope

Slippery slope

| June 7, 2013

New   Zealand’s Remarkables ski resort is to be tobacco smoke free from this season, according to a story in the Sydney Morning Herald. The resort now has no designated smoking areas.

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Lay-offs in Spain as sales fall in face of regulations and illicit trade

Lay-offs in Spain as sales fall in face of regulations and illicit trade

| June 6, 2013

Altadis is to axe about eight per cent of its workforce in Spain, according to stories in El Pais and Agence France Presse. The 114 job cuts form part of the company’s plan to ‘increase efficiency and competitiveness’ in the face of ‘the complex situation the tobacco market in Spain is going through’. Seventy six […]

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Smokers have their wings clipped

Smokers have their wings clipped

| June 6, 2013

The South Korean Air Force has decided to disqualify smokers from applying for its pilot selection test, according to a story in the Yonhap News Agency. Starting next month, applicants who test positive for nicotine will not be eligible for flight training. And to force pilots who smoke to quit the habit, the military authorities […]

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Reynolds penalized for Eclipse claims

Reynolds penalized for Eclipse claims

| June 6, 2013

A Vermont Superior Court judge has ordered RJ Reynolds Tobacco to pay the state of Vermont $8.3 million in penalties for violating the state’s consumer protection laws, according to stories in the Vermont Business Magazine and Bloomberg News. Judge Dennis Pearson imposed penalties based on Reynolds’ advertising of one of its tobacco products, Eclipse, as […]

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Iggesund announces board upgrade

Iggesund announces board upgrade

| June 6, 2013

Iggesund Paperboard says that its Incada folding box board will, from the Northern Hemisphere autumn, be whiter and lighter, and incorporate a number of improved properties affecting printability. Incada Exel, which is targeted more as a packaging board, will have too improved stiffness. For grammages over 300 g/m2, this gain will be as much as […]

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Filtrona to change name to Essentra

Filtrona to change name to Essentra

| June 6, 2013

Filtrona plc is to be renamed Essentra plc from June 26 and the company’s various divisions will be renamed later this year. Filtrona Filter Products will become Essentra Filter Products while Payne and Contego will be brought together under the name Essentra Packaging. In a press note, Payne and Contego said the name Essentra had […]

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FlexLink opens facility in Turkey

FlexLink opens facility in Turkey

| June 5, 2013

FlexLink, a provider of production logistics solutions, has opened a facility in Izmir, Turkey. The new FlexLink operations provide Turkish companies with direct access to the company’s latest technologies, including the recently launched conveyor platform X65. FlexLink’s new facility in Turkey is located close to that of G.D, a leading supplier of tobacco machinery. “We […]

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