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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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Imperial helping to end child labor

Imperial helping to end child labor

| June 5, 2013

Imperial Tobacco is strengthening its ties with a charity working to end child labor in tobacco growing areas of the world. In a note posted on its website, the company said that all of its executive directors were leading by example by championing specific areas of responsibility, ranging from sustainable sourcing to employee well-being, in […]

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Cessation in Massachusetts means quitting anti-smoking programs

Cessation in Massachusetts means quitting anti-smoking programs

| June 5, 2013

Although tobacco taxes are often raised with the stated intention that the additional revenue will be spent on smoking cessation programs; the truth is that it is usually frittered away. A recent story by Petro S Ka Sfikis and Mike Trinh for the Attleboro Sun Chronicle is illustrative. ‘Twenty years ago, supporters of a tobacco […]

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BAT ponders factory in the Philippines

BAT ponders factory in the Philippines

| June 5, 2013

British American Tobacco is considering putting up a factory in the Philippines within the next two years in a move that would involve an investment on top of the $200 million it has already committed to the country, according to a story in The Star. “We will need a factory here at some point,” James […]

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About 13 million Chinese women smoke

About 13 million Chinese women smoke

| June 5, 2013

About 2.4 per cent of Chinese women – some 13 million – smoke, according to the All-China Women’s Federation, quoting ‘China‘s Report on the Harm of Smoking’. The federation warned that the risk of contracting HPV (human papilloma virus) was 3.0 times higher among women who smoked 15 cigarettes a day than among non-smokers. It […]

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Foreigners undermine tobacco industry

Foreigners undermine tobacco industry

| June 4, 2013

In most parts of the world, May 31 was marketed as world no tobacco day, but in Medan, North Sumatra, a number of activists supporting the Indonesian Kretek Community (KKI) staged a rally expressing their support for the nation’s tobacco industry. Medan KKI co-ordinator, Chaidir Harahap, was reported as having said that world no tobacco […]

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Malaysia to ban cigarette price discounts

Malaysia to ban cigarette price discounts

| June 4, 2013

A ban on retail cigarette price discounts is to be one of a number of new tobacco regulations to be introduced in Malaysia, according to a story in The Star. Smoking bans are to be extended to take in all roofed areas; so covered walkways will be included. In addition, maximum cigarette tar and nicotine […]

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Japan wants only 12 per cent smoking

Japan wants only 12 per cent smoking

| June 4, 2013

Japan’s Health Ministry wants the incidence of smoking in Japan reduced to 12 per cent by 2022, according to a Japan Daily Press story. Currently 19.5 per cent of Japanese people smoke, down from 27.7 per cent in 2000, but the proportion of smokers among men aged 30 to 40 is about 40 per cent. […]

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Sounding graphic warnings in Korea

Sounding graphic warnings in Korea

| June 4, 2013

South   Korea’s Health and Welfare Minister, Chin Young, has promised to try to convince the country’s lawmakers to pass a bill that would enforce the printing of graphic warnings on cigarette packs, according to a story in The Korea Times. His comment has been seen as an effort to break a stalemate over the […]

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Looking to increase corporate tax rate

Looking to increase corporate tax rate

| June 4, 2013

Bangladesh’s National Board of Revenue (NBR) is looking into increasing the corporate tax rate on tobacco companies, according to a story in The Daily Star. At present, the corporate tax rate for publicly traded tobacco companies is 35 per cent while that for non-publicly traded companies is 42.5 per cent. The proposal now under consideration […]

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Aficionados set to storm cigar auction

Aficionados set to storm cigar auction

| June 4, 2013

With the UK’s spring having been officially declared the coldest on record, the organizers of a cigar auction in London have moved quickly to assure people of the event’s all-weather credentials. “Cigar smoking has now become, for many, a seasonal experience, for it’s difficult to keep your Havana alight in the pouring rain, wind, or […]

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‘Silica filter optimizes filtration’

‘Silica filter optimizes filtration’

| June 3, 2013

Solvay Acetow has launched Rhodia FilterSorb, a silica filter solution for optimized filtration. A unique silica-based granule in a cellulose acetate matrix, Rhodia FilterSorb adds a second filtration step to a standard filter to provide optimized filtration, without loss of flavor, according to Solvay Acetoy. In a qualitative taste panel, comparing a standard cellulose acetate […]

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