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Book provides shed-load of history

| February 20, 2014

A new book, Tobacco Sheds: Vanishing Treasures in the Connecticut River Valley, by Dale Cahill and Darcy Cahill, catalogs some of the beautiful tobacco-farm structures that had not been lost at the time their photographs were taken.

“In recent years, over 1,000 tobacco sheds have disappeared from the ‘Tobacco Valley,’” says a promotional note from Schiffer Publishing.

“This important book systematically catalogs tobacco sheds from Putney, Vermont, to Portland, Connecticut, a span of just over 100 miles.

“The photographs capture the beauty of these unique farm buildings and serve as a valuable record for these endangered barns.

“The text offers the agricultural history of each town, helping to connect sheds to their own unique region of New England.

“In addition, the book reinforces the need for preserving one of New England’s most unusual farm structures.

“Many sheds in the Connecticut River Valley are still used to dry tobacco leaves that will wrap some of the world’s most expensive cigars, but, sadly, some are being left to slowly deteriorate over time or are being torn down to make way for development. ‘This book will be treasured by cigar smokers and architectural historians and preservationists alike.”

Tobacco Sheds, which is in a 6-inch by 9-inch, soft-cover format, has 196 illustrations on 160 pages. ISBN13: 9780764342097; price $16.99.

Snus use can protect against smoking

| February 19, 2014

A Norwegian researcher says that snus seems to protect against smoking if the snus-taking debut does not happen too early during adolescence, according to a Reuters story.

Ingeborg Lund, a researcher with the Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research – SIRUS, in Oslo, said it was particularly important to keep teenagers tobacco-free until they were at least 16 years old.

Lund and her colleague, Janne Scheffels, published their study in Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

They analyzed surveys of Norwegian teenagers and adults conducted from 2005 to 2011. Out of 8,313 people who took part in the surveys, 409 were long-term snus users who had started using snus before cigarettes or who had never used cigarettes.

Lund and Scheffels found that about 23 percent of early snus users were current smokers at the time of the survey, compared to only 6 percent of people who started using snus when they were older.

The Reuters story is at http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/17/us-kids-snus-idUSBREA1G16T20140217.

Sales up, profit down at Swedish Match

| February 19, 2014

Swedish Match’s sales for the year to the end of December, at SEK12,610 million, were up by 1 percent on those of 2012.

And sales during the fourth quarter of 2013, at SEK3,178 million, were up by 1 percent on those of the fourth quarter of 2012.

Calculated in local currencies, sales for the full year and fourth quarter each increased by 3 percent.

Operating profit from product areas (excluding net profit from SM’s share in the Scandinavian Tobacco Group [STG] and larger one-off items) for the full year was down by 8 percent to SEK3,375 million, while fourth-quarter operating profit from product areas fell by 5 percent to SEK835 million.

In local currencies, operating profit from product areas for the full year dropped by 6 percent and fell by 5 percent during the fourth quarter.

Operating profit (including net profit from SM’s share in STG and larger one-off items) was down by 5 percent to SEK3,855 million for the full year 2013, and down by 5 percent to SEK932 in the fourth quarter.

Basic earnings per share fell during the full year by 5 percent to SEK13.63 and for the fourth quarter by 13 percent to SEK3.43.

Vaping privately in public view

| February 19, 2014

White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes has launched Invisi-Vapor cartridges, which are said to produce 95 percent less vapor than is produced by its ClearDraw cartridges.

“For times when customers do not want to draw unwanted attention to themselves, Invisi-Vapor is the solution,” the company said in a press note issued through PRNewswire.

“White Cloud’s ultra-low vapor formula allows customers to use their e-cigarette in places where being discreet is important, whilst still delivering the same amount of nicotine and flavor as using a standard ClearDraw cartridge.

“When customers use the Invisi-Vapor cartridge, the sensation upon inhaling is identical to that of normal vapor-producing ClearDraw cartridges; the vapor only becomes invisible upon exhaling …”

Invisi-Vapor cartridges are available in regular and menthol flavors.

High hopes as Zimbabwe’s market opens

| February 19, 2014

Zimbabwe’s 2014 flue-cured tobacco marketing season was due to open today, with expectations high for both volume sales and earnings, according to a story in New Zimbabwe.

The 91,000 growers—mostly small-scale farmers—who registered to grow the 2013–2014 crop are thought to have produced about 175 million–185 million kg, up from the 167 million kg produced in 2012–2013 by 65,500 registered growers.

Earnings this season are expected to be higher than the $616 million of last season.

BAT Nigeria provides farmer support

| February 19, 2014

The more than 800 members of the Nigeria Independent Tobacco Association in the Oke Ogun area of Oyo State are to benefit from NGN282 million in interest-free loans from British American Tobacco Iseyin Agronomy (BATIA), a subsidiary of British American Tobacco Nigeria, according to a Business Day story.

The loans, which are to be distributed as this year’s planting season gets underway, are  in addition to the provision by BATIA of seedlings, herbicides, insecticides, fertilizers and technical support.

Thomas Omotoye, head of leaf at BATIA, said his company would provide also environment management and give farmers seedlings so they could plant food crops after harvesting their tobacco.

The company is targeting the recovery of 96 percent of the loans it makes to farmers this year.

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