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Health minister promises a reasoned approach to electronic cigarettes

Health minister promises a reasoned approach to electronic cigarettes

| January 15, 2013

Malaysia is due to carry out a detailed study to determine the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes in reducing tobacco smoking addiction, according to a story in The Star quoting the Health Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. Such a move will be welcomed by some elements of the tobacco control community who believe that electronic […]

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Getting the electronic message across

Getting the electronic message across

| January 15, 2013

SKYCIG, which claims to be the UK’s leading distributor of electronic cigarettes, was due yesterday to launch the first UK television advert for such products, according to a PRNewswire release. The TV commercial, showcasing SKYSTART, SKYCIG’s latest product offering, was said to be about to change the way consumers were exposed to the electronic cigarette […]

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Cigarette/cigar hybrid launched in Korea

Cigarette/cigar hybrid launched in Korea

| January 15, 2013

KT&G has launched a cigarette/cigar hybrid called Bohem Cigar Mini, according to a story in The Korea Herald. Twenty per cent of the new product’s tobacco is said to be sourced from Cuba and unspecified countries of South America. Bohem Cigar Mini has a filter and is in a king-sized, ultra-slim format. Judging from pictures […]

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Tobacco control report due tomorrow

Tobacco control report due tomorrow

| January 15, 2013

The American Lung Association is due tomorrow to publish the results of its 11th annual ‘State of Tobacco   Control’ report, which tracks progress on key tobacco control policies at US federal and state level, assigning grades based on whether laws are adequately protecting citizens from tobacco-caused disease. ‘This year’s report follows the trail of […]

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Durante on New Year tour

Durante on New Year tour

| January 15, 2013

British American Tobacco’s CEO, Nicandro Durante, was due to arrive in Seoul, South Korea, today on the first stop of a New Year global tour, according to a story in The Korea Times. Durante, the newspaper said, took the Korean market seriously because it was one of the BAT Group’s top 10 markets. He was […]

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Customs agency links tobacco seizure reduction to increase in penalties

Customs agency links tobacco seizure reduction to increase in penalties

| January 14, 2013

The amount of tobacco seized by Australia’s Customs and Border Protection agency last year was down by 32 per cent on that seized during 2011, according to a story by Ewa Kretowicz for Myall Coast Nota. The agency said that it had seized more than 125 million cigarettes and more than 134 tonnes of tobacco […]

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Tobacco display ban ineffective

Tobacco display ban ineffective

| January 14, 2013

The ban on displaying tobacco products in shops has not reduced sales of these products, according to an Esmerk Finnish News story. The chief physician of the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Antero Heloma, was quoted as saying that while there was as yet no research data specifically related to the ban, tax […]

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Cigarette sales down in France

Cigarette sales down in France

| January 14, 2013

Cigarette sales in France last year were down by 4.9 per cent on those of 2011, according to a story in Les Echos. This, the biggest fall since 2004, was probably caused by recent regular tax-induced cigarette price rises, especially those imposed after 2009, the story suggested. The latest increase, in October last year, took […]

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Westerners dying from the ‘good life’

Westerners dying from the ‘good life’

| January 14, 2013

Alcohol consumption, lack of exercise, poor diet and smoking are said to be the main causes of the 36 million deaths that occur annually, worldwide from causes other than non-communicable diseases, according to a story in Spain’s The Leader Newspaper quoting a World Health Organization report. Of the 36 million people who die each year […]

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Protocol aimed at eliminating illicit tobacco trade opens for signature

Protocol aimed at eliminating illicit tobacco trade opens for signature

| January 11, 2013

The World Health Organization yesterday opened for signature a protocol aimed at eliminating the illicit trade in tobacco products. The protocol was adopted with much fanfare in November at the fifth Conference of the Parties to the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which was held at Seoul, South Korea. And, according to a […]

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China building huge leaf storage facility

China building huge leaf storage facility

| January 11, 2013

China is planning to open its biggest leaf tobacco storage facility at Yangzonghai, Yunnan, early this year, according to a Tobacco China Online story. The design of the Yunnan Leaf Tobacco Aging and StorageCenter was said to have been officially reviewed and approved by the Yunnan Tobacco Monopoly Administration and the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration […]

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Payne opening up about packaging

Payne opening up about packaging

| January 11, 2013

Payne is due on Monday to provide the results of a study into consumers’ concerns about packaging. In giving details of the study during an address to the EU Packaging Summit in Berlin, Martin Dallas, the company’s managing director, will say that functionality is a major part of what consumers consider to be good packaging. […]

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TSRC announces conference dates

TSRC announces conference dates

| January 10, 2013

The 67th Tobacco Science Research Conference (TSRC) will take place at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, Sept. 15-18, 2013. Hosted by Borgwaldt, the symposium’s theme will be Constituent lists: reshaping tobacco science. A panel of experts will share its views on this diverse topic during the opening day. The next […]

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Government ministers recognize that wealth divide is health divide

Government ministers recognize that wealth divide is health divide

| January 10, 2013

Government ministers in Scotland are to order a ‘fundamental re-think’ of government efforts to close Scotland’s massive health gap between rich and poor after having conceded that curbs on smoking and drinking are not effective alone, according to a story by Eddie Barnes in The Scotsman. Barnes quotes from a piece in Scotland on Sunday […]

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India prescribed steep tax increases

India prescribed steep tax increases

| January 10, 2013

The Indian Ministry of Health has recommended that the government announce steep increases in tobacco-product taxes as part of its 2013 budget, according to an Indian Express story relayed by the TMA. If the ministry gets its way, tax would be increased so as to account for 70 per cent of the retail price of […]

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Depok prescribing steep fines

Depok prescribing steep fines

| January 10, 2013

Depok, a city in the West Java province of Indonesia is due to introduce a regulation that will provide for the imposition of fines of up to Rp50 million ($5,178) on those found to be contravening public-places tobacco smoking bans, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. The Depok administration is currently publicizing the […]

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Clove price rise overwhelming

Clove price rise overwhelming

| January 10, 2013

Small cigarette factories in Indonesia are being overwhelmed by an increase in clove prices, which have reached Rp120,000 per kg, according to a story in the Jakarta Post. The executive director of the Indonesian Cigarette Industries Society Forum, Heri Susianto, said on Monday that small cigarette factories could afford to pay only Rp70,000 per kg; […]

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Health and fitness for smokers

Health and fitness for smokers

| January 10, 2013

Given all of the bad press that smoking receives, it might seem something of a contradiction that a book should be published on health and fitness for smokers. But, according to a Piece of Cake PR release, ‘A Smoker’s Guide to Health and Fitness’ by brother and sister authors, Dr. Tamir Katz and Hila Katz, […]

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Kerala court ruling clarified: pan masala and gutkha still banned

Kerala court ruling clarified: pan masala and gutkha still banned

| January 9, 2013

Officials in the Indian state of Kerala have been quick to point out that the Kerala High Court verdict striking down a ban on the sale of chewing tobacco and other smokeless tobacco products (see January 2 story: Court decision something to chew on) does not apply to pan masala and gutkha, according to a […]

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Enhancing the ‘tobacco’ satisfaction delivered by electronic cigarettes

Enhancing the ‘tobacco’ satisfaction delivered by electronic cigarettes

| January 9, 2013

Fuisz LLC said yesterday that it would launch early this year a new oral lozenge designed to enhance the tobacco satisfaction delivered by electronic cigarettes, according to a PRNewswire story. The product, which is protected by a patent pending, is designed also to enhance THC absorption from medical marijuana. ‘The extraordinary growth in electronic cigarette […]

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Marlboro turns over a new Bright Leaf

Marlboro turns over a new Bright Leaf

| January 9, 2013

Philip Morris Limited is to drop ‘Marlboro’ from the name of Marlboro Bright Leaf, the brand it developed to cater for the UK smoker’s preference for Virginia-blend cigarettes, according to a story in Talking Retail. This month, Bright Leaf will appear in a new brand livery, though it will retain its status as a brand […]

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TPD has potential to save lives, but it’s going in the wrong direction

TPD has potential to save lives, but it’s going in the wrong direction

| January 8, 2013

Although the revision of the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) has the potential to save lives, the process that has been followed to date has been a tragedy of errors and the TPD is on course to do more harm than good, according to a piece by Jeff Stier and Dr. Karine Caunes published in […]

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Appeal for transparency over tobacco lobby’s role in Dalli inquiry

Appeal for transparency over tobacco lobby’s role in Dalli inquiry

| January 8, 2013

“The tobacco lobby is not demonstrating enough transparency in the Dalli case*,” according to Inge Gräßle, MEP and EPP (European People’s Party) group co-ordinator in the European Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee. [*John Dalli resigned in October as European Health Commissioner after allegations linked him to a businessman who allegedly approached Swedish Match and offered to […]

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Unpacking C48 cases with alacrity

Unpacking C48 cases with alacrity

| January 8, 2013

Hauni’s new high-speed C48 unpacking station, the TH, is efficient, dependable and flexible, with an availability rating of close to 100 per cent, according to a company press note. ‘This new linear-axis unpacking station is able to unpack an average of 60 to 75 C48 boxes per hour – the maximum possible rate is 90,’ […]

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NewCo installs Diet plant

NewCo installs Diet plant

| January 7, 2013

NewCo has purchased a tobacco expansion facility from Airco Diet. The line will be installed in Hungary and is expected to begin processing in early 2014.

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