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Bommidala takes cut tobacco award

| January 16, 2014

Bommidala Enterprises, part of the BBM Bommidala Group, has won the award for being India’s top exporter of cut tobacco during 2013.

The group, whose business interests include unmanufactured tobacco, cut rag, cigarettes and duty-free goods, has now won the Certificate of Excellence for cut tobacco exports for seven consecutive years.

The award was presented at the Tobacco Board of India’s Formation Day, which was celebrated on Jan. 3.

The day saw awards presented, also, to tobacco growers, to the best unmanufactured tobacco exporter and the best packer, and for the company buying at auction the highest quantity of flue-cured tobacco.

The board has declared 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming.

Logical move

| January 16, 2014

E-cigarette company Logic Technology has opened its new corporate headquarters in Pompano Beach, Florida, USA.

It was previously based in Livingston, New Jersey, USA.

In a press note, Logic said its new headquarters would help it meet the growing adult smoker demand for its products.

“The new facilities will house the executive team as well as a sophisticated warehouse infrastructure for receiving and shipping product domestically and internationally,” it said.

According to Nielsen, Logic accounts for 22.6 percent of the e-cigarette market in the U.S.

American Grizzly supports conservation

| January 16, 2014

American Snuff Company, which is part of Reynolds American and manufactures Grizzly moist snuff, has awarded donations totaling a quarter of a million dollars to two nonprofit outdoor conservation organizations.

Through the Grizzly Outdoor Corps promotion, the company is donating $130,000 and $120,000 to the Boone and Crockett Club and the FishAmerica Foundation, respectively.

Reynolds said in a note posted on its website that registered, age-verified adult Grizzly consumers had voted via the brand’s website,, on which organization should receive the larger donation.

“This is a way for Grizzly consumers to show support for organizations that value the outdoors,” said Sean Kinder, director of marketing for American Snuff.

New Brunswick store owner takes stand on legality of e-cigarette sales

| January 15, 2014

A store owner who sells e-cigarettes is fighting an order from Health Canada to stop, according to a CBC News story.

Ryanne Pineda, whose business at Fredericton, New Brunswick, also produces e-liquids, says he has a growing clientele of more than 2,000 local and online customers for vaping kits, which are sold for between $25 and $200.

Health Canada, which has not approved e-cigarettes for sale, has ordered Pineda to stop such sales, but the store owner is standing firm.

“We actually refuted back, saying that the law states that under Schedule F of the Food and Drugs Act, nicotine is directly exempt with a dose of under four milligrams, from being classified as a new drug or a drug delivery system,” said Pineda, who has not received a reply from Health Canada.

Pineda was quoted as saying that his business imported e-cigarettes under the appropriate regulations, knew what was going into these products and applied quality control.

“We also have the ability to test each part of the product through an independent lab called Enthalpy Analytical Inc.,” he said. “They’re actually Health Canada-accredited; that’s why we use them.”

Big penalties for illicit smoking in Bali

| January 15, 2014

People caught breaking no-smoking regulations in public places in Bali could find themselves on the wrong end of an IDR50 million (US$4,000) fine or a jail term of three months, according to a story.

The story said that the Smoke-free Areas Provincial Law No.7, 2013, was now in effect in Bali.

The regulations stipulate that tobacco smoking is not allowed in public places in Bali, including places of education, work places, places of worship, recreation areas or areas frequented by children.

The prohibition applies also to public transport, medical centers and sporting venues.

Businesses and those in charge of public places affected by the new regulations are being urged to create well-ventilated smoking areas.

New look for Peace and Hope in Japan

| January 15, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it was redesigning its Peace Lights Box and Peace Super Lights Box products.

The company said the new design was aimed at imparting a heightened sense of luxury to two products, but that their flavor and aroma would be unchanged.

The redesigned products are due to be rolled out across Japan from the middle of next month.

At the same time, the company will roll out redesigned versions of all four products in its Hope brand of cigarettes.

In this case, the new design is being put in place so as to emphasize brand consistency, but, again, there will be no change in flavor and aroma.

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