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Call for end to ‘exploitation’ of farmers

| August 28, 2014

The Ghana-based Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) has joined public health groups the world over to call on the tobacco industry to end its exploitation of tobacco farmers, according to a story.

The VALD, which is a non-governmental organization advocating a tobacco-free society has appealed to Ghana’s government to provide support for farmers who want to transit away from raising tobacco.

“Transitioning out of tobacco will not only ensure a better future for tobacco farmers, but will also contribute greatly to public health in Ghana and the world over,” said VALD’s program director, Labram Musah, in a press note sent to the Ghana News Agency.

The press note reportedly stated that the tobacco industry had exploited farmers in Malawi, Tanzania, Nigeria, Zambia, Uganda, Zimbabwe and other countries around the world by encouraging them to cultivate tobacco and then intentionally keeping prices too low to be profitable.

‘These low prices undermine farmer’s bargaining power, causing them to fall into a cycle of debt that perpetuates poverty,’ the note added.

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More children smoking in Indonesia

| August 28, 2014

The Indonesian government has been accused of failing to protect young people from cigarettes, according to an story.

The CEO of the children’s organization, Lentera Anak Indonesia, Hery Chariansyah, was quoted as saying that the number of young people smoking cigarettes was increasing.

The number of smokers in the 10-14 age group had increased from 9.5 percent in 2001 to 17.5 percent in 2010, he said, while the number of smokers in the 14-19 age group had gone up from 12.7 percent to 20.3 percent during the same period.

Hery said the tobacco industry targeted children and he urged President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to ratify immediately the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

The FCTC would not doom the cigarette industry and tobacco farmers, but it would protect the younger generation, he added.

Taiwan advocates calling for e-cigarettes to be regulated as tobacco products

| August 28, 2014

A number of anti-smoking advocates yesterday urged the Taiwan government to regulate electronic cigarettes as a tobacco product rather than as a controlled drug, so as to address the ‘rampant illegal sales’ of these devices, according to a story in the Taipei Times.

The call came one day after the World Health Organization issued a report calling for tighter regulation of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).

The government treats electronic cigarettes containing nicotine as a regulated drug subject to the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act; so, given the stringent requirements for obtaining a permit to manufacture or sell a drug, no electronic cigarettes can be sold in Taiwan legally.

Lin Ching-li, director of the John Tung Foundation, Taiwan’s most prominent anti-smoking group, said categorizing electronic cigarettes as a regulated drug had only prevented them from entering the country legally.

People could still purchase them online, on the street or in night markets.

Meanwhile, Foundation CEO Yao Shi-yuan was quoted as saying that products that contained nicotine and that were not designed for medical purposes should be regulated under the same law as applied to tobacco products.

Since the manufacturers would be required in this case to comply with the packaging and labeling regulations covering conventional cigarettes, people would stop thinking that electronic cigarettes were safe to use, he added.

JT helping victims of Hiroshima landslide

| August 28, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. is donating ¥2.0 million and about 14,000 bottles of water from its beverage business to help the survivors of last week’s landslide in the northern part of Hiroshima, Japan.

In announcing the donations, JT expressed its deepest sympathies to all those who had been affected by the landslide.

Call to fast-track graphic warnings

| August 28, 2014

A health advocacy group in the Philippines is thinking of asking the government to shorten the period that tobacco companies have been granted before they have to include graphic health warnings on cigarette packs, according to a story on GMA News, Quezon City.

In a statement yesterday, the New Vois Association said the 20-month grace period for tobacco companies was too long given the periods that had been granted for adjustment in other countries that had introduced similar policies.

The law, signed in July, gave tobacco companies 12 months to comply with the graphic warning requirements, but, at the request of those companies, the period was extended by eight months so as to allow the clearance of stocks not bearing the new warnings.

“Legislators should be aware how life-saving this law is for young Filipinos,” said Emer Rojas, president of New Vois, an advocacy group comprising mainly throat cancer victims and those who speak through alternative means after having lost their vocal cords.

“With 10 Filipinos dying from smoking-related diseases every hour, this law should be implemented at the soonest time.”

PMI to webcast conference presentation

| August 28, 2014

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at of CFO Jacek Olczak’s remarks and question-and-answer session at the Barclays Back-To-School Consumer Conference, starting about 10.30 hours Eastern Time on September 3.

The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will cover the entire PMI session.

An archive copy of the webcast will be available at until 17.00 hours on October 2.

Remarks and the script will be available at

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