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Swisher buys Drew Estate

| October 21, 2014

Swisher International is acquiring Drew Estate Tobacco Co. Drew Estate will continue to operate under its current management team as a subsidiary of Swisher. The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2014. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

“We are excited to join the distinguished team at Swisher,” said Michael Cellucci, president of Drew Estate. “After spending the past few months interacting with the Swisher team, we have come to understand their commitment to the cigar and OTP categories, as well as the premium cigar segment. After the transaction closes, we will continue to run our business as we have in the past, and will be able to leverage the resources of Swisher to continue our growth with a renewed focus on our commitment to quality products and people—two of the core principles of the Drew Estate belief system.”

“As a global leader in the cigar and OTP categories, Swisher prides itself on developing, manufacturing, and distributing the most innovative and high quality tobacco products available. I see those same principles in Drew Estate,” said Peter Ghiloni, president and CEO of Swisher International.

“The products produced by Drew Estate and its distribution partners Joya De Nicaragua, Royal Agio Cigars, and Tsuge pipes are top-quality market leaders in their respective segments. The creativity, passion and innovation of Drew Estate employees and management are a perfect match for Swisher, and we look forward to welcoming them to our family.”




Call for menthol cigarette ban in Ontario

| October 21, 2014

Ontario doctors want the provincial government to reintroduce legislation to ban tobacco products with candy and fruit flavours, and to add menthol cigarettes to the prohibited list, according to a Canadian Press story.

A previous bill died when a June election was called.

That legislation would have exempted menthol cigarettes from the restrictions on flavoured tobacco, an exemption the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) wants eliminated.

The Ontario doctors’ lobby says new data shows that underage smokers who use menthol cigarettes smoke more often, and are more likely to continue the habit as adults.

“The evidence clearly shows that menthol makes it easier and more likely for kids to smoke,” said OMA president Dr. Ved Tandan in a release. “Ontario’s doctors are calling on government to ban menthol and candy-flavoured tobacco products now.”

The Canadian Cancer Society, too, has said that menthol cigarettes must be included for any ban on sales of flavoured tobacco to be effective.

Macau extends public smoking ban

| October 21, 2014

From January 1, Macau will implement a universal ban on tobacco smoking in public places not previously legislated for: bars, clubs, saunas and massage parlours, according to a story in the Macau Business Daily.

Most indoor public spaces in Macau have had a smoking ban in force since January 1, 2012.

The newspaper, quoting Health Bureau director, Lei Chin Ion, said the government was currently talking about the latest extension to the smoking ban with the sectors that will be affected by it.

At the same time, the government had by Friday approved 18 of 28 applications for the setting up of smoking lounges at gaming venues.

Smuggling caused by the usual suspects

| October 21, 2014

Counterfeit cigarettes, which account for 21 percent of the cigarettes smuggled into Oman, cause the country to suffer a revenue loss of nearly OMR3.5 million, according to a story in the Times of Oman citing Euromonitor research.

The research revealed that smuggled cigarettes, which make up about 30 percent of the total market, were bought mainly by people between the ages of 18 and 45, and were in high demand among low-income expatriates.

Taxes and high prices were said to be the most important factors contributing to the high level of smuggling, but it was mentioned, too, that smugglers could expect to make profits of up to 200 percent.

An official at the Royal Oman Police told the Times that there were plans to increase the penalties for smuggling.

‘Banned’ e-cigarettes available online

| October 21, 2014

Electronic cigarettes, which are not licensed for sale in Taiwan, are widely available online, according to a Taipei Times story citing an investigation by Taipei city’s Department of Health.

The department’s first probe into electronic cigarette availability found 318 different models or related products available online.

The unlicensed distribution and production of all products containing nicotine is prohibited under the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act.

Even marketing nicotine-free products as aids to quit smoking is illegal under the act.

The department said that while electronic cigarettes were rarely sold openly in stores, they were sometimes available from night market vendors operating under the cover of selling cigarette lighters and other products.

Disposable eliquids only for retail sale

| October 21, 2014

US-based LOGIC Technology is preparing to launch its LOGIC PRO Advanced Vapor Systems: what it describes as ‘the first-of-its-kind “closed-system” vaporizing device ever to hit the market’.

The new systems are said to ‘work in conjunction with revolutionary pre-filled, sealed eliquid capsules to provide a heightened level of taste, consistency and value to adult consumers’.

‘Building on a long history of premium and innovative product development, LOGIC Technology designed the LOGIC PRO to work with specialized, proprietary disposable capsules that are only available for purchase at LOGIC’s partner retailers; this not only allows retailers to recapture and maintain sales, it also enhances the vaping experience for the adult consumer,’ the company said in a press note.

‘Beyond providing consistent quality taste, these sealed eliquid capsules don’t produce the messy and costly spillage associated with traditional drip eliquid.’

The new systems are due to be made available in retail outlets by the winter. “We are thrilled to bring a product to market that fills the need of our adult consumers,” said Miguel Martin, president of LOGIC Technology.

“With the amount of money that is lost by retailers from online eliquid sales, we are pleased to offer our retailers and partners a piece of that market share.”

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