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Classic case of cigarette contraband

| March 3, 2014

Seizures within the EU of Classic cigarettes fell from 181,112,416 in 2011 to 142,209,532 in 2012, according to the European Commission responding to a question from the member of the European Parliament for Flanders, Bart Staes.

Staes had asked:

1.         “How many ‘Classic’ cigarettes were seized in the EU in 2011 and 2012?

2.         “What is the origin (factory and country) of the illicit ‘Classic’ cigarettes seized in the EU?

3.         “Did the seizure of ‘Classic’ cigarettes lead to seizure payments paid by international tobacco companies in 2011 and 2012? If so, what was the amount of the payment and the quantity of cigarettes involved?”

In answering the first question, the commission produced the figures mentioned above and said the seizures had included counterfeit and genuine Classic cigarettes with names that included Classic Gold, Classic Red and Classic Light.

It was not mentioned in the reply but the seizure of genuine cigarettes would normally lead to a seizure payment from the brand owner.

Meanwhile, the commission said that, according to available data, the seized cigarettes had come mostly from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova, Ukraine, Romania, the Russian Federation and Germany.

The commission did not answer the third question because of rules governing the treatment of confidential information between the parliament and the commission.

NDC appoints global operations VP

| March 3, 2014

NDC Infrared Engineering has appointed Mahesh Havildar vice president of global operations for its sensors, systems and metals divisions.

In his new position, Havildar is responsible for overall manufacturing operations, including production, quality, supply chain, material planning, project management, shipping logistics, radiation safety and product engineering.

Havildar, who lives in Irvine, California,USA, has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing, operations and product engineering in the aerospace and automotive industries.

He holds a master’s degree in engineering from Lamar University, Texas, and an MBA from the University of Michigan, USA.

Indonesia closer to ratifying FCTC

| February 28, 2014

Indonesia’s president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has agreed to ratify the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), according to a story on quoting a statement by Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi.

Nafsiah said there was now an understanding between ministries about the importance of ratification, which meant the government had only to formulate several policies that would be implemented after ratification: policies such as that aimed at protecting tobacco farmers and cigarette industry workers.

Nafsiah said the president had supported ratification of the treaty from the beginning, and she denied suggestions that the cigarette industry had lobbied to prevent the president from agreeing to ratification.

In expressing the hope that ratification would proceed without problems, Nafsiah stated her belief that no one would be disadvantaged by it.

“This ratification will instead protect a lot of people’s interests,” she added.

Molins hints at acquisition in reporting increased sales and profits for 2013

| February 28, 2014

Molins’ sales during the year to the end of December, at £105.2 million, were up by 13.2 percent on those of 2012, £93.0 million.

Its underlying profit before tax was up by 10.2 percent to £5.4 million, and its underlying earnings per share were increased by 9.6 percent to 23.9 p.

Tobacco Machinery sales were increased by 11 percent to £34.4 million, and the division’s operating profit was up 31.8 percent £2.9 million.

Sales within the group’s scientific services division, which comprises Arista Laboratories and Cerulean, increased by 14.7 percent to £26.5 million, but operating profit, before non-underlying items, was down slightly from £1.2 million to £1.1 million.

Packaging machinery sales increased by 14.2 percent to £44.3 million, while operating profit, before non-underlying items, was unchanged at £1.5 million.

“I am pleased to report a strong performance for the group over the year, with sales growth achieved across all three of our divisions, leading to an increase in profits,” said Chief Executive Dick Hunter.

“Our ability to provide products and services that meet the specific needs of our customers, across a range of markets, has helped to consolidate Molins’ established position.

“We remain mindful of the uncertain economic and regulatory environment, but are confident the group will continue to demonstrate progress on its various growth initiatives, and through acquisition.”

Cambodia bans shisha and e-cigarettes

| February 28, 2014

Following a request from the Phnom Penh municipality on Tuesday, Cambodia’s prime minister, Hun Sen, has ordered a ban on the importation and use of shisha and e-cigarettes, according to a story in The Phnom Penh Post.

After receiving an assessment from the National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD) claiming that these products posed a risk to Cambodian youth, the prime minister asked the municipality to take urgent and firm action, while allowing the NACD to lead and implement that action.

According to the Post’s story, in his letter assessing the products, the president of the NACD and deputy prime minister, Ke Kim Yan, made recommendations about how to “curb” their use.

“The general public sees that shisha and e-cigarettes are drugs which get youths hooked and make them neglect their studies and work, and may lead to serious problems for the nation,” wrote Kimyan.

And he recommended “ceasing use by seizing and destroying the shisha and e-cigarettes, [implementing] banning measures and stopping imports.”

State legislates for smokeless ban

| February 28, 2014

Assam has become the first state in India to legislate specifically for a ban on the consumption of all forms of smokeless tobacco products containing nicotine, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter.

The Assam Health Bill bans the manufacture and advertisement of, trade in, and the storage, distribution and sale of “zarda, gutkha, pan masala, etc.”

More than 28 states and union territories have enforced similar bans, but under the Food Safety and Standards Regulations 2011.

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