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Inter-tabac to be postponed

| February 23, 2014

Messe Westfalenhallen Dortmund has decided to postpone its Inter-tabac Asia trade fair, originally scheduled for Feb. 27-28 in Bali, Indonesia.

The company insists it had obtained the required permits for the event, pursuant to the provisions of the Indonesian Ministry of Industry and Trade, which regulates international fairs and conferences in the country.

Despite this, Bali police instructed Messe Westfalenhallen Dortmund that Inter-tabac Asia could not proceed as planned. The notice came less than a week before the event’s scheduled start.

Messe Westfalenhallen’s attempts to resolve the matter were unsuccessful. The firm is currently seeking a new venue for Inter-tabac Asia.

EU Tobacco Products Directive on track

| February 21, 2014

The EU’s new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) is inching towards the finish line.

The European Parliament (EP) meeting in plenary session is due to vote on February 26 on the text of the directive, which has been subjected to various technical and legal-linguistic corrections.

The TPD is expected to be adopted during a European Council meeting on March 14 and the legislative act is expected to be signed by the President of the EP, Martin Schultz, during an EP plenary session due to take place on April 2-4.

Given the above timeline, the act will be published in April or May.

China pressurized by anti-tobacco lobby

| February 21, 2014

China could prevent nearly 13 million tobacco-related deaths by 2050 by fully implementing a set of neglected anti-smoking policies it had already agreed to, researchers said on Wednesday.

The estimated number of lives saved would result from a smoking rate 40 per cent lower than that projected on current trends, according to a story in the Intern Daily quoting a paper published in the British Medical Journal.

Without any change, it said, China risked suffering more than 50 million deaths attributed to tobacco between 2012 and 2050.

But the toll could be reduced by more than a fifth through measures that included higher tobacco taxes, legislating for smoke-free areas and stricter advertising bans.

‘The consequences of inaction are considerable,’ warned the researchers, who used computer modelling to predict the potential health benefits of a set of policies China had agreed to when it joined the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in 2003.

Lagos’ smoking ban seen as balanced

| February 21, 2014

A law banning tobacco smoking within enclosed public places in the Nigerian state of Lagos has been commended by British American Tobacco Nigeria.

The law, which was passed by the Lagos State House Assembly in January and signed by the state governor on Monday, prohibits tobacco smoking in public places such as libraries, museum, public toilets, schools, hospitals, day-care centres, public transportation and restaurants.

But the law requires that the owners of such public places provide smoking areas, though presumably this requirement does not extend to at least some forms of transport.

BAT’s director of corporate and regulatory affairs in West Africa, Freddy Messanvi, said the state government had provided a good example of how to create a balanced and effective law.

According to Messanvi, the process leading to the signing of the bill into law was a transparent one that gave consideration to all relevant views.

He described the new law as “neither excessive nor discriminatory”.

Zimbabwe sales season off to good start

| February 21, 2014

Zimbabwe’s 2014 flue-cured tobacco selling season opened on Wednesday with the first bale selling for US$4.85 per kg, up from the $4.50 offered at the start of last season, according to a story in The Herald.

The paper said that at least 185 million kg of flue-cured were expected to be sold this season, up from the 166.6 million kg that was sold last year.

Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers’ Union president Wonder Chabikwa said the season had started well and that prices should go above US$5 per kg.

Premier Tobacco Floor managing director, Philemon Mangena, described the opening prices as fair, while Boka Tobacco Auction Floors operations manager, Moses Bias, said the auction floors needed to lift their efficiencies because of the increase in the crop this season.

The acting minister for Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr Ignatius Chombo, who opened the marketing season at the Tobacco Sales Floor, said the government commended the tobacco industry for the orderly funding and marketing of the crop.

RAI and employees support non-profits

| February 21, 2014

Reynolds American Inc. and its affiliates, related private charitable foundations and employees donated about $11.6 million to a wide range of non-profit organizations in 2013.

“So many communities continued to face economic challenges last year, and we were happy to be able to offer support,” said Alan Caldwell, director of corporate and civic engagement at RAI’s services company.

“As always, our commitment to transformation extends to the communities where our employees live and work, and that means financial donations for organizations serving those in need, as well as our time and active involvement in areas where we can make a difference.”

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