Indonesian Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi has said that her country will accede to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) before the end of this year, according to a story by Nadya Natahadibrata for The Jakarta Post.
“The treaty accession will be completed through a presidential decree,” Nafsiah was quoted as saying. “The president has agreed. God willing we will accede to the treaty before the end of the year.”
Nafsiah said that three ministries, the Trade Ministry, Industry Ministry and the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry, which had previously rejected accession on the grounds that it would hurt tobacco farmers and reduce the state’s income from tobacco excise, had now agreed to Indonesia becoming a party to the FCTC.
According to Nafsiah, the government is currently drafting the text of the decree, which is to be submitted to the Foreign Ministry before being signed by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The U.K. smokers’ group Forest has urged the government to reject calls to ban smoking in cars with children.
According to new figures released by the British Lung Foundation (BLF), in England alone about 185,000 young people between the ages of 11 and 15 are exposed to “potentially toxic concentrations of secondhand smoke in their family cars every day or most days.”
But in responding to the BLF’s data analysis, Simon Clark, the director of Forest, said his organization believed the figures were “extremely misleading.”
“They are estimates based on questionable calculations,” he said.
“According to surveys, only a very small number of adults still smoke in cars with children present. It’s inconsiderate and most adults recognise that.
“Legislation is disproportionate to the problem. It would be very difficult to enforce and would be a huge waste of police resources.
“Education has to be better than coercion.”
In the U.S., children as young as 12 are allowed to work on tobacco farms, performing backbreaking labor and putting their health and lives at risk, according to a story by Gabriel Thompson and Mariya Strauss for The Nation. (http://activism.thenation.com/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12432)
The authors point out that agricultural work in general is dangerous. Workers might be exposed to pesticides and the possibility of acute nicotine poisoning. And they are vulnerable to hazards involving farm vehicles, grain silos and manure pits.
Since 2012, when the Obama administration rescinded plans to implement new safety measures and a ban on children working on tobacco farms, at least 13 young agricultural workers have died.
The Children’s Act for Responsible Employment, introduced by Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard this year but blocked by the Republican-controlled Education and Workforce Committee, would bring child labor standards in line with protections in other industries and increase civil penalties for abuse, the story said.
“The measure faces stiff opposition, but the exploitation of children, in the final telling, should be impossible to defend,” it argued.
Alliance One International says that Joel L. Thomas, currently vice president, treasurer, is being promoted to the role of executive vice president, CFO, from Jan. 1.
Thomas will take over from Robert A. Sheets, who is retiring from AOI after more than 15 years with the company.
Sheets, who is currently executive vice president, CFO and chief administrative officer (CAO), will relinquish his role as CFO from Dec. 31 but will remain as CAO for a transitional period.
Thomas joined AOI in December 2005 as vice president, treasurer.
He has an MBA from Nova Southeastern University and a BA in political science from the University of California.
Meanwhile, also at AOI, Nichlas A. Fink has been promoted to the role of vice president, corporate controller and chief compliance officer.
And Hampton R. Poole, currently vice president, corporate controller, is to become director of supply chain reporting to Jose Maria Costa, executive vice president, global operations and supply chain. Poole’s new position has been created to continue the efficiency drive AOI launched in late 2011.
NDC Infrared Engineering has appointed Teruo Horino (pictured) sales manager, Japan, for its web gauging and metals systems.
“Horino-san brings many years of experience in industrial measurement and control systems across a wide range of applications including power, energy, web gauging and industrial automation,” NDC said in a press note.
“Horino-san earned a degree in electrical engineering from Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, before becoming an instrument engineer for IHI in their power boiler division.”
Later he held a number of sales management positions at companies including Foxboro, Japan Energy, Measurex and Honeywell.
NDC said that the new appointment marked the expansion of its Japan operations.
Imperial Tobacco employees in the Philippines are helping to support the relief efforts being made following the devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan, which struck the country on Nov. 8.
Volunteers from Imperial’s subsidiary, the Philippine Bobbin Corporation (PBC), are packing survival boxes containing water, food and toiletries.
And PBC has said that it will match money raised for aid by those working at its Cavite factory, near the capital, Manila.
Although the factory escaped the worst effects of the typhoon, a large number of its employees have families in the area where the typhoon struck.
In addition, the Altadis Foundation has made a donation to assist the authorities in their work with typhoon survivors and will be sending funds collected from Imperial’s employees.
The Altadis Foundation previously supported relief efforts following a severe tropical storm that hit the Philippines in December 2011.