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Public smoking ban might include shisha

| February 12, 2014

The health ministry of India is considering extending the existing ban on smoking tobacco in enclosed public places to cover shisha, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter.

The ministry appears to be concerned that the consumption of shisha is growing, especially among young people.

Nevertheless, the ministry is said not to be considering a total ban.

Although, under proposed rules, clubs and lounges would not be allowed to serve shisha in places where food was also served, those with seating for 30 people or more, and hotels with more than 30 rooms, would be allowed to set up special enclosures for shisha smoking.

Tobacco industry cutting smoking

| February 12, 2014

Retailers across Jordan were reported on Sunday to have been low on cigarettes for a few days, with manufacturers and storeowners trading accusations about who is to blame for the shortages, according to a story in The Jordan Times.

Some retailers have said that cigarette manufacturers and distributors have not delivered cigarettes since the government imposed a tax increase on Feb. 4.

But the manufacturers and distributors say their production levels and deliveries have not changed.

Whatever the reason for the shortages, smokers have been left in a position where they cannot buy their favorite domestic brands.

Unless supplies get moving again, the tobacco industry is in danger of achieving what the anti-tobacco industry has tried and failed to do—stop people smoking.

PMI to webcast presentation and Q&A

| February 12, 2014

Philip Morris International is due to host at www.pmi.com/webcasts a live audio webcast of a presentation and question-and-answer session at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) Conference starting about 1:45 p.m. Eastern Time on Feb. 18.

PMI’s CEO, André Calantzopoulos, who will make the presentation, will be joined for the question-and-answer session by CFO Jacek Olczak.

The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will provide live audio of the entire PMI session.

An archived copy of the webcast will be available at www.pmi.com/webcasts until 17.00 hours on March 19.

The presentation slides and script will be available at www.pmi.com/presentations.

Feb. 17 opening for Andhra auctions

| February 11, 2014

Flue-cured tobacco auctions are scheduled to begin on Feb. 17 in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group’s newsletter, quoting the Tobacco Board of India Chairman Koothati Gopal.

The chairman said that every effort was being made to conclude the flue-cured tobacco auctions in the state of Karnataka by that date.

The Andhra crop has been fixed at 172 million kg, a figure set by the board following discussions with the Indian Tobacco Association, which represents tobacco dealers, exporters and manufacturers.

Based on what has happened in Karnataka, Andhra growers are expecting much higher prices this year than they received last year.

E-cigarettes are best quit aids

| February 11, 2014

New research has indicated that smokers of tobacco cigarettes who use e-cigarettes to try to quit their tobacco habit have better outcomes than those who use no aids or those who used an over-the-counter (OTC) nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), according to a blog by Grzegorz Krol on the Nicotine Policy website.

The research was presented by Dr. Jamie Brown, of University College London, and colleagues at the 20th annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco in Seattle on Feb. 8.

The study was conducted on a large representative sample of the English population, and was based on people who had smoked during the past 12 months. It looked at those who had made at least one quit attempt using only an e-cigarette, using only an OTC NRT, or using no aid in their most recent quit attempt. The outcome assessed was abstinence from cigarettes up to the time of the survey.

Users of e-cigarettes performed best, with 19.9 percent having stopped smoking. Of those who used no aids, 15.1 percent were successful, while only 10 percent were successful using OTC NRT.

Krol cautioned that care was needed in looking at these results, which were taken from an abstract of the research paper.

Krol’s blog and the abstract are at http://nicotinepolicy.net/commentary/86-g-krol/861-new-research-shows-electronic-cigarettes-better-for-quitting-than-no-aid-over-the-counter-nrt-worse-than-no-aid.

UAE might go for smoking ban in cars

| February 11, 2014

The United Arab Emirates could ban smoking inside cars if a proposal by the Dubai traffic police chief is taken up, according to an Emirates247.com story.

Major General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, who heads the Federal Traffic Council, said he would shortly make a recommendation to the council for a total ban on smoking inside cars and the introduction of penalties for violators.

“Smoking must be totally banned inside cars because smoking is not less dangerous than using mobile phones while driving as both need to be used by the two hands,” he was said to have told the Arabic language daily Al Bayan.

He said smoking was now a key cause of serious accidents.

And he added that most smoking drivers did not comply with rules requiring them not to smoke at petrol stations.

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