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Educate, don’t legislate, on car smoking

Educate, don’t legislate, on car smoking

| November 19, 2013

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 […]

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Working to end child labor—in the US

Working to end child labor—in the US

| November 19, 2013

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 […]

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AOI appoints new CFO

AOI appoints new CFO

| November 19, 2013

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 […]

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NDC appoints Japan sales manager

NDC appoints Japan sales manager

| November 19, 2013

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 […]

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Imperial Tobacco and its employees helping aid efforts in the Philippines

Imperial Tobacco and its employees helping aid efforts in the Philippines

| November 18, 2013

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 […]

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Gamucci to open at London Heathrow world’s first airport vaping lounge

Gamucci to open at London Heathrow world’s first airport vaping lounge

| November 18, 2013

The e-cigarette manufacturer Gamucci plans to open what is believed will be the world’s first e-cigarette vaping zone at an airport: at Terminal 4, London, Heathrow. The Gamucci Electronic Cigarette Zone, which is due to open on Nov. 25, will provide a designated indoor area where passengers may enjoy e-cigarettes. In a press note, Gamucci […]

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Smog blankets China’s cities with respiratory disease concerns

Smog blankets China’s cities with respiratory disease concerns

| November 18, 2013

The prevalence of smoking in China tends to fudge the contribution of air pollution to the growing incidence of respiratory disease in the country, according to a story in the South China Morning Post. Two recent incidents were described as being timely reminders of the cost of China’s rapid development. In one, an 8-year-old girl […]

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Essentra takes packaging design award

Essentra takes packaging design award

| November 18, 2013

The in-house design department of Essentra Packaging has been named Design Team of the Year at the U.K. Packaging Awards. The company was also highly commended in the Packaging Company of the Year category, after reaching the final shortlist of four nominees. Based at the company’s headquarters in Nottingham, U.K., Essentra’s four-strong design team is […]

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Smoking bans at Berkeley’s castle walls

Smoking bans at Berkeley’s castle walls

| November 15, 2013

A city council member in Berkeley, California, USA, is calling for a tobacco smoking ban in some single-family homes, according to a story by Carolyn Jones for the San Francisco Chronicle. Councilman Jesse Arreguin said that a proposal to ban cigarette smoking in apartments and condos, where smoke can waft through ventilation systems, was not […]

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Plain packaging this ain’t

Plain packaging this ain’t

| November 15, 2013

U.K.-based Smoke Screenz Ltd. has launched a retail website that provides consumers with the opportunity to create personal designs for plastic cigarette-pack holders and then to buy those holders. At www.smoke-screenz.com, consumers can overlay full-color graphics and text onto a durable, lightweight, high-quality, hard plastic holder that will accept a regular king-sized pack of 20 […]

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Indonesia’s overproducing clove growers look to export kretek manufacture

Indonesia’s overproducing clove growers look to export kretek manufacture

| November 15, 2013

The Indonesian Clove Farmers’ Association (APCI) wants to widen the market for cloves by working with overseas tobacco manufacturers to help them produce kreteks, according to a story in the Jakarta Post. Indonesia currently has an oversupply of cloves. At the fourth Asia Tobacco Forum in Surabaya, East Java, APCI Treasurer I. Ketut Budiman said […]

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Leaf growers renew call for FDI in India

Leaf growers renew call for FDI in India

| November 15, 2013

Indian tobacco farmers operating under the banner of the United Association of Tobacco Growers (UATG) are urging the Indian government to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in the tobacco sector, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The farmers believe that opening the sector to FDI would […]

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JT increases domestic cigarette volumes

JT increases domestic cigarette volumes

| November 15, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during October, at 10.2 billion, was increased by 2 percent on that of October 2012, 10 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The October 2012 figure was up by 4.2 percent on that of October 2011. Volume during April–October, at 69.8 billion, was up […]

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Lorillard to participate at NY conference

Lorillard to participate at NY conference

| November 15, 2013

Lorillard’s chairman, president and CEO, Murray S. Kessler, and its CFO, David H. Taylor, are due to participate in the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer Conference in New York, New York, from 10.20 hours to 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Nov. 19. The presentation will be webcast live and access will be available through the Investor […]

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JTI to launch tobacco vaporizer in Korea

JTI to launch tobacco vaporizer in Korea

| November 14, 2013

JTI Korea said yesterday that it would introduce Ploom, a tobacco vaporizer, on the domestic market on Nov. 18, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The Ploom vaporizer is a pocket-sized smoking alternative device that heats tobacco contained in pods to a constant temperature, vaporizing nicotine and flavors without burning the materials or […]

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E-cigarettes banned on public transport

E-cigarettes banned on public transport

| November 14, 2013

The use of e-cigarettes on Switzerland’s public transport system will be banned as of next month, according to a Medical Xpress story quoting the national association of mass-transit operators. From Dec. 15, those caught using e-cigarettes on public transport will face a fine of CHF25, a spokesman for the Public Transportation Union told the Swiss […]

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Corporate watchdog concerned over direction of Trans-Pacific Partnership

Corporate watchdog concerned over direction of Trans-Pacific Partnership

| November 14, 2013

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, who is leading closed-door negotiations concerning the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is pushing a proposal that would grant tobacco manufacturers the right to sue governments for passing laws aimed at protecting the public from tobacco, according to a Corporate Accountability International (CAI) report. “Disturbingly—but not surprisingly—the U.S. trade representative has caved […]

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Karnataka auctions might be shortened

Karnataka auctions might be shortened

| November 14, 2013

The Tobacco Board of India is reportedly contemplating speeding up flue-cured auctions in Karnataka, India, so that they are finished by the end of January, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala newsletter. Normally, Karnataka auctions finish in February. But with average prices climbing by more than 21 percent on […]

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Whoops!

Whoops!

| November 14, 2013

Copies of a national newspaper featuring a half-page tobacco advertisement on its front page were given away at an event held by Indonesia’s Health Ministry to commemorate National Health Day on Nov. 12, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. The seemingly inappropriate gift was handed out at a time when the ministry is […]

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PMI to webcast conference presentation

PMI to webcast conference presentation

| November 14, 2013

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts of a presentation and question-and-answer session by CEO André Calantzopoulos at the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer Conference starting about 12 p.m. Eastern Time on Nov. 20. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will provide live audio of the entire PMI […]

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