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Age, class divides among Indonesia’s smokers

| June 22, 2015

Most of Indonesia’s smokers are young and from the ‘lower middle class’, according to a story in the Jakarta Post quoting the Antara News Agency.

Hasbullah Thabrani, who was described as an ‘expert in tobacco consumption’, was said to have told the agency that the majority of Indonesian smokers were between the ages of 16 and 25.

He said that cigarette consumption in Indonesia increased by 20 percent each year, causing negative health on people during their productive years.

The majority of smokers were said also to be from the ‘lower middle class’ because rich people were already aware of the dangers of smoking.

Hasbullah called on the government to take action to control the increasing rate of cigarette consumption.

“The one and only way is by increasing cigarette taxes, which will also protect farmers and producers from bankruptcy,” he said.

Ramadan creates good conditions to quit smoking

| June 22, 2015

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health on Friday urged Muslim smokers to take advantage of the holy, fasting month of Ramadan to quit smoking, according to an Arab News story.

A ministry spokesman, Khalid Al-Mirghalani, was quoted as saying that Ramadan created a conducive environment for smokers to quit their habit because during that period Muslims abstained from smoking from dawn to dusk.

It would not be difficult for smokers to continue the abstention, he surmised.

“The hand that touches the holy Qur’an during the month would definitely refuse to touch tobacco,” he added.

Otherwise, the spokesman said, those interested in quitting their habit could avail themselves of the facilities and expertise available at 44 anti-smoking clinics spread throughout the Kingdom.

The clinics would remain open daily from 21.00 to 03.00 during Ramadan.

Saudi Arabia’s annual tobacco consumption exceeds 40,000 tons worth nearly SR12 billion ($3.2 billion), according to figures from a study by the Khair Anti-smoking Association, a private company based in Makkah.

Consulting company dedicated to vapor segment is formed

| June 19, 2015

On June 19, 9.8 Group, TNV Ventures and Wingle Group announced the formation of Calumet Advisors, a strategic consulting company dedicated to the fast-growing e-cigarette and vapor segment. The new company was formed in response to an increasing demand for business advisory services, technology guidance and strategic thinking.

Calumet Advisors is a partnership of respected and widely recognized industry veterans who have years of experience working with clients ranging from Big Tobacco and Big Pharma to small and medium enterprises and financial services.

Included in the partnership are 9.8 Group, a holding company with a portfolio of consulting companies in various verticals, represented by founder and president Givi Topchishvili; TNV Ventures, an international expert advisory group in tobacco and vapor regulatory affairs, as well as public policy issues, represented by Ron Tully; and Wingle Group, a China-based consulting service and authority on e-cigarette technologies, accessories and e-liquid manufacturers, represented by founder and CEO Dmitri Churakov.

“The complexity of the regulatory landscape and the dynamic nature of the industry makes managing the technology curve, cohesive business planning and brand development challenging for both established players and new market entrants to the U.S. market,” says Tully. “We believe Calumet Advisers, with its strengths in policy issues, market analysis and evaluation of emerging technologies, will provide Calumet’s clients with a solid platform from which they can make informed decisions about the U.S. vape market.”

Canada implements restrictions on flavored cigars

| June 19, 2015

Rona Ambrose, Canada’s Minister of Health, on June 18 announced the adoption of new measures that will further restrict flavors in cigars that could appeal to youth.

In 2009, the Cracking Down on Tobacco Marketing Aimed at Youth Act banned the use of certain additives—including flavors like chocolate and bubble gum—in cigarettes, little cigars and blunt wraps in an effort to make them less attractive to children and young adults.

Manufacturers, however, began producing resized cigars in the prohibited flavors. The recently announced amendments target these products and close the loophole by preventing manufacturers from changing the weight of little cigars or removing their filter in order to continuing marketing certain flavors.

The proposed amendments prohibit most flavors and selected additives in cigars that weigh more than 1.4 grams but no more than 6 grams, as well as in cigars that use tipping paper or do not feature a wrapper fitted in spiral form.

The amendments are scheduled to come into force Dec. 14.

Kure Corp. names Jonathan Benjamin CEO of Kure Franchise division

| June 19, 2015

Kure Franchise—a wholly owned subsidiary of Kure Corp., which specializes in the global distribution of vaporizing pens, e-juices, and related accessories—has named Jonathan Benjamin its new CEO.

Benjamin will oversee global growth and positioning of the leading vaporium and lounge retailer and lead Kure’s aggressive franchise retail store expansion throughout the United States and internationally.

Benjamin’s hiring comes just weeks after Kure Corp. announced the completion of $4.7 million in capital financing from institutional and accredited investors to help fund Kure’s retail store expansion in the United States. The expansion will be accomplished primarily through franchising, and a campaign is planned to attract franchise candidates nationwide.

With more than 20 years of leadership experience, Benjamin most recently held the title of chief development officer at Huddle House, where he led a national development campaign for the family restaurant chain. He is credited with reversing the company’s previous decline in image and store count and significantly increased its remodel and growth trajectory.

Prior to Huddle House, Benjamin served as vice president of franchise sales at Corner Bakery Café, where he created a new franchise sales department and implemented new sales systems and processes that lead to record-breaking franchise growth.

“We knew we wanted a new CEO with energy, vision and a deep knowledge of franchise development to lead the business into new markets,” said Kure Corp. CEO David Peterson. “We all believe Jonathan is the perfect fit for Kure during this exciting time in the evolution of the vaporium industry.”

Benjamin’s immediate priority will assembling a team to drive and support the anticipated growth of the company.

“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to lead the Kure team as we focus on expanding the company into new markets,” Benjamin said. “I’m thrilled to be a part of a rapidly-emerging industry and to have the opportunity to help Kure establish a preeminent position in the premium juice and vaporium category.”

Kure has three Kure Vaporium & Lounge stores in the Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, and Boca Raton, Florida, USA, areas. Three additional Vaporium & Lounge locations are scheduled to open in the Charlotte area within the next three months.

Anti-tobacco efforts looking to target supply

| June 19, 2015

Following Australia’s success in reducing demand for cigarettes, the time has come for targeting supply, according to a story by Becky Freeman at

In her story, first published in The Conversation, Freeman said that Australia had been hugely successful in reducing the incidence of daily smoking among people over the age of 14 from 24.3 percent in 1991 to 12.8 percent today.

This reduction in smoking had been largely achieved by curbing consumer demand for tobacco products through the imposition of tax increases, tobacco advertising bans, smoke-free public places, graphic health warnings and emotive anti-smoking mass-media campaigns.

‘While these tobacco demand-reduction strategies have been widely implemented in Australia and internationally, comparatively little has been done to control the sale and supply of tobacco products,’ she wrote. ‘This needs to change.’

Freeman discusses the possibility of transforming the tobacco market from one controlled by for-profit corporations that have a mandate to sell more cigarettes, to one managed by a not-for-profit enterprise that has a mandate to promote public health.

She discusses also price [but not tax] caps, regular reductions in the supply of tobacco products and limiting retail licences.

The full story is at:

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