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Legacy panel to discuss harm reduction

| March 26, 2014

The U.S.-based anti-tobacco organization Legacy is due to host a live webcast of a panel discussion addressing key findings in the 2014 U.S. Surgeon General’s report on the health consequences of smoking.

Legacy says the discussions will include how it might be possible, innovatively and more rapidly than presently is the case, to end the premature deaths caused specifically by cigarette smoking, since it is the burning of tobacco that produces the most lethal toxins.

“The burden of death and disease from tobacco use in the United States is overwhelmingly caused by cigarettes and other combusted tobacco products; rapid elimination of their use will dramatically reduce this burden …,” according to the surgeon general’s report. [However] “the promotion of non-combustible products is much more likely to provide public health benefits only in an environment where the appeal, accessibility, promotion, and use of cigarettes and other combusted tobacco products are being rapidly reduced.”

The “Warner Series” panel discussion will consider ways to speed the end of combustible cigarettes and the role that alternative products such as e-cigarettes could play in ending cigarette smoking.

The live webcast, which will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on March 31, will be at

Speakers for nicotine forum announced

| March 26, 2014

A list of speakers has been announced by the organizers of The First Global Forum on Nicotine, which is due to take place at the Marriott Hotel, Warsaw, Poland, on June 27–28.

The forum, which will be staged by KAC, is set to examine the current state of the debate about the use of nicotine across the globe; critically examine the science relating to the safety and use of nicotine; allow politicians, scientists, manufacturers, distributors and consumers to exchange views; and facilitate the development of links to enable ongoing dialogue between different sectors.

Speakers will include:

  • Professor Riccardo Polosa (Italy)
  • Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos (Greece)
  • Dr. Maciej Goniewicz (USA)
  • Professor Andrzej Sobczak (Poland)
  • Dr. Lynne Dawkins (UK)
  • Professor Gerry Stimson (UK)
  • Professor Peter Hajek (UK)
  • Professor Karl Lund (Norway)
  • Hazel Mabe (Germany)
  • Robert Mrówczyński (Poland)
  • Cynthia Cabrera (USA)
  • Dr. Mirosław Dworniczak (Poland)
  • Dr. Delon Human (Switzerland)
  • Leon Kosmider (Poland)
  • Lou Ritter (USA)
  • Dr. Jacques le Houezec (France)
  • Dr. Karl Fagerström (Sweden)
  • Clive Bates (UK)

More details about the speakers are at

Korea tobacco lawsuit could be delayed

| March 26, 2014

South Korea’s National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) seems to be rethinking its proposed tobacco-company lawsuit.

According to a story in the Korea Times, the NHIS said on Jan. 16 that it would decide the details of its compensation suit against KT&G and other tobacco manufacturers at a board meeting on Jan. 24.

And in a story filed after the board meeting, the Times said the NHIS had decided to file a damages suit against KT&G and other tobacco companies seeking up to WON333 billion.

The decision to go ahead with the claim was made despite the fact that the Ministry of Health and Welfare opposed the suit.

Yesterday, a story in The Korea Economic Daily said the NHIS was poised to launch its suit, but it mentioned only KT&G, not other tobacco companies, and the amount of compensation to be claimed was still to be determined—somewhere between WON53.7 billion and WON230.2 billion.

There even seemed to be some doubt about whether the suit would go ahead, at least anytime soon.

Ahn Sun-young, legal counsel at NHIS, said the lawsuit would be launched within the next month at the latest. However, he added that the suit might be delayed because the government was not enthusiastic about its prospects.

And recently the Ministry of Strategy and Finance expressed doubts about the litigation. “Although fully in agreement with the principle, the National Health Insurance Service will have a hard time to prove criminal intent on the part of the tobacco company,” the ministry was quoted as saying.

Fresh promotional idea from Essentra

| March 26, 2014

UK pic2Essentra Packaging (EP) says that its latest label, AquaSense™, is designed to help maintain and control the moisture content of make-your-own tobacco packs and thus ensure the contents stay fresh and do not dry out.

The new product is said to be already in use with a “major manufacturer on the European market.”

Part of EP’s Protect range, AquaSense™ is the first example of Essentra’s Active Label Technology that has been developed and jointly patented in conjunction with Essentra Porous Technologies.

According to an EP press note, an absorbent AquaSense™ pad included in the packaging (shown) and available on opening is placed by the consumer under a running tap or in a glass of water. The pad soaks up only a specific amount of water that it then releases over time to keep the contents fresh, control humidity and reduce product waste due to drying out.

The pad can be supplied in a variety of formats and sizes and is designed to meet the specific protection needs of make-your-own tobacco packs and tubs.

And it can be used to deliver high-impact promotional graphics and messages that appear with the addition of the water.

“The project has been a great example of how we can leverage the significant expertise throughout Essentra to design a product to meet the customer and wider category need,” said Martin Dallas, commercial director for Essentra Packaging & Securing Solutions.

Graphic warning (of a different kind) to be subject of Reemtsma award

| March 26, 2014

A competition to find the best images captured by photo-journalists during the past 12 months has been launched ahead of the 2014 Reemtsma Liberty Award (RLA).

Now in its eighth year, the RLA recognizes journalists who work under the most testing conditions to sustain freedom of the press.

And this year a photographic category has been added with a shortlist of 20 images, such as the one shown here,UK2 picture2 on the Liberty Award Facebook page.

The three images with the most ‘likes’ will be awarded a prize and exhibited during the RLA evening being staged in Berlin on April 10.

“We wanted to recognise professional and non-professional photographs that capture the spirit of freedom,” said Svea Schröder, media relations manager Germany.

“The images used to illustrate news stories can be equally as important and just as dangerous to gather as the written or spoken word.”

Graphic warnings set for Indonesia packs

| March 25, 2014

Manufacturers will be required to include graphic health warnings on cigarette packs sold in Indonesia from June 24, according to a story in The Jakarta Post quoting

The Indonesia pack coordinator with the Southeast Asia Initiative on Tobacco Tax, Widyastuti Soerojo, was quoted as saying the Health Ministry had prepared five pictures that manufacturers would have to use.

She said the pictorial warnings depicted, among other things, oral and lung cancer.

“Hopefully, this will also be effective in reducing the number of smokers in Indonesia, which has continued to increase,” Widyastuti said.

Indonesia is due to become the fifth ASEAN member country, after Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Brunei, to require graphic warnings on tobacco packaging.

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