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European Court agrees with Yesmokes

| October 13, 2014

The European Court of Justice on Thursday rejected Italy’s application of higher excise duties on cheaper cigarettes, according to an AGI (Agenzia Giornalistica Italia) news agencystory.

The ruling ends the legal action initiated by the Italian tobacco group Yesmokes, which sells cigarettes in Italy at lower prices than the most popular brands.

Italy has since 2012 imposed on cheaper cigarettes a higher excise duty set at 115 per cent of that levied on the best selling brands.

The Court ruled in favour of the appeal by Yesmokes, saying the increased duty was contrary to European rules.

E-cigarettes to move out of TV shadows

| October 13, 2014

Electronic cigarettes may be shown in UK television advertisements from November 10, according to a BBC news story quoting the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP).

Ruling for the first time specifically on electronic cigarettes, the CAP said advertisements must not target under-18s or non-smokers, and must not show tobacco ‘in a positive light’.

While the advertising of electronic cigarettes on television is already allowed, currently the device itself must not appear on screen.

The committee said the new rules would be reviewed after a year.

COP6 delegates in Moscow

| October 13, 2014

The sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP6) to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control was due to start at the World Trade Center Moscow today.

COP6 is expected to close at lunchtime on October 18.

UK’s smoking population at record low

| October 10, 2014

The proportion of smokers among the UK’s adult population has fallen to its lowest level since recording started in the 1940s, according to a story in The Guardian.

Official figures suggest that the habit’s prevalence among over-18s fell from 19.8 per cent during 2012 to 18.7 per cent last year.

Government ministers were said to have welcomed the figures but statisticians were far more cautious, pointing to the different ways in which data have been collected over the years.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggest that men (21.1 per cent) are still more likely to smoke than are women (16.5 per cent).

A third of the population claims to be ex-smokers and nearly half claims never to have smoked.

Tobacco industry figures in the 1940s showed well over half of the UK’s over-16s were smokers, with the proportion rising to nearly two-thirds of men.

When the ONS started collating figures in 1974, 45 per cent of the UK’s population smoked, including 52 per cent of men and 41 per cent of women.

The full story is at: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/oct/07/smoking-falls-lowest-level-uk-recording-started-1940s.

JT’s domestic sales volume down

| October 10, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during September, at 9.4 billion, was down by 0.9 per cent on that of September 2013, 9.5 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The September 2013 figure was unchanged from that of September 2012.

Volume during January-September 2014, at 83.9 billion, was down by 2.9 per cent on that of January-September 2013, 86.5 billion, which was down by 0.7 per cent on that of January-September 2012.

JT’s market share stood at 60.0 per cent during September, at 60.5 per cent during January-September and at 60.5 per cent during January-December 2013.

JT’s domestic cigarette revenue during September, at ¥53.5 billion, was increased by 3.2 per cent from its September 2013 revenue, ¥51.8 billion.

Revenue during January-September 2014, at ¥469.9 billion, was down by 1.0 per cent on that of January-September 2013, ¥474.8 billion.

Bio Strategy prize goes to Iggesund

| October 10, 2014

Iggesund Paperboard has been awarded the Bio Strategy of the Year prize by the industry organization PPI.

Commenting on the award, Arvid Sundblad, vice president sales and marketing, said the company was very pleased with the award but even more pleased with the major move it had made from fossil fuel to bioenergy. “Of course that’s because we’re assuming our own responsibility for the climate issue but also because it will give us more stable energy costs over time,” he said.

During the past four years Iggesund Paperboard has invested more than €370 million to improve its energy strategy at its paperboard mills in Iggesund, Sweden, and Workington, England.

Compared with the situation a decade ago, the company said in a press note, emissions were down by more than 260,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from fossil sources. The reduction was equivalent to having taken 85,000 cars, each driven 10,000 km a year, off the road.

At the mill in Workington, where Incada folding box board was made, Iggesund had implemented a dramatic shift from natural gas to biomass. A new biomass boiler had been completed in the spring of 2013 and had contributed to a big reduction in Incada’s carbon footprint. Today, Incada was among the folding box boards with the lowest carbon footprints.

At Iggesund (the site of the Swedish factory), where the company produces Invercote, a new recovery boiler had helped to minimise the mill’s carbon dioxide emissions and had enabled the mill to operate often without using any fossil fuel. The goal was for the mill to be powered only by biomass and to be self-sufficient in both electricity and heat.

“This is very gratifying,” Sundblad said. “The world is pressuring us to reduce our fossil carbon emissions and we’re living up to that. We’re thereby helping to support public policy goals and at the same time we also expect to stabilise our energy costs.”

The press note said that as well as switching its energy source from fossil to renewable fuel, Iggesund had worked to improve its energy efficiency. Producing one tonne of Invercote now required just over 10 per cent less energy than was needed five years ago. The mill at Workington had achieved a similar result.

The new incineration plants were part of the explanation for this reduction, but so were efforts continually to improve the mills’ internal processes and make them more efficient. At Iggesund this process had led also to tangible improvements to the local environment.

“We’ve succeeded in reducing our sulphur emissions to air, and our particulate emissions to air by 50 per cent,” Sundblad said. “This has been done from what were already low levels but it is still gratifying. For example, our mill, which dominates the municipality of Iggesund, is now only responsible for one per cent of the municipality’s particulate emissions.”

Sundblad: Iggesund Paperboard makes no investments without weighing up what effects they will have on sustainability.

Sundblad: Iggesund Paperboard makes no investments without weighing up what effects they will have on sustainability.

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