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Essentra launches rechargeable and disposable e-cigarettes

| June 17, 2015

Essentra, a global supplier of specialist plastic, fiber and foam products, has launched two industry-leading e-cigarette solutions. The new e-cigarettes—a rechargeable and a disposable option—are the company’s first “full service” white-label products in the category.

Developed in response to the company’s extensive customer research and industry insights, both e-cigarettes deliver a high-performing and consistent “extraction efficiency” for optimum taste and nicotine release, according to Essentra.

“We have developed close and confidential partnerships with our customers by applying our technical expertise and analytical testing capabilities,” says Patrick Meredith, Innovations Director at Essentra. “This has allowed us to provide bespoke solutions that meet our customer’s demands.”

Essentra’s rechargeable portfolio ranges from a traditional cigarette size to a cigar size. The company also offers e-cigarette kits, which include battery units, refill cartridges and a USB charging device. Designed to be a more convenient solution for consumers, the disposable e-cigarettes will be available as a single unit or as multiples, and are packaged into a branded outer carton or blister carton.

The new rechargeable and disposable e-cigarettes were developed using Essentra’s specialist knowledge and sector expertise, including its patent-pending reservoir technology. According to Essentra, the reservoir can be manufactured without the use of processing aids such as antistatic, lubricate, bonding agent or surfactant, meaning that it does not interfere with the chemistry of the e-liquid it holds and instead ensures a more pure experience.

“As experts in specialty plastic, fiber, foam and packaging components, we can provide a complete end-to-end service while adding value and maximising efficiency,” says Meredith. “With the only independent e-cigarette testing laboratory in the industry, Essentra can guarantee consistent industry leading quality.”

Tax hike increases South Korea’s revenue sharply

| June 17, 2015

South Korea’s cigarette tax revenue during the first five months of this year was up sharply on that of a year earlier, according to a Yonhap News Agency story citing government data.

The increase was said to have been due mainly to a tax hike at the start of this year that took the price of a pack of cigarettes from WON2,500 to WON4500.

According to finance ministry data, the government collected WON880 billion more in cigarette taxes in the January-May period than it had collected during the same period of last year.

Should the current pace of cigarette tax collections continue, the total revenue from cigarette sales is expected to surpass WON10 trillion this year, up from WON6.74 trillion in 2014.

At the same time, retail cigarette sales have picked up as the pre-tax-hike stocks built up by some smokers have run dry.

But overall, the ministry said, tobacco product shipments had tumbled by 31 percent.
“The overall decline is similar to what the government had estimated [34 percent], with the difference caused by the delayed passage of a bill that would make it mandatory to put very large health warnings on cigarette packs,” a ministry official said.

He said the bill should be passed by parliament late this month.

Russian smokers getting used to public-places bans

| June 17, 2015

The number of smokers in Russia fell from 35 percent last year to 34 percent now, according to an ITAR-TASS story citing the results of a poll conducted by the All-Russia Public Opinion Study Center.

The poll, which interviewed 1,600 individuals in 130 localities of 46 regions on May 23-24, found that 51 percent of men and 19 percent of women smoke.

Twenty two percent of those polled said they smoked a pack or more of cigarettes a day, nine percent said they had two or three cigarettes a day, and three percent said they smoked no more than once a week or once a month.

Fifty five percent of the population said they had never tried a cigarette while 11 percent were said to be quitters.

Eighty one percent of women and 81 percent of senior citizens are non-smokers.

Fifty-four percent of smokers said their smoking habits had not changed during the past year, while 29 percent said they were smoking fewer cigarettes and 16 percent said they had increased their consumption.

Meanwhile, a growing number of smokers are obeying public-places no-tobacco-smoking regulations.

The percentage of those who smoke only in designated areas has grown from 34 percent during 2014 to 42 percent now. Fourteen percent said they did not have to change their behavior because they had never smoked in no-smoking areas.

But about a third of smokers violate the law. Twenty percent try to smoke where they will not be seen, in stairwells or the like, but 15 percent prefer to smoke anywhere and pay the fines.

Beijing sets up snitching app for reporting smokers

| June 17, 2015

Anti-tobacco activities have hit what is possibly a new low with the setting up of a messaging app through which people in Beijing can report smokers who indulge their habit where smoking is banned.

According to a piece by Sharon Choi on the Shanghaiist blog, there had been violations of Beijing’s public-places tobacco smoking ban at one in three public venues within a week of the June 1 launch of the ban.

And with a smoking population of four million in the capital, it was impossible for law enforcement to catch all of them.

However, in an attempt to catch as many as possible, Beijing’s municipal government has set up a public account on WeChat called ‘No Smoking Beijing’, where users can upload pictures of smokers and tag their location.

The account features anti-smoking videos, the full text of the banning regulations and smoking-related health impacts.

And for those who don’t use WeChat, Beijing has set up a hotline, 12320, through which smokers can be reported.

Vintage cigars attract record prices at C.Gars auction

| June 17, 2015

All but 15 of the 302 lots were sold when C.Gars held its vintage cigar auction in London on Monday.

Record prices were said to have been paid for many of the rare lots on offer, and the top price of £20,500 was paid for Lot 294, which comprised Ramon Allones Coronas de Lujo cigars that had been estimated to fetch £12,000.

Total sales, including premiums, amounted to about £435,000.

This, C.Gars’ 15th vintage cigar auction, was held at the Bulgari Hotel.

The auction room was reportedly packed and, for the first time, online bidders were able to bid live.

C.Gars which is due to hold its Winter Auction in early December, says that it is further developing its online auction platform so as to include audio and visual technology.

US$30 billion bill for overindulgence, inactivity

| June 16, 2015

A study commissioned by the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation has found that the annual economic burdens attributable to smoking, excess weight, alcohol, and inactivity are C$13.0 billion (US$10.6 billion), C$11.9 billion (US$9.7 billion), C$7.6 billion (US$6.2 billion) and C$4.4 billion (US$3.6 billion) respectively, according to a Canada Newswire story relayed by the TMA.
The economic burden takes into account the costs associated with direct health care, premature mortality, short-term disability, and long-term disability.
The four risk factors are said to contribute to about 40 different chronic conditions including lung diseases, cancers of the head and neck, lung cancers, type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, strokes, colorectal cancers, and back pain.
The Canadian Men’s Health Week, an awareness campaign by the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation, aims to create an annual focal point around which people who care about men’s health can collaborate.

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