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Is energy venture going to light up tobacco growing?

| September 11, 2015

A company in Virginia, US, will soon begin signing contracts with farmers to produce tobacco for the manufacture of ethanol and biodiesel, according to a story in the latest issue of the Tobacco Farmer Newsletter.

Tyton BioEnergy Systems of Danville wants farmers to grow ‘energy’ tobacco for delivery to its extractor in Danville; or to another extractor that is in the works in Raeford, North Carolina.

The author of the story, Christopher Bickers, said that there was no information yet on prices or what scale of production the company was looking for, but that all that information should be available ‘fairly soon’.

The cost of producing energy tobacco is expected to be much less than that of flue-cured, Burley or any of the dark types.

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FDA e-cigarette rules subject to ‘significant’ delays

| September 10, 2015

The Obama administration has failed to finalize federal regulations of electronic cigarettes nearly a year and a half after a proposed rule was issued, according to a story by Robert King for the Washington DC Examiner.

Health campaigners are said to be clamoring for a decision to rein in the growing industry, but the electronic cigarette industry is said to believe that the delay is due to legal issues surrounding whether the Food and Drug Administration has the authority to regulate these products.

The FDA issued a proposed rule in late April 2014 outlining several regulations that might be applied to the electronic cigarette or vaping industry. The regulations include a ban on sales to minors and a requirement that would subject new tobacco products to FDA review. Electronic cigarette suppliers would have to register with the agency and back up any health claims they made.

The FDA has no update on when the final rule will be released, but said that it would be subject to further review because of its significance.

Rulemaking was a complex process, agency spokesperson Michael Felberbaum was quoted as saying. And adding to the complexity were the more than 135,000 public comments that the agency had to review.

Normally, the agency would review the rule and then put out a final one, he said. However, the electronic cigarette rule was deemed ‘significant’ by the federal government. That meant the White House’s Office of Management and Budget had to review the rule before it was published.

But for some, the coming into force of FDA electronic cigarette regulations – as they currently stand – is not something that should be brought forward quickly. In an opinion piece on the, Jan Verleur, the CEO of V2, said that if the rules went into effect as proposed, electronic cigarette manufacturers would have to submit applications for all products, even those on the market for the past eight years. The rules would require a multimillion dollar expenditure that would essentially put small, independent electronic cigarette manufacturers – not to mention countless sellers across the country – out of business.

‘Should the FDA e-cigarette rules take effect as written, there would only be one winner: Big Tobacco,’ Verleur said.

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Non-standard demonstrations by French retailers

| September 10, 2015

Tobacconists took to the streets of French cities on Tuesday to protest against the proposed introduction of standardized cigarette packaging, according to an RFI story.

The measure, which is part of the government’s new health bill, is due to be discussed in the Senate on Monday.

The planned introduction of standardized cigarette packaging was initially dropped by the Senate on July 22 when it adopted an EU directive aimed in part at increasing the size of health warnings.

Under the EU directive, graphic cigarette health warnings are required to cover 65 percent of the main surfaces of cigarette packs, up from 40 percent under current legislation.

But Health Minister Marisol Touraine later announced the reintroduction of the standardized packaging provision, a move that sparked Tuesday’s demonstrations.

In more than 80 cities throughout France, hundreds of tobacconists were said to have gathered to oppose the new law.

In Paris more than four tonnes of carrots (a reference to the orange symbols above the entrances to French tobacco shops) were dumped near the finance ministry; in the southern towns of Albi, Montauban and Auch, tobacconists camped in front of administrative offices; and in the north-eastern region of Alsace protesters covered up more than 80 town entrance signs.

Tobacco firms accused of dragging feet on warnings

| September 10, 2015

Tobacco companies are being accused of delaying the implementation of a law requiring that graphic health warnings are included on cigarette packs sold in the Philippines, according to a story in the Sun Star.

The anti-smoking group, New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP), said it had been receiving reports that the tobacco industry was trying to delay implementation of the law from November 5 to March next year.

NVAP president Emer Rojas said the industry’s efforts were being made through the Inter-Agency Committee on Tobacco (IAC-T), where the tobacco industry had representation.

The new law would require that graphic health warnings cover the bottom half of cigarette packs.

JT gears up to launch three new Winston products

| September 10, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it would launch three new Winston products nation-wide in early November.

In a press note posted on the company’s website, Winston XS 10 Box, Winston XS 8 Box, and Winston XS 3 100′s Box were said to be blended so as to achieve a ‘unique and distinctive taste offering Winston’s true smoking satisfaction experience’.

In addition, the new products will offer the ‘Long Taste’ feature through the inclusion of a special cigarette paper exclusive to Winston that prolongs the smoking time of each cigarette.

Last month, JT’s Cabin and Caster brands were ‘integrated’ into the Winston brand, and, as of October, the packs of these products ‘will be given a new unified global design marking their rebirth under the Winston brand’.

‘With the renewed Winston brand, JT will continue to strive to meet the diverse preferences of consumers,’ the press note said. ‘The regular series now consists of three tobacco taste lines: the roasted taste bitter Cabin line, the XS Caster sweet line with its mellow taste, and the XS straight line featuring a clear and smooth taste.

Mac Baren acquires Imperial pipe tobaccos

| September 10, 2015

Without disclosing the terms of the transaction, the Danish pipe tobacco manufacturer Mac Baren Tobacco Company has reported that it has acquired the pipe tobacco portfolio and certain related fine cut brands of UK-based Imperial Tobacco, according to a Borsen report relayed by the TMA.

The acquisition of the Imperial products is expected to result in a production boost at Mac Baren’s Svendborg facility of about 25-30 percent.

And the additional sales are expected to generate an extra DKK100 million (US$15 million) in annual revenues.

In 2013, Mac Baren purchased Richmond, Virginia-based Sutliff Tobacco Company from Altadis.

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