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 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.
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.
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.
22nd Century Group, a leader in tobacco harm reduction, has appointed Gregg M. Gellman as the company’s director of business development and regulatory affairs. Gellman, who was hired for his experience in achieving U.S. Food and Drug Administration compliance approval for various types of products, will be tasked with driving 22nd Century’s regulatory affairs strategies for the company’s two modified risk cigarettes in development: “Brand A,” the world’s lowest nicotine tobacco cigarette, and “Brand B,” the world’s lowest tar-to-nicotine ratio cigarette.
Health ministers from the 11 countries that make up the World Health Organization’s South-East Asia Region signed a declaration on Monday pledging to accelerate measures aimed at reducing tobacco use, according to a story in The Jakarta Post.
“Tobacco use in the South-East Asia Region is alarmingly high, triggering major health and economic consequences,” the region’s director Poonam Khetrapal Singh was quoted as saying at the signing of the declaration.
“Tougher actions are needed for tobacco control and prevention. Countries must equally tax all tobacco products, ban tobacco advertisements, enforce pictorial warnings on cigarette packaging and implement bans on smoking in public.”
The Dili Declaration was signed on the sidelines of the region’s 68th committee meeting, which started on Monday in the capital of Timor-Leste.
The declaration calls on governments, United Nations agencies and ‘stakeholders’ to accelerate tobacco control in the region, the inhabitants of which consume more than one-third of the world’s tobacco.
Khetrapal Singh called for the enforcement of stringent policies and measures to help people reduce and eventually quit tobacco; to prevent young people from taking up tobacco use; and to protect people from second-hand tobacco smoke.