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Illicit trade calculator is eye-opener

| September 22, 2014

Imperial Tobacco says that it is demonstrating to Irish retailers the cost to their own businesses of the trade in illicit products – a strategy that is resulting in more reports being made to the authorities from the areas where this trade is occurring.

‘John Player’s “illicit trade calculator” aims to encourage retailers to report illegal sales by showing the financial impact on individual shops,’ the company said in a note posted on its website.

‘It tracks any reduction in the number of packs sold compared to the same period last year and calculates how much of this can be attributed to illicit trade.’

Carl Phillips, AIT executive in Ireland, said the calculator “really demonstrates to our retail partners the cost to them of illicit trade locally”.

“For example, one store in the Dublin area showed a 2,254 pack loss compared to the same month in 2013 because of illicit trade – that equates to a cash loss of €1,405,” he said.

“I’m delighted to say we’re now seeing a rise in reports to the authorities of illicit trade activity in those areas where we’ve deployed this tool.”

New Reynolds Tobacco president named

| September 22, 2014

Debra A. Crew has been named president and chief commercial officer (CCO) of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, effective October 1.

Crew is currently the president and general manager of PepsiCo North America Nutrition. She joined PepsiCo in 2010 as president of the Western Europe region of PepsiCo Europe. In 2012, she was named president of PepsiCo Americas Beverage. She assumed her current role earlier in 2014.

Andrew D. Gilchrist, the current president and CCO of R.J. Reynolds, will become executive vice president of Reynolds American Inc. effective October 1.

Malawi exploring tobacco options

| September 19, 2014

Malawi’s Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) says its tobacco industry is set for a major boost following the visit of a group of 16 Egyptian tobacco investors, according to a Ventures Africa story

Speaking before the visit, TCC CEO, Bruce Munthali, said the delegation would hold discussions with “the private sector as well as government officials and other sector stakeholders”.

“As a primary producer of tobacco, it is high time we started adding value to our tobacco,” he said. “The areas of investment to be explored include primary processing, removal of stems from the tobacco leaf as well as manufacturing of cigarettes,” he added.

As was reported here yesterday, tobacco growers in Malawi were paid 10 percent less for their tobacco during the 2014 selling season than they were paid during the 2013 season.

And this fall in prices occurred at a time of high inflation and in respect of a crop whose quality was improved.

Little e-cigarette use among UK’s young

| September 19, 2014

New data from the UK’s Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) indicates that while electronic cigarette use by young people increased between 2013 and 2014, only 1.8 percent of children are regular users.

And it shows that 90 percent of regular or occasional users are young people who were already smokers or ex-smokers.

Meanwhile, 91 percent of young people have not tried an electronic cigarette, and this is despite the fact that more than 80 percent of young people are aware of electronic cigarettes (up from under 70 percent in 2013)

The ASH Smokefree Youth survey, which was conducted by YouGov, analysed by Public Health England and presented at a Public Health England Conference on Wednesday, questioned more than 2,000 11-18 year olds in 2013 and a further 2,000 in 2014 about their smoking and vaping behaviour.

It found also that 98 percent of young people who had never smoked had never tried an electronic cigarette.

The full story is at: http://www.ash.org.uk/:new-survey-finds-regular-use-of-electronic-cigarettes-by-children-still-rare.

Tobacco disease set to rise in Asia

| September 19, 2014

Research has indicated that inadequate public awareness of the risks of tobacco smoking and aggressive tobacco marketing have left Asian nations with some of the highest smoking rates, according to a story by Giles Hewitt for Yahoo News.

Roughly 60 percent of the world’s population lived in Asia where tobacco control programs were less well-developed than they were in the US and Europe, which had lowered smoking rates with sustained anti-smoking campaigns, said a major regional study published in PLOS Medicine.

Such tobacco control programs were particularly unsophisticated in low- and middle-income countries such as China and India.

And even in developed countries such as Japan and South Korea, it was only recently that the authorities had made genuine moves to cut smoking rates that were once as high as 85 percent among adult males.

“Many Asian countries are in the early stages of the tobacco epidemic,” said the PLOS study.

“So it is likely that the burden of diseases caused by tobacco smoking will continue to rise over the next few decades, and much longer if the tobacco epidemic remains unchecked,” it said.

Trademark dispute e-liquids destroyed

| September 19, 2014

Japan Tobacco International has halted its legal proceedings against Healthier Smoker (HS) after HS’ liquidator agreed on Tuesday to destroy all products and materials within its control that infringe JTI’s property rights, according to a story by Tom Lyons for the Irish Times.

Darren Flanagan, an accountant with DMFN Chartered Accountants, was appointed liquidator of HS on August 29 shortly before JTI was due to begin legal proceedings seeking to stop HS allegedly breaching JTI’s trademarks.

JTI manufactures, among other brands, Silk Cut, Mayfair, Camel and Benson & Hedges cigarettes, while HS made liquids used in e-cigarettes under names including Purple Silk, Calm Desert Brand, Kamel Blend and Myfair E-juice.

In the High Court on Tuesday, HS’ liquidator said he had destroyed all offending stock in his possession and was working to reclaim and destroy stock in retail outlets.

Flanagan told The Irish Times he was in talks with a third party to sell it the assets of HS.

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