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Anti-tobacco campaign attracts 12 million signatures

Anti-tobacco campaign attracts 12 million signatures

| September 21, 2015

Six key public health organizations and their allies have vowed to support a new draft of Thailand’s Tobacco Control Act, according to a story in The Nation. They have called on the government and the National Legislative Assembly to push the law through so as to protect young people. And they have called on the […]

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Tobacco seed sales slip in Zimbabwe

Tobacco seed sales slip in Zimbabwe

| September 21, 2015

Zimbabwe might register a decline in the area under tobacco during the 2015-16 season because seed sales have declined by 30 percent from those of last year, according to a story in The Herald. With only two weeks left before the end of the normal seed-selling period, the uptake is down by 28.7 percent from […]

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Yunnan Tobacco to exhibit at Cannes duty-free event

Yunnan Tobacco to exhibit at Cannes duty-free event

| September 21, 2015

China’s Yunnan Tobacco International is this year due to exhibit for the first time at a TFWA World Exhibition. The TFWA World Exhibition & Conference 2015 is due to be held at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes, France, on October 18-23. In all, 40 companies that have not previously exhibited at the […]

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Baek nominated for KT&G CEO

Baek nominated for KT&G CEO

| September 19, 2015

KT&G has nominated its vice president, Baek In-bok, as its new CEO, replacing former chief Min Young-jin, according to The Korea Times. In July, Min resigned following a prosecution probe into allegations that he created a slush fund amounting to billions of won. Baek joined KT&G in 1993. He served in various posts such as […]

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NPS bans e-cig use in U.S. national parks

NPS bans e-cig use in U.S. national parks

| September 18, 2015

U.S. National Park Service (NPS) director Jonathan Jarvis on Sept. 14 issued a policy memorandum prohibiting the use of electronic smoking devices in all places where the use of traditional tobacco products is already prohibited in national parks. The policy is effective immediately. “Protecting the health and safety of our visitors and employees is one […]

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Health bodies in Thailand push for new tobacco laws

Health bodies in Thailand push for new tobacco laws

| September 18, 2015

Six key public health organizations and allies in Thailand on Sept. 17 vowed to support the new draft of the Tobacco Control Act and called on the government and the National Legislative Assembly to push this law through in an effort to protect the country’s youth. At an academic conference held in Chiang Mai province, […]

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New code to regulate e-cigarette advertising in Ireland

New code to regulate e-cigarette advertising in Ireland

| September 18, 2015

The Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland (ASAI) has released its new code of standards for the advertising and marketing of e-cigarettes. The code—which is due to come into force in March 2016—stipulates that e-cigarette companies must refrain from making health or medical claims about their products and cannot glamorize e-cigarettes in any way, encourage nonsmokers […]

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2015 Golden Leaf Awards announced

2015 Golden Leaf Awards announced

| September 18, 2015

Tobacco Reporter has announced the winners of the 2015 Golden Leaf Awards. During a ceremony at the Global Tobacco & Nicotine Forum in Bologna, Italy, the winners accepted awards for their accomplishments in five different categories.  The Golden Leaf Awards are exclusively sponsored by BMJ. SCM/TDC won a Golden Leaf Award in the ‘Most promising […]

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European WHO members to make ‘tobacco a thing of the past’

European WHO members to make ‘tobacco a thing of the past’

| September 17, 2015

Health ministers from the 53 European member nations of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Sept. 16 agreed to a plan to make “tobacco a thing of the past” within the next decade. The member nations—who convened at the WHO’s 65th session of the Regional Committee for Europe in Vilnius, Lithuania—intend to realize this goal by […]

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Disposable shisha pipes mandatory in Dubai

Disposable shisha pipes mandatory in Dubai

| September 17, 2015

The Dubai Municipality has implemented a new hygiene rule making it mandatory for shisha outlets in Dubai to use disposable pipes in place of traditional shisha hoses. The rule, which was issued in accordance with the articles of the federal law number 15 of 2009 on tobacco control, is aimed at protecting shisha smokers from […]

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FDA orders R.J. Reynolds to pull major brand off the market

FDA orders R.J. Reynolds to pull major brand off the market

| September 16, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds to pull their Camel Crush Bold cigarette brand off the market. The FDA acted under a key provision of the 2009 law that requires prior FDA review and authorization before tobacco companies are permitted to market new or changed products. The decision, […]

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Pax Labs expands vaporizer line to U.K., Germany

Pax Labs expands vaporizer line to U.K., Germany

| September 15, 2015

Pax Labs, leaders in vaporization technology, announced Sept. 15 that the company’s Pax vaporizers are now available in the U.K. and Germany. The devices are available at www.paxvapor.com and local retailers. Since introducing its portable, loose-leaf Pax vaporizer three years ago, sales have grown by 200 percent. In March, Pax Labs introduced Pax 2, an enhanced […]

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South Korea’s tobacco tax revenue expected to soar next year

South Korea’s tobacco tax revenue expected to soar next year

| September 15, 2015

Tax revenue from cigarette sales in Korea is expected to reach more than 12.68 trillion won ($10.72 billion) next year, nearly double the increase from 2014, according to a report shown Monday by the independent Korea Federation of Taxpayers. The Korea Federation of Taxpayers said in its report that the increase is attributable mainly to […]

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Zimbabwe: $585 million tobacco sold during 2015 season

Zimbabwe: $585 million tobacco sold during 2015 season

| September 15, 2015

Nearly 200 million kg of flue-cured tobacco worth $585 million was sold during the 2015 season, which ended on Sept. 9, according to a story in The Herald. “Tobacco growers sold 198.7 million kg of flue-cured tobacco worth $586 million during the 2015 marketing season,” said Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) public relations manager […]

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H.B. Fuller opens Luneburg Adhesive Academy

H.B. Fuller opens Luneburg Adhesive Academy

| September 14, 2015

H.B. Fuller—a leading global adhesives provider focusing on perfecting adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemical products—has opened its Luneburg Adhesive Academy. Located in Germany, the Luneburg Adhesive Academy is the company’s newest technical center and will help its customers respond more quickly and effectively to market trends, industry challenges and opportunities. Combining state-of-the-art equipment with […]

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Executive changes announced at RAI and its operating companies

Executive changes announced at RAI and its operating companies

| September 14, 2015

Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) has announced several executive changes at both RAI and its largest subsidiary, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. All the changes will be effective Oct. 1. Debra Crew, who is currently president and chief commercial officer of R.J. Reynolds, will become president and chief operating officer of the company. She will assume management […]

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JT selected for inclusion in the DJSI Asia/Pacific

JT selected for inclusion in the DJSI Asia/Pacific

| September 14, 2015

Japan Tobacco (JT) has been selected for the second consecutive year for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia/Pacific Index (DJSI Asia/Pacific), the worldwide index for socially responsible investment, the company announced Sept. 13. The DJSI is a collaborative initiative by S&P Dow Jones2 Indices of the United States and RobecoSAM3 of Switzerland. It assesses […]

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Purwanto joins TSAL as technical sales manager

Purwanto joins TSAL as technical sales manager

| September 14, 2015

Tobacco Solutions Asia Limited (TSAL), an engineering solutions firm that has designed and developed some of the world’s smallest tobacco processing equipment, has appointed Arif Purwanto to the newly created position of technical sales manager for the Indonesian region, effective Oct. 1. Purwanto will assist the TSAL team in marketing TSAL products and services to […]

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Zimbabwe farmers subsidizing tobacco buyers

Zimbabwe farmers subsidizing tobacco buyers

| September 14, 2015

Fearful that Zimbabwe’s farmers may abandon tobacco growing because of below-cost-of-production prices this year, the government is ‘engaging and pleading’ with them to continue growing the crop, according to a New Zimbabwe story. During a meeting at Windrush Chiseve, a farm in Marondera, which was attended by hundreds of small-scale farmers last week, the majority […]

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Anger over JTI’s appearance before health committee

Anger over JTI’s appearance before health committee

| September 14, 2015

Leading health professionals and charities have urged Holyrood to limit engagement with the tobacco industry after a senior representative gave evidence to members of the Scottish Parliament. A public petition has been lodged calling on parliament to ensure that politicians and staff adhere to international guidelines for interaction with tobacco companies. The petition was launched […]

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Japan looks to shift minimum smoking age – down

Japan looks to shift minimum smoking age – down

| September 11, 2015

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) yesterday postponed a decision on whether to lower the legal age for smoking and drinking, amid concerns about what effects the change would have on health and delinquency, according to a story in The Japan News. An LDP task force yesterday adopted a proposal to revise the age of […]

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We’re dying of excess rather than privation

We’re dying of excess rather than privation

| September 11, 2015

The number of people worldwide whose deaths were tied to avoidable health risks such as high blood pressure and smoking increased by almost 23 percent between 1990 and 2013, according to a story by Joshua Melvin for Agence France Presse quoting new research. Research results published in The Lancet indicated that a range of 79 […]

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JT’s domestic cigarette volume down in August

JT’s domestic cigarette volume down in August

| September 11, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during August, at 9.2 billion, was down by 1.6 percent on that of August 2014, 9.4 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The August 2014 figure was down by 9.4 percent on that of August 2013. Volume during January-August, at 72.1 billion, was down […]

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JT on Dow Jones sustainability index – again

JT on Dow Jones sustainability index – again

| September 11, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it had been selected for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia/Pacific Index (DJSI Asia/Pacific) for the second consecutive year. ‘The DJSI is a collaborative initiative by S&P Dow Jones Indices of the United States and RobecoSAM of Switzerland,’ JT said in a note posted on its website. ‘It […]

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Is energy venture going to light up tobacco growing?

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 […]

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