Breaking News

Weighing the health cost of continuing to smoke

Weighing the health cost of continuing to smoke

| July 14, 2015

People who quit smoking gain an average of 4.1 kg in body weight over about five years, which is 2.6 kg more than that gained by continuing smokers, according to a story by Megan Haggan for the Australian Journal of Pharmacy citing a recent study carried out at the University of Tasmania’s Menzies Institute for […]

Read More

Nano-catalyst filter more effective against ETS

Nano-catalyst filter more effective against ETS

| July 14, 2015

Scientists working in South Korea have developed equipment that can decompose elements of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) more effectively than can equipment based on more traditional technology, according to an Indo-Asian News Service story relayed by the TMA. The new air-cleaning equipment, developed by Dr. Jongsoo Jurng and Dr. Gwi-Nam Bae of the Korea Institute […]

Read More

Reynolds donates laboratory building

Reynolds donates laboratory building

| July 14, 2015

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company said on Friday that it had donated a laboratory building in the Whitaker Park complex to WPDA, a non-profit corporation created by Winston-Salem Business, the Winston-Salem Alliance and Wake Forest University. WPDA is said to be pursuing opportunities to lease the approximately 87,000-square-foot building and the nearly four-acre lot on which […]

Read More

Andhra flue-cured target slashed by 30 percent

Andhra flue-cured target slashed by 30 percent

| July 13, 2015

The 2015-16 authorized flue-cured crop for the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has been cut by 30 percent from that of 2014-15, according to a story in the New Indian Express. The Tobacco Board, at a meeting in Hyderabad on Friday, decided – based on indications given by the Indian Tobacco Association (representing tobacco manufacturers, […]

Read More

Tobacco firms say cannot pay Quebec court award

Tobacco firms say cannot pay Quebec court award

| July 13, 2015

Canada’s biggest tobacco companies say they don’t have enough cash to make a $1.13 billion payment by the end of the month to Quebec smokers who won a landmark class-action suit, according to a story by Sidhartha Banerjee for The Canadian Press. Lawyers argued in court on Thursday that a provision in the $15.6 billion […]

Read More

Austria to ban public-places vaping and smoking

Austria to ban public-places vaping and smoking

| July 13, 2015

The Austrian parliament has decided to impose a ban on vaping and tobacco smoking in pubs and restaurants starting on May 1, 2018, according to an APA story. A partial ban on tobacco smoking has been in place since 2009. Pub and restaurant owners are being ‘encouraged’ to impose full bans on their premises by […]

Read More

British government not to apply tobacco-firm levy

British government not to apply tobacco-firm levy

| July 13, 2015

The British government has decided not to go ahead with the imposition of a levy on tobacco manufacturers and importers, according to a Reuters News story. In December, the government said it was considering introducing such a levy, which would have been based on market share. It launched a consultation to gather views on the […]

Read More

Academic seeks recognition of e-cigarette’s quit role

Academic seeks recognition of e-cigarette’s quit role

| July 10, 2015

A Māori health academic has accused some Aotearoa (New Zealand) health researchers and officials of spreading false negative information about electronic cigarettes, according to a story by Andrew McRae for Radio New Zealand. Marewa Glover, an associate professor of Massey University, was quoted as saying that these false claims were putting people off using electronic […]

Read More

Essentra exporting UK production jobs to Hungary

Essentra exporting UK production jobs to Hungary

| July 10, 2015

About 200 people are set to lose their jobs following an announcement on Wednesday by Essentra Plc that it planned to close its factory at Jarrow, UK, by the end of this year, according to a story in the Shields Gazette relayed by the TMA. The current Jarrow production is to be shifted to Hungary. […]

Read More

Zimbabwe growers suffer 7.5 percent fall in prices

Zimbabwe growers suffer 7.5 percent fall in prices

| July 10, 2015

The average grower price for Zimbabwe flue-cured so far this season is down by 7.5 percent on that at the corresponding point of the 2014 season, according to a story by Munesu Nyakudya relayed by the TMA and quoting Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) figures. So far, growers have sold 178.9 million kg of […]

Read More

JT’s domestic cigarette sales increased in June

JT’s domestic cigarette sales increased in June

| July 10, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during June, at 9.3 billion, was increased by 4.6 percent on that of June 2014, 8.9 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The June 2014 figure was down by 6.5 percent on that of June 2013. Volume during January-June, at 53.1 billion, was down […]

Read More

PMI to host results webcast July 16

PMI to host results webcast July 16

| July 10, 2015

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts starting at 09.00 Eastern Time on July 16 to discuss its 2015 second-quarter results, which will be issued about 07.00 the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, CFO Jacek Olczak will discuss the results and answer questions […]

Read More

U.S. Tobacco Cooperative pays member growers $5.6 million in cash dividend

U.S. Tobacco Cooperative pays member growers $5.6 million in cash dividend

| July 9, 2015

The board of directors of the U.S. Tobacco Cooperative (USTC)—a leading producer and processor of high-quality U.S. flue-cured tobacco headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA—has declared a patronage dividend of $0.17 per pound of tobacco sold to the Cooperative during fiscal year 2015. The total dividend for fiscal year 2015 was $10.7 million, a 9.1 […]

Read More

Malfeasant smugglers and their flying machines

Malfeasant smugglers and their flying machines

| July 3, 2015

Measures aimed at combating corruption, enforcing border controls and enhancing cross-border co-operation are being constantly revised in the fight against the illegal tobacco trade operating across Romania’s borders with non-EU countries. This was part of the reply by the EU Commission to a question posed by the Romanian member of the European Parliament, Daniel Buda. […]

Read More

France bans smoking in cars with young passengers

France bans smoking in cars with young passengers

| July 3, 2015

It is now illegal in France to smoke in a car when a person younger than 12 years of age is a passenger, according to a story in The Local France. Those caught breaking the law will face a fine of €68. But smokers needn’t think they are being singled out. The Local pointed out […]

Read More

Brands to go in Germany after TPD brought in

Brands to go in Germany after TPD brought in

| July 3, 2015

The new EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) will result in cigarette brands with a market share of 1 percent or less being taken off the German market, according to a Die Welt story. Such brands would no longer be profitable, the newspaper said. Under the TPD, which has to be included within national laws by […]

Read More

New high-capacity flavor applicator from Kaymich

New high-capacity flavor applicator from Kaymich

| July 3, 2015

C. B. Kaymich is launching two new pieces of equipment: its new High Capacity Gemini Flavour Application System and the CM7A7Ax Hot Melt Controller. Orders for the first two Gemini units have been taken and they will be installed during the next eight weeks. In reporting the launch of the new Gemini, Kaymich said that […]

Read More

Health expert contests outdoor prison smoking ban

Health expert contests outdoor prison smoking ban

| July 2, 2015

Prisoners in jails in New South Wales, Australia, who currently smoke tobacco but who are facing a total smoking ban, have received support from what seems at first sight to be an unlikely source. Writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, Simon Chapman, Professor, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, said that while he believed […]

Read More

Opposition to Namibia tobacco project hits a hurdle

Opposition to Namibia tobacco project hits a hurdle

| July 2, 2015

Namibia’s Health Minister, Bernard Haufiku, who has been fighting to stop a planned Chinese tobacco project in the Zambezi region, has acknowledged that his efforts are hampered by a ‘loophole’ in the Tobacco Act, according to a story in The Namibian. Haufiku said the act did not stop anyone from growing tobacco. This was a […]

Read More

Is tobacco not being bought or not being sold?

Is tobacco not being bought or not being sold?

| July 2, 2015

During a meeting with representatives of tobacco traders and growers from Andhra Pradesh, India, on Tuesday, the Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman directed tobacco companies to buy flue-cured in line with the agreements they had reached earlier with the Tobacco Board. Tobacco sales have been slow in Andhra but tobacco traders say the […]

Read More

CORESTA documents available for download

CORESTA documents available for download

| July 2, 2015

The CORESTA Secretariat said yesterday that the following documents had been published in June and could be downloaded from: www.coresta.org. TSB SG CTR “Results of the 2014 CORESTA Part-Filter Method Ring Trial and Comparison with the 2012 Ring Trial”  (2015-06-11) PTM SG CTR “2014 Collaborative Study for the Determination of Repeatability and Reproducibility of CRM 77”  (2015-06-16) […]

Read More

Imperial employees in Taiwan beach clean-up

Imperial employees in Taiwan beach clean-up

| July 2, 2015

Eighty Imperial employees and their families gave up a weekend to remove litter from a beach near the company’s Jhunan factory in Taiwan. The volunteers collected 120 kg of waste, which mainly comprised drinks cans and plastic bags. The waste collection at Zhang Qing Zhi Sen was part of an environmental clean-up operation to tackle […]

Read More

FDA seeks further information on liquid nicotine

FDA seeks further information on liquid nicotine

| July 1, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration is looking for further information to help it decide what action it might take in respect of nicotine exposure warnings and child-resistant packaging for liquid nicotine and nicotine-containing e-liquids. The FDA said that recent increases in calls and visits to both poison control centers and emergency rooms in the […]

Read More

Proposed Trans Pacific Partnership takes a battering

Proposed Trans Pacific Partnership takes a battering

| July 1, 2015

An Australian parliamentary committee has issued a damning verdict on what it knows about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated by 12 Pacific Rim countries, including the US, according to a Sputnik (Russia) story. The Blind Agreement report by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee denounces the ‘all-or-nothing choice’ […]

Read More

China’s Sept 1 advert ban already causing concern

China’s Sept 1 advert ban already causing concern

| July 1, 2015

Tobacco advertising in China is still visible in nearly half of all tobacco stores two months before a new law takes effect that bans such advertising in public places, according to a story in the China Daily. The Advertisement Law, which was adopted in April by the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, bans tobacco […]

Read More