UK-based Imperial Tobacco is due to issue an Interim Management Statement on February 12.
Reynolds American Inc. is due to host a webcast of remarks made by president and CEO, Susan M. Cameron, at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York Conference starting about 17.30 Eastern Time on February 17.
The webcast will be available on a listen-only basis at www.reynoldsamerican.com, where registration is now open.
The presentation slides and a replay of the presentation will be made available on the same site.
British American Tobacco Korea plans to launch Dunhill Pocket Pack, a limited edition, 14-cigarette pack that costs only krw3,000 ($2.75).
Although the pack is smaller — most packs have 20 cigarettes — the seemingly inexpensive price might be an appealing selling point in South Korea, where many smokers have decided to quit or cut back due to the government-led price hikes that took effect at the beginning of the year.
An Irish member of the European Parliament has sought to widen the standardized-packaging debate by placing it against the background of trade agreements currently being negotiated.
In a written question to the European Commission, MEP Nessa Childers asked whether the Commission considered non-discriminatory standardized packaging legislation, such as that applicable to cigarette packaging, to be a form of acquisition of intellectual property; or whether any claims to intellectual property rights might arise as a consequence of such legislation under present trade agreements or agreements the Commission had a current mandate to negotiate.
Although Childers did not mention specific trade agreements, it seems likely that she had in mind at least the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership that is being negotiated between the EU and the US against a background of considerable public opposition.
Negotiators have come under pressure from the public over the previously highly-secret nature of the negotiations that many believe would cede even more power to multinational corporations and undermine democracy.
A group of tobacco control activists and supporters staged a demonstration in Chennai, India, on Saturday demanding the closure of the ‘Tobacco Promotion Board’, according to a story in the Times of India.
Members of the Tamil Nadu People’s Forum for Tobacco Control said that while the health ministry was working on improving the country’s tobacco control law by making amendments to the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act, it failed to see the destructive nature of the tobacco board, which worked for tobacco promotion.
Several doctors, social workers and lawyers were said to have taken part in the demonstration.
Sixty five percent of Saudi secondary schoolgirls and 45 percent of the country’s intermediate schoolgirls are ‘smokers’, according to a story in Arab News quoting the results of a recently-published survey.
The survey, conducted by the Faculty of Medicine at the Jeddah-based King Abdulaziz University, said the rates of smoking posed a ‘real threat’ to the health of Saudi women in the long term.
In an earlier study, Najran University was said to have found that one-third of the Saudi population smoked on a regular basis.
And, according to a story in the Al-Madina daily, Saudi Arabia ranks second and fifth respectively at the GCC (Gulf Co-operation Council) and global levels in respect of the proportion of female smokers.
The rise in the number of female teenagers taking up smoking has been blamed on their wider exposure to the cultures of foreign countries through the increased use of social media and mobile applications, and to the spread of electronic cigarettes.
The definition of a smoker, as used by those conducting the surveys, was not given in the story.