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22nd Century aims for reduced exposure recognition

22nd Century aims for reduced exposure recognition

| September 4, 2015

The 22nd Century Group said yesterday that it believed its cigarettes would become the first combustible cigarettes authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration to be marketed as reduced exposure products. President and CEO, Henry Sicignano III, said his company would submit its application to the FDA this fall and looked forward to receiving […]

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China brings in restrictive tobacco advertising rules

China brings in restrictive tobacco advertising rules

| September 4, 2015

China’s revised advertisement law, which came into force on Tuesday, bans tobacco product advertising in the mass media, in public places, and on public transportation. The new law, which was approved by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in April and which targets also the way in which products other than tobacco are […]

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No room for tobacco smokers in New York state

No room for tobacco smokers in New York state

| September 4, 2015

Hotels and motels in New York might no longer be able to offer smoking rooms if a bill proposed by state lawmaker Ken Zebrowski is passed, according to a CNN/Money story. The measure, which was introduced last week, was brought about because of Zebrowski’s personal experience. “I travel and spend a lot of time in […]

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Smokeless use up among US high school athletes

Smokeless use up among US high school athletes

| September 4, 2015

US high school athletes who play on sports teams smoke tobacco products at a lower rate than non-athletes, but use smokeless tobacco at a higher rate, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) in yesterday’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. In a press note issued through USNewswire, the […]

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Health watchdog suing e-cigarette manufacturers

Health watchdog suing e-cigarette manufacturers

| September 3, 2015

The US non-profit health watchdog, Center for Environmental Health (CEH), said yesterday that the majority of the 97 electronic cigarettes and other vaping products tested had produced high levels of the cancer-causing chemicals formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, in violation of California safety standards. The independent laboratory testing of products from two dozen electronic cigarette manufacturers were […]

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Advertising watchdog warns over e-cigarette claims

Advertising watchdog warns over e-cigarette claims

| September 3, 2015

Consumers looking to try out electronic cigarettes need to be wary of the ‘flood of questionable ad claims on the Internet,’ according to the advertising watchdog, truthinadvertising.org (TINA.org). In a pres note issued through PRNewswire, TINA.org said that it had examined more than 150 electronic cigarette sites, including those operated by wholesalers, retailers of major […]

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Closing in on the genetics of tobacco addiction

Closing in on the genetics of tobacco addiction

| September 3, 2015

Researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy (VCUSP) have identified specific sets of genetic variants that are significantly associated with cigarette addiction, according to a story by Cynthia Mcmullen for Medical Xpress. Pinpointing these genetic variants could eventually assist in identifying the biological mechanism behind nicotine addiction and in generating novel drug therapy […]

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Imperial calls for fact-based communication

Imperial calls for fact-based communication

| September 2, 2015

Imperial Tobacco Canada has called on the government of Quebec to define a specific regulatory framework for electronic cigarettes that would allow for fact-based communication with consumers. Imperial, which described itself as Canada’s largest legal tobacco company, on Monday presented before the parliamentary commission on Bill 44, which is intended to bolster controls on tobacco […]

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Counterfeit goods a challenge to Indian government

Counterfeit goods a challenge to Indian government

| September 2, 2015

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and KPMG has reported that India’s all-products counterfeit market is estimated to be growing at 44 percent a year, according to a Press Trust of India report relayed by the TMA. The market was said to have reached Rs1.05 trillion (US$15.8 billion) last year, with tobacco […]

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CORESTA documents available for download

CORESTA documents available for download

| September 2, 2015

The CORESTA Secretariat said yesterday that the following documents had been published in August and could be downloaded from: www.coresta.org. RAC SG CTR “2014-2015 Collaborative Study of CORESTA Monitor Test Pieces CM7 and CM8” (2015-08-26). PTM SG CTR “Collaborative Study to Evaluate a Paperboard Substitute for a Diffusion Capacity Standard” (2015-08-31).

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Iggesund invites its customers to adopt a tree

Iggesund invites its customers to adopt a tree

| September 2, 2015

Iggesund Paperboard, which has been in the vanguard of sustainable industry, is offering people the chance to join in by adopting a tree. “The forests are our planet’s lungs and a prerequisite for our long-term survival, said CEO Annica Bresky in describing the company’s Adopt a Tree venture. “Our well-managed forests transform carbon dioxide into […]

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PMI to webcast consumer conference presentation

PMI to webcast consumer conference presentation

| September 2, 2015

Philip Morris International said yesterday that it would host at www.pmi.com/webcasts from about 13.30 Eastern Time on September 8 a live audio webcast of the company’s remarks and the question-and-answer session by CFO Jacek Olczak at the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will cover the entire PMI […]

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Amcor completes tobacco packaging acquisition in brazil

Amcor completes tobacco packaging acquisition in brazil

| September 1, 2015

Amcor Tobacco Packaging has completed the acquisition of Souza Cruz’s internal tobacco packaging operations in Cachoeirinha, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The investment is supported by a long-term supply contract between Amcor and Souza Cruz and the business is expected to achieve annual sales of approximately brl200 million ($56 million). “This acquisition adds a third […]

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US adult smoking incidence falls to 17 per cent

US adult smoking incidence falls to 17 per cent

| September 1, 2015

The US’ adult smoking rate is continuing to fall, according to an Associated Press story citing a new government report. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures, said to have come from a large national survey, indicated that the adult smoking incidence dropped from 18 percent in 2013 to 17 percent last year. The […]

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Cigarettes now priced at more than A$1 each

Cigarettes now priced at more than A$1 each

| September 1, 2015

Smokers buying their cigarettes in Queensland, Australia, are from today having to pay up to $3.05 more for a pack of 50, according to a story in the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin. In the case of some cigarettes, the retail price of a single cigarette is now more than A$1. The latest national tobacco excise increase […]

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Change.org petition lights up smoking ban violations

Change.org petition lights up smoking ban violations

| September 1, 2015

The Jakarta Environmental Management Agency has disclosed that 90 percent of malls and shopping centers that it inspected in the Indonesian capital were in violation of a gubernatorial regulation banning tobacco smoking in public places, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. “Ninety percent of malls and shopping centers we inspected violated the bylaw,” […]

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Opposition to minimum price in Philippines

Opposition to minimum price in Philippines

| September 1, 2015

A number of Indonesian groups are opposing a bill in the House of Representatives that seeks to set a minimum price for cigarettes, according to a story in The Philippine Star. The groups described the move as being more of a profit strategy for the tobacco industry than a tobacco control measure. The Action for […]

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War of attrition in parks ban on tobacco smoking

War of attrition in parks ban on tobacco smoking

| September 1, 2015

The Seoul Metropolitan Government is preparing to make more Han River parks no-tobacco-smoking zones, according to a story in The Korea Times. Currently, of the 12 parks along the river, only Sunyudo Park in western Seoul is a no-smoking zone. The city government had considered banning smoking at all of the parks but, since it […]

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Benson named marketing director at NDC

Benson named marketing director at NDC

| August 28, 2015

NDC Technologies, a leading global provider of precision measurement and control solutions, has appointed Ian B. Benson as marketing director. Previously global sales and marketing director for the company’s food and bulk business, Benson brings a wealth of international marketing and business development experience to his new position. Benson will be responsible for the development […]

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ITG to respond to additive-free warning

ITG to respond to additive-free warning

| August 28, 2015

ITG Brands is to respond to a warning from the US Food and Drug Administration about its use of the term ‘additive free’ in relation to its Winston brand of cigarettes, according to a story by Toni Clarke for Reuters, relayed by the TMA. The FDA has warned Santa Fe Natural Tobacco (Reynolds American), ITG […]

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Imperial joins battle against Latvian illegal trade

Imperial joins battle against Latvian illegal trade

| August 28, 2015

Imperial Tobacco has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Latvian State Revenue Service jointly to tackle the illegal trade in tobacco. In a note posted on its website, Imperial said that KPMG’s latest Project Sun report had revealed that Latvia had the highest proportion of illegal cigarette trade in the EU last year. The […]

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Limited edition of Ettan launched by Swedish Match

Limited edition of Ettan launched by Swedish Match

| August 28, 2015

Swedish Match is launching a special design edition of its Ettan brand of loose snus for the autumn season. In a note posted on its website, Swedish Match said that 82,000 cans of Ettan Jakt would be produced and sold from the end of August at OKQ8 outlets throughout Sweden, in Swedish Match’s stores in […]

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FDA targets ‘natural’ tobacco claims

FDA targets ‘natural’ tobacco claims

| August 27, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. and ITG Brands that advertising traditional cigarette products as “additive free” or “natural” is in violation of federal regulations, reports The Winston-Salem Journal. The warnings pertain to Santa Fe’s Natural American Spirit brand and ITG’s Winston brand. It is the first […]

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Proposed EU-US trade treaty mired in secrecy

Proposed EU-US trade treaty mired in secrecy

| August 27, 2015

The European Commission has been accused of a cover-up after refusing to release details of talks between its officials and tobacco companies during negotiations over the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) treaty, according to a story by Paul Gallagher for The Independent. Corporate lobbying campaigners are said to have published documents that revealed […]

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Lebanese growers looking to expand production

Lebanese growers looking to expand production

| August 27, 2015

Tobacco growers operating in the Akkar district of Lebanon are calling on the government to allow them to expand their harvested areas while increasing the weight of tobacco authorized per permit from 330 kg to 500 kg, according to a story on Al Bawaba.com. “We also ask the government to increase the price of 1 […]

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