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Little support for standardized packs in Denmark

Little support for standardized packs in Denmark

| June 22, 2015

Most members of the Danish parliament are against the imposition of standardized cigarette packs, according to a story in Dansk Handelsblad. A survey conducted by the newspaper among the parties that make up the Danish parliament had shown that only one, the Socialist People’s Party (SPP), would like to see the introduction of standardized cigarette […]

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Age, class divides among Indonesia’s smokers

Age, class divides among Indonesia’s smokers

| June 22, 2015

Most of Indonesia’s smokers are young and from the ‘lower middle class’, according to a story in the Jakarta Post quoting the Antara News Agency. Hasbullah Thabrani, who was described as an ‘expert in tobacco consumption’, was said to have told the agency that the majority of Indonesian smokers were between the ages of 16 […]

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Ramadan creates good conditions to quit smoking

Ramadan creates good conditions to quit smoking

| June 22, 2015

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health on Friday urged Muslim smokers to take advantage of the holy, fasting month of Ramadan to quit smoking, according to an Arab News story. A ministry spokesman, Khalid Al-Mirghalani, was quoted as saying that Ramadan created a conducive environment for smokers to quit their habit because during that period Muslims […]

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Consulting company dedicated to vapor segment is formed

Consulting company dedicated to vapor segment is formed

| June 19, 2015

On June 19, 9.8 Group, TNV Ventures and Wingle Group announced the formation of Calumet Advisors, a strategic consulting company dedicated to the fast-growing e-cigarette and vapor segment. The new company was formed in response to an increasing demand for business advisory services, technology guidance and strategic thinking. Calumet Advisors is a partnership of respected […]

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Canada implements restrictions on flavored cigars

Canada implements restrictions on flavored cigars

| June 19, 2015

Rona Ambrose, Canada’s Minister of Health, on June 18 announced the adoption of new measures that will further restrict flavors in cigars that could appeal to youth. In 2009, the Cracking Down on Tobacco Marketing Aimed at Youth Act banned the use of certain additives—including flavors like chocolate and bubble gum—in cigarettes, little cigars and […]

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Kure Corp. names Jonathan Benjamin CEO of Kure Franchise division

Kure Corp. names Jonathan Benjamin CEO of Kure Franchise division

| June 19, 2015

Kure Franchise—a wholly owned subsidiary of Kure Corp., which specializes in the global distribution of vaporizing pens, e-juices, and related accessories—has named Jonathan Benjamin its new CEO. Benjamin will oversee global growth and positioning of the leading vaporium and lounge retailer and lead Kure’s aggressive franchise retail store expansion throughout the United States and internationally. […]

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Anti-tobacco efforts looking to target supply

Anti-tobacco efforts looking to target supply

| June 19, 2015

Following Australia’s success in reducing demand for cigarettes, the time has come for targeting supply, according to a story by Becky Freeman at medicalxpress.com. In her story, first published in The Conversation, Freeman said that Australia had been hugely successful in reducing the incidence of daily smoking among people over the age of 14 from […]

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Zimbabwe’s flue-cured prices down by 6.9 percent

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured prices down by 6.9 percent

| June 19, 2015

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured tobacco growers are expected to deliver more than the previously-expected 165 million kg this season, according to a story in The Herald yesterday. However, prices, as expected, have remained below those of last season. The Herald story said that growers had so far this season sold 160 million kg of flue-cured for US$473.983 […]

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Multinationals threaten to sue over Hungary contract

Multinationals threaten to sue over Hungary contract

| June 19, 2015

Three multinational tobacco companies are threatening to sue the Hungarian government if it does not launch a tender for a 20-year contract for the supply of tobacco products to retailers, according to a Reuters story relayed by the TMA. Philip Morris International, JTI Hungary and Imperial Tobacco Group had earlier questioned the government’s decision to […]

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KT&G: another tobacco multinational emerging

KT&G: another tobacco multinational emerging

| June 19, 2015

KT&G expects that its cigarette exports will exceed its domestic sales this year, according to a story in The Korea Times. A company spokesperson was quoted as saying that KT&G, which accounted for 63 percent of the domestic market, exported 43.4 billion cigarettes to 50 countries last year. Export volumes were up by 27 percent […]

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Timing of emerging-products ban questioned

Timing of emerging-products ban questioned

| June 19, 2015

Singapore’s announcement that it is to ban emerging tobacco products comes at a time when a growing number of public health experts around the world are acknowledging that innovative non-combustible tobacco products can benefit public health, according to a TodayOnline story quoting Philip Morris Asia’s vice president corporate affairs Johan Von Zweigbergk. The ban, due […]

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Very low nicotine cigarettes trial to be published

Very low nicotine cigarettes trial to be published

| June 19, 2015

The biotechnology company 22nd Century Group said on Wednesday that an independent Phase II clinical trial that had explored the efficacy of its very low nicotine tobacco as a smoking cessation aid when combined with pharmacotherapy had been accepted for publication in Nicotine & Tobacco Research. The study, which was conducted at Queen Mary University […]

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Johnson Creek Enterprises updates product line, name and website

Johnson Creek Enterprises updates product line, name and website

| June 18, 2015

Johnson Creek Enterprises has announced the launch of hardware for advanced-level vapers, a new line of high-performance e-liquid and a new name. “To know your customer is to know your future,” said founder and CEO Christian Berkey. “A growing segment of our customers want the ability to customize their vaping gear.” To meet consumer needs, […]

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Singapore to ban emerging tobacco products from mid-December

Singapore to ban emerging tobacco products from mid-December

| June 18, 2015

Singapore will ban emerging tobacco products—those that are not currently available in Singapore as well as existing products in the local market—beginning Dec. 15, the ministry of health announced on June 15. The ban is a “pre-emptive measure to protect public health against the known and potential harms of such products,” the ministry said in […]

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Award of Hungary wholesale license hits tender spot

Award of Hungary wholesale license hits tender spot

| June 18, 2015

Three multinational tobacco companies have expressed concern that another multinational is part of a venture granted sole wholesale tobacco concession rights in Hungary, according to a story in Hungary Around the Clock, relayed by the TMA. In a joint statement released today, Philip Morris International, JT International and Imperial Tobacco Group said the Hungarian government’s […]

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Botswana plans to act against underage smoking

Botswana plans to act against underage smoking

| June 18, 2015

Botswana plans to introduce a new law requiring the licensing of retailers that sell cigarettes, according to a StarAfrica story citing an African Press Agency report. Ephraim Rapalai, a Ministry of Health environmental health officer, said that the licensing requirement was included in the proposed Tobacco Control Bill. The officer said Botswana’s biggest challenge was […]

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E-cigarettes to be kept out of airline checked bags

E-cigarettes to be kept out of airline checked bags

| June 18, 2015

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has announced a ban on electronic cigarettes being included in checked baggage, according to an ndtv.com story citing an Agence France Presse report. The ban is said to have been announced in response to reports that electronic cigarettes have sparked fires in the cargo holds of aircrafts. Airline passengers […]

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Karelia launches oriental-blend RYO tobacco brand

Karelia launches oriental-blend RYO tobacco brand

| June 18, 2015

Karelia Tobacco Company of Kalamata, Greece, has launched on its domestic market a new oriental-blend roll-your-own tobacco brand, according to a press note relayed by the TMA. Oriental Mist is said to be based on ‘fine oriental tobacco recipes passed down from previous generations’ and preserved by the company’s master blenders. It is said also […]

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Never smokers aren’t using e-cigs, U.K. survey finds

Never smokers aren’t using e-cigs, U.K. survey finds

| June 17, 2015

Results of the New Youth Tobacco Policy Survey conducted by Cancer Research UK show that the majority of youth who have never smoked combustible cigarettes are not using e-cigarettes regularly. Of the 1,205 children aged 11-16 who took part in a U.K.-wide survey on e-cigarette use, 12 percent reported “ever” use, 2 percent reported “more […]

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Essentra launches rechargeable and disposable e-cigarettes

Essentra launches rechargeable and disposable e-cigarettes

| June 17, 2015

Essentra, a global supplier of specialist plastic, fiber and foam products, has launched two industry-leading e-cigarette solutions. The new e-cigarettes—a rechargeable and a disposable option—are the company’s first “full service” white-label products in the category. Developed in response to the company’s extensive customer research and industry insights, both e-cigarettes deliver a high-performing and consistent “extraction […]

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Tax hike increases South Korea’s revenue sharply

Tax hike increases South Korea’s revenue sharply

| June 17, 2015

South Korea’s cigarette tax revenue during the first five months of this year was up sharply on that of a year earlier, according to a Yonhap News Agency story citing government data. The increase was said to have been due mainly to a tax hike at the start of this year that took the price […]

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Russian smokers getting used to public-places bans

Russian smokers getting used to public-places bans

| June 17, 2015

The number of smokers in Russia fell from 35 percent last year to 34 percent now, according to an ITAR-TASS story citing the results of a poll conducted by the All-Russia Public Opinion Study Center. The poll, which interviewed 1,600 individuals in 130 localities of 46 regions on May 23-24, found that 51 percent of […]

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Beijing sets up snitching app for reporting smokers

Beijing sets up snitching app for reporting smokers

| June 17, 2015

Anti-tobacco activities have hit what is possibly a new low with the setting up of a messaging app through which people in Beijing can report smokers who indulge their habit where smoking is banned. According to a piece by Sharon Choi on the Shanghaiist blog, there had been violations of Beijing’s public-places tobacco smoking ban […]

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Vintage cigars attract record prices at C.Gars auction

Vintage cigars attract record prices at C.Gars auction

| June 17, 2015

All but 15 of the 302 lots were sold when C.Gars held its vintage cigar auction in London on Monday. Record prices were said to have been paid for many of the rare lots on offer, and the top price of £20,500 was paid for Lot 294, which comprised Ramon Allones Coronas de Lujo cigars […]

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US$30 billion bill for overindulgence, inactivity

US$30 billion bill for overindulgence, inactivity

| June 16, 2015

A study commissioned by the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation has found that the annual economic burdens attributable to smoking, excess weight, alcohol, and inactivity are C$13.0 billion (US$10.6 billion), C$11.9 billion (US$9.7 billion), C$7.6 billion (US$6.2 billion) and C$4.4 billion (US$3.6 billion) respectively, according to a Canada Newswire story relayed by the TMA. The economic […]

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