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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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Plans to ban e-cigarette use in public “ridiculous”

Plans to ban e-cigarette use in public “ridiculous”

| June 16, 2015

Proposed bylaws banning the use of electronic cigarettes in public places in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, are “ridiculous,” councillor Andre Chabot has told the Calgary Herald. “We have become so Big Brother in what we do that pretty soon we won’t be able to wear makeup,” said Chabot, a former smoker. “I don’t know where we’re […]

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Young effective in convincing smokers not to light up

Young effective in convincing smokers not to light up

| June 16, 2015

Beijing is calling for volunteers to help implement the city’s strict new anti-smoking laws, according to a story in the Beijing Times. Since June 1, the city has prohibited smoking in indoor public places and at outdoor venues where minors gather. But while it has assigned more than 1,000 supervisors to ensure the law is […]

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Philippines’ sin taxes cut smoking, boost revenues

Philippines’ sin taxes cut smoking, boost revenues

| June 16, 2015

A tobacco (and alcohol) tax regime that was signed into law by the President of the Philippines Benigno Aquino in December 2012 is said to have cut smoking sharply while boosting government revenues, according to an AFP story. The number of cigarette packs placed on store shelves by retailers had fallen by nearly a third […]

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Tobacco advertised near Indonesian schools

Tobacco advertised near Indonesian schools

| June 16, 2015

More than 30 tobacco brands are advertised or promoted in areas where schools are situated, according to a story in The Jakarta Post citing a recent survey. The survey was carried out in 360 schools in five major cities including Jakarta, Bandung in West Java and Makassar in South Sulawesi. It was conducted from January […]

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Smoking down by 16-17 percent in Russia

Smoking down by 16-17 percent in Russia

| June 15, 2015

Russians are smoking less because of the implementation of an anti-tobacco law, according to an Interfax report quoting the Rospotrebnadzor press service. ‘The measures taken to implement Russian legislation on public health protection from the impact of tobacco smoke and the consequences of tobacco smoking have helped reduce tobacco consumption by 16-17 percent,’ the press […]

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Lorillard becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of RAI

Lorillard becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of RAI

| June 15, 2015

Reynolds American (RAI) on Friday completed its acquisition of Lorillard and, in doing so, ‘significantly strengthened, balanced and diversified’ its brand portfolio. As a result of the acquisition, Lorillard is now a wholly owned subsidiary of RAI, and former Lorillard shareholders will own about 15 percent of RAI’s common stock. In a note posted on […]

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Papastratos exports up ‘significantly’

Papastratos exports up ‘significantly’

| June 15, 2015

Philip Morris International’s Greek subsidiary Papastratos said recently that the company’s exports rose ‘significantly’ last year, partially offsetting the decline in the domestic cigarette market, according to a story by Anestis Dokas for Kathimerini, relayed by the TMA. Chairman Nikitas Theofilopoulos said the company’s plant at Aspropyrgos, west of Athens, exported to more than 30 […]

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JT publishes sustainability report

JT publishes sustainability report

| June 15, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc. has published the JT Group Sustainability Report FY2014, outlining its sustainability initiatives and performance for the year ending 31st December, 2014. The report is available at http://www.jt.com/csr/report/index.html. JT said the report contained Standard Disclosures from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. However, it was not yet ‘in accordance’ with […]

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Bidi packs undergo “face-lift” to attract smokers

Bidi packs undergo “face-lift” to attract smokers

| June 12, 2015

A number of bidi makers in India have introduced their products in sleek new packaging with filters, exotic flavors and organic ingredients in an effort to attract urban smokers searching for a cheaper alternative in light of a recent rise in cigarette prices, according to The Economic Times. The traditional hand-rolled “cigarettes” wrapped in tendu […]

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Poll finds vaping rates rise with income

Poll finds vaping rates rise with income

| June 12, 2015

A Reuters/Ipsos poll of 5,679 adults conducted between May 19 and June 4 found that use of cigarettes as well as e-cigarettes/vaporizers increases with income. According to the survey results, 12.4 percent of all adults with incomes greater than $75,000 per year reported using vapor devices, compared with 10.6 percent of adults whose income was […]

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