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Court orders implementation of bigger warnings rule

| July 15, 2015

An Indian court has directed the federal government to implement a regulation requiring bigger health warnings on tobacco packaging, according to a Reuters story.

The measure had been put on hold pending a report from a parliamentary panel.

The government last year decided that 85 percent of a tobacco pack’s surface should be covered in warnings, up from about 20 percent now.

But in March the government deferred implementation of the regulation because a parliamentary panel said it was still reviewing how the industry would be impacted by the requirement for bigger health warnings.

A court order, issued by the High Court of Rajasthan state last week and seen by Reuters on Friday, has directed the federal government to implement the new regulations.

The government has four weeks to reply.

Calls for regulation of e-cigarettes in Hong Kong

| July 15, 2015

In Hong Kong, Children as young as six have ‘admitted’ trying electronic cigarettes, according to a story by Danny Lee for the South China Morning Post and citing the results of a survey conducted by the social welfare group Caritas.

The survey findings are said to have brought calls for tighter regulation of these devices and a ban on their sale to those under 18 years of age.

Of the 361 primary school children under the age of 12 who were surveyed, three percent said they had tried electronic cigarettes at least once. About 20 percent said they knew where to buy the products.

Caritas was said to have recommended that the government ‘legislate against the sale of e-cigarettes, including banning sales to those under 18’.

It also called for the labelling of all chemicals contained in the devices and for the provision of more guidance for parents about the ‘side-effects on children’.

Caritas said schools should be made to deploy ‘preventative education’.

The Asian Vape Association, a lobby group set up by electronic cigarette companies, previously told the Post that a government ban imposed without supporting scientific proof, would be irresponsible.

But it was said to have supported regulation of the devices.

“It is irresponsible for the government to prohibit personal vaporisers with no scientific basis,” a spokesman said.

“If they are worried about harmful substances, they should regulate them instead of banning them.”

RAI to host results conference call and webcast

| July 15, 2015

Reynolds American Inc. is due to host a conference call and webcast following the release of its second-quarter 2015 financial results before the market opens on July 28.

The participants will be Susan M. Cameron, president and CEO; Andrew D. Gilchrist, CFO; and Morris L. Moore, vice president of investor relations.

The conference call and webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will start at 09.00 Eastern Time.

The conference call will be available at, where registration is now possible and where a replay will be made available.

The conference call-in numbers are (877) 390 5533 (toll-free) and (678) 894 3969 (international).

Malawi tobacco growers abandoned by buyers

| July 14, 2015

The closure of tobacco auctions in Malawi has left tobacco growers with a ‘huge quantity’ of unsold leaf, according to a Malawi24 story.

The auctions which are said to be the sole means of selling tobacco in Malawi, have been closed, apparently because of a lack of buyers.

The CEO of Malawi’s Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) Bruce Munthali has reportedly assured growers that his organization is doing everything it can to get the auction floors operating again.

And Malawi24 reported that the TCC was trying also to identify potential buyers, presumably meaning buyers that would operate outside of the auction floors.

Munthali has apparently urged tobacco growers to take demand into consideration before producing their crops.

“Growing without a market is not good; these are some of the challenges that come with it,” Munthali was quoted as saying.

This advice is a little late for the tobacco now in growers’ hands.

And it doesn’t explain how growers can estimate demand given tobacco-manufacturers’ reluctance in respect of some markets to give indications, before planting starts, about how much tobacco they require.

BAT closing its Chile operations after law changes

| July 14, 2015

British American Tobacco has said that it is closing its operations in Chile because of changes to the country’s tobacco law, according to a story by Richard Craver for The Associated Press, published in the Winston-Salem Journal.

BAT said it objected to changes that included banning additives, such as menthol, and adding to cigarette packs bigger warnings about the risks of smoking.

The Chilean unit of the company called the toughening of Chile’s tobacco law ‘unconstitutional and arbitrary’.

‘We deeply regret what has been approved by the Senate, a decision that will affect thousands of Chileans who were working legally and responsibly for more than 100 years,’ the company said in a statement.

The company, which has operated in Chile since 1909, says it will start its phase-out by laying off 20 percent of its nearly 1,000 employees.

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 Medical Research.

Researchers Jing Tian and Dr. Seana Gall analysed data from 63,403 quitters and 388,432 continuing smokers.

They found that the weight gain was greater in women quitters than in men quitters, and that it was greater in North America than in Asia.

Fear of weight gain is a commonly cited reason for not quitting smoking, despite evidence that quitting will result in better overall health.

“We don’t want our findings interpreted as an incentive to keep smoking,” said Gall, a cardiovascular epidemiologist.

“Other studies suggest that this small amount of weight gain does not offset the many health benefits of quitting smoking.

The study, using a systematic review and meta-analysis, was published recently in the journal Obesity Reviews.

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