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FDA changes TPSAC membership to address conflicts of interest

FDA changes TPSAC membership to address conflicts of interest

| March 6, 2015

Four members have resigned from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC), and three new ones have joined. The FDA made the changes to comply with a court ruling that requires the agency to address certain members’ alleged conflicts of interests. On July 21, 2014, Judge Richard Leon of […]

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Plain packs said to work like a ‘vaccine’ on young

Plain packs said to work like a ‘vaccine’ on young

| March 6, 2015

A New Zealand public health expert says that evidence from Australia shows that standardized tobacco packaging has worked almost like a vaccine against tobacco use in children and young people. According to a story by Martin Johnston for the New Zealand Herald, Robert Beaglehole, a University of Auckland emeritus professor, is one of a number […]

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EU parliamentary group to counter tobacco influence

EU parliamentary group to counter tobacco influence

| March 6, 2015

A cross-party working group has been set up within the European parliament to counter what is said to be the growing influence of tobacco companies. According to Julie Levy-Abegoli writing for The Parliament Magazine, the group was put together by S&D [Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats] deputy Gilles Pargneaux, at the behest of Paris […]

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Young experimenting with vaping in Canada

Young experimenting with vaping in Canada

| March 6, 2015

The number of young people in Canada who have tried vaping is higher than the number of young smokers, according to a story by Amy Thatcher for CMAJ citing recently released government statistics. Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey figures show that among those 15-19 years of age, 20 percent have tried vaping while 11 […]

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Dutch firm has high hopes for new vaping product

Dutch firm has high hopes for new vaping product

| March 6, 2015

The Dutch company E-njoint has launched a vaping product that, its says, is infused with an authentic cannabis taste and smell, provides a mild high, but may be smoked in countries where it is illegal to smoke cannabis. ‘Because the E-njoint contains no THC, CBD, nicotine, tar or toxins it’s completely legal, but still gives […]

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Vaping Advocate of the Year Awards announced

Vaping Advocate of the Year Awards announced

| March 6, 2015

The Global Forum on Nicotine’s inaugural Vaping Advocate of the Year Awards have gone to Jens Mellin, a consumer advocate and blogger from Germany, and Professor Bern Mayer, of the University of Graz, Austria. Mayer is said to have used his background in science, health and academia to promote the cause of vaping as a […]

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JTI seen as top employer

JTI seen as top employer

| March 6, 2015

Japan Tobacco International was one of five companies to receive the Top Employer Global 2015 certification during an awards ceremony in Amsterdam yesterday. According to a note posted on the company’s website, ‘JTI offices in an unprecedented thirty-three countries across Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East were recognized by the Top Employers Institute for […]

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Irish minister says other states looking at plain packs

Irish minister says other states looking at plain packs

| March 5, 2015

The Irish government has said that it is prepared for a legal challenge from tobacco companies following the enactment of its standardized tobacco packaging bill, which has now passed all stages of the Oireachtas [national parliament], according to a story in the Irish Times. Ireland has become the second country, after Australia, to pass such […]

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Smokers, restaurateurs challenge Korea smoke ban

Smokers, restaurateurs challenge Korea smoke ban

| March 5, 2015

A group of smokers and restaurant owners have filed a petition with South Korea’s Constitutional Court seeking a review of the constitutionality of a law banning smoking in all restaurants, according to a story in The Korea Times. Since the start of this year, anyone who smokes inside a restaurant is liable to fines of […]

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Smaller crop could help Zimbabwe’s growers

Smaller crop could help Zimbabwe’s growers

| March 5, 2015

Zimbabwe is this year likely to produce between 183 million and 194 million kg of flue-cured tobacco, down from 216 million kg last year, according to a story in The Herald quoting figures from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB). The 10-15 percent decline in the crop was said by the TIMB’s chief executive […]

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Hoffmann names new executives

Hoffmann names new executives

| March 4, 2015

Hoffmann, a Swiss supplier of tobacco packaging, has named two new executives: Tomas Pivko and Jorg Helas. Pivko, who became a member of the executive management for Hoffmann Neopac AG on Jan. 1, will succeed Kurt Luthi as head of sales for tins at Hoffmann. Luthi retired at the end of 2014 after serving for […]

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Concerns raised over secretive TPPA negotiations

Concerns raised over secretive TPPA negotiations

| March 4, 2015

Raising concerns about the potential impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TTPA) on public health and access to medicines is essential for creating awareness among policymakers about the implications of trade policy decisions, according to a story in the Medical Journal of Australia. The authors, Anne Marie T Thow, Deborah H Gleeson and Sharon Friel, […]

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Public places bans alone do little to reduce smoking

Public places bans alone do little to reduce smoking

| March 4, 2015

Banning smoking in enclosed public places has no significant impact on smoking at home, according to a story by Marc Weisblott for Concordia University, citing research recently published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research. “What distinguishes people who restrict smoking at home is the presence of a non-smoker,” says Sylvia Kairouz, an associate professor in Concordia’s […]

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Abundant evidence vaping is safer than smoking

Abundant evidence vaping is safer than smoking

| March 4, 2015

A US health expert has said that a study in the journal, Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, ‘adds to the abundant and growing body of evidence that electronic cigarettes are orders of magnitude safer than tobacco cigarettes and suggests that brands of e-cigarettes that do not overheat the e-liquid may be associated with very minor absolute […]

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BAT submits proposed offer for Souza Cruz

BAT submits proposed offer for Souza Cruz

| March 4, 2015

British American Tobacco has submitted a proposed offer for Souza Cruz. In a note posted on its website yesterday, BAT said that, through its Brazilian controlled company British American Tobacco Prestação de Serviços, it had filed with the Brazilian securities regulator, the Comissão de Valores Mobiliários (CVM), a request to register a public tender offer […]

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Sicignano named CEO at 22nd Century Group

Sicignano named CEO at 22nd Century Group

| March 3, 2015

Henry Sicignano III has been named CEO of 22nd Century Group. He will continue to serve as the company’s president and will remain on the board of directors. “The board of directors has had the opportunity to work directly with Henry over the past few months and is convinced that there is no better person […]

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Universal to supply PMI with Mexico-grown tobacco

Universal to supply PMI with Mexico-grown tobacco

| March 3, 2015

Universal Corp. says that its subsidiary, Tabacos del Pacifico Norte (TPN), will be increasing its leaf tobacco purchases in Mexico as part of a new leaf supply arrangement for Mexico with Philip Morris International Management (PMIM). Previously, the purchase and processing of these tobaccos was handled directly by a subsidiary of Philip Morris International, Universal […]

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Zambia acts to improve transparency on sales floors

Zambia acts to improve transparency on sales floors

| March 3, 2015

The Tobacco Board of Zambia (TBZ) has said that strong measures have been put in place to improve transparency and efficiency ahead of the 2015 crop marketing season, according to a story in The Post. The TBZ’s CEO Samson Muyembe was quoted as saying that new security measures, such as the inclusion of CCTV cameras […]

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Two in three smokers die of smoke-related diseases

Two in three smokers die of smoke-related diseases

| March 3, 2015

A new study claims that about 67 percent of smokers die from the effects of a smoking-related disease; a much higher figure than the 50 percent indicated by a number of previous studies, according to a story by Lamiat Sabin for The Independent (UK). The new study involved about 200,000 people in New South Wales, […]

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BAT looking for new auditors in wake of PwC lawsuit

BAT looking for new auditors in wake of PwC lawsuit

| March 3, 2015

British American Tobacco said yesterday that it had launched a competitive tender to appoint new external auditors for 2015 onwards. Three firms had been invited to take part in the tender process: Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and KPMG. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which had been BAT’s auditors since the tobacco company listed on the London Stock Exchange […]

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Dominican Republic worried about plain-packs plans

Dominican Republic worried about plain-packs plans

| March 2, 2015

The Dominican Republic last week voiced concerns at the World Trade Organization (WTO) about the proposed introduction of standardized tobacco packaging in Ireland and the UK, according to a CAN story. In a statement at the WTO’s Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (the TRIPS Council), the Dominican Republic’s Ambassador to the WTO, […]

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Italy’s new tax said to hand advantage to big boys

Italy’s new tax said to hand advantage to big boys

| March 2, 2015

Electronic cigarette firms in Italy have said that a new tax that doubles the price of e-liquid refills will hurt their industry while unfairly helping major tobacco companies such as Philip Morris International, according to a story by Sara Ledwith and Martinne Geller for Reuters. The tax, which was adopted in January, is set at […]

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Davidoff acquires farmland, announces new factory

Davidoff acquires farmland, announces new factory

| March 2, 2015

Oettinger Davidoff said on Friday that it had acquired farmland in Nicaragua’s Condega region and in the Jamastran valley of Honduras. The company said too that it had acquired land for the purpose of building a new cigar factory in Danli, Honduras, because the growth in demand for Camacho and other Honduran brands had outgrown […]

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Taiwan’s smoking-while-driving rules due July 1

Taiwan’s smoking-while-driving rules due July 1

| March 2, 2015

Restrictions on people smoking while driving in Taiwan are to be brought in from July 1, according to a story in the Taipei Times. Some details of the new regulations were given towards the end of last year but at that time it was not known when they would be imposed. According to the Times, […]

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Green light for plain packaging in Ireland

Green light for plain packaging in Ireland

| February 27, 2015

Irish lawmakers have passed legislation mandating plain packaging for tobacco products. The bill is expected to be signed into law by Ireland’s president after a technical vote in the upper house next week. Scheduled to take effect in May 2017, the new law will ban all tobacco branding, including logos and colors, and require tobacco […]

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