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Is tobacco not being bought or not being sold?

| July 2, 2015

During a meeting with representatives of tobacco traders and growers from Andhra Pradesh, India, on Tuesday, the Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman directed tobacco companies to buy flue-cured in line with the agreements they had reached earlier with the Tobacco Board.

Tobacco sales have been slow in Andhra but tobacco traders say the low off-take of flue-cured tobacco from the market is down to the fact that growers are not presenting their tobacco for sale.

This might be part of the problem. Last month, Y.V. Subba Reddy, an Andhra member of parliament, said that there were no buyers for the low- to medium-grade flue-cured that accounted for more than 70 percent of production this year.

And while he promised to take up the plight of the growers during the monsoon session of parliament, he urged them not to make any ‘distress sales’ in the meantime.

Sitharaman will convene another meeting on July 4.

CORESTA documents available for download

| July 2, 2015

The CORESTA Secretariat said yesterday that the following documents had been published in June and could be downloaded from:

  • TSB SG CTR “Results of the 2014 CORESTA Part-Filter Method Ring Trial and Comparison with the 2012 Ring Trial”  (2015-06-11)
  • PTM SG CTR “2014 Collaborative Study for the Determination of Repeatability and Reproducibility of CRM 77″  (2015-06-16)
  • CRM No. 81 “Routine Analytical Machine for E-Cigarette Aerosol Generation and Collection – Definitions and Standard Conditions”  (2015-06-18)
  • CORESTA Monitor 8 (CM8) Use and Conditions (2015-06-29)
  • CORESTA Monitor Ignition Propensity 2 (CM IP 2) Use and Conditions (2015-06-29).

Imperial employees in Taiwan beach clean-up

| July 2, 2015
Eighty people took part in the clean-up.

Eighty people took part in the clean-up.

Eighty Imperial employees and their families gave up a weekend to remove litter from a beach near the company’s Jhunan factory in Taiwan.

The volunteers collected 120 kg of waste, which mainly comprised drinks cans and plastic bags.

The waste collection at Zhang Qing Zhi Sen was part of an environmental clean-up operation to tackle marine pollution and preserve coastal areas of natural beauty.

The Imperial team was co-ordinated by Wei-Chieh Lin, a packing machine operator at the Jhunan factory.

“It was great to see so many colleagues and their families give up their free-time to participate and it was very rewarding to see a clean beach after our efforts,” he said.

FDA seeks further information on liquid nicotine

| July 1, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration is looking for further information to help it decide what action it might take in respect of nicotine exposure warnings and child-resistant packaging for liquid nicotine and nicotine-containing e-liquids.

The FDA said that recent increases in calls and visits to both poison control centers and emergency rooms in the US involving liquid nicotine poisonings and exposures had increased the public health concerns of these exposure risks.

In an ‘advance notice of proposed rulemaking’ (ANPRM) issued today, the FDA said it was ‘…seeking comments, data, research results, or other information that may inform regulatory actions FDA might take with respect to nicotine exposure warnings and child-resistant packaging for liquid nicotine and nicotine-containing e-liquid(s) that are made or derived from tobacco and intended for human consumption, and potentially for other tobacco products including, but not limited to, novel tobacco products such as dissolvables, lotions, gels, and drinks’.

The FDA said it had evaluated data and science related to the risks, especially to infants and children, from accidental exposure to nicotine, including exposure to liquid nicotine and nicotine-containing e-liquids primarily used with electronic nicotine delivery systems, such as electronic cigarettes.

And it said that it was considering whether, based on the acute toxicity of nicotine (up to and including nicotine poisoning), it would be appropriate for the protection of the public health to warn the public about the dangers of nicotine exposure, especially due to inadvertent nicotine exposure in infants and children, and/or require that some tobacco products be sold in child-resistant packaging.

In its ANPRM, the FDA poses 16 questions under the heading, Nicotine exposure warnings; nine questions under the heading, Child-resistant packaging; and five under the heading Other actions and considerations.

The FDA’s ANPRM with details of how to respond is at:

Proposed Trans Pacific Partnership takes a battering

| July 1, 2015

An Australian parliamentary committee has issued a damning verdict on what it knows about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated by 12 Pacific Rim countries, including the US, according to a Sputnik (Russia) story.

The Blind Agreement report by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee denounces the ‘all-or-nothing choice’ that parliament would be given to approve or reject a deal, the detail of which parliamentarians cannot examine until after the deal is finalized.

‘This does not provide an adequate level of oversight and scrutiny,’ the report said. ‘Parliament should play a constructive role during negotiations and not merely rubber-stamp agreements that have been negotiated behind closed doors.’

The only parts of the TPP drafts that have been made public so far have come to light via WikiLeaks.

The Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, a member of the committee that wrote the report and an outspoken critic of the TPP, was reported as saying that it was known from leaks that the TPP covered everything from giving the US the right to put Australian Internet users under surveillance, to giving multinational companies the rights to sue governments over the laws they make.

But it is specifically the provisions of the ‘investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism, under which a corporation can sue democratically-elected governments over regulations they enact that form the basis of some of the strongest criticism of the TPP.

Ludlam said the ISDS provisions comprised a “Trojan horse” and cited the example of Philip Morris using ISDS clauses in a Hong Kong-Australia investment agreement to sue the Australian government over its introduction of plain packaging legislation.

China’s Sept 1 advert ban already causing concern

| July 1, 2015

Tobacco advertising in China is still visible in nearly half of all tobacco stores two months before a new law takes effect that bans such advertising in public places, according to a story in the China Daily.

The Advertisement Law, which was adopted in April by the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, bans tobacco advertisements on all mass media and in public places – indoor and outdoor – as of September 1. Some people in the tobacco industry have said that there should be an exemption for tobacco advertisements at tobacco sales points.

The Daily said that the situation, whereby many retail outlets were still displaying tobacco advertising, pointed to the challenge that could await enforcement of the comprehensive tobacco advertising ban.

But the Daily report did not suggest that there was anything wrong with the tobacco industry’s taking advantage of the last weeks of advertising, nor that it would be anything other than a fairly simple task to remove point-of-sale materials when the time to do so arrived.

Tobacco advertisements were found at more than 45 percent of tobacco sale points, according to the results of a survey released by the Chinese Association on Tobacco Control (CATC).

The survey, organized by the CATC and conducted in June, covered 507 tobacco sales points, including convenience stores and tobacco shops in supermarkets, in five areas in China, including Shanghai, Beijing and Henan province.

Posters and product showcasing were two of the major types of advertisements identified during the survey.

Huang Jiefu, director of the CATC and a former vice-health minister, said tobacco control was an arduous task. China’s monopoly tobacco industry had long been one of the most important sources of tax revenue for the government.

“It is a duel between those who consider the health of the millions of people as the priority and those who get interests from the powerful tobacco industry,” he said.

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