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JTI’s domestic volume down in October

| November 17, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during October, at 9.6 billion, was down by 5.5 percent on that of October 2013, 10.2 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company on Friday. The October 2013 figure was increased by 2.0 percent on that of October 2012.

Volume during January-October, at 93.5 billion, was down by 3.2 percent on that of January-October 2013, 96.7 billion, which was down by 0.4 per cent on that of January-October 2012.

JT’s market share stood at 59.7 percent during October, at 60.4 percent during January-October and at 60.5 percent during January-December 2013.

JT’s domestic cigarette revenue during October, at ¥54.4 billion, was down by 2.4 percent from its October 2013 level, ¥55.8 billion.

Revenue during January-October, at ¥524.3 billion, was down by 1.2 percent on that of January-October 2013, ¥530.6 billion.

Blu e-cigarette comes with more juice

| November 17, 2014

Blu eCigs is scheduled to launch its new blu PLUS+ Rechargeable Kit nationwide in US retail stores today.

The new product is said to use a pre-filled tank system that holds more e-juice and delivers more consistency from drag to drag than is the case with other products.

Blu uses, too, a new flavor formulation that, according to a publicity note ‘perfectly combines taste and nicotine strength’.

‘And while the battery in the blu PLUS+ Rechargeable Kit is larger, it lasts twice as long, and features rapid battery recharging; so users are never left waiting to use their e-cig,’ the note said.

Republican control of US Congress might slow advance of tobacco regulation

| November 14, 2014

Having a Republican-controlled US Congress might not lead to a winding back of Food and Drug Administration oversight of tobacco products, according to a story by Richard Craver for the Winston-Salem Journal quoting analysts and industry observers.

But it might mean a push for fewer new regulations at a time when the FDA is deliberating on what to do with ‘alternative tobacco products’, including snus, electronic cigarettes and other vapor products, cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels, water-pipe tobacco and dissolvable products.

In mid-term elections earlier this month, Republicans, who traditionally have favored less regulation on corporations, won a majority in the Senate and, in doing so, took full control of Congress.

Some Democratic senators have dominated recent congressional hearings on tobacco products with demonstrative demands for FDA action to curtail most marketing of electronic cigarettes and an end to the use of most flavorings. They label electronic cigarettes as a ‘gateway to addiction’ for young people.

A key to the future could come to light in January when the FDA expects to receive a report from the Institutes of Health on tobacco products, particularly on whether to raise the national age restriction for sales from 18 to 21.

“I have to think that if a process is in hand, and a decision is on schedule to be made in January, then the FDA process should go ahead,” said Stephen Pope, managing partner of Spotlight Ideas in London.

“That said, given that the decision will be reached so close to the new Senate being called to order, appeals are likely in the expectation that a GOP-led [Republican (Grand Old Party)-led] Senate and Congress would advocate less, not more, legislation and regulation.”

Craver’s story is at: http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/gop-senate-may-cool-fda-tobacco-regulations/article_13aba07d-ef3d-5025-a3c4-d7b781284845.html

President parries minimum price plan

| November 14, 2014

The Philippines’ President, Benigno Aquino, seems to have rejected a proposal for the government to adopt a minimum price for cigarettes, according to a story in The Philippine Star.

Even though at least some of his economic managers have supported the proposal, Aquino says he prefers a deregulated tobacco industry.

“I just heard it now,” he was reported as telling reporters in an interview at the Horizon Lake View Resort in Myanmar, where he was attending the 25th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit. “Can it be done? I think that’s not allowed.

“I find the concept really strange,” Aquino added, noting that the government could ‘put a cap on’ prices only during emergencies.

A senior pro-administration lawmaker has filed a measure seeking to stop the dumping of very cheap tobacco products on the market by adopting a minimum price for cigarettes.

Eleandro Madrona, chairman of the House committee on accounts, was quoted as saying that a minimum price would prevent unscrupulous tobacco firms and their agents such as wholesalers and retailers – even smugglers – from offering very cheap cigarettes to young people.

Finger of suspicion points at tobacco

| November 14, 2014

Tobacco smokers are more vulnerable than are non-smokers to Raynaud’s phenomenon, a discoloration of the fingers and toes because of excessively reduced blood flow in response to cold weather or emotional stress, according to a story in The Korea Herald, quoting neurologist Park Gi-deok of the Ewha Women’s University Mokdong Hospital.

“The chemicals in tobacco smoke harm your blood vessels,” the doctor said. “Smoking can really worsen the condition if you have Raynaud’s phenomenon.”

When a person develops Raynaud’s phenomenon, her fingers at first go white and cool. They then turn blue, purple or black in severe cases. They might also go numb.

In South Korea, 31 percent of those who have cold hands and feet suffer from Raynaud’s phenomenon, which tends to become more severe during the winter. It occurs most frequently among women in their 20s, 30s and 40s.

There are two kinds of Raynaud’s phenomenon. Primary Raynaud’s, which accounts for 70 percent of cases in Korea, has no apparent cause.

Secondary Raynaud’s, which can be more serious, is usually associated with an underlying disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, or eating disorders and physical traumas, including car accident injuries.

VUSE views to be webcast from forum

| November 14, 2014

Reynolds American Inc. is due to host a webcast of remarks about R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company’s VUSE digital vapor cigarette at the Wells Fargo 2nd Annual E-Cig Conference in New York on November 20, starting about 13.55 Eastern Time.

Registration is now available at www.reynoldsamerican.com; and the webcast, on a listen-only basis, and a replay of the webcast, will be made available at the same website.

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