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Vapor market could hit US$50 billion by 2030

| June 23, 2015

Euromonitor International said yesterday that the value of sales within the global e-vapor category had nearly doubled between 2013 and 2014, when they reached US$6.0 billion.

E-vapor sales last year had eclipsed those of nicotine replacement therapy products which had totaled US$2.4 billion, it added.

The number of vapers reached 13 million worldwide in 2014, but the US dominated the e-vapor market with sales of US$2.8 billion.

Other markets with high e-vapor sales were the UK, Italy, Poland and France.

But Bosnia-Herzegovina, Switzerland, Japan, the US and Egypt had the fastest growing markets.

Euromonitor said the vapor market was estimated to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 29.3 percent to reach US$23.0 billion in 2019.

Zora Milenkovic, Euromonitor’s head of tobacco research, said however that these forecasts would have to be cut if legislation such as that to do with e-vapor taxation and public vaping bans became widespread.

If legislation remained as it is, the vapor market could surpass US$50 billion by 2030, Milenkovic added.

Zambian tobacco growers left with 3,000 tonnes

| June 23, 2015

Buyers have left Zambian farmers with more than 3,000 tonnes of unsold tobacco, according to a story by Julius Phiri for the Times of Zambia.

The Tobacco Board of Zambia’s (TBZ) CEO, Samson Muyembe, was quoted as saying that the independent tobacco farmers had been left with their crops after buying companies had decided to prioritize buying from contracted growers.

However, he said farmers should remain calm because TBZ had entered into negotiations with Tombwe Processing Limited (TPL) to buy the tobacco. He said the negotiations would end soon.

He said also that Pemba and Alliance One were still buying tobacco from farmers in Eastern Province.

Tanzania to establish grower-compensation fund

| June 23, 2015

Anti-tobacco campaigns being conducted by the World Health Organization were among factors to blame for a fall in leaf tobacco prices being paid for the crop on both local and world markets, the Tanzania National Assembly has been told.

But, according to a story in the TSN Daily News, the deputy minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Co-operatives, Godfrey Zambi, said that tobacco prices on the world market had been fluctuating due to a number of other factors including competition among major producers of the crop and the quality of the tobacco produced.

Zambi made these comments while responding to a question by Mpanda Rural MP, Moshi Kakoso, who had asked the government whether it would compensate local tobacco farmers for the declining prices on the world market.

In response, the deputy minister cited the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control as being among the factors that had led to a reduction in the consumption of tobacco products and declining leaf tobacco prices.

“In the wake of these developments, the government will continue to look for markets in various countries to ensure our farmers are paid handsomely for their products,” Zambi said in response to the question.

According to the deputy minister, the government intends to work with responsible stakeholders to establish a special fund to compensate farmers when prices fall on the world market.

Movie smoking scenes to be subject of warnings

| June 22, 2015

Scrolling banners warning about the effects on health of tobacco smoking could be displayed in Bahrain’s cinemas during scenes depicting smoking, according to a story in the Gulf Daily News.

The proposed move, which is part of a health ministry plan, is in line with a 2009 anti-smoking law, said smoking cessation program co-ordinator Dr Maha Al Kuwari.

“Several countries have a pre-movie public advisory against smoking, while others have pop-up messages against smoking whenever there is any scene depicting smoking in the film,” she said.

“We already have the advisories in place for locally produced films and we now plan to introduce them in all international films and media.

“It sends a message to movie-goers that smoking is injurious to their health.”
Al Kuwari said the plan was to have a warning scroll on screen for the duration of any scene with smoking in it.

Meanwhile Health Ministry public health and primary care assistant under-secretary Dr Mariam Al Jalahma called for a crackdown on scenes showing characters smoking in TV series broadcast in the ‘region’, and said such acts should be banned from being published in print or electronic media.

The proposals come at a time when ministry officials have noticed an increase in smoking among schoolchildren and women in Bahrain, Al Kuwari said.

“Women who were once afraid and used to smoke secretly are now openly smoking,” she said. “It is a trend that needs to stop.”

Time being called on smoking in youth-rated films

| June 22, 2015

Time Warner, the parent company of the Warner Bros. movie studio, has become the first company to agree to hold a shareholder vote on smoking in movies, according to a press note issued by the shareholder advocacy non-profit group, As You Sow (AYS).

According to the note, issued through PRNewswire-USNewswire, the resolution was proposed by AYS and the non-profit healthcare provider Trinity Health.

‘A 2012 U.S. Surgeon General report concluded that “there is a causal relationship between depictions of smoking in the movies and the initiation of smoking among young people”,’ the note said. ‘Based on a subsequent 2014 Surgeon General report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … concluded in 2014: “Giving an R-rating to future movies with smoking would… prevent one million [1,000,000] deaths from smoking among children alive today”.’

“This is a historic opportunity for Time Warner,” said Andrew Behar, CEO of AYS. “For the first time, shareholders will be informed that the company’s products are putting millions of children at risk.”

The press note cited the recent Walt Disney annual meeting where Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that Disney would prohibit smoking in all future films. Disney was the first major movie studio to make such a public announcement, though the language of the policy had not yet been released.

AYS published a memo in support of the Time Warner shareholder resolution, noting that Time Warner’s policy to reduce tobacco depictions in movies allowed for ‘compelling creative reasons’.

‘The number of tobacco images that Time Warner delivers to kids each year is subject to extreme fluctuations,’ AYS said. ‘According [to] the University of California San Francisco’s Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, Time Warner eliminated nearly all smoking in its youth-rated films in 2010. But in 2013, its films accounted for 5.6 billion impressions, which was 44 percent of all tobacco impressions delivered by top-grossing youth-rated films.’

“Tobacco in youth-rated movies is an unnecessary liability,” said Austin Wilson, environmental health program manager at AYS. “This crisis is an opportunity for the company to demonstrate its leadership and its commitment to health.”

Little support for standardized packs in Denmark

| June 22, 2015

Most members of the Danish parliament are against the imposition of standardized cigarette packs, according to a story in Dansk Handelsblad.

A survey conducted by the newspaper among the parties that make up the Danish parliament had shown that only one, the Socialist People’s Party (SPP), would like to see the introduction of standardized cigarette packs.

The SPP sees the imposition of such packs as being part of efforts to prevent young people from starting to smoke.

The other parties felt that it should be left up to the companies to design their products.

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