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Poll finds increase in U.S. vaping rate

| June 12, 2015

A poll of 5,679 U.S. adults by conducted by Reuters/Ipsos between May 19 and June 4 found that approximately 10 percent of them vape, including 15 percent of respondents under the age of 40.

About 75 percent of the vapers surveyed also reported a continued use of combustible cigarettes. Seventy percent of vapers reported that they picked up the habit within the last year, with 40 percent indicating they were motivated by the lower long-term costs of vaping compared with traditional cigarette use as well as the fact that they could use vapor devices indoors.

Eighty percent of the vapers said the devices were “a good way to help people quit smoking;” however, the poll found that less than 40 percent of all the adults surveyed viewed vaping as a good way to help current cigarette users quit.

The 2015 survey results show a vaping rate that is significantly higher than the vaping rate in 2013, when the U.S. government estimated that only 2.6 percent of Americans used e-cigarettes.

Brother Industries acquires Domino Printing Sciences

| June 12, 2015
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Nigel Bond, CEO of Domino Printing Sciences

Brother Industries has formally completed its acquisition of Domino Printing Sciences, a U.K.-based developer of inkjet printing and laser printing products, the company announced on June 12. Brother cited the strength of Domino’s customer base and its desire to develop the scope and coverage of the digital printing sector as primary reasons for acquiring the company, which has a global reputation for the development and manufacture of high-quality coding, marking and printing equipment.


“Brother respects and values Domino’s brand equity, technologies and strategic vision for the business and the markets it serves,” says Nigel Bond, CEO of Domino Printing Sciences. “As such, the companies will be working closely together on natural growth opportunities, as well as explore collaborative possibilities to develop new products.”


Trading in the Domino shares on the London Stock Exchange’s market for listed securities and the listing of the Domino shares on the official list were each cancelled with effect from 8 a.m. on June 12. All financial results moving forward will be consolidated into Brother Industries. The Domino brand and management structure will be unaltered, and Domino Printing Sciences will operate as an autonomous division within Brother Industries.


“This is a very exciting time for Domino, and the acquisition gives the business a solid foundation for the future,” says Bond. “Domino will be able to leverage Brother’s size, manufacturing and R&D facilities, and sales networks to expand its global reach. For Brother, Domino will bring opportunities in new market sectors, as well as a strong customer base built on long term relationships. Brother and Domino share the same values, including a robust commitment to R&D and reputation for quality and service, and we look forward to the successful results this union will yield.”


Zimbabwe’s growers suffering effects of low prices

| June 12, 2015

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured tobacco growers are still suffering from the effects of low prices well into the sales season, according to a story in the Daily News relayed by the TMA.

Figures issued by the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) indicate that, so far, growers have sold 145.5 million kg of flue-cured leaf at an average price of US$2.94 per kg and earned nearly US$430 million. The leaf marketing season started on March 4.

Compared with figures recorded during the corresponding period of the 2014 marketing season, the sales volume is down by 7.57 percent and the value of those sales is down by 14.00 percent.

Despite the fact that cigarette prices seem always to trend upwards; the amount per kg being paid to Zimbabwe’s growers is trending down.

The TIMB said growers had sold 105.4 million kg of leaf by contract and 40 million kg over auction platforms.

Of the tobacco sold at auction, about 19 million kg was sold over the Tobacco Sales Floors, about 12 million kg was sold over the Boka Tobacco Auction Floors and about eight million kg over the Premier Tobacco Floors.

JT’s domestic cigarette volume holds firm in May

| June 12, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during May, at 9.2 billion, was virtually unchanged from that of May 2014, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today (whereas the May 2014 was put also at 9.2 billion, the May 2015 figure was recorded as being down by 0.1 percent). The May 2014 figure was down by 10.3 percent on that of May 2013.

Volume during January-May, at 43.8 billion, was down by 5.3 percent on that of January-May 2014, 46.3 billion, which was down by 0.9 percent on that of January-May 2013.

JT’s market share stood at 59.5 percent during May, at 59.9 percent during January-May, and 60.4 percent during January-December 2014.

JT’s domestic cigarette revenue during May, at ¥51.9 billion, was increased by 0.5 percent from its May 2014 level, ¥51.7 billion, which was down by 7.4 percent on its revenue of May 2013.

Revenue during January-May, at ¥248.3 billion, was down by 3.1 percent on that of January-May 2014, ¥256.2 billion, which was down by 0.1 percent on its revenue of January-May 2013.

BAT and Taban Trafik to supply Hungary’s retailers

| June 12, 2015

The Hungarian government announced yesterday that British American Tobacco would join forces with a Hungarian tobacco trader to supply tobacco shops in the country, according to a Dow Jones story.

BAT and Taban Trafik would jointly pay 600 million forints ($2.2 million) for the license, Janos Lazar, head of the prime minister’s office, was reported to have said at a press conference.

Hungary monopolized the retail trade of tobacco in 2013 and, in doing so, radically reducing the number of retail tobacco outlets.

Market experts estimate Hungary’s retail tobacco market is worth about 500 billion forints ($1.81 billion) a year.

In December last year, parliament, which is dominated by the governing Fidesz party, approved legislation to introduce a single firm licensed by the state as the only tobacco wholesaler.

Filipinos to be educated about the perils of smoking

| June 12, 2015

The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) yesterday called on teachers nationwide to remind their students of the perils of cigarette smoking and thereby minimize the number of young smokers in the country, according to a story in The Manila Bulletin.

“Teachers should act as role models for students and they should remind the youth on the hazards of smoking and strictly implement a 100 percent smoke-free learning institution,” said health secretary Janette Loreto-Garin.

The health chief warned parents and authorities about what she said were the worsening smoking habits of Filipinos.

She cited the first quarter 2014 Social Weather Station (SWS) Report that found that nine out of 10 smokers smoked about 10 cigarettes a day.

And she cited the Philippine Global Adult Tobacco Survey conducted in 2009 that found that 28.3 percent of the population aged 15 years and over were smokers.

“With an estimated 10 Filipinos dying every hour due to smoking-related conditions, it is wise never to start the addictive habit of smoking,” she said.

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