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Calls for tighter anti-tobacco law in China

| July 11, 2014

Anti-tobacco activists in China have called for Beijing’s proposed smoking control legislation to be more tightly defined, according to an Ecns.cn story.

The legislation, which is currently under review, is scheduled to take effect next year.

It includes a proposal that smoking be banned in public places, but Zhang Jianshu, head of the Beijing Patriotic Health Campaign Committee, who was invited to take part in the review, said he was urging lawmakers to define in the legislation exactly what was meant by “public places.”

She said too that 15-meter smoke-free buffer zones should be established at places such as sports stadiums and railway and subway stations. While there was a growing consensus for a smoking ban in enclosed public places, the concept of buffer zones needed further promotion.

Outdoor places such as parks, which were frequented by children, should also be made smoke-free under the new law, she said.

Meanwhile, Cui Xiaobo, a professor of social medicine at Capital Medical University in Beijing, said the law ought to ban tobacco sales to minors.

Currently, a ban on sales to minors was included in the law on the protection of minors, but who was supposed to enforce that was not clearly defined, he said.

Malawi’s tobacco export earnings up

| July 11, 2014

The value of Malawi’s leaf tobacco exports during the first five months of this year, at $137.7 million, were increased by 58 percent on those of the first five months of 2013, $87 million.

The exports, which, in the case of the 2014 figures, were from the Reserve Bank of Malawi, and which, in the case of the 2013 figures, were from the Tobacco Control Commission, were reported by Ventures Africa.

Malawi was one of the world’s most tobacco-dependent economies, said Ventures Africa, something that had contributed to the country’s vulnerable economic position. Tobacco made up 53 percent of Malawi’s exports and tobacco sales generated $165 million per year for Malawi.

JT’s domestic volume down in first half

| July 11, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during June, at 8.9 billion, was down by 6.5 percent on that of June 2013, 9.5 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The June 2013 figure was down by 4.2 percent on that of June 2012.

Volume during January–June 2014, at 55.1 billion, was down by 1.8 percent on that of January–June 2013, 56.1 billion, which was down by 1.4 percent on that of January–June 2012.

JT’s market share stood at 60 percent during June, at 60.7 percent during January–June and at 60.5 percent for January–December 2013.

JT’s domestic cigarette revenue during June, at ¥50.2 billion, was down by 3.6 percent from its June 2013 revenue, ¥52.1 billion.

Revenue during January–June 2014, at ¥306.1 billion, was down by 0.7 percent on that of January–June 2013, ¥308.4 billion.

Flue-cured seed sales up in Zimbabwe

| July 11, 2014

Tobacco seed sales for Zimbabwe’s 2014–2015 flue-cured season, at 827,010 g, were up by almost 6 percent on those at the same stage of preparation for the 2013–2014 crop, 781,135 g, according to a story in The Herald quoting the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board’s latest bulletin.

Planting of the country’s irrigated tobacco is due to start Sept. 1, while the rain-fed crop will be planted from October to early December.

PMI to host results webcast

| July 11, 2014

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts from 9 a.m. Eastern Time on July 17 to discuss its 2014 second-quarter results, which will be issued around 7 a.m. the same day.

During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, CFO Jacek Olczak will discuss the company’s results and answer questions from the investment community and news media.

An archived copy of the webcast will be available until 5 p.m. Aug. 15 at www.pmi.com/webcasts.

Slides and script will be available at www.pmi.com/earnings.

Cut smoking for good of the economy: WHO chief tells Chinese leaders

| July 10, 2014

The head of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan, has told Chinese leaders there is a “real risk” that China’s economic achievements of the past three decades could be canceled out by the huge burden of coping with diseases linked to smoking, according to a story by Zhuang Pinghui for the South China Morning Post.

Chan urged the Chinese government to strengthen tobacco control “to save huge numbers of lives and to ensure the country has a healthy workforce to continue its development.”

“Every year more than one million people die as a result of tobacco-related illness,” she said. “This is a terrible statistic.”

During a visit to the mainland, Chan met with leaders including Premier Li Keqiang, Health Minister Li Bin and the deputy chairman of the National People’s Congress Chen Zhu.

According to the Post, she said that she had told leaders that tobacco-related illnesses such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes would have a devastating impact on the mainland and its workforce.

“You can’t walk properly, you will be so short of breath that you won’t be able to work,” she said.

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