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JT launches Camel Natural Box

| November 25, 2014

Japan Tobacco has announced the launch of Camel Natural Box and Camel Natural Lights Box. These new products, which contain no added flavorings, are to go on sale in mid-December 2014 at selected retail stores in the Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Osaka prefectures.

Introduced in the United States in 1913 Camel is one JT Group’s leading brands, currently sold in more than 100 markets.

Tobacco Plus Convenience “to break records”

| November 24, 2014

Scheduled for Jan. 28–29, the Tobacco Plus Convenience Expo (TPC) 2015 is set to break records. According to its organizers, registration has already surpassed that of the 2014 event.

Buyers will come to Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, from all over the world to engage with manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and suppliers.

With an eye on the Chinese market, TPC has planned a round-table discussion on both days of the show. Moderated by Ed O’Connor, president and CEO of TMG International, and Arlen Luo, president of Newsteel Media, the discussion will focus on the challenges and opportunities faced by various stakeholders.

Industry icon Steve Saka, former president and CEO of Drew Estate, will share his insights during a discussion about the premium cigar business. The round-table discussions are free to all registrants.

The TPC 2015 opening reception takes place Jan. 27 from 6-8 p.m. on the pool deck of the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

More information is available here.

Vapor continues to offer opportunity

| November 24, 2014

Wells Fargo Securities identified several “takeaways” from its second annual e-cigarette conference in New York City on Nov. 20.

The e-cigarette category continues to offer considerable opportunity for both traditional tobacco companies and independent players, according to the financial services firm. Despite the significant changes in e-cigarettes and vapor products over the past year, the e-cigarette industry is still in the early stages of innovation, it said. Attractive margins to retailers and manufacturers are helping fund research and development and organic growth. E-cigarette companies are responding to evolving consumer preferences and targeting different segments.

The industry overall is becoming more sophisticated and responsive, according to Wells Fargo.

The Wells Fargo e-cigarette conference brought together experts from the traditional tobacco industry, independent vapor companies and the public health community.

E-cigarettes provide navigable route out of smoking

| November 21, 2014

Electronic cigarettes offer smokers a realistic way to kick their tobacco smoking addiction, according to a story in MedicalXpress citing the results of a new study.

In a report of the study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, scientists at KU Leuven [Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium] reported that electronic cigarettes successfully reduced cravings for tobacco cigarettes, with only minimal side effects.

MedicalXpress described electronic cigarettes as having been developed as a less harmful alternative to tobacco cigarettes.

It said they emulated the experience of smoking a tobacco cigarette even though they contained 100 to 1,000 fewer toxic substances.

In their 8-month study, the KU Leuven scientists examined the effect of using electronic cigarettes on 48 participants, all of whom were smokers with no intention of quitting.

The participants were divided into three groups: two electronic cigarette groups, whose members were allowed to vape and smoke tobacco cigarettes for the first two months of the study, and a control group whose members had access only to tobacco. In a second phase of the study, the control group was given electronic cigarettes and all participants were monitored for a period of six months via a web tool.

At the end of the 8-month study, 21 percent of all participants had stopped smoking tobacco entirely, something that was verified with a CO test, and 23 percent reported cutting the number of tobacco cigarettes they smoked per day by half.

Across all three groups, the number of tobacco cigarettes smoked per day decreased by 60 percent.

“With guidance on practical use, many smokers could use electronic cigarettes delivering nicotine to reduce their smoking or quit altogether, said Professor Frank Baeyens and postdoctoral researcher Dinska Van Gucht of the Psychology ofLearning and Experimental Psychopathology Unit. “E-cig users get the experience of smoking a cigarette and inhale nicotine vapor, but do not suffer the damaging effects of a tobacco cigarette,” they said.

Electronic cigarettes with nicotine are banned in Belgium.

The text of the study is available here.

Court says smoking risks known by late 1950s

| November 21, 2014

The Danish Supreme Court ruled yesterday that two tobacco companies were not responsible for the health problems suffered by a long-time smoker, according to a Deutsche Presse-Agentur story.
Allan Lykke Jensen, 67, who had smoked for almost 50 years until he stopped in 2005, had sought damages of 53,000 kroner (US$8,900 dollars) for health issues that included heart problems.
In arguments before two lower courts, which both ruled against him, Jensen had said the cigarette brand he smoked had been manipulated to enhance smokers’ addictions because they delivered higher levels of tar and nicotine than were stated on the packs.
But the court found that the cigarettes were not defective.
It said that the risks of smoking had been ‘generally known’ at the time Jensen started to smoke and that it was common knowledge that it was hard to quit smoking.
The court rejected Jensen’s compensation claim against House of Prince, now owned by British American Tobacco, and Skandinavisk Holding II, just as an appeals court did in 2011.
Jensen and his attorney said they were not surprised over the outcome, which ended a 14-year legal battle.

Health Board members quit their ‘anti-tobacco habit’

| November 21, 2014

A Health Board that had proposed a tobacco-products sales ban in a small US town has voted down the proposal, according to a story by O’Ryan Johnson for the Boston Herald.
If the proposal had been accepted, Westminster (population 7,277 in 2010 according to Wikipedia), in Worcester County, Massachusetts, would become the first community in the US to ban all tobacco sales.
The list of banned items would have included cigarettes, chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes.
A meeting called earlier this month to discuss a proposal was ended prematurely after shouting broke out over a no-clapping rule.
Now, Johnson has reported, Westminster Health Board members, faced with a fuming citizenry, have decided to quit their ‘anti-tobacco habit’.
Opponents of the ban – bent on preserving American freedoms – were cheered when board members Ed Simoncini and Peter Munro voted to stop the ban. “The town is not in favor of the proposal, and therefore I am not in favor of the proposal,” Simoncini declared.
Although voting down the ban was seen as preserving American freedoms in general rather than the right to buy tobacco in particular; it was a big win for small businesses, which had argued that customers who stopped in to buy cigarettes left also with bread and milk; so that tobacco was critical to the businesses bottom line.

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