Breaking News

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; and the webcast, on a listen-only basis, and a replay of the webcast, will be made available at the same website.

Linx launches entry-level laser coder

| November 14, 2014

Linx picLinx Printing Technologies is launching an entry-level laser coder that, it says, will enable more companies to use such technology than is currently the case. The Linx SL1 will enable more companies to apply high-quality codes and thereby add value to their packaging, says Linx.

‘The Linx SL1 laser coder has the speed, reliability, ease of use and low cost of ownership synonymous with the Linx scribing laser range, but is tailored particularly to customers who may have thought laser’s benefits were out of reach,’ Linx said in a press note issued yesterday.

‘The Linx SL1 delivers class-leading coding speeds thanks to the use of lightweight and ultra-fast mirrors. It offers 20 per cent more power than other products in its class, but at the same time uses much less laser energy in the coding process…’

A robust design and stainless steel construction are said to provide for reliability and longevity in this compact, one-box, any-orientation unit, which weighs only 12.5 kg and is said to be simple to position on line and to fit into tight spaces.

‘The new laser coder also offers greater coding versatility than comparable models, with the ability to produce multiple lines of text and logos in one message, as well as machine readable codes such as QR, and Data Matrix codes, including DotCode for the tobacco industry,’ the note said. ‘This versatility enables the Linx SL1 to apply decorative codes capable of matching the look and feel of the packaging design.’

Set up and code changes are said to be easy using LinxDraw® software, which provides intuitive operation, secure message creation on- and off-line and tamper-proof coding.

The technology uses no fluids and consumables, which means low running costs, no messy spills, and no stored inks and solvents.

Linx made the point that lasers create a permanent mark on a product that can’t be rubbed off, which is a benefit for an industry involved in traceability and anti-counterfeiting activities.

Meeting to discuss US small-town tobacco-sales ban ends in chaos

| November 13, 2014

A meeting called to discuss a proposal that would see a ban imposed on the sale of tobacco in a small US town was ended prematurely after shouting broke out over a no-clapping rule, according to a story by George Barnes for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

If the proposal is 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 include cigarettes, chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes. Barnes reported that at the start of the meeting the Board of Health chairperson, Andrea Crete, had laid down rules that had included treating people with respect and banning clapping for speakers.

Even so, one person had been removed before the meeting started, and Crete warned that others would be removed if they were disrespectful.

After a few people spoke and clapping occurred, the participants were warned. Crete warned those attending again after a few more spoke.

Then shouting broke out over her warning and she took action. “This hearing is ended,” she said, and the crowd erupted, with one man shouting over and over, “Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!”

Some people began singing ‘God Bless America’.

Police escorted Crete and other Board of Health members out of the building, but not before she told reporters she was disappointed at having to end the hearing.

The hearing drew dozens of national and regional media representatives, including a news team from Norway.

Premium cigars light up US market

| November 13, 2014

The US last year imported more premium, non-Cuban cigars than it did in 1996, which is generally reckoned to have been the high-point of the ‘cigar boom’ of the 1990s.

According to a press release from Shmuli’s Cigars and Accessories, the US imported more than 317 million hand-rolled, non-Cuban cigars during 2013, up by about eight percent from 293 million during 1996.

By comparison, the production of Cuban cigars was said to have declined by about 30-40 percent during the past 10 years and to have reached only about 100 million last year.

‘While the Cuban cigar market struggles, a once small, non-Cuban cigar market has grown exponentially over time – all the likely result of the now 50-year-old U.S. trade embargo against Cuba,’ the press note said.

PMI applauded for US tobacco policy

| November 13, 2014

The Child Labor Coalition (CLC) has applauded Philip Morris International for adopting a new US tobacco-buying policy that, the CLC says, ‘could well lead to reduced child labor in US tobacco fields’.

Under the new policy (see PMI announces new U.S. tobacco purchasing model story, November 5), PMI is outsourcing its US tobacco purchasing to Universal and Alliance, and these companies will require growers supplying PMI tobacco to comply with PMI’s child labor policy, which prohibits hazardous tobacco work for workers under 18.

“We’re encouraged that one of the 10 largest tobacco companies has taken this step,” said Sally Greenberg, executive director of the National Consumers League and co-chair of the CLC, whose 34 member organizations fight exploitative child labor.

“Much work remains to be done to ensure that Philip Morris’s child labor policies are implemented properly in the field and we think an outright ban of child work on American tobacco farms would be more protective, but this is an important step in the right direction and we applaud them for it.”

In a press note, the CLC pointed out that US federal law allowed children 12 and older to work on farms for unlimited hours, as long as there was no conflict with schooling.

‘There is no minimum age for children who work on small farms, and the children of farm owners are exempt from any protections when working on their parents’ farms,’ the press note said.

‘In May, Human Rights Watch researchers released a report, Tobacco’s Hidden Children: Hazardous Child Labor in United States Tobacco Farming, which found that a majority of the more than 140 child tobacco workers interviewed has experienced nicotine poisoning while working in US fields.’

Theme chosen for 2015 nicotine forum

| November 13, 2014

The 2015 Global Forum on Nicotine, which is due to be held in Warsaw, Poland, on June 5 and 6, is taking as its theme: The only place where science and policy meet.

The organizers of the event said in a recent press note that the science of nicotine was developing rapidly, regulatory issues were high on the political agenda and consumers were becoming anxious about the long-term availability of nicotine delivery products.

There was a nascent consensus amongst a body of scientists and public health representatives about the relative safety of new nicotine and other non-combustible products, though others in tobacco control were still sceptical and the debate continued.

It was imperative that scientists and those concerned with policy had an open forum where the latest evidence could be examined and options for effective policy discussed so as to satisfy the requirements of safety and the responsible use of new products.

The forum’s program is here:

And registration is here:

white cloud cigarettes

pattyn banner

itm banner