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30,000 shop staff against plain packaging

30,000 shop staff against plain packaging

More than 30,000 staff in independent shops across the UK have signed postcards against the plain packaging of tobacco.

The “No To Plain Packs” postcard campaign was launched by the Tobacco Retailers Alliance (TRA) after the government began a twelve-week consultation looking at the possibility of plain or standardised packaging.

Cig Smoking

Cigarette Smoking

Retailers from the TRA hand-delivered almost 2,500 of the cards to the Department of Health.

Debbie Corris, a Whitstable retailer and the TRA’s south-east spokeswoman, said: “It is clear from the level of support from retailers and their staff that there is a groundswell of opinion against plain packaging. The government says it will reduce youth smoking but we all know that young people take up smoking because of peer pressure or because their family smoke, not because they see a blue or a green wrapper behind my counter.”

Harendra Bhatt, a north London shopkeeper, said: “There is  no evidence plain packaging will have any health benefits and yet we retailers will be hit with yet another regulatory burden on our shops in addition to the tobacco display ban – and we don’t even know if that is going to work yet. Having all the packets look the same will mean it takes longer for us to serve customers which will mean that before long they will go elsewhere for their tobacco: legally to the supermarkets which have more staff and designated tobacco kiosks; or illegally to smugglers whose activity brings crime into all our communities.”

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Tobacco Articles

 

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Tobacco prices up 39 percent

Tobacco prices up 39 percent

THE average price of tobacco went up by 39 percent from an average of US$2,69 per kg in May 2011 to US$3,74 per kg in May 2012, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has said.

Tobacco Auctions

Tobacco auction floor

According to the banks’ June Zimbabwe economic review released this week, AfDB said the 2012 tobacco-selling season had continued on a positive note, a development that had benefited the farmers.

“The average price of tobacco went up by 39 percent from an average of US$2,69 per kg in May 2011 to US$3,74 per kg in May 2012,” said AfDB.

The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) on Wednesday said tobacco worth US$465 million had been sold at the country’s three tobacco auction floors compared to US$321 million sold during the same period last year.

In 2011, a total of 125 million kgs of tobacco had gone under the hammer over the same time. The sales volume translate into a 6,32 percent increase from the 118 million kg sold last year.

TIMB statistics show that the daily average price was US$3,52 compared to US$3,13 per kg last year.

Premier Tobacco Floors auctioned 9 million kg worth US$32,7 million at an average price of US$3,63 per kg.

Boka Tobacco Auction Floors handled 14,5 million kg worth US$51,2 million at an average price of US3,53 per kg.

Millennium Tobacco Floors auctioned 8,5 million kg valued at US$30,5 million at an average price of US$3,61 per kg.

Contract sales amounted to 76,6 million kg worth US$290,6 million at an average price of US$3,79 per kg.
 
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Posted by on July 4, 2012 in Tobacco News

 

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