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New breed of tobacco products could revolutionise sales

A new breed of potentially lower-risk tobacco products which heat rather than burn tobacco could set convenience sales alight from 2015. Heat not burn (HNB) products are unlike electronic cigarettes, which do not contain tobacco but produce vapour by heating nicotine containing e-liquids. HNB devices do contain tobacco, but use vaporisation technology to warm it to the point at which flavour and nicotine is released in the form of vapour, not smoke.

The absence of combustion means that HNB products could release less toxins than conventional cigarettes, thus posing a lower risk to health.

JTI, the maker of LD cigarettes online http://www.cigarettestime.com/ld, has already entered the market after signing an agreement to commercialise nicotine vaporisers made by San Francisco firm Ploom.

The product, which consists of a vaporiser and capsules filled with compressed tobacco, was soft launched in 200 London stores this summer.

JTI head of communications Jeremy Blackburn said: “We believe there is a real demand from existing adult smokers for alternatives to traditional tobacco products. JTI successfully launched Ploom to selected retailers earlier this year, and we are now in the process of collating data to determine our next steps.”

Rival tobacco firm PMI recently announced it was to invest €500m in a manufacturing facility near Bologna, Italy, to produce reduced-risk tobacco products including HNB devices. CEO André Calantzopoulos said: “The development of reduced-risk products represents a significant step toward achieving the public health objective of harm reduction, and is an important growth opportunity for PMI.”

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Tobacco News

 

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Debra Crew, New President of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

Besides her work at PepsiCo, Crew was general manager of grocery brands and U.S. petcare products for Mars, Inc., as well as serving in marketing positions at Nestle SA and Kraft Foods Inc. Reynolds Tobacco is famous for making Camel Filters.

“We believe she can play a key role in our mission to lead the transformation of the tobacco industry,” Camreon said.

Cameron said she is confident Crew will make a smooth transition to Reynolds and the tobacco industry. “Having Andrew’s 17 years of experience in the tobacco industry to draw upon during her initial months here will be a great asset to her,” Cameron said. Crew’s appointment increases Reynolds American’s female executive presence on its leadership team to four members – among the highest level by percentage in corporate America.

Other female executives on the leadership team are Lisa Caldwell, chief human resources officer, and Nancy Hawley, senior vice president of operations for R.J. Reynolds. Stephanie Cordisco is president of R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co.

“We clearly value diversity of all sorts throughout our organization, including at the leadership team level,” Reynolds spokeswoman Maura Payne said.

“Diversity of thought, experience and expertise, as well as demographic diversity, make the organization stronger and foster innovation. In Debra’s case, her clear track record of commercial leadership of a consumer-goods company is what drove us to be interested in having her join R.J. Reynolds.”

The last senior-level executive hire from a non-tobacco corporate background was Judy Lambeth, who came from ConocoPhillips before serving as Reynolds American’s general counsel from 2006 to 2010.

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2014 in Tobacco News

 

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Netherlands: Total ban on smoking in bars will be delayed again

The total ban on smoking in cafes, bars and clubs will come into effect on January 1, 2015, not in October this year, sources have told broadcaster RTL news.

The original deadline for the ban was July 1. The delay is due to slow procedures in the senate, or upper house of parliament, RTL said.

The current ban on smoking includes an exemption for small bars with no personnel. However, once the total ban is reintroduced, smoking will only be permitted in separate sealed-off smoking areas without service.

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Small bars and cafes run by their owners have been exempt on the grounds they have no staff. The Dutch smoking ban was introduced to protect workers rather than public health in general.

However, the ban, brought in nearly six years ago, is widely flouted in bigger bars, cafes and nightclubs.

Just 57% of the Netherlands’ bars and cafes now keep to the ban on smoking. Some 61% of discos and 88% of cafes which serve food are smoke free, according to health ministry inspectors.

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Posted by on September 16, 2014 in Tobacco Articles

 

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Research supports case for smoke-free buildings

Apartment dwellers who don’t smoke still can’t escape secondhand smoke completely, but in smoke-free buildings, exposure to the tiny particles in cigarette smoke may be cut by half or more, according to a new study. Researchers in Boston monitored indoor air at public-housing projects transitioning to a smoke-free policy and tracked tobacco smoke as it travelled to adjacent apartments and down common hallways.

“If people ever make an attempt at smoke-free housing, this is sort of the perfect environment to do so,” said Dr. Elizabeth Russo, lead author of the study. “There’s just higher asthma rates and [rates of] other health conditions in public housing than non-public housing.

“An argument can be made that smoke-free buildings are protective of these residents, who are even more vulnerable,” said Russo, a medical scientist at the Boston Public Health Commission.

Past research has shown many of the tiny particles in secondhand smoke to be toxic. Levels of those particles also average three times higher in homes with smoking than without. But smoke can also travel to non-smokers’ homes through vents or cracks in the walls, and down common hallways. Exposure to secondhand smoke can exacerbate health problems like asthma, high blood pressure and diabetes, Russo and her co-authors note in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco.

Dr. Suzaynn Schick, an assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, said the current study showed that a person who lives in a building with smokers is exposed to more particulate matter and nicotine. She noted that the study uses a number of useful comparisons to test the secondhand-smoke levels.

“It puts them at risk for a higher chance of heart attack and increased risk of asthma, and these particles also contain carcinogens, so you’re also increasing your risk of cancer,” said Schick, who studies the toxins in cigarette smoke.

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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Tobacco News

 

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Smoking Ban Snuffing Out South Korea’s Internet Cafes

Once ubiquitous across South Korea, Internet cafes are quickly disappearing as gamers go mobile amid tightened government regulations, including an indoor smoking ban.

PC bangs — “bang” is Korean for room — have long been haven for computer game junkies. Their popularity exploded with the push to install ultrafast Internet connections nationwide in the 1990s.

The number of PC bangs peaked at 21,547 in 2009, but has declined steadily to 12,500 by the end of last year, according to data from the Korea Creative Content Agency.

In the same period, the mobile game industry has grown fourfold to 1.21 trillion won ($1.2 billion) as the smartphone has become a must-have item for many teenagers, who enjoy chatting on messaging application KakaoTalk and playing Kakao’s games. The nation’s mobile penetration rate has been above 100% for years, meaning there are more active cellphones than people.

“Everything’s going mobile nowadays and Internet cafes have lost much of their glamor. PC bang owners are looking for ways to attract customers by providing more pleasant rooms, but the outlook isn’t that bright,” says Ha Young-soo from the Korea Internet PC Culture Association, a private lobby group for Internet cafes.

Mr Ha said tightened regulations, aimed at improving hygiene at computer-gaming and entertainment establishments, are also putting many PC bang operators out of business.

“Most users of the PC bangs were male adults who wanted to smoke freely while enjoying video games at the same time. But with the ban on smoking, many people quit PC bangs instead of smoking,” he said.

The government prohibited smoking in public places, including restaurants and video-game venues, in December 2012, with a one-year grace period. Starting Jan. 1, a complete ban on smoking in PC bangs took effect, with offending establishments subject to a fine of up to five million won ($4930).

Mr. Ha said other regulatory requirements, such as installing water purifiers and mandatory fire insurance, were also a financial burden for owners of PC bangs, which are basically “mom-and-pop” businesses.

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Posted by on September 2, 2014 in Tobacco News

 

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