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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, 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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End military’s discount on tobacco products

The Pentagon has carved out a new front – one that pits it against Big Tobacco and those in Congress who do its bidding.

Many military leaders recognize that smoking negatively affects military members’ health and finances, and they hope to slash tobacco use by 2020. The Navy has been the most aggressive of the branches, having already ended discounted prices that undercut civilian sales by about 25 percent. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus wants to go even further by banning tobacco sales at the service’s retail stores and aboard vessels.

The Pentagon’s concern about the effect of cheap tobacco products is justified. The discounted prices likely contribute to the fact that service members use tobacco at higher rates than civilians; 24 percent of troops smoke compared to 20 percent of civilians of the same age. Soldiers prefer to smoke strong cigarettes and most poluar brand among them is Camel.

But Big Tobacco has a long reach in Congress, which has blocked the military’s efforts to get tough on smoking. Apparently tobacco profits are more important than service members’ health or mission readiness; the House defense-authorization bill currently includes language that would require all branches of the military to continue selling cheap smokes.

It’s one thing for service members and retirees to be able to buy discounted food and products at military stores, undercutting nearby civilian merchants. But cigarettes and other tobacco products should be in a different category because of the serious damaging they can have on users’ health. The price for that damage is paid not only by smokers but by nonsmokers as well, who have to subsidize their health care when they develop lung and heart problems.

The military leaders who want to kick tobacco to the curb need help from health advocates, who have been hesitant to strongly support anti-tobacco efforts that affect service members. Perhaps they think that would come off as being anti-troops. In the long run, however, that advocacy would be very pro-troops.

Groups including the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association should offer strong support for military leaders’ anti-tobacco efforts. And the Senate should block the House’s attempt to carry water for tobacco companies.

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Posted by on July 29, 2014 in Tobacco Articles


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Navy move to ban tobacco sales would include Marine Corps

The Navy is pushing ahead toward eliminating tobacco sales on all its bases and ships, as well as all Marine Corps facilities, according to sources inside and outside the Pentagon. Officials are reportedly considering removing tobacco from all sales venues, to include any exchange-operated retail outlets, as well as MWR-operated retail outlets where is possible to buy cheap cigarettes. Six commissaries on Navy bases currently sell tobacco products.

Changes may be coming to the other services, too. A Defense Department memo dated March 14 that was obtained by Military Times encourages the services to eliminate tobacco sales — and even tobacco use — on military bases, although it stops short of ordering specific actions.

“Structural reforms in how and where we allow tobacco purchases to be made, as well as the need to consider tobacco-free installations, are all matters that require our near-term attention,” stated the memo, signed by Jessica Wright, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, and Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs.

DoD spokeswoman Army Lt. Col. Cathy Wilkinson said the department “is in the initial stages of reviewing its tobacco policies” and emphasized that “no decisions on any possible or potential changes have been made.” However, in a Thursday interview with Military Times, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said he and his senior staff are taking a “deliberate approach” in considering a “whole range” of initiatives regarding tobacco, although he did not offer specifics.

“We demand that sailors and Marines be incredibly fit,” Mabus said. “We know tobacco hurts that fitness. We know the cost of health care far exceeds any profits we could possibly make selling that.”

The effort is part of a broader campaign to increase resiliency, he said. “We’re taking steps to up the fitness across the board and looking at what those next steps will be.” The Navy’s plan is already drawing opposition from at least one lawmaker on Capitol Hill.

“While I recognize the Navy believes removing tobacco products would help in ‘maximizing the readiness’ of sailors and Marines, it’s my belief that the Navy should worry less about intruding on the personal decision-making of these same sailors and Marines, while creating added burdens in the process,” Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., a Marine Corps veteran who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, wrote in a letter to Mabus Friday.

Banning on-base sales of tobacco “limit — and in some cases restrict — access to legal products that service men and women choose to purchase on their own,” Hunter wrote. “Overall, removing tobacco sales is perceived more as a political decision, intended to make a point, than it is a decision that supports our sailors and Marines — regardless of personal feelings on the individual and legal use of tobacco products. “Having spent time around Marines and sailors through multiple deployments, I believe there are far more immediate priorities for the Navy and the Marine Corps, all of which require your leadership and attention,” Hunter told Mabus.

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Posted by on April 1, 2014 in Tobacco Articles


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South Deerfield adopts stricter policies regulating sale of tobacco products

Smoking tobacco products has gotten tougher in town with the Board of Health implementing stricter policies prohibiting the sale of tobacco in pharmacies, banning blunt wrap sales and restricting smoking in the Town Office. The Board of Health adopted the policies last fall that took effect earlier this month. The town follows many communities across the state that have adopted similar policies to protect the public from second-hand smoke and discourage children from buying tobacco items.

The first regulation, effective Jan. 1, restricts cigar packaging and bans the sale of blunt wraps and the sale of tobacco in health-care institutions such as pharmacies, and caps the number of tobacco permits. The new policy restricts retailers from selling cigars unless is contained in an original package of at least four which are sold at the market retail price or at $5, whichever is higher. The restriction is meant to discourage children from purchasing cigars. The restriction does not apply to cigars costing $2.50 or more, retail tobacco stores and people who sell or distribute cigars commercially to another person who sells or distributes cigars commercially.

The sale of blunt wraps is no longer allowed in Deerfield either. It is a ban in addition to the existing prohibition of out-of-package sales of cigarettes, self-service displays of tobacco products and nicotine delivery product vending machines.

In addition, no health care institution in town is allowed to sell tobacco or nicotine delivery products. This includes a pharmacy or drug store. Any violator would be fined $100 for the first offense. A business that violates the regulation a second time within 36 months would receive a $200 fine and the tobacco permit would be suspended for seven business days. For a third violation within 36 months, a business owner would be fined $300 and the tobacco permit would be suspended for 30 business days.

The second regulation, effective Jan. 3, expands the statewide workplace smoking ban locally to Deerfield Town Offices and includes a smoking restriction on playgrounds and athletic fields within 20 feet of municipal buildings, in private clubs, and anywhere local food permits are in effect. The regulation’s intent is to protect the health of the employees and general public in Deerfield.

The policy already bans smoking in town-owned property and rights of way during times when they are used for events permitted by the town, public transportation and bus and taxi waiting areas, nursing homes and hotels, motels, inns, and bed and breakfasts. An owner or manager in control of a building or vehicle that violates this regulation would be punished with a $100 fine on first violation, $200 for a second violation within two years and $300 for a third or subsequent violation within two years of the second offense.

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Posted by on January 14, 2014 in Tobacco News


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How Many Students in Australia Use Tobacco Products

The university system does not have data on how many of its students smoke or use tobacco products.

About 70 per cent of college students nationwide reported that they had never smoked in the past three years of surveys conducted by the American College Health Association. In the most recent survey completed this spring, almost 14 per cent of students reported smoking cigarettes within the previous 30 days.

Hopkins already has support for his proposal from incoming Regents chairman Philip Wilheit. Wilheit, president of a packaging products company headquartered in Gainesville, implemented a tobacco ban at his office three years ago. It was a smart financial decision, he said.

“I think it is the wave of the future,” he said. “I think as regents we have a responsibility to our students to do what’s best for them and their health.”

Various schools within the university system already have some sort of smoking or tobacco ban. Some schools outlaw all tobacco products, and others allow students to smoke in designated areas that are specified distances from common areas.

Wilheit is unsure how the ban would be implemented at outdoor athletic facilities. Some facilities already have tobacco policies in place. All areas of the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium are tobacco-free, and smoking also is prohibited in Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium.

But one thing Wilheit isn’t for: designated smoking areas. “I think that is like being a little bit pregnant,” he said. And what about those students, like Bass, who say they’re adults and ought to be able to do what they want? “They can do what they want, but they can’t do it on our campuses,” Hopkins said.

Outside the university system, higher education institutions vary on their tobacco policies. Emory implemented a full tobacco ban last year, while Clark Atlanta University allows smoking in some designated outdoor areas.

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Posted by on December 3, 2013 in Tobacco News


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Ministry of Health announces new regulations in UAE’s anti-tobacco law

A new set of regulations in the UAE’s anti-tobacco law have been announced by the Ministry of Health, according to the national news agency WAM. The updates in legislation will come into effect six months from now and are part of the government’s efforts to establish an effective national anti-tobacco strategy.

Among the new regulations approved by UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the banning of smoking in private vehicles if a child younger than 12 years is present in the car. The main drive of the new regulations is aiming to reduce smoking among youth. A study carried out in Abu Dhabi showed that 28 per cent of children aged 15 years or younger, are smokers, while 30 per cent of people aged 18 are smokers.

The law bans any content that advertises tobacco products, such as newspaper advertisements and TV commercials. It also bans importing tobacco products that are not line with technical standards set by the UAE, and any violations regarding such imports can lead to a one year prison sentence and a fine ranging from Dhs100,000 to Dhs1 million, in addition to the confiscation of products.

The law also provides specifications on the packaging of tobacco products. All products must now display a large warning label on the front to raise awareness on the dangers of tobacco. Violators will be fined Dhs100,000 to Dhs1 million, and the fines can be doubled if the offence is repeated.

Tobacco products cannot be displayed near items marketed for children, or sportswear, health, food and electronic products. Tobacco products are also forbidden to be sold in locations that are 100 metres away from places of worship, and 15 metres away from kindergartens, schools, universities and colleges.

Shisha cafes will also have to be at least 150 metres away from residential areas. The regulations also specify that these cafes working hours will be from 10am to 12pm. Shisha will not be served to customers younger than 18 years of age, and the cafes will be forbidden from delivering shisha to apartments.

Growing or producing tobacco for commercial purposes will also be forbidden, and current manufacturing plants have been given a grace period of 10 years to sort out their situation, and tobacco farms have been given a two-year grace period.

The UAE ratified the World Health Organisation s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), the first international treaty negotiated under the auspices of WHO, in November 2005. The UAE anti-tobacco law was drafted by the Ministry of Health in 2006. In December 2009, the UAE issued its own federal anti-tobacco law.

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Posted by on August 20, 2013 in Tobacco Articles


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Price of cigarettes in Russia to jump 50% next year

The Russian Ministry of Finance plans to raise tax on tobacco by 50% to bring it closer to European levels. The World Health Organization has suggested Russia needs a seven-fold increase by 2020.

The draft legislation is to be presented to the government on June 20, Izvestia daily reports.

Excise duty on filter cigarettes will be raised to 820 roubles ($25)  per thousand cigarettes from 550 roubles ($17). The hike will increase the retail price of cigarettes by 50% to an average $3 per pack, the paper calculates.

The excise tax on alcoholic beverages also will increase, the paper reports. It will go up from 9% to 25% on spirits, 14%  on wine, and 4% on champagne.

The duties will be raised to equalize taxation of tobacco products with other European countries, the paper reports.
The fight against smoking is the second reason for the increase. If the price is increased, children, adolescents and the poor will either smoke less or move to low-quality tobacco, the paper reports.

In the US, President Barack Obama has proposed to nearly double federal excise taxes to $1.95 on each pack of cigarettes to compensate for the recent drops in revenue paid to state governments that back tobacco-settlement bonds, Reuters reports. A proposed tax increase would boost an average pack price to nearly $7 in the US, the agency calculates.

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Posted by on June 21, 2013 in Tobacco News


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