News Briefs tobacco industry 8B-2012

AGRICULTURE & MATERIALS

Brazil / China: State of Alagoas and Bahia will export tobacco to China
29/08 – The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply has the same General of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) of China on August 28 signed an agreement which allows the export Annual tobacco worth US $ 200 million from the state of Alagoas and Bahia from Brazil to China, where currently only import tobacco from the state of Rio Grande do Sul. (Macauhub)
World: ITGA said claims about the harmful effect is “arbitrary”
21/08 – President of the International Tobacco Growers Africa region (ITGA), Mr. Francois van der Merwe, said the media reports about the negative impacts from the cultivation of tobacco, which perhaps based on a recent report of the Research Centre for International Development of the impacts on the environment and farm workers, is a misunderstanding about agriculture. He added that the accused tobacco growers environmental harm is the “sloppy science” and an insult to those who make a living from this crop. (Independent Online – South Africa)

Pakistan: Tobacco growers protest against plans to import tobacco from India
20/08 – The representative of the tobacco growers in Pakistan urged the government to stop a plan by some members of the Pakistan Tobacco Board is alleged to allow imports from Indian tobacco although Local plant can meet. Mr. Muhammad Zahir Khan, managing director of the Tobacco Company and Mr. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Walton, vice-president of the Chamber of Agriculture senior, said the province accounted for 80% of total production of tobacco in the country, and people plant is expected to produce 76 thousand tons this season. Mr. Khan also noted that the government’s plan to discourage tobacco cultivation as the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control of the World Health Organization would deprive more than Rs 70 billion (741.9 million USD) The annual income of this province. (News International).

MANUFACTURING BUSINESS

India: Analysts say diversification strategy of ITC will be offset.
08.27 – Mr. Avi Mehta, an analyst at brokerage firm India Infoline Ltd., said that ITC Ltd., the market leader in domestic cigarettes, aims to establish self-medication segment Cigarettes 64-mm filter will help companies maintain volume growth amid headwinds globally, while the strategy of diversification would be offset, with growth in industry sales of tobacco products is not expected to maintain the trend is rising at more than 20% on an annual basis. (DNA India)

Thailand: Launch Trade Association
08.27 – Business Association Thailand Tobacco was officially launched on August 27 to serve as a voice for retailers, wholesalers, distributors, logistics providers and the imports, and representing the views of the members of government agencies, the media and other agencies on issues of shared interest and concern. The association will strive to become the preferred partner to the government about the benefits and policies related to tobacco and preferred source for media on the story of the industry, CEO Namatra Varaporn Association said. The association said it would focus its efforts on creating an appropriate management regime, prevent youth smoking, and efforts to combat illicit trafficking, tax “fair and reasonable”, and programs to help the business back to the local community. This association has over 1,300 members throughout Thailand. The data from the department’s excise tax in Thailand showed that nearly 500,000 owners registering property license to sell tobacco products. (Nation – Thailand)

US: Analysts North Carolina – RAI go a step boldly into markets NRT
25/08 – What the industry analysts say is a bold step or even “reckless”, as the Reynolds American Inc (RAI) will participate in the product market by offering tobacco cessation out at retail stores in Des Moines, Iowa, on September 3, Zonnic nicotine gum is produced by its subsidiary Niconovum. This item will be available with two types mints mg and 4-mg-in type 10 pieces were sold for about $ 3 per tube, which by RAI, 1/3 the cost of similar NRT gum. Niconovum managers hope to gain the trust of people smoking Zonnic, partly through “approach, inspired by talking positively without judgment and respect for smokers. ” (Winston-Salem Journal)

Macedonia: Chinese officials and business representatives visited TKP
24/08 – Officials from the Chinese government and business representatives will visit the country’s cigarette manufacturer owned Kombinat Prilep Macedonia is Tutunski (TKP), as reported by Dnevnik Daily newspaper. Chinese Ambassador in Macedonia is expected to visit TKP on August 25 when the shareholders of the company have a meeting here. A Chinese delegation, including top executives of Tobacco Monopoly Agency of China, will visit TKP on May 8 to 09. Government of Macedonia expects to announce a record 09 bids in mid-January to sell TKP. Director Aleksandar Dermendzhiev TKP he is said to have reported in June this year that several companies, including Chinese partners of TKP, interested in acquiring TKP (Intellinews).

Austria: Managers Imperial accompany retailers
21/08 – Imperial Tobacco has launched an initiative to accompany clients in Austria to help build closer relationships with its trading partners. The Advisory Council of 15 tobacco retailers and the managers of the local Imperial will meet every two months to discuss the development of the market and the latest consumer trends. Retailers across the country are now being invited to the first meeting in this 09 months. “This will give us an opportunity to examine before the involvement of the customer, such as loyalty programs, pre-deployment program,” said Jörg Geiger, manager of market Austria said. “It is an initiative to enhance our reputation as a reliable partner for the tobacco retail business.” It is also a tool of economic efficiency in operations accompany customers, gains the previous surprised never saw this activity here. “(Tobacco Reporter)

Japan: JT Prepare contingency plans to stabilize the supply of products
21/08 – President and CEO of Japan Tobacco Inc. Mr. Mitsuomi Koizumi said in a recent interview with Kyodo News that the company, when to stop delivery of tobacco shipments after the earthquake and tsunami in 03/2011, has launched a plan to make said stable product supply globally, specifically decided which of the 6 units of JT domestic plants and 22 plants overseas will serve as backup sources if the production at a factory somehow affected by the disaster. (Japan Economic Newswire)

Malaysia: OSK Research maintained share repurchase rate in JT International Bhd
20/08 – OSK Research Sdn Bhd Company in Malaysia to maintain the ratio “acquired” JT International Bhd shares in the target price is 7.54 ringgits ($ 2.42) per share, and said shares of the cigarette manufacturer in the segment of the market price goes down because demand is increasing for an illegal brand called “John”. (Malaysia Economic News)

US: manufacturers continue to invest in alternative tobacco products
16/08 – Bloomberg News reported that in recent years the manufacturers of tobacco products by the US has been deploying alternative smokeless products including electronic cigarettes and lozenges, which analyst Morgan Stanley’s performance, said David Adelman, estimated to account for about 1% of sales of 90 billion US cigarette market. (Bloomberg News)

THE LAW & BUSINESS

Australia: Disabled people born after 2000 smokers
29.08 – Isle of Tasmania (Australia) are considering plans to ban the sale of tobacco for those born after 2000. If this plan is adopted, it will be the first in the world for a tobacco ban so certain age, while Singapore and Finland are also considering similar plans. According to lawmakers, the new rules will help create a new generation not contaminated from tobacco products. This is easily done because sellers just ask ID, to see if buyers born after 2000 or not. A week ago, the Supreme Court has supported the Australian government’s new law after the cigarette company Japan Tobacco International giant, Imperial Tobacco and British American Tobacco government conditions prescribed by legislation from day 1 12, the tobacco products in Australia will be sold in plain olive green packets, the brand will be replaced by the horrible picture warnings on cigarette harms health. Tasmania has the highest smoking rates in Australia, the four young men, a man who smoke compared with an average of 1: 5 in the country. (Reuters)

US: A court rejected federal law on cigarette packs warning
25/08 – A US appeals court has rejected the new federal law requires tobacco companies to display the pictures on the cigarette packs, warning that smoking causes illness. Friday’s ruling in favor of the tobacco companies, which means that the case can be posted to the US Supreme Court. Two of the three judge panel in Washington Court argued that the warning image violates free speech rights of tobacco companies and forcing these companies to be disadvantaged in economic benefits caused by them. In the opinion of the majority opinion of Judge Janice Rogers Brown. She wrote that the agency Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not provide data showing that the warnings with pictures are offered to reduce tobacco use. Many tobacco companies have complaints of this new FDA rules. (VOA)

Hungary: Another step closer to the tobacco monopoly retail
08/23 – The European Commission and no country in the EU filed an appeal against the tobacco business law of Hungary before the deadline on Friday, according to a newspaper story Deal.hu cited by the newspaper Nepszabadsag . However, Hungary must submit the final text of the bill to Brussels and this committee can express objections later. This bill will make the tobacco business into the state monopoly in Hungary and limiting the number of tobacco retailers in proportion 1 to serve 2,000 people. Such a limit would reduce the number of tobacco outlets from 43,000 to 5,000-6,000 outlets. Janos Lazar told MPs earlier this year that he hoped the bill could be passed in the fall and take effect from January 1 next year. (Tobacco Reporter)

Russia: Criticism bill prevention and warning cigarette corruption, loss of work
08.22 – When Russian Health Ministry promotes draft law banning tobacco advertising, banning retail display of tobacco products, prohibit smoking in public places and banning tobacco sales from any store that has area less than 50 square meters, while critics said it would strengthen the fight against corruption as the bar and restaurant to pay for their police officers to ignore violations, making the kiosk owners Business can not, and push existing clients transferred kiosks black market. (Moscow Times)

World: The special trade rules for tobacco is not necessary
08/15 – In an article published in the Bulletin of Trade Freedom, Simon Lester, a trade policy analyst at Washington, Herbert A. Stiefel Cato Institute of the Center for Trade Policy Studies, Check out what he called “perceived conflict” between the goal of free trade and investment and the ability of governments to manage tobacco products for public health purposes. He noted that protectionism is an inefficient policy, and the removal of protective measures for domestic tobacco companies therefore need to have a component of trade agreements. (Cato Institute)

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Greece: Research shows that electronic cigarettes are not harmful to the heart
25/08 – A study led by Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos from the Onassis Heart Surgery Center in Athens, Greece, measuring heart function of 20 young smokers before and after smoking one cigarette daily and 22 people use electronic cigarettes before and after they use the product after seven minutes, they found that smokers with cardiac dysfunction significantly, including blood pressure and heart rate, while the people use electronic cigarettes only mild hypertension. (Reuters)

Israel: Studies show that the relationship between smoking and Parkinson’s protection mechanisms
21/08 – Initial results from the genetic testing on blood samples from 677 people with Parkinson’s disease Italy, among them 438 from never smokers and 239 current tobacco smokers or former smoking, conducted by researchers from Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem Hebrew University, Beilinson Hospital and Tel Aviv University in Israel and research institutes in Milan shows the relationship between dependence nicotine and a mechanism to protect against diseases of the participants have smoking history in the past. (Ha’aretz)