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Smoking ban unlikely to be lifted despite hospitality-sector losses

The Bulgarian restaurant sector is registering record losses because of the country’s tobacco smoking ban, according to a Novinite story quoting the deputy chair of the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association, Atanas Dimitrov. Speaking to bTV on Tuesday, Dimitrov said that turnover in the sector had slumped by 50 per cent since the introduction of...Read More

GTNF helps Tanzanian children attend school

Students in Tanzania’s Tabora region have benefited from money raised at the recent Global Tobacco Networking Forum in Antwerp, Belgium. During the GTNF gala dinner, in June, the organizers auctioned off various items and donated the proceeds—almost $3,000—to the Eliminating Child Labor in Tobacco Growing Foundation (ECLT). The ECLT has added the funds to its...Read More

Tannpapier celebrates 50th anniversary

Tipping paper manufacturer Tannpapier celebrated its 50th anniversary with more than 350 guests from 30-plus countries. The Austrian family-owned business also passed into the hands of the fifth generation during the event. The celebration kicked off on Sept. 21. Among the invitees were customers, business partners and representatives from politics and industry. Prominent guests included...Read More

Bulgartabac poised to acquire tobacco factory at Banja Luka

The Prime Minister of Republika Srpska (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Alexander Dzombic, has said that his government would do everything possible to prevent job losses at the Fabrika Duvana Banja Luka tobacco factory should it be sold to Bulgartabac Holding, according to a Srpska Republika News Agency story relayed by the TMA. He reportedly said also that he...Read More

Fukushima farmers await results of leaf tobacco radiation tests

Farmers inFukushimaprefecture have harvested leaf tobacco for the first time since cultivation was stopped due to the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun story. This year, leaf tobacco farmers, enthusiastic about reviving tobacco growing, were said to have taken measures to reduce radioactive contamination. They are currently...Read More

‘Occupation’ tax a step too far

The Governor of Nebraska, Dave Heineman, has said that it would be unfair for the smokers ofOmahacity to be asked to pay an ‘occupation’ tax on cigarettes to help fund a new cancer unit at theUniversityofNebraska’sMedicalCenter. Heineman said if he were a resident of the city, he’d consider passage of a smokers’ tax as “double...Read More

Electron cigarette yields measured by Filtrona in ‘vaping’ machines

Filtrona Scientific Services is presenting to the CORESTA Congress currently meeting in Sapporo, Japan, the second instalment of results from research into the effects of smoking parameters on the particulate and nicotine yields of electronic cigarettes. The results are being presented by Dr Mike Taylor, director of scientific development. In a press note issued yesterday,...Read More

Star and Reynolds settle patent dispute

Star Scientific and RJ Reynolds Tobacco have settled their patent-infringement dispute over a leaf-tobacco curing process used to reduce nitrosamines, according to a Bloomberg News story relayed by the TMA. The financial terms were not disclosed in documents filed yesterday in federal court inGreenbelt,Maryland. The documents stated that the settlement was ‘not an acknowledgement of...Read More

Anti-tobacconist calls for licensed tobacco retailers to be slashed

A leading anti-tobacco campaigner has said thatWestern Australiacould halve its adult smoking rates by slashing the number of retailers licensed to sell tobacco, according to an Australian Broadcasting Corporation report. Health Department figures show almost 4,000 outlets sell cigarettes or tobacco: roughly one for every 450 adults. The head ofAustralia’s Council on Smoking and Health,...Read More

Swiss voters reject stricter smoking restrictions, but ‘no’ is not

A proposal to ban special smokers’ lounges and bars has been thrown out by Swiss voters in a nationwide ballot, according to a story by Urs Geiser for Swissinfo. The government welcomed Sunday’s result but vowed to continue anti-smoking efforts. Two out of three voters rejected an initiative by the Lung League aimed at reducing...Read More