Wednesday February 15 2012.
In an unfortunate accident, a Florida man was injured by a faulty battery exploding which was installed in an electronic cigarette.
Apparently the man was puffing on the device – as an alternative to smoking – when it exploded taking out some of his front teeth, part of his tongue and severely burning his face.
At this time no details are available regarding the type / brand of device.
Thomas Kiklas, co-founder of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, said this is the only known problem with any electronic cigarettes and their batteries exploding. The battery is designed to generate an electrical charge when the device is inhaled. The charge sets off the vapor in the cigarette tube. He cited a federal report that found 2.5 million Americans used electronic cigarettes last year. “There have been billions and billions of puffs on the cigarettes and we have not heard of this happening before,” he said.
February 16th, 2012 — Current Issues
Wednesday February 15 2012.
January 6th, 2012 — Current Issues
Altria has launched a smoking advocay website which can be found by clicking on the link below or pasting it into your browser.
Interested individuals can sign up and post views and get involved in defending smoker’s rights.
GD and its parent company have been busy in the last couple of months, acquiring first Sasib in October immediately followed by Flexlink in November. According to GD’s website Sasib will continue to operate as a separate business.
This consolidation trend reflects the tobacco industry’s manufacturing consolidation where the number of large multinationals dominte the cigarette manufacturing sector operating from large regional or national factories.
Who will be next we wonder?
November 22nd, 2011 — Exhibitions
TabExpo Prague wrapped up last Friday and was by all accounts successful.
The show was well attended by visitors from all parts of the industry. By the second day it had exceeded attendance at the smaller WT Expo held the week before in Munich. Visitor traffic was at times heavy for three of the four days. The last day is always slow in any exhibition.
Exhibitors were well pleased both with the quality and quantity of attendees. Several exhibitors closed business on their stands and nearly all came away with good prospects
Organisation was also well executed and communicated.
August 1st, 2011 — Uncategorized
Filtrona PLC will close their filter factory located in Monterrey Mexico effective today – Monday August 1 2011.
Staff are being informed and we wish them every success in finding new positions and for their families.
Opened less than 10 years ago, the Monterrey facility was originally the latest model for cost-savings by opening a facility where labor costs were lower than the neighboring US. In reality only direct labor was lower and the cost-savings elusive. As gas prices rose the facility became increasingly expensive to supply customers located East of the Mississippi.
High-speed combining machinery was relocated some time ago, leaving a residual mono-acetate filter business predominently supplying independent customers in North America. This business will presumably be relocated to the Greensboro facility – which apart from Paraguay is the only remaining facility in the Americas.
Special filter volumes have continued to slowly decline as special filter cigarettes were relocated to other multi-national cigarette factories outside the US – pressuring Filtrona with two large facilities in Monterrey and Greensboro.
May 17th, 2011 — tobacco
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Alleging conflicts of interest among members of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientific advisory committee, Lorillard filed suit to stop FDA from receiving or relying on recommendations from their advisory committee – called tpsac – including proposals regarding menthol cigarettes. The lawsuit was filed jointly by Lorillard and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The TPSAC advisory committee is expected to make a recommendation on menthol cigarettes on March 23, 2011.
The suit alleges that the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee as currently constituted fails to meet requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act to be fairly balanced and not to be inappropriately influenced by any special interest. Instead, the suit alleges, conflicts of several members of the committee render the panel unable to deliver any report or recommendation to the FDA that is “free of the taint of conflicts of interest.”
The suit specifically alleges that three members of the committee, Drs. Neil Benowitz, Jack E. Henningfield and Jonathan M. Samet are conflicted because they have made tens of thousands of dollars as paid expert witnesses in litigation against tobacco products manufacturers and due to their continuing financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies that make smoking-cessation products.
Beginning last year, the two companies and others urged the FDA to ensure that members of the panel were free of conflicts. Those concerns, however, were either summarily rejected or entirely ignored.
“We are taking this action reluctantly after the FDA failed to constitute the committee in accordance with the law and failed to properly address legitimate concerns regarding fairness and impartiality,” said Ronald S. Milstein, senior vice president and general counsel of Lorillard.
February 18th, 2011 — Current Issues
Reports coming from Brazil indicate Filtrona’s filter factory (Filtrona Paraguaya,) located on the outskirts of Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay was badly damaged by fire earlier this week. It is reported that all of their stock was destoyed along with most machinery.
The exact extent of the damage is unclear but local customers in Paraguay and Brazil are scrambling to find alternative sources of supply.
It is not known when, or if, the facility may be restored.