April 30th, 2015 — Acquisitions, Current Issues, Electronic Cigarettes, General, Key International Business & Market Developments, tobacco
(Reuters) – Japan Tobacco said on Thursday it had agreed to buy Florida-based e-cigarette maker Logic Technology Development LLC as it aims to become a global leader in the nascent, but fast-growing, market.
Japan Tobacco will fund the acquisition with existing cash and loan facilities, and expects to complete the deal in the third quarter of this year following regulatory approval, it said.
It did not say how much it was paying for Logic Technology, founded in 2010. Japan Tobacco last year also bought UK-based Zandera Ltd, best known for its E-Lites brand of electronic cigarettes.
(Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim and Junko Fujita; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
April 29th, 2015 — Conferences, Current Issues, Regulations: FDA etc., Science, Snus, Snuff & Alternative Products in US Markets, Tobacco Harm Reduction
Research, policy expert takes on myths, claims, rhetoric about smokeless and e-cigs
Published in CSP Daily News
LAS VEGAS – Anti-tobacco campaigns are getting it wrong, Dr. Brad Rodu, professor of medicine and holder of the endowed chair in tobacco harm reduction research at the University of Louisville, said during his presentation at the NATO Show in Las Vegas.
The American anti-smoking campaign is approximately 50 years old. Yet, by the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s own numbers, there are still 42 million smokers and 400,000 smoking-related deaths per year, a figure Rodu said the CDC is not underestimating.
“Those numbers have not changed in the 20 years I’ve been involved in harm reduction,” Rodu said.
A big problem with the anti-smoking and anti-tobacco crusades is that they embrace an abstinence-only rhetoric. Even Food & Drug Administration (FDA)-approved nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) are intended for only short-term use. Although, as Rodu pointed out, those “replacements” aren’t exactly a raging success.
“FDA-approved NRTs work for just 7% of smokers,” he said. “Can you think of another FDA-approved medication that works for just 7% of people? What if aspirin worked for less than 10% of people with headaches?”
What does work, according to Rodu and his 20 years of research, is the concept of a nicotine risk continuum—educating adult smokers on potentially less-harmful ways of consuming nicotine and giving them the choice.
“Smokers aren’t sick,” said Rodu. “They don’t want to be treated. They just want to have options.”
Unfortunately, too often, the public at large is not properly educated on reduced harm alternatives. During his NATO Show session, Rodu looked at the fallacies and realities of two such alternatives currently on the market: smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes.
The Real Risk of Smokeless
Rodu is an oral pathologist who has spent his entire career working in medical and cancer centers.
“I’d been taught smokeless tobacco use was basically a death sentence through mouth cancer,” he said. “But I wasn’t seeing this link in the people I was treating.”
This realization set in motion research that would define Rodu’s career as an alternative tobacco advocate. He came to find that moist and chewing tobacco use carry virtually no mouth cancer risks: only powder dry snuff. Rodu’s research showed that out of 100,000 people, three non-smokeless users might get mouth cancer, three moist or chewing tobacco consumers might get mouth cancer; for powder dry snuff, that number is more like 12.
“The link between powder dry snuff and mouth cancer was reported in 1981 and was applied to every single smokeless tobacco product,” said Rodu. “Anti-tobacco groups are still avoiding this truth. Everyone thinks it’s an enormous risk—it’s not.”
Same Campaign, New Product
Unfortunately, similar misconceptions are being spread about the e-vapor category.
“The same unscientific and irresponsible campaign against smokeless tobacco is now starting to be conducted with e-cigarettes,” Rodu said, and proceeded to debunk some of the biggest myths reported about the category:
- The ingredients are poisonous. There are very few ingredients in e-liquids: nicotine, water, flavoring and propylene glycol. “Propylene Glycol is what produces fog at a rock concert,” Rodu said. “It’s considered a generally safe agent by the FDA.”
- They produce formaldehyde. “This doesn’t happen at normal levels,” said Rodu. “They cranked the voltage way up to levels that would have created a horrible taste. No vaper would do that. You would get similar formaldehyde levels from eating charred toast from a toaster.”
- They are a gateway for teens to smoking. “In fact, we are witnessing a historic decline in teen smoking, there’s no doubt about that,” he said. “It’s clear that e-cig use is growing (in teens)—but look at how drastically smoking rates are declining. If e-cigs were a gateway, wouldn’t it be the other way around?”
Ultimately, Rodu expressed optimism about the future of tobacco alternatives and the role retailers can play.
With two decades of experience in the world of tobacco research and policy, some 40 scientific articles in the field of harm reduction and authoring a successful blog and book on tobacco harm reduction, Rodu said it’s actually tobacco retail events like the NATO Show that excite him.
“I’m a little nervous. I’ve been waiting 20 years to make this presentation,” he said, while also marveling at the very thought of a cancer researcher presenting at a tobacco trade show.
“I’ve been trying to reach out to consumers to show them options and alternatives for using tobacco in a different way,” said Rodu. “It has been very difficult given the anti-tobacco campaigns we’ve all experienced. I see reaching out to retailers as really, really important.”
He concluded, “This transformation is taking place. The winners are consumers, public health … and the tobacco industry and retailers. If you endorse and embrace this transformation of tobacco, you can help your consumers live longer and healthier lives, you can keep them satisfied and you can also pay the bills.”
April 29th, 2015 — Conferences, Current Issues, Electronic Cigarettes, General, Snus, Snuff & Alternative Products in US Markets, Tobacco Harm Reduction
Dollar stores growing share; Vape shops not afraid of c-stores
Published in CSP Daily News
LAS VEGAS – The landscape of vape is undergoing a critical change.
We’re not talking about the turbulent tide of tanks, mods, liquids and the glut of fresh products flowing into the market each month. We’re talking about a relatively new marketer of vaping products–dollar stores.
“Dollar stores are coming on strongly,” Don Burke, senior vice president at data specialists Management Science Associates (MSA), shared with convenience-store and tobacco-shop operators at the NATO Show in Las Vegas.
In a fast-paced presentation, Burke explored the evolution of electronic cigarettes and the broader vaping category in tobacco outlets, convenience stores and dollar stores. In addition, he shared preliminary information from a recently launched proprietary survey of vape shops (see highlights below).
The story of dollar stores begins in the broader context of the channel’s cautious embrace in recent years of nicotine products–cigarettes, cigars and vaping. With a chart, Burke showed that while tobacco outlets represent only 3% of total retail outlets, the trade sells 8% of nicotine devices in the United States. Convenience stores, making up 47% of total retail outlets, sell nearly 63%.
Accounting for 5% of total retail outlets, the dollar channel, with up to 30,000 stores, sells only 1% of all-sold nicotine in the United States. But here’s the rub–nicotine sales in the dollar channel soared 42% last year, while declining 3% in tobacco outlets and growing a modest 1% in c-stores.
That shift, Burke observed, will continue in 2015 and most likely for the coming years. While no one will match the specialization and breadth of nicotine products available at tobacco outlets, Burke could envision dollar stores aiming to emulate c-stores in inventory breakdown, at least for the top-performing segments.
Indeed, a look at c-stores showed premium representing 67% of total tobacco volume, followed by discount cigarettes at 22%. Vaping made up 2%. At dollar stores, cigarettes dominated with premium and discounted accounting for 90%, but with vaping now making up 8%.
In other highlights:
- Vape shop survey. In early April, MSA launched a survey of vaping shops, reaching out via email to 7,900 units. With comprehensive responses from 66 (the goal is 200), Burke offered several impressions from vape shop operators:
- Their biggest competition. Online vape sellers and brick-and-mortar vape shops easily ranked as the primary competition, with c-stores and tobacco outlets lagging.
- Consumer. While many point to millennials as the sweet spot, vape shops say it’s Gen X, with customers between the ages of 31 and 50 making up the largest segment. As Burke put it, “It’s an older consumer that are going to them.” Of the consumers, more than 70% are smokers who are either looking for alternatives or aiming to quit altogether. “Many consumers see [vaping] as an opportunity to quit or, at least, to try something as a less-harmful” nicotine delivery system, Burke said.
- Cigalikes (e-cigarettes). The major brands are dominating, led by Reynold’s Vuse and MarkTen, which is produced by Altria’s Nu Mark subsidiary. NJOY, Mistic and Logic also ranked among the major players.
- E-Liquids. Unlike with cigalikes, no one manufacturer stands out in the plentiful world of e-liquids. As for flavors, tobacco, menthol and fruit capture virtually the entire spectrum. “You don’t need to carry thousands of SKUs.”
- Cannabis. Is weed cutting into vape or cigarette sales? In a word, No! “I think this is encouraging news,” Burke said. “Where cannabis has been legalized, we do not see an impact on nicotine delivery.”
April 8th, 2015 — Conferences, Current Issues, Exhibitions
YOUR INVITATION TO ATTEND WT NORTH AMERICA
The inaugural WT North America event will extend the widely successful WT series of events to the North American market. We invite you to register free of charge now, so that you can start planning your business meetings at the event. RSVP NOW at www.worldtobacco.co.uk/WTNAinvite
With a wealth of experience in delivering international events across the world, we will be attracting visitors from throughout North America and beyond, who are looking for new solutions and products.
Who should attend?
Anyone who works within the Tobacco manufacturing industry and is interested in meeting suppliers and potential partners within the following areas:
- Cut tobacco
- Agricultural machinery
- Cigarette tipping and plug-wrap
- Flavouring and aromatic materials
- Inspection, test and laboratory equipment
- Leaf import and export
- Monopoly manufacture
- Packaging materials
- Printing and print supplies
- Processing and packaging machinery
- Tobacco machinery
- Wholesale distribution
Entrance to the exhibition is FREE OF CHARGE to all industry-related personnel.
By registering online now at www.worldtobacco.co.uk/WTNAinvite you will avoid the queues onsite with your fast-track entrance pass and receive a FREE catalogue on arrival, making it easier to find the exhibitors you need to see.
Please note WT Europe 2016 is only open to visitors and exhibitors over the age of 18 who are involved in the tobacco industry.
Reasons to attend
7 good reasons to come along to WT North America
Entrance is free of charge and by attending you will be able to:
- Access a large and growing tobacco market at a new and exciting destination – see the list of exhibitors overleaf
- Build relationships and network with industry personnel from all over the world
- View the latest innovations and update your knowledge on the issues facing the industry
- Attend a series of Exhibitor Business Presentations with your exhibition pass – fold out to see the full schedule
- Learn and debate the challenges facing the industry at the WTNA Conference – fold out for full details
- Network with friends new and old in one time at one place
- See the latest machinery and equipment in action
RSVP to this invitation now by registering online www.worldtobacco.co.uk/WTNAinvite
DON’T FORGET TO ALSO TELL YOUR COLLEAGUES ABOUT THIS ESSENTIAL EVENT
Conference – The Future Supply of Leaf Tobacco
World Tobacco is happy to announce the North America Leaf Conference scheduled to take place alongside the WTNA Exhibition 12 – 13 May 2015.
The conference will be devoted entirely to the matters of the international leaf tobacco market and title of the conference is very appropriately called – The Future Supply of Leaf Tobacco.
The conference programme is as follows, however please note that this is subject to change, so please check the website for the latest updates – www.worldtobacco.co.uk/north-america
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
||Dr. Antonio Abrunhosa, ITGA
||Welcome to Richmond- the heart of North American tobacco
||Secretary Haymore, Virginia Governor’s Office
||The importance of leaf tobacco as cash crop
||Ted Broome, ULT
||An overview of US Flue- Cured
||Robbie Fulford, Reynolds A,merica
||The future supply trends for leaf tobacco
||Gene Wortham, BAT
||FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP): An Overview of its Requirements and Advice on How to Navigate Through Them.
||Les Weinstein, EAS Consulting Group
||The changing face of the European leaf -the decline of subsidies
||Carlo Sacchetto, FETRATAB
||The future supple of Burley
||Daniel Green, Burley Stabilization
||Ecological purity and authenticity of Bulgarian tobacco.
||Hristo Bozukov, President of the Bulgarian Agricultural Academy
||The future supply of Oriental
||Noyan Gurel, Sunel
||Contemporary chemistry for mass market cigars
||John Lauterbach, Lauterbach & Associates
||Improving the yield flu-cured leaf
||David Reed, Virginia Tech-Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Centre
|Wednesday, 13 May 2015
||GAP – where the programme is now
||Jane Starnes, GAP Connections
||The importance of heat not burn to leaf growers?
||Dr. Blake Brown, North Carolina State University
||How Policy Impacts Tobacco
||Graham Boyd, Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina
||Innovating Leaf Storage: quality preservation and protection against insect infestation.
||Sanne van Rennes, Oxy-Low Systems
||An update on the FCTC
||Dr. Antonio Abrunhosa, ITGA
||Pest-host interactions in IPM of Cigarette Beetle, Lasioderma serricorne, its Effective monitoring and fumigation methods for successful control
||Dr. Muhammad Saeed, University of Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Registering for the conference
CONFERENCE FEE = US$500*
SPECIAL EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT: Please note if you book and pay prior to or on 31st March 2015 a US$100* discount will be applied to your booking so you will be charged US$400* for your pass.
REGISTER NOW by downloading the conference registration form from the website or by emailing Alison Holman, email@example.com
* Please note conference rates will be subject to value added tax where applicable. Credit card payments will be processed by our head office in the UK in Sterling and therefore may be subject to a slight currency exchange rate differential.
WTNA Exhibitor Business Presentations
Included as part of your free-of-charge exhibition pass, you will be able to attend a series of Exhibitor Business Presentations.
The latest schedule of presentations is as follows, for latest updates please see the website – www.worldtobacco.co.uk/north-america
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
||Marbach-Solutions for Tobacco Packaging
||Willie Knight Jr, Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG
||Microwave Moisture Measuring Technology in the tobacco industry
||André Tews, Tews
||Economic impact on Bangladesh Tobacco
||Abdul Kader, Akij Tobacco
||Ingo Terfloth, Riedel Filtertechnik
||Chris Zych, Garbuio Dickinson
||Improved on-line moisture, nicotine and sugar measurement using modern NIR technology
||Stefan Tordenmalm, Perten
||Tobacco packaging solutions – Innovations & Trends
||Daniel Pastewka, Schur Star Systems
||Rich Harley, Process Sensors Group
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
||James Cutforth, Domino
||Laser coding for Tobacco Retail Packaging
||Jamie Daggett, Dagmar Enterprises
||Hand held moisture testing
||Brian Greever, CPM Wolverine Proctor
||Modern Control in Thermal Processing
The above presentations are free to attend when you register online at www.worldtobacco.co.uk/WTNAinvite
Programme subject to change
See the latest products, technology and services available within the UK by visiting a wide range of exhibitors at WT North America 2015, including:
|AIRCO DIET AS
|AKIJ TOBACCO COMPANY
|ANUP INTERNATIONAL (HK) LTD. THE ROLLING COMPANY
|API LAMINATES LTD
|ASIA PACIFIC INDUSTRIES CO. LTD
|BMJ. PT BUKIT MURIA JAYA.
|BULGARTABAC HOLDING AD
|BURLEY TOBACCO GROWERS COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION
|CHAM PAPER GROUP SWITZERLAND INC
|CHEYENNE INTERNATIONAL LLC
|CHINA TOBACCO INTERNATIONAL (NORTH AMERICA) INC.
|CPM WOLVERINE PROCTOR
|DARE TECHNOLOGY CO LTD
|DCM USIMECA ATN
|DELFORT GROUP SPECIALITY PAPERS INC
|DERCO USA INC
|DEUTSCHE BENKERT GMBH & CO KG
|EVANS MACTAVISH MACHINE MANUFACTURING CO.
|FOCKE & CO. (GMBH & CO. KG)
|FUJIAN TAIXING SPECIAL PAPER CO LTD
|GIMA TT S.R.L.
|HAUNI MASCHINENBAU AG
|HERTZ & SELCK GMBH & CO
|INNOVIA FILMS LTD
|JERRY BROTHERS INDUSTRIES INC
|JIANGSU RUIJIA CHEMICAL CO LTD
|JINAN ACETATE CHEMICAL CO LTD
|KARL MARBACH GmbH CO KG
|KÖHL MASCHINENBAU GMBH
|KOHLTRADE TOBACCO TRADING
|LANDEN STRAPPING CORPORATION INC.
|LOCKWOOD PUBLICATIONS, INC
|LOGOPAK SYSTEME GMBH & CO KG
|LONGYOU TECHMAY PAPER CO. LTD
|MANE SUISSE SA
|MAX SCHLATTERER GMBH & CO. KG
|MIQUEL Y COSTAS
|MUDANIANG HENGFENG PAPER CO. LTD
|NANYANG BROTHERS TOBACCO CO. LTD.
|NICOS GLEOUDIS KAVEX S.A.
|PARVOMAY BT AD
|PERTEN INSTRUMENTS AB
|PHILIP MORRIS USA – AN ALTRIA COMPANY
|PHILIP MORRIS USA – AN ALTRIA COMPANY
|PROCESS SENSORS CORP
|PT ARGHA KARYA PRIMA INDUSTRY TBK
|PUSHI INTERNATIONAL LTD
|RIEDEL FILTERTECHNIK GMBH
|SAGAER GROUP LTD
|SCHUR STAR SYSTEMS GmbH
|SENZANI BREVETTI S.P.A SENZANI GROUP S.R.L
|SUNSHO PHARMACEUTICAL CO. LTD
|TEWS ELEKTRONIK GMBH & CO. KG
|TIAN HE TOBACCO INT’L HK CO. LTD
|TOMRA SORTING NV
|TRIERENBERG HOLDING AG
|TRIERENBERG HOLDING AG
|UAB ‘NEMUNO BANGA’
|UNITED TOBACCO COMPANY
|UNIVERSAL LEAF TOBACCO COMPANY
|ZHEJIANG YOUFENG PACKING MATERIAL CO LTD
Exhibitor list accurate as at 1 March 2015
For further updates please see
March 13th, 2015 — Current Issues, Regulations: FDA etc., Science, Snus, Snuff & Alternative Products in US Markets, tobacco, Tobacco Harm Reduction
Opinion: Modify the Risk, Enhance the Future
In late November, I saw something I never thought they’d see: The New York Times printed a story about a tobacco company without its usual vitriol and animosity. The story, “A Lesser Warning? Maybe,” detailed the efforts of Swedish Match to “do something that no (tobacco) company has done before: spur a reshaping of American tobacco policy and regulation, and the conventional wisdom around it.
By submitting copious filings for review and analysis, Swedish Match is requesting that the FDA allow it to market its snus products as ‘modified risk tobacco products.’ ” The article goes on to say that Swedish Match is in some ways paving the way for other tobacco companies and other tobacco products to provide evidence that their products promote tobacco harm reduction.
Swedish Match needs to be applauded for taking this unprecedented step, incurring significant costs and investing other resources in this endeavor. Also, the FDA needs to be acknowledged for taking the filing seriously and for going on the record, as Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) director Mitch Zeller has, in supporting methods that permit cleaner, less harmful methods of nicotine delivery.
If this strategy with the FDA is successful and it results in Swedish Match being allowed to market and sell its snus products with packaging and labeling stating that its products are less harmful than other forms of tobacco, then we will have reached a watershed moment in the tobacco industry.
An Important Move
Many of us in the industry have known for a long time that there is a continuum of risk among tobacco products. The FDA’s CTP has acknowledged this. Unfortunately, few other important groups made the acknowledgment—primarily public health groups, federal and state legislators and certain academics and researchers who have historically made their reputations and their incomes attacking, restricting and seeking to ban tobacco of all shapes, sizes and types.
For them it makes no sense to admit to anything with respect to tobacco, much less that some forms are less harmful than others. But despite the critics, there are also reasonable and responsible health organizations and professionals who recognize that modified risk is well worth the effort.
So this raises the question: Why is this move by Swedish Match so important to the industry? It’s important for a number of reasons.
First, it highlights what it never hurts to state: that there are responsible tobacco companies who want to work with legislators and regulators when it’s appropriate. The modified-risk category was established in 2009’s Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The fact that it was written into the legislation, then passed and signed, demonstrated that many in Congress and some in the administration had an appreciation that modifying tobacco risk was both achievable and worthwhile. It’s a sentiment clearly shared by Swedish Match, its directors and management.
Second, it offers every tobacco company an opportunity to seriously consider this route for one or some of its products. We all know that the tobacco trade has worked hard in other areas at the behest of legislators, notably in the area of restricting sales to minors, responsibly paying our taxes and, within reason and within the law, labeling and marketing our products. Continuing to research and develop ways to modify the harm associated with tobacco and nicotine delivery is yet another way to show our willingness to remain responsible and relevant.
Finally, it also makes sense that distributors and retailers look at these products as they come to market and commit to stocking and merchandising them. Companies willing to commit resources to securing FDA approval for their modified-risk tobacco products deserve the support of the entire supply chain.
There is no question that the tobacco landscape had changed irrevocably over the past five years. And there is certainly no question that many more changes are imminent. Companies such as Swedish Match are on the forefront of many of these changes. Other new products and new technologies are also on the market, and many more are promised down the line.
It’s an exciting time to be in the tobacco business, despite the rules, regulations, restrictions and roadblocks around the category. But it’s exciting only as long as we in the industry are willing to invest resources and support those who do.
If we are willing to do this right, it won’t just be Swedish Match who receives the positive New York Times coverage—it just might be the entire new, improved tobacco industry.
December 16th, 2014 — Current Issues, Electronic Cigarettes, General, Regulations: FDA etc., Science, Snus, Snuff & Alternative Products in US Markets, Tobacco Harm Reduction
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Vapor Tobacco Manufacturing LLC (“VTM”) announced the launch of the first certified organic e-liquids for the vapor industry — eTron® 3T™. VTM’s organic products have been certified organic under the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program. As certified organic products, VTM’s e-liquids carry the familiar USDA Organic Seal.
VTM has launched its organic e-liquid in two different tobacco flavors, American Blend and Virginia Blend. Both flavors are offered in full and light strengths (Red and Gold). VTM also offers organic menthol (Green). VTM’s certified organic liquids are sold in child resistant 15 ml glass bottles as well as in pre-filled eTron® 3T™ disposable e-cigarettes.
VTM’s eTron® 3T™ organic products will formally debut to the trade at the January Tobacco Plus Expo in Las Vegas, NV (http://www.tobaccoplusexpo.com).
VTM plans to soon add responsible, adult-friendly flavors, also in certified organic form.
VTM’s certified organic e-liquid is made using a patented process. This patented process uniquely allows for the manufacture of organic e-liquid because conventional e-liquids typically rely on ingredients that are not organic. In contrast, VTM’s tobacco e-liquids are made from just three ingredients: organic tobacco, organic glycerin and water.
VTM’s Virginia Blend, is made from organic flue cured tobacco. VTM’s American Blend, is made from a blend of organic tobaccos.
Founder and inventor Tom O’Connell commented: “We are proud to launch the first certified organic e-liquid for the vapor market. Vapor consumers have not had an organic choice until now.
“Moreover, our organic product offers the most natural tobacco flavor in the vapor industry. It tastes like tobacco because it is made from tobacco – certified organic tobacco.
“Having been in the vapor industry for years and before that in cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, I know that flavors like caramel are substituted for real tobacco flavor in e-liquids. Vape shops often rotate smokers through a series of different flavors – simply because none of the available flavors actually fit the tobacco taste that the smoker is looking for. For adult smokers who are looking for tobacco satisfaction from vapor, our eTron® 3T™ liquid is the answer. They’ll know the difference from the first puff.”
Joseph Fuisz, co-founder and Member, commented: “Vapor innovation has focused on incremental device improvements while the actual e-liquid consumed has not materially changed apart from provenance – the move from Chinese to US and European-made liquids. Moreover, strong vapor category growth has masked the relatively low conversion rate for smokers who try vapor. The vast majority of smokers do not stay with vapor and the principal reason is the poor acceptance of product taste. It is precisely this market – the adult smoker looking for vapor alternatives – that eTron® 3T™ organic e-liquids are geared to. Certified organic eTron® 3T™ e-liquid is a dramatic step forward for the vapor industry.
“The USDA Organic Seal is regulated by federal law and limited to organic products that are independently certified to meet USDA’s strict organic criteria. We proudly carry the USDA Organic Seal on our products as our promise to customers – that our products are made from the finest organic ingredients. eTron® 3T™ represents the finest quality in e-liquids and delivers great tobacco satisfaction to the US vapor community. In addition, our e-liquids are similarly certified organic for the European market – and thus entitled to carry the European organic leaf logo. We are looking for European distributors as a result.”
Jay Kusma, director of c-store accounts, stated: “I am very proud to bring eTron® 3T™ to our lead convenience store accounts. This industry first organic product has a taste profile that is superior to anything available on the market today. It is a major step forward for customers, and we are offering a compelling value proposition for consumers and our chain store partners.”
VTM’s products will initially be sold under the eTron® and 3T™ (True Tobacco Taste) trade names. VTM will entertain private label requests for a select number of large accounts subject to completing the organic certification process for such additional brands. Vapor store accounts will be serviced by Global Vapor Corporation, Ft Lauderdale Florida. Convenience store accounts will be serviced by US Vapor Corporation, Jupiter Florida. www.truetobaccotaste.com
November 12th, 2014 — Current Issues, General, prices, Retail Cigarette Brand Prices Around the World
Philly Merchants Hurt by New Cigarette Tax
$2-per-pack tax to fund schools has many customers driving to the suburbs.
November 11, 2014
PHILADELPHIA – In an article this week, Philly.com profiled local business owners who have been hit hard by the city’s new tax on cigarettes. According to some retailers, cigarette sales are down 80% since October 1 when a $2-per-pack tax went into effect, with funds designated to help the city’s public schools.
“Right now we’re not making [any] money at the corner stores,” retailer Ray Martinez, who owns Ray’s Food Market in West Philly, told the news source. Merchants in his part of the city have been hit particularly hard, as his location is only a few minutes from the city line, so customers can easily drive to neighboring Delaware County to save money.
A pack of Newports that cost $6.35 prior to the tax is now $9.05. A carton is now almost $88, up from about $64, said the merchant. The decrease in tobacco business is also having a ripple effect on the rest of his business. Many local merchants are left wondering what the tax’s collateral damage will be on their livelihoods.
Merchants and related industries such as wholesalers have criticized politicians for not considering the financial implications of the tax on merchants who compete with retailers in the suburbs. While city revenue officials won’t know the actual impact of “border bleed” and smoking cessation on the cigarette-tax revenue, estimates assumed about 13.8 million fewer packs would be sold in the city in the first full fiscal year of the tax.
So far, the tax has already been a boon for stores in neighboring Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery counties, as retailers see an increase in customers hoping to avoid paying the higher prices in Philadelphia, particularly more customers buying in bulk.
November 5th, 2014 — Current Issues, Electronic Cigarettes, Regulations: FDA etc., Science, Snus, Snuff & Alternative Products in US Markets, Tobacco Harm Reduction
Reminder to Register for FDA Workshops on E-Cigarettes
Three public meetings will cover the issues of e-cig manufacturing, marketing and impact on public health
Published in Tobacco E-News
In September, the FDA announced a series of three public workshops to gather scientific information and provide a forum for discussion about electronic cigarettes and the public health. The public can attend the workshops in person or via live webcast. If you want to attend the workshops in person or by webcast, you must register by submitting a request no later than November 25, 2014, on https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CTP-December-Workshop
The first workshop will be held December 10-11, 2014, in Washington, DC and the agenda will include e-cigarette scientific studies, packaging, labeling of components and ingredients, and environmental impacts. The second will cover the topic of the health effects of e-cigarettes on individuals and the third workshop will focus on the health impact of e-cigarettes on the population as a whole.
December Workshop Agenda
For the December e-cigarette workshop, the FDA lists five topic areas for consideration by speakers and panelists. Those topic areas include the following:
Device Design: This topic area will cover: (1) the potential risks of different kinds of e-cigarettes (disposable sealed e-cigarettes vs. refillable tank-type e-cigarettes), (2) the potential for e-cigarettes to be manipulated by the consumer, (3) how the design of an e-cigarette modifies the delivery of nicotine, (4) the possible material hazards with e-cigarettes, (5) the current battery standards for e-cigarettes, and (6) the methods for measuring e-cigarette performance over time.
E-Liquid and Aerosol Constituents: This topic area focuses on: (1) the chemical composition of e-liquids, (2) the reasons for choosing one ingredient over another if both have the same characteristics (e.g., propylene glycol v. glycerin), (3) the stability of e-liquids and how does storage and packaging affect e-liquids, (4) the methods to measure and control impurities in e-liquids, (5) the chemical constituents of the e-cigarette vapor inhaled and exhaled, and (6) the existence of ingredients in e-liquids that increase toxicity levels in the vapor/aerosol.
Interactions of Device Design, E-Liquids, and Aerosol: This topic area will involve questions about: (1) whether interchangeable parts increase product risk, (2) whether refillable e-cigarettes are a greater risk to users compared to disposable, closed system e-cigarettes that use sealed e-liquid cartridges, (3) whether there are maximum temperatures that should not be exceeded for e-cigarette materials, batteries and heating elements, (4) whether there is a maximum power/wattage rating for heating e-liquids, (5) what design features and manufacturing standards are needed to minimize risk to users and non-users (e.g., risk of explosion, leaking e-liquids), and (6) what are the quantitative and qualitative relationships between the chemical content in e-liquids and the chemical make up of e-liquid vapor/aerosol.
Packaging and Labeling: This topic area highlights two subjects including: (1) whether packaging methods minimize or eliminate risks such as accidental exposure to e-liquids or choking to users and non-users, including young children, and (2) do e-cigarette/e-liquid labels include a list of ingredients, hazards, and expiration dates.
Environmental Impact: The final topic area includes questions on: (1) the environmental impact of manufacturing e-cigarettes compared to manufacturing traditional cigarettes, (2) the impact of manufacturing e-liquids on the cultivation of tobacco plants, (3) how are e-cigarettes disposed (e.g., recycled or disposed as regular trash), (4) whether e-cigarettes have components that could be considered to be hazardous waste, and (5) the methods available to reduce environmental waste from e-cigarette use.
The FDA indicates that the scientific information obtained through the workshops will not be utilized as a part of the process to finalize the agency’s proposed deeming regulations since the public comment period for the deeming regulations ended on August 8. Rather, the FDA intends to use the scientific information obtained through the workshops to carry out its authority to regulate e-cigarettes with potential additional regulations at some time in the future.
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