Inside Manila’s big tobacco expo

MANILA, Philippines- Manila played host to one of Asia’s biggest meet-and-greet events for the tobacco industry this year, ProTobEx Asia.

Sprawling displays of cigarettes, cigarillos, cigars, e-cigarettes, hookahs and pipes filled a massive tent in the Philippine International Convention Center from March 15-17.

International audience

Manufacturers, retailers and brands from 26 countries as far as Panama, Poland, Armenia, Egypt, and Spain came to Manila.

Most brands were looking to expand their reach.

Some were in search of Philippine distributors, like one brand offering clove cigarettes that the US banned in 2009 as part of the US Food and Drug Administration’s regulation against flavored cigarettes that appeal to children.

With its relatively weak regulatory environment, Southeast Asia is considered one of the largest markets for the international tobacco industry.

Smoking left and right

Attendees puffed cigarettes in the aisles, sampling brands.

FREE SAMPLES. Cigarette, cigar and cigarillo samples were passed out freely in the venue.

FREE SAMPLES. Cigarette, cigar and cigarillo samples were passed out freely in the venue.

Heavily made-up women stood by booths to pass out cigarettes and even light them.

ATTRACTIVE ADVERTISING. In many of the booths, young saleswomen attend to customers.

ATTRACTIVE ADVERTISING. In many of the booths, young saleswomen attend to customers.

Entrants to the expo signed a form upon entering, accepting that there would be smoking in the venue. The expo hall in the government-owned center was considered a smoking area.

This was despite the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 specifically prohibiting smoking in certain common spaces including, public conveyances and public facilities, like conference halls.

An anti-smoking advocate from the non-government organization HealthJustice voiced concern that “there are a number of laws that direct smoking bans in specific public places, both indoor and ourdoor, but gaps are being abused.”

PUFFING AWAY. Attendees freely smoked amidst the expo displays.

PUFFING AWAY. Attendees freely smoked amidst the expo displays.

The latest styles and innovations

The latest flavors were offered not only for cigarettes, but also electronic cigarettes and hookah, a type of Eastern waterpipe.

HOOKING NEW AUDIENCES ON HOOKAH. Hookah has gained popularity outside of its native India and the Middle East but has yet to catch on widely with Filipino consumers.

HOOKING NEW AUDIENCES ON HOOKAH. Hookah has gained popularity outside of its native India and the Middle East but has yet to catch on widely with Filipino consumers.

A range of tobacco products targeting women were on display. There were packs holding ultra skinny cigarettes, others printed with designs aiming to capture the glamor by showing female icons like Marilyn Monroe, and still more with subtle colors and designs on the filter.

As a 2011 article from The Economist points out, “tobacco firms see growth potential in the region’s (Southeast Asia’s) low rate of women smokers.”

In the piece Vikram Pathania of the London School of Economics said, “Across Southeast Asia fewer than 1 in 4 women smoke, compared with about 40-70% of men. This is a much bigger gap than in Africa and Latin America.” Already, in the Philippines, cigarettes are sold in small “lipstick packs” that not only appeal to spend-conscious consumers, but to those who want to channel the glamor of high-end cosmetics as well.

REPROCESSING. These steams and small tobacco pieces can be turned into cigar wrappers using new technological innovations.

REPROCESSING. These steams and small tobacco pieces can be turned into cigar wrappers using new technological innovations.

Those in the industry were able to see and benefit from the latest innovations in packaging and processing. These included even the recycling of tobacco leaves to give pieces of the tobacco plant that aren’t initially used a second life as cigar wrappers or as additional ingredient in other cigarettes. Reforming the unused stems and other parts of the plant is reportedly gaining popularity among large manufacturers because it saves them more money.

Warm welcome for tobacco unwelcome to advocates

Despite the welcome messages in the ProTobEx brochure from President Aquino and Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, for some anti-tobacco advocates, hosting the event felt like a step backwards.

2,000 cancer victims, health advocates, parents and students came out to protest the first day of the exposition on March 15.

RALLY. Protestors carried banners and wore shirts saying "No deal with the tobacco industry" and "smoking kills" to protest holding the large tobacco exposition in Manila. Photo courtesy of Action for Economic Reforms.

RALLY. Protestors carried banners and wore shirts saying “No deal with the tobacco industry” and “smoking kills” to protest holding the large tobacco exposition in Manila. Photo courtesy of Action for Economic Reforms.

Dr Rachel del Rosario, Philippine Cancer Society executive director said, “This is a national public health disaster, with new tactics and strategies targeting our women and youth. The ProTobEx/Intertabac 2012 expo itself, are looking to expand product choices to include more flavored and smokeless cigarettes, attractive packaging, shrouded in a ‘harmless’ marketing and promotion event that should not be tolerated by our country.”

“Manila was selected as the venue for the first ProTobEx Asia event after months of in-depth research into potential locations throughout Asia for a number of compelling reasons. The Philippines has a vibrant tobacco industry,” the ProTobEx website read.

The statement may have appealed to those in the industry but appalled anti-tobacco advocates.

At least 1 in 4 Filipinos, or 28.3% of the population aged 15 years old and over, smoke tobacco, according to The Philippine Global Adult Tobacco Survey conducted in 2009 by the World Health Organization.

6,575 Asians die every day from tobacco-related deaths according to Bungon Rithiphakdee the director of the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA). – Rappler.com

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World Tobacco Middle East 2012

April 02 – 03, 2012 | Dubai, Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE. World Tobacco Middle East 2012 is returning to Dubai and is the only tobacco industry event in the growing Middle Eastern market. With the increase in volumes of tobacco consumption in the millions.

Tobacco Board stall opened at world expo

The Tobacco Board’s stall at World Tobacco Middle East-2012 which began in Dubai on Monday was declared open by Sanjay Varma, Indian Consul General to Dubai.

Tobacco Board Chairman G. Kamalavardhan Rao, liaison officer K. Kaladhar and Rajender Singh Bisht, Under Secretary of Ministry of Commerce, and tobacco industry representatives G.B. Rajasekhar (Indian Tobacco Association treasurer), Mittapalli Umamaheswara Rao, Tadisetty Murali Mohan, Tadisetty Venkata Rao, K. Ramakrishna were among those present.

The stalls at the premier tobacco event which showcases unmanufactured tobacco, tobacco products and machinery from around the world, included those of leading Indian exporters like M/s Sopariwala Exports, M/s Bommidala Enterprises and M/s Tej Ram Dharam Pal.

On the occasion, Mr. Sanjay Varma interacted with the Indian exhibitors and assured them of all possible assistance for boosting exports of tobacco and its products to the UAE.

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Lawsuit Aims To Protect Promotion and Sale of Legal Tobacco Products

Trade associations and seven tobacco manufacturers team to fight tobacco ordinances.

(csdecisions.com) – On Tuesday, Feb. 14, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets Inc. (NATO), the Cigar Association of America Inc. (CAA), along with Lorillard Tobacco Co., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., American Snuff Company, Philip Morris USA Inc., U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Manufacturing Co. LLC, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Brands Inc. and John Middleton Co., filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. Federal District Court in Rhode Island, seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary and permanent injunctions against the enforcement of two tobacco-related ordinances adopted on Jan. 5, 2012 by the Providence, Rhode Island City Council.

One of the ordinances bans adult consumers from redeeming tobacco product coupons and also prohibits retailers from offering certain promotionally priced tobacco products, such as “buy-one, get-one free” offers.  The second ordinance bans the sale of virtually all flavored cigars, smokeless tobacco and pipe tobacco products in the city.  Both of these ordinances are scheduled to take effect on March 1, 2012.

“The ordinances raise serious federal and state constitutional questions while also being pre-empted by federal and state laws,” said NATO President Andrew Kerstein.

Regarding these two ordinances, the lawsuit seeks a judgment declaring, among other things, that (1) the ban on coupons and promotionally priced tobacco products as well as the prohibition on the sale of flavored tobacco products, are an unconstitutional violation of both the U.S. Constitution and the Rhode Island Constitution, (2) the ordinances are pre-empted by federal laws regulating tobacco products, and (3) the ordinances are void because the city failed to give the mandatory 48-hour public notice of the meeting at which the ordinances were adopted.

The lawsuit asserts that the anti-promotion ordinance is unconstitutional because it limits the ability of retailers and manufacturers to communicate tobacco product prices to adult consumers and is pre-empted by federal law because the ordinance attempts to regulate the advertising and promotion of cigarettes.  Also, the ordinance violates the Rhode Island Constitution because it improperly attempts to regulate tobacco retailers, an authority which is reserved exclusively to the state.  In addition, the city was required to give at least 48-hours public notice of the upcoming adoption of the ordinance, but the city provided only 29-hours prior public notice.  This failure to give the proper public notice invalidates the ordinance.

The second ordinance, relating to flavored tobacco products, is unconstitutional because it severely limits how retailers and manufacturers may describe the taste or aroma of their tobacco products to consumers.  The right of Free Speech extends to commercial speech that encompasses product descriptions in advertising.  This ordinance is also pre-empted by federal law.  In addition, as with the first ordinance, this ordinance violates the Rhode Island Constitution by adopting licensing requirements that are the exclusive province of the state.  Just like the first ordinance, the City of Rhode Island failed to provide the minimum 48-hours prior public notice; for this reason also, the second ordinance is invalid.

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Tobacco Outlets Expo Las Vegas April 2012

Nato Show
Start Date: 24-APR-12     End Date: 26-APR-12
Industry: Agriculture & Forestry
Organizer: National Association of Tobacco Outlets, Inc.
Nato Show is a breakthrough international event dedicated to the tobacco industry. It is an ideal platform to meet with top retailers and wholesalers of tobacco products and smoker accessories….”

EVENT PROFILE

Nato Show is a breakthrough international event dedicated to the tobacco industry. It is an ideal platform to meet with top retailers and wholesalers of tobacco products and smoker accessories. In the event thousands of exhibitors will get a chance to display their products, services and equipments pertaining to tobacco cultivation, leaf supply, tobacco processing and cutting, product presentation and packaging.
Nato Show will present the display of traditional and innovative cigarettes, cigars, pipes, cigarillos, fine cut tobacco, etc and agricultural machinery for tobacco cultivation, aromatic and flavoring substances, adhesives and RYO and MYO papers and packaging machineries and materials. This event highlights the importance of the tobacco industry in the development of domestic economy.

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VISITOR’S PROFILE

The visitor profile of the Nato Show will include manufacturers and suppliers of tobacco and tobacco products and accessories, tobacco cultivators and processors, tobacco merchants, wholesalers and retailers.

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Regal Blend - Danish West Indies is based on the original 200 year-old aristocratic formula from the time when the Danish West Indies were part of the Kingdom of Denmark and the King’s ships brought back tobacco from Caribbean to the Royalty. Under 250 years of Danish rule tobacco was grown, cured and rolled for the pleasure of the Danish aristocracy and now made available for cigar aficionados around the world.

 


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