THAILAND AND VIETNAM: Regulations Review
Despite higher taxes and strict regulations on packaging and marketing as well as political instability (in the case of Thailand), Thailand and Vietnam’s tobacco industries saw positive results in 2013 and are determined to continue this winning streak in 2014.
Thailand’s sole manufacturer and distributor of tobacco, the Thailand Tobacco Monopoly (TTM), reported an outstanding performance in the 2013 fiscal year with net revenue
With e-cigarettes becoming increasingly popular among consumers, the electronic cigarette market developing at breakneck speed and given the fast-growing number of companies offering a vast variety of products to answer this snowballing demand, it would not be an exaggeration to say that the explosion in e-cigarette popularity caught nearly everyone by surprise. Industry leaders, public health advocates, researchers, and governments have been struggling to reach a decision whether or not e-cigarettes warrant regulations, and if yes, how best to establish and implement them. What is becoming very apparent, however, is that electronic cigarettes are treated very differently in various parts of the world.
Moisture meters (or moisture analyzers, if you will) are crucial tools in practically every step of tobacco processing. From whole leaf in the green leaf threshing (GLT) or primary all the way down to testing cigar fillers, expanded tobacco, reconstituted sheet tobacco, final blend, or inpack moisture, their applications are extraordinarily broad. For that reason alone, moisture meters must be easy to install, calibrate, and operate – besides delivering reliable measurements, of course.
Before a new tobacco product can be launched, it must have undergone thorough testing for a large number of parameters. These include – but are not restricted to – overall chemical composition, potentially toxic substances created during combustion, CO/CO2 levels, particle sizes and masses in smoke or aerosol, puff volume, puff duration, drawing frequency (and related to this, burning rates, i.e. how long one cigarette lasts), and a pleth- ora of others. But even long-established products are