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Volume 19, Number 2

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10 tobaccoasia / Issue 2, 2015 (May/June) From the Publisher EDITORIAL MASTHEAD Publisher Glenn Anthony John Associate Editor Andrey Medvedev Features Writers Thomas Schmid Nattira Medvedeva Correspondents Chris Bickers (US Leaf) Allen Liao (China) Eric Piras (Cigars) Art Director Somjet Thitasomboon Translations Liao Tian Liang Subscriptions/Administration Malisa Kongkatitum Editorial/Circulation Offices Tobacco Asia c/o October Inter Co. Ltd. Vanit Building 2, Room 1403A 1126/2 New Petchburi Rd. Bangkok 10400 THAILAND Tel (Thailand) +66 2255 6625 Fax (Thailand) +66 2655 2211 © 2015 October Multimedia Co Ltd., TOBACCO ASIA is a quinterly magazine published by October Multimedia Co Ltd in March, May, July, September, and December. Printing and distribution of TOBACCO ASIA is overseen by October Inter Co., Ltd., Vanit Bldg. 2, Room 1403A, 1126/2 New Petchburi Rd., Bangkok 10400 THAILAND. Tel +66 22 55 66 25, Fax +66 26 55 22 11. E-mail: web: This issue is our de-facto "leaf" issue, as we bring you news and features on the leaf business from around the world. First up (on page 56) is "The Tobacco Asia Profile" on AOI (Alliance One International) by Chris Bickers and Thomas Schmid where we learn about their global operations, sustainability programs, and what it takes to buy and sell leaf in the 21st century. Eric Piras, Tobacco Asia cigar correspondent reminds everyone turning their attention toward Cuba and Central America leaf that Asia also has a long history of tobacco growing, including the dark air-cured used in cigars, dark cigarettes, and pipe, chewing and smokeless tobacco products (see page 52). These features are in addition to leaf reports from Zimbabwe, Malawi, Canada, and Namibia. The Hauni group has been quite active with equipment news and updates. In this issue we feature Hauni's Smart Monitoring System (page 34), Decoufle's Nano-C cigar maker (page 38), Hauni's Laserport (page 36), Sodim's Sodiqube (page 40), and Bordwaldt's OMI+ (page 42). As e-cigarettes gain in popularity, some are predicting they will take over traditional tobacco products perhaps as soon as 10 years from now. But hold on there for a second…today something like 99% of all tobacco products (that includes e-cigarettes with nicotine) are consumed in traditional products such as cigarettes and cigars. Sometimes though, the e-cigarette business is a juggernaut, omnipresent, what with all the attention and news it receives. We need to face facts…e-cigarettes aren't for everyone; and traditional tobacco products will continue to hold their own most likely well beyond 10 years from now. Let there be science not ideology when it comes to e-cigarettes. Although studies show e-cigarettes have not been studied for long, thanks to the decades of research on tradi- tional tobacco products, scientists know where to look and what they are looking for. And e-cigarettes continue to get good marks health wise, comparatively speaking (to traditional cigarettes). Take a look at the story by Nattira Medvedeva (page 20) and see where e-cigarettes rank on nitrosamines, formaldehyde, passive vaping, and glycerin. Anti-tobacco proponents, purportedly all about "health" should take note that e-cigarettes may provide a much healthier option for some smokers, and that they should cease attempting to destroy this new business. E-cigarette "mania". Our group is the exclusive representative in China and Hong Kong of the exhibition InterTabac to be held Sept 18-20, 2015 in Dortmund, Germany. And, other than three booths of cigar exhibitors, the rest of the scores and scores of exhibitors from China are e-cigarette suppliers. And many of them are unhappy. Why? Because InterTabac 2015 has SOLD OUT completely in record time, and there's no space available and many were unable to secure space. Some of them, as OEM suppliers to the e-cigarette/e-liquids industry though may qualify to participate in InterSupply, the accompanying exhibition to InterTabac dedicated to the manufacturing and supply chain for tobacco and related industries. InterSupply still has limited space available there... for information, contact Emerson at

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