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March 5th, 2010:

Smokefree Innotec, Inc. Fulfills First Order for South Africa

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First published: March 4, 2010

Source: Market Wire

NASHVILLE, TN — (Marketwire) — 03/04/10 — Smokefree Innotec, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: SFIO) ( : or : ) announced today that it is shipping its first order of 19,000 units of smokefree product to Trifactor Distribution and Marketing (TDM) in South Africa.

This initial delivery marks the beginning of the partnership between TDM and SFIO for distribution in Southern Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. The company believes that the extensive distribution knowledge and financial muscle of the group that TDM is part of will maximize SFI’s potential market share in those parts of the world. With Norman Knight at TDM and Directors Viv Hansen (CEO of Brimpharm) and Mehboob Adam (founder of Brimpharm and Zenith Pharmaceuticals) joining SFIO’s international team, Smokefree Innotec’s chairman Evert Wilbrink feels, “that we have the best people we can think of to develop strategies for our product in these overseas markets.”

The Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health has urged the government to keep raising tobacco taxes to make the battle against smoking more effective.

smoking taxFirst published: March 4, 2010

Source: The Standard

The Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health has urged the government to keep raising tobacco taxes to make the battle against smoking more effective.

In an interview with RTHK yesterday, chairwoman Lisa Lau Man-man said though the recent move to limit visitors and returning residents to only 19 sticks of duty-free cigarettes was a positive one, it would be more effective for the government to increase taxes.


Research Report On Chinese Tobacco Industry, 2010-2011 – New Market Report Published

tobacco in ChinaFirst published: March 4, 2010

Source: Companies & Markets

New report provides detailed analysis of the Consumer Goods market

In 2009, Chinese tobacco product industry realized the sales revenue of CNY 443.41 billion, increasing by 13.15% YOY; the growth rate was reduced by 3.13% YOY. By the end of 2009, the assets of Chinese tobacco product industry totaled CNY 494.69 billion, 11.89% increase over 2008; the growth rate dropped by 6.09% YOY. The number of enterprises reached 172 with the YOY growth of 9. The number of employees was 188,800, increasing 16,700 over 2008.
In 2009, the total profit of Chinese tobacco product industry amounted to CNY 62.59 billion, dropping by CNY 5.51 billion YOY.


New 2010 regulation makes all public buildings non air-conditioned eating places and other public places smoke-free and moves Thailand closer to a 100% smoke free country

Thai no smoking signOn February 27th, Minister of Public Health Jurin Laksanawisit signed a new regulation which makes educational centers, banks, religious places, sports complexes, offices, non air-conditioned eating places, outdoor public places including parks and hospitals completely smoke-free. Jurin said the new measures were taken to fulfill Thailand’s obligation to WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) – under which member countries are required to create 100% smoke-free environments, within 5 years of the entry into force of the convention, which falls on Feb 27 this year. Designated smoking rooms will no longer be permitted in any buildings that are public according to Thai law. This applies to every public building, government as well as private throughout Thailand, with the exception of eight international airports in Thailand, where separately ventilated smoking rooms are currently allowed.