China Kangtai Cactus Biotech Inc. (OTCBB:CKGT.ob - News) (the “Company”), a vertically integrated grower, developer, manufacturer and marketer of a variety of cactus-based products in China, announced today that preliminary samples of its new “Tai Shan Sheng Chao” cigarette have been co-developed by China Tobacco Shandong and China Kangtai Cactus. The new cigarette products primarily target the Russian market.
"Russia has more smokers than any other country according to a recent World Health Organization (WHO) report, presented to the Russian health ministry on Tuesday. The WHO survey, conducted in 2009, found that Russia has 43.9 million smokers, which makes up 40 percent of the population. The survey also revealed that 60 percent of Russian men and 22 percent of Russian women smoke. The WHO survey was conducted as part of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control that Russia joined in 2008."
A healthier cigeratte should appeal to a segment of this smoking population, especially if the russian govt tries to discourage rampant smoking in youth.