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Archive for September, 2012

Star and Reynolds settle patent dispute

September 25, 2012 | Comments (0)

Star Scientific and RJ Reynolds Tobacco have settled their patent-infringement dispute over a leaf-tobacco curing process used to reduce nitrosamines, according to a Bloomberg News story relayed by the TMA. The financial terms were not disclosed in documents filed yesterday in federal court inGreenbelt,Maryland. The documents stated that the settlement was ‘not an acknowledgement of […]

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Anti-tobacconist calls for licensed tobacco retailers to be slashed

September 24, 2012 | Comments (0)

A leading anti-tobacco campaigner has said thatWestern Australiacould halve its adult smoking rates by slashing the number of retailers licensed to sell tobacco, according to an Australian Broadcasting Corporation report. Health Department figures show almost 4,000 outlets sell cigarettes or tobacco: roughly one for every 450 adults. The head ofAustralia’s Council on Smoking and Health, […]

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Swiss voters reject stricter smoking restrictions, but ‘no’ is not ‘no’

September 24, 2012 | Comments (0)

A proposal to ban special smokers’ lounges and bars has been thrown out by Swiss voters in a nationwide ballot, according to a story by Urs Geiser for Swissinfo. The government welcomed Sunday’s result but vowed to continue anti-smoking efforts. Two out of three voters rejected an initiative by the Lung League aimed at reducing […]

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Petition calls for 2006 tobacco smoking ban to be relaxed in Scotland

September 24, 2012 | Comments (0)

The Scottish government is being urged to review its tobacco smoking ban in indoor, public places in the light of new developments in ventilation and clean air technology, according to a story by Scott MacNab for The Scotsman. The lobby group, Freedom to ChooseScotland, is petitioning members of the Scottish Parliament, raising questions about the […]

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Small particles are big problem for Beijing’s restaurants and bars

September 24, 2012 | Comments (0)

A study conducted by an environmental group has found that second-hand smoke is the single biggest source of indoor air pollution in certain public buildings in Beijing, according to a China Daily story relayed by Tobacco China Online. The Daerwen Nature Quest Agency is said to have surveyed 43 restaurants, bars and Internet cafés in […]

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Tobacco tax revenue fall probably down to anti-smoking measures

September 24, 2012 | Comments (0)

Australia’s tobacco tax revenue during the financial year to the end of June, at A$5.45 billion, was down by 5.9 per cent on the A$5.79 billion that the treasury had estimated in the May budget, according to an Australian Associated Press story relayed by the TMA. Finance Minister, Penny Wong, said the federal government’s anti-smoking […]

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Expanding capacity by 20 per cent at BAT Romania’s Ploiesti plant

September 24, 2012 | Comments (0)

British American TobaccoRomaniaannounced on Thursday that it will spend about €40 million on expanding its manufacturing facility atPloiesti, according to an Economic Daily story relayed by the TMA. The company says that the changes will boost the plant’s production capacity by 20 per cent. BATRomaniawill spend €25 million on construction, which is expected to be […]

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Tax hike hits TTM sales

September 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

Cigarette sales of the Thailand Tobacco Monopoly (TTM) have declined significantly as Thai smokers started rolling more of their own cigarettes in the wake of last month’s tax hike, reports The Bangkok Post. The state-owned tobacco manufacturer expects sales will gradually improve and return to normal in the coming months. Managing Director Torsak Chotimongkol said […]

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Alarm over possible oriental tobacco ban not justified – currently

September 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

Concerns expressed inBulgariaearlier this week about a proposal to ban the production of oriental tobacco within the EU have proved to be unfounded, according to a Novinite story. The misunderstanding arose apparently because oriental tobacco is an aromatic tobacco and the European Commission is known to be considering proposing revisions to the EU’s tobacco products […]

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Cambodia’s tax increase proposals based on ‘confidential’ figures

September 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

Government data show that significant amounts of tobacco are being smuggled out of Cambodiaeach year, according to a story in The Phnom Penh Post quoting health and economics experts. A national tobacco survey from 2011 showed that more tobacco was produced in Cambodia than was consumed there, and much of the difference came from smuggling […]

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