Archive for October, 2012

‘tis plain the brains fall mainly in Spain

‘tis plain the brains fall mainly in Spain

| October 4, 2012

Teams from two factories in Spain have won places in the final of an Imperial Tobacco competition to test the company’s manufacturing employees on their safety, quality, environmental and product know-how. More than 2,000 employees from 43 of Imperial’s factories worldwide have been competing in the Global Safety Pin contest, the grand final of which […]

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FCTC proposals threaten to increase poverty among African leaf producers

FCTC proposals threaten to increase poverty among African leaf producers

| October 3, 2012

The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has warned against full implementation of the world Health Organization’s recommendations on tobacco control, according to a story in the Nairobi Star. The WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is aimed, directly or indirectly, at reducing tobacco growing, and KAM’s CEO, Betty Maina, said that such proposals should be […]

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Electronic cigarettes’ quit credentials have been demonstrated

Electronic cigarettes’ quit credentials have been demonstrated

| October 3, 2012

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR), a proponent of the ‘quit or die’ approach to smoking cessation, is misleading the public about the hazards of electronic cigarettes, according to Elaine Keller, president of The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA). In a press note released through PR Newswire, CASAA said that a recent ANR press […]

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Modest approach to tackling smuggling

Modest approach to tackling smuggling

| October 3, 2012

Spain’s proposed budget includes a measure to reduce further the tobacco allowances for certain categories of people arriving from Gibraltar, according to a story by Brian Reyes for the Gibraltar Chronicle. The budget, which is still to be debated and approved by parliament, would cut the number of cigarettes that frontier workers and residents of […]

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BAT maintains industry leadership of Dow Jones sustainability index

BAT maintains industry leadership of Dow Jones sustainability index

| October 3, 2012

British American Tobacco p.l.c. has maintained its position as industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. According to a company press note, the company achieved an overall score of 88 per cent to remain on both the World and Europe indexes for an 11th year in a row. ‘The Dow Jones Indexes have earned […]

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Irish groups call for 90 per cent tax on cigarettes and manufacturing fee

Irish groups call for 90 per cent tax on cigarettes and manufacturing fee

| October 2, 2012

The Irish Cancer Society and the Irish Heart Foundation want the tax on cigarettes to be increased from 79 per cent to 90 per cent, according to an Irish Times story relayed by the TMA. In a submission to the Department of Finance, the organizations claimed that the tax increase would generate €150 million a […]

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Removing additives a risky business

Removing additives a risky business

| October 2, 2012

Finlandseems to be wrestling with the question of how to ban tobacco flavors on the grounds that they make cigarettes more risky than they would otherwise be without implying that the resulting unflavored cigarettes carry a reduced risk. A recent Esmerk Finnish News story quoted the Finnish National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health as […]

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Cigarette taxes hurting but not working

Cigarette taxes hurting but not working

| October 2, 2012

Higher cigarette taxes may be hurtingNew York’s low-income smokers financially rather than making them more likely to quit, according to an ABC report quoting the results of a new survey by researchers at RTI International. The survey, which looked at more than 13,000 people living in New York state, found that some lower-income smokers spent […]

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PM to invest in leaf processing in Malaysia but to halt manufacturing

PM to invest in leaf processing in Malaysia but to halt manufacturing

| October 2, 2012

Philip Morris (Malaysia) is to invest RM70 million at its Seremban tobacco processing plant to double its capacity, according to a Bernama News story relayed by the TMA and quoting the company’s managing director, Tarkan Demirbas. But it is to discontinue cigarette manufacturing inMalaysiaprimarily due to increasing costs and the country’s high levels of smuggling. […]

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Rwanda bans public-places smoking, limits private tobacco production

Rwanda bans public-places smoking, limits private tobacco production

| October 2, 2012

In a unanimous vote, the Rwandan Senate last week passed a tobacco control bill first tabled in parliament on June 10, 2010, according to a story in The New Times. The bill prohibits tobacco smoking in enclosed public places, including restaurants and bars, though the owners and managers of those venues may provide smoking areas […]

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Tobacco sales ban in North Darfur leaves farmers with no livelihood

Tobacco sales ban in North Darfur leaves farmers with no livelihood

| October 2, 2012

Tobacco farmers from North Darfur, Sudan, have asked the Islamic Fiqh Academy to find them an alternative livelihood following its prohibition of tobacco sales, according to a Radio Dabanga report. The farmers were quoted as saying that four million people inDarfur were dependent on the cultivation and sale of tobacco. They claimed that tobacco had […]

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Question raised about manufacturer liability for health care costs

Question raised about manufacturer liability for health care costs

| October 1, 2012

The European Commission has been asked whether or not it is to include in its proposal for the revision of the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive manufacturer liability for the financing of all health care costs arising from tobacco consumption. The proposed revisions are due to be made public before the end of the year. In […]

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Bill seeks to replace Bulgaria’s smoking ban with restrictions

Bill seeks to replace Bulgaria’s smoking ban with restrictions

| October 1, 2012

Two Bulgarian MPs tabled on September 28 a bill of amendments to the Health Act that would repeal the country’s ban on tobacco smoking in indoor public spaces and certain outdoor areas, according to a Sofia Globe story. The ban went into effect on June 1. The bill’s authors, Kiril Goumnerov and Stoyan Ivanov, who […]

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Record first day of flue-cured sales on Karnataka’s auction floors

Record first day of flue-cured sales on Karnataka’s auction floors

| October 1, 2012

Karnataka’s flue cured prices touched Rs140 per kg, a record high, on the first day of auctions, according to a story in The Hindu published on Friday. “This is an all-time high in the history of tobacco auctions in Karnataka,” the chairman of the Tobacco Board, G. Kamala Vardhana Rao, was quoted as saying. “The […]

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JTI could seek refund of £50 million Gallaher price-fixing fine

JTI could seek refund of £50 million Gallaher price-fixing fine

| October 1, 2012

Japan Tobacco International is expected to ask theUK’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to refund a £50.3 million fine imposed on Gallaher following allegations that it was involved in a price-fixing cartel, according to an Electronic Telegraph story. In 2010, the OFT fined a number of tobacco companies and retailers a total of £225 million […]

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