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Archive for November, 2012

Paris wants fewer butts on streets

November 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

Parishas declared war on the billions of cigarette butts littering its streets, according to a WorldCrunch story. An estimated 315 tons of butts are discarded each year on to the French capital’s streets. The problem was exacerbated when smokers were banned from smoking in restaurants, cafés, hotels and other indoor public spaces, at which time […]

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Tobacco tax hikes proposed for India

November 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said recently thatIndiawould benefit from a 50 per cent hike in cigarette prices, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The hike, which would require a 70-120 per cent increase in tobacco taxes, ‘could bring in added revenues to help close the fiscal […]

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Quitters on message

November 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

Text and video messages designed to help people quit smoking can be effective when relayed to the cellphones of quitters. According to a Reuters story based on aNew Zealand study, those attempting to quit and receiving such messages were nearly twice as likely to be successful as those who tried to quit but didn’t receive […]

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Tonino Lamborghini bound for export

November 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

KT&G, which launched Tonino Lamborghini cigarettes on the South Korean market in April, has said it will export 300,000 packs of these premium brand products toHong Kong, according to a Korea Herald story relayed by the TMA. KT&G has been selling the brand in Chinese duty-free shops since September, with a first import order of […]

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Developing countries under-represented at FCTC international meetings

November 20, 2012 | Comments (0)

About 80 countries from the developing world could find themselves unable to afford to send representatives to future meetings of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), according to a story in MNT (Medical News Today). The FCTC is reportedly considering cutting its funding for delegates from poorer countries to attend meetings. […]

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Seoul meeting elects Korean president of FCTC’s Conference of the Parties

November 20, 2012 | Comments (0)

Moon Chang-jin, president of the Korea Health Promotion Foundation, has been elected president of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control’s Conference of the Parties (CoP), according to a Korea Herald story relayed by the TMA. Moon, who was elected during the CoP5 meeting inSeoul,South Korea, last week to succeedUruguay’s Ricardo Varela, will […]

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US consumers warned off e-cigarettes, steered towards pharma products

November 20, 2012 | Comments (0)

The US Department of Health and Human Services has launched a website aimed at offering the ‘best and most up-to-date tobacco-related information from across its agencies’. BeTobaccoFree.gov is said to provide information on tobacco, federal and state laws and policies, health statistics, and evidence-based methods on how to quit. ‘The site’s social media dashboard, “Say […]

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MEP asks to see all provisional versions of the proposed tobacco directive

November 20, 2012 | Comments (0)

The European Commission has been asked to provide the European Parliament with all drafts of the proposed new tobacco products directive. In written questions, the Dutch MEP, Kartika Tamara Liotard, asked, ‘Can the Commission – upholding the principle of Commission transparency – forward to Parliament the new Tobacco Directive or a draft thereof, in the […]

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JT share price boost as government delays selling part of its holding

November 20, 2012 | Comments (0)

The Japanese government has decided to delay selling part of its 50 per cent stake in Japan Tobacco Inc, according to Japan Daily Press and Agence France Presse stories. The decision was taken in the light of turbulent market conditions and next month’s Lower House elections. The government is said to be looking to reduce […]

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Questions over EU Commission’s oriental production intentions will not go away

November 19, 2012 | Comments (0)

The European Commission seems to have missed an opportunity to reassure EU oriental tobacco growers about whether or not they will be allowed to continue to grow oriental tobacco. In September, the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture warned that the Commission, with its proposed revision of the tobacco products directive, intended to ban the use and […]

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