Archive for December, 2012

New contraband cigarette crack down yielding ‘results’ in Bulgaria

New contraband cigarette crack down yielding ‘results’ in Bulgaria

| December 31, 2012

The measures Bulgaria has taken to fight cigarette smuggling are yielding results, according to a story by Svetla Dimitrova for the Southeast European Times quoting the national Customs Agency. A total of 80 million contraband cigarettes were said to have been seized since the beginning of this year, but there was no mention of whether […]

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Imperial signs new anti-illicit trade agreement with Slovak government

Imperial signs new anti-illicit trade agreement with Slovak government

| December 31, 2012

A new agreement has been signed with the government of Slovakia to strengthen Imperial Tobacco’s continuing joint efforts to tackle illicit trade, the company says. ‘The Memorandum of Understanding with the Financial Directorate of Slovakia builds on existing co-operation and a previous agreement dating back to 2002,’ Imperial said in a note posted on its […]

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Jury still out on whether electronic cigarettes are ‘totally innocuous’

Jury still out on whether electronic cigarettes are ‘totally innocuous’

| December 31, 2012

Electronic cigarettes are less toxic than are traditional cigarettes but it is not possible at this time to say that they are ‘totally innocuous’. This is the view ofRoberta Pacifici, director of the Italy Observatory on Smoking, Alcohol and Drug Use at the National Health Institute, who worked on a recent report by the Italian […]

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Tobacco-industry water projects will help protect against natural disasters

Tobacco-industry water projects will help protect against natural disasters

| December 31, 2012

China’s State Tobacco Monopoly Administration has issued a plan for water resources projects to be carried out by the tobacco industry during 2013-2015, according to a Tobacco China Online story. The plan seeks to increase significantly the number of such projects and to help establish the tobacco industry’s image as a responsible industry. The projects […]

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Happy virtual New Year

Happy virtual New Year

| December 31, 2012

It is highly unlikely that you will be able to get your hands on a bottle of Aalborg Jule Akvavit in time to welcome in the New Year; so here, courtesy of Iggesund Paperboard, is a picture of one, which might bring some virtual cheer. In fact, Aalborg Jule Akvavit is a Christmas aquavit that […]

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In new UK anti-tobacco campaign it’s the cigarette that gets sick

In new UK anti-tobacco campaign it’s the cigarette that gets sick

| December 28, 2012

People in the UK are due to be exposed to a nine-week, £2.7 million propaganda campaign that will focus on a cigarette that develops cancerous tumors. They will be told that 15 cigarettes cause a mutation that can lead to such tumors. The Department of Health (DoH) says that the new theme represents a return […]

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Euromonitor study puts India in sixth spot on world contraband cigarette table

Euromonitor study puts India in sixth spot on world contraband cigarette table

| December 28, 2012

Indiahas become the sixth largest market for contraband cigarettes, according to an Indo-Asian News Service story quoting a Euromonitor study carried out on behalf of Assocham, a tobacco industry lobbyist. The licit cigarette market, which stood at 109 billion in 2006-07, dropped to about 101 billion in 2010-11. In contrast, the duty-evaded segment has grown […]

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China conference registration open

China conference registration open

| December 28, 2012

The TFWA (Tax Free World Association) says that registration is now open for a conference on China to be held at Beijing in March. ‘China’s century: The fast pace of change in China duty free & travel retail’ is due to be held at the Beijing Hotel on March 5-7. Organised jointly by the TFWA […]

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China looks to reduce tobacco farm numbers and planted area

China looks to reduce tobacco farm numbers and planted area

| December 27, 2012

More details are emerging about China’s plans – reported here on December 24 – to crack down on tobacco. The country is looking to reduce the area planted to tobacco along with the number of tobacco farms, ban tobacco smoking in all enclosed public places, and enlarge the warning signs on tobacco packs by 2015, […]

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Korea enjoys tobacco trade surplus

Korea enjoys tobacco trade surplus

| December 27, 2012

The value of South Korea’s tobacco exports increased by 370 per cent during the past 10 years while imports remained steady, resulting in a tobacco trade surplus since 2004, according to a story in The Korea Times. Ninety seven per cent of tobacco exports comprise cigarettes. In 2002, Korea’s tobacco imports amounted to more than […]

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Forty per cent sales drop in Macau

Forty per cent sales drop in Macau

| December 27, 2012

Sales of licit tobacco products are reported to have slumped by as much as 40 per cent in Macau this year as a ‘hefty’ tax increase and anti-smoking campaigns have taken their toll, according to a Macau Daily Times story. The industry, which is expecting a further decline of 10 per cent during 2013, is […]

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Police and customs seize opportunity to learn about tobacco production

Police and customs seize opportunity to learn about tobacco production

| December 27, 2012

Police and customs officials have visited Imperial Tobacco’s fine-cut tobacco factory in Ireland at the invitation of Imperial and as part of ongoing efforts to tackle the illicit trade in tobacco products. ‘To aid them in their investigations, a group of 10 enforcement officers toured the Mullingar plant to see how legitimate tobacco products are […]

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Tobacco land to be given over to cotton production in Bangladesh

Tobacco land to be given over to cotton production in Bangladesh

| December 24, 2012

The government of Bangladesh intends to expand cotton growing at the expense of tobacco production, according to a New Age story. Farid Uddin, a director of the Cotton Development Board (CDB), was quoted as saying that 20,000 ha of the 70,000 ha now planted to tobacco would be given over to cotton cultivation. The government […]

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Tax ‘reform’ will see tobacco farmers and workers lose their livelihoods

Tax ‘reform’ will see tobacco farmers and workers lose their livelihoods

| December 24, 2012

The Philippines’ state-run Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has courses to help tobacco farmers and workers thrown out of their jobs because of the effects of the country’s new tobacco and alcohol regime, according to a story in The Philippines Star. TESDA director general, Joel Villanueva, said in a statement that the agency […]

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Chile moves towards TV smoking ban

Chile moves towards TV smoking ban

| December 24, 2012

Chile seems set to ban tobacco smoking during television programs screened while ‘children may be watching’, according to a story by Charlotte Meritan for I Love Chile. The Chilean Senate has approved a bill changing the national smoking laws and it is now up to the Chamber of Deputies to decide. In addition, the bill […]

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Anti-tobacco plan stops short of graphic warnings and tax increases

Anti-tobacco plan stops short of graphic warnings and tax increases

| December 24, 2012

China is planning to reduce the incidence of smoking in the country from 28.1 per cent, where it stood in 2010, to 25.0 per cent in 2015, according to a Bloomberg News story relayed by the TMA. The plan, reportedly developed with the involvement of the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration, was published byChina’s Ministry of […]

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Finland’s display ban ineffective

Finland’s display ban ineffective

| December 24, 2012

The ban on the display of tobacco products inFinland has not reduced tobacco product sales significantly, according to Esmerk Finnish News story quoting estimates by the Finnish Grocery Trade Association, Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco. However, there has been a trend for tobacco product sales to transfer from big supermarkets to kiosks and […]

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ITC CEO best in India, seventh best in the world: Harvard Business Review

ITC CEO best in India, seventh best in the world: Harvard Business Review

| December 24, 2012

Y. C. Deveshwar, the chairman of ITC Ltd, has been ranked the seventh best-performing CEO in the world. He was so ranked in the January-February issue of the Harvard Business Review (HBR), which gave details of its ‘100 Best Performing CEOs in the World’. Deveshwar ranked first amongst the Indian CEOs featured in the HBR […]

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How far should ‘sin taxes’ extend

How far should ‘sin taxes’ extend

| December 24, 2012

The Indian government is considering the introduction of another tax on tobacco products and alcohol – a so-called ‘sin tax’. According to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter, the designated sin tax would be used to finance part of the health budget during the 12th five-year plan, 2012-2017. The […]

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Tobacco-free generation within reach

Tobacco-free generation within reach

| December 21, 2012

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) believes that it is within theUS’ reach to create a tobacco-free generation. This follows the publication of figures showing that smoking rates declined significantly this year among young people in all three grades interviewed during a recent survey – grades eight, 10 and 12. But CTFK warned that ‘progress […]

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Dutch take to smoking ban – slowly

Dutch take to smoking ban – slowly

| December 21, 2012

About 57 per cent of theNetherlands’ bars and cafés now observe the country’s ban on smoking, up from 51 per cent in the spring, according to a DutchNews story quoting health ministry inspectors. About 61 per cent of discos and 88 per cent of cafés that serve food are now smoke free, the inspectors said. […]

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New tax regime signed into law

New tax regime signed into law

| December 21, 2012

President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines yesterday signed into law a new tobacco and alcohol tax regime that is expected to raise an additional P33.96 billion during the first year of its implementation, according to a story in The Manila Times. Of the total additional revenue, P23.40 billion is set to come from cigarettes and […]

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Tender opens for retail sales in Hungary

Tender opens for retail sales in Hungary

| December 21, 2012

Hungary’s government has published a tender for the retail sale of tobacco, according to an EcoNews story quoting Zsolt Gyulay, chief executive of the National Tobacco Trade Nonprofit. Gyulay told a press conference thatHungary’s parliament had approved a law in September that established a state monopoly over the retail sale of tobacco products from next […]

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Indonesian government taking its time over issuing tobacco regulations

Indonesian government taking its time over issuing tobacco regulations

| December 21, 2012

Health experts and consumer groups are questioning what they see as the Indonesian government’s tardiness in issuing a tobacco regulation, according to a report in The Jakarta Post. The government is required by a law issued in 2009 to impose regulations on tobacco products, but it has not yet done so. The process had become […]

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Some relief from rain for Andhra growers

Some relief from rain for Andhra growers

| December 21, 2012

The Indian state government of Andhra Pradesh has increased the input subsidy for a number of crops, including tobacco, affected by recent flooding, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Chief minister, N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, said in a statement to the Legislative Council that funding for tobacco […]

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