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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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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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