Archive for December, 2012

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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Legal team’s work recognized in Poland

Legal team’s work recognized in Poland

| December 21, 2012

Imperial Tobacco’s legal team in Poland has been named as one of the country’s best in-house legal operations. Companies were asked to rank their legal teams against set criteria with the scores independently verified by the Polish Society of In-House Lawyers and the Association of Corporate Counsel. Imperial was ranked third nationally. The legal team […]

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But you have to worry whether too much minty nutrition could make you obese

But you have to worry whether too much minty nutrition could make you obese

| December 21, 2012

A lot of comments have been made already on the European Commission’s proposed revisions to the tobacco products directive and a lot more will follow, but none has cut to the heart of the matter as incisively as one by Naomi McAuliffe. Writing on the Guardian’s Comment is free page, McAuliffe asks a question about […]

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Forest Christmas card is a cracker

Forest Christmas card is a cracker

| December 21, 2012

Forest’s Christmas card this year combines its usual festive cheer with a light-hearted, seasonal dig at the proponents of plain packaging. The card shows a pile of wrapped presents roasting round an open fire, two of which bear the message ‘Hands off our presents’, a warning that echoes the organization’s high-profile ‘Hands off our packs’ […]

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Commission sticks to ‘quit-or-die’ policy with TPD revision proposals

Commission sticks to ‘quit-or-die’ policy with TPD revision proposals

| December 20, 2012

The European Commission seems once again to have come down in favour of a quit-or-die approach to tobacco consumption, rather than a harm reduction approach. Its proposed tobacco products directive revisions, issued yesterday, leave snus banned outside of Sweden and seek to discourage the use of electronic cigarettes. Many people, including some tobacco control advocates, […]

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BAT buys Creative company to help with evolving harm reduction policy

BAT buys Creative company to help with evolving harm reduction policy

| December 20, 2012

British American Tobacco said today that it had acquired CN Creative Ltd, a UK based start-up company that specialises in the development of e-cigarette technologies intended to offer smokers a less risky alternative to cigarettes. BAT says that CN Creative, which has its own research and development facilities, currently has several e-cigarettes on the market […]

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RAI’s youth tobacco use reduction program attracts strong support

RAI’s youth tobacco use reduction program attracts strong support

| December 20, 2012

Initiatives by Reynolds American Inc. and its operating companies to reduce youth tobacco use and access attracted strong support from delegates at the recent annual conference of the National Foundation For Women Legislators (NFWL) in Atlanta. ‘A team led by Pamela Gorman, a senior manager in RAI public affairs, attended the four-day conference and hosted […]

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Tobacco product directive revision would protect cigarette sales

Tobacco product directive revision would protect cigarette sales

| December 19, 2012

If the European Commission’s revisions to the tobacco products directive are adopted, traditional cigarette sales will be protected from competition by electronic cigarettes. Professor Michael Siegel, of Boston University’s School of Public Health, said in a blog relayed by the TMA that according to a draft copy of the revisions obtained by the author and […]

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