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Archive for December, 2012

Forty per cent sales drop in Macau

Forty per cent sales drop in Macau

December 27, 2012 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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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