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Archive for December, 2012

Factory workers threaten further protests

December 17, 2012 | Comments (0)

Former workers at a cigarette factory in the Bandarban area of Chittagong, Bangladesh, have threatened to step up their protests on Wednesday if production at the factory has not been resumed by then, according to a story in The Financial Express. About 800 workers have been jobless for the past two months following the closing of Azizuddin […]

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Black and White Camels for Japan

December 17, 2012 | Comments (0)

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it would be launching Camel Black Box and Camel White Box in selected stores across Japan, excluding Okinawa Prefecture, in the middle of January. The new-to-Japan products are said to have excellent flavour balance and smoothness and to be presented in curved packs. Camel Black Box cigarettes deliver 10 […]

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Indonesia urged to apply hefty tobacco taxes – especially to kreteks

December 17, 2012 | Comments (0)

A planned 8.5 per cent increase in Indonesia’s tobacco excise this month would neither push up the price of cigarettes significantly nor reduce the number of cigarette smokers in the country, according to a story in the Jakarta Post. Abdillah Ahsan, a researcher with the University of Indonesia’s demographic center (LDUI), said the number of […]

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Imperial’s cigarette volumes down but fine-cut volumes improve

December 14, 2012 | Comments (0)

Imperial Tobacco’s cigarette volume during the year to the end of September, at 292.5 billion, was down by 3.2 per cent on the volume recorded during the year to September 30, 2011: 302.1 billion. During the same period, fine-cut volume, calculated in cigarette stick equivalents, was increased by 0.4 per cent, from 43.9 billion to […]

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FDA to consider petition on ‘lower risk’ labeling for some products

December 14, 2012 | Comments (0)

A petition filed by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco could represent the boldest step to date in trying to market smokeless-tobacco products in theUSas less harmful alternatives to cigarettes, according to a story by Richard Craver for the Winston-Salem Journal. The US Food and Drug Administration is due to hold a hearing on Monday in which it […]

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JT’s domestic volume down in November but up during April-November

December 14, 2012 | Comments (0)

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during November, at 9.6 billion, was down by 0.8 per cent on its November 2011 volume, 9.7 billion, which itself was increased by 40.0 per cent on that of November 2010, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. Volume during the eight months, April-November, at 79.1 […]

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Race is on for five per cent status

December 13, 2012 | Comments (0)

Could the latest and greatest threat to the tobacco industry come from a race to the bottom by cities and countries competing to have the lowest incidence of smoking? An opinion piece in the South China Morning Post has suggested thatHong Kongcould become the world’s first city to be declared tobacco ‘smoke-free’. Tobacco smoking among […]

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Philippines’ tobacco playing field ‘leveled’ by new sin tax heavy roller

December 13, 2012 | Comments (0)

British American Tobacco said yesterday that it would invest $200 million in the Philippines during the next five years, according to a story in The Manila Bulletin. The company was reported as saying that, following the ratification of a new tobacco and alcohol tax regime on December 11, players in the local tobacco industry could […]

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Cutting coupons cuts quitting

December 13, 2012 | Comments (0)

Tobacco companies’ aggressive coupon marketing tactics could reduce the likelihood that current smokers will quit, according to a PRNewswire press note quoting new research published in an article in Tobacco Control. The report is said to be the first of its kind to illustrate that cigarette coupons have a negative association with smoking cessation. “We […]

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Court denies request to open ‘lights’ case

December 13, 2012 | Comments (0)

Philip Morris USA said yesterday that the Madison County Circuit Court had denied the plaintiffs’ request to reopen the Price ‘Lights’ case. “The trial court correctly recognized that the plaintiffs could not meet their burden of proof to reopen the judgment,” said Murray Garnick, Altria Client Services senior vice president and associate general counsel, speaking […]

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