Archive for February, 2013

New director appointed for US FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products

New director appointed for US FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products

| February 25, 2013

The US Food and Drug Administration is replacing the head of its tobacco governance group with a former associate commissioner with ties to an anti-smoking advocacy group and a pharmaceutical company, according to a story by Richard Craver for the Winston-Salem Journal. Mitch Zeller J.D. is due to become director of the Center for Tobacco […]

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Parliamentarians ignore their own law on banning smoking in public places

Parliamentarians ignore their own law on banning smoking in public places

| February 25, 2013

Five laws banning tobacco smoking in public places have been introduced during the past 10 years only to be largely ignored by Greek smokers; so the government has vowed to impose yet another crackdown, according to a story in the Greek Reporter quoting a Kathimerini newspaper report. The Health Ministry’s general secretary, Christina Papanikolaou, has […]

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Unified Patent Court will ensure uniform applicability of patent law

Unified Patent Court will ensure uniform applicability of patent law

| February 25, 2013

The international agreement for establishing a Unified Patent Court (UPC), which was signed last week in Brussels, is expected to ensure the uniform applicability of patent law throughout the EU’s signatory countries. According to a press note issued on behalf of the EU Council, the new court will avoid the occurrence of multiple court cases […]

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Fight breaks out over extent of illicit tobacco trade in Ireland

Fight breaks out over extent of illicit tobacco trade in Ireland

| February 25, 2013

Ireland’s revenue commissioners have rejected as inaccurate a survey claiming that the consumption of illicit cigarettes in the country rose to 28.2 per cent during 2012, up from 24.5 per cent during 2011, according to a story by Marie O’Halloran for the Irish Times. The commissioners said the survey did not distinguish between illicit products […]

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Government prepares for JT shares sale

Government prepares for JT shares sale

| February 25, 2013

The Japanese government is expected to offer for sale 333,333,200 of Japan Tobacco Inc’s common stock, according to a press note included on JT’s website earlier today. This secondary offer comprises 141,666,600 international and 191,666,600 Japanese shares. However, the final decision on the number of shares to be offered will be made by the shareholder, […]

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New Brazilian marketing deal agreed

New Brazilian marketing deal agreed

| February 25, 2013

NewCo and Tabacos Venus (previously Interfumos) have signed a co-operation agreement for the marketing of all of the Brazilian tobaccos contracted by Tabacos Venus. Interfumos changed its name to Tabacos Venus when it started negotiating to sell its factory at Venâncio Aires. The name of the factory’s new owner is due to be announced shortly, […]

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