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Archive for February, 2013

Anti-cancer activists go in to bat for smokers over health insurance costs

Anti-cancer activists go in to bat for smokers over health insurance costs

February 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

Big tobacco companies and anti-cancer activists are each opposed to a part of the US’ Affordable Care Act that allows insurance companies to charge smokers 50 per cent more than those who do not use tobacco, according to a piece by Sarah Kliff published in the Washington Post. Cigarette manufacturers say the policy amounts to […]

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Estonian ministries critical of proposed Tobacco Products Directive revisions

Estonian ministries critical of proposed Tobacco Products Directive revisions

February 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

  Estonia’s Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications (MEAC) have criticized the European Commission’s proposed revisions of the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive, according to a story in The Baltic Course quoting LETA/Postimees Online reports. The MEAC has said that the proposed cigarette pack revisions would disproportionately restrict the rights of businesses […]

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Polish conference decries proposed Tobacco Products Directive revisions

Polish conference decries proposed Tobacco Products Directive revisions

February 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

Prohibitive cigarette and alcohol prices encourage the smuggling of these products, according to participants at a recent conference held at Warsaw on the illicit trade across the EU’s eastern border, according to a EurActiv Poland report. The conference, organised by EurActiv Poland with the support of Philip Morris, examined the proposed European Commission’s revisions to […]

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New York Vapefest to be held in March

New York Vapefest to be held in March

February 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

The National [US] Vapers Club is due to hold next month an event to promote research and education for electronic cigarette users while providing a venue for the latest products. According to a PRNewswire story, the New York Vapefest, which was first held in 2010, is billed as a fundraiser and educational forum. It is […]

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Dutch MPs vote to punish small bars for the sins of their bigger counterparts

Dutch MPs vote to punish small bars for the sins of their bigger counterparts

February 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

A small majority of Dutch MPs voted last week for a motion calling for the reinstatement of a ban on smoking in all restaurants, bars and cafés, according to an Expatica story. Small bars and cafés run by their owners and not employing other staff have been exempt since the ban was relaxed in 2010 […]

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LOGIC appoints new executive

LOGIC appoints new executive

February 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

US-based LOGIC Technology has appointed Chris Colónto to its key executive team. In his role as national director of key accounts, Colónto will establish and manage new accounts and oversee existing ones with retailers nationwide. “We’re absolutely thrilled to add such an experienced e-cig category expert to our team,” said Eli Alelov, CEO of LOGIC. […]

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Production up but emissions down at Iggesund Paperboard’s mill

Production up but emissions down at Iggesund Paperboard’s mill

February 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

Iggesund Paperboard’s production of Invercote last year surpassed all previous environmental achievements at its mill at Iggesund, Sweden, the company has reported. Despite record-high manufacturing levels, emissions of environmentally harmful substances were lower than ever before. “In a paper industry, the environmentally harmful emissions, above all to water, are usually proportional to production: that is, […]

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Good opening sales day in Zimbabwe, but it could have been even better

Good opening sales day in Zimbabwe, but it could have been even better

February 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

More tobacco was sold in Zimbabwe on the opening day of this year’s auction sales than on the opening day of 2012’s auctions, but prices were lower and rejects were up, according to a story by Elita Chikwati for the Zimbabwe Herald. The first day’s auctions saw 265,000 kg sold for US$784,000, up from 178,000 […]

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JT’s domestic cigarettes sales during first 10 months up by 9.4 per cent

JT’s domestic cigarettes sales during first 10 months up by 9.4 per cent

February 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during January, at 8.5 billion, was down by 0.8 per cent on its January 2012 volume, 8.6 billion, which itself was increased by 0.9 per cent on that of January 2011, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. Volume during the 10 months, April 2012-January 2013, […]

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One pack of duty-free cigarettes: the line between social justice and its absence?

One pack of duty-free cigarettes: the line between social justice and its absence?

February 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

Israel’s Ministry of Finance is halving the country’s duty-free allowance for cigarettes, which even now is hardly generous. According to a Globes online story quoting the Hebrew daily Ma’ariv, from April, passengers returning to Israel from overseas will be allowed only 125 gm of duty-free tobacco products, equal to one pack of cigarettes. The Israel […]

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