Archive for March, 2013

FDA goes back to the drawing board after warnings legal battle abandoned

FDA goes back to the drawing board after warnings legal battle abandoned

| March 20, 2013

The US government has abandoned its attempts to require cigarette manufacturers to include on their products the big graphic warnings designed by the Food and Drug Administration, according to a number of news reports. The FDA introduced its graphic warning requirement in 2011, but some of the country’s cigarette manufacturers successfully sued on the grounds […]

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Relighting cigarettes more prevalent in difficult economic times

Relighting cigarettes more prevalent in difficult economic times

| March 20, 2013

Researchers at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, US, have found that a trend of smokers relighting cigarettes is related to economic factors, according to a Science Daily story. The results of the study by the researchers were given at a poster presentation during the 19th Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine […]

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Ban on cigarette sales ignored

Ban on cigarette sales ignored

| March 20, 2013

Shops in the Saudi Arabian city of Makkah (Mecca) are selling tobacco products despite a ban by local authorities, according to a story in the Saudi Gazette quoting local residents. In fact, residents said more than 80 percent of shops in the city’s Al-Otaibiyah neighborhood sold cigarettes. The residents said that the ban was not […]

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International Women’s Day marked

International Women’s Day marked

| March 20, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s business in Morocco this month celebrated the contribution made by its female employees with an event to mark International Women’s Day. About 80 women who work for Société Marocaine des Tabacs (SMT) were invited to attend the event hosted by general manager, Paul Leggat, and his senior managers. Women currently make up about […]

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Swedish Match to hold AGM

Swedish Match to hold AGM

| March 20, 2013

Swedish Match is due to hold its annual general meeting of shareholders at 16.30 hours Central European Time on April 25 at the Hotel Rival, Stockholm. The board of directors is proposing a dividend increased to SEK7.30 per share. The proposed record date for entitlement to receive a cash dividend is April 30.

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Banning smoking by the back door

Banning smoking by the back door

| March 19, 2013

The South African government will issue regulations this week aimed at restricting tobacco smoking outside public buildings, according to an iafrica.com story quoting a statement by Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi Speaking at a World Health Organization meeting on non-communicable diseases, Motsoaledi said smokers gathered outside buildings in which the use of tobacco was prohibited and […]

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Indonesians to be penalized and ‘educated’ over lifestyle choices

Indonesians to be penalized and ‘educated’ over lifestyle choices

| March 19, 2013

The deputy governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, has said that the Jakarta Health Card will not be available to people who do not take care of their health, according to a Tempo Magazine story. Exclusion from the free health care program will be made on the grounds, for instance, of smoking, drinking alcohol and […]

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India’s cigarette consumption returns to growth in 2011-12 with four per cent rise

India’s cigarette consumption returns to growth in 2011-12 with four per cent rise

| March 19, 2013

Cigarette consumption in India during 2011-12, at 116,166 million, was increased by 4.19 per cent on that of 2010-11, 111,487 million, according to a Times of India story. During 2009-10, domestic cigarette consumption was 111,860 million, 0.33 per cent higher that of 2010-11. These figures were presented in a written reply to India’s lower house, […]

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Additional P6 billion ‘sin tax’ revenue to benefit Filipino tobacco farmers

Additional P6 billion ‘sin tax’ revenue to benefit Filipino tobacco farmers

| March 19, 2013

Tobacco farmers and their families would soon reap the fruits of the passage of the Philippines’ Sin Tax Law as an additional P6 billion was being earmarked for the promotion of their welfare under this year’s budget, according to a story in the Manila Bulletin quoting Senator Franklin Drilon. Drilon said the additional funding, which […]

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Star looks to license tobacco technology after exiting tobacco manufacturing

Star looks to license tobacco technology after exiting tobacco manufacturing

| March 19, 2013

Star Scientific yesterday reported net sales for the year ended December 31 of $6.2 million, up from $1.2 million during 2011. The company said that sales of its Anatabloc® dietary supplement constituted the vast majority of its total sales for 2012. Star reported a net loss of $22.9 million for 2012, compared with a net […]

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Lung groups call for Sweden to quit smoking, but not snus, by 2025

Lung groups call for Sweden to quit smoking, but not snus, by 2025

| March 18, 2013

Sweden should follow New Zealand’s declared intention of phasing out smoking completely by 2025, according to a story in The Local quoting the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper. In an opinion piece published in the DN, four authors representing lung cancer groups in Sweden argued that a total ban on smoking would ‘prevent many human tragedies’ […]

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Vapers fearful of being forced back into hands of tobacco trade

Vapers fearful of being forced back into hands of tobacco trade

| March 18, 2013

Electronic cigarette advocates believe that a proposed bill would make way for tobacco companies to start ‘regulating vapor shops’ in Oklahoma, according to a report by Heather Hope for News 9. ‘Those who’ve kicked the habit with the help of tobacco free electronic cigarettes say they are once again being targeted by “big tobacco”,’ the […]

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North American employment market discriminates against smokers

North American employment market discriminates against smokers

| March 18, 2013

North American employers are increasingly discriminating against smokers, but some groups, including a non-smokers’ rights association, believe that penalizing smokers is not the right way to go, according to a Canadian Television report. The report said that an increasing number of businesses, including Ottawa-based Momentous Corp, stipulated ‘non-smokers only’ on their job postings. “Everyone knows […]

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Teens smoking less in Washington state

Teens smoking less in Washington state

| March 18, 2013

Teenagers in Washington state, US, are using tobacco and alcohol at lower rates than in previous years but are feeling more depressed and suicidal, according to a story by Greg Allmain for the Federal Way Mirror quoting findings from the state’s Healthy Youth Survey. The survey is administered by the Department of Health (DoH) every […]

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Supreme Court ruling puts tobacco on back foot in Engle progeny cases

Supreme Court ruling puts tobacco on back foot in Engle progeny cases

| March 15, 2013

Philip Morris USA has said it plans to seek further review following yesterday’s decision by the Florida Supreme Court in the Douglas case. In a 6-1 decision, the court reaffirmed its 2006 ‘Engle’ case ruling that decertified a class action but allowed former class members to file individual lawsuits (the so-called Engle progeny cases) and […]

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Unrelenting efforts to curb smoking but half a million more people take to habit

Unrelenting efforts to curb smoking but half a million more people take to habit

| March 15, 2013

Despite Thailand’s unrelenting efforts to curb smoking, the number of Thai smokers has risen by half a million to 13 million during the past four years, according to a Modernine TV report quoting Health Department director general, Jedsada Chokdamrongsuk. The Health Department on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Thai Health Professional Alliance […]

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Young Australians smoking less

Young Australians smoking less

| March 15, 2013

A new portrait of young Australians shows they are better educated and smoking less than they were, but it shows also that they are increasingly overweight, using illicit drugs and drinking at risky levels, according to a story by Rachel Browne for the Sydney Morning Herald. Public health pioneer, Fiona Stanley, described the report, The […]

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Coupled tobacco subsidies decried

Coupled tobacco subsidies decried

| March 15, 2013

The European Public Health & Agriculture Consortium (EPHAC) has said that it is disappointed by the European Parliament’s approval of subsidies coupled to tobacco production. ‘Tobacco should not have a place in the 2014-2020 EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP),’ it said. ‘With this move, the European Parliament wants to inject taxpayer’s money into a toxic […]

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Death’s-head killing duty-free sales

Death’s-head killing duty-free sales

| March 15, 2013

The requirement that a death’s-head symbol has to appear on all cigarette packs sold in Bahrain could cost Bahrain Duty Free (BDF) 20 per cent of its profit this year, according to a Gulf Daily News story. BDF is currently not able to sell duty free cigarettes at the airport because international tobacco companies are […]

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JT’s market share 60 per cent in February

JT’s market share 60 per cent in February

| March 15, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during February, at 8.6 billion, was down by 3.2 per cent on its February 2012 volume, 8.9 billion, which itself was increased by 0.3 per cent on that of February 2011, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. Volume during the 11 months, April 2012-February 2013, […]

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Imperial one of best employers in Poland

Imperial one of best employers in Poland

| March 15, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s business in Poland has been named one of the country’s best employers for the third year in a row. The Top Employers Certificate is awarded to those organisations that demonstrate best practice. It is presented on the basis of a detailed survey of HR policies and practice at a number of leading businesses […]

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Quitting smoking via the vaping route

Quitting smoking via the vaping route

| March 14, 2013

Electronic cigarettes can help wean some smokers off traditional cigarettes and stop them relapsing, according to researchers at the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, US. The researchers conclude that tobacco control practitioners must pay increased attention to the importance of the behavioral and social components of smoking addiction. ‘By […]

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Breaking the code of lower deliveries

Breaking the code of lower deliveries

| March 14, 2013

Tobacco manufacturers seem to have evaded the ban on misleading descriptors that convey reduced health risk messages, according to researchers at the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Center for Global Tobacco Control, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, US. Under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA), the Food and Drug […]

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MSA dispute resolution sees US tobacco manufacturers in credit

MSA dispute resolution sees US tobacco manufacturers in credit

| March 14, 2013

US tobacco manufacturers are due to receive huge credits in respect of their 10-year dispute over Master Settlement Agreement payments. Philip Morris USA said yesterday that the arbitration panel in the pending Non-Participating Manufacturer (NPM) adjustment proceeding had issued a Stipulated Partial Settlement and Award that would allow the settlement agreement reached in December to […]

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PMI declares quarterly dividend

PMI declares quarterly dividend

| March 14, 2013

The board of directors of Philip Morris International yesterday declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.85 per common share, payable on April 12 to shareholders of record as of March 28. The ex-dividend date is March 26.

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