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Archive for May, 2013

Altria to host investor day presentation

May 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

Altria is due to host a webcast at www.altria.com of its Investor Day in New York presentation from about 09.00 hours to about 12.00 hours Eastern Time on June 11. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will feature presentations by Altria’s chairman and CEO, Marty Barrington, and other members of Altria’s senior management […]

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Move to relax Bulgaria’s smoking ban

May 29, 2013 | Comments (0)

Bulgaria seems once again to be questioning whether it should transform its enclosed-public-places tobacco-smoking ban into a restriction, the Focus News Agency has reported. At present, the proposal seems little more than an idea thrown up by MP, Spas Panchev, though, according to the Focus report, Panchev claims to have the support of Prime Minister […]

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France set to announce vaping bans

May 29, 2013 | Comments (0)

The French government could be set to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and the workplace, according to a story in The Local Europe. Sales of electronic cigarettes are said to be booming in France and the country’s Health Minister, Marisol Touraine, was expected yesterday to be handed a report that puts […]

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Andhra Pradesh growers oppose FDI and arrival of multinationals

May 29, 2013 | Comments (0)

The Andhra Pradesh Flue-cured Virginia Tobacco Growers’ Association has decried an Indian government proposal to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in the domestic tobacco industry, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The association believes that such a move would undermine the domestic industry. In a petition to […]

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Big drop in Israel’s smoking incidence

May 29, 2013 | Comments (0)

The incidence of smoking in Israel dropped by 2.9 percentage points in one year: between 2010-2011 and 2011-12, according to a story by Dan Even for Haaretz. This figure is based upon surveys conducted by the Health Ministry’s Center for Disease Control, which is required to submit an annual report on the state of smoking […]

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Romanian smokers plan to quit en masse

May 29, 2013 | Comments (0)

More than 56 per cent of Romanian smokers are planning to quit their habit in the coming year, according to a story by Irina Popescu for the Romanian Insider, quoting a study conducted under the European Commission’s campaign, Ex-smokers Are Unstoppable. The study showed that 80 per cent of Romania’s smokers believe willpower would be […]

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Iggesund’s UK biomass plant opened

May 29, 2013 | Comments (0)

Iggesund Paperboard’s new biomass plant at Workington, England, was yesterday inaugurated in the presence of the board of directors of the Holmen Group, the forest industry group to which Iggesund Paperboard belongs. When the CHP (combined heat and power) plant came online in March, the company’s paperboard mill at Workington switched its energy source from […]

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Ireland embraces plain packaging

May 28, 2013 | Comments (0)

Ireland may become the second country to require standardized packaging for cigarettes, reports the Kildare Nationalist. Health Minister James Reilly announced government approval for his controversial plans, which he hopes to have enacted early next year. Plain packaging made its global debut late last year in Australia. An Irish retail group cautioned the move would […]

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EU tobacco directive opposition mounts

May 28, 2013 | Comments (0)

Bulgaria has formally backed Greece in its opposition to some of the revisions proposed by the EU Commission at the end of last year to the Tobacco Products Directive, according to a Bulgarian News Agency story quoting a press note issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food. Both countries produce leaf tobacco – mainly […]

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EU tobacco directive proposals fall short of regulatory best practice

May 28, 2013 | Comments (0)

The Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) undertaken by the European Commission on its proposed revisions to the 2001 Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) is not sufficiently robust when reviewed from the perspective of regulatory best practice, including the Commission’s own guidelines for RIA’s, according to Oxera, an economics consultancy, in a report commissioned by Japan Tobacco International […]

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