Archive for May, 2013

Skeptical response to minimum age rise

Skeptical response to minimum age rise

| May 21, 2013

New Jersey residents have displayed skepticism over the likely effect of proposed legislation that would raise from 19 to 21 the minimum age at which a person could legally buy tobacco products, according to a story by Don E. Woods for the South Jersey Times. Woods quoted two residents. One aged 25, who said he […]

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In Vietnam law makers are law breakers

In Vietnam law makers are law breakers

| May 21, 2013

It was difficult for Vietnam to enforce tobacco control laws because the people who passed those laws also broke them, according to a story in Vietnam Net. At a meeting of the National Assembly’s Committee on Social Affairs, deputy Cuong described smoking in public places as a chronic disease that was never cured. “At the […]

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Welsh government told to act boldly

Welsh government told to act boldly

| May 21, 2013

Campaigners are calling for more legislation to cut the number of adult smokers in Wales because Welsh Health Survey figures have revealed a fall of only one per cent in six years, according to a BBC Online story. Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) said the Welsh government had to take ‘bold action’ in light […]

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Early Burley prices not encouraging

Early Burley prices not encouraging

| May 21, 2013

Selling Zimbabwe’s Burley crop for reasonable farmer prices is proving to be an uphill battle, according to a Zimbabwe Standard story. Statistics from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) showed that 55,499 kg had been sold by Friday, up 83 per cent on last year’s figures. The value of the Burley sold by Friday […]

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Lawyer calls smoking ban “torture”

Lawyer calls smoking ban “torture”

| May 20, 2013

A lawyer who described a smoking ban at health facilities in West Auckland and North Shore, in New Zealand, as cruel and torturous has told a court hospitals need dedicated smoking rooms, according to a story on Radio New Zealand. Smoking has been banned on all Waitemata District Health Board sites since 2009. Two former […]

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Italian ‘tobacco industry’ wants electronic cigarettes taxed and regulated

Italian ‘tobacco industry’ wants electronic cigarettes taxed and regulated

| May 20, 2013

The Italian union of tobacco operators has lodged an appeal with the regional court of Lazio in an attempt to block the sale of electronic cigarettes, according to a story by Marco Tistarelli for the Epoch Times. The Times said the appeal was the latest in a series of steps taken by the ‘tobacco industry’, […]

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Spanish regions oppose EU directive

Spanish regions oppose EU directive

| May 20, 2013

The presidents of five Spanish regions with financial interests in tobacco are joining with tobacco manufacturers, traders and the hospitality sector in opposing proposed revisions to the European Commission’s Tobacco Products Directive, according to a blog at TobaccoRelated.org. Altadis is said to have launched the campaign that is now being headed by the ‘Table of […]

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The smoking show’s over in Tasmania

The smoking show’s over in Tasmania

| May 20, 2013

Tobacco smoking has been restricted at agricultural shows in the Australian state of Tasmania as part of the state governments attempt’s to denormalize smoking, according to a story by Ben McKay for The Examiner. Under new rulings from the director of public health, smoking will be banned in most areas, though show organizers will be […]

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Smoking’s history in Beijing museum

Smoking’s history in Beijing museum

| May 20, 2013

Tobacco smoking restrictions are going to be expanded and enforced in the PalaceMuseum of the Forbidden City, Beijing, according a story by Xie Wenting for the Global Times. In the past, smoking was banned only in areas open to tourists while staff could smoke in their offices. But in the future, both employees and visitors […]

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US health community wrestling with idea of tobacco products’ relative risk

US health community wrestling with idea of tobacco products’ relative risk

| May 17, 2013

Changes in the marketplace have forced the public health community to wrestle with the idea that some tobacco products may pose less of a health risk than others do, according to an Associated Press story quoting the new head of the US Food and Drug Administration’s tobacco control efforts, Mitch Zeller. Speaking at the 98th […]

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JT starts fiscal year with sales rise

JT starts fiscal year with sales rise

| May 17, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during April, at 9.6 billion, was increased by 3.2 per cent on its April 2012 volume, 9.3 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. JT’s market share stood at 60.2 per cent in April and at 59.6 per cent for the full year to the […]

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Property seized from cigarette smugglers

Property seized from cigarette smugglers

| May 17, 2013

Hong Kong Customs recently confiscated property worth $18.5 million that was previously owned by the mastermind of a gang convicted in an illicit cigarette and money-laundering case, according to a 7th Space Interactive story. The case represented the first time that a confiscation order had been granted in respect of a cigarette smuggling conviction. A […]

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Tax stamp forum next month

Tax stamp forum next month

| May 17, 2013

Reconnaissance International is to stage the Tax Stamp forum in Vienna on June 3-5. The forum is said to be the only global event of its kind, bringing together tax and custom authorities, law enforcement agencies, regulators, integrators and more than 30 specialist exhibitors to discuss the issues and problems caused by the illicit trade […]

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Altria declares quarterly dividend

Altria declares quarterly dividend

| May 17, 2013

Altria’s board of directors yesterday declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.44 per common share, payable on July 10 to shareholders of record as of June 14. The ex-dividend date is June 12.

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Vapor Corp sales up in first quarter

Vapor Corp sales up in first quarter

| May 17, 2013

Net sales by the US-based electronic cigarette company, Vapor Corp, during the three months to the end of March, at about $6.4 million, were increased by $1.5 million or 31.1 per cent on those of the three months to the end of March 2012. “The first quarter of 2013 was marked by continued sales growth, […]

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Smoking in the workplace: the bare facts

Smoking in the workplace: the bare facts

| May 17, 2013

A US county’s board of health has used part of the money handed to it under the Centers for Disease Control program, Communities Putting Prevention to Work, to conduct a focus group of exotic dancers. According to Jim Galloway’s Political Insider column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, referencing the Georgia Tipsheet, the website, Cause of Action, […]

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UK shop owner sentenced for selling ‘dangerous’ Jin Ling cigarettes

UK shop owner sentenced for selling ‘dangerous’ Jin Ling cigarettes

| May 16, 2013

A shop owner in Boston, Lincolnshire, has been found guilty of intentionally selling ‘dangerous’ cigarettes in the first case of its kind in the UK, according to a story in the Boston Standard. The man, who was found guilty at Boston Magistrates’ Court of eight offences, including the sale of non self-extinguishing cigarettes, was ordered […]

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New chair elected at US Tobacco Co-op

New chair elected at US Tobacco Co-op

| May 16, 2013

Jimmy Hill has been elected chairman of the board at the US Tobacco Co-operative (USTC) in succession to Albert Johnson, who had served as chairman since 2005. USTC, which is said to be the largest tobacco co-operative in the US, has more than 900 member growers in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. […]

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First phase of trial to US manufacturers

First phase of trial to US manufacturers

| May 16, 2013

US tobacco manufacturers have notched up a significant courtroom victory. According to a note posted on Altria’s website, a unanimous West Virginia jury yesterday rejected all but one of the plaintiffs’ claims in a consolidated trial involving about 600 individual lawsuits against the major tobacco companies. In reaching its decision, the jury also rejected the […]

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Smoke ban stacked odds against casino

Smoke ban stacked odds against casino

| May 16, 2013

A US casino that went bankrupt has acknowledged that preventing its clients from smoking was one of a number of key mistakes it had made in running its business, according to an Asbury Park Press story. But now it has a chance to put things right. The New Jersey Casino Control Commission approved Revel’s reorganization […]

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Universal to webcast results conference

Universal to webcast results conference

| May 16, 2013

Universal Corp is due to webcast at www.universalcorp.com a conference call on May 21 following the release of its results for fiscal year 2013 after market close on that date. The conference call, which will be in listen-only mode, will begin at 17.30 hours Eastern Time and will be hosted by Candace C. Formacek, vice […]

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Shenzhen serious about smoking fines

Shenzhen serious about smoking fines

| May 15, 2013

Smokers who violate tobacco smoking bans in China’s Shenzhen city are likely to face heavy fines in the future. According to a Global Times story, proposed revisions to Shenzhen city’s tobacco control regulations, which were given a public airing yesterday, would see maximum fines raised from Yuan20 to Yuan500. Business owners who failed to stop […]

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Smoking down but cigarette litter up

Smoking down but cigarette litter up

| May 15, 2013

The number of cigarette butts found on UK beaches doubled between September 2011 and September 2012, and the amount of smoking-related detritus rose by 90 per cent, according to an ITV Network report quoting the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) annual study of beach litter, Beachwatch Big Weekend. Overall, litter levels were at their highest level […]

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Smoking shelter a sign of the times?

Smoking shelter a sign of the times?

| May 15, 2013

Workers at Dublin’s Convention Centre are to get a smoking shelter three years after the facility was opened, according to a story by Alan O’Keeffe for the Evening Herald. That such a shelter should be built now is possibly an indication that attitudes to smokers are softening in certain places and in certain respects – […]

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Lorillard declares dividend

Lorillard declares dividend

| May 15, 2013

Lorillard yesterday declared a quarterly dividend on its common stock of $0.55 per share, payable on June 10 to stockholders of record as of May 31.

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