Archive for June, 2013

Russia to raise excise by 50 per cent

Russia to raise excise by 50 per cent

| June 24, 2013

The Russian Ministry of Finance plans to raise tobacco tax by about 50 per cent to bring it closer to European levels, according to an RT Business story quoting Izvestia. The World Health Organization has suggested Russia needs a seven-fold increase in tobacco tax by 2020. According to draft legislation, the excise duty on filter […]

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Tobacco growing providing much-needed employment in Palestinian villages

Tobacco growing providing much-needed employment in Palestinian villages

| June 21, 2013

In recent months the Palestinian Authority (PA) has begun clamping down on tobacco farmers who package and sell hand-rolled cigarettes around the villages, accusing them of being involved in the illicit trade, according to a story by Noah Browning for Reuters. The PA has even begun arresting some workers. ‘While the government maintains that building […]

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Anti-tobacco efforts failed in Quebec

Anti-tobacco efforts failed in Quebec

| June 21, 2013

The Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control would like to see ‘governments’ follow Australia’s lead by introducing plain packaging for cigarettes, according to a blog posted by Richard Deschamps on the CJAD website. The coalition’s Flory Doucas was quoted as saying that the brand name should be written on the bottom of the pack in a […]

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EU’s tobacco plans upset representatives of US tobacco states

EU’s tobacco plans upset representatives of US tobacco states

| June 21, 2013

The EU faces fierce opposition from Kentucky’s Republican Senator, Mitch McConnell, over its efforts to amend its Tobacco Products Directive, according to a Dow Jones story. In a sharply worded letter, the Senate minority leader has warned the EU its proposed restrictions on tobacco marketing would violate international trade rules and harm trade relations with […]

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Quit-smoking drug’s benefits outweigh the risks: New Zealand government

Quit-smoking drug’s benefits outweigh the risks: New Zealand government

| June 21, 2013

The New Zealand government has said that it will continue to fund the quit-smoking drug Champix even though a major New   Zealand study has shown that the drug might be linked to depression and even suicide, according to a story by Brook Sabin for TV3. The government, which has spent almost $35 million subsidising […]

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French smokers face two price increases

French smokers face two price increases

| June 21, 2013

Cigarette prices are due to rise next month, and again in October, according to a SeeNews France story. French health minister, Marisol Touraine, said last week that cigarette prices would increase from July 1 as part of an anti-smoking campaign launched in May this year. Touraine said an increase was agreed at the end of […]

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Imperial gears up for jobseekers

Imperial gears up for jobseekers

| June 21, 2013

Imperial Tobacco has pledged its support for skills and training projects for jobseekers in the Cantabria region of northern Spain. The ‘Conduce tu futuro’ (drive your future) course is designed to help people find commercial driving jobs. Those taking part get lessons to help them gain a commercial vehicle driving licence as well as support […]

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Program aims to recycle 10 million butts

Program aims to recycle 10 million butts

| June 20, 2013

TerraCycle, supported by Imperial Tobacco Canada, is planning this year to collect and recycle more than 10 million used cigarette filters this year, according to a Canada Newswire story. TerraCycle and Imperial partnered last year in an innovative program to recycle the butts, inner foil, outer wrap, unused tobacco, ashes and other elements that comprise […]

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High smoking incidence among doctors

High smoking incidence among doctors

| June 20, 2013

About 43 per cent of smokers in the autonomous Kurdistan region of Iraq are males aged from 15 to 25, according to a story by Salih Waladbagi for the Kurdish Globe, quoting figures from a survey conducted by the Zhian Health Organization (ZHO). The survey found, too, that about 18 per cent of the women […]

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Support for e-cigarette regulation

Support for e-cigarette regulation

| June 20, 2013

E-Cig Cavern (E-CC) is supporting the decision by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to regulate all nicotine-containing products. In a press note issued through PRNewswire, the company said it strongly supported greater controls on the production and sale of electronic cigarettes, some of which were produced in factories where health and […]

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Focusing on tobacco in the Philippines but keeping a wary eye on illicit trade

Focusing on tobacco in the Philippines but keeping a wary eye on illicit trade

| June 20, 2013

The Philippines-based LT Group is to look to its core businesses of tobacco and liquor for further growth, according to a story in The Philippine Star. “We will focus on our core business and fully capitalize on our market leadership position to benefit from the strong demand in growth in consumer-focused businesses,” the group’s president, […]

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Revised TPD a ‘balanced compromise’

Revised TPD a ‘balanced compromise’

| June 19, 2013

The Irish Presidency of the EU says that its revised version of the European Commission’s proposed Tobacco Products Directive is ‘a balanced compromise that should be agreeable to the majority of the member states’. The Presidency is proposing a reduction in the combined picture and text warnings for cigarettes, roll-your-own and water pipe tobacco from […]

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Call for tobacco prohibition in Norway

Call for tobacco prohibition in Norway

| June 19, 2013

The Norwegian Heart and Lung Patient Organization, LHL, has called for Norway to become tobacco-smoke free, according to a story in The Nordic Page. LHL’s secretary general, Frode Jahren, was quoted as saying that now was the time to face up to the fact that smoking killed, and so prohibit the sale and importation of […]

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Smoking decline continues in US

Smoking decline continues in US

| June 19, 2013

The prevalence of tobacco smoking in the US fell from 18.9 per cent in 2011 to 18.0 per cent in 2012, according to estimates based on data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey and previous surveys. Smoking fell from 24.7 per cent in 1997 to 20.9 per cent in 2005, and from 20.6 per […]

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Alliance reports increased tobacco sales

Alliance reports increased tobacco sales

| June 18, 2013

Alliance One International’s sales and other operating revenues during the year to the end of March, at $2,243.8 million, were increased by 4.3 per cent on those of the previous year. Tobacco sales were up by $94.1 million, primarily due to higher green costs caused by smaller crops in African countries and Brazil in respect […]

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Vapers encouraged to lobby MEPs

Vapers encouraged to lobby MEPs

| June 18, 2013

SKYCIG, a UK electronic cigarette provider, has set up a website to help vapers write to their MEPs (members of the European Parliament) and oppose proposed changes to the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). One of the European Commission’s proposed changes to the TPD would effectively emasculate the electronic cigarettes now on sale in the […]

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PMI awaits jurisdiction ruling in Uruguay bilateral investment treaty litigation

PMI awaits jurisdiction ruling in Uruguay bilateral investment treaty litigation

| June 18, 2013

Philip Morris International expects a decision to be made this month or next on a challenge by Uruguay as to whether an international tribunal set to hear bilateral investment treaty complaints has jurisdiction over the matter. In 2010, three Philip Morris International companies (PMI) initiated international arbitration proceedings against Uruguay under the Uruguay-Switzerland Bilateral Investment […]

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Imperial’s US employees driving support for Oklahoma tornado victims

Imperial’s US employees driving support for Oklahoma tornado victims

| June 18, 2013

Imperial Tobacco employees in the US are helping to raise funds to support families in Oklahoma affected by last month’s devastating tornado. And Commonwealth – Altadis has pledged to match the donations made by its employees to the American Red Cross Oklahoma Disaster Relief Fund. The idea came from Bonnie Marks, fleet supervisor in Travel […]

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Shisha smokers behind bars

Shisha smokers behind bars

| June 17, 2013

Police in Rawalpindi have arrested 15 shisha smokers around the city following a crackdown on smoking in public places, according to a story in the Daily Times. And it seemed that the 15, if found guilty, would be going to jail. According to the Times’ story, the Lahore High Court had ordered the provincial government […]

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No receipts for smoking fines

No receipts for smoking fines

| June 17, 2013

Some police officers in the Indian city of Bengaluru are being ‘over-zealous’ in enforcing a ban on tobacco smoking in public places, according to a story in the Deccan Chronicle. The paper said there had been complaints that some people had been made to pay Rs500, more than twice the Rs200 stipulated under the law. […]

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Jail and fines for contraband offences

Jail and fines for contraband offences

| June 17, 2013

The owner of a beauty salon in Kenmore, Washington state, US, is to serve time in federal prison for selling contraband cigarettes sourced from Vietnam, according to an Associated Press story. It wasn’t stated how long Han Bui would be spending in federal prison, but she has been ordered by US district judge John C. […]

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E-cigarette seizures increasing

E-cigarette seizures increasing

| June 17, 2013

If consumption levels of banned products reflect seizures of those products, then consumption of electronic cigarettes in Singapore is increasing despite the ban there, according to a story by Poon Chian Hui for the Straits Times. In the first five months of the year, Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority seized 2,428 electronic cigarettes, whereas, during the […]

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Swedish government capitulates on snus

Swedish government capitulates on snus

| June 17, 2013

The Swedish government sees no hope of overturning the-near EU-wide sales ban on snus and so will concentrate on protecting the right to sell the product in Sweden; the only country where it isn’t banned, according to a Reuters News story quoting the Minister for Children and the Elderly, Maria Larsson. Sweden pushed for the […]

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Tobacco executives go electronic

Tobacco executives go electronic

| June 17, 2013

Tony Scanlan has been appointed to the newly-created role of CEO at the UK-based electronic cigarette manufacturer and distributor, Gamucci. In a press note, the company said that Scanlan had a strong background and reputation in the traditional tobacco industry, having spent 17 years with Rothmans International in a number of senior roles, including strategic […]

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Vintage cigars go under the hammer

Vintage cigars go under the hammer

| June 17, 2013

Last week saw £312,000 of vintage cigars and cigar-related lots sold at C.Gars’ eighth auction at Boisdale Canary Wharf, London. “Ninety-five per cent of the 347 Lots were sold, most above estimate,” said managing director, Mitchell Orchant. “It was one of the largest cigar auctions in the world, to date.“There was also a lot of new […]

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