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Archive for June, 2013

Vapers encouraged to lobby MEPs

Vapers encouraged to lobby MEPs

June 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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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