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Archive for July, 2013

Assam moves to ban all chewing tobacco

July 25, 2013 | Comments (0)

Assam Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has tabled a bill in the state assembly seeking to outlaw the manufacture, storage, sale and consumption of all smokeless tobacco products within the state. The bill, if passed, would likely be the first in the country to cover all chewing tobacco products. As much of […]

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PM USA’s cigarette volume down sharply in second quarter despite share increase

July 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

Philip Morris USA’s domestic cigarette shipment volume during the three months to the end of June, at 33,819 million, was down by 6.7 percent on that of the three months to the end of June 2012. Marlboro shipments fell by 7.2 percent to 29,119 million; shipments of other premium brands fell by 10.9 percent to […]

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FDA maintains glacial pace on menthol

July 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has set the stage to restrict—or possibly ban—menthol cigarettes on the grounds that they are more appealing to new smokers, more addictive to longtime smokers and pose a greater threat to the public’s health than do unflavored cigarettes, according to a story by Melissa Healy for the Los Angeles […]

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More Andhra farmers turning to tobacco

July 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

Farmers in the Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh, India, are gearing up for a major shift from chickpea to flue-cured tobacco production, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Such a shift, it is said, would nullify recent efforts to restrict flue-cured growing. Tobacco sowing in the district […]

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Graphic health warnings? No fear

July 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

The introduction of standardized packaging in Ireland will not force smokers to quit their habit nor prevent smoking initiation, according to Patrick Basham, who co-authored The Plain Truth: Does Packaging Influence Smoking? Writing in The Irish Times, Basham, who directs the Democracy Institute and is a Cato Institute adjunct scholar, took aim at both the […]

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Although … on the other hand …

July 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

Ministers in the U.K. government now have “no excuse” to delay plans to require cigarettes to be sold in standardized packs, according to a story in the electronic Telegraph quoting health campaigners. The campaigners were basing their claim on the results of a study that found that tobacco sold in standardized packaging was “less appealing” […]

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… but then again

July 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

British American Tobacco’s Australian unit has disputed the findings of a cancer charity’s study that standardized cigarette packaging lowers the appeal of cigarettes and increases the desire to quit, according to a Bloomberg News story. Australia’s introduction of standardized packaging legislation had had “no noticeable impact on legal tobacco sales in the first six months,” […]

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Promotions aimed at Chinese students

July 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

Anti-smoking activists have condemned an advertising campaign that offers junior and senior high school graduates discounts on buying packs of cigarettes at graduation celebrations in Jiangxi Province, China, according to a story in the Global Times. The Chinese Association on Tobacco Control has said that it has reported the campaign to central government authorities. Co-organized […]

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Imperial Canada in train disaster relief

July 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

Imperial Tobacco Canada said yesterday it had made a $10,000 donation to the Salvation Army to support the charity’s emergency and disaster services for the community in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. On July 6, a train carrying oil exploded in this small lakeside town, killing more than 50 people. “Our thoughts have been and continue to be […]

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ITG gives equipment to IT Schools Africa

July 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

The Imperial Tobacco Group has donated more than 300 computer monitors and a number of laser printers to a charity that helps schools in Africa. IT Schools Africa took the equipment away following Imperial’s move from its former head office in Bristol, U.K., and has distributed it to schools in Zimbabwe. Imperial’s new global head […]

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