Archive for July, 2013

E-cigarette tax hike abandoned—for now

E-cigarette tax hike abandoned—for now

| July 25, 2013

The Italian government has abandoned a proposed tax hike on electronic cigarettes after fierce opposition from shop owners and consumers, according to a story in The Local Europe, quoting La Stampa. Campaigners successfully argued that the 58.5 percent increase would have threatened about 5,000 jobs and the 2,000 electronic cigarette shops that have opened in […]

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Ice-like menthol sensation retained

Ice-like menthol sensation retained

| July 25, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it is redesigning the packaging of its Pianissimo Icene Crista and Pianissimo Icene Gracia cigarettes. The new designs are due to be rolled out across Japan from late August. The Pianissimo Icene brand, which is described as having a smooth taste and delivering a refreshingly ice-like menthol sensation, is […]

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Assam moves to ban all chewing tobacco

Assam moves to ban all chewing tobacco

| July 25, 2013

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

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

| July 24, 2013

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

FDA maintains glacial pace on menthol

| July 24, 2013

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

More Andhra farmers turning to tobacco

| July 24, 2013

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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