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Archive for October, 2013

Iggesund’s parent company in top 100 sustainable businesses index

Iggesund’s parent company in top 100 sustainable businesses index

October 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

Holmen, the forest industry group to which Iggesund Paperboard belongs, has been rated as one of 100 world leaders in business sustainability. The United Nation’s Global Compact has set up a new global stock index (Global Compact 100 – GC 100) that takes into account the sustainability of a business and its financial performance. Holmen […]

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Ten-fold hike in tobacco retailer fees

Ten-fold hike in tobacco retailer fees

October 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most retailers in Ireland are to be forced to pay fees increased by ten-fold if they want to keep selling tobacco products, according to a story in The Irish Examiner. As part of budget 2014, Finance Minister Michael Noonan will tell shop owners he is increasing the fee from €50 to €500, though slightly lower […]

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Scots to go it alone on standard packs

Scots to go it alone on standard packs

October 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

The Scottish government has said that it will press ahead with plans to require that cigarettes are sold in unattractive packs, according to a story in The Times. It is understood that Scottish ministers want cigarettes to be sold in standardized packs along the lines of those found in Australia. Since Dec. 1, Australia has […]

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BMA cries foul over e-cigarettes

BMA cries foul over e-cigarettes

October 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

Medical leaders have urged Scotland’s Celtic and Rangers football clubs to reconsider their links with an e-cigarette company amid concerns that such links will damage efforts to reduce smoking, according to a story by Lyndsay Buckland for The Scotsman. Last month the E-lites brand said it had become partners with Celtic, allowing its products to […]

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Breathing kills

Breathing kills

October 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

The air people breathe is laced with cancer-causing substances and should be classified as carcinogenic to humans, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) cancer agency said last week, according to a Reuters News story. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) cited data indicating that in 2010, 223,000 deaths from lung cancer worldwide resulted from […]

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PMI’s 3Q shipments down by 5.7 percent

PMI’s 3Q shipments down by 5.7 percent

October 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

Philip Morris International’s cigarette shipment volume during the third quarter, at 223,124 million, was down by 5.7 percent on that of the third quarter of 2012, 236,531. Shipments were down in all of its regions: in Latin America and Canada by 0.2 percent from 24,007 million to 23,957 million; in the EU by 5.2 percent […]

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Advertising ban to be enforced in Kerala

Advertising ban to be enforced in Kerala

October 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has pledged that his state will soon put a stop to the advertising of tobacco products in line with India’s Tobacco Control Act 2003, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. A directive seeking enforcement of the advertising provisions of the act […]

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Cut taxes in half? No, get rid of them

Cut taxes in half? No, get rid of them

October 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

What is going on? A day after the U.K.’s Institute of Economic Affairs suggested that tobacco taxes should be halved, a report from India indicates that the Bihar state government has decided to make tobacco tax-free. According to a OneIndia.com story, the Bihar government’s decision has made a “complete mockery” of the anti-tobacco drive on […]

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Tobacco tax rise a ‘tokenistic penalty’

Tobacco tax rise a ‘tokenistic penalty’

October 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Anti-tobacco activists in Ireland have condemned as inadequate the latest tobacco duty rise of 10 cents, according to a story in Northern Ireland’s Belfast Telegraph. The Irish Cancer Society accused the government of applying a “tokenistic penalty,” according to the Telegraph, and the Heart Foundation branded the increase a missed opportunity. The increase was less […]

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Tobacco smoking ban amendment tabled

Tobacco smoking ban amendment tabled

October 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Bulgaria’s Socialist Party, part of the ruling coalition, has tabled an amendment to the Health Act that would ease the ban on tobacco smoking in enclosed public places, according to a Novinite story. The draft amendment has been signed by nine Socialist members of parliament in a move that is seen in some quarters as […]

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