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Archive for December, 2013

Israel signs anti-illegal trade protocol

Israel signs anti-illegal trade protocol

December 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

Israel has joined an international protocol aimed at preventing the illegal trade in tobacco products, according to a story by Judy Siegel-Itzkovich for the Jerusalem Post, quoting the Health Ministry. The country’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, signed the protocol, which is an adjunct to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco […]

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JTI set to match worldwide employee donations to Philippines relief effort

JTI set to match worldwide employee donations to Philippines relief effort

December 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

Japan Tobacco International employees worldwide have been asked to make donations to a fund set up to help the victims of typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines early in November. JTI has agreed to match any donations made by its employees. Typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda as it is known in the Philippines, made landfall there […]

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De Labouchere’s JTI departure unsung

De Labouchere’s JTI departure unsung

December 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

Pierre de Labouchere last week resigned with immediate effect as president and CEO of Japan Tobacco International, according to a story by Mark Kleinman for Sky News. Kleinman quoted a statement issued on Friday by a JTI spokesman as saying that de Labouchere had decided to resign as of December 18. The statement said that […]

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Ploom sales kick off on Japanese website

Ploom sales kick off on Japanese website

December 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

Japan Tobacco Inc. has announced that on-line sales of Ploom vaporizers started today through the Ploom Online Shop operated by JT Creative Service. Originally, the start date for on-line sales had been set as December 12, but it was delayed at the last minute because of technical difficulties. The Ploom vaporizer is a pocket-sized smoking […]

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Start date set for Andhra leaf auctions

Start date set for Andhra leaf auctions

December 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

Flue-cured tobacco auctions in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh are expected to start on February 15, according to a story in the latest edition of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The chairman of the Tobacco Board, Koothati Gopal, was quoted as saying that the sales were due to start simultaneously on all auction floors. […]

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Sin tax system nearly doubles cigarette excise revenues in the Philippines

Sin tax system nearly doubles cigarette excise revenues in the Philippines

December 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cigarette excise payments in the Philippines during the first nine months of this year, at P61.6 billion, were almost double what they were during the first nine months of 2012, according to a story in The Philippine Star. In a briefing given on Friday, revenue commissioner Kim Henares said excise tax payments by alcohol and […]

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Tobacco lobby not barred from giving evidence on standardized packaging

Tobacco lobby not barred from giving evidence on standardized packaging

December 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

Advisers to Ireland’s Joint Committee on Health and Children have said there is no legal impediment to tobacco industry representatives giving evidence at hearings on proposed standard-packaging legislation, according to a story in the Irish Independent. Hearings, which are scheduled for the New Year, will be crucial to the progress of the Tobacco Plain Packaging […]

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Tax stamp revamp for Eastern in Egypt

Tax stamp revamp for Eastern in Egypt

December 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

Eastern Tobacco, Egypt’s monopoly cigarette producer, says that a new tax stamp that is being introduced is aimed only at reducing the black market in cigarettes and will not lead to a price increase, according to an Al-Ahram story. Local cigarette prices have risen significantly during the past few years as taxes have been increased […]

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E-cigarette vaping requires application

E-cigarette vaping requires application

December 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

A new electronic cigarette developed in France allows users to monitor data about their vaping through mobile devices such as telephones and tablets, according to a story in the Jagran Post, India, quoting Gizmag. The Smokio is said to use Bluetooth to connect to the user’s electronic device and thereby allow the download of a […]

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MEP seeks tobacco directive amendment in battle to save jobs at JTI factory

MEP seeks tobacco directive amendment in battle to save jobs at JTI factory

December 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

Ulster Unionist MEP Jim Nicholson has said that he will continue to do everything possible to defend local jobs in Japan Tobacco International’s Gallaher plant at Ballymena, Northern Ireland, according to a story in the Antrim Times. Nicholson’s comments come as representatives of the European Parliament, Council and European Commission agreed to a compromise in […]

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