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Archive for December, 2013

PMI defends tobacco-regulations record

PMI defends tobacco-regulations record

December 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

Philip Morris International, in a letter to The New York Times, has said that it supports most tobacco industry regulation and uses litigation to challenge regulations only sparingly. ‘As “Tobacco Industry Tactics Limit Poorer Nations’ Smoking Laws” (front page, Dec. 13) points out, governments around the world have enacted hundreds of regulations on almost every […]

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Medical monitoring claim turned down

Medical monitoring claim turned down

December 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

New York’s highest court has ruled that smokers cannot use New   York law to force Philip Morris USA to pay for tests the smokers claim would provide early detection of lung cancer, according to a story by Bob Van Voris for Bloomberg News. A federal appeals court in Manhattan, applying New York law, had […]

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Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco attacked over low-price plans for Philippines

Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco attacked over low-price plans for Philippines

December 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

A health group has lashed out Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. (PMFTC) over its plan to manufacture cheaper cigarettes to compete with a local brand, saying this would defeat the purpose of the ‘sin tax’ law, according to a story in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. PMFTC has asked the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to […]

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New card from Incada for New Year

New card from Incada for New Year

December 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

Iggesund, whose intricate Christmas cards have become something of a hallmark of Christmas, this year has produced a booklet of seven cards depicting the holiday season internationally. The booklet’s material is Iggesund’s folding box board Incada, which was chosen to celebrate the launch earlier this year of a new generation of Incada and to mark […]

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E-cigarette regulation rumpus threatens whole EU Tobacco Products Directive

E-cigarette regulation rumpus threatens whole EU Tobacco Products Directive

December 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Disagreement over how to regulate electronic cigarettes is holding up a deal on the EU’s revised Tobacco Products Directive, according to a story by Charlie Dunmore for Reuters. In talks aimed at finalizing legislative proposals by the end of the year, the European Parliament has pushed for a light touch approach to electronic cigarettes, which […]

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VUSE electronic cigarettes to be shown at Consumer Electronics Show in US

VUSE electronic cigarettes to be shown at Consumer Electronics Show in US

December 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co is due to showcase its VUSE® digital vapor cigarette to a global audience at the 2014 international Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The CES will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, from January 7 to January 10. ‘Designed and assembled in the U.S. using state-of-the-art automated equipment, VUSE is the world’s […]

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Trees felled to feed tobacco production

Trees felled to feed tobacco production

December 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Tobacco remains a very important revenue earner for Zimbabwe, but the crop is an environmental menace, according to a story by Jeffrey Gogo for the Zimbabwe Herald. The tobacco production process has involved taking 7.5 million trees from national forests each year in recent years. That’s 15 per cent of the total and, Gogo says, […]

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NZ takes first step towards imposing standardized packs on tobacco

NZ takes first step towards imposing standardized packs on tobacco

December 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Legislation requiring that tobacco products are sold in standardized packs in New Zealand will start making its way through parliament in 2014, but won’t pass into law until legal action in Australia has been settled, according to a Radio New Zealand story. Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia introduced the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Products and Packaging) […]

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EU illicit trade partly home-grown

EU illicit trade partly home-grown

December 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

Significant amounts of cigarettes are probably produced illegally inside the EU, according to an EU Commission answer to a question posed by MEP Georgios Papanikolaou. In 2010, five illicit factories were discovered and, in 2011, member states discovered nine illicit factories estimated to have a combined production capacity of more than nine million cigarettes per day, […]

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Parliament rejects proposed easing of tobacco smoking ban in Bulgaria

Parliament rejects proposed easing of tobacco smoking ban in Bulgaria

December 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

Bulgaria’s parliament has rejected a proposal that the country’s public-places tobacco-smoking ban should be relaxed, according to a Bulgarian News Agency story. MPs last week rejected two bills seeking to amend the Health Act, with 107 voting against, 64 voting for and 17 abstaining. The easing of restrictions would have seen the establishment of designated, […]

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