Archive for January, 2014

Coffee-house culture under fire in Jordan

Coffee-house culture under fire in Jordan

| January 28, 2014

The Jordanian government is coming under fire for planning to enforce fully, by the end of this year, an anti-tobacco law passed in 2008, according to an Associated Press report published in The Tampa Tribune, Florida, US. Enforcement would see the government this year revoke the licenses of all 6,000 coffee shops that serve shisha. […]

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Anti-tobacco law passed in Ethiopia

Anti-tobacco law passed in Ethiopia

| January 28, 2014

Ethiopia has passed an anti-tobacco law that includes a ban on ‘smoking in public’, according to a Diretube.com story. The country’s house of representatives has issued a proclamation that would see the imposition of the ban on tobacco smoking in public places, the raising of cigarette prices through the imposition of ‘enormous taxes’, the inclusion […]

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Indian government to sell ITC shares

Indian government to sell ITC shares

| January 28, 2014

The Indian government has decided to sell its 11.3 per cent share in ITC, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The government is also selling its shares in Axis Bank (23.58 per cent) and L&T (8.27 per cent). British American Tobacco, which has about a 30 per […]

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Health insurer to seek WON333 billion from cigarette manufacturers in Korea

Health insurer to seek WON333 billion from cigarette manufacturers in Korea

| January 27, 2014

South Korea’s National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) has said it will file a damages suit against KT&G and other tobacco companies seeking up to WON333 billion, according to a story in The Korea Times. The decision to go ahead with the claim was made at an NHIS board meeting on Friday, when 11 members voted […]

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Greek government losing revenue battle

Greek government losing revenue battle

| January 27, 2014

As the Greek government continues to raise tobacco-products taxes as part of the austerity measures demanded by international lenders, it is having to expend more effort on trying to stem the growing tide of the illicit trade in cigarettes, which is being boosted by those tax increases. According to a story by Andy Dabilis for […]

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Plain packs will open Pandora’s box

Plain packs will open Pandora’s box

| January 21, 2014

Legislation that would impose standardized packaging on tobacco sold in Ireland is not fit for purpose, according to the smokers’ group Forest Eireann. In a submission to the Oireachtas (parliamentary) Joint Committee on Health and Children, the group said that standardized packaging would not stop children smoking and could boost the illicit trade in cigarettes. […]

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Workshop will hear assessment of deal linking tobacco industry and EU

Workshop will hear assessment of deal linking tobacco industry and EU

| January 21, 2014

A workshop on cigarette smuggling is due to be held at the European Parliament tomorrow. It has been organized by the Policy Department D on Budgetary Affairs and will be staged at the Altiero Spinelli Building from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. A draft program indicated that one of the sessions would see Hana Ross […]

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Display ban has little effect in Finland

Display ban has little effect in Finland

| January 21, 2014

The Finnish Grocery Trade Association believes that the recent falls in the domestic consumption of cigarettes and cigars are not down to the introduction of retail display bans in the country, according to an Esmerk Finnish News story. Rather, it believes the falls are merely part of a long-term downward trend in tobacco use. And […]

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Tobacco tax revenues fall in Italy

Tobacco tax revenues fall in Italy

| January 21, 2014

Lower tobacco product sales last year cost the Italian government €730 million in reduced taxes, according to a story in La Stampa quoting figures from the Federazione Italiana Tabaccai. In the past 10 years, tobacco sales have shrunk by about 21 million kg; 10 million kg in the period 2011–2013 alone.

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New Davidoff subsidiary for Spain

New Davidoff subsidiary for Spain

| January 21, 2014

The Switzerland-based Oettinger Davidoff Group has created a new wholly owned subsidiary for the Spanish market—Davidoff of Geneve Iberia, according to a story in Expansion. The setting-up of the new subsidiary followed the ending of a collaboration agreement with the Spanish distributor Proein. The new unit will absorb Proein’s staff.

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Tobacco penalties from today in UAE

Tobacco penalties from today in UAE

| January 21, 2014

People breaking the UAE’s new anti-tobacco law face the risk of being fined from today, according to a Khaleej Times story. Enforcement agencies across the emirates are expected to target people smoking in cars containing young people, people selling cigarettes to minors and people operating shisha joints in restricted areas. Anyone caught smoking in a […]

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Korea’s health-cost claims could reach court sooner than had been expected

Korea’s health-cost claims could reach court sooner than had been expected

| January 17, 2014

South Korea’s National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) said yesterday that it would decide the details of its compensation suit against KT&G and other tobacco manufacturers at a board meeting on Jan. 24, according to a story in The Korea Times. “The board will decide when to file the suit and how much it will seek […]

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JT’s domestic sales rose in December

JT’s domestic sales rose in December

| January 17, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during December, at 10.4 billion, was increased by 1.1 percent on that of December 2012, 10.3 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The December 2012 figure was down by 4.5 percent on that of December 2011. Volume during April–December, at 89.7 billion, was up […]

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India’s tobacco exports keep rising

India’s tobacco exports keep rising

| January 17, 2014

India’s tobacco and tobacco products exports are expected to have earned INR50 billion in the financial year to the end of March, 29 percent more than was earned during the year to the end of March 2013, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Despite this increase […]

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Smugglers fast-tracking in Malaysia

Smugglers fast-tracking in Malaysia

| January 17, 2014

Smugglers intent on delivering cigarettes to Malaysia are doubling the horsepower of their boats and using their extensive knowledge of channel systems in a bid to outrun Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) officers, according to a story in The Star. The MMEA says, too, that the Malaysian-based smugglers are working with syndicates from neighbouring countries. […]

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Mighty expansion of CSR program

Mighty expansion of CSR program

| January 17, 2014

Philippine cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corp. says it will this year embark on a three-pronged assistance program to benefit 65,000 tobacco farmers in the Cagayan Valley and Ilocos Region. Executive Vice President Oscar Barrientos said the company had allocated PHP10 million for the distribution of agricultural equipment and tools to be used by groups of organized […]

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