Archive for February, 2014

Indonesia closer to ratifying FCTC

Indonesia closer to ratifying FCTC

| February 28, 2014

Indonesia’s president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has agreed to ratify the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), according to a story on en.tempo.co quoting a statement by Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi. Nafsiah said there was now an understanding between ministries about the importance of ratification, which meant the government had only to formulate […]

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Molins hints at acquisition in reporting increased sales and profits for 2013

Molins hints at acquisition in reporting increased sales and profits for 2013

| February 28, 2014

Molins’ sales during the year to the end of December, at £105.2 million, were up by 13.2 percent on those of 2012, £93.0 million. Its underlying profit before tax was up by 10.2 percent to £5.4 million, and its underlying earnings per share were increased by 9.6 percent to 23.9 p. Tobacco Machinery sales were […]

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Cambodia bans shisha and e-cigarettes

Cambodia bans shisha and e-cigarettes

| February 28, 2014

Following a request from the Phnom Penh municipality on Tuesday, Cambodia’s prime minister, Hun Sen, has ordered a ban on the importation and use of shisha and e-cigarettes, according to a story in The Phnom Penh Post. After receiving an assessment from the National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD) claiming that these products posed a […]

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State legislates for smokeless ban

State legislates for smokeless ban

| February 28, 2014

Assam has become the first state in India to legislate specifically for a ban on the consumption of all forms of smokeless tobacco products containing nicotine, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The Assam Health Bill bans the manufacture and advertisement of, trade in, and the […]

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JT price increases approved in Japan

JT price increases approved in Japan

| February 28, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that the minister of finance had approved the company’s Jan. 30 application to amend the list prices of its domestic tobacco products at the same time as the imposition of a planned consumption tax increase on April 1. The prices will be increased in most cases by ¥10 or ¥20 […]

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Imperial rewarded for recruitment policies

Imperial rewarded for recruitment policies

| February 28, 2014

Imperial Tobacco has won a prestigious national award for the process used to attract potential new employees to work for its business in Turkey. “Imperial was honoured at the 13th annual Human Respect Awards, organised by Kariyer.net, the nation’s leading recruitment website,” Imperial said in a note posted on its website. “For the second successive […]

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Unseemly scrap over soggy cigarettes

Unseemly scrap over soggy cigarettes

| February 28, 2014

People in Dorset, England, are being allowed by Border Agency staff to collect cigarette packs washed up on a beach, but are then having the cigarettes taken from them by the agency’s staff, according to a story by Samantha Harman for the Dorset Echo. “We are letting them spend in some cases hours collecting the […]

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BAT’s tobacco volumes down last year

BAT’s tobacco volumes down last year

| February 27, 2014

British American Tobacco’s cigarette volumes during 2013, at 676 billion, were down by 2.7 percent on those of 2012. Volumes were increased in the company’s Asia Pacific region by 4.8 percent to 197 billion, but they were down in the Americas by 5.6 percent to 134 billion, down in Western Europe by 7.7 percent to […]

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Time needed to comply with EU directive

Time needed to comply with EU directive

| February 27, 2014

The Confederation of European Community Cigarette Manufacturers (CECCM) wants EU member states and the tobacco industry at large to be given reasonable time to adjust to the numerous and complex requirements included in the new Tobacco Products Directive. The new TPD was adopted by the European Parliament yesterday. The chairman of the CECCM, Michiel Reerink, […]

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TPD a ‘gift’ for black market criminals

TPD a ‘gift’ for black market criminals

| February 27, 2014

Philip Morris International has expressed concern about the implications of some aspects of the new EU Tobacco Products Directive. “The Tobacco Products Directive adopted by the European Parliament today represents a worrying departure from the EU’s basic standards of proportionate, evidenced-based policymaking, which will further erode intellectual property rights and undermine the EU Charter where […]

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Directive negates need for plain packs

Directive negates need for plain packs

| February 27, 2014

The U.K. smokers’ group Forest, which campaigned against revisions to the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive, has questioned the need for standardized packaging of tobacco after the European Parliament voted yesterday to adopt the revised directive. The directive will force EU member states to increase the size of health warnings to cover 65 percent of the […]

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Altria declares quarterly dividend

Altria declares quarterly dividend

| February 27, 2014

The Altria Group’s board of directors yesterday declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.48 per common share, payable on April 10 to shareholders of record as of March 14. The ex-dividend date is March 12.

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EU Parliament passes TPD

EU Parliament passes TPD

| February 26, 2014

The European Parliament endorsed the new EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) on Feb. 26, solidifying an agreement reached with the council last December. The council will now have to approve the TPD for it to take force. The endorsement of the new TPD strengthens the current European regulation on tobacco in several ways. Among other […]

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Lorillard seeks to end animal testing

Lorillard seeks to end animal testing

| February 26, 2014

Lorillard is banning all animal testing unless it is necessary to meet future regulatory requirements. The introduction of the new policy follows several years of discussions between Lorillard and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and a shareholder resolution submitted by PETA in December 2013 requesting the policy and highlighting the effectiveness of […]

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Indian e-cigarette sales not approved

Indian e-cigarette sales not approved

| February 26, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration of Maharashtra (MFDA) state, India, has issued a warning against the sale and use of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes in the state, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. MFDA officials said that e-cigarettes were being sold widely without the approval of the Drug Controller […]

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New rules to govern growing contracts

New rules to govern growing contracts

| February 26, 2014

The government in Zimbabwe is developing legislation under which it will be able to govern contract tobacco farming and curb undesirable practises that have become “rampant,” according to a New Zimbabwe story quoting Agriculture Minister Joseph Made. “The ministry is already collecting views and information to be used in drafting a legal framework to guide […]

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Study: hookah not harmless

Study: hookah not harmless

| February 25, 2014

A new University of Florida, USA, study shows that patrons leaving hookah cafés had carbon monoxide levels more than three times higher than patrons exiting traditional bars. Carbon monoxide reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to tissues, and long-term exposure has been linked to cardiovascular disease. The UF study results appeared in the March […]

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Karnataka auctions drawing to a close

Karnataka auctions drawing to a close

| February 25, 2014

Tobacco farmers in the Indian state of Karnataka have so far this season sold more than 94 million kg of flue-cured for an average price Rs131.65 per kg, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Farmers are thought to have harvested about 100 million kg of flue-cured and […]

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Smokers given chance to pop a monster

Smokers given chance to pop a monster

| February 25, 2014

KT&G is due to launch in South Korea a cigarette with a ‘monster’ capsule in the filter, according to a story in The Korea Herald quoting a company statement of yesterday. The new product, Bohem Shake, is said to contain a capsule that is about 4.5 mm in diameter, the biggest on the market and […]

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Partnering in Ireland to fight smuggling

Partnering in Ireland to fight smuggling

| February 25, 2014

Imperial Tobacco’s business in Ireland is helping to support a high-profile initiative to highlight the impact of illicit trade on the nation’s economy. A campaign has been launched by the Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) group with the backing of Imperial’s John Player brand to raise awareness of the level of unpaid duty on tobacco and […]

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Cigarette seizures in Ireland plummet

Cigarette seizures in Ireland plummet

| February 25, 2014

Retail groups and opposition politicians in Ireland have said that not enough is being done to clamp down on criminal gangs responsible for smuggling up to one billion cigarettes into Ireland every year, according to a story in the Irish Independent. Figures released by the Department of Finance last week showed that 40.8 million cigarettes […]

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Warnings on hold pending legal ruling

Warnings on hold pending legal ruling

| February 25, 2014

Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) has said that it will continue to produce and supply its cigarettes in their current packs despite parliamentary approval last week of the Ministry of Health’s Tobacco Products (Labeling and Packaging) Regulations, according to a story in The Island. Sri Lanka’s parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved the imposition of graphic health-warnings […]

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Thailand to report on WTO compliance

Thailand to report on WTO compliance

| February 25, 2014

The World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) is set to meet this week for an update on issues raised by the Philippines over Thailand’s compliance with a ruling about taxes imposed on imported cigarettes, according to a story in The Philippine Star. A notice posted on the WTO’s website showed that a status report […]

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Would you mind leaving me alone?

Would you mind leaving me alone?

| February 24, 2014

A self-proclaimed ‘ordinary old man’ has politely asked the chair of the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health whether she would mind leaving him alone. At the start of a whimsical piece published in the comments and letters section of the South China Morning Post, Lee Lung-wing, of Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, introduced […]

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WHO says own target tax not enough

WHO says own target tax not enough

| February 24, 2014

Hong Kong is expected to increase tobacco tax by between about 11 and 24 per cent on Wednesday, according to a story in the South China Morning Post. Financial Secretary, John Tsang Chun-wah, is expected to increase the flat HK$34 duty on a pack of 20 cigarettes by between HK$4 and HK$8, meaning that the […]

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