Archive for March, 2014

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Illicit trade warnings over plain packs dismissed by antis as scare stories

Illicit trade warnings over plain packs dismissed by antis as scare stories

| March 31, 2014

A tobacco control group has accused tobacco companies of having encouraged scare stories predicting that the introduction of standardized packaging for tobacco products would boost cigarette smuggling, according to a story by Jamie Doward for The Observer (U.K.). A new study, published in the journal Tobacco Control, claims such arguments must be viewed skeptically. “We […]

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FDA urged to act on cigarette design

FDA urged to act on cigarette design

| March 31, 2014

Thirty-three public health and medical organizations are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make it a priority to regulate how cigarettes are manufactured and thereby stop tobacco industry practices that have made cigarettes even more deadly and addictive than they were 50 years ago, according to a Tobacco-Free Kids press note issued through […]

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Wyoming: casually smuggling cigarettes

Wyoming: casually smuggling cigarettes

| March 31, 2014

For every 100 cigarettes smoked in Wyoming, an additional 24 cigarettes are smuggled out, according to a story by Laura Hancock for the Billings Gazette. Most of the “smuggled” cigarettes are probably bought legally in Wyoming and then taken for personal use to neighboring states with higher cigarette taxes. According to a recent report about […]

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Coresta building the future in Canada

Coresta building the future in Canada

| March 31, 2014

The 2014 Coresta Congress is due to be held in Canada, in what the organizing committee describes as “the beautiful Old Québec City.” It will be held at the Château Frontenac on Oct. 12–16. The theme of the congress is “Building on experience to shape the future.” More details are at www.coresta2014.org.

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Swedish Match announces AGM date

Swedish Match announces AGM date

| March 31, 2014

Swedish Match is due to hold its annual general meeting at Stockholm on May 7. The board of directors has proposed a dividend of SEK7.30 per share and May 12 as the day of record for the right to receive a cash dividend. The company published its annual report on March 25 and its annual […]

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Belgium: could do better on smoking

Belgium: could do better on smoking

| March 28, 2014

The Association of European Cancer Leagues has given Belgium a poor score for its anti-smoking policies, according to an Expatica.com story. In fact, Belgium scored 47 percent, which put it in 13th place on a list of what was said to be “some 30 European countries”; so it was in the top half, but only […]

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