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Archive for March, 2014

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

March 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

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

March 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

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

March 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

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

March 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

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

March 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

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

March 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

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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Philippines’ sin tax fails to cut smoking

March 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Philippines Senate wants to summon cigarette manufacturers and officials of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to explain why the country’s year-old “sin tax” law has failed to reduce smoking among Filipinos, which was the rationale behind the law. According to a story in The Philippine Star, Senator […]

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Nobody happy with parks smoking ban

March 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Smokers and non-smokers alike have lodged complaints about a non-tobacco-smoking parks plan in Taiwan’s Taoyuan County, which aims to increase their number to 376 by next month, according to a story in the Taipei Times. The county government defended the move as following Ministry of Health and Welfare policy. In theory, the new plan could […]

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TFWA expanding upward in Singapore

March 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

The organizers of the TFWA (Tax Free World Association) Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference are opening up a second level of floor space at the Marina Bay Sands complex in Singapore. The event, which is due to be staged May 11–15, will, as last year, occupy underground level B2, but it will, in addition, take […]

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PMI schedules annual meeting for May 7

March 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Philip Morris International said yesterday that it would hold its 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders at 9 a.m. on May 7 in the Empire State Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt New York for the following purposes: To elect 10 directors; To ratify the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers SA as independent auditors for the company for the […]

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