Archive for March, 2014

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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Philippines’ sin tax fails to cut smoking

Philippines’ sin tax fails to cut smoking

| March 28, 2014

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

Nobody happy with parks smoking ban

| March 28, 2014

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

TFWA expanding upward in Singapore

| March 28, 2014

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

PMI schedules annual meeting for May 7

| March 28, 2014

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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Damning verdicts on e-cigarette research

Damning verdicts on e-cigarette research

| March 27, 2014

Recent U.S. research that has been widely reported to have shown that e-cigarettes are ineffective for smoking cessation has been branded as “complete garbage” by a highly respected public health professor. Researchers from the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at UCSF (the University of California at San Francisco) published a research letter in […]

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Canadian doctors call for authorization of sales of e-cigarettes with nicotine

Canadian doctors call for authorization of sales of e-cigarettes with nicotine

| March 27, 2014

A group of doctors, professors and health advocates are calling on the Canadian federal government to authorize the sale in Canada of e-cigarettes containing nicotine. Writing in The Gazette on behalf of the group, Gaston Ostiguy said e-cigarettes offered a safer and more acceptable alternative to regular cigarettes for smokers to appease their addiction. No […]

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Challenge to public-place e-cigarette ban

Challenge to public-place e-cigarette ban

| March 27, 2014

New York City’s ban on e-cigarettes is being challenged by a smokers’ rights group that filed a lawsuit on Tuesday seeking to overturn the legislation, according to a story by Mara Gay for The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition. E-cigarettes were added to the city’s 2002 Smoke-Free Air Act, which originally had banned tobacco smoking […]

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U.K. doctors want “progressive prohibition”

U.K. doctors want “progressive prohibition”

| March 27, 2014

Leading U.K. doctors have called for a ban on cigarette sales to people born after 2000: a program of “progressive prohibition” aimed at curbing smoking-related deaths, according to a story by Ben Lazarus for The Telegraph. At the British Medical Association’s annual public health medicine conference, the doctors urged the BMA to lobby for a […]

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Legacy panel to discuss harm reduction

Legacy panel to discuss harm reduction

| March 26, 2014

The U.S.-based anti-tobacco organization Legacy is due to host a live webcast of a panel discussion addressing key findings in the 2014 U.S. Surgeon General’s report on the health consequences of smoking. Legacy says the discussions will include how it might be possible, innovatively and more rapidly than presently is the case, to end the […]

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Speakers for nicotine forum announced

Speakers for nicotine forum announced

| March 26, 2014

A list of speakers has been announced by the organizers of The First Global Forum on Nicotine, which is due to take place at the Marriott Hotel, Warsaw, Poland, on June 27–28. The forum, which will be staged by KAC, is set to examine the current state of the debate about the use of nicotine […]

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Korea tobacco lawsuit could be delayed

Korea tobacco lawsuit could be delayed

| March 26, 2014

South Korea’s National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) seems to be rethinking its proposed tobacco-company lawsuit. According to a story in the Korea Times, the NHIS said on Jan. 16 that it would decide the details of its compensation suit against KT&G and other tobacco manufacturers at a board meeting on Jan. 24. And in a […]

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Fresh promotional idea from Essentra

Fresh promotional idea from Essentra

| March 26, 2014

Essentra Packaging (EP) says that its latest label, AquaSense™, is designed to help maintain and control the moisture content of make-your-own tobacco packs and thus ensure the contents stay fresh and do not dry out. The new product is said to be already in use with a “major manufacturer on the European market.” Part of […]

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Graphic warning (of a different kind) to be subject of Reemtsma award

Graphic warning (of a different kind) to be subject of Reemtsma award

| March 26, 2014

A competition to find the best images captured by photo-journalists during the past 12 months has been launched ahead of the 2014 Reemtsma Liberty Award (RLA). Now in its eighth year, the RLA recognizes journalists who work under the most testing conditions to sustain freedom of the press. And this year a photographic category has […]

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Graphic warnings set for Indonesia packs

Graphic warnings set for Indonesia packs

| March 25, 2014

Manufacturers will be required to include graphic health warnings on cigarette packs sold in Indonesia from June 24, according to a story in The Jakarta Post quoting en.tempo.co. The Indonesia pack coordinator with the Southeast Asia Initiative on Tobacco Tax, Widyastuti Soerojo, was quoted as saying the Health Ministry had prepared five pictures that manufacturers […]

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BAT sustainability report launched

BAT sustainability report launched

| March 25, 2014

British American Tobacco has launched its latest sustainability summary report, “Value shared: A tobacco company for the 21st century.” The report is said to focus on harm reduction, sustainable agriculture and corporate behavior, and on how BAT’s work in these areas is helping to build value for both the business and its wider stakeholders. “It’s […]

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Smoking reduction plan goes awry

Smoking reduction plan goes awry

| March 25, 2014

The government of Malaysia’s bid to contain smoking by raising taxes on tobacco products is being undermined by illicit cigarette sales, according to a story in the New Strait Times. And this is hardly surprising given that illicit cigarettes sell for as little as MYR3 per pack, while licit products retail for between MYR10 and […]

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UAE bans sales of e-cigarettes

UAE bans sales of e-cigarettes

| March 25, 2014

The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Health has rejected requests from shop owners for permission to sell e-cigarettes and electronic shisha pipes, according to a story in The National. Officials told The National’s Arabic-language paper, Al Ittihad, that a number of municipalities had referred store owners to the ministry for advice on applying for licenses […]

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NDC appoints new president

NDC appoints new president

| March 25, 2014

Drew Cheshire has been appointed president of NDC Infrared Engineering. Cheshire joins NDC from Scott Fetzer (a Berkshire Hathaway company), where he was the general manager of Meriam Process Technologies. Prior to that, Cheshire held senior management roles with Ronan Engineering, Teledyne, Jay Industrial Technologies and Emerson Process Management. Cheshire replaces Dr. Bromley Beadle, who […]

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Not taxes—’public health contributions’

Not taxes—’public health contributions’

| March 24, 2014

A French Senate committee has called for the government to rename its “behavioral” taxes so as to make them appear to comprise more than just a revenue grab. According to a Tax News story, the committee said the government should look to link these levies and value-added taxes to health sector targets. And the term […]

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