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Archive for March, 2014

BAT sustainability report launched

BAT sustainability report launched

March 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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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Tobacco retail concessions go begging

Tobacco retail concessions go begging

March 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Just 127 retail tobacco sales concessions were awarded in Hungary in the latest government tender, which comprised 992 in all, according to an MTI story quoting the Vilaggazdasag daily. The National Tobacco sales Non-profit company (NDN) said 567 valid applications had been submitted in respect of the tender, the fourth such tender called since Hungary […]

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Quitting tobacco? It’s child’s play

Quitting tobacco? It’s child’s play

March 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Children in a Nepalese village are making money from tobacco and liquor—but they’re not selling it, according to a story in The Himalayan Times. Just the opposite, in fact, because the children, from ward number four of Laxmi Nagar Village Development Committee (VDC) in Doti, have started a campaign to make their village liquor- and […]

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Did plain packaging cause rise in sales?

Did plain packaging cause rise in sales?

March 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Deliveries of tobacco products to retailers in Australia rose slightly last year for the first time in at least five years, despite the introduction of standardized packaging aimed at deterring smokers from indulging their habit, according to a Reuters story by Martinne Geller quoting industry sales figures. In 2013, the first full year of standardized […]

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More women smoking in Shanghai

More women smoking in Shanghai

March 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

The proportion of smokers among women living in Shanghai, China, has risen significantly in recent years, according to a story on Ecns.cn. Delegates at the Shanghai International Lung Cancer Forum were told on the weekend that while 3.7 percent of women in Shanghai smoked in 2011, now the figure has risen to 4.8 percent. The […]

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U.S. cigarette sales in a (low-tax) state

U.S. cigarette sales in a (low-tax) state

March 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

Fifty-seven percent of cigarettes sold in the U.S. are smuggled from states with lower tobacco taxes than the state in which they are sold, according to a story by Mary Beth Griggs for the Smithsonian Magazine quoting a new study by the Tax Foundation. This need not be surprising. In New York, smokers might pay […]

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