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Archive for May, 2014

Unions reject Bergen op Zoom package said to be "among the best"

Unions reject Bergen op Zoom package said to be “among the best”

May 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Trade unions have threatened to organize protests at Philip Morris’ cigarette factory at Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands, if the tobacco company does not offer a better social plan for employees who seem set to lose their jobs. Philip Morris Holland (PMH) said in early April that it intended to end cigarette production at Bergen […]

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TMA regulations conference

TMA regulations conference

May 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

The U.S. Tobacco Merchants Association will hold a one-day conference on June 16 at the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia, about the Food and Drug Administration’s deeming regulations. The event will include legal, laboratory and other presentations, in addition to breakout sessions by product sector. For more information, visit www.tma.org or phone TMA at +1 609 275 4900.

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Huge e-cigarette potential in China

Huge e-cigarette potential in China

May 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

About 500 representatives of the global e-cigarette industry are due meet at Shenzhen, China, in August to unveil new technologies and discuss how to improve safety and health standards, according to a piece by Yanzhong Huang published by Forbes Asia. Although the huge majority of e-cigarettes are manufactured in China, they are not popular on […]

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Malaysia cracks down on illicit sales

Malaysia cracks down on illicit sales

May 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Malaysia’s Customs Department officers have seized 131 million smuggled cigarettes since the launch of a nationwide operation in January, according to a story in the New Straits Times. The seized products were said to be worth MYR73.64 million in value and unpaid duties. Customs Director-general Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad said his officers had checked 2,618 […]

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Cigarette prices to rise in Cambodia

Cigarette prices to rise in Cambodia

May 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Cigarette prices in Cambodia are expected to increase from about $0.58 to about $0.64 a pack from July when taxes are due to rise, according to a story in The Phnom Penh Post. Taxes currently account for 20 percent of the retail price of a pack of cigarettes, but that is set to rise to […]

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Safety award for Imperial in Macedonia

Safety award for Imperial in Macedonia

May 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Imperial Tobacco’s subsidiary in Macedonia has won a national workplace health and safety award for the second year in a row. Imperial Tobacco TKS at Skopje was recognized by the Macedonian Association for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) for demonstrating best practices. “This award comes as we mark almost four years without any lost time […]

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New Nepalese plant starts production

New Nepalese plant starts production

May 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

Surya Nepal has started production at its new cigarette plant at Seratar in the district of Tanahun, according to a story in Republica. The company has invested NPR4.5 billion in the factory, which employs about 200 people and is set on 145 ropani (7.3 ha). Currently, the factory is running 16 hours a day in […]

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Low auction prices force growers to make illegal shift to contract selling

Low auction prices force growers to make illegal shift to contract selling

May 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

Some of Zimbabwe’s flue-cured tobacco growers are diverting their crops to contract floors so as to earn higher prices than those being offered over the auction floors, according to a story in the Zimbabwe Herald. Officially, contract buyers purchase tobacco only from contracted growers, but some farmers not under contract are said to be using […]

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Andhra flue-cured auction prices soar

Andhra flue-cured auction prices soar

May 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

Flue-cured tobacco prices have been soaring at auctions underway in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Northern black soils tobaccos were said to have touched a new high of INR168 per kg at the Thorredu auction platform. And Northern light […]

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Call for higher taxes in Asean countries

Call for higher taxes in Asean countries

May 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

Regional tobacco control groups have called for higher cigarette taxation among Asean (Association of Southeast Asia Nations) countries and a crackdown on the illicit trade so as to reduce consumption, according to a story in the Bangkok Post. The call came during the Tobacco Taxation and Illicit Trade workshop held at the World Health Organization’s […]

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