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Archive for June, 2014

E-cigarettes raise taxing question

E-cigarettes raise taxing question

June 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Quitting smoking in the Philippines might soon become more expensive and, therefore, more difficult because the authorities there are considering the imposition of higher taxes on e-cigarettes, according to a story in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. While the benefits of e-cigarettes over tobacco cigarettes were still being debated, Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares of the Bureau of […]

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India mulls over tobacco buying age of 25

India mulls over tobacco buying age of 25

June 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Indian Health Ministry is considering a plan to lift the minimum age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 25, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Health Secretary Lov Verma said the ministry was writing to the state governments, which are responsible for such matters, […]

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Philippines might bring in minimum price

Philippines might bring in minimum price

June 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has suggested setting a minimum price for all cigarettes sold in the country “to ensure a level playing field” and discourage more people from taking up smoking, according to a story in The Philippine Star. BIR commissioner Kim Henares broached the idea during a forum held yesterday, at […]

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Another Davidoff to be launched in Korea

Another Davidoff to be launched in Korea

June 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Imperial Tobacco is to launch in South Korea a new version of Davidoff, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The product will be launched through KT&G, with which Imperial has had a brand licensing agreement since 2010. Roberto Ascoli, a divisional director at Imperial, said the licensing agreement had been a win-win strategy. […]

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Stressed-out and smoking in Hong Kong

Stressed-out and smoking in Hong Kong

June 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Many Hong Kong women take to cigarettes because of stress, according to a story in The Standard, quoting the Council on Smoking and Health. And 60 percent of them don’t even think about quitting. According to government census figures, there were at least 96,800 women smokers in 2012, compared with 56,100 in 1990. And according […]

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Huge rise in e-cigarette use

Huge rise in e-cigarette use

June 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Almost 30 million people across Europe now use e-cigarettes, according to a Reuters News story. The people who use these devices are most likely to be aged between 15 and 24. They are most likely to smoke tobacco regularly while trying to quit. The rising number of e-cigarette users has led to a staggering growth […]

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Ireland provides some plain-packs details

Ireland provides some plain-packs details

June 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Ireland is circulating through the World Trade Organization details of the bill it intends to enact in respect of the “retail packaging of all tobacco products, the appearance of cigarettes and the presentation of tobacco products.” Under the bill, retail packaging of all tobacco products would have to be of a prescribed color (outer and […]

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ITGA strongly opposes plain packs

ITGA strongly opposes plain packs

June 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

The International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA) has reiterated its objections to what it calls the worrying developments surrounding the EU’s revised Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), which came into force on May 20. After the publication of the directive, it said, some EU member states were proposing to introduce standardized packaging, which was a development too […]

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Vietnam asked to delay raising taxes

Vietnam asked to delay raising taxes

June 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Vietnam Tobacco Association (VTA) has asked the government to delay raising the excise tax on tobacco until smuggling has been “considerably” reduced, according to the news website VnEconomy. The association made its recommendation after both the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Health proposed increasing the tobacco tax to 105 percent of the […]

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Imperial supplying emergency food aid

Imperial supplying emergency food aid

June 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Imperial Tobacco is helping support victims of the continuing conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) with emergency food aid. In a note posted this morning on its website, Imperial said an estimated 140,000 people had been affected by the civil war that began last year, with many taking refuge from the fighting either in […]

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