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Aussies to jack up tobacco tax in 2014

May 14, 2013 | Comments (0)

The price of a pack of cigarettes will rise by about $0.07 next year in Australia, according to a story in the Herald Sun. The increase will see the government face a potential re-election tussle with tobacco companies and retailers, who are still smarting over plain packaging laws. Cigarettes were the only sin tax targeted by […]

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New tender for tobacconists in Hungary

May 14, 2013 | Comments (0)

Hungary’s national tobacco company has put out a new tender for tobacconists who were not granted a concession in a recent bid, a government official said on Tuesday. Thanks to the new tender, tobacconists who would otherwise be obliged to give up their business as of June 30 will be given an opportunity to try […]

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$2.87 per pack tax possible in Calif.

May 14, 2013 | Comments (0)

California lawmakers chose not to make smokers pay more for health insurance,  but they may be more willing to make smokers pay more for cigarettes. A new bill proposing to raise the tax on tobacco by $2 per pack of cigarettes  cleared its first two committee votes last week in predictably partisan votes. SB 768, […]

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Sticky story: 3rd-hand smoke gives guests gooey fingers

May 14, 2013 | Comments (0)

Anyone who has ever walked into a “non-smoking” hotel room and caught the distinct odor of cigarette smoke will not be surprised by the findings of a new study: When a hotel allows smoking in any of its rooms, the smoke gets into all of its rooms, the study suggests, according to a story in […]

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Canadian tobacco giants begin defense in $27 billion suit

May 14, 2013 | Comments (0)

Three of Canada’s tobacco giants began their defense Monday against a $27-billion class-action lawsuit in Montreal by calling a witness who said the dangers of smoking are no secret. Historian and professor Jacques Lacoursière testified tobacco’s health risks have been common knowledge for decades. He pointed to over 700 references to the hazards of smoking […]

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RAI expanding e-cig operations

May 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

Reynolds American Inc.’s experiment with making e-cigarettes is about to move to a larger distribution scale, the company said Thursday at its annual shareholders meeting. The company provided several strategic updates during formal remarks by Daan Delen, its CEO and president, and during a question-and-answer session that wasn’t consumed by farm-worker issues, according to the website […]

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Supreme Court denies cert in cig labeling case, FDA plans new rules

May 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a writ of certiorari filed by the tobacco companies challenging the advertising regulations promulgated pursuant to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Act. While the Court’s cert denial allows a previous 6th Circuit decision to stand, the contested rules may never be enforced. The Solicitor General declined to file a writ […]

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WHO snags Kosovo in its tobacco-control net

May 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

The World Health organization announced it had snared Kosovo in its ever-growing tobacco-control net. The country has adopted a comprehensive tobacco control law in line with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). The measures include: 100 percent smoke-free indoor public places, workplaces, and public transportation, as well as specified outdoor areas, with some […]

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Dalligate update: Kimberley denies asking for €60 million

May 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

Defence lawyers of Sliema restaurateur Silvio Zammit yesterday pressed the police’s witness Gayle Kimberley on whether she was the one who came up with the €60 million figure at the heart of the Dalligate scandal. Kimberley denied it categorically, but lawyer Edward Gatt insisted on the point, reminding the young lawyer that she was testifying […]

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Obama $0.94 smoke tax a ghost

May 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

It’s never going to happen, apparently it wasn’t ever going to. The cigarette sin tax to generate $78 billion to fund a preschool education program vanished almost as soon as Obama announced it four weeks ago, according to the Washington, D.C.-centered  blog Politica.com The president hasn’t mentioned it. The White House didn’t coordinate with outside anti-smoking groups, […]

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