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US trade body seeks more information on Reynolds’ planned Lorillard acquisition

US trade body seeks more information on Reynolds’ planned Lorillard acquisition

September 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Reynolds American said on Friday that it and Lorillard had each received a request for additional information from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in connection with Reynolds’ proposed acquisition of Lorillard and divestiture of some brands to Imperial Tobacco. ‘The second request was issued under notification requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, […]

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Australia ups cigarette excise steeply

Australia ups cigarette excise steeply

September 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Australian government today increased cigarette excise by 13.7 per cent, the second of four big increases that were set in motion last year by the previous government, according to a story in the Whitsunday Times. The government has increased the excise on a pack of 20 by A$1.12 to A$9.25 and that on a […]

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Cuba aiming to boost tobacco output

Cuba aiming to boost tobacco output

September 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Cuba’s vice president, Jose Ramon Machado, on Thursday urged the country’s tobacco farmers to increase output, according to a Xinhua News agency story. “Cuban tobacco is the world’s best,” the official daily Granma quoted him as saying during a visit to the western province of Pinar del Rio, Cuba’s tobacco-growing center… “It is an advantage […]

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Hungary trying to ensure tobacco’s future

Hungary trying to ensure tobacco’s future

September 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Hungary’s government is looking for ways to support the country’s tobacco growers while complying with European Union requirements, according to a story in the EcoNews quoting the farm ministry’s state secretary, Bela Glattfelder. From next year, about €22.4 million in EU funding would no longer be available and, if that funding could not be replaced […]

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Zapping addiction with magnetism

Zapping addiction with magnetism

September 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

A machine that pulses deep regions of the brain with magnetic current may help heavy smokers quit their habit, according to a Times of Israel story citing an Israeli study. In the study, which experts said was the most rigorous test of the technology to date, 44 percent of a group of heavy smokers who […]

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FDA invites comments on application for General snus modified risk certification

FDA invites comments on application for General snus modified risk certification

August 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

The US Food and Drug Administration is seeking public comments on Swedish Match’s request for its General-branded tobacco products to be certified as less harmful than cigarettes, according to a story by Michael Felberbaum for Associated Press. Swedish Match announced in June that it had submitted a Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) application to the […]

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Special protection sought for tobacco control within trans-Pacific trade deal

Special protection sought for tobacco control within trans-Pacific trade deal

August 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Tobacco control measures should be excluded from the scope of all chapters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), according to a report published in the BMJ Publishing Group journal, Tobacco Control. The TPPA, an agreement aimed at facilitating international trade and investment, is being negotiated by 12 countries of APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation). In […]

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Taipei student tobacco tests opposed

Taipei student tobacco tests opposed

August 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Taiwan Smokers’ Rights Association yesterday accused the New Taipei City government of breaking the law and violating students’ rights with its request that junior- and senior-high schools conduct tobacco tests on suspected smokers, according to a story in the Taipei Times. “It is not about ‘you have nothing to worry about if you don’t […]

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RAI to webcast conference presentation

RAI to webcast conference presentation

August 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Reynolds American Inc. is due to host a webcast of the presentation that will be made by its CEO and president, Susan M. Cameron, at the Barclays Back-To-School Consumer Conference in Boston, from about 09.45 hours Eastern Time on September 4. The webcast, which will be available on a listen-only basis, and the presentation slides, […]

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Call for end to ‘exploitation’ of farmers

Call for end to ‘exploitation’ of farmers

August 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Ghana-based Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) has joined public health groups the world over to call on the tobacco industry to end its exploitation of tobacco farmers, according to a SpyGhana.com story. The VALD, which is a non-governmental organization advocating a tobacco-free society has appealed to Ghana’s government to provide support for farmers who […]

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