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E-cig tax poor health policy

E-cig tax poor health policy

| March 3, 2016

If implemented, the plan by EU finance ministers to tax electronic cigarettes would be detrimental to public health, but then finance ministers are concerned with the health of the public purse, not necessarily public health.

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Market decline slows in Poland

Market decline slows in Poland

| March 3, 2016

Poland’s cigarette market decline slowed last year as an absence of tax hikes and an increase in consumer purchasing power combined to make tobacco products more affordable.

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Taxmen seek e-cig pound of flesh

Taxmen seek e-cig pound of flesh

| March 2, 2016

Although there is mounting evidence that electronic cigarettes are useful tobacco-smoking quit aids, or perhaps because of this, the EU’s finance ministers are seeking to apply excise tax to these products.

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ISDS provision still dogs trade deal

ISDS provision still dogs trade deal

| March 2, 2016

Negotiations on an EU-Canada trade deal have ended, but some MEPs are threatening to oppose it because of ISDS provisions that are said to favor corporations.

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Graphic warnings head for Myanmar

Graphic warnings head for Myanmar

| March 2, 2016

Myanmar is to require that graphic health warnings are included on tobacco packs from September 1, but the easily-available Chinese black market cigarettes are unlikely to comply.

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E-cigs boost long-term quit rates

E-cigs boost long-term quit rates

| March 1, 2016

Vaping is providing a boost to the number of people in England who are quitting smoking long-term, and the number of quitters could be increased further if electronic cigarettes were incorporated into specialist smoking cessation services.

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Pack row plainly set to continue

Pack row plainly set to continue

| March 1, 2016

Malaysia’s plan to require tobacco packaging to be sold in standardized packaging seems unlikely to settle the debate over the efficacy of this policy, but it is widening it.

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Display ban unlikely in Denmark

Display ban unlikely in Denmark

| March 1, 2016

The Danish parliament is likely to close the shutters on a proposal by the Social Democratic Party that cigarette displays in kiosks and stores should be banned.

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PMI signs Greek oriental deal

PMI signs Greek oriental deal

| February 29, 2016

PMI has signed a three-year Greek oriental leaf purchase deal under which the government has committed to policies aimed at making such tobacco competitive on international markets.

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US smoking incidence down

US smoking incidence down

| February 29, 2016

The smoking incidence in the US fell by 1.5 percentage points between 2014 and 2015, and the level of never-smokers is now approaching 58 percent among men and 68 percent among women.

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Plain pack review on shaky ground

Plain pack review on shaky ground

| February 29, 2016

A Department of Health review of Australia’s standardized packaging policy has come to the conclusion that the policy will work over time – a conclusion that has been described by Japan Tobacco International as ‘shaky’.

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Cheaper brand to beat price hike

Cheaper brand to beat price hike

| February 29, 2016

A health defense used to justify the planned introduction of a cheaper cigarette by Thailand’s state tobacco producer has been scoffed at by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance.

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Quit clinic opens in Kuala Lumpur

Quit clinic opens in Kuala Lumpur

| February 26, 2016

As a smoking clinic was opened in Malaysia recently, non-smokers were called upon to ‘help’ their smoking friends and family members quit the habit.

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Qatar keeping smoking at bay

Qatar keeping smoking at bay

| February 26, 2016

In part, a proposed tobacco smoking ban around ‘important’ public buildings in Qatar is seen as helping to shade the eyes of VIPs from the sight of smokers.

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JTI Global Top Employer 2016

JTI Global Top Employer 2016

| February 26, 2016

For the second successive year, JTI has been certified as a Global Top Employer, a recognition that extends to its offices in 35 countries.

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Altria declares dividend

Altria declares dividend

| February 26, 2016

The Altria Group, whose tobacco- and nicotine-related subsidiaries include Philip Morris USA, US Smokeless Tobacco Company, John Middleton and Nu Mark, yesterday announced its latest dividend.

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BAT ahead of the volume market

BAT ahead of the volume market

| February 25, 2016

Organic cigarette volume growth is an endangered species these days, but there was almost a sighting at BAT in 2015 as that company beat the overall market by some way.

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PMI-EU agreement under spotlight

PMI-EU agreement under spotlight

| February 25, 2016

The EU member states have been told by the Commission that a PMI-EU agreement worked in the past but might not be fit for purpose in the future. The question is; will member states be able to turn down €1 billion?

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Smokers out on a limb

Smokers out on a limb

| February 25, 2016

UK smokers are being urged to quit their habit because of the dangers of a vascular condition, but the message seems to say, too, that the condition affects smokers and ex-smokers.

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Vapers urged to vote UK out of EU

Vapers urged to vote UK out of EU

| February 24, 2016

There are 2.2 million vapers in the UK and they are being urged to vote for the country to leave the EU. In a tight-run contest, could they hold the balance of power?

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