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Smuggling reigns supreme amid Cyprus chaos

Smuggling reigns supreme amid Cyprus chaos

| January 20, 2016

Cigarette and tobacco smuggling is booming in Cyprus, costing the state millions of euro in uncollected taxes, according to a story in the Cyprus Mail quoting members of parliament. Known individuals are said to be behind the illegal trade. The House Watchdog Committee discussed the illegal trade in the wake of the seizure of 19.5 […]

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Taking action on tobacco farm worker exploitation

Taking action on tobacco farm worker exploitation

| January 20, 2016

Malawi’s Labour and Manpower Development Minister Henry Mussa has said the government is considering abolishing the country’s tobacco tenancy system and making it mandatory for farm owners to pay their workers regular wages, according to a story in the Malawi Voice relayed by the TMA. It has called for the amendment of the Employment Act […]

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PM Thailand tax-evasion charges head for court

PM Thailand tax-evasion charges head for court

| January 20, 2016

Thailand’s Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) has filed in the criminal court a multi-billion-baht tax evasion lawsuit against Philip Morris Thailand (PMTL), according to a story by King-Oua Laohong for the Bangkok Post. PMTL’s management says that the lawsuit is ‘without merit and unjust’. The indictment was issued on Monday by the OAG against PMTL […]

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KT&G’s overseas sales overtake domestic sales

KT&G’s overseas sales overtake domestic sales

| January 19, 2016

KT&G’s overseas cigarette sales surpassed its domestic sales for the first time last year, The Korea Herald has reported. According to the company’s annual sales report for 2015, it sold 46.5 billion cigarettes outside Korea, including those manufactured in Korea for export and those produced by its overseas units. Its domestic sales stood at 40.6 […]

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Farmer registration fall not reflected in area planted

Farmer registration fall not reflected in area planted

| January 19, 2016

The number of farmers who registered to grow tobacco during Zimbabwe’s 2015-16 season declined by 20 percent year-on-year to 70,412, according to a story in the Herald citing figures from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board. At the same time, the area planted to tobacco is said to have dropped by four percent to 89,559 […]

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Seoul moves to constrict tobacco smoking further

Seoul moves to constrict tobacco smoking further

| January 19, 2016

Tobacco smoking will be banned outside all subway station exits in Seoul, South Korea, from April, according to a story in The Korea Times citing a statement by Seoul’s metropolitan government. A revision to an ordinance will mean that it will be an offence to smoke within a 10-meter radius of exits and that violators […]

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80th birthday celebration for Solstickan boy

80th birthday celebration for Solstickan boy

| January 19, 2016

Swedish Match is celebrating the 80th birthday of the Solstickan boy, who has been portrayed since 1936 on most match boxes sold in Sweden. ‘For every product sold under the Solstickan brand, a portion of sales goes to The Solstickan Foundation,’ says a note posted on the company’s website. ‘The foundation works for the benefit […]

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Companies reporting correctly on seized cigarettes

Companies reporting correctly on seized cigarettes

| January 18, 2016

There has been no evidence of incorrect reporting by tobacco manufacturers in relation to the provenance of cigarettes seized within the EU. Under agreements between the four major multinational tobacco manufacturers, the EU Commission and member states; it is the manufacturers that are responsible for identifying whether seized cigarettes are genuine or counterfeit. A penalty […]

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China’s tobacco industry increasingly important

China’s tobacco industry increasingly important

| January 18, 2016

The tobacco industry contributed more than Yuan1.1 trillion to China’s state revenue last year, 20.2 percent more than it handed over in 2014, according to a story in The China Daily citing official data from the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration. The industry accounted for 6.49 percent of state revenue in 2014, and that figure is […]

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Tobacco sellers protest about ‘licensing system’

Tobacco sellers protest about ‘licensing system’

| January 18, 2016

Cigarette and bidi sellers in Himachal Pradesh, India, on Saturday protested against the government’s decision to make registration compulsory for tobacco-product vendors, according to a story in The Hindu Online. The previous day the cabinet had decided to make registration compulsory, though it was not explained why it had thought this was a necessary step. […]

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Daly resigns from RAI’s board

Daly resigns from RAI’s board

| January 18, 2016

John P. Daly has resigned from Reynolds American Inc’s board of directors, effective February 4. Daly has served on RAI’s board since December 2010, one of five members designated by Brown & Williamson Holdings (B&W), a subsidiary of British American Tobacco (BAT), under the terms of the 2004 governance agreement, as amended, between RAI, B&W […]

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Selling tobacco to minors now a serious offence

Selling tobacco to minors now a serious offence

| January 15, 2016

Selling tobacco products to minors in India is now punishable with a jail term of up to seven years and a Rs100,000 fine, according to a story in the Hindustan Times. These punishments are said to be provided for within the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, which was passed by parliament […]

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JT’s domestic volume down by 2.8 percent in 2015

JT’s domestic volume down by 2.8 percent in 2015

| January 15, 2016

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during December, at 9.9 billion, was down by 2.1 percent on that of December 2014, 10.2 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The December 2014 figure was down by 2.3 percent on that of December 2013. Volume during January-December, at 109.2 billion, was down […]

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Molecular ‘switch’ could be key to nicotine’s effects

Molecular ‘switch’ could be key to nicotine’s effects

| January 15, 2016

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in California, US, have discovered that a lipid (fat molecule) in brain cells may act as a ‘switch’ to increase or decrease the motivation to consume nicotine. ‘The team’s findings in animal models point to a way that a drug might someday return this lipid to normal levels, […]

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Altria to host full-year results webcast

Altria to host full-year results webcast

| January 15, 2016

The Altria Group is due to host a live audio webcast from 09.00 Eastern Time on January 28 to discuss its 2015 fourth-quarter and full-year business results. The company will issue a press note with its results about 07:00 on the same day. During the webcast, Altria’s chairman, CEO and president Marty Barrington, and CFO […]

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Beijing students have easy access to tobacco

Beijing students have easy access to tobacco

| January 14, 2016

Students in Beijing, China, have easy access to tobacco products and are regularly exposed to tobacco advertising, according to a story in The China Daily citing a new report. Regulations that took effect on June 1 banned tobacco sales to minors and all tobacco sales within 100 meters of schools. But the report, issued on […]

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JT completes Natural American Spirit acquisition

JT completes Natural American Spirit acquisition

| January 14, 2016

Reynolds American Inc. said yesterday that it had completed the sale of the international rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and associated trademarks to the Japan Tobacco Group (JT Group). The sale, which included also the international companies that distribute and market the brand outside the US, was an all-cash transaction valued at […]

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Dry weather threatening Malawi’s tobacco harvest

Dry weather threatening Malawi’s tobacco harvest

| January 14, 2016

Malawi’s Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) has suggested that dry weather so far this season could result in low tobacco yields across the country, according to a StarAfrica.com story. Speaking in Lilongwe on Tuesday, TCC CEO Albert Changaya said most parts of the country had not received rain since December. The crop’s volume could be “heavily […]

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Debate rages over curing wood use in Karnataka

Debate rages over curing wood use in Karnataka

| January 13, 2016

More than 300 ha of forest are lost annually in the Indian state of Karnataka to tobacco curing, which devours an estimated 700,000 tons of fuel-wood, according to a story by Meera Bhardwaj for the New Indian Express. Recent studies are said to have indicated that about eight kg of fuel-wood is required to cure […]

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Weighty argument favors quitting with e-cigarettes

Weighty argument favors quitting with e-cigarettes

| January 13, 2016

A study published in the journal Nature has found those who quit or cut down on smoking using electronic cigarettes are less vulnerable to weight gain than those who don’t vape during cessation, according to a story by Guy Bentley for The Daily Caller relayed by the TMA. The randomized controlled trial conducted by Dr. […]

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