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Category: Breaking News

Imperial preparing for factory closures

Imperial preparing for factory closures

April 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Imperial Tobacco Group is proposing to close its cigarette factories at Nottingham, U.K., and Nantes, France. The proposed closures are part of a number of “European restructuring projects” that could see 900 jobs axed. In a note posted on its website, Imperial said the projects, which are planned to be “implemented progressively” during the […]

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PM USA pays $3.3 billion to U.S. states

PM USA pays $3.3 billion to U.S. states

April 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Philip Morris USA yesterday made its annual Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) payment, which, this year, amounts to about $3.3 billion, net of various items related to the non-participating manufacturer adjustment disputes. In a statement posted on its website, the company said that, since signing the tobacco settlement agreements, PM USA had paid U.S. states more […]

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Industry acts in face of forest crisis

Industry acts in face of forest crisis

April 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Zimbabwe’s Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) and tobacco merchants have established the Sustainable Afforestation Association (SAA) to spearhead reforestation across the country, according to a story by Elias Mambo for the Zimbabwe Standard. The reforestation program is aimed at countering the deforestation that is taking place as a result of the increased number of […]

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E-cigarette use link to smoking cessation

E-cigarette use link to smoking cessation

April 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

New survey data from England show rising e-cigarette use has been accompanied by a notable increase in smoking cessation, according to a story by Jacob Sullum for Reason Magazine. Sullum quotes Boston University public health professor Michael Siegel as having highlighted the Smoking Toolkit Study, which had shown that e-cigarette use in England had been […]

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PM straining at the bit over brand protection dispute with Australia

PM straining at the bit over brand protection dispute with Australia

April 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

Philip Morris Asia (PMA) is keen to get to the core of its dispute with the Australian government over the issue of standardized tobacco packaging. In a note posted on its website, the company reported that the tribunal assigned to hear PMA’s challenge to Australia’s plain packaging law yesterday decided to divide the proceedings in […]

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FCTC threatens more harm than good

FCTC threatens more harm than good

April 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

Indonesian Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi has said his government will not ratify the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) soon, according to a Tempo story. According to the views of the trade ministry and of the industry ministry, Lutfi said, the ratification did not have to take place immediately. “Mr. Hidayat [the […]

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Drinking goes up as smoking goes down

Drinking goes up as smoking goes down

April 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

Fewer South Koreans are smoking, but more are drinking hard, feeling fat and getting depressed, according to a story in the Korea Joongang Daily quoting figures from a government poll. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today announced the results of its 2013 Community Health Research poll, which showed, in part, that the […]

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Way sought to prevent labor-market turmoil when Dutch factory closes

Way sought to prevent labor-market turmoil when Dutch factory closes

April 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

Dutch trade unions have appealed to Philip Morris Holland (PMH) to protect the 1,230 people employed at the company’s cigarette factory at Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands, which is due to close by October, according to an ANP story. The personnel should continue to be paid until finding a new job, Arend van Wijngaarden, chairman of trade union CNV Vakmensen, was […]

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MEP poses tax-harmonization question

MEP poses tax-harmonization question

April 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

The European Commission has been asked whether it intends in the near future to propose the harmonization of excise duties on tobacco products within the Union, so as to combat tax tourism. In a preamble to a number of questions, French MEP Marie-Thérèse Sanchez-Schmid said that on March 14, 2013, the European Court of Justice […]

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Korea’s state health insurer to sue tobacco firms over disease costs

Korea’s state health insurer to sue tobacco firms over disease costs

April 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

South Korea’s state health insurer said today it was going to court to seek an initial KRW53.7 billion ($51.9 million) from KT&G and the local units of Philip Morris and British American Tobacco to offset treatment costs for diseases linked to tobacco smoking, according to stories by Reuters and Arirang TV & Radio. “We believe […]

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