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Category: Breaking News

Mugabe threatens tobacco growing ban

Mugabe threatens tobacco growing ban

April 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

President Robert Mugabe has warned farmers that tobacco production will be banned in Zimbabwe if they continue to cut down trees to provide fuel for curing their crops, according to a story on NewZimbabwe.com. In his Independence Day speech on the weekend, Mugabe said tobacco growers were causing desertification. “Our people are growing tobacco and […]

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Disagreement over regulation timing

Disagreement over regulation timing

April 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

If Denmark’s health minister Nick Hækkerup has his way, parliament will ‘soon’ be taking action to curb the increasing use of electronic cigarettes in the country, according to a Copenhagen Post story. ‘It concerns me that children are using strawberry and licorice flavoured e-cigarettes,’ Hækkerup wrote in a statement to parliament’s committee on health. ‘It […]

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Anti-tobacco vigilantes to be let loose

Anti-tobacco vigilantes to be let loose

April 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

A new anti-tobacco law that is expected to be issued ‘soon’ will grant judicial powers to some anti-smoking volunteers to detect and report violations of the law, according to a story in The Peninsula quoting an official of Qatar’s Supreme Council of Health (SCH). The proposed law, which will amend an existing law, will ban […]

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Hungary asked to alter tax-change rules

Hungary asked to alter tax-change rules

April 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

The European Commission has warned that it might refer to the European Court of Justice Hungarian legislation that runs counter to an EU Directive regulating tobacco trade. In Hungary, tax rates are included on tobacco products packaging and, when taxes change, packs with the old tax rates cannot be sold after 15 days of the […]

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PMI’s volume down in first quarter

PMI’s volume down in first quarter

April 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

Philip Morris International’s cigarette shipment volume during the first quarter of 2014, at 195.961 billion, was down by 4.4 percent on that of the first quarter of last year, 204.947 billion, though, excluding the unfavorable impact of estimated inventory movements in the quarter, the company reported, its volume decreased by about 2 percent. Volume was […]

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Bergerac R&D in cost-cutting sights

Bergerac R&D in cost-cutting sights

April 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

As part of its cost-cutting plans, Imperial Tobacco intends to “offload” its research center in Bergerac, France, according to a story in Le Figaro. Imperial said last week that it was proposing to close its cigarette factories at Nottingham, U.K., and Nantes, France, as part of a cost optimization program aimed at delivering savings of […]

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Pleasures for poor people—what next?

Pleasures for poor people—what next?

April 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

MPs in Uganda have queried why tobacco farmers look poor while tobacco companies look rich, according to a story by John Odyek for The New Vision. The MPs were apparently attending a meeting at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel to discuss the Tobacco Control Bill 2014. “People who have planted tobacco live in grass thatched houses,” […]

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Shipping cigarette butts to useful ends

Shipping cigarette butts to useful ends

April 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

Imperial Tobacco Australia is helping to fund a pioneering scheme to recycle cigarette butts. The business is partnering with recycling firm Terracycle to encourage people over the age of 18 to sign up to its Cigarette Waste Brigade. Other tobacco companies are also providing financial support for the scheme. Those taking part can send cigarette […]

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New Universal business includes sweetener for tobacco growers

New Universal business includes sweetener for tobacco growers

April 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

Universal Corp said yesterday that it had entered the fruit and vegetable food ingredients market through its new subsidiary, Carolina Innovative Food Ingredients (CIFI). ‘The new business will utilize advanced technology to produce high quality food grade dehydrated and juiced fruit and vegetable products,’ Universal said in a note posted on its website. ‘Initially the […]

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Read this important Siegel blog - now

Read this important Siegel blog – now

April 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

In a hard-hitting blog published yesterday, Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, has shone a little light into some of the murky corners of US tobacco control legislation. He is at times scathing about the road that led to regulations on ‘lights’ descriptors […]

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