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Category: Breaking News

Zimbabwe’s prices down 14 percent

Zimbabwe’s prices down 14 percent

September 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Zimbabwe’s 2014 flue-cured tobacco marketing season has ended with the final sales volume hitting 216.2 million kg, according to a story in The Herald. This year’s volume sales were 30 percent up on those of 2013, 166.5 million kg; and earnings were increased by 12 percent from USS612.1 million to US$685.2 million. However, while deliveries […]

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France looks at introducing plain packs

France looks at introducing plain packs

September 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

The French government is to propose legislation on the introduction of standardized packaging for cigarettes, according to a story in The Local quoting a Les Echos report. The standardized packs with their dominant graphic warnings would be aimed at deterring young people from taking up the habit. Health Minister Marisol Touraine was due to present […]

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PM USA welcomes Price case decision

PM USA welcomes Price case decision

September 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Illinois Supreme Court yesterday granted review in the Price case to decide whether its 2005 dismissal of that case against Philip Morris USA should remain in place. In 2003, a Madison Circuit Court judge sitting without a jury found that PM USA had deceived Illinois smokers in purchasing Marlboro Lights and Cambridge Lights cigarettes […]

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Storm blows up over windfall tax plan

Storm blows up over windfall tax plan

September 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

The UK’s tobacco industry was said to have reacted with ‘fury’ to a plan by the opposition Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband, to impose an additional tax on Britain’s tobacco companies to help pay for National Health Service (NHS) spending, according to a story in The Guardian. Imperial Tobacco said Labour’s plans to raise at […]

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Russians comply with smoking bans

Russians comply with smoking bans

September 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

The overwhelming majority of Russian cafés and restaurants are obeying the ban on tobacco smoking in public places, according to an ITAR-TASS story quoting results of monitoring conducted by Consumers International, an international consortium of consumer-advocacy groups. Between 93 and 94 percent of the monitored cafés and restaurants were found to have been observing the […]

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Isis lifts smoking ban to ‘boost popularity’

Isis lifts smoking ban to ‘boost popularity’

September 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Islamic State (also known as Isis) has made a Sharia-law U-turn in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk by stubbing out its cigarette ban in an attempt to boost popularity among the local population, according to a story by Gianluca Mezzofiore for the International Business Times. A resident of Hawija, 55 km southwest of Kirkuk, […]

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Plain packaging domino effect predicted

Plain packaging domino effect predicted

September 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Ireland could create a “domino effect” internationally by becoming the first country in Europe to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products, according to a story by Paul Cullen for The Irish Times quoting one of Australia’s leading public health experts. Professor Mike Daube said the introduction of plain packaging in Ireland would have huge international […]

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Promotions at Reynolds Tobacco

Promotions at Reynolds Tobacco

September 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Michael P. Auger, currently vice president of trade marketing development for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, is due to be promoted to the position of executive vice president of trade marketing for the company, effective January 1. Auger will replace Robert D. Stowe, who is to retire. At the same time, Colin M. Uffindell, currently an […]

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Tax speculation blowing in the wind

Tax speculation blowing in the wind

September 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

A ‘novel windfall tax’ on the profits of UK tobacco companies would be used by a future Labour government to part fund its plans for reinvigorating the nation’s National Health Service, according to a story by political editor, Patrick Wintour, for The Guardian. Wintour said that in his final Labour party conference speech before next […]

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Ban on loose cigarette sales proposed

Ban on loose cigarette sales proposed

September 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

A task force set up to consider ways of strengthening India’s tobacco regulations is recommending a ban on sales of loose cigarettes, which make up 70-75 percent of the industry’s volume, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The task force is recommending also: Increasing the size of […]

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