Category: Breaking News

Plain packs appeal disallowed

Plain packs appeal disallowed

| April 13, 2017

The tobacco industry has run out of UK domestic legal avenues for challenging the government on standardized tobacco packaging.

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Andhra Pradesh prices up

Andhra Pradesh prices up

| April 13, 2017

The shortness of the flue-cured tobacco crop in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh seems to have pushed the average grower price up to a more satisfactory level than that of last season.

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Numbers game in Hong Kong

Numbers game in Hong Kong

| April 13, 2017

Do tar- and nicotine-delivery numbers provide useful information for smokers or are they misleading? Well, the Hong Kong government believes they are useful.

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BAT buys Bulgarian brands

BAT buys Bulgarian brands

| April 13, 2017

The purchase by British American Tobacco of ‘several’ cigarette brands owned by Bulgartabac will increase significantly BAT’s market share in Bulgaria.

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GFN program nearly complete

GFN program nearly complete

| April 13, 2017

The program for the 2017 Global Forum on Nicotine is almost complete and organizers have published the details of the speakers and chairpersons who are due to take part.

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Australia taxing the poor

Australia taxing the poor

| April 12, 2017

There seems to be a growing realization that taxing financially-poor smokers to fill the holes in governments’ budgets is less than fair – is majoritarianism at its worst.

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Georgia mulls stricter controls

Georgia mulls stricter controls

| April 12, 2017

Georgia’s parliament is to consider a draft bill that would eventually ban smoking in indoor public spaces and some outdoor spaces, such as stadiums.

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Smoking shifts

Smoking shifts

| April 12, 2017

If you are a South Korean female shift worker in your 50s, you are 5.55 times more likely to smoke than if you are a female daytime worker.

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Malawi confidence wobbles

Malawi confidence wobbles

| April 12, 2017

Talk of Malawi’s borders being manned to stop the ‘export’ of leaf tobacco seems to undermine claims that this year’s grower prices are going to be better than the miserly prices of last year.

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A new year, another promise

A new year, another promise

| April 11, 2017

Once again, the tobacco marketing season in Malawi is being held out as one in which farmers will be paid better prices, but since prices last year were down by more than 20 percent, that shouldn’t be difficult.

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Proposed tobacco tax unfair

Proposed tobacco tax unfair

| April 11, 2017

A question has been raised in Montana, US, about whether it is fair to apply punitive taxes to tobacco products in order to balance the state’s budget.

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Relative fire risks explained

Relative fire risks explained

| April 11, 2017

The London Fire Brigade has never attended a fire caused by an electronic cigarette in which a person was killed or injured, but it has some advice for helping to prevent such fires.

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CEO collects $27.6 million

CEO collects $27.6 million

| April 10, 2017

Altria’s CEO Martin Barrington saw his pay rise by 107 percent between 2015 and 2016, to US$27.6 million.

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Leaf prices up by 0.8 percent

Leaf prices up by 0.8 percent

| April 10, 2017

Zimbabwe’s tobacco growers are modest in their ambition; wanting only prices that allow them to break even. But even this goal might be out of reach, despite an excellent crop.

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Beyond the smoke

Beyond the smoke

| April 10, 2017

In its latest annual report, Ceylon Tobacco Company has emphasised its contribution to Sri Lanka’s economy.

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E-cigs sold to non-smokers

E-cigs sold to non-smokers

| April 10, 2017

Despite an industry code saying that British vape shops should sell electronic cigarettes only to smokers, vapers or former smokers, most sell to others also.

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Tobacco proposal like the curate’s egg

Tobacco proposal like the curate’s egg

| April 7, 2017

The Canadian government’s proposals for new regulations on tobacco products and vaping devices have met with a mixed reception.

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€100 million in unintended consequences

€100 million in unintended consequences

| April 7, 2017

The introduction of standardized tobacco packaging in France is apparently costing the French taxpayer €100 million in compensation to tobacconists.

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Number of smokers grows globally

Number of smokers grows globally

| April 7, 2017

Ten countries account for more than 60 percent of the world’s smokers, whose numbers have increased by more than seven percent during the past 25 years.

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FDA nominee uncommitted on flavors

FDA nominee uncommitted on flavors

| April 7, 2017

The new US administration’s nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration appears open to discussion in respect of the use of at least some flavors in cigars and electronic cigarettes.

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