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Category: Breaking News

Plain packs report disregards evidence

Plain packs report disregards evidence

April 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

In its response to the Chantler Report and the U.K. government’s statement on standardized packaging, Philip Morris International said Sir Cyril Chantler had chosen to disregard the evidence on standardized packaging from Australia—the only country to have implemented it. (In November, Chantler, a pediatrician, chairman of University College London Partners and nonexecutive chairman of the […]

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Secondhand smoke in perspective

Secondhand smoke in perspective

April 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

The mayor of Santee, California, USA, has enraged anti-smoking activists by playing down the dangers of secondhand tobacco smoke, according to a report by Natasha Zouves for 10 News. Santee recently received a failing grade from the American Lung Association for allowing people to smoke in city parks, but Mayor Randy Voepel was unabashed. “Here’s […]

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Spitting image given makeover

Spitting image given makeover

April 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

An inventor has come up with a portable spittoon and is now offering to license or sell it to manufacturers or marketers through InventHelp. The SPITTY is said to provide a convenient place to spit while chewing smokeless tobacco, eliminating the need to carry empty cans and cups. The invention is lightweight, portable, easy to […]

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Snus gets another clean bill of health

Snus gets another clean bill of health

April 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Swedish researchers who two years ago reported that snus use was not associated with heart attacks have now concluded it is not associated with stroke, according to professor Brad Rodu writing on the R Street Institute website. Rodu is a professor of medicine at the University of Louisville (UofL), USA. He holds an endowed chair […]

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Indonesia stands up for tobacco growers by standing firm against FCTC pressure

Indonesia stands up for tobacco growers by standing firm against FCTC pressure

April 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

The World Health Organization is putting pressure on Indonesia’s president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, to ratify the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) despite the fact that the president has expressed specific reservations about doing so. According to a story on en.tempo.com, Indonesian Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi said the latest “push” had been made by […]

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JT to make Pianissimo brand changes

JT to make Pianissimo brand changes

April 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it was redesigning three of its Pianissimo products—Pianissimo Lucia Menthol, Pianissimo Pétil Menthol One and Pianissimo Fram Menthol One—though no changes were being made to their flavors and aromas. The three cigarettes are said to share a smooth, unassertive menthol flavor and light, gentle aroma. And it is their […]

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Entries invited for packaging awards

Entries invited for packaging awards

April 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Pro Carton is inviting entries for its 2014 ECMA Award, which is said to be open to the whole supply chain, from the carton-board and carton industries to designers, brand owners and retailers. The last date for entries is June 6. The presentation of awards is due to be made during a gala evening of […]

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PM to close Australian factory this year

PM to close Australian factory this year

April 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

Philip Morris Limited (PML) said today that it was to stop cigarette manufacturing in Australia by the end of this year. The manufacture of cigarettes for the Australian market will be moved to PML’s affiliate in South Korea. Currently, about 180 people are employed at PML’s factory at Moorabbin, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. “This […]

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Ireland ranks highly on illicit trade table

Ireland ranks highly on illicit trade table

April 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

Ireland was the third highest on a list of EU countries for non-duty-paid tobacco (NDP) in 2013, according to a Sunday World story, which did not include the source of its figures. It came behind Latvia and Lithuania. But both of the Baltic states have decreased the level of their NDP tobacco sales significantly since […]

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Warnings too scary for their own good

Warnings too scary for their own good

April 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

Taiwan is to introduce less scary graphic images on cigarette pack warnings in the hope of getting smokers at least to look at them, according to a report on Focus Taiwan News Channel. The country’s Health Promotion Administration (HPA), part of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, is hoping the new warnings, which are due […]

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