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Category: Breaking News

No reason to believe in gateway effect

No reason to believe in gateway effect

September 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

The US-based Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) has dismissed a study released on Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine in which it was reportedly claimed that electronic cigarettes could cause cocaine use. ‘In reality, the study shows no such thing, and the authors and journal are just trying to score political […]

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Health bodies cave in to fear of unknown

Health bodies cave in to fear of unknown

September 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

Denmark’s board of health, cancer society, lung association and heart foundation have warned against the use of electronic cigarettes, according to a story by Lucie Rychla for the Copenhagen Post, citing the scientific magazine, Videnskab. Although the health consequences of using electronic cigarettes are not known, these health authorities are apparently recommending that the 150,000 […]

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Smokers’ loss is tobacco stores’ gain

Smokers’ loss is tobacco stores’ gain

September 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

The share prices of South Korea’s convenience stores are on the rise on expectations of tobacco price hikes, according to a story in The Korea Economic Daily. As was reported here yesterday, Korea’s Health and Welfare Minister, Moon Hyung-pyo, said on Tuesday that he hoped to see cigarette prices nearly doubled during the next six […]

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Protection sought for child farm workers

Protection sought for child farm workers

September 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

Fifty US-based organizations have called on President Obama to protect children working on US tobacco farms. The letter, issued last week by the Child Labor Coalition (CLC) and 15 other groups, expressed alarm that children were risking acute nicotine poisoning, pesticide poisoning, and other health and safety hazards in US tobacco fields. They asked the […]

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Lorillard and Zippo battle over blu brand

Lorillard and Zippo battle over blu brand

September 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

Lorillard said yesterday that two of its electronic cigarette subsidiary companies, Cygnet UK Trading Ltd and Lorillard Technologies, Inc. d/b/a blu eCigs, had filed for an injunction and declarations with the High Court of Justice in London, England, to protect their BLU ECIGS® trademarks in the UK and throughout the rest of Europe. In a […]

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Cigarette tax hike is Indian government’s 'biggest achievement' of first 100 days

Cigarette tax hike is Indian government’s ‘biggest achievement’ of first 100 days

September 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Economic Times of India has said that the biggest achievement during the first 100 days of the new Indian government has been the imposition of the largest-ever hike in excise duty on cigarettes. As was reported here on July 16, the Indian Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, steeply increased excise taxes on cigarettes as part […]

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Korea looking to raise cigarette prices

Korea looking to raise cigarette prices

September 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

South Korea’s Health and Welfare Minister, Moon Hyung-pyo, said yesterday that he hoped to see cigarette prices nearly doubled during the next six years so as to reduce the country’s smoking rate, according to a story in The Korea Herald. Moon said prices should be raised to at least WON3,300 ($3.24) per pack immediately, partly […]

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US flue-cured auctions open to low prices

US flue-cured auctions open to low prices

September 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Prices were low at the US’ first flue-cured auction of the season at Old Belt Tobacco Sales, Rural Hall, North Carolina, on August 26, according to a story by Christopher Bickers in his Tobacco Farmer Newsletter. ‘About 125,000 pounds (out of 200,000 offered) sold in the range of $1.10 per pound, with a practical top […]

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Thailand might legitimize e-cigarettes

Thailand might legitimize e-cigarettes

September 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Authorities in Thailand might soon regulate and levy taxes on shisha tobacco and electronic cigarettes, according to a Phuket News story quoting officials at the Ministry of Finance. Neither product is currently registered under any Thai laws; so both are illicit before the law. However, shisha, known in Thailand as baragu, is increasingly popular among […]

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22nd Century Group is new MSA member

22nd Century Group is new MSA member

September 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

22nd Century Group said yesterday that it had become a member of the US tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) through the acquisition of NASCO Products, a federally licensed tobacco product manufacturer and participating member of the MSA since 2005. In a story for Benzinga.com, Eddie Staley said that with 22nd Century’s super-premium priced brands RED […]

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