Category: Markets

New taxes add fuel to fire

New taxes add fuel to fire

| May 1, 2017

Despite having an illegal tobacco trade that is already burning furiously, the Canadian province of Ontario has decided to add fuel to the fire with further cigarette tax increases.

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Consumption increased

Consumption increased

| May 1, 2017

Sri Lanka is debating how it might reverse an increasing trend in cigarette consumption, which went from about 3.6 billion in 2014 to about 3.8 billion in 2016.

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Elusive potential

Elusive potential

| May 1, 2017

India’s promise is likely to remain where it has been for a long time—on the horizon.

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Plain packs persuasive

Plain packs persuasive

| April 28, 2017

A new review has been lobbed on to the battlefield of standardized tobacco packaging – this one claiming that the UK’s imposition of such packaging could result in hundreds of thousands of smokers quitting their habit.

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Call for tax increase

Call for tax increase

| April 25, 2017

A study in Malaysia has found that 1.1 million tobacco-smoking-related deaths could be prevented if cigarette excise were increased; but others point out that the illegal trade would have to be addressed firstly.

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Tobacco Board under fire

Tobacco Board under fire

| April 24, 2017

In having to decide on flue-cured tobacco crop sizes, India’s Tobacco Board regularly finds itself between a rock and a hard place; as it has in setting the new Karnataka target.

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Tax at root of cigarette smuggling

Tax at root of cigarette smuggling

| April 21, 2017

Governments will employ no end of strategies to reduce cigarette smuggling, except, that is, the one that would be most effective: moderating the tax imposts on these products.

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Sri Lankan monopoly secure

Sri Lankan monopoly secure

| April 20, 2017

A suggestion that Sri Lanka is considering registering a second cigarette manufacturer has met with an angry response from the country’s health minister.

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Tobacco flavors targeted

Tobacco flavors targeted

| April 20, 2017

Tobacco flavors are in the sights of some lawmakers in the US cities of San Francisco and Oakland.

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Illicit cigarettes take top spot

Illicit cigarettes take top spot

| April 20, 2017

The licit cigarette industry in Malaysia is facing what one company has described as ‘challenging times’; but, with illicit products having taken 57 percent of the market, that seems like an understatement.

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Iran hikes cigarette production

Iran hikes cigarette production

| April 19, 2017

Iran increased cigarette production by 50 percent during its most recent financial year, and its aim is to keep going along this road until it eliminates the need for imports.

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Smoking linked to earnings

Smoking linked to earnings

| April 19, 2017

As in many other parts of the world, in South Korea it is those on lower incomes who tend to make up most of the country’s smokers.

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JT market share solid

JT market share solid

| April 18, 2017

At 8.5 billion, Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales last month were down on those of March 2016, but the company’s market share remained solid.

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Tobacco-free by 2025

Tobacco-free by 2025

| April 18, 2017

Turkmenistan is looking to reduce the incidence of smoking in the country to five percent or lower by 2025.

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Same sad story in Malawi

Same sad story in Malawi

| April 18, 2017

The hugely-wealthy tobacco industry is once again paying pitiful prices to the largely financially-impoverished tobacco farmers of Malawi.

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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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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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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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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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