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Tobacco employees harvest Taiwan rice

Tobacco employees harvest Taiwan rice

| January 10, 2014

Imperial Tobacco employees in Taiwan volunteered to help bring in the local rice harvest with their friends and families as part of a major community project. Imperial was one of the first businesses to join the country’s rice land adoption program in 2009. By purchasing rice at a guaranteed price, the program enables local farmers […]

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Call for bold action against smoking in US

Call for bold action against smoking in US

| January 9, 2014

Seven U.S. public health and medical organizations yesterday called for a new national commitment to end the country’s “tobacco epidemic” for good. They say they are looking for “bold action by all levels of government” to achieve three goals: * to reduce smoking rates, currently at about 18 percent, to less than 10 percent within […]

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India has reduced smoking among men

India has reduced smoking among men

| January 9, 2014

India has made progress in reducing the prevalence of daily smoking among men, according to a Times of India story quoting from a new study led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in the U.S. The study, Smoking Prevalence and Cigarette Consumption in 187 countries, 1980–2012, found that […]

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Mighty tax payment reflects market share

Mighty tax payment reflects market share

| January 9, 2014

A senior executive at the Philippines-based cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corp. has said that the tax payment the company made for last year should put to rest false accusations that it had not been paying the correct level of duties and taxes, according to a story in the Manila Bulletin. Mighty Corp. was said to have […]

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More people smoking now than in 1980

More people smoking now than in 1980

| January 8, 2014

Worldwide population growth has meant that more people smoke today than was the case in 1980, according to a story by Kerry Sheridan for Agence France Presse, quoting figures from a new study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association. China had nearly 100 million more smokers in 2012 than it had three […]

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Plans to impose indoor tobacco smoking ban nationwide in China by year’s end

Plans to impose indoor tobacco smoking ban nationwide in China by year’s end

| January 8, 2014

China’s health authorities are aiming to roll out a nationwide tobacco smoking ban in enclosed public places by year’s end, according to a story by Zhuang Pinghui for the South China Morning Post. Zhuang said this was the first time that the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) had set a target date to […]

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‘Rehabilitation programs’ see 5,000 Saudis quit tobacco smoking habit

‘Rehabilitation programs’ see 5,000 Saudis quit tobacco smoking habit

| January 8, 2014

At least 5,000 Saudi men and women became nonsmokers last year after taking part in “rehabilitation programs” across the country, according to an Arab News story. Throughout 2013, the Makkah Kafa Society, tasked with raising awareness about the dangers of smoking and drug use, was in contact with more than 800,000 people, Abdullah Al-Othaim, the […]

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Imperial’s factory helps demonstrate the potential for businesses in Madagascar

Imperial’s factory helps demonstrate the potential for businesses in Madagascar

| January 8, 2014

Imperial Tobacco has staged a tour of its Antsirabe factory in Madagascar to help attract potential new investors from France to the Indian Ocean nation. The visit was organized at the request of the local authorities to demonstrate investment opportunities for manufacturing in the area. The SACICEM plant is seen as one of the most […]

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China expert joins BAT board

China expert joins BAT board

| January 8, 2014

Savio Kwan has joined the board of British American Tobacco as a nonexecutive director. During his extensive career, Kwan, who was said in a note posted on BAT’s website to have “significant business experience of Greater China and Asia,” has worked “broadly in technology for General Electric, BTR PLC and Alibaba Group, China’s largest internet […]

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JTI’s UK chief joins debate about duties

JTI’s UK chief joins debate about duties

| January 7, 2014

Jorge da Motta, the U.K. chief executive of Japan Tobacco International, believes Scottish ministers would think again about bringing in anti-tobacco policies if the Scottish government received directly the duty levied on tobacco sales in Scotland, according to a story by David Maddox for The Scotsman. Da Motta was said to have told Scotland on […]

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New law said to herald end of smoking

New law said to herald end of smoking

| January 7, 2014

In bringing in strict new anti-tobacco regulations on Jan. 21, the UAE is, in some respects, leapfrogging the policies of many countries that would normally be regarded as being fiercely anti-tobacco. The UAE will from that date ban smoking in private cars containing people under the age of 12 years, and it will introduce penalties […]

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Settlement made over Eclipse claims

Settlement made over Eclipse claims

| January 7, 2014

The U.S. state of Vermont has recovered $8.3 million in penalties under a settlement with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco over deceptive advertising, according to a VTDigger.org story quoting a statement from the attorney general’s office. The settlement is the result of a 2005 lawsuit over the company’s marketing of its Eclipse brand of cigarettes. A Vermont […]

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Huge illicit trade in Hong Kong despite threat of jail sentences for offenders

Huge illicit trade in Hong Kong despite threat of jail sentences for offenders

| January 6, 2014

Hong Kong customs seized 38 million cigarettes between January and November last year, well up on the seizures made during 2012, according to a Hong Kong government information press note. The figure given for 2012 was 27 million, but it was not clear whether this figure covered the January–November 2012 period or the full year […]

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Jail sentence threat unlikely to have much effect on Malaysia’s illicit trade

Jail sentence threat unlikely to have much effect on Malaysia’s illicit trade

| January 6, 2014

Malaysia’s extension of illicit cigarette trade penalties to cover buyers is not expected to have any material impact on the earnings of local tobacco companies, according to a story in The Star quoting analysts and industry observers. An Affin Investment Bank research bank had Malaysia’s illicit cigarette trade accounting for 34.5 percent of the total […]

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Turkey’s smoking population tumbling

Turkey’s smoking population tumbling

| January 6, 2014

The prevalence of smoking in Turkey is dropping “at unprecedented rates’, according to a story in the Hürriyet Daily News quoting World Health Organization figures. Adult smoking prevalence is said to have decreased from 32.2 percent, or 16 million, in 2008, to 27.1 percent, or 14.8 million, in 2012, the WHO said in its global […]

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News of smoking ban circulating slowly on Vietnam’s transport system

News of smoking ban circulating slowly on Vietnam’s transport system

| January 6, 2014

Enforcement of Vietnam’s anti-tobacco law, which came into force in May, is proving difficult, in part because many smokers don’t know about the new rules, according to a VietnamPlus story. The law prohibits smoking on buses and airplanes, in indoor public places and at bus terminals, train stations and ports. It requires, too, that separate […]

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Triple tobacco taxes to cut smoking’s toll

Triple tobacco taxes to cut smoking’s toll

| January 3, 2014

Tripling tobacco taxes globally would cut smoking by a third and prevent 200 million premature deaths this century from lung cancer and other diseases, according to a Cancer Research UK review published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday. ‘Boosting the tax by a large fixed amount per cigarette would narrow the price […]

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Where ‘at least 50 per cent’ is 75 per cent

Where ‘at least 50 per cent’ is 75 per cent

| January 3, 2014

Nepal’s Supreme Court has dismissed a petition by tobacco companies and directed the government strictly to implement the anti-tobacco provisions of the Tobacco Product Control and Regulatory Act, according to a story by Ananta Rajluitel for The Himalayan Times. Section 9 of the Act requires the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) to ensure that […]

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UK newspapers prepare cigar’s obituary

UK newspapers prepare cigar’s obituary

| January 3, 2014

Cigar smoking could all but disappear from Britain within little more than a decade if the current decline in the habit continues, according to an Electronic Telegraph story quoting the Financial Times. The Telegraph story said that UK’s consumption of cigars had fallen by four-fifths over the past two decades and could die out altogether […]

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And a retributive New Year

And a retributive New Year

| January 3, 2014

Malaysians can be jailed for buying illicit cigarettes under new regulations that took effect on Wednesday, according to a story in The Star. Amendments to the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004 stipulate that it is not only illegal to sell illicit cigarettes; it is also illegal to buy them. Under the amendments gazetted in […]

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Bulgaria’s oriental tobacco growers threaten protests over slow sales

Bulgaria’s oriental tobacco growers threaten protests over slow sales

| January 2, 2014

Bulgaria’s National Association of Tobacco Growers has threatened to stage protests from next week unless sales of classical oriental tobacco start in earnest, according to a Novinite story. Tsvetan Filev, chair of the association, said on Tuesday that growers wanted tobacco buying companies to start purchasing their ‘Basma-type’ tobacco by January 5. Otherwise, he said, […]

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Health body to enforce smoking bans

Health body to enforce smoking bans

| January 2, 2014

China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) is to follow the example set by the country’s central authorities and build a non-smoking environment in all government-affiliated institutions, according to a story in the People’s Daily. The General Office of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee and the State Council, the country’s cabinet, jointly […]

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The wages of sin just went up again

The wages of sin just went up again

| January 2, 2014

The prices of tobacco and alcohol products were increased in the Philippines yesterday as the second phase of the country’s so-called sin-tax law came into force, according to a Philippine Daily Inquirer story. The tax on lower-priced cigarettes was increased to P17 a pack and that on higher-priced cigarettes to P27 a pack. The taxes […]

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Turkish smokers hit by tax increase

Turkish smokers hit by tax increase

| January 2, 2014

Turkey has raised taxes on tobacco products, new passenger cars, alcoholic drinks and mobile telephones, according to a Reuters story quoting an announcement in the country’s Official Gazette on Wednesday. Under the new arrangements, the minimum tax on a pack of cigarettes was lifted to 3.75 lira from 3.22 lira. The brief announcement of the […]

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Tobacco smoking banned in more homes

Tobacco smoking banned in more homes

| January 2, 2014

Mutual, a property company operating in Omaha, Nebraska, US, yesterday banned tobacco smoking from one of its apartment buildings, according to a story by Cindy Gonzalez for the Omaha World Herald. The decision to prohibit tobacco smoking at the Midtown Crossing building came after a survey of residents. Aja Anderson, the DouglasCounty’s community health educator, […]

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