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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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Premium cigarette sales drop in China as government officials warned off smoking

Premium cigarette sales drop in China as government officials warned off smoking

| December 31, 2013

Sales of high-priced cigarettes are expected to be hardest hit by the enforcement of a ban on China’s government officials smoking in public and giving and receiving cigarettes as gifts. According to a story by Yang Jing for the Global Times, the General Office of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee and the State […]

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Indonesia gears up for new regulations

Indonesia gears up for new regulations

| December 31, 2013

Cigarette companies in Indonesia are preparing for the implementation of new regulations that restrict tobacco advertisements and require the inclusion of graphic warnings on cigarette packs, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. The tobacco control regulations were issued by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in December 2012 and are set to take effect in […]

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Shock and gore propaganda in the UK

Shock and gore propaganda in the UK

| December 31, 2013

The UK’s Department of Health (DoH) is reigniting its turn-of-the-year anti-smoking campaign with a £3 million push designed to provoke ‘disgust’ among television viewers, according to a story by Lara O’Reilly in Marketing Week. This year’s ‘smokefree’ initiative from the DoH’s executive body, Public Health England, includes the ‘new news’ that smoking can be linked […]

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Counterfeit vaporizers raise safety issues

Counterfeit vaporizers raise safety issues

| December 31, 2013

US-based Ploom has warned that counterfeit versions of its Pax vaporizers can raise safety issues, according to a ChinaCSR.com story. Ploom’s vaporizers are smoking alternative devices that heat tobacco contained in pods to a constant temperature, vaporizing nicotine and flavors without burning the materials or producing smoke. But Ploom says that certain counterfeit Pax products […]

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Move to put electronic cigarettes beyond reach of tobacco smoking prohibitions

Move to put electronic cigarettes beyond reach of tobacco smoking prohibitions

| December 30, 2013

A senator in the US state of Wisconsin is sponsoring legislation that would make it clear that electronic cigarettes are not included in the state’s tobacco smoking ban, according to a WSAU report. Glenn Grothman said the purpose of electronic cigarettes was to get people to stop using traditional cigarettes, which was something the state […]

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Smoking stops created along bus route

Smoking stops created along bus route

| December 30, 2013

Taipei’s Department of Health has designated 27 bus stops along the Xinyi Road, one of the city’s busiest, as areas where tobacco smoking is due to be banned from next month, according to a story in the Taipei Times. The bans are said by the TaipeiCity government to be in accordance with the Tobacco Hazards […]

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UAE readies for far-reaching tobacco law

UAE readies for far-reaching tobacco law

| December 30, 2013

As the United   Arab Emirates prepares to implement its Anti-Tobacco Law on January 21, one health official has said that she has been in talks with the National Media Council (NMC) to prevent indirect promotion of tobacco through newspaper articles, according to a story in the Khaleej Times. Dr. Wedad Al Maidoor, head of […]

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Big fines for high-speed train smokers who fail to toe the line in China

Big fines for high-speed train smokers who fail to toe the line in China

| December 27, 2013

Anyone caught smoking tobacco on China’s high-speed trains will be fined up to Yuan2,000 ($330) as of January 1, according to a story by Wang Fan for Ecns.cn, quoting a railway safety regulation issued by the State Council. But smokers won’t be the only people in the firing line. Fines of up to Yuan2,000 will […]

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January finish for Karnataka sales

January finish for Karnataka sales

| December 27, 2013

The Tobacco Board of India has reverted to an earlier estimate and again announced that flue-cured auctions in Karnataka are likely to be finished by the end of January, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The Board previously had suggested that the auctions would end in January, […]

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Ireland restricts duty-free allowances

Ireland restricts duty-free allowances

| December 27, 2013

New rules that will come into force on January 1 will restrict the number of cigarettes that may be brought into Ireland for personal use by people traveling from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania, according to a story in the Irish Independent. From that date, travelers from those countries will be allowed to […]

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Israel signs anti-illegal trade protocol

Israel signs anti-illegal trade protocol

| December 27, 2013

Israel has joined an international protocol aimed at preventing the illegal trade in tobacco products, according to a story by Judy Siegel-Itzkovich for the Jerusalem Post, quoting the Health Ministry. The country’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, signed the protocol, which is an adjunct to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco […]

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JTI set to match worldwide employee donations to Philippines relief effort

JTI set to match worldwide employee donations to Philippines relief effort

| December 27, 2013

Japan Tobacco International employees worldwide have been asked to make donations to a fund set up to help the victims of typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines early in November. JTI has agreed to match any donations made by its employees. Typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda as it is known in the Philippines, made landfall there […]

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De Labouchere’s JTI departure unsung

De Labouchere’s JTI departure unsung

| December 24, 2013

Pierre de Labouchere last week resigned with immediate effect as president and CEO of Japan Tobacco International, according to a story by Mark Kleinman for Sky News. Kleinman quoted a statement issued on Friday by a JTI spokesman as saying that de Labouchere had decided to resign as of December 18. The statement said that […]

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Ploom sales kick off on Japanese website

Ploom sales kick off on Japanese website

| December 24, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. has announced that on-line sales of Ploom vaporizers started today through the Ploom Online Shop operated by JT Creative Service. Originally, the start date for on-line sales had been set as December 12, but it was delayed at the last minute because of technical difficulties. The Ploom vaporizer is a pocket-sized smoking […]

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Start date set for Andhra leaf auctions

Start date set for Andhra leaf auctions

| December 24, 2013

Flue-cured tobacco auctions in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh are expected to start on February 15, according to a story in the latest edition of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The chairman of the Tobacco Board, Koothati Gopal, was quoted as saying that the sales were due to start simultaneously on all auction floors. […]

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Sin tax system nearly doubles cigarette excise revenues in the Philippines

Sin tax system nearly doubles cigarette excise revenues in the Philippines

| December 24, 2013

Cigarette excise payments in the Philippines during the first nine months of this year, at P61.6 billion, were almost double what they were during the first nine months of 2012, according to a story in The Philippine Star. In a briefing given on Friday, revenue commissioner Kim Henares said excise tax payments by alcohol and […]

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Tobacco lobby not barred from giving evidence on standardized packaging

Tobacco lobby not barred from giving evidence on standardized packaging

| December 23, 2013

Advisers to Ireland’s Joint Committee on Health and Children have said there is no legal impediment to tobacco industry representatives giving evidence at hearings on proposed standard-packaging legislation, according to a story in the Irish Independent. Hearings, which are scheduled for the New Year, will be crucial to the progress of the Tobacco Plain Packaging […]

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