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Warnings on hold pending legal ruling

Warnings on hold pending legal ruling

| February 25, 2014

Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) has said that it will continue to produce and supply its cigarettes in their current packs despite parliamentary approval last week of the Ministry of Health’s Tobacco Products (Labeling and Packaging) Regulations, according to a story in The Island. Sri Lanka’s parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved the imposition of graphic health-warnings […]

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Thailand to report on WTO compliance

Thailand to report on WTO compliance

| February 25, 2014

The World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) is set to meet this week for an update on issues raised by the Philippines over Thailand’s compliance with a ruling about taxes imposed on imported cigarettes, according to a story in The Philippine Star. A notice posted on the WTO’s website showed that a status report […]

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Would you mind leaving me alone?

Would you mind leaving me alone?

| February 24, 2014

A self-proclaimed ‘ordinary old man’ has politely asked the chair of the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health whether she would mind leaving him alone. At the start of a whimsical piece published in the comments and letters section of the South China Morning Post, Lee Lung-wing, of Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, introduced […]

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WHO says own target tax not enough

WHO says own target tax not enough

| February 24, 2014

Hong Kong is expected to increase tobacco tax by between about 11 and 24 per cent on Wednesday, according to a story in the South China Morning Post. Financial Secretary, John Tsang Chun-wah, is expected to increase the flat HK$34 duty on a pack of 20 cigarettes by between HK$4 and HK$8, meaning that the […]

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Tenants banned from using e-cigarettes

Tenants banned from using e-cigarettes

| February 24, 2014

Tenants at an apartment complex in the US have been told that they ‘are not allowed to use electronic cigarettes’, according to a story by WHSV-TV3 Channel 3. Presumably, this means that they will not be allowed to use electronic cigarettes in their apartments. Tenants of the Harrisonburg [Virginia] Redevelopment and Housing Authority recently received […]

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‘Cigarettes are eating you alive’

‘Cigarettes are eating you alive’

| February 24, 2014

A media campaign launched last week in The Gambia will include the warning ‘Cigarettes are eating you alive’, according to a story in The Daily Observer. The ‘National Mass Media Campaign on Tobacco Control has been set in motion by the Health and Social Welfare Ministry, which will spearhead the campaign together with the World […]

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Progress in face of tobacco ‘epidemic’

Progress in face of tobacco ‘epidemic’

| February 24, 2014

The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) is urging Caribbean countries to speed up the adoption of laws to control what it refers to as the tobacco ‘epidemic’, according to a story in the Jamaica Observer. The PAHO was quoted as saying that despite progress in the countries of the Americas the epidemic continued to grow. […]

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Inter-tabac to be postponed

Inter-tabac to be postponed

| February 23, 2014

Messe Westfalenhallen Dortmund has decided to postpone its Inter-tabac Asia trade fair, originally scheduled for Feb. 27-28 in Bali, Indonesia. The company insists it had obtained the required permits for the event, pursuant to the provisions of the Indonesian Ministry of Industry and Trade, which regulates international fairs and conferences in the country. Despite this, […]

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EU Tobacco Products Directive on track

EU Tobacco Products Directive on track

| February 21, 2014

The EU’s new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) is inching towards the finish line. The European Parliament (EP) meeting in plenary session is due to vote on February 26 on the text of the directive, which has been subjected to various technical and legal-linguistic corrections. The TPD is expected to be adopted during a European Council […]

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China pressurized by anti-tobacco lobby

China pressurized by anti-tobacco lobby

| February 21, 2014

China could prevent nearly 13 million tobacco-related deaths by 2050 by fully implementing a set of neglected anti-smoking policies it had already agreed to, researchers said on Wednesday. The estimated number of lives saved would result from a smoking rate 40 per cent lower than that projected on current trends, according to a story in […]

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Lagos’ smoking ban seen as balanced

Lagos’ smoking ban seen as balanced

| February 21, 2014

A law banning tobacco smoking within enclosed public places in the Nigerian state of Lagos has been commended by British American Tobacco Nigeria. The law, which was passed by the Lagos State House Assembly in January and signed by the state governor on Monday, prohibits tobacco smoking in public places such as libraries, museum, public […]

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Zimbabwe sales season off to good start

Zimbabwe sales season off to good start

| February 21, 2014

Zimbabwe’s 2014 flue-cured tobacco selling season opened on Wednesday with the first bale selling for US$4.85 per kg, up from the $4.50 offered at the start of last season, according to a story in The Herald. The paper said that at least 185 million kg of flue-cured were expected to be sold this season, up […]

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RAI and employees support non-profits

RAI and employees support non-profits

| February 21, 2014

Reynolds American Inc. and its affiliates, related private charitable foundations and employees donated about $11.6 million to a wide range of non-profit organizations in 2013. “So many communities continued to face economic challenges last year, and we were happy to be able to offer support,” said Alan Caldwell, director of corporate and civic engagement at […]

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Lorillard declares quarterly dividend

Lorillard declares quarterly dividend

| February 21, 2014

Lorillard’s board of directors has approved a 12 per cent increase in the quarterly dividend on its common stock from $0.55 per share to $0.615 per share. The dividend is payable on March 10 to stockholders of record as of February 28. ‘This step marks the sixth dividend increase and a doubling of the quarterly […]

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Spain looks at e-cigarette ad bans

Spain looks at e-cigarette ad bans

| February 20, 2014

The Spanish government is looking to approve draft legislation that will control the advertising of e-cigarettes and require information displays concerning the “risks to health” posed by these products, according to a story in The Leader. Under new consumer protection guidelines, television advertising will be largely banned before 8 p.m., though some concessions will be […]

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Philippines city looks at tobacco ad bans

Philippines city looks at tobacco ad bans

| February 20, 2014

An Iloilo city councilor has set in motion a discussion aimed at introducing an ordinance prohibiting tobacco advertising, promotions and sponsorships in the city, according to a Sun Star story. Joshua Alim is chairman of what was described in the story as the city council’s Committee on Rules and Style, but which is described elsewhere […]

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Sri Lanka to impose huge warnings

Sri Lanka to impose huge warnings

| February 20, 2014

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved the imposition of graphic health warnings covering the top 80 percent of the front and back of cigarette packs, cartons and other packaging, according to a story in The Island. The regulations were presented to parliament under the provisions of the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol Act […]

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Book provides shed-load of history

Book provides shed-load of history

| February 20, 2014

A new book, Tobacco Sheds: Vanishing Treasures in the Connecticut River Valley, by Dale Cahill and Darcy Cahill, catalogs some of the beautiful tobacco-farm structures that had not been lost at the time their photographs were taken. “In recent years, over 1,000 tobacco sheds have disappeared from the ‘Tobacco Valley,’” says a promotional note from Schiffer […]

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Snus use can protect against smoking

Snus use can protect against smoking

| February 19, 2014

A Norwegian researcher says that snus seems to protect against smoking if the snus-taking debut does not happen too early during adolescence, according to a Reuters story. Ingeborg Lund, a researcher with the Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research – SIRUS, in Oslo, said it was particularly important to keep teenagers tobacco-free until they […]

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Sales up, profit down at Swedish Match

Sales up, profit down at Swedish Match

| February 19, 2014

Swedish Match’s sales for the year to the end of December, at SEK12,610 million, were up by 1 percent on those of 2012. And sales during the fourth quarter of 2013, at SEK3,178 million, were up by 1 percent on those of the fourth quarter of 2012. Calculated in local currencies, sales for the full […]

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Vaping privately in public view

Vaping privately in public view

| February 19, 2014

White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes has launched Invisi-Vapor cartridges, which are said to produce 95 percent less vapor than is produced by its ClearDraw cartridges. “For times when customers do not want to draw unwanted attention to themselves, Invisi-Vapor is the solution,” the company said in a press note issued through PRNewswire. “White Cloud’s ultra-low vapor […]

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High hopes as Zimbabwe’s market opens

High hopes as Zimbabwe’s market opens

| February 19, 2014

Zimbabwe’s 2014 flue-cured tobacco marketing season was due to open today, with expectations high for both volume sales and earnings, according to a story in New Zimbabwe. The 91,000 growers—mostly small-scale farmers—who registered to grow the 2013–2014 crop are thought to have produced about 175 million–185 million kg, up from the 167 million kg produced […]

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BAT Nigeria provides farmer support

BAT Nigeria provides farmer support

| February 19, 2014

The more than 800 members of the Nigeria Independent Tobacco Association in the Oke Ogun area of Oyo State are to benefit from NGN282 million in interest-free loans from British American Tobacco Iseyin Agronomy (BATIA), a subsidiary of British American Tobacco Nigeria, according to a Business Day story. The loans, which are to be distributed […]

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Newly emboldened health officials predicting US smoking endgame

Newly emboldened health officials predicting US smoking endgame

| February 18, 2014

Health officials have begun to predict the end of cigarette smoking in the U.S., according to an Associated Press story. They have long wished for a cigarette-free country but previously have shied away from predicting that smoking rates would fall to near zero by any particular year. But because of what AP referred to as […]

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Illicit cigarettes flooding SA’s borders

Illicit cigarettes flooding SA’s borders

| February 18, 2014

Counterfeit cigarettes are among the illicit goods most likely to be smuggled across South   Africa’s borders on a daily basis, according to a Mondaq story. The story said that the illicit trade in counterfeit and genuine cigarettes had grown at a “phenomenal pace” and that cigarettes now comprised one of the most prevalent and […]

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