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Talking at cross purposes on tobacco bill

Talking at cross purposes on tobacco bill

| December 16, 2013

The House of Representative’s legislative body (Baleg) in Indonesia has rejected the Health Ministry’s demand that it halt deliberations on a tobacco bill, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. But it is not clear whether the bill exists, at least not in the form that the ministry has seen. During a hearing in […]

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Bill proposes banning tobacco firms from lobbying Ireland’s politicians

Bill proposes banning tobacco firms from lobbying Ireland’s politicians

| December 16, 2013

Three Irish senators are due to bring forward a bill banning tobacco companies from lobbying politicians, according to an Irish Mirror Online story. Jillian Van Turnhout, John Crown and Sean Barrett are those pushing the new law. Senator Crown described the tobacco industry as a “pernicious and evil trade”. “Fewer than half of those who […]

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Study finds no link between secondhand tobacco smoke and lung cancer

Study finds no link between secondhand tobacco smoke and lung cancer

| December 13, 2013

A large-scale study has found no clear link between secondhand tobacco-smoke exposure and lung cancer, undercutting the premise of years of litigation including a Florida case that yielded a $350 million settlement, according to a story by Daniel Fisher for Forbes. Fisher cites an article in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that provides […]

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Legal strategies block tobacco laws

Legal strategies block tobacco laws

| December 13, 2013

Tobacco companies are pushing back against a worldwide rise in anti-smoking laws using a little-noticed legal strategy to delay or block regulation, according to a story by Sabrina Tavernise for the New York Times. Tavernise quotes health advocates and officials as saying the industry is warning countries that their tobacco laws violate an expanding web […]

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JT’s domestic sales down in November

JT’s domestic sales down in November

| December 13, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during November, at 9.5 billion, fell by 0.9 percent on that of November 2012, 9.6 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The November 2012 figure was down by 0.8 percent on that of November 2011. Volume during April-November, at 79.3 billion, was up by […]

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Australia failing to stand with other nations on standardized packaging

Australia failing to stand with other nations on standardized packaging

| December 13, 2013

Australia has been accused of failing to defend its standardized tobacco packaging legislation, with one report from regional talks in Singapore describing Australia as a “constant stumbling block” to other nations’ attempts to secure the right to follow suit, according to a story by Peter Martin in the Sydney Morning Herald. A report from an […]

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EU stepping up fight against illicit trade

EU stepping up fight against illicit trade

| December 13, 2013

EU Ministers of Economy and Finance have adopted council conclusions on stepping up the fight against cigarette smuggling and other forms of illicit trade in tobacco products in the EU, according to a Wired-GOV report. The council conclusions are at http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_Data/docs/pressdata/en/jha/140011.pdf. “The conclusions underline the need to enhance the fight against cigarette smuggling, which has considerable […]

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Website glitch delays Ploom launch

Website glitch delays Ploom launch

| December 13, 2013

Technical difficulties have forced Japan Tobacco Inc. to cancel the launch of online sales of Ploom vaporizers, which, according to a Nov. 28 press note, were scheduled to start yesterday. Sales through the Ploom Online Shop, operated by JT Creative Services, are now due to go ahead once the Internet site’s technical difficulties have been […]

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NZ smoking prevalence at 15.1 percent

NZ smoking prevalence at 15.1 percent

| December 12, 2013

The prevalence of smoking in New Zealand has fallen by more than a quarter in six years, according to a story by Martin Johnston for the New Zealand Herald. Data from this year’s census showed that 15.1 percent of people aged 15 or older smoked daily, down from 20.7 percent in the previous (2006) census. […]

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Imperial in new anti-illicit trade compact

Imperial in new anti-illicit trade compact

| December 12, 2013

Imperial Tobacco says that it has signed a new agreement with the customs authorities in Belgium to help combat illicit trade. “Belgium is an important country for the movement of illicit tobacco products by criminals due to its location and communication links,” the company said in a note posted on its website. “The signing of […]

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Annual survey said to overestimate illicit cigarettes in some European countries

Annual survey said to overestimate illicit cigarettes in some European countries

| December 12, 2013

Researchers say that an annual study overestimates illicit cigarette levels in some European countries and suggests that Philip Morris International’s supply chain control is inadequate, according to a paper published online by Tobacco Control (TC). Following a legal agreement with the EU, PMI has commissioned from the global accountancy firm KPMG a yearly report, known […]

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Keeping smokers comfortable outdoors

Keeping smokers comfortable outdoors

| December 12, 2013

Paris, France, is set to launch a sustainable alternative to the environment unfriendly café heaters currently used to keep smokers warm outside, according to a story by Elisabeth Braw for Guardian Professional. And as well as providing heat, the solar-powered parasols will apparently absorb cigarette smoke. The parasols are being supplied by the U.S. company, […]

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Pianissimo ups the menthol volume

Pianissimo ups the menthol volume

| December 12, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. has said that it intends to launch Pianissimo Icene Spike, a product that will offer the strongest menthol sensation of the Pianissimo brand. The new product will go on sale across Japan from the middle of next month. The Pianissimo Icene range is said to offer a smooth taste and a refreshingly […]

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Another appointment at Gamucci

Another appointment at Gamucci

| December 12, 2013

Damien Scott (pictured) has been appointed brand manager at the U.K.-based e-cigarette manufacturer and marketer Gamucci. Scott was previously the commercial manager with e-cigarette brand Skycig, where he spearheaded the company’s early market success. He was subsequently responsible for Skycig’s offline brand strategy and public reputation.

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PMI quarterly dividend declared

PMI quarterly dividend declared

| December 12, 2013

The board of directors of Philip Morris International yesterday declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.94 per common share, payable on Jan. 10 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 26. The ex-dividend date is Dec. 23.

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Altria quarterly dividend declared

Altria quarterly dividend declared

| December 12, 2013

The Altria Group said yesterday its board of directors had declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.48 per common share, payable on Jan. 10 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 26. The ex-dividend date is Dec. 23.

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Ottawa social housing to ban smoking

Ottawa social housing to ban smoking

| December 11, 2013

Tobacco smoking will be banned from social housing units in the Canadian city of Ottawa starting from June next year, according to the latest proposal from Ottawa’s Community Housing Corp. (CHC). Writing in the Ottawa Citizen, Derek Spalding said that the new no-smoking policy was widely popular among residents who lived in the 14,800 units […]

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French court ruling could spell end of specialist e-cigarette stores

French court ruling could spell end of specialist e-cigarette stores

| December 11, 2013

A court in France ruled on Monday that e-cigarettes qualify as tobacco products and as such can be sold only by licensed tobacconists, according to a story by Sam Ball for France 24. The ruling threatens to put specialist e-cigarette sellers across the country out of business. It was made by a court in Toulouse […]

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‘Complete transparency’ at e-auctions

‘Complete transparency’ at e-auctions

| December 11, 2013

Tobacco growers in the Indian state of Karnataka have sold more than 53.41 million kg of flue-cured at an average price of INR137.35 per kg, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. At the same stage of the 2012–2013 sales season, growers in the state had sold 43.52 […]

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Failure of TPP talks an ‘interim victory’

Failure of TPP talks an ‘interim victory’

| December 11, 2013

The failure to reach agreement during negotiations in Singapore on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being seen as an interim victory for campaigns by the Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health (CPATH) and its allies. CPATH said in a press note issued through PRNewswire yesterday that it wanted to extricate tobacco control measures […]

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New Mode unites four Mevius products

New Mode unites four Mevius products

| December 11, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. is to integrate four of its Less Smoke Smell products under the new name of Mevius Mode. Two of the products are currently within its Mevius D-SPEC line, and two are within its super-slim Mevius Style Plus line. The flavor and aroma of these products will remain the same, but they will […]

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Most US states not serious about funding tobacco prevention and cessation

Most US states not serious about funding tobacco prevention and cessation

| December 10, 2013

The U.S. state of North Dakota currently spends $9.5 million a year on tobacco prevention cessation programs, a level of funding that meets that recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But this level of funding represents only 14.8 percent of the $64.3 million revenue that this year the state will […]

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‘Grave risks’ in secrecy over TTP plans

‘Grave risks’ in secrecy over TTP plans

| December 10, 2013

As the final round of ministerial talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership resumed on Sunday, Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz wrote to each of the 12 participating nations, warning that the deal and the secrecy surrounding it presented “grave risks,” according to a story by economics correspondent Peter Martin, writing for the Sydney Morning Herald. The […]

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US politicians put pressure on Ireland over standardized packaging plans

US politicians put pressure on Ireland over standardized packaging plans

| December 10, 2013

The governor of the U.S. state of Virginia has written to the Irish prime minister, Enda Kenny, urging him to reject proposals to introduce standardized cigarette packaging, according to a story in The Irish Times. In a letter last week, Gov. Bob McDonnell said there were other proven ways to regulate the industry that were […]

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Tobacco vending machines to be ousted from Israel by start of next year

Tobacco vending machines to be ousted from Israel by start of next year

| December 10, 2013

The sale of cigarettes from indoor and outdoor vending machines will be outlawed throughout Israel from the beginning of next year, according to a story by Judy Siegel-Itzkovich. The law was originally passed in August 2011, but its implementation was postponed until the beginning of 2014 because vending companies said they needed time to adjust […]

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