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Plain packs report disregards evidence

Plain packs report disregards evidence

| April 4, 2014

In its response to the Chantler Report and the U.K. government’s statement on standardized packaging, Philip Morris International said Sir Cyril Chantler had chosen to disregard the evidence on standardized packaging from Australia—the only country to have implemented it. (In November, Chantler, a pediatrician, chairman of University College London Partners and nonexecutive chairman of the […]

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Secondhand smoke in perspective

Secondhand smoke in perspective

| April 4, 2014

The mayor of Santee, California, USA, has enraged anti-smoking activists by playing down the dangers of secondhand tobacco smoke, according to a report by Natasha Zouves for 10 News. Santee recently received a failing grade from the American Lung Association for allowing people to smoke in city parks, but Mayor Randy Voepel was unabashed. “Here’s […]

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Spitting image given makeover

Spitting image given makeover

| April 4, 2014

An inventor has come up with a portable spittoon and is now offering to license or sell it to manufacturers or marketers through InventHelp. The SPITTY is said to provide a convenient place to spit while chewing smokeless tobacco, eliminating the need to carry empty cans and cups. The invention is lightweight, portable, easy to […]

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Snus gets another clean bill of health

Snus gets another clean bill of health

| April 3, 2014

Swedish researchers who two years ago reported that snus use was not associated with heart attacks have now concluded it is not associated with stroke, according to professor Brad Rodu writing on the R Street Institute website. Rodu is a professor of medicine at the University of Louisville (UofL), USA. He holds an endowed chair […]

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Indonesia stands up for tobacco growers by standing firm against FCTC pressure

Indonesia stands up for tobacco growers by standing firm against FCTC pressure

| April 3, 2014

The World Health Organization is putting pressure on Indonesia’s president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, to ratify the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) despite the fact that the president has expressed specific reservations about doing so. According to a story on en.tempo.com, Indonesian Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi said the latest “push” had been made by […]

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JT to make Pianissimo brand changes

JT to make Pianissimo brand changes

| April 3, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it was redesigning three of its Pianissimo products—Pianissimo Lucia Menthol, Pianissimo Pétil Menthol One and Pianissimo Fram Menthol One—though no changes were being made to their flavors and aromas. The three cigarettes are said to share a smooth, unassertive menthol flavor and light, gentle aroma. And it is their […]

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Entries invited for packaging awards

Entries invited for packaging awards

| April 3, 2014

Pro Carton is inviting entries for its 2014 ECMA Award, which is said to be open to the whole supply chain, from the carton-board and carton industries to designers, brand owners and retailers. The last date for entries is June 6. The presentation of awards is due to be made during a gala evening of […]

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PM to close Australian factory this year

PM to close Australian factory this year

| April 2, 2014

Philip Morris Limited (PML) said today that it was to stop cigarette manufacturing in Australia by the end of this year. The manufacture of cigarettes for the Australian market will be moved to PML’s affiliate in South Korea. Currently, about 180 people are employed at PML’s factory at Moorabbin, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. “This […]

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Ireland ranks highly on illicit trade table

Ireland ranks highly on illicit trade table

| April 2, 2014

Ireland was the third highest on a list of EU countries for non-duty-paid tobacco (NDP) in 2013, according to a Sunday World story, which did not include the source of its figures. It came behind Latvia and Lithuania. But both of the Baltic states have decreased the level of their NDP tobacco sales significantly since […]

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Warnings too scary for their own good

Warnings too scary for their own good

| April 2, 2014

Taiwan is to introduce less scary graphic images on cigarette pack warnings in the hope of getting smokers at least to look at them, according to a report on Focus Taiwan News Channel. The country’s Health Promotion Administration (HPA), part of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, is hoping the new warnings, which are due […]

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Altria finalizes Green Smoke acquisition

Altria finalizes Green Smoke acquisition

| April 2, 2014

The Altria Group said yesterday that its subsidiary Nu Mark had completed the acquisition of the e-vapor business of Green Smoke and its affiliates. The transaction is valued at about $110 million in cash and up to $20 million in incentive payments. Additional information is available at www.altria.com.

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WHO says China’s proposed tobacco advertising restrictions not enough

WHO says China’s proposed tobacco advertising restrictions not enough

| April 1, 2014

The World Health Organization said on Friday that China needed a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising in order to reduce smoking prevalence in the country, according to a Xinhua News Agency story. What was being planned was not enough. WHO’s representative in China, Bernhard Schwartlander, made these comments in a statement following a submission by […]

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Brazil joint venture delivering leaf tobacco to China

Brazil joint venture delivering leaf tobacco to China

| April 1, 2014

Alliance One International said yesterday that its Brazilian subsidiary, Alliance One Brasil Exportadora de Tabacos (AOB), and China Tabaco Internacional do Brasil (CTIB), the Brazilian subsidiary of China Tobacco, had formed the joint-venture company China Brasil Tobacos Exportadora (CBT) in Brazil. Fifty-one percent of the joint venture is owned by CTIB and 49 percent by […]

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PMI reports progress in program of tackling tobacco-farm labor abuses

PMI reports progress in program of tackling tobacco-farm labor abuses

| April 1, 2014

Philip Morris International yesterday released its second progress report on implementation of the company’s Agricultural Labor Practices program (ALP). The program aims progressively to eliminate child labor and other labor abuses on the 490,000 farms (the vast majority of which are small-holder farms) where PMI buys tobacco worldwide. “With our ALP program, we have implemented […]

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Imperial’s material development in France

Imperial’s material development in France

| April 1, 2014

Imperial Tobacco’s factory in Nantes, France, has been awarded a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certificate for the use of sustainable materials in its product packaging. The international certificate serves as a guarantee for consumers of responsible forestry management of the base material for cigarette packaging. To achieve Chain of Custody Certification, the factory had to […]

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Lorillard elects new board member

Lorillard elects new board member

| April 1, 2014

Lorillard has elected Jerry W. Levin to its board of directors, effective immediately. The board is now composed of nine members, eight of whom are non-executive independent directors. Levin serves as executive chairman of the creative consumer products company, Wilton Brands, a position he has held since 2009. He served as CEO of Wilton Brands […]

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Funding sought for quitting device

Funding sought for quitting device

| April 1, 2014

The designer of a new smoking cessation device is seeking funding through the crowd-funding platform Indiegogo, according to a press note issued through PRNewswire. Mynus is said to be a “small, sleek-looking device” that “will allow anyone to once and for all wean themselves off of cigarettes, while eliminating virtually all humanly detectable second and […]

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Illicit trade warnings over plain packs dismissed by antis as scare stories

Illicit trade warnings over plain packs dismissed by antis as scare stories

| March 31, 2014

A tobacco control group has accused tobacco companies of having encouraged scare stories predicting that the introduction of standardized packaging for tobacco products would boost cigarette smuggling, according to a story by Jamie Doward for The Observer (U.K.). A new study, published in the journal Tobacco Control, claims such arguments must be viewed skeptically. “We […]

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FDA urged to act on cigarette design

FDA urged to act on cigarette design

| March 31, 2014

Thirty-three public health and medical organizations are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make it a priority to regulate how cigarettes are manufactured and thereby stop tobacco industry practices that have made cigarettes even more deadly and addictive than they were 50 years ago, according to a Tobacco-Free Kids press note issued through […]

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Wyoming: casually smuggling cigarettes

Wyoming: casually smuggling cigarettes

| March 31, 2014

For every 100 cigarettes smoked in Wyoming, an additional 24 cigarettes are smuggled out, according to a story by Laura Hancock for the Billings Gazette. Most of the “smuggled” cigarettes are probably bought legally in Wyoming and then taken for personal use to neighboring states with higher cigarette taxes. According to a recent report about […]

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Coresta building the future in Canada

Coresta building the future in Canada

| March 31, 2014

The 2014 Coresta Congress is due to be held in Canada, in what the organizing committee describes as “the beautiful Old Québec City.” It will be held at the Château Frontenac on Oct. 12–16. The theme of the congress is “Building on experience to shape the future.” More details are at www.coresta2014.org.

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Swedish Match announces AGM date

Swedish Match announces AGM date

| March 31, 2014

Swedish Match is due to hold its annual general meeting at Stockholm on May 7. The board of directors has proposed a dividend of SEK7.30 per share and May 12 as the day of record for the right to receive a cash dividend. The company published its annual report on March 25 and its annual […]

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Belgium: could do better on smoking

Belgium: could do better on smoking

| March 28, 2014

The Association of European Cancer Leagues has given Belgium a poor score for its anti-smoking policies, according to an Expatica.com story. In fact, Belgium scored 47 percent, which put it in 13th place on a list of what was said to be “some 30 European countries”; so it was in the top half, but only […]

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Philippines’ sin tax fails to cut smoking

Philippines’ sin tax fails to cut smoking

| March 28, 2014

The Philippines Senate wants to summon cigarette manufacturers and officials of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to explain why the country’s year-old “sin tax” law has failed to reduce smoking among Filipinos, which was the rationale behind the law. According to a story in The Philippine Star, Senator […]

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Nobody happy with parks smoking ban

Nobody happy with parks smoking ban

| March 28, 2014

Smokers and non-smokers alike have lodged complaints about a non-tobacco-smoking parks plan in Taiwan’s Taoyuan County, which aims to increase their number to 376 by next month, according to a story in the Taipei Times. The county government defended the move as following Ministry of Health and Welfare policy. In theory, the new plan could […]

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