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Tobacco duty rise will fuel illicit trade

Tobacco duty rise will fuel illicit trade

| March 20, 2014

The director of the U.K. smokers’ group Forest, Simon Clark, has criticized yesterday’s budget increase on tobacco duty, which was 2 percent above the rate of inflation. “Recent history shows that increasing tobacco duty above inflation fuels illicit trade and costs government money,” he said. “The treasury loses billions of pounds to illicit traders every […]

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Qatar arrests Asian sweika sellers

Qatar arrests Asian sweika sellers

| March 20, 2014

Qatar’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested nine “Asians” involved in the production, packing and sale of “sweika,” an illicit product based on chewable tobacco, according to a story in the Gulf Times. About 6,000 packs of sweika were seized. The arrests came after the department received a tip-off about activities at a house in […]

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Illicit traders face fines and lecture

Illicit traders face fines and lecture

| March 20, 2014

Five shopkeepers in Malaysia were recently fined for selling illicit cigarettes, according to a story in The Star. The fines seemed to be set at more than 10 times the “value” of the illicit cigarettes in their possession. But these were not the Mr. or Mrs. Bigs of the illicit trade. One of them admitted […]

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‘Third-hand smoke’ is getting traction

‘Third-hand smoke’ is getting traction

| March 20, 2014

New research out of the U.S.’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is said to have found that the residue from smoking indoors—so-called “third-hand smoke”—has the potential to cause cancer, according to a Fox News story. Bo Hang, of the Lawrence Berkeley laboratory, found that when nicotine in secondhand smoke reacted with nitrous acid in the air, […]

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Missing buyers blamed for low prices

Missing buyers blamed for low prices

| March 20, 2014

At least four of the 20 Class A buyers licensed to buy Zimbabwe’s tobacco this year risk losing their licenses because they have not started buying four weeks after the season began, according to a story by Walter Muchinguri for the Zimbabwe Herald. Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board Chief Executive Dr. Andrew Matibiri said the […]

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NDC appoints customer care director

NDC appoints customer care director

| March 20, 2014

NDC Infrared Engineering has appointed Karl Schmid as director of customer care for its sensors, systems and metals divisions within its EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region. Schmid was previously manager of special services at Voith Paper and worldwide service and spares manager at Mahlo GmbH & Co. KG.

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Forum will have nicotine on its mind

Forum will have nicotine on its mind

| March 19, 2014

A list of discussion topics has been announced by the organizers of The First Global Forum on Nicotine, which is due to take place at the Marriott Hotel, Warsaw, Poland, on June 27–28. The forum, which will be staged by KAC, is set to examine the current state of the debate about the use of […]

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Cigarette manufacturing plan for Zambia

Cigarette manufacturing plan for Zambia

| March 19, 2014

Roland Imperial Tobacco Company (RITCO) has said it plans to set up a US$20 million primary processing plant in Zambia’s Lusaka South Multi-facility Economic Zone (LS-MFEZ), according to a Times of Zambia story. The company, which is wholly Zambian owned and is not connected to the U.K.-based Imperial Tobacco Group, is said to have signed […]

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Size matters when it comes to warnings

Size matters when it comes to warnings

| March 19, 2014

British American Tobacco Philippines (BATP) is objecting to some aspects of a proposed measure that would require graphic warnings to be included on the country’s cigarette packs, according to a story in The Philippine Star. General manager James Lafferty said that while the company backed the display of picture-based warnings on cigarette packs, the images […]

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Poland: a great place to work for Imperial

Poland: a great place to work for Imperial

| March 19, 2014

Imperial Tobacco’s two businesses in Poland have been named among the best companies to work for in the country. Imperial Tobacco Polska (ITP), the company’s market and operational team in Tarnowo, has earned a Top Employer award for the fourth consecutive year. And the company’s manufacturing operation in Radom, Imperial Tobacco Polska Manufacturing (ITPM), was […]

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China’s proposed new law on tobacco advertising open to public comment

China’s proposed new law on tobacco advertising open to public comment

| March 18, 2014

Public health and legal experts in China are urging that a comprehensive ban on tobacco-related advertising and promotion be included in an amended law aimed at curbing smoking, particularly among young people, according to a story in the China Daily. Public comment on the law is currently underway online and will continue until March 24, […]

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Tobacco said to threaten food security

Tobacco said to threaten food security

| March 18, 2014

Food security in Bangladesh could be under threat because of the government’s failure to discourage a rapid growth in tobacco plantings, according to a story in the New Age quoting unnamed specialists at the Department of Agriculture’s extension service. The department’s spokespeople said that tobacco acreage in Bangladesh had gone from 29,290 ha in fiscal […]

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Tobacco growing shrinking in Kyrgyzstan

Tobacco growing shrinking in Kyrgyzstan

| March 18, 2014

This year, Kyrgyzstan will reduce the area under tobacco by 500 ha, according to a Times of Central Asia story. The Times was relaying a KyrTAG news agency report citing Jumabek Asylbekov, head of the food security and agro-marketing department at Kyrgyzstan’s Agriculture Ministry. “The area under tobacco shrinks every year,” said Asylbekov, who added […]

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Zimbabwe’s growers distraught as buyers change ‘buying patterns’

Zimbabwe’s growers distraught as buyers change ‘buying patterns’

| March 18, 2014

Tension was high at tobacco auction floors in Harare, Zimbabwe, last week when angry growers claimed they were being cheated by unscrupulous buyers, according to a story by Phyllis Mbanje for the Zimbabwe Standard. The situation was said to have been especially volatile at Boka Auction Floors, where farmers pushed for protests against what they […]

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Santa Fe is a steward of the environment

Santa Fe is a steward of the environment

| March 18, 2014

U.S.-based Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company (SFNTC) has been awarded “Steward” status by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), according to a note posted on the company’s website. “The Steward designation is the highest in the department’s Environmental Stewardship Initiative,” the note said. “It acknowledges that SFNTC has shown exemplary environmental […]

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Saudi city bans all tobacco product sales

Saudi city bans all tobacco product sales

| March 17, 2014

A town in Saudi Arabia has banned the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products at all shops as part of plan to become a smoking-free town, according to an Emirates247.com story quoting an Al Riyadh newspaper report. The southern town of Taif has apparently informed all shops and supermarkets that they should stop selling […]

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NewCo supporting schools and clinics

NewCo supporting schools and clinics

| March 17, 2014

NewCo, with the help of its India-based partner, S.B. Impex, last year provided financial assistance to two schools in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, that cater especially for blind children and those who are mentally and/or physically disabled. The money for this and other projects has been raised following a decision by NewCo a year ago to […]

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Four things not to do in Singapore

Four things not to do in Singapore

| March 17, 2014

Singapore is considering forming a volunteer corps of individuals who would be empowered to fine people who litter, spit, urinate and/or smoke in places where such activities are prohibited, according to a TODAYonline story. Initially, the idea, put forward by the Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, was to form an anti-litter volunteer corps […]

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Danish smoking rate down to 17 percent

Danish smoking rate down to 17 percent

| March 17, 2014

Danish people are smoking—and drinking—less than they previously were, according to an Icenews story quoting a report based on new research from the country’s health department. Sundhedsstyrelsens Nationale Sundhedsprofil, the national health profile division of the health department, said the number of Danes who admitted to smoking on a daily basis had fallen to 17 […]

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Malaysia steps up illicit trade battle

Malaysia steps up illicit trade battle

| March 17, 2014

Malaysia’s fight against smuggled cigarettes has gone into full swing with the Royal Malaysian Customs Depart­ment conducting raids nationwide since the beginning of the month, according to a story in The Star. The raids, conducted under the Ops Outlet name, are part of renewed efforts by the department to curb the sales of smuggled cigarettes […]

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Anger over tobacco place at rules meet

Anger over tobacco place at rules meet

| March 14, 2014

Anti-tobacco campaigners have protested against the involvement of tobacco companies in drafting Bangladesh’s Smoking and Tobacco Product Usage (Control) Rules 2014, according to a story in The Financial Express. The advocacy group Progga, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Anti-Tobacco Media Alliance jointly registered the protest, saying there was no scope for involving the […]

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JT’s domestic sales ahead in February

JT’s domestic sales ahead in February

| March 14, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during February, at 8.9 billion, increased by 3.7 percent on that of February 2013, 8.6 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The February 2013 figure was down by 3.2 percent on that of February 2012. Volume during April 2013–February 2014, at 107.4 billion, was […]

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Nonsmoking establishments certified

Nonsmoking establishments certified

| March 14, 2014

The King Hussein Cancer Foundation and the King Hussein Cancer Centre (KHCC) is due to start issuing “smoke-free zone” certificates to institutions that ban smoking in all their indoor facilities, according to a story in The Jordan Times quoting a KHCC official. The certification program aimed to highlight the efforts of institutions committed to the […]

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Myanmar turns down tax rise proposal

Myanmar turns down tax rise proposal

| March 14, 2014

Myanmar’s Union Parliament has rejected a private member’s bill proposing a 200 percent tax increase on tobacco products and alcoholic beverages, according to an Eleven story. MEPs voted instead to maintain the current “vice tax” rates, which amount to 100 percent on cigarettes and 50 percent on other tobacco products and alcohol. In submitting her […]

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New e-liquid addresses vapor concerns

New e-liquid addresses vapor concerns

| March 14, 2014

JAC Vapour has launched an e-liquid that emits no vapor when exhaled, according to a company press note issued through PRNewswire. The company described Clear Steam as being the first British-made, branded e-liquid that emitted no vapor. It said the innovative product could revolutionize vaping in public spaces. Existing e-liquids emit a visible vapor when […]

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