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Smokers might not be popular but their taxes are

Smokers might not be popular but their taxes are

| May 11, 2015

The government of Bangladesh has been told that it should increase tobacco taxes in order to achieve its revenue target for the next financial year, according to a story in The Daily Star. “We have to put more emphasis on taxation of tobacco products..,” said Ahsan H. Mansur, executive director of the Policy Research Institute, […]

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Regulations challenge must await implementation

Regulations challenge must await implementation

| May 11, 2015

Kenya’s Attorney General has hit out at an attempt by British American Tobacco Kenya to stop the implementation of the Tobacco Control Regulations 2014, which is due to come into force on June 6, according to a story by Caroline Rwenji for The Standard. Through a state counsel, AG Githu Muigai reportedly said that the […]

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EU moves closer to joining illegal trade protocol

EU moves closer to joining illegal trade protocol

| May 11, 2015

The European Commission decided last week to recommend that the EU should join an international agreement it believes is set one day to become the key multilateral instrument in the fight against the illegal trade in tobacco products, according to an EU press note. The proposal is that the Council, with the consent of the […]

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Value of Swedish Match’s sales up sharply in Q1

Value of Swedish Match’s sales up sharply in Q1

| May 8, 2015

Swedish Match’s (SM) sales during the three months to the end of March, at SEK3,368 million, were up by 12 percent on those of the three months to the end of March 2014, SEK3,014 million. Operating profit was up by about 18 percent to SEK1,014 million, while operating profit from product areas, which excludes SM’s […]

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Power outages disrupt production in South Africa

Power outages disrupt production in South Africa

| May 8, 2015

British American Tobacco is losing as much as 10 percent of its South African output due to power cuts, according to a Reuters story. South Africa is said to be in the middle of its worst electricity crisis since 2008; so private and business customers suffer frequent controlled blackouts, which state utility Eskom implements to […]

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Indonesia seen as tobacco-tax battle ground

Indonesia seen as tobacco-tax battle ground

| May 8, 2015

A professor of public health at the University of Indonesia’s School of Public Health, Hasbullah Thabrany, has warned that Indonesia has become a main target for the tobacco industry, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. “It seems that we are in a battle ground, where tobacco company owners are among the country’s richest […]

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US tobacco farm workers on ‘subminimum wages’

US tobacco farm workers on ‘subminimum wages’

| May 8, 2015

A farm labor advocacy group was due yesterday to conduct a street protest for the eighth consecutive year outside the headquarters of Reynolds American Inc, according to a story by Richard Craver for the Winston-Salem Journal. The protest was scheduled to begin shortly after the end of Reynolds’ annual shareholder meeting. The protest is said […]

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RAI announces 44th consecutive quarterly dividend

RAI announces 44th consecutive quarterly dividend

| May 8, 2015

Reynolds American Inc. reported that shareholders had re-elected five directors at the company’s annual meeting yesterday; approved, on an advisory basis, the compensation of named executive officers; ratified the appointment of KPMG LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm for RAI’s 2015 fiscal year; and defeated two shareholder proposals. In addition, RAI’s board of […]

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Quebec to hold consultation on tobacco act changes

Quebec to hold consultation on tobacco act changes

| May 7, 2015

Imperial Tobacco Canada has come out in support of the ‘intention behind the amendments to the Quebec Tobacco Act’, but believes certain measures will not achieve the government’s public health objectives and, in some cases, will be counterproductive. According to a CBC News story relayed by the TMA, the junior minister for public health, Lucie […]

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Russian cigarette market predicted to fall sharply

Russian cigarette market predicted to fall sharply

| May 7, 2015

The Russian cigarette market could decline by 8-12 percent to 289-277 billion this year, primarily driven by an increase in taxes and the weakening of the domestic economy, according to an ITAR-TASS story relayed by the TMA. Sergey Kiselev, vice-president of corporate affairs and communications at JTI Russia, said that the decline in the domestic […]

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No excise to be levied by Manitoba on e-cigarettes

No excise to be levied by Manitoba on e-cigarettes

| May 7, 2015

The provincial government of Manitoba, Canada, is not going to increase taxes on electronic cigarettes even though smokers switching to these products is said to comprise the major reason why a C$1-per-carton excise increase on regular cigarettes is predicted to result in a 12 percent drop in tobacco revenue, according to a story by The […]

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Imperial shuns concept of heat-not-burn products

Imperial shuns concept of heat-not-burn products

| May 7, 2015

Imperial Tobacco is taking a different path to its multinational competitors as the industry searches for the vaping technology with the potential to replace tobacco smoking, according to a story by Martinne Geller. Imperial is said to have no taste for the heat-not-burn tobacco products that others are embracing along with electronic cigarettes. “It’s not […]

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Imperial’s tobacco volume down in first half

Imperial’s tobacco volume down in first half

| May 6, 2015

Imperial Tobacco’s total tobacco volume during the six months to the end of March, at 138.2 billion stick equivalents, was down by one percent on that of the six months to the end of March 2014. On an ‘underlying basis, volume was down by 5 percent. Stick equivalent volume is said to include cigarette, fine-cut […]

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Manufacturers unable to comply with pack rules

Manufacturers unable to comply with pack rules

| May 6, 2015

BAT Kenya’s managing director Chris Burrell said yesterday that no company would be able to comply with new tobacco packaging regulations scheduled to take effect on June 1, according to a Kenya Broadcasting Corporation story relayed by the TMA. The new regulations were said to ban cigarette manufacturers, importers and distributors ‘from selling products with […]

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Study casts doubt on claims about plain packs

Study casts doubt on claims about plain packs

| May 6, 2015

A study published by Tobacco Control provides evidence that the introduction of standardized tobacco packaging in Australia has not increased significantly the consumption of illicit tobacco products. The study, which was carried out by researchers at the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer (CBRC), Cancer Council Victoria, seems to paint a different picture to that […]

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PMI to webcast conference presentation

PMI to webcast conference presentation

| May 6, 2015

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast – at ww.pmi.com/webcasts – of the company’s remarks and question-and-answer session by CEO André Calantzopoulos and CFO Jacek Olczak at the Goldman Sachs Global Staples Forum starting about 09.30 Eastern Time on May 12. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will provide […]

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Excise and plain packs blamed for illegal trade rise

Excise and plain packs blamed for illegal trade rise

| May 5, 2015

A record level of illicit tobacco consumption last year has caused the Australian government to suffer an estimated tax ‘loss’ of $1.35 billion, according to a story by Roman Kennedy for The Australian, citing a report by KPMG. The report, prepared for Philip Morris, British American Tobacco Australia and Imperial Tobacco Australia, indicated that illicit […]

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India urged to implement giant-warnings regulations

India urged to implement giant-warnings regulations

| May 5, 2015

The World Health Organization has urged India’s Ministry of Health to go ahead with an earlier decision to require that health warnings cover 85 percent of the surface area of tobacco product packaging, according to a story by Aditi Tandon for the Chandigarh Tribune. The WHO representative in India, Nata Menabde, said on Friday that […]

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Concerns as Indonesia looks to increase revenue

Concerns as Indonesia looks to increase revenue

| May 5, 2015

Indonesia’s cigarette manufacturers are concerned that the government aims this year to raise tobacco excise a second time, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. In its revised 2015 budget, the government has indicated that it aims to take Rp145.7 trillion (US$11.2 billion) this year in excise tax, 20.9 percent higher than its initial […]

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Smokers to be ousted from Seoul’s riverside parks

Smokers to be ousted from Seoul’s riverside parks

| May 5, 2015

Eleven riverside parks along the Han River are due to be designated tobacco-smoke-free zones as early as July, according to a story in The Korea Times quoting a Seoul Metropolitan government announcement. Smoking bans at the riverside parks became possible after the city council revised its ordinance last year. The riverside parks, which cover more […]

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