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New Brunswick store owner takes stand on legality of e-cigarette sales

New Brunswick store owner takes stand on legality of e-cigarette sales

| January 15, 2014

A store owner who sells e-cigarettes is fighting an order from Health Canada to stop, according to a CBC News story. Ryanne Pineda, whose business at Fredericton, New Brunswick, also produces e-liquids, says he has a growing clientele of more than 2,000 local and online customers for vaping kits, which are sold for between $25 […]

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Big penalties for illicit smoking in Bali

Big penalties for illicit smoking in Bali

| January 15, 2014

People caught breaking no-smoking regulations in public places in Bali could find themselves on the wrong end of an IDR50 million (US$4,000) fine or a jail term of three months, according to a baldidiscovery.com story. The story said that the Smoke-free Areas Provincial Law No.7, 2013, was now in effect in Bali. The regulations stipulate […]

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New look for Peace and Hope in Japan

New look for Peace and Hope in Japan

| January 15, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it was redesigning its Peace Lights Box and Peace Super Lights Box products. The company said the new design was aimed at imparting a heightened sense of luxury to two products, but that their flavor and aroma would be unchanged. The redesigned products are due to be rolled out […]

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Stop smoking operation being wheeled in

Stop smoking operation being wheeled in

| January 15, 2014

Smokers in Yorkshire, England, are facing pressure to give up their habit before undergoing routine surgery, according to a story in the Yorkshire Post. The Stop Before Your Op program is being introduced in the Vale of York in the first part of a campaign by the local NHS (National Health Service) to tackle problems […]

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Major US tobacco manufacturers prepare for year of public ‘self flagellation’

Major US tobacco manufacturers prepare for year of public ‘self flagellation’

| January 14, 2014

Altria, Philip Morris USA, R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard are preparing a full-page mea culpa to run in the Sunday editions of the US’ ‘top’ 35 newspapers, as online notices for those papers’ websites and as prime-time television spots to run for a full year on CBS, ABC, and NBC, according to a story by Clara […]

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Australian state expected to introduce smoking bans in multi-unit housing

Australian state expected to introduce smoking bans in multi-unit housing

| January 14, 2014

The government of the Australian state of New South Wales is expected to ban cigarette smoking in multi-unit housing, according to an Australian Broadcasting Corp. story. The story was carried, too, in the Newcastle Herald newspaper, where Matthew Kelly reported that the ban would apply to “common areas” of multi-unit housing. The ABC piece said […]

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Health minister delivers fighting talk

Health minister delivers fighting talk

| January 14, 2014

Sri Lanka’s health minister, Maithripala Sirisena, has said he is prepared to face up to any challenge that the fight against smoking might throw up, according to a story in the Daily News. Addressing a gathering after an “anti-smoking walk” in Colombo on Monday, he said, “No one will be able to stop our fight […]

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UAE looks at imposing plain packaging

UAE looks at imposing plain packaging

| January 14, 2014

Anti-tobacco proposals have been put forward in the UAE that would impose “plain packaging” on cigarettes and double the price of tobacco products within two years, according to a Gulf News story quoting a health ministry official. And these are perhaps more than proposals. “The law is expected to be enforced throughout the GCC by […]

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Anti-tobacco campaign to be televised

Anti-tobacco campaign to be televised

| January 13, 2014

A three-month anti-tobacco campaign on Bangladeshi television is seeking to create awareness about the adverse impacts of tobacco and motivate people to abide by the provisions of the country’s new tobacco control act, according to a story in The Financial Express quoting a UNB news agency report. The campaign, which is said to have been […]

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A quarter of French cigarettes illicit

A quarter of French cigarettes illicit

| January 13, 2014

Sales of cigarettes in France, which dropped about 7.6 percent last year, were impacted by high taxes and, to a lesser extent, the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, according to an Agence France Presse story. Pascal Montredon, the head of the French association of tobacco shop owners, blamed the drop in sales on recent tax hikes. […]

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Mighty gets behind tobacco dust sales

Mighty gets behind tobacco dust sales

| January 13, 2014

The Philippine tobacco company Mighty Corp. has said it will promote the use of tobacco dust as an organic fertilizer and pesticide so as to help at least 3 million tobacco farmers and their families earn more money than they currently earn, according to a story in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “We are going to […]

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Tobacco business levy to end in Scotland

Tobacco business levy to end in Scotland

| January 13, 2014

An extra business rate that has been levied on Scotland’s larger shops selling alcohol and tobacco will end in 2015, according to a BBC Online story quoting Scottish ministers. The news was welcomed by the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC), which has opposed the tax. The levy was aimed at larger retailers selling alcohol and tobacco, […]

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PMI announces €500 million investment in potentially reduced-risk product plant

PMI announces €500 million investment in potentially reduced-risk product plant

| January 10, 2014

Philip Morris International said today that it was investing up to €500 million in a manufacturing facility and associated pilot plant near Bologna, Italy, to produce its potentially reduced-risk tobacco products. The combined annual production capacity of the factory and pilot plant is expected to reach 30 billion units by 2016. “The development and commercialization […]

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Graphic warnings: Who heeds them?

Graphic warnings: Who heeds them?

| January 10, 2014

New graphic warnings on cigarette packs sold in Jordan are likely to be ineffectual, according to a straw poll conducted by The Jordan Times on Sunday. Since the beginning of this year the Ministry of Health has required tobacco manufacturers to place bigger graphic warnings on cigarette packs as part of the country’s obligations under […]

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Smoking and illness: is there a link?

Smoking and illness: is there a link?

| January 10, 2014

A new report indicates that one in 10 smokers in Victoria, Australia, do not connect tobacco smoking with certain illnesses usually associated with smoking. According to a report by Amy Bainbridge for the Australian Broadcasting Corp., Cancer Council Victoria (CCV) has published its new research to mark the anniversary of the publication of the 1964 […]

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Tobacco shares fall on hint of China ban

Tobacco shares fall on hint of China ban

| January 10, 2014

Shares in Imperial Tobacco and British American Tobacco fell earlier this week in London after traders said a story in Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post newspaper had reported that health authorities in China aimed to roll out a nationwide smoking ban in enclosed public places by the end of this year, according to a […]

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Tobacco employees harvest Taiwan rice

Tobacco employees harvest Taiwan rice

| January 10, 2014

Imperial Tobacco employees in Taiwan volunteered to help bring in the local rice harvest with their friends and families as part of a major community project. Imperial was one of the first businesses to join the country’s rice land adoption program in 2009. By purchasing rice at a guaranteed price, the program enables local farmers […]

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Call for bold action against smoking in US

Call for bold action against smoking in US

| January 9, 2014

Seven U.S. public health and medical organizations yesterday called for a new national commitment to end the country’s “tobacco epidemic” for good. They say they are looking for “bold action by all levels of government” to achieve three goals: * to reduce smoking rates, currently at about 18 percent, to less than 10 percent within […]

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India has reduced smoking among men

India has reduced smoking among men

| January 9, 2014

India has made progress in reducing the prevalence of daily smoking among men, according to a Times of India story quoting from a new study led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in the U.S. The study, Smoking Prevalence and Cigarette Consumption in 187 countries, 1980–2012, found that […]

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Mighty tax payment reflects market share

Mighty tax payment reflects market share

| January 9, 2014

A senior executive at the Philippines-based cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corp. has said that the tax payment the company made for last year should put to rest false accusations that it had not been paying the correct level of duties and taxes, according to a story in the Manila Bulletin. Mighty Corp. was said to have […]

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More people smoking now than in 1980

More people smoking now than in 1980

| January 8, 2014

Worldwide population growth has meant that more people smoke today than was the case in 1980, according to a story by Kerry Sheridan for Agence France Presse, quoting figures from a new study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association. China had nearly 100 million more smokers in 2012 than it had three […]

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Plans to impose indoor tobacco smoking ban nationwide in China by year’s end

Plans to impose indoor tobacco smoking ban nationwide in China by year’s end

| January 8, 2014

China’s health authorities are aiming to roll out a nationwide tobacco smoking ban in enclosed public places by year’s end, according to a story by Zhuang Pinghui for the South China Morning Post. Zhuang said this was the first time that the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) had set a target date to […]

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‘Rehabilitation programs’ see 5,000 Saudis quit tobacco smoking habit

‘Rehabilitation programs’ see 5,000 Saudis quit tobacco smoking habit

| January 8, 2014

At least 5,000 Saudi men and women became nonsmokers last year after taking part in “rehabilitation programs” across the country, according to an Arab News story. Throughout 2013, the Makkah Kafa Society, tasked with raising awareness about the dangers of smoking and drug use, was in contact with more than 800,000 people, Abdullah Al-Othaim, the […]

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Imperial’s factory helps demonstrate the potential for businesses in Madagascar

Imperial’s factory helps demonstrate the potential for businesses in Madagascar

| January 8, 2014

Imperial Tobacco has staged a tour of its Antsirabe factory in Madagascar to help attract potential new investors from France to the Indian Ocean nation. The visit was organized at the request of the local authorities to demonstrate investment opportunities for manufacturing in the area. The SACICEM plant is seen as one of the most […]

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China expert joins BAT board

China expert joins BAT board

| January 8, 2014

Savio Kwan has joined the board of British American Tobacco as a nonexecutive director. During his extensive career, Kwan, who was said in a note posted on BAT’s website to have “significant business experience of Greater China and Asia,” has worked “broadly in technology for General Electric, BTR PLC and Alibaba Group, China’s largest internet […]

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