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WTO notification of Norway’s plain packaging plan

WTO notification of Norway’s plain packaging plan

| May 29, 2015

Norway’s Ministry of Health and Care Services has proposed the imposition of a requirement for all tobacco products to be sold in standardized packaging, according to a World Trade Organization notification. It has not been decided when the measure should be adopted or when it should come into force. Comments are being invited. ‘Standardized tobacco […]

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Ukraine re-examining plain packaging challenge

Ukraine re-examining plain packaging challenge

| May 29, 2015

Ukraine’s trade minister has met with a delegation of health groups following a remark by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk that he doubted the appropriateness of a legal challenge filed against Australia’s standardized packaging legislation, according to an Interfax story relayed by the TMA. Ukraine’s 2012 challenge, along with those of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Honduras […]

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Imperial Canada challenges Nova Scotia menthol ban

Imperial Canada challenges Nova Scotia menthol ban

| May 29, 2015

Imperial Tobacco Canada has filed a legal challenge against Nova Scotia’s menthol ban, which is set to take effect on May 31. “By prohibiting the sale of menthol cigarettes, the government of Nova Scotia has stepped beyond its legislative authority, which leaves us with no other choice than to bring this matter in front of […]

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Beijing smokers braced for new era of restrictions

Beijing smokers braced for new era of restrictions

| May 29, 2015

Indoor smoking and tobacco advertisements will be banned in public places in Beijing as part of new tobacco control regulations due to come into force on Monday, according to a story in the China Daily. The restrictions, which were adopted in November by the Beijing People’s Congress, are among the toughest of their kind in […]

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EU’s illegal trade falling but still substantial

EU’s illegal trade falling but still substantial

| May 28, 2015

The scale of the EU’s illegal trade in cigarettes remains ‘sizeable’, with 56.6 billion illicit cigarettes consumed there last year – about 10.4 percent of total consumption, according to a press note posted on Philip Morris International’s website, citing the latest annual report by KPMG. The report was prepared for British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, […]

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Need for more co-operation in illegal trade battle

Need for more co-operation in illegal trade battle

| May 28, 2015

In a note posted on its website today, British American Tobacco says that it is reiterating the need for greater understanding of the illegal tobacco trade and the criminals behind it, and the need for greater co-operation and collaboration in fighting this trade. ‘This call to action launches as part of a new campaign, developed […]

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