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Breathing kills

Breathing kills

| October 21, 2013

The air people breathe is laced with cancer-causing substances and should be classified as carcinogenic to humans, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) cancer agency said last week, according to a Reuters News story. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) cited data indicating that in 2010, 223,000 deaths from lung cancer worldwide resulted from […]

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PMI’s 3Q shipments down by 5.7 percent

PMI’s 3Q shipments down by 5.7 percent

| October 18, 2013

Philip Morris International’s cigarette shipment volume during the third quarter, at 223,124 million, was down by 5.7 percent on that of the third quarter of 2012, 236,531. Shipments were down in all of its regions: in Latin America and Canada by 0.2 percent from 24,007 million to 23,957 million; in the EU by 5.2 percent […]

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Advertising ban to be enforced in Kerala

Advertising ban to be enforced in Kerala

| October 18, 2013

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has pledged that his state will soon put a stop to the advertising of tobacco products in line with India’s Tobacco Control Act 2003, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. A directive seeking enforcement of the advertising provisions of the act […]

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Cut taxes in half? No, get rid of them

Cut taxes in half? No, get rid of them

| October 17, 2013

What is going on? A day after the U.K.’s Institute of Economic Affairs suggested that tobacco taxes should be halved, a report from India indicates that the Bihar state government has decided to make tobacco tax-free. According to a OneIndia.com story, the Bihar government’s decision has made a “complete mockery” of the anti-tobacco drive on […]

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Tobacco tax rise a ‘tokenistic penalty’

Tobacco tax rise a ‘tokenistic penalty’

| October 17, 2013

Anti-tobacco activists in Ireland have condemned as inadequate the latest tobacco duty rise of 10 cents, according to a story in Northern Ireland’s Belfast Telegraph. The Irish Cancer Society accused the government of applying a “tokenistic penalty,” according to the Telegraph, and the Heart Foundation branded the increase a missed opportunity. The increase was less […]

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Tobacco smoking ban amendment tabled

Tobacco smoking ban amendment tabled

| October 17, 2013

Bulgaria’s Socialist Party, part of the ruling coalition, has tabled an amendment to the Health Act that would ease the ban on tobacco smoking in enclosed public places, according to a Novinite story. The draft amendment has been signed by nine Socialist members of parliament in a move that is seen in some quarters as […]

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Tobacco-industry research declared off limits by several medical journals

Tobacco-industry research declared off limits by several medical journals

| October 17, 2013

Health editors at the BMJ, Heart, Thorax and BMJ Open have said they will not consider the publication of studies that have been funded in part or wholly by the tobacco industry, according to a story in The Information Daily. The editors were reported to have said their new policy was consistent with that of […]

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Teenagers move from cigarettes to nas

Teenagers move from cigarettes to nas

| October 17, 2013

Some Russian teenagers are quitting cigarettes for a type of chewing tobacco popular in Central Asia, according to a BBC Online story. Nas or nasvai is made of tobacco mixed with slaked lime and wood ash to form a pellet that, when held under the tongue, packs a powerful nicotine hit. It has been banned […]

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Report proposes halving UK tobacco tax

Report proposes halving UK tobacco tax

| October 16, 2013

A report published yesterday by the U.K.’s Institute of Economic Affairs proposes cutting taxes on fuel, alcohol and tobacco by half, scrapping green energy subsidies and reducing VAT from 20 percent to 15 percent. The report, Aggressively regressive: The ‘sin taxes’ that make the poor poorer, says that reducing taxes in this way would put […]

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India’s Q1 tobacco exports buoyant

India’s Q1 tobacco exports buoyant

| October 16, 2013

India’s tobacco exports got off to a good start in the first quarter of this financial year, which ended on June 30, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. In total, 82,540 tons of tobacco and tobacco products worth INR17.10 billion were exported during the three months […]

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New report says China’s tobacco policies undermined by online cigar vendors

New report says China’s tobacco policies undermined by online cigar vendors

| October 16, 2013

Online cigar vendors are undermining tobacco control policies in China, according to research published by Tobacco Control. The researchers said they had identified 106 internet cigar vendors located in 16 cities, most of them “developed cities,” including Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Only 6.6 percent of these Internet cigar vendors featured health warnings, and only […]

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E-cigarettes are marketing’s new frontier

E-cigarettes are marketing’s new frontier

| October 16, 2013

White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes has signed a research partnership agreement with the University of South Florida’s (USF) marketing department under which researchers will look at the reasons why some consumers are opting for e-cigarettes rather than tobacco cigarettes. The research will be conducted by USF’s College of Business and will encompass both qualitative and quantitative […]

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Moving forward with tobacco as biofuel

Moving forward with tobacco as biofuel

| October 15, 2013

New research carried out in Spain has shown that genetically modified tobacco plants are viable as raw material for biofuels, according to a Basque Research story. In her Ph.D. thesis, Ruth Sanz-Barrio, an agricultural engineer at the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre and researcher at the Institute of Biotechnology, had demonstrated for the first time the […]

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Little tobacco rush in Alaska

Little tobacco rush in Alaska

| October 15, 2013

Tobacco smoking among Alaska’s high school students has declined dramatically in recent years, according to an Associated Press story. Comparing data from six years ago with that gathered from a spring survey, the number of “smoking” students was down by 40 percent. This year, 10.6 percent of students were “smokers” compared with 17.8 percent in […]

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New General snus can is far from general

New General snus can is far from general

| October 15, 2013

Swedish Match this week unveiled at the US NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) in Atlanta, what is describes as smart, revolutionary new packaging for General snus. “General Snus will soon be available in a premium brushed-metal can with a fresh foil seal,” according to a Swedish Match press note. “The ergonomic design also features […]

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Essentra rebrand for Filtrona and Payne

Essentra rebrand for Filtrona and Payne

| October 15, 2013

In a much-trailed move, Filtrona Filter Products yesterday took on its new name, Essentra Filter Products (EFP). The name change realigns the company with its parent, which in June changed its name from Filtrona PLC to Essentra PLC. In a press note announcing the name change, EFP, which has its headquarters in Singapore, described itself […]

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Commission wants to can snus sales on Finnish ships in Swedish waters

Commission wants to can snus sales on Finnish ships in Swedish waters

| October 14, 2013

The European Commission might put an end to the sale of snus on Finnish cruise ships even when they are sailing in Swedish waters, according to an Esmerk Finnish News story. When the European Parliament voted on the commission’s proposed Tobacco Products Directive on Oct. 8, the status of snus was unchanged in that its […]

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Electronic cigarettes subjected to tougher regulations than are tobacco cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes subjected to tougher regulations than are tobacco cigarettes

| October 14, 2013

Electronic cigarettes have been declared illegal in the Indian state of Punjab, according to a Daily Bhaskar story quoting the health department’s chief secretary, Vini Mahajan. The newspaper said that Punjab was the only state to have declared such a ban, though it was not clear what the prohibition encompassed—whether the manufacture, import, sale, possession, […]

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Indonesian government comes under more pressure to ratify FCTC

Indonesian government comes under more pressure to ratify FCTC

| October 14, 2013

Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) is putting pressure on the government immediately to ratify the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), according to a story in The Jakarta Post. Speaking at the National Seminar on Tobacco Control on Wednesday, Komnas HAM Commissioner Roichatul Aswidah said that tobacco smoke was a serious threat […]

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Spain getting tough on oversupply

Spain getting tough on oversupply

| October 14, 2013

The Spanish Treasury is considering taking measures that would prohibit the export sale of cigarettes that are not justified by the demand in the countries of import, according to a Gibraltar Chronicle story. The move, revealed by Treasury Secretary of State Miguel Ferre Navarrete at a conference at the Instituto de Estudios Fiscales, aims to […]

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Electronic cigarettes have joint use

Electronic cigarettes have joint use

| October 14, 2013

More and more, people in the U.S. are openly smoking marijuana using electronic cigarettes and vapor pens with little or no fear of being caught, according to a story by Ann Givens and Pei-Sze Cheng for NBCNewYork.com. Marijuana laws have relaxed nationwide in recent years, with Colorado and Washington legalizing its use and more than […]

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JT’s volume sales hold steady

JT’s volume sales hold steady

| October 11, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during September, at 9.5 billion, was unchanged from that of September 2012, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The September 2012 figure was down by 2.8 percent on that of September 2011. Volume during April–September, at 59.6 billion, was up by 0.1 percent on that […]

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Iggesund Paperboard clearing the air with all of its 900 mill employees

Iggesund Paperboard clearing the air with all of its 900 mill employees

| October 11, 2013

This autumn Iggesund Paperboard is providing environmental training for all the nearly 900 employees at its Iggesund Mill in Sweden. According to a company press note, participants “will receive a half-day orientation in current environmental issues.” “The program is in response to requests from the relevant authorities and certification bodies but is also prompted by […]

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Swedish Match hit by increased competition on US cigar-market

Swedish Match hit by increased competition on US cigar-market

| October 11, 2013

Swedish Match has revised downward its third-quarter and full-year forecasts for its Other Tobacco Products segment following increased competition on the U.S. cigar market. In a press note dated Oct. 11 and posted on its website, the company said that, as part of its January–June half-year 2013 report, it had stated: “For the full year […]

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PMI to host results webcast

PMI to host results webcast

| October 11, 2013

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts from 9 a.m. Eastern Time on Oct. 17 to discuss 2013 third-quarter results, which will be issued about 7 a.m. on the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, CFO Jacek Olczak will discuss the company’s results and answer questions […]

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