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Plan to ease Bulgaria’s tobacco smoking ban in time for winter holiday season

Plan to ease Bulgaria’s tobacco smoking ban in time for winter holiday season

| November 26, 2013

The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) is expected to try to ease Bulgaria’s tobacco smoking ban in enclosed public places in time for New Year celebrations, according to a Novinite story quoting the Bulgarian Trud (labor) daily. Amendments to the country’s Health Act are due to be voted on in parliament in December, just before the […]

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A good year for Dunhill

A good year for Dunhill

| November 26, 2013

British American Tobacco is offering a version of one of its leading brands of cigarettes that provides details of the geographical source and harvest year of the leaf tobacco used in its manufacture, according to a This is Money story. The story doesn’t mention the brand but a picture suggests that it is Dunhill. Naming […]

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Chicago mayor takes stand on menthol

Chicago mayor takes stand on menthol

| November 26, 2013

Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of the U.S. city of Chicago, is trying to raise awareness about the danger of smoking menthol-flavored tobacco by using a new publicity campaign. According to a story by Lewis Lazare for The Business Journals, the campaign has been put together by the Chicago Department of Public Health in conjunction with […]

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Factasia.org to lobby for smokers’ rights

Factasia.org to lobby for smokers’ rights

| November 25, 2013

A new consumer advocacy group will take up the cause of smokers’ rights in Asia. Factasia.org (www.factasia.org) is an independent, not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization formed to represent the rights of smokers at government level protect the interests of adults who choose to smoke or consume tobacco provide independent and unbiased data on the issues surrounding smoking […]

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Australia’s tobacco pack law a concern in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations

Australia’s tobacco pack law a concern in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations

| November 25, 2013

Australia’s standardized tobacco-packaging rules are a sticking point in talks over a new free trade agreement with the U.S. and other Pacific nations, according to a story by Chris Pash for Business Insider. An intellectual-property business delegation representing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which was in Australia last week, is said to view the removal, […]

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South Korea calculates the price of addiction

South Korea calculates the price of addiction

| November 25, 2013

If the price of cigarettes in South Korea were to be increased to almost four times the current level, even financially well-off smokers might be prompted to quit, according to a story in The Korea Times. According to a survey of 800 smokers carried out by the Korea Health and Social Affairs organization, a price […]

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The truth hurts Legacy Foundation

The truth hurts Legacy Foundation

| November 25, 2013

The American Legacy Foundation has suffered a “diversion” of funds estimated at $3.4 million, according to a story in The Washington Post, which has turned the spotlight on some of the U.S.’s nonprofit organizations. Legacy was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1999 out of the funds raised by the Master Settlement Agreement that resolved […]

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BAT, Imperial and PMI stocks fall

BAT, Imperial and PMI stocks fall

| November 25, 2013

London-listed Imperial Tobacco shares fell by 63p, or 2.6 percent, to £23.67, and British American Tobacco shares dropped by 79p, or 2.4 percent, to £32.81 after PMI said it planned to enter the e-cigarette market in the second half of next year and would bring forward the launch of another reduced-risk alternative to traditional cigarettes […]

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Tobacco consumption raises questions over sustainable development in China

Tobacco consumption raises questions over sustainable development in China

| November 22, 2013

As well as raising health concerns in China, tobacco consumption has negative implications for the country’s sustainable development, according to a Global Times story quoting a Tsinghua University researcher. Hu Angang, director of the university’s Research Center for Contemporary China, was speaking at a three-day seminar on tobacco control that ended yesterday in Beijing. Hu […]

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Quebec commits to tackling illicit trade

Quebec commits to tackling illicit trade

| November 22, 2013

The National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT) has commended the government of Quebec for contributing $4 million to the city of Montreal to fight the contraband tobacco trade. At the same time it has contrasted Quebec’s action to the apparent lack of action by the government of Ontario. “Illegal cigarettes are a serious problem in […]

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Health insurer unlikely to win proposed tobacco damages suit in Korea

Health insurer unlikely to win proposed tobacco damages suit in Korea

| November 22, 2013

Questions have been raised about what a proposed damage suit filed by Korea’s National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) against cigarette companies would accomplish, according to a story in The Korea Times. The state-run NHIS has claimed since August that tobacco manufacturers operating in Korea are responsible for the medical costs of patients suffering from smoking-related […]

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Taiwan’s parks full of tobacco smoke

Taiwan’s parks full of tobacco smoke

| November 22, 2013

The Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Health Promotion Administration has defended an upcoming ban on tobacco smoking in national parks by saying that subjecting people to second-hand smoke was a violation of their basic human rights, according to a story in the Taipei Times. The administration was responding to a pro-smoking group’s accusation that […]

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Essentra research on FDA-cited PAHs

Essentra research on FDA-cited PAHs

| November 22, 2013

Essentra Scientific Services (ESS) has published its latest research into the quantitative analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) contained in cigarettes. In the study, which was conducted by Dr. William Guthery and Dr. Mike Taylor, the yields of 16 PAHs cited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as potentially harmful compounds were tested […]

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PMI speeds-up reduced-risk schedules

PMI speeds-up reduced-risk schedules

| November 21, 2013

Philip Morris International is accelerating its launch plans for reduced-risk products, which, it believes, represent its greatest growth opportunity. It intends to start what it describes as several commercial pilot city tests during the second half of next year; while the first national launch of its Platform 1 product is now scheduled for 2015, well […]

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Cigarette sales increased in China

Cigarette sales increased in China

| November 21, 2013

China’s cigarette sales volume during the first nine months of this year, at 1,975 billion, was increased by about 1.1 percent on that of the first nine months of 2012, 1,954 billion, according to a Tobacco China magazine story. At the same time, key-brand volume was said to have risen by 7 percent to 1,550 […]

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CSR provision would legitimize tobacco firms, says Indian control forum

CSR provision would legitimize tobacco firms, says Indian control forum

| November 21, 2013

Part of the tobacco control community in India is objecting to companies operating within the tobacco industry being required, along with other companies, to invest in CSR (corporate social responsibility) activities, according to a Merinews story. The Tamil Nadu People’s Forum for Tobacco Control (TNPFTC) believes that CSR activities legitimize and popularize tobacco companies’ activities […]

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Hong Kong push for 100 percent tax

Hong Kong push for 100 percent tax

| November 20, 2013

Anti-smoking lobbyists in Hong Kong are urging the government to increase its tobacco tax to at least 75 percent immediately and to 100 percent by the next fiscal year, according to a story by Qi Luo for the Hong Kong Standard. The Council on Smoking and Health said the current tobacco tax accounted for between […]

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Fighting smoking on Ireland’s beaches

Fighting smoking on Ireland’s beaches

| November 20, 2013

James Reilly wants to ban smoking on beaches, in cars with young people and in public parks, according to a story by Sarah Bardon for the Irish Daily Mirror. The new bans would be part of Reilly’s war on the tobacco industry and smoking, which he claims is not a war on smokers. He wants […]

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Canada to host tobacco control forum

Canada to host tobacco control forum

| November 20, 2013

Tobacco control professionals from across Canada and around the world are due to gather in Ottawa next week for the 8th National Conference on Tobacco or Health. According to a press note issued by the National Conference on Tobacco or Health, delegates to the conference will share knowledge and experiences, and discuss the future of tobacco […]

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Revised tobacco directive threatens jobs

Revised tobacco directive threatens jobs

| November 20, 2013

Should EU proposals for “minimum pack sizes and plain packaging for cigarettes” come to fruition on Dec. 10, JTI Gallaher would have to confirm more than 300 job losses overnight, according to a story in the Ballymena Times quoting Northern Ireland’s North Antrim MP, Ian Paisley. Paisley made the claim when he and East Antrim […]

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E-cigarette users making Logic choice

E-cigarette users making Logic choice

| November 20, 2013

Logic Technology says that it has secured the number-two spot for e-cigarettes in convenience stores nationwide across the U.S. The e-cigarette manufacturer was quoting the results of the latest unit share report from Nielsen’s C-Track Database and Wells Fargo Securities. It said that it had seen a steady increase in sales in recent months and […]

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Sewtec opens new R&D center

Sewtec opens new R&D center

| November 19, 2013

Automation solutions specialist Sewtec, which designs and installs production lines for the tobacco industry, has invested £500,000 ($805,135) in a research and development center to support customer projects and enable the company to further develop its range of robotic solutions. The new facility, next to Sewtec’s existing manufacturing headquarters in Dewsbury, U.K., was officially opened […]

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Safety accreditation for CSi industries

Safety accreditation for CSi industries

| November 19, 2013

Materials handling supplier CSi industries of Raamsdonksveer, Netherlands, has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety. Safecontractor is a leading third-party accreditation scheme that recognizes high standards in health and safety management among U.K. contractors. Employing 450 people, CSi is principally involved in the product handling and […]

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Indonesia to accede to FCTC by year end

Indonesia to accede to FCTC by year end

| November 19, 2013

Indonesian Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi has said that her country will accede to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) before the end of this year, according to a story by Nadya Natahadibrata for The Jakarta Post. “The treaty accession will be completed through a presidential decree,” Nafsiah was quoted as saying. […]

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Educate, don’t legislate, on car smoking

Educate, don’t legislate, on car smoking

| November 19, 2013

The U.K. smokers’ group Forest has urged the government to reject calls to ban smoking in cars with children. According to new figures released by the British Lung Foundation (BLF), in England alone about 185,000 young people between the ages of 11 and 15 are exposed to “potentially toxic concentrations of secondhand smoke in their […]

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