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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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JTI’s UK chief joins debate about duties

JTI’s UK chief joins debate about duties

| January 7, 2014

Jorge da Motta, the U.K. chief executive of Japan Tobacco International, believes Scottish ministers would think again about bringing in anti-tobacco policies if the Scottish government received directly the duty levied on tobacco sales in Scotland, according to a story by David Maddox for The Scotsman. Da Motta was said to have told Scotland on […]

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New law said to herald end of smoking

New law said to herald end of smoking

| January 7, 2014

In bringing in strict new anti-tobacco regulations on Jan. 21, the UAE is, in some respects, leapfrogging the policies of many countries that would normally be regarded as being fiercely anti-tobacco. The UAE will from that date ban smoking in private cars containing people under the age of 12 years, and it will introduce penalties […]

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Settlement made over Eclipse claims

Settlement made over Eclipse claims

| January 7, 2014

The U.S. state of Vermont has recovered $8.3 million in penalties under a settlement with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco over deceptive advertising, according to a VTDigger.org story quoting a statement from the attorney general’s office. The settlement is the result of a 2005 lawsuit over the company’s marketing of its Eclipse brand of cigarettes. A Vermont […]

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Huge illicit trade in Hong Kong despite threat of jail sentences for offenders

Huge illicit trade in Hong Kong despite threat of jail sentences for offenders

| January 6, 2014

Hong Kong customs seized 38 million cigarettes between January and November last year, well up on the seizures made during 2012, according to a Hong Kong government information press note. The figure given for 2012 was 27 million, but it was not clear whether this figure covered the January–November 2012 period or the full year […]

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Jail sentence threat unlikely to have much effect on Malaysia’s illicit trade

Jail sentence threat unlikely to have much effect on Malaysia’s illicit trade

| January 6, 2014

Malaysia’s extension of illicit cigarette trade penalties to cover buyers is not expected to have any material impact on the earnings of local tobacco companies, according to a story in The Star quoting analysts and industry observers. An Affin Investment Bank research bank had Malaysia’s illicit cigarette trade accounting for 34.5 percent of the total […]

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Turkey’s smoking population tumbling

Turkey’s smoking population tumbling

| January 6, 2014

The prevalence of smoking in Turkey is dropping “at unprecedented rates’, according to a story in the Hürriyet Daily News quoting World Health Organization figures. Adult smoking prevalence is said to have decreased from 32.2 percent, or 16 million, in 2008, to 27.1 percent, or 14.8 million, in 2012, the WHO said in its global […]

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News of smoking ban circulating slowly on Vietnam’s transport system

News of smoking ban circulating slowly on Vietnam’s transport system

| January 6, 2014

Enforcement of Vietnam’s anti-tobacco law, which came into force in May, is proving difficult, in part because many smokers don’t know about the new rules, according to a VietnamPlus story. The law prohibits smoking on buses and airplanes, in indoor public places and at bus terminals, train stations and ports. It requires, too, that separate […]

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Triple tobacco taxes to cut smoking’s toll

Triple tobacco taxes to cut smoking’s toll

| January 3, 2014

Tripling tobacco taxes globally would cut smoking by a third and prevent 200 million premature deaths this century from lung cancer and other diseases, according to a Cancer Research UK review published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday. ‘Boosting the tax by a large fixed amount per cigarette would narrow the price […]

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Where ‘at least 50 per cent’ is 75 per cent

Where ‘at least 50 per cent’ is 75 per cent

| January 3, 2014

Nepal’s Supreme Court has dismissed a petition by tobacco companies and directed the government strictly to implement the anti-tobacco provisions of the Tobacco Product Control and Regulatory Act, according to a story by Ananta Rajluitel for The Himalayan Times. Section 9 of the Act requires the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) to ensure that […]

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UK newspapers prepare cigar’s obituary

UK newspapers prepare cigar’s obituary

| January 3, 2014

Cigar smoking could all but disappear from Britain within little more than a decade if the current decline in the habit continues, according to an Electronic Telegraph story quoting the Financial Times. The Telegraph story said that UK’s consumption of cigars had fallen by four-fifths over the past two decades and could die out altogether […]

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And a retributive New Year

And a retributive New Year

| January 3, 2014

Malaysians can be jailed for buying illicit cigarettes under new regulations that took effect on Wednesday, according to a story in The Star. Amendments to the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004 stipulate that it is not only illegal to sell illicit cigarettes; it is also illegal to buy them. Under the amendments gazetted in […]

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Bulgaria’s oriental tobacco growers threaten protests over slow sales

Bulgaria’s oriental tobacco growers threaten protests over slow sales

| January 2, 2014

Bulgaria’s National Association of Tobacco Growers has threatened to stage protests from next week unless sales of classical oriental tobacco start in earnest, according to a Novinite story. Tsvetan Filev, chair of the association, said on Tuesday that growers wanted tobacco buying companies to start purchasing their ‘Basma-type’ tobacco by January 5. Otherwise, he said, […]

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Health body to enforce smoking bans

Health body to enforce smoking bans

| January 2, 2014

China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) is to follow the example set by the country’s central authorities and build a non-smoking environment in all government-affiliated institutions, according to a story in the People’s Daily. The General Office of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee and the State Council, the country’s cabinet, jointly […]

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The wages of sin just went up again

The wages of sin just went up again

| January 2, 2014

The prices of tobacco and alcohol products were increased in the Philippines yesterday as the second phase of the country’s so-called sin-tax law came into force, according to a Philippine Daily Inquirer story. The tax on lower-priced cigarettes was increased to P17 a pack and that on higher-priced cigarettes to P27 a pack. The taxes […]

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Turkish smokers hit by tax increase

Turkish smokers hit by tax increase

| January 2, 2014

Turkey has raised taxes on tobacco products, new passenger cars, alcoholic drinks and mobile telephones, according to a Reuters story quoting an announcement in the country’s Official Gazette on Wednesday. Under the new arrangements, the minimum tax on a pack of cigarettes was lifted to 3.75 lira from 3.22 lira. The brief announcement of the […]

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Tobacco smoking banned in more homes

Tobacco smoking banned in more homes

| January 2, 2014

Mutual, a property company operating in Omaha, Nebraska, US, yesterday banned tobacco smoking from one of its apartment buildings, according to a story by Cindy Gonzalez for the Omaha World Herald. The decision to prohibit tobacco smoking at the Midtown Crossing building came after a survey of residents. Aja Anderson, the DouglasCounty’s community health educator, […]

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Premium cigarette sales drop in China as government officials warned off smoking

Premium cigarette sales drop in China as government officials warned off smoking

| December 31, 2013

Sales of high-priced cigarettes are expected to be hardest hit by the enforcement of a ban on China’s government officials smoking in public and giving and receiving cigarettes as gifts. According to a story by Yang Jing for the Global Times, the General Office of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee and the State […]

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Indonesia gears up for new regulations

Indonesia gears up for new regulations

| December 31, 2013

Cigarette companies in Indonesia are preparing for the implementation of new regulations that restrict tobacco advertisements and require the inclusion of graphic warnings on cigarette packs, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. The tobacco control regulations were issued by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in December 2012 and are set to take effect in […]

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Shock and gore propaganda in the UK

Shock and gore propaganda in the UK

| December 31, 2013

The UK’s Department of Health (DoH) is reigniting its turn-of-the-year anti-smoking campaign with a £3 million push designed to provoke ‘disgust’ among television viewers, according to a story by Lara O’Reilly in Marketing Week. This year’s ‘smokefree’ initiative from the DoH’s executive body, Public Health England, includes the ‘new news’ that smoking can be linked […]

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Counterfeit vaporizers raise safety issues

Counterfeit vaporizers raise safety issues

| December 31, 2013

US-based Ploom has warned that counterfeit versions of its Pax vaporizers can raise safety issues, according to a ChinaCSR.com story. Ploom’s vaporizers are smoking alternative devices that heat tobacco contained in pods to a constant temperature, vaporizing nicotine and flavors without burning the materials or producing smoke. But Ploom says that certain counterfeit Pax products […]

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Move to put electronic cigarettes beyond reach of tobacco smoking prohibitions

Move to put electronic cigarettes beyond reach of tobacco smoking prohibitions

| December 30, 2013

A senator in the US state of Wisconsin is sponsoring legislation that would make it clear that electronic cigarettes are not included in the state’s tobacco smoking ban, according to a WSAU report. Glenn Grothman said the purpose of electronic cigarettes was to get people to stop using traditional cigarettes, which was something the state […]

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Smoking stops created along bus route

Smoking stops created along bus route

| December 30, 2013

Taipei’s Department of Health has designated 27 bus stops along the Xinyi Road, one of the city’s busiest, as areas where tobacco smoking is due to be banned from next month, according to a story in the Taipei Times. The bans are said by the TaipeiCity government to be in accordance with the Tobacco Hazards […]

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UAE readies for far-reaching tobacco law

UAE readies for far-reaching tobacco law

| December 30, 2013

As the United   Arab Emirates prepares to implement its Anti-Tobacco Law on January 21, one health official has said that she has been in talks with the National Media Council (NMC) to prevent indirect promotion of tobacco through newspaper articles, according to a story in the Khaleej Times. Dr. Wedad Al Maidoor, head of […]

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