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Big fines for high-speed train smokers who fail to toe the line in China

Big fines for high-speed train smokers who fail to toe the line in China

| December 27, 2013

Anyone caught smoking tobacco on China’s high-speed trains will be fined up to Yuan2,000 ($330) as of January 1, according to a story by Wang Fan for Ecns.cn, quoting a railway safety regulation issued by the State Council. But smokers won’t be the only people in the firing line. Fines of up to Yuan2,000 will […]

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January finish for Karnataka sales

January finish for Karnataka sales

| December 27, 2013

The Tobacco Board of India has reverted to an earlier estimate and again announced that flue-cured auctions in Karnataka are likely to be finished by the end of January, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The Board previously had suggested that the auctions would end in January, […]

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Ireland restricts duty-free allowances

Ireland restricts duty-free allowances

| December 27, 2013

New rules that will come into force on January 1 will restrict the number of cigarettes that may be brought into Ireland for personal use by people traveling from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania, according to a story in the Irish Independent. From that date, travelers from those countries will be allowed to […]

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Israel signs anti-illegal trade protocol

Israel signs anti-illegal trade protocol

| December 27, 2013

Israel has joined an international protocol aimed at preventing the illegal trade in tobacco products, according to a story by Judy Siegel-Itzkovich for the Jerusalem Post, quoting the Health Ministry. The country’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, signed the protocol, which is an adjunct to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco […]

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JTI set to match worldwide employee donations to Philippines relief effort

JTI set to match worldwide employee donations to Philippines relief effort

| December 27, 2013

Japan Tobacco International employees worldwide have been asked to make donations to a fund set up to help the victims of typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines early in November. JTI has agreed to match any donations made by its employees. Typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda as it is known in the Philippines, made landfall there […]

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De Labouchere’s JTI departure unsung

De Labouchere’s JTI departure unsung

| December 24, 2013

Pierre de Labouchere last week resigned with immediate effect as president and CEO of Japan Tobacco International, according to a story by Mark Kleinman for Sky News. Kleinman quoted a statement issued on Friday by a JTI spokesman as saying that de Labouchere had decided to resign as of December 18. The statement said that […]

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Ploom sales kick off on Japanese website

Ploom sales kick off on Japanese website

| December 24, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. has announced that on-line sales of Ploom vaporizers started today through the Ploom Online Shop operated by JT Creative Service. Originally, the start date for on-line sales had been set as December 12, but it was delayed at the last minute because of technical difficulties. The Ploom vaporizer is a pocket-sized smoking […]

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Start date set for Andhra leaf auctions

Start date set for Andhra leaf auctions

| December 24, 2013

Flue-cured tobacco auctions in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh are expected to start on February 15, according to a story in the latest edition of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The chairman of the Tobacco Board, Koothati Gopal, was quoted as saying that the sales were due to start simultaneously on all auction floors. […]

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Sin tax system nearly doubles cigarette excise revenues in the Philippines

Sin tax system nearly doubles cigarette excise revenues in the Philippines

| December 24, 2013

Cigarette excise payments in the Philippines during the first nine months of this year, at P61.6 billion, were almost double what they were during the first nine months of 2012, according to a story in The Philippine Star. In a briefing given on Friday, revenue commissioner Kim Henares said excise tax payments by alcohol and […]

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Tobacco lobby not barred from giving evidence on standardized packaging

Tobacco lobby not barred from giving evidence on standardized packaging

| December 23, 2013

Advisers to Ireland’s Joint Committee on Health and Children have said there is no legal impediment to tobacco industry representatives giving evidence at hearings on proposed standard-packaging legislation, according to a story in the Irish Independent. Hearings, which are scheduled for the New Year, will be crucial to the progress of the Tobacco Plain Packaging […]

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Tax stamp revamp for Eastern in Egypt

Tax stamp revamp for Eastern in Egypt

| December 23, 2013

Eastern Tobacco, Egypt’s monopoly cigarette producer, says that a new tax stamp that is being introduced is aimed only at reducing the black market in cigarettes and will not lead to a price increase, according to an Al-Ahram story. Local cigarette prices have risen significantly during the past few years as taxes have been increased […]

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E-cigarette vaping requires application

E-cigarette vaping requires application

| December 23, 2013

A new electronic cigarette developed in France allows users to monitor data about their vaping through mobile devices such as telephones and tablets, according to a story in the Jagran Post, India, quoting Gizmag. The Smokio is said to use Bluetooth to connect to the user’s electronic device and thereby allow the download of a […]

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MEP seeks tobacco directive amendment in battle to save jobs at JTI factory

MEP seeks tobacco directive amendment in battle to save jobs at JTI factory

| December 23, 2013

Ulster Unionist MEP Jim Nicholson has said that he will continue to do everything possible to defend local jobs in Japan Tobacco International’s Gallaher plant at Ballymena, Northern Ireland, according to a story in the Antrim Times. Nicholson’s comments come as representatives of the European Parliament, Council and European Commission agreed to a compromise in […]

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Imperial makes light work of savings

Imperial makes light work of savings

| December 23, 2013

Imperial Tobacco has installed at its Taiwan factory energy-efficient lighting that costs less to use and provides greater illumination. Conventional lights using mercury vapour have been replaced at the Jhunan site with energy-efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). LEDs have a typical lifespan of about 30,000 hours, compared to just 750 hours for traditional light bulbs. […]

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Industry mourns Alan Rodgman

Industry mourns Alan Rodgman

| December 22, 2013

Alan Rodgman, a prominent tobacco chemist, passed away on Dec. 16, 2013. After joining R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s research department in 1954, Rodgman initiated the company’s research on cigarette smoke composition. He personally conducted and actively directed environmental tobacco smoke research until 1987. Rodgman became director of research in 1976. During his career, he served […]

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PMI and Altria to cooperate on e-cigs

PMI and Altria to cooperate on e-cigs

| December 22, 2013

Philip Morris International and Altria Group have established a strategic framework to commercialize reduced-risk products and e-cigarettes. Under the terms of a set of licensing, supply and cooperation agreements, Altria will make available its e-cigarette products exclusively to PMI for commercialization outside the United States and PMI will make available two of its candidate reduced-risk […]

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PMI says EU failed to do homework on revision of tobacco products directive

PMI says EU failed to do homework on revision of tobacco products directive

| December 20, 2013

Philip Morris International says that proposed revisions to the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) will be a gift to black market criminals but a blow to government revenues and to people working in the licit tobacco industry. “The EU has ignored its own standards for proportionate, evidenced-based policymaking during the five years that the Tobacco […]

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White Cloud starting recycling program for its e-cigarettes and batteries

White Cloud starting recycling program for its e-cigarettes and batteries

| December 20, 2013

White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes has said that it is partnering with Big Green Box to offer a US recycling service for its products, including its batteries, according to a PRNewswire story. Big Green Box is a federally-approved recycling company based in Anaheim, California. The service will ensure that White Cloud meets the standards of electronic-waste […]

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Canadian court refuses to hear appeal by foreign-entity tobacco companies

Canadian court refuses to hear appeal by foreign-entity tobacco companies

| December 20, 2013

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear an appeal by foreign tobacco companies trying to extricate themselves from a lawsuit over health-related costs, according to a Canadian Press story. The Ontario government is seeking billions of dollars in health-care costs that it alleges are attributable to tobacco-related illnesses. The companies argued they were […]

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Tobacco firms faced with compensation claim by national health insurance body

Tobacco firms faced with compensation claim by national health insurance body

| December 20, 2013

South Korea’s National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) said on Wednesday that it will file a suit against cigarette manufacturers ‘as early as next year’, according to a story in The Korea Times. “The NHIS will file a suit against tobacco companies to recover medical costs which it has incurred due to smoking-related diseases,” NHIS president […]

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EU to back ‘tobacco products that taste and smell like tobacco products’

EU to back ‘tobacco products that taste and smell like tobacco products’

| December 19, 2013

The EU’s Permanent Representatives Committee yesterday approved a revised EU tobacco products directive that, in part, and in the words of a Council press note, aims to ensure that ‘tobacco products taste and smell like tobacco products’. The new directive has still to be formally adopted by the European Parliament and the Council, which will […]

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New EU directive ‘just a first step’

New EU directive ‘just a first step’

| December 19, 2013

The compromise EU tobacco products directive negotiated by the Lithuanian presidency and the European Parliament on Monday, and endorsed by the Committee of Permanent Representatives on Wednesday, is ‘just a first step’, according to the Lithuanian Minister of Health, Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis. The compromise directive has still to be formally adopted by the European Parliament […]

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‘Hasty decisions’ on EU tobacco directive will lead to ‘ineffective legislation’

‘Hasty decisions’ on EU tobacco directive will lead to ‘ineffective legislation’

| December 19, 2013

Japan Tobacco International said yesterday that hasty decisions made in respect of the revised EU tobacco products directive (TPD) would lead only to ineffective legislation. “The TPD has been negotiated hastily, pushed by political agendas, with little consideration given to the effectiveness of the numerous measures and the cost entailed for EU Member States and […]

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PMI defends tobacco-regulations record

PMI defends tobacco-regulations record

| December 18, 2013

Philip Morris International, in a letter to The New York Times, has said that it supports most tobacco industry regulation and uses litigation to challenge regulations only sparingly. ‘As “Tobacco Industry Tactics Limit Poorer Nations’ Smoking Laws” (front page, Dec. 13) points out, governments around the world have enacted hundreds of regulations on almost every […]

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Medical monitoring claim turned down

Medical monitoring claim turned down

| December 18, 2013

New York’s highest court has ruled that smokers cannot use New   York law to force Philip Morris USA to pay for tests the smokers claim would provide early detection of lung cancer, according to a story by Bob Van Voris for Bloomberg News. A federal appeals court in Manhattan, applying New York law, had […]

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