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Time needed to comply with EU directive

Time needed to comply with EU directive

| February 27, 2014

The Confederation of European Community Cigarette Manufacturers (CECCM) wants EU member states and the tobacco industry at large to be given reasonable time to adjust to the numerous and complex requirements included in the new Tobacco Products Directive. The new TPD was adopted by the European Parliament yesterday. The chairman of the CECCM, Michiel Reerink, […]

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TPD a ‘gift’ for black market criminals

TPD a ‘gift’ for black market criminals

| February 27, 2014

Philip Morris International has expressed concern about the implications of some aspects of the new EU Tobacco Products Directive. “The Tobacco Products Directive adopted by the European Parliament today represents a worrying departure from the EU’s basic standards of proportionate, evidenced-based policymaking, which will further erode intellectual property rights and undermine the EU Charter where […]

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Directive negates need for plain packs

Directive negates need for plain packs

| February 27, 2014

The U.K. smokers’ group Forest, which campaigned against revisions to the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive, has questioned the need for standardized packaging of tobacco after the European Parliament voted yesterday to adopt the revised directive. The directive will force EU member states to increase the size of health warnings to cover 65 percent of the […]

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Altria declares quarterly dividend

Altria declares quarterly dividend

| February 27, 2014

The Altria Group’s board of directors yesterday declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.48 per common share, payable on April 10 to shareholders of record as of March 14. The ex-dividend date is March 12.

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EU Parliament passes TPD

EU Parliament passes TPD

| February 26, 2014

The European Parliament endorsed the new EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) on Feb. 26, solidifying an agreement reached with the council last December. The council will now have to approve the TPD for it to take force. The endorsement of the new TPD strengthens the current European regulation on tobacco in several ways. Among other […]

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Lorillard seeks to end animal testing

Lorillard seeks to end animal testing

| February 26, 2014

Lorillard is banning all animal testing unless it is necessary to meet future regulatory requirements. The introduction of the new policy follows several years of discussions between Lorillard and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and a shareholder resolution submitted by PETA in December 2013 requesting the policy and highlighting the effectiveness of […]

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Indian e-cigarette sales not approved

Indian e-cigarette sales not approved

| February 26, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration of Maharashtra (MFDA) state, India, has issued a warning against the sale and use of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes in the state, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. MFDA officials said that e-cigarettes were being sold widely without the approval of the Drug Controller […]

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New rules to govern growing contracts

New rules to govern growing contracts

| February 26, 2014

The government in Zimbabwe is developing legislation under which it will be able to govern contract tobacco farming and curb undesirable practises that have become “rampant,” according to a New Zimbabwe story quoting Agriculture Minister Joseph Made. “The ministry is already collecting views and information to be used in drafting a legal framework to guide […]

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Study: hookah not harmless

Study: hookah not harmless

| February 25, 2014

A new University of Florida, USA, study shows that patrons leaving hookah cafés had carbon monoxide levels more than three times higher than patrons exiting traditional bars. Carbon monoxide reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to tissues, and long-term exposure has been linked to cardiovascular disease. The UF study results appeared in the March […]

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Karnataka auctions drawing to a close

Karnataka auctions drawing to a close

| February 25, 2014

Tobacco farmers in the Indian state of Karnataka have so far this season sold more than 94 million kg of flue-cured for an average price Rs131.65 per kg, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Farmers are thought to have harvested about 100 million kg of flue-cured and […]

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Smokers given chance to pop a monster

Smokers given chance to pop a monster

| February 25, 2014

KT&G is due to launch in South Korea a cigarette with a ‘monster’ capsule in the filter, according to a story in The Korea Herald quoting a company statement of yesterday. The new product, Bohem Shake, is said to contain a capsule that is about 4.5 mm in diameter, the biggest on the market and […]

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Partnering in Ireland to fight smuggling

Partnering in Ireland to fight smuggling

| February 25, 2014

Imperial Tobacco’s business in Ireland is helping to support a high-profile initiative to highlight the impact of illicit trade on the nation’s economy. A campaign has been launched by the Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) group with the backing of Imperial’s John Player brand to raise awareness of the level of unpaid duty on tobacco and […]

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Cigarette seizures in Ireland plummet

Cigarette seizures in Ireland plummet

| February 25, 2014

Retail groups and opposition politicians in Ireland have said that not enough is being done to clamp down on criminal gangs responsible for smuggling up to one billion cigarettes into Ireland every year, according to a story in the Irish Independent. Figures released by the Department of Finance last week showed that 40.8 million cigarettes […]

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Warnings on hold pending legal ruling

Warnings on hold pending legal ruling

| February 25, 2014

Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) has said that it will continue to produce and supply its cigarettes in their current packs despite parliamentary approval last week of the Ministry of Health’s Tobacco Products (Labeling and Packaging) Regulations, according to a story in The Island. Sri Lanka’s parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved the imposition of graphic health-warnings […]

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Thailand to report on WTO compliance

Thailand to report on WTO compliance

| February 25, 2014

The World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) is set to meet this week for an update on issues raised by the Philippines over Thailand’s compliance with a ruling about taxes imposed on imported cigarettes, according to a story in The Philippine Star. A notice posted on the WTO’s website showed that a status report […]

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Would you mind leaving me alone?

Would you mind leaving me alone?

| February 24, 2014

A self-proclaimed ‘ordinary old man’ has politely asked the chair of the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health whether she would mind leaving him alone. At the start of a whimsical piece published in the comments and letters section of the South China Morning Post, Lee Lung-wing, of Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, introduced […]

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WHO says own target tax not enough

WHO says own target tax not enough

| February 24, 2014

Hong Kong is expected to increase tobacco tax by between about 11 and 24 per cent on Wednesday, according to a story in the South China Morning Post. Financial Secretary, John Tsang Chun-wah, is expected to increase the flat HK$34 duty on a pack of 20 cigarettes by between HK$4 and HK$8, meaning that the […]

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Tenants banned from using e-cigarettes

Tenants banned from using e-cigarettes

| February 24, 2014

Tenants at an apartment complex in the US have been told that they ‘are not allowed to use electronic cigarettes’, according to a story by WHSV-TV3 Channel 3. Presumably, this means that they will not be allowed to use electronic cigarettes in their apartments. Tenants of the Harrisonburg [Virginia] Redevelopment and Housing Authority recently received […]

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‘Cigarettes are eating you alive’

‘Cigarettes are eating you alive’

| February 24, 2014

A media campaign launched last week in The Gambia will include the warning ‘Cigarettes are eating you alive’, according to a story in The Daily Observer. The ‘National Mass Media Campaign on Tobacco Control has been set in motion by the Health and Social Welfare Ministry, which will spearhead the campaign together with the World […]

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Progress in face of tobacco ‘epidemic’

Progress in face of tobacco ‘epidemic’

| February 24, 2014

The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) is urging Caribbean countries to speed up the adoption of laws to control what it refers to as the tobacco ‘epidemic’, according to a story in the Jamaica Observer. The PAHO was quoted as saying that despite progress in the countries of the Americas the epidemic continued to grow. […]

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Inter-tabac to be postponed

Inter-tabac to be postponed

| February 23, 2014

Messe Westfalenhallen Dortmund has decided to postpone its Inter-tabac Asia trade fair, originally scheduled for Feb. 27-28 in Bali, Indonesia. The company insists it had obtained the required permits for the event, pursuant to the provisions of the Indonesian Ministry of Industry and Trade, which regulates international fairs and conferences in the country. Despite this, […]

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EU Tobacco Products Directive on track

EU Tobacco Products Directive on track

| February 21, 2014

The EU’s new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) is inching towards the finish line. The European Parliament (EP) meeting in plenary session is due to vote on February 26 on the text of the directive, which has been subjected to various technical and legal-linguistic corrections. The TPD is expected to be adopted during a European Council […]

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China pressurized by anti-tobacco lobby

China pressurized by anti-tobacco lobby

| February 21, 2014

China could prevent nearly 13 million tobacco-related deaths by 2050 by fully implementing a set of neglected anti-smoking policies it had already agreed to, researchers said on Wednesday. The estimated number of lives saved would result from a smoking rate 40 per cent lower than that projected on current trends, according to a story in […]

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Lagos’ smoking ban seen as balanced

Lagos’ smoking ban seen as balanced

| February 21, 2014

A law banning tobacco smoking within enclosed public places in the Nigerian state of Lagos has been commended by British American Tobacco Nigeria. The law, which was passed by the Lagos State House Assembly in January and signed by the state governor on Monday, prohibits tobacco smoking in public places such as libraries, museum, public […]

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Zimbabwe sales season off to good start

Zimbabwe sales season off to good start

| February 21, 2014

Zimbabwe’s 2014 flue-cured tobacco selling season opened on Wednesday with the first bale selling for US$4.85 per kg, up from the $4.50 offered at the start of last season, according to a story in The Herald. The paper said that at least 185 million kg of flue-cured were expected to be sold this season, up […]

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