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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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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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