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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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Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco attacked over low-price plans for Philippines

Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco attacked over low-price plans for Philippines

| December 18, 2013

A health group has lashed out Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. (PMFTC) over its plan to manufacture cheaper cigarettes to compete with a local brand, saying this would defeat the purpose of the ‘sin tax’ law, according to a story in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. PMFTC has asked the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to […]

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New card from Incada for New Year

New card from Incada for New Year

| December 18, 2013

Iggesund, whose intricate Christmas cards have become something of a hallmark of Christmas, this year has produced a booklet of seven cards depicting the holiday season internationally. The booklet’s material is Iggesund’s folding box board Incada, which was chosen to celebrate the launch earlier this year of a new generation of Incada and to mark […]

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E-cigarette regulation rumpus threatens whole EU Tobacco Products Directive

E-cigarette regulation rumpus threatens whole EU Tobacco Products Directive

| December 17, 2013

Disagreement over how to regulate electronic cigarettes is holding up a deal on the EU’s revised Tobacco Products Directive, according to a story by Charlie Dunmore for Reuters. In talks aimed at finalizing legislative proposals by the end of the year, the European Parliament has pushed for a light touch approach to electronic cigarettes, which […]

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VUSE electronic cigarettes to be shown at Consumer Electronics Show in US

VUSE electronic cigarettes to be shown at Consumer Electronics Show in US

| December 17, 2013

R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co is due to showcase its VUSE® digital vapor cigarette to a global audience at the 2014 international Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The CES will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, from January 7 to January 10. ‘Designed and assembled in the U.S. using state-of-the-art automated equipment, VUSE is the world’s […]

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Trees felled to feed tobacco production

Trees felled to feed tobacco production

| December 17, 2013

Tobacco remains a very important revenue earner for Zimbabwe, but the crop is an environmental menace, according to a story by Jeffrey Gogo for the Zimbabwe Herald. The tobacco production process has involved taking 7.5 million trees from national forests each year in recent years. That’s 15 per cent of the total and, Gogo says, […]

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NZ takes first step towards imposing standardized packs on tobacco

NZ takes first step towards imposing standardized packs on tobacco

| December 17, 2013

Legislation requiring that tobacco products are sold in standardized packs in New Zealand will start making its way through parliament in 2014, but won’t pass into law until legal action in Australia has been settled, according to a Radio New Zealand story. Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia introduced the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Products and Packaging) […]

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EU illicit trade partly home-grown

EU illicit trade partly home-grown

| December 16, 2013

Significant amounts of cigarettes are probably produced illegally inside the EU, according to an EU Commission answer to a question posed by MEP Georgios Papanikolaou. In 2010, five illicit factories were discovered and, in 2011, member states discovered nine illicit factories estimated to have a combined production capacity of more than nine million cigarettes per day, […]

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Parliament rejects proposed easing of tobacco smoking ban in Bulgaria

Parliament rejects proposed easing of tobacco smoking ban in Bulgaria

| December 16, 2013

Bulgaria’s parliament has rejected a proposal that the country’s public-places tobacco-smoking ban should be relaxed, according to a Bulgarian News Agency story. MPs last week rejected two bills seeking to amend the Health Act, with 107 voting against, 64 voting for and 17 abstaining. The easing of restrictions would have seen the establishment of designated, […]

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Talking at cross purposes on tobacco bill

Talking at cross purposes on tobacco bill

| December 16, 2013

The House of Representative’s legislative body (Baleg) in Indonesia has rejected the Health Ministry’s demand that it halt deliberations on a tobacco bill, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. But it is not clear whether the bill exists, at least not in the form that the ministry has seen. During a hearing in […]

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Bill proposes banning tobacco firms from lobbying Ireland’s politicians

Bill proposes banning tobacco firms from lobbying Ireland’s politicians

| December 16, 2013

Three Irish senators are due to bring forward a bill banning tobacco companies from lobbying politicians, according to an Irish Mirror Online story. Jillian Van Turnhout, John Crown and Sean Barrett are those pushing the new law. Senator Crown described the tobacco industry as a “pernicious and evil trade”. “Fewer than half of those who […]

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Study finds no link between secondhand tobacco smoke and lung cancer

Study finds no link between secondhand tobacco smoke and lung cancer

| December 13, 2013

A large-scale study has found no clear link between secondhand tobacco-smoke exposure and lung cancer, undercutting the premise of years of litigation including a Florida case that yielded a $350 million settlement, according to a story by Daniel Fisher for Forbes. Fisher cites an article in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that provides […]

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Legal strategies block tobacco laws

Legal strategies block tobacco laws

| December 13, 2013

Tobacco companies are pushing back against a worldwide rise in anti-smoking laws using a little-noticed legal strategy to delay or block regulation, according to a story by Sabrina Tavernise for the New York Times. Tavernise quotes health advocates and officials as saying the industry is warning countries that their tobacco laws violate an expanding web […]

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JT’s domestic sales down in November

JT’s domestic sales down in November

| December 13, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during November, at 9.5 billion, fell by 0.9 percent on that of November 2012, 9.6 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The November 2012 figure was down by 0.8 percent on that of November 2011. Volume during April-November, at 79.3 billion, was up by […]

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Australia failing to stand with other nations on standardized packaging

Australia failing to stand with other nations on standardized packaging

| December 13, 2013

Australia has been accused of failing to defend its standardized tobacco packaging legislation, with one report from regional talks in Singapore describing Australia as a “constant stumbling block” to other nations’ attempts to secure the right to follow suit, according to a story by Peter Martin in the Sydney Morning Herald. A report from an […]

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EU stepping up fight against illicit trade

EU stepping up fight against illicit trade

| December 13, 2013

EU Ministers of Economy and Finance have adopted council conclusions on stepping up the fight against cigarette smuggling and other forms of illicit trade in tobacco products in the EU, according to a Wired-GOV report. The council conclusions are at http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_Data/docs/pressdata/en/jha/140011.pdf. “The conclusions underline the need to enhance the fight against cigarette smuggling, which has considerable […]

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Website glitch delays Ploom launch

Website glitch delays Ploom launch

| December 13, 2013

Technical difficulties have forced Japan Tobacco Inc. to cancel the launch of online sales of Ploom vaporizers, which, according to a Nov. 28 press note, were scheduled to start yesterday. Sales through the Ploom Online Shop, operated by JT Creative Services, are now due to go ahead once the Internet site’s technical difficulties have been […]

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NZ smoking prevalence at 15.1 percent

NZ smoking prevalence at 15.1 percent

| December 12, 2013

The prevalence of smoking in New Zealand has fallen by more than a quarter in six years, according to a story by Martin Johnston for the New Zealand Herald. Data from this year’s census showed that 15.1 percent of people aged 15 or older smoked daily, down from 20.7 percent in the previous (2006) census. […]

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