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Smokers might not be popular but their taxes are

Smokers might not be popular but their taxes are

| May 11, 2015

The government of Bangladesh has been told that it should increase tobacco taxes in order to achieve its revenue target for the next financial year, according to a story in The Daily Star. “We have to put more emphasis on taxation of tobacco products..,” said Ahsan H. Mansur, executive director of the Policy Research Institute, […]

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Regulations challenge must await implementation

Regulations challenge must await implementation

| May 11, 2015

Kenya’s Attorney General has hit out at an attempt by British American Tobacco Kenya to stop the implementation of the Tobacco Control Regulations 2014, which is due to come into force on June 6, according to a story by Caroline Rwenji for The Standard. Through a state counsel, AG Githu Muigai reportedly said that the […]

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EU moves closer to joining illegal trade protocol

EU moves closer to joining illegal trade protocol

| May 11, 2015

The European Commission decided last week to recommend that the EU should join an international agreement it believes is set one day to become the key multilateral instrument in the fight against the illegal trade in tobacco products, according to an EU press note. The proposal is that the Council, with the consent of the […]

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Value of Swedish Match’s sales up sharply in Q1

Value of Swedish Match’s sales up sharply in Q1

| May 8, 2015

Swedish Match’s (SM) sales during the three months to the end of March, at SEK3,368 million, were up by 12 percent on those of the three months to the end of March 2014, SEK3,014 million. Operating profit was up by about 18 percent to SEK1,014 million, while operating profit from product areas, which excludes SM’s […]

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Power outages disrupt production in South Africa

Power outages disrupt production in South Africa

| May 8, 2015

British American Tobacco is losing as much as 10 percent of its South African output due to power cuts, according to a Reuters story. South Africa is said to be in the middle of its worst electricity crisis since 2008; so private and business customers suffer frequent controlled blackouts, which state utility Eskom implements to […]

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Indonesia seen as tobacco-tax battle ground

Indonesia seen as tobacco-tax battle ground

| May 8, 2015

A professor of public health at the University of Indonesia’s School of Public Health, Hasbullah Thabrany, has warned that Indonesia has become a main target for the tobacco industry, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. “It seems that we are in a battle ground, where tobacco company owners are among the country’s richest […]

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