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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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Imperial in new anti-illicit trade compact

Imperial in new anti-illicit trade compact

| December 12, 2013

Imperial Tobacco says that it has signed a new agreement with the customs authorities in Belgium to help combat illicit trade. “Belgium is an important country for the movement of illicit tobacco products by criminals due to its location and communication links,” the company said in a note posted on its website. “The signing of […]

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Annual survey said to overestimate illicit cigarettes in some European countries

Annual survey said to overestimate illicit cigarettes in some European countries

| December 12, 2013

Researchers say that an annual study overestimates illicit cigarette levels in some European countries and suggests that Philip Morris International’s supply chain control is inadequate, according to a paper published online by Tobacco Control (TC). Following a legal agreement with the EU, PMI has commissioned from the global accountancy firm KPMG a yearly report, known […]

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Keeping smokers comfortable outdoors

Keeping smokers comfortable outdoors

| December 12, 2013

Paris, France, is set to launch a sustainable alternative to the environment unfriendly café heaters currently used to keep smokers warm outside, according to a story by Elisabeth Braw for Guardian Professional. And as well as providing heat, the solar-powered parasols will apparently absorb cigarette smoke. The parasols are being supplied by the U.S. company, […]

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Pianissimo ups the menthol volume

Pianissimo ups the menthol volume

| December 12, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. has said that it intends to launch Pianissimo Icene Spike, a product that will offer the strongest menthol sensation of the Pianissimo brand. The new product will go on sale across Japan from the middle of next month. The Pianissimo Icene range is said to offer a smooth taste and a refreshingly […]

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Another appointment at Gamucci

Another appointment at Gamucci

| December 12, 2013

Damien Scott (pictured) has been appointed brand manager at the U.K.-based e-cigarette manufacturer and marketer Gamucci. Scott was previously the commercial manager with e-cigarette brand Skycig, where he spearheaded the company’s early market success. He was subsequently responsible for Skycig’s offline brand strategy and public reputation.

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PMI quarterly dividend declared

PMI quarterly dividend declared

| December 12, 2013

The board of directors of Philip Morris International yesterday declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.94 per common share, payable on Jan. 10 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 26. The ex-dividend date is Dec. 23.

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Altria quarterly dividend declared

Altria quarterly dividend declared

| December 12, 2013

The Altria Group said yesterday its board of directors had declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.48 per common share, payable on Jan. 10 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 26. The ex-dividend date is Dec. 23.

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Ottawa social housing to ban smoking

Ottawa social housing to ban smoking

| December 11, 2013

Tobacco smoking will be banned from social housing units in the Canadian city of Ottawa starting from June next year, according to the latest proposal from Ottawa’s Community Housing Corp. (CHC). Writing in the Ottawa Citizen, Derek Spalding said that the new no-smoking policy was widely popular among residents who lived in the 14,800 units […]

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French court ruling could spell end of specialist e-cigarette stores

French court ruling could spell end of specialist e-cigarette stores

| December 11, 2013

A court in France ruled on Monday that e-cigarettes qualify as tobacco products and as such can be sold only by licensed tobacconists, according to a story by Sam Ball for France 24. The ruling threatens to put specialist e-cigarette sellers across the country out of business. It was made by a court in Toulouse […]

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‘Complete transparency’ at e-auctions

‘Complete transparency’ at e-auctions

| December 11, 2013

Tobacco growers in the Indian state of Karnataka have sold more than 53.41 million kg of flue-cured at an average price of INR137.35 per kg, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. At the same stage of the 2012–2013 sales season, growers in the state had sold 43.52 […]

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Failure of TPP talks an ‘interim victory’

Failure of TPP talks an ‘interim victory’

| December 11, 2013

The failure to reach agreement during negotiations in Singapore on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being seen as an interim victory for campaigns by the Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health (CPATH) and its allies. CPATH said in a press note issued through PRNewswire yesterday that it wanted to extricate tobacco control measures […]

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New Mode unites four Mevius products

New Mode unites four Mevius products

| December 11, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc. is to integrate four of its Less Smoke Smell products under the new name of Mevius Mode. Two of the products are currently within its Mevius D-SPEC line, and two are within its super-slim Mevius Style Plus line. The flavor and aroma of these products will remain the same, but they will […]

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Most US states not serious about funding tobacco prevention and cessation

Most US states not serious about funding tobacco prevention and cessation

| December 10, 2013

The U.S. state of North Dakota currently spends $9.5 million a year on tobacco prevention cessation programs, a level of funding that meets that recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But this level of funding represents only 14.8 percent of the $64.3 million revenue that this year the state will […]

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‘Grave risks’ in secrecy over TTP plans

‘Grave risks’ in secrecy over TTP plans

| December 10, 2013

As the final round of ministerial talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership resumed on Sunday, Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz wrote to each of the 12 participating nations, warning that the deal and the secrecy surrounding it presented “grave risks,” according to a story by economics correspondent Peter Martin, writing for the Sydney Morning Herald. The […]

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US politicians put pressure on Ireland over standardized packaging plans

US politicians put pressure on Ireland over standardized packaging plans

| December 10, 2013

The governor of the U.S. state of Virginia has written to the Irish prime minister, Enda Kenny, urging him to reject proposals to introduce standardized cigarette packaging, according to a story in The Irish Times. In a letter last week, Gov. Bob McDonnell said there were other proven ways to regulate the industry that were […]

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Tobacco vending machines to be ousted from Israel by start of next year

Tobacco vending machines to be ousted from Israel by start of next year

| December 10, 2013

The sale of cigarettes from indoor and outdoor vending machines will be outlawed throughout Israel from the beginning of next year, according to a story by Judy Siegel-Itzkovich. The law was originally passed in August 2011, but its implementation was postponed until the beginning of 2014 because vending companies said they needed time to adjust […]

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Health alliance says e-cigarettes must remain available to smokers

Health alliance says e-cigarettes must remain available to smokers

| December 9, 2013

The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) has called for the regulation of e-cigarettes as a matter of urgency, but insists that regulation should be framed so as to ensure these products remain available to smokers, according to an Agence Europe story. The agency report said that, in the absence of health impact studies on e-cigarettes, […]

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TPP would hand too much influence to tobacco and pharmaceutical firms

TPP would hand too much influence to tobacco and pharmaceutical firms

| December 9, 2013

Civic groups have warned of the potential negative impacts a proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement could have on the poor and their “medical rights,” according to a story by Lu Hsin-hui and Jay Chen for Focus Taiwan. The warning came as ministers from 12 countries gathered in Singapore over the weekend for closed-door meetings on […]

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Flood of submissions on Ireland’s proposed standardized packs bill

Flood of submissions on Ireland’s proposed standardized packs bill

| December 9, 2013

An attempt is being made to bury Ireland’s Department of Health in paper so as to frustrate efforts to introduce standardized packs for cigarettes sold in the country, according to a story in The Irish Examiner. The department’s chief medical officer, Dr. Tony Holohan, told the committee on health and children that the department had […]

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Malawi appoints NewCo manager to Tobacco Control Commission

Malawi appoints NewCo manager to Tobacco Control Commission

| December 9, 2013

NewCo’s country manager for Malawi, Robin Saunders, has been appointed to the board of the Malawi Tobacco Control Commission (TCC), where he is expected to serve until Sept. 9, 2016. The TCC is responsible for, among other things, advising the government on tobacco-related matters, regulating the production, processing and marketing of tobacco, and promoting the […]

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Last tango in New York

Last tango in New York

| December 9, 2013

New York state lawmakers are urging people to sign petitions in favor of a long-stalled bill that would ban public assistance from being spent on alcohol, lap dances and cigarettes, according to a story by Kate Briquelet for The New York Post. The Public Assistance Integrity Act would also ban welfare recipients from using their […]

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China struggling with smoking rules

China struggling with smoking rules

| December 6, 2013

Health and law experts say that regional anti-smoking regulations in China lack the teeth to protect nonsmokers from secondhand tobacco smoke, according to a story in the China Daily. China is said to be looking at a national ban on tobacco smoking in enclosed public areas. Currently, more than 10 cities have smoking regulations, all […]

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