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Zambia acts to improve transparency on sales floors

Zambia acts to improve transparency on sales floors

| March 3, 2015

The Tobacco Board of Zambia (TBZ) has said that strong measures have been put in place to improve transparency and efficiency ahead of the 2015 crop marketing season, according to a story in The Post. The TBZ’s CEO Samson Muyembe was quoted as saying that new security measures, such as the inclusion of CCTV cameras […]

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Two in three smokers die of smoke-related diseases

Two in three smokers die of smoke-related diseases

| March 3, 2015

A new study claims that about 67 percent of smokers die from the effects of a smoking-related disease; a much higher figure than the 50 percent indicated by a number of previous studies, according to a story by Lamiat Sabin for The Independent (UK). The new study involved about 200,000 people in New South Wales, […]

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BAT looking for new auditors in wake of PwC lawsuit

BAT looking for new auditors in wake of PwC lawsuit

| March 3, 2015

British American Tobacco said yesterday that it had launched a competitive tender to appoint new external auditors for 2015 onwards. Three firms had been invited to take part in the tender process: Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and KPMG. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which had been BAT’s auditors since the tobacco company listed on the London Stock Exchange […]

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Dominican Republic worried about plain-packs plans

Dominican Republic worried about plain-packs plans

| March 2, 2015

The Dominican Republic last week voiced concerns at the World Trade Organization (WTO) about the proposed introduction of standardized tobacco packaging in Ireland and the UK, according to a CAN story. In a statement at the WTO’s Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (the TRIPS Council), the Dominican Republic’s Ambassador to the WTO, […]

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Italy’s new tax said to hand advantage to big boys

Italy’s new tax said to hand advantage to big boys

| March 2, 2015

Electronic cigarette firms in Italy have said that a new tax that doubles the price of e-liquid refills will hurt their industry while unfairly helping major tobacco companies such as Philip Morris International, according to a story by Sara Ledwith and Martinne Geller for Reuters. The tax, which was adopted in January, is set at […]

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Davidoff acquires farmland, announces new factory

Davidoff acquires farmland, announces new factory

| March 2, 2015

Oettinger Davidoff said on Friday that it had acquired farmland in Nicaragua’s Condega region and in the Jamastran valley of Honduras. The company said too that it had acquired land for the purpose of building a new cigar factory in Danli, Honduras, because the growth in demand for Camacho and other Honduran brands had outgrown […]

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Taiwan’s smoking-while-driving rules due July 1

Taiwan’s smoking-while-driving rules due July 1

| March 2, 2015

Restrictions on people smoking while driving in Taiwan are to be brought in from July 1, according to a story in the Taipei Times. Some details of the new regulations were given towards the end of last year but at that time it was not known when they would be imposed. According to the Times, […]

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Green light for plain packaging in Ireland

Green light for plain packaging in Ireland

| February 27, 2015

Irish lawmakers have passed legislation mandating plain packaging for tobacco products. The bill is expected to be signed into law by Ireland’s president after a technical vote in the upper house next week. Scheduled to take effect in May 2017, the new law will ban all tobacco branding, including logos and colors, and require tobacco […]

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FCTC passion and cohesion dissipated after 10 years

FCTC passion and cohesion dissipated after 10 years

| February 27, 2015

The World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is 10 years old today and apparently it is starting to show its age. According to a piece by Derek Yach, executive director of the Vitality Institute and former executive director of WHO NCDs, the FCTC is an ambitious approach to tackling the world’s ‘most […]

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Bigger health warnings not practical for India’s OTPs

Bigger health warnings not practical for India’s OTPs

| February 27, 2015

The producers of tobacco products other than cigarettes are asking the Indian government to exclude them from the current requirement that, by April 1, tobacco packs include health warnings covering 85 percent of their two main surfaces, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The new warnings would […]

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