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Smoking gun in Jordan’s toy story

Smoking gun in Jordan’s toy story

| April 17, 2015

Jordanian authorities closed three coffee shops during the first quarter of this year for violating the Public Health Law, which bans smoking in public places, according to a story in The Jordan Times quoting the Petra news agency. Fatima Khalifah, head of the Health Ministry’s tobacco control department, said that, in addition, liaison officers had […]

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More U.S. students using electronic cigarettes

More U.S. students using electronic cigarettes

| April 17, 2015

Current electronic cigarette use among US middle- and high-school students tripled between 2013 and 2014, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) and the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Findings from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey show that […]

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PM USA makes $3.5 billion MSA payment

PM USA makes $3.5 billion MSA payment

| April 16, 2015

Philip Morris USA yesterday made its annual Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) payment, which this year amounts to about $3.5 billion, after adjusting for various items related to the Non-Participating Manufacturer adjustment disputes. ‘Since signing the tobacco settlement agreements in 1997 and 1998, PM USA has paid the states more than $70 billion,’ the company said […]

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No ‘disgusting’ pictures with single cigarettes

No ‘disgusting’ pictures with single cigarettes

| April 16, 2015

More than 200,000 young Thais buy single cigarettes because they cannot afford to buy packs, according to a story in The Nation quoting a public-health researcher from Mahidol University. Saranya Benjakul cited a 2011 survey that found also that more than 400,000 Thais aged 15-18 were smokers. The poll results are being given another airing […]

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Biofuel production triggered by tobacco enzymes

Biofuel production triggered by tobacco enzymes

| April 16, 2015

A ‘Bioboost’ research project under way in Norway is using genetically engineered tobacco plants as a ‘factory’ to produce enzymes that can break down biomass from forest-based raw materials, potentially leading to the economic and sustainable production of biofuels, according to a Science Daily story relayed by the TMA. The project is being led by […]

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Tobacco firms challenge FDA’s authority over packs

Tobacco firms challenge FDA’s authority over packs

| April 16, 2015

The US’s biggest tobacco companies are suing the Food and Drug Administration over recent guidelines that they claim overstep the agency’s authority in respect of tobacco-products packaging, according to an associated press story. Lorillard and units of Reynolds American and Altria filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in the US District Court for the District of […]

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Namibia leaf project gets environmental clearance

Namibia leaf project gets environmental clearance

| April 15, 2015

A N$14 billion tobacco and maize project mooted for Namibia’s Zambezi region has received environmental clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, according to a story in The Namibian. The Chinese company, Namibia Oriental Tobacco, has applied for 10,000 ha in the Zambezi Region for tobacco and maize production. The environmental impact assessment submitted […]

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France takes major step towards standardized packs

France takes major step towards standardized packs

| April 15, 2015

France’s lower house of parliament yesterday passed a number of measures, one of which would require cigarettes to be sold from May next year in standardized packaging with graphic health warnings, according to a story by Emile Picy for Reuters, relayed by the TMA. The measures include, too, a ban on smoking in cars carrying […]

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Tobacco sales ban within 250 meters of schools

Tobacco sales ban within 250 meters of schools

| April 15, 2015

It will be illegal to sell tobacco products within 250 meters of Jordan’s schools and health institutions from October 1, according to a story in The Jordan Times describing new Health Ministry regulations. Under the regulations, shops will be allowed to display tobacco products only at payment points, and cigarette packs will have to be […]

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Additives think tank to seek evidence for court case

Additives think tank to seek evidence for court case

| April 15, 2015

As part of measures being taken in support of a damages suit being brought against major tobacco companies by South Korea’s state health insurer, the Health Ministry plans to establish a think tank to research the additives used in cigarettes manufactured and distributed in the country, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The […]

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Gesture politics employed in Beijing’s tobacco wars

Gesture politics employed in Beijing’s tobacco wars

| April 14, 2015

The authorities in Beijing, China, are asking citizens to vote on what would be a suitable hand gesture to indicate to people that they should desist from smoking, according to a China Daily story. Most countries have hand gestures that can be appropriated for this purpose, but Beijing seems to be looking for a specially-conceived […]

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US court votes to allow EU lawsuit against Reynolds

US court votes to allow EU lawsuit against Reynolds

| April 14, 2015

A US federal appeals court voted 8-5 on Monday to allow an EU lawsuit to proceed against RJR Nabisco its affiliates and successors that alleges RJ Reynolds violated the US Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), according to a story by Richard Craver for the Winston-Salem Journal. The lawsuit, initially filed in October 2002, […]

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Modified risk application damaged but not sunk

Modified risk application damaged but not sunk

| April 14, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee has concluded that Swedish Match North America’s (SMNA) General snus should not be allowed to carry Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) warning labels. Last year, SMNA made an MRTP application to the FDA in which it sought to have changed or eliminated, in respect […]

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Cigarette volume sales free falling in Japan

Cigarette volume sales free falling in Japan

| April 13, 2015

Cigarette sales in Japan during the 2014 fiscal year that ended on March 31 dropped to their lowest level since such statistics were first compiled for fiscal 1990, according to a story in The Japan News citing an industry group. The Tobacco Institute of Japan was quoted as saying that sales fell by nine percent […]

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Flue-cured tobacco prices plummet in Zimbabwe

Flue-cured tobacco prices plummet in Zimbabwe

| April 13, 2015

As of Thursday, Zimbabwe’s tobacco growers had sold 25.7 million kg of flue-cured for US$67.4 million, according to a New Zimbabwe story. At the same stage of last season, they had sold 28.7 million kg for US$88.1 million. The volume had dropped by 10.4 percent and the return to growers had gone down by 23.5 […]

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Raw deal for do-it-yourself tobacco manufacturers

Raw deal for do-it-yourself tobacco manufacturers

| April 13, 2015

Estonia’s Tax and Customs Authority is banning the retailing of ‘raw tobacco’, according to an Esmerk story. The raw tobacco has reportedly been sold online, in kiosks and at markets in 1 kg packages not carrying health warnings. The ban, which will be effective as of May 1, is said to be aimed at reducing […]

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Campaigners claim tobacco promoted illegally

Campaigners claim tobacco promoted illegally

| April 13, 2015

Tobacco companies are advertising at shops across Bangladesh even though it is a punishable offence to do so, according to a story in the Daily Star quoting anti-tobacco campaigners speaking at a seminar yesterday. In addition, tobacco companies were awarding complimentary prizes to customers, holding job fairs and debating competitions on university premises, and sponsoring […]

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RAI to host results webcast and conference call

RAI to host results webcast and conference call

| April 13, 2015

Reynolds American Inc. is due to host a conference call and webcast following the release of its first-quarter 2015 financial results before the market opens on April 17. The conference call and webcast, which will start at 09.00 Eastern Time, will be presented by president and CEO, Susan M. Cameron, CFO, Andrew D. Gilchrist, and […]

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Malawi’s growers asked to stay calm on 25¢ per kg

Malawi’s growers asked to stay calm on 25¢ per kg

| April 10, 2015

Malawi’s President, Peter Mutharika, has assured the country’s tobacco growers that his government will closely monitor the minimum prices set for the 2015 tobacco marketing season. The president made his promise on Wednesday during the official opening of the 2015 tobacco marketing season at Lilongwe auction floors. He said the minimum prices, which had been […]

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Cambodia moves closer to 2003 tobacco control law

Cambodia moves closer to 2003 tobacco control law

| April 10, 2015

Cambodia’s National Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed a draft law on tobacco control that, among other provisions, will require manufacturers to include on cigarette packs graphic warnings occupying at least 50 percent of the surface area. According to a story in The Phnom Penh Post, the draft law still has to be passed by the […]

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