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Cuba fumes over ‘blatant robbery’ of Cohiba brand

Cuba fumes over ‘blatant robbery’ of Cohiba brand

| April 9, 2013

Cuba has accused the U.S. of enabling the ‘blatant robbery’ of brand names from the island following a new court verdict in a lawsuit between Cubatabaco and U.S.-based General Cigar over the Cohiba cigars brand name. “The blatant robbery of Cuban trademarks in the United States continues to be protected by federal authorities hiding behind […]

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Former Nepalese factory workers pay demands derailed

Former Nepalese factory workers pay demands derailed

| April 9, 2013

The government of Nepal is unlikely to meet all of the pay demands of former workers at the Janakpur Cigarette factory, according to a story in the Daily Republica. The factory, which was established in 1965 with the support of the Russian government, has been closed for two years. It used to manufacture popular brands of […]

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Further delay to UK e-cigarette regulations

Further delay to UK e-cigarette regulations

| April 9, 2013

The UK government’s plans to license e- cigarettes have been delayed further, according to a story in the Times Of London. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency began a consultation in February 2010, but it said in March 2011 that it would take another 18 months to gather greater evidence on the health risks […]

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PMI, Spanish tobacco renew relationship

PMI, Spanish tobacco renew relationship

| April 9, 2013

Philip Morris International is strengthening its long-term commitment to the future of tobacco growing in Spain by renewing its Framework Collaboration Agreement with the Spanish Ministry for Agriculture, Food and the Environment for the next three years, the company said last week. “As part of the new Agreement signed today in Madrid and subject to […]

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Zimbabwe: $200 million realized at tobacco auction floors

Zimbabwe: $200 million realized at tobacco auction floors

| April 8, 2013

Zimbabwe’s Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) has recorded close to $200 million from sales of the golden leaf as more farmers continue to deliver their crop, according to a story in the Zimbabwe newspaper NewsDay. The latest statistics from TIMB showed that as of Friday (Day 35), revenue had reached $191,243 million from the 51 […]

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JTI to challenge Scottish plain-packaging plans

JTI to challenge Scottish plain-packaging plans

| April 8, 2013

The tobacco giant Japan Tobacco International is preparing to challenge the Scottish Government’s plain cigarette packets plans in an advertising campaign this week, according to an article in The Scotsman. It will reveal correspondence, obtained through Freedom of Information, from the Department of Health in which officials state there is no hard evidence to suggest the […]

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Minimum warning wider than width of pack, leaves 5 mm for brand name

Minimum warning wider than width of pack, leaves 5 mm for brand name

| April 8, 2013

The EU Commission has denied that proposed changes to its Tobacco Products Directive would have the effect of banning regular-sized cigarette packs produced in two factories in the Azores and sold in the Azores and Portugal. This is despite the fact that the minimum width of health warnings would be wider than the width of […]

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2012 cigarette sales decline in France, fine-cut sales increase

2012 cigarette sales decline in France, fine-cut sales increase

| April 8, 2013

Cigarette sales fell by 3.4 percent in France during 2012, the most significant decline since 2005, according to a story in Le Figaro. The decrease was thought to be due to increases in prices that were imposed in October 2011 and 2012. Last year, sales of hand-rolling tobacco increased by 6.4 percent.

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Concern in Poland over proposed new Tobacco Products Directive

Concern in Poland over proposed new Tobacco Products Directive

| April 8, 2013

A member of the European Parliament has asked the EU Commission whether it has any plans to help if the revisions to its Tobacco Products Directive negatively affect Polish tobacco farmers. Michał Tomasz Kamiński, representing Poland, said in a written question that the new draft directive would ban menthol and slim cigarettes. “Revenue from tobacco […]

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Cigarette sales fall steeply in Spain

Cigarette sales fall steeply in Spain

| April 8, 2013

The value of tobacco sales in Spain increased by 5.6 percent to €1.778 billion during the first two months of this year, according to an Expanśion story quoting data from the tobacco market authority. But volume cigarette sales fell by 7.2 percent to 363 million packs, while the value of those sales rose by 1 percent […]

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Slow tobacco deliveries at Malawi’s Mzuzu Auction Floors

Slow tobacco deliveries at Malawi’s Mzuzu Auction Floors

| April 5, 2013

The pace at which tobacco is flowing to Mzuzu Auction Floors has been described as slow just few days before the market officially opens on Monday, April 8, according to Malawi’s The Daily Times. Mzuzu Auction Floors Assistant Manager Joseph Kawinga said the pace of tobacco deliveries is low as most farmers are still processing […]

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Hoffmann awarded World Star

Hoffmann awarded World Star

| April 5, 2013

Hoffmann Neopac has won a World Star Award for its Winston Avant Edition cigarette pack. The World Star Organization gives out awards annually for innovations in packaging. This year, more than 315 entrants competed. Previously, the Winston Avant Edition had won the German Packaging Award. According to Hoffman, the Winston Avant Edition has redefined cigarette […]

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In England, not seeing is believing

In England, not seeing is believing

| April 5, 2013

England’s  tobacco products display ban helped smokers quit, according to a new study. One in four young people who gave up smoking last year said the ban on displaying tobacco products in large shops helped them quit, a survey found, according to a story posted on the London24 website. Just over 25 percent of ex-smokers between […]

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Bad kids? blame secondhand smoke

Bad kids? blame secondhand smoke

| April 5, 2013

A new study links pregnant women’s exposure to secondhand smoke and behavioral problems in their kids. Researchers, led by Jianghong Liu at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, studied more than 600 mother/child pairs in Jintan, China, according to MyHealthNewsDaily, Of the 37 percent of mothers who reported exposure to secondhand smoke during pregnancy, 25 […]

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Tobacco mosaic virus antibodies may protect against Parkinson’s disease

Tobacco mosaic virus antibodies may protect against Parkinson’s disease

| April 5, 2013

A virus typically associated with tobacco, but also known to be present in spinach, tomatoes, petunias and other vegetables and household plants, may help protect people from Parkinson’s disease, according to a story in KyForward (Kentucky, U.S.) quoting a study by researchers at the University of Louisville’s departments of Neurology and Physiology. The researchers’ findings, […]

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Messy outcome likely as can of worms opened in Grand Forks

Messy outcome likely as can of worms opened in Grand Forks

| April 5, 2013

Since November and the passing of Measure 8, the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota, U.S., has areas within its outdoor parks where smoking is banned—a prohibition that park board commissioner Molly Soeby wants to extend to include all types of tobacco products. According to a story by Ryan Bakken for the Grand Forks Herald, […]

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Cigar auction to see warm front moving in, pushing depression southward

Cigar auction to see warm front moving in, pushing depression southward

| April 5, 2013

London’s spring might be a tad overdue, but a warm front is on the horizon—at least for cigar lovers. Many of the world’s wealthiest smokers are expected to flock to Britain’s capital on June 10 when an estimated £300,000 worth of vintage, rare and mature cigars, along with cigar-related lots, are expected to go under […]

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RFID show announced

RFID show announced

| April 5, 2013

RFID Journal says that it expects a record number of new products to be exhibited at RFID Journal LIVE! 2013, an event it describes as the world’s premier conference and exhibition focused on radio frequency identification (RFID) and its many business applications. LIVE! 2013 will be held from April 30—May 2 at the Orange County […]

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Assam considers total tobacco ban

Assam considers total tobacco ban

| April 4, 2013

After it finalizes its ban on gutkha, the Indian state of Assam might turn its attention to banning all forms of tobacco products, including cigarettes and bidis, according to a story in The Assam Tribune. The Health Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, told parliament this week that the health department was keen to launch an all-out […]

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Smokeless smoking in the US

Smokeless smoking in the US

| April 4, 2013

The smokeless tobacco category provided another solid year for U.S. convenience stores in 2012, and all signs indicate that this year should remain just as strong, according to a story in Convenience Store Decisions (CSD). According to the market research company SymphonyIRI, smokeless sales in U.S. convenience stores during the year 2012 totaled $4.82 billion, […]

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Italy to raise e-cigarette purchase age

Italy to raise e-cigarette purchase age

| April 4, 2013

Italy has announced plans to raise the legal age limit for people buying e-cigarettes from 16 to 18 years old, according to an Agence France Presse story. The new rules, which are due to go into effect on April 23, are scheduled to be in place until October 31, but they might be extended. A […]

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Malaysia to target contraband in shops

Malaysia to target contraband in shops

| April 4, 2013

Malaysia is to crackdown on the illicit trade in cigarettes, which, it is claimed, is costing the government RM2 billion in tax revenue annually, according to a story in The Star. The crackdown, which is to be led by representatives of the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry, along with police and customs personnel, will […]

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Sharjah shuns sales of cigarettes

Sharjah shuns sales of cigarettes

| April 4, 2013

All grocery stores in residential areas and near schools in the United Arab Emirates city of Sharjah have been banned from selling cigarettes, according to a story in The National. The ban, effective immediately, was passed on April 2 by the Sharjah Municipal Council. Dr. Wedad Al Maidoor, head of tobacco control at the Ministry […]

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BLF says doctors should examine smokers’ mental health

BLF says doctors should examine smokers’ mental health

| April 3, 2013

Smoking might be a sign of psychiatric illness, so doctors should routinely consider referring people who smoke to mental health services in case they need treatment, according to a story by Jeremy Laurance for The Irish Independent quoting the British Lung Foundation (BLF). The BLF suggestion came in response to a report, Smoking and Mental […]

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Hungary forced to hold second tender for tobacco retail concessions

Hungary forced to hold second tender for tobacco retail concessions

| April 3, 2013

Hungary will issue a new tender for retail tobacco sales in 1,417 communities from which no applications were received during the initial tender, according to a Budapest Business Journal story quoting MTI-Econews. The country’s parliament adopted legislation in September of last year for the establishment of a state monopoly of the retail sale of tobacco products […]

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