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Dutch retailers want cigarette possession by under-16s to be fining offence

Dutch retailers want cigarette possession by under-16s to be fining offence

| February 28, 2013

Tobacconists and petrol station owners in the Netherlands are calling on parliament to make it a criminal offence for the under-16s to be in possession of tobacco products, according to an Expatica.com story quoting the Telegraaf. Shopkeepers caught selling cigarettes to youngsters face a fine of €450 but the youngsters get off scot-free, the retailers […]

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Altria board declares dividend

Altria board declares dividend

| February 28, 2013

The Altria Group said yesterday that its board of directors had declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.44 per common share, payable on April 10 to shareholders of record as of March 15. The ex-dividend date is March 13.

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Outdoor smoking ban overturned – but don’t get too comfortable

Outdoor smoking ban overturned – but don’t get too comfortable

| February 27, 2013

Pro-smoking forces have won a rare victory in Australia. After a two-year battle, smokers will again be allowed to light their cigarettes when dining outdoors in Parramatta, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, after the local council deferred to the wishes of restaurateurs concerned about lost profits, according to a story in the Sydney Morning Herald. […]

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NewCo provides $50-a-container support for projects in three producer countries

NewCo provides $50-a-container support for projects in three producer countries

| February 27, 2013

NewCo has said that for each container it ships to its clients during 2013, it will donate $50 to one of three foundations chosen by the client. The company said in a press note yesterday that it had decided to donate money to those who needed help ‘in their lives and in their development’. Together […]

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JT repurchases almost 87 million shares

JT repurchases almost 87 million shares

| February 27, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc said today that it had repurchased 86,805,500 of its common-stock shares for ¥249,999,840,000. This followed a resolution by JT’s board of directors on Monday providing for the repurchase up to 118,000,000 of its common stock (6.20 per cent of the total issued shares, excluding treasury shares), or shares worth up to ¥250,000,000,000, […]

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New board member for Altria Group

New board member for Altria Group

| February 27, 2013

  The Altria Group said yesterday that its board of directors had elected Debra J. Kelly-Ennis to the board. With the addition of Kelly-Ennis, Altria’s board increases from 11 to 12 directors. Kelly-Ennis was president and chief executive officer of Diageo Canada, a subsidiary of Diageo plc, a global spirits, wine and beer company, from […]

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Industry mourns Roy Ingram

Industry mourns Roy Ingram

| February 26, 2013

Roy Ingram died peacefully Jan. 9, 2013, in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA. From 1952 to 1968, Ingram worked for Gallaher in Nyasaland, Rhodesia, Northern Ireland and England. He returned to Rhodesia in 1969, where he joined Tabex. In 1977 Ingram moved to Belgium and worked for Intabex. In 1984, he helped establish Intabex in the […]

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The shisha party’s all but over in Turkey

The shisha party’s all but over in Turkey

| February 26, 2013

Turkey’s shisha cafés have six more months to ply their trade. A law requiring shisha cafés to comply with an indoor smoking ban in force for cigarettes, pipes and cigars since 2009 was published in Turkey’s Official Gazette last month. It gave the cafés and their customers six months of grace before the axe falls. […]

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Possible conflict of interest for new director of FDA’s CTP

Possible conflict of interest for new director of FDA’s CTP

| February 26, 2013

Prof. Michael Siegel, of BostonUniversity’s School of Public Health, believes that Mitch Zeller J.D. will likely take “a much more hard-line approach” in his dealings with the tobacco industry than did his predecessor, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal relayed by the TMA. Siegel was commenting on the appointment of Zeller as […]

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TFWA’s China conference one week away

TFWA’s China conference one week away

| February 26, 2013

More than 330 delegates have registered so far for the TFWA’s (Tax Free World Association) two-day conference due to be held at Beijing on March 5-7. The conference theme is, ‘China’s Century: The Fast Pace of Change in China Duty Free & Travel Retail’. The event, which will start on March 5 with cocktails at […]

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Row over JTI Red Cross donations

Row over JTI Red Cross donations

| February 26, 2013

The Geneva-based International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum says it wants to return a donation made to it by Japan Tobacco International, but JTI says it won’t take the money back, according to a Swiss Radio International report. In November, international anti-smoking and health advocacy groups protested at the museum’s decision to accept a […]

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Re-christen cigarettes cancerettes?

Re-christen cigarettes cancerettes?

| February 26, 2013

A UK clergyman has launched a new front in the war on smoking – by suggesting that cigarettes are renamed cancerettes, according to a story in the Coastal Scene newspaper. The Rev Charles Mugleston, from Witnesham in the county of Suffolk, has launched a petition on the 10 Downing Street website and could have the […]

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Imperial hosting investor event

Imperial hosting investor event

| February 26, 2013

The Imperial Tobacco Group was due to host in London today an investor event focusing on the company’s strategies for sustainable growth and ‘delivering quality sales growth supported by cost and cash optimisation’. Imperial said that, during the presentations, it would state its intention of growing dividends by at least 10 per cent a year […]

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MEPs call for stronger anti-tobacco measures in products directive

MEPs call for stronger anti-tobacco measures in products directive

| February 25, 2013

Three members of the European Parliament have called for a more forceful Tobacco Products Directive than the one that will come into being if proposed revisions to the directive are put into effect, according to an Agence Europe story. The three MEPs are: Cristian Silviu Busoi, of Romania, co-president of the MEP Heart Group; Alojz […]

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New director appointed for US FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products

New director appointed for US FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products

| February 25, 2013

The US Food and Drug Administration is replacing the head of its tobacco governance group with a former associate commissioner with ties to an anti-smoking advocacy group and a pharmaceutical company, according to a story by Richard Craver for the Winston-Salem Journal. Mitch Zeller J.D. is due to become director of the Center for Tobacco […]

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Parliamentarians ignore their own law on banning smoking in public places

Parliamentarians ignore their own law on banning smoking in public places

| February 25, 2013

Five laws banning tobacco smoking in public places have been introduced during the past 10 years only to be largely ignored by Greek smokers; so the government has vowed to impose yet another crackdown, according to a story in the Greek Reporter quoting a Kathimerini newspaper report. The Health Ministry’s general secretary, Christina Papanikolaou, has […]

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Unified Patent Court will ensure uniform applicability of patent law

Unified Patent Court will ensure uniform applicability of patent law

| February 25, 2013

The international agreement for establishing a Unified Patent Court (UPC), which was signed last week in Brussels, is expected to ensure the uniform applicability of patent law throughout the EU’s signatory countries. According to a press note issued on behalf of the EU Council, the new court will avoid the occurrence of multiple court cases […]

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Fight breaks out over extent of illicit tobacco trade in Ireland

Fight breaks out over extent of illicit tobacco trade in Ireland

| February 25, 2013

Ireland’s revenue commissioners have rejected as inaccurate a survey claiming that the consumption of illicit cigarettes in the country rose to 28.2 per cent during 2012, up from 24.5 per cent during 2011, according to a story by Marie O’Halloran for the Irish Times. The commissioners said the survey did not distinguish between illicit products […]

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Government prepares for JT shares sale

Government prepares for JT shares sale

| February 25, 2013

The Japanese government is expected to offer for sale 333,333,200 of Japan Tobacco Inc’s common stock, according to a press note included on JT’s website earlier today. This secondary offer comprises 141,666,600 international and 191,666,600 Japanese shares. However, the final decision on the number of shares to be offered will be made by the shareholder, […]

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New Brazilian marketing deal agreed

New Brazilian marketing deal agreed

| February 25, 2013

NewCo and Tabacos Venus (previously Interfumos) have signed a co-operation agreement for the marketing of all of the Brazilian tobaccos contracted by Tabacos Venus. Interfumos changed its name to Tabacos Venus when it started negotiating to sell its factory at Venâncio Aires. The name of the factory’s new owner is due to be announced shortly, […]

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JTI welcomes call for inquiry into tobacco lobbying at European Commission

JTI welcomes call for inquiry into tobacco lobbying at European Commission

| February 22, 2013

Japan Tobacco International said today that it welcomed a proposal by some members of the European Parliament for a special inquiry into tobacco lobbying at the European Commission. “Open and transparent lobbying activities to inform elected officials and civil servants over policy decision-making clearly serve the public interest,” said Thierry Lebeaux, head of EU affairs […]

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Campaigners want a consumer-focused tobacco bill not a business-focused bill

Campaigners want a consumer-focused tobacco bill not a business-focused bill

| February 22, 2013

Indonesia’s National Commission on Tobacco Control (KNPT) has called on the House of Representatives to draft a new bill aimed at protecting consumers from the adverse impacts of tobacco, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. The commission wants the House to drop plans for the tobacco bill that is already scheduled for inclusion […]

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Maxim design aims for one big impact

Maxim design aims for one big impact

| February 22, 2013

KT&G is putting one million limited-edition packs of its The One Impact cigarette on the market for a four-week period, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The outer packaging of The One Impact Maxim Edition was designed in collaboration with Maxim, said to be the world’s best-selling men’s monthly magazine. The aim is […]

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Standardized packaging could extend to alcohol, fast food and soft drinks

Standardized packaging could extend to alcohol, fast food and soft drinks

| February 21, 2013

One of the organizations that contributed to New Zealand’s public consultation on standardized packaging for tobacco products is concerned that the decision to go ahead with imposing such a requirement will set a precedent for other products, according to a Yahoo! New Zealand News story. The New Zealand government has said that it is to […]

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Chile prepares for tobacco smoking ban

Chile prepares for tobacco smoking ban

| February 21, 2013

Chile’s anti-tobacco lobby is looking forward to the imposition of a new law that is due, from March 1, to ban tobacco smoking in enclosed public places such as pubs, restaurants and discos, according to a UPI story quoting The Santiago Times. Co-ordinator Lezak Shallat, of Chile’s Free Tobacco organization, said smoking cost the country […]

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