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NC tobacco tax totals turn down

NC tobacco tax totals turn down

| April 19, 2013

North Carolina, USA, is catching up with a lot of other American states in collecting less tax revenue on cigarettes and other forms of tobacco. In the first nine months of fiscal 2013, which began in July, state revenue collections were $190 million, down 6 percent from the $202 million that came in during a comparable […]

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Cigar makers hope to snuff out FDA efforts

Cigar makers hope to snuff out FDA efforts

| April 19, 2013

Cigar makers are trying to snuff out an effort by the Food and Drug  Administration to regulate their products for the first time. The FDA said in its regulatory agenda for the year that it would propose rules in April to expand federal oversight of tobacco products under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The […]

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Easy street: smoke smugglers net nearly $2 million a truckload

Easy street: smoke smugglers net nearly $2 million a truckload

| April 19, 2013

Wanna make a quick $1,944,000? Buy a truckload of cigarettes in Virginia and sell them in New York. Yeah, it’s illegal. But that’s how much can be made from selling a tractor trailer’s worth (that’s 800 cases, each holding 600 packs of cigarettes) of low-tax Virginia cigarettes in high-tax New York, based on estimates from […]

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California lawmakers kill bill to ban smoking inside homes

California lawmakers kill bill to ban smoking inside homes

| April 18, 2013

A bill to bar millions of Californians from smoking inside their own homes was rejected Wednesday by an Assembly committee. Assembly Bill 746 would have made California the first state to venture into personal bedrooms and living rooms with smoking restrictions. It targeted condominiums, duplexes and apartments, according to a story published in The Sacramento […]

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Retailers say PM still on top, e-cigs will continue to grow

Retailers say PM still on top, e-cigs will continue to grow

| April 18, 2013

The first quarter of 2013 has come and gone, and with it, a UBS-CSP survey of a variety of convenience store operators–whose sizes ranged from one store location to more than five hundred—on a range of tobacco-related issues. The exclusive study brought good news for industry leader Philip Morris and even better news for the […]

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Philip Morris Q1 profit declines on costs, cuts full-year EPS view

Philip Morris Q1 profit declines on costs, cuts full-year EPS view

| April 18, 2013

Tobacco giant Philip Morris International Inc. Thursday reported a decline in first-quarter profit, reflecting higher costs. Meanwhile, earnings per share improved from last year. The company also lowered its full-year 2013 earnings outlook for prevailing exchange rates only, according to a story on RTTNews.com. However, the firm reiterated its annual constant-currency adjusted diluted earnings per […]

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Mac Baren to acquire Altadis USA pipe tobacco division

Mac Baren to acquire Altadis USA pipe tobacco division

| April 18, 2013

Mac Baren Tobacco Co., a 125-year-old pipe tobacco company based in Denmark, has reached an agreement with Altadis USA to purchase the company’s pipe tobacco division located in Richmond, Va, according to a story on CSPnet.com. The acquired pipe business will operate under its original name, Sutliff Tobacco Co., which was founded in San Francisco […]

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Higher 1Q profit, revenue expected from PMI

Higher 1Q profit, revenue expected from PMI

| April 17, 2013

Philip Morris International Inc., which sells Marlboro and other brands abroad, is expected to report higher profit and revenue when it releases its first-quarter results before the market opens on Thursday. Whether cutting costs and raising prices continued to help PMI compensate for consumers buying fewer, or cheaper, cigarettes has investors anticipating the announcement. Cigarette […]

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Pakistan has $175.8 million reasons to tackle tobacco smuggling

Pakistan has $175.8 million reasons to tackle tobacco smuggling

| April 17, 2013

Pakistan is losing 17 billion Pakistani rupees ($175.8 million) per annum due to the illicit cigarette trade, which represents about 26.7 percent of total cigarettes consumed in terms of volume. According to a research paper compiled by the Euromonitor International, and cited in a story published by the Asia News Network, Pakistan ranked third-highest in […]

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Careless smokers playing with fire

Careless smokers playing with fire

| April 17, 2013

It could be hard to believe but careless smokers ended up causing more than 2,410 fire accidents and several crores-worth of property loss in the last seven years in the Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. A study by A.P. Fire Services Department revealed careless smoking as one of the main causes for the increasing incidence of fire […]

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Less drinking, smoking causes Aussies more problems

Less drinking, smoking causes Aussies more problems

| April 16, 2013

A major research project has found that Australians have cut down on smoking and drinking, but they’ve gained weight and become more anxious. A survey by Roy Morgan Research of 50,000 Australians every year, over five years, has found 1.1 million fewer glasses of alcoholic drinks are being consumed a week and 134,000 fewer people smoke compared with 2007, according to […]

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Few complaints lead to secondhand smoke warnings for non-gamblers

Few complaints lead to secondhand smoke warnings for non-gamblers

| April 16, 2013

About two, meaning usually one, complaints a month are lodged with the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department regarding tobacco smoke leaking from video gambling rooms inside restaurants, so obviously something needed to be done in this West Virginia, USA, town. ”When we get these types of complaints, we still make a site visit to make sure they are […]

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Malaysia to stamp out smuggled-cigarette smokers

Malaysia to stamp out smuggled-cigarette smokers

| April 16, 2013

The city hall in the Malaysian city of Kota Kinabalu, proposed that buyers of  contraband cigarettes be penalized along with the sellers of the smuggled smokes, according to a story in the the Borneo Post. Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir, who made the proposal in his speech during the  launch of Ops Pacak 2013, said buyers […]

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Vaping is working in Southwest Florida

Vaping is working in Southwest Florida

| April 15, 2013

A few businesses in Southwest Florida, U.S., are allowing vaping in the workplace, according to a story in the Naples Daily News. For instance, Safety Harbour Insurance, which serves Lee and Collier counties, is said to allow its employees to ‘e-puff’ away at work. “We absolutely love it,” said manager Candace Nichols, who has been […]

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Smoking causes more than “just death”

Smoking causes more than “just death”

| April 15, 2013

Australia was due yesterday to start a new anti-tobacco propaganda campaign aimed at preventing the suffering caused by smoking. According to an Australian Associated Press story, the campaign, called “Stop before the suffering starts”, will use television and radio, and the print, online and social media. The campaign is said to highlight the toll taken […]

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International anti-tobacco conference to be staged in tobacco country

International anti-tobacco conference to be staged in tobacco country

| April 15, 2013

India, the third largest producer of tobacco, is due to host an international anti-tobacco conference in Delhi later this year. The International Conference on Public Health Priorities in the 21st Century: The Endgame for Tobacco will take place on September 10–13. “The conference is a call for collective resolution to fight tobacco through global cohesion […]

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Hungary moves from open market to monopoly to zeropoly

Hungary moves from open market to monopoly to zeropoly

| April 15, 2013

Smokers in some Hungarian villages will not have local access to cigarettes after a new law allowing only state-licensed tobacconists to sell cigarettes comes into effect in May, according to an MTI-EcoNews story quoting the opposition Socialist lawmaker, Csaba Toth. As was reported here on April 3, the country’s parliament adopted legislation in September last […]

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Fewer smokers, more snuffers in Norway

Fewer smokers, more snuffers in Norway

| April 15, 2013

Norway’s smoking tobacco tax revenue last year, at NOK7.3 billion, was down by NOK170 million on that of 2011 and down by NOK750 million on that of 2009, according to an Esmerk Norwegian News story. The decline was attributed to the fall that has occurred in the number of daily smokers, which, according to the […]

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Davidoff to establish subsidiary in Austria

Davidoff to establish subsidiary in Austria

| April 15, 2013

The Switzerland-based cigar producer, Oettinger Davidoff Group, will be represented in Austria by its own subsidiary beginning in May, Davidoff of Geneva Austria GmbH, according to an APA Economic News Service story. Austria is the 10th biggest market for the group, which is said to have a presence in 150 countries and to employ 3,700 […]

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Tabacalera makes a comeback

Tabacalera makes a comeback

| April 15, 2013

The Imperial Tobacco group has restored the Tabacalera name for its new premium cigar division in Spain, according to a Cinco Dias story. The move was said to be in line with Imperial’s strategy of reorganising some of its legal entities in Spain. The reorganisation process was said to have been started last year.

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Manila FDA will not register e-cigarettes

Manila FDA will not register e-cigarettes

| April 12, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will not register e-cigarettes, as health products as these devices are against the intent of the country’s tobacco regulation law, according to a story on MB.com.ph, a Minilan news website. In an advisory, FDA acting Director General Kenneth Hartigan-Go said e-cigarettes are “contrary to the intent and […]

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Fiji running out of places for smokers to smoke

Fiji running out of places for smokers to smoke

| April 12, 2013

Smoking in Fiji restaurants will be illegal as of July 1st, and a $1,000 fine will be carried if any one business breaches the new law, which was implemented under the Tobacco Control Regulation of 2012. Graphical warnings on cigarette packets will also be printed as of July, according to a story by the Fiji Broadcasting Company. […]

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FBI sting smokes out fake Marlboro men

FBI sting smokes out fake Marlboro men

| April 12, 2013

For more than a year, the system worked flawlessly. Containers of counterfeit cigarettes shipped from China to the ports of Newark, N.J., and New York City moved easily through customs and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security without inspection. From the docks, the cigarettes, falsely labeled as Marlboros and Marlboro Lights, made their way to […]

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Preliminary figures: JT’s financial-year cigarette volumes up 7.2 percent

Preliminary figures: JT’s financial-year cigarette volumes up 7.2 percent

| April 12, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during March, at 9.7 billion, was down by 3.6 percent on its March 2012 volume, 10.1 billion, which itself was down by 3 percent on that of March 2011, according to preliminary figures issued by the company. Volume during the 12 months, April 2012-March 2013, at 116.2 billion, […]

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Smoking decline slowed in Canada

Smoking decline slowed in Canada

| April 12, 2013

Decades of anti-smoking campaigns whittled Canada’s smoking population from about 50 percent in 1965 to less than 20 percent in 2011, but the rate of decline has slowed in recent years and five million Canadians still smoke, according to a Conference Board of Canada report Profile of Tobacco Smokers in Canada. “It appears that, as […]

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