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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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BAT would challenge planned UK plain packs laws

BAT would challenge planned UK plain packs laws

| February 27, 2015

British American Tobacco said yesterday that it would take action against the UK government if it enacted a plan to put cigarettes in standardized packs, according to a story by Martinne Geller for Reuters. “If the regulations, as published this week, are passed, we anticipate taking legal action,” Jerome Abelman, BAT’s director of corporate and […]

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Cubatabaco wins latest round in US trademark tussle

Cubatabaco wins latest round in US trademark tussle

| February 27, 2015

The US Supreme Court handed a victory to Cubatabaco on Monday by refusing to intervene in a legal case against a US-based rival firm over the Cohiba trademark that both use for their cigars, according to a story in the Latin American Herald Tribune. The high court refused to hear an appeal by US firm […]

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Altria declares regular quarterly dividend

Altria declares regular quarterly dividend

| February 27, 2015

The Altria Group’s board of directors on Wednesday declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.52 per common share, payable on April 10 to shareholders of record as of March 16. The ex-dividend date is March 12.

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Taylor to lead Imperial’s U.S. operations

Taylor to lead Imperial’s U.S. operations

| February 26, 2015

David Taylor will become chief executive of Imperial Tobacco Group’s U.S. subsidiary, ITG Brands. Taylor is currently executive vice president, finance and planning, and chief financial officer of Lorillard. Imperial Tobacco also announced that Martin Orlowsky has voluntarily resigned due to differences with the company’s management style. In July 2014, ITG Brands entered into an […]

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BAT’s volume down but share up in ‘key markets’

BAT’s volume down but share up in ‘key markets’

| February 26, 2015

British American Tobacco’s cigarette volumes during 2014, at 667 billion, were down by about 1.4 percent on those of 2013, 676 billion. Volumes were increased in the company’s EEMEA (Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa) region from 226 billion to 227 billion; they were unchanged in its Asia Pacific region at 197 billion; they were […]

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US tobacco firms settle 400 Engle progeny cases

US tobacco firms settle 400 Engle progeny cases

| February 26, 2015

The three biggest US tobacco companies have tentatively agreed to pay $100 million to resolve 400 Engle progeny lawsuits pending against them in the Florida federal court. Final approval of the deal is subject to an agreement to participate by all the plaintiffs. Under the terms of the agreement, Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds […]

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Revised TPD the most lobbied EU dossier

Revised TPD the most lobbied EU dossier

| February 25, 2015

The tobacco industry deployed ‘massive’ third party lobbying to subvert revisions to the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), according to a BMJ piece citing research published online by Tobacco Control (TC). TC was said to have found also that regulatory reforms seemed to have made it easier for corporate interests to influence public health legislation. […]

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Greece agrees to crack down on tobacco smuggling

Greece agrees to crack down on tobacco smuggling

| February 25, 2015

One of the reform measures conceded by the Greek government before Tuesday’s agreement on the extension of the country’s bailout for four months was a crack down on tobacco smuggling, according to a story by Jim Yardley for the New York Times. Euro zone finance ministers and other creditors agreed to extend the Greek bailout […]

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Indian government asked to spread tax burden

Indian government asked to spread tax burden

| February 25, 2015

Ahead of the 2015 budget, the Tobacco Institute of India has been calling on the country’s government to widen the tax base to include all tobacco products, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The budget is due to be presented to the Indian parliament by the Finance […]

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Sporting role for Thailand’s smokers

Sporting role for Thailand’s smokers

| February 25, 2015

Thai smokers, who already contribute to the Thai Health Promotion Foundation and the Thai Public Broadcasting Services, will soon be providing money to help the country’s sporting efforts, according to a story in the Bangkok Post. Retail prices for cigarettes and alcoholic drinks are said to be likely to go up by several baht next […]

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Swisher sets up vapor business

Swisher sets up vapor business

| February 24, 2015

Swisher International is creating a new company, E-Alternative Solutions (EAS) to develop, market and distribute for the rapidly growing vapor market. Swisher’s senior vice president for sales and marketing will serve as the CEO of EAS. “We have been carefully reviewing the e-cigarette space for a while through market research, customer feedback and in-depth reviews […]

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Wording dispute over tobacco companies’ mea culpa

Wording dispute over tobacco companies’ mea culpa

| February 24, 2015

The US’ biggest tobacco companies have asked a federal appeals court to set aside a series of court-ordered ‘advertisements’ saying they lied about the dangers of smoking, according to an Associated Press story. The companies told a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals in Washington that they are ready and willing to pass […]

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MEP opposes Commission’s e-cigarette tax plans

MEP opposes Commission’s e-cigarette tax plans

| February 24, 2015

The member of the European Parliament representing North West England, Paul Nuttall, has spoken out against news that the European Commission is ‘considering hiking up tax on healthier electronic cigarettes,’ according to a note posted on the website of the UKIP party, of which Nuttall is deputy leader. The Commission is said to have asked […]

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