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Big drop in Israel’s smoking incidence

Big drop in Israel’s smoking incidence

| May 29, 2013

The incidence of smoking in Israel dropped by 2.9 percentage points in one year: between 2010-2011 and 2011-12, according to a story by Dan Even for Haaretz. This figure is based upon surveys conducted by the Health Ministry’s Center for Disease Control, which is required to submit an annual report on the state of smoking […]

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Romanian smokers plan to quit en masse

Romanian smokers plan to quit en masse

| May 29, 2013

More than 56 per cent of Romanian smokers are planning to quit their habit in the coming year, according to a story by Irina Popescu for the Romanian Insider, quoting a study conducted under the European Commission’s campaign, Ex-smokers Are Unstoppable. The study showed that 80 per cent of Romania’s smokers believe willpower would be […]

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Iggesund’s UK biomass plant opened

Iggesund’s UK biomass plant opened

| May 29, 2013

Iggesund Paperboard’s new biomass plant at Workington, England, was yesterday inaugurated in the presence of the board of directors of the Holmen Group, the forest industry group to which Iggesund Paperboard belongs. When the CHP (combined heat and power) plant came online in March, the company’s paperboard mill at Workington switched its energy source from […]

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Ireland embraces plain packaging

Ireland embraces plain packaging

| May 28, 2013

Ireland may become the second country to require standardized packaging for cigarettes, reports the Kildare Nationalist. Health Minister James Reilly announced government approval for his controversial plans, which he hopes to have enacted early next year. Plain packaging made its global debut late last year in Australia. An Irish retail group cautioned the move would […]

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EU tobacco directive opposition mounts

EU tobacco directive opposition mounts

| May 28, 2013

Bulgaria has formally backed Greece in its opposition to some of the revisions proposed by the EU Commission at the end of last year to the Tobacco Products Directive, according to a Bulgarian News Agency story quoting a press note issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food. Both countries produce leaf tobacco – mainly […]

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EU tobacco directive proposals fall short of regulatory best practice

EU tobacco directive proposals fall short of regulatory best practice

| May 28, 2013

The Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) undertaken by the European Commission on its proposed revisions to the 2001 Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) is not sufficiently robust when reviewed from the perspective of regulatory best practice, including the Commission’s own guidelines for RIA’s, according to Oxera, an economics consultancy, in a report commissioned by Japan Tobacco International […]

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Call for 70 per cent tax increase

Call for 70 per cent tax increase

| May 28, 2013

Forty MPs have urged the government of Bangladesh to increase by 70 per cent the taxes on bidis, cigarettes and jarda (smokeless tobacco), according to a story in The Financial Express. The MPs, who wanted to see the increase included in the 2013-14 Budget, were trying to thwart the efforts of about 170 MPs who […]

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Smartphone app comes to aid of farmers

Smartphone app comes to aid of farmers

| May 28, 2013

The French National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA) has developed several plant protection applications for smartphones and tablets to help farmers identify and localize diseases on plants in the field. In order to reduce the use of pesticides on crops, the early and reliable identification of a disease and the detection of emergent pests have […]

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Farmers win crop insurance battle

Farmers win crop insurance battle

| May 24, 2013

Tobacco farmers notched a victory Thursday when the U.S. Senate fended off efforts to eliminate the federal insurance program for their embattled crop. Tobacco farmer organizations had vigorously objected to the proposal, saying elimination of the program would effectively spell the end of U.S. tobacco production. Tobacco Associates of Raleigh, North Carolina, said discontinuation of […]

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ITM buys IMAtec

ITM buys IMAtec

| May 24, 2013

The ITM Group has acquired IMAtec of Luxembourg, a supplier of packing equipment for other tobacco products  (OTP). IMATec’s portfolio includes cigarette paper booklet machines, pouchmakers, clear-wrap kits, shrink kits and end-of-line packaging equipment. Combining the companies’ teams will allow ITM to offer complete packing solutions from concept to machine acceptance. In addition, it will […]

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Development planned for Kyrgyz tobacco

Development planned for Kyrgyz tobacco

| May 24, 2013

Kyrgyzstan is looking to attract foreign investment in its tobacco production industry, according to a story in The Times of Central Asia quoting Kyrgyz Agriculture Ministry figures. The country produced 7,400 tons of mainly Dubek semi-oriental tobacco last year, but the crop’s value, at 631 million soms, was down from 1.083 billion soms the previous […]

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Irish PM criticised over tobacco meeting

Irish PM criticised over tobacco meeting

| May 24, 2013

The Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, has been criticised for holding a meeting with representatives of the tobacco industry, according to a story in The Journal.ie. The meeting, which was said also to have involved two senior ministers, Alan Shatter and Michael Noonan, was held a fortnight ago but has only recently come to public […]

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Forest takes to tobacco road in Ireland

Forest takes to tobacco road in Ireland

| May 24, 2013

The spokesman for Forest Éireann has said he is undertaking a tour of Ireland in response to “increasingly restrictive measures on smoking and tobacco, including campaigns to ‘de-normalise’ the habit”. On the Limerick leg of his tour, John Mallon urged smokers to stand up to “Prohibition extremism in a free society”. According to a story […]

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Thai warnings to swell to 85 per cent

Thai warnings to swell to 85 per cent

| May 24, 2013

Thailand’s deputy public health minister, Dr. Chonlanan Srikeaw, has announced that a new anti-smoking law will require cigarette packs to carry bigger health warnings, according to a story in the Pattaya Mail. A new law, which will be implemented on October 2, will stipulate that cigarette warning labels must cover 85 per cent of packs. […]

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New product tracking system on show

New product tracking system on show

| May 24, 2013

Imperial Tobacco recently joined with the other major tobacco manufacturers at two global customs events to showcase technology for tackling the illicit trade. Representatives from Imperial attended the World Customs Organization events in Dubai and Istanbul as members of the cross-industry Digital Coding and Tracking Association (DCTA), which was officially launched this week. Imperial said […]

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Twin RFID events scheduled for London

Twin RFID events scheduled for London

| May 24, 2013

RFID Journal said yesterday that it will feature a ‘co-located’ event at its 10th European show, RFID Journal LIVE! Europe (www.rfidjournalevents.com/europe). The co-located event, RFID in Europe (www.rfidineurope.eu), is designed to promote the adoption of radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies, and to connect European end users and system providers. Both events will be held on […]

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Vapor Corp to present at business forum

Vapor Corp to present at business forum

| May 24, 2013

Vapor Corp. said on Wednesday that CEO, Kevin Frija, was due to make a presentation at the Second Annual Marcum LLP MicroCap Conference on May 30 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City. The company’s presentation is scheduled to begin at 16.00 hours Eastern Daylight Time. More information and registration is available at the […]

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Four-country study suggests e-cigarettes might work as cessation aids

Four-country study suggests e-cigarettes might work as cessation aids

| May 23, 2013

Researchers in Australia, Canada, the UK and the US have concluded that electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) might have the potential to serve as cessation aids, according to a paper published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The researchers set out to examine patterns of ENDS awareness, use, and product-associated beliefs among current and […]

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More tobacco retailers in poorer areas

More tobacco retailers in poorer areas

| May 23, 2013

University of Western Australia (UWA) researchers have found that poorer West Australian suburbs have four times the number of tobacco outlets than those found in their affluent neighbors, according to a story on WAtoday.com.au. The study was published in the Medical Journal of Australia. It is unlikely that the researchers were surprised by the findings. […]

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BAT denies Russian tax underpayment

BAT denies Russian tax underpayment

| May 23, 2013

Russian federal investigators have alleged that British American Tobacco’s local units have failed to pay tax amounting to upwards of RUB335 million, according to report by the Russian Legal Information Agency (RLIA) quoting an Izvestia newspaper story. An investigation was opened in respect of BAT’s St. Petersburg, Saratov, and Moscow units, which are alleged not […]

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Cigarettes seized by Jordanian customs

Cigarettes seized by Jordanian customs

| May 23, 2013

The Jordan Customs Department (JCD) on Monday foiled an attempt to smuggle 203,000 packs of cigarettes into the country, according to a Jordan Times story. The cigarettes were found in six containers. The Times said the packs were seized, and were being held by the JCD ‘until’ the would-be smugglers paid their fines, which amount […]

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Tobacco museum a giant advertisement

Tobacco museum a giant advertisement

| May 23, 2013

Local health control people have accused the TobaccoMuseum in Shanghai, China, of being a giant advertisement for the tobacco industry, according to a story in the Global times. They are demanding that the authorities revoke the museum’s honorary titles that allow the museum to present itself as a venue suitable for students. The Times story […]

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Volunteering fires up Imperial employees

Volunteering fires up Imperial employees

| May 23, 2013

Imperial Tobacco employees based in Bristol recently gave something back to the company’s local community when they joined thousands of other people across the UK in taking part in Give & Gain Day. The annual event, run by the Business in the Community organization, is the country’s leading employee volunteering action day. Company secretary, John […]

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Profits up at ITC

Profits up at ITC

| May 22, 2013

ITC of India reported a net profit of INR19.28 billion ($350.3 million) in the quarter ending March 31, up 19.45 percent from the comparable quarter last year. The company’s non-tobacco FMCG business contributed a net profit of INR118.7 million during the quarter, compared with a net loss of INR166.8 million in the 2012 quarter. ITC’s […]

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Central European coalition criticizes TPD

Central European coalition criticizes TPD

| May 22, 2013

A joint declaration adopted May 17th by Polish, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Romanian and Bulgarian agriculture ministers criticizes the European Commission’s draft Tobacco Products Directive, especially the proposed ban on slim and menthol cigarettes, reports Europolitics. The ministers said that, if approved, the directive would hurt thousands of families that depend on tobacco cultivation for their […]

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