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Trade minister tries to brush away TPPA fears

Trade minister tries to brush away TPPA fears

| March 18, 2015

Australia’s Trade Minister Andrew Robb has described concerns raised by diverse groups about the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) as a “scare campaign” that is “designed to frighten people about any sort of trade agreement”, according to an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) story relayed by the TMA. The agreement is being negotiated in secret by […]

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Expert says plain packs do not infringe trademarks

Expert says plain packs do not infringe trademarks

| March 18, 2015

A senior lecturer in law at City University London has said that the tobacco industry’s argument that standardized packaging legislation violates their trademark rights is not convincing, according to a story relayed by the TMA. Writing in The Conversation, Enrico Bonadio, said manufacturers would still be able to distinguish their products from those of competitors […]

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Indian bidi workers fear industry could be wiped out

Indian bidi workers fear industry could be wiped out

| March 18, 2015

Hundreds of bidi workers, bidi contractors and union members have held a massive protest against the Indian government’s ‘ban on tobacco products’, according to a Daijiworld.com story. The protest, which included members of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions and of the All India Trade Union Congress, was held yesterday outside the District Collector’s office […]

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Zimbabwe’s tobacco exports earn $200 million

Zimbabwe’s tobacco exports earn $200 million

| March 17, 2015

Zimbabwe has earned $211.9 million from tobacco sales thus far this year. China continues to be the leading importer after buying 19.3 million kg worth $166.7 million since the beginning of the marketing season. Zimbabwe exports Virginia tobacco to more than 50 countries on all but two continents. South Africa ranks as the second-biggest importer […]

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U.K. passes cigarette-packaging law

U.K. passes cigarette-packaging law

| March 17, 2015

The U.K. House of Lords on March 16 approved a bill requiring cigarettes to be sold in standardized packaging. The House of Commons on March 11 voted 367 to 113 in favor of the law, which passed through the House of Lords without a vote. Starting in May 2016, cigarettes must be sold in packages […]

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Bill would increase age limit by one year each year

Bill would increase age limit by one year each year

| March 17, 2015

The upper house of the state of Tasmania, Australia, is due to debate whether sales of cigarettes should be banned in the case of people born after 2000, according to a story by Daniel McCulloch for the Examiner. Ivan Dean, a member of the Legislative Council, has introduced a private members bill that would amend […]

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