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Uttar Pradesh pricing itself out of the cigarette revenue market

Uttar Pradesh pricing itself out of the cigarette revenue market

| December 12, 2012

Uttar Pradesh cigarette vendors and the Uttar Pradesh Cigarette Traders’ Association are urging the state government to cut its 50 per cent rate of VAT on cigarettes to bring it in line with neighboring states. The traders claim the disparity between the VAT rates imposed in Uttar Pradesh and neighboring states is driving up sales […]

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Battle lines being drawn up over Bulgaria’s tobacco smoking ban

Battle lines being drawn up over Bulgaria’s tobacco smoking ban

| December 11, 2012

Bulgaria’s Prime Minister, Boiko Borissov, has hinted that he will not oppose a move under consideration by his ruling party MPs that would see the country’s enclosed-public-places tobacco smoking ban eased to allow people to light up in restaurants and bars after 22.00 hours, according to a Sofia News story. But Health Minister, Desislava Atanasova, […]

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Possession of contraband cigarettes to become criminal offence in Malaysia

Possession of contraband cigarettes to become criminal offence in Malaysia

| December 11, 2012

It will become illegal to be in possession of contraband cigarettes under a proposal currently under consideration by the government of Malaysia, according to a story in The Star. The Health Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, was quoted as saying that his ministry was finalizing proposed amendments to the existing Control of Tobacco Products […]

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Tobacco smugglers given long jail terms

Tobacco smugglers given long jail terms

| December 11, 2012

Five men who were involved in smuggling tobacco into the UK have been jailed for terms of between 18 months and four years and nine months, according to a story by Jane Hunt for the East Anglian Daily Times. Martyn Levett, prosecuting, told the Ipswich Crown Court that the case concerned the smuggling of tobacco […]

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Cigarette taxes to rise again on Egyptian market already besieged by smuggling

Cigarette taxes to rise again on Egyptian market already besieged by smuggling

| December 10, 2012

The Egyptian government has announced a series of tax hikes that will see a 50 per cent increase in the retail price of cigarettes, according to a Bikya Masr story. The tax hikes, which take in everything from alcohol to bottled water, from advertising to retailing and from energy prices to real estate, seem to […]

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Tobacco Board of India to be without chairman during critical few months

Tobacco Board of India to be without chairman during critical few months

| December 10, 2012

The Tobacco Board of India is expected to remain headless until at least February following the completion of the two-year term of the former chairman, G Kamalavardhan Rao, according to a Times of India story. Rao, who has been named Revenue Secretary of Kerala, handed over to the board’s executive director, C V Subba Rao, […]

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The Philippines’ small tobacco firms and employees ‘doomed’ by tax changes

The Philippines’ small tobacco firms and employees ‘doomed’ by tax changes

| December 10, 2012

Small, local tobacco companies in the Philippines will be forced to shut down and lay off hundreds of workers once Congress passes a law imposing extremely high taxes on low-priced cigarette brands, according to a story in The Manila times quoting Blake Dy, vice-president of Associated Anglo American Tobacco Corp. “We are doomed,” Dy said […]

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Fall in overall consumption in France down mainly to lower cigarette sales

Fall in overall consumption in France down mainly to lower cigarette sales

| December 10, 2012

French households cut back slightly on their consumption in October, mainly in response to a rise in cigarette prices, according to an Agence France Presse story quoting official data. Consumption, a main driver of growth in the French economy, slipped by 0.2 per cent in October from the September level. The INSEE statistics institute said […]

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Demand for smuggled cigarettes high because licit products highly taxed

Demand for smuggled cigarettes high because licit products highly taxed

| December 10, 2012

Alcoholic beverages, tobacco products and illicit drugs are set to be the most valuable contraband seized byMalaysia’s Customs Department this year, according to a story in The Star. Of the RM850 million worth of goods seized in the first 11 months of this year, alcohol, tobacco and drugs accounted for RM450 million. Alcohol and tobacco […]

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Government urged to reduce cigarette yields gradually in Malaysia

Government urged to reduce cigarette yields gradually in Malaysia

| December 10, 2012

Malaysia’s Health Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, has said that the tar nicotine and carbon monoxide deliveries of cigarettes sold in Malaysia would be lowered in September 2013 and then reduced again a year later, according to a story in The Sun Daily. But a research company has called for a slow and gradual […]

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NewCo appoints Pakistan manager

NewCo appoints Pakistan manager

| December 10, 2012

The NewCo Group said on Friday that Raza Ullah Khan had recently joined its global team as country manager in Pakistan. Khan has worked in the tobacco business for more than 35 years. NewCo said that Khan’s experience and knowledge would give it a strong presence in the Pakistani market.

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High-speed cigarette maker sought by Ethiopia’s state tobacco company

High-speed cigarette maker sought by Ethiopia’s state tobacco company

| December 7, 2012

Ethiopia’s National Tobacco Enterprise (NTE) is trying to obtain funding for the purchase of a new cigarette-making machine to produce 20,000 cigarettes a minute, according to a story by Mahlet Mesfin for the Addis Fortune. The cost of the machine is said to be about 142 million birr (US$7.79 million). NTE, which started production with […]

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Back-door snus ban feared

Back-door snus ban feared

| December 7, 2012

Swedish Match has attacked reported European plans to further legislate on snus as an indirect attempt to ban the product, according to a Reuters story quoting the newspaper Dagens Nyheter. The newspaper quoted what it said was draft legislation by the European Commission [the tobacco products directive] that sought to restrict the use of flavorings […]

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Four states tie for last place on tobacco prevention funding league table

Four states tie for last place on tobacco prevention funding league table

| December 7, 2012

Ohio is one of four US states that have budgeted no funds for tobacco prevention programs this year, according to a Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) press note issued through PRNewswire. ‘This is the third year in a row that Ohio has provided zero state funding for tobacco prevention,’ the note said. ‘The U.S. Centers […]

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Court fines BAT Chile US$1.7 million for anti-competitive practices

Court fines BAT Chile US$1.7 million for anti-competitive practices

| December 7, 2012

British American Tobacco Chile has been fined US$1.7 million for anti-competitive practices, according to a story by Emily Green for the Santiago Times. In addition, Chile’s Supreme Court has imposed further restrictions on the company’s business practices. BAT Chile currently accounts for 93 per cent of domestic tax-paid cigarette sales.

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Iggesund’s latest Black Box is a treasury of marketing trade opportunities

Iggesund’s latest Black Box is a treasury of marketing trade opportunities

| December 7, 2012

Iggesund Paperboard’s Black Box Project has broken yet new ground with the formation of a website through which the contents of the latest box can be traded. For almost two years, Iggesund Paperboard has been operating the Black Box Project through which it has challenged a number of well-known international designers and design companies to […]

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Spending money on tobacco prevention is dying business among US states

Spending money on tobacco prevention is dying business among US states

| December 6, 2012

US states have spent less on tobacco prevention during the past two years than in any period since the national tobacco settlement in 1998, despite record high revenues from the settlement and tobacco taxes, according to a story by Sabrina Tavernise for the New York Times quoting a report due for release today. The states […]

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Some US tobacco settlement bonds at risk as cigarette consumption falls

Some US tobacco settlement bonds at risk as cigarette consumption falls

| December 6, 2012

Officials in California have tapped reserves for payments on two series of state tobacco bonds due to the state’s receiving ‘insufficient’ tobacco settlement revenue, according to a Reuters story quoting notices filed with the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board on Monday. The draws indicate how municipal bond issuers that sold debt backed by settlement revenue must […]

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Birds de-fouling their own nests

Birds de-fouling their own nests

| December 6, 2012

Birds in Mexico City are keeping their nests warm and pest-free by lining them with cigarette butts, according to a BBC Online story quoting a study by researchers at St Andrews University. The nicotine and other chemicals in discarded filters are said to act as ‘a natural pesticide’ that repels parasitic mites. At the same […]

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US cigarette pack warning block remains in force after appeals court decision

US cigarette pack warning block remains in force after appeals court decision

| December 6, 2012

An appeals court yesterday denied theUSfederal government’s request to reconsider a decision blocking a requirement that tobacco companies put large graphic health warnings on cigarette packs to show that smoking can disfigure and kill, according to a story by Michael Felberbaum for Associated Press. In its filings, the US Court of Appeals inWashington,DC, did not […]

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Minister speaks out against leaf price anomalies during Zimbabwe sales

Minister speaks out against leaf price anomalies during Zimbabwe sales

| December 6, 2012

Zimbabwe’s Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister, Dr. Joseph Made, has said that the use of price ‘barriers’ during the 2012 tobacco sales season should not be allowed to continue next year, according to a story in The Herald. In a speech read on his behalf at a National Tobacco Workshop to mark the end […]

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FDA issues form for reporting ‘potential’ violations of tobacco control act

FDA issues form for reporting ‘potential’ violations of tobacco control act

| December 6, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) says that it is providing ‘the public and other stakeholders’ with another option for reporting ‘potential’ violations of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act), and related regulations. It is doing this by making available its new ‘Potential tobacco product violations […]

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Diminishing personal autonomy unacceptable in a free society

Diminishing personal autonomy unacceptable in a free society

| December 5, 2012

The licensing of smokers, the anti-tobacco movement’s latest proposal to ‘denormalize’ smoking, confirms that public-health elites suffer from Mary Poppins Syndrome: They won’t rest until we’re all practically perfect in every way. So says the Cato Institute adjunct scholar, Dr. Patrick Basham, in a response to a piece in the journal PLOS Medicine by Simon […]

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Employers can easily extend smoking ban to electronic cigarette vaping

Employers can easily extend smoking ban to electronic cigarette vaping

| December 5, 2012

Croner, part of the global information services business, Wolters Kluwer, says that it has seen a ‘substantial’ rise in calls to its advice lines from UK employers concerned about the use of e-cigarettes at work, according to a press note issued through PRNewswire. “From a legal perspective as e-cigarettes are not lit then there is […]

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Karnataka prices up on those of last year

Karnataka prices up on those of last year

| December 5, 2012

Tobacco growers in the Indian state of Karnataka had sold about 25 million kg of leaf at an average price of Rs121.92 a kg by the end of the first 45 days of auctions, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter quoting figures from the Tobacco Board of […]

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