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Just don’t ask for whom the clock ticks

Just don’t ask for whom the clock ticks

| January 7, 2013

A ‘death clock’ displaying the number of people said by an anti-tobacco campaigning organization to be dying in Bangladesh of tobacco related diseases has gone up in Dhaka’s Bijoy Sharani area. The first of its kind inBangladesh, the clock was launched by the anti-tobacco organization, Progga, with the support of the government, according to a […]

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Award for Imperial Tobacco’s training programs in Slovenia

Award for Imperial Tobacco’s training programs in Slovenia

| January 7, 2013

Award for Imperial Tobacco’s training programs in Slovenia Imperial Tobacco has received an award for the quality and level of training provided for its people inSlovenia. The Top 10 Award recognises those companies that take the best approach to employee development and learning across their business. The award was given by the leading Slovenian training […]

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Lawsuit to probe membership of FDA’s tobacco products advisory committee

Lawsuit to probe membership of FDA’s tobacco products advisory committee

| January 4, 2013

US District Court Judge, Richard Leon, has allowed a lawsuit seeking an injunction by R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard Tobacco to proceed against the Food and Drug Administration’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC), according to a Heartland Institute report. The lawsuit alleges a conflict of interest on the scientific panel. FDA officials asked JudgeLeonto deny […]

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Health warnings go under cover

Health warnings go under cover

| January 4, 2013

Australia’s largest tobacco retail franchise says it does not believe that it is in breach of Victorian state tobacco laws by giving away free cigarette-pack covers, according to a story by Rachel Wells for The Age. The Tobacco Station Group (TSG), with more than 300 stores nationally, is offering covers that feature the company’s logo […]

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Counterfeiters reaping the benefit of Bangladesh’s quest for more VAT

Counterfeiters reaping the benefit of Bangladesh’s quest for more VAT

| January 4, 2013

Counterfeit cigarettes are floodingBangladesh’s market and contributing to the country’s missing its VAT collection targets, according to a story in The Financial Express. The government had set itself the target of collecting an additional Tk27.78 billion in VAT during this financial year, and the biggest contributor was to be tobacco consumers, who were expected to […]

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Smoking restrictions to become a ban

Smoking restrictions to become a ban

| January 4, 2013

A ban on tobacco smoking in enclosed public places in Chile will be expanded following the passage of a bill in the Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday night, according to a story by Laina Roberts for the Santiago Times. The new law will now go to the president, Sebastian Pinera, for signature. It will extend […]

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Warning: warnings survey timed to coincide with warnings campaign

Warning: warnings survey timed to coincide with warnings campaign

| January 4, 2013

About 85 per cent of the people polled in a recent survey said they supported the inclusion of warning images on cigarette packs inChina, according to a story by Wang Qingyun for the China Daily. But the survey was apparently carried out byBeijing’s disease and prevention control authorities, and it was carried out last year […]

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E-cigarettes clearly less dangerous than are traditional cigarettes

E-cigarettes clearly less dangerous than are traditional cigarettes

| January 3, 2013

Dr. Michael Cummings, a tobacco researcher at the Medical University of South Carolina’sHollingsCancerCenter, says e-cigarettes could be an effective product to help people quit smoking, but that research hasn’t proven the product’s safety or efficacy, according to a WCBD-TV2 report. “It could absolutely be a tool, but I think we need good studies to evaluate […]

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Plain packaging issue becoming a little more complex in Australia

Plain packaging issue becoming a little more complex in Australia

| January 3, 2013

The Australian government is issuing threats about what it sees as attempts to circumvent the ‘plain’ packaging laws that it imposed from December 1. But it is not entirely clear who it is threatening or what laws those being threatened are alleged to have broken. An Australian Associated Press story quoted the federal Health Minister, […]

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Pressure mounts for imposition of tobacco control law in China

Pressure mounts for imposition of tobacco control law in China

| January 3, 2013

China’s top legislature is starting to consider whether it should push ahead with the country’s first national tobacco control law, according to a Xinhua Newswire story quoting a report released yesterday. It was necessary to enact laws to control the dangers of smoking, said the report adopted at the closing session of a bimonthly meeting […]

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Tobacco prices expected to remain firm despite chewing tobacco bans

Tobacco prices expected to remain firm despite chewing tobacco bans

| January 3, 2013

Tobacco merchants in Gujarat, India, are expecting tobacco prices to rise further when the new crop is delivered in March-April, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Gujarat mainly grows tobacco used in chewing tobacco and snuff. Prices in 2012 were increased by 15 per cent on those […]

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President asked to revise Indonesia’s draft tobacco control regulation

President asked to revise Indonesia’s draft tobacco control regulation

| January 3, 2013

Tobacco industry lobbyists have urged the Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, to revise the draft government regulation (RPP) on tobacco control, according to a story in the Jakarta Post. The lobbyists say that the president should take into account the opinions of all stakeholders before signing the draft. The Indonesian Tobacco Growers Association (APTI) chairman, […]

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Quit apps downloaded 60,000 times

Quit apps downloaded 60,000 times

| January 3, 2013

Two smart-phone applications aimed at helping smokers kick their habit have been downloaded more than 60,000 times since being released last year, according to an APNnews story. The apps, called Quit Now: My Quit Buddy and Quit for You, Quit for Two, were said to be ‘just some of the tools’ being used by the […]

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Court decision something to chew on

Court decision something to chew on

| January 2, 2013

The High Court of the Indian state of Kerala has struck down a ban on the sale of chewing tobacco that had been based on provisions of a food safety and standards act, according to a story in the Hindu Online. The high court’s decision was issued on December 20 on a writ petition filed […]

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Manufacture, sale and use of chewing tobacco outlawed in Odisha

Manufacture, sale and use of chewing tobacco outlawed in Odisha

| January 2, 2013

The government of the Indian state of Odisha is introducing a state-wide ban on the manufacture, sale and use of guthka and chewing tobacco containing nicotine, according to an Indian Express story. In announcing the ban, the Health and Family Welfare Minister, Damodar Rout, said the Supreme Court and different high courts had earlier directed […]

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‘Alarming new trend’ in Malaysia’s contraband cigarette saga

‘Alarming new trend’ in Malaysia’s contraband cigarette saga

| January 2, 2013

Counterfeit versions of local cigarette brands are being sold nationwide in Malaysia at half the market price, according to a story by Eileen Ng for The Star and Asian News Network. The counterfeits sell for between RM2.50 and RM5.00 for a pack of 20, far below the minimum price of RM7.00. In describing the counterfeits […]

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Sri Lanka to introduce graphic warnings

Sri Lanka to introduce graphic warnings

| January 2, 2013

Graphic health warnings are to be included on cigarette packs sold in Sri Lanka, according to the Daily News quoting the country’s health ministry. The Health Minister, Maithiripala Sirisena, said the gazette notification of the warnings requirement would be published in March. He was quoted as saying that he would not be influenced to change […]

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One smoking club perk might be use of cigarette making machine

One smoking club perk might be use of cigarette making machine

| January 2, 2013

Owners of several tobacco shops that charged customers to use $35,000 cigarette-making machines until changes in US federal law made the practice illegal are looking to establish private smoking clubs, according to a story by Tom Fontaine for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Like other fraternal organizations, the non-profit smoking clubs would require members to pay dues, […]

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New contraband cigarette crack down yielding ‘results’ in Bulgaria

New contraband cigarette crack down yielding ‘results’ in Bulgaria

| December 31, 2012

The measures Bulgaria has taken to fight cigarette smuggling are yielding results, according to a story by Svetla Dimitrova for the Southeast European Times quoting the national Customs Agency. A total of 80 million contraband cigarettes were said to have been seized since the beginning of this year, but there was no mention of whether […]

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Imperial signs new anti-illicit trade agreement with Slovak government

Imperial signs new anti-illicit trade agreement with Slovak government

| December 31, 2012

A new agreement has been signed with the government of Slovakia to strengthen Imperial Tobacco’s continuing joint efforts to tackle illicit trade, the company says. ‘The Memorandum of Understanding with the Financial Directorate of Slovakia builds on existing co-operation and a previous agreement dating back to 2002,’ Imperial said in a note posted on its […]

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Jury still out on whether electronic cigarettes are ‘totally innocuous’

Jury still out on whether electronic cigarettes are ‘totally innocuous’

| December 31, 2012

Electronic cigarettes are less toxic than are traditional cigarettes but it is not possible at this time to say that they are ‘totally innocuous’. This is the view ofRoberta Pacifici, director of the Italy Observatory on Smoking, Alcohol and Drug Use at the National Health Institute, who worked on a recent report by the Italian […]

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Tobacco-industry water projects will help protect against natural disasters

Tobacco-industry water projects will help protect against natural disasters

| December 31, 2012

China’s State Tobacco Monopoly Administration has issued a plan for water resources projects to be carried out by the tobacco industry during 2013-2015, according to a Tobacco China Online story. The plan seeks to increase significantly the number of such projects and to help establish the tobacco industry’s image as a responsible industry. The projects […]

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Happy virtual New Year

Happy virtual New Year

| December 31, 2012

It is highly unlikely that you will be able to get your hands on a bottle of Aalborg Jule Akvavit in time to welcome in the New Year; so here, courtesy of Iggesund Paperboard, is a picture of one, which might bring some virtual cheer. In fact, Aalborg Jule Akvavit is a Christmas aquavit that […]

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In new UK anti-tobacco campaign it’s the cigarette that gets sick

In new UK anti-tobacco campaign it’s the cigarette that gets sick

| December 28, 2012

People in the UK are due to be exposed to a nine-week, £2.7 million propaganda campaign that will focus on a cigarette that develops cancerous tumors. They will be told that 15 cigarettes cause a mutation that can lead to such tumors. The Department of Health (DoH) says that the new theme represents a return […]

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Euromonitor study puts India in sixth spot on world contraband cigarette table

Euromonitor study puts India in sixth spot on world contraband cigarette table

| December 28, 2012

Indiahas become the sixth largest market for contraband cigarettes, according to an Indo-Asian News Service story quoting a Euromonitor study carried out on behalf of Assocham, a tobacco industry lobbyist. The licit cigarette market, which stood at 109 billion in 2006-07, dropped to about 101 billion in 2010-11. In contrast, the duty-evaded segment has grown […]

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