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Unified Patent Court will ensure uniform applicability of patent law

Unified Patent Court will ensure uniform applicability of patent law

| February 25, 2013

The international agreement for establishing a Unified Patent Court (UPC), which was signed last week in Brussels, is expected to ensure the uniform applicability of patent law throughout the EU’s signatory countries. According to a press note issued on behalf of the EU Council, the new court will avoid the occurrence of multiple court cases […]

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Fight breaks out over extent of illicit tobacco trade in Ireland

Fight breaks out over extent of illicit tobacco trade in Ireland

| February 25, 2013

Ireland’s revenue commissioners have rejected as inaccurate a survey claiming that the consumption of illicit cigarettes in the country rose to 28.2 per cent during 2012, up from 24.5 per cent during 2011, according to a story by Marie O’Halloran for the Irish Times. The commissioners said the survey did not distinguish between illicit products […]

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Government prepares for JT shares sale

Government prepares for JT shares sale

| February 25, 2013

The Japanese government is expected to offer for sale 333,333,200 of Japan Tobacco Inc’s common stock, according to a press note included on JT’s website earlier today. This secondary offer comprises 141,666,600 international and 191,666,600 Japanese shares. However, the final decision on the number of shares to be offered will be made by the shareholder, […]

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New Brazilian marketing deal agreed

New Brazilian marketing deal agreed

| February 25, 2013

NewCo and Tabacos Venus (previously Interfumos) have signed a co-operation agreement for the marketing of all of the Brazilian tobaccos contracted by Tabacos Venus. Interfumos changed its name to Tabacos Venus when it started negotiating to sell its factory at Venâncio Aires. The name of the factory’s new owner is due to be announced shortly, […]

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JTI welcomes call for inquiry into tobacco lobbying at European Commission

JTI welcomes call for inquiry into tobacco lobbying at European Commission

| February 22, 2013

Japan Tobacco International said today that it welcomed a proposal by some members of the European Parliament for a special inquiry into tobacco lobbying at the European Commission. “Open and transparent lobbying activities to inform elected officials and civil servants over policy decision-making clearly serve the public interest,” said Thierry Lebeaux, head of EU affairs […]

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Campaigners want a consumer-focused tobacco bill not a business-focused bill

Campaigners want a consumer-focused tobacco bill not a business-focused bill

| February 22, 2013

Indonesia’s National Commission on Tobacco Control (KNPT) has called on the House of Representatives to draft a new bill aimed at protecting consumers from the adverse impacts of tobacco, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. The commission wants the House to drop plans for the tobacco bill that is already scheduled for inclusion […]

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Maxim design aims for one big impact

Maxim design aims for one big impact

| February 22, 2013

KT&G is putting one million limited-edition packs of its The One Impact cigarette on the market for a four-week period, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The outer packaging of The One Impact Maxim Edition was designed in collaboration with Maxim, said to be the world’s best-selling men’s monthly magazine. The aim is […]

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Standardized packaging could extend to alcohol, fast food and soft drinks

Standardized packaging could extend to alcohol, fast food and soft drinks

| February 21, 2013

One of the organizations that contributed to New Zealand’s public consultation on standardized packaging for tobacco products is concerned that the decision to go ahead with imposing such a requirement will set a precedent for other products, according to a Yahoo! New Zealand News story. The New Zealand government has said that it is to […]

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Chile prepares for tobacco smoking ban

Chile prepares for tobacco smoking ban

| February 21, 2013

Chile’s anti-tobacco lobby is looking forward to the imposition of a new law that is due, from March 1, to ban tobacco smoking in enclosed public places such as pubs, restaurants and discos, according to a UPI story quoting The Santiago Times. Co-ordinator Lezak Shallat, of Chile’s Free Tobacco organization, said smoking cost the country […]

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Japanese government prepares to sell shares in Japan Tobacco

Japanese government prepares to sell shares in Japan Tobacco

| February 21, 2013

The Japanese government’s sale of a $10 billion stake in Japan Tobacco Inc. is expected to kick off within days after bankers met on Tuesday to discuss details of  the sale, according to a Reuters story quoting ‘sources close to the deal’. Japan’s Ministry of Finance, which owns just more than 50 per cent of […]

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Malawi sales season set to start in March

Malawi sales season set to start in March

| February 21, 2013

Malawi’s tobacco selling season is due to open in the middle of March, according to a Zodiak Malawi story quoting the Tobacco Control Commission (TCC). The TCC chief, Dr. Bruce Munthali, said that tobacco sales at Lilongwe, Limbe and Chinkhoma would start during the second week of March, while the Mzuzu auction floors would open […]

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Swedish Match reports sales increase

Swedish Match reports sales increase

| February 21, 2013

Swedish Match’s sales for the year to the end of December, at SEK12,486 million, were up by seven per cent on those of 2011. And sales during the fourth quarter of 2012, at SEK3,148 million, were up by three per cent on those of the fourth quarter of 2011. Calculated in local currencies, sales for […]

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Multinationals oppose plain packs plan but applaud ‘pragmatic’ postponement

Multinationals oppose plain packs plan but applaud ‘pragmatic’ postponement

| February 20, 2013

While opposing the planned introduction of standardized packaging for tobacco products in New Zealand, two multinationals have welcomed news that the country is to delay a decision on implementation until the resolution of World Trade Organization disputes involving Australia, the only country so far to have introduced such packaging. ‘In her official statement earlier today […]

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Campaigners say New Zealand decision on plain packs not relevant to UK

Campaigners say New Zealand decision on plain packs not relevant to UK

| February 20, 2013

In an attempt to put some clear water between the UK and New Zealand, where both governments have been considering the question of standardized packaging for tobacco products, campaigners say that developments in New Zealand are not relevant to the UK, where the government has yet to make a decision. The campaigners say that reports […]

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JT adds another menthol product to Mevius (Mild Seven) brand.

JT adds another menthol product to Mevius (Mild Seven) brand.

| February 20, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc said today that it would be adding Mevius Premium Menthol 8 to its 100 per cent natural menthol product range, Mevius Premium Menthol. The new product is the first Mevius menthol product to deliver 8 mg tar. Mevius, which is Mild Seven redesigned and rebranded, will be rolled out across Japan from […]

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New NDC-Infrared website

New NDC-Infrared website

| February 20, 2013

NDC-Infrared Engineering has redesigned its website (www.ndc.com/tobacco) and published a new, industry–specific brochure. The new website is said to provide enhanced navigation to allow visitors to find information on the use of NIR moisture and multi-component tobacco gauges for quality assurance and process control in tobacco leaf processing, primary tobacco processing and reconstituted sheet tobacco. […]

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New Zealand set to follow Australia’s lead on standardized packaging

New Zealand set to follow Australia’s lead on standardized packaging

| February 19, 2013

The New Zealand government is to go ahead with plans to introduce standardized packaging for tobacco products, according to stories by Kate Shuttleworth for the New Zealand Herald and Nick Perry for Associated Press. However, it will hold off on implementation until after World Trade Organization challenges are concluded in respect of Australia’s introduction of […]

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School children to be tested on smoking

School children to be tested on smoking

| February 19, 2013

Russia’s Ministry of Health has approved new rules that will require all school children over 10 years of age to undergo annual blood and breath tests to determine whether or not they have been smoking, according to an Izvestia story. The examination program will include also ultrasound testing of the liver, kidneys, heart and thyroid; […]

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BAT gearing up for fresh assault on the Philippines’ cigarette market

BAT gearing up for fresh assault on the Philippines’ cigarette market

| February 19, 2013

British American Tobacco is looking to launch brands new to the Philippines as part of efforts to increase its market share in that country, according to a story in The Philippine Star. Currently, the company makes only modest sales of Lucky Strike in the Philippines, but it has plans to probe the market further following […]

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Smuggling threat to local manufacturer’s position on Vietnamese market

Smuggling threat to local manufacturer’s position on Vietnamese market

| February 19, 2013

Smuggled cigarettes account for about 18-22 per cent of Vietnam’s annual cigarette sales of 70-75 billion, according to a story in the Phnom Penh Post. Last year, 12.9 billion cigarettes were estimated to have been smuggled into the country from Cambodia, up from 11.4 billion during 2011, according to figures from the Vietnam Tobacco Association […]

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Anti-cancer activists go in to bat for smokers over health insurance costs

Anti-cancer activists go in to bat for smokers over health insurance costs

| February 19, 2013

Big tobacco companies and anti-cancer activists are each opposed to a part of the US’ Affordable Care Act that allows insurance companies to charge smokers 50 per cent more than those who do not use tobacco, according to a piece by Sarah Kliff published in the Washington Post. Cigarette manufacturers say the policy amounts to […]

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Estonian ministries critical of proposed Tobacco Products Directive revisions

Estonian ministries critical of proposed Tobacco Products Directive revisions

| February 18, 2013

  Estonia’s Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications (MEAC) have criticized the European Commission’s proposed revisions of the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive, according to a story in The Baltic Course quoting LETA/Postimees Online reports. The MEAC has said that the proposed cigarette pack revisions would disproportionately restrict the rights of businesses […]

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Polish conference decries proposed Tobacco Products Directive revisions

Polish conference decries proposed Tobacco Products Directive revisions

| February 18, 2013

Prohibitive cigarette and alcohol prices encourage the smuggling of these products, according to participants at a recent conference held at Warsaw on the illicit trade across the EU’s eastern border, according to a EurActiv Poland report. The conference, organised by EurActiv Poland with the support of Philip Morris, examined the proposed European Commission’s revisions to […]

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New York Vapefest to be held in March

New York Vapefest to be held in March

| February 18, 2013

The National [US] Vapers Club is due to hold next month an event to promote research and education for electronic cigarette users while providing a venue for the latest products. According to a PRNewswire story, the New York Vapefest, which was first held in 2010, is billed as a fundraiser and educational forum. It is […]

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Dutch MPs vote to punish small bars for the sins of their bigger counterparts

Dutch MPs vote to punish small bars for the sins of their bigger counterparts

| February 18, 2013

A small majority of Dutch MPs voted last week for a motion calling for the reinstatement of a ban on smoking in all restaurants, bars and cafés, according to an Expatica story. Small bars and cafés run by their owners and not employing other staff have been exempt since the ban was relaxed in 2010 […]

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