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Forty per cent sales drop in Macau

Forty per cent sales drop in Macau

| December 27, 2012

Sales of licit tobacco products are reported to have slumped by as much as 40 per cent in Macau this year as a ‘hefty’ tax increase and anti-smoking campaigns have taken their toll, according to a Macau Daily Times story. The industry, which is expecting a further decline of 10 per cent during 2013, is […]

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Police and customs seize opportunity to learn about tobacco production

Police and customs seize opportunity to learn about tobacco production

| December 27, 2012

Police and customs officials have visited Imperial Tobacco’s fine-cut tobacco factory in Ireland at the invitation of Imperial and as part of ongoing efforts to tackle the illicit trade in tobacco products. ‘To aid them in their investigations, a group of 10 enforcement officers toured the Mullingar plant to see how legitimate tobacco products are […]

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Tobacco land to be given over to cotton production in Bangladesh

Tobacco land to be given over to cotton production in Bangladesh

| December 24, 2012

The government of Bangladesh intends to expand cotton growing at the expense of tobacco production, according to a New Age story. Farid Uddin, a director of the Cotton Development Board (CDB), was quoted as saying that 20,000 ha of the 70,000 ha now planted to tobacco would be given over to cotton cultivation. The government […]

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Tax ‘reform’ will see tobacco farmers and workers lose their livelihoods

Tax ‘reform’ will see tobacco farmers and workers lose their livelihoods

| December 24, 2012

The Philippines’ state-run Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has courses to help tobacco farmers and workers thrown out of their jobs because of the effects of the country’s new tobacco and alcohol regime, according to a story in The Philippines Star. TESDA director general, Joel Villanueva, said in a statement that the agency […]

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Chile moves towards TV smoking ban

Chile moves towards TV smoking ban

| December 24, 2012

Chile seems set to ban tobacco smoking during television programs screened while ‘children may be watching’, according to a story by Charlotte Meritan for I Love Chile. The Chilean Senate has approved a bill changing the national smoking laws and it is now up to the Chamber of Deputies to decide. In addition, the bill […]

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Anti-tobacco plan stops short of graphic warnings and tax increases

Anti-tobacco plan stops short of graphic warnings and tax increases

| December 24, 2012

China is planning to reduce the incidence of smoking in the country from 28.1 per cent, where it stood in 2010, to 25.0 per cent in 2015, according to a Bloomberg News story relayed by the TMA. The plan, reportedly developed with the involvement of the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration, was published byChina’s Ministry of […]

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Finland’s display ban ineffective

Finland’s display ban ineffective

| December 24, 2012

The ban on the display of tobacco products inFinland has not reduced tobacco product sales significantly, according to Esmerk Finnish News story quoting estimates by the Finnish Grocery Trade Association, Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco. However, there has been a trend for tobacco product sales to transfer from big supermarkets to kiosks and […]

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ITC CEO best in India, seventh best in the world: Harvard Business Review

ITC CEO best in India, seventh best in the world: Harvard Business Review

| December 24, 2012

Y. C. Deveshwar, the chairman of ITC Ltd, has been ranked the seventh best-performing CEO in the world. He was so ranked in the January-February issue of the Harvard Business Review (HBR), which gave details of its ‘100 Best Performing CEOs in the World’. Deveshwar ranked first amongst the Indian CEOs featured in the HBR […]

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How far should ‘sin taxes’ extend

How far should ‘sin taxes’ extend

| December 24, 2012

The Indian government is considering the introduction of another tax on tobacco products and alcohol – a so-called ‘sin tax’. According to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter, the designated sin tax would be used to finance part of the health budget during the 12th five-year plan, 2012-2017. The […]

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Tobacco-free generation within reach

Tobacco-free generation within reach

| December 21, 2012

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) believes that it is within theUS’ reach to create a tobacco-free generation. This follows the publication of figures showing that smoking rates declined significantly this year among young people in all three grades interviewed during a recent survey – grades eight, 10 and 12. But CTFK warned that ‘progress […]

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Dutch take to smoking ban – slowly

Dutch take to smoking ban – slowly

| December 21, 2012

About 57 per cent of theNetherlands’ bars and cafés now observe the country’s ban on smoking, up from 51 per cent in the spring, according to a DutchNews story quoting health ministry inspectors. About 61 per cent of discos and 88 per cent of cafés that serve food are now smoke free, the inspectors said. […]

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New tax regime signed into law

New tax regime signed into law

| December 21, 2012

President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines yesterday signed into law a new tobacco and alcohol tax regime that is expected to raise an additional P33.96 billion during the first year of its implementation, according to a story in The Manila Times. Of the total additional revenue, P23.40 billion is set to come from cigarettes and […]

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Tender opens for retail sales in Hungary

Tender opens for retail sales in Hungary

| December 21, 2012

Hungary’s government has published a tender for the retail sale of tobacco, according to an EcoNews story quoting Zsolt Gyulay, chief executive of the National Tobacco Trade Nonprofit. Gyulay told a press conference thatHungary’s parliament had approved a law in September that established a state monopoly over the retail sale of tobacco products from next […]

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Indonesian government taking its time over issuing tobacco regulations

Indonesian government taking its time over issuing tobacco regulations

| December 21, 2012

Health experts and consumer groups are questioning what they see as the Indonesian government’s tardiness in issuing a tobacco regulation, according to a report in The Jakarta Post. The government is required by a law issued in 2009 to impose regulations on tobacco products, but it has not yet done so. The process had become […]

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Some relief from rain for Andhra growers

Some relief from rain for Andhra growers

| December 21, 2012

The Indian state government of Andhra Pradesh has increased the input subsidy for a number of crops, including tobacco, affected by recent flooding, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Chief minister, N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, said in a statement to the Legislative Council that funding for tobacco […]

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Legal team’s work recognized in Poland

Legal team’s work recognized in Poland

| December 21, 2012

Imperial Tobacco’s legal team in Poland has been named as one of the country’s best in-house legal operations. Companies were asked to rank their legal teams against set criteria with the scores independently verified by the Polish Society of In-House Lawyers and the Association of Corporate Counsel. Imperial was ranked third nationally. The legal team […]

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But you have to worry whether too much minty nutrition could make you obese

But you have to worry whether too much minty nutrition could make you obese

| December 21, 2012

A lot of comments have been made already on the European Commission’s proposed revisions to the tobacco products directive and a lot more will follow, but none has cut to the heart of the matter as incisively as one by Naomi McAuliffe. Writing on the Guardian’s Comment is free page, McAuliffe asks a question about […]

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Forest Christmas card is a cracker

Forest Christmas card is a cracker

| December 21, 2012

Forest’s Christmas card this year combines its usual festive cheer with a light-hearted, seasonal dig at the proponents of plain packaging. The card shows a pile of wrapped presents roasting round an open fire, two of which bear the message ‘Hands off our presents’, a warning that echoes the organization’s high-profile ‘Hands off our packs’ […]

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Commission sticks to ‘quit-or-die’ policy with TPD revision proposals

Commission sticks to ‘quit-or-die’ policy with TPD revision proposals

| December 20, 2012

The European Commission seems once again to have come down in favour of a quit-or-die approach to tobacco consumption, rather than a harm reduction approach. Its proposed tobacco products directive revisions, issued yesterday, leave snus banned outside of Sweden and seek to discourage the use of electronic cigarettes. Many people, including some tobacco control advocates, […]

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BAT buys Creative company to help with evolving harm reduction policy

BAT buys Creative company to help with evolving harm reduction policy

| December 20, 2012

British American Tobacco said today that it had acquired CN Creative Ltd, a UK based start-up company that specialises in the development of e-cigarette technologies intended to offer smokers a less risky alternative to cigarettes. BAT says that CN Creative, which has its own research and development facilities, currently has several e-cigarettes on the market […]

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RAI’s youth tobacco use reduction program attracts strong support

RAI’s youth tobacco use reduction program attracts strong support

| December 20, 2012

Initiatives by Reynolds American Inc. and its operating companies to reduce youth tobacco use and access attracted strong support from delegates at the recent annual conference of the National Foundation For Women Legislators (NFWL) in Atlanta. ‘A team led by Pamela Gorman, a senior manager in RAI public affairs, attended the four-day conference and hosted […]

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Tobacco product directive revision would protect cigarette sales

Tobacco product directive revision would protect cigarette sales

| December 19, 2012

If the European Commission’s revisions to the tobacco products directive are adopted, traditional cigarette sales will be protected from competition by electronic cigarettes. Professor Michael Siegel, of Boston University’s School of Public Health, said in a blog relayed by the TMA that according to a draft copy of the revisions obtained by the author and […]

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US manufacturers reach agreement with some states over MSA payment disputes

US manufacturers reach agreement with some states over MSA payment disputes

| December 19, 2012

R. J. Reynolds Tobacco, Philip Morris USA and Lorillard have reached an agreement with 17 USstates, the District of Columbia andPuerto Rico to settle 10 years of claims related to the Non-Participating Manufacturer (NPM) adjustment provisions of the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). Under the agreement, Reynolds will receive credits currently estimated to be worth more […]

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Three per cent find US tobacco industry generally honest and trustworthy

Three per cent find US tobacco industry generally honest and trustworthy

| December 19, 2012

An annual Harris Poll that measures how people in the US perceive various industries has found that tobacco is not among the top ranks when it comes to being ‘generally honest and trustworthy’, according to a press note issued through PRNewswire. In fact, the tobacco industry was at the bottom of the heap with only […]

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Smokeless tobacco products fall victim partly to US’ tobacco control act

Smokeless tobacco products fall victim partly to US’ tobacco control act

| December 18, 2012

Star Scientific said yesterday that it was getting out of the smokeless tobacco business because of low sales and financial losses, the regulatory environment in the US, and the fact that its association with tobacco was making it difficult for it to interest research centers in undertaking clinical research into its pharmaceutical products. According to […]

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