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Report dismisses industry claims about plain packaging

Report dismisses industry claims about plain packaging

| November 29, 2012

A report commissioned by Cancer Research UK dismisses the tobacco industry’s claims that the U.K. government’s plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes will boost the trade in illegal cigarettes, reports HealthCanal. According to the report, which was prepared by Luk Joossens, advisor to the World Bank, the European Commission and World Health Organization on […]

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Australia’s plain packaging an “anomaly”

Australia’s plain packaging an “anomaly”

| November 29, 2012

Morgan Stanley analysts believe the spread of plain packaging beyond Australia may be “very slow.” Capital markets have been concerned that Australia’s plain tobacco packaging law–the world’s first–could spread to other nations, ultimately commoditizing the tobacco category by hurting brand equity and reducing manufacturers’ pricing power. The analysts base their optimism on the facts that […]

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E-cigarettes may surpass NRT sales

E-cigarettes may surpass NRT sales

| November 29, 2012

Euromonitor International believes the value of the global trade in electronic cigarettes may soon exceed that of non-prescription nicotine-replacement products. In a recent report, the market intelligence provider estimated the worldwide e-cigarette market at $2 billion, compared with $2.4 billion for the NRT market, excluding prescription sales. The report also highlights the increasing involvement of […]

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FlexLink opens distribution center

FlexLink opens distribution center

| November 28, 2012

FlexLink Systems inaugurated new international distribution (IDB) and engineering centers near Poznan, Poland, on Nov. 22. With the new operations, FlexLink has “insourced” its delivery services and combined it with complementary services to keep full control of the delivery performance to its customers. The combined operations holds capacities in engineering, pre-assembly of conveyor systems and […]

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Judge spells out “corrective statements”

Judge spells out “corrective statements”

| November 27, 2012

A U.S. federal court has spelled out the “corrective statements” District Court Judge Gladys Kessler ordered tobacco companies to make in 2006 when she found them guilty of violating civil racketeering laws and engaging in fraud to deceive the American people about the health risks of smoking. The order requires tobacco companies to make corrective […]

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Anti-smoking campaigns should be tailored to smoker occupations

Anti-smoking campaigns should be tailored to smoker occupations

| November 23, 2012

There is a higher incidence of smoking among South Korea’s young, male white-collar workers than among young, male blue-collar workers, according to a story in The Korea Times quoting the results of a university survey. The survey found that 62.6 per cent of young (19-34 years of age) men working in services and sales were […]

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Plain tobacco packaging ruled out in Malaysia – for the moment

Plain tobacco packaging ruled out in Malaysia – for the moment

| November 23, 2012

Malaysia’s health ministry has no plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes, according to a story in The Star quoting the deputy minister, Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin. “The Ministry supports the action of the Australian government in implementing the plain packaging as a move to reduce smoking there,” she said in answering a question […]

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Better times finally arrive for Kentucky and Tennessee Burley growers

Better times finally arrive for Kentucky and Tennessee Burley growers

| November 23, 2012

Burley tobacco growers inKentucky and Tennesseeare reaping some of their best paydays since plunging into the free market, according to a story by Bruce Schreiner for Associated Press. The growers are capitalizing on what were said to be tight leaf supplies and a quality crop that bounced back from an early-season drought. Will Snell, a […]

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Business wants smokers moved on, along with their antisocial entourage

Business wants smokers moved on, along with their antisocial entourage

| November 23, 2012

A Facebook campaign to extend a tobacco smoking ban in the central business district of an Australian town is said not to be about smoking but about antisocial behavior, according to a story by Patrick Billings for the Examiner. The campaign, launched by Watson’s Showcase Jewellers in Launceston, Tasmania, is said to have garnered thousands […]

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Government likely to be unmoved by smoking ban protest in Sofia

Government likely to be unmoved by smoking ban protest in Sofia

| November 23, 2012

About 2,500 people turned out yesterday to protest outside the parliament building in Sofia, Bulgaria, against the tobacco smoking ban that was imposed in enclosed public places in June, according to a Sofia Globe story. The protest was organised by a hotel and restaurant association and on social networks. Organisers object to what they described […]

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EU health commissioner in waiting says tobacco directive is first priority

EU health commissioner in waiting says tobacco directive is first priority

| November 23, 2012

Dr. Tonio Borg says that he is looking forward to starting work as European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Affairs, with the tobacco products directive being the first item on his agenda, according to a story by Keith Micallef for the Malta Independent. The European Parliament on Wednesday approved Borg’s nomination by 386 votes to […]

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Québec’s budget is illicit trade charter

Québec’s budget is illicit trade charter

| November 22, 2012

In raising taxes on licit tobacco products in its latest budget, the Québec government has set out a welcome mat for organized crime to increase its stake in the province’s tobacco market, according to a note posted by Imperial Tobacco Canada on its website. “Given the availability of cheap illegal products, raising tobacco taxes is […]

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Display ban challenge in Scotland

Display ban challenge in Scotland

| November 22, 2012

Imperial Tobacco is to launch a Supreme Court challenge against the implementation of a cigarette display ban in Scotland, according to a story by Louise Wilson for the Edinburgh Journal. Imperial, which is concerned about the cost to retailers of their implementing the ban and about the boost the ban will give to the illicit […]

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Tobacco smoke breaks translate into higher levels of productivity

Tobacco smoke breaks translate into higher levels of productivity

| November 22, 2012

Workers at a firm in Leeds, England, are being offered regular ‘sweet breaks’ after their boss discovered smokers were more productive after popping outside to smoke, according to a story by Ian Garland for The Sun. Larry Gould, the CEO of translation company, thebigword, was said to have been shocked to find employees got more […]

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US smokers pay umpteen taxes, for the MSA and higher insurance premiums

US smokers pay umpteen taxes, for the MSA and higher insurance premiums

| November 22, 2012

Health insurance companies in the US would be allowed to set their premiums for smokers at 1.5 times the level of those for non-smokers under proposed new rules. According to a story by N.C. Aizenman for the Washington Post, the Obama administration proposed new rules on Tuesday that would loosen some of its 2010 health-care-law […]

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Five big US airports smoker tolerant

Five big US airports smoker tolerant

| November 22, 2012

‘Average air pollution levels from second-hand smoke directly outside designated smoking areas in [US] airports are five times higher than levels in smoke-free airports,’ according to a Newswire story quoting a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This seems to imply that there is second-hand smoke in smoke-free airports, but might be […]

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Interpol denied observer status at WHO anti-tobacco meeting in Seoul

Interpol denied observer status at WHO anti-tobacco meeting in Seoul

| November 21, 2012

There were worrying elements to the talks at the fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP5) of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, according to a story in The Moodie Report. The story opened with an account of how the talks on the illicit trade in tobacco had ended without […]

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Paris wants fewer butts on streets

Paris wants fewer butts on streets

| November 21, 2012

Parishas declared war on the billions of cigarette butts littering its streets, according to a WorldCrunch story. An estimated 315 tons of butts are discarded each year on to the French capital’s streets. The problem was exacerbated when smokers were banned from smoking in restaurants, cafés, hotels and other indoor public spaces, at which time […]

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Tobacco tax hikes proposed for India

Tobacco tax hikes proposed for India

| November 21, 2012

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said recently thatIndiawould benefit from a 50 per cent hike in cigarette prices, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The hike, which would require a 70-120 per cent increase in tobacco taxes, ‘could bring in added revenues to help close the fiscal […]

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Quitters on message

Quitters on message

| November 21, 2012

Text and video messages designed to help people quit smoking can be effective when relayed to the cellphones of quitters. According to a Reuters story based on aNew Zealand study, those attempting to quit and receiving such messages were nearly twice as likely to be successful as those who tried to quit but didn’t receive […]

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Tonino Lamborghini bound for export

Tonino Lamborghini bound for export

| November 21, 2012

KT&G, which launched Tonino Lamborghini cigarettes on the South Korean market in April, has said it will export 300,000 packs of these premium brand products toHong Kong, according to a Korea Herald story relayed by the TMA. KT&G has been selling the brand in Chinese duty-free shops since September, with a first import order of […]

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Developing countries under-represented at FCTC international meetings

Developing countries under-represented at FCTC international meetings

| November 20, 2012

About 80 countries from the developing world could find themselves unable to afford to send representatives to future meetings of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), according to a story in MNT (Medical News Today). The FCTC is reportedly considering cutting its funding for delegates from poorer countries to attend meetings. […]

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Seoul meeting elects Korean president of FCTC’s Conference of the Parties

Seoul meeting elects Korean president of FCTC’s Conference of the Parties

| November 20, 2012

Moon Chang-jin, president of the Korea Health Promotion Foundation, has been elected president of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control’s Conference of the Parties (CoP), according to a Korea Herald story relayed by the TMA. Moon, who was elected during the CoP5 meeting inSeoul,South Korea, last week to succeedUruguay’s Ricardo Varela, will […]

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US consumers warned off e-cigarettes, steered towards pharma products

US consumers warned off e-cigarettes, steered towards pharma products

| November 20, 2012

The US Department of Health and Human Services has launched a website aimed at offering the ‘best and most up-to-date tobacco-related information from across its agencies’. BeTobaccoFree.gov is said to provide information on tobacco, federal and state laws and policies, health statistics, and evidence-based methods on how to quit. ‘The site’s social media dashboard, “Say […]

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MEP asks to see all provisional versions of the proposed tobacco directive

MEP asks to see all provisional versions of the proposed tobacco directive

| November 20, 2012

The European Commission has been asked to provide the European Parliament with all drafts of the proposed new tobacco products directive. In written questions, the Dutch MEP, Kartika Tamara Liotard, asked, ‘Can the Commission – upholding the principle of Commission transparency – forward to Parliament the new Tobacco Directive or a draft thereof, in the […]

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