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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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JT share price boost as government delays selling part of its holding

JT share price boost as government delays selling part of its holding

| November 20, 2012

The Japanese government has decided to delay selling part of its 50 per cent stake in Japan Tobacco Inc, according to Japan Daily Press and Agence France Presse stories. The decision was taken in the light of turbulent market conditions and next month’s Lower House elections. The government is said to be looking to reduce […]

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Questions over EU Commission’s oriental production intentions will not go away

Questions over EU Commission’s oriental production intentions will not go away

| November 19, 2012

The European Commission seems to have missed an opportunity to reassure EU oriental tobacco growers about whether or not they will be allowed to continue to grow oriental tobacco. In September, the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture warned that the Commission, with its proposed revision of the tobacco products directive, intended to ban the use and […]

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Crop insurance a step closer for India’s flue-cured tobacco growers

Crop insurance a step closer for India’s flue-cured tobacco growers

| November 19, 2012

India is said to be closing in on a crop insurance plan for flue-cured tobacco growers, according to a Business Standard story relayed by the TMA. The Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, D. Purandeswari, said recently that the central government was close to finalizing a plan under which 50 per cent of the […]

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Spanish growers to benefit from PM memo of understanding

Spanish growers to benefit from PM memo of understanding

| November 19, 2012

Philip Morris has committed to buy tobacco from the Spanish region of Extremadura, according to a Cinco Días story quoting the president of the local government, Jose Antonio Monago. Philip Morris would sign with the Spanish government a memorandum of understanding that would benefit Extremadura’s tobacco producers. More than 80 per cent of Spanish tobacco […]

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More UK consumers being forced into buying illicit tobacco products

More UK consumers being forced into buying illicit tobacco products

| November 19, 2012

The number of illicit cigarettes bought in the UK is set to soar, according to a story by Nick Goodway for The Independent. Goodway reported that, during a shopping trip around north-west London, representatives of Japan Tobacco International had discovered a ‘huge range’ of counterfeit cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco being sold for about half the […]

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JT’s Nakhla acquisition is platform for JTI entry to Egypt’s cigarette market

JT’s Nakhla acquisition is platform for JTI entry to Egypt’s cigarette market

| November 16, 2012

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it had entered into an agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Al Nakhla Tobacco Company S.A.E. and Al Nakhla Tobacco Company – Free Zone S.A.E. (collectively, Nakhla). ‘The agreement has been signed1 between the JT Group and BATATAS.A., which controls Nakhla,’ JT said in a note […]

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WHO warns China tobacco inaction will cost 100 million premature deaths

WHO warns China tobacco inaction will cost 100 million premature deaths

| November 16, 2012

Increasing China’s cigarette tax by Yuan1 per pack could help reduce consumption by three billion packs a year, reduce the number of smokers by 3.42 million and generate additional government revenue of Yuan129 billion annually, according to a China Daily story relayed by the TMA. The story quoted the World Health Organization’s representative in China, […]

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Thai retailers say proposed tobacco measures will hit them, not smoking

Thai retailers say proposed tobacco measures will hit them, not smoking

| November 16, 2012

The Thai Tobacco Trade Association (TTTA), which represents about 1,300 retailers, wholesalers and distributors acrossThailand, has called on the Ministry of Public Health to abandon plans for further anti-tobacco measures, according to a story in the Bangkok Post. “We are not against health concerns, but the law should not increase the burden on retailers as […]

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JT’s domestic volumes trending upwards

JT’s domestic volumes trending upwards

| November 16, 2012

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during October, at 10.0 billion, was up by 4.2 per cent on its October 2011 volume, 9.6 billion, which itself was increased by 160.4 per cent on that of October 2010, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. Volume during the seven months, April-October, at 69.5 […]

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Proposed petition aims to have nicotine re-classified as controlled substance

Proposed petition aims to have nicotine re-classified as controlled substance

| November 16, 2012

Names are being gathered on an on-line petition calling for the Obama administration to inform the public that nicotine is a dangerous drug with no medical value, and to re-classify it as a controlled substance. The petition, created on November 11 and aiming for 25,000 signatures, had 13 signatures by November 16. The reasons given […]

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Where tobacco smoke-free = smoke-free

Where tobacco smoke-free = smoke-free

| November 16, 2012

Thirty of the 50 largest cities in the US are now ‘smoke-free’, according to a HealthDay story quoting the findings of a new report. The 60 per cent of large cities that are tobacco smoke-free have laws that prohibit tobacco smoking in all indoor areas of private workplaces, restaurants and bars. In late 2000, only […]

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Bangladesh sent down the warning table by Canadian Cancer Society

Bangladesh sent down the warning table by Canadian Cancer Society

| November 15, 2012

The Canadian Cancer Society has relegated Bangladeshto 97th position among 198 countries in introducing graphic health warnings on tobacco packs, according to a story in the New Age. The society announced the ranking on Wednesday at the fifth meeting of the parties of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in Seoul, South […]

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Indonesian flue-cured prices decimated as growers face production cost increase

Indonesian flue-cured prices decimated as growers face production cost increase

| November 15, 2012

Tobacco growers in the West Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia say that low demand and declining prices for flue-cured are threatening their livelihoods, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. The farmers, who are expecting to make big losses on this year’s harvest, are asking the provincial administration to intervene in the market. The […]

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Leaf plantings and prices set for 2013

Leaf plantings and prices set for 2013

| November 15, 2012

Japan’s 2013 leaf tobacco crop will be grown on 9,245 ha, down by 134 ha or 1.4 per cent on that of this year. The flue-cured production area will be 5,926 ha, down by 51 ha or 0.8 per cent; the Burley production area will be 3,291 ha, down by 82 ha or 2.4 per […]

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Seoul looks to become ‘smoke-free’

Seoul looks to become ‘smoke-free’

| November 15, 2012

Tobacco smoking is expected to be banned in all restaurants and other public facilities in Seoul by 2020 as the city seeks to make the metropolis ‘smoke-free’, according to a story in The Korea Times. Seoulis currently playing host to the fifth meeting of the parties to the World Tobacco Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco […]

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RAI to make Hurricane Sandy donation

RAI to make Hurricane Sandy donation

| November 15, 2012

Reynolds American Inc. says that the Reynolds American Foundation will donate $140,000 to the American Red Cross to help provide relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the east coast of theUS at the end of last month. ‘Recovery efforts continue in the areas affected by the storm and all seven chapters of the […]

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World’s cigarette volume roughly stable through 2015, says PMI chief

World’s cigarette volume roughly stable through 2015, says PMI chief

| November 14, 2012

The international (excluding China) tobacco industry cigarette volume forecast through 2015 ranges from stable to a continued modest annual decline of up to 1.3 per cent, according to Philip Morris International’s chairman and CEO, Louis Camilleri. Addressing investors yesterday at the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer & Retail Conference inNew   York, Camilleri said that PMI […]

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EU tobacco products directive would be new commissioner’s top priority

EU tobacco products directive would be new commissioner’s top priority

| November 14, 2012

EU health commissioner-designate Dr. Tonio Borg, has said that his top priority as health commissioner would be to forward a revised version of the EU’s tobacco products directive for inter-service consultation in January 2013, according to a story in the Malta Star, relayed by the TMA. Borg was speaking yesterday before the European Parliament at […]

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Bulgaria’s growers threaten to call a crop holiday over poor opening prices

Bulgaria’s growers threaten to call a crop holiday over poor opening prices

| November 14, 2012

Bulgaria’s National Association of Tobacco Growers has threatened to declare a ‘zero year’ if buying companies don’t increase tobacco prices, according to a Novinite story relayed by the TMA. A zero year is presumably a year when no tobacco is produced. Growers in Andhra  Pradesh, India, employed such a tactic about 10 years ago when […]

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