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Australia ups cigarette excise steeply

Australia ups cigarette excise steeply

| September 1, 2014

The Australian government today increased cigarette excise by 13.7 per cent, the second of four big increases that were set in motion last year by the previous government, according to a story in the Whitsunday Times. The government has increased the excise on a pack of 20 by A$1.12 to A$9.25 and that on a […]

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Cuba aiming to boost tobacco output

Cuba aiming to boost tobacco output

| September 1, 2014

Cuba’s vice president, Jose Ramon Machado, on Thursday urged the country’s tobacco farmers to increase output, according to a Xinhua News agency story. “Cuban tobacco is the world’s best,” the official daily Granma quoted him as saying during a visit to the western province of Pinar del Rio, Cuba’s tobacco-growing center… “It is an advantage […]

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Hungary trying to ensure tobacco’s future

Hungary trying to ensure tobacco’s future

| September 1, 2014

Hungary’s government is looking for ways to support the country’s tobacco growers while complying with European Union requirements, according to a story in the EcoNews quoting the farm ministry’s state secretary, Bela Glattfelder. From next year, about €22.4 million in EU funding would no longer be available and, if that funding could not be replaced […]

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Zapping addiction with magnetism

Zapping addiction with magnetism

| September 1, 2014

A machine that pulses deep regions of the brain with magnetic current may help heavy smokers quit their habit, according to a Times of Israel story citing an Israeli study. In the study, which experts said was the most rigorous test of the technology to date, 44 percent of a group of heavy smokers who […]

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FDA invites comments on application for General snus modified risk certification

FDA invites comments on application for General snus modified risk certification

| August 29, 2014

The US Food and Drug Administration is seeking public comments on Swedish Match’s request for its General-branded tobacco products to be certified as less harmful than cigarettes, according to a story by Michael Felberbaum for Associated Press. Swedish Match announced in June that it had submitted a Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) application to the […]

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Special protection sought for tobacco control within trans-Pacific trade deal

Special protection sought for tobacco control within trans-Pacific trade deal

| August 29, 2014

Tobacco control measures should be excluded from the scope of all chapters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), according to a report published in the BMJ Publishing Group journal, Tobacco Control. The TPPA, an agreement aimed at facilitating international trade and investment, is being negotiated by 12 countries of APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation). In […]

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Taipei student tobacco tests opposed

Taipei student tobacco tests opposed

| August 29, 2014

The Taiwan Smokers’ Rights Association yesterday accused the New Taipei City government of breaking the law and violating students’ rights with its request that junior- and senior-high schools conduct tobacco tests on suspected smokers, according to a story in the Taipei Times. “It is not about ‘you have nothing to worry about if you don’t […]

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RAI to webcast conference presentation

RAI to webcast conference presentation

| August 29, 2014

Reynolds American Inc. is due to host a webcast of the presentation that will be made by its CEO and president, Susan M. Cameron, at the Barclays Back-To-School Consumer Conference in Boston, from about 09.45 hours Eastern Time on September 4. The webcast, which will be available on a listen-only basis, and the presentation slides, […]

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Call for end to ‘exploitation’ of farmers

Call for end to ‘exploitation’ of farmers

| August 28, 2014

The Ghana-based Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) has joined public health groups the world over to call on the tobacco industry to end its exploitation of tobacco farmers, according to a SpyGhana.com story. The VALD, which is a non-governmental organization advocating a tobacco-free society has appealed to Ghana’s government to provide support for farmers who […]

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More children smoking in Indonesia

More children smoking in Indonesia

| August 28, 2014

The Indonesian government has been accused of failing to protect young people from cigarettes, according to an en.tempo.co story. The CEO of the children’s organization, Lentera Anak Indonesia, Hery Chariansyah, was quoted as saying that the number of young people smoking cigarettes was increasing. The number of smokers in the 10-14 age group had increased […]

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Taiwan advocates calling for e-cigarettes to be regulated as tobacco products

Taiwan advocates calling for e-cigarettes to be regulated as tobacco products

| August 28, 2014

A number of anti-smoking advocates yesterday urged the Taiwan government to regulate electronic cigarettes as a tobacco product rather than as a controlled drug, so as to address the ‘rampant illegal sales’ of these devices, according to a story in the Taipei Times. The call came one day after the World Health Organization issued a […]

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JT helping victims of Hiroshima landslide

JT helping victims of Hiroshima landslide

| August 28, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. is donating ¥2.0 million and about 14,000 bottles of water from its beverage business to help the survivors of last week’s landslide in the northern part of Hiroshima, Japan. In announcing the donations, JT expressed its deepest sympathies to all those who had been affected by the landslide.

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Call to fast-track graphic warnings

Call to fast-track graphic warnings

| August 28, 2014

A health advocacy group in the Philippines is thinking of asking the government to shorten the period that tobacco companies have been granted before they have to include graphic health warnings on cigarette packs, according to a story on GMA News, Quezon City. In a statement yesterday, the New Vois Association said the 20-month grace […]

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PMI to webcast conference presentation

PMI to webcast conference presentation

| August 28, 2014

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts of CFO Jacek Olczak’s remarks and question-and-answer session at the Barclays Back-To-School Consumer Conference, starting about 10.30 hours Eastern Time on September 3. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will cover the entire PMI session. An archive copy of the […]

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‘Experts’ suggest electronic cigarettes could help smokers quit: WHO report

‘Experts’ suggest electronic cigarettes could help smokers quit: WHO report

| August 27, 2014

The World Health Organization conceded in a report released yesterday that ‘experts’ suggest that electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) could have a role to play in helping some smokers quit their habit. But overall, the report is cautious to the point of negativity and one informed observer said that though WHO’s mission was to save […]

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China looks to extend advertising bans

China looks to extend advertising bans

| August 27, 2014

China’s top legislature has begun reviewing a draft amendment that would extend the country’s current tobacco advertising restrictions, according to a China Daily story. ‘Tobacco advertisements directly or indirectly transmitted via radio, film, television, newspapers, magazines, books, audio and visual products, electronic publications, telecommunication networks and the Internet are banned,’ says a copy of the […]

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Management changes at BAT

Management changes at BAT

| August 27, 2014

Andrew Gray has been appointed group marketing director at British American Tobacco, effective September 1. Gray, who is currently regional director, EEMEA (Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa), has been with the company for 27 years and has been a member of the management board for the past seven years. Previously, he held various senior […]

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Altria employee fund awards grants

Altria employee fund awards grants

| August 27, 2014

The Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF) has awarded $3.1 million in grants to 142 non-profit organizations based in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Illinois and Kentucky. ‘The fund is the only employee-managed workplace-giving program that is publicly reported among U.S. companies, according to the Changing Our World organization.’ Altria said in a note posted on its […]

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AHA: e-cigs could help smokers quit

AHA: e-cigs could help smokers quit

| August 26, 2014

Medical professionals should support but not promote using e-cigarettes as cessation devices, according to recently released statement from the American Heart Association (AHA). E-cigarettes should also be subject to the same laws that apply to tobacco products, and the federal government should ban the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes to young people. The group also called […]

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Vapers ask WHO to think risk reduction

Vapers ask WHO to think risk reduction

| August 26, 2014

The vaper organization, European Vapers United Network (EVUN), has added its voice to the growing call for the World Health Organization to be guided by the principle of risk reduction when considering electronic cigarettes. According to a story on the Nicotine Science and Policy website, vaping organizations from 13 countries have written to WHO’s director […]

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