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Green light for plain packaging in Ireland

Green light for plain packaging in Ireland

| February 27, 2015

Irish lawmakers have passed legislation mandating plain packaging for tobacco products. The bill is expected to be signed into law by Ireland’s president after a technical vote in the upper house next week. Scheduled to take effect in May 2017, the new law will ban all tobacco branding, including logos and colors, and require tobacco […]

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FCTC passion and cohesion dissipated after 10 years

FCTC passion and cohesion dissipated after 10 years

| February 27, 2015

The World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is 10 years old today and apparently it is starting to show its age. According to a piece by Derek Yach, executive director of the Vitality Institute and former executive director of WHO NCDs, the FCTC is an ambitious approach to tackling the world’s ‘most […]

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Bigger health warnings not practical for India’s OTPs

Bigger health warnings not practical for India’s OTPs

| February 27, 2015

The producers of tobacco products other than cigarettes are asking the Indian government to exclude them from the current requirement that, by April 1, tobacco packs include health warnings covering 85 percent of their two main surfaces, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The new warnings would […]

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BAT would challenge planned UK plain packs laws

BAT would challenge planned UK plain packs laws

| February 27, 2015

British American Tobacco said yesterday that it would take action against the UK government if it enacted a plan to put cigarettes in standardized packs, according to a story by Martinne Geller for Reuters. “If the regulations, as published this week, are passed, we anticipate taking legal action,” Jerome Abelman, BAT’s director of corporate and […]

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Cubatabaco wins latest round in US trademark tussle

Cubatabaco wins latest round in US trademark tussle

| February 27, 2015

The US Supreme Court handed a victory to Cubatabaco on Monday by refusing to intervene in a legal case against a US-based rival firm over the Cohiba trademark that both use for their cigars, according to a story in the Latin American Herald Tribune. The high court refused to hear an appeal by US firm […]

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Altria declares regular quarterly dividend

Altria declares regular quarterly dividend

| February 27, 2015

The Altria Group’s board of directors on Wednesday declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.52 per common share, payable on April 10 to shareholders of record as of March 16. The ex-dividend date is March 12.

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