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Go vegan

Go vegan

| January 25, 2013

A new PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) billboard going up in Richmond, Virginia, US, equates eating meat with smoking in an effort to get more people to become vegans, according to a WWBT NBC12 report. The group announced on Wednesday that it was erecting the billboard, which shows a toddler smoking a […]

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Media urged to reduce tobacco advertising in Indonesia

Media urged to reduce tobacco advertising in Indonesia

| January 24, 2013

Indonesia’s Health Minister, Nafsiah Mboi, has urged the media to take a greater role in the fight against tobacco by reducing cigarette advertisements, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. Speaking during an editors’ forum in Jakarta yesterday, Nafsiah said that the media could prevent tobacco use, particularly among young people, by limiting such […]

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Mild Seven close to becoming Mevius on Japanese cigarette market

Mild Seven close to becoming Mevius on Japanese cigarette market

| January 24, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc is aiming to make Mevius the number one global premium cigarette brand. At the moment, it is probably fair to say that the name Mevius is not well known around the world, but it is guaranteed a considerable level of success because it is the new name of Mild Seven, one of […]

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Beijing and Singapore to host tax free shows in first half of this year

Beijing and Singapore to host tax free shows in first half of this year

| January 24, 2013

The TFWA (Tax Free World Association) says that its Asia Pacific Conference & Exhibition 2013 is set to be the largest such show ever staged in Singapore. The week-long show is due to open on 12 May. ‘Exhibitor numbers have already exceeded 2012 levels with more than 7,500 m2 of exhibition space booked,’ TFWA said […]

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Free download for ending addiction

Free download for ending addiction

| January 24, 2013

The authors of ‘Ending addiction for good: The groundbreaking, holistic, evidence-based way to transform your life’ are offering a free download from January 23 to 27, according to a PRNewswire press note. They are said to be hoping to spread the word about this addiction treatment program that has ‘already helped hundreds of addicts to […]

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Are Beijing-brand cigarettes fakes, just old, or reincarnated?

Are Beijing-brand cigarettes fakes, just old, or reincarnated?

| January 23, 2013

Tourists in China have complained that the souvenir Beijing brand cigarettes they have been buying in the Dashilan area’s tourist shops are fakes, according to a Global Times story. Whether or not they are fakes is a moot point given that while the brand used to be made by the Beijing Cigarette Factory (BCF), production […]

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Tobacconists march on EU HQ

Tobacconists march on EU HQ

| January 23, 2013

Thousands of tobacconists marched on the EU headquarters in Brussels yesterday to protest against a planned crackdown on tobacco products that includes the imposition of graphic pack health warnings, according to a France 24 story. The protesters were mainly from France and Italy, but also from Austria, Germany and Poland: 2,200 according to the police; […]

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Excise increase likely to boost Ukraine’s already growing illicit tobacco trade

Excise increase likely to boost Ukraine’s already growing illicit tobacco trade

| January 23, 2013

The market for licit cigarettes in Ukraine could shrink to 74-75 billion this year from 80 billion in 2012, according to a Kyiv Post story quoting the director for corporate issues at Imperial Tobacco Ukraine (ITU), Yuriy Kyshko. Briefing reporters, Kyshko said that last year had seen growth in the domestic-market consumption of both smuggled […]

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The clue was in the price

The clue was in the price

| January 23, 2013

Central revenue department officials in India have allegedly discovered unaccounted-for cash amounting to about Rs30 million during searches of cigarette manufacturers’ premises in the Punjab and those of their trading partners across the country, according to a Moneycontrol.com story quoting official sources. The officials were said to have seized cigarettes worth Rs4.8 million during the […]

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BAT joins board of American Society for Cellular and Computational Toxicology

BAT joins board of American Society for Cellular and Computational Toxicology

| January 23, 2013

British American Tobacco has joined the board of directors of the American Society for Cellular and Computational Toxicology. A BAT press note issued yesterday said that Marianna Gaça, of BAT’s Group R&D had been voted onto the board of directors of the society, which was established jointly by the Institute of In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) […]

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Foreign brand sales fall as price hikes collide with economic slowdown

Foreign brand sales fall as price hikes collide with economic slowdown

| January 22, 2013

Sales of cigarettes in South Korea fell last year in the wake of price increases, an economic slowdown and widespread anti-smoking measures, according to a Yonhap News Agency story. Ministop Korea, the local operator of the Japan-based convenience chain store, is said to have seen its 2012 cigarette sales fall by 7.6 per cent from […]

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Excise policies set to welcome contraband cigarettes to Russia

Excise policies set to welcome contraband cigarettes to Russia

| January 22, 2013

Russia is due to become a net importer of illicit cigarettes rather than a net exporter, according to a story in Russia Beyond The Headlines, an abridged version of a report by Roman Ovchinnikov published in Kommersant-Dengi magazine. A draft law, ‘On Protection of Public Health from the Effects of Tobacco Consumption’, which is currently […]

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Malaysia looks to put health warnings on individual cigarettes

Malaysia looks to put health warnings on individual cigarettes

| January 22, 2013

Each cigarette sold in Malaysia could be printed with a health warning under proposals being considered by the country’s Health Ministry. In addition, cigarette pack health warnings could be increased in size, according to a story in The Star. Under the proposed amendments to the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004, the ministry is proposing […]

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Donation to help implement tobacco control measures in Palembang

Donation to help implement tobacco control measures in Palembang

| January 22, 2013

The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease is donating US$400,000 over two years to the city administration of Palembang, Indonesia, in an attempt to control the consumption of cigarettes there, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. The authorities in Palembang, the capital of South Sumatra province, have issued a city ordinance prohibiting […]

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Tobacco Board presents Bommidala with cigarette and cut rag export awards

Tobacco Board presents Bommidala with cigarette and cut rag export awards

| January 22, 2013

Bommidala Enterprises, part of the BBM Bommidala Group, has been recognized for its exports from India of both cigarettes and cut rag. Each year, the Tobacco Board of India, as part of its Formation Day celebrations, awards certificates of excellence and medals to tobacco growers; cigarette manufacturers; exporters of unmanufactured tobacco, cut tobacco and tobacco […]

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Cigarette’s life cycle extended

Cigarette’s life cycle extended

| January 21, 2013

An Ontario company is asking smokers to stop throwing out their stubbed-out cigarette butts and instead send them in for recycling so they can be turned into useful products, according to a Canadian Television report. The butts sent to Terracycle are said to be treated with gamma rays to remove the toxins before the various […]

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Questions raised over industry meetings with EU Commission officials

Questions raised over industry meetings with EU Commission officials

| January 21, 2013

Transparency, public health and tobacco control NGOs have written to EU Commission President, José Barroso, to complain about Commission officials having undisclosed meetings with tobacco lobbyists in violation of UN rules, according to a story in the Corporate Europe Observatory (CEU). The undisclosed meetings were said to be particularly controversial in the context of the […]

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Concerns over Imperial Tobacco’s long term incentive plan for executives

Concerns over Imperial Tobacco’s long term incentive plan for executives

| January 21, 2013

Investors in Imperial Tobacco have raised questions over planned changes to its executive compensation structure, according to a story in the Electronic Telegraph. Discussions on the proposals, which could allow the board to change the amount directors get in share options and awards without recourse to investors, were understood to be continuing. A spokesman for […]

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Altria to host results webcast

Altria to host results webcast

| January 21, 2013

The Altria Group is due to host a live audio webcast at www.altria.com starting at 0.900 hours Eastern Time on January 31 to discuss its 2012 fourth-quarter and full-year business results. The results will be issued by means of a press release about 07.00 hours on the same day. During the webcast, chairman and CEO, […]

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China’s tobacco industry increases its government contributions in 2012

China’s tobacco industry increases its government contributions in 2012

| January 18, 2013

Tax payments by China’s tobacco companies last year, at Yuan864.9 billion (US$137.7 billion), were up by 15.7 per cent on those of 2011, according to a Xinhua Newswire story. In addition the industry provided the government with profits, which, at Yuan716.6 billion (US$114.1), were increased by 19 per cent on those of 2011. In announcing […]

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Russians oppose ban on smoking in public places, want more quit advice

Russians oppose ban on smoking in public places, want more quit advice

| January 18, 2013

Most Russians do not support the government’s move to impose a complete ban on tobacco smoking in public places and believe its emphasis should be on helping smokers quit, according to an RT TV/TV Novosti story. An anti-smoking bill is due to be tabled for its second reading at the State Duma, Russia’s lower house […]

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Strong tobacco auctions in Karnataka

Strong tobacco auctions in Karnataka

| January 18, 2013

Tobacco prices at the auction sales in the Indian state of Karnataka have hit a high of Rs152 per kg, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. By the end of the 75th day of sales, growers had sold more than 44 million kg of leaf at an […]

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Research will focus on addressing the problem of menthol use in Minnesota

Research will focus on addressing the problem of menthol use in Minnesota

| January 18, 2013

Two new research projects are to look at how to address ‘the problem of menthol use in Minnesota’. According to a PRNewswire story, the ClearWay Minnesota (CWM) board of directors has approved two new research grants totalling $360,628 that will fund studies at the University of Minnesota and the Public Health Law Center examining menthol […]

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JT’s domestic cigarette market share over 60 per cent in December

JT’s domestic cigarette market share over 60 per cent in December

| January 18, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during December, at 10.3 billion, was down by 4.5 per cent on its December 2011 volume, 10.8 billion, which itself was increased by 10.4 per cent on that of December 2010, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. Volume during the nine months, April-December, at 89.4 […]

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Imperial seeking group marketing director to replace Roberto Funari

Imperial seeking group marketing director to replace Roberto Funari

| January 18, 2013

The Imperial Tobacco Group has announced that its group marketing director, Roberto Funari, will leave the business on January 30. Funari joined Imperial in 2010 and has been responsible for the strategic development of the group’s brand and product portfolio worldwide. His successor is being recruited externally, a process that is said to be well […]

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