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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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US governments show little interest in investing in tobacco control projects

US governments show little interest in investing in tobacco control projects

| January 17, 2013

The latest American Lung Association (ALA) ‘State of Tobacco Control Report’ lambasts both the tobacco industry and tobacco control. The annual report is said to track ‘progress’ on key tobacco control policies at the federal and state level, assigning grades based on whether laws are adequately protecting citizens from the ‘enormous toll tobacco use takes […]

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Researching electronic cigarettes

Researching electronic cigarettes

| January 17, 2013

Fumus Electronic Cigarettes, a UK-based supplier of electronic cigarettes, is commissioning research into some of the issues surrounding these relatively-new products. According to a Journalism.co.uk story, Fumus has asked TeessideUniversity, Middlesbrough, to undertake two research projects for which it is now looking for volunteers nationally. The first research project is seeking 100 or more adult […]

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Analysts predict tax hikes in Korea

Analysts predict tax hikes in Korea

| January 17, 2013

Analysts in South   Korea are predicting that the incoming Park Geun-hye government will raise cigarette taxes to fund social welfare programs, according to a story in The Korea Herald. This prediction is being made despite the fact that the Ministry of Strategy and Finance has denied that policymakers are poised to raise cigarette prices […]

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Graphic warnings have minimal effect

Graphic warnings have minimal effect

| January 17, 2013

The implementation of graphic warnings on cigarette packs, which was enforced in the middle of last year, has had a minimal effect on smokers in Saudi Arabia, according to a story in Arab News quoting a Ministry of Health official. The story provided no figures to support the idea that the incidence of smoking had […]

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Tobacco Control sees manufacturer profits as government revenue

Tobacco Control sees manufacturer profits as government revenue

| January 16, 2013

The UK government could raise an additional £500 million a year from tobacco products if it capped the price and profits that tobacco manufacturers could charge and make, according to a feasibility study published by Tobacco Control. The additional revenue, which would be acquired without increasing prices to consumers, would be sufficient, the authors of […]

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China estimated to have far more female smokers than previously thought

China estimated to have far more female smokers than previously thought

| January 16, 2013

The number of girls and young women who smoke may be higher than the authorities on mainland China recognize, according to a story by Alice Yan for the South China Morning Post quoting the findings of a Shanghai-based health research team. According to a two-year study led by Ma Jin of the ShanghaiJiaoTongUniversity’s school of […]

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Imperial’s Spanish succession

Imperial’s Spanish succession

| January 16, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s Spanish operation has again been recognised as one of the best companies to work for in Spain. Altadis was one of around 50 businesses to achieve a Top Employers España 2012-13 award, which was made by the CRF Institute, an independent organisation that champions best practice in business. The latest award builds on […]

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Health minister promises a reasoned approach to electronic cigarettes

Health minister promises a reasoned approach to electronic cigarettes

| January 15, 2013

Malaysia is due to carry out a detailed study to determine the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes in reducing tobacco smoking addiction, according to a story in The Star quoting the Health Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. Such a move will be welcomed by some elements of the tobacco control community who believe that electronic […]

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Getting the electronic message across

Getting the electronic message across

| January 15, 2013

SKYCIG, which claims to be the UK’s leading distributor of electronic cigarettes, was due yesterday to launch the first UK television advert for such products, according to a PRNewswire release. The TV commercial, showcasing SKYSTART, SKYCIG’s latest product offering, was said to be about to change the way consumers were exposed to the electronic cigarette […]

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Cigarette/cigar hybrid launched in Korea

Cigarette/cigar hybrid launched in Korea

| January 15, 2013

KT&G has launched a cigarette/cigar hybrid called Bohem Cigar Mini, according to a story in The Korea Herald. Twenty per cent of the new product’s tobacco is said to be sourced from Cuba and unspecified countries of South America. Bohem Cigar Mini has a filter and is in a king-sized, ultra-slim format. Judging from pictures […]

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Tobacco control report due tomorrow

Tobacco control report due tomorrow

| January 15, 2013

The American Lung Association is due tomorrow to publish the results of its 11th annual ‘State of Tobacco   Control’ report, which tracks progress on key tobacco control policies at US federal and state level, assigning grades based on whether laws are adequately protecting citizens from tobacco-caused disease. ‘This year’s report follows the trail of […]

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Durante on New Year tour

Durante on New Year tour

| January 15, 2013

British American Tobacco’s CEO, Nicandro Durante, was due to arrive in Seoul, South Korea, today on the first stop of a New Year global tour, according to a story in The Korea Times. Durante, the newspaper said, took the Korean market seriously because it was one of the BAT Group’s top 10 markets. He was […]

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Customs agency links tobacco seizure reduction to increase in penalties

Customs agency links tobacco seizure reduction to increase in penalties

| January 14, 2013

The amount of tobacco seized by Australia’s Customs and Border Protection agency last year was down by 32 per cent on that seized during 2011, according to a story by Ewa Kretowicz for Myall Coast Nota. The agency said that it had seized more than 125 million cigarettes and more than 134 tonnes of tobacco […]

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Tobacco display ban ineffective

Tobacco display ban ineffective

| January 14, 2013

The ban on displaying tobacco products in shops has not reduced sales of these products, according to an Esmerk Finnish News story. The chief physician of the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Antero Heloma, was quoted as saying that while there was as yet no research data specifically related to the ban, tax […]

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Cigarette sales down in France

Cigarette sales down in France

| January 14, 2013

Cigarette sales in France last year were down by 4.9 per cent on those of 2011, according to a story in Les Echos. This, the biggest fall since 2004, was probably caused by recent regular tax-induced cigarette price rises, especially those imposed after 2009, the story suggested. The latest increase, in October last year, took […]

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Westerners dying from the ‘good life’

Westerners dying from the ‘good life’

| January 14, 2013

Alcohol consumption, lack of exercise, poor diet and smoking are said to be the main causes of the 36 million deaths that occur annually, worldwide from causes other than non-communicable diseases, according to a story in Spain’s The Leader Newspaper quoting a World Health Organization report. Of the 36 million people who die each year […]

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Protocol aimed at eliminating illicit tobacco trade opens for signature

Protocol aimed at eliminating illicit tobacco trade opens for signature

| January 11, 2013

The World Health Organization yesterday opened for signature a protocol aimed at eliminating the illicit trade in tobacco products. The protocol was adopted with much fanfare in November at the fifth Conference of the Parties to the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which was held at Seoul, South Korea. And, according to a […]

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China building huge leaf storage facility

China building huge leaf storage facility

| January 11, 2013

China is planning to open its biggest leaf tobacco storage facility at Yangzonghai, Yunnan, early this year, according to a Tobacco China Online story. The design of the Yunnan Leaf Tobacco Aging and StorageCenter was said to have been officially reviewed and approved by the Yunnan Tobacco Monopoly Administration and the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration […]

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Payne opening up about packaging

Payne opening up about packaging

| January 11, 2013

Payne is due on Monday to provide the results of a study into consumers’ concerns about packaging. In giving details of the study during an address to the EU Packaging Summit in Berlin, Martin Dallas, the company’s managing director, will say that functionality is a major part of what consumers consider to be good packaging. […]

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TSRC announces conference dates

TSRC announces conference dates

| January 10, 2013

The 67th Tobacco Science Research Conference (TSRC) will take place at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, Sept. 15-18, 2013. Hosted by Borgwaldt, the symposium’s theme will be Constituent lists: reshaping tobacco science. A panel of experts will share its views on this diverse topic during the opening day. The next […]

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Government ministers recognize that wealth divide is health divide

Government ministers recognize that wealth divide is health divide

| January 10, 2013

Government ministers in Scotland are to order a ‘fundamental re-think’ of government efforts to close Scotland’s massive health gap between rich and poor after having conceded that curbs on smoking and drinking are not effective alone, according to a story by Eddie Barnes in The Scotsman. Barnes quotes from a piece in Scotland on Sunday […]

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India prescribed steep tax increases

India prescribed steep tax increases

| January 10, 2013

The Indian Ministry of Health has recommended that the government announce steep increases in tobacco-product taxes as part of its 2013 budget, according to an Indian Express story relayed by the TMA. If the ministry gets its way, tax would be increased so as to account for 70 per cent of the retail price of […]

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Depok prescribing steep fines

Depok prescribing steep fines

| January 10, 2013

Depok, a city in the West Java province of Indonesia is due to introduce a regulation that will provide for the imposition of fines of up to Rp50 million ($5,178) on those found to be contravening public-places tobacco smoking bans, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. The Depok administration is currently publicizing the […]

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Clove price rise overwhelming

Clove price rise overwhelming

| January 10, 2013

Small cigarette factories in Indonesia are being overwhelmed by an increase in clove prices, which have reached Rp120,000 per kg, according to a story in the Jakarta Post. The executive director of the Indonesian Cigarette Industries Society Forum, Heri Susianto, said on Monday that small cigarette factories could afford to pay only Rp70,000 per kg; […]

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