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FDA issues form for reporting ‘potential’ violations of tobacco control act

FDA issues form for reporting ‘potential’ violations of tobacco control act

| December 6, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) says that it is providing ‘the public and other stakeholders’ with another option for reporting ‘potential’ violations of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act), and related regulations. It is doing this by making available its new ‘Potential tobacco product violations […]

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Diminishing personal autonomy unacceptable in a free society

Diminishing personal autonomy unacceptable in a free society

| December 5, 2012

The licensing of smokers, the anti-tobacco movement’s latest proposal to ‘denormalize’ smoking, confirms that public-health elites suffer from Mary Poppins Syndrome: They won’t rest until we’re all practically perfect in every way. So says the Cato Institute adjunct scholar, Dr. Patrick Basham, in a response to a piece in the journal PLOS Medicine by Simon […]

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Employers can easily extend smoking ban to electronic cigarette vaping

Employers can easily extend smoking ban to electronic cigarette vaping

| December 5, 2012

Croner, part of the global information services business, Wolters Kluwer, says that it has seen a ‘substantial’ rise in calls to its advice lines from UK employers concerned about the use of e-cigarettes at work, according to a press note issued through PRNewswire. “From a legal perspective as e-cigarettes are not lit then there is […]

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Karnataka prices up on those of last year

Karnataka prices up on those of last year

| December 5, 2012

Tobacco growers in the Indian state of Karnataka had sold about 25 million kg of leaf at an average price of Rs121.92 a kg by the end of the first 45 days of auctions, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter quoting figures from the Tobacco Board of […]

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Bulgaria to consider adult approach to public places smoking restrictions

Bulgaria to consider adult approach to public places smoking restrictions

| December 5, 2012

The ban on smoking in public places in Bulgaria could be eased during the first sitting of parliament next year, according to a story in the Standart. Proposed new amendments to the Public Health Act, which would allow smoking in pubs and night clubs after 22.00 hours, are said to be supported by MPs from […]

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Plain packaging support figures inflated

Plain packaging support figures inflated

| December 5, 2012

The smokers’ group Forest has dismissed claims by Cancer Research that nearly two in three Britons support plans to introduce plain packaging of tobacco in theUK. Forestsays a recent government consultation on standardised packaging of tobacco attracted around 700,000 responses, half a million of them opposed to plain packaging. “Forest alone submitted over a quarter […]

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Appeal made for national gutkha ban

Appeal made for national gutkha ban

| December 5, 2012

The Chief Minister of the Indian state of Kerala, Oommen Chandy, has asked the country’s Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, to implement an India-wide ban on the chewing tobacco product known as gutkha, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. By bringing in such a ban, Chandy said,Indiawould send […]

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India’s tobacco exports soar

India’s tobacco exports soar

| December 4, 2012

The value of tobacco exports from India grew by 26 per cent during the first half of this financial year (April-September), according to a story in a recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter quoting the chairman of the Tobacco Board, G. Kamala Vardhana Rao. Rao said that the outlook was bright and that […]

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Plain packaging bill in India

Plain packaging bill in India

| December 4, 2012

A private member’s bill submitted by a member of the parliament of the Indian state of Orissa seeks to have plain packaging imposed on all tobacco products sold throughout the country, according to a story in a recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The bill would require that a statutory warning occupy at […]

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Further restrictions in South Korea

Further restrictions in South Korea

| December 4, 2012

A revised bill that tightens restrictions on tobacco smoking in South Korea was passed on Monday and will come into force on Saturday, according to a report by Kim Hyun-bin for Arirang TV & Radio. All restaurants over 150 square meters in area will have to restrict tobacco smoking on their premises to designated enclosed […]

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No rooms for smoking tourists

No rooms for smoking tourists

| December 4, 2012

Saudi Arabia’s General Commission for Tourism and Antiquities has imposed a ban on smoking at all enclosed tourist facilities, according to a story by Habib Toumi for Gulf News, quoting local news reports. The ban includes hotels and furnished apartments. The Commission said that the ban was based on an interior ministry circular about eliminating […]

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They fought the law but the law won

They fought the law but the law won

| December 4, 2012

Tobacco industry representatives in the British Crown Dependency of Guernsey have said that they will work with parliament on new legislation regulating the sale of cigarettes, according to a BBC Online story. The industry had opposed plans for annual licensing and a ban on shop workers under the age of 18, but now says it […]

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Christmas card is at the cutting edge

Christmas card is at the cutting edge

| December 4, 2012

This year’s Christmas card from Iggesund Paperboard could well become a collector’s piece. It has been produced by the van Heertum Design agency, which has made a name for itself by not flinching from design commissions that demand both complex printing and intricate finishing. The motif is a starry sky with depictions of reindeer and […]

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Tobacco Products Directive, like Christmas, is coming …

Tobacco Products Directive, like Christmas, is coming …

| December 3, 2012

The newly-appointed European Commissioner for health and consumer affairs, Dr. Tonio Borg, is said to have forwarded the proposed new Tobacco Products Directive to the Commissioner’s College for vetting and approval, according to a Malta Today story of December 2. This may pave the way for the proposal and previous directive drafts to be seen, before […]

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Packaging, tick: now the targets are additives, nicotine and a timed ban

Packaging, tick: now the targets are additives, nicotine and a timed ban

| December 3, 2012

Welcoming the imposition in Australia on Saturday of mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products, an anti-tobacco campaigner said there was still more that could be done, according to an Australian Associated Press (AAP) story. From December 1,Australiahas required that all tobacco products be sold in ‘plain packaging’ – packaging designed on behalf of the government […]

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Imperial and its Kiev employees help spruce up local park

Imperial and its Kiev employees help spruce up local park

| December 3, 2012

A number of Imperial Tobacco’s Ukraine-based employees have spent a weekend sprucing up a park in the capital Kiev as part of an ongoing community investment partnership. Around 30 Imperial people from different functions came together for the urban rejuvenation project in the Golosiivsky district, near to Imperial’s offices on the outskirts of the city. […]

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Swedish photographer’s Black Box to be unveiled by Iggesund in Moscow

Swedish photographer’s Black Box to be unveiled by Iggesund in Moscow

| December 3, 2012

A new Black Box is due to be unveiled during an exhibition at the Flacon Club in Moscow on Thursday. For almost two years, Iggesund Paperboard has been running the Black Box Project, which has challenged well-known international designers and design companies to fill a black box of a specified format with contents that in […]

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RAI quarterly dividend payable January 2

RAI quarterly dividend payable January 2

| December 3, 2012

Reynolds American Inc’s board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend on the company’s common stock of $0.59 per share ($2.36 per share annualized). The dividend is payable on January 2 to shareholders of record on December 10. RAI said that this was the 34th consecutive quarterly cash dividend that it had declared since it […]

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Stiff fines for smokers, drinkers, music lovers, campers and those walking cats

Stiff fines for smokers, drinkers, music lovers, campers and those walking cats

| December 3, 2012

Starting next month, anyone caught smoking, drinking, camping, blasting music or engaging in any other illegal activities at Boulder Creek parks, California, is to be fined heavily, according to a story by Kimberly White for the Santa Cruz Sentinel. The fines, which are referred to also as ‘fees’, will range from $160 for infractions, such […]

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Earnings up at Donskoi Tabak

Earnings up at Donskoi Tabak

| November 29, 2012

Russian cigarette maker Donskoi Tabak on Nov. 20 reported earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) of RUR1.86 billion ($ 59.3 million) in January-September 2012, up 26 percent from a year ago, reports Prima-Tass. Net revenue jumped 71 percent year-year to RUR19.7 billion, volumes rose 2 percent to 23.5 billion cigarettes, and the company’s […]

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Proposal to raise smoking age

Proposal to raise smoking age

| November 29, 2012

Junior Health Minister Martin van Rijn plans to introduce legislation to raise the Dutch legal age to buy tobacco products from 16 to 18, reports DutchNews.nl. Earlier this month, the Dutch cigarette industry association SSI, the smoking tobacco association VNK, and Philip Morris Benelux, called for raising the legal tobacco buying age. Anti-tobacco group Stivoro […]

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Belarus braces for tax hike

Belarus braces for tax hike

| November 29, 2012

The Belarusian government will increase tobacco excise tax rates by between 50 percent and 100 percent, starting Jan.1, reports Oreanda-News. The excise tax rate on filtered cigarettes will increase by 55.6 percent to 110 percent, depending on the price group. The excise tax rates on smoking and pipe tobacco, and cigars will increase by 66.7 […]

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Report dismisses industry claims about plain packaging

Report dismisses industry claims about plain packaging

| November 29, 2012

A report commissioned by Cancer Research UK dismisses the tobacco industry’s claims that the U.K. government’s plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes will boost the trade in illegal cigarettes, reports HealthCanal. According to the report, which was prepared by Luk Joossens, advisor to the World Bank, the European Commission and World Health Organization on […]

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Australia’s plain packaging an “anomaly”

Australia’s plain packaging an “anomaly”

| November 29, 2012

Morgan Stanley analysts believe the spread of plain packaging beyond Australia may be “very slow.” Capital markets have been concerned that Australia’s plain tobacco packaging law–the world’s first–could spread to other nations, ultimately commoditizing the tobacco category by hurting brand equity and reducing manufacturers’ pricing power. The analysts base their optimism on the facts that […]

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E-cigarettes may surpass NRT sales

E-cigarettes may surpass NRT sales

| November 29, 2012

Euromonitor International believes the value of the global trade in electronic cigarettes may soon exceed that of non-prescription nicotine-replacement products. In a recent report, the market intelligence provider estimated the worldwide e-cigarette market at $2 billion, compared with $2.4 billion for the NRT market, excluding prescription sales. The report also highlights the increasing involvement of […]

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