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Irish groups call for 90 per cent tax on cigarettes and manufacturing fee

Irish groups call for 90 per cent tax on cigarettes and manufacturing fee

| October 2, 2012

The Irish Cancer Society and the Irish Heart Foundation want the tax on cigarettes to be increased from 79 per cent to 90 per cent, according to an Irish Times story relayed by the TMA. In a submission to the Department of Finance, the organizations claimed that the tax increase would generate €150 million a […]

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Removing additives a risky business

Removing additives a risky business

| October 2, 2012

Finlandseems to be wrestling with the question of how to ban tobacco flavors on the grounds that they make cigarettes more risky than they would otherwise be without implying that the resulting unflavored cigarettes carry a reduced risk. A recent Esmerk Finnish News story quoted the Finnish National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health as […]

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Cigarette taxes hurting but not working

Cigarette taxes hurting but not working

| October 2, 2012

Higher cigarette taxes may be hurtingNew York’s low-income smokers financially rather than making them more likely to quit, according to an ABC report quoting the results of a new survey by researchers at RTI International. The survey, which looked at more than 13,000 people living in New York state, found that some lower-income smokers spent […]

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PM to invest in leaf processing in Malaysia but to halt manufacturing

PM to invest in leaf processing in Malaysia but to halt manufacturing

| October 2, 2012

Philip Morris (Malaysia) is to invest RM70 million at its Seremban tobacco processing plant to double its capacity, according to a Bernama News story relayed by the TMA and quoting the company’s managing director, Tarkan Demirbas. But it is to discontinue cigarette manufacturing inMalaysiaprimarily due to increasing costs and the country’s high levels of smuggling. […]

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Rwanda bans public-places smoking, limits private tobacco production

Rwanda bans public-places smoking, limits private tobacco production

| October 2, 2012

In a unanimous vote, the Rwandan Senate last week passed a tobacco control bill first tabled in parliament on June 10, 2010, according to a story in The New Times. The bill prohibits tobacco smoking in enclosed public places, including restaurants and bars, though the owners and managers of those venues may provide smoking areas […]

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Tobacco sales ban in North Darfur leaves farmers with no livelihood

Tobacco sales ban in North Darfur leaves farmers with no livelihood

| October 2, 2012

Tobacco farmers from North Darfur, Sudan, have asked the Islamic Fiqh Academy to find them an alternative livelihood following its prohibition of tobacco sales, according to a Radio Dabanga report. The farmers were quoted as saying that four million people inDarfur were dependent on the cultivation and sale of tobacco. They claimed that tobacco had […]

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Question raised about manufacturer liability for health care costs

Question raised about manufacturer liability for health care costs

| October 1, 2012

The European Commission has been asked whether or not it is to include in its proposal for the revision of the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive manufacturer liability for the financing of all health care costs arising from tobacco consumption. The proposed revisions are due to be made public before the end of the year. In […]

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Bill seeks to replace Bulgaria’s smoking ban with restrictions

Bill seeks to replace Bulgaria’s smoking ban with restrictions

| October 1, 2012

Two Bulgarian MPs tabled on September 28 a bill of amendments to the Health Act that would repeal the country’s ban on tobacco smoking in indoor public spaces and certain outdoor areas, according to a Sofia Globe story. The ban went into effect on June 1. The bill’s authors, Kiril Goumnerov and Stoyan Ivanov, who […]

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Record first day of flue-cured sales on Karnataka’s auction floors

Record first day of flue-cured sales on Karnataka’s auction floors

| October 1, 2012

Karnataka’s flue cured prices touched Rs140 per kg, a record high, on the first day of auctions, according to a story in The Hindu published on Friday. “This is an all-time high in the history of tobacco auctions in Karnataka,” the chairman of the Tobacco Board, G. Kamala Vardhana Rao, was quoted as saying. “The […]

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JTI could seek refund of £50 million Gallaher price-fixing fine

JTI could seek refund of £50 million Gallaher price-fixing fine

| October 1, 2012

Japan Tobacco International is expected to ask theUK’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to refund a £50.3 million fine imposed on Gallaher following allegations that it was involved in a price-fixing cartel, according to an Electronic Telegraph story. In 2010, the OFT fined a number of tobacco companies and retailers a total of £225 million […]

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Bureaucrats look to dictate the seasons when tobacco can and cannot be grown

Bureaucrats look to dictate the seasons when tobacco can and cannot be grown

| September 28, 2012

Tobacco growers belonging to the Philippine Tobacco Growers Association (PTGA) are urging President Aquino not to agree to proposed guidelines of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). PTGA vice president, Asuncion M. Lopez, said the proposed guidelines that had been recommended for adoption by the Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the FCTC […]

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Santa Catarina and Paraná look forward to exporting leaf to China

Santa Catarina and Paraná look forward to exporting leaf to China

| September 28, 2012

Chinais expected this year to approve imports of tobacco from the Brazilian states of Santa Catarina and Paraná, according to a Macau Hub story relayed by Tobacco China Online. The director of the Vegetable Hygiene Department of the Brazilian Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock and Supplies, Cósam Coutinho, said on Wednesday that the exports were expected […]

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Beware of Taiwanese ministry officials transporting smoking gifts

Beware of Taiwanese ministry officials transporting smoking gifts

| September 28, 2012

Anti-smoking activists inTaiwanyesterday blasted government bodies for sending lawmakers cigarettes as Mid-Autumn Festival gifts, according to a story in The China Post. The Tung Foundation said it was ‘absurd’ that the Transportation Ministry’s liaison officials to the legislature were using tax-payers’ money to buy lawmakers harmful gifts for the upcoming festival. Transportation Minister, Mao Chi-kuo, […]

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Smokers unwelcome in Vancouver’s tallest residential tower

Smokers unwelcome in Vancouver’s tallest residential tower

| September 28, 2012

The property manager of the tallest all-residential tower inVancouver,Canada, Ken Armstrong says he receives as many as 20 complaints a month from residents upset about second-hand smoke; of those, about five or six usually relate to marijuana smoke. But this problem should dissipate soon. According to a story by Mike Hager for the Vancouver Sun, […]

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Two cigarettes a day enough to hook young people on nicotine

Two cigarettes a day enough to hook young people on nicotine

| September 28, 2012

Teenagers who start smoking are fooling themselves if they think they can easily quit, according to a Deutsche Presse-Agentur story relayed by Tobacco China Online. A study, the story said, had concluded that smoking just two cigarettes a day was enough to hook 13-to-17-year-olds on nicotine. The study, which was apparently carried out by the […]

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Name changes made to differentiate tobacco products in Australia

Name changes made to differentiate tobacco products in Australia

| September 27, 2012

Tobacco-product names are being modified in Australia ahead of the December 1 imposition of plain packaging, according to a story by medical editor, Cathy O’Leary, for The West Australian. From the beginning of December, all Australian tobacco products must be sold in packs designed at the behest of the government to look ugly. All brand […]

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Plain ugly packaging – coming soon to a product close to your heart

Plain ugly packaging – coming soon to a product close to your heart

| September 27, 2012

A tobacco company is warning that alcohol and other products could soon be subjected to the same advertising and packaging restrictions currently in force or pending in respect of tobacco products inAustralia, according to a Scoop story. Imperial Tobacco New Zealand says reports fromAustraliaindicate that it is already seeing the flow-on effects of passing its […]

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FCTC guidelines thought to threaten tobacco grower livelihoods

FCTC guidelines thought to threaten tobacco grower livelihoods

| September 27, 2012

Korean tobacco growers joined with protestors from other countries on Tuesday in Manila, the Philippines, to voice their opposition to measures that are expected to be announced at a tobacco control conference at Seoul, Korea, in November, according to a story in The Korea Herald. Titled ‘Save Our Farms’ and led by the International Tobacco […]

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Physician, heal thyself

Physician, heal thyself

| September 27, 2012

Doctors in certain regions of China have been found to smoke tobacco at rates similar to or even exceeding those seen within the general population, according to a 7th Space Interactive story quoting the results of a study. The study sought in part to investigate through an anonymous questionnaire the smoking habits of doctors at […]

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Eight anti-smoking/anti-vaping groups financially supported by Big Pharma

Eight anti-smoking/anti-vaping groups financially supported by Big Pharma

| September 26, 2012

Eight US anti-smoking organizations that have called for electronic cigarettes to be removed from the market between them received $2.8 million from Pfizer alone during 2011 and the first half of this year, according to Professor Michael Siegel, of Boston University’s School of Public Health, quoting the drug maker’s financial contribution reports. And these organizations, […]

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Trade association for smoke-free alternatives to attend NACS show

Trade association for smoke-free alternatives to attend NACS show

| September 26, 2012

The recently-chartered Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) is due to make its first public appearance when it attends a trade show in Las Vegas on October 8, according to a PRWeb story. SFATA aims to use the Association of Convenience and Fuel Retailing Conference (NACS) to promote electronic cigarette self-regulation and attract new members. SFATA […]

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Smaller, good-quality crop in Bulgaria

Smaller, good-quality crop in Bulgaria

| September 26, 2012

Bulgarian tobacco producers and traders are predicting that this season’s leaf prices will be 10 to 20 per cent higher than those of last season because a smaller, good-quality crop has been produced this year. According to a Sofia Globe story, tobacco yields in Bulgaria this year will be lower than those of last year […]

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Iggesund Mill’s new recovery boiler allows total biofuel operation

Iggesund Mill’s new recovery boiler allows total biofuel operation

| September 26, 2012

Iggesund Paperboard has officially inaugurated its new recovery boiler at Iggesund Mill, Sweden, in a ceremony conducted by Lars G. Sundblad, who was managing director of the company at the end of the 1950s when the decision was made to begin manufacturing paperboard. The new recovery boiler makes it possible for Iggesund to increase production […]

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Smoking ban unlikely to be lifted despite hospitality-sector losses

Smoking ban unlikely to be lifted despite hospitality-sector losses

| September 26, 2012

The Bulgarian restaurant sector is registering record losses because of the country’s tobacco smoking ban, according to a Novinite story quoting the deputy chair of the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association, Atanas Dimitrov. Speaking to bTV on Tuesday, Dimitrov said that turnover in the sector had slumped by 50 per cent since the introduction of […]

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GTNF helps Tanzanian children attend school

GTNF helps Tanzanian children attend school

| September 25, 2012

Students in Tanzania’s Tabora region have benefited from money raised at the recent Global Tobacco Networking Forum in Antwerp, Belgium. During the GTNF gala dinner, in June, the organizers auctioned off various items and donated the proceeds—almost $3,000—to the Eliminating Child Labor in Tobacco Growing Foundation (ECLT). The ECLT has added the funds to its […]

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