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Tobacco tax revenue fall probably down to anti-smoking measures

Tobacco tax revenue fall probably down to anti-smoking measures

| September 24, 2012

Australia’s tobacco tax revenue during the financial year to the end of June, at A$5.45 billion, was down by 5.9 per cent on the A$5.79 billion that the treasury had estimated in the May budget, according to an Australian Associated Press story relayed by the TMA. Finance Minister, Penny Wong, said the federal government’s anti-smoking […]

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Expanding capacity by 20 per cent at BAT Romania’s Ploiesti plant

Expanding capacity by 20 per cent at BAT Romania’s Ploiesti plant

| September 24, 2012

British American TobaccoRomaniaannounced on Thursday that it will spend about €40 million on expanding its manufacturing facility atPloiesti, according to an Economic Daily story relayed by the TMA. The company says that the changes will boost the plant’s production capacity by 20 per cent. BATRomaniawill spend €25 million on construction, which is expected to be […]

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Tax hike hits TTM sales

Tax hike hits TTM sales

| September 21, 2012

Cigarette sales of the Thailand Tobacco Monopoly (TTM) have declined significantly as Thai smokers started rolling more of their own cigarettes in the wake of last month’s tax hike, reports The Bangkok Post. The state-owned tobacco manufacturer expects sales will gradually improve and return to normal in the coming months. Managing Director Torsak Chotimongkol said […]

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Alarm over possible oriental tobacco ban not justified – currently

Alarm over possible oriental tobacco ban not justified – currently

| September 21, 2012

Concerns expressed inBulgariaearlier this week about a proposal to ban the production of oriental tobacco within the EU have proved to be unfounded, according to a Novinite story. The misunderstanding arose apparently because oriental tobacco is an aromatic tobacco and the European Commission is known to be considering proposing revisions to the EU’s tobacco products […]

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Cambodia’s tax increase proposals based on ‘confidential’ figures

Cambodia’s tax increase proposals based on ‘confidential’ figures

| September 21, 2012

Government data show that significant amounts of tobacco are being smuggled out of Cambodiaeach year, according to a story in The Phnom Penh Post quoting health and economics experts. A national tobacco survey from 2011 showed that more tobacco was produced in Cambodia than was consumed there, and much of the difference came from smuggling […]

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Kerala chewing tobacco ban provides opportunities for Karnataka traders

Kerala chewing tobacco ban provides opportunities for Karnataka traders

| September 21, 2012

The Chief Minister of the Indian state of Kerala, Oommen Chandy, has asked his counterpart in Karnataka, CM Jagadish Shettar, to ban the sale of smokeless tobacco, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The Kerala government outlawed the production and distribution of products such as gutkha and […]

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Altria’s companies encouraging tobacco consumers to vote but not how to vote

Altria’s companies encouraging tobacco consumers to vote but not how to vote

| September 21, 2012

Altria said yesterday that its tobacco operating companies were conducting a non-partisan voter education and awareness campaign for adult tobacco consumers; as they had done in past election cycles. ‘Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company and John Middleton will reach out to adult consumers stressing the importance of voting and encouraging them to make […]

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Indian growers concerned FCTC will take away their livelihood

Indian growers concerned FCTC will take away their livelihood

| September 20, 2012

Tobacco growers inIndia, predominantly those from the main flue-cured production states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, are to intensify their protests against proposals to phase out tobacco growing, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group Newsletter. The growers are concerned that draft guidelines of the World Health Organization’s […]

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Korean growers concerned FCTC will take away their livelihood

Korean growers concerned FCTC will take away their livelihood

| September 20, 2012

The Korea Tobacco Growers Organization (KTGO), which represents about 5,000 farmers, has expressed its opposition to new proposals from the World Health Organization, according to a story in The Korea Times. The Seoul-based organization says that the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) will end up substantially cutting the income of Korean tobacco growers […]

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Vietnam to re-export seized tobacco to bolster anti-smuggling budget

Vietnam to re-export seized tobacco to bolster anti-smuggling budget

| September 20, 2012

The Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Tan Dung, hopes to light up his country’s anti-smuggling budget with a scheme to re-export seized tobacco, according to a Vietnam News Agency story. Under the PM approved Decision No. 1112, good quality tobacco seized from smugglers will be re-exported as part of an experiment running from now until […]

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Cambodia urged to increase tobacco tax

Cambodia urged to increase tobacco tax

| September 20, 2012

The World Health Organization on Tuesday urgedCambodiato increase taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products in order to raise state revenues and discourage smokers, according to a Xinhua Newswire story. “Increasing tobacco tax will reduce consumption especially among the higher prevalence groups such as low-income and uneducated groups,” said Ayda A. Yurekli, co-ordinator for the […]

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Japan aims to analyze all substances found in cigarettes and their smoke

Japan aims to analyze all substances found in cigarettes and their smoke

| September 20, 2012

Officials from Japan’s Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry has said that it intends to have all substances found in the nation’s top-selling cigarette brands analyzed, according to a Daily Yomiuri story relayed by the TMA. It intends also to form a panel of medical experts and consumers to debate the possible implementation of further regulations […]

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Plain packaging being lined up behind graphic warnings in South Africa

Plain packaging being lined up behind graphic warnings in South Africa

| September 20, 2012

South   Africais considering imposing plain packaging on tobacco products manufacturers, according to a Times Live story. “We are keen to test this and if there is… support for it, we will go this route,” the health department’s director for health promotion, Vimla Moodley, was quoted as saying. For the time being, the department is […]

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Imperial expects full-year volumes to be down by three per cent

Imperial expects full-year volumes to be down by three per cent

| September 20, 2012

The Imperial Tobacco Group said today that its overall financial position and operational performance for the financial year to September 30 was in line with the board’s expectations. ‘We are delivering strong gains from our key strategic brands and improving our revenue momentum through our focus on driving quality growth across our total tobacco portfolio,’ […]

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Delegation from China gets first-hand account of US’ counterfeit problem

Delegation from China gets first-hand account of US’ counterfeit problem

| September 19, 2012

A delegation fromChinais inRichmond,Virginia, on a fact-finding mission to lay the groundwork for future efforts against tobacco-products counterfeiting, according to localUSreports relayed by the TMA and Tobacco China Online. The Chinese officials, including representatives of the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration, the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, the Provincial Tobacco Monopoly Administration’s enforcement division and the […]

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Sekap bidders to be named tomorrow

Sekap bidders to be named tomorrow

| September 19, 2012

The names of bidders for a 50.4 per cent stake in the Greek cigarette maker Sekap SA are due to be announced tomorrow, according to a Bloomberg News story quoting a Kathimerini newspaper report and relayed by the TMA. Due diligence is to be completed by the end of October.

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Pack colors mislead few Irish smokers

Pack colors mislead few Irish smokers

| September 19, 2012

Only five per cent of Irish smokers wrongly believes that a light color on a pack of cigarettes signals that the contents are less hazardous than are those in darker-colored packs. The same proportion of Irish smokers believes that slim cigarettes are less hazardous than are traditional-sized cigarettes. These figures, reported by the Irish Independent, […]

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Most of Malawi’s tobacco will be grown under contracts in coming season

Most of Malawi’s tobacco will be grown under contracts in coming season

| September 19, 2012

Malawi’s Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) has said that about 80 per cent of tobacco growers will be moving to contract farming for the 2012-13 production season. TCC’s CEO, Bruce Munthali, apparently told The Daily Times that the move was aimed at controlling tobacco production and trying to minimize the overproduction that had a negative effect […]

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First private label brand of electronic cigarettes launched

First private label brand of electronic cigarettes launched

| September 19, 2012

Los Angeles-based Safecig and the Seminole Tribe of Florida Inc. yesterday launched Seminole Unconquered, which is said to be the first private label brand of electronic cigarette and cigar products. The products will be sold in Seminole Smoke Shops, at Seminole & Hard Rock Casinos, and online. The launch of the Seminole electronic vaping products […]

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Innovations appointment at Filtrona

Innovations appointment at Filtrona

| September 19, 2012

Filtrona Filter Products has appointed Patrick Meredith (pictured) as its innovations director, based inSingapore. Prior to his new role, Meredith was Filtrona Filters’ director of program management, having originally joined the company in 2003 as engineering project manager at the Filtrona Technology Centre atJarrow,UK. Before joining Filtrona Filters, Meredith worked in construction as a design […]

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Top marks for Imperial Tobacco’s fight against illicit trade

Top marks for Imperial Tobacco’s fight against illicit trade

| September 19, 2012

Imperial Tobacco has won recognition for its management of social, environmental and economic issues, and gained top marks for its efforts to combat illicit trade. Sustainability Asset Management (SAM), an independent organisation providing guidance for investors on behalf of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, rated Imperial highly for its approach to a number of key […]

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Electronic cigarettes could become the “deal breaker for a smoke-free nation”

Electronic cigarettes could become the “deal breaker for a smoke-free nation”

| September 18, 2012

The New Zealand Health Ministry has been criticized over its recent move to ban sales of the electronic cigarette brand Hydro on the grounds that such sales are in violation of the Medicines Act, according to a Scoop story relayed by the TMA. End Smoking New Zealand chairman, Dr. Murray Laugesen, described the prohibition of […]

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Italian natural-gas-powered curing barn under test in Yunnan

Italian natural-gas-powered curing barn under test in Yunnan

| September 18, 2012

The Luoping County Tobacco Sub-company (LCTS) has been carrying out trials of a leaf tobacco curing barn that uses the burning of natural gas as its heat source, according to a Qujing Tobacco Monopoly Administration story relayed by Tobacco China Online. LCTS, which is inQujing City,Yunnanprovince, imported the Spapperi barn fromItaly. In trying to reduce […]

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Encouraging level of tobacco grower registrations in Malawi

Encouraging level of tobacco grower registrations in Malawi

| September 18, 2012

Malawi’s Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) has said that the number of tobacco-grower registrations indicated that production would be higher in the coming season than it was in the past season, according to a story in The Maravi Post. Speaking yesterday, Dr. Bruce Munthali, head of the TCC, said the registration exercise had started on a […]

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Imperial trading update due Thursday

Imperial trading update due Thursday

| September 18, 2012

Imperial Tobacco is due to issue a trading update on September 20. The group’s financial year ends on September 30.

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