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Pressure mounts for imposition of tobacco control law in China

Pressure mounts for imposition of tobacco control law in China

| January 3, 2013

China’s top legislature is starting to consider whether it should push ahead with the country’s first national tobacco control law, according to a Xinhua Newswire story quoting a report released yesterday. It was necessary to enact laws to control the dangers of smoking, said the report adopted at the closing session of a bimonthly meeting […]

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Tobacco prices expected to remain firm despite chewing tobacco bans

Tobacco prices expected to remain firm despite chewing tobacco bans

| January 3, 2013

Tobacco merchants in Gujarat, India, are expecting tobacco prices to rise further when the new crop is delivered in March-April, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Gujarat mainly grows tobacco used in chewing tobacco and snuff. Prices in 2012 were increased by 15 per cent on those […]

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President asked to revise Indonesia’s draft tobacco control regulation

President asked to revise Indonesia’s draft tobacco control regulation

| January 3, 2013

Tobacco industry lobbyists have urged the Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, to revise the draft government regulation (RPP) on tobacco control, according to a story in the Jakarta Post. The lobbyists say that the president should take into account the opinions of all stakeholders before signing the draft. The Indonesian Tobacco Growers Association (APTI) chairman, […]

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Quit apps downloaded 60,000 times

Quit apps downloaded 60,000 times

| January 3, 2013

Two smart-phone applications aimed at helping smokers kick their habit have been downloaded more than 60,000 times since being released last year, according to an APNnews story. The apps, called Quit Now: My Quit Buddy and Quit for You, Quit for Two, were said to be ‘just some of the tools’ being used by the […]

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Court decision something to chew on

Court decision something to chew on

| January 2, 2013

The High Court of the Indian state of Kerala has struck down a ban on the sale of chewing tobacco that had been based on provisions of a food safety and standards act, according to a story in the Hindu Online. The high court’s decision was issued on December 20 on a writ petition filed […]

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Manufacture, sale and use of chewing tobacco outlawed in Odisha

Manufacture, sale and use of chewing tobacco outlawed in Odisha

| January 2, 2013

The government of the Indian state of Odisha is introducing a state-wide ban on the manufacture, sale and use of guthka and chewing tobacco containing nicotine, according to an Indian Express story. In announcing the ban, the Health and Family Welfare Minister, Damodar Rout, said the Supreme Court and different high courts had earlier directed […]

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‘Alarming new trend’ in Malaysia’s contraband cigarette saga

‘Alarming new trend’ in Malaysia’s contraband cigarette saga

| January 2, 2013

Counterfeit versions of local cigarette brands are being sold nationwide in Malaysia at half the market price, according to a story by Eileen Ng for The Star and Asian News Network. The counterfeits sell for between RM2.50 and RM5.00 for a pack of 20, far below the minimum price of RM7.00. In describing the counterfeits […]

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Sri Lanka to introduce graphic warnings

Sri Lanka to introduce graphic warnings

| January 2, 2013

Graphic health warnings are to be included on cigarette packs sold in Sri Lanka, according to the Daily News quoting the country’s health ministry. The Health Minister, Maithiripala Sirisena, said the gazette notification of the warnings requirement would be published in March. He was quoted as saying that he would not be influenced to change […]

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One smoking club perk might be use of cigarette making machine

One smoking club perk might be use of cigarette making machine

| January 2, 2013

Owners of several tobacco shops that charged customers to use $35,000 cigarette-making machines until changes in US federal law made the practice illegal are looking to establish private smoking clubs, according to a story by Tom Fontaine for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Like other fraternal organizations, the non-profit smoking clubs would require members to pay dues, […]

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New contraband cigarette crack down yielding ‘results’ in Bulgaria

New contraband cigarette crack down yielding ‘results’ in Bulgaria

| December 31, 2012

The measures Bulgaria has taken to fight cigarette smuggling are yielding results, according to a story by Svetla Dimitrova for the Southeast European Times quoting the national Customs Agency. A total of 80 million contraband cigarettes were said to have been seized since the beginning of this year, but there was no mention of whether […]

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Imperial signs new anti-illicit trade agreement with Slovak government

Imperial signs new anti-illicit trade agreement with Slovak government

| December 31, 2012

A new agreement has been signed with the government of Slovakia to strengthen Imperial Tobacco’s continuing joint efforts to tackle illicit trade, the company says. ‘The Memorandum of Understanding with the Financial Directorate of Slovakia builds on existing co-operation and a previous agreement dating back to 2002,’ Imperial said in a note posted on its […]

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Jury still out on whether electronic cigarettes are ‘totally innocuous’

Jury still out on whether electronic cigarettes are ‘totally innocuous’

| December 31, 2012

Electronic cigarettes are less toxic than are traditional cigarettes but it is not possible at this time to say that they are ‘totally innocuous’. This is the view ofRoberta Pacifici, director of the Italy Observatory on Smoking, Alcohol and Drug Use at the National Health Institute, who worked on a recent report by the Italian […]

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Tobacco-industry water projects will help protect against natural disasters

Tobacco-industry water projects will help protect against natural disasters

| December 31, 2012

China’s State Tobacco Monopoly Administration has issued a plan for water resources projects to be carried out by the tobacco industry during 2013-2015, according to a Tobacco China Online story. The plan seeks to increase significantly the number of such projects and to help establish the tobacco industry’s image as a responsible industry. The projects […]

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Happy virtual New Year

Happy virtual New Year

| December 31, 2012

It is highly unlikely that you will be able to get your hands on a bottle of Aalborg Jule Akvavit in time to welcome in the New Year; so here, courtesy of Iggesund Paperboard, is a picture of one, which might bring some virtual cheer. In fact, Aalborg Jule Akvavit is a Christmas aquavit that […]

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In new UK anti-tobacco campaign it’s the cigarette that gets sick

In new UK anti-tobacco campaign it’s the cigarette that gets sick

| December 28, 2012

People in the UK are due to be exposed to a nine-week, £2.7 million propaganda campaign that will focus on a cigarette that develops cancerous tumors. They will be told that 15 cigarettes cause a mutation that can lead to such tumors. The Department of Health (DoH) says that the new theme represents a return […]

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Euromonitor study puts India in sixth spot on world contraband cigarette table

Euromonitor study puts India in sixth spot on world contraband cigarette table

| December 28, 2012

Indiahas become the sixth largest market for contraband cigarettes, according to an Indo-Asian News Service story quoting a Euromonitor study carried out on behalf of Assocham, a tobacco industry lobbyist. The licit cigarette market, which stood at 109 billion in 2006-07, dropped to about 101 billion in 2010-11. In contrast, the duty-evaded segment has grown […]

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China conference registration open

China conference registration open

| December 28, 2012

The TFWA (Tax Free World Association) says that registration is now open for a conference on China to be held at Beijing in March. ‘China’s century: The fast pace of change in China duty free & travel retail’ is due to be held at the Beijing Hotel on March 5-7. Organised jointly by the TFWA […]

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China looks to reduce tobacco farm numbers and planted area

China looks to reduce tobacco farm numbers and planted area

| December 27, 2012

More details are emerging about China’s plans – reported here on December 24 – to crack down on tobacco. The country is looking to reduce the area planted to tobacco along with the number of tobacco farms, ban tobacco smoking in all enclosed public places, and enlarge the warning signs on tobacco packs by 2015, […]

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Korea enjoys tobacco trade surplus

Korea enjoys tobacco trade surplus

| December 27, 2012

The value of South Korea’s tobacco exports increased by 370 per cent during the past 10 years while imports remained steady, resulting in a tobacco trade surplus since 2004, according to a story in The Korea Times. Ninety seven per cent of tobacco exports comprise cigarettes. In 2002, Korea’s tobacco imports amounted to more than […]

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Forty per cent sales drop in Macau

Forty per cent sales drop in Macau

| December 27, 2012

Sales of licit tobacco products are reported to have slumped by as much as 40 per cent in Macau this year as a ‘hefty’ tax increase and anti-smoking campaigns have taken their toll, according to a Macau Daily Times story. The industry, which is expecting a further decline of 10 per cent during 2013, is […]

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Police and customs seize opportunity to learn about tobacco production

Police and customs seize opportunity to learn about tobacco production

| December 27, 2012

Police and customs officials have visited Imperial Tobacco’s fine-cut tobacco factory in Ireland at the invitation of Imperial and as part of ongoing efforts to tackle the illicit trade in tobacco products. ‘To aid them in their investigations, a group of 10 enforcement officers toured the Mullingar plant to see how legitimate tobacco products are […]

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Tobacco land to be given over to cotton production in Bangladesh

Tobacco land to be given over to cotton production in Bangladesh

| December 24, 2012

The government of Bangladesh intends to expand cotton growing at the expense of tobacco production, according to a New Age story. Farid Uddin, a director of the Cotton Development Board (CDB), was quoted as saying that 20,000 ha of the 70,000 ha now planted to tobacco would be given over to cotton cultivation. The government […]

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Tax ‘reform’ will see tobacco farmers and workers lose their livelihoods

Tax ‘reform’ will see tobacco farmers and workers lose their livelihoods

| December 24, 2012

The Philippines’ state-run Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has courses to help tobacco farmers and workers thrown out of their jobs because of the effects of the country’s new tobacco and alcohol regime, according to a story in The Philippines Star. TESDA director general, Joel Villanueva, said in a statement that the agency […]

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Chile moves towards TV smoking ban

Chile moves towards TV smoking ban

| December 24, 2012

Chile seems set to ban tobacco smoking during television programs screened while ‘children may be watching’, according to a story by Charlotte Meritan for I Love Chile. The Chilean Senate has approved a bill changing the national smoking laws and it is now up to the Chamber of Deputies to decide. In addition, the bill […]

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Anti-tobacco plan stops short of graphic warnings and tax increases

Anti-tobacco plan stops short of graphic warnings and tax increases

| December 24, 2012

China is planning to reduce the incidence of smoking in the country from 28.1 per cent, where it stood in 2010, to 25.0 per cent in 2015, according to a Bloomberg News story relayed by the TMA. The plan, reportedly developed with the involvement of the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration, was published byChina’s Ministry of […]

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