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Study casts doubt on claims about plain packs

Study casts doubt on claims about plain packs

| May 6, 2015

A study published by Tobacco Control provides evidence that the introduction of standardized tobacco packaging in Australia has not increased significantly the consumption of illicit tobacco products. The study, which was carried out by researchers at the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer (CBRC), Cancer Council Victoria, seems to paint a different picture to that […]

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PMI to webcast conference presentation

PMI to webcast conference presentation

| May 6, 2015

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast – at ww.pmi.com/webcasts – of the company’s remarks and question-and-answer session by CEO André Calantzopoulos and CFO Jacek Olczak at the Goldman Sachs Global Staples Forum starting about 09.30 Eastern Time on May 12. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will provide […]

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Excise and plain packs blamed for illegal trade rise

Excise and plain packs blamed for illegal trade rise

| May 5, 2015

A record level of illicit tobacco consumption last year has caused the Australian government to suffer an estimated tax ‘loss’ of $1.35 billion, according to a story by Roman Kennedy for The Australian, citing a report by KPMG. The report, prepared for Philip Morris, British American Tobacco Australia and Imperial Tobacco Australia, indicated that illicit […]

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India urged to implement giant-warnings regulations

India urged to implement giant-warnings regulations

| May 5, 2015

The World Health Organization has urged India’s Ministry of Health to go ahead with an earlier decision to require that health warnings cover 85 percent of the surface area of tobacco product packaging, according to a story by Aditi Tandon for the Chandigarh Tribune. The WHO representative in India, Nata Menabde, said on Friday that […]

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Concerns as Indonesia looks to increase revenue

Concerns as Indonesia looks to increase revenue

| May 5, 2015

Indonesia’s cigarette manufacturers are concerned that the government aims this year to raise tobacco excise a second time, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. In its revised 2015 budget, the government has indicated that it aims to take Rp145.7 trillion (US$11.2 billion) this year in excise tax, 20.9 percent higher than its initial […]

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Smokers to be ousted from Seoul’s riverside parks

Smokers to be ousted from Seoul’s riverside parks

| May 5, 2015

Eleven riverside parks along the Han River are due to be designated tobacco-smoke-free zones as early as July, according to a story in The Korea Times quoting a Seoul Metropolitan government announcement. Smoking bans at the riverside parks became possible after the city council revised its ordinance last year. The riverside parks, which cover more […]

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