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Expert says plain packs do not infringe trademarks

Expert says plain packs do not infringe trademarks

| March 18, 2015

A senior lecturer in law at City University London has said that the tobacco industry’s argument that standardized packaging legislation violates their trademark rights is not convincing, according to a story relayed by the TMA. Writing in The Conversation, Enrico Bonadio, said manufacturers would still be able to distinguish their products from those of competitors […]

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Indian bidi workers fear industry could be wiped out

Indian bidi workers fear industry could be wiped out

| March 18, 2015

Hundreds of bidi workers, bidi contractors and union members have held a massive protest against the Indian government’s ‘ban on tobacco products’, according to a Daijiworld.com story. The protest, which included members of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions and of the All India Trade Union Congress, was held yesterday outside the District Collector’s office […]

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Zimbabwe’s tobacco exports earn $200 million

Zimbabwe’s tobacco exports earn $200 million

| March 17, 2015

Zimbabwe has earned $211.9 million from tobacco sales thus far this year. China continues to be the leading importer after buying 19.3 million kg worth $166.7 million since the beginning of the marketing season. Zimbabwe exports Virginia tobacco to more than 50 countries on all but two continents. South Africa ranks as the second-biggest importer […]

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U.K. passes cigarette-packaging law

U.K. passes cigarette-packaging law

| March 17, 2015

The U.K. House of Lords on March 16 approved a bill requiring cigarettes to be sold in standardized packaging. The House of Commons on March 11 voted 367 to 113 in favor of the law, which passed through the House of Lords without a vote. Starting in May 2016, cigarettes must be sold in packages […]

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Bill would increase age limit by one year each year

Bill would increase age limit by one year each year

| March 17, 2015

The upper house of the state of Tasmania, Australia, is due to debate whether sales of cigarettes should be banned in the case of people born after 2000, according to a story by Daniel McCulloch for the Examiner. Ivan Dean, a member of the Legislative Council, has introduced a private members bill that would amend […]

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Overseas sales to overtake domestic sales at KT&G

Overseas sales to overtake domestic sales at KT&G

| March 17, 2015

KT&G’s overseas sales are expected this year to surpass its domestic sales for the first time, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The company said in an e-mail interview with the Herald that because various factors, including a fall in the number of smokers, had taken their toll of the domestic market, it […]

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