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Tobacco business levy to end in Scotland

Tobacco business levy to end in Scotland

| January 13, 2014

An extra business rate that has been levied on Scotland’s larger shops selling alcohol and tobacco will end in 2015, according to a BBC Online story quoting Scottish ministers. The news was welcomed by the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC), which has opposed the tax. The levy was aimed at larger retailers selling alcohol and tobacco, […]

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PMI announces €500 million investment in potentially reduced-risk product plant

PMI announces €500 million investment in potentially reduced-risk product plant

| January 10, 2014

Philip Morris International said today that it was investing up to €500 million in a manufacturing facility and associated pilot plant near Bologna, Italy, to produce its potentially reduced-risk tobacco products. The combined annual production capacity of the factory and pilot plant is expected to reach 30 billion units by 2016. “The development and commercialization […]

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Graphic warnings: Who heeds them?

Graphic warnings: Who heeds them?

| January 10, 2014

New graphic warnings on cigarette packs sold in Jordan are likely to be ineffectual, according to a straw poll conducted by The Jordan Times on Sunday. Since the beginning of this year the Ministry of Health has required tobacco manufacturers to place bigger graphic warnings on cigarette packs as part of the country’s obligations under […]

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Smoking and illness: is there a link?

Smoking and illness: is there a link?

| January 10, 2014

A new report indicates that one in 10 smokers in Victoria, Australia, do not connect tobacco smoking with certain illnesses usually associated with smoking. According to a report by Amy Bainbridge for the Australian Broadcasting Corp., Cancer Council Victoria (CCV) has published its new research to mark the anniversary of the publication of the 1964 […]

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Tobacco shares fall on hint of China ban

Tobacco shares fall on hint of China ban

| January 10, 2014

Shares in Imperial Tobacco and British American Tobacco fell earlier this week in London after traders said a story in Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post newspaper had reported that health authorities in China aimed to roll out a nationwide smoking ban in enclosed public places by the end of this year, according to a […]

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Tobacco employees harvest Taiwan rice

Tobacco employees harvest Taiwan rice

| January 10, 2014

Imperial Tobacco employees in Taiwan volunteered to help bring in the local rice harvest with their friends and families as part of a major community project. Imperial was one of the first businesses to join the country’s rice land adoption program in 2009. By purchasing rice at a guaranteed price, the program enables local farmers […]

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Call for bold action against smoking in US

Call for bold action against smoking in US

| January 9, 2014

Seven U.S. public health and medical organizations yesterday called for a new national commitment to end the country’s “tobacco epidemic” for good. They say they are looking for “bold action by all levels of government” to achieve three goals: * to reduce smoking rates, currently at about 18 percent, to less than 10 percent within […]

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India has reduced smoking among men

India has reduced smoking among men

| January 9, 2014

India has made progress in reducing the prevalence of daily smoking among men, according to a Times of India story quoting from a new study led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in the U.S. The study, Smoking Prevalence and Cigarette Consumption in 187 countries, 1980–2012, found that […]

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Mighty tax payment reflects market share

Mighty tax payment reflects market share

| January 9, 2014

A senior executive at the Philippines-based cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corp. has said that the tax payment the company made for last year should put to rest false accusations that it had not been paying the correct level of duties and taxes, according to a story in the Manila Bulletin. Mighty Corp. was said to have […]

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More people smoking now than in 1980

More people smoking now than in 1980

| January 8, 2014

Worldwide population growth has meant that more people smoke today than was the case in 1980, according to a story by Kerry Sheridan for Agence France Presse, quoting figures from a new study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association. China had nearly 100 million more smokers in 2012 than it had three […]

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Plans to impose indoor tobacco smoking ban nationwide in China by year’s end

Plans to impose indoor tobacco smoking ban nationwide in China by year’s end

| January 8, 2014

China’s health authorities are aiming to roll out a nationwide tobacco smoking ban in enclosed public places by year’s end, according to a story by Zhuang Pinghui for the South China Morning Post. Zhuang said this was the first time that the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) had set a target date to […]

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‘Rehabilitation programs’ see 5,000 Saudis quit tobacco smoking habit

‘Rehabilitation programs’ see 5,000 Saudis quit tobacco smoking habit

| January 8, 2014

At least 5,000 Saudi men and women became nonsmokers last year after taking part in “rehabilitation programs” across the country, according to an Arab News story. Throughout 2013, the Makkah Kafa Society, tasked with raising awareness about the dangers of smoking and drug use, was in contact with more than 800,000 people, Abdullah Al-Othaim, the […]

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Imperial’s factory helps demonstrate the potential for businesses in Madagascar

Imperial’s factory helps demonstrate the potential for businesses in Madagascar

| January 8, 2014

Imperial Tobacco has staged a tour of its Antsirabe factory in Madagascar to help attract potential new investors from France to the Indian Ocean nation. The visit was organized at the request of the local authorities to demonstrate investment opportunities for manufacturing in the area. The SACICEM plant is seen as one of the most […]

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China expert joins BAT board

China expert joins BAT board

| January 8, 2014

Savio Kwan has joined the board of British American Tobacco as a nonexecutive director. During his extensive career, Kwan, who was said in a note posted on BAT’s website to have “significant business experience of Greater China and Asia,” has worked “broadly in technology for General Electric, BTR PLC and Alibaba Group, China’s largest internet […]

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JTI’s UK chief joins debate about duties

JTI’s UK chief joins debate about duties

| January 7, 2014

Jorge da Motta, the U.K. chief executive of Japan Tobacco International, believes Scottish ministers would think again about bringing in anti-tobacco policies if the Scottish government received directly the duty levied on tobacco sales in Scotland, according to a story by David Maddox for The Scotsman. Da Motta was said to have told Scotland on […]

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New law said to herald end of smoking

New law said to herald end of smoking

| January 7, 2014

In bringing in strict new anti-tobacco regulations on Jan. 21, the UAE is, in some respects, leapfrogging the policies of many countries that would normally be regarded as being fiercely anti-tobacco. The UAE will from that date ban smoking in private cars containing people under the age of 12 years, and it will introduce penalties […]

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Settlement made over Eclipse claims

Settlement made over Eclipse claims

| January 7, 2014

The U.S. state of Vermont has recovered $8.3 million in penalties under a settlement with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco over deceptive advertising, according to a VTDigger.org story quoting a statement from the attorney general’s office. The settlement is the result of a 2005 lawsuit over the company’s marketing of its Eclipse brand of cigarettes. A Vermont […]

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Huge illicit trade in Hong Kong despite threat of jail sentences for offenders

Huge illicit trade in Hong Kong despite threat of jail sentences for offenders

| January 6, 2014

Hong Kong customs seized 38 million cigarettes between January and November last year, well up on the seizures made during 2012, according to a Hong Kong government information press note. The figure given for 2012 was 27 million, but it was not clear whether this figure covered the January–November 2012 period or the full year […]

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Jail sentence threat unlikely to have much effect on Malaysia’s illicit trade

Jail sentence threat unlikely to have much effect on Malaysia’s illicit trade

| January 6, 2014

Malaysia’s extension of illicit cigarette trade penalties to cover buyers is not expected to have any material impact on the earnings of local tobacco companies, according to a story in The Star quoting analysts and industry observers. An Affin Investment Bank research bank had Malaysia’s illicit cigarette trade accounting for 34.5 percent of the total […]

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Turkey’s smoking population tumbling

Turkey’s smoking population tumbling

| January 6, 2014

The prevalence of smoking in Turkey is dropping “at unprecedented rates’, according to a story in the Hürriyet Daily News quoting World Health Organization figures. Adult smoking prevalence is said to have decreased from 32.2 percent, or 16 million, in 2008, to 27.1 percent, or 14.8 million, in 2012, the WHO said in its global […]

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