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Scottish health boards reconsider vaping bans

Scottish health boards reconsider vaping bans

| December 29, 2015

Five more health boards in Scotland are considering lifting their bans on using electronic cigarettes in hospital grounds, according to a story by Nichola Rutherford for BBC Scotland. Health chiefs in Ayrshire and Arran, the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Lanarkshire and Tayside decided to review their policies on vaping devices after NHS Greater Glasgow and […]

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More cigarettes seized but smuggling problem huge

More cigarettes seized but smuggling problem huge

| December 29, 2015

The number of cigarette-smuggling interceptions in Vietnam fell this year, but the number of cigarettes seized increased, according to a story in Vietnam News. Nearly 9,700 cases of smuggling, involving 6,000 people, were detected and prosecution was initiated in 179 cases against 263 people. More than 10 million cigarette packs were confiscated this year and, […]

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EU tobacco industry wounded by TPD court advice

EU tobacco industry wounded by TPD court advice

| December 24, 2015

An adviser to the EU Court of Justice on Wednesday said the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive was valid, rebuffing a challenge from Philip Morris International, according to a Reuters report. ‘[The advocate general, Juliane Kokott] considers the EU tobacco directive of 2014 to be valid, in particular the extensive standardization of packaging, the future EU-wide […]

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Malaysia ban equates vaping with smoking

Malaysia ban equates vaping with smoking

| December 24, 2015

Malaysia’s Ministry of Health has said it will enforce from next year a ban on vaping in 21 areas gazetted as non-smoking areas, according to a Bernama report. The deputy health minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said the imposition of the ban on vaping had been made possible after a special committee chaired by […]

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Raising tobacco purchase age ‘unworkable’

Raising tobacco purchase age ‘unworkable’

| December 23, 2015

A prominent anti-tobacco campaigner in Tasmania, Australia, has hit out at the state government’s proposal to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco products to 21 or 25, according to a story in the Hobart Mercury. Ivan Dean, a member of Tasmania’s upper house, described the plan as impractical and unworkable. And he said it […]

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Malaysia’s tobacco sector under pressure

Malaysia’s tobacco sector under pressure

| December 23, 2015

The outlook for Malaysia’s tobacco sector next year is bleak as increasing cigarette prices, the illegal cigarette trade and a preference for vaping are expected to cause a decline in cigarette sales volumes, according to a story in The Edge Financial Daily. Analysts contacted by the Daily were quoted as saying that cigarette prices had […]

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Call for rethink on anti-electronic-cigarette stance

Call for rethink on anti-electronic-cigarette stance

| December 23, 2015

The US Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter, of California, has urged the House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, to reconsider her party’s anti-electronic-cigarette stance and support changes to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules, according to a piece by Guy Bentley in The Daily Caller. After the passage of the spending bill on Friday, Pelosi circulated […]

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Patented granted for PAX’s nicotine-salt e-liquid

Patented granted for PAX’s nicotine-salt e-liquid

| December 23, 2015

PAX Labs said yesterday that it had received a US patent for the nicotine salt e-liquid formulation used in its JUUL electronic cigarette. ‘Unlike other products in the e-liquid space, JUUL uses nicotine salts found in leaf tobacco, rather than free-base nicotine, as its core ingredient,’ the company said in a note issued through PR […]

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E-cigarettes forbidden by Malaysia fatwa council

E-cigarettes forbidden by Malaysia fatwa council

| December 22, 2015

Malaysia’s National Fatwa Council, which delivers religious rulings, has declared the use of electronic cigarettes as haram (forbidden) for Muslims, according to a story in The Star. Council chairman, Tan Sri Dr Abdul Shukor Husin, was quoted as saying that, ‘based on scientific studies and findings the council had found that the vaping trend would […]

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Cambodia kicks off new anti-tobacco campaign

Cambodia kicks off new anti-tobacco campaign

| December 22, 2015

A new campaign by the government of Cambodia aimed at warning people about the dangers of tobacco smoking has been launched by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization, according to a story in The Phnom Penh Post. At the launch of the campaign, called “Tobacco Makes Your Children Die”, the director of […]

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Philippines winning tax stamp compliance battle

Philippines winning tax stamp compliance battle

| December 22, 2015

A recent report from the World Bank has shown that the Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has succeeded in its campaign to have tax stamps applied to all cigarette packs being sold legally in the country, according to a story in The Philippine Star. Bank data covering the period from the week beginning August […]

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PM trade-dispute ruling ‘victory for common sense’

PM trade-dispute ruling ‘victory for common sense’

| December 21, 2015

While Australia has prevailed in an international legal dispute brought against it by Philip Morris, the decision is more a victory for common sense than a vindication of the government’s standardized packaging policy, according to a piece in The Age. The writer, Dr. Kyla Tienhaara, a research fellow at the Regulatory Institutions Network, College of […]

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Johor, Malaysia, turns the smoking clock back

Johor, Malaysia, turns the smoking clock back

| December 21, 2015

Many vapers in the Malaysian state of Johor are switching to smoking pipes and hand-rolled cigarettes in the run-up to the state-wide ban on vaping products that is due to take effect in under two weeks time, according to a story in The Star. One person quoted in the story, J. Jay Naidu, said that […]

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Tasmania looks to raise tobacco purchase age to 25

Tasmania looks to raise tobacco purchase age to 25

| December 21, 2015

A five-year strategic health plan published by the state government of Tasmania, Australia, includes a proposal to raise the legal age to purchase cigarettes to 21 or 25, according to a story in the Tasmania Mercury relayed by the TMA. The plan was described by the Health Minister Michael Ferguson as a “deliberately ambitious” plan […]

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US votes to decimate electronic cigarette industry

US votes to decimate electronic cigarette industry

| December 18, 2015

A major lobbying effort to save electronic cigarettes from falling victim to US federal regulation has failed, according to a story by Robert King for the Washington Examiner. King said that a $1.1 trillion spending bill released on Wednesday did not include a rider to change the ‘grandfather’ date in upcoming federal regulations governing electronic […]

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Tribunal rules against hearing plain packs challenge

Tribunal rules against hearing plain packs challenge

| December 18, 2015

An arbitration tribunal has declined jurisdiction to hear a challenge by Philip Morris Asia Ltd (PMAL) against standardized tobacco packaging legislation imposed by Australia. PMAL, a Hong Kong company that is the parent of Philip Morris Australia, brought the challenge under Australia’s 1993 Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (IPPA) with Hong Kong. “There is nothing […]

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Board changes at Hauni

Board changes at Hauni

| December 17, 2015

Juergen Spykman will become deputy chairman of Hauni Machinenbau’s executive board effective Jan. 1. In April he will succeed acting CEO Christopher Somm. Somm will then focus exclusively on his group executive board responsibilities. Somm will remain responsible for the company’s Business Area Tobacco and for Corporate Center Strategic Marketing and Sales. He will also […]

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PM: e-cigs can be path to better health for smokers

PM: e-cigs can be path to better health for smokers

| December 17, 2015

The UK’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, has described the role of electronic cigarettes in helping people quit smoking as being a “very legitimate path for many people to improve their health,” according to a Hansard report relayed by the TMA. On December 16, Hansard reported that the Conservative MP Mark Pawsey had asked Cameron about […]

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Indonesia raising excise with one eye on jobs

Indonesia raising excise with one eye on jobs

| December 17, 2015

Indonesia’s biggest cigarette producer, PT HM Sampoerna, has supported the government’s decision to keep the excise levy on hand-rolled cigarettes (SKT) unchanged at Rp80 (US$0.01) per cigarette, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. Sampoerna’s CEO Paul Norman Janelle said he appreciated the consideration the government had given to the impact tax policy had, […]

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Bulgaria aligning with Tobacco Products Directive

Bulgaria aligning with Tobacco Products Directive

| December 17, 2015

Bulgaria’s Cabinet has finalized amendments to the country’s tobacco legislation that will see the imposition of graphic health warnings on tobacco packs and a ban on ‘characterizing’ flavors in tobacco products, according to a story in the Sofia Globe. The amendments are aimed at transposing the provisions of the EU’s latest Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) […]

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Health expert questions idea of ‘defective’ cigarettes

Health expert questions idea of ‘defective’ cigarettes

| December 16, 2015

A public health expert in the US has pilloried the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) for asking consumers to notify it if cigarettes they buy are defective or contaminated. In a wry piece published on his website, Dr. Michael Siegel, a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University […]

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Imperial Tobacco proposes name migration

Imperial Tobacco proposes name migration

| December 16, 2015

The Imperial Tobacco Group has said that it plans to rename itself Imperial Brands, subject to approval by its shareholders at its annual general meeting in February, according to a Reuters report relayed by the TMA. The company was quoted as having said that the proposed new name ‘better reflects the dynamic, brand-focused business that […]

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Australians smoking less but getting fat

Australians smoking less but getting fat

| December 16, 2015

Australia’s latest national health survey has indicated that the country’s smoking incidence has declined by about seven percent since 2011-2012, according to a story by Greg Jericho for The Guardian, relayed by the TMA. The number of ex-smokers in Australia is now nearly double the number of its current smokers. The survey of 14,700 households […]

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CSi opens sales and service center in U.S.

CSi opens sales and service center in U.S.

| December 15, 2015

CSi, a global leader in product handling at the end of production and packaging lines, opened its sales and services organization in Chalfont, Pennsylvania, USA, on Nov. 1, marking its entry into the American market. The organization will provide sales and service for the entire country. Although CSi has conducted business with several American companies […]

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Azerbaijan bans GMO tobacco 

Azerbaijan bans GMO tobacco 

| December 15, 2015

Azerbaijan has implemented a ban on GMO tobacco, according to a story in the AzerNews. In addition to GMO tobacco, no GMO wine or cotton products can be imported to Azerbaijan or produced in the country, effective immediately. A series of amendments to the laws “On tobacco,” “On viticulture and winemaking” and “On the cotton” […]

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