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Indian government asked to spread tax burden

Indian government asked to spread tax burden

| February 25, 2015

Ahead of the 2015 budget, the Tobacco Institute of India has been calling on the country’s government to widen the tax base to include all tobacco products, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The budget is due to be presented to the Indian parliament by the Finance […]

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Sporting role for Thailand’s smokers

Sporting role for Thailand’s smokers

| February 25, 2015

Thai smokers, who already contribute to the Thai Health Promotion Foundation and the Thai Public Broadcasting Services, will soon be providing money to help the country’s sporting efforts, according to a story in the Bangkok Post. Retail prices for cigarettes and alcoholic drinks are said to be likely to go up by several baht next […]

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Swisher sets up vapor business

Swisher sets up vapor business

| February 24, 2015

Swisher International is creating a new company, E-Alternative Solutions (EAS) to develop, market and distribute for the rapidly growing vapor market. Swisher’s senior vice president for sales and marketing will serve as the CEO of EAS. “We have been carefully reviewing the e-cigarette space for a while through market research, customer feedback and in-depth reviews […]

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Wording dispute over tobacco companies’ mea culpa

Wording dispute over tobacco companies’ mea culpa

| February 24, 2015

The US’ biggest tobacco companies have asked a federal appeals court to set aside a series of court-ordered ‘advertisements’ saying they lied about the dangers of smoking, according to an Associated Press story. The companies told a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals in Washington that they are ready and willing to pass […]

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MEP opposes Commission’s e-cigarette tax plans

MEP opposes Commission’s e-cigarette tax plans

| February 24, 2015

The member of the European Parliament representing North West England, Paul Nuttall, has spoken out against news that the European Commission is ‘considering hiking up tax on healthier electronic cigarettes,’ according to a note posted on the website of the UKIP party, of which Nuttall is deputy leader. The Commission is said to have asked […]

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South Korea holding the line on huge price increases

South Korea holding the line on huge price increases

| February 24, 2015

In the face of widespread opposition, a senior politician in South Korea on Monday took a step back from his efforts to introduce low-price cigarettes, according to a story in The Korea Times. Ruling Saenuri Party floor leader, Representative Yoo Seong-min, had instructed the party’s policy committee on February 17 to review ways to introduce […]

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