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Tobacco’s labor-intensive status questioned

Tobacco’s labor-intensive status questioned

| January 25, 2016

Thousands more jobs may be lost within the Indonesian tobacco industry as manufacturers increasingly turn from manual production methods to cheaper machine systems, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. Widyastuti Soerojo of the Public Health Scholars Association (IAKMI) said that about 15,000 tobacco workers had lost their jobs last year. In many cases, […]

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Spain to lose last Altadis cigarette factory in June

Spain to lose last Altadis cigarette factory in June

| January 25, 2016

Imperial Tobacco’s Altadis plans to close its last cigarette factory in Spain, according to an Agence France Presse story. The group’s cigarette sales in Spain have slumped by more than 45 percent in volume during the past five years due in part to regulatory pressures. A spokesperson who did not want to be named told […]

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Bahrain foils attempt to smuggle e-cigarettes

Bahrain foils attempt to smuggle e-cigarettes

| January 25, 2016

Customs officers in Bahrain have foiled an attempt to smuggle electronic cigarettes into the country, according to a note from the Kingdom Of Bahrain Information Affairs Authority. Customs Chief Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa was quoted as saying that seizure of the products had been made by customs officers at the Containers Control Department […]

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Punjab clamps down on e-cigarette e-commerce

Punjab clamps down on e-cigarette e-commerce

| January 25, 2016

A number of electronic cigarette sites that have been breaking the law by selling electronic cigarettes into the Punjab, India, have been told to quit their activities, according to a story on Punjabnewsexpress.com. On the directions of Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jiyani, the State Tobacco Control Cell has issued notices to various e-commerce sites that […]

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Bangladesh NGOs make drama of smoking scenes

Bangladesh NGOs make drama of smoking scenes

| January 25, 2016

Five private television channels in Bangladesh have been served with a legal notice asking them to stop showing smoking scenes in television dramas and other programs by January 31, according to a story in The Daily Star. The government was also served with a legal notice in connection with the campaign. Supreme Court lawyer Shahdeen […]

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Cambodia’s tobacco law suffering teething troubles

Cambodia’s tobacco law suffering teething troubles

| January 22, 2016

Cambodia’s ministries of health and information are working together to put some teeth into last year’s law restricting the advertisement of tobacco products to points of sale, according to a story in The Phnom Penh Post. During a workshop yesterday, ministry personnel, NGO staff and the media were said to have discussed cigarette companies’ non-compliance […]

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No trace of EU tobacco-pack tracking system

No trace of EU tobacco-pack tracking system

| January 22, 2016

The EU Commission has not selected the technology that it would prefer to use in tracking and tracing tobacco packs, according to a Politico.eu story relayed by the TMA. A ‘senior Commission official’ reportedly said that it was waiting on the results of a second feasibility study. The Commission is up against a May 2016 […]

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Radio Frequency Identification under fire in Russia

Radio Frequency Identification under fire in Russia

| January 22, 2016

In a letter sent to the Russian deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, the tobacco industry lobbying group Tabakprom and the Council for the Development of the Tobacco Industry have come out against the tobacco product tracking system due to take effect on January 1, 2017, according to a RosBusinessConsulting report relayed by the TMA. The […]

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Germany to ban menthol e-liquids

Germany to ban menthol e-liquids

| January 22, 2016

Germany is to ban e-liquids containing menthol and many other flavours when it transposes the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), according to a story by Barnaby Page for ECigIntelligence. Germany’s list of prohibited ingredients – which is not a complete ban on all flavours – also includes vitamins or other additives that might give consumers […]

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Third-class cigarettes losing ‘preferential’ tax status

Third-class cigarettes losing ‘preferential’ tax status

| January 22, 2016

Japan Tobacco Inc said today that it had applied to the Minister of Finance for approval to increase the retail prices of all of its 35 Mevius-brand cigarettes and those of six former third-class cigarettes, which are due to lose their preferential tax status. If approved, the price increases would take effect on April 1. […]

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UK taking strongly to electronic cigarettes

UK taking strongly to electronic cigarettes

| January 21, 2016

The number of adult Britons who used electronic cigarettes during 2015, at 2.6 million, was increased by 24 percent on that of 2014, according to a Trefis report citing figures from the anti-smoking charity ASH. The growth was said to have been driven by a rise in the number of ex-smokers using electronic cigarettes. A […]

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Zambia to stick with tobacco growing

Zambia to stick with tobacco growing

| January 21, 2016

Zambia’s deputy minister of Agriculture Maxas Ng’onga has ruled out for the time being at least the phasing out of tobacco production in the country, according to a NewsGhana.com story relayed by the TMA. The deputy minister was responding to calls from anti-tobacco groups that want to see tobacco cultivation phased out in line with […]

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Bangladeshi farmers decry tobacco production

Bangladeshi farmers decry tobacco production

| January 21, 2016

Farmers in the Lalmonirhat district of Bangladesh yesterday protested against the production of tobacco in their area, according to a story in The Financial Express. The farmers were demanding the imposition of strong policies against tobacco farming and adequate support for substitute crops. Hundreds of farmers were said to have taken part in a procession […]

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Emirati men coming forward to quit tobacco use

Emirati men coming forward to quit tobacco use

| January 21, 2016

Many young Emirati men are choosing to quit tobacco, according to a story in The National quoting local medical practitioners. “They are self referring and this is an encouraging sign, said Dr. Abdul Alkaddour, the head of preventive cardiology at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi. “There is an increased awareness among Emiratis.” Alkaddour […]

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FDA deeming regulations raise animal testing fears

FDA deeming regulations raise animal testing fears

| January 20, 2016

Concerns are being expressed among groups involved in the protection of non-human animals about the number of animal tests that could be required or encouraged by the US Food and Drug Administration’s proposed electronic-cigarette deeming regulations. As things stand under the proposed regulations, all electronic cigarettes placed on the US market after February 15, 2007, […]

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Smuggling reigns supreme amid Cyprus chaos

Smuggling reigns supreme amid Cyprus chaos

| January 20, 2016

Cigarette and tobacco smuggling is booming in Cyprus, costing the state millions of euro in uncollected taxes, according to a story in the Cyprus Mail quoting members of parliament. Known individuals are said to be behind the illegal trade. The House Watchdog Committee discussed the illegal trade in the wake of the seizure of 19.5 […]

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Taking action on tobacco farm worker exploitation

Taking action on tobacco farm worker exploitation

| January 20, 2016

Malawi’s Labour and Manpower Development Minister Henry Mussa has said the government is considering abolishing the country’s tobacco tenancy system and making it mandatory for farm owners to pay their workers regular wages, according to a story in the Malawi Voice relayed by the TMA. It has called for the amendment of the Employment Act […]

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PM Thailand tax-evasion charges head for court

PM Thailand tax-evasion charges head for court

| January 20, 2016

Thailand’s Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) has filed in the criminal court a multi-billion-baht tax evasion lawsuit against Philip Morris Thailand (PMTL), according to a story by King-Oua Laohong for the Bangkok Post. PMTL’s management says that the lawsuit is ‘without merit and unjust’. The indictment was issued on Monday by the OAG against PMTL […]

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KT&G’s overseas sales overtake domestic sales

KT&G’s overseas sales overtake domestic sales

| January 19, 2016

KT&G’s overseas cigarette sales surpassed its domestic sales for the first time last year, The Korea Herald has reported. According to the company’s annual sales report for 2015, it sold 46.5 billion cigarettes outside Korea, including those manufactured in Korea for export and those produced by its overseas units. Its domestic sales stood at 40.6 […]

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Farmer registration fall not reflected in area planted

Farmer registration fall not reflected in area planted

| January 19, 2016

The number of farmers who registered to grow tobacco during Zimbabwe’s 2015-16 season declined by 20 percent year-on-year to 70,412, according to a story in the Herald citing figures from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board. At the same time, the area planted to tobacco is said to have dropped by four percent to 89,559 […]

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Seoul moves to constrict tobacco smoking further

Seoul moves to constrict tobacco smoking further

| January 19, 2016

Tobacco smoking will be banned outside all subway station exits in Seoul, South Korea, from April, according to a story in The Korea Times citing a statement by Seoul’s metropolitan government. A revision to an ordinance will mean that it will be an offence to smoke within a 10-meter radius of exits and that violators […]

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80th birthday celebration for Solstickan boy

80th birthday celebration for Solstickan boy

| January 19, 2016

Swedish Match is celebrating the 80th birthday of the Solstickan boy, who has been portrayed since 1936 on most match boxes sold in Sweden. ‘For every product sold under the Solstickan brand, a portion of sales goes to The Solstickan Foundation,’ says a note posted on the company’s website. ‘The foundation works for the benefit […]

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Scandinavian Tobacco plans public offering

Scandinavian Tobacco plans public offering

| January 18, 2016

Danish cigar and pipe tobacco manufacturer Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) is planning an initial public offering on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange, with its owners intending to sell as much as 40 percent of existing shares on an equal basis, reports Bloomberg. STG is currently owned 49 percent by Swedish Match and 51 percent by the […]

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FDA can use menthol report, after all

FDA can use menthol report, after all

| January 18, 2016

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) right to use its Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee’s (TPSAC) menthol report. The ruling overturns a lower court’s 2014 ruling prohibiting the FDA from using the report. The TPSAC report concluded that menthol cigarettes are no more […]

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Companies reporting correctly on seized cigarettes

Companies reporting correctly on seized cigarettes

| January 18, 2016

There has been no evidence of incorrect reporting by tobacco manufacturers in relation to the provenance of cigarettes seized within the EU. Under agreements between the four major multinational tobacco manufacturers, the EU Commission and member states; it is the manufacturers that are responsible for identifying whether seized cigarettes are genuine or counterfeit. A penalty […]

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