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Some US tobacco settlement bonds at risk as cigarette consumption falls

Some US tobacco settlement bonds at risk as cigarette consumption falls

| December 6, 2012

Officials in California have tapped reserves for payments on two series of state tobacco bonds due to the state’s receiving ‘insufficient’ tobacco settlement revenue, according to a Reuters story quoting notices filed with the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board on Monday. The draws indicate how municipal bond issuers that sold debt backed by settlement revenue must […]

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Birds de-fouling their own nests

Birds de-fouling their own nests

| December 6, 2012

Birds in Mexico City are keeping their nests warm and pest-free by lining them with cigarette butts, according to a BBC Online story quoting a study by researchers at St Andrews University. The nicotine and other chemicals in discarded filters are said to act as ‘a natural pesticide’ that repels parasitic mites. At the same […]

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US cigarette pack warning block remains in force after appeals court decision

US cigarette pack warning block remains in force after appeals court decision

| December 6, 2012

An appeals court yesterday denied theUSfederal government’s request to reconsider a decision blocking a requirement that tobacco companies put large graphic health warnings on cigarette packs to show that smoking can disfigure and kill, according to a story by Michael Felberbaum for Associated Press. In its filings, the US Court of Appeals inWashington,DC, did not […]

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Minister speaks out against leaf price anomalies during Zimbabwe sales

Minister speaks out against leaf price anomalies during Zimbabwe sales

| December 6, 2012

Zimbabwe’s Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister, Dr. Joseph Made, has said that the use of price ‘barriers’ during the 2012 tobacco sales season should not be allowed to continue next year, according to a story in The Herald. In a speech read on his behalf at a National Tobacco Workshop to mark the end […]

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FDA issues form for reporting ‘potential’ violations of tobacco control act

FDA issues form for reporting ‘potential’ violations of tobacco control act

| December 6, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) says that it is providing ‘the public and other stakeholders’ with another option for reporting ‘potential’ violations of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act), and related regulations. It is doing this by making available its new ‘Potential tobacco product violations […]

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Diminishing personal autonomy unacceptable in a free society

Diminishing personal autonomy unacceptable in a free society

| December 5, 2012

The licensing of smokers, the anti-tobacco movement’s latest proposal to ‘denormalize’ smoking, confirms that public-health elites suffer from Mary Poppins Syndrome: They won’t rest until we’re all practically perfect in every way. So says the Cato Institute adjunct scholar, Dr. Patrick Basham, in a response to a piece in the journal PLOS Medicine by Simon […]

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Employers can easily extend smoking ban to electronic cigarette vaping

Employers can easily extend smoking ban to electronic cigarette vaping

| December 5, 2012

Croner, part of the global information services business, Wolters Kluwer, says that it has seen a ‘substantial’ rise in calls to its advice lines from UK employers concerned about the use of e-cigarettes at work, according to a press note issued through PRNewswire. “From a legal perspective as e-cigarettes are not lit then there is […]

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Karnataka prices up on those of last year

Karnataka prices up on those of last year

| December 5, 2012

Tobacco growers in the Indian state of Karnataka had sold about 25 million kg of leaf at an average price of Rs121.92 a kg by the end of the first 45 days of auctions, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter quoting figures from the Tobacco Board of […]

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Bulgaria to consider adult approach to public places smoking restrictions

Bulgaria to consider adult approach to public places smoking restrictions

| December 5, 2012

The ban on smoking in public places in Bulgaria could be eased during the first sitting of parliament next year, according to a story in the Standart. Proposed new amendments to the Public Health Act, which would allow smoking in pubs and night clubs after 22.00 hours, are said to be supported by MPs from […]

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Plain packaging support figures inflated

Plain packaging support figures inflated

| December 5, 2012

The smokers’ group Forest has dismissed claims by Cancer Research that nearly two in three Britons support plans to introduce plain packaging of tobacco in theUK. Forestsays a recent government consultation on standardised packaging of tobacco attracted around 700,000 responses, half a million of them opposed to plain packaging. “Forest alone submitted over a quarter […]

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Appeal made for national gutkha ban

Appeal made for national gutkha ban

| December 5, 2012

The Chief Minister of the Indian state of Kerala, Oommen Chandy, has asked the country’s Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, to implement an India-wide ban on the chewing tobacco product known as gutkha, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. By bringing in such a ban, Chandy said,Indiawould send […]

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India’s tobacco exports soar

India’s tobacco exports soar

| December 4, 2012

The value of tobacco exports from India grew by 26 per cent during the first half of this financial year (April-September), according to a story in a recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter quoting the chairman of the Tobacco Board, G. Kamala Vardhana Rao. Rao said that the outlook was bright and that […]

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Plain packaging bill in India

Plain packaging bill in India

| December 4, 2012

A private member’s bill submitted by a member of the parliament of the Indian state of Orissa seeks to have plain packaging imposed on all tobacco products sold throughout the country, according to a story in a recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The bill would require that a statutory warning occupy at […]

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Further restrictions in South Korea

Further restrictions in South Korea

| December 4, 2012

A revised bill that tightens restrictions on tobacco smoking in South Korea was passed on Monday and will come into force on Saturday, according to a report by Kim Hyun-bin for Arirang TV & Radio. All restaurants over 150 square meters in area will have to restrict tobacco smoking on their premises to designated enclosed […]

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No rooms for smoking tourists

No rooms for smoking tourists

| December 4, 2012

Saudi Arabia’s General Commission for Tourism and Antiquities has imposed a ban on smoking at all enclosed tourist facilities, according to a story by Habib Toumi for Gulf News, quoting local news reports. The ban includes hotels and furnished apartments. The Commission said that the ban was based on an interior ministry circular about eliminating […]

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They fought the law but the law won

They fought the law but the law won

| December 4, 2012

Tobacco industry representatives in the British Crown Dependency of Guernsey have said that they will work with parliament on new legislation regulating the sale of cigarettes, according to a BBC Online story. The industry had opposed plans for annual licensing and a ban on shop workers under the age of 18, but now says it […]

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Christmas card is at the cutting edge

Christmas card is at the cutting edge

| December 4, 2012

This year’s Christmas card from Iggesund Paperboard could well become a collector’s piece. It has been produced by the van Heertum Design agency, which has made a name for itself by not flinching from design commissions that demand both complex printing and intricate finishing. The motif is a starry sky with depictions of reindeer and […]

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Tobacco Products Directive, like Christmas, is coming …

Tobacco Products Directive, like Christmas, is coming …

| December 3, 2012

The newly-appointed European Commissioner for health and consumer affairs, Dr. Tonio Borg, is said to have forwarded the proposed new Tobacco Products Directive to the Commissioner’s College for vetting and approval, according to a Malta Today story of December 2. This may pave the way for the proposal and previous directive drafts to be seen, before […]

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Packaging, tick: now the targets are additives, nicotine and a timed ban

Packaging, tick: now the targets are additives, nicotine and a timed ban

| December 3, 2012

Welcoming the imposition in Australia on Saturday of mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products, an anti-tobacco campaigner said there was still more that could be done, according to an Australian Associated Press (AAP) story. From December 1,Australiahas required that all tobacco products be sold in ‘plain packaging’ – packaging designed on behalf of the government […]

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Imperial and its Kiev employees help spruce up local park

Imperial and its Kiev employees help spruce up local park

| December 3, 2012

A number of Imperial Tobacco’s Ukraine-based employees have spent a weekend sprucing up a park in the capital Kiev as part of an ongoing community investment partnership. Around 30 Imperial people from different functions came together for the urban rejuvenation project in the Golosiivsky district, near to Imperial’s offices on the outskirts of the city. […]

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