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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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