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Hungarian state to monopolize tobacco sales from July next year

Hungarian state to monopolize tobacco sales from July next year

| September 13, 2012

Hungary’s parliament on Tuesday passed a law that establishes a state monopoly for the retail sale of tobacco products from July 1, 2013, according to a realdeal.hu story. The bill, submitted by the ruling Fidesz party in December, will require shop owners to acquire a concession from the state to sell tobacco products. And it […]

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Karnataka growers told not to panic over e-auctioning postponement

Karnataka growers told not to panic over e-auctioning postponement

| September 13, 2012

India’s former prime minister, H D Deve Gowda, yesterday appealed to tobacco growers in Karnataka not to yield to pressure from merchants and resort to distress sales of their leaf, according to a Deccan Herald story. Addressing reporters in the state capital, Bengaluru, Gowda said that following the Tobacco Board’s decision to postpone e-auctioning, growers […]

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Australian health insurers foiled in attempt to charge smokers more

Australian health insurers foiled in attempt to charge smokers more

| September 13, 2012

Australia’s Health Minister, Tanya Plibersek, has ruled out allowing health funds to charge smokers more than they charge non-smokers, according to a report by Fiona Willan for ninemsn. ”The government requires all private health insurers to offer community-rated health insurance,” Plibersek said. ”This ensures that the premium paid by consumers for a private health insurance […]

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Deskbound? Try a virtual laboratory tour courtesy of Filtrona

Deskbound? Try a virtual laboratory tour courtesy of Filtrona

| September 13, 2012

Filtrona Scientific Services (FSS) is inviting existing and perspective customers to take a virtual tour of its recently expanded, state-of-the-art testing laboratory. The room-by-room online tour provides viewers with a behind-the-scenes look at the FSS laboratory, which is inNewcastle,UK, and which recently increased its testing capabilities. The laboratory is said to offer customers a ‘complete […]

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PMI dividend increased by 10.4 per cent

PMI dividend increased by 10.4 per cent

| September 13, 2012

The board of directors of Philip Morris International yesterday increased the company’s regular quarterly dividend by 10.4 per cent to an annualized rate of $3.40 per share. The new quarterly dividend of $0.85 per share, up from $0.77 per share, is payable on October 11 to stockholders of record as of September 27. The ex-dividend […]

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Hail & Cotton – Global Sales Director

Hail & Cotton – Global Sales Director

| September 12, 2012

2500 South Main Street Springfield, Tennessee USA www.hailcottonintl.com Now Hiring – Global Sales Director Hail & Cotton International Group (“HCIG”), recognized world-wide as a quality supplier of all types of leaf tobacco, is actively recruiting for the position of Global Sales Director. This position will report directly to the President and will oversee an experienced […]

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Brussels workshop on packaging unhealthy products

Brussels workshop on packaging unhealthy products

| September 12, 2012

A workshop on ‘Packaging of unhealthy products’ is to be held at the European parliament inBrusselson September 19. The workshop is being organized by the Policy Department A-Economy and Science for the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Safety. It will be held from 12.30 hours until 14.30 hours in Room ASP A3G3. Part […]

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Yunnan seeks cigarette quota boost to aid in earthquake reconstruction

Yunnan seeks cigarette quota boost to aid in earthquake reconstruction

| September 12, 2012

Yunnanprovince’s application for an increased quota on cigarette production to boost tobacco tax and help with earthquake disaster relief has ignited public criticism inChina, according to a story by Shan Juan for The China Daily and quoting china.org.cn. A number of earthquakes hit a mountainous area ofYunnanon September 7, leaving 81 people dead and 821 […]

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New General design is contemporary but has links to 150 years of history

New General design is contemporary but has links to 150 years of history

| September 12, 2012

Swedish Match (SM) is giving a new appearance to all of the variants that make up its General brand of snus so as to give them a more uniform design. In a press note posted on its website, SM said General wasSweden’s most widely sold snus and that it was growing in popularity in other […]

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Australia growing unwell

Australia growing unwell

| September 12, 2012

InAustralia, young people are smoking less but the nation’s waistline is growing, according to an Associated Press story quoting a new report into health risk factors. The report, released on Tuesday by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), compared key risk factors for health, including being overweight, being obese, being physically inactive, having […]

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Danish government caves in to EU call for ban on less risky tobacco product

Danish government caves in to EU call for ban on less risky tobacco product

| September 11, 2012

The Danish government is capitulating in the face of EU demands that it bans all forms of snus, according to a story in the Copenhagen Post. Although the sale of pouched snus is banned inDenmark, it is currently legal to sell loose snus there. The capitulation comes following a formal notice in June from the […]

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Little correlation between cigarette prices and adult smoking rates

Little correlation between cigarette prices and adult smoking rates

| September 11, 2012

South Korea’s cigarettes are the least expensive in the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), while the country’s smoking rate is the group’s second highest, according to a Korea Herald story quoting figures from the European Commission. The Commission surveyed the prices of the best-selling products in 22 OECD member nations this year. At […]

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Workplace smoking in China targeted in joint campaign by health authorities

Workplace smoking in China targeted in joint campaign by health authorities

| September 11, 2012

Chinese and US health authorities on Friday launched a joint campaign aimed at promoting smoke-free workplaces in China, according to a China Daily story relayed by Tobacco China Online. Established by China’s Ministry of Health and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the China-US Partnership on Smoke-free Workplaces has pledged to recruit […]

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Whistle-blowing rendered multi-lingual and confidential at Imperial

Whistle-blowing rendered multi-lingual and confidential at Imperial

| September 11, 2012

Imperial Tobacco has introduced a new confidential hotline to enable those connected with its business to raise concerns about possible malpractice. In a note on its website, Imperial said that, as a responsible business, it had procedures in place for allowing its employees, suppliers and contractors to speak up: a process often known as whistle-blowing. […]

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English smokers being encourage to give up for 28 days – and longer

English smokers being encourage to give up for 28 days – and longer

| September 10, 2012

Smokers inEnglandare being encouraged to stop smoking for 28 days from October 1, according to a note on the Department of Health’s Media Centre website. The campaign, Stoptober, is based on research showing that ‘those who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smoke-free’. Presumably, the unfinished comparison is with […]

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China’s cigarette output up 1.8 per cent during first seven months

China’s cigarette output up 1.8 per cent during first seven months

| September 10, 2012

Cigarette production inChinaduring the first seven months of this year, at about 1,500 billion, was up by 1.81 per cent on that of the first seven months of 2011, according to a Tobacco China Online story. During July, cigarette production reached about 192 billion, which was up by 1.58 per cent on that of July […]

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There’s no place like home for smokers on Queensland’s Gold Coast

There’s no place like home for smokers on Queensland’s Gold Coast

| September 10, 2012

Smokers are being banned from lighting up on balconies in a move that could soon be extended to apartments in the Gold Coast region ofQueensland,Australia, according to a story by Jessica Elder for the Gold Coast Bulletin. In effect, many high-rise buildings would become smoke-free. Buildings inMainBeach, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach already have bans in […]

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BAT shows how to weigh up a puff of smoke

BAT shows how to weigh up a puff of smoke

| September 10, 2012

A novel technique developed by scientists at British American Tobacco has made it possible to weigh the amount of smoke a person is likely exposed to when they take a puff of a cigarette. ‘The development of this technique is part of on-going tobacco science research to develop tools and approaches to understand smoking in […]

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Plain packaging protests by tobacconists

Plain packaging protests by tobacconists

| September 7, 2012

Tobacconists in six EU countries yesterday demonstrated against measures being considered by the European Commission to restrict cigarette packaging and display, according to a story by Dave Keating for the European Voice. As part of a proposed revision of the EU’s tobacco products directive scheduled to be put forward by the end of the year, […]

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Vote next week on Hungary’s proposed state tobacco distribution monopoly

Vote next week on Hungary’s proposed state tobacco distribution monopoly

| September 7, 2012

Hungary’s national assembly will open its autumn session on Monday with a vote on a law aimed at creating a state tobacco distribution monopoly high on its agenda, according to an All Hungary Media Group story quoting the parliament’s press service. The final vote on the tobacco law is due to be held on Tuesday. […]

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