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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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China’s tobacco industry increasingly important

China’s tobacco industry increasingly important

| January 18, 2016

The tobacco industry contributed more than Yuan1.1 trillion to China’s state revenue last year, 20.2 percent more than it handed over in 2014, according to a story in The China Daily citing official data from the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration. The industry accounted for 6.49 percent of state revenue in 2014, and that figure is […]

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Tobacco sellers protest about ‘licensing system’

Tobacco sellers protest about ‘licensing system’

| January 18, 2016

Cigarette and bidi sellers in Himachal Pradesh, India, on Saturday protested against the government’s decision to make registration compulsory for tobacco-product vendors, according to a story in The Hindu Online. The previous day the cabinet had decided to make registration compulsory, though it was not explained why it had thought this was a necessary step. […]

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Daly resigns from RAI’s board

Daly resigns from RAI’s board

| January 18, 2016

John P. Daly has resigned from Reynolds American Inc’s board of directors, effective February 4. Daly has served on RAI’s board since December 2010, one of five members designated by Brown & Williamson Holdings (B&W), a subsidiary of British American Tobacco (BAT), under the terms of the 2004 governance agreement, as amended, between RAI, B&W […]

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Turkmenistan bans tobacco sales

Turkmenistan bans tobacco sales

| January 15, 2016

The government of Turkmenistan has banned the sale of all tobacco products, reports the BBC. Shops caught selling cigarettes are facing fines of up to tmt6,900 ($1,680), according to Chrono-TM, an independent website operating from Vienna. The State Service for Protecting the Security of a Healthy Society, which previously focused on combating drugs, has been […]

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Selling tobacco to minors now a serious offence

Selling tobacco to minors now a serious offence

| January 15, 2016

Selling tobacco products to minors in India is now punishable with a jail term of up to seven years and a Rs100,000 fine, according to a story in the Hindustan Times. These punishments are said to be provided for within the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, which was passed by parliament […]

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JT’s domestic volume down by 2.8 percent in 2015

JT’s domestic volume down by 2.8 percent in 2015

| January 15, 2016

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during December, at 9.9 billion, was down by 2.1 percent on that of December 2014, 10.2 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The December 2014 figure was down by 2.3 percent on that of December 2013. Volume during January-December, at 109.2 billion, was down […]

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Molecular ‘switch’ could be key to nicotine’s effects

Molecular ‘switch’ could be key to nicotine’s effects

| January 15, 2016

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in California, US, have discovered that a lipid (fat molecule) in brain cells may act as a ‘switch’ to increase or decrease the motivation to consume nicotine. ‘The team’s findings in animal models point to a way that a drug might someday return this lipid to normal levels, […]

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Altria to host full-year results webcast

Altria to host full-year results webcast

| January 15, 2016

The Altria Group is due to host a live audio webcast from 09.00 Eastern Time on January 28 to discuss its 2015 fourth-quarter and full-year business results. The company will issue a press note with its results about 07:00 on the same day. During the webcast, Altria’s chairman, CEO and president Marty Barrington, and CFO […]

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Beijing students have easy access to tobacco

Beijing students have easy access to tobacco

| January 14, 2016

Students in Beijing, China, have easy access to tobacco products and are regularly exposed to tobacco advertising, according to a story in The China Daily citing a new report. Regulations that took effect on June 1 banned tobacco sales to minors and all tobacco sales within 100 meters of schools. But the report, issued on […]

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JT completes Natural American Spirit acquisition

JT completes Natural American Spirit acquisition

| January 14, 2016

Reynolds American Inc. said yesterday that it had completed the sale of the international rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and associated trademarks to the Japan Tobacco Group (JT Group). The sale, which included also the international companies that distribute and market the brand outside the US, was an all-cash transaction valued at […]

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Dry weather threatening Malawi’s tobacco harvest

Dry weather threatening Malawi’s tobacco harvest

| January 14, 2016

Malawi’s Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) has suggested that dry weather so far this season could result in low tobacco yields across the country, according to a StarAfrica.com story. Speaking in Lilongwe on Tuesday, TCC CEO Albert Changaya said most parts of the country had not received rain since December. The crop’s volume could be “heavily […]

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Delfortgroup buys Mundet

Delfortgroup buys Mundet

| January 13, 2016

Delfortgroup has agreed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the Mundet group. Mundet has manufacturing sites in Virginia and Tennessee in the United States and in Toluca, Mexico. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016. With the acquisition of Mundet, Delfortgroup enhances […]

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Debate rages over curing wood use in Karnataka

Debate rages over curing wood use in Karnataka

| January 13, 2016

More than 300 ha of forest are lost annually in the Indian state of Karnataka to tobacco curing, which devours an estimated 700,000 tons of fuel-wood, according to a story by Meera Bhardwaj for the New Indian Express. Recent studies are said to have indicated that about eight kg of fuel-wood is required to cure […]

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Weighty argument favors quitting with e-cigarettes

Weighty argument favors quitting with e-cigarettes

| January 13, 2016

A study published in the journal Nature has found those who quit or cut down on smoking using electronic cigarettes are less vulnerable to weight gain than those who don’t vape during cessation, according to a story by Guy Bentley for The Daily Caller relayed by the TMA. The randomized controlled trial conducted by Dr. […]

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England cutting back on smoking quit services

England cutting back on smoking quit services

| January 13, 2016

About forty percent of local authorities in England are cutting budgets to stop smoking services according to a new Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) report published by Cancer Research UK (CR UK). “Thousands of people will want to quit smoking this New Year and free stop smoking services provided by local councils provide vital […]

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Godfrey Philips attracting international interest

Godfrey Philips attracting international interest

| January 13, 2016

Japan Tobacco International is in talks with the KK Modi Group to acquire part of its 47 percent stake in the Indian cigarette manufacturer Godfrey Philips India (GPI), according to a Financial Express story relayed by the TMA. The move is seen as a possible attempt by JTI to re-enter the Indian market, which it […]

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Belgium’s ‘excess-profits’ tax breaks declared illegal

Belgium’s ‘excess-profits’ tax breaks declared illegal

| January 12, 2016

Belgium’s tax breaks to about 35 multinationals, reportedly including British American Tobacco, have been found to violate EU state aid rules, according to an Agence France Presse story relayed by the TMA. The EU Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, was said to have ordered that the companies hand over €700 million (US$762.3 million) in unpaid taxes. […]

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UK government consulting on e-cigarette fees

UK government consulting on e-cigarette fees

| January 12, 2016

The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is asking for feedback on proposals to introduce fees for issuing notifications allowing electronic cigarettes to be placed on the UK market. The notifications are a requirement of the new EU Tobacco Products Directive. The consultation is due to close on January 29 and the implementation […]

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New Zealand missing 2025 smoke-free-status goals

New Zealand missing 2025 smoke-free-status goals

| January 12, 2016

Leading tobacco researchers and public health advocates have accused the New Zealand government of not doing enough to address the causes of tobacco-related harm among Māori, according to a Māori Television report. Māori smoking rates are said to have hardly changed since 2011. The researchers have produced a review of the government’s actions following publication […]

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AR Packaging partners with Maju Jaya Sarana Grafika

AR Packaging partners with Maju Jaya Sarana Grafika

| January 11, 2016

ÅR Packaging Group and Maju Jaya Sarana Grafika have agreed to cooperate in the manufacture, procurement, sale and marketing in Indonesia of packages made out of cardboard or other materials in combination with cardboard. ”We are pleased with this agreement and look forward to a successful collaboration with Maju Jaya Sarana Grafika,” says Peter Aichhorn, […]

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Smokers provide huge revenue boost in Korea

Smokers provide huge revenue boost in Korea

| January 11, 2016

The government of South Korea’s predictions concerning the likely effects of its almost doubling the price of cigarettes on January 1, 2015, were off target by some way, according to a story in The Korea Herald. It underestimated the additional tax revenue that it would receive and overestimated the fall in cigarette sales that would […]

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Smoking incidence increases in Taiwan

Smoking incidence increases in Taiwan

| January 11, 2016

The incidence of smoking in Taiwan last year, at 17.1 percent, was up by 0.7 of a percentage point from that of 2014, 16.4 percent, according to a story in The China Post. This was the first year-on-year increase in seven years, the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) reported. The 17.1 percent incidence translates into a […]

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Vaping fatwa not binding on Malaysian states

Vaping fatwa not binding on Malaysian states

| January 11, 2016

Lawyers have questioned the enforceability of the fatwa (edict)-based ban on vaping in Malaysian states, noting that health is under federal, not state, jurisdiction, and that the Islamic edict has not been gazetted, according to a story in the Malay Mail Online. Civil liberties lawyer Syahredzan Johan said a national fatwa was not binding on […]

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