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Motive for Uruguay tobacco tax rise questioned

Motive for Uruguay tobacco tax rise questioned

| January 27, 2016

Uruguayan storeowners believe that recent tobacco-product tax increases are aimed more at boosting government revenue than at reducing the number of smokers, according to a Latin American Herald Tribune story quoting the ‘trade association head’ Claudio Orrego. President Tabare Vazquez signed on Friday an executive order increasing the tax to 52.22 pesos (US$1.68) on a […]

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Myanmar looking to change tobacco tax rates

Myanmar looking to change tobacco tax rates

| January 27, 2016

Myanmar’s parliament has passed a new tax law for the coming fiscal year that, according to a story in The Myanmar Times, includes ‘a dizzying array of tax brackets for locally made cigarettes’. If it is approved by the president, the law will take effect on April 1, after the new National League for Democracy-led […]

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Imperial helping to fight malaria in Ivory Coast

Imperial helping to fight malaria in Ivory Coast

| January 27, 2016

Imperial Tobacco, through its Altadis Foundation, is supporting a number of projects in Africa, including a program aimed at tackling the spread of malaria. ‘The Foundation’s activities include a rebuilding project in the Ivory Coast, which will benefit 40,000 people, as well as ongoing support for the National Programme to Fight Malaria, which educates people on how to avoid […]

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Universal to host results webcast

Universal to host results webcast

| January 27, 2016

Universal Corporation is due to webcast a conference call on February 3 following the release of its results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016 after market close on that date. The conference call will begin at 17.00 Eastern Time and will be hosted by Candace C. Formacek, vice president and treasurer. The webcast […]

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New police unit to fight illegal trade in Ontario

New police unit to fight illegal trade in Ontario

| January 26, 2016

Canada’s National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT) yesterday welcomed the announcement of a new Contraband Tobacco Enforcement Team within the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). “With about one in three of all cigarettes purchased in the province being illegal, Ontario has the worst contraband tobacco problem in the country,” said Gary Grant, a 39-year veteran of […]

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Georgia aiming to expand cigar exports

Georgia aiming to expand cigar exports

| January 26, 2016

Cigars from Georgia’s Adjara region could soon appear on the shelves of shops in other countries if their manufacturer, Imeri, is successful in its current export campaign, according to a story on Agenda.ge. Imeri cigars have already been exported to Turkey, where they are available in duty free shops, and now the company is said […]

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JT announces launch of next-generation Ploom

JT announces launch of next-generation Ploom

| January 26, 2016

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it would launch the next generation of its Ploom ‘tobacco vapor’ device, Ploom TECH, and three types of ‘MEVIUS for Ploom TECH’ tobacco capsules. All products would be available in Japan from early March through nearly 900 stores in Fukuoka City and nationwide via a dedicated online store operated […]

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Alternative crops reduced to ‘next best option’

Alternative crops reduced to ‘next best option’

| January 26, 2016

To help India meet its ‘obligation’ to reduce leaf tobacco growing by 50 percent by 2020, the Tobacco Board in the state of Karnataka has decided to encourage tobacco farmers to switch to the “next best option”, according to a story by Laiqh A. Khan for the Hindu, relayed by the TMA. India’s ‘obligation’ is […]

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Quitting through knitting – a creative approach

Quitting through knitting – a creative approach

| January 26, 2016

A solution to the knotty problem of quitting smoking and avoiding weight gain has emerged from the field of crafts – specifically knitting. Knitting could also help to reduce tension when prisons go smoke free, though that is possibly a longer shot. In a blog in the New York Times, Jane E. Brody said that […]

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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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