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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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Young Singaporeans oppose proposed flavor ban

Young Singaporeans oppose proposed flavor ban

| January 11, 2016

Recently proposed anti-smoking regulations have been largely welcomed by young adult Singaporeans in a small survey conducted by The Sunday Times and reported on in The Straits Times. But they don’t like the idea that flavored cigarettes could be banned. Health authorities in Singapore are looking to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to […]

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EU struggles to agree on PMI-agreement negotiations

EU struggles to agree on PMI-agreement negotiations

| January 8, 2016

The European Commission says that it needs more time than foreseen to finish an assessment of a 12-year, anti-illicit-trade agreement with Philip Morris International, according to a euobserver story. The deal, which made PMI, the EU and its member states allies in the fight against the illicit trade in tobacco products and involved PMI paying […]

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JT injects some fizz into the Japanese market

JT injects some fizz into the Japanese market

| January 8, 2016

Japan Tobacco Inc. says that it is to launch three new Winston cigarettes that will provide a new, fizzy, refreshing sensation, and a sweetness never tasted before. Winston XS Sparkling Menthol 8 Box, Winston XS Sparkling Menthol 5 Box and Winston XS Sparkling Menthol One 100’s Box are due to be launched nationwide from late […]

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TPP official signing due next month

TPP official signing due next month

| January 8, 2016

Ministers of the 12 countries that negotiated the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal will formally sign the agreement on February 4 in New Zealand, according to a story in the New Zealand Herald quoting media reports and relayed by the TMA. Andres Rebolledo, director general of Chile’s International Economic Relations Bureau, reportedly confirmed the date. The TPP […]

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Punjab imposes ban on chewing tobacco production

Punjab imposes ban on chewing tobacco production

| January 8, 2016

The government of Punjab, India, yesterday ordered a ban on the production of gutka, pan masala, processed/flavored/scented chewing tobacco and food products containing tobacco or nicotine, according to an Indo-Asian News Service story. A report issued earlier in the day by the SinghStation had said that a previous ban on production of these products had […]

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Punjab lifts ban on chewing tobacco production

Punjab lifts ban on chewing tobacco production

| January 7, 2016

The Indian state of Punjab today lifted its ban on the manufacture of gutkha, pan masala and other processed, flavoured and scented ‘food’ products containing tobacco or nicotine, according to a story in the SinghStation. So the production of chewable tobacco products will now be allowed and only their storage, sale and distribution will be […]

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Mobile courts used to bring smokers to justice

Mobile courts used to bring smokers to justice

| January 7, 2016

A mobile court in Bangladesh has been employed to hear cases brought against people for smoking in public places, according to a story in the Dhaka Daily Star. On Tuesday, 17 people were said to have been fined for smoking on the premises of the deputy commissioner’s office and the chief metropolitan magistrate’s court. During […]

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Sacked Pakistan tobacco workers arrested

Sacked Pakistan tobacco workers arrested

| January 7, 2016

Police in the Swabi District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, are said to have arrested 35 former employees of Philip Morris (Pakistan) on the grounds of maintaining public order, according to a story published in The Nation. The district administration believed that the workers had threatened to kill themselves if the management of the company failed […]

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PMI and GPI discuss corporate split

PMI and GPI discuss corporate split

| January 6, 2016

Philip Morris International (PMI) is in talks with its Indian partner, Godfrey Philips India (GPI), for a possible splitting of GPI into two entities, with one focusing only on manufacturing and the other overseeing GPI brands, reports The Economic Times. Another option under consideration is a demerger of GPI into a real estate and a […]

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Reynolds American forms innovations subsidiary

Reynolds American forms innovations subsidiary

| January 6, 2016

Reynolds American Inc. said yesterday that it had formed a new subsidiary, RAI Innovations Company, focused on product development, innovation and commercialization of next-generation vapor and nicotine products. Carolyn C. Hanigan has been appointed president of RAI Innovations and is due to take up her new post on January 19. Hanigan has 20 years’ experience […]

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MRTP application made for low nicotine cigarette

MRTP application made for low nicotine cigarette

| January 6, 2016

Goodrich Tobacco Company (GTC) has submitted a Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) application to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). GTC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the plant biotechnology company, 22nd Century Group. GTC is said to be seeking a reduced exposure order so that 22nd Century’s ‘BRAND A’ very low nicotine cigarettes may […]

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Canada signals its standardized packaging intentions

Canada signals its standardized packaging intentions

| January 6, 2016

The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that he expects his health minister to introduce, as a matter of urgency, standardized packaging (PP) legislation for tobacco products, according to a story in the Ottawa Citizen relayed by the TMA. He wants the minister, Jane Philpott, to make it a top priority to introduce standardized […]

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E-cigarette study’s press release damaging to health

E-cigarette study’s press release damaging to health

| January 5, 2016

A leading US health expert has said that the most striking finding of a recent study, that e-cigarette aerosol had much lower cytotoxicity than did tobacco smoke, was hidden from the readers of a journal in which the study was published, the media and the public. Writing on his blog, Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor […]

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UK welcomes medicine suits for nicotine products

UK welcomes medicine suits for nicotine products

| January 5, 2016

Britain’s drug regulators have given the go-ahead for a British American Tobacco vaping device to be sold as a quit smoking aid, the first such product to be given a drug license in the UK, according to a story by Kate Kelland for Reuters. The decision to license BAT’s e-Voke product means it can now […]

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Call for tobacco sales ban for those born after 2000

Call for tobacco sales ban for those born after 2000

| January 5, 2016

The president of the Norwegian Medical Association, Marit Hermansen, has proposed that a ban be imposed on the sale of tobacco products to anyone born after 2000 as a first step to create a smoke-free society by 2035, according to a story in The Local relayed by the TMA. Although health spokespersons from the Conservative, […]

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Smokers fined for affecting neighbor’s quiet life

Smokers fined for affecting neighbor’s quiet life

| January 5, 2016

Taiwan’s New Taipei District Court ruled on Monday that a man and his son should pay NT$24,900 (US$753) to a woman for letting the smell of the smoke from their cigarettes enter their neighbor’s apartment, according to a story in The China Post. The woman, named only as Chen, filed a suit in court stating […]

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New Zealand using smokers as cash cows

New Zealand using smokers as cash cows

| January 4, 2016

The New Zealand government has been accused of using smokers as cash cows, according to a report by Ruth Hill for Radio New Zealand. The executive director of the Taxpayers’ Union, Jordan Williams was quoted as saying that a start-of-the-year 10 percent cigarette tax hike – the fourth and final scheduled increase – meant the […]

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