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Tax rise decision provides climate for exploitation

Tax rise decision provides climate for exploitation

| January 4, 2016

Cigarettes have been disappearing quickly from the shelves of retailers in Kuwait in anticipation of a huge tax increase, according to an Arab Times story. The Gulf Co-operation Council states in November approved a 100 percent tax increase on tobacco products, but the decision has not been implemented, leading to allegations of hoarding and price […]

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Stores told not to sell tobacco while serving food

Stores told not to sell tobacco while serving food

| January 4, 2016

The Anti-Smoking Task Force (ASTF) of Davao City, the Philippines, has warned the convenience store chain 7-Eleven that it should either stop selling cigarettes or risk its business permit. The ASTF alleges that a number of convenience stores in the city are selling cigarettes while serving food at the same time, which is prohibited. Domilyn […]

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Nowhere to smoke in 2016? Try Brighton beach

Nowhere to smoke in 2016? Try Brighton beach

| December 31, 2015

Cheer up; 2015 wasn’t all doom and gloom from tobacco’s point of view. The UK’s pro-smoker group Forest (Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Tobacco) describes in a round-up of the year how it, its supporters and others were successful in defeating a proposal that would have seen smoking banned on the beaches and […]

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Cigarette taxes three times smoker healthcare costs

Cigarette taxes three times smoker healthcare costs

| December 31, 2015

A cigarette excise tax hike due to be imposed in New Zealand on January 1 will represent a “broken election promise”, according to a Newstalk ZB story quoting the executive director of the Taxpayers’ Union, Jordan Williams. The story, which was relayed by the TMA, said the 10 percent excise increase was the last of […]

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New Year pits tobacco past against nicotine future

New Year pits tobacco past against nicotine future

| December 31, 2015

As Malaysia prepares to enter the New Year, it, like a number of other countries, is engaged in a tug-of-war between the past, represented by tobacco, and the future, represented by nicotine. According to a story in the Gulf News, Dubai, vaping-product use in Malaysia is ‘soaring’ as smokers turn instinctively to what is a […]

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BAT Korea appoints new CEO

BAT Korea appoints new CEO

| December 30, 2015

Erik Stoel has been appointed CEO of British American Tobacco Korea, effective Jan. 1. He succeeds Guy Meldrum who has been transferred as head of BAT Australasia. “Over the past three years, in his role as marketing director of BAT Korea, Mr. Stoel has made a substantial contribution to the company by strengthening the company’s […]

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Serbia to move from smoking restrictions to bans

Serbia to move from smoking restrictions to bans

| December 30, 2015

Serbia will next year impose a ban on tobacco smoking in all enclosed public places, according to a Radio B92 report quoting a story in the Blic newspaper. The current law allows smoking in bars, restaurants and cafés with floor areas greater than 80 square meters, where owners are able to set aside at least […]

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Zimbabwe’s flue-cured crop under pressure

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured crop under pressure

| December 30, 2015

Tobacco growers have started to harvest Zimbabwe’s tobacco crop, which is expected to be smaller than that of last year, according to a story in The Herald. The volume, though not yet officially estimated, is expected to be down because some growers have quit the crop or reduced their plantings in response to low prices […]

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Singapore proposing ban on menthol cigarettes

Singapore proposing ban on menthol cigarettes

| December 30, 2015

Singapore’s health authorities are proposing to ban menthol and other flavored cigarettes, to require cigarettes to be sold in standardized packs, and to raise the minimum tobacco smoking age from 18 to 21, according to a story in the Straits Times. The Health Promotion Board (HPB), along with the Health Ministry and the Health Sciences […]

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China added 15 million smokers in past five years

China added 15 million smokers in past five years

| December 29, 2015

At 27 percent, China’s adult smoking prevalence is at the same level now as it was in 2010, but the total smoking population has risen by 15 million to 316 million, according to an Ecns.cn story citing the results of a recent national survey. Currently, more than half of Chinese adult men and 2.7 percent […]

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India’s domestic cigarette consumption falls

India’s domestic cigarette consumption falls

| December 29, 2015

Domestic cigarette consumption in India during the financial year 2014-15, at 93.2 billion, was down by 10 billion from that of 2012-13, according to a Times of India story relayed by the TMA and citing the latest data presented in parliament by the Ministry of Health. At the same time, domestic cigarette production fell from […]

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Scottish health boards reconsider vaping bans

Scottish health boards reconsider vaping bans

| December 29, 2015

Five more health boards in Scotland are considering lifting their bans on using electronic cigarettes in hospital grounds, according to a story by Nichola Rutherford for BBC Scotland. Health chiefs in Ayrshire and Arran, the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Lanarkshire and Tayside decided to review their policies on vaping devices after NHS Greater Glasgow and […]

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More cigarettes seized but smuggling problem huge

More cigarettes seized but smuggling problem huge

| December 29, 2015

The number of cigarette-smuggling interceptions in Vietnam fell this year, but the number of cigarettes seized increased, according to a story in Vietnam News. Nearly 9,700 cases of smuggling, involving 6,000 people, were detected and prosecution was initiated in 179 cases against 263 people. More than 10 million cigarette packs were confiscated this year and, […]

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EU tobacco industry wounded by TPD court advice

EU tobacco industry wounded by TPD court advice

| December 24, 2015

An adviser to the EU Court of Justice on Wednesday said the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive was valid, rebuffing a challenge from Philip Morris International, according to a Reuters report. ‘[The advocate general, Juliane Kokott] considers the EU tobacco directive of 2014 to be valid, in particular the extensive standardization of packaging, the future EU-wide […]

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Malaysia ban equates vaping with smoking

Malaysia ban equates vaping with smoking

| December 24, 2015

Malaysia’s Ministry of Health has said it will enforce from next year a ban on vaping in 21 areas gazetted as non-smoking areas, according to a Bernama report. The deputy health minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said the imposition of the ban on vaping had been made possible after a special committee chaired by […]

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Raising tobacco purchase age ‘unworkable’

Raising tobacco purchase age ‘unworkable’

| December 23, 2015

A prominent anti-tobacco campaigner in Tasmania, Australia, has hit out at the state government’s proposal to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco products to 21 or 25, according to a story in the Hobart Mercury. Ivan Dean, a member of Tasmania’s upper house, described the plan as impractical and unworkable. And he said it […]

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Malaysia’s tobacco sector under pressure

Malaysia’s tobacco sector under pressure

| December 23, 2015

The outlook for Malaysia’s tobacco sector next year is bleak as increasing cigarette prices, the illegal cigarette trade and a preference for vaping are expected to cause a decline in cigarette sales volumes, according to a story in The Edge Financial Daily. Analysts contacted by the Daily were quoted as saying that cigarette prices had […]

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Call for rethink on anti-electronic-cigarette stance

Call for rethink on anti-electronic-cigarette stance

| December 23, 2015

The US Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter, of California, has urged the House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, to reconsider her party’s anti-electronic-cigarette stance and support changes to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules, according to a piece by Guy Bentley in The Daily Caller. After the passage of the spending bill on Friday, Pelosi circulated […]

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Patented granted for PAX’s nicotine-salt e-liquid

Patented granted for PAX’s nicotine-salt e-liquid

| December 23, 2015

PAX Labs said yesterday that it had received a US patent for the nicotine salt e-liquid formulation used in its JUUL electronic cigarette. ‘Unlike other products in the e-liquid space, JUUL uses nicotine salts found in leaf tobacco, rather than free-base nicotine, as its core ingredient,’ the company said in a note issued through PR […]

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E-cigarettes forbidden by Malaysia fatwa council

E-cigarettes forbidden by Malaysia fatwa council

| December 22, 2015

Malaysia’s National Fatwa Council, which delivers religious rulings, has declared the use of electronic cigarettes as haram (forbidden) for Muslims, according to a story in The Star. Council chairman, Tan Sri Dr Abdul Shukor Husin, was quoted as saying that, ‘based on scientific studies and findings the council had found that the vaping trend would […]

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Cambodia kicks off new anti-tobacco campaign

Cambodia kicks off new anti-tobacco campaign

| December 22, 2015

A new campaign by the government of Cambodia aimed at warning people about the dangers of tobacco smoking has been launched by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization, according to a story in The Phnom Penh Post. At the launch of the campaign, called “Tobacco Makes Your Children Die”, the director of […]

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Philippines winning tax stamp compliance battle

Philippines winning tax stamp compliance battle

| December 22, 2015

A recent report from the World Bank has shown that the Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has succeeded in its campaign to have tax stamps applied to all cigarette packs being sold legally in the country, according to a story in The Philippine Star. Bank data covering the period from the week beginning August […]

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PM trade-dispute ruling ‘victory for common sense’

PM trade-dispute ruling ‘victory for common sense’

| December 21, 2015

While Australia has prevailed in an international legal dispute brought against it by Philip Morris, the decision is more a victory for common sense than a vindication of the government’s standardized packaging policy, according to a piece in The Age. The writer, Dr. Kyla Tienhaara, a research fellow at the Regulatory Institutions Network, College of […]

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Johor, Malaysia, turns the smoking clock back

Johor, Malaysia, turns the smoking clock back

| December 21, 2015

Many vapers in the Malaysian state of Johor are switching to smoking pipes and hand-rolled cigarettes in the run-up to the state-wide ban on vaping products that is due to take effect in under two weeks time, according to a story in The Star. One person quoted in the story, J. Jay Naidu, said that […]

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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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