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Zimbabwe farmers subsidizing tobacco buyers

Zimbabwe farmers subsidizing tobacco buyers

| September 14, 2015

Fearful that Zimbabwe’s farmers may abandon tobacco growing because of below-cost-of-production prices this year, the government is ‘engaging and pleading’ with them to continue growing the crop, according to a New Zimbabwe story. During a meeting at Windrush Chiseve, a farm in Marondera, which was attended by hundreds of small-scale farmers last week, the majority […]

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Anger over JTI’s appearance before health committee

Anger over JTI’s appearance before health committee

| September 14, 2015

Leading health professionals and charities have urged Holyrood to limit engagement with the tobacco industry after a senior representative gave evidence to members of the Scottish Parliament. A public petition has been lodged calling on parliament to ensure that politicians and staff adhere to international guidelines for interaction with tobacco companies. The petition was launched […]

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Japan looks to shift minimum smoking age – down

Japan looks to shift minimum smoking age – down

| September 11, 2015

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) yesterday postponed a decision on whether to lower the legal age for smoking and drinking, amid concerns about what effects the change would have on health and delinquency, according to a story in The Japan News. An LDP task force yesterday adopted a proposal to revise the age of […]

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We’re dying of excess rather than privation

We’re dying of excess rather than privation

| September 11, 2015

The number of people worldwide whose deaths were tied to avoidable health risks such as high blood pressure and smoking increased by almost 23 percent between 1990 and 2013, according to a story by Joshua Melvin for Agence France Presse quoting new research. Research results published in The Lancet indicated that a range of 79 […]

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JT’s domestic cigarette volume down in August

JT’s domestic cigarette volume down in August

| September 11, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during August, at 9.2 billion, was down by 1.6 percent on that of August 2014, 9.4 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The August 2014 figure was down by 9.4 percent on that of August 2013. Volume during January-August, at 72.1 billion, was down […]

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JT on Dow Jones sustainability index – again

JT on Dow Jones sustainability index – again

| September 11, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it had been selected for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia/Pacific Index (DJSI Asia/Pacific) for the second consecutive year. ‘The DJSI is a collaborative initiative by S&P Dow Jones Indices of the United States and RobecoSAM of Switzerland,’ JT said in a note posted on its website. ‘It […]

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Is energy venture going to light up tobacco growing?

Is energy venture going to light up tobacco growing?

| September 11, 2015

A company in Virginia, US, will soon begin signing contracts with farmers to produce tobacco for the manufacture of ethanol and biodiesel, according to a story in the latest issue of the Tobacco Farmer Newsletter. Tyton BioEnergy Systems of Danville wants farmers to grow ‘energy’ tobacco for delivery to its extractor in Danville; or to […]

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FDA e-cigarette rules subject to ‘significant’ delays

FDA e-cigarette rules subject to ‘significant’ delays

| September 10, 2015

The Obama administration has failed to finalize federal regulations of electronic cigarettes nearly a year and a half after a proposed rule was issued, according to a story by Robert King for the Washington DC Examiner. Health campaigners are said to be clamoring for a decision to rein in the growing industry, but the electronic […]

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Non-standard demonstrations by French retailers

Non-standard demonstrations by French retailers

| September 10, 2015

Tobacconists took to the streets of French cities on Tuesday to protest against the proposed introduction of standardized cigarette packaging, according to an RFI story. The measure, which is part of the government’s new health bill, is due to be discussed in the Senate on Monday. The planned introduction of standardized cigarette packaging was initially […]

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Tobacco firms accused of dragging feet on warnings

Tobacco firms accused of dragging feet on warnings

| September 10, 2015

Tobacco companies are being accused of delaying the implementation of a law requiring that graphic health warnings are included on cigarette packs sold in the Philippines, according to a story in the Sun Star. The anti-smoking group, New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP), said it had been receiving reports that the tobacco industry was […]

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JT gears up to launch three new Winston products

JT gears up to launch three new Winston products

| September 10, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it would launch three new Winston products nation-wide in early November. In a press note posted on the company’s website, Winston XS 10 Box, Winston XS 8 Box, and Winston XS 3 100’s Box were said to be blended so as to achieve a ‘unique and distinctive taste offering […]

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Mac Baren acquires Imperial pipe tobaccos

Mac Baren acquires Imperial pipe tobaccos

| September 10, 2015

Without disclosing the terms of the transaction, the Danish pipe tobacco manufacturer Mac Baren Tobacco Company has reported that it has acquired the pipe tobacco portfolio and certain related fine cut brands of UK-based Imperial Tobacco, according to a Borsen report relayed by the TMA. The acquisition of the Imperial products is expected to result […]

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Gellman to facilitate 22nd Century’s FDA applications

Gellman to facilitate 22nd Century’s FDA applications

| September 9, 2015

22nd Century Group, a leader in tobacco harm reduction, has appointed Gregg M. Gellman as the company’s director of business development and regulatory affairs. Gellman, who was hired for his experience in achieving U.S. Food and Drug Administration compliance approval for various types of products, will be tasked with driving 22nd Century’s regulatory affairs strategies […]

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Declaration calls for tougher anti-tobacco measures

Declaration calls for tougher anti-tobacco measures

| September 9, 2015

Health ministers from the 11 countries that make up the World Health Organization’s South-East Asia Region signed a declaration on Monday pledging to accelerate measures aimed at reducing tobacco use, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. “Tobacco use in the South-East Asia Region is alarmingly high, triggering major health and economic consequences,” the […]

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‘Bidi baron’ on committee examining health warnings

‘Bidi baron’ on committee examining health warnings

| September 9, 2015

Shyama Charan Gupta, who is described as a bidi baron, has been nominated to India’s reconstituted parliamentary committee looking into the issue of increasing the size of graphic warnings on tobacco packaging, according to a story in The Economic Times. And citing ‘sources,’ the Times said that BJP MP Dilip Gandhi, had been re-nominated for […]

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Delisted snus brand makes ‘long-awaited’ comeback

Delisted snus brand makes ‘long-awaited’ comeback

| September 9, 2015

Göteborgs Rapé Original snus is making a ‘long-awaited’ comeback, according to the heading of a note posted on Swedish Match’s website. The Original version of the brand was withdrawn from Swedish Match’s range of products at the start of the 2000s to make way for the ‘innovative’ Göteborgs Rapé White, which is now one of […]

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Regulatory support needed to deliver reduced risk

Regulatory support needed to deliver reduced risk

| September 9, 2015

The chief executive of Philip Morris International has told CNBC he wants its electronic cigarettes eventually to outsell traditional cigarettes. Speaking on the sidelines of the European House-Ambrosetti Forum in Italy, CEO Andre Calantzopoulos told CNBC that he was very optimistic about the take-up of iQOS – a Marlboro-branded device that heats rather than burns […]

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Public vaping ban would be costly in lives, resources

Public vaping ban would be costly in lives, resources

| September 8, 2015

Wales’ proposed ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in public places could prove to be a costly exercise, according to a report by the Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association. The association is concerned that such a ban would force vapers out into smoking areas. ‘This risks many of Wales’s 33,600 non-smoking vapers falsely believing […]

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Smoking ban taken seriously in Macau

Smoking ban taken seriously in Macau

| September 8, 2015

So far, 28,835 people have been caught smoking in Macau in places where smoking has been banned since the implementation of the Tobacco Prevention and Control Law in January 2012, according to a story in the Macau Daily Times. During that time, law enforcement inspectors have carried out 874,876 inspections at various establishments. These inspections […]

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Fake fines used to fight genuine litter problem

Fake fines used to fight genuine litter problem

| September 8, 2015

Paris, France, has launched a major campaign against cigarette butt pollution and litter in general, according to a France24 story. After unveiling 30,000 new litter bins equipped with cigarette extinguishers this spring and after distributing 15,000 free pocket ashtrays over the summer, city officials have tried to drive the message home in recent days by […]

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Export labeling changes in the Philippines

Export labeling changes in the Philippines

| September 8, 2015

The Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will no longer require cigarette packs intended for export to have tax stamps affixed, according to a story in the Philippine Daily Enquirer. The BIR has ordered that, in lieu of the tax stamps, all tobacco products manufactured for export must have labels stating clearly that they are […]

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Taxation policy key to illegal trade in India

Taxation policy key to illegal trade in India

| September 7, 2015

India’s tobacco manufacturers are urging the government to adopt new policy initiatives aimed at reducing the illegal sale in cigarettes, according to a story by Writankar Mukherjee for the Economic Times. They feel that current efforts directed at surveillance and the imposition of harsher penalties cannot curb the trade. Syed Mahmood Ahmad, the director of […]

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Dutch antis move to crush last smoking enclaves

Dutch antis move to crush last smoking enclaves

| September 7, 2015

The tobacco control organisation Clean Air Nederland (CAN) has said that it is going to court to force the Dutch government to impose a total ban on smoking in cafés, bars and clubs, according to a DutchNews story. Currently, cafés can allow smoking if they have a suitable sealed-off area. Clear Air says this goes […]

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Bangladesh sets date for graphic-warning start-up

Bangladesh sets date for graphic-warning start-up

| September 7, 2015

Tobacco products sold in Bangladesh will have to carry graphic health warnings from March 19, according to a story in The Financial Express quoting an official of the Health Ministry. A program officer at the National Tobacco Control Cell, M. Mir Nabin Ekram, told a workshop on Friday that the pictures for the graphic warnings […]

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Majority oppose ban on smoking in hospital grounds

Majority oppose ban on smoking in hospital grounds

| September 7, 2015

Almost two-thirds of Scots oppose plans to impose a smoking ban in hospital grounds, according to a story by Scott MacNab for The Scotsman citing a Scottish Parliament survey. And a greater proportion of people are against plans for a £1,000 fine for anyone caught breaching the ban. The survey results come days after MSPs […]

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