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Taxpayers footing bill for standard packs dust-up

Taxpayers footing bill for standard packs dust-up

| July 28, 2015

More than A$50 million of taxpayer money is expected to go up in smoke as the Australian government defends cigarette standardized packaging in a secretive international tribunal in Singapore, according to a story by Andrew Probyn for the West Australian. But costs will become much higher if Australia loses its first defence that Philip Morris […]

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Andhra leaf growers press Delhi for compensation

Andhra leaf growers press Delhi for compensation

| July 28, 2015

A delegation of tobacco growers from the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh is planning to travel to New Delhi on August 5 to press the union government for compensation following a decision to slash the state’s flue-cured production target, according to a story in the Hindu. Earlier this month the 2015-16 authorized flue-cured crop for […]

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Logic part of JT’s emerging-products ambitions

Logic part of JT’s emerging-products ambitions

| July 28, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that the JT Group had completed the acquisition of Logic Technology Development, one of the leading US e-cigarette brands. The acquisition was first announced at the end of April 30. Founded in 2010, Logic is said to sell a range of high quality rechargeable, ready-to-use and disposable products, including the […]

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Universal to webcast results conference call

Universal to webcast results conference call

| July 28, 2015

Universal Corporation is due to webcast a conference call that will be held from 17.00 Eastern Time on August 6 following the release of the company’s results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 after market close on that date. The conference call, which will be in listen-only mode, will be hosted by vice […]

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Hungary threatens penalties for tax policy complaint

Hungary threatens penalties for tax policy complaint

| July 27, 2015

Hungary will not shy away from penalizing retailers and tobacco companies further for lodging tax complaints with the European Commission, according to a Portfolio story. “We are not planning to surrender to the European Commission with respect to the special taxes on the retail and tobacco industries,” Janos Lazar, minister leading the Prime Minister’s Office, […]

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Government ‘hand in glove’ with tobacco industry

Government ‘hand in glove’ with tobacco industry

| July 27, 2015

While India had signed up to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, it had failed to initiate even the first steps towards honoring the agreement, according to a story in the Times of India. The Union government, mainly due to pressure from the tobacco lobby, had never seriously initiated policies aimed at […]

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Tourists to take Tobacco Trail in Cuba

Tourists to take Tobacco Trail in Cuba

| July 27, 2015

Cuba is preparing to unveil a new tourist attraction inspired by the country’s cigar industry, according to a Xinhua Newswire story. Cuba’s Tourism Ministry said recently that it would launch the Tobacco Trail in September during this year’s tourism and nature fair in Pinar del Rio province, which is home to lush tobacco plantations. “We […]

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Cigarettes in plain packaging seen as more harmful

Cigarettes in plain packaging seen as more harmful

| July 27, 2015

New Irish research published on BMJ Open has found that people aged 16-17 see standardized packs as being less attractive than packs with EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) warnings, which include graphics and text covering 65 per cent of a pack’s main surfaces, according to a story in the Irish Times. And they perceive that […]

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RAI to make investment presentations in NY, London

RAI to make investment presentations in NY, London

| July 27, 2015

The management of Reynolds American Inc. and its operating companies will discuss the companies’ performances and plans during presentations to the investment community in New York on July 31 and in London on August 3. The presentations will be webcast from about 09.00 local time on both days. The webcasts will be available online on […]

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Canadian firms overturn C$1.1 billion court order

Canadian firms overturn C$1.1 billion court order

| July 24, 2015

Imperial Tobacco Canada, British American Tobacco’s Canadian subsidiary and the Canadian subsidiaries of Philip Morris International and Japan Tobacco International, yesterday had their request to cancel a C$1.1 billion provisional execution order granted by the Quebec Court of Appeal. Three Quebec Court of Appeal judges unanimously cancelled the order after Imperial Tobacco Canada, Rothmans, Benson […]

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Indonesia urged to commit all tobacco tax to health

Indonesia urged to commit all tobacco tax to health

| July 24, 2015

The Indonesian Finance Ministry is being urged to earmark all tobacco tax revenue for the health budget because the health sector is said to be heavily burdened by tobacco-related medical issues, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. Health Ministry secretary-general Untung Suseno Sutarjo was quoted as saying that such a policy would be […]

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WHO chief congratulates Turkmen president

WHO chief congratulates Turkmen president

| July 24, 2015

Turkmenistan is the country with the lowest proportion of smokers, eight percent, according to a Geo News (Pakistan) story quoting the World Health Organization’s director general, Dr. Margaret Chan. “Recently a WHO overview showed that in Turkmenistan only eight percent of the population smokes,” Chan told the country’s President, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. “This is the lowest […]

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Union pressure over Essentra’s UK factory closure

Union pressure over Essentra’s UK factory closure

| July 24, 2015

Following Essentra’s announcement that it is planning to close its UK filters factory on South Tyneside by the end of this year, the Unite union has said it will leave ‘no stone unturned’ in its bid to save jobs, according to a Shields Gazette story relayed by the TMA. Unite’s regional officer, Mark Sanderson, said […]

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Top management tip: don’t call your customers idiots

Top management tip: don’t call your customers idiots

| July 23, 2015

A health expert has taken issue with a cartoon in Tobacco Control Journal that depicts vapers as idiots. In his blog, The Rest of the Story, Dr. Michael Siegel, a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, asks: ‘Why is Tobacco Control making fun of vapers and calling […]

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Pot smoking up but health campaigns ‘working’

Pot smoking up but health campaigns ‘working’

| July 23, 2015

In reacting to news that cigarette smoking and alcohol use is stable or declining among US teenagers, but that marijuana use is on the rise, a health expert has declared that public health campaigns are working. In a piece on the Penn State University website, Victoria M. Indivero cited health statistics researchers as having found […]

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Bill stripped of standardized packaging requirement

Bill stripped of standardized packaging requirement

| July 23, 2015

The French Senate’s Social Affairs Committee yesterday removed a clause from a proposed health bill that would have required standardized tobacco packaging, according to a story in the Guardian relayed by the TMA. The committee instead passed an amendment requiring tobacco-pack health warnings to be made larger, in line with the new EU Tobacco Products […]

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Despite deterrents Turkey still smoking

Despite deterrents Turkey still smoking

| July 23, 2015

In a new report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) that ranks countries based on their cigarette consumption, Turkey came out in eighth place, despite the government’s considerable efforts at curbing smoking, according to a story in the Zaman daily newspaper. The newspaper reported that while tobacco consumption in the West seemed to be on […]

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Production hall cameras to ensure tax compliance

Production hall cameras to ensure tax compliance

| July 22, 2015

The Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has said it will require all domestic tobacco companies to install closed-circuit television cameras in their manufacturing halls and warehouses so that the government can monitor their production and ensure the payment of the correct taxes, according to a story in The Philippine Inquirer. BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares […]

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‘Tobacco’ bill lumps together different products

‘Tobacco’ bill lumps together different products

| July 22, 2015

Quebec’s latest ‘tobacco’ bill has been criticized for conflating very different products into a single category, giving draconian powers to governments and prohibiting individuals from freely choosing for themselves. In an opinion piece in the Montreal Gazette, Ian Irvine, a professor of economics at Concordia University and an associate researcher with the Montreal Economic Institute, […]

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Russia’s market falls sharply, suffers down-trading

Russia’s market falls sharply, suffers down-trading

| July 22, 2015

Russia’s cigarette volume declined by 4.2 percent during the second quarter of this year, meaning that, during the first six months, volume was down by 6.5 percent, according to a story by Bob Bryan for Business Insider. Bryan quoted Philip Morris International’s CFO, Jacek Olczak, as saying that his company now expected a full-year market […]

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New facilities will enhance Iggesund’s Asia service

New facilities will enhance Iggesund’s Asia service

| July 22, 2015

Iggesund Paperboard expects that its new sheeting and warehousing facilities in Taiwan will be operational by the end of this month. The new facilities are aimed at enhancing Iggesund’s distribution service in Asia, with the main aim being to shorten lead times. But the company said that it was not just establishing a distribution channel […]

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10 countries discuss ‘a world without tobacco’

10 countries discuss ‘a world without tobacco’

| July 21, 2015

The French Health Minister, Marisol Touraine, yesterday hosted in Paris ‘a world without tobacco’ conference attended by ministers from nine other countries, according to an Agence France Presse story relayed by the TMA. Touraine and ministers from Australia, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, the UK and Uruguay issued a joint statement claiming […]

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Indian state of Punjab ups its anti-tobacco crusade

Indian state of Punjab ups its anti-tobacco crusade

| July 21, 2015

The government of the Indian state of Punjab has constituted an empowered committee to carry forward its crusade against tobacco and ensure implementation of India’s Tobacco Control Act across the state, according to a Press Trust of India story. But the principal secretary of health, Vini Mahajan, was quoted as saying that the committee would […]

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Speed is the essence in plain packaging protest

Speed is the essence in plain packaging protest

| July 21, 2015

Protesting against a bill that would require all cigarettes in France to be sold in standardized packaging from May next year, tobacconists in the Midi-Pyrénées and Corrèze regions recently covered speed cameras with black trash bags, according to a France 24 story relayed by the TMA. Frédéric Vergnes, president of Corrèze’s tobacconist union, was quoted […]

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Nepal’s cigarette factories in taxing position

Nepal’s cigarette factories in taxing position

| July 21, 2015

Nepal’s Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has removed its officials from cigarette factories and authorized tobacco companies to make declarations about their own inputs and outputs, according to a Republica story. Ram Mani Dawadi, deputy director general at the IRD, was quoted as saying that the self-declaration system had been implemented on a trial basis at […]

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