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Malaysia making renewed efforts to table tobacco bill

Malaysia making renewed efforts to table tobacco bill

| August 25, 2015

Malaysia’s Health Ministry is drafting a tobacco bill that would, among other things, increase the minimum age at which people could buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 and ban smoking in vehicles carrying young people, according to a story in The New Straits Times. Currently, tobacco products are regulated under the Food Act 1983. […]

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Tobacco sector working steadily at afforestation

Tobacco sector working steadily at afforestation

| August 25, 2015

Zimbabwe’s Sustainable Afforestation Association said recently that it had planted 600 ha of eucalyptus in its first year of operation and 3,340 ha in 2014-15, according to a story in the Herald, relayed by the TMA. The association, which was formed in October 2013 to curb the deforestation caused by the use of wood fuel […]

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No interest from smaller firms in anti-fraud deals

No interest from smaller firms in anti-fraud deals

| August 24, 2015

While the four multinational tobacco companies operating within the EU have signed agreements aimed at reducing the illegal trade in tobacco products, no other tobacco company has expressed an interest in signing such agreements, according to the European Commission. The Commission was responding to two questions from the Croatian MEP Ivan Jakovčić. In a preamble […]

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Seized Jin Ling cigarettes sent for analysis in Ireland

Seized Jin Ling cigarettes sent for analysis in Ireland

| August 24, 2015

Ireland’s gardaí has sent for analysis a number of seized Jin Ling cigarettes amid fears they may contain asbestos, according to a story by Fiona Magennis for the Drogheda Independent and Irish Independent. About 20,000 cigarettes were seized at Drogheda market during an operation by Drogheda gardaí following a tip off. Thousands of counterfeit CDs […]

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Cuba increases leaf production despite drought

Cuba increases leaf production despite drought

| August 24, 2015

This season’s tobacco harvest in Vueltabajo, Cuba’s main leaf-production region, increased by 3,400 tonnes over that of last year despite a nationwide drought, according to an Indo-Asian News Agency story citing the Communist Party daily, Granma. Industry leaders in Vueltabajo, Pinar del Rio, were quoted as saying that 16,204 tonnes of tobacco had been harvested […]

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Grim preliminary analysis of e-cigarettes

Grim preliminary analysis of e-cigarettes

| August 24, 2015

A senior medical consultant in Malaysia has said that the major concern over electronic cigarettes is that many people misuse the device by adding drugs such as marijuana and heroin, according to a story in The New Strait Times. A study on electronic cigarette addiction conducted by the Institute of Respiratory Medicine (IPR) since 2013 […]

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Altria raises dividend

Altria raises dividend

| August 24, 2015

The Altria Group’s board of directors on Friday declared the company’s regular quarterly dividend at $0.565 per common share, up 8.7 percent on the previous dividend of $0.52 per common share. The quarterly dividend is payable on October 9 to shareholders of record as of September 15. The ex-dividend date is September 11. In making […]

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E-cigarette report ‘an incredibly important milestone’

E-cigarette report ‘an incredibly important milestone’

| August 21, 2015

British American Tobacco has welcomed a report issued this week by Public Health England that, in part, says vaping electronic cigarettes is about 95 percent less harmful than is smoking tobacco. “This report by Public Health England, which concludes that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful to health than cigarettes, is an incredibly important milestone for […]

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Fontem to partner Swiss institute in aerosol studies

Fontem to partner Swiss institute in aerosol studies

| August 21, 2015

Imperial Tobacco’s Fontem Ventures, whose brands include blu, Puritane and Jai, has announced a partnership for the study of ‘exhaled e-cig aerosols’, according to a EurekAlert story relayed by the TMA. The study will look at, among other things, the chemical characteristics and dynamics of exhaled aerosols under different environmental conditions, and comparisons with ‘emissions […]

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Research workshop scheduled for TFWA event

Research workshop scheduled for TFWA event

| August 21, 2015

The TFWA [Tax Free World Association] is due to host its first-ever dedicated research workshop at its World Exhibition & Conference in the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes, France, in October. Key findings from the association’s most recent research studies will be presented during the one-hour workshop, which will start as the doors […]

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Malawi growers told rejection rate not ‘tolerable’

Malawi growers told rejection rate not ‘tolerable’

| August 21, 2015

Leaf tobacco sales resumed in Malawi on August 19 according to a Malawi24 story relayed by the TMA in abstract form. The abstract said that leaf auctions had been suspended in June after growers protested against low prices. Rejection rates were said to have stood at 60 percent ‘as of July’. The Tobacco Control Commission […]

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Chile steering toward 100 percent warnings

Chile steering toward 100 percent warnings

| August 20, 2015

BAT Chile will close its factory if draft anti-tobacco legislation is passed into law in its current form, according to a company spokesman quoted in an Agence France Presse story relayed by the TMA. Among other provisions, the draft legislation calls for cigarette-pack health warnings to be increased from 50 percent to 100 percent ‘of […]

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Hong Kong to press ahead with e-cigarette sales ban

Hong Kong to press ahead with e-cigarette sales ban

| August 20, 2015

Authorities in Hong Kong are determined to press ahead with a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes despite a recent British study suggesting that vaping electronic cigarettes is about 95 percent less harmful than is smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes, according to a story in the South China Morning Post. The study, carried out on […]

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Tobacco does well in Indonesian brand evaluation

Tobacco does well in Indonesian brand evaluation

| August 20, 2015

Four tobacco brands have made it into the top 10 of Indonesia’s most valuable brands. At number five, A Mild is the top tobacco brand with a value of US$5,882 million. Surya, valued at US$1,939 million, is at number eight; Dji Sam Soe, valued at US$1,767 million, is at number nine; and Marlboro, valued in […]

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US leaf production set to fall by 18 percent

US leaf production set to fall by 18 percent

| August 20, 2015

Leaf tobacco production in the US this year is forecast to reach 717 million pounds, down by 18 percent on last year’s production, according to United States Department of Agriculture figures published by Christopher Bickers in his Tobacco Farmer Newsletter. Flue-cured production is estimated to be down by 17 percent to 473 million pounds and […]

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Ireland to continue monitoring e-cigarettes

Ireland to continue monitoring e-cigarettes

| August 20, 2015

Ireland’s Department of Health has said it will continue to monitor evidence on the harms and benefits associated with the use of electronic cigarettes, according to a story by Elaine Edwards for the Irish Times. The department was responding to the results of a study published yesterday by Public Health England that said electronic-cigarette vapor […]

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E-cigarette study suggests ‘gateway’ effect

E-cigarette study suggests ‘gateway’ effect

| August 19, 2015

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests that use of e-cigarettes by youth who had not previously smoked could lead to use of combustible cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products. The JAMA study examined whether teens who reported ever using e-cigarettes were more likely to initiate use of combustible […]

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Imperial’s stick equivalent volumes down

Imperial’s stick equivalent volumes down

| August 19, 2015

Imperial Tobacco’s total tobacco volume during the nine months to the end of June, at 207.4 billion stick equivalents, was down by three percent on that of the nine months to the end of June 2014, 213.3 billion, according to an interim management statement issued today. Underlying volume was down by six percent. Growth Brands […]

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Vaping 95 percent less harmful than smoking

Vaping 95 percent less harmful than smoking

| August 19, 2015

Vaping electronic cigarettes is 95 percent less harmful than is smoking tobacco, according to a story by Adam Brimelow for BBC News, citing a recent expert review. One of the report’s authors, Professor Ann McNeill of King’s College London said electronic cigarettes could be a game-changer in public health. “At the moment, 80,000 people [in […]

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Proposal for smoking and non-smoking patio areas

Proposal for smoking and non-smoking patio areas

| August 19, 2015

The Quebec Bar Owners Association has said that a proposed ban on smoking on bar and restaurant patios would be too restrictive and would not have any effect on public health, according to a Canadian Television report. Public consultations are currently underway in respect of Quebec’s proposed anti-tobacco legislation, Bill 44, which includes provisions for […]

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Licit cigarette sales plummet after Macau tax hike

Licit cigarette sales plummet after Macau tax hike

| August 19, 2015

Sales of licit cigarettes in Macau have dropped by about two-thirds following the tripling of tobacco excise, according to a Business Daily story quoting one retailer. The government hiked tobacco excise last month, from MOP0.5 a stick to MOP1.5 (US$0.19) “Our sales have plunged 60 per cent to 70 per cent following the implementation of […]

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TPPA would hinder New Zealand’s smoke-free goal

TPPA would hinder New Zealand’s smoke-free goal

| August 18, 2015

New Zealand’s Trade Minister, Tim Groser, is continuing to mislead people about the way that the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) would affect health, according to a Voxy story quoting Dr. Gay Keating of Doctors for Healthy Trade. “Saying that the TPPA won’t stop government making health regulation is like saying that there is nothing […]

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Tobacco firms the most financially transparent

Tobacco firms the most financially transparent

| August 18, 2015

A four-year investigation by Fairfax Media into the financial statements reported by multinational firms operating in Australia has found that tobacco companies issue the cleanest sets of numbers of any group of multinationals in the country, according to a story by Michael West for the Age newspaper, relayed by the TMA. Philip Morris (Australia), British […]

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Multiple factors influencing teem smoking propensity

Multiple factors influencing teem smoking propensity

| August 18, 2015

A South Korean teenager whose parents are both smokers is more than four times as likely to smoke than is a teenager with non-smoking parents, according to a story in The Korea Herald citing a government report published yesterday. The report, released by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, surveyed 75,000 middle- and […]

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Complaint filed over JTI’s planned plant in Taiwan

Complaint filed over JTI’s planned plant in Taiwan

| August 18, 2015

A group of anti-tobacco activists in Taiwan filed a complaint on Monday accusing three cabinet agencies of dereliction of duty and legal violations after they gave the go-ahead or failed to object to the building of a factory by an international tobacco company, according to a Focus Taiwan News Channel report. The complaint was filed […]

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