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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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Early bird deadline set for CORESTA registrations

Early bird deadline set for CORESTA registrations

| July 21, 2015

The early bird registration deadline for CORESTA’s Joint Study Group Meetings has been set at July 31, according to a note issued by the organization’s Secretariat. The Smoke Science and Product Technology (SSPT15) meeting is due to be held at Jeju, South Korea, on October 4-8 (www.sspt2015.org); while the Agronomy & Leaf Integrity and Phytopathology […]

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ISO certification for Borgwaldt Flavor

ISO certification for Borgwaldt Flavor

| July 20, 2015

Borgwaldt Flavor has received the DIN EN ISO 22000:2005 certificate for the production of flavors and ingredients for the food and luxury food industry from the SGS United Kingdom Ltd. Systems & Services Certification. Andreas Briel, managing director of Borgwaldt Flavor, describes ISO 22000 as a pyramid. “The base of the pyramid is made up […]

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Plans for JTI plant in Taiwan meeting opposition

Plans for JTI plant in Taiwan meeting opposition

| July 20, 2015

Japan Tobacco International is aiming to invest more than US$300 million to establish a production plant at Tainan, Taiwan, but the project is meeting with opposition, according to a Want China Times story. The Times said the plant, at Tainan’s Technological Industrial Park, was due to become operational by February next year. But the John […]

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EU scrutinizing Hungary’s tobacco turnover tax

EU scrutinizing Hungary’s tobacco turnover tax

| July 20, 2015

The European Commission has opened two separate ‘in-depth’ investigations to examine further whether two recent Hungarian tax measures with steeply progressive rate structures are in line with EU state aid rules. One measure concerns a tax on turnover from the production of and trade in tobacco products, while the other concerns a food chain inspection […]

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Warnings issued on dangers of ‘very light smoking’

Warnings issued on dangers of ‘very light smoking’

| July 20, 2015

While the overall smoking rate is falling in the US, one group is bucking the trend – young women who opt for ‘very light smoking’, according to a HealthDay News story citing the results of a new study. The study, published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, defined a very light habit as smoking five […]

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Andhra auction season being extended

Andhra auction season being extended

| July 20, 2015

The Tobacco Board of India is extending to the end of September the flue-cured tobacco auctions currently being staged in Andhra Pradesh because of the slow rate of sales, according to a Business Standard story relayed by the TMA. Only 58 million kg have been sold so far this year, compared to 105 million kg […]

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Zimbabwe’s growers take eight percent price hit

Zimbabwe’s growers take eight percent price hit

| July 20, 2015

Zimbabwe’s 2015 flue-cured tobacco marketing season ended on Wednesday with growers taking a nearly eight percent hit on prices, according to a New Zimbabwe story. Grower prices were down from US$3.20 last season to US$2.95 this season. At the same time, volume sales were said to be down by 8.5 percent to 188.5 million kg […]

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PMI’s shipment volume down in second quarter

PMI’s shipment volume down in second quarter

| July 17, 2015

Philip Morris International’s cigarette shipment volume during the second quarter to the end of June, at 219,833 million, was down by 1.3 per cent on that of the second quarter of 2014, 222,801 million. Excluding the effect of acquisitions, shipment volume was down by 1.4 percent. Volume was down in each of its four regions: […]

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PMI and Altria extending e-vapor co-operation

PMI and Altria extending e-vapor co-operation

| July 17, 2015

Philip Morris International announced yesterday the extension of its December 13 strategic framework with the Altria Group to include a joint research, development and technology sharing agreement. ‘The additional Agreement provides the framework under which PMI and Altria will collaborate to develop the next generation of e-vapor products for commercialization in the United States by […]

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SM and PMI to dissolve smokeless joint venture

SM and PMI to dissolve smokeless joint venture

| July 17, 2015

Swedish Match and Philip Morris International have mutually agreed to dissolve their joint venture agreement relating to the sale of smokeless tobacco products outside Scandinavia and the US. The joint venture, SMPM International, which was owned on a 50/50 basis by Swedish Match and PMI, was established in 2009. In a press note, Swedish Match […]

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Swedish Match’s second quarter sales increased

Swedish Match’s second quarter sales increased

| July 17, 2015

Swedish Match’s sales during the second quarter to the end of June, at SEK3,644 million, were up by nine percent on those of the second quarter of 2014, SEK3,339 million. Operating profit, excluding SM’s share of net profit from the Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) and larger one-off items, increased by nine percent to SEK937 million, […]

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