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Greek cardiologist supports e-cig use

Greek cardiologist supports e-cig use

| October 5, 2015

Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, a cardiologist from Greece, has argued that e-cigarettes should be made available to smokers who want to stop using combustible cigarettes but don’t want to give up nicotine, according to Mayalsia’s The Star. Farsalinos, who is a cardiologist and researcher at the University of Patras’ Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, has indicated that […]

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Haia cracks down on smokers in Saudi Arabia

Haia cracks down on smokers in Saudi Arabia

| October 5, 2015

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) is cracking down on people smoking shisha in public places, according to a story in the Arab News. Arab News recently visited a public park in Wadi Namir, Dariyah region, and found numerous people smoking shisha. This irritated many people who were […]

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Sixteen percent of Finns smoke, one percent vape

Sixteen percent of Finns smoke, one percent vape

| October 5, 2015

bout 16 percent of Finns aged 15-64 smoke daily, a figure that comprises 17 percent men and 14 percent women, according to an Esmerk story citing Finland’s National Institute of Health and Welfare. Eleven percent of 16-year-olds smoke. Less than one percent of the country’s working-age population vape electronic cigarettes daily, though seven percent of […]

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‘Educational’ approach to car smoke ban

‘Educational’ approach to car smoke ban

| October 5, 2015

Motorists who break a new law that bans tobacco smoking in cars while children are inside are unlikely to be prosecuted or fined, according to a story in The Daily Telegraph. Since the beginning of this month, any driver caught smoking in a vehicle carrying someone under the age of 18 has been liable to […]

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RAI to consolidate Vuse manufacturing

RAI to consolidate Vuse manufacturing

| October 1, 2015

Reynolds American is consolidating the manufacturing operations for its Vuse digital vapor cigarette. Currently, production is split between R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s factory in Tobaccoville, North Carolina, USA, and a contractor in Kansas. Going forward, all production of Vuse will occur at Tobaccoville, pursuant to a services agreement between R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and RJR […]

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India to impose 85 percent warnings on April 1

India to impose 85 percent warnings on April 1

| September 30, 2015

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry of India said on Monday that tobacco-pack health warnings would be increased in size from April 1, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The warnings, which were said currently to take up 40 percent of the pack surface, are due to […]

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VAT increase seen as endangering jobs in Indonesia

VAT increase seen as endangering jobs in Indonesia

| September 30, 2015

Indonesia’s Industry Minister has asked the Finance Ministry to review its decision to raise VAT on cigarettes, arguing that the increase would put pressure on cigarette manufacturers to cut jobs, according to a story in The Jakarta Globe. The Finance Minister said yesterday that VAT on cigarettes would be increased from 8.4 percent to 8.7 […]

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JT’s share price drops as acquisition confirmed

JT’s share price drops as acquisition confirmed

| September 30, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s share price fell to its lowest level in six months after the company agreed to pay about US$5 billion for the international rights to the Natural American Spirit cigarette brand, according to a story by Monami Yui and Sam Chambers for Bloomberg News. Under the deal JT will buy from Reynolds American […]

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JT buys international rights to Natural American Spirit

JT buys international rights to Natural American Spirit

| September 29, 2015

The Japan Tobacco Group of companies (JT) has agreed to buy from Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) the international rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and associated trademarks, along with the international companies that distribute and market the brands outside of the United States, for approximately $5 billion. Since its launch in the U.S. […]

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New Zealand urged to follow Australian pack

New Zealand urged to follow Australian pack

| September 29, 2015

An activist in New Zealand has called on the government to follow Australia’s lead in introducing standardized packaging for cigarettes, according to a New Zealand Herald story relayed by the TMA. Smokefree Coalition chairperson, Dr. Jan Pearson, says that even though New Zealand’s smoking prevalence is declining; it is not falling as fast as in […]

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Vapor-product regulations sought in Malaysia

Vapor-product regulations sought in Malaysia

| September 29, 2015

A petition urging the government of Malaysia to regulate vapor products in the country has attracted 50,000 signatures, according to a Bernama story citing the Malaysian Organisation of Vape Entities (MOVE). MOVE’s president, Samsul Kamal Arriffin, said the group wanted the government to ensure that the manufacture, sale and distribution of the products were managed […]

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Cork tip: High taxes encourage illegal trade

Cork tip: High taxes encourage illegal trade

| September 29, 2015

The illegal trade in cigarettes is rife in County Cork, Ireland, according to a UTV (Ulster Television) story. During the past two weeks, 595,000 illicit cigarettes have been found in Cork, which figure represents about one cigarette for every resident of the county. In the most recent incident, the third haul in two weeks, a […]

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Plan to save tobacco products rubbish from tip

Plan to save tobacco products rubbish from tip

| September 29, 2015

Japan Tobacco International is backing an initiative aimed at recycling the UK’s cigarette butts into plastic products, according to a BT story. The initiative will allow smokers to prevent some of the billions of non-biodegradable butts and other cigarette waste from ending up in landfill or as litter, the recycling company behind the scheme, TerraCycle, […]

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JT keen to complete Santa Fe deal this week

JT keen to complete Santa Fe deal this week

| September 29, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc. is in the final stages of negotiations to buy Reynolds American Inc.’s Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company subsidiary, possibly excluding the US rights to the Natural American Spirit brand, according to a Nikkei Asian Review (NAR) story relayed by the TMA. JT is said to be aiming to reach an agreement on […]

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Exporters walk away from tobacco with volcanic ash

Exporters walk away from tobacco with volcanic ash

| September 28, 2015

Thousands of tobacco farmers in Jember, East Java, have been struggling to market their tobacco this year after their plants were completely or partly damaged by the recent eruptions of Mount Raung, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. Suwarno, a farmer of Na Oogst tobacco in Balung district, was quoted as saying that […]

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Plight of Andhra growers ‘extremely grave’

Plight of Andhra growers ‘extremely grave’

| September 28, 2015

The plight of tobacco growers in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has been described by two leading tobacco growers’ associations as ‘extremely grave’, according to a Webindia story. The Kondepi Tobacco Growers’ Association and the Kaligiri FCV Tobacco Growers’ Association were quoted as saying that they were disturbed by the ‘growing number’ of suicides […]

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Cafés in Belgium not enforcing smoking ban

Cafés in Belgium not enforcing smoking ban

| September 28, 2015

Three thousand inspections by the Public Health Minister’s office in Belgium has led that body to conclude that 16 percent of cafés do not enforce tobacco control legislation, according to a story in the Brussels Times. “This is fewer than last year but the figure needs to be reduced faster,” said Paul Van den Meerssche, […]

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Chinese student charged ‘pollution fee’ for smoking

Chinese student charged ‘pollution fee’ for smoking

| September 28, 2015

A student at Yuying Middle School in northwest China’s Yan’an city has had to pay Yuan400 (about $62.7) for smoking on campus, according to a China Daily story citing the Xi’an-based China Business View. A post circulated on Weibo, China’s twitter-like service, indicated that the payment was described as a ‘pollution fee’. Some comments on […]

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DNA holds key to why some smokers remain healthy

DNA holds key to why some smokers remain healthy

| September 28, 2015

The mystery of why some people seem to have healthy lungs despite a lifetime of smoking has been explained by UK scientists, according to a story by James Gallagher for BBC News. Many, but not all, smokers will develop lung disease, but so too will some who have never touched a cigarette in their lives. […]

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Vaping-products tax insane ‘public health’ policy

Vaping-products tax insane ‘public health’ policy

| September 25, 2015

A US public health expert has described a decision by the District of Columbia to impose a 67 percent tax on all electronic cigarettes and vaping products as one of the most insane ‘public health’ policies he had ever heard of. ‘Taxing e-cigarettes at a whopping 67 percent rate is nothing more than a gift […]

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Zambia’s leaf marketing season extended

Zambia’s leaf marketing season extended

| September 25, 2015

The Tobacco Board of Zambia (TBZ) has moved the end of this year’s leaf tobacco marketing season from September 30 to October 31 so as to enable the sale of so-far unsold tobacco, according to a story in the Zambia Daily Mail. Last month, non-contracted tobacco farmers appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock […]

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Emphasis on training as new tobacco season starts

Emphasis on training as new tobacco season starts

| September 25, 2015

Zimbabwe’s Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) and the Farmer’s Development Trust have started preparing for the 2015-16 tobacco season by training farmers in the sorts of good agricultural practices that should allow them to produce the high quality leaf required by the market, according to a story in The Herald. The 2014-15 tobacco marketing […]

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Japan in training for pre-Olympics smoking bans

Japan in training for pre-Olympics smoking bans

| September 25, 2015

A group of lawmakers within Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has outlined a bill to ban or segregate tobacco smoking in public places ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to a story in The Japan Times. The bill would call for a ban on smoking in schools and medical facilities, […]

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JT rumored to be in talks to buy RAI brand assets

JT rumored to be in talks to buy RAI brand assets

| September 25, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc. is in talks to buy cigarette assets from Reynolds American Inc, according to a Bloomberg story citing ‘people familiar with the talks’. The story, by Ed Hammond, Aaron Kirchfeld and Ruth David, said that JTI might acquire assets worth about $5 billion, including some in the Natural American Spirit (NAS) brand that […]

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EU proposes reform of trade dispute provisions

EU proposes reform of trade dispute provisions

| September 24, 2015

The EU Commission has gone some way to assuage public concerns over the inclusion in the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions. Initially, the TTIP was the subject of negotiations between the EU and US to which the general public was not privy, and even now aspects of […]

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