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Philippines winning tax stamp compliance battle

Philippines winning tax stamp compliance battle

| December 22, 2015

A recent report from the World Bank has shown that the Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has succeeded in its campaign to have tax stamps applied to all cigarette packs being sold legally in the country, according to a story in The Philippine Star. Bank data covering the period from the week beginning August […]

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PM trade-dispute ruling ‘victory for common sense’

PM trade-dispute ruling ‘victory for common sense’

| December 21, 2015

While Australia has prevailed in an international legal dispute brought against it by Philip Morris, the decision is more a victory for common sense than a vindication of the government’s standardized packaging policy, according to a piece in The Age. The writer, Dr. Kyla Tienhaara, a research fellow at the Regulatory Institutions Network, College of […]

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Johor, Malaysia, turns the smoking clock back

Johor, Malaysia, turns the smoking clock back

| December 21, 2015

Many vapers in the Malaysian state of Johor are switching to smoking pipes and hand-rolled cigarettes in the run-up to the state-wide ban on vaping products that is due to take effect in under two weeks time, according to a story in The Star. One person quoted in the story, J. Jay Naidu, said that […]

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Tasmania looks to raise tobacco purchase age to 25

Tasmania looks to raise tobacco purchase age to 25

| December 21, 2015

A five-year strategic health plan published by the state government of Tasmania, Australia, includes a proposal to raise the legal age to purchase cigarettes to 21 or 25, according to a story in the Tasmania Mercury relayed by the TMA. The plan was described by the Health Minister Michael Ferguson as a “deliberately ambitious” plan […]

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US votes to decimate electronic cigarette industry

US votes to decimate electronic cigarette industry

| December 18, 2015

A major lobbying effort to save electronic cigarettes from falling victim to US federal regulation has failed, according to a story by Robert King for the Washington Examiner. King said that a $1.1 trillion spending bill released on Wednesday did not include a rider to change the ‘grandfather’ date in upcoming federal regulations governing electronic […]

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Tribunal rules against hearing plain packs challenge

Tribunal rules against hearing plain packs challenge

| December 18, 2015

An arbitration tribunal has declined jurisdiction to hear a challenge by Philip Morris Asia Ltd (PMAL) against standardized tobacco packaging legislation imposed by Australia. PMAL, a Hong Kong company that is the parent of Philip Morris Australia, brought the challenge under Australia’s 1993 Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (IPPA) with Hong Kong. “There is nothing […]

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Board changes at Hauni

Board changes at Hauni

| December 17, 2015

Juergen Spykman will become deputy chairman of Hauni Machinenbau’s executive board effective Jan. 1. In April he will succeed acting CEO Christopher Somm. Somm will then focus exclusively on his group executive board responsibilities. Somm will remain responsible for the company’s Business Area Tobacco and for Corporate Center Strategic Marketing and Sales. He will also […]

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PM: e-cigs can be path to better health for smokers

PM: e-cigs can be path to better health for smokers

| December 17, 2015

The UK’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, has described the role of electronic cigarettes in helping people quit smoking as being a “very legitimate path for many people to improve their health,” according to a Hansard report relayed by the TMA. On December 16, Hansard reported that the Conservative MP Mark Pawsey had asked Cameron about […]

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Indonesia raising excise with one eye on jobs

Indonesia raising excise with one eye on jobs

| December 17, 2015

Indonesia’s biggest cigarette producer, PT HM Sampoerna, has supported the government’s decision to keep the excise levy on hand-rolled cigarettes (SKT) unchanged at Rp80 (US$0.01) per cigarette, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. Sampoerna’s CEO Paul Norman Janelle said he appreciated the consideration the government had given to the impact tax policy had, […]

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Bulgaria aligning with Tobacco Products Directive

Bulgaria aligning with Tobacco Products Directive

| December 17, 2015

Bulgaria’s Cabinet has finalized amendments to the country’s tobacco legislation that will see the imposition of graphic health warnings on tobacco packs and a ban on ‘characterizing’ flavors in tobacco products, according to a story in the Sofia Globe. The amendments are aimed at transposing the provisions of the EU’s latest Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) […]

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Health expert questions idea of ‘defective’ cigarettes

Health expert questions idea of ‘defective’ cigarettes

| December 16, 2015

A public health expert in the US has pilloried the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) for asking consumers to notify it if cigarettes they buy are defective or contaminated. In a wry piece published on his website, Dr. Michael Siegel, a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University […]

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Imperial Tobacco proposes name migration

Imperial Tobacco proposes name migration

| December 16, 2015

The Imperial Tobacco Group has said that it plans to rename itself Imperial Brands, subject to approval by its shareholders at its annual general meeting in February, according to a Reuters report relayed by the TMA. The company was quoted as having said that the proposed new name ‘better reflects the dynamic, brand-focused business that […]

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Australians smoking less but getting fat

Australians smoking less but getting fat

| December 16, 2015

Australia’s latest national health survey has indicated that the country’s smoking incidence has declined by about seven percent since 2011-2012, according to a story by Greg Jericho for The Guardian, relayed by the TMA. The number of ex-smokers in Australia is now nearly double the number of its current smokers. The survey of 14,700 households […]

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CSi opens sales and service center in U.S.

CSi opens sales and service center in U.S.

| December 15, 2015

CSi, a global leader in product handling at the end of production and packaging lines, opened its sales and services organization in Chalfont, Pennsylvania, USA, on Nov. 1, marking its entry into the American market. The organization will provide sales and service for the entire country. Although CSi has conducted business with several American companies […]

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Azerbaijan bans GMO tobacco 

Azerbaijan bans GMO tobacco 

| December 15, 2015

Azerbaijan has implemented a ban on GMO tobacco, according to a story in the AzerNews. In addition to GMO tobacco, no GMO wine or cotton products can be imported to Azerbaijan or produced in the country, effective immediately. A series of amendments to the laws “On tobacco,” “On viticulture and winemaking” and “On the cotton” […]

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Flue-cured prices regain lost ground in Karnataka

Flue-cured prices regain lost ground in Karnataka

| December 15, 2015

Flue-cured tobacco prices are continuing to climb at auctions being held in the Indian state of Karnataka, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Fifty one days into the 2015-16 sales season and with 28.43 million kg sold, the average price stood at Rs137 per kg, up about […]

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UAE opening six new quit-smoking clinics

UAE opening six new quit-smoking clinics

| December 15, 2015

Six new quit-smoking clinics are being opened across the United Arab Emirates, according to a story in The National. One clinic was recently opened in Dibba and five more are due to open in January at Sharjah city, Khorfakkan, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain. And over the next few weeks, the Ministry […]

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Arrangements announced for 2016 nicotine forum

Arrangements announced for 2016 nicotine forum

| December 15, 2015

Donna Darvill, one of the founding members of the New Nicotine Alliance (Australia), is due to give the Michael Russell Memorial Oration during the 2016 Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN). The GFN is due to be held in Warsaw, Poland, on June 17-18, under the theme Evidence, Accountability, Transparency. The organizers are currently accepting abstracts […]

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Imperial’s Dutch plant now running on hydropower

Imperial’s Dutch plant now running on hydropower

| December 15, 2015

Imperial Tobacco’s manufacturing site in the Netherlands is now being powered purely by renewable energy. Since last month the 8,200 MWh of electricity needed each year to run the company’s fine-cut tobacco facility in Joure has been generated by Nordic hydropower plants. Factory manager Robert Hall said that the plant’s management team had taken the […]

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Poor air quality kills over 400,000 Europeans a year

Poor air quality kills over 400,000 Europeans a year

| December 14, 2015

Ambient air quality is a determinant of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, and is responsible for more than 400,000 premature deaths per year, according to the EU Commission. The Commission was replying to three questions raised by the Latvian MEP Andrejs Mamikins about respiratory diseases. In a preamble to his questions, Mamikins cited 2012 data indicating […]

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Oman bans e-products on medical grounds

Oman bans e-products on medical grounds

| December 14, 2015

Oman’s Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP) has banned electronic cigarettes and electronic shisha. A PACP official was quoted as saying that the bans were imposed after medical studies had found that these items ‘contain cancer-causing elements’. Although the ban was said to have been imposed only on Sunday, the PACP said it would‘intensify inspections […]

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Thornburgh resigns from RAI board of directors

Thornburgh resigns from RAI board of directors

| December 11, 2015

Richard E. Thornburgh resigned from the Reynolds American (RAI) board of directors and the board’s audit and finance committee, effective Dec. 7. Thornburgh had served on the RAI board as an independent director since December 2011. “RAI’s shareholders, board and management have greatly benefited from Dick’s financial acumen and strategic advice and counsel over the […]

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JT’s domestic cigarette volume down slightly

JT’s domestic cigarette volume down slightly

| December 11, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during November, at 8.6 billion, was down by 0.8 percent on that of November 2014, 8.7 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The November 2014 figure was down by 8.8 percent on that of November 2013. Volume during January-November, at 99.3 billion, was down […]

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CORESTA documents available for download

CORESTA documents available for download

| December 11, 2015

The CORESTA Secretariat said yesterday that the following documents had been published and could be downloaded from: www.coresta.org. PTM SG CTR “2015 Proficiency Test Report – The Measurement of Diffusion Capacity of Cigarette Papers” (2015-09-17). STS SG CTR “Proficiency Test Report – The Determination of Arsenic, Beryllium, Cadmium, Chromium, Cobalt, Nickel, Lead, and Selenium in Reference Materials” (2015-09-29). IVT SG […]

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Teens may not buy tobacco but may absorb nicotine

Teens may not buy tobacco but may absorb nicotine

| December 10, 2015

The US government and tobacco companies are failing to protect teenage children from hazardous work in tobacco farming, Human Rights Watch said in a report and video published yesterday. The 72-page report, Teens of the Tobacco Fields: Child Labor in United States Tobacco Farming, documents the harm caused to 16- and 17-year-olds who work long […]

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