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Fake fines used to fight genuine litter problem

Fake fines used to fight genuine litter problem

| September 8, 2015

Paris, France, has launched a major campaign against cigarette butt pollution and litter in general, according to a France24 story. After unveiling 30,000 new litter bins equipped with cigarette extinguishers this spring and after distributing 15,000 free pocket ashtrays over the summer, city officials have tried to drive the message home in recent days by […]

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Export labeling changes in the Philippines

Export labeling changes in the Philippines

| September 8, 2015

The Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will no longer require cigarette packs intended for export to have tax stamps affixed, according to a story in the Philippine Daily Enquirer. The BIR has ordered that, in lieu of the tax stamps, all tobacco products manufactured for export must have labels stating clearly that they are […]

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Taxation policy key to illegal trade in India

Taxation policy key to illegal trade in India

| September 7, 2015

India’s tobacco manufacturers are urging the government to adopt new policy initiatives aimed at reducing the illegal sale in cigarettes, according to a story by Writankar Mukherjee for the Economic Times. They feel that current efforts directed at surveillance and the imposition of harsher penalties cannot curb the trade. Syed Mahmood Ahmad, the director of […]

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Dutch antis move to crush last smoking enclaves

Dutch antis move to crush last smoking enclaves

| September 7, 2015

The tobacco control organisation Clean Air Nederland (CAN) has said that it is going to court to force the Dutch government to impose a total ban on smoking in cafés, bars and clubs, according to a DutchNews story. Currently, cafés can allow smoking if they have a suitable sealed-off area. Clear Air says this goes […]

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Bangladesh sets date for graphic-warning start-up

Bangladesh sets date for graphic-warning start-up

| September 7, 2015

Tobacco products sold in Bangladesh will have to carry graphic health warnings from March 19, according to a story in The Financial Express quoting an official of the Health Ministry. A program officer at the National Tobacco Control Cell, M. Mir Nabin Ekram, told a workshop on Friday that the pictures for the graphic warnings […]

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Majority oppose ban on smoking in hospital grounds

Majority oppose ban on smoking in hospital grounds

| September 7, 2015

Almost two-thirds of Scots oppose plans to impose a smoking ban in hospital grounds, according to a story by Scott MacNab for The Scotsman citing a Scottish Parliament survey. And a greater proportion of people are against plans for a £1,000 fine for anyone caught breaching the ban. The survey results come days after MSPs […]

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Smoking fines go to help children with cancer

Smoking fines go to help children with cancer

| September 7, 2015

Fines collected from people caught breaking the anti-smoking ordinance in force in Davao City, the Philippines, have been given to a halfway house in Mindanao that provides for children suffering from cancer, according to a story in the Manila Bulletin. After seeking the approval of the city council, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte turned over […]

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Council’s smoking ban could be unenforceable

Council’s smoking ban could be unenforceable

| September 7, 2015

A council in England has proposed banning staff from smoking during working hours – including when they are on short breaks, according to a story in The Guardian. Nottinghamshire county council, which employs 9,000 people, said the move would improve health, reduce sick leave and increase the time spent working. Anyone who broke the rules […]

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22nd Century aims for reduced exposure recognition

22nd Century aims for reduced exposure recognition

| September 4, 2015

The 22nd Century Group said yesterday that it believed its cigarettes would become the first combustible cigarettes authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration to be marketed as reduced exposure products. President and CEO, Henry Sicignano III, said his company would submit its application to the FDA this fall and looked forward to receiving […]

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China brings in restrictive tobacco advertising rules

China brings in restrictive tobacco advertising rules

| September 4, 2015

China’s revised advertisement law, which came into force on Tuesday, bans tobacco product advertising in the mass media, in public places, and on public transportation. The new law, which was approved by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in April and which targets also the way in which products other than tobacco are […]

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No room for tobacco smokers in New York state

No room for tobacco smokers in New York state

| September 4, 2015

Hotels and motels in New York might no longer be able to offer smoking rooms if a bill proposed by state lawmaker Ken Zebrowski is passed, according to a CNN/Money story. The measure, which was introduced last week, was brought about because of Zebrowski’s personal experience. “I travel and spend a lot of time in […]

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Smokeless use up among US high school athletes

Smokeless use up among US high school athletes

| September 4, 2015

US high school athletes who play on sports teams smoke tobacco products at a lower rate than non-athletes, but use smokeless tobacco at a higher rate, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) in yesterday’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. In a press note issued through USNewswire, the […]

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Health watchdog suing e-cigarette manufacturers

Health watchdog suing e-cigarette manufacturers

| September 3, 2015

The US non-profit health watchdog, Center for Environmental Health (CEH), said yesterday that the majority of the 97 electronic cigarettes and other vaping products tested had produced high levels of the cancer-causing chemicals formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, in violation of California safety standards. The independent laboratory testing of products from two dozen electronic cigarette manufacturers were […]

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Advertising watchdog warns over e-cigarette claims

Advertising watchdog warns over e-cigarette claims

| September 3, 2015

Consumers looking to try out electronic cigarettes need to be wary of the ‘flood of questionable ad claims on the Internet,’ according to the advertising watchdog, truthinadvertising.org (TINA.org). In a pres note issued through PRNewswire, TINA.org said that it had examined more than 150 electronic cigarette sites, including those operated by wholesalers, retailers of major […]

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Closing in on the genetics of tobacco addiction

Closing in on the genetics of tobacco addiction

| September 3, 2015

Researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy (VCUSP) have identified specific sets of genetic variants that are significantly associated with cigarette addiction, according to a story by Cynthia Mcmullen for Medical Xpress. Pinpointing these genetic variants could eventually assist in identifying the biological mechanism behind nicotine addiction and in generating novel drug therapy […]

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Imperial calls for fact-based communication

Imperial calls for fact-based communication

| September 2, 2015

Imperial Tobacco Canada has called on the government of Quebec to define a specific regulatory framework for electronic cigarettes that would allow for fact-based communication with consumers. Imperial, which described itself as Canada’s largest legal tobacco company, on Monday presented before the parliamentary commission on Bill 44, which is intended to bolster controls on tobacco […]

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Counterfeit goods a challenge to Indian government

Counterfeit goods a challenge to Indian government

| September 2, 2015

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and KPMG has reported that India’s all-products counterfeit market is estimated to be growing at 44 percent a year, according to a Press Trust of India report relayed by the TMA. The market was said to have reached Rs1.05 trillion (US$15.8 billion) last year, with tobacco […]

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CORESTA documents available for download

CORESTA documents available for download

| September 2, 2015

The CORESTA Secretariat said yesterday that the following documents had been published in August and could be downloaded from: www.coresta.org. RAC SG CTR “2014-2015 Collaborative Study of CORESTA Monitor Test Pieces CM7 and CM8” (2015-08-26). PTM SG CTR “Collaborative Study to Evaluate a Paperboard Substitute for a Diffusion Capacity Standard” (2015-08-31).

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Iggesund invites its customers to adopt a tree

Iggesund invites its customers to adopt a tree

| September 2, 2015

Iggesund Paperboard, which has been in the vanguard of sustainable industry, is offering people the chance to join in by adopting a tree. “The forests are our planet’s lungs and a prerequisite for our long-term survival, said CEO Annica Bresky in describing the company’s Adopt a Tree venture. “Our well-managed forests transform carbon dioxide into […]

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PMI to webcast consumer conference presentation

PMI to webcast consumer conference presentation

| September 2, 2015

Philip Morris International said yesterday that it would host at www.pmi.com/webcasts from about 13.30 Eastern Time on September 8 a live audio webcast of the company’s remarks and the question-and-answer session by CFO Jacek Olczak at the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will cover the entire PMI […]

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Amcor completes tobacco packaging acquisition in brazil

Amcor completes tobacco packaging acquisition in brazil

| September 1, 2015

Amcor Tobacco Packaging has completed the acquisition of Souza Cruz’s internal tobacco packaging operations in Cachoeirinha, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The investment is supported by a long-term supply contract between Amcor and Souza Cruz and the business is expected to achieve annual sales of approximately brl200 million ($56 million). “This acquisition adds a third […]

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US adult smoking incidence falls to 17 per cent

US adult smoking incidence falls to 17 per cent

| September 1, 2015

The US’ adult smoking rate is continuing to fall, according to an Associated Press story citing a new government report. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures, said to have come from a large national survey, indicated that the adult smoking incidence dropped from 18 percent in 2013 to 17 percent last year. The […]

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Cigarettes now priced at more than A$1 each

Cigarettes now priced at more than A$1 each

| September 1, 2015

Smokers buying their cigarettes in Queensland, Australia, are from today having to pay up to $3.05 more for a pack of 50, according to a story in the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin. In the case of some cigarettes, the retail price of a single cigarette is now more than A$1. The latest national tobacco excise increase […]

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Change.org petition lights up smoking ban violations

Change.org petition lights up smoking ban violations

| September 1, 2015

The Jakarta Environmental Management Agency has disclosed that 90 percent of malls and shopping centers that it inspected in the Indonesian capital were in violation of a gubernatorial regulation banning tobacco smoking in public places, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. “Ninety percent of malls and shopping centers we inspected violated the bylaw,” […]

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Opposition to minimum price in Philippines

Opposition to minimum price in Philippines

| September 1, 2015

A number of Indonesian groups are opposing a bill in the House of Representatives that seeks to set a minimum price for cigarettes, according to a story in The Philippine Star. The groups described the move as being more of a profit strategy for the tobacco industry than a tobacco control measure. The Action for […]

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