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Expert says plain packs do not infringe trademarks

Expert says plain packs do not infringe trademarks

| March 18, 2015

A senior lecturer in law at City University London has said that the tobacco industry’s argument that standardized packaging legislation violates their trademark rights is not convincing, according to a story relayed by the TMA. Writing in The Conversation, Enrico Bonadio, said manufacturers would still be able to distinguish their products from those of competitors […]

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Indian bidi workers fear industry could be wiped out

Indian bidi workers fear industry could be wiped out

| March 18, 2015

Hundreds of bidi workers, bidi contractors and union members have held a massive protest against the Indian government’s ‘ban on tobacco products’, according to a Daijiworld.com story. The protest, which included members of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions and of the All India Trade Union Congress, was held yesterday outside the District Collector’s office […]

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Zimbabwe’s tobacco exports earn $200 million

Zimbabwe’s tobacco exports earn $200 million

| March 17, 2015

Zimbabwe has earned $211.9 million from tobacco sales thus far this year. China continues to be the leading importer after buying 19.3 million kg worth $166.7 million since the beginning of the marketing season. Zimbabwe exports Virginia tobacco to more than 50 countries on all but two continents. South Africa ranks as the second-biggest importer […]

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U.K. passes cigarette-packaging law

U.K. passes cigarette-packaging law

| March 17, 2015

The U.K. House of Lords on March 16 approved a bill requiring cigarettes to be sold in standardized packaging. The House of Commons on March 11 voted 367 to 113 in favor of the law, which passed through the House of Lords without a vote. Starting in May 2016, cigarettes must be sold in packages […]

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Bill would increase age limit by one year each year

Bill would increase age limit by one year each year

| March 17, 2015

The upper house of the state of Tasmania, Australia, is due to debate whether sales of cigarettes should be banned in the case of people born after 2000, according to a story by Daniel McCulloch for the Examiner. Ivan Dean, a member of the Legislative Council, has introduced a private members bill that would amend […]

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Overseas sales to overtake domestic sales at KT&G

Overseas sales to overtake domestic sales at KT&G

| March 17, 2015

KT&G’s overseas sales are expected this year to surpass its domestic sales for the first time, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The company said in an e-mail interview with the Herald that because various factors, including a fall in the number of smokers, had taken their toll of the domestic market, it […]

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Regulating electronic cigarettes for maximum benefit

Regulating electronic cigarettes for maximum benefit

| March 17, 2015

A US legal scholar and tobacco control expert says he has developed a research-based roadmap that allows for the immediate regulation of e-cigarettes. Writing in the March issue of Food and Drug Law Journal, Eric N. Lindblom, JD, senior scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, said his proposal would minimize […]

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Tobacco growing a wealth creator in Karnataka

Tobacco growing a wealth creator in Karnataka

| March 17, 2015

A study carried out in Karnataka, India, has suggested that tobacco-producing districts are wealthier than those not producing tobacco, according to a Press Trust of India story relayed by the TMA. The Indian government is considering implementing Articles 17 and 18 of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control that aim to phase […]

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England opts for £12 billion plain packaging gamble

England opts for £12 billion plain packaging gamble

| March 17, 2015

The UK’s upper house has approved a bill that will require cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco to be sold in England only in standardized packaging from May 2016, according to a Newsweek story relayed by the TMA. The approval sets the UK government on a collision course with tobacco companies, which have threatened to sue. One […]

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Swedish Match AGM set for April 23

Swedish Match AGM set for April 23

| March 17, 2015

Swedish Match is due to hold its annual general meeting in Stockholm next month. The meeting is scheduled to start at 16.30 Central European Time on April 23 at Citykonferensen, Stockholm. The agenda is at: http://www.swedishmatch.com/en/Media/Pressreleases/Press-releases/2015/Notice-to-the-Annual-General-Meeting-in-Swedish-Match-AB-publ/.

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Study recommends raising tobacco purchase age

Study recommends raising tobacco purchase age

| March 16, 2015

A study presented to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on March 12 supports the theory that raising the tobacco purchase age to 21 from 18 will substantially reduce the number of 15- to 17-year-olds who start smoking and decrease the number of early deaths and low birth weights due to smoking. Conducted by an […]

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Report calls for regulation of vapor products

Report calls for regulation of vapor products

| March 16, 2015

The Canadian House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Health has released a report asking the federal government to establish new legislative framework for the regulation of vapor products. The report, titled “Vaping: Towards A regulatory framework for e-cigarettes,” includes provisions to regulate e-liquid content; prohibit e-liquid flavorings that are “specifically designed to appeal to youth”; […]

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Daily smokers fall to 12.8 percent in South Australia

Daily smokers fall to 12.8 percent in South Australia

| March 16, 2015

The South Australian Health Omnibus Survey of 2,700 people has found that 15.7 percent of respondents identified themselves as smokers during 2014, down from 19.4 percent during 2013, according to a story in the Adelaide Advertiser relayed by the TMA. Last year, the smoking prevalence among men stood at 18.6 percent while that among women […]

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Outdoor smoking not a health issue

Outdoor smoking not a health issue

| March 16, 2015

A councilor with the City Council of Banks, Oregon, has made the point that banning tobacco smoking in public parks is about preference not public health, according to a story by Samantha Swindler for The Oregonian. When a ban was last discussed in September, councilor Mark Gregg was one of its most vocal opponents. But […]

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Hungary moves to save tobacco farm jobs

Hungary moves to save tobacco farm jobs

| March 16, 2015

The Hungarian Agriculture Ministry said on Friday that it would allocate HUF5 billion (US$17.2 million) in subsidies to tobacco growers during the next two years, according to a Hungary Around the Clock story relayed by the TMA. The subsidies are part of an effort being made to sustain nearly 20,000 jobs in the sector, especially […]

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Does illegal trade agreement have discharge clause?

Does illegal trade agreement have discharge clause?

| March 16, 2015

The EU Commission has been asked whether a 2010 agreement between British American Tobacco (BAT) and the EU includes a discharge clause releasing the company from ‘any civil claims arising out of past conduct relating to the illicit trade’. The question, which in the normal way of things will be the subject of a written […]

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Tobacco Or Health conference about to kick off

Tobacco Or Health conference about to kick off

| March 16, 2015

The World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) is due to start in Abu Dhabi tomorrow. This, the 16th WCTOH, has been billed as a five-day scientific conference for the presentation of the latest developments in tobacco control and global efforts to reduce tobacco use in all its forms. It is scheduled to be held […]

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Reemtsma Liberty Award goes to radio journalist

Reemtsma Liberty Award goes to radio journalist

| March 16, 2015

Reporter Martin Durm has been presented with the 2015 Reemtsma Liberty Award for his coverage of the civil war in Syria. Now in its ninth year, the award, presented by Imperial Tobacco’s German subsidiary, recognizes foreign correspondents working to sustain freedom of the press under harsh conditions. The decision to present the award to Durm […]

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Commission: no opinions on plain pack proposals

Commission: no opinions on plain pack proposals

| March 13, 2015

The EU Commission has not delivered opinions on the recent notifications by Ireland and the UK relating to the introduction of standardized tobacco packaging. Legislation requiring the imposition of such packaging has been passed by Ireland, and has been passed by the UK’s lower house in respect of England. Tobacco companies have said they will […]

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Singapore to hold plain packs public consultation

Singapore to hold plain packs public consultation

| March 13, 2015

A public consultation on standardized tobacco packaging is due to be carried out in Singapore at the end of this year, according to a story by Rachel Au-Yong for the Straits Times quoting the Parliamentary Secretary, Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim. If implemented, tobacco product packaging would lose its ‘trademarks, logos, colour schemes and images’, but keep […]

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JTI’s loses volume but gains share in February

JTI’s loses volume but gains share in February

| March 13, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during February, at 8.3 billion, was down by 7.6 percent on that of February 2014, 8.9 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The February 2014 figure was up by 3.7 percent on that of February 2013. Volume during January-February, at 16.5 billion, was down […]

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Public campaign supporting bigger warnings in India

Public campaign supporting bigger warnings in India

| March 13, 2015

India has seen the launch of a nation-wide campaign aimed at garnering public support for bigger graphic health warnings on tobacco products, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The campaign, which is running under the slogan, Lives Bachao Size Badhao, or Save lives, increase the size, is […]

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New study reveals vapor health concerns

New study reveals vapor health concerns

| March 12, 2015

RTI International, a leading nonprofit U.S. research institute, has released a study exploring the potential public health concerns associated with vapor emitted from e-cigarettes. The organization’s research paper—titled “Exhaled electronic cigarette emissions: What’s your secondhand exposure?”—examines the toxins in e-cigarette vapors and the impact they could have on people exposed to secondhand “smoke.” Although the long-term […]

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E-cigs are medical devices, says Swedish Court

E-cigs are medical devices, says Swedish Court

| March 12, 2015

E-cigarettes and e-liquids that contain nicotine are medical devices rather than consumer products and therefore require licensing, a Swedish appeals court has ruled. In a previous case from July 2014, Sweden’s medical products agency convinced the administrative court in Uppsala that nicotine-containing e-cigarettes should be deemed medical devices and that as many as 30 products […]

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UK government, tobacco firms on collision course

UK government, tobacco firms on collision course

| March 12, 2015

The UK’s lower house yesterday voted by 367 to 113 in favor of requiring that cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco should be sold only in standardized packaging from May next year, according to a Telegraph story relayed by the TMA. The measure now has to be debated by the country’s upper house. The requirements would apply […]

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