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President handed fast-track authority for trade deals

President handed fast-track authority for trade deals

| June 26, 2015

In what is being seen by some as a major victory for US President Obama, the Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday voted 60-38 for legislation granting the president fast-track authority to complete trade deals, according to a story on National Public Radio (NPR). Such authority means that trade deals such as the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), […]

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Smokers still a substantial minority within EU

Smokers still a substantial minority within EU

| June 25, 2015

Figures from a just-released Eurobarometer survey indicates that 26 percent of EU residents are current smokers, down from 28 percent in 2012, according to a story in Malta Today, relayed by the TMA. The survey was conducted among nearly 28,000 residents of the EU’s 28 nations. Sweden, with 11 percent, and Finland, with 19 percent, […]

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Malaysia aims to cut retail tobacco outlet numbers

Malaysia aims to cut retail tobacco outlet numbers

| June 25, 2015

Malaysia has adopted two main strategies to eventually make the entire country a smoking-free zone, according to a story in The Sun Daily citing a statement by the Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. One strategy was to increase, in stages, the country’s smoking-free areas, while the other was to reduce the number of […]

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Growers urged to use courts to get their money

Growers urged to use courts to get their money

| June 25, 2015

Uganda’s Parliamentary Speaker Rebecca Kadaga on Tuesday told tobacco growers to sue Continental Tobacco Uganda for allegedly disregarding the House Committee on Agriculture’s 2013 directive to pay five billion shillings (US$1.5 million) to the growers for tobacco they supplied to the company between 2011 and 2012, according to a story by Nelson Wesonga for Monitor, […]

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Some non-smokers take up habit during Ramadan

Some non-smokers take up habit during Ramadan

| June 25, 2015

Although the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is often seen as providing an opportunity for Muslims to quit tobacco smoking, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the month might be marked by an increase in smoking, according to an Indo-Asian News Agency story quoting the Khaleej Times and published in the Business Standard. “We spend […]

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Smoking down but vaping up among US’ youngsters

Smoking down but vaping up among US’ youngsters

| June 24, 2015

While the incidence of cigarette smoking among young people of middle- and high-school age has fallen in the US, the use of electronic cigarettes has more than doubled in three years, according to the results of a federal survey relayed by HealthDay. The 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey found that 25 percent of high school […]

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Menthol cigarette gives rise to non-menthol versions

Menthol cigarette gives rise to non-menthol versions

| June 24, 2015

Non-menthol versions of a previously exclusively menthol cigarette brand are due to go on sale in Japan next month. Japan Tobacco Inc said today that it planned to launch Pianissimo Precia Temore 6 and Pianissimo Precia Temore One in the Tokyo, Aichi and Toyama prefectures in late July. Pianissimo’s first non-menthol products are being presented […]

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Economist seeks tobacco tax changes in Bangladesh

Economist seeks tobacco tax changes in Bangladesh

| June 24, 2015

An economist has called on Bangladesh to introduce a tobacco taxation policy that would effectively control the use of tobacco products in the country, according to a story in The Financial Express citing a United News of Bangladesh report. “Bangladesh is a signatory to the [World Health Organization’s] Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which asks […]

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Leaf buyers reminded of purchase commitments

Leaf buyers reminded of purchase commitments

| June 24, 2015

The Chief Minister of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu, has warned tobacco companies that stringent action will be taken if they fail to purchase leaf tobacco as per the agreements they reached with the Tobacco Board of India, according to a story in the Indian Express relayed by the TMA. The […]

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Hines to retire from AOI board

Hines to retire from AOI board

| June 24, 2015

John M. Hines is to retire from the board of directors of Alliance One International on August 13, the date of the company’s Annual Shareholders Meeting. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank John for his 23 years of outstanding service to the company and its shareholders, as an executive […]

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Imperial employees in the saddle for charity event

Imperial employees in the saddle for charity event

| June 24, 2015

A group of 27 Imperial Tobacco employees from five countries cycled from Paris France, to the company’s global headquarters in Bristol, the UK, to raise funds for a French charity that helps feed disadvantaged families. Employees from Seita, Imperial’s French business, joined those from the UK and the Benelux countries for the four-day ride. “It […]

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Aviation organization advises ban on e-cigs in checked luggage

Aviation organization advises ban on e-cigs in checked luggage

| June 23, 2015

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has amended its 2015-2016 Technical Instruction for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods By Air to prohibit passengers and crew from carrying e-cigarettes and other battery-operated electronic smoking devices in checked luggage, and from charging such devices in aircraft cabins. Although these standards are not legally binding, they are […]

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Nepal: Cigarettes in short supply as result of wholesaler hoarding

Nepal: Cigarettes in short supply as result of wholesaler hoarding

| June 23, 2015

Several popular brands of cigarettes are in short supply in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley due to hoarding and black-marketing by some wholesalers, according to Republica. Some wholesalers have begun to hoard cigarettes following media reports that the government was planning to hike excise duty on cigarettes through the budget for fiscal year 2015-2016. In addition to […]

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Hawaii raises tobacco sale age to 21

Hawaii raises tobacco sale age to 21

| June 23, 2015

Hawaii became the first U.S. state to raise the tobacco sale age to 21 when Governor David Ige signed the landmark legislation on June 19. The law, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2016, is part of the state’s effort to reduce smoking rates among young people and to make the next generation of Hawaiians […]

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Call for Singapore to rethink ban on low-risk products

Call for Singapore to rethink ban on low-risk products

| June 23, 2015

Two British tobacco policy experts have called on Singapore’s Minister for Health to put on hold its recently-announced bans on electronic cigarettes and low-risk tobacco products. They have called for a policy rethink, starting with a thorough review of the evidence. In a detailed letter to the minister, Gan Kim Yong, the two veterans of […]

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Vapor market could hit US$50 billion by 2030

Vapor market could hit US$50 billion by 2030

| June 23, 2015

Euromonitor International said yesterday that the value of sales within the global e-vapor category had nearly doubled between 2013 and 2014, when they reached US$6.0 billion. E-vapor sales last year had eclipsed those of nicotine replacement therapy products which had totaled US$2.4 billion, it added. The number of vapers reached 13 million worldwide in 2014, […]

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Zambian tobacco growers left with 3,000 tonnes

Zambian tobacco growers left with 3,000 tonnes

| June 23, 2015

Buyers have left Zambian farmers with more than 3,000 tonnes of unsold tobacco, according to a story by Julius Phiri for the Times of Zambia. The Tobacco Board of Zambia’s (TBZ) CEO, Samson Muyembe, was quoted as saying that the independent tobacco farmers had been left with their crops after buying companies had decided to […]

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Tanzania to establish grower-compensation fund

Tanzania to establish grower-compensation fund

| June 23, 2015

Anti-tobacco campaigns being conducted by the World Health Organization were among factors to blame for a fall in leaf tobacco prices being paid for the crop on both local and world markets, the Tanzania National Assembly has been told. But, according to a story in the TSN Daily News, the deputy minister for Agriculture, Food […]

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Movie smoking scenes to be subject of warnings

Movie smoking scenes to be subject of warnings

| June 22, 2015

Scrolling banners warning about the effects on health of tobacco smoking could be displayed in Bahrain’s cinemas during scenes depicting smoking, according to a story in the Gulf Daily News. The proposed move, which is part of a health ministry plan, is in line with a 2009 anti-smoking law, said smoking cessation program co-ordinator Dr […]

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Time being called on smoking in youth-rated films

Time being called on smoking in youth-rated films

| June 22, 2015

Time Warner, the parent company of the Warner Bros. movie studio, has become the first company to agree to hold a shareholder vote on smoking in movies, according to a press note issued by the shareholder advocacy non-profit group, As You Sow (AYS). According to the note, issued through PRNewswire-USNewswire, the resolution was proposed by […]

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Little support for standardized packs in Denmark

Little support for standardized packs in Denmark

| June 22, 2015

Most members of the Danish parliament are against the imposition of standardized cigarette packs, according to a story in Dansk Handelsblad. A survey conducted by the newspaper among the parties that make up the Danish parliament had shown that only one, the Socialist People’s Party (SPP), would like to see the introduction of standardized cigarette […]

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Age, class divides among Indonesia’s smokers

Age, class divides among Indonesia’s smokers

| June 22, 2015

Most of Indonesia’s smokers are young and from the ‘lower middle class’, according to a story in the Jakarta Post quoting the Antara News Agency. Hasbullah Thabrani, who was described as an ‘expert in tobacco consumption’, was said to have told the agency that the majority of Indonesian smokers were between the ages of 16 […]

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Ramadan creates good conditions to quit smoking

Ramadan creates good conditions to quit smoking

| June 22, 2015

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health on Friday urged Muslim smokers to take advantage of the holy, fasting month of Ramadan to quit smoking, according to an Arab News story. A ministry spokesman, Khalid Al-Mirghalani, was quoted as saying that Ramadan created a conducive environment for smokers to quit their habit because during that period Muslims […]

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Consulting company dedicated to vapor segment is formed

Consulting company dedicated to vapor segment is formed

| June 19, 2015

On June 19, 9.8 Group, TNV Ventures and Wingle Group announced the formation of Calumet Advisors, a strategic consulting company dedicated to the fast-growing e-cigarette and vapor segment. The new company was formed in response to an increasing demand for business advisory services, technology guidance and strategic thinking. Calumet Advisors is a partnership of respected […]

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Canada implements restrictions on flavored cigars

Canada implements restrictions on flavored cigars

| June 19, 2015

Rona Ambrose, Canada’s Minister of Health, on June 18 announced the adoption of new measures that will further restrict flavors in cigars that could appeal to youth. In 2009, the Cracking Down on Tobacco Marketing Aimed at Youth Act banned the use of certain additives—including flavors like chocolate and bubble gum—in cigarettes, little cigars and […]

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