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Ration-card cigarettes to soothe the savage breast

Ration-card cigarettes to soothe the savage breast

| March 27, 2015

Egypt’s Cairo and Giza Tobacco Traders Association (CGTTA) has called on the Minister of Supply and Internal Trade, Khaled Hanafy, to include a monthly quota of 30 packs of cigarettes as part of the country’s ration card system that provides help for 40 million low-income citizens, according to a Daily News Egypt story relayed by […]

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CDC gives vaping the anti treatment

CDC gives vaping the anti treatment

| March 27, 2015

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is launching its latest round of graphic anti-smoking messages, and this time it is including vaping in the mix. According to a story by John Tozzi for Bloomberg, the campaign expands on the CDC’s three-year-old ‘Tips From Former Smokers’ series, which enlists real people who’ve been ravaged by […]

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Draft standardized packaging bill rejected in Belgium

Draft standardized packaging bill rejected in Belgium

| March 27, 2015

The Belgian Public Health Commission on Wednesday rejected draft legislation that sought to impose standardized packaging on tobacco products, according to a story in Le Monde du Tabac relayed by the TMA. The draft legislation was sponsored by opposition MP Catherine Fonck. However, the health ministry has said it will conduct a review of the […]

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New COO elected at Universal Corporation

New COO elected at Universal Corporation

| March 27, 2015

Universal Corporation’s board of directors has elected Airton L. Hentschke as senior vice president and COO, effective April 1. Hentschke is due to replace W. Keith Brewer, whose retirement as of March 31 was previously reported on July 9. Hentschke has more than 24 years of experience in leaf operations with Universal, and has worked […]

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BAT publishes sustainability summary report

BAT publishes sustainability summary report

| March 27, 2015

British American Tobacco has reported that it is publishing today its latest ‘Value Shared’ sustainability summary report describing how ‘the company is investing in a sustainable future for its business and society’. In a note posted on its website, BAT said: ‘The new report covers how, in 2014, the company has enhanced its approach with […]

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PMI announces date of annual meeting

PMI announces date of annual meeting

| March 27, 2015

Philip Morris International is due to hold its Annual Meeting of Shareholders starting at 09.00 on May 6 in the Empire State Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt New York. Details of the meeting are available at: www.pmi.com/investors.

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Grower prices down almost 22 percent in Zimbabwe

Grower prices down almost 22 percent in Zimbabwe

| March 26, 2015

With 7.3 million kg of flue-cured tobacco sold, grower prices in Zimbabwe this year, at US$2.23 per kg, are down by almost 22 percent on those of the corresponding period of the 2014 selling season. And the prices paid during the early part of the 2014 season were themselves down by nearly 30 percent on […]

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Study indicates smokers guided by empathy

Study indicates smokers guided by empathy

| March 26, 2015

Health warnings are more effective when they suggest that cigarette consumption harms smokers and others, than when they suggest only that they harm smokers. This is the conclusion of a pro-bono study that was initiated by the Neuromarketing Science & Business Association (NMSBA) and that was said to have used neuromarketing techniques. The ‘Neuro Against […]

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India to allow sales of unauthorized flue-cured

India to allow sales of unauthorized flue-cured

| March 26, 2015

The sale of unauthorized flue-cured tobacco will be allowed at auction floors in India, where currently leaf is being sold in Andhra Pradesh, according to a story in the Hindu, relayed by the TMA. This was announced by the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Nirmala Sitharaman. The government levies a penalty of 7.5 […]

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Police called in over false cigarette price list

Police called in over false cigarette price list

| March 26, 2015

British American Tobacco Malaysia has urged the public not to spread further a false cigarette price list that has turned up on social media, according to a story in The Star. In a statement, the company said the price list was false and that a police report had been lodged over the matter. “We therefore […]

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Another call for tobacco manufacturer levy in the UK

Another call for tobacco manufacturer levy in the UK

| March 25, 2015

The former UK health minister Paul Burstow has called on the government to impose a levy on tobacco manufacturers and use the funds raised on research aimed at cutting smoking rates in areas where tobacco sales are highest, according to a PoliticsHome story. Burstow was quoted as saying that with the number of people quitting […]

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Questions over practicalities of Tasmania end-game

Questions over practicalities of Tasmania end-game

| March 25, 2015

A parliamentary private member’s bill put forward in Tasmania, Australia, which would ban from 2018 the sale of tobacco products to people born after 2000, has been sent for scrutiny by a committee after doubts were raised about enforcement, according to an Examiner story relayed by the TMA. Health Minister Michael Ferguson and Dr. Vanessa […]

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Competition fierce for US’ worst e-cigarette lie

Competition fierce for US’ worst e-cigarette lie

| March 25, 2015

A US public health expert is aiming to identify the worst e-cigarette lie, and competition is fierce. But while this exercise has about it an air of levity; the selection criteria indicate the seriousness behind it: 1)      the extent of the misinformation provided to the public about e-cigarettes and; 2) the amount of probably damage […]

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AOI acting on stock-price non-compliance notice

AOI acting on stock-price non-compliance notice

| March 25, 2015

Alliance One International said yesterday that it was notified by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Monday that its common stock was not in compliance with the NYSE’s continued listing standard that requires a minimum average closing price of $1.00 per share over a period of 30 consecutive trading days. ‘In response, earlier today […]

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BAT appoints KPMG external auditors

BAT appoints KPMG external auditors

| March 25, 2015

Following a competitive tender, British American Tobacco has appointed KPMG as its new external auditors for 2015 onwards. PricewaterhouseCoopers, which had been the company’s auditors since it listed on the London Stock Exchange in September 1998, resigned with effect from March 23. Shareholder approval to confirm the appointment of KPMG is due to be sought […]

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E-cigarette campaign denounced as propaganda

E-cigarette campaign denounced as propaganda

| March 24, 2015

California public health officials yesterday launched an ‘information campaign’ that they hope will erode the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes, according to a story in the San Bernadino County Sun. Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health, was quoted as saying in a statement that, since 1990, California had been a […]

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Netherlands to introduce e-cigarette minimum age

Netherlands to introduce e-cigarette minimum age

| March 24, 2015

The Netherlands is to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to people under the age of 18, according to a Dutch News story. The ban was announced yesterday by junior health minister Martin van Rijn, who said the measure was being introduced in an effort to stop youngsters from smoking. The new rules will apply […]

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Saudi mobile cessation clinics attract mainly women

Saudi mobile cessation clinics attract mainly women

| March 24, 2015

Of 9,710 tobacco smokers who attended mobile clinics operated in Saudi Arabia under the Ministry of Health’s Tobacco Control Program (TCP), 8,575, or 88.3 percent were women. The clinics were said to have ‘played a key role in helping’ 2,296 men and women quit smoking. Fifty nine percent of those who quit smoking cited health […]

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Timely adoption of TPD legislation ‘a priority’

Timely adoption of TPD legislation ‘a priority’

| March 23, 2015

The EU Commission has said that the timely adoption of the secondary legislation provided for under the new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) is a priority. The Commission made its position clear in answer to questions from the Danish member of the European Parliament, Ulla Tørnæs, who was concerned that it might prove difficult for certain […]

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China ponders electronic cigarette regulation

China ponders electronic cigarette regulation

| March 23, 2015

The Chinese government is considering regulating the manufacture, sale and consumption of electronic cigarettes ‘in the light of uncertainty regarding the health risk/benefit of the devices’, according to a China Daily story relayed by the TMA. Mao Qun’an, a spokesman for China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission, made known the government’s thinking while speaking […]

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Trade deal dispute provisions need “reforming”

Trade deal dispute provisions need “reforming”

| March 23, 2015

The EU Commission has no intention of excluding Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions from the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) despite the fact that 97 percent of the 150,000 responses to a public consultation opposed them. A story in The Parliament Magazine said the EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström had told a hearing […]

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Norway consults on standardized tobacco packaging

Norway consults on standardized tobacco packaging

| March 23, 2015

The Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services has published a consultation paper proposing the introduction of standardized tobacco packaging, according to an EMBIN (Emerging Markets Business Information News) story. The consultation paper discusses also measures to implement Norway’s obligations under the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Article 5.3, which aims to […]

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UK accused of pursuing failing tobacco tax policy

UK accused of pursuing failing tobacco tax policy

| March 23, 2015

UK cigarette companies accused the government of pursuing a ‘failing tobacco tax policy’ after it used last week’s budget to continue imposing above-inflation duty increases, according to a story in The Times. At the same time, the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association (TMA) claimed the government’s policies towards tobacco were boosting the market for illicit products. “The […]

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India expected to delay imposing larger warnings

India expected to delay imposing larger warnings

| March 23, 2015

The Indian government will likely delay the implementation of its notification requiring tobacco products to carry graphic health warnings on 85 percent of the ‘pack surface’, according to a Times of India story relayed by the TMA. The delay will apparently be used for greater interaction with stakeholders to ensure that the legislation is properly […]

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Malawi’s Integrated Production System under attack

Malawi’s Integrated Production System under attack

| March 20, 2015

Malawi’s Agricultural Parliamentary Committee is investigating complaints by tobacco farmers who are unhappy with an Integrated Production System (IPS) that they say the government has imposed on them, according to a story by the Nyasa Times. And farmers aren’t the only ones who have reservations about the system. A paper on Tobacco Production and Market […]

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