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New fund to help governments defend health policies

New fund to help governments defend health policies

| March 20, 2015

Bloomberg Philanthropies (BPh) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) said on Wednesday they were creating a $4 million fund to help governments defend their tobacco control policies. A Reuters report, relayed by the TMA, said the fund would be administered by the US-based Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. BPh and BMGF said countries with […]

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Taiwan food company ditches tobacco product sales

Taiwan food company ditches tobacco product sales

| March 20, 2015

I-Mei Food, one of Taiwan’s biggest food companies, said on Wednesday that it would stop selling tobacco products in its stores from next month, according to a story in the Taipei Times. The company cited the nation’s poor air quality, parents’ reaction to smoking, and actor-turned-activist Sun Yue’s anti-smoking efforts as reasons behind its decision. […]

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Smoking stable worldwide: Tobacco Atlas

Smoking stable worldwide: Tobacco Atlas

| March 20, 2015

More than 5.8 trillion cigarettes were smoked worldwide last year, about the same number as were smoked in 2013, according to a Reuters report relayed by the TMA and citing figures from the Tobacco Atlas. The latest issue of the Atlas, which is produced by the World Lung Foundation (WLF) and the American Cancer Society, […]

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PM USA hosting solar power project in Virginia

PM USA hosting solar power project in Virginia

| March 20, 2015

Philip Morris USA has become the latest company to partner with Dominion Virginia Power under the Solar Partnership Program by hosting what will become the largest solar installation in Virginia, according to a Dominion press note issued through PRNewswire. Dominion is currently installing about 8,000 ground-mounted solar panels at the PM USA Park 500 facility […]

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Chan’s aim is to put tobacco industry out of business

Chan’s aim is to put tobacco industry out of business

| March 19, 2015

The World Health Organization’s chief, Dr. Margaret Chan, has urged global action to drive tobacco companies out of business, according to a Medical Xpress story. Speaking at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) yesterday, Chan welcomed the steps taken by several companies, led by Australia, to introduce standardized tobacco packaging. And she called […]

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Plain packs push more smokers to quit attempts

Plain packs push more smokers to quit attempts

| March 19, 2015

A comprehensive evaluation of Australia’s standardized tobacco packaging legislation is said to have found that the proportion of smokers who attempted to quit increased from about 20 percent before the packaging was imposed to nearly 27 percent afterwards, according to an Aap Newsfeed story relayed by the TMA. Standardized packaging was found to be associated […]

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Scary packs incite quit attempt – but not this year

Scary packs incite quit attempt – but not this year

| March 19, 2015

Graphic health warnings on cigarette packs have been met with a mixed reception in Namibia, where they are now a requirement under an amendment to the Tobacco Control Act 2010, according to a story in The Namibian. Some smokers who spoke to the newspaper were quoted as saying they were definitely scared and some made […]

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SMI to lose CFO and COO next month

SMI to lose CFO and COO next month

| March 19, 2015

Schweitzer-Mauduit International said yesterday that its executive vice president, CFO and treasurer Jeffrey A. Cook would retire on April 3, while its COO Stephen Dunmead would resign from the company on April 15, according to a Thomson Reuters story relayed by the TMA. The company said Bob Cardin, the company’s controller, would assume the role […]

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Trade minister tries to brush away TPPA fears

Trade minister tries to brush away TPPA fears

| March 18, 2015

Australia’s Trade Minister Andrew Robb has described concerns raised by diverse groups about the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) as a “scare campaign” that is “designed to frighten people about any sort of trade agreement”, according to an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) story relayed by the TMA. The agreement is being negotiated in secret by […]

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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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