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FCTC passion and cohesion dissipated after 10 years

FCTC passion and cohesion dissipated after 10 years

| February 27, 2015

The World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is 10 years old today and apparently it is starting to show its age. According to a piece by Derek Yach, executive director of the Vitality Institute and former executive director of WHO NCDs, the FCTC is an ambitious approach to tackling the world’s ‘most […]

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Bigger health warnings not practical for India’s OTPs

Bigger health warnings not practical for India’s OTPs

| February 27, 2015

The producers of tobacco products other than cigarettes are asking the Indian government to exclude them from the current requirement that, by April 1, tobacco packs include health warnings covering 85 percent of their two main surfaces, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The new warnings would […]

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BAT would challenge planned UK plain packs laws

BAT would challenge planned UK plain packs laws

| February 27, 2015

British American Tobacco said yesterday that it would take action against the UK government if it enacted a plan to put cigarettes in standardized packs, according to a story by Martinne Geller for Reuters. “If the regulations, as published this week, are passed, we anticipate taking legal action,” Jerome Abelman, BAT’s director of corporate and […]

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Cubatabaco wins latest round in US trademark tussle

Cubatabaco wins latest round in US trademark tussle

| February 27, 2015

The US Supreme Court handed a victory to Cubatabaco on Monday by refusing to intervene in a legal case against a US-based rival firm over the Cohiba trademark that both use for their cigars, according to a story in the Latin American Herald Tribune. The high court refused to hear an appeal by US firm […]

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Altria declares regular quarterly dividend

Altria declares regular quarterly dividend

| February 27, 2015

The Altria Group’s board of directors on Wednesday declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.52 per common share, payable on April 10 to shareholders of record as of March 16. The ex-dividend date is March 12.

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Taylor to lead Imperial’s U.S. operations

Taylor to lead Imperial’s U.S. operations

| February 26, 2015

David Taylor will become chief executive of Imperial Tobacco Group’s U.S. subsidiary, ITG Brands. Taylor is currently executive vice president, finance and planning, and chief financial officer of Lorillard. Imperial Tobacco also announced that Martin Orlowsky has voluntarily resigned due to differences with the company’s management style. In July 2014, ITG Brands entered into an […]

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BAT’s volume down but share up in ‘key markets’

BAT’s volume down but share up in ‘key markets’

| February 26, 2015

British American Tobacco’s cigarette volumes during 2014, at 667 billion, were down by about 1.4 percent on those of 2013, 676 billion. Volumes were increased in the company’s EEMEA (Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa) region from 226 billion to 227 billion; they were unchanged in its Asia Pacific region at 197 billion; they were […]

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US tobacco firms settle 400 Engle progeny cases

US tobacco firms settle 400 Engle progeny cases

| February 26, 2015

The three biggest US tobacco companies have tentatively agreed to pay $100 million to resolve 400 Engle progeny lawsuits pending against them in the Florida federal court. Final approval of the deal is subject to an agreement to participate by all the plaintiffs. Under the terms of the agreement, Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds […]

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Revised TPD the most lobbied EU dossier

Revised TPD the most lobbied EU dossier

| February 25, 2015

The tobacco industry deployed ‘massive’ third party lobbying to subvert revisions to the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), according to a BMJ piece citing research published online by Tobacco Control (TC). TC was said to have found also that regulatory reforms seemed to have made it easier for corporate interests to influence public health legislation. […]

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Greece agrees to crack down on tobacco smuggling

Greece agrees to crack down on tobacco smuggling

| February 25, 2015

One of the reform measures conceded by the Greek government before Tuesday’s agreement on the extension of the country’s bailout for four months was a crack down on tobacco smuggling, according to a story by Jim Yardley for the New York Times. Euro zone finance ministers and other creditors agreed to extend the Greek bailout […]

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Indian government asked to spread tax burden

Indian government asked to spread tax burden

| February 25, 2015

Ahead of the 2015 budget, the Tobacco Institute of India has been calling on the country’s government to widen the tax base to include all tobacco products, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The budget is due to be presented to the Indian parliament by the Finance […]

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Sporting role for Thailand’s smokers

Sporting role for Thailand’s smokers

| February 25, 2015

Thai smokers, who already contribute to the Thai Health Promotion Foundation and the Thai Public Broadcasting Services, will soon be providing money to help the country’s sporting efforts, according to a story in the Bangkok Post. Retail prices for cigarettes and alcoholic drinks are said to be likely to go up by several baht next […]

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Swisher sets up vapor business

Swisher sets up vapor business

| February 24, 2015

Swisher International is creating a new company, E-Alternative Solutions (EAS) to develop, market and distribute for the rapidly growing vapor market. Swisher’s senior vice president for sales and marketing will serve as the CEO of EAS. “We have been carefully reviewing the e-cigarette space for a while through market research, customer feedback and in-depth reviews […]

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Wording dispute over tobacco companies’ mea culpa

Wording dispute over tobacco companies’ mea culpa

| February 24, 2015

The US’ biggest tobacco companies have asked a federal appeals court to set aside a series of court-ordered ‘advertisements’ saying they lied about the dangers of smoking, according to an Associated Press story. The companies told a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals in Washington that they are ready and willing to pass […]

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MEP opposes Commission’s e-cigarette tax plans

MEP opposes Commission’s e-cigarette tax plans

| February 24, 2015

The member of the European Parliament representing North West England, Paul Nuttall, has spoken out against news that the European Commission is ‘considering hiking up tax on healthier electronic cigarettes,’ according to a note posted on the website of the UKIP party, of which Nuttall is deputy leader. The Commission is said to have asked […]

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South Korea holding the line on huge price increases

South Korea holding the line on huge price increases

| February 24, 2015

In the face of widespread opposition, a senior politician in South Korea on Monday took a step back from his efforts to introduce low-price cigarettes, according to a story in The Korea Times. Ruling Saenuri Party floor leader, Representative Yoo Seong-min, had instructed the party’s policy committee on February 17 to review ways to introduce […]

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Timing of SC share acquisition proposal ‘compelling’

Timing of SC share acquisition proposal ‘compelling’

| February 24, 2015

British American Tobacco is evaluating a possible public tender offer to acquire up to all of the 24.7 percent of Souza Cruz shares that are not owned by BAT, and to delist the company. In a press note posted on its website yesterday, BAT said any offer for Souza Cruz’s shares would be at a […]

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Learning to appreciate nicotine

Learning to appreciate nicotine

| February 23, 2015

A nicotine metabolite once thought to be inactive, cotinine, in fact supports learning and memory by amplifying the action of a primary chemical messenger involved in both, according to a piece in science20.com quoting a new study. The new findings apparently indicate cotinine makes brain receptors more sensitive to lower levels of the messenger acetylcholine, […]

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Question raised over windfall-tax effectiveness

Question raised over windfall-tax effectiveness

| February 23, 2015

A ‘windfall tax’ on tobacco companies would lead to the loss of millions of pounds for the UK taxman, according to a report in The Times quoting research by the consultancy, Oxford Economics. Volumes of UK duty-paid cigarettes and hand-rolled tobacco could decline, leading to a net loss of £167 million if the levy were […]

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Second tobacco firm issues plain-packs threat

Second tobacco firm issues plain-packs threat

| February 23, 2015

John Player has threatened the Irish government with legal action over plans to introduce standardized tobacco packaging, according to a story in the Independent. The paper said the company had warned the Minister for Health, Dr. Leo Varadkar, and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. James Reilly, that they would be hauled before […]

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Graphic warnings – 12th time unlucky for smokers?

Graphic warnings – 12th time unlucky for smokers?

| February 23, 2015

South Korea’s lawmakers are due to start debating tomorrow whether to compel cigarette manufacturers to include graphic health warnings on cigarette packs, which currently carry printed warnings only, according to a story in The Korea Times. The National Assembly Health and Welfare Committee is scheduled to review the government’s proposal and some observers believe there […]

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Three new tobacco varieties for Malawi’s growers

Three new tobacco varieties for Malawi’s growers

| February 23, 2015

Malawi’s Agricultural Research and Extension Trust (ARET) has introduced three new tobacco varieties that are said to be pest and disease resistant, and fast maturing. The release of the three new varieties, ARET Barley Hybrid (ABH) 12, ABH 31 and ABH 43, was announced by ARET’s deputy director responsible for extension and specialist services, John […]

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EU Commission raises taxing e-cigarette question

EU Commission raises taxing e-cigarette question

| February 20, 2015

The EU Commission is considering looking into whether electronic cigarettes should be taxed in the same way as traditional cigarettes are taxed, according to a story in the Irish Times. The Commission is said to have asked excise duty experts from across the EU to consider the ‘best way to achieve fiscal equal treatment’ of […]

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Some support for India’s 85 percent health warnings

Some support for India’s 85 percent health warnings

| February 20, 2015

Over 500 organizations have written to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi supporting the imposition of 85 percent graphic warnings on all tobacco packs from April 1, according to a DNA India story. Representatives of women’s groups, youth associations, hospitals, self-help groups and voluntary organizations were said to be among those who sent 4,000 signed letters […]

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Irish legal practice urged to cut tobacco link

Irish legal practice urged to cut tobacco link

| February 20, 2015

An Irish legal practice involved in a threatened tobacco-company action over proposed standardized tobacco packaging legislation is coming under pressure from Health Minister Leo Varadkar to sever its connection with the tobacco industry. Arthur Cox was said to be already facing questions from the Health Service Executive, one of its many public clients, over its […]

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