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Call for privatization of cigarette-butt clean-up costs

Call for privatization of cigarette-butt clean-up costs

| January 7, 2015

UK MPs want tobacco companies, takeaway restaurants and chewing-gum manufacturers to spend hundreds of millions of pounds to clean up the mess created when their products and packaging are carelessly discarded, according to a story by Mark Leftly for The Independent. They are said to be furious that managing litter in England alone costs the […]

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Health fears stop smokers from using e-cigarettes

Health fears stop smokers from using e-cigarettes

| January 7, 2015

A just-released survey on tobacco habits and attitudes in the US has found that most college graduates have never tried a cigarette. This is one of the findings of a national poll of more than 1,000 US American adults conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of Swedish Match, a Sweden-based tobacco company that is […]

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Belarus sets cigarette production quotas for 2015

Belarus sets cigarette production quotas for 2015

| January 7, 2015

The Belarusian government has set the quota for cigarettes produced for sale during 2015 on the domestic market at 30.0 billion pieces, the same quota as that of last year, according to a Belarusian Telegraph Agency report. The Belgospishcheprom Group has been given a quota of 23.0 billion cigarettes, of which 18.9 billion are filtered […]

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Turkish smokers hit with double price whammy

Turkish smokers hit with double price whammy

| January 7, 2015

Smokers in Turkey have been hit with a double whammy as some tobacco companies have taken the opportunity of a tax hike to increase their own prices, according to a story in the Daily Sabah. Tobacco companies increased the tobacco prices on Monday in response to the tax increase, which came into effect on January […]

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Chowdhury namedpartner at Keller and Heckman

Chowdhury namedpartner at Keller and Heckman

| January 6, 2015

E-cigarette expert Azim Chowdhury has been named partner in Keller and Heckman’s Washington DC law office. Chowdhury advises corporations in matters of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and international regulatory compliance. Specifically, he assists corporations in establishing clearances for food and drug additives in the U.S., Canada and the European Union, with an emphasis […]

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Tobacco Board requires registration of marketers

Tobacco Board requires registration of marketers

| January 6, 2015

The Tobacco Board of Zambia (TBZ) says the marketing of tobacco in the 2014-2015 season will be restricted to registered growers. Tobacco growers can register until Jan. 21, 2015 at TBZ’s head office in Lusaka and in Chipata, Choma, Kaoma, Kabwe and Mansa. According to the Daily Mail, the decision is in accordance with the […]

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Domino invests in India

Domino invests in India

| January 6, 2015

Domino has opened a state-of-the-art factory in Manesar, India, dedicated to the manufacture of inks and printers for coding and marking. Replacing Domino’s two existing facilities, the new 4,050 square feet factory has been built to strict green building design specifications and will also include a warehouse and billing center. The new location will employ […]

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Delfort buys Glatz Vietnam

Delfort buys Glatz Vietnam

| January 6, 2015

Delfortgroup of Austria has acquired Glatz Finepaper Vietnam Co. from Glatz Feinpapiere. Glatz Finepaper Vietnam will be renamed Wattens Vietnam. Built in 2009, the Vietnam paper mill is located close to Ho Chi Minh City and employs 200 people. It operates a dedicated state-of-the-art cigarette paper machine with an annual capacity of more than 13,000 […]

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Anti-smoking campaign starting to work in China

Anti-smoking campaign starting to work in China

| January 6, 2015

China’s anti-smoking campaign made significant progress in 2014 because relevant legislation was brought in at both the national and local levels, according to a China Daily story. Health experts were said to have agreed during a health forum held at Kunming, Yunnan province, that the country’s growing emphasis on the rule of law had advanced […]

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Nova Scotia consulting on flavors strategy

Nova Scotia consulting on flavors strategy

| January 6, 2015

The government of Nova Scotia, Canada, is due to consult this month and next on what flavors should be banned from inclusion in tobacco products, and whether any bans should be extended to include electronic cigarette liquids, according to a CBC News story. In November, a proposed law that would have extended a ban on […]

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Korea’s cigarette price hike gives boost to fine-cut

Korea’s cigarette price hike gives boost to fine-cut

| January 6, 2015

South Korea’s government can probably claim some initial success in that its January 1 tax-induced cigarette price hike has forced more smokers than previously to attend quit-smoking clinics, according to a Korea Bizwire piece. One clinic, which used to see about 150 smokers a month, now has to cope with more than 100 a day. […]

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Imperial provides more funds to help fight Ebola

Imperial provides more funds to help fight Ebola

| January 6, 2015

Imperial Tobacco says that it is giving health workers a further £57,000 to help them tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The money will be used to provide items such as protective clothing, disinfectant equipment and observation rooms in Mali. The current Ebola outbreak has resulted in the deaths of almost 7,000 people in […]

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China lifts leaf tobacco price controls

China lifts leaf tobacco price controls

| January 5, 2015

China has announced that purchase prices for leaf tobacco are to be set by supply and demand rather than by the government, according to an Ecns.com (the official English-language website of the China News Service, CNS) story. Quoting a government statement, CNS said that tobacco companies were now free to set purchase prices independently, ‘based […]

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North Carolina’s tobacco smoking ban a non-issue

North Carolina’s tobacco smoking ban a non-issue

| January 5, 2015

Five years after North Carolina (NC) banned tobacco smoking in restaurants and bars, the ban has been embraced to the point where it has become a non-issue for most restaurant operators, employees and the public, according to a story by Richard Craver for the Winston-Salem Journal. Although the ban was touted as a game changer […]

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New York brings in age restrictions on nicotine sales

New York brings in age restrictions on nicotine sales

| January 5, 2015

The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has signed legislation aimed at preventing the sale of liquid nicotine to minors and requiring that nicotine containers include child safety caps, according to a story by Audrey Matott for the Catskill Daily Mail. New York State legislation banned the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors in 2010 […]

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Problem of radon becoming more widespread in US

Problem of radon becoming more widespread in US

| January 5, 2015

Radon gas, which is considered to be a carcinogen and the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers in the US, is said to be becoming a more widespread problem in the country. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared January to be National Radon Action Month and part of the publicity surrounding […]

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Manufacturers, retailers, smokers hit hard in Korea

Manufacturers, retailers, smokers hit hard in Korea

| January 2, 2015

South Korea’s tobacco manufacturers, retailers and consumers woke up to a number of headaches yesterday, according to stories in The Korea Herald and The Korea Times. Cigarette prices were increased sharply yesterday while public-places tobacco smoking bans were expanded and fines for those caught ignoring the bans were raised. Largely because of a WON2,000 (about […]

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Smoking ‘big problem’ in Ireland despite downturn

Smoking ‘big problem’ in Ireland despite downturn

| January 2, 2015

Smoking ‘big problem’ in Ireland despite downturn Ireland’s Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD, has indicated that the incidence of smoking in Ireland might have dropped below 20 percent, according to a story by Michael Staines for the Evening Herald. Varadkar was said to have ‘hailed figures showing that the number of smokers in Ireland […]

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Sri Lanka debut for cigarette graphic health warnings

Sri Lanka debut for cigarette graphic health warnings

| January 2, 2015

Sri Lanka started yesterday on the last phase of its imposition of graphic health warnings on cigarette packs, according to a story in The Island, Colombo. Manufacturers were prohibited from producing after December 31 packs without the warning while traders and distributors have to clear their stocks of non-compliant products by the end of this […]

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Dubai clamps down on driving while smoking shisha

Dubai clamps down on driving while smoking shisha

| December 31, 2014

Police in Dubai have launched a crackdown on motorists smoking shisha while driving, even though it is not illegal to do so, according to a story on ArabianBusiness.com. At the same time, officials are considering changing the law in a bid to stop the practice. General Mohammad Saif Al Zafeen, head of the Federal Traffic […]

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South Korea fears tax hike might trigger profiteering

South Korea fears tax hike might trigger profiteering

| December 31, 2014

The government of South Korea said yesterday that it will clamp down on any cigarette manufacturers that might have hoarded cigarettes ahead of tomorrow’s huge, mainly tax-induced price rises, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The finance ministry reportedly said that police and officials from the tax and customs department planned to check […]

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Taiwan told to follow Korea’s anti-tobacco footsteps

Taiwan told to follow Korea’s anti-tobacco footsteps

| December 31, 2014

An-anti-tobacco organization has called on Taiwan’s government to increase cigarette tax by NT$20 a pack, increase the size of health warnings to cover 80 percent of pack surfaces, ban smoking in indoor public places, including places of work, and bring electronic cigarettes under the Tobacco Hazards Act. According to a story in the Taipei Times, […]

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E-cigarettes one of UK’s fastest-growing products

E-cigarettes one of UK’s fastest-growing products

| December 31, 2014

Electronic cigarettes, sports nutrition bars and gluten and dairy-free food were the fastest growing products sold in UK supermarkets and grocers during the last year, according to a story by Simon Neville for The Independent, citing new data from Nielsen. Nielsen reported that electronic cigarette sales increased by 50.0 percent year-on-year, while sales of nicotine […]

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Public places bans backed by environmentalists

Public places bans backed by environmentalists

| December 30, 2014

Environmental experts have called for strict implementation of India’s ban on tobacco smoking in enclosed public places as a way of restricting where cigarette butts are discarded, according to an IANS (Indo-Asian News Service) story. The non-biodegradable nature of a cigarette butt, which comprised a hazardous solid waste, meant that it was challenging to deal […]

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Cigarette price hike triggers violence in South Korea

Cigarette price hike triggers violence in South Korea

| December 30, 2014

As the clock ticks towards the end of December, some smokers in South Korea are becoming increasingly agitated about the tax hike due to come into effect on January 1. A story by Lina Jang for Korea Bizwire has described how a few smokers have become violent when faced with empty shelves and government-imposed guidelines […]

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