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Financial dependence linked to tobacco use

Financial dependence linked to tobacco use

| November 18, 2014

Young adults in the US who are financially dependent on their parents are between about three and seven times more likely to be tobacco users than are their financially independent counterparts. Those financially dependent are also 63-86 percent less likely to have quit tobacco than are those financially independent. These are the key findings of […]

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BAT to appeal against oversupply fine

BAT to appeal against oversupply fine

| November 17, 2014

British American Tobacco is to appeal against a fine imposed by the UK’s HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for allegedly oversupplying the Belgium market with hand-rolling tobacco that then found its way to the UK. In a statement issued to the media, BAT described the fine as unjustified. The £650,000 fine came to light through […]

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Alberta exempts menthol from flavor ban

Alberta exempts menthol from flavor ban

| November 17, 2014

Alberta has made a menthol U-turn by exempting it from its law banning flavored tobacco products, according to a story by John Cotter for The Globe and Mail. Health Minister Stephen Mandel said the law, which is due to be phased in, would still protect young people from the dangers of other flavored tobacco. After […]

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JTI’s domestic volume down in October

JTI’s domestic volume down in October

| November 17, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during October, at 9.6 billion, was down by 5.5 percent on that of October 2013, 10.2 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company on Friday. The October 2013 figure was increased by 2.0 percent on that of October 2012. Volume during January-October, at 93.5 billion, was […]

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Blu e-cigarette comes with more juice

Blu e-cigarette comes with more juice

| November 17, 2014

Blu eCigs is scheduled to launch its new blu PLUS+ Rechargeable Kit nationwide in US retail stores today. The new product is said to use a pre-filled tank system that holds more e-juice and delivers more consistency from drag to drag than is the case with other products. Blu uses, too, a new flavor formulation […]

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Republican control of US Congress might slow advance of tobacco regulation

Republican control of US Congress might slow advance of tobacco regulation

| November 14, 2014

Having a Republican-controlled US Congress might not lead to a winding back of Food and Drug Administration oversight of tobacco products, according to a story by Richard Craver for the Winston-Salem Journal quoting analysts and industry observers. But it might mean a push for fewer new regulations at a time when the FDA is deliberating […]

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President parries minimum price plan

President parries minimum price plan

| November 14, 2014

The Philippines’ President, Benigno Aquino, seems to have rejected a proposal for the government to adopt a minimum price for cigarettes, according to a story in The Philippine Star. Even though at least some of his economic managers have supported the proposal, Aquino says he prefers a deregulated tobacco industry. “I just heard it now,” […]

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Finger of suspicion points at tobacco

Finger of suspicion points at tobacco

| November 14, 2014

Tobacco smokers are more vulnerable than are non-smokers to Raynaud’s phenomenon, a discoloration of the fingers and toes because of excessively reduced blood flow in response to cold weather or emotional stress, according to a story in The Korea Herald, quoting neurologist Park Gi-deok of the Ewha Women’s University Mokdong Hospital. “The chemicals in tobacco […]

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VUSE views to be webcast from forum

VUSE views to be webcast from forum

| November 14, 2014

Reynolds American Inc. is due to host a webcast of remarks about R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company’s VUSE digital vapor cigarette at the Wells Fargo 2nd Annual E-Cig Conference in New York on November 20, starting about 13.55 Eastern Time. Registration is now available at www.reynoldsamerican.com; and the webcast, on a listen-only basis, and a replay […]

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Linx launches entry-level laser coder

Linx launches entry-level laser coder

| November 14, 2014

Linx Printing Technologies is launching an entry-level laser coder that, it says, will enable more companies to use such technology than is currently the case. The Linx SL1 will enable more companies to apply high-quality codes and thereby add value to their packaging, says Linx. ‘The Linx SL1 laser coder has the speed, reliability, ease […]

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Meeting to discuss US small-town tobacco-sales ban ends in chaos

Meeting to discuss US small-town tobacco-sales ban ends in chaos

| November 13, 2014

A meeting called to discuss a proposal that would see a ban imposed on the sale of tobacco in a small US town was ended prematurely after shouting broke out over a no-clapping rule, according to a story by George Barnes for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. If the proposal is accepted, Westminster (population 7,277 […]

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Premium cigars light up US market

Premium cigars light up US market

| November 13, 2014

The US last year imported more premium, non-Cuban cigars than it did in 1996, which is generally reckoned to have been the high-point of the ‘cigar boom’ of the 1990s. According to a press release from Shmuli’s Cigars and Accessories, the US imported more than 317 million hand-rolled, non-Cuban cigars during 2013, up by about […]

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PMI applauded for US tobacco policy

PMI applauded for US tobacco policy

| November 13, 2014

The Child Labor Coalition (CLC) has applauded Philip Morris International for adopting a new US tobacco-buying policy that, the CLC says, ‘could well lead to reduced child labor in US tobacco fields’. Under the new policy (see PMI announces new U.S. tobacco purchasing model story, November 5), PMI is outsourcing its US tobacco purchasing to […]

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Theme chosen for 2015 nicotine forum

Theme chosen for 2015 nicotine forum

| November 13, 2014

The 2015 Global Forum on Nicotine, which is due to be held in Warsaw, Poland, on June 5 and 6, is taking as its theme: The only place where science and policy meet. The organizers of the event said in a recent press note that the science of nicotine was developing rapidly, regulatory issues were […]

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PMI to webcast conference presentation

PMI to webcast conference presentation

| November 13, 2014

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts of a presentation and question-and-answer session by CEO André Calantzopoulos during the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer & Retail Conference starting about 10.20 hours Eastern Time on November 19. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will provide live audio of the […]

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Lawsuit targets BAT’s role in Reynolds deal

Lawsuit targets BAT’s role in Reynolds deal

| November 12, 2014

The plaintiff in a lawsuit targeting Reynolds American Inc.’s $27.4 billion offer for Lorillard Inc. wants the deal blocked, saying that British American Tobacco (BAT) is protecting its 42 percent Reynolds stake at the expense of public shareholders. The Beatrice Corwin Living Irrevocable Trust is suing Reynolds, its board — which includes top executive Susan […]

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Tobacco farmers growing in Zimbabwe

Tobacco farmers growing in Zimbabwe

| November 12, 2014

At least 86,751 farmers in Zimbabwe have registered to grow tobacco during the 2014-15 season, up from 83,668 who had applied by the corresponding period in 2013, the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board says. At least 40,359 of the farmers who want to grow the crop are communal-based, translating to 46 percent of the growers […]

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Indian states crack down on tobacco

Indian states crack down on tobacco

| November 11, 2014

An attempt at heading off the growing incidence of cancer in the Indian state of Bihar has led to a ban on a number of non-combustible oral products containing tobacco, but has exempted cigarettes, bidis and raw tobacco or khaini, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Bihar’s […]

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Rising tide of tobacco taxes in Maldives

Rising tide of tobacco taxes in Maldives

| November 11, 2014

The Maldives’ Minister for Finance, Abdulla Jihad, said on Monday that the government would propose a tax increase on tobacco products of 300 percent, according to a Haveeru Online story. Speaking during a Budget Committee meeting, Jihad said that it was planned also to increase import duty on tobacco and other products. The current import […]

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Petition calls for shisha-ban review

Petition calls for shisha-ban review

| November 11, 2014

More than 200 people have signed a petition calling for a ban on the sale of shisha in Singapore to be reviewed, according to an AsiaOne story. The appeal, on the petition website Change.org, was started on Thursday by Isabelle Yeo, a National University of Singapore law graduate. Yeo also wrote an open letter to […]

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Fine cigar auction, London, December 1

Fine cigar auction, London, December 1

| November 11, 2014

C.Gars Ltd’s fifth winter auction of rare, aged and vintage cigars is due to be held in London on December 1. Managing director, Mitchell Orchant, said his company was currently holding 350 Lots and that bids were expected to range from £40 to £30,000, which would be a record for a C.Gars auction. Due to […]

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BAT moves swiftly to investigate U.S. tobacco farm labor abuse allegations

BAT moves swiftly to investigate U.S. tobacco farm labor abuse allegations

| November 10, 2014

British American Tobacco says it is bringing forward to next year a scheduled independent review of its US supply chain. This follows the publication of a number of reports alleging labor abuses on US farms, including tobacco farms. One report, A Smokescreen for Slavery: Human Rights Abuses in UK Supply Chains, by UK Labour Party […]

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EU Commission quizzed over OLAF’s relationship with tobacco industry

EU Commission quizzed over OLAF’s relationship with tobacco industry

| November 10, 2014

The European Commission has been asked how it can guarantee that co-operation between the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and the tobacco industry won’t lead to a reduction in tobacco-industry vigilance by OLAF. In a preamble to his question, Marc Tarabella, a Belgian politician and member of the European Parliament, said that since 2004 the Commission […]

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PM to hold discussions on plant closure

PM to hold discussions on plant closure

| November 10, 2014

The UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron has agreed to meet Northern Ireland representatives to discuss the forthcoming closure of the Lisnafillan tobacco factory at Ballymena, County Antrim, according to a UTV News story. It was announced last month that the plant, owned by Japan Tobacco International, would be shut down during the next two years […]

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Graphic warnings unveiled in Philippines

Graphic warnings unveiled in Philippines

| November 10, 2014

The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) has published 12 templates for the graphic health warnings set to be included on tobacco packs, according to stories in the Daily Inquirer and the Sun-Star. The 12 warnings are to be rotated so that each variant of every brand displays them all with approximately equal frequency during a […]

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