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Ireland’s plain packaging rules signed into law

Ireland’s plain packaging rules signed into law

| March 11, 2015

Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins has signed into law the country’s standardized tobacco packaging legislation. According to an RTE story relayed by the TMA, cigarette manufacturers will be required, from May 2016, to produce cigarettes for the Irish market in standardized packaging. From May 2017 only cigarettes in standardized packaging will be allowed to be […]

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PMI to host webcast of conference presentation

PMI to host webcast of conference presentation

| March 11, 2015

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 CFO Jacek Olczak at the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe (CAGE) conference in London, UK, starting about 10.15 local time on March 17. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will provide live audio […]

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PMI declares regular quarterly dividend

PMI declares regular quarterly dividend

| March 11, 2015

Philip Morris International’s board of directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend of $1.00 per common share, payable on April 10 to shareholders of record as of March 26. The ex-dividend date is March 24. Meanwhile, PMI announced that Carlos Slim Helú was due to retire from the board of directors at the Annual Meeting […]

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Sweeping penalties for tobacco spitters

Sweeping penalties for tobacco spitters

| March 10, 2015

The state health department of Maharashtra, India, is considering a proposal that would require anyone caught using or spitting smokeless tobacco products in public places to work as a government sweeper for a day, reports The Economic Times. The proposal also calls for suspending the driver’s license of anyone caught spitting on the road, as […]

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Pax Labs launches Pax 2

Pax Labs launches Pax 2

| March 10, 2015

Pax Labs, a San Francisco, California, USA-based company that develops alternatives to traditional cigarettes, today announced the launch of its most innovative product yet: the Pax 2. Geared toward consumers on the go, the product is 25 percent smaller than the original Pax, making it the most pocketable loose-leaf vaporizer on the market, according to […]

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Illicit cigarettes increasing share of Greece’s market

Illicit cigarettes increasing share of Greece’s market

| March 10, 2015

Greece could ‘lose’ more than €1 billion a year in tax revenue to the sale of illicit cigarettes by 2019, according to a story in the International Business Times citing Euromonitor figures. Illicit cigarettes were said to have accounted for 21 percent of the cigarettes consumed in the country last year, up from 18 percent […]

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Malawi growers live in hope of fairer prices

Malawi growers live in hope of fairer prices

| March 10, 2015

Without disclosing the names of the companies, the government of Malawi said it had licensed three leaf dealers from China, Egypt and South Africa to participate in the 2015 marketing season that started on March 4, according to a story by Thula Chisamba for Malawi24. The move is aimed at increasing competition in a country […]

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Leaf tobacco prices way down – again – in Zimbabwe

Leaf tobacco prices way down – again – in Zimbabwe

| March 10, 2015

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured tobacco growers sold 775,997 kg of leaf at an average price of US$1.55 per kg during the first three days of the marketing season that opened on March 4, according to a Newsday Zimbabwe story citing figures from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB). During the corresponding period of the previous marketing […]

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Challenge to UK plain packs law ‘unlikely to succeed’

Challenge to UK plain packs law ‘unlikely to succeed’

| March 10, 2015

A legal analysis has found that the UK’s proposed standardized tobacco packaging legislation is compatible with European law, according to a story posted on the website of Cancer Research Campaign. Professor Alberto Alemanno, co-author of the report, which was funded by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and Cancer Research UK, said there was such […]

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KT&G super-slim cigarette has cigar leaf in blend

KT&G super-slim cigarette has cigar leaf in blend

| March 10, 2015

South Korea’s KT&G said yesterday that it had become the first company anywhere to introduce a 100 mm super-slim cigarette that includes cigar leaf, according to a story in the Korea JoongAng Daily. The company said that Bohem Cigar’s blend included 20 percent cigar leaf from South America and Cuba, and that the filter contained […]

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Digitally printed folding cartons can drive sales

Digitally printed folding cartons can drive sales

| March 10, 2015

Iggesund Paperboard has expressed delight at what it sees as ‘almost an explosion of digitally printed folding cartons’. “For a company like ours which offers stiff paperboard of the highest quality this is a terrific development,” said Fredrik Lisinski, who is responsible for developing the company’s sales to the digital print market. In a press […]

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Chinese firm eyes Namibian land to grow tobacco

Chinese firm eyes Namibian land to grow tobacco

| March 9, 2015

A plan by the Namibian government to lease 10,000 ha of land to a Chinese company to grow tobacco has run into opposition, according to a story by Tuyeimo Haidula for The Namibian. Namibia Oriental Tobacco, which has Ng Yung listed as its only director, plans to use the land to grow tobacco and maize. […]

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Irish government’s tobacco policy far from plain

Irish government’s tobacco policy far from plain

| March 9, 2015

The Irish government has been accused of double standards in its fight against tobacco after it emerged that the state has multimillion-euro investments in the tobacco industry, according to a story in the Irish Examiner. The finance spokesman for the opposition Fianna Fáil party, Michael McGrath, made the charge on the basis of figures showing […]

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Turkey’s president likens quitting smoking to rebirth

Turkey’s president likens quitting smoking to rebirth

| March 9, 2015

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has made yet another attempt to fight tobacco smoking by saying that a social landscape should be created to put pressure on smokers, according to a story in the Hurriyet Daily News. “We must create a social landscape where smokers are condemned,” he was quoted as saying. “When I see […]

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Smokers cut from some operations in England

Smokers cut from some operations in England

| March 9, 2015

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) in England are denying medical treatments to high numbers of people who are obese or smokers, according to a story by David Millett for GP Magazine. Eighty three percent of CCGs restrict access to surgery and treatments based on a patient’s BMI [body mass index], and at least one blocks all […]

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Big cigars light up another US tobacco battle

Big cigars light up another US tobacco battle

| March 9, 2015

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has expressed its strong opposition to a bill that would exempt ‘traditional large and premium cigars’ from regulation by the Food and Drug Administration under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, according to an American Family Physician story. The bill would reportedly amend the Federal Food, […]

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‘E-cigarettes lead to tobacco cessation, not initiation’

‘E-cigarettes lead to tobacco cessation, not initiation’

| March 6, 2015

Two new United States surveys have found that 15-21 million U.S. adults used e-cigarettes regularly in 2013-2014; 3.2-4.3 million e-cigarette users no longer smoked cigarettes on a regular basis; and approximately 90 percent of regular e-cigarette users were/are regular cigarette smokers. The studies—which were presented in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, from Feb. 25-28 at the annual […]

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Califf appointed deputy commissioner of FDA

Califf appointed deputy commissioner of FDA

| March 6, 2015

Robert Califf, a cardiologist and researcher at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA, was appointed as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco on March 2. Califf—who was previously overseeing the FDA’s drug, medical device and tobacco policy—is a recognized global leader in cardiology, clinical research and […]

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Cigarette smoke releases more toxins than e-cigs, study says

Cigarette smoke releases more toxins than e-cigs, study says

| March 6, 2015

A study examining the vapor released from Blu Ecigs’ and Skycig’s e-cigarettes in comparison to the smoke emitted by Philip Morris USA’s Marlboro Gold and Imperial Tobacco’s Lambert & Butler cigarettes found that levels of harmful and potentially harmful constituents (HPHCs) in cigarette smoke were 1,500 times higher than the levels found in e-cigarette vapor. […]

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Judge: U.K. smoking ban applies in prison too

Judge: U.K. smoking ban applies in prison too

| March 6, 2015

A high court judge has ruled that the U.K public-places smoking ban must be enforced in state prisons despite the possibility of unrest this could provoke in jails throughout England and Wales. According to Justice Singh, the justice secretary misunderstood an exemption made in 2006 to health legislation that banned smoking in workplaces and enclosed […]

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FDA changes TPSAC membership to address conflicts of interest

FDA changes TPSAC membership to address conflicts of interest

| March 6, 2015

Four members have resigned from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC), and three new ones have joined. The FDA made the changes to comply with a court ruling that requires the agency to address certain members’ alleged conflicts of interests. On July 21, 2014, Judge Richard Leon of […]

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Plain packs said to work like a ‘vaccine’ on young

Plain packs said to work like a ‘vaccine’ on young

| March 6, 2015

A New Zealand public health expert says that evidence from Australia shows that standardized tobacco packaging has worked almost like a vaccine against tobacco use in children and young people. According to a story by Martin Johnston for the New Zealand Herald, Robert Beaglehole, a University of Auckland emeritus professor, is one of a number […]

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EU parliamentary group to counter tobacco influence

EU parliamentary group to counter tobacco influence

| March 6, 2015

A cross-party working group has been set up within the European parliament to counter what is said to be the growing influence of tobacco companies. According to Julie Levy-Abegoli writing for The Parliament Magazine, the group was put together by S&D [Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats] deputy Gilles Pargneaux, at the behest of Paris […]

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Young experimenting with vaping in Canada

Young experimenting with vaping in Canada

| March 6, 2015

The number of young people in Canada who have tried vaping is higher than the number of young smokers, according to a story by Amy Thatcher for CMAJ citing recently released government statistics. Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey figures show that among those 15-19 years of age, 20 percent have tried vaping while 11 […]

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Dutch firm has high hopes for new vaping product

Dutch firm has high hopes for new vaping product

| March 6, 2015

The Dutch company E-njoint has launched a vaping product that, its says, is infused with an authentic cannabis taste and smell, provides a mild high, but may be smoked in countries where it is illegal to smoke cannabis. ‘Because the E-njoint contains no THC, CBD, nicotine, tar or toxins it’s completely legal, but still gives […]

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