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Production to be restarted at Nepal’s Janakpur plant

Production to be restarted at Nepal’s Janakpur plant

| January 9, 2015

Nepal’s Minister for Industry, Mahesh Basnet, has said that preparations have been made for resuming production at the Janakpur Cigarette Factory, according to a story in My Republica quoting a National News Agency report. Basnet said the factory would resume operations soon ‘with the consent of the people’, which was possibly in part at least […]

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Call for doubling of cigarette tax in Hong Kong

Call for doubling of cigarette tax in Hong Kong

| January 9, 2015

A Hong Kong-based anti-tobacco-smoking pressure group is calling on the government to double the tax it imposes on cigarettes in a bid to get more smokers to quit their habit, according to a story by Elizabeth Cheung for the South China Morning Post. Doubling cigarette taxes would reportedly cause the price of these products to […]

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Savvy smokers switch to e-cigarettes to skirt tax hike

Savvy smokers switch to e-cigarettes to skirt tax hike

| January 9, 2015

South Korea’s anti-forces are having to fight a rearguard action as their success in getting the government to impose an eye-watering tax increase at the beginning of this year is creating a surge in interest in electronic cigarettes. An idea of the state of panic that is being created by these devices can be judge […]

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Tales of the unexpected

Tales of the unexpected

| January 9, 2015

The headline over a blog by a prominent US health campaigner yesterday read: Alaska Health Department airs first pro-smoking television ad since 1970. But, if you’re in the cigarette business, you shouldn’t get too excited until you read on. Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School […]

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US senator brands TPP a disastrous trade agreement

US senator brands TPP a disastrous trade agreement

| January 8, 2015

A US senator has made a scathing attack on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), listing 10 ways in which it would harm working families, according to a piece by Jason Easley in PoliticusUSA. Senator Bernie Sanders branded the TPP a disastrous trade agreement designed to protect the interests of the largest multi-national corporations at the […]

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Punjab clamping down on sales of loose cigarettes

Punjab clamping down on sales of loose cigarettes

| January 8, 2015

The government of the Indian state of Punjab said on Tuesday that it was taking measures to prevent the sale of loose cigarettes and other tobacco items because they did not carry the required pictorial health warning messages, according to a dnaindia.com story. A government spokesperson said all the deputy commissioners (district heads) had been […]

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BAT Korea announces tax-induced price rises

BAT Korea announces tax-induced price rises

| January 8, 2015

British American Tobacco Korea said yesterday that it would raise the price of a pack of Dunhill cigarettes from WON2,700 to WON4,500 from January 13, according to a story in The Korea Times quoting a BAT official. And it said it would raise the price of Dunhill again in February – to WON4,700. The price […]

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Lung cancer numbers up among Welsh women

Lung cancer numbers up among Welsh women

| January 8, 2015

The number of Welsh women diagnosed with lung cancer has increased by more than a third in the past decade, according to a story by Mark Smith for WalesOnline, quoting a new report. According to the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, the number of lung cancer cases in women rose from 825 in 2003 […]

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New Winston-Salem role for Reynolds’ Whitaker Park

New Winston-Salem role for Reynolds’ Whitaker Park

| January 8, 2015

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company said yesterday that it had agreed to donate a significant portion of its Whitaker Park manufacturing plant and surrounding properties to a local redevelopment group, WPDA. WPDA is a non-profit corporation created by Winston-Salem Business, the Winston-Salem Alliance and Wake Forest University to undertake economic and redevelopment projects. As part of […]

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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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