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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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Swisher forms vapor-product company

Swisher forms vapor-product company

| February 20, 2015

US-based Swisher International has formed a new ‘sister’ company, E-Alternative Solutions (EAS), to focus on developing, marketing and distributing electronic cigarettes and electronic vaping products, according to a CSPNet (Convenience Store/Petroleum) story. John Miller, Swisher senior vice president of sales and marketing who will serve also as the CEO of EAS, said EAS had the […]

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Lorillard declares quarterly dividend increase

Lorillard declares quarterly dividend increase

| February 20, 2015

Lorillard’s board of directors has declared a seven percent increase in the quarterly dividend on its common stock from $0.615 per share to $0.66 per share. The dividend is payable on March 10 to stockholders of record as of March 2. The company said this was the seventh dividend increase since Lorillard became an independent […]

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Call for 99 percent tax on cigarette company profits

Call for 99 percent tax on cigarette company profits

| February 19, 2015

A leading Irish oncologist and senator has called for a 99 percent tax on the profits of tobacco companies if they pursue threats of legal action against the state, according to a story in the Irish Examiner. Commenting on news that JTI Ireland had threatened to sue the state over the introduction of standardized packaging, […]

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A gentler approach to smokers and quitting in Jordan

A gentler approach to smokers and quitting in Jordan

| February 19, 2015

In calling recently for more attention to be paid to the smoking ‘epidemic’, the president of the Jordan National Anti-smoking Society, Mohammad Shreim, ruled out a struggle against smokers. “…we want them to quit because we love them,” he was quoted as saying in a story carried by The Jordan Times. Smoking was an ‘epidemic’ […]

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German pensioner’s smoking did not disturb peace

German pensioner’s smoking did not disturb peace

| February 19, 2015

Germany’s Federal Supreme Court has overturned a ruling that gave a landlady authority to evict a pensioner whose smoking was said to be offensive to neighbors, according to a BBC Online story. The Supreme Court ruled that a Düsseldorf court that had backed the landlady’s complaint must now re-investigate the matter. Friedhelm Adolfs, 76, had […]

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KT&G fined over ‘unfair’ business practices

KT&G fined over ‘unfair’ business practices

| February 19, 2015

South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has fined KT&G WON2.5 billion ($2 million) for encouraging retailers not to sell the cigarettes of ‘foreign competitors’, according to a story in The Korea Times At the same time, KT&G was ordered to correct its ‘unfair’ business practices. The FTC said the company had offered cigarettes at discounted […]

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Hon Lik to speak at Global Forum on Nicotine

Hon Lik to speak at Global Forum on Nicotine

| February 19, 2015

Hon Lik, the inventor of the modern electronic cigarette, is due to speak at the second Global Forum on Nicotine, which is scheduled to be held at the Warsaw Marriott, Poland, on June 5 and 6. Abstracts for the science and policy update session and proposals for satellite sessions are due by February 28. And […]

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If you can stand in the sand, you may drink

If you can stand in the sand, you may drink

| February 19, 2015

Smoking and eating have been banned on beaches at Phuket Island, Thailand, according to a story in the Phuket Gazette. The bans were apparently announced during a press conference called to clarify an earlier ban on beach chairs. Governor Nisit Jansomwong had called the conference following tourists’ protests about police officers asking them to remove […]

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Ireland threatened with plain-packs legal action

Ireland threatened with plain-packs legal action

| February 18, 2015

JTI Ireland has told the Irish government to halt immediately standardized tobacco packaging legislation in the Dáil (lower house of parliament) or face a High Court claim for damages, according to a story in the Irish Times. The company is said to have told ministers Dr. James Reilly (Children and Youth Affairs) and Dr. Leo […]

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Comedian hits out at tobacco-firm lawsuit threats

Comedian hits out at tobacco-firm lawsuit threats

| February 18, 2015

John Oliver, host of the US television program, HBO’s Last Week Tonight, turned his attention to the tobacco industry during Sunday night’s episode, and, according to a story by Ryan Parker for the Los Angeles Times, it wasn’t pretty for the main target, Philip Morris International. The HBO host was said to have spent about […]

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