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Only ‘good’ customs should be shown on television

Only ‘good’ customs should be shown on television

| January 19, 2015

The Maldives’ Health Protection Agency (HPA) has expressed concern over the display of hookah smokers at the Cultural Festival organized by the Maldives Broadcasting Corporation, according to a story in Haveeru Online. People smoking hookahs were shown during the festival as representing one of the age-old but dying Maldivian traditions and customs. Some television channels, […]

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Cigarette firms said to be threat to consumer choice

Cigarette firms said to be threat to consumer choice

| January 19, 2015

Big cigarette companies in the US are encouraging the government to help snuff out competition from small start-ups trying to sell electronic cigarettes, according to a piece in the National Review Online by Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association. ‘When the success of America’s largest companies is threatened, they often turn to the […]

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JT’s domestic sales down by 2.3 percent last year

JT’s domestic sales down by 2.3 percent last year

| January 19, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during December, at 10.2 billion, was down by 2.3 percent on that of December 2013, 10.4 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company on Friday. The December 2013 figure was up by 1.1 percent on that of December 2012. Volume during January-December, at 112.4 billion, was […]

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Altria to webcast full-year results discussions

Altria to webcast full-year results discussions

| January 19, 2015

Altria is due to host a live audio webcast at www.altria.com from 09.00 Eastern Time on January 30 to discuss its 2014 fourth-quarter and full-year business results. The results will be issued in a press release about 07.00 on the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, chairman and CEO Marty […]

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Union boss rails at PMFTC, government over job cuts

Union boss rails at PMFTC, government over job cuts

| January 15, 2015

The Philippines labor group, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), has described a decision by Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. (PMFTC) to cut 640 jobs from its Marikina plant as ‘reeking with treachery’, according to a InterAksyon.com (TV 5) story. In a press note, the BMP said PMFTC had announced the job cuts barely a month […]

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Low tobacco use but high disease rate in Oman

Low tobacco use but high disease rate in Oman

| January 15, 2015

The Executive Office of the Gulf Health Ministries has released a report putting Yemen on top of the list of tobacco consumers in the GCC (Gulf Co-operation Council) and among all Arab nations, according to a story in the Times of Oman. Saudi Arabia was second on the list and it was followed by Kuwait, […]

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Iggesund announces upgraded paperboard, services

Iggesund announces upgraded paperboard, services

| January 15, 2015

Iggesund Paperboard has announced that it is going to upgrade its flagship product, Invercote. From July, the bestselling paperboard in the Invercote range, Invercote G, will feature a lightly coated reverse side. “More and more brand owners want to have access to high-quality reverse side printing, for example in order to print a colour shade […]

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Revoking tobacconist license broke ownership rules

Revoking tobacconist license broke ownership rules

| January 14, 2015

Hungary violated rules protecting private ownership when it stripped a tobacconist of his license in 2013, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. According to an All Hungary Media Group story; the court’s ruling does not require that the offending legislation is amended, but it will require the Hungarian state to pay the equivalent […]

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JT adds more Options to menthol cigarette offering

JT adds more Options to menthol cigarette offering

| January 14, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc. says that it will launch across Japan from the middle of February three new products within its Mevius Premium Menthol Option range of cigarettes that features the company’s new aroma-changing filter capsule. The products are: Mevius Premium Menthol Option Yellow 8 (delivery 8 mg of tar and 0.7mg of nicotine), Mevius Premium […]

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Jobs go at Philip Morris Fortune as market share dips

Jobs go at Philip Morris Fortune as market share dips

| January 14, 2015

Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco, the Philippines’ biggest cigarette manufacturer is cutting 640 employees from its Marikina plant; or about 30 percent of the plant’s workforce, according to a number of reports. “This was a very difficult decision to make but in order to maintain a viable operation and to safeguard the future of our business […]

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Bright Packaging to supply Izhora with aluminium foil

Bright Packaging to supply Izhora with aluminium foil

| January 14, 2015

Malaysia-based Bright Packaging Industry Bhd has entered into an agreement to supply aluminium foil worth US$15 million to ZAO Philip Morris Izhora, a Russia-based affiliate of Philip Morris International, according to a story in the Sun Daily, Malaysia. In a filing to Bursa Malaysia, Bright Packaging said the agreement would remain in force until December […]

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Call for industry unity in face of flue-cured ‘glut’

Call for industry unity in face of flue-cured ‘glut’

| January 13, 2015

Concerned about a possible fall in demand for leaf tobacco on international markets, the Tobacco Board of India has called on flue-cured growers in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka to stick to the authorized production targets for 2014-2015, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The board has fixed […]

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Ethiopian city implements tobacco smoking ban

Ethiopian city implements tobacco smoking ban

| January 13, 2015

Mekelle, the capital of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, has become the first Ethiopian city to ban tobacco smoking in public places, according to a story in The Sudan Tribune. A bill banning smoking was passed unanimously last year by Ethiopian lawmakers and Mekelle has become the first city to implement the bill’s regulations. The new […]

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Italy preparing for further tobacco smoking bans

Italy preparing for further tobacco smoking bans

| January 13, 2015

Italy is making moves to ban tobacco smoking in outdoor areas such as parks, beaches and stadiums, and to stop actors lighting up on film and television sets, according to a story in The Local. And according to a story in La Repubblica, smoking could be banned in cars, ‘especially’ – but presumably not exclusively […]

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Cut-rag and cigarette export awards for Bommidala

Cut-rag and cigarette export awards for Bommidala

| January 13, 2015

Bommidala Enterprises picked up two export awards at the Tobacco Board of India’s Formation Day on Friday It was judged to be India’s biggest exporter of cut tobacco in 2014 and its third biggest exporter of cigarettes. This was the eighth consecutive year in which the company had won these awards. Bommidala Enterprises is part […]

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EU releasing information on US trade treaty talks

EU releasing information on US trade treaty talks

| January 12, 2015

The European Commission last week published a number of documents setting out proposals for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) it is negotiating with the US. Negotiators had come under pressure from the public over the previously secret nature of the negotiations that many believe would cede even more power to multinational corporations and […]

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Most Iranians disapprove of hookah smoking

Most Iranians disapprove of hookah smoking

| January 12, 2015

A survey has indicated that 67 percent of Iranians would support a ban on hookah smoking in coffee houses, according to a Tehran Times story quoting a Hamshahrionline report. The study by the University of Tehran’s Center for Public Opinion Research was conducted in December among smokers and non-smokers more than 18 years of age […]

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Sales down in France but it could have been worse

Sales down in France but it could have been worse

| January 12, 2015

Volume sales of cigarettes in France dropped by 5.3 percent last year, according to a story in La Tribune citing initial figures from the tobacconists’ federation. Volume sales of cigars and cigarillos fell by 4.1 percent, while those of fine-cut tobacco went down 3.0 percent. Cigarette sales did not fall as sharply as they had […]

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Tobacco attracting new growers in Zimbabwe

Tobacco attracting new growers in Zimbabwe

| January 12, 2015

Sixteen thousand four hundred farmers registered with Zimbabwe’s Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) to grow tobacco for the first time during the 2014/ 15 season, according to a story in The Herald quoting TIMB figures. This influx of new growers meant that, by January 2, 87,852 farmers had registered to grow tobacco, up from […]

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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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