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UAE’s Young shifting to cruder forms of smoking

UAE’s Young shifting to cruder forms of smoking

| December 22, 2014

With stricter checks in place on the use of traditional forms of tobacco, especially cigarettes, young people in the United Arab Emirates are ‘rapidly shifting to cruder and more dangerous forms of smoking such as dokha to get their daily buzz’, according to a story in the Khaleej Times citing a study published in Tobacco […]

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Threat of legal action over e-cigarette risk claims

Threat of legal action over e-cigarette risk claims

| December 22, 2014

The e-cigarette sales network, eSmokingWORLD, has said that it will take legal action against the French news agency AFP over a story headlined, E-cigarettes ten times more carcinogenic than ordinary cigarettes. In a press note, eSmokingWORLD said that while describing the results of research conducted by Japanese scientists of the National Institute for Public Health, […]

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Holograms to grow in 2015, says association

Holograms to grow in 2015, says association

| December 19, 2014

The hologram industry is likely to see further growth as the pace at which anti-counterfeiting technologies combine to provide multi-layered solutions continues to quicken. And while security applications remain the most valuable for the industry, 2015 is also expected to see substantial growth in the production of holographic optical elements (HOEs) for use in automotive […]

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US relaxes slightly embargo on Cuban cigar imports

US relaxes slightly embargo on Cuban cigar imports

| December 19, 2014

A new policy announced by President Barack Obama means that importing into the US Cuban tobacco products worth up to $100 will be legal, according to a story by Ben Geier for Fortune Magazine. Under the new rules, US visitors to Cuba will be able to return with goods worth $400 including tobacco and alcohol […]

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Japan to abolish tax discount for low-income workers

Japan to abolish tax discount for low-income workers

| December 19, 2014

Japan’s government plans to abolish a lower tax rate that traditionally has been applied to a number of tobacco products popular among the elderly and low-income workers, according to a story in The Japan News. The tax advantage will be phased out over several years from fiscal 2015. Six brands owned by Japan Tobacco Inc, […]

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E-cigarette quit role noted but age limit to apply

E-cigarette quit role noted but age limit to apply

| December 19, 2014

The UK government announced on Wednesday that it was conducting a consultation on draft regulations that would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to those less than 18 years of age. The regulations would make it an offence also for an adult to buy electronic cigarettes for a person younger than 18. They would apply […]

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Cigarette companies hit by chilly winds from Russia

Cigarette companies hit by chilly winds from Russia

| December 19, 2014

Companies that sell cigarettes, food, alcohol, and beauty products to Russians are increasingly feeling the effects of the country’s economic downturn, according to a story by Joe Miller for BBC Online. Miller said that Philip Morris, which accounted for almost a quarter of all the cigarettes sold in Russia, had seen its shares decimated in […]

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FDA holds key to tobacco related animal testing cut

FDA holds key to tobacco related animal testing cut

| December 18, 2014

Guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration could reduce the number of tests currently carried out on non-human animals in support of tobacco product applications. This was one of the messages that came out of a workshop sponsored by the FDA and intended to identify in vitro models and assays for tobacco toxicity testing. The […]

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Ban on tobacco smoking in private cars a step nearer

Ban on tobacco smoking in private cars a step nearer

| December 18, 2014

Legislation banning tobacco smoking in England is likely to be extended to private vehicles carrying children and young people under the age of 18, according to a statement by the Department of Health published on the GOV.UK website. The government said yesterday that it had responded to a consultation on proposals to make private vehicles […]

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Travel retail conference to be held in Shanghai

Travel retail conference to be held in Shanghai

| December 18, 2014

The second TFWA China’s Century Conference (CCC) is due to be held at the Jing An Shangri-La Hotel, Shanghai, on March 10-12. The first CCC event was held in 2013. CCC events are designed to explore the commercial opportunities resulting from the rapid development of aviation and transport infrastructure within China, and to deepen delegates’ […]

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Foreign tobacco buyers may enter Mysuru district

Foreign tobacco buyers may enter Mysuru district

| December 17, 2014

Foreign buyers may have an opportunity to participate in tobacco auctions beginning in 2015 in India’s Mysuru district, located in the southern part of the state of Karnataka. An assurance to this effect was given by Union Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Dec. 17, according to Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha. A delegation led by Simha and […]

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Nova Scotia to consider ban on flavors

Nova Scotia to consider ban on flavors

| December 17, 2014

Nova Scotia will hold consultations in January 2015 on whether certain flavors should be exempt from a ban on flavored tobacco and e-cigarette juice, according to CTVnews. The provincial government plans to gather input through online submissions in January and focus groups will be held to collect feedback from youth. Meetings will also be held with […]

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New study: e-cigs help smokers quit or cut down

New study: e-cigs help smokers quit or cut down

| December 17, 2014

A new study released online on Dec. 17, 2014 by Cochrane, an international independent think tank, concluded that using an e-cigarette containing nicotine increased the chances of stopping smoking long-term compared to a study using an e-cigarette without nicotine. The two studies, one using nicotine enhanced and the other non-nicotine e-cigarettes, involved 662 current smokers. The authors of […]

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Growers advised to quit tobacco as demand falls

Growers advised to quit tobacco as demand falls

| December 16, 2014

Sluggish demand for tobacco grown by farmers in the Kampong Cham province of Cambodia has led to grower prices falling below the levels of those of 2013, according to a story in The Phnom Penh Post. Chhay Vy, president of the Tobacco Farmers Association (TFA), said reduced demand from local companies and Vietnamese buyers for […]

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Certified organic e-liquids being launched by VTM

Certified organic e-liquids being launched by VTM

| December 16, 2014

Vapor Tobacco Manufacturing (VTM) is due to launch what it describes as the first certified organic e-liquids for the vapor industry: eTron 3T . VTM’s organic products are made from three ingredients: organic tobacco, organic glycerine and water. The products have been certified organic under the US Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program and will […]

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Deadlines announced for Global Forum on Nicotine

Deadlines announced for Global Forum on Nicotine

| December 16, 2014

The organizer of the Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) has issued a number of deadlines ahead of GFN2015, which is due to be held on June 5 and 6 at Warsaw, Poland. According to the deadlines, abstracts for the science and policy update session and proposals for satellite sessions are due by February 28; while […]

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Imperial annual report now available

Imperial annual report now available

| December 16, 2014

Imperial Tobacco has made available on its website its 2014 annual report. The report, which includes information about the company’s corporate responsibility performance, can be viewed or downloaded from: http://www.imperial-tobacco.com/reports. There is more on corporate responsibility at: http://www.imperial-tobacco.com/responsibility The company’s preliminary results for the year to the end of September were issued on November 4.

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Tobacco is sticking point in Pacific trade agreement

Tobacco is sticking point in Pacific trade agreement

| December 15, 2014

President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he believed the odds for striking a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement were “significantly higher than 50-50”, though one “big bugaboo” concerned tobacco. According to a story by Justin Sink for The Hill, Obama, speaking during a meeting with his export council, said he believed he and business […]

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Nominations for Engle litigation awards closing today

Nominations for Engle litigation awards closing today

| December 15, 2014

Courtroom View Network (CVN) is inviting nominations for the 2014 CVN Engle Litigation Awards. The categories are: Plaintiff’s Attorney of the Year; Defense Attorney of the Year; Plaintiff’s Law Firm of the Year; and Defense Law Firm of the Year. Nominations have to be in by today and the winners will be announced on December […]

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Iggesund’s card lights up intricate Christmas scene

Iggesund’s card lights up intricate Christmas scene

| December 15, 2014

Iggesund Paperboard’s 2014 Christmas card takes its recipients on a journey from a forest setting to the city of Stockholm profiled against a sky gleaming with the northern lights. Iggesund has a tradition of using its Christmas card as an ambassador for its paperboard and to display various printing techniques. This year’s edition was designed […]

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Indonesia bans smoking in public transport

Indonesia bans smoking in public transport

| December 12, 2014

Indonesian Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan has ordered a smoking ban on board all forms of public transportation and pledged strict punishment for violators, reports The Jakarta Globe. In a decree issued last week, Jonan instructed that all public transportation vehicles were no-smoking premises. He also specified that there were no exemptions, including for bus drivers, […]

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E-cigarette Holding continues strong growth

E-cigarette Holding continues strong growth

| December 12, 2014

Electronic Cigarettes Holding (ECH) reported promising results for the first half of 2014. The company plans to expand its business to 25 countries within the next three months. ECH currently has online shops in 18 European countries. Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) for the first half-year of 2014 already surpassed those of last year, […]

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OLAF dismantles  illegal cigarette network

OLAF dismantles illegal cigarette network

| December 12, 2014

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and  law enforcement authorities in Italy and Germany have dismantled an international cigarette contraband network that was manufacturing “made in Italy” cigarettes destined in part for the illegal market in the European Union (EU). More than 10 individuals were arrested in an ongoing investigation. The network produced cigarettes in the […]

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Long-running $20 billion Canadian class action ends

Long-running $20 billion Canadian class action ends

| December 12, 2014

A class-action lawsuit that targets three Canadian tobacco manufacturers for nearly $20 billion ended yesterday after almost three years of testimony, according to a Canadian Television story. Judgement was reserved. While the trial began in March 2012, the legal proceedings date back to 1998. The plaintiffs include an estimated one million Quebecers who argued the […]

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JTI Lilongwe warehouse opened by Malawi President

JTI Lilongwe warehouse opened by Malawi President

| December 12, 2014

Malawi’s President, Professor Peter Mutharika, yesterday opened a new Japan Tobacco International warehouse at its site in Lilongwe, where the company has also carried out substantial upgrades to its tobacco processing line, according to a story in the Nyasa Times. The investments are said to have been worth more than K5 billion. “This is a […]

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