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Queensland to ban public vaping

Queensland to ban public vaping

| September 10, 2014

The Australian state of Queensland is set to outlaw the use of electronic cigarettes in those public places where tobacco smoking is already banned, according to story by Jonathan Pearlman for The Telegraph. And it is set to further equate electronic and tobacco cigarettes by banning advertising of the former and banning their sales to […]

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Qatar prepares for shisha smoking study

Qatar prepares for shisha smoking study

| September 10, 2014

Smokers make up about 37 percent of Qatar’s residents over the age of 15, according to a Gulf Times story quoting statistics published by the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC). About 95 per cent of the country’s adult smokers are men. “In addition, around 15 percent of school children from grade seven, both male and female, […]

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Godfrey Phillips expanding, consolidating

Godfrey Phillips expanding, consolidating

| September 10, 2014

Godfrey Phillips India (GPI) is expanding its business by venturing into non-tobacco products, according to a Press Trust of India story. “As part of our expansion plans, we are looking into food and beverages, contemporary tea formats, confectionery products as well as new tobacco products,” said Harmanjit Singh, vice president, corporate affairs, at the launch […]

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PMI dividend increased

PMI dividend increased

| September 10, 2014

The board of directors of Philip Morris International today increased the company’s regular quarterly dividend by 6.4 percent to an annualized rate of $4.00 per share. The new quarterly dividend of $1.00 per share, up from $0.94 per share, is payable on October 10 to stockholders of record as of September 25. The ex-dividend date […]

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Blackcat E-cigs expands into Europe

Blackcat E-cigs expands into Europe

| September 9, 2014

Bxpression of Long Beach, California, USA, is expanding into Europe, with offices in Prague and Paris. Blackcat Europe will make its debut at the Inter-Tabac tradeshow in Dortmund, Germany, on Sept. 19-21. The company will exhibit in hall 5, booth number 5.D10 Anatole Soulier serve as director of sales and marketing for Blackcat Europe. “We […]

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Oriental tobacco growers want part in FCTC discussions on their future

Oriental tobacco growers want part in FCTC discussions on their future

| September 9, 2014

Representatives of oriental tobacco growers have expressed concern about a report by a working group of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The report on the FCTC’s articles 17 (provision of support for economically viable alternative activities) and 18 (protection of the environment and the health of persons) is due to […]

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Lobbying keeps advert rules in check

Lobbying keeps advert rules in check

| September 9, 2014

Intense lobbying by the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration (STMA) has resulted in the weakening of legislation that otherwise would have introduce a complete tobacco advertising ban in China, according to a story by Li Hui and Ben Blanchard for Reuters, quoting unnamed sources. The state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday that some Chinese lawmakers […]

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Eight out of 10 US homes ban smoking

Eight out of 10 US homes ban smoking

| September 9, 2014

Smoking is banned in more than eight out of 10 US homes – almost twice as many as two decades ago, according to an Associated Press story quoting the results of a new government study. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found smoking was forbidden even in nearly half of homes where an adult […]

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Zeller to speak at tobacco outlet meeting

Zeller to speak at tobacco outlet meeting

| September 9, 2014

Mitch Zeller, the director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products, has accepted an invitation to speak at the NATO (National Association of Tobacco Outlets) show next year. The show is due to be held on April 22-23 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Zeller’s appearance, NATO said, would […]

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WHO advice potentially damaging

WHO advice potentially damaging

| September 8, 2014

A World Health Organization-commissioned review of electronic cigarettes contains errors, misinterpretations and misrepresentations that could lead to policymakers missing the potential health benefits of these products, according to a story by Kate Kelland, quoting tobacco addiction experts. The background paper on electronic cigarettes acted as a blueprint for a WHO report calling for more regulation […]

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Cigarette price hikes in Korea would cause smokers to quit – by 2020

Cigarette price hikes in Korea would cause smokers to quit – by 2020

| September 8, 2014

One in three smokers in South Korea said they would quit if the health ministry caused cigarette prices to be raised as planned, according to a story in the Korea Times quoting the results of a survey released on Friday. The country’s Health and Welfare Minister, Moon Hyung-pyo, said last week that he hoped to […]

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New minister seeks smoke ban in Austria

New minister seeks smoke ban in Austria

| September 8, 2014

The new Austrian Federal Health Minister, Sabine Oberhauser, has said she wants to introduce a total ban on tobacco smoking in pubs and restaurants before the next national elections in 2018. In a television interview shown by the public service broadcaster ORF last week, on the day she was officially sworn in to her new […]

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Ecuadorians need to be taxed well

Ecuadorians need to be taxed well

| September 8, 2014

The President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, has said that his country was considering introducing taxes on products that were harmful to consumers: alcohol, cigarettes and junk food, according to an Esmerk Latin American News report. He said the taxes would not only seek to stop people from consuming these products in excess and to the […]

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Tax news is dry but important

Tax news is dry but important

| September 8, 2014

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has addressed one of the major issues in tax administration by defining the difference between ‘big’ and ‘little’ cigars, according to a report by the National Law Review. After giving details of the definitions (http://www.natlawreview.com/article/case-we-didn-t-know-difference-between-big-and-little-cigars-new-york-state-tax-depa), the Review goes on to say that the importance of the […]

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Health bodies look to attack tobacco profits by closing cigarette price gap

Health bodies look to attack tobacco profits by closing cigarette price gap

| September 5, 2014

The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) and the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) are calling in their pre-budget submissions for tobacco tax measures that would close the price gap between less expensive and premium brands, according to a story by Dan Buckley for the Irish Examiner. Cigarette prices in Ireland range between €8 and €9.85 per pack, […]

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Smokers to pay for revenue shortfall

Smokers to pay for revenue shortfall

| September 5, 2014

A below-expected cigarette production level during the first half of this year was partly responsible for Indonesia’s revenue falling below target, according to an en.tempo.co story. During a House of Representatives Budget Committee meeting on Wednesday night, Agung Kuswandono, director general of Customs and Excise, said two factors had conspired to reduce the targeted revenue. […]

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No reason to believe in gateway effect

No reason to believe in gateway effect

| September 5, 2014

The US-based Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) has dismissed a study released on Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine in which it was reportedly claimed that electronic cigarettes could cause cocaine use. ‘In reality, the study shows no such thing, and the authors and journal are just trying to score political […]

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Health bodies cave in to fear of unknown

Health bodies cave in to fear of unknown

| September 5, 2014

Denmark’s board of health, cancer society, lung association and heart foundation have warned against the use of electronic cigarettes, according to a story by Lucie Rychla for the Copenhagen Post, citing the scientific magazine, Videnskab. Although the health consequences of using electronic cigarettes are not known, these health authorities are apparently recommending that the 150,000 […]

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Smokers’ loss is tobacco stores’ gain

Smokers’ loss is tobacco stores’ gain

| September 4, 2014

The share prices of South Korea’s convenience stores are on the rise on expectations of tobacco price hikes, according to a story in The Korea Economic Daily. As was reported here yesterday, Korea’s Health and Welfare Minister, Moon Hyung-pyo, said on Tuesday that he hoped to see cigarette prices nearly doubled during the next six […]

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Protection sought for child farm workers

Protection sought for child farm workers

| September 4, 2014

Fifty US-based organizations have called on President Obama to protect children working on US tobacco farms. The letter, issued last week by the Child Labor Coalition (CLC) and 15 other groups, expressed alarm that children were risking acute nicotine poisoning, pesticide poisoning, and other health and safety hazards in US tobacco fields. They asked the […]

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Lorillard and Zippo battle over blu brand

Lorillard and Zippo battle over blu brand

| September 4, 2014

Lorillard said yesterday that two of its electronic cigarette subsidiary companies, Cygnet UK Trading Ltd and Lorillard Technologies, Inc. d/b/a blu eCigs, had filed for an injunction and declarations with the High Court of Justice in London, England, to protect their BLU ECIGS® trademarks in the UK and throughout the rest of Europe. In a […]

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Cigarette tax hike is Indian government’s ‘biggest achievement’ of first 100 days

Cigarette tax hike is Indian government’s ‘biggest achievement’ of first 100 days

| September 3, 2014

The Economic Times of India has said that the biggest achievement during the first 100 days of the new Indian government has been the imposition of the largest-ever hike in excise duty on cigarettes. As was reported here on July 16, the Indian Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, steeply increased excise taxes on cigarettes as part […]

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Korea looking to raise cigarette prices

Korea looking to raise cigarette prices

| September 3, 2014

South Korea’s Health and Welfare Minister, Moon Hyung-pyo, said yesterday that he hoped to see cigarette prices nearly doubled during the next six years so as to reduce the country’s smoking rate, according to a story in The Korea Herald. Moon said prices should be raised to at least WON3,300 ($3.24) per pack immediately, partly […]

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US flue-cured auctions open to low prices

US flue-cured auctions open to low prices

| September 3, 2014

Prices were low at the US’ first flue-cured auction of the season at Old Belt Tobacco Sales, Rural Hall, North Carolina, on August 26, according to a story by Christopher Bickers in his Tobacco Farmer Newsletter. ‘About 125,000 pounds (out of 200,000 offered) sold in the range of $1.10 per pound, with a practical top […]

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Thailand might legitimize e-cigarettes

Thailand might legitimize e-cigarettes

| September 3, 2014

Authorities in Thailand might soon regulate and levy taxes on shisha tobacco and electronic cigarettes, according to a Phuket News story quoting officials at the Ministry of Finance. Neither product is currently registered under any Thai laws; so both are illicit before the law. However, shisha, known in Thailand as baragu, is increasingly popular among […]

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