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Licit cigarette sales plummet after Macau tax hike

Licit cigarette sales plummet after Macau tax hike

| August 19, 2015

Sales of licit cigarettes in Macau have dropped by about two-thirds following the tripling of tobacco excise, according to a Business Daily story quoting one retailer. The government hiked tobacco excise last month, from MOP0.5 a stick to MOP1.5 (US$0.19) “Our sales have plunged 60 per cent to 70 per cent following the implementation of […]

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TPPA would hinder New Zealand’s smoke-free goal

TPPA would hinder New Zealand’s smoke-free goal

| August 18, 2015

New Zealand’s Trade Minister, Tim Groser, is continuing to mislead people about the way that the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) would affect health, according to a Voxy story quoting Dr. Gay Keating of Doctors for Healthy Trade. “Saying that the TPPA won’t stop government making health regulation is like saying that there is nothing […]

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Tobacco firms the most financially transparent

Tobacco firms the most financially transparent

| August 18, 2015

A four-year investigation by Fairfax Media into the financial statements reported by multinational firms operating in Australia has found that tobacco companies issue the cleanest sets of numbers of any group of multinationals in the country, according to a story by Michael West for the Age newspaper, relayed by the TMA. Philip Morris (Australia), British […]

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Multiple factors influencing teem smoking propensity

Multiple factors influencing teem smoking propensity

| August 18, 2015

A South Korean teenager whose parents are both smokers is more than four times as likely to smoke than is a teenager with non-smoking parents, according to a story in The Korea Herald citing a government report published yesterday. The report, released by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, surveyed 75,000 middle- and […]

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Complaint filed over JTI’s planned plant in Taiwan

Complaint filed over JTI’s planned plant in Taiwan

| August 18, 2015

A group of anti-tobacco activists in Taiwan filed a complaint on Monday accusing three cabinet agencies of dereliction of duty and legal violations after they gave the go-ahead or failed to object to the building of a factory by an international tobacco company, according to a Focus Taiwan News Channel report. The complaint was filed […]

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Imperial to issue interim statement

Imperial to issue interim statement

| August 18, 2015

Imperial Tobacco said yesterday that it would issue an interim management statement tomorrow. Imperial’s financial year runs from the beginning of October to the end of September.

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Tobacco carve-out from TPP agreement discussed

Tobacco carve-out from TPP agreement discussed

| August 17, 2015

Even though negotiators who are trying to finalize the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) seem to be in general agreement that tobacco products will have to be treated differently to other products, a case is being made in support of treating leaf tobacco in the same was as other agricultural commodities are treated, according to a […]

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Flavored products to disappear in Bermuda wrangle

Flavored products to disappear in Bermuda wrangle

| August 17, 2015

Bermuda’s forthcoming anti-tobacco measures have been described as draconian and possibly the strictest in the world, according to a story by Jonathan Bell for The Royal Gazette. Smoke Shop proprietor Michael Heslop was quoted as saying that no other country was banning as many products as Bermuda was planning to ban. He said that, under […]

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UAE plans introduction of new federal taxes

UAE plans introduction of new federal taxes

| August 17, 2015

The government of the United Arab Emirates has drawn up plans to introduce federal value-added tax (VAT) and corporation tax, according to a story in The National citing its Arabic-language sister paper, Al Ittihad. This would make the UAE the first country in the Arabian Gulf to introduce such a tax on consumption. Under the […]

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JT’s domestic volume down in July

JT’s domestic volume down in July

| August 17, 2015

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during July, at 9.8 billion, was down by 2.7 percent on that of July 2014, 10.0 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company on Friday. The July 2014 figure was down by 4.4 percent on that of July 2013. Volume during January-July, at 62.8 billion, was […]

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