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AR Packaging partners with Maju Jaya Sarana Grafika

AR Packaging partners with Maju Jaya Sarana Grafika

| January 11, 2016

ÅR Packaging Group and Maju Jaya Sarana Grafika have agreed to cooperate in the manufacture, procurement, sale and marketing in Indonesia of packages made out of cardboard or other materials in combination with cardboard. ”We are pleased with this agreement and look forward to a successful collaboration with Maju Jaya Sarana Grafika,” says Peter Aichhorn, […]

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Smokers provide huge revenue boost in Korea

Smokers provide huge revenue boost in Korea

| January 11, 2016

The government of South Korea’s predictions concerning the likely effects of its almost doubling the price of cigarettes on January 1, 2015, were off target by some way, according to a story in The Korea Herald. It underestimated the additional tax revenue that it would receive and overestimated the fall in cigarette sales that would […]

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Smoking incidence increases in Taiwan

Smoking incidence increases in Taiwan

| January 11, 2016

The incidence of smoking in Taiwan last year, at 17.1 percent, was up by 0.7 of a percentage point from that of 2014, 16.4 percent, according to a story in The China Post. This was the first year-on-year increase in seven years, the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) reported. The 17.1 percent incidence translates into a […]

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Vaping fatwa not binding on Malaysian states

Vaping fatwa not binding on Malaysian states

| January 11, 2016

Lawyers have questioned the enforceability of the fatwa (edict)-based ban on vaping in Malaysian states, noting that health is under federal, not state, jurisdiction, and that the Islamic edict has not been gazetted, according to a story in the Malay Mail Online. Civil liberties lawyer Syahredzan Johan said a national fatwa was not binding on […]

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Young Singaporeans oppose proposed flavor ban

Young Singaporeans oppose proposed flavor ban

| January 11, 2016

Recently proposed anti-smoking regulations have been largely welcomed by young adult Singaporeans in a small survey conducted by The Sunday Times and reported on in The Straits Times. But they don’t like the idea that flavored cigarettes could be banned. Health authorities in Singapore are looking to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to […]

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EU struggles to agree on PMI-agreement negotiations

EU struggles to agree on PMI-agreement negotiations

| January 8, 2016

The European Commission says that it needs more time than foreseen to finish an assessment of a 12-year, anti-illicit-trade agreement with Philip Morris International, according to a euobserver story. The deal, which made PMI, the EU and its member states allies in the fight against the illicit trade in tobacco products and involved PMI paying […]

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JT injects some fizz into the Japanese market

JT injects some fizz into the Japanese market

| January 8, 2016

Japan Tobacco Inc. says that it is to launch three new Winston cigarettes that will provide a new, fizzy, refreshing sensation, and a sweetness never tasted before. Winston XS Sparkling Menthol 8 Box, Winston XS Sparkling Menthol 5 Box and Winston XS Sparkling Menthol One 100’s Box are due to be launched nationwide from late […]

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TPP official signing due next month

TPP official signing due next month

| January 8, 2016

Ministers of the 12 countries that negotiated the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal will formally sign the agreement on February 4 in New Zealand, according to a story in the New Zealand Herald quoting media reports and relayed by the TMA. Andres Rebolledo, director general of Chile’s International Economic Relations Bureau, reportedly confirmed the date. The TPP […]

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Punjab imposes ban on chewing tobacco production

Punjab imposes ban on chewing tobacco production

| January 8, 2016

The government of Punjab, India, yesterday ordered a ban on the production of gutka, pan masala, processed/flavored/scented chewing tobacco and food products containing tobacco or nicotine, according to an Indo-Asian News Service story. A report issued earlier in the day by the SinghStation had said that a previous ban on production of these products had […]

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Punjab lifts ban on chewing tobacco production

Punjab lifts ban on chewing tobacco production

| January 7, 2016

The Indian state of Punjab today lifted its ban on the manufacture of gutkha, pan masala and other processed, flavoured and scented ‘food’ products containing tobacco or nicotine, according to a story in the SinghStation. So the production of chewable tobacco products will now be allowed and only their storage, sale and distribution will be […]

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Mobile courts used to bring smokers to justice

Mobile courts used to bring smokers to justice

| January 7, 2016

A mobile court in Bangladesh has been employed to hear cases brought against people for smoking in public places, according to a story in the Dhaka Daily Star. On Tuesday, 17 people were said to have been fined for smoking on the premises of the deputy commissioner’s office and the chief metropolitan magistrate’s court. During […]

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Sacked Pakistan tobacco workers arrested

Sacked Pakistan tobacco workers arrested

| January 7, 2016

Police in the Swabi District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, are said to have arrested 35 former employees of Philip Morris (Pakistan) on the grounds of maintaining public order, according to a story published in The Nation. The district administration believed that the workers had threatened to kill themselves if the management of the company failed […]

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PMI and GPI discuss corporate split

PMI and GPI discuss corporate split

| January 6, 2016

Philip Morris International (PMI) is in talks with its Indian partner, Godfrey Philips India (GPI), for a possible splitting of GPI into two entities, with one focusing only on manufacturing and the other overseeing GPI brands, reports The Economic Times. Another option under consideration is a demerger of GPI into a real estate and a […]

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Reynolds American forms innovations subsidiary

Reynolds American forms innovations subsidiary

| January 6, 2016

Reynolds American Inc. said yesterday that it had formed a new subsidiary, RAI Innovations Company, focused on product development, innovation and commercialization of next-generation vapor and nicotine products. Carolyn C. Hanigan has been appointed president of RAI Innovations and is due to take up her new post on January 19. Hanigan has 20 years’ experience […]

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MRTP application made for low nicotine cigarette

MRTP application made for low nicotine cigarette

| January 6, 2016

Goodrich Tobacco Company (GTC) has submitted a Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) application to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). GTC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the plant biotechnology company, 22nd Century Group. GTC is said to be seeking a reduced exposure order so that 22nd Century’s ‘BRAND A’ very low nicotine cigarettes may […]

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Canada signals its standardized packaging intentions

Canada signals its standardized packaging intentions

| January 6, 2016

The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that he expects his health minister to introduce, as a matter of urgency, standardized packaging (PP) legislation for tobacco products, according to a story in the Ottawa Citizen relayed by the TMA. He wants the minister, Jane Philpott, to make it a top priority to introduce standardized […]

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