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WHO fights tobacco

WHO fights tobacco

| October 20, 2014

Despite what were described as increased efforts by the tobacco industry to undermine the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), important decisions were passed by the sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP6) to the FCTC meeting in Moscow last week, according to a HealthCanal.com story. One of the first […]

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Tobacco fights Ebola

Tobacco fights Ebola

| October 20, 2014

Tobacco and tobacco manufacturers are in the vanguard of efforts to fight Ebola. According to a NASDAQ story, US-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical has been working on an Ebola vaccine that is being produced in tobacco leaves at Kentucky Bioprocessing, which is owned by Reynolds American. Until recently, Mapp’s production of its ZMapp Ebola vaccine has been limited […]

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Tobacco money to help fight cancer

Tobacco money to help fight cancer

| October 20, 2014

More tobacco money could be used to help fight all cancers in England from next year. The UK’s Labour Party is pledging that, if it wins the next election on May 7, 2015, by 2020 no-one in England will wait more than a week for cancer tests and results, according to a BBC News story […]

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Fight over tobacco’s trade pact rights

Fight over tobacco’s trade pact rights

| October 20, 2014

US Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, is pressing the Obama administration to protect the interests of his state’s tobacco industry, which he believes could be threatened by a trade deal, according to a story by Vicki Needham for The Hill. McConnell is pressuring US negotiators to ensure that tobacco companies can take part […]

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Cigarette volumes down but reduced risk products offer PMI new opportunities

Cigarette volumes down but reduced risk products offer PMI new opportunities

| October 17, 2014

Philip Morris International’s cigarette shipment volume during the third quarter (July-September), at 222,300 million, was down by 0.4 percent on that of the third quarter of 2013, 223,124. Shipments were increased in the EU by 0.5 percent to 49,209 million and in the company’s Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (EEMA) region, also by 0.5 […]

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State sued over alleged FCTC failures

State sued over alleged FCTC failures

| October 17, 2014

The Youth Smoking Prevention Foundation (YSPF) is taking the Kingdom of the Netherlands to court to end what it alleges is the structural and excessive influence exerted by tobacco lobbyists on government anti-smoking policies, according to a story in the Tobacco Control Journal that was originally published by the YSPF. The YSPF is calling on […]

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Altria to host 3Q results webcast

Altria to host 3Q results webcast

| October 17, 2014

Altria Group is due to host a live audio webcast starting at 09.00 Eastern Time on October 30 to discuss its 2014 third-quarter business results, which will be the subject of a press note issued at 07.00 on the same day. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, can be accessed at altria.com or […]

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Going, going, gong

Going, going, gong

| October 17, 2014

Dr. Tonio Borg has been honoured by the World Health Organization as his term as EU health and consumer policy commissioner draws to a close, according to a story in the Malta Independent. Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, director of the WHO’s Regional Office for Europe, presented a certificate of appreciation to Borg on behalf of the […]

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COP calls for allocation of tax revenues to finance tobacco control programs

COP calls for allocation of tax revenues to finance tobacco control programs

| October 16, 2014

The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) yesterday hurriedly adopted behind closed doors guidelines on tobacco-product price and tax measures, further demonstrating the FCTC’s habit of infringing on issues of national sovereignty, according to a press note from Japan Tobacco International. COP6 is being held […]

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India to impose huge health warnings

India to impose huge health warnings

| October 16, 2014

India is set to impose new regulations that will see 80 percent of the front and back faces of tobacco packs covered with health warnings, according to a story by Sanchita Sharma for the Hindustan Times. The new regulations will see, too, a ban on the manufacture and sale of electronic cigarettes. Photographs of cancers […]

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Thailand bans e-cigarette imports

Thailand bans e-cigarette imports

| October 16, 2014

Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a ban on the import of hookah-style water pipes and electronic cigarettes, copying a move by neighboring Cambodia earlier this year, according to a Yahoo News story. Deputy government spokesman major general Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the ban, which had been proposed by the Commerce Ministry, was imposed for health reasons. […]

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PMI a leader in carbon performance

PMI a leader in carbon performance

| October 16, 2014

A new Global Leaders Report issued yesterday by the leading environmental non-governmental organization, CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), awarded Philip Morris International a Band A rating, a Leadership Status for Carbon Performance and a 96 percent score for Carbon Disclosure based on the company’s activities to mitigate climate change in its supply chain during […]

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Tax payers excluded from COP meeting they fund as delegates discuss taxation

Tax payers excluded from COP meeting they fund as delegates discuss taxation

| October 15, 2014

The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control took a ‘hostile and alarming’ turn on Monday when the public was kicked out of the meeting, according to a story by Drew Johnson for the Washington Times. The sixth meeting of the COP is being held in Moscow […]

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Korea’s tobacco tax hike labeled a ‘trick’

Korea’s tobacco tax hike labeled a ‘trick’

| October 15, 2014

South Korea’s Health Ministry has come under fire for using the money raised from tobacco taxes for projects not related to smoking prevention, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The criticism, which was levelled at the ministry during a two-day parliamentary audit session on Monday and Tuesday, came about a month after the […]

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Some progress in ending child labor

Some progress in ending child labor

| October 15, 2014

The Child Labor Coalition (CLC), whose 34 member organizations fight exploitative child labor, has welcomed the report by the US Department of Labor (USDOL), ‘2013 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor’, which suggests significant progress is being made in the war to reduce child labor internationally. “The report is another sign that good […]

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Reemtsma recognized for action on CO2

Reemtsma recognized for action on CO2

| October 15, 2014

Imperial Tobacco’s German business has won recognition for its efforts to reduce the impact of supply chain movements on the environment. Imperial reported yesterday that its subsidiary, Reemtsma, was presented with an award at an event in Nuremberg for taking action to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 percent before 2017. The initiative includes using more […]

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‘Blatant lack of transparency’ at COP6

‘Blatant lack of transparency’ at COP6

| October 14, 2014

Yesterday in Moscow the public was forced to leave the public gallery and prevented from observing the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP6) to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), according to a note posted on Japan Tobacco International’s website. “Hidden agendas corrupt policy-making processes”, said Michiel Reerink, […]

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COP6 plans for tax guidelines censured

COP6 plans for tax guidelines censured

| October 14, 2014

Writing in the Town Hall, the columnist, Daniel J. Mitchell, asks today why the World Health Organization isn’t focusing solely on things such as Ebola and SARS, rather than engaging in ideological campaigns to expand the size and scope of government. Mitchell says that under the ‘leadership’ of the UN’s WHO, hundreds of bureaucrats have […]

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New graphic warning library established

New graphic warning library established

| October 14, 2014

The European Commission has issued a draft delegated directive establishing a new library of 42 graphic warnings to be used as part of the revised EU Tobacco Products Directive agreed earlier this year. Combined graphic and textual warnings are to be grouped into three sets with each set being used for a year and being […]

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Third China Cigar Festival imminent

Third China Cigar Festival imminent

| October 14, 2014

Cigar Ambassador is to hold its 2014 China Cigar Festival at Shanghai on October 27-31. This, the third such festival, will start on October 27 with a welcome party. It will include sessions on China’s cigar market, cigar trade and the management of cigar shops and clubs. It will see the opening of the first […]

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Hesse joins Global Laboratory Services

Hesse joins Global Laboratory Services

| October 13, 2014

Kimberly Hesse has joined Global Laboratory Services as business development manager. She brings with her a solid marketing and advertising background plus six years of experience in the tobacco laboratory industry. Global Laboratory Services offers analytical testing in crop protection agents, e-cigarettes, and smoke (HPHCs).  

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OLAF-led operation seizes counterfeit goods and 130 million illicit cigarettes

OLAF-led operation seizes counterfeit goods and 130 million illicit cigarettes

| October 13, 2014

More than 1.2 million counterfeit goods and 130 million cigarettes have seized during a two-week international joint customs operation co-ordinated by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). According to a European Commission press note, the operation, code-named REPLICA, targeted the import of counterfeit goods by sea. ‘Under the co-ordination of OLAF, customs authorities carried out targeted […]

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France aims for plain packs by 2016

France aims for plain packs by 2016

| October 13, 2014

France is due to introduce standardized packaging for cigarettes in 2016, according to an Agence France Presse report citing an announcement by Health Minister Marisol Touraine on Wednesday. In the wake of the introduction of standardized tobacco packs in Australia, Touraine initially announced a raft of measures last month to tackle smoking. One of the […]

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Potentially reduced risk products now in production at PMI plant near Bologna

Potentially reduced risk products now in production at PMI plant near Bologna

| October 13, 2014

Philip Morris International on Friday officially opened its first pilot plant for the production of potentially reduced-risk products (RRPs). The pilot plant, at Zola Predosa about 11 km west of Bologna, Italy, is now in operation. Meanwhile, PMI’s first manufacturing facility for larger scale production of RRPs, which is currently under construction in Crespellano, about […]

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European Court agrees with Yesmokes

European Court agrees with Yesmokes

| October 13, 2014

The European Court of Justice on Thursday rejected Italy’s application of higher excise duties on cheaper cigarettes, according to an AGI (Agenzia Giornalistica Italia) news agencystory. The ruling ends the legal action initiated by the Italian tobacco group Yesmokes, which sells cigarettes in Italy at lower prices than the most popular brands. Italy has since […]

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