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Price hike will hit those on low-incomes

Price hike will hit those on low-incomes

| September 17, 2014

A group of smokers in South Korea has called on the government to shelve its plan to hike cigarette prices, saying the increase would be a further burden on low-income people, according to a Yonhap News Agency report. Last week, the government announced it would try to raise the price of cigarettes by about 80 […]

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LOGIC is top seller in convenience stores

LOGIC is top seller in convenience stores

| September 17, 2014

LOGIC Technology reported on Monday that it had maintained its leading unit share position in sales of electronic cigarettes through US convenience stores in August. In citing results from Nielsen’s C-Track Database, it said too that it had continued to maintain a strong hold on the number two position for dollar sales. ‘Currently, LOGIC leads […]

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Korea health insurer sues tobacco firms

Korea health insurer sues tobacco firms

| September 17, 2014

The case being brought by South Korea’s state health insurer against tobacco companies has opened in the Seoul district court, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) filed the lawsuit in April against KT&G, British American Tobacco and Philip Morris seeking damages of WON53.7 billion ($52 million) to […]

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JT in Dow Jones Sustainability Index

JT in Dow Jones Sustainability Index

| September 17, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. has been included for the first time in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) Asia Pacific, one of the most prestigious stock indices for socially responsible investment (SRI), JT announced today in a press note posted on its website. ‘The DJSI is a collaborative initiative by S&P Dow Jones Indices of the […]

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NZ health expert labels campaign against e-cigarettes as “ridiculous”, “crazy”

NZ health expert labels campaign against e-cigarettes as “ridiculous”, “crazy”

| September 16, 2014

Ordering nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes off the shelves in Auckland, New Zealand, has been described as “ridiculous” by a health official and respected anti-smoking campaigner, according to a story by Matthew Theunissen for the Herald on Sunday. Despite their sale being illegal according to Ministry of Health rules, electronic cigarettes containing nicotine have been widely available […]

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Casual smokers lifting numbers in NY

Casual smokers lifting numbers in NY

| September 16, 2014

The number of adult New Yorkers who smoke, which fell for years under the anti-tobacco mayor, Mike Bloomberg, last year surpassed 1 million for the first time since 2007, according to a story by Jennifer Fermino for the New York Daily News. According to new data from the city’s health department, 16.1 percent of adults […]

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Leaf growing abandoned over tax impost

Leaf growing abandoned over tax impost

| September 16, 2014

British American Tobacco Uganda’s decision to stop supporting leaf growing in the country was taken partly because of the imposition of a leaf tobacco export tax of US20 cents per kg, according to a story by Paul Tentena for the East African Business Week. The tax was introduced as part of the June budget. “The […]

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Bribes smooth contraband’s passage

Bribes smooth contraband’s passage

| September 16, 2014

Syndicates are prepared to offer bribes of up to RM40,000 (US$16,000) per shipping container to Customs officers in exchange for the ‘smooth passage’ of contraband cigarettes and liquor into Malaysia, according to an AsiaOne report citing a Mingguan Malaysia story. An unnamed source was quoted as saying that as well as using containers, the syndicates also […]

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Imran Khan asked to oust tobacco

Imran Khan asked to oust tobacco

| September 15, 2014

A consumer rights campaigner has urged the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) political party, Imran Khan, to direct the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government to eradicate tobacco cultivation from the province, according to a story in the Express Tribune. In a press note issued last week, the executive co-ordinator of The Network for Consumer Protection, Nadeem Iqbal, […]

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Smoking ban making slow progress

Smoking ban making slow progress

| September 15, 2014

A ban on tobacco smoking in the Netherlands’ cafés, bars and clubs is now due to come into effect on January 1, not in October, as had been planned, according to an Expatica story quoting an RTL news report. In fact, the original deadline for the introduction of the ban was July 1. The delays […]

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JT’s domestic volume down in August

JT’s domestic volume down in August

| September 15, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during August, at 9.4 billion, was down by 9.4 percent on that of August 2013, 10.4 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company on Friday. The August 2013 figure was down by 3.3 percent on that of August 2012. Volume during January-August 2014, at 74.5 billion, […]

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Quitting rates could mushroom

Quitting rates could mushroom

| September 15, 2014

A small-scale study has indicated that just two or three experiences with ‘magic mushrooms’ can help long-term tobacco smokers quit their habit, according to a story by Michelle Fay Cortez for Bloomberg News. The study’s 15 volunteers were given pills containing psilocybin, the active hallucinogenic ingredient in magic mushrooms, as part of a cognitive behavior […]

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BAT science report iPad app available

BAT science report iPad app available

| September 15, 2014

British American Tobacco has announced the launch of an iPad app of its Science and Technology Report 2014. ‘The report – the first of its kind in the tobacco industry – provides an overview of not only BAT’s ongoing research work in tobacco harm reduction but also its aims in leveraging world-class science to develop […]

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PM celebrates 50 years in Switzerland

PM celebrates 50 years in Switzerland

| September 15, 2014

Philip Morris International on Thursday celebrated the 50th anniversary of Philip Morris Products (PMP) at its factory in Serrières, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, during an event attended by cantonal and local officials from Neuchâtel and Vaud. “We are extremely happy to celebrate 50 years in Switzerland, notably here in Neuchâtel, where the PMP SA factory was founded […]

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General Cigar acquires Toraño Brands

General Cigar acquires Toraño Brands

| September 12, 2014

General Cigar Co. has acquired the Toraño Family Cigar Co. brands. The company says the acquisition will strengthen its market position and enhance its product mix to deliver greater value and innovation. It will also allow General Cigar to expand its portfolio. Spanning almost 100 years, Toraño Cigars has a long history that encompasses every […]

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RAI in sustainability index

RAI in sustainability index

| September 12, 2014

Reynolds American has been awarded membership in the 2014-2015 Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index, effective Sept. 22, 2014. Reynolds American is one of only 149 North American companies on the index, which is used by many investment portfolio managers when making investment decisions. Previously, the company was a member of the index from 2009 […]

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Korean smokers brace for price hike

Korean smokers brace for price hike

| September 12, 2014

The South Korean government wants to increase cigarette prices by 80 percent next year. Under the proposal, a KRW2,500 ($2.42) pack would cost KRW4,500 come Jan. 1. The government would also start adjusting cigarette prices to inflation rates, which would result in more frequent cigarette price rises in the future. Cigarette prices in Korea have […]

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Regulatory authorization for nicotine inhaler

Regulatory authorization for nicotine inhaler

| September 12, 2014

The U.K. Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has granted a product license for general sale to Kind Consumer’s Voke nicotine inhaler. The company will now submit a variation to the license to support full-scale commercialization by its commercial partner, Nicoventures. “We are pleased to announce that the Voke Inhaler has been licensed in […]

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High taxes mean high times for the illicit tobacco trade in Hong Kong

High taxes mean high times for the illicit tobacco trade in Hong Kong

| September 11, 2014

One out of three cigarettes smoked in Hong Kong last year was illicit, according to a story in the South China Morning Post citing a study by two overseas think tanks. The displacement of licit by illicit cigarettes was said to have cost the government more than HK$3.2 billion in ‘lost tax revenue’. The multi-state […]

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Huge warnings to appear on Thai packs

Huge warnings to appear on Thai packs

| September 11, 2014

A law requiring the inclusion of graphic health warnings that take up 85 percent of the front and back of cigarette packs is due to come into force in Thailand on September 24, according to a National News Bureau of Thailand story. The new warnings, which come in 10 varieties, are said to be the […]

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Vietnam’s smuggling season in full swing

Vietnam’s smuggling season in full swing

| September 11, 2014

Vietnam is on high alert for the Mekong Delta flooding season, which usually occurs from September to November. Partly, this vigilance is about watching for tobacco smugglers, who can take advantage of the waterways formed by the flooding. But they hardly need to wait for the flooding season. According to a bizhub.vn story, already this […]

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Online registration to close Monday

Online registration to close Monday

| September 11, 2014

Online registration for next month’s CORESTA (Co-operation Centre for Scientific Research Relative to Tobacco) Congress, which is available at www.coresta2014.org, is due to close on September 15. After that date, only onsite registration will be available. The congress is due to be held at the Château Frontenac, Québec City, Canada, on October 12-16. The theme […]

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Zambian growers felt betrayed by prices

Zambian growers felt betrayed by prices

| September 10, 2014

Two thousand Zambian tobacco growers have become members of the Western Tobacco Growers’ Union (WTGU), which was officially registered as a society on August 15, according to a story by Gift Chanda and Stuart Lisulo for the Zambia Post. The farmers’ union was formed after a season in which growers were paid poor prices on […]

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Dutch antis suing government

Dutch antis suing government

| September 10, 2014

The Rookpreventie Jeugd (youth smoking prevention foundation) is suing the Dutch government over its relationship with the tobacco industry, according to a story by Janene Van Jaarsveldt for the NL Times The government is accused of not complying with the World Health Organization’s international anti-tobacco treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, because it is […]

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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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