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NRT to go on general sale in Ireland

NRT to go on general sale in Ireland

| July 9, 2014

A nicotine replacement product is to be allowed to go on general sale in Ireland for the first time following a decision to relax the rule that has confined the availability of such products to pharmacies, according to a story by Paul Cullen for The Irish Times. The initiative by the Health Products Regulatory Authority […]

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Smokers getting younger in Egypt

Smokers getting younger in Egypt

| July 9, 2014

Egypt’s Minister of Social Solidarity said yesterday that the age at which people started to smoke had dropped to 10, according to Ahram Online quoting Al-Ahram’s Arabic news website. It wasn’t clear from the report whether 10 represented an average age or the minimum age at which people were taking up the habit. Nor was […]

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Pre-budget cigarette shortages the norm

Pre-budget cigarette shortages the norm

| July 9, 2014

Cigarettes are in short supply in Nepal as traders hoard tobacco products in expectation that their prices will go up after the budget, according to a story in Republica. The budget is scheduled to be brought down in the middle of this month. Retailers say that since the government generally raises taxes on tobacco products […]

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Altria to host results webcast

Altria to host results webcast

| July 9, 2014

Altria is due to host a live audio webcast beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern Time on July 22 to discuss its 2014 second-quarter business results, which will be published in a press note about 7 a.m. on the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only mode at altria.com, Chairman and CEO Marty […]

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Paris to trial park tobacco smoking ban

Paris to trial park tobacco smoking ban

| July 8, 2014

A park in Paris is due to ban tobacco smoking as part of a trial that, if it proves to be popular, could pave the way for smoking to be banned in all public parks, according to a story in The Local France. In making the announcement, Mayor Anne Hidalgo reportedly said Paris was going […]

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Public places ban on smokeless mooted

Public places ban on smokeless mooted

| July 8, 2014

Maharashtra may soon become the first state in India to ban the consumption of smokeless tobacco in defined public places, according to a story in The Times of India. The state public health department has set the idea in motion and government notification is said to be likely. Presently, tobacco smoking is banned in public […]

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Carton congress program wrapped up

Carton congress program wrapped up

| July 8, 2014

The program for the ECMA Pro Carton Congress “What’s Up on Cartons? Multiple Challenges Ahead” has been finalized, according to the organizers. The congress is due to be held in Sorrento, Italy, on Sept. 17-20. “It is one of the best programs we have ever had,” said Andreas Blaschke, president of the ECMA. “We have […]

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JT to hold London investor conference

JT to hold London investor conference

| July 8, 2014

An investor conference focusing on the JT Group’s tobacco business is due to be held in London on Sept. 19. According to a note posted on JT’s website, the conference will include “an update on its global tobacco strategic focus, the Japanese domestic market, JTI’s first half business performance and the expansion in Central European […]

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Imperial employees help new businesses

Imperial employees help new businesses

| July 8, 2014

A group of Imperial Tobacco’s Italian employees have spent two weeks of their annual leave helping entrepreneurs in Senegal to prosper. Volunteers went to the West African nation’s former capital, Saint-Louis, to support local people setting up their own small businesses. They showed locals how to secure micro-finance loans, make the most of technology and […]

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Finland issues road map toward the elimination of tobacco use by 2040

Finland issues road map toward the elimination of tobacco use by 2040

| July 7, 2014

Finland’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has issued an action plan on tobacco that is said to show how the country can achieve its aim of eliminating the use of tobacco products by the end of 2040. The Roadmap towards a smoke-free Finland includes “measures to prevent smoking initiation and to help stop smoking, […]

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Imperial closing Kyrgyzstan factory

Imperial closing Kyrgyzstan factory

| July 7, 2014

Imperial Tobacco has announced that it is closing its cigarette factory in Kyrgyzstan, according to a story in The Times of Central Asia quoting the press service of the Kyrgyz government. The Reemtsma Kyrgyzstan factory in the capital Bishkek, which exports some of its output to Afghanistan, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, was said to have […]

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Ombudsman to look at tobacco lobbying

Ombudsman to look at tobacco lobbying

| July 7, 2014

The transparency NGO Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) has said that European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly is set to investigate what CEO sees as the European Commission’s failure properly to implement World Health Organization’s rules for contacts with tobacco lobbyists, according to a story in Malta Today. The EU is a signatory to the WHO’s Framework Convention […]

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Dalli wants resignation request annulled

Dalli wants resignation request annulled

| July 7, 2014

The former EU health commissioner, John Dalli, wants the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg to annul a request by Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso that Dalli resign over allegations that he had held secret meetings with Swedish Match, according to an EUObserver story. Dalli wants the commission to pay a symbolic €1 in […]

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Cigarette prices increased again in Egypt

Cigarette prices increased again in Egypt

| July 7, 2014

Prices of local and imported cigarettes and alcohol have been increased in Egypt from today following a decision by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to raise sales taxes on these products, according to an Ahram Online story quoting an announcement in the official gazette. The new taxes will raise the price of an EGP9 pack of local […]

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US cigars under threat from FDA plans

US cigars under threat from FDA plans

| July 4, 2014

The president of J.C. Newman Cigar, Eric Newman, has launched a campaign urging the public to submit comments to the US Food and Drug Administration asking the agency to exclude from its proposed deeming regulations the sorts of cigars made at Newman’s factory in Tampa, Florida, according to a story by Susan Thurston for the […]

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Anti-tobacco law implementation delayed

Anti-tobacco law implementation delayed

| July 4, 2014

Delays in finalizing the Rules associated with Bangladesh’s 2013 anti-smoking law are holding up full implementation of the law, according to a story in The Financial Express. The Smoking and Use of Tobacco Product (Control) Rules were drafted by the Health Ministry in November last year but had to be amended following scrutiny by government […]

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E-liquid business potential “staggering”

E-liquid business potential “staggering”

| July 4, 2014

An e-liquid company in Ireland formed by ex-smokers has said it is creating 80 new jobs and that its head count could rise from 300 to 1,000 within a year, according to a story in the Irish Times. The company, Healthier Smoker, says that 40 of the new jobs will be created in its 150 […]

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Indonesia to curb ‘surging demand’

Indonesia to curb ‘surging demand’

| July 4, 2014

The Indonesian government is expected soon to issue regulations aimed at curbing the production and sale of locally-made alcoholic drinks and cigarettes, according to a story by Linda Yulisman for The Jakarta Post. The move comes amid what is described as ‘surging demand from the domestic market’. Panggah Susanto, director general of agriculture and chemical […]

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South Korea’s men still smoking strongly

South Korea’s men still smoking strongly

| July 4, 2014

South Korea’s adult male smoking incidence, at 37.6 per cent, is second only to that of Greece, 43.7 per cent, among the 34 countries that make up the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), according to a story in The Korea Economic Daily. The average adult male smoking incidence among OECD countries is 24.9 […]

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Leaf growers want say at FCTC meetings

Leaf growers want say at FCTC meetings

| July 3, 2014

The International Tobacco Growers’ Association (ITGA) yesterday urged the World Health Organization to engage with growers when parties to the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) developed polices impacting growers’ livelihoods, according to a Xinhua News Agency report. ITGA President Francois van der Merwe said at the end of a two-day regional annual meeting […]

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More women smoking in Bahrain

More women smoking in Bahrain

| July 3, 2014

A recent report from Bahrain’s Health Ministry has indicated that smoking among women is on the rise, according to a story in the Gulf Daily News. The incidence of smoking among women currently stands at 7 percent, up from 5.7 percent in 1991. The News story attributed the rise to “various reasons,” but suggested that […]

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Committee supports third-party tax audits

Committee supports third-party tax audits

| July 3, 2014

Members of the Philippines’ House Ways and Means Committee have endorsed a proposal to assign a nongovernment organization to monitor tax compliance at cigarette companies, according to a story by Gil Cabacungan for the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Representatives Emil Ong and Roy Señeres said they would file a resolution deputizing the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control […]

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Illicit trade one-fifth of Bulgarian market

Illicit trade one-fifth of Bulgarian market

| July 3, 2014

Every fifth cigarette in Bulgaria is illicit, according to a Novinite story quoting a survey commissioned by World Concern, a Christian-based global relief and development organization. Novinite attributed the high level of illicit trade to excise duties that double the price of cigarettes. However, it quoted the BVT channel as having reported that Bulgaria suffered […]

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Age limit checks beefed up in Davao City

Age limit checks beefed up in Davao City

| July 3, 2014

The Council of Davao City, the Philippines, is expected to add to an existing ordinance prohibiting minors from buying and selling alcoholic drinks and cigarettes a requirement that buyers present valid documents indicating their birthdates. According to a story in the Sun Star (Davao), the council passed the proposed amendment at its first reading on […]

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Imperial could play role in any merger between Reynolds and Lorillard

Imperial could play role in any merger between Reynolds and Lorillard

| July 2, 2014

Imperial Tobacco could help smooth the path toward the acquisition by Reynolds American of Lorillard, according to a story by Richard Craver for The Winston-Salem Journal. Such an acquisition has been the subject of speculation since early March. Imperial, which operates as Commonwealth Brands in the U.S., is said to have U.S. growth ambitions, and […]

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