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New minister seeks smoke ban in Austria

New minister seeks smoke ban in Austria

| September 8, 2014

The new Austrian Federal Health Minister, Sabine Oberhauser, has said she wants to introduce a total ban on tobacco smoking in pubs and restaurants before the next national elections in 2018. In a television interview shown by the public service broadcaster ORF last week, on the day she was officially sworn in to her new […]

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Ecuadorians need to be taxed well

Ecuadorians need to be taxed well

| September 8, 2014

The President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, has said that his country was considering introducing taxes on products that were harmful to consumers: alcohol, cigarettes and junk food, according to an Esmerk Latin American News report. He said the taxes would not only seek to stop people from consuming these products in excess and to the […]

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Tax news is dry but important

Tax news is dry but important

| September 8, 2014

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has addressed one of the major issues in tax administration by defining the difference between ‘big’ and ‘little’ cigars, according to a report by the National Law Review. After giving details of the definitions (http://www.natlawreview.com/article/case-we-didn-t-know-difference-between-big-and-little-cigars-new-york-state-tax-depa), the Review goes on to say that the importance of the […]

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Health bodies look to attack tobacco profits by closing cigarette price gap

Health bodies look to attack tobacco profits by closing cigarette price gap

| September 5, 2014

The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) and the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) are calling in their pre-budget submissions for tobacco tax measures that would close the price gap between less expensive and premium brands, according to a story by Dan Buckley for the Irish Examiner. Cigarette prices in Ireland range between €8 and €9.85 per pack, […]

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Smokers to pay for revenue shortfall

Smokers to pay for revenue shortfall

| September 5, 2014

A below-expected cigarette production level during the first half of this year was partly responsible for Indonesia’s revenue falling below target, according to an en.tempo.co story. During a House of Representatives Budget Committee meeting on Wednesday night, Agung Kuswandono, director general of Customs and Excise, said two factors had conspired to reduce the targeted revenue. […]

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No reason to believe in gateway effect

No reason to believe in gateway effect

| September 5, 2014

The US-based Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) has dismissed a study released on Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine in which it was reportedly claimed that electronic cigarettes could cause cocaine use. ‘In reality, the study shows no such thing, and the authors and journal are just trying to score political […]

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Health bodies cave in to fear of unknown

Health bodies cave in to fear of unknown

| September 5, 2014

Denmark’s board of health, cancer society, lung association and heart foundation have warned against the use of electronic cigarettes, according to a story by Lucie Rychla for the Copenhagen Post, citing the scientific magazine, Videnskab. Although the health consequences of using electronic cigarettes are not known, these health authorities are apparently recommending that the 150,000 […]

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Smokers’ loss is tobacco stores’ gain

Smokers’ loss is tobacco stores’ gain

| September 4, 2014

The share prices of South Korea’s convenience stores are on the rise on expectations of tobacco price hikes, according to a story in The Korea Economic Daily. As was reported here yesterday, Korea’s Health and Welfare Minister, Moon Hyung-pyo, said on Tuesday that he hoped to see cigarette prices nearly doubled during the next six […]

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Protection sought for child farm workers

Protection sought for child farm workers

| September 4, 2014

Fifty US-based organizations have called on President Obama to protect children working on US tobacco farms. The letter, issued last week by the Child Labor Coalition (CLC) and 15 other groups, expressed alarm that children were risking acute nicotine poisoning, pesticide poisoning, and other health and safety hazards in US tobacco fields. They asked the […]

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Lorillard and Zippo battle over blu brand

Lorillard and Zippo battle over blu brand

| September 4, 2014

Lorillard said yesterday that two of its electronic cigarette subsidiary companies, Cygnet UK Trading Ltd and Lorillard Technologies, Inc. d/b/a blu eCigs, had filed for an injunction and declarations with the High Court of Justice in London, England, to protect their BLU ECIGS® trademarks in the UK and throughout the rest of Europe. In a […]

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Cigarette tax hike is Indian government’s ‘biggest achievement’ of first 100 days

Cigarette tax hike is Indian government’s ‘biggest achievement’ of first 100 days

| September 3, 2014

The Economic Times of India has said that the biggest achievement during the first 100 days of the new Indian government has been the imposition of the largest-ever hike in excise duty on cigarettes. As was reported here on July 16, the Indian Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, steeply increased excise taxes on cigarettes as part […]

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Korea looking to raise cigarette prices

Korea looking to raise cigarette prices

| September 3, 2014

South Korea’s Health and Welfare Minister, Moon Hyung-pyo, said yesterday that he hoped to see cigarette prices nearly doubled during the next six years so as to reduce the country’s smoking rate, according to a story in The Korea Herald. Moon said prices should be raised to at least WON3,300 ($3.24) per pack immediately, partly […]

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US flue-cured auctions open to low prices

US flue-cured auctions open to low prices

| September 3, 2014

Prices were low at the US’ first flue-cured auction of the season at Old Belt Tobacco Sales, Rural Hall, North Carolina, on August 26, according to a story by Christopher Bickers in his Tobacco Farmer Newsletter. ‘About 125,000 pounds (out of 200,000 offered) sold in the range of $1.10 per pound, with a practical top […]

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Thailand might legitimize e-cigarettes

Thailand might legitimize e-cigarettes

| September 3, 2014

Authorities in Thailand might soon regulate and levy taxes on shisha tobacco and electronic cigarettes, according to a Phuket News story quoting officials at the Ministry of Finance. Neither product is currently registered under any Thai laws; so both are illicit before the law. However, shisha, known in Thailand as baragu, is increasingly popular among […]

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22nd Century Group is new MSA member

22nd Century Group is new MSA member

| September 3, 2014

22nd Century Group said yesterday that it had become a member of the US tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) through the acquisition of NASCO Products, a federally licensed tobacco product manufacturer and participating member of the MSA since 2005. In a story for Benzinga.com, Eddie Staley said that with 22nd Century’s super-premium priced brands RED […]

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BAT Uganda to quit lowly leaf business

BAT Uganda to quit lowly leaf business

| September 2, 2014

British American Tobacco Uganda (BATU) is to discontinue its leaf growing and export business after 86 years with the loss of 147 jobs, according to a story in New Vision. BATU’s managing director, Jonathan D’souza, was said to have told reporters that the decision to quit was reached after the company’s biggest client, British American […]

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Shisha ban ups Jeddah’s rental flat prices

Shisha ban ups Jeddah’s rental flat prices

| September 2, 2014

A shisha ban in Jeddah cafés has contributed to a rise in the rental prices for small flats, which are now in demand by Saudis wishing to smoke with their friends, according to an Arab News story. “There is no place in Jeddah for Saudi youth to meet with their friends,” a young Saudi man […]

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Relatively low incidence of tobacco use among Africa’s pregnant women

Relatively low incidence of tobacco use among Africa’s pregnant women

| September 2, 2014

Africa has the lowest incidence of tobacco use among pregnant women, according to a Ghana News Agency report citing a study of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) published in the September edition of the Lancet Global Health Journal. The study, which was said to be the largest to provide contemporary evidence on tobacco use during […]

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Passengers to be compensated because of “extremely dangerous” smoking stunt

Passengers to be compensated because of “extremely dangerous” smoking stunt

| September 2, 2014

An airline passenger in China has been filmed throwing a lighted cigarette on to the apron and stepping on it while standing by the steps of the aircraft on which he had arrived, according to an ECNS.cn story. China United Airlines yesterday agreed to offer an apology and compensation to some of the passengers on […]

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Danish army has arboreal smoking zone

Danish army has arboreal smoking zone

| September 2, 2014

If Danish army recruits smoke a cigarette, their commanders try to humiliate them while they do so, according to a story by Lucie Rychla for the Copenhagen Post citing Metroexpress. Some soldiers have been told to climb trees or stand on one leg, while others have been forced to stand in a puddle or lie […]

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US trade body seeks more information on Reynolds’ planned Lorillard acquisition

US trade body seeks more information on Reynolds’ planned Lorillard acquisition

| September 1, 2014

Reynolds American said on Friday that it and Lorillard had each received a request for additional information from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in connection with Reynolds’ proposed acquisition of Lorillard and divestiture of some brands to Imperial Tobacco. ‘The second request was issued under notification requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, […]

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Australia ups cigarette excise steeply

Australia ups cigarette excise steeply

| September 1, 2014

The Australian government today increased cigarette excise by 13.7 per cent, the second of four big increases that were set in motion last year by the previous government, according to a story in the Whitsunday Times. The government has increased the excise on a pack of 20 by A$1.12 to A$9.25 and that on a […]

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Cuba aiming to boost tobacco output

Cuba aiming to boost tobacco output

| September 1, 2014

Cuba’s vice president, Jose Ramon Machado, on Thursday urged the country’s tobacco farmers to increase output, according to a Xinhua News agency story. “Cuban tobacco is the world’s best,” the official daily Granma quoted him as saying during a visit to the western province of Pinar del Rio, Cuba’s tobacco-growing center… “It is an advantage […]

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Hungary trying to ensure tobacco’s future

Hungary trying to ensure tobacco’s future

| September 1, 2014

Hungary’s government is looking for ways to support the country’s tobacco growers while complying with European Union requirements, according to a story in the EcoNews quoting the farm ministry’s state secretary, Bela Glattfelder. From next year, about €22.4 million in EU funding would no longer be available and, if that funding could not be replaced […]

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Zapping addiction with magnetism

Zapping addiction with magnetism

| September 1, 2014

A machine that pulses deep regions of the brain with magnetic current may help heavy smokers quit their habit, according to a Times of Israel story citing an Israeli study. In the study, which experts said was the most rigorous test of the technology to date, 44 percent of a group of heavy smokers who […]

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