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Suspected Swazi smuggler shot dead

Suspected Swazi smuggler shot dead

| September 26, 2014

A man suspected of cigarette smuggling has been shot dead by soldiers near Lugongolweni, not far from the town of Siteki, Swaziland, according to a story in The Times of Swaziland. The man, a Swazi, in the company of two other men, had allegedly crossed illegally from Mozambique with cigarettes in their car. He was […]

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Party leader brands UK’s standardized pack proposals as “utterly barmy”

Party leader brands UK’s standardized pack proposals as “utterly barmy”

| September 26, 2014

Moves to introduce standardized packaging for tobacco products have been labelled as “utterly barmy” by UKIP (UK Independence Party) leader Nigel Farage, according to a BBC News story. Farage, who called the plans a “counterfeiter’s dream”, was speaking ahead of his party’s conference, which was due to start today in Doncaster. He reportedly told Asian […]

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No place to smoke in Boulder, Colorado

No place to smoke in Boulder, Colorado

| September 26, 2014

Finding a place to smoke tobacco outdoors is about to get harder in Boulder, Colorado, the US, where public outdoor smoking is already banned on a popular pedestrian mall and around city buildings, according to a story by Greg Campbell for The Daily Caller. Campbell reported that the existing ban was to be extended to […]

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Electronic cigarette trials leveling off

Electronic cigarette trials leveling off

| September 26, 2014

A new government study suggests the number of US adults who are trying electronic cigarettes is leveling off, according to a story by Mike Stobbe for Medical EXpress. The proportion of adults who have ever used electronic cigarettes rose from about three percent to eight percent from 2010 to 2012. But there was no significant […]

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Democrats trying to prohibit use of child labor on US tobacco farms

Democrats trying to prohibit use of child labor on US tobacco farms

| September 25, 2014

Thirty-five House Democrats are urging President Obama’s administration to prohibit children from working on tobacco farms, citing concerns about the health risks associated with such work, according to a story by Frederic J. Frommer for the Evansville (Indiana) Courier & Press. The lawmakers, led by House Representatives David Cicilline and Matt Cartwright, made their plea […]

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Philadelphia turns to smokers to pay for education-budget shortfall

Philadelphia turns to smokers to pay for education-budget shortfall

| September 25, 2014

The Senate in Pennsylvania, US, has approved by 39-11 a $2-per-pack cigarette tax for Philadelphia to help close the School District’s budget gap, according to a story in the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. Superintendent William Hite was quoted as saying that with the cigarette tax and an earlier-approved one percent sales tax surcharge for schools, […]

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Zimbabwe’s prices down 14 percent

Zimbabwe’s prices down 14 percent

| September 25, 2014

Zimbabwe’s 2014 flue-cured tobacco marketing season has ended with the final sales volume hitting 216.2 million kg, according to a story in The Herald. This year’s volume sales were 30 percent up on those of 2013, 166.5 million kg; and earnings were increased by 12 percent from USS612.1 million to US$685.2 million. However, while deliveries […]

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France looks at introducing plain packs

France looks at introducing plain packs

| September 25, 2014

The French government is to propose legislation on the introduction of standardized packaging for cigarettes, according to a story in The Local quoting a Les Echos report. The standardized packs with their dominant graphic warnings would be aimed at deterring young people from taking up the habit. Health Minister Marisol Touraine was due to present […]

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PM USA welcomes Price case decision

PM USA welcomes Price case decision

| September 25, 2014

The Illinois Supreme Court yesterday granted review in the Price case to decide whether its 2005 dismissal of that case against Philip Morris USA should remain in place. In 2003, a Madison Circuit Court judge sitting without a jury found that PM USA had deceived Illinois smokers in purchasing Marlboro Lights and Cambridge Lights cigarettes […]

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Storm blows up over windfall tax plan

Storm blows up over windfall tax plan

| September 24, 2014

The UK’s tobacco industry was said to have reacted with ‘fury’ to a plan by the opposition Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband, to impose an additional tax on Britain’s tobacco companies to help pay for National Health Service (NHS) spending, according to a story in The Guardian. Imperial Tobacco said Labour’s plans to raise at […]

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Russians comply with smoking bans

Russians comply with smoking bans

| September 24, 2014

The overwhelming majority of Russian cafés and restaurants are obeying the ban on tobacco smoking in public places, according to an ITAR-TASS story quoting results of monitoring conducted by Consumers International, an international consortium of consumer-advocacy groups. Between 93 and 94 percent of the monitored cafés and restaurants were found to have been observing the […]

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Isis lifts smoking ban to ‘boost popularity’

Isis lifts smoking ban to ‘boost popularity’

| September 24, 2014

The Islamic State (also known as Isis) has made a Sharia-law U-turn in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk by stubbing out its cigarette ban in an attempt to boost popularity among the local population, according to a story by Gianluca Mezzofiore for the International Business Times. A resident of Hawija, 55 km southwest of Kirkuk, […]

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Plain packaging domino effect predicted

Plain packaging domino effect predicted

| September 24, 2014

Ireland could create a “domino effect” internationally by becoming the first country in Europe to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products, according to a story by Paul Cullen for The Irish Times quoting one of Australia’s leading public health experts. Professor Mike Daube said the introduction of plain packaging in Ireland would have huge international […]

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Promotions at Reynolds Tobacco

Promotions at Reynolds Tobacco

| September 24, 2014

Michael P. Auger, currently vice president of trade marketing development for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, is due to be promoted to the position of executive vice president of trade marketing for the company, effective January 1. Auger will replace Robert D. Stowe, who is to retire. At the same time, Colin M. Uffindell, currently an […]

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Tax speculation blowing in the wind

Tax speculation blowing in the wind

| September 23, 2014

A ‘novel windfall tax’ on the profits of UK tobacco companies would be used by a future Labour government to part fund its plans for reinvigorating the nation’s National Health Service, according to a story by political editor, Patrick Wintour, for The Guardian. Wintour said that in his final Labour party conference speech before next […]

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Ban on loose cigarette sales proposed

Ban on loose cigarette sales proposed

| September 23, 2014

A task force set up to consider ways of strengthening India’s tobacco regulations is recommending a ban on sales of loose cigarettes, which make up 70-75 percent of the industry’s volume, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The task force is recommending also: Increasing the size of […]

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India’s prices up on those of last year

India’s prices up on those of last year

| September 23, 2014

Flue-cured tobacco auctions in Andhra Pradesh, India, are nearing completion with about 213.21 million kg sold for an average price of Rs116.29 per kg, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Prices last year averaged Rs113.80 per kg. This year, bright leaf grades accounted for 47.6 percent […]

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Purilum opens e-liquid facility

Purilum opens e-liquid facility

| September 22, 2014

Purilum officially opened its new e-liquid development, manufacturing and fulfillment center on Sept. 17. The state-of-the-art facility, located Greenville, North Carolina, USA, includes multiple ISO 8 class 100,000 clean-room environments, segregated nicotine and non-nicotine mixing rooms, and fully-automated bottle filling and assembly and cartomizer/clearomizer filling and assembly. “The company was founded on the principles of […]

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Cambodia to get tough on tobacco firms

Cambodia to get tough on tobacco firms

| September 22, 2014

Phnom Penh’s City Hall warned tobacco companies at a meeting last week to stop flouting a sub-decree that is supposed to prohibit all forms of tobacco advertising, or else face fines or closure, according to a story in The Phnom Penh Post. The municipality said some companies were skirting the 2011 sub-decree by using creative […]

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Peruvians smoking fewer cigarettes

Peruvians smoking fewer cigarettes

| September 22, 2014

Volume sales of cigarettes in Peru declined moderately last year, according to a story by the Andina news agency quoting Euromonitor International. No figures were given but the report attributed the decline to the usual factors: rising prices, smoking bans in public-places and a rising awareness of the health impacts associated with tobacco smoking. The […]

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Nine object to Ireland’s plain packs plan

Nine object to Ireland’s plain packs plan

| September 22, 2014

Nine countries had objected to Ireland’s plain tobacco packaging proposals by Thursday, the deadline for lodging such objections with the European Commission, according to a story in The Irish Times. The nine countries, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Spain, have a total population of 201.7 million or 40 percent […]

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Government tries to prevent hoarding

Government tries to prevent hoarding

| September 22, 2014

Despite the government’s efforts to crack down on cigarette hoarding, large numbers of smokers across Korea are managing to stock up ahead of a major price hike next year, according to a story in The Korea Times. The government has threatened fines of up to WON50 million ($48,000) for cigarette hoarding following its decision to […]

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Illicit trade calculator is eye-opener

Illicit trade calculator is eye-opener

| September 22, 2014

Imperial Tobacco says that it is demonstrating to Irish retailers the cost to their own businesses of the trade in illicit products – a strategy that is resulting in more reports being made to the authorities from the areas where this trade is occurring. ‘John Player’s “illicit trade calculator” aims to encourage retailers to report […]

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New Reynolds Tobacco president named

New Reynolds Tobacco president named

| September 22, 2014

Debra A. Crew has been named president and chief commercial officer (CCO) of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, effective October 1. Crew is currently the president and general manager of PepsiCo North America Nutrition. She joined PepsiCo in 2010 as president of the Western Europe region of PepsiCo Europe. In 2012, she was named president of […]

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Malawi exploring tobacco options

Malawi exploring tobacco options

| September 19, 2014

Malawi’s Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) says its tobacco industry is set for a major boost following the visit of a group of 16 Egyptian tobacco investors, according to a Ventures Africa story Speaking before the visit, TCC CEO, Bruce Munthali, said the delegation would hold discussions with “the private sector as well as government officials […]

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