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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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Qatar prepares for shisha smoking study

Qatar prepares for shisha smoking study

| September 10, 2014

Smokers make up about 37 percent of Qatar’s residents over the age of 15, according to a Gulf Times story quoting statistics published by the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC). About 95 per cent of the country’s adult smokers are men. “In addition, around 15 percent of school children from grade seven, both male and female, […]

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Godfrey Phillips expanding, consolidating

Godfrey Phillips expanding, consolidating

| September 10, 2014

Godfrey Phillips India (GPI) is expanding its business by venturing into non-tobacco products, according to a Press Trust of India story. “As part of our expansion plans, we are looking into food and beverages, contemporary tea formats, confectionery products as well as new tobacco products,” said Harmanjit Singh, vice president, corporate affairs, at the launch […]

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PMI dividend increased

PMI dividend increased

| September 10, 2014

The board of directors of Philip Morris International today increased the company’s regular quarterly dividend by 6.4 percent to an annualized rate of $4.00 per share. The new quarterly dividend of $1.00 per share, up from $0.94 per share, is payable on October 10 to stockholders of record as of September 25. The ex-dividend date […]

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Blackcat E-cigs expands into Europe

Blackcat E-cigs expands into Europe

| September 9, 2014

Bxpression of Long Beach, California, USA, is expanding into Europe, with offices in Prague and Paris. Blackcat Europe will make its debut at the Inter-Tabac tradeshow in Dortmund, Germany, on Sept. 19-21. The company will exhibit in hall 5, booth number 5.D10 Anatole Soulier serve as director of sales and marketing for Blackcat Europe. “We […]

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Oriental tobacco growers want part in FCTC discussions on their future

Oriental tobacco growers want part in FCTC discussions on their future

| September 9, 2014

Representatives of oriental tobacco growers have expressed concern about a report by a working group of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The report on the FCTC’s articles 17 (provision of support for economically viable alternative activities) and 18 (protection of the environment and the health of persons) is due to […]

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Lobbying keeps advert rules in check

Lobbying keeps advert rules in check

| September 9, 2014

Intense lobbying by the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration (STMA) has resulted in the weakening of legislation that otherwise would have introduce a complete tobacco advertising ban in China, according to a story by Li Hui and Ben Blanchard for Reuters, quoting unnamed sources. The state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday that some Chinese lawmakers […]

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Eight out of 10 US homes ban smoking

Eight out of 10 US homes ban smoking

| September 9, 2014

Smoking is banned in more than eight out of 10 US homes – almost twice as many as two decades ago, according to an Associated Press story quoting the results of a new government study. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found smoking was forbidden even in nearly half of homes where an adult […]

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Zeller to speak at tobacco outlet meeting

Zeller to speak at tobacco outlet meeting

| September 9, 2014

Mitch Zeller, the director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products, has accepted an invitation to speak at the NATO (National Association of Tobacco Outlets) show next year. The show is due to be held on April 22-23 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Zeller’s appearance, NATO said, would […]

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WHO advice potentially damaging

WHO advice potentially damaging

| September 8, 2014

A World Health Organization-commissioned review of electronic cigarettes contains errors, misinterpretations and misrepresentations that could lead to policymakers missing the potential health benefits of these products, according to a story by Kate Kelland, quoting tobacco addiction experts. The background paper on electronic cigarettes acted as a blueprint for a WHO report calling for more regulation […]

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Cigarette price hikes in Korea would cause smokers to quit – by 2020

Cigarette price hikes in Korea would cause smokers to quit – by 2020

| September 8, 2014

One in three smokers in South Korea said they would quit if the health ministry caused cigarette prices to be raised as planned, according to a story in the Korea Times quoting the results of a survey released on Friday. The country’s Health and Welfare Minister, Moon Hyung-pyo, said last week that he hoped to […]

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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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