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Tax plans threaten bidi industry collapse

Tax plans threaten bidi industry collapse

| June 19, 2014

Plans by the government of Bangladesh to raise the prices of bidis in the next fiscal year would send the industry to the verge of collapse, according to a story in the Daily Star, quoting researchers. A price hike would take a heavy toll on the businesses operating within the bidi sector, which were already […]

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Spiked editor to speak at Freedom Dinner

Spiked editor to speak at Freedom Dinner

| June 19, 2014

The U.K. smokers’ group Forest has announced that Brendan O’Neill, editor of the online magazine Spiked, is to speak at Forest’s Freedom Dinner on July 15. A blogger for the Telegraph and a columnist for The Big Issue and The Australian, O’Neill has also written also for The Spectator, City AM, Reason and the Daily […]

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Deadline nears for Indonesian health warnings

Deadline nears for Indonesian health warnings

| June 18, 2014

Indonesia’s Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (FDMA) has told tobacco companies to comply with a government regulation requiring pictorial health warnings on cigarette packs by June 24, reports The Jakarta Post. Indonesian tobacco companies produced 3,392 cigarette brands as of April, according to Indonesia’s taxation directorate general. Of those companies, only Bentoel, Sampoerna, Djarum and […]

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Vuse goes national

Vuse goes national

| June 17, 2014

R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. will expand distribution of its Vuse digital vapor cigarette nationally in the United States beginning June 23. Selected retail outlets across the country will be carrying Vuse as of that date, and additional stores will be added to the distribution throughout the rest of the year. “We are proud to expand […]

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FDA walking an e-cigarette tightrope

FDA walking an e-cigarette tightrope

| June 13, 2014

E-cigarettes might be closer to smoking cessation devices than to regular cigarettes, and regulators are keeping “an open mind” on their potential health benefit, according to a story by Edney Anna for Business Week (Bloomberg), quoting Mitch Zeller, head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP). Zeller said the agency […]

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Uganda’s growers upset over tobacco bill

Uganda’s growers upset over tobacco bill

| June 13, 2014

The Uganda Tobacco Growers Association (UTGA) has petitioned the speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, to consider their views on the Tobacco Control Bill, which is yet to be tabled. The farmers are opposed to a number of provisions within the proposed bill, including one that bans the sale and display of tobacco products in specified […]

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Activists say tax increase insufficient

Activists say tax increase insufficient

| June 13, 2014

Environmental activists in Bangladesh yesterday demanded that the government impose a higher tax on cigarettes than has been proposed in the budget bill for fiscal 2014–2015, according to a story in The Financial Express quoting a UNB News Agency report. Speaking during a press conference, the activists said that 98 percent of smokers in the […]

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Pointing up Greece’s growing illicit trade

Pointing up Greece’s growing illicit trade

| June 13, 2014

Imperial Tobacco has joined forces with other major tobacco companies in Greece in presenting a public awareness campaign about the growing problem of illicit trade. “This cross-industry initiative is being highlighted with adverts in national newspapers and on radio, as well as online and with 500,000 leaflets,” according to a note posted on Imperial’s website. […]

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JT’s cigarette sales down year-on-year

JT’s cigarette sales down year-on-year

| June 13, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during May, at 9.2 billion, was down by 10.3 percent on that of May 2013, 10.2 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The May 2013 figure was increased by 0.4 percent on that of May 2012. Volume during January–May 2014, at 46.3 billion, was […]

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Kentucky MSA payment dispute settled

Kentucky MSA payment dispute settled

| June 13, 2014

Philip Morris USA and other cigarette manufacturers have reached an agreement with Kentucky to resolve non-participating manufacturer (NPM) adjustment disputes under the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA), according to a note posted on the company’s website. This brings to 23 the number of MSA states (including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) that have settled […]

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WHO dictating tobacco tax policies

WHO dictating tobacco tax policies

| June 12, 2014

The World Health Organization appears to be dictating tobacco taxation policy in a number of countries, including South Korea. According to a story in the Korea Herald, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said yesterday that it planned to raise cigarette prices, which have been fixed at WON2,300-2,500 a pack for the past 10 years. […]

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Philippines to require graphic warnings

Philippines to require graphic warnings

| June 12, 2014

A Philippine legislative committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would compel cigarette manufacturers to include graphic health warnings on their packs,  according to a story in The Gulf Today. The committee, composed of senators and congressmen, passed the bill directing the Department of Health to issue 12 templates of pictures and illustrations that warn about […]

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Anti-tobacco propaganda too scary

Anti-tobacco propaganda too scary

| June 12, 2014

Television stations in South Korea have rejected government anti-smoking propaganda as being too graphic, according to a story in The Korea Times. The Ministry of Health and Welfare had wanted to use what the paper called an “unprecedentedly realistic anti-smoking ad,” similar to those used in Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. But when the […]

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Cheers, Brazil!

Cheers, Brazil!

| June 12, 2014

This story, provided by Iggesund Paperboard, has only a paper-thin connection to tobacco, but it provides TR with an opportunity to show support for that great tobacco-producing nation, Brazil, as it kicks off the World Cup finals today. Apparently, the Taittinger champagne house is supplying the official champagne for this year’s World Cup. The company […]

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JT acquires e-cigarette brand E-Lites

JT acquires e-cigarette brand E-Lites

| June 11, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it had concluded an agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of the U.K.-based e-cigarette supplier Zandera, known for its E-Lites brand. Founded in 2009, Zandera sells what JT described as the most recognized range of high-quality rechargeable and ready-to-use e-cigarettes in the U.K. “Our investment in Zandera provides the […]

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SM makes modified risk filing in U.S.

SM makes modified risk filing in U.S.

| June 11, 2014

Swedish Match said today that it had submitted a modified-risk tobacco product (MRTP) application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for eight sub-brands of its General snus product line. “The MRTP application seeks a risk-modification order permitting the use of warning label statements on the company’s snus tobacco products that differ from those […]

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Ireland to follow Australia’s lead

Ireland to follow Australia’s lead

| June 11, 2014

Ireland looks set to implement standardized packaging for tobacco products following approval by the Cabinet of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014, according to a story in the Irish Examiner. If enacted, the new law will ban from packs logos and trademarks, along with brand colors, designs and graphics. Product names will […]

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Court rejects tobacco companies’ appeal

Court rejects tobacco companies’ appeal

| June 11, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected efforts by the tobacco industry to derail thousands of Florida smoker lawsuits and left intact 11 awards totaling more than $70 million, according to a story by Greg Stohr for Business Week/Bloomberg. Units of Altria Group, Reynolds American and Lorillard had asked the Supreme Court to intervene, saying they […]

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JT to relaunch Winston products in Japan

JT to relaunch Winston products in Japan

| June 11, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. is to relaunch two Winston products in Japan in the Winston XS format, which, it says, offers a smoother, finer flavor with a subtly sweet aftertaste, while maintaining the distinctive and balanced taste characteristic of the brand. XS products are said to incorporate, too, LSS (less smoke smell) technologies, which are present […]

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Imperial to float Logista

Imperial to float Logista

| June 11, 2014

Imperial Tobacco said yesterday that it intended to float its European logistics division, Logista, on the Spanish stock market, according to a story by Paul Sandle for Reuters. Imperial said its indirectly wholly owned subsidiary Altadis would sell a portion of shares in Logista to institutional investors in an initial public offer. The company said […]

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PMI declares quarterly dividend

PMI declares quarterly dividend

| June 11, 2014

The board of directors of Philip Morris International today declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.94 per common share, payable on July 11 to shareholders of record as of June 26. The ex-dividend date is June 24.

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Call for minimum tobacco pricing

Call for minimum tobacco pricing

| June 10, 2014

An Australian independent senator is pushing for the introduction of minimum pricing for cigarettes to counter British American Tobacco’s launch of what is said to be the lowest priced licit cigarette on the market at A$13 for a pack of 25, according to a News Interactive Network story. ‘Senator Nick Xenophon has accused the tobacco […]

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U.K.-based opponents of plain tobacco packaging launch online campaign

U.K.-based opponents of plain tobacco packaging launch online campaign

| June 10, 2014

U.K. campaigners against the standardized packaging of tobacco today launched an online campaign against the policy. The No, Prime Minister campaign was created by the smokers’ group Forest, which runs the Hands Off Our Packs program. The campaign features a letter that opponents of standardized packaging can send to the prime minister, David Cameron. According […]

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Bhutan ban remains but penalties relaxed

Bhutan ban remains but penalties relaxed

| June 10, 2014

Bhutan has amended for the second time the Tobacco Control Act it introduced in 2010, but the ban on the distribution and sale of tobacco products remains in force, according to a Kuensel Online story. The National Assembly on Friday endorsed by 37 votes to five with two abstentions the Tobacco Control Act 2014, which […]

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Call for full advertising ban in China

Call for full advertising ban in China

| June 10, 2014

Health professionals and tobacco control experts in China have called for tobacco advertising to be outlawed “fully,” according to a story in the People’s Daily. They are concerned that a draft amendment to the country’s advertising law fails to stipulate such a ban explicitly. The draft amendment was reviewed at an executive meeting of the […]

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