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High level of tobacco smoking in Bulgaria

High level of tobacco smoking in Bulgaria

| June 3, 2014

About 30 percent of Bulgarians, comprising more than 2.1 million people, are daily tobacco smokers, according to a Focus English News story quoting the World Health Organization report Global Tobacco Epidemic, which was released on Saturday. There is a smoking gender bias, with 40 percent of men and 19 percent of women being daily smokers. […]

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France facing a fit of the vapors

France facing a fit of the vapors

| June 3, 2014

France is preparing to place e-cigarette use on the same legal footing as tobacco smoking with draft legislation that aims to ban vaping in public places, according to a story by Paris-based Anne Penketh for the Guardian, quoting Le Figaro. The health minister, Marisol Touraine, intends to table the bill on June 17. The proposed […]

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Delhi thinking of selling tobacco short

Delhi thinking of selling tobacco short

| June 3, 2014

The Delhi government plans to introduce a scheme whereby no tobacco or related products would be sold on the last day of each month, according to a story in The Times of India. The story said that the scheme was aimed at generating awareness about tobacco’s harmful effects and reducing tobacco use, but it was […]

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Dog sniffs out illicit tobacco in Scotland

Dog sniffs out illicit tobacco in Scotland

| June 3, 2014

Shops selling illicit tobacco in the Mearns, Scotland, are being hounded out of town by a new council recruit. According to a story by Martin Dalziel, Dixie the sniffer dog was used by the Aberdeenshire Council’s Trading Standards Office, supported by the police, in a two-day operation targeting businesses where police intelligence had indicated illicit tobacco […]

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Further smoking curbs in force in Russia

Further smoking curbs in force in Russia

| June 2, 2014

The second part of Russia’s anti-tobacco law came into force yesterday, extending public-places tobacco smoking bans to include, for instance, restaurants, hotels and railway platforms, according to an ITAR-TASS story. Ashtrays and hookas are due to disappear from cafés and bars and their places to be taken by no-smoking signs. People caught smoking in a […]

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Japan to finesse cigarette retail system

Japan to finesse cigarette retail system

| June 2, 2014

Japan’s Finance Ministry is expected to change the regulations governing the opening of new cigarette outlets in a bid to avoid “excessive competition” among retailers at a time of falling sales, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun story. “After seeking public opinion, the ministry plans to introduce the new regulation in August,” the story said. If […]

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Tobacco users harangued in Nagaland

Tobacco users harangued in Nagaland

| June 2, 2014

A village in India’s Nagaland state has been declared the country’s first “tobacco-free village,” according to a story in the Hindustan Times. The declaration was made by principal secretary R Benchilo Thong on Saturday at the Gariphema village hall. Tobacco-free status came about as the result of an initiative by the Gariphema village council, Village […]

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New plugwrap disperses fast in water

New plugwrap disperses fast in water

| June 2, 2014

Essentra Filter Products has launched a plugwrap material that disperses in water at least three times faster than standard materials. The new plugwrap, which enables the manufacture of more environmentally friendly filters, can be used with a number of Essentra’s existing filter products. “With the launch of our new water dispersible plugwrap, we are taking […]

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Health specialists point up vital role of new products in harm reduction

Health specialists point up vital role of new products in harm reduction

| May 30, 2014

Fifty-three specialists in nicotine science and public health policy have written to the World Health Organization expressing their concern that the strategy of tobacco harm reduction seems to have been overlooked or even marginalized in the run-up to the next meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control […]

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New RAI website to raise awareness of U.S. black market in cigarettes

New RAI website to raise awareness of U.S. black market in cigarettes

| May 30, 2014

A new website has been launched with the aim of raising awareness of the black market cigarette trade in the U.S. Sponsored by RAI Services Co., a subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc., the new website aims also to encourage states to pass stiffer penalties for smuggling and devote more resources to enforcement. “Cigarette smuggling costs […]

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Gamucci is ‘Best Electronic Cigarette’

Gamucci is ‘Best Electronic Cigarette’

| May 30, 2014

Gamucci was crowned the U.K.’s “Best Electronic Cigarette” brand at the recent Consumer Choice Awards 2014, organized by Brand Weekly. The innovative awards are based on the views of consumers who nominate and vote for products and services. This new approach to awards reflects the growth of social media and other online platforms that have […]

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JTI announces shareholder meeting

JTI announces shareholder meeting

| May 30, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. is due to hold its ordinary general meeting of shareholders starting at 10 a.m. on June 24 at the Tokyo Prince Hotel.

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Harm reduction should form basis of progressive regulation, says BAT

Harm reduction should form basis of progressive regulation, says BAT

| May 29, 2014

British American Tobacco is calling on the World Health Organization and governments around the world to adopt a policy of tobacco harm reduction as a more progressive approach to tobacco regulation, according to a note posted on the company’s website. In support of its call, BAT quoted WHO estimates that suggest there are now one […]

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Plain packaging not a done deal in U.K.

Plain packaging not a done deal in U.K.

| May 29, 2014

Ahead of the U.K. government’s consultation on standardized packaging regulations, the smokers’ group Forest is urging retailers and consumers to write to the prime minister, David Cameron, declaring their opposition to the policy. Forest believes that such regulations could be included in the Queen’s Speech on June 4, which will outline the government’s agenda for […]

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Uganda’s proposed tobacco control bill under fire from Kampala traders

Uganda’s proposed tobacco control bill under fire from Kampala traders

| May 29, 2014

The Kampala City Traders’ Association (Kacita) has thrown its weight behind those opposing some aspects of Uganda’s proposed Tobacco Control Bill, according to a story in The Observer. Kacita’s chairman, Everest Kayondo, described the law as “draconian and [one that] would cost Uganda business opportunities.” If the bill were passed in its current form, he […]

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Unions reject Bergen op Zoom package said to be “among the best”

Unions reject Bergen op Zoom package said to be “among the best”

| May 29, 2014

Trade unions have threatened to organize protests at Philip Morris’ cigarette factory at Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands, if the tobacco company does not offer a better social plan for employees who seem set to lose their jobs. Philip Morris Holland (PMH) said in early April that it intended to end cigarette production at Bergen […]

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TMA regulations conference

TMA regulations conference

| May 28, 2014

The U.S. Tobacco Merchants Association will hold a one-day conference on June 16 at the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia, about the Food and Drug Administration’s deeming regulations. The event will include legal, laboratory and other presentations, in addition to breakout sessions by product sector. For more information, visit www.tma.org or phone TMA at +1 609 275 4900.

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Huge e-cigarette potential in China

Huge e-cigarette potential in China

| May 28, 2014

About 500 representatives of the global e-cigarette industry are due meet at Shenzhen, China, in August to unveil new technologies and discuss how to improve safety and health standards, according to a piece by Yanzhong Huang published by Forbes Asia. Although the huge majority of e-cigarettes are manufactured in China, they are not popular on […]

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Malaysia cracks down on illicit sales

Malaysia cracks down on illicit sales

| May 28, 2014

Malaysia’s Customs Department officers have seized 131 million smuggled cigarettes since the launch of a nationwide operation in January, according to a story in the New Straits Times. The seized products were said to be worth MYR73.64 million in value and unpaid duties. Customs Director-general Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad said his officers had checked 2,618 […]

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Cigarette prices to rise in Cambodia

Cigarette prices to rise in Cambodia

| May 28, 2014

Cigarette prices in Cambodia are expected to increase from about $0.58 to about $0.64 a pack from July when taxes are due to rise, according to a story in The Phnom Penh Post. Taxes currently account for 20 percent of the retail price of a pack of cigarettes, but that is set to rise to […]

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Safety award for Imperial in Macedonia

Safety award for Imperial in Macedonia

| May 28, 2014

Imperial Tobacco’s subsidiary in Macedonia has won a national workplace health and safety award for the second year in a row. Imperial Tobacco TKS at Skopje was recognized by the Macedonian Association for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) for demonstrating best practices. “This award comes as we mark almost four years without any lost time […]

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New Nepalese plant starts production

New Nepalese plant starts production

| May 27, 2014

Surya Nepal has started production at its new cigarette plant at Seratar in the district of Tanahun, according to a story in Republica. The company has invested NPR4.5 billion in the factory, which employs about 200 people and is set on 145 ropani (7.3 ha). Currently, the factory is running 16 hours a day in […]

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Low auction prices force growers to make illegal shift to contract selling

Low auction prices force growers to make illegal shift to contract selling

| May 27, 2014

Some of Zimbabwe’s flue-cured tobacco growers are diverting their crops to contract floors so as to earn higher prices than those being offered over the auction floors, according to a story in the Zimbabwe Herald. Officially, contract buyers purchase tobacco only from contracted growers, but some farmers not under contract are said to be using […]

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Andhra flue-cured auction prices soar

Andhra flue-cured auction prices soar

| May 27, 2014

Flue-cured tobacco prices have been soaring at auctions underway in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Northern black soils tobaccos were said to have touched a new high of INR168 per kg at the Thorredu auction platform. And Northern light […]

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Call for higher taxes in Asean countries

Call for higher taxes in Asean countries

| May 27, 2014

Regional tobacco control groups have called for higher cigarette taxation among Asean (Association of Southeast Asia Nations) countries and a crackdown on the illicit trade so as to reduce consumption, according to a story in the Bangkok Post. The call came during the Tobacco Taxation and Illicit Trade workshop held at the World Health Organization’s […]

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