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BAT sustainability report launched

BAT sustainability report launched

| March 25, 2014

British American Tobacco has launched its latest sustainability summary report, “Value shared: A tobacco company for the 21st century.” The report is said to focus on harm reduction, sustainable agriculture and corporate behavior, and on how BAT’s work in these areas is helping to build value for both the business and its wider stakeholders. “It’s […]

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Smoking reduction plan goes awry

Smoking reduction plan goes awry

| March 25, 2014

The government of Malaysia’s bid to contain smoking by raising taxes on tobacco products is being undermined by illicit cigarette sales, according to a story in the New Strait Times. And this is hardly surprising given that illicit cigarettes sell for as little as MYR3 per pack, while licit products retail for between MYR10 and […]

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UAE bans sales of e-cigarettes

UAE bans sales of e-cigarettes

| March 25, 2014

The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Health has rejected requests from shop owners for permission to sell e-cigarettes and electronic shisha pipes, according to a story in The National. Officials told The National’s Arabic-language paper, Al Ittihad, that a number of municipalities had referred store owners to the ministry for advice on applying for licenses […]

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NDC appoints new president

NDC appoints new president

| March 25, 2014

Drew Cheshire has been appointed president of NDC Infrared Engineering. Cheshire joins NDC from Scott Fetzer (a Berkshire Hathaway company), where he was the general manager of Meriam Process Technologies. Prior to that, Cheshire held senior management roles with Ronan Engineering, Teledyne, Jay Industrial Technologies and Emerson Process Management. Cheshire replaces Dr. Bromley Beadle, who […]

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Not taxes—’public health contributions’

Not taxes—’public health contributions’

| March 24, 2014

A French Senate committee has called for the government to rename its “behavioral” taxes so as to make them appear to comprise more than just a revenue grab. According to a Tax News story, the committee said the government should look to link these levies and value-added taxes to health sector targets. And the term […]

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Tobacco retail concessions go begging

Tobacco retail concessions go begging

| March 24, 2014

Just 127 retail tobacco sales concessions were awarded in Hungary in the latest government tender, which comprised 992 in all, according to an MTI story quoting the Vilaggazdasag daily. The National Tobacco sales Non-profit company (NDN) said 567 valid applications had been submitted in respect of the tender, the fourth such tender called since Hungary […]

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Quitting tobacco? It’s child’s play

Quitting tobacco? It’s child’s play

| March 24, 2014

Children in a Nepalese village are making money from tobacco and liquor—but they’re not selling it, according to a story in The Himalayan Times. Just the opposite, in fact, because the children, from ward number four of Laxmi Nagar Village Development Committee (VDC) in Doti, have started a campaign to make their village liquor- and […]

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Did plain packaging cause rise in sales?

Did plain packaging cause rise in sales?

| March 24, 2014

Deliveries of tobacco products to retailers in Australia rose slightly last year for the first time in at least five years, despite the introduction of standardized packaging aimed at deterring smokers from indulging their habit, according to a Reuters story by Martinne Geller quoting industry sales figures. In 2013, the first full year of standardized […]

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More women smoking in Shanghai

More women smoking in Shanghai

| March 24, 2014

The proportion of smokers among women living in Shanghai, China, has risen significantly in recent years, according to a story on Ecns.cn. Delegates at the Shanghai International Lung Cancer Forum were told on the weekend that while 3.7 percent of women in Shanghai smoked in 2011, now the figure has risen to 4.8 percent. The […]

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U.S. cigarette sales in a (low-tax) state

U.S. cigarette sales in a (low-tax) state

| March 21, 2014

Fifty-seven percent of cigarettes sold in the U.S. are smuggled from states with lower tobacco taxes than the state in which they are sold, according to a story by Mary Beth Griggs for the Smithsonian Magazine quoting a new study by the Tax Foundation. This need not be surprising. In New York, smokers might pay […]

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Leaf trading in full swing in Philippines

Leaf trading in full swing in Philippines

| March 21, 2014

Tobacco trading centers have begun buying tobacco from farmers in the Virginia-growing areas of the Philippines’ Ilocos provinces, according to a story by the Philippine Information Agency quoting the National Tobacco Administration (NTA). And because the trading season for burley and native tobacco opened officially in the first week of March, growers from across the […]

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U.K. visa revoked over cigarette haul

U.K. visa revoked over cigarette haul

| March 21, 2014

A businessman from Jiangsu Province, China, has been deported from the U.K. after trying to take 35 undeclared cartons of cigarettes into the country, according to a Global Times story quoting a press note put out by the Shanghai Airport Frontier Inspection Station. The U.K. authorities were said to have seized the cigarettes and revoked […]

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Colorado rejects smoking-age increase

Colorado rejects smoking-age increase

| March 21, 2014

Lawmakers in Colorado, USA, have overturned a proposal that would have raised the age at which people could buy tobacco from 18 to 21, according to a CBS4 report. Colorado is the third state this year to consider but reject the higher age. The House Finance Committee rejected the proposal on a 7-6 vote, a […]

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Altadis signs up to diversity charter

Altadis signs up to diversity charter

| March 21, 2014

Imperial Tobacco’s business in Spain has put its name to a charter that is in line with Imperial’s commitment to supporting diversity. Altadis is amongst a number of leading Spanish companies to have signed up to the Charter de la Diversidad 2014. The charter sets out a code of practice that guarantees a commitment to […]

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Tobacco duty rise will fuel illicit trade

Tobacco duty rise will fuel illicit trade

| March 20, 2014

The director of the U.K. smokers’ group Forest, Simon Clark, has criticized yesterday’s budget increase on tobacco duty, which was 2 percent above the rate of inflation. “Recent history shows that increasing tobacco duty above inflation fuels illicit trade and costs government money,” he said. “The treasury loses billions of pounds to illicit traders every […]

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Qatar arrests Asian sweika sellers

Qatar arrests Asian sweika sellers

| March 20, 2014

Qatar’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested nine “Asians” involved in the production, packing and sale of “sweika,” an illicit product based on chewable tobacco, according to a story in the Gulf Times. About 6,000 packs of sweika were seized. The arrests came after the department received a tip-off about activities at a house in […]

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Illicit traders face fines and lecture

Illicit traders face fines and lecture

| March 20, 2014

Five shopkeepers in Malaysia were recently fined for selling illicit cigarettes, according to a story in The Star. The fines seemed to be set at more than 10 times the “value” of the illicit cigarettes in their possession. But these were not the Mr. or Mrs. Bigs of the illicit trade. One of them admitted […]

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‘Third-hand smoke’ is getting traction

‘Third-hand smoke’ is getting traction

| March 20, 2014

New research out of the U.S.’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is said to have found that the residue from smoking indoors—so-called “third-hand smoke”—has the potential to cause cancer, according to a Fox News story. Bo Hang, of the Lawrence Berkeley laboratory, found that when nicotine in secondhand smoke reacted with nitrous acid in the air, […]

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Missing buyers blamed for low prices

Missing buyers blamed for low prices

| March 20, 2014

At least four of the 20 Class A buyers licensed to buy Zimbabwe’s tobacco this year risk losing their licenses because they have not started buying four weeks after the season began, according to a story by Walter Muchinguri for the Zimbabwe Herald. Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board Chief Executive Dr. Andrew Matibiri said the […]

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NDC appoints customer care director

NDC appoints customer care director

| March 20, 2014

NDC Infrared Engineering has appointed Karl Schmid as director of customer care for its sensors, systems and metals divisions within its EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region. Schmid was previously manager of special services at Voith Paper and worldwide service and spares manager at Mahlo GmbH & Co. KG.

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Forum will have nicotine on its mind

Forum will have nicotine on its mind

| March 19, 2014

A list of discussion topics has been announced by the organizers of The First Global Forum on Nicotine, which is due to take place at the Marriott Hotel, Warsaw, Poland, on June 27–28. The forum, which will be staged by KAC, is set to examine the current state of the debate about the use of […]

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Cigarette manufacturing plan for Zambia

Cigarette manufacturing plan for Zambia

| March 19, 2014

Roland Imperial Tobacco Company (RITCO) has said it plans to set up a US$20 million primary processing plant in Zambia’s Lusaka South Multi-facility Economic Zone (LS-MFEZ), according to a Times of Zambia story. The company, which is wholly Zambian owned and is not connected to the U.K.-based Imperial Tobacco Group, is said to have signed […]

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Size matters when it comes to warnings

Size matters when it comes to warnings

| March 19, 2014

British American Tobacco Philippines (BATP) is objecting to some aspects of a proposed measure that would require graphic warnings to be included on the country’s cigarette packs, according to a story in The Philippine Star. General manager James Lafferty said that while the company backed the display of picture-based warnings on cigarette packs, the images […]

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Poland: a great place to work for Imperial

Poland: a great place to work for Imperial

| March 19, 2014

Imperial Tobacco’s two businesses in Poland have been named among the best companies to work for in the country. Imperial Tobacco Polska (ITP), the company’s market and operational team in Tarnowo, has earned a Top Employer award for the fourth consecutive year. And the company’s manufacturing operation in Radom, Imperial Tobacco Polska Manufacturing (ITPM), was […]

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China’s proposed new law on tobacco advertising open to public comment

China’s proposed new law on tobacco advertising open to public comment

| March 18, 2014

Public health and legal experts in China are urging that a comprehensive ban on tobacco-related advertising and promotion be included in an amended law aimed at curbing smoking, particularly among young people, according to a story in the China Daily. Public comment on the law is currently underway online and will continue until March 24, […]

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