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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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Little e-cigarette use among UK’s young

Little e-cigarette use among UK’s young

| September 19, 2014

New data from the UK’s Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) indicates that while electronic cigarette use by young people increased between 2013 and 2014, only 1.8 percent of children are regular users. And it shows that 90 percent of regular or occasional users are young people who were already smokers or ex-smokers. Meanwhile, 91 […]

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Tobacco disease set to rise in Asia

Tobacco disease set to rise in Asia

| September 19, 2014

Research has indicated that inadequate public awareness of the risks of tobacco smoking and aggressive tobacco marketing have left Asian nations with some of the highest smoking rates, according to a story by Giles Hewitt for Yahoo News. Roughly 60 percent of the world’s population lived in Asia where tobacco control programs were less well-developed […]

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Trademark dispute e-liquids destroyed

Trademark dispute e-liquids destroyed

| September 19, 2014

Japan Tobacco International has halted its legal proceedings against Healthier Smoker (HS) after HS’ liquidator agreed on Tuesday to destroy all products and materials within its control that infringe JTI’s property rights, according to a story by Tom Lyons for the Irish Times. Darren Flanagan, an accountant with DMFN Chartered Accountants, was appointed liquidator of […]

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Reasons for stock activity unknown

Reasons for stock activity unknown

| September 19, 2014

Universal Corporation said yesterday that it had noted the recent activity in its common stock during this week. ‘Subsequent to the release of our quarterly earnings last month, we have not issued any release, and we are not aware of any other such release that would have resulted in this week’s unusual activity in our […]

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Malawi growers paid 10 percent less for better crop at time of high inflation

Malawi growers paid 10 percent less for better crop at time of high inflation

| September 18, 2014

Tobacco growers in Malawi were paid 10 percent less for their tobacco during the selling season that recently closed than they were paid during the previous season, according to an APA News Agency story. And this fall in prices occurred at a time of high inflation and in respect of a crop whose quality was […]

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‘Alarming smoking prevalence in Austria’

‘Alarming smoking prevalence in Austria’

| September 18, 2014

Austrians seem to be bucking the trend by smoking more than ever before, according to a story in The Local citing Zoltán Massay-Kosubek, the policy co-ordinator at the European Public Health Alliance. No figures were given to support the claim that smoking was on the increase, but the rise was put down mainly to younger […]

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Tobacconists thrive on declining market

Tobacconists thrive on declining market

| September 18, 2014

In a story for Bloomberg Businessweek, Patrick Clark poses an interesting question: Why are specialist tobacconists thriving in the US when the market for their products is shrinking? Smoking in the country has been declining for decades, Clark points out, but retailers specializing in tobacco sales are booming. The number of tobacco shops in the […]

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Call for annual above-inflation tax rises

Call for annual above-inflation tax rises

| September 18, 2014

The Malaysian Public Health Specialists Association (PPPKAM) has urged the government to comply with its commitment in the World Tobacco Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) by increasing the tax on tobacco products every year starting with Budget 2015, according to a Bernama story. The PPPKAM’s president, Dr Mohamed Rusli Abdullah, said in a […]

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Price hike will hit those on low-incomes

Price hike will hit those on low-incomes

| September 17, 2014

A group of smokers in South Korea has called on the government to shelve its plan to hike cigarette prices, saying the increase would be a further burden on low-income people, according to a Yonhap News Agency report. Last week, the government announced it would try to raise the price of cigarettes by about 80 […]

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LOGIC is top seller in convenience stores

LOGIC is top seller in convenience stores

| September 17, 2014

LOGIC Technology reported on Monday that it had maintained its leading unit share position in sales of electronic cigarettes through US convenience stores in August. In citing results from Nielsen’s C-Track Database, it said too that it had continued to maintain a strong hold on the number two position for dollar sales. ‘Currently, LOGIC leads […]

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Korea health insurer sues tobacco firms

Korea health insurer sues tobacco firms

| September 17, 2014

The case being brought by South Korea’s state health insurer against tobacco companies has opened in the Seoul district court, according to a story in The Korea Herald. The National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) filed the lawsuit in April against KT&G, British American Tobacco and Philip Morris seeking damages of WON53.7 billion ($52 million) to […]

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JT in Dow Jones Sustainability Index

JT in Dow Jones Sustainability Index

| September 17, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. has been included for the first time in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) Asia Pacific, one of the most prestigious stock indices for socially responsible investment (SRI), JT announced today in a press note posted on its website. ‘The DJSI is a collaborative initiative by S&P Dow Jones Indices of the […]

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NZ health expert labels campaign against e-cigarettes as “ridiculous”, “crazy”

NZ health expert labels campaign against e-cigarettes as “ridiculous”, “crazy”

| September 16, 2014

Ordering nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes off the shelves in Auckland, New Zealand, has been described as “ridiculous” by a health official and respected anti-smoking campaigner, according to a story by Matthew Theunissen for the Herald on Sunday. Despite their sale being illegal according to Ministry of Health rules, electronic cigarettes containing nicotine have been widely available […]

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Casual smokers lifting numbers in NY

Casual smokers lifting numbers in NY

| September 16, 2014

The number of adult New Yorkers who smoke, which fell for years under the anti-tobacco mayor, Mike Bloomberg, last year surpassed 1 million for the first time since 2007, according to a story by Jennifer Fermino for the New York Daily News. According to new data from the city’s health department, 16.1 percent of adults […]

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Leaf growing abandoned over tax impost

Leaf growing abandoned over tax impost

| September 16, 2014

British American Tobacco Uganda’s decision to stop supporting leaf growing in the country was taken partly because of the imposition of a leaf tobacco export tax of US20 cents per kg, according to a story by Paul Tentena for the East African Business Week. The tax was introduced as part of the June budget. “The […]

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Bribes smooth contraband’s passage

Bribes smooth contraband’s passage

| September 16, 2014

Syndicates are prepared to offer bribes of up to RM40,000 (US$16,000) per shipping container to Customs officers in exchange for the ‘smooth passage’ of contraband cigarettes and liquor into Malaysia, according to an AsiaOne report citing a Mingguan Malaysia story. An unnamed source was quoted as saying that as well as using containers, the syndicates also […]

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Imran Khan asked to oust tobacco

Imran Khan asked to oust tobacco

| September 15, 2014

A consumer rights campaigner has urged the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) political party, Imran Khan, to direct the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government to eradicate tobacco cultivation from the province, according to a story in the Express Tribune. In a press note issued last week, the executive co-ordinator of The Network for Consumer Protection, Nadeem Iqbal, […]

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Smoking ban making slow progress

Smoking ban making slow progress

| September 15, 2014

A ban on tobacco smoking in the Netherlands’ cafés, bars and clubs is now due to come into effect on January 1, not in October, as had been planned, according to an Expatica story quoting an RTL news report. In fact, the original deadline for the introduction of the ban was July 1. The delays […]

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JT’s domestic volume down in August

JT’s domestic volume down in August

| September 15, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales volume during August, at 9.4 billion, was down by 9.4 percent on that of August 2013, 10.4 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company on Friday. The August 2013 figure was down by 3.3 percent on that of August 2012. Volume during January-August 2014, at 74.5 billion, […]

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Quitting rates could mushroom

Quitting rates could mushroom

| September 15, 2014

A small-scale study has indicated that just two or three experiences with ‘magic mushrooms’ can help long-term tobacco smokers quit their habit, according to a story by Michelle Fay Cortez for Bloomberg News. The study’s 15 volunteers were given pills containing psilocybin, the active hallucinogenic ingredient in magic mushrooms, as part of a cognitive behavior […]

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BAT science report iPad app available

BAT science report iPad app available

| September 15, 2014

British American Tobacco has announced the launch of an iPad app of its Science and Technology Report 2014. ‘The report – the first of its kind in the tobacco industry – provides an overview of not only BAT’s ongoing research work in tobacco harm reduction but also its aims in leveraging world-class science to develop […]

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PM celebrates 50 years in Switzerland

PM celebrates 50 years in Switzerland

| September 15, 2014

Philip Morris International on Thursday celebrated the 50th anniversary of Philip Morris Products (PMP) at its factory in Serrières, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, during an event attended by cantonal and local officials from Neuchâtel and Vaud. “We are extremely happy to celebrate 50 years in Switzerland, notably here in Neuchâtel, where the PMP SA factory was founded […]

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