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Dalli wants resignation request annulled

Dalli wants resignation request annulled

| July 7, 2014

The former EU health commissioner, John Dalli, wants the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg to annul a request by Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso that Dalli resign over allegations that he had held secret meetings with Swedish Match, according to an EUObserver story. Dalli wants the commission to pay a symbolic €1 in […]

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Cigarette prices increased again in Egypt

Cigarette prices increased again in Egypt

| July 7, 2014

Prices of local and imported cigarettes and alcohol have been increased in Egypt from today following a decision by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to raise sales taxes on these products, according to an Ahram Online story quoting an announcement in the official gazette. The new taxes will raise the price of an EGP9 pack of local […]

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US cigars under threat from FDA plans

US cigars under threat from FDA plans

| July 4, 2014

The president of J.C. Newman Cigar, Eric Newman, has launched a campaign urging the public to submit comments to the US Food and Drug Administration asking the agency to exclude from its proposed deeming regulations the sorts of cigars made at Newman’s factory in Tampa, Florida, according to a story by Susan Thurston for the […]

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Anti-tobacco law implementation delayed

Anti-tobacco law implementation delayed

| July 4, 2014

Delays in finalizing the Rules associated with Bangladesh’s 2013 anti-smoking law are holding up full implementation of the law, according to a story in The Financial Express. The Smoking and Use of Tobacco Product (Control) Rules were drafted by the Health Ministry in November last year but had to be amended following scrutiny by government […]

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E-liquid business potential “staggering”

E-liquid business potential “staggering”

| July 4, 2014

An e-liquid company in Ireland formed by ex-smokers has said it is creating 80 new jobs and that its head count could rise from 300 to 1,000 within a year, according to a story in the Irish Times. The company, Healthier Smoker, says that 40 of the new jobs will be created in its 150 […]

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Indonesia to curb ‘surging demand’

Indonesia to curb ‘surging demand’

| July 4, 2014

The Indonesian government is expected soon to issue regulations aimed at curbing the production and sale of locally-made alcoholic drinks and cigarettes, according to a story by Linda Yulisman for The Jakarta Post. The move comes amid what is described as ‘surging demand from the domestic market’. Panggah Susanto, director general of agriculture and chemical […]

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South Korea’s men still smoking strongly

South Korea’s men still smoking strongly

| July 4, 2014

South Korea’s adult male smoking incidence, at 37.6 per cent, is second only to that of Greece, 43.7 per cent, among the 34 countries that make up the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), according to a story in The Korea Economic Daily. The average adult male smoking incidence among OECD countries is 24.9 […]

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Leaf growers want say at FCTC meetings

Leaf growers want say at FCTC meetings

| July 3, 2014

The International Tobacco Growers’ Association (ITGA) yesterday urged the World Health Organization to engage with growers when parties to the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) developed polices impacting growers’ livelihoods, according to a Xinhua News Agency report. ITGA President Francois van der Merwe said at the end of a two-day regional annual meeting […]

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More women smoking in Bahrain

More women smoking in Bahrain

| July 3, 2014

A recent report from Bahrain’s Health Ministry has indicated that smoking among women is on the rise, according to a story in the Gulf Daily News. The incidence of smoking among women currently stands at 7 percent, up from 5.7 percent in 1991. The News story attributed the rise to “various reasons,” but suggested that […]

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Committee supports third-party tax audits

Committee supports third-party tax audits

| July 3, 2014

Members of the Philippines’ House Ways and Means Committee have endorsed a proposal to assign a nongovernment organization to monitor tax compliance at cigarette companies, according to a story by Gil Cabacungan for the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Representatives Emil Ong and Roy Señeres said they would file a resolution deputizing the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control […]

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Illicit trade one-fifth of Bulgarian market

Illicit trade one-fifth of Bulgarian market

| July 3, 2014

Every fifth cigarette in Bulgaria is illicit, according to a Novinite story quoting a survey commissioned by World Concern, a Christian-based global relief and development organization. Novinite attributed the high level of illicit trade to excise duties that double the price of cigarettes. However, it quoted the BVT channel as having reported that Bulgaria suffered […]

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Age limit checks beefed up in Davao City

Age limit checks beefed up in Davao City

| July 3, 2014

The Council of Davao City, the Philippines, is expected to add to an existing ordinance prohibiting minors from buying and selling alcoholic drinks and cigarettes a requirement that buyers present valid documents indicating their birthdates. According to a story in the Sun Star (Davao), the council passed the proposed amendment at its first reading on […]

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Imperial could play role in any merger between Reynolds and Lorillard

Imperial could play role in any merger between Reynolds and Lorillard

| July 2, 2014

Imperial Tobacco could help smooth the path toward the acquisition by Reynolds American of Lorillard, according to a story by Richard Craver for The Winston-Salem Journal. Such an acquisition has been the subject of speculation since early March. Imperial, which operates as Commonwealth Brands in the U.S., is said to have U.S. growth ambitions, and […]

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Graphic pack warnings of marginal worth

Graphic pack warnings of marginal worth

| July 2, 2014

The Indonesian Consumer Foundation (YLKI) has admitted that graphic pack warnings showing the dangers of tobacco use will not lead to a significant decrease in the numbers of smokers in Indonesia, according to a story in The Jakarta Post quoting the Antara news agency. Graphic warnings became mandatory in Indonesia on June 24. “Therefore, apart […]

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Tax inspection proposal a non-starter

Tax inspection proposal a non-starter

| July 2, 2014

A group that supported the passage of the Philippines’ so-called sin tax law has said it is willing to assist the government in conducting inspections of tobacco companies’ facilities to determine their level of compliance with regulations, according to a story in The Philippine Star. Maricar Limpin, president of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control […]

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Graphic warnings await court ruling

Graphic warnings await court ruling

| July 2, 2014

Ceylon Tobacco Co. (CTC) has said it will not include graphic health warnings on its cigarette packs until the Supreme Court has ruled on its appeal against the warnings, according to a story on Colombo Page. The Supreme Court has rescheduled its hearings on the appeal filed by CTC for July 11. CTC, in a […]

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Hauni buys Garbuio Dickinson

Hauni buys Garbuio Dickinson

| July 1, 2014

Hauni Maschinenbau has acquired the Garbuio Dickinson Group, a primary equipment specialist. The transaction was closed on June 30, 2014. Both companies will continue to act independently, using their existing brands. Mansueto Favaro, Garbuio Dickinson’s managing director, will continue to be responsible for the company’s operating business as member of the management board. According to […]

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NDC merges with Beta LaserMike

NDC merges with Beta LaserMike

| July 1, 2014

NDC Infrared Engineering and Beta LaserMike have merged to create NDC Technologies. Both companies are recognized global leaders in near-infrared (NIR), nucleonic, optical, X-Ray, laser, microwave, ultrasonic and process-control technology for non-contacting measurement and control solutions. The combination strengthens the new company’s position in the marketplace by offering a more comprehensive portfolio of gauging solutions […]

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TRP-Swisher cut-rag venture

TRP-Swisher cut-rag venture

| July 1, 2014

Tobacco Rag Processors (TRP) and Swisher International are setting up a joint venture to operate, among other businesses, a cut-rag processing facility in the Dominican Republic. The cut-rag processing operation, TRP Dominicana (TPRD), will produce cut rag for cigar, cigarette and RYO customers in the Caribbean region and other nearby markets. TRP will manage TRPD […]

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PMI seeking judicial review of EU’s TPD

PMI seeking judicial review of EU’s TPD

| July 1, 2014

Subsidiaries of Philip Morris International have filed papers seeking review of the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU) by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The TPD, which governs the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the member states concerning the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products, entered into force […]

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Final consultation on standardized packs

Final consultation on standardized packs

| July 1, 2014

The U.K. government has issued a consultation on the introduction of regulations for standardized packaging of tobacco products. This is the second and final consultation to be held but the first following the publication of draft regulations. The consultation is due to close on Aug. 7. In responding to the government’s announcement, Imperial Tobacco said […]

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Eviction threat for elderly German smoker

Eviction threat for elderly German smoker

| July 1, 2014

An elderly man must vacate his home of about 40 years after a German court upheld complaints by neighbors about his cigarette smoke, according to an Agence France Presse report. Friedhelm Adolfs, 75, has until the end of the year to clear his flat in the western city of Düsseldorf after his appeal against a […]

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Call for cigarettes to be priced at €1 each

Call for cigarettes to be priced at €1 each

| July 1, 2014

Ireland’s minister for health, James Reilly, has called for the price of cigarettes to be increased to €1 each or €20 a pack, more than twice the current price, according to The Irish Times. Unveiling his latest move in the war on tobacco, Reilly said this would ensure that people “think long and hard before […]

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Imperial links with Ivory Coast college

Imperial links with Ivory Coast college

| July 1, 2014

Imperial Tobacco has signed an agreement in the Ivory Coast to train students from a technical college as manufacturing operators. “The scheme will enable students to use the skills they learn in the classroom at facilities operated by our subsidiary SITAB Industries,” according to a note posted on the company’s website. “Up to four trainees […]

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Thai court approves bigger warnings

Thai court approves bigger warnings

| June 30, 2014

Thai cigarette manufacturers will have to print even larger pictorial health warnings by Sept. 23, now that the Supreme Administrative Court has ruled in support of a new regulation by the Public Health Ministry, according to a report in The Nation. In line with the regulation, pictorial warnings must now cover at least 85 percent […]

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