Tag: European Union

Spotlight on acetate JV

Spotlight on acetate JV

| October 19, 2017

A proposed acetate joint venture between Celanese and Blackstone has been made the subject of an in-depth investigation by the European Commission.

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Tracking compromised

Tracking compromised

| September 22, 2017

The implementation of a tobacco-products tracking-and-tracing system implies a lack of trust in the supply chain. So who will be tracking the trackers?

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IMPACT funding announced

IMPACT funding announced

| September 8, 2017

Thirty-two projects have been awarded a total of about US$28 million as part of a Philip Morris International initiative to help in the fight against illegal trade and related crimes.

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No harm-reduction urgency

No harm-reduction urgency

| August 30, 2017

The EU Commission talks at great length about the harm caused by tobacco smoking, but seems to have no sense of urgency when it comes to reducing that harm.

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Graphic images defended

Graphic images defended

| August 18, 2017

The EU appears to believe that the positive impact of tobacco-product graphic health images outweighs the distress caused to people who believe, incorrectly, that the images are of a relative.

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No distribution ambitions

No distribution ambitions

| August 18, 2017

The EU Commission is working on tobacco-product traceability and security systems, and has no plans to get into the distribution business.

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EU eyes extending excise

EU eyes extending excise

| August 17, 2017

Is it rational to consider applying excise duty to unmanufactured tobacco in an attempt to reduce the illegal trade in tobacco, whose primary cause seems to be tax-driven, high-prices?

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No new anti-smoking ideas

No new anti-smoking ideas

| August 16, 2017

France has a relatively high smoking incidence compared with the smoking incidences of neighbouring countries, but measures now in place are expected to reduce smoking rates ‘in the coming years’.

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Tracking the rationale

Tracking the rationale

| August 15, 2017

Will a tobacco tracking and tracing system introduce ‘a mechanism of very little … public health and budgetary benefit which runs counter to all business rationale’?

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Boost for ban challenge

Boost for ban challenge

| August 10, 2017

The Swedish government’s decision not to provide observations in relation to a case being brought to overturn an EU ban on the sale of snus is seen as a boost to that challenge.

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Airy approach to holes

Airy approach to holes

| August 2, 2017

A discussion about the health implications of ventilation holes in cigarette filters seems to have descended into a debate about how to measure tar and nicotine levels.

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Cigarettes top list of fakes

Cigarettes top list of fakes

| July 24, 2017

Nearly a quarter of the counterfeit products seized last year at the EU’s external borders were cigarettes.

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Tracking questions

Tracking questions

| July 14, 2017

With time running out, questions are being asked about where the EU’ s tobacco-products tracking and tracing initiatives are heading.

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Is EU policy off track?

Is EU policy off track?

| July 10, 2017

Is tobacco-product tracking and tracing one of those issues where the answers outnumber the questions?

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Tobacco under the radar

Tobacco under the radar

| July 10, 2017

One of the ways in which tracking and tracing systems could be circumnavigated is through the trade in bulk tobacco, which is already increasing in the EU.

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Smokers are citizens

Smokers are citizens

| June 22, 2017

EU smokers are abused by societies in ways that would be seen as discrimination if they were applied to other people; so it is well that a group is standing up for them.

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Holes under the spotlight

Holes under the spotlight

| June 22, 2017

There must be a philosophical debate to be had over whether holes – in this case filter-ventilation holes – exist, and therefore whether they can be seen to be a problem.

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Snus: safe but banned

Snus: safe but banned

| June 20, 2017

It is reckoned that if snus could be sold throughout the EU, 323,000 premature smoking-related deaths among men could be avoided annually. Is it time to set up an online ‘death clock’?

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Pollution austerity-fed

Pollution austerity-fed

| June 15, 2017

Harsh austerity measures could lie at the bottom of some negative health outcomes associated with pollution in the EU, but most of the attention is focused on environmental tobacco smoke.

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OLAF tackling illegal trade

OLAF tackling illegal trade

| June 7, 2017

The European Anti-Fraud Office says that last year it made significant progress in its fight against the illegal trade in tobacco products.

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