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Tobacco use falls in India

Tobacco use falls in India

| June 13, 2017

While the incidence of tobacco use in India has fallen significantly during the past seven years, the country still has about 267,000,000 users.

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India’s auctions opened

India’s auctions opened

| May 24, 2017

Following a government announcement, representatives of international companies will be able to operate directly on India’s flue-cured tobacco auctions, rather than through local partners.

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Good prices in Andhra

Good prices in Andhra

| May 15, 2017

Flue-cured tobacco growers in Andhra Pradesh have so far this season received good average prices for their leaf, which is part of a short crop.

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Illegal trade up 90 percent

Illegal trade up 90 percent

| May 9, 2017

The Indian government’s strategy of increasing taxes on cigarettes to reduce smoking is feeding demand for illicit cigarettes; the presence of which on the market is undermining that strategy.

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Tobacco Board under fire

Tobacco Board under fire

| April 24, 2017

In having to decide on flue-cured tobacco crop sizes, India’s Tobacco Board regularly finds itself between a rock and a hard place; as it has in setting the new Karnataka target.

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Tobacco divestments sought

Tobacco divestments sought

| April 20, 2017

A group of health experts has petitioned the High Court of Bombay in an effort to force the Indian government to divest its tobacco interests.

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Andhra Pradesh prices up

Andhra Pradesh prices up

| April 13, 2017

The shortness of the flue-cured tobacco crop in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh seems to have pushed the average grower price up to a more satisfactory level than that of last season.

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India has new health warnings

India has new health warnings

| April 5, 2017

Manufacturers in India have been required since the beginning of this month to include a new set of health warnings on their packaging.

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Andhra prices increased

Andhra prices increased

| April 4, 2017

Observers in Andhra Pradesh, India, are attributing a rise in grower prices for flue-cured leaf to the fact that the tobacco acreage was down, which seems to give the lie to the idea that prices are based on quality.

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New board director

New board director

| March 31, 2017

T. Venkatesh has assumed charge as executive director of the Tobacco Board of India.

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Looking to ‘scrape through’

Looking to ‘scrape through’

| March 17, 2017

After two years of heavy losses, tobacco growers in Andhra Pradesh, India, are simply looking to ‘scrape through’ this year’s sales season.

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Commodity boards to merge

Commodity boards to merge

| February 15, 2017

The Tobacco Board looks set to be merged with four other commodity boards in India with the aim of boosting exports of tobacco, tea, coffee, rubber and spices.

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Mizoram factories closed

Mizoram factories closed

| February 14, 2017

Factories in the Indian state of Mizoram producing a local form of oral tobacco have been closed because of concerns over water pollution.

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Price down in Karnataka

Price down in Karnataka

| February 14, 2017

A story reporting a decline in the average flue-cured tobacco price in the Indian state of Karnataka gave no reason why the decline had occurred.

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Bidi packs undergo “face-lift” to attract smokers

Bidi packs undergo “face-lift” to attract smokers

| June 12, 2015

A number of bidi makers in India have introduced their products in sleek new packaging with filters, exotic flavors and organic ingredients in an effort to attract urban smokers searching for a cheaper alternative in light of a recent rise in cigarette prices, according to The Economic Times. The traditional hand-rolled “cigarettes” wrapped in tendu […]

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Profits up at ITC

Profits up at ITC

| May 22, 2013

ITC of India reported a net profit of INR19.28 billion ($350.3 million) in the quarter ending March 31, up 19.45 percent from the comparable quarter last year. The company’s non-tobacco FMCG business contributed a net profit of INR118.7 million during the quarter, compared with a net loss of INR166.8 million in the 2012 quarter. ITC’s […]

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Demand drives crop size increase

Demand drives crop size increase

| May 14, 2013

The Tobacco Board of India has increased Karnataka’s authorized 2013–14 crop size by about four percent on that of 2012–13, according to a report in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. The crop size has been set at 102 million kg, up from 98 million kg in 2012–13 and 100 million kg […]

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Revenue drop fires VAT rethink

Revenue drop fires VAT rethink

| May 14, 2013

In an unusual move that has attracted some criticism, India’s Uttar Pradesh state government has slashed the VAT on cigarettes and cigars from 50 percent to 25 percent. According to a report in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter, the decision to reduce VAT was taken at a meeting of the state […]

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India reconsiders filmmakers’ smoking disclaimers

India reconsiders filmmakers’ smoking disclaimers

| May 1, 2013

At a meeting with the filmmaker on April 17, the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare agreed to consider the possibility of replacing the current anti-smoking disclaimers played in movie theaters with more creative ones, reports The Times of India. Filmmakers and broadcasters said they are not opposed to laws that prevent glorification of […]

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Careless smokers playing with fire

Careless smokers playing with fire

| April 17, 2013

It could be hard to believe but careless smokers ended up causing more than 2,410 fire accidents and several crores-worth of property loss in the last seven years in the Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. A study by A.P. Fire Services Department revealed careless smoking as one of the main causes for the increasing incidence of fire […]

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