Tag: Malaysia

Smokers shut out

Smokers shut out

| April 3, 2018

A congress in Malaysia has condemned what is said to be a growing tendency to discriminate against smokers in the workforce.

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Aiming for a healthy city

Aiming for a healthy city

| February 23, 2018

Given the known challenges of living in cities, especially big cities, perhaps the Partnership For Healthy Cities might more realistically be called the partnership for reduced-harm cities.

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Illicit cigarettes lead market

Illicit cigarettes lead market

| January 18, 2018

Malaysia says that it is losing tax revenue to the illegal trade, but you cannot lose something you never had. In truth, Malaysia is forfeiting revenue by pushing tax rates too high.

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Better times ahead

Better times ahead

| January 4, 2018

This year should be better than last year for Malaysia’s cigarette manufacturers and, therefore, for government revenues. Only the illegal trade is expected to lose.

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Australia is guiding light

Australia is guiding light

| October 10, 2017

With its smoking prevalence at 11 percent, Australia is seen as a country whose tobacco-control strategies should be followed by others.

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Pack size matters

Pack size matters

| September 27, 2017

The authorities in Malaysia have been accused of fiddling while increasing numbers of illicit cigarettes burn in the hands of smokers.

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Small packs opposed

Small packs opposed

| September 4, 2017

If packs with fewer than 20 cigarettes have been found to be ‘kiddie packs’, could this not be put to advantage? Why couldn’t a request for a small pack be used by a retailer as an alarm bell?

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Small-pack claims denied

Small-pack claims denied

| August 23, 2017

Malaysia’s Ministry of Health has moved quickly to deny rumors that the country is about to see the return of cigarettes packs containing fewer than 20 cigarettes.

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Who sets tobacco policy?

Who sets tobacco policy?

| August 22, 2017

The reintroduction in Malaysia of packs with fewer than 20 cigarettes would be a case of the government’s ‘pandering to the whims of tobacco lobbyists’.

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2045 smoke-free target

2045 smoke-free target

| July 21, 2017

Compared with the targets being set by some other countries, Malaysia’s target of becoming tobacco-smoke-free by 2045 seems less than ambitious, but at least it’s something to aim at.

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‘Smoke-free’ status sought

‘Smoke-free’ status sought

| June 23, 2017

In the world of tobacco, five percent seems to equal nothing; so a nation that has a smoking prevalence of less than five percent is ‘smoke-free’.

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Two years for vaping

Two years for vaping

| June 2, 2017

Vape in a park in the Malaysian state of Selangor and you could find yourself spending two years in jail. Harsh, but …

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Opposition to vape factory

Opposition to vape factory

| May 16, 2017

A new factory in Malaysia is licensed to produce vapor devices and nicotine-free e-liquids, which hopefully it will be able to sell on the local market.

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JTI to shut Malaysia plant

JTI to shut Malaysia plant

| May 10, 2017

About 270 people will be made redundant when, later this year, JTI Malaysia closes its factory ‘to ensure consistency in the supply of our quality products to our consumers…’

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Call for tax increase

Call for tax increase

| April 25, 2017

A study in Malaysia has found that 1.1 million tobacco-smoking-related deaths could be prevented if cigarette excise were increased; but others point out that the illegal trade would have to be addressed firstly.

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Illicit cigarettes take top spot

Illicit cigarettes take top spot

| April 20, 2017

The licit cigarette industry in Malaysia is facing what one company has described as ‘challenging times’; but, with illicit products having taken 57 percent of the market, that seems like an understatement.

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Illegal trade growing

Illegal trade growing

| April 3, 2017

Illicit cigarettes sold in Malaysia are said to be more dangerous than licit ones because their tar and nicotine contents are ‘unknown’.

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Smoking survey shocks

Smoking survey shocks

| March 6, 2017

Young people in Malaysia can buy cigarettes easily at supermarkets, grocery stores and roadside stalls, a new survey has shown.

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Greek cardiologist supports e-cig use

Greek cardiologist supports e-cig use

| October 5, 2015

Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, a cardiologist from Greece, has argued that e-cigarettes should be made available to smokers who want to stop using combustible cigarettes but don’t want to give up nicotine, according to Mayalsia’s The Star. Farsalinos, who is a cardiologist and researcher at the University of Patras’ Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, has indicated that […]

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‘Exclude tobacco from trade pact’

‘Exclude tobacco from trade pact’

| August 14, 2013

The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has urged for tobacco to be excluded from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), according to a report in The Star. According to MMA President Datuk N.K.S. Tharmaseelan, the overall objective of the TPPA was to increase and facilitate free trade of goods and services, but it should not apply to […]

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Discussing challenges

Discussing challenges

Tobacco growers convene in Indonesia.

| April 2, 2018
The promise of heated tobacco

The promise of heated tobacco

Peter Nixon, PMI’s U.K. and Ireland MD, praises England’s progressive approach to new technologies.

| February 28, 2018
Celebrating cigars at Puro Sabor

Celebrating cigars at Puro Sabor

Five days of factory tours, farm visits, recreational activities and many, many cigars.

| February 5, 2018
Farmers concerned

Farmers concerned

The ITGA worries about slumping demand for leaf tobacco and a lack of alternative crops

| November 2, 2017
Their fair share

Their fair share

Tobacco growers deserve better

| November 1, 2017
Lease on life

Lease on life

Industry leaders respond to the FDA’s new attitude toward vapor products.

| October 1, 2017
The Vype Dossier

The Vype Dossier

Proving the reduced-risk potential of an e-cigarette

| October 1, 2017

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From the leaf lands

Grading system questioned

Grading system questioned

The grading system in Malawi, where yet again leaf tobacco prices are favoring buyers, is said to leave a lot to be desired.

| April 17, 2018
Prices dip to US$0.80 per kg

Prices dip to US$0.80 per kg

Malawi’s tobacco sales season got off to an awful start on Monday with some prices well below a dollar a kg, which far from reflected the work that had gone into producing the leaf.

| April 10, 2018
Prices increased in India

Prices increased in India

The prices paid to flue-cured tobacco growers are up in both Andhra Pradesh, where the selling season has just started, and in Karnataka, where it is about to close.

| April 10, 2018
Flue-cured prices increased

Flue-cured prices increased

By the end of the first nine days of sales on Zimbabwe’s 2018 flue-cured tobacco market, the average grower price was up sharply on that of the 2017 season.

| April 9, 2018
Cry for action on child labor

Cry for action on child labor

Human Rights Watch says that children in Zimbabwe are working under hazardous conditions on tobacco farms to earn money for the necessities of life.

| April 6, 2018
Tariff threats ‘troubling’

Tariff threats ‘troubling’

It is often the cry of businesses and industries that ‘change’ should be warmly embraced because it leads to new opportunities. But change trade tariffs and the reaction is different.

| April 5, 2018

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