Tobacco Rep Asks Vietnam to Curb Smuggling Before Raising Taxes

Tobacco Rep Asks Vietnam to Curb Smuggling Before Raising Taxes

The Vietnam Tobacco Association (VTA) has asked the government to delay raising the excise tax on tobacco until smuggling is “considerably” reduced, news website VnEconomy reported on Wednesday. The association made its recommendation after both the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Health proposed increasing the tobacco tax to 105 percent of the per-pack…Continue Reading…

India: Tobacco Products May Attract Higher Taxes in Budget

India: Tobacco Products May Attract Higher Taxes in Budget

Tobacco products are likely to attract higher taxes and stricter regulation in the coming Budget for 2014-15. The health ministry has proposed a substantial tax hike of Rs 3.5 per stick on cigarettes of all sizes and removal of tax exemption given to several bidi manufacturers. “Specifically, I propose to reform tobacco taxes in the 2014…Continue Reading…

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Reynolds Has Weighed Lorillard Purchase Amid On-and-Off Talks

Camel cigarettes Packs of Reynolds American Inc. Camel cigarettes sit on display in a store in Garner, North Carolina.   Reynolds American Inc. (RAI), the maker of Camel cigarettes, has explored the purchase of Lorillard Inc. (LO) for several months and found its efforts so far stymied by the complexity of a potential agreement, people…Continue Reading…

Our View: Schools know, tobacco-free the way to go

The leadership at Louisiana College, LSU of Alexandria, Central Louisiana Technical Community College, as well as more than 20 other institutions of higher learning across the state, should be commended for developing a campus-wide, tobacco-free policy that is already in place, or will be by August 1. With the passage of Act 211 last year,…Continue Reading…

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US: FDA Discusses Banning Online Sales of E-Cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration is considering a ban on online sales of electronic cigarettes, as part of a package of regulations the agency is readying for the increasingly popular devices, people familiar with the matter said. The FDA, which warned in 2009 that e-cigarettes could pose health risks, has been meeting with e-cigarette makers…Continue Reading…

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US: Georgia Tobacco Heats up, Sucker Control Options

Much of the Georgia tobacco crop received some needed rainfall during the last two weeks. This resulted in rapid growth and very tender leaves. Recent temperatures and bright sunshine have combined to cause minor speckling of upper expanding leaves on rapidly growing and tender plants.  Now as much of the crop is again water deficient…Continue Reading…

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E-cigarette Makers Using Twitter to Skirt US Ad Ban

While advertising for conventional cigarettes has long been prohibited in the US, e-cigarettes are being routinely advertised in social media including Twitter, finds a new study. Researchers from the University of Illinois said e-cigarettes are commonly advertised on Twitter and the tweets often link to commercial websites promoting e-cigarette use. “There is this whole wild…Continue Reading…

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Tobacco Giant Davidoff Opens Art Residencies in the Caribbean

        Swiss cigar maker Davidoff has announced the launch of an art residency program in the Dominican Republic, overseen by the company’s philanthropic arm, Davidoff Art Initiative. Starting January 2015, five yet-to-be-revealed international artists will get to spend 10 weeks in new facilities at Altos de Chavón School of Design in La…Continue Reading…

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Rising tobacco taxes ‘will encourage cigarette smuggling’, say Qld experts

Australia is poised to become a more lucrative market for illicit tobacco traders, experts say. A team of researchers from Queensland says smuggling is a comparatively low-risk criminal activity, and that the regular price hikes for legal cigarettes will boost the demand for black market tobacco in Australia. Last August, the Labor government set in…Continue Reading…

Europe most comprehensive tobacco control measures Ranking in Britain ranked first

Europe’s most comprehensive tobacco control measures Ranking in Britain ranked first

Tobacco According to the British Independent newspaper website reported compiling ranked first in Europe’s most comprehensive tobacco control measures rankings. This ranking is published in the European Conference on Tobacco or Health, came in second place is Ireland. Report of the European Association for Cancer Alliance describes the use of tobacco control scale, 34 countries…Continue Reading…