Archive for the ‘International News’ Category

Tobacco price rises help Imperial Brands

Tobacco group Imperial Brands blamed disruption in Iraq and Syria for a drop in the amount of tobacco it sold in the final three months of 2015. ... read more >>

Tobacco giants launch UK plain packaging challenge

Four of the world’s largest tobacco companies will on Thursday mount a court challenge over UK government plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes. ... read more >>

UK Passes Law to Require Plain Cigarette Packaging in England

The UK’s House of Lords has approved a bill to standardise cigarette packaging in England from May 2016, making it the third and most populous country to introduce such a law. However, tobacco companies vowed to fight the law, saying they would take legal action against the government. ... read more >>

The WHO’s secret tobacco tax

Moscow — After booting the public from its meetings on Monday, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) tobacco control convention ramped up its assault on transparency on Tuesday when the press was also banned from the Moscow conference. ... read more >>

Is smoking increasing in Australia?

The front page of the Australian claims Labor’s plain packaging laws have failed, as industry research shows a small increase in tobacco sales volume between 2012 and 2013. So, do the figures back up the Australian’s claim? Firstly, it’s worth examining the industry data presented in the Australian’s article. The key number they rely on is an increase in tobacco sales from 21.015bn in 2012 to 21.074bn in 2013*. Labor’s plain packaging laws were fully implemented in December 2012. ... read more >>

E-cigarettes: Scottish health group calls for ban

The Royal Environmental Health Institute for Scotland (REHIS) has also asked ministers to prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18.E-cigarettes, which generate a vapour containing nicotine as a tobacco substitute, were initially released as a device to help smokers quit, but the REHIS fears the huge rise in users could normalise smoking, and undo decades of anti-smoking education and campaigning.The warnings follow research suggesting e-cigarettes may be encouraging people to take up smoking. ... read more >>

Smoking cannabis could change the part of the brain dealing

In a study which one expert said challenged the idea that “casual” marijuana use is largely harmless, doctors found that young adults who used the drug only recreationally had “abnormal alterations” to the nucleus accumbens and the amygdala. ... read more >>

Tobacco law brings changes

The cost of cigarettes rise in some stores from today as a new law banning the display of tobacco comes into force. ... read more >>

Bat Calls for Review of Cigarette Tax

BRITISH American Tobacco Company has faulted the recently introduced tier based excise tax regime on cigarettes saying it is not sustainable for the industry and should be revised. Speaking during the company’s 59th annual general meeting in Nairobi yesterday, the firms management expressed concern over the impact the current excise tax regime could have on its business in the long term. “We need the government to have a clear sustainable position on excise tax. The idea of changing the structure six months after budget reading in December makes it difficult for businesses to forecast,” noted BAT Managing Director Gary Fagan. ... read more >>

High alcohol, cigarette taxes in Turkey promote smuggling, fraud

Smuggling and fraud involving alcoholic drinks and cigarettes is growing rapidly in Turkey, recent inspections by the country’s Revenues Administration have revealed. The number of cigarettes without a tax label has doubled in one year, hurting tax revenues, the official data gathered by the Anatolia news agency showed. ... read more >>

HC gives BMC six weeks to act against hookah parlours

Hookah parlours in the city now stand to lose their licenses if they don’t abide by the provisions of Cigarettes and Tobacco Products Prohibition Act and Smoking in Public Places rules. The Bombay High Court (HC) on Thursday directed the civic body to include a condition in licenses issued to eating houses, saying that any eating house not abiding by the provisions of these two acts is likely to face action. ... read more >>