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Tobacco firms chip in another $15 million against Prop 29

May 8th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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Two tobacco giants chipped in another $15 million against a tobacco tax initiative on Friday, bringing their running tally to $38 million in the Proposition 29 campaign, state records show.

The new donations by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Philip Morris USA and their affiliates came as the No on 29 campaign launched a new television attack ad featuring an unnamed researcher in a lab. Ream more »

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Tobacco firm investment hinges on tax system change

March 13th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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British American Tobacco is prepared to invest $200 million in the Philippines in the next five years but only if the excise tax systems would be changed.
James Lafferty, BAT Philippines general manager, on Monday said in a statement that the company is preparing plans to develop, produce, distribute and market its Lucky Strike brands.
But Lafferty explained that the company’s plans would be “contingent on the leveling of the playing field” in the tobacco industry. Ream more »

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OFT slated over tobacco fines

January 5th, 2012 Posted in Tobacco companies Tags:

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The OFT is in hangover mode after a year blighted by the Competition ­Appeal Tribunal (CAT). Any hope it had of restoring its reputation faded in December after its price-­fixing case against tobacco manufacturers and retailers fell apart.
In March 2011 the Government ­unveiled plans to merge the Competition Commission and OFT to create the Competition and Markets ­Authority (CMA) (The Lawyer, 16 March 2011). The consultation closed in June and a working group is currently considering the way forward.
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Tobacco industry reportedly masked harmful radiation in cigarettes

October 4th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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A startling revelation seems to have hit the smoking front. Recently, the UCLA analysts have disclosed that companies were apparently aware that cigarette smoke comprised radioactive alpha particles for almost more than 4 decades and its cancerous attributes but chose to keep mum.

An extensive analysis of the documents from the tobacco industry since 1998 showed that the industry knew the presence of radioactive materials in cigarettes 5 years earlier than initially assumed. Also, investigations to gauge its lung cancer risk had begun right from the 1960s.
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Just how low will tobacco firms go to prey on new victims?

September 2nd, 2011 Posted in Tobacco companies Tags:

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The world’s largest tobacco firm were blasted yesterday for trying to force a Scottish university to hand over research about children smoking.
Marlboro manufacturers Philip Morris are using a freedom of information request to get the data from Stirling Uni.
The team have done 5500 confidential interviews with children aged 11 to16. Forty per cent of smokers have their first puff before 16. Ream more »

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Two Northampton Conservative MPs given gifts by cigarette firm

August 2nd, 2011 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

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THE two MPs for Northampton have been given free tickets to some of Britain’s poshest social events, by one of the world’s largest tobacco firms.

Both the Conservative MP for Northampton North, Michael Ellis, and his colleague for Northampton South, Brian Binley, were given tickets worth £1,132 to this year’s Chelsea Flower Show by Japan Tobacco International – which sells brands such as Benson & Hedges and Camel cigarettes.

Mr Binley also received two tickets worth £1,132 to the Glyndebourne opera festival from the firm.
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Smoking in open spaces allowed by law – tobacco firms

July 7th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco companies Tags:

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Tobacco companies are seeking clarification from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on the smoking ban in public places in Metro Manila which started in earnest last July 1.

They insist that Republic Act 9211 (Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003) allows smoking on streets and other open or non-enclosed spaces. The MMDA has started issuing tickets to violators of the smoking ban.
Chris Nelson, president of Philip Morris and Fortune Tobacco, told ANC’s “Top Story” Wednesday that they want MMDA to clarify the implementation of the ban.
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Megapolis tobacco firm plans $1 bln London IPO

June 16th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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Russia’s largest tobacco distributor, Megapolis group, plans to raise over $1 billion by floating over 25 percent of its stock in an initial public offering in London this fall, a banking source told RIA Novosti late on Wednesday.
“Megapolis has recently held non-deal meetings with investors in London.

They discussed the IPO, the appetite for the company. There are plans to float in London in fall,” the source said, adding that after the meetings Megapolis had increased the target from $500 millionto $1 billion. Ream more »

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Court OKs ex-smokers’ suits against tobacco firms

May 6th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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The state Supreme Court breathed new life Thursday into lawsuits by seriously ill ex-smokers, ruling that a former cigarette addict can seek damages from tobacco companies for her cancer despite having failed to sue for earlier smoking-related illnesses.

California law authorized suits against tobacco companies in 1998, after a decade in which the companies enjoyed legal immunity. But many of the suits have been bogged down in federal courts in disputes over whether they were filed in time. Ream more »

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Tobacco firm breached sponsorship ban, court told

March 9th, 2011 Posted in Tobacco companies Tags:

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TOBACCO manufacturer PJ Carroll has been accused of giving vouchers to shop staff as a reward for promoting its cigarette products.
In the first prosecution of its kind, the tobacco company is accused of breaching the sponsorship ban by introducing a ‘Pocket-a-Packet’ programme for selected retailers in Ireland.
Yesterday, former Justice Minister Michael McDowell, for the Office of Tobacco Control (OTC), told Dublin’s District Court that shop staff and owners were motivated to promote Pall Mall cigarettes under a mystery shopper scheme operated by PJ Carroll in the summer of 2009. Ream more »

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