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News - 28/01/2016

Senate in France Passes Plain Packaging Bill

Despite opposition from Conservatives and tobacconists, the French parliament on December 17th passed a bill to require cigarettes to be sold in plain packaging, devoid of logos, with the brand name to appear in a small, uniform typeface, starting May 20, 2016.

News - 28/01/2016

Tobacco Expert in China Says Domestic Cigarette Sector Facing Challenges

 Chinese tobacco expert Fan Qilin said the country's cigarette sector has been facing serious challenges since the beginning of 2015, including decreased production, sluggish sales, continued high inventories, downward economy and decreased consumption, which, if left unchecked, could create problems.  

News - 28/01/2016

Researchers in India, Develop Gutkha Alternative Called “HerbiChew”

In India, where the consumption of smokeless tobacco products such as gutkha, khaini or zarda accounts for 48% of overall tobacco use, the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research and the National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI)

News - 28/01/2016

WHO Officer Says FCTC Will Not Affect Leaf Production in Indonesia

Dina Kania, Tobacco Free Initiative officer for WHO Indonesia, said ratifying the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control will not affect the country's tobacco industry as the treaty contains provisions to offer assistance to tobacco farmers and workers in the cigarette manufacturing industry.

 

News - 28/01/2016

Maori Party in New Zeland, Calls On Lawmakers To Pass PP Law

After a Permanent Court of Arbitration tribunal in Singapore rejected Philip Morris Asia Limited's lawsuit challenging Australia's plain packaging (PP) legislation, the Maori Party in New Zealand

News - 28/01/2016

The tobacco industry regulator in Zimbabwe says it will train 20,000 farmers on best farming practices

The tobacco industry regulator in Zimbabwe says it will train 20,000 farmers on best farming practices to improve output and quality of the golden leaf to avoid riots over poor prices that accompanied the start of the selling season early this year.

News - 28/01/2016

Updates on EU TPD and PP

On December 23rd, the case brought by Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco against the EU Tobacco Products Directive was rejected by Advocate General Juliane Kokott of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg, who issued a non-binding opinion stating that the TPD

News - 28/01/2016

Poor Rainfall, Power Shortages Could Hit Tobacco Crop in Zimbabwe

Tobacco farming has come under threat from incessant power cuts that have resulted in households and industries going for lengthy periods without electricity, a Tobacco Industry Marketing (TIMB) official has said.