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E-cigarettes under threat in EU

The European Commission has said that the majority of e-cigarettes sold in the EU would most likely fall under pharmaceutical legislation if the commission’s proposed revisions to its Tobacco Products Directive were to be accepted. The commission has proposed that e-cigarettes would fall under the legal framework for medicinal products if they contained levels of...Read More

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Illicit trade breaks another EU record

The illegal cigarette trade in the EU reached a new record high for the sixth year in a row, according to a KPMG report commissioned by Philip Morris International. The study showed the illegal cigarette trade rising to 11.1 percent in 2012 from 10.4 percent in 2011. At 31 percent of the national tobacco market,...Read More

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‘Tobacco Directive will encourage smoking’

Provisions in the proposed EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), including standardized packaging and a ban on menthol and slim cigarettes, have the potential to push consumer downtrading and fuel illegal trade, according to a study conducted by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, commissioned by Philip Morris International and reported by Business Wire. The report predicts 175,000...Read More

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Despite EU weakness, German smokers stay strong

Alison Cooper, CEO of Imperial Tobacco, said cigarette and tobacco sales in Germany were “excellent,” despite the EU’s economic weakness, which hit the British multinational’s half-year profits. “We are growing cigarette share, we are growing fine-cut share, and not just at the value end of the market. We have seen growth at the top-end in brands...Read More

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OLAF report: no evidence against Dalli

EU anti-fraud office OLAF had no hard evidence that former health commissioner John Dalli tried to solicit a bribe from a tobacco firm. The information comes from its confidential report into the Dalli case, part of which was leaked on Sunday, April 28, by the MaltaToday news agency. In his cover letter to the paper, dated...Read More

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Plain packaging a £5 billion gorilla for UK taxpayer?

U.K. taxpayers could face a £5 billion ($7.67 billion) bill if ministers insist cigarettes are sold in plain packages. The money would be awarded by courts to tobacco companies in recognition of the fact that the government had destroyed their brand equity, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research, as reported on the This is Money website....Read More