Hungary Wants State Concession on Selling Cigarettes

The Hungarian government wants to introduce a state concession on the sale of tobacco products in an effort to keep minors from buying them and also to support small local businesses. “We are aware of minors regularly being able to buy cigarettes, which is something that usually happens at multinational stores,” Janos Lazar, the parliamentary […]

Thailand Tobacco Monopoly seeking partner

The Thailand Tobacco Monopoly (TTM) wants to pursue overseas markets by entering a joint venture with a global company, according to a Bangkok Post story quoting managing director, Torsak Chotimongkol. Torsak said a joint venture with a multinational would bring knowledge of technology and management...

The Largest Film Industry in The World Has Banned Smoking in Movies

India’s film industry – the world’s largest in terms of movies produced and ticket sales – is adopting a strict stance against tobacco advertising. India’s Union Health Ministry issued an order banning smoking from TV and film “unless there is a strong editorial justification” for...

Is It Possible to Sell a Premium Cigarette Brand in This Packaging?

Philip Morris International is the first tobacco giant suing the Australian government over strict new branding restrictions, which it believes will cost it billions in the region, the Wall Street Journal reports. British American Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco Group are expected follow. Why? Because their...

Old Orchard Beach is now tobacco-free

Smokers at Old Orchard Beach will now be asked to put out their cigarettes before stepping foot on the sand. After a two-year struggle, a group of four teenage girls, who formed the OOB Youth Tobacco Action Group, convinced the city council to vote unanimously...

Bulgaria Switches to Fire Safe Cigarettes from November 17

Starting Thursday, all cigarettes sold in Bulgaria and in the entire EU must be self-extinguishing. The European Commission announced on November 14 that the three-year deadline given to the tobacco industry to comply with the new safety standards expired on November 17. “Evidence shows that...

The 8 Best Smokers on Film

Lauren Bacall, To Have and Have Not (1944) This famous scene between Bacall and her future husband Humphrey Bogart glamorized cigarettes in ways that movie studios would never dream of doing today. On a decidedly less glamorous note, Humphrey Bogart died in 1957 after contracting...

Belgium denies massive increase in cigarette sales

Belgium denied reports Saturday of a massive increase in tobacco sales due to the lure of the country’s cheap cigarettes and tobacco for discount-seeking smokers from Britain and France. The finance ministry denied a cover story by the daily Le Soir and radio reports that...

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